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Peter Purcell-Gilpin Rows at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Springvale House is bursting with pride as our Alumni, Peter Purcell-Gilpin (Class of 2006), has been competing in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics for Rowing.

Peter, representing Zimbabwe, had the honour of carrying the Zimbabwean flag, along with teenage swimming sensation Donata Katai, during the official opening ceremony and we have been eagerly following his races.

Peter has competed among the world’s fastest single scullers and has shown great strength, determination and skill.

Read more: Peter Purcell-Gilpin Rows at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Meet Theresa Covini - Head of Music at Springvale House

Mrs Theresa Covini is the Head of Music at Springvale House and has been part of the Peterhouse Group of Schools since 2014.

Prior to her appointment at Springvale House, Theresa had completed her National Certificate in Music at the Zimbabwe College of Music. Having been an active musician and chorister at Victoria Primary and Victoria High School in Masvingo where she was born and bred in a family of seven, she pursued her love for music through teaching and performing. After completing her NCM Theresa was appointed Director of Music at Ruzawi School which she led with love and passion. From there she took a break from teaching and started performing in world tours that covered the greater part of Europe, Australia, Asia and America with the highlight being performing on Broadway.

Read more: Meet Theresa Covini - Head of Music at Springvale House

Group Newsletter 33 - Lent 2021

Dear Parents and Friends of Peterhouse,

Please follow the link to our Peterhouse Group of Schools Group Newsletter - Lent Term 2021.


It contains snippets of information from events that took place last term and major events for this term.

Director of Academic Advancement 2021

Congratulations to Mrs Michelle Scott Elliot on being appointed Director of Academic Advancement, effective September 2021. This role will serve to provide strategic direction in the pursuance of a strong and robust academic programme at the Peterhouse Group.

Given the significant shifts that have taken place in teaching spaces over the course of the last year there is, given the expansion of digital teaching, a need for the Group of Schools to re-evaluate our approach to Curriculum Development.

With this in mind, the post of Director of Academic Advancement has been created. This senior management post will offer the Group an opportunity to rigorously investigate best academic practice in an environment which is demanding greater levels of creativity and innovation.

The Director of Academic Advancement will be responsible for “providing strategic direction” in the pursuance of a strong and robust academic programme. This will include research into trends in global education, review of policies which relate to the academic endeavours of the three schools, the promotion of staff development and to seek ways in which we can extend our more talented pupils in the schools as well as ensuring that we continue to make the appropriate provisions for academic support.

Meet Shelley Nicholls - Deputy Head of Springvale House

ShelleyNichollsShelley Nicholls joined Springvale House in January 1996 as the Grade 4 Class Teacher. She was born in Zambia, but moved to Zimbabwe at a young age. She grew up in Bindura and attended Girls’ High School, Harare.

After completing her teacher training at Hillside Teachers’ College, Bulawayo, she moved to Botswana, where she spent 11 years teaching at two different independent schools.

In September 2006, she was appointed Deputy Head at Springvale House and has recently started teaching one of the Grade 7 classes. Whilst at Springvale House, she has been fully involved in all that the school has to offer its pupils – too many to mention!

Shelley has two sons, Ryan and Sean, who were fortunate enough to attend both Springvale House and Peterhouse Boys.
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