A School in Africa: Peterhouse and Education in Rhodesia and by Alan Megahey

By Alan Megahey

While Peterhouse opened in 1955, the British Empire in Africa used to be nonetheless intact and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland - with its excessive hopes and fears - had simply come into being. It used to be a boarding college based at the British version, yet making sure that it will 'adapt all that's most sensible within the Public college culture to African conditions'.For 50 years, in Rhodesia after which in Zimbabwe, its governors and employees have tried to do this, and feature visible it develop from a boys' institution of 350 to a gaggle of colleges instructing over one thousand boys and girls.But the tale of Peterhouse is not just approximately paintings and activity, song and drama, chapel, construction advancements and syllabus adjustments. it's set within the context of academic improvement and political switch in a Southern African country.This historical past of the varsity exhibits the way it turned a pioneering multi-racial establishment in 'white Rhodesia'; shared the sufferings of the rustic in the course of the 'bush war'; accelerated significantly within the new Zimbabwe, survived the contradictions of a black 'Marxist' govt, and has stored its enterprise dedication to being a 'Church School'.

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His uncle was chairman of the Stepney Council for Social Welfare. Bishop Winnington-Ingram (who was to ordain Edward priest) had inveighed against the slum landlords when he had been Bishop of Stepney, and continued his denunciations when he became Bishop of London. Archbishop Lang, whom Luke Paget succeeded at Stepney, was something of a father figure to many of the young men who worked in the slums after university; he advocated ensuring that all prospective clergy be trained in Economic History, the Poor Law, and the laws of health and housing.

V) Concurrently work out plans for building by stages, (vi) Gather the nucleus of a staff. (vii) Build, (viii) Open, and go on building. 44 A meeting at Ruzawi with Ellis Robins formed another important link. Robins was chairman of Ruzawi Schools Ltd, and the powerful resident director of the British South Africa Company in Salisbury. He had been up at Christ Church, Oxford, with Paget before the First World War, as a Rhodes Scholar from the USA. His career had become firmly embedded in British imperial concerns, and indeed he was to end up as one of only two Rhodesians raised to the peerage (the other being Godfrey Huggins).

He was appointed estate manager though, as Fred always averred, longed to be appointed to the academic staff - which happened in 1956. Bruce Fieldsend, the sole assistant master in 1954, had far stronger prior links with Snell. A Southern Rhodesian, he had been a boy at Ruzawi and at Michaelhouse during the Snell regime. After reading maths at Rhodes University, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford where, for the sake of mind-broadening, he read English. He taught at two government schools (Guinea Fowl and Chaplin), and while on honeymoon in December 1952 heard that Fred was to leave Michaelhouse and start a new school, so in May 1953 the two met at Ruzawi, and Bruce there and then became the first member of staff appointed to the new school.

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