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Bishops: Diocesan College - Prep Post
THURSDAY 30 March 2017
Dear Parents

It seems just the other day that we were starting up for the year and now here we are going off on our Easter break. It has been a long term and the boys do really need a chance to relax and re-charge their batteries. No doubt you and our staff feel the same way.

Our Carnival two weeks ago was an enormous success. The weather was truly perfect and the organisation and support exceptional. The Prep Parents’ Association Committee has asked me to thank you for your very generous support and contributions. The Class Reps played a major role in co-ordinating stalls and rosters while the Music Department added to the Carnival spirit with the entertainment provided by the various ensembles. They have specifically asked me to thank Jerome Wolfaardt and his support staff for all they did with such enthusiasm and care. The event raised in excess of R200 000 and the Committee will communicate to you further about this later in the year.

The funds are fantastic and will be put to good use for the benefit of the school. But for me, while not wanting to play down the financial success, what an event like this does in terms of community building, is immeasurable and extremely valuable. Boys love being at school after hours, in the dark and for a different type of event. And many parents remarked to me that it was so pleasant to be at an event where their children were completely safe, the activities were appropriate and fun and they could relax and chat to each other. So from the staff, a huge thank you to all for making this possible. Thank you too, to Sam Petersen who led the project so calmly and efficiently

School opens for the 2nd term on Tuesday 18 April, the day after Easter Monday. Please ensure that your son returns to school on the first day with an appropriate school haircut. The first day will follow the normal timetable, followed by the extra-mural programme as indicated under “Practices”. Number 1s need to be worn on the first day.

I wish you all very happy holidays, safe travels and a Blessed Easter. To our Jewish families, may you enjoy a very meaningful Passover with family and friends.

Kind Regards

30 March 2017 First term ends

School closes at 09h30. Aftercare ends at 11h00.
18 April 2017 Second term starts

This will be a normal school day.
19 April 2017

Bishops Rugby Parents Meeting

Venue: Heatlie Pavilion

Time: 18h30

20 April 2017

Grade 6 Parent/Teacher Meeting


Venue: Jagger Hall

Time: 16h30 - 19h00


Inter-house Fishing Meeting for selected boys and parents

Venue: Maths Room

Time: 18h00 - 19h00

Karate Champion

We are very proud of Reyne De Klerk who has been ranked No.1 in South Africa by the World Karate Federation, Karate South Africa (All Styles) for Kumite (contact fighting) for his age in middle weight.

This is a huge achievement for Reyne, having come back after breaking his knee last year. He will represent South Africa in the World Junior Commonwealth Games and the World Junior Tournament in Croatia.

Tennis Achievement

Very well done to Ben MacFarlaine for being selected to represent Western Province at the no 1 spot for the SA Primary Schools Inter-provincial A Team.

As you know, in the second term we usually have a civvies day clothing collection before the onset of winter. Some parents have expressed a wish to still donate goods to the victims of the Imizamo Yethu fire so this year we shall donate the clothes collected early in the second term to the fire victims. Please go through your cupboards during the holidays and weed out any clothes you no longer wear and we’ll make sure they get to Hout Bay. (Other items such as kitchen utensils are also welcome.)

Last year, a Grade 10 pupil at the College, Michael Beckurts, together with his facilitator, Alie Hakizimana, participated in the Grade 10 Epic. Since he has been at Bishops, Michael has excelled at art, and so it was decided that while he was on the Epic, a large part of his time should be devoted to doing what he loves best. One of the objectives during the Epic is for the boys to interact with and support the local Elizabethfontein Primary School. Michael decided to use his artwork to make cards which would be sold to raise funds for the Primary School, which is in desperate need of resources. These cards have been printed and are now available for purchase in the Bishops School Shop, If all the cards are sold he will raise R200 000, so please support this wonderful initiative.



Finally, some of our Prep boys delivered Easter eggs to St Paul's Primary on Tuesday. They were invited into the classrooms to see what the pupils of St Paul's are studying.


Parent Talk on Social Media

Dr Leslie Carew gave an excellent presentation last week on both the benefits and pitfalls of all types of social media with regard to children. She mentioned some website links that would provide some more insight. These are as follows:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


2017 Pentagular Results

Please follow this link to see the results.

Flower Arrangements

Thank you to all those moms who have kindly offered and brought flowers for the entrance and Headmaster's office. They are greatly appreciated.


Lost Property

Lost property – The volume of lost property has increased tremendously. It is important for the boys to take responsibility for their belongings as anything left unclaimed will be handed to the 2nd Hand shop for re-sale.

Please mark your child’s school clothes, sports clothes, lunch boxes, shoes and sports equipment clearly with first name and surname.

Boys are welcome to visit the lost property area before school, after school and during breaks.

Second Hand Shop

The Second Hand Shop will be closed during the school holidays and will re-open on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Lent Challenge

Should you wish to continue the 40 Acts of Generosity the boys have been been following at school with Mr Woolls during the Lent period, please click on the link and download the challenge cards.



Country Fair
The Country Fair held on Friday 17 March was a great success. A huge thanks to Sam Petersen, the PA and all the parents for their support and attendance at this year's fair. The fair realised a profit of over R200 000 and had more than 3000 feet through the gates. Well done on a fantastic achievement!
Founders Day Fun
A colourful display on Rossall Field as our boys put their hearts and souls into the Inter-house Tug-of-War competition.
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