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Friday 24 February 2017

Dear Parents

Official Opening of Grade N and New Pre-Prep Facilities

On Tuesday evening, we enjoyed a very happy ceremony and social time with parents, staff, members of Council and the various Committees as well as a number of past staff.  The Chairman of Council, Mike Bosman, was asked to cut the ribbon and in his speech he said:

“I have often wondered whether Bishop Robert Gray, when he started Bishops in 1849, could have had any idea that his dreams to establish a brilliant Cape Town school situated at the foot of Table Mountain would lead to what we see around us today at Bishops – the academic home to 1 431 boys in total and approximately 300 staff members in the whole school.

He surely could not have imagined, some 168 years ago, that an incredible school would be developed that would be ready, happy and very capable of educating boys from when they were 4 or 5 years old until they were about 18 years old and then ready for university.

At the Pre-Prep School today, we have 274 boys from Grade N to Grade 2, each being launched into a lifetime of learning. We believe that we now have, with these new classrooms, hall and renovations, a set of buildings and facilities that go a long way towards matching the excellent learning experience that our boys have here.”

Father Terry prayed a blessing on the buildings, asking that they be places of inspiration and learning, safety and challenge, growth and searching for the deeper meaning of life.  After many years of planning and 17 months of building, it is a great pleasure to see the boys using these facilities so fully already and with such obvious glee.

175 Campaign Update

Part of the aim of the 175 Campaign launched by the Bishops Trust last year is to ensure that our facilities remain relevant and that we have the facilities we need for the all-round education we offer.
We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received since the launch of the 175 Campaign in November 2016.

November is generally a very busy time of year so we are very appreciative of the effort made to attend the launch.

To date we have raised in excess of R26 million so thank you to all the generous donors that have contributed thus far. 

In addition, 9 boys are currently funded by Bishops families or businesses via the Extra Term Initiative.  By assisting with one term’s school fees annually for five years, benefactors are providing a life changing opportunity to these boys – thank you.

Education remains a key challenge in South Africa and has a direct bearing on the current skills needs in various facets of the local economy.  There is a wonderful opportunity to contribute meaningfully in this regard and assist with educating our boys who we hope will become tomorrow’s leaders and contributors to society.  Bishops continuously strives to be a leading centre of modern learning within a local and global framework and we require your support.

The 175 Campaign is an appeal to the whole Bishops community including OD’s, current and past parents as well as staff and even the current students at the school.  We ask you all to participate in this great initiative now and into the future to keep Bishops a relevant, well-rounded and outstanding centre of education, producing gentlemen that can contribute meaningfully in their own circles of influence and in turn support Bishops in the future.

Please note that bona fide donations to the Bishops Trust are eligible for a Section 18A Tax Exemption Certificate. Any donation received before the end of February 2017 allows a deduction in the 2017 tax year. Please read here for additional information on the tax benefits.

If you would like to find out more about The Bishops Trust 175 Campaign, please do not hesitate to contact Nikki Matthews at the Trust Office (021 659 1000).

175 Campaign Brochure

This year there has unfortunately been a general increase in incidents of theft at Bishops and at most of the schools in our area. With the level of activity on all our campuses, you will appreciate that this is a very difficult area to police. Please ensure that you have your new blue (parent) access discs displayed on your windscreen by 1 March 2017. We will be shortening the open gate time at College and will be stopping all vehicles without disks. In addition, we will be randomly asking visitors to Bishops to confirm the purpose of their visit and we will not let people use our facilities without prior approval.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask that you work with us in managing the safety of our boys and assets.

 Kind regards


Greg Brown (Headmaster), Father Terry Wilke, Noell Andrews (Previous Head of Pre-Prep), Sharlene Groom (Head of Pre-Prep), Sean King (Business Manager), Guy Pearson (Principal), Mike Bosman (Head of Council)

Saturday 25 February - Sunday 26 February

Father and Son Camp

Wednesday 1 March

Ash Wednesday. Boys to wear No 1s

Friday 3 March

18:00 Charlton Family Picnic, Clifton 4th Beach
Letter to follow

Sunday 5 March

Boarders' Chapel Service


The following Grade 7 boys have been selected to write the second and final selection round for the team to take part in an international Maths competition later this year. Over 300 children wrote the first round of which only 31 were selected. We are very proud of them. They will write on Monday 27 March.

Luke Botha
Brett Horn
Dieter Karlein
Robert Kotze
Aleksandr Selby

Water Wise

Thank you to the 140 boys and families who took part in collecting their estimated water saving data.

We were able to save an incredible amount of 108 705.5 litres over the period of ten days! 
We need to all work hard at conserving our water, as our dam level is at 25% - which means a little over 125 days of water usage left. 

BISHOPS PREP | Fir Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700
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