FRIDAY 5 May 2017

Dear Parents


In many UK schools sports practices are still referred to as the “games period” and the teachers dedicated to sports as the “games masters”. It sounds very old fashioned and a little quaint but it does serve to remind us that the sport our son plays involves a game and therefore fun, enjoyment and recreation. It is very easy for this to be forgotten in schools today where competition is so intense and where expectations for performance are so high. So much has been written about why we play sport at school and, in recent times, the “how” our boys experience sport has come under criticism.

Do we coach to ensure that our boys will win or to ensure that our boys grow into responsible adults, good, decent human beings? However, the two are not mutually exclusive. No boy should enter a game not wanting to win and have an exciting and memorable experience. Tim Noakes, in an article published a few years ago, explained that the saying, “Winning is not everything, it is the only thing” was incorrectly attributed to US football coach, Vince Lombardi. What he actually said was, “Winning is not the only thing, the only thing is doing everything in your power to win.” In other words playing sport is about the development of character, determination, guts, perseverance, team work, everything that goes to make a good, resilient adult who can make a contribution in society.

Where am I going with this? I think it is essential that we remember why our boys play sport at Bishops and why we make participation compulsory: we want our boys to develop physically, to grow character, to learn the skills of as many sports as possible, to have fun and enjoyment and hopefully continue with some form of physical activity for the rest of their lives.

It’s up to us, the adults, teachers, coaches and parents, to ensure that this approach is what coaches and parents are supporting and our boys are experiencing. We need to keep perspective in a school context. We see professional sportsmen make mistakes and international referees make the wrong call with devastating consequences for a Test match. So we are going to see the same at some time at school boy level.

As a parent, being out in the open watching your son playing a match is most enjoyable for you and him. Here are some suggestions of the best ways to support him.

• Only make encouraging comments on the side line.
• Don’t criticise the referee – he is normally trying his best.
• Don’t analyse the game unless your son wants to discuss the details with you.
• Praise the other team (we need our opponents) even when they beat us or have a different approach.
• Enjoy the game yourself.
• If you can make the time, kick or bowl informally to your son over the weekends.

Every year twelve rugby playing schools send out a combined letter to their communities regarding parental support at rugby matches. Please read the attached letter.

I hope you will all enjoy the winter season with us and, above all, your son’s participation. Hopefully many of you will be able to join us at the Skeeles 7s Festival this afternoon and evening.

Kind regards





Friday 5 May 2017

Skeeles 7s Rugby Festival

Lutgensvale Fields

13h30 to 21h00

Friday 12 May 2017

Civvies Day

See under
TAKE Note for further information.

Sunday 14 May 2017

Mothers Day




Clothing Collection

On Civvies Day next Friday, please send donations of clothes, blankets and kitchen items. These will be distributed to the Imizamo Yethu fire victims.

Hot Lunches

The Winter Menu starts from Monday. Please check MyBishopsLife for further details.

School Magazine

The School Magazine is available online. Here is the link:

Test Dates

Test Dates for Grades 4 to 7 have been uploaded to the Prep Calendar.  Please check the calendar regularly as dates do change for various reasons.

Rugby Fixtures

As final teams have not yet been selected, the fixtures for next Saturday are listed below. Once final teams are selected, this information will appear on MyBishopsLife going forward, and not in the newsletter.



Cross Country

All the boys that finished in the top 12 positions in each age group (see attached PDF) will start their cross country practices next term – this is in preparation for the Pentangular event taking place on the 08th September, hosted by Rondebosch Boys’ Prep School.




Dulwich Exchange

Last Wednesday we wished some of our boys Bon Voyage as they left for the UK in the very capable hands of Mr Mitchell and Mrs Sheard. More photos of their exploits are available in the Prep Website Photo Gallery.


On Friday 21 April, all Prep rugby boys welcomed special guests from College, members of the First XV team, who spoke to the boys about the rugby season ahead. The Bishops mascots for both Prep and College were also revealed.

Inter-House Cross Country

Our annual Inter-House Cross-Country event was held last Wednesday 26 April. After a morning of heavy showers, the skies cleared and the race was run in cool but dry conditions. There was a good turn-out with 87% of Prep boys taking part. The boys ran with enthusiasm and results saw Brooke winning the participation trophy while Bramley won the overall performance trophy. Thank you to all officials and ground staff who helped to make the event a huge success.


Inter-House Fishing Competition


The Breede River was the venue for our annual inter-house fishing competition. Two days of serious fishing took place. Fish were plentiful, but the really big ones were few and far between. All participants must be commended for promoting and practising catch and release fishing. It was a close finish with only a few centimeters splitting the first and second places, with VDB taking the trophy. After the prize-giving everybody settled around the fire to reflect on what was a very enjoyable event.

More  information and photos are available on the Prep Website.




The Grade challenge started off with a roaring success - the Grade 3's and 4's contributed a combined total of 1600 sandwiches for Athwood Primary. Thank you to boys and parents for your generosity and kindness! Grade 5's it's your turn to rise to the challenge next week! Please refer to the sandwich roster below for your next sandwich making date! Any questions may be directed to Di Davidson at





We received a very heartfelt thank you from the Okkie Smuts Primary School in Stanford for the donation of stationery received from Prep. Many thanks to all who contributed.



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