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Dear Parents/Guardians

The first term of the new year is now over and it has been a full one with moments along the way that have inspired us, yet ones that have also challenged us as a College. We have managed Covid well, I feel, with minimal infections in our community and a careful and compassionate approach with our boys. It has not always been easy as their natural instinct to connect, particularly physically, has had to be curtailed for the sake of their safety. They have had a return to a number of activities which they have enjoyed and it has given me great pleasure to see our boys playing again and taking part in events once more. My thanks go to all parents for working together with us as we manage this pandemic. My thanks go to our staff who are constantly watching out for the boys in their care. We have no idea when it will end, or indeed what that end will look like, but we will continue to look after our boys’ health, both physically and mentally.

The transformation journey has continued, albeit slowly, under Covid conditions which have not allowed for engagement and debate in large groups of people. The process of training staff took the form of a training session for 15 facilitators from our teaching and non-teaching staff and a session for our Executive team – both of which have been extremely valuable. We will be extending the training to the full staff of all three campuses on Monday 19 April in an all-day session involving every single employee of the school. We will thus have to close school for the boys that day as we undertake this important step and ask that parents understand the need for us to do so and support the process. 

Staff news
We bade farewell to Ms Katherine Spindler who has taught junior Art and run the Accelerated Art Programme for many years. She leaves us to pursue her painting career full time and we wish her well for the future. My grateful thanks also go to Ms Wendy Moult and Dr Paul Murray who have stood in so capably for us this term. Both are accomplished experts in their fields and it has been wonderful to have them add to our boys’ experiences in the classroom. We will be welcoming the new permanent staff next term, Ms Rebecca Goble in Life Sciences and Mr Sam Mofokeng in the History department.

At our final assembly of the term I spoke to the boys about the disciplinary process that plays out should something go wrong. While there is an understandable desire for people to be kept informed of process and consequence, that is not always possible in a school situation as we are dealing with minors. Whenever there is an issue to be dealt with, we will do so in an educational manner, keeping the best interests of the boys and the school at heart. We are fully aware that some may feel this “sweeps matters under a carpet”. I assure you nothing could be further from the truth. We will always deal with things we know about and incidents that come to our attention. But we will deal with them in a manner that respects the age of the boys involved and their emotional development. We must be very careful not to apply judgement normally reserved for an adult, developed brain, to that of a child still in development.

We have had a tough time this past week, as individuals and as members of the Bishops community as the spotlight fell on us again. I remain concerned at the ease with which matters were reported on in public without full knowledge of the real situation. We tried to keep parents informed as best we could given the circumstances, and assure them that this incident was not what it was made out to be. The boys have been dealt with as part of our disciplinary process and many valuable lessons learned by all.

Two main lessons stood out for me and I raised them with the boys at our final assembly today.

Social media and the ease with which images and content can be shared is both a blessing and a curse. Our boys often battle to understand what is appropriate and what is not and forget, in the moment, that what they send to another can have far-reaching consequences – for them or for the other person. There is a permanence at play as well, as the content they post, share, like or comment upon is there forever. I urge all parents to talk to their children about their cyber responsibilities. We will be trying to get help for them in the form of experts in the field of cyber law but this remains a vital part of parenting – those difficult conversations we need to have.

The second lesson is more difficult and has to do with masculinity, sexual citizenship and responsibilities. Our world has an awful history of abuse, particularly of women, and we need to help our boys become better men. Men who respect women and their partners, and respect the act of sex as one between consenting adults in a committed relationship, according to family values, tradition and acceptable practices. The criminal act of rape is abhorrent under every circumstance and our boys also need to understand what sexual consent is about – when “no” means “no”.

Part of this conversation is the respect our boys should show others - girls and women in particular. This includes names that girls are sometimes called, wolf-whistling, commenting on a girl’s clothing and so many other examples of completely unacceptable behaviour. This conversation is also one we as parents need to have with our children and I urge you to talk to your boy and teach him about how Good Men behave towards women as we work in partnership to help him.

I share the following words from Marge Kennedy which resonated with me, particularly as we deal with difficult moments as a community and within our families. 

“In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by the number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.”

We will be celebrating this most holy of our moments in the Christian calendar during the upcoming holidays. This is a time for deep reflection and spiritual renewal and I wish our families a Blessed Easter. A happy holiday to you all.

Kind regards

Tony Reeler


On Human Rights Day, my wife, son and I went to the display called The Long March to Freedom, a collection of bronze statues of men and women who fought injustice and who stood up for our collective freedoms as individuals – often at great personal expense. These were people who saw something wrong and did something right.

The display is at Canal Walk and is well worth a visit – for the skill of the artists who captured so much of the essence of the people, for the learning that comes through the brief history accompanying each piece but more for the opportunity to reflect and to learn – about ourselves. It gave my family and I a chance to think about how we, in our own small way, can actually make a difference in the lives of others.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Robert F. Kennedy

You have those small moments when you will have a choice and that choice can have far-reaching consequences as we saw in the events of the week gone past. But the far-reaching consequences can be for the good and can help someone else too.

This my final message to you this term is to understand that you can make a difference – you may not bend history as those men and women did, but you can change the life of one person, a family member, a stranger. It is up to you to be a Good Man.

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.”

William Arthur Ward


Avenue Mile
The Bishops Avenue Mile was held on Founder's Day.  Ollie Kennedy-Smith won the race in a very creditable time of 4min 36sec.  Ben Derman finished second just outside the 5min barrier in 5min 02 seconds, and Chris Gutuza was third in 5min 09seconds.  An impressive 1,2,3 for Gray House.  The junior race was won by Reuben Truter in 5min 17sec – Reuben was in 5th place overall.  Joe Phillipson was second in 5min 22sec and James Le Feuvre was the 3rd junior home in 5min 31sec.   

Inter House Tug-o-War
The Inter House tug-o-war was held on Founder's Day recently.
Congratulations to Mallett House on winning the junior title and a dominant School House won the senior tug-o-war. Well done to all who made this such a fun event.

Inter House Basketball
After four weeks of intensive basketball playing we have reached the final awards for term 1. The senior Inter House final was won by School House and the Most Valued Player is Max de Romijn (S12).
The junior Inter House trophy was won by Mallett House.
We look forward to playing other schools in the 4th term.

Inter House Sailing
Congratulations to Gray House on winning the Inter House Sailing Trophy.  The event took place at Zeekoe Vlei on Founder's Day, Gray beat Ogilvie in the finals.

Inter House Water Polo
The Water polo season ended last week Thursday with the Inter House competition.
Congratulations to the following teams:
1st place: Mallett House
Runners-up: Founders House

1st place: Kidd House
Runners-up: School House
Mallett House win the Inter House water polo trophy.


All Rounders Tie
The following boys are to be congratulated on being awarded their All Rounders Ties.

Robbie Dow
Trenowyn Giles
Matthew Malan
Kiran Pillay 
Sebastiano Panieri 
Liam Petersen
Ronaq Sayed 
Mogammad Yusuf Johaar
Thomas Withers

Service Ties
We are pleased to award service ties to the following boys for their commitment, dedication and service to the chapel.

Bell Ringer
Over a period of two years, the following boys served and showed dedication in ringing bells without fail.  When any of the robes or bells were broken or worn out, these boys made sure that it was reported and followed through to ensure that repairs were done timeously.  Through their dedication and commitment, they deserve to be acknowledged and applauded for taking pride in ringing bells for all our chapel services.

Ben Jack
Imad Khan
Daniel Kruger
Joshua Michau

Alter Server
Service in the Server’s Guild requires a great deal of humility, diligence and exceptional commitment. When we are called to serve, God removes all the glamour and fanfare and leaves only a humble heart. Ayden Csizmadia is acknowledged and has been called for this work and he has performed his duties with distinction. He is truly deserving of a service tie for his commitment, dedication and willingness to serve.

Congratulations to Jonty Couves for being awarded full colours for swimming. Jonty has represented the college in a variety of gala's and championships. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Cricket Awards
Congratulations to the following cricketers whom have scored centuries of late:
Kashief Joseph 110 (119) for the 2nd XI vs Spartans
Abel Mokwena 127 (123) for the 1st X1 vs Milnerton High

The following cricketers took 5 wickets or more in the past few weeks:
Thomas Bester  10 – 4 – 27 – 5 for the 2nd XI vs Spartans
Connor Todd  16.3-1-66-6 for the 2nd XI vs SACS
Dayne Levick  7-1-10-5 for the 4th XI vs Wynberg
Ross Martin  10.3-3-10-5 for the 1st X1 vs Paarl Boys
Milan Sandri  7-2-11-5 for the U15B vs SACS
Peyton Leigh  16-5-20-8 for the U15A v Paarl Boys

Basketball Colours Matrics for 2020/21

Full Colours:
Alistair Bruce (S12)
Chris Forbes (G12)
Jermaine Lwande (W12)
Max de Romijn (S12)
Jack Pace (G12)

Half Colours:
Zain Dawood (O12)
Abdul Kader (B12)
Daniel Nelson (K12)

Congratulations to Matthew Reid on being appointed as the Captain of Squash for 2021.

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