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FRIDAY 10 November 2017
Dear Parents

Rowan has finished his first round of chemotherapy. Please continue to keep him and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. We pray for healing and strength during his treatment.

We have made a decision, after a great deal of soul searching and analysis of trends, to close boarding as we know it at the end of 2018. In its place we hope to establish a residential boarding facility which will allow for a much smaller complement and a different model entirely, not linked to the school’s House system and with a very different logistical structure.

We make this decision with a heavy heart. Up to about 20 years ago the Prep had 90 boarders in two Houses, Bramley and Van der Bijl, and it was in many ways the cornerstone of the school and certainly the House system. As numbers fell during the early 2000s Bramley was eventually closed and the facilities converted into Grade 3 classrooms. Since 2005 numbers in Van der Bijl boarding house have continued decreasing despite specific marketing in the country area. Very few parents of modern day prep age pupils want or are prepared to allow their sons to board before high school level, particularly long distance boarders. Gone are the days of a six year old boy being put on a train in the Karoo and being fetched from Cape Town station by a Bishops Housemaster only to see his parents again at Easter. To counter the need for this, new independent schools have sprung up all over the country often started by farming parents in the vicinity. Applewood in Grabouw, Bridge House in Franschoek and Lanner House in Worcester are examples of this.

The decline in Prep boarding is a national and international phenomenon. Many boys’ schools have closed their boarding facilities in South Africa and Dulwich Prep, with whom we have started our UK exchange, are down to nine boarders out of a school of over 800. High school boarding remains popular including at the College where a number of boys board who could easily be day boys but are wanting the full experience of being a boarder with the camaraderie and proximity to everything at school.

It is a great pity as we have one of the best boarding facilities that I have seen in the country and the quality of care and the nurturing experience our boys receive is excellent. But we have to face the reality – we have beds for 45 and each year our numbers decline so that next year we will be under 10. We cannot keep the extent of the facilities and the logistics associated going for such a small number. A residential model will have different spatial and staffing needs, so a small complement will be housed in something closer to a family home and live in a family-type situation.

We are currently looking very carefully at our buildings with an eye to the re-use of space and have engaged architects to assist in the process and ultimately re-design according to our brief.

Boarding is definitely open for 2018 and will continue as normal. “Hotel boarding” will still be available for your sons if you need to be away for a while.

Best wishes

Kind regards


Friday 10 November 2017

Brooke House Grade 7 Leavers' Function

Venue: Skeeles Pavilion

Time: 18h00 to 20h00

Friday 10 November 2017 Van Der Bijl Grade 4 and 5 Laser Evening

Time: 18h00 to 20h00
Monday 13 November 2017

Grade 7 Environment Movie Outing

The Grade 7 boys will be walking to Cavendish Square where they will watch a fictional film regarding climate change, which has been a topic of teaching this term. Boys to please wear khakis and tie, no blazer required.

Time: 08h00 to 12h45

Monday 13 November 2017 6A Cape Town Walk

Time: 08h15 to 12h45
Tuesday 14 November 2017

Prayer Groups Get Together

Venue: Rossall Pavilion

Time: 07h30

Tuesday 14 November 2017 Bramley Leadership Function

Time: 18h00 to 19h30
Wednesday 15 November 2017 6M Cape Town Walk

Time: 08h15 to 12h45
Wednesday 15 November 2017

Charlton Family Braai

Venue: Prep Pool

Time: 18h00 to 20ho0

Thursday 16 November 2017 Leavers' Concert

Venue: Jagger Hall

Time: 19h00 to 20h30

Friday 17 November 2017 Grade 7 Market Day

Time: 11h30 to 13h15
Achievement in Cricket
Congratulations to Nic Allison who was awarded a bat at the Cape Schools’ Cricket Week at Dale College during the September holidays. This was for being the highest wicket taker of the event- 12 wickets in total. This is an excellent achievement!

Bishops Prayer Groups Get-together


All are welcome!

Stationery Collection

All stationery orders handed in will receive an invoice via email. Please diarise and arrange collection of your son’s stationery, which will take place in Jagger Hall on Saturday 18 November 2017, between 08h00 and 12h00. Uncollected boxes will be sent back to Waltons.

For your convenience, please bring along your proof of payment to avoid any delays.

Prep Calendar


Please consider buying a calendar - it includes key Bishops dates and is of a high quality including a very colourful range of Prep and Pre-prep art. Ideal for your home or as a gift.You may view the calendar at Prep reception. The calendars cost R150 each. Please reserve your calendar(s) by paying the Bishops Prep PA via eft.

The PA's bank account details are Bishops Prep PA; FNB; Rondebosch; Account no: 50171134709.

Please reference your payments: Surname/Child'sGrade/2018 Calendar eg Smith/Gr2/2018Calendar. Calendars will be delivered to the Prep reception on Friday mornings for collection with a list of the names of the parents who have paid for them.

Change in Sport

All inter school matches will be completed after this weekend.

No more practices next week.
Monday: Junior Cricket House matches. Fencing. No other sport.
Tuesday: Senior and U9 House matches, Judo. No other Sport.
Wednesday: Inter House Chess. Judo. No other sport.


In last week’s newsletter, we asked you to email Mrs Kerven if you do NOT require labels for your son to be printed. As the term is a short one, it would be appreciated if you are able to email her by Monday 14 November 2017 on If we have not received an email by this date we will assume that you do require the labels and you will be charged accordingly.

St Paul's Outreach

We still require balls for the St Paul's Christmas presents we are putting together. If you are able to donate balls (no bigger than a tennis ball), please send them Mrs Kieswetter at the Library. Your generosity would be much appreciated.

Mr Mendes and the Sky Run


Mr Mendes leaves next Thursday for Lesotho to take part in the run starting early on Saturday morning. So far he has managed to raise R25 800 which will go towards the EduNova charity. It would be wonderful if he could reach or exceed his goal of R30 000 before he leaves. If you are able to contribute, please visit his sponsorship page HERE.

Sandwich Outreach

Please note the following date changes to the Sandwich Drive due to grade camps in the last week of school.


The new dates are as follows:

Tuesday 14 November - Grade 4
Tuesday 21 November - Grade 5
Tuesday 28 November - Grade 3

Cricket News
Congratulations to our U13A cricketers on winning the Southern Suburbs T20 challenge for 2017. Bishops played Rondebosch in an epic encounter culminating in an exciting super over. The boys held their nerve at the vital time to take out the match. Congratulations to both sides on an outstanding game.
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