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FRIDAY 10 September 2021

Dear Parents

Thank you to all of you who attended last night’s AGM and for casting your votes for the new committee remotely. The following parents were elected to the Parents’ Association Committee for 2021/2022:

Ettie Chahwahwa
David Dalling
Zanne Horrell
Brian Khoury
Delene Mark
Daniela Wakeford

The procedure now is that I call a meeting of the new committee at which they elect office bearers and also have the opportunity to co-opt two further members if they so wish. I thank all those parents who put their names forward for election.
I want to thank the outgoing Committee chaired by Delene Mark for their contribution over the last year. Kay Layla-Sides, Advaita Naidoo and Chris Twycross did not make themselves available for re-election and I want to thank them for their active contribution over the last year and in Chris’ case, two years.

It is often presumed that this is just a fund-raising committee which is not true. They perform an important community-building function, serve as a sounding board for certain school issues and raise issues of general concern to parents, run an increasingly large outreach programme and similarly assist in the school’s transformation process particularly around parent discussion and involvement. They came in to office at a difficult time after lockdown and had to work through both the 2nd and 3rd waves of Covid. But I am pleased to say that they did everything they could do under the circumstances. Much of this is included in the Chair’s Report that was mailed to you in the last week.

I do want to highlight a few points though. I was so impressed that outreach to St Paul’s and Athwood Primary continued and in the case of the latter very creatively with shopping vouchers in place of sandwiches and, on Mandela Day, food hampers for the families most in need. The PA’s relationship with our VUSA Rugby and Learning Academy has grown exponentially, not only financially but also in the planning of creative opportunities for more connections between our boys and the VUSA boys and girls. Last term they organised a work party of families going out to assist VUSA children with the painting of one of the creches supported by VUSA. Their plan for families to go on outings with VUSA children could unfortunately not go ahead due to Covid restrictions but hopefully this will still be realised. A large part of any income from fundraising goes to the PA’s outreach and partnership projects and last term’s hamper raffle was extremely popular with the boys and they had enormous fun around it. More than R200 000 was raised.
We received very good feedback on the parents’ forum focusing on inclusion and diversity at the school, facilitated by the Committee, at which the Principal and I were interviewed and parents went into discussion groups. I am sure the new committee will continue to provide such opportunities going forward.

I gave feedback last night on the school’s ongoing transformation process. While some of the developments have been mentioned in our newsletters we will be sending out a specific Transformation Newsletter giving a full update. It will also include an updated draft Transformation and Diversity Policy recently discussed at the Transformation and Diversity Committee meeting.

Our boys have really enjoyed our two warm days this week as well as the inter-school sports fixtures we are managing to fit into the term. The last few days before we go off for our spring break will be given over to soccer which I know the boys are looking forward to.

To all our Jewish families we hope you enjoyed very Happy Rosh Hashana celebrations this week.

Have a good weekend

Kind regards


Saturday 18 September 2021 Soccer Matches

See details under TAKE Note - End of Term 3 Sport



GlobalGiving is a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits around the world by connecting them to donors and companies, tools and training.

VUSA has applied to become a GlobalGiving partner and has reached the final round of the intense vetting process – an accelerator fundraising campaign which runs from the 13 – 30 September.

To graduate from the Accelerator and become a permanent GlobalGiving partner, VUSA must raise at least $5,000 from 40 unique donors during the campaign.

Amongst other benefits, once accepted as a GlobalGiving partner, donors in the USA and UK will be able to claim tax benefits when donating to VUSA.

Crowdfunding platforms unleash the potential for anyone, anywhere, at any time, to make the world a better place Whether you can give financially or not we are asking the Bishops community to please share the link and champion this cause over the next few weeks. Whilst the end goal is to become a GlobalGiving partner, the project VUSA is raising funds for is unbelievable – we’ll give you a hint – it involves a bus and 40 laptops –– please look out for the campaign launch on social media and newsletters next week and share to anyone who you think can support this wonderful initiative which supports VUSA’s goals of awakening opportunities for primary school children in the Langa Community.

VUSA rugby teams will be playing Bishops on Saturday. We are looking forward to what promises to be a wonderful morning.


End of Term 3 Sport


Please take note of the revised Extra-Mural programme from Monday 13 September.Click HERE to see the schedule.


Bishops Community Week


It's just less than a month to go for the long-awaited Bishops Community Week. The week is dedicated to fundraising for the Invest in our Future Foundation, a Citadel and Bishops partnership developed to provide funding for Bishops school leavers from 2022 to pursue a tertiary education as well as for OD start-ups.

The week kicks off from the 5th October and includes a musical soiree in the Memorial Chapel, an art exhibition showcasing talented ODs and students, a fine wine and dining evening and auction, and finally the golf day. Please see the programme details for the week below. We will be sending out individual event details and ticket sales from next week so keep your eyes peeled!

Grade 3 Science
Fascinating experiments taking place in Grade 3 while learning about how rain works and seeing a bubble in a bubble.
Design and Tech
Intense focus by some of our Grade 4 boys while coding robots in Design and Tech class.
Team Work in Action!
So good to be back on the fields playing competitive sport. Please visit our Facebook  and Instagram pages or website photo gallery for more photos.

VUSA/Bishops Partnership

Please click HERE to view the presentation at last night's PA AGM.


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