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FRIDAY 17 January 2010
Dear Parents

Welcome back to Bishops and the 2020 school year. The boys seem refreshed and ready to go. A particular welcome to the Prep to all Grade 3s and new boys in other grades and their families. I hope their experience is going to be an exciting and stimulating one.


Welcome too to a number of new staff:

  • Karen Dallas – our new Deputy Head with responsibility for Academics (please note that Chris Groom now heads Sport and Extra-Murals)
  • Yi-Yi Lin – Grade 3 Intern
  • Storm Philips – Stooge
  • Axola Diniso – Stooge
  • Melody Green – Part-time Music School Administrator
  • Jeremy Smith – Youth Pastor (this is a part-time role as Mr Smith is also part-time pastor at St Thomas’ Church)

Murray Anderson is undergoing a major back operation today and will be away until next term. We pray for a successful operation and a speedy recovery. One of our past staff members and former Head of Maths, Sue Burgess, will substitute for him.

Sadly, Steve Mendes has decided to leave teaching for commerce and he finishes at Bishops at the end of the month. He has held a number of responsibilities over and above class teaching: Bramley Assistant Housemaster, Head of Swimming and English as well as 1st team Hockey coach. He is extremely competent and an organiser of note. We are grateful for his contribution and wish him well as he starts this new chapter in his working life. Former English teacher and Head of English at the Prep, Lynne Adelbert, will substitute until the end of term.

Counselling / Academic Support

Marileen Harrod, our Academic Support Co-ordinator across the Prep and Pre-Prep, has moved to the College and will be the full-time Educational Psychologist at the Bishops Support Unit after nine years in her position at the Prep. She has taken learning support, monitoring of boys with learning difficulties, co-ordinating classroom strategies and liaising with parents to a completely new level. As a result, we have an extremely effective and streamlined system, one that really ensures a safety net for our boys and the best chance for each boy to reach his maximum potential. We will certainly miss her but she is not lost to Bishops.

As a result, we have decided to make some structural changes and have one psychologist at each of the Prep and Pre-Prep who will be both Counsellor and Learning Support Co-Ordinator. They will work closely together but it means that the psychologist is always on the one campus. Juanté Di Tripani, our new Counsellor last year, will take over the joint role at the Pre-Prep.

Please be assured that the handovers, with boys, staff and parents, will be very carefully managed to make them as seamless as possible. We have appointed Laura Cook, a psychologist working at two schools in Gauteng, to the Prep. As she can only assume the position in April, Anne McDonald, our former Counsellor, will substitute until the end of the term.

Thank you for reading this – I know it is a lot of information.

Best wishes for 2020.

Kind regards

Friday 17 January 2020

Bramley Family Social

Postponed due to bad weather

Monday 20 January 2020

Grade 5 Parent Meeting

Venue: Grade 5 Classrooms

Time: 18h00 to 19h00

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Grade 3 Parent Meeting

Venue: Grade 3 Classrooms

Time: 18h00 to 19h00

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Grade 4 Parent Meeting

Venue: Grade 4 Classrooms

Time: 18h00 to 19h00

Friday 24 January 2020 Civvies Day

Please see further details under TAKE Note
Sunday 26 January 2020

Charlton Grade 4 and 7 Mentorship

Venue: Kirstenbosch Gardens

Time: 09h30 to 12h30

Communcation regarding absenteesim


If your son is absent from school, it is imperative that you notify, via email, his Form Teacher, House Master, any other relevant teachers and the School Secretary, Mrs Kerven by 07h30 as we have introduced a register period.

Prep Boys wear their uniform with pride

We are starting the year with a particular focus on uniform: correct uniform worn neatly. For summer, the tracksuit is only worn with sports kit and the jersey only with khakis; everyone in blazers for Monday Chapel Assembly. Boys mauy only come to school in their sportskit if they have P.E. before first break..
Important Request

It's only the third day of term and the front office is already cluttered with various items that have been dropped off by parents as boys have left them at home. We need the boys to take responsibility for their possessions and strongly discourage parents from dropping items at school. We appreciate your understanding in this regard.

Sports Letter - All Parents

Please click HERE to access the letter with instructions on co-curricular practices and fixtures on MyBishopsLife.

Athletics Trials

Athletics Trials will take place next week for new boys and boys who were absent during trials last year.


Details as follows:

Monday: u13 - 15h45 - 16h45
Tuesday: u10 - 15h45 - 16h45
Wednesday: u9/u12 - 15h45 - 16h45
Thursday: u11 - 15h45 - 16h45

Venue: Lutgensvale
Squad Swimming


Any boy who would like to attend squad training next week may do so and the squads will be announced at some point during that week ready for the following week.

Civvies Day


There will be a Civvies Day next Friday and we will be collecting stationery for Athwood Primary and other disadvantaged schools.

Test Timetable


The Test Timetables for Grades 4 to 7 are being finalized and will be on the calendar by Friday 24 January 2020.

Upcoming Event


On Monday, 20 January 2020, during school time, Grade 7 boys will be participating in a Time Management Workshop run by Elevate Education.

Second Hand Shop


Many of your boys would have grown during the school holiday! Please consider taking school uniform and sports items that are no longer required to the Second Hand Shop to be resold. Please ensure that the items are clean and in good condition. They are particularly short of khaki shirts.


Shop Hours:


Tuesdays: 07h15 to 08h15 and 13h15 to 14h15

Thursdays: 07h15 to 08h15 and 13h15 to 14h15


Please contact Jen Thunstrom on or Tanyana Robb-Qiunlan on with any queries.

Bishops Coffee Pop-Up
Fir Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700
Phone:+27 (21) 659 7222 | Fax: +27 (21) 659 7227