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FRIDAY 17 November 2017
Dear Parents


Last Friday we held our Remembrance Day Service in the Jagger Hall. College had held theirs the day before in the Memorial Chapel and it had included the Principal and Head of School laying a wreath at the Roll of Honour for those Old Diocesans who lost their lives in World War I. The Principal, Guy Pearson, did a presentation on his recent visit to the Western Front memorials on which he had been accompanied by the Chairman of Council, Mike Bosman, Head of History, Paul Murray and about 40 ODs. They had dedicated a plaque to the memory of the 112 ODs who died during World War I in St George’s Chapel, Ypres, Belgium: a chapel in which schools from around the world have memorials for their war dead. We asked him to do the same presentation the next day for our boys.

The boys were riveted by his PowerPoint presentation which also included a brief account of the War itself, the ghastly conditions of the trenches, the wholesale slaughter on both sides and the devastation it caused in so many families on nearly every continent.

Ultimately his message was for boys not to glorify war but to recognize it as something that engenders such enormous suffering and loss. For your interest, the tour booklet can be seen with the Principal’s Newsletter of 12 October, on the College website, under “News”.

We ended the ceremony with the playing of the Last Post and Reveille by two of our trumpeters, Nic Allison (Grade 6) and Max Molyneux (Grade 7). They must be congratulated on their excellent rendition of what are two very difficult pieces of music, especially for boys of their age.


Please join us for one our Carol Services next week. There is plenty of room for the extended family too. A reminder that all boys do have to attend.


Many of the boys will have bought the orange wristbands with “Rowan” printed on them, proceeds of which will be donated to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Yesterday I took a number to the hospital for Rowan’s family and we already have a photograph of Rowan wearing his. A very special way to remain mindful and be united around him as he goes through his treatment.

Also included under Take Note, are notices regarding the new look school magazine that will be published in March 2018 as well as an appeal for the Bishops Trust’s Extra Term initiative, a chance to give a deserving boy a Bishops education.

Pop in to the hall to see a number of our boys' art on display. It is a real kaleidoscope of colour and creativity. Well worth a visit over the next few days.

Best wishes

Kind regards

Saturday 18 November 2017

Collect Waltons Stationery

Venue: Jagger Hall

Time: 08h00 to 12h00

Please bring Proof of Payment


Van der Bijl Go-Karting

Time: 09h00 to 11h30

Sunday 19 November

Mustard Seed Outing

Venue: Cecelia Forest

Time: 14h00 to 16h00

Monday 20 November 2017

Grade 6F Cape Town Walk

Time: 08h15 to 12h30


Grade 7 Potjiekos Day

Time: 08h30 to 14h30


Charlton Grade 7 Dinner

Venue: Waterfront

Time: 18h00 to 20h30

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Carol Service - Bramley and Charlton

Venue: Memorial Chapel

Time: 19h00 to 20h00

Boys to arrive at 18h27

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Grade 5 Outing to the Science Centre

Time: 08h00 to 12h30


Carol Service - Brooke and Van der Bijl

Venue: Memorial Chapel

Time: 19h00 to 20h00

Boys to arrive at 18h27

Thursday 23 November 2017

Go-Kart Races

Time: 09h00 to 10h00


'Bishops Has Talent' Show

Time: 10h45 to 12h00


Inter-House Swimming Gala

Time: 12h45 to 14h30


U13A Cricket vs Fathers

Time: 14h45 to 18h15

Friday 24 November

Grade 7 Leavers' Dinner

Venue: Kelvin Grove

Time: 18h30


2018 Extra Term Bursary Programme


Please click HERE for information on the Bishops Trust. Should you require additional information, please contact Nikki Matthews in the Trust office or if you wish to pledge your support please click HERE.

Mustard Seed Outing




New Look Bishops Magazine


Please click HERE to read about the new look Bishops Magazine and click HERE to place your order.

Thank you from Steve Mendes


Dear Parents

By the time you read this article I will be sitting in Lady Grey, preparing for the final SkyRun race briefing and safety discussion. My medical will have been done (and hopefully passed) the contents of my bag checked and approved, my food prepared and my head screwed on tighter than usual. The journey that begun as a dream so long ago, will become a reality in one uneasy, broken sleep.

I want to thank you all for your support and generosity with regards to my journey and the aim to assist the underprivileged children in Langa through EduNova. I have been blown away by the manner in which you have opened your hearts and given so generously to this venture. It means more to me than you will ever know.

All that is left is for me to live up to my end of the bargain and finish this incredible venture. My mind is strong – the body, we shall see.

The journey can be tracked live from 4:00 on Saturday morning using the link below.

Thank you all again.
I look forward to returning with stories to share and pictures to share.

Carol Service Toys and Retiring Collection

Next week our two Carol Services take place, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. It is customary that each boy brings a gift for a less fortunate child. These toys are blessed at the services, sorted at school and distributed to children in need. We request that the toys be new or in very good condition, and not wrapped as this facilitates sorting. In addition, we do a cash collection at the end of each service for Peninsula School Feeding and our support staff.

Bishops Calendar


A reminder about the fabulous Bishops Calendar that is being sold as a Fundraiser for the PA. Featuring artwork by both Prep and Pre-prep boys, it would make an excellent Christmas gift for family and friends, while at the same time raising funds for a good cause. 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.

Hot Lunch 2018


Please note that the Hot Lunch orders for your sons (excluding Grade 7's) roll over to next year. If you do NOT want to continue with your order, please email before 30 November 2017 to cancel it.

Sandwich Drive


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

There are only 2 more weeks of sandwich making left for the year. Let's pull out all the stops!

Learning is Fun

While our Grade 4s were busy building cities in Design Tech, the Grade 6s were taken on a tour of the city including a close encounter with the Noon Day Gun on Signal Hill. Visit the Prep FaceBook page for more pictures.
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