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FRIDAY 19 January 2018
Dear Parents

Welcome back to school! I hope you have enjoyed restful holidays and I wish you a peaceful and productive 2018. Welcome too to our Pre-Prep boys who have moved across to Grade 3 as well as the 16 boys across the grades that are new to Bishops this year. We hope that they and their families will settle into the school quickly and enjoy a very stimulating and happy time at the Prep.

I welcome our new staff: Gareth Jordan (HoD Maths), Mandy Gloak (Gr 4M) and Xolani Mathyeke  (Gr 5M); Laurelle Fry who has moved from the Pre-Prep (Gr 3F) and Mandy Hunt who is substituting in Grade 3H while Leanne Hamman is away on maternity leave. Also to Laura de Klerk who interned at the Pre-Prep and is doing a year with Grade 3s and Njabulo Mwelasi (stooging from Natal). Congratulations to Brendan and Leanne Hamman on the birth of Kylie Elizabeth!

I am pleased to report that Rowan is making good progress. He completed his second and third sessions of chemotherapy during the holidays. He was also able to spend time at home including Christmas which, of course, was such a bonus for him and his family. Rowan remains so positive that he really is an inspiration for us all. He begins his final round of chemotherapy at the end of next week so please continue to keep Rowan, Julie, Adam and Neave in your thoughts and prayers.

We are continuing our “drought uniform” until further notice. On any day that your son has Phys Ed or a sports practice/match he may wear sports dress. It must be the correct kit for the relevant sport and be worn with track shoes and short socks or Bishops rugby socks. He may wear the tracksuit with it if necessary but not a school jersey. On days when he does not have sport, he wears his normal khaki uniform.

The water crisis in the Western Cape continues to affect all of us and sadly “Day zero” is fast approaching. Level 6B water restrictions will be in place from 1 February and these are very severe. Bishops is fully committed to managing water and a number of municipal water reduction measures are being implemented throughout all campuses. Please note that sport remains a fundamental part of our education process for boys and is integral to our offering at Bishops and for both educational and safety reasons we will continue to water pitches, fields and hockey astro and fill our swimming pools with borehole water. This will happen at appropriate times when there is less evaporation and every effort will be made not to over use borehole water. Ornamental gardens will be manually managed after 6pm in the evenings on a rotational basis.

We are currently assessing which toilets on campus are in key locations (Boarding Houses, specific classroom precincts and selected sports venues) and their water source will be changed from municipal water to borehole water.

We encourage all boys to be very frugal with their water consumption and we will get through this crisis together.

We are going to be working with our boys in a particular way on their executive functioning skills over the next few weeks. These are of course not new skills; they have been developing these since early childhood but with life becoming busier for our young people time management, prioritising and planning, for instance, become more critical for their success. So we are going to focus on very simple weekly planning sheets for Grades 4-7 where they record deadlines, activities and plan the breaking up of work into manageable portions across the week. Form teachers will be assisting the boys to complete these and manage their time accordingly. Please have a look at their planning – you will no doubt be able to add events that they might have forgotten or even household chores.

Executive functioning incorporates a range of skills so I will write a more comprehensive letter on this next week and discuss how we as the adults can walk alongside our boys to assist them in growing these skills.

I hope that your sons are going to enjoy a wonderful year at the Prep: progressing, achieving and succeeding. But there will no doubt also be some disappointments and difficulties. As adults let us teach them to weather these and learn from them.

Kind regards


Monday 22 Janaury 2018

Grade 5 Parent Teacher Meetings

Venue: Grade 5 Classrooms

Time: 18h00

Tuesday 23 Janaury 2018

Grade 3 Parent Teacher Meetings

Venue: Grade 3 Classrooms

Time: 18h00

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Grade 4 Parent Teacher Meetings

Venue: Jagger Hall

Time: 18h00

Friday 26 January 2018

Bramley Mentorship Function Grade 4 and 7

Venue: The Oaks Pavilion

Time: 15h30 to 17h30


Bramley Family Braai

Venue: Prep Pool and Rossall

Time: 17h30 to 20h30

Sunday 28 Janaury 2018

Charlton Mentorship Function Grade 4 and 7

Venue: Kirstenbosch

Time: 09h30 to 13h00


Talk by Dr Michael Mol



Please support the Hamilton Mvelase Bursary Fund. Visit the website here to book your tickets. Any queries may be directed to The Bishops Trust.


If you have bought new school shoes and school bags this year, please consider donating the old ones to a needy school in Khaylitsha. All donations will be much appreciated and may be dropped off at the library.

Second Hand Shop



Please support the Second Shop for your uniform and sports kit requirements. They are open every Tuesday and Thursday during term time from 07h15 to 08h15 and 13h15 to 14h15.

Sandwiches for Athwood Primary



Please take note of the above roster. We look forward to a bumper crop of sandwiches this year!

Hotel Boarding


Here are a few of our boarders with Mr Njabulo Mwelase, our new stooge from Cowan House in KZN. Please be reminded that our Boarding House offers a "Hotel Boarding" facility for parents who are travelling. Please contact Mrs Leppan for further details.


Please note that trials for new boys and boys who were absent from trials last year will take place next week. (Monday 22 January to Thursday 25 January). Please check the day on which your son should be coming to complete his trials.

Monday - U13, Tuesday - U10, Wednesday - U9/U12, Thursday - U11

Field events: in the morning only from 06h30 – 07h15 on Stanmore field.

Track events: in the afternoons only from 15h45 – 16h45 at Lutgensvale.

Parenting Seminar

Roots and Wings by Lindsy Bolus will take place on Wednesday 7th March (09h00 – 12h00) at Bishops Pre-Prep. Tickets cost R250 for the morning. Please follow this link to find out more and to book your spot -

Bishops Prep Fathers & Sons’ Camp 2018


This tent camp is for boys in Grades 5, 6 & 7 and their Dads on Kromrivier farm near Riviersonderend - approx 2 hours from Cape Town.

It will take place from Friday afternoon 02 March to Sunday 04 March.
This camp will appeal to all who enjoy outdoor pursuits such as swimming, mountain biking, braaing, fishing, canoeing, hiking and shooting. Further details will follow and bookings will open shortly.

Happy New Year from The Bishops Trust

2017 was an exceptional year for the Bishops Trust and with the 175 Campaign well underway. We are looking forward to what 2018 holds.

To view the 2017 Annual Report, please see here.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Matrics on their fantastic results; the boys have done us and themselves proud. It is to maintain these levels of excellence that we constantly strive to better the School and its facilities, and if we are to play an integral role in transforming our beloved country, opportunities for this level of education must be made available for deserving boys from underprivileged communities. Please contact the Trust Office for information on the Hamilton Mvelase Bursary Fund.

For those of you who are moments away from breaking New Year resolutions of being a healthier, fitter version of yourself, we have just the thing for you. Dr Michael Mol has offered his services at a breakfast presentation around healthy living. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Hamilton Mvelase Bursary Fund. For more information, please follow this link.

We wish to thank Dr Philip Hazel (1961F), Alan Ramsay (1960F) and Lawson Howes (1954O) for their generous contributions to the 175 Campaign during the holidays.

On behalf of the Trustees of the Bishops Trust, we wish you and your families everything of the best for 2018.

Chess Champ
We are very proud of Akshay Thakersee who represented WP U12A at the South African Junior Chess Championships in January. Their team won a Silver Medal. Akshay was undefeated, winning all his 7 games and was awarded the Board Prize for his individual performance.
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