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FRIDAY 21 February 2020
Dear Parents


Every now and again we have a situation where a boy tries to access a site that is inappropriate in one way or another. Boys are only allowed to access the Internet via the school WiFi. We receive a security report and if we can see attempts to access sites that are not allowed, we can track down the boy and deal with him. So where the boys’ iPads can only go online via WiFi, the controls are excellent.

However, if a boy has a sim card or has downloaded a VPN, we do not have the same controls. So our rule is that he may not have a sim card at school or a VPN on his iPad. The iPad is first and foremost an educational tool, which we have explained to the boys means two things: he may not have anything on his iPad that does not adhere to school rules regardless of when or where it was downloaded or accessed – consequently the history of all sites accessed must remain on his device and not be cleared. The school can and will check his iPad from time to time in the same way we would textbooks and workbooks. It is a good idea for you to do the same at this age.

We are very strict about this but I know that we need to do more spot checks. We did a check on one of the grades recently and we were generally pleased with what we found. The problem is that one boy can download something inappropriate and show it to a number of boys, so home and school controls are important. This is the age we train our boys so regular checking and controlling times online need to be managed now.


Many of you might have heard of this game trending on social media as games do from time to time. The problem is that it is a very dangerous game so we have banned it completely. It involves a boy standing between two others and jumping up and as he comes down, the others kick his legs out from under him. A number of boys find this terribly funny and there is a “dare” element to participating, even though the videos show boys hitting their heads. There have already been reports of severe concussion and skulls cracked open. In some quarters it is known as “skull breaker”. Please speak to your son about this extremely dangerous game which will unfortunately intrigue many of our youngsters.

On a more positive note, have a wonderful weekend and please make sure that you have reserved Friday, 6 March for our Annual Carnival.

Kind regards

Friday 21 February 2020

Bramley Family Picnic

Venue: Clifton 4th Beach

Time: 18h00 to 20h00


Charlton Family Picnic

Venue: Clifton 4th Beach

Time: 18h00 to 20h00


Wednesday 26 February 2020

Ash Wednesday Service

Venue: Memorial Chapel

Time: 11h00

Parents very welcome

Friday 28 February 2020 Grade 7s - Experience Bishops

Please see details under TAKE Note
Experience Bishops - Friday 28 February

If Grade 7 boys are dropped off at school next Friday, their Form teachers will walk them to the Woodlands and they will be walked back to the Prep if they need to come back to the school before sport. If parents are attending Experience Bishops, they are welcome to take their boys directly there and take them home afterwards.
Pentangular Athletics

Please note that the Pentangular will take place on 2 March at SACS. More information will follow in due course.



Mouthguard fittings start on Monday. An email was sent out earlier today in this regard. Please make sure you read it and follow the instructions.



The Grade 7 parents traditionally run the Bar and the Disco at the Carnival on Friday 6 March. The organisers are needing parents to volunteer for shifts. If you are able to help, please click HERE to book your slot. GO TO SPECIAL EVENTS.






To purchase tickets for the Carnival please click on THIS LINK. To see further information about the rides and layout, please click HERE.


Tennis Festival



We look forward to hosting the Tennis Festival in March. Further information will be provided in due course.

Lit Quiz
Four of our boys took part in the annual Kid's Lit Quiz last week. This was the Cape Town leg of the quiz. 8000 children around the world take part every year. The final teams will battle it out in New Zealand later this year. Yesterday's quiz was won by Michael Oak.
Sandwich Outreach
Thank you to all the boys and parents from the Pre-Prep and Prep. More than enough tasty sandwiches were received by the children at Athwood Primary on Tuesday. They loved the fruit as well and the extra sandwiches came in handy for the older children in the afternoon. Please keep up the good work!
Gala Win
Congratulations to our swimming team who won the A league gala at SACS last week for the first time in 32 years! Captain Ryan Voigt and Vice Daniel Malan are holding the trophy.




Well done to all our boys who participated and thanks to all who organised and supported this very successful event! A special thank you to all who helped in the Tuck Shop.

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