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THURSDAY 23 September 2021
Dear Parents


We began this week with a presentation by Kevin Smuts who composed the music for the short film, My Octopus Teacher, that many of you might have seen. He is a Bishops old boy (OD) and went right through the school from Grade R to Matric. With limitations on numbers, we could only accommodate the Grades 4s and 5s in the hall unfortunately. The boys were completely engrossed in his talk, watching snippets of the film, hearing the sounds made by using dry kelp, mussel shells and so forth to emulate the sea. It was a wonderful opportunity for the boys to get a glimpse into that aspect of movie making that so often goes unnoticed, the background music that does so much to create atmosphere and affect the viewers’ emotions.

What this presentation also did was to highlight the rich sea life right on our doorstep – it was filmed in the sea off Simonstown – and a reminder of the beauty of our wildlife, plant life and scenery we have inherited in South Africa. An incredible heritage that we have to treasure and preserve to hand over for the pleasure and appreciation of the generations to come.

Tomorrow is Green Day at the Prep – a celebration of Saturday’s 100th Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks. Rugby forms a significant part of South Africa’s heritage as well as that of Bishops. So too are many other sports and activities.

We remind our boys though that there was a time when many South Africans supported the All Blacks when playing against the Springboks in protest against the restrictions of apartheid and the all white sides. A far cry from the photograph of Siya Kolisi holding up the Rugby World Cup surrounded by the victorious Springbok side straight after beating England in the World Cup finals in 2019.

Tomorrow we will start our day with a Heritage Assembly, honouring what we have inherited in terms of language, culture and the environment: our “unique” South Africanness.

How do we maintain what is good and precious and improve and radically alter that which is not? In order to show the boys that every action for good counts, I chose this simple but powerful quotation from Nelson Mandela. Boys and staff read it out in a number of our eleven official languages:

“You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action.”



All marks obtained from formal tests and tasks done this term have been uploaded onto MyBishopsLife throughout the term for Grades 4-7. To view a breakdown of your son’s marks, please select the Academic menu in MyBishopsLife and choose Marks from the drop-down provided. On the Marks screen, please click on each listed subject. If you have any questions, please contact your son’s Form or subject teacher directly at the start of next term. Grade 3 parents have already met with their son’s Form teacher in the last two weeks.


Our revised Diversity and Transformation Policy has been shared amongst the boys and staff for comment and I share it here for parents to read and comment. This policy was drawn up by the Transformation Committee of Council and will seek to be the overarching policy to which all other policies will refer. If you have comment, please feel free to submit your thoughts to by the end of the first week of the fourth term, Friday 8 October.

Do enjoy the long weekend. The holidays will give our boys a chance to have a break from school life, to refresh and rejuvenate. Hopefully you will be able to spend some special time with them.

Thank you for your support this term in what have often been trying circumstances.

Stay safe.

Kind regards

Tuesday 5 October 2021

Start of Term 4

School ends at 14h15

Boys to wear No 1s

No extra-murals


Term 4 Extra-Mural Activities


  • All extra-murals start on Wednesday 6 October. Unfortunately there will be no Art Club on Wed 6 October..
  • Boys are expected to honour their choices made in Term 1 as sports teams are entered into leagues at the start of the year.
  • Click HERE for the Term 4 Extra-Mural Programme. It has also been uploaded to the Parent Portal on MyBishopslife
The Bishops School Shop

Please note that the School Shop will be closed on Friday 24 September and Saturday 25 September 2021.

Tel: 021 689 5708
Fax: 021 689 5708

Bishops Community Week

The OD Union and the Bishops school community has joined forces to raise funds for the Invest in our Future Foundation, which will offer financial support to Bishops boys to pursue a tertiary education and to provide support for ODs with entrepreneurial start-ups. The Bishops Community Week is from 5 – 11 October and has several fabulous events, which I urge you to support.

Tuesday 5 October: Musical soirée in the Memorial Chapel at 18:30 and the opening of the art exhibition and cheese & wine in the Mitre.
Thursday 7 October: The Best of Bishops is a fine wine tasting and food pairing masterclass in the Prep Jagger Hall.
Friday 8 October: OD and boys cricket
Monday 11 October: Bishops Charity Golf Day - email as there are a couple of fourballs available.

Heritage Day

Kevin Smuts (Prep Old Boy) who won an Oscar for the "My Octopus Teacher" Documentary chatted to our Grade 4 & 5 boys in assembly on Monday morning.
Inter-house Soccer
Our boys have been thoroughly enjoying the Inter-house soccer matches. Please visit our Facebook page for more photos.
VUSA Street art walking tour

Twelve of the VUSA students were treated to a street art walking tour in Salt River last Saturday 18 September. This was initiated by Kate Briggs, a registered Cape Town cultural tourist guide who specialises in art tours.
She organised a very special day that included walking along the streets of Salt river to admire some of the highly creative artworks painted on the walls of home and buildings. One of the highlights was a painting of our Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisa with his portrait created out of the words “Stronger together.”

The boys and girls then donned aprons and cooked their own burgers in the Food Jams kitchen under the guidance of Aphelele Dlungana, who is fast becoming a local celebrity chef.

It was heart-warming to see the appreciation that the children showed when they were given a drawing book and sketching pencil, kindly donated by Artsauce. Sue Johns really enjoyed seeing the spontaneous drawings that were created along the way!

It was a happy and enriching experience for all involved and we hope to repeat this outing with more VUSA students in future. Thank you so much for Kate Briggs and Nikki Matthews for making this event possible.




It was wonderful to see VUSA children playing at Lugtensvale last week. VUSA teams view match days as special outings. They are able to meet new people, see new places, learn new skills and showcase their own. Thank you to Origin for providing lunch for the children – the cherry on top.

To find out more about the wonderful projects VUSA has been working on, please click HERE to view their quarterly newsletter.


*The kids supported by the VUSA Rugby & Learning Academy need your help to make access to quality education a reality.*
For as little as $10 your donation can help secure a mobile classroom called the Atlas Digibus.
For this project to become a recognised _Global Giving_ parter, it needs to raise $5 000 from 40 individual donors by 30 September.
What better gift than the gift of quality education!
To donate:
For more info:


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