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FRIDAY 24 January 2020
Dear Parents

I hope that class meetings went well this week for Grades 3 - 5, 6 and 7 meetings take place next week. All the extra-mural activities are now well underway and the boys are busy.

I have spoken to boys about security – walking up to practices and fixtures in groups or pairs, being sensible and alert and no iPads on view. Grade 3s are always walked as a group to College, managed by coaches. We need your support in two areas related to their extra-murals: please do not lift them to College or Lutgensvale; it is important that they develop independence and the responsibility that comes with this. We also do not allow parents at sport practices; a bit like lessons, this is where your son must be free to be himself, make mistakes and not have practice sessions analysed or discussed with him. Please do attend his matches if you are able to get there; that they do enjoy. And don’t beat yourself up if you cannot attend every match; it is also good for boys to play without family support for a change and a chance to tell you about the game purely from their perspective.

The first Class Reps meeting of the year is next Thursday morning, 30 January in the VDB dining room at 07h30. We have moved it from Tuesday so that the Grade 7 Class Reps can attend having only been finalised the night before. I ask that class reps do try to attend - there are quite a few matters to address, both from my side and the PA Committee.


Enjoy the weekend.


Kind regards


Sunday 26 January 2020

Charlton Grade 4 and 7 Mentorship

Venue: Kirstenbosch Gardens

Time: 09h30 to 12h30

Monday 27 January 2020

Grade 6 Parent Meeting

Venue: Grade 6 Classrooms

Time: 18h00 to 19h00

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Grade 7 Parent Meeting

Venue: Grade 7 Classrooms

Time: 18h00 to 19h00

Thursday 30 January 2020

Class Reps Meeting

Venue: VDB Dining Room

Time: 07h30

Friday 31 January 2020

Brooke Gr 4 and 7 Mentorship

Venue: Skeeles Pavilion

Time: 16h00 to 18h00


Brooke House Family Braai

Venue: Skeeles Pavilion

Time: 18h00 to 20h00


Van der Bijl Grade 4 and 7 Mentorship

Venue: Rossall

Time: 16h30 to 17h30


Van der Bijl House Family Braai

Venue: Prep Pool

Time: 17h30 to 20h00


Bramley Grade 4 and 7 Mentorship

Venue: Stanmore Field

Time: 17h00 to 18h00


Tuesday Sandwiches - Take Note we’re doing it differently this year!



Please take note that this year, each boy in each class, in each grade, will be asked to donate ready-made sandwiches with a filling of your choice each Tuesday. We urge you to encourage your boys to make these at home beforehand. It may also be a good idea to remind them that they should be made tasty enough for them to eat themselves! We would also appreciate any donations of fruit to accompany your sandwiches. We believe this change will encourage our boys to be more involved in outreach on a regular basis and ensure that there is more consistency in the number of sandwiches we send to Athwood Primary each Tuesday. All extra sandwiches are used by the school for those days where they don’t receive funding to feed their students. Athwood Primary serves a very impoverished area, many of the children are from informal settlements, have unemployed parents, or are orphaned. Knowing that there will be a sandwich at school often makes the difference between attending school on that day or not. Your support is very much appreciated.

Sports Day


Please note the times for Sports Day on Friday 7 February have changed. The event will start at 14h00 and end between 16h30 and 17h00.

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A reminder that the information regarding Practices and Fixtures is also available on the Prep website and the Prep Intranet under the sport menus and that the weekly newsletter is also uploaded to the Prep website under the News menu.

PA Information

Carnival Vendors

We are looking for Bishops Parents with a retail business who would be interested in taking a table in the Vendors Tent at the carnival on the 6th March. Having started this initiative last year we are looking to expand and get more local businesses involved. If you are interested in participating and marketing your business, please email Anna Pfaff

Class Rep Meeting

A Class Rep meeting will be held on Thursday 30th January in the dining hall at 07h30. Please make every effort to attend.

Second Hand Shop
The Second Hand Shop would like to thank parents for responding to the call for school clothes, especially the khaki shirts. They are now much better equipped to meet the demand. There is also a big demand for cricket kit. If your son has outgrown his kit or has stopped playing cricket, please bring the kit along to the shop.
Fir Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700
Phone:+27 (21) 659 7222 | Fax: +27 (21) 659 7227