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FRIDAY 6 March 2020
Dear Parents


Today we celebrate our school’s birthday so the boys will have enjoyed the Inter-House Tug-of-War as well as the Relay Gala, together with a special treat at tea time. And tonight is the Carnival!

But Founder's’ Day always starts with a special assembly where we give thanks for the life of the school, for the founding of the school by Bishop Robert Gray in 1849, and for all we, as the present custodians of Bishops, have inherited and can use and enjoy from the many boys, parents, staff and ODs who have come before us. So many have made the school what it is today. I told the boys about one such family today and that is the Guest family.

The Guest twins, John and Melville from Zimbabwe, went through Prep and College in the 1930s. Both were very good cricketers, boarded in what was then one of our boarding houses, Rossall, and later School House at College, where they were also prefects in their matric year. With the outbreak of the Second World War, both enlisted straight after school and, sadly, both died in action in their early 20s. Melville had married during the war and his son was born a month after his death in the UK.

In 1968 the twins’ father, Earnest Guest, made a huge contribution to the building of a large, formal library (in all probability the first as such), fitting it out and donating a substantial number of books. He did this in memory of his twin sons and it was named the Guest Library. In the last few years, Melville Guest, the son who never met his father, has visited the school, first to see the library named after his father and uncle, and then this year he saw the new library (replacing the Guest Library after fifty years). As you know, the new library was built with funds from the Bishops trust, generously donated by ODs and parents. So, the cycle of growth, improvement and re-invention continues, made possible by the generosity and interest of the members of the Bishops community.

Melville Guest has kindly made a donation so that a memorial to the Guest twins can be housed in the new library.

Hopefully we will see you tonight at the Carnival.

Enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards

Friday 6 March 2020


Venue: Lutgensvale Fields

Time: 16h00 to 22h00

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Grade 4 Parent iPad Presentation

Venue: Jagger Hall

Time: 18h00 to 19h00

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Grade 7 College Entrance Exam

Venue: Bishops Prep

Time: 07h30


Grade 3 Outing

Venue: Planetarium

Time: 08h30

Thursday 12 March to Saturday 14 March 2020 Bishops Prep Tennis Festival

See under TAKE Note



A few reminders:

  • White bands are RIDER bands.
  • Orange bands are NON-RIDER bands.
  • The credit amount loaded onto the band is written on the underside of the band.
  • If you run out of credit tonight, don’t worry, there will be 2 x Top-up stations outside the bar area and at the food court, a roaming top-up facility will also be available, just look out for the Howler feather.
  • Please retain your band to claim any unused credit remaining after the carnival.
  • ENJOY!!

Easter Egg Collection


Easter eggs have started piling up in the library. A big thank you to those who have already donated. Please keep them coming so that we can give the children at St Paul's, Athwood Primary and the Langa Creches a wonderful Easter!

Tennis Festival



Bishops Prep are hosting the Tennis Festival this year. Schools from Grahamstown, PE, East London and Cape Town will be participating. Please come and support our team.


Sandwich Outreach


Thank you boys and parents, we were once again able to provide sandwiches for the students at Athwood. This is what some of our boys shared on why they think its a good idea to take time to make sandwiches.



Let's take a lead from our Sandwich Warriors and make sandwiches and send fruit for next Tuesday. Remember, every extra sandwich goes to children who literally have no food at home. When you make a plan you make a difference!
Founder's Day
The boys have had a busy morning starting with Founder's Day Assembly, a General Knowledge Quiz, then a tightly contested Inter-house Tug-of-War, some juice and donuts and finally the Relay Gala!
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