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FRIDAY 9 February 2018
Dear Parents


One paragraph in the school’s newsletter last week regarding our approach with respect to Cape Town’s water crisis created some confusion and we apologise for this.

As last week’s letter said, we are seeking to treat borehole water and aim to produce sufficient water to sustain the school’s daily functional requirements. This water (not Municipal water) will be stored in a bank of 10 000 litre jojo tanks. However, as an interim measure to mitigate the lower pressure and peak period shut downs by the City, Bishops will install a 2 500 litre tank through which Municipal water will flow to the Central kitchen only. This will allow the school to prepare food for Boarders and Boarding House staff in the mornings and evenings (peak times) even when the Municipal water is off. It is not a process to hoard water – we will use the same volumes but through a tank to allow us the freedom to operate at any time in a day.

Bishops is totally committed to the process of reducing Municipal water consumption in order to avoid day zero!


Next Wednesday (14 February) is Ash Wednesday signalling the start of the season of Lent. Please join us for our Family Service at 11h00 in the Memorial Chapel. There is room for extended family too so do please invite grandparents.


At assembly this morning we introduced the Conflict Mediators. This is a group of Grade 7 leaders who have been trained in conflict mediation. They are on duty during breaks and are available to help groups of boys who are experiencing conflict during their social interactions. In addition, they have been trained to be on the alert for occasions of bullying. The Conflict Mediators work closely with their House Masters as well Mr Woolls and Mrs McDonald. In addition, Mrs McDonald is in the final stages of her yearly reminder to all the grades about the Bishops Anti-Bullying Policy. During these lessons she focuses on the following: teaching the difference between bullying and fighting; how to be assertive and take control (without being hurtful) when others are trying to hurt and dominate; the code of secrecy; and that reporting on bullying is not snitching. Issues of cyber-bullying are also dealt with in the senior grades.

Best wishes

Kind regards


Friday 9 February 2018

Sports Day (See further info under TAKE Note)

Venue: Lutgensvale

Time: 17h00

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Ash Wednesday Service

Venue: Memorial Chapel

Time: 11h00 to 12h00

Boys to please wear No 1s

Parents welcome

Thursday 15 February 2018

Parents Association AGM

Venue: Jagger Hall

Time: 18h00

Friday 16 February 2018

Charlton Family Picnic

Venue: Clifton 4th Beach

Time: 18h00 to 20h30

Sports Day

Sports Day is compulsory for all boys even if they are not participating. The dress code is house T-shirt, blue shorts with mitre, takkies with white socks, cap and full water bottle. We also suggest some money for the Tuck Shop and Boerie Stand.
Parents Association AGM

Members of the PA are elected annually at the AGM as volunteers to serve the school, parent body and Bishops community. Our involvement is primarily related to fundraising, involvement in outreach activities, and participating in the school’s governing structures. The members serve up to a period of three years. Please read this Notice to Parents, that contains the AGM Agenda. These are the topics that will be addressed and discussed at the meeting.

The PA would greatly appreciate your attendance at the meeting and welcome any new nominations for the 2018 PA. Please send your nominations (form attached) to PA Chairperson, Sam Petersen.

It's Carnival Time!



Make sure you diarise this date. so that you don't miss out on the fun! Further details to follow.

Sandwich Outreach
The new Grade 3s had a very enthusiastic first attempt at making sandwiches on Tuesday. Well done boys and moms!

Bishops Trust News

Thank you
We wish to thank the follow donors for their generous contributions to the Hamilton Mvelase Extra Term Initiative:

  • Malcolm and Colleen Gray
  • Simon Howie

With the end of the financial year approaching, a reminder that the Bishops Trust is a registered PBO and bona fide donations can be recognised with a Section 18A tax receipt. Due to requirements of the Income Tax Act, any donations, whether in cash or in kind, have to be received by the Bishops Trust on or before the last date of your year of assessment.

Why support Bishops?
Bishops relies on your generosity! We cannot grow, upgrade or improve, develop or transform without your help! The school runs on a break-even basis each year. Income received from the fees paid just about covers the school’s operating costs with the largest expense being salaries to pay our well qualified and committed staff. (This is of course to be expected if we wish to create future leaders and boys who will contribute meaningfully to society). Help us by contributing to infrastructure development and bursary funding.
For more information on tax deductible gifts, please see here. For more information on programmes to support, please visit our website or contact Nikki Matthews at the Bishops Trust Office.

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