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FRIDAY 12 March 2021
Dear Parents

Today we celebrated Founders Day with a special service and a varied and fun programme. Here is what I spoke to the boys about.

What’s so good about being an old school?

172 years old. That’s what we are. Not so old compared to a number of boys’ schools in the UK where some are six, seven or eight hundred years old. But in South Africa we are one of the oldest schools in the country with SACS officially held as the oldest, having operated continuously since 1829.

So what’s so good about being an old school? Well, we have many traditions; a uniform with a long history, many old and beautiful buildings like Stanmore House, The Brooke Chapel and Founders House. We have our own Rhodes Scholarship awarded to Bishops 120 years ago. A form of rugby was started at Bishops when Canon Ogilvie arrived as Principal in the 1860s and many consider South African rugby to have started at Bishops.

The school was started by the first Anglican Bishop of Cape Town and we were one of the first schools in Cape Town to introduce a comprehensive laptop programme for College boys. These are just a few facts and observations that form part of what people call a rich and colourful history. And if you like history, you really appreciate it.

But think of those first boys who started school in Bishopscourt in 1849 in two school rooms with a Head and one teacher, and yourselves now. In the 1850s the Church bought Woodlands, something of a forest with one or two small buildings and it covered today’s College and Pre-Prep campus. Later they bought the graveyard from St Thomas’ Church as well as Stanmore and Rossall. And how many more buildings, fields, swimming pools and so on are there now. Your parents pay high fees for you to attend Bishops but fees could never cover the cost of building and providing what we have today. And to build everything we have in two years, say, we would have to borrow many hundreds of millions of Rands and then try to pay the bank back. And over our many years, many excellent teachers, families and boys have helped the school grow, not only with fields and buildings, but with new subjects, different sports and clubs, music, modernising the school and the way it does things.

So this is why Founders Day is so important: we acknowledge and thank those who did something, great and small, to give us what we have today.

“….. trampling on the rough ways, they went ahead of us.”
                                Augstine of Hippo

And we thank them by appreciating what we have and using all the opportunities Bishops gives us: and it’s a good day too to thank your parents for sending you to Bishops. I am very grateful to work at Bishops.

But Bishops is not an island. We have not been in a bubble for 172 years. The school grew up in a segregated society and under apartheid for many, many years. All the teachers were white and the boys were all white. That has changed, we know.

Like many old schools around the world, senior boys probably thought it was their right to beat up a younger boy. And boys who were bullied were often too frightened to report it. Now we have bullying policies, seniors are leaders and mentor younger boys. We can never go backwards. We want everyone to do what they should do to bring out the best in everyone else.

We need to support each other, make every boy and staff member at Bishops feel welcome, stand up for what is right and enjoy each other’s differences. We must all be part of making Bishops’ best future.

Pro Fide et Patria.

Kind regards

Tuesday 16 March 2021 College Common Entrance Examination

Grade 7 boys to write this exam during school hours
Friday 19 March 2021 No cricket practice
Sunday 21 March 2021 Human Rights Day

Monday 22 March 2021 School Holiday


Easter Egg Colletion



Many thanks for the Easter Eggs already donated. Further donations may be made until 26 March and would be greatly appreciated. Please send these to the Prep Library.



Mouthguard fittings will take place on the18th and 25th of March. Further details regarding payment will be emailed on Monday.

Sunflower Fund Donor Day


It is with great delight that we are hosting our inaugural Sunflower Fund Donor Day on Thursday 18 March 2021 between 7:30am and 4:00pm at the Woodlands Pavilion.
We invite all eligible students, siblings, parents, family, friends and staff to attend our event and to register yourself. Individuals who register must be between the ages of 18 – 55 and be in overall good health. Students who are currently age 17, turning 18 during 2021 may also register.

Please find a donor flyer HERE for your information as well as a link to a short 3-minute donor video. The only conflict with the video is the weight criteria which is no longer applicable.

We encourage those who are interested in becoming a donor, to pre-register online before our recruitment event, using the unique Bishops link, so that we can “fast-track” your registration. You may also use our QR code below.


We look forward to a successful recruitment day where we are able to register as many people as possible from the Bishops community. Together we can fight life-threatening blood disorders. Be somebody’s hope for life by registering to be a stem cell donor, all it takes is a few minutes and a simple cheek swab on the day.
Please remember not to eat, drink or smoke at least one hour prior to your check swab.

Should you wish to make a donation to The Sunflower Fund, please use this link,

Covid 19 Vaccine




Teacher/Parent Interviews




Parent interviews will be conducted online. The Grade 4 - 7 interviews will take place on Thursday 25 March from 13h15. School will end at 13h00. Grade 3 interviews will take place on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 March. An email will be sent out with the booking link shortly.

School Shop


The Bishops School Shop will communicate all important information to parents and boys via the Instagram listing schoolshopatbishops

If you would like to be kept informed please follow them on Instagram.

Bishops Travel


Bishops Travel – open to anyone for all Leisure and Corporate Travel – has moved offices and recruited a new Consultant, Cathy. Irene and Cathy are now based in the Woodlands Pavilion and they would welcome the opportunity to quote on a relaxing and memorable holiday or an organised and successful business itinerary.

The proceeds from Bishops Travel go to the Bishops bursary program, so please support them after a very tough year. They are available Monday through Thursday for walk-ins, or alternatively please contact the office to make a personal and private appointment.

Irene Millar/Cathy Keefe
071 243 7082

Like them on Facebook to stand a chance to WIN 2 nights at The Bayview Hotel in Plettenberg Bay or to take advantage of special Car Hire Rates with Kenings when booking through Bishops Travel.

Founders Day Fun
The school was a riot of colour and a hive of activity as we celebrated Founders day today!
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