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FRIDAY 20 August 2021

Dear Parents


The number of absentees/remote leaners has been a lot lower than last week's. We have had 2 boys test positive at the Prep this week and one at the Pre-Prep. Thank you for always informing us of the circumstances around your son's staying at home whether it be due to quarantining or any other reason. Covid has severely limited our contact with parents and I think it is something we are all missing. On site parent-teacher meetings and even occasional opportunities to chat have simply not happened. However, please do feel that you can contact your son's Form, subject teachers or Housemaster if you have any concerns, probably best via email which can always be followed up with a telephone call if necessary.



The boys (and coaches) were very happy to play their first inter-school hockey matches this term against Wynberg Boys. We hope to play our first rugby matches next Saturday and we are in contact with SACS and medical specialists about this. As we return to competitive sport, please ensure that if your son has had Covid, he is cleared by his doctor to play matches and that his coach is informed.



The Transformation Sub-Committee of Council is busy working through the school's Diversity and Transformation Policy and will be publishing its work as soon as the process is complete.


We have looked at our language offering across the school and decided to expand isiXhosa from 2022. While boys at the Pre-Prep have had exposure to isiXhosa we are now going to formalise this and will have a part-time teacher teaching conversational isiXhosa from Grades R - 2. At Prep all boys take isiXhosa as a second additional language (SAL) from Grades 3 - 7. From next year, Grade 7s will be able to choose isiXhosa as a First Additional Language (FAL) in place of Afrikaans as they are able to do in Grade 8 at College.


In Grades 7 and 8 those who take isiXhosa as an FAL will then take Afrikaans as a conversational SAL. And those who take Afrikaans as an FAL will all do isiXhosa as a conversational SAL. This is an innovation in that all boys will now do both isiXhosa and Afrikaans until the end of Grade 8. It is hoped that this can be further rolled out to Grade 6 and 9 in 2023. English continues as the medium of instruction offered at Home Language level.


This is a strong commitment to the three languages of the Western Cape giving our boys the opportunity to communicate better across language groups and gain a better connection through language.


We will be providing more information to our current Grade 6 boys and their parents in due course.


Stay safe and take care.

Kind regards


Wednesday 1 September 2021 Online AGM Meeting

Time: 18h30

Sports Communication Instructions


Bishops makes use of third-party software to manage our sport. This software is easily accessible on smartphones and mobile devices and will inform you of sport fixture details, team sheets and results. Please follow these steps to access the software on your mobile phone, tablet, laptop and/or PC.

Click HERE for the instructions.

Request for help in the Art Department




Help needed to mount artworks:

The boys have produced some beautiful and vibrant art and this needs to be acknowledged and celebrated! Although we have postponed our Art exhibition, due to Covid constraints, we would still like to feature many of the art works in the Prep Magazine. Of course, mounting of the artworks is required to present them well.

Sue Johns would love some help with gluing pictures onto cardboard. If there are parents who are willing to give some of their time, she can send portable packs (of pictures, cut cardboard and glue) to do in your own time at home. Alternatively, she has set up a workstation in a back corner of the art room and parents are invited to pop in at any time during the morning or afternoon to do some gluing and sticking.

Please RSVP to if you are able to help.

Any quilters in the house?

Sue would also like to find out if there are any contacts for helping her with quilting for a class art project and if any parent has a “long-arm quilter.”


Please email if you are able to help.

Rugby Fixtures 28 August 2021

The fixtures for Saturday 28th August vs SACS have been loaded onto MyBishopsLife. This allows us to plan ahead in the hope that we will have inter-schools games next Saturday. If the inter-schools fixtures do not take place, we will have internal matches at Lutgensvale. A schedule will go out later in the week. We are trying to plan ahead as best we can which is difficult with constantly changing Covid scenarios.
Science News
Some very exciting things have been happening in our Science department this term. Please click HERE to see some great photos of the boys and read about their projects.
Student Council
The 2021 Students Council ready to meet with Mr Brown. From L to R: Michael Mafunda (Chair), Khanya Sixaba, Naethan Moll (Secretary), Sam Bey, Noah Coleman, Sebastian Cudmore, Max Petersen, Sahil Thomas, Jordan Planting, Matthew Haller.
Grade 3 Science
It's great to see our budding scientists in action!

Music News


Congratulations to Daniel Bursey (Piano) and Max Davies(Trumpet) who played in the Johann Vos Competition first round last Thursday.

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