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Dear Parents and Guardians

This is the last newsletter for the year and, when writing, I was filled with a sense of gratitude. I am grateful for sure that the year is at an end and that there will be time to relax and spend time with family and friends but I am even more grateful to the Bishops community for their support over a challenging yet inspiring year gone past. We have all had to deal with so much, personally and professionally, yet have managed to do so with the help of those around us.

My thanks go to all parents and guardians who supported their sons and the College with your words of encouragement and gratitude. I hope your son has enjoyed the year. A special word of thanks goes to the Matric parents who did so much in support of their boys, and I single out Mrs Marycke Roche in particular for her enthusiasm and drive in leading a committee of parents who arranged the various Matric festivities and the yearbook. This was not an easy task, yet they led the team with aplomb, and I thank her and Mrs Trudy Hoefnagels as teacher liaison for making this a memorable year for the Grade 12s.

Staff Acknowledgement

I wish to thank our staff for their contribution this past year. They have, once again, stepped up and delivered the very best experience they could under often challenging conditions. I acknowledge them all, teaching staff and support staff for their role in making Bishops a special place for our boys.

We are delighted to welcome our Grade 9 and 10 boys back from their various adventures on Grade 9 camps and Epic respectively. My very grateful thanks go to Mr James Swift (Grade 9 Camps) and his team of staff and Mr Graeme Klerck and his team who arranged and ran Epic. Epic is a massive exercise in logistics that requires meticulous planning and the ability to make decisions as the situation changes. Mr Klerck did so superbly, and I thank him on behalf of the Grade 10s for providing this memorable experience for our boys.

I would also like to thank those who are leaving and wish them well for the future. We have a number of temporary staff and interns who have been with us for a short period of time. They are:

Ms Kelly Johnson (part-time Art)
Ms Tia Mesias (English intern)
Ms Nombuso Khumalo (Mathematics intern)
Mr Matthew Samuels (Mathematics intern)
Mr Clause Coskey (Economics intern)
Ms Yusrah Gamiet-Petersen (BSU Ed Psych intern)
Ms Genevieve During (BSU Ed Psych intern)
Ms Jeandre Gabriels (BSU fixed-term temp administrator)
Dr Paul Murray (fixed-term temp History but carries on as archivist)

We thank them for their service and wish them well for their future careers.

Two support staff leave us to enter retirement:

Sister Sharon Hicken retires after just over 10 years as our San Sister. During this time, she has helped thousands of boys and many staff and has always been thorough and professional in her work, She has coped with various outbreaks along they way, Covid being the last of the major incidents which has affected us all so much. We thank her for her service and wish her well for her retirement.

Ms Carol Witbooi has served Bishops for 17 years, taking over as Cleaning Supervisor. She has been incredibly hard-working and committed to her job and her school and takes great pride in her work. She is devoted to her duty and her team and led from the front, often undertaking jobs herself that many managers would allocate to others. She is indeed a servant leader who puts the needs of others before self, and we will miss her enthusiasm and commitment. We wish her a good rest after a job well done.

Two teaching staff are leaving:

Mr Kuthula Ntshontsho leaves to return to his home province of KwaZulu Natal and takes up a teaching position at Hilton College. In his three years here, he has made a significant impact on College life with his caring nature and devotion to his subject and his boys. We thank him for everything he has done and wish him well for his new position.

Mr John Holtman is, quite simply, an outstanding educator. Apart from his work as an inspiring English teacher in the classroom and enthusiastic and committed sports coach, Mr Holtman’s strengths lay in the relationships he had with boys and staff. As a Tutor he was remarkable, caring deeply for the boys in his care. As a colleague on the staff he was both empathetic and kind yet consummately professional in all he did. His passion for debating and public speaking bore much fruit and it is a tribute to him that Bishops has done so well in this arena for so many years. He kindly agreed to stay on for a year after retirement to help us out. We thank him for the extraordinary example he set us as a teacher and as a human being and we wish him all the best for what we hope is a long and well-deserved retirement.

Finally, our cricket professional for the past 8 years, Mr Neil Carter, is relocating to the Lowveld and taking up a position at Uplands College. We thank him for his service to Bishops cricket and for the many hours he has spend developing cricketing talent. We wish him and his young family well for the new opportunity.

Two Heads of Department have finished their term of office and we thank and congratulate Mrs Bev Morris and Mrs Gloria Bassett for their contributions to the LO and Music departments respectively. They will still be with us but the role of HoD will be taken by Mr Richard Smith (LO) and Mrs Andrea Rutter (Music). We congratulate them on their appointment and wish them well.

Robert Gray Medal Award

We were able to make our final Robert Gray Medal award to a most worthy recipient, Mr John Gardener. Mr Gardener is a committed educationalist who devoted his life to the education of young people and had a distinguished career over many years, including time as Principal at Bishops. We congratulate Mr Gardener on his award and thank him for his significant contribution.

Final Thoughts

My assembly message was brief but centered around hope and I shared two quotes about hope that I found inspirational.

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

Michelle Obama

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
Tom Bodett

Let us all hope for tomorrow with a combination of optimism and realism as we look ahead to 2022. Enjoy this time with your families and enjoy time for yourself.

The celebration of the birth of Christ is a momentous occasion in the Christian calendar and we can use this moment to reflect on the hope He brings to us. New life often signifies new beginnings and a renewed sense of purpose and hope. To those who are celebrating Christmas, I wish you a Blessed Christmas and that the occasion is marked with a deep sense of spiritual fulfilment.

To all parents I wish you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable festive season and all good wishes for the New Year.

Kind regards

Antony Reeler


The Food Parcel Project

The Life Sciences department started an initiative this year which saw the Grade 8 learners raise well over R15 000 worth of groceries for a local orphanage.

This initiative was integrated into our syllabus as a CASS Project. The learners were tasked with fundraising to produce food parcels for the needy. They then wrote a report and presented their experience to their classmates. This project was linked with the topics on Food Sciences and Food security which we covered in the 3rd and 4th Terms. The boys did a magnificent job and exceeded all our expectations. 

Vision Child and Youth Centre is a non-profit organisation (NPO) dedicated to the aid of children who have been orphaned or abandoned. They provide children with the safety and security of a home and ensure they receive an education. Children as young as a few days old are taken in and cared for. The organisation is in dire need of support and we as a department felt they were the perfect recipients of the parcels.

After the project, one of the boys gave the following feedback:
This has been one of the highlights of the year in Life Sciences. Doing a school project that helps people felt amazing, and visiting the orphanage and meeting the other kids is something I’ll never forget.”

Bishops School Magazine 2021

In keeping with our sustainability vision, the Bishops 2021 School Magazine will be available online towards the end of the first term next year. It will cover events that took place at the College in 2021.
Printed copies will be available, although only by order. Should you wish to receive a printed copy next year, please click on the link below and complete the order form. Orders must be in no later than 15 December.
2021 Bishops School Magazine order form


Support our Bishops Rowing boys and catch the Boat Race live this weekend (10th and 11th Dec) on the Kowie River in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape.

Wishing our rowers the best for the weekend! Races will be live on the SuperSport Schools app or

Photo Gallery

We have several contributors to our extensive photo gallery, and we welcome you to enjoy our gallery with the updated event photos, which we load regularly throughout the year.

My Bishops Life
Please may we ask that you check your access to the My Bishops Life portal in light of the imminent release of reports.
Navigate to the Bishops website and login to the College My Bishops Life.
Help with access to My Bishops Life logins will not be available after the 14th December, as those administrative staff will be on leave.
The TechDesk Office Hours
Operation Hours/Procedures during School Holidays are as follows:

Tech Desk office on Campus will be CLOSED between Monday 20 December 2021 – Monday 10 January 2022
Tech Desk office on Campus will be OPEN between Monday 13 December 2021 – Friday 17 December 2021
and again between Tuesday 11 January 2022 – Tuesday 18 January 2022.

For all hardware support requests outside of the above hours, kindly contact Dell Call Centre (080 016 7000).
If parts need to be replaced, an engineer will schedule a next-business-day appointment with you at your home or venue of your choice.
Should you experience software problems during this period, use Windows repair tools inside Windows to fix the error.
If you are unsuccessful in resolving your Laptop problem, please contact:
Bytes Managed Services on 011 373 4248 (Carmi Africa)



Congratulations to our 2022 leaders – we wish you and your team a successful season.

2022 leadership:
Captain: Nicholas Steinhagen
Vice-captain: Dean Sneddon

Congratulations to the following boys on receiving their colours.

Full Colours:
Nicholas Steinhagen
Dean Sneddon
Max Cary
Adam De Waal

Half Colours:
Jack Moyle
Louie Hart

WP Cricketers

Congratulations to the following boys on their recent selection for provincial teams:
Cole Crawford (Western Province U16A)
Abel Mokwena (Western Province U19A)

Congratulations to these cricketers on being awarded colours for cricket.

Full Colours:
Abel Mokwena

Half Colours:
Rupert Holmes
Fayyaad Domingo


It was an incredibly challenging year on the sporting front due to Covid-19 restrictions. The much anticipated Sports Day which takes place in the first term every year had to be shelved. Thankfully, the boys were able to compete in the Athletics Spring meetings in Term 4. All the boys represented Bishops magnificently.

Congratulations to the athletes who received their colours.

Full Colours:
Abdul-Kareem Kerbelker
Dylan Krause

Half Colours:
Shariq Davids

Daniel von der Heyden in Grade 8 has quickly made a name for himself in the shot put and long-jump events. He proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with and is one to watch next year.

While a much more low-key event than Sports Day, the boys thoroughly relished the opportunity to participate.

Music Awards

Congratulations to the following boys on being awarded their music colours.

Full Colours: 
Sebastian Boeddinghaus
Jonty Couves
Felix de Bruin
Kwon Hee Kim
Matthew Newton
Liam Petersen
Ben Reid

Half Colours:
Jean du Toit

This year we had a number of musicians from the Bishops Music Department enter the Cape Town Eisteddfod, including some of the ensembles from the Chamber Music programme which has been run this year. The following are congratulated on outstanding achievements:

Individual Performances

Piano Solo

Benjamin Karlein:
Obtained a Diploma for JS BACH performance and High Honours for Modern Piano Music. Ben was also the recipient of the Denise Blumenthal Medal for the most outstanding performance of a work by J.S. Bach.

Michael Comitis:
Was awarded two Gold Diplomas and was also the recipient of the Harburger medal for the most diplomas in the age group of 15-16 years.

James Grieve:
Was awarded a  High Honours  for Classical Piano playing and a Gold Diploma for Contemporary Piano playing and was also the recipient of The Kawai medal for the best contemporary piano performance 15-16 years.

Ensemble Performances

The Grade 8 String Quartet which comprises of:
Gabriel Comitis 
Kieran Hollis 
Elijah Bouwers
Heath Williams
Were awarded the prize for the Best String Quartet (Senior School)

The Piano Trio which comprises of:
David Handley 
James Grieve 
Benjamin Karlein
Were awarded the prize for the Best Senior School Trio

Hubert Van Der Spuy Music Competition:
Earlier in the year Kieran Hollis (Gr8) participated in the Hubert van Der Spuy Music Competition which involves High School music pupils from all over the country – Kieran made it through to the third round – a wonderful achievement.

ABRSM London Music Examinations:
We are still not able to have in-person examinations with the ABRSM, London, but This year pupils were able to enter an ABRSM Royal Schools Performance exam. They had to make a video of themselves performing 4 pieces and send the recording to London for marking. The following boys did exceptionally well and achieved a distinction for their Performance exam:

Matthew Newton - Piano, grade 6
Gabriel Comitis - Violin, grade 6
Kieran Hollis - Violin, grade 6
Jesse Barth - Singing, grade 8
Kwon Hee Kim - Violin, grade 8
Robert Handley - Saxophone, Grade 8

Internal Music Examinations:
The Bishops Music Department held internal music exams this year, due to covid restrictions with external exams. Congratulations to the following, who achieved a distinction for their exam:
Ben Karlein - Piano, grade 7
Michael Beaumont - Voice, grade 7
Felix de Bruin - Voice, grade 7
Sebastian Boeddinghaus - Piano, grade 8
Ben Reid – 2 exams: Double bass, grade 3 and Piano, grade 7



Thank you to everyone who has supported the VUSA Rugby and Learning Academy this year.  As many of you know, this programme has grown from strength to strength, largely thanks to the support of staff, parents, ODS and Boys of the Bishops community.
Please click here to see the final newsletter which includes VUSA’s annual report. We once again thank you for your support and wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday and all the very best for 2022.


SPW would like to thank Jarrod van Blerk intern Biokineticist, Miguel dos Santos Intern Strength and Conditioning coach for their valuable contribution to the Bishops SPW programme. Bishops also extends thanks to Tiaan Campher, who has been involved in Bishops for a number of years as the Biokineticist. He has played a critical part in developing the SPW programme.

2022 looks like an exciting year for the SPW team, and would like to welcome the following people to the SPW programme and school:

Julia Sanderson - full time Biokineticist
Matt Hoole - Strength and Conditioning coach
Mogammad Manuel - Strength and Conditioning coach
Sima Nyangiwe - Intern Strength and Conditioning coach and Life Orientation intern
Carel Cloete - Intern Strength and Conditioning coach
Jayden Rossouw - Intern Strength and Conditioning coach


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