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Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome to the start of the second term. I trust you had valuable time with your family in the April holiday and that you had a blessed Easter Weekend. To those of the Muslim faith I hope the fast is going well and to those of the Jewish faith I wish you well for Pesach. This is indeed a holy time of the year! Whatever your faith, I hope these sacred and special times give you renewed hope for the future and help you grow spiritually with your families.

This term tends to be a less frenetic one than Term I, and with mid-year examinations and winter sport there tends to be a settled focus in the school. Exams will be upon us very soon and I encourage parents to help their son get ready for these exams by giving them the space, free from distraction, to study quietly.

This past Easter Weekend saw a number of sporting activities take place which are reported upon elsewhere. My compliments to the boys on their performance and my thanks to the staff who gave up time with their own families to take our boys away. My thanks too go to the parents who supported these tours, some of whom were able to attend the matches in person. Tours are a special part of school sport and give boys an opportunity to come together as a group over a concentrated period of time. It was with great delight that I read some feedback from one of the staff members who mailed me with the following message from a member of the public:

“On Monday evening, my wife and I took the Lanseria flight to Cape Town (on a different plane to the one used by Bishops).
We want to commend your boys on the way in which they conducted themselves.
The manners which they showed towards airport staff and other passengers were impeccable.

Well done, Bishops; you can be proud all round of the way these boys played and the way in which they represented your school”.

It is always good to get messages like this and I commend our First XV on the way they conducted themselves. In the opening assembly of the term, I read out a mail I received from a staff member who took the U14 hockey team on tour in which he praised the boys for the manner in which they conducted themselves and how it was for him an absolute pleasure to take them on tour.

At a recent conference we were reminded that instead of catching boys doing something wrong, catch them doing something right. These two instances are wonderful examples that make me feel most proud of them!

Academic News

We are currently researching interest into a possible A level stream at Bishops, which will run concurrently with our existing academic programme. To do something like this requires significant discussion and input and so we started with consulting staff, Grade 9 and 10 parents and boys and doing a survey of these two Grades to see what kind of level of interest there would be. The decision to undertake such an exercise is ultimately that of Council and so significant exploratory work needs to be done before this discussion is held. While we remain a proudly SA school, we are looking at extending our academic offering for those for whom a more focused curriculum is suitable. We are not educating or preparing boys to leave our country. We are preparing them in the best possible manner for their lives after school and must always examine how we do this and if change is required or needed.

In the discussion, it became clear once again that a great deal of misinformation exists particularly around the DBE and IEB discussion. Just to make things clear – both examining boards undertake the National Curriculum Statement as their curriculum. While they may be taught in different prescribed ways and write separate examinations, both fall under Umalusi as the moderating authority that ensures standards. Umalusi issues the matric certificate which does not stipulate which exam was written, IEB or DBE and universities do not take that into account when admitting students. We are convinced that our offering is best for our boys as it allows them to get the best possible Matric, thus gaining admission to the courses of their choice.

Running a parallel A level stream could allow a small group of boys an opportunity to extend themselves academically in a completely different system. We will keep the community updated on progress and if we are both willing and able to take it on in the future.

Diversity, Equity and Belonging

The Anti-Racism Statement was released to the community for comment and will shortly be published on our website and be translated into Afrikaans and isiXhosa. My thanks go to the Transformation Committee and those who had input into this important document.

We will be spending time this term focusing on the boys and running a series of workshops with them as we unpack issues of difference and bias while reminding them of our common humanity that unites us all.

This week’s assembly was in anticipation of Freedom Day and I spent some time sharing with the boys the significance of the event. While we were alive then and voted in that historic election, for the boys this is a bit like Remembrance Day and I am not sure they grasp the significance of the public holiday. Please spend some time with your son(s) talking about life pre-democracy and about how this one day encapsulated the transition for our people into a democracy. I am only too aware of the difficulties we still face, almost 30 years after 1994 but we simply must remain positive for the future as we try to use our position of influence to change our land for the better.

Back to Sport…

Many parents will be delighted that with Covid restrictions largely a thing of the past, they are allowed, once more, to support their son and his team, and indeed other teams as spectators. Covid regulations require that spectators are vaccinated and we ask that you respect this requirement to allow us to have full grounds again. Having attended some festivals recently, I would like to remind parents that not only are our boys and our teams on display but also our school, including spectators.

Please be respectful of the event and applaud good play. Avoid comments at referees or officials and leave the coaching up to the coach. Simply put, sit back and enjoy the game – enjoy what we have missed for so long. I look forward to our first derby Saturday against Paul Roos this weekend and the chance for us to showcase our wonderful school.


Our achievements of the boys are always mentioned later in the newsletter and I urge you to read these. There are many special moments indeed. I also enjoy hearing stories of boys who have excelled in activities not offered by the school, so I encourage parents to let me know through your son’s Tutor. If he has done well in his chosen activity or undertaken something special or noteworthy, I do like to know about it and often get the boys to come in to tell me more.

I would like to highlight the achievements of the Public Speaking team who did so well on an international stage this past weekend. There results were outstanding and I commend them and their mentors on this achievement.

Final Thoughts

This week’s assembly message was about Freedom Day so I will not repeat it here as it was to highlight an event in which most of us took part and indeed remember like it was yesterday. I would ask again that you share your stories with your son around this moment and perhaps ask him what freedom means to him – there may be some interesting conversations!

I wish you well for the days ahead.

Kind regards

Antony Reeler



The slogan for Bishops Hockey over the past couple of decades has been “Team Bishops”. It places the emphasis on the team, rather than on the individual. For this reason, we do not keep a formal record of individual goals scored or achievements, other than caps. This allows each hockey team to enter the season with the knowledge that each boy plays for the Mitre and his teammates.

We start this season having participated in six festivals and tournaments throughout South Africa. This has been a phenomenal experience for boys of all age groups who represented Bishops. It has also been the first time in two years that we have had national tours for hockey, so it was good to see the boys compete on a national level against their peers from all provinces across South Africa. There are some noteworthy preseason achievements thus far.

The first team competed in the Founders Rondebosch Festival and the Independent Schools Hockey Festival at York High School in George. At both events, the boys represented Bishops hockey well, playing as a team and achieving an excellent set of results. The first team were unbeaten in both festivals and achieved notable victories against Michaelhouse (7-0) and St Stithian’s (4-2). The results were impressive, but the conduct of the boys even more so. The focus now moves to performing and executing under pressure in the Western Province Premier League.

The u16A squad made the trek to St Albans College in Pretoria where they competed in the Independent Schools Hockey Festival and made their mark. As predicted by the coaches, the boys clicked well and executed their game plan playing the Bishops brand of hockey, which saw the boys play as a unit. The u16A squad too were unbeaten and achieved notable victories against St Albans (4-0) and Michaelhouse (1-0).

The u14A squad travelled to Michaelhouse in the Kwazulu Natal midlands to participate in the Independent Schools Hockey Festival. The boys were marked as one of the teams of the tournament and conducted themselves exceptionally well, leaving the social and sporting environment “better than they found it”. They also achieved notable victories against St David’s (5-0) and St Stithian’s (5-1).

The 2nd team had the rare opportunity of having an excellent pre-season festival. The squad participated in the Milnerton High School Festival and competed against local teams. There was a mixed bag of results, but it was the execution of the team strategy and game plan that was most impressive and promising for the season ahead.

Bishops hockey has had excellent start to the season, and the emphasis has been on the teams rather individuals, execution of the game plan rather than score lines. We temper the expectations on the back end of these results with hard work and discipline.

We look forward to seeing the Bishops community at Friday night lights AND at the crack of dawn with our early Saturday fixtures.


The 1st XV Tour to Johannesburg: 
Just a few days after their return from a successful tour to the Eastern Cape, the players of the 1st XV travelled to Gauteng to participate in one of South Africa’s most long-standing schoolboy rugby festivals at Saint Stithian’s College in Randburg. This is a Festival to which Bishops has regularly been invited, and our school’s attachment to this gathering dates back all the way to 1984.

As usual, nine other schools had been invited to join the hosts for three games of rugby set out over five days of the Easter long weekend. As is often the case, a number of formidable opponents had been lined up for our First Team, but our boys rose to the challenge with character and courage to record significant wins in all of their games. In front of enthusiastic crowds, the Firsts beat Grey PE by 31 points to 20 on the Thursday before Good Friday; they then won their match against Maritzburg College 31-10 before overcoming a plucky and physical team from Parktown Boys by 26 points to 10 in particularly challenging conditions. During the three games, the Firsts scored a total of 14 tries, while conceding only 4. 

As importantly, the 1st XV also impressed off the field: a message was received from a Wynberg parent who engaged with these players at the airport as the team waited for its flight home on Monday evening. This message read as follows: “My wife and I took the Lanseria flight to Cape Town (on a different plane to the one used by Bishops); we want to commend your boys on the way in which they conducted themselves. The manners which they showed towards airport staff and other passengers were impeccable. Well done, Bishops; you can be proud all round of the way these boys played and the way in which they represented your school”. 

Congratulations to Bruce Sherwood and his team! We wish them well for the start of the domestic season this Saturday. 


Water Polo

Full Colours
Congratulations to Benjamin Hatty who has qualified for full colours after his selection to the WP u18 team that played at the Junior Nationals from 25-27 March.


Congratulations to the golf leadership for the 2022 season. 
Captain: James Boustead
Vice-captain: Reyne de Klerk

Service ties for AV society

Jett Bacher 
Bradley Calow
William Jones
Johann Steyn

African Relations Society

The following boys were awarded the African Relations tie for dedication and participation. Well done!

Nam Matyeba
Mohamed Bilaal
Xhanti Ngxangane
Benjamin Hatty

All Rounders Tie

Ben Levy is to be congratulated on being awarded an All Rounder's Tie.

International Public Speaking Competition

Four Bishops boys represented their school and their country at the Online World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Championships this weekend.

  • Erik Todd came third in the Persuasive Speaking category and placed 21st overall in the competition.
  • Nimba Mahlati was awarded the ESL prize for the competition as a whole. He also competed in the Interpretative Reading finals (meaning he placed in the top 20 for this category).
  • Ben Anderson competed in the Debating Finals (meaning he was in the top 16 for this category). He placed 29th overall in the competition.
  • Michael Beaumont competed in the finals for the Persuasive Speaking category (meaning he was in the top 20 for this category).


Live Sport

Paul Roos Gymnasium will be streaming all games this weekend, please register and login to the @supersportschools app to support our boys.
The following fixtures will be streamed via the SuperSport Schools app and YouTube channel. Please register and login to the @supersportschools app to support our boys.

Visit the link below to download the programme.
Paul Roos Gymnasium vs Bishops Diocesan College, 22 - 23 April 2022: Programme / Program - link:

22 April
u19A at 16:15
All matches on Maties Astro A, from 15:00 onwards, u19A at 19:00

23 April
All matches on Main Field, from 9:15 onwards, u19A at 13:00
U14A at 9:15 and u15A at 11:45

Interact society - Civvies Days

Interact hosted two civvies days in order to raise funds for two special organisation. The first being the Ladles of Love organisation and the second being the Vision Child and Youth Care Centre. The boys of Bishops college managed to raise over R5000.00 for both initiatives and behalf of the Interact society, would like to thank all boys and parents for their kind donations and continuous support.

In some lovely art news....

Grade 11 Art

What a successful term we have had. Our grade 11’s explored the Art of Photorealism. The boys were introduced to different techniques that would assist them to achieve a hyper-realistic texture and effect. The boys had the option of choosing any subject for their portraits but they had to consider posture, facial expression and background. All the boys excelled, but a few really stood out to me. Dane Rogers in particular produced an amazing piece, as well as Benji Adkins. Both artists manage to capture the beauty and essence of their subjects and at the same time mastering the use of charcoal and pencil in order to achieve these outstanding portraits.

Grade 8 Logo Design

Our grade 8s this year have been amazing thus far. As the largest group of grade 8 art students Bishops has seen for a while, each learner has brought a unique skill and renewed energy to the class. This term though Mr Hobbs and Mr Essop explored an in-depth study of the basic elements and principles in art, which was followed by mark making techniques and mimicking the style of several artists who were excellent draftsman. Boys were also required to do several observational drawings of trees and found objects, which was collaged into a single drawing. The highlight though, was the final practical task that required the boys to create a logo for the Zandvlei Trust. A non-profit organisation that works towards the management of the Zandvlei Nature Reserve and tries to involve the communities in the areas around it including Vrygrond, Marina da Gama and Muizenberg. The winning logo will be used as the official logo for the trust and a year’s bragging rights. Some key mentions would be Nathan Mol and Troy Stockdale with their exceptional Logo’s.

Grade 12 outing to the Zeitz Mocaa museum

On the 22nd of March our grade 12 art boys went on an excursion to visit the Zeitz Mocaa Museum at the waterfront. The morning was spent with a brief introduction to the design and building of the Zeitz. We then had a guided tour of the artworks on exhibit, spending more time viewing the amazing Johannes Phokela exhibition. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and drew inspiration from the various artworks on display. A few of our grade 12 boys were invited to take part in an amazing workshop during the holidays at the Zeitz, which would culminate into a mini exhibition of the work they produce during the workshop. Their artworks will be on display and will be the first grade 12 artworks to be on show at the Zeitz.

Simply Blue is 21!

Simply Blue, Bishops Acapella singing group, is 21 this year. In recognition of this milestone and to pay tribute to its retiring 
founder, Marion Gardner, a reunion concert is being held at the Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday 20 August. Our sincere 
thanks to Sygnia, who have come on board as the sponsor for the event. All current and past members of Simply Blue 
are being invited to join the celebration. If you were a past member of Simply Blue or know someone who was, please 
ask them to contact

Simply Blue is also holding its annual Theatre Show on Wednesday 4 May at 7pm – keep a look out for booking details next week.


During the past school holiday, a group of 26 people comprising Bishops boys, sisters, parents and staff members, Mark Mitchell and Phil Court, visited Nepal and trekked to the Everest Base Camp.  It takes nine days to reach EBC hiking through breath-taking scenery – a wonderful adventure.


This week the SPW talks benefits of exercise

Exercise enhances physical and mental well-being. Exercise also ensures that the risk of the onset of chronic disease is lowered considerably.

Click here to watch the team in action with the boys and why their work on campus is so vital.


We have had a few stand out performances from some of our recent ODs and we could not be more proud of their successes!

Musically, you have all tapped your foot to the sound of Will Linley's new singles. congrats on the hits Will and we hope you keep making beautiful sounds. Support Will and follow his social channels and download his songs here. Spotify and Instagram

We had 6 players in the Ikey Tigers rugby team:

Connor Evans
Keagan Blanckenberg
Alex Castle
William Rose
Suleiman Hartzenberg
Imad Khan

For Western Province:

Cornel Smit
Sacha Mngomezulu
Connor Evans
Imad Khan
Johnny Roche
Chris Pittaway
Bruce Campbell
John Dobson - Stormers and WP Coach
Tim Swiel

For South Africa under-20:

Sacha Mngomezulu
Keagan Blanckenberg
Connor Evans
Imad Khan
Suleiman Hartzenberg

For London Wasps:

Nizaam Carr

For UCT under-20:

Cameron May
Dan Kirsten
Keenan Mills
Chris Pittaway

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