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Dear Parents and Guardians

August is Women’s Month in South Africa and we use this time to acknowledge and recognize the women in our lives and the contribution they have made to society at large and to us as people. In an ever-changing world, the impact of women on society has never been as significant, as more and more women take their rightful place in business, academia, leadership and other areas of responsibility.

But women play a much bigger role, often with great difficulty and sacrifice. I refer specifically to the thousands and thousands of women who raise children without support and who head households on their own. To women who speak up against gender-based violence and unacceptable behaviour and who provide so much of our moral guidance. To the women who raise children to be kind and valued members of society. May we continue to strive towards a community where people are judged by their actions as people and where all are accepted as equal, valued members of our community.

As a boys’ school, we are in a special position with other similar boys’ schools, to effect real change in our community of boys through constantly celebrating the achievements of all our people and educating our boys on what it means to be a man, particularly when it comes to our treatment of women. 

We salute women across our country and in the Bishops community in particular and thank them for their contribution to our world.  


There are a number of teachers who retire at the end of this year and we will have an opportunity to acknowledge their contribution to Bishops at a later stage. I am pleased to report that the search for their replacements has been successful and that the following people will be taking up positions at the College at the start of 2023. We have asked each of them to write a short biography which I share below:

Lydia Barnett - Afrikaans

Lydia Barnett, born in the Northern Cape, married and a mother of two, has been a teacher for 30 years. Having taught learners from different walks of life including learners with special needs she sees teaching as a "calling."

She completed her BA (HDE) degree majoring in Afrikaans with Honours in Curriculum Studies, researching "The impact that poetry may have on the emotional state of learners."

Her love for teaching and especially cultural activities has led to a few awards: Community service teacher award; Runner up for Special Needs teacher award; ATKV Festival awards for writing and directing Afrikaans plays. The latter is also an extra mural activity and writing Afrikaans poetry, albeit for private reading, is one of her favorite ways to pass the time.

Lydia feels favoured to have been chosen for this position and is looking forward to joining the Bishops family.

Japhta Makwena - Afrikaans

Japhta is happily married to Nadia Makwena, the wonderful mother of their two daughters, Aysha (6) and Ava (5).

Japhta grew up in the small town of Graaff-Reinet, in the Eastern Cape and completed his high school education at Spandau Secondary. He obtained his BEd Degree at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, majoring in Afrikaans and Mathematical Literacy.

He has been in the teaching profession for the past six years. Four of those six years were spent at Portland High School in Mitchell’s Plain and two at Apex High School in Eersterivier.

Japhta is passionate about developing Afrikaans, his mother tongue and the language that shaped him into the person that he is today.

His other passions include writing Afrikaans poetry, rugby and cricket. Japhta loves playing, coaching and talking about rugby. He has also been playing cricket for the past year. Japhta is a captivating and sought-after master of ceremonies too!

Michelle van Zyl - Mathematics

Michelle developed an early love for Maths and Science during her school years at Roedean in Johannesburg. She is also a sports enthusiast, thanks to her family. Her high school years were an active mix of swimming, hockey, tennis and waterskiing. After completing Matric she furthered her studies at UCT, and graduated with a B.Sc Hons degree.

At the end of her UCT years she was elected to join the Standard Bank Graduate Programme and experience corporate life in Financial Services where she spent almost 10 years working in the bank’s insurance and asset management businesses. Sport has remained a central theme in her life, and it was during this time that she started competing as a triathlete. Michelle was lucky enough to represent SA and compete in Ironman and Comrades marathons.

In 2015 she chose to follow her true passion and complete a PGCE in Mathematics and Physics. Best decision yet! She joined the Maths department at Rondebosch Boys High School in 2016 teaching Maths, and FS Maths. She has also been very involved in school sports including athletics, hockey and cross country. Michelle is grateful and proud to have had 7 of the most rewarding years in Education and looks forward to many more.

Julianne van Zuydam – Mathematics

Julianne van Zuydam has recently returned from the Netherlands with her husband, Daniel and 3 month old daughter, Hannah. Whilst living in the Netherlands she taught Mathematics in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at the International School Hilversum where she was also Head of the Mathematics Department. Before she moved overseas, she taught Mathematics at Somerset College, in Somerset West.

Julianne was born in Johannesburg but saw the light and moved to Cape Town after high school to study at UCT where she obtained a Masters degree in Mathematics Education as well as a PGCE and BMus (Jazz and Composition).

Bishops on the International Stage…

Simply Blue and a group of drama students will be leaving SA today to travel to the Edinburgh Festival where they will be performing over a period of a week before connecting with ODs in London at a dinner arranged by the London ODU branch. This function will also be attended by Old Boys from Rondebosch Boys to mark the occasion of their 125th birthday. I shall be attending some of the festival and also speaking at the dinner which I know will be a special event and a wonderful experience for our boys. We wish then safe travels and a rewarding experience.  

Extra Murals

We continue to strive to provide an extra mural programme that caters to a wide range of interests. This is one of the strengths of the school and one mentioned often by parents and boys. While many of our activities have been very successful with boys doing wonderful things and achieving amazing results, some activities have struggled. It is so important for our boys and staff that we keep supporting them while we find ways to improve as we strive to do better in all we do. 

Final Thoughts

The Executive teams from the Prep and College spend some time away this past week at a strategy session to look at strengths of the school and at areas where we need to focus in the years ahead. While it is always difficult to try to predict what will happen in the future and events of the past two years have shown that to remain nimble and adaptable is a desired state, it was a very good opportunity to reflect on life post Covid and what that could look like, using lessons learned from the experience.

What was clear was the strengths of the Bishops community that need to be nurtured, which included the pastoral support for our boys, committed and dedicated staff, our robust academic programme and the wide variety of opportunities for our boys through a diverse programme of extra murals. The support of the wider community was also cited as a strength and is something we appreciate greatly.

Areas of possible concern included the state of the economy both locally and internationally, political stability in SA, crime and then issues around difference such as racial difference, gender issues and issues around sexuality. The process of identifying core Bishops values has already begun and the boys have been involved in a number of discussions with their Tutors as we work towards a co-created Values Statement. 

There is still much work to do in many areas such as transformation and in certain key areas of our overall offering and we will be implementing these ideas going forward.

I wish you well for the next few weeks and look forward to providing feedback from our boys travelling to the UK.

Kind regards

Antony Reeler


Assembly message from Mr Westwood

Women’s Day 2022

Every year, in August, our country marks Women’s Month. We also pay tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. A system meant to control women even further and reduce women to passive beings, at the mercy of men.

We will celebrate this year’s Women Month under the theme: “Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future”.  The concept of Generation Equality is a global campaign and links South Africa to global efforts to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Women’s Month is a tribute not only to the thousands of women who marched on that day in 1956, but also a tribute to the pioneers of the women’s movement in this country, dating back to 1913, when women like Charlotte Maxeke led the way in establishing the ANC Women’s League and encouraging women to engage in the struggle for freedom. (

In the last year you may have heard of the name Charlotte Maxeke for a very sad reason. A fire broke out at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, which resulted in it having to close. Some of you may have wondered who Charlotte was and what she had achieved in life to have a major hospital named after her.

Charlotte was born in Limpopo province in 1871 as Charlotte Mannya, but grew up in Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape. She was an excellent student, excelling in Maths and Music. She moved to Kimberly where she joined the African Jubilee Choir and her extraordinary talent as a singer was quickly realised so that she, with the choir, toured many of the major cities in Europe and then on to the United States. Sadly, while in the USA, the choir was abandoned by their escort but fortunately for Charlotte a local Methodist Bishop organised church goers to raise money to enable the choir to stay in the USA. Charlotte attended a university for black people, as there was racial segregation in the USA at the time, and in 1903 she became the first black South African woman to earn a degree, a Bachelor of Science. It was at university she met her husband Dr Marshall Maxeke.

On returning to South Africa Charlotte began to be involvement in anti-colonial politics. She founded the Bantu Women’s League, which later became part of the ANC’s Women’s league. She fought for the plight of poor rural women and she fought against the pass laws. Her extraordinary leadership qualities were recognised by many, including some in the white government of the day. Charlotte was engaged in the fight for women’s rights and the rights of black people all her life, serving as a member of the ANC, until she died in 1939 at the age of 68.

So next week on Tuesday as we celebrate women’s day, let us commit ourselves to the theme of “Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future”, which was what Charlotte Maxeke fought for for much of her remarkable life. Let us not kid ourselves that things are anywhere near equal at the moment for many women, even though the brave fight of many women over the years has brought about significant changes for some. Sadly though, the truth is that both in South Africa and throughout the world women still experience oppressive behaviour from men, sometimes under the guise of religion or culture, and even laws in some countries. We need to commit ourselves to being part of the solution and not part of the problem through what we say and do, and through looking to be educated about the struggles women face around issues of gender equality.


Additional Academic Awards Term 2

Grade 9

Conor Day
Rynard Gordon
Daniel von der Heyden

Matthew Griffin

Grade 12

Rupert Holmes

Haydn Dempers

Debating Colours

We would like to congratulate Landa Tsobo on achieving Half Colours for Debating.

Ensemble Ties

These ties are awarded to the following Matrics for 3½ years of service to music ensembles. Well done!

Oscar Baum
Michael Beaumont
Sebastian Boeddinghaus
Jared Chu
Jonty Couves
Felix de Bruin
Robbie Handley
Kwon Hee Kim
Chris Hodgson
Jaeseo Hyun
Thando Kumalo
Nimba Mahlati
Thomas Maurel
Ben Mitchell
Max Molyneux
Zami Moyo
Matthew Newton
Liam Petersen
Kiran Pillay
Ben Reid
Sebastiaan Terblanche

Music Awards

Congratulations to these young men on being awarded colours for music.

Half Colours
Divakaran Govender

Full Colours
Oliver Hufton
Matthew Newton

All Rounders Tie

James Collins, Andrew Betty and Nic Macdonald are to be congratulated on being awarded an All Rounder's tie.

Music Certificate

Congratulations to Matthew Newton who recently passed his Grade 8 Trumpet exam from Trinity college in London, with  distinction. This is an outstanding achievement.

Music Achievement

Sebastian Boeddinghaus recently received the news that he is a first prize winner in the International Youth Music Competition in the category “Piano”. In order to enter for this competition, he had to submit a video recording of himself playing a piano piece. There was an invitation for him to travel to New York to perform the piece with other first prize-winners at the New York Prize Winners Concert. Unfortunately he was unable to attend due to his matric commitments. We are very proud of Sebastian for this outstanding achievement and congratulations also go to his teacher, Mrs Erina Westgarth-Taylor.


Please join us on the 21st August at our rowing family fun day! Bring the whole family for a morning of insight into Bishops rowing, what it takes and most of all, how much fun it is to be a Bishops rower!

Enjoy food, drinks, raffles, erging, rowing, top quality boats, and our boys sharing about all things rowing!
Everyone in our Bishops community is welcome!

Winter Tour-specific Cricket Awards

Congratulations to the following cricketers who received awards for their milestone achievements on the recent Winter Tour to Kruger and the Lowveld:

Signature bats for 100s:
Kashief Joseph: 110 v Centurion High School.
James Robb-Quinlan: 105 v Hoer Volkskool Potchefstroom.

Mounted cricket ball for a five-wicket haul:
Tiaan Louw: 8-2-24-5 v Centurion High School


The U17 team will be taking part in the RBHS Football U17 Youth Cup this weekend, from the 6th to the 8th August. Our soccer team would appreciate your support, and encourage you to be there.

Alternatively download the SuperSport Schools App here  - and search for RBHS Football U17 Youth Cup to view live. 



The College Rugby Club enjoyed a celebratory evening on Thursday when capping the players of the 1st XV who will represent Bishops in Friday afternoon’s derby match against St Andrew’s College. After our colours were blessed by Father Monwabisi, legendary schoolmaster and historian Dr Paul Murray outlined the significance of the jerseys which will be worn for this match, the first time in many long decades that our school’s senior team will not be playing in either blue or white! In addition, our 2022 Captain of Rugby, Bruce Sherwood, has earned selection for the South African u18 Team that will play against France and England later this month! Congratulations to all and good luck to our boys in Myrtle Green for their derby match ahead of the long weekend.

This afternoon, even our little boys from the Pre-Prep and Prep will be getting a chance to play in their brightly coloured tops on the famous Piley Rees. We hope to see you there supporting our future rugby stars.

13h00: Pre-Prep “Tag-Rugby” games
13h45: U13A Bishops Prep/Western Province Prep School (a game involving two combined teams)
14h30: U14A vs St Andrews (on the Range)
14h30: U16A vs St Andrews (on the Avenue)
14h45: 2nd XV vs St Andrews
15:55: U23 OD Sevens Team vs u23 OA Sevens Team
16h20: 1st XV vs St Andrews
(All matches on the Piley Rees, unless otherwise indicated)

We encourage your support for our boys. For those who are unable to attend these fixtures, there will be live streaming of all games on the Piley Rees. Click here for the live stream, please feel free to share with family and friends.

Maccabi South Africa Selection

The Maccabi Games is currently the third largest sporting event in the world when it comes to participant numbers (behind the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games). Maccabi South Africa has participated in the world-renowned sporting event since 1935. The 2022 Games consisted of approximately 10 000 athletes from 80 countries, competing in 42 sport categories.
This year we had five Bishops boys who were selected to represent Maccabi South Africa in the July holidays, in two different disciplines, futsal and water polo.

Well done and congratulations to the following boys on their selection. 
Adam Lieberman - waterpolo
Bryce Herbert - waterpolo
Ben Levy  – futsal (captained the side against USA)
Ben Isserow  – futsal  
Leo Letschert – futsal

Ice Hockey

Oliver Beek has recently returned from playing in the SA team at the 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. Oliver was awarded Most Valuable Player and he ranked as the top goal scorer for the tournament for RSA.
South Africa ranked 1st place for scoring efficiency.


Bishops Boys, Staff, ODs and parents are doing it again.  A gruelling 24-hour cycle challenge to raise R350,000 for the VUSA Rugby & Learning Academy.   

23 Teams have signed up to ride from 3pm Saturday, 13 August – 3pm Sunday, 14th August 2022.  Please pop in and show your support or login to the live stream and watch our riders in action. The event will include live interviews, a quiz, predict the score competition and we will be streaming the RSA / NZ game on Saturday.  All event information can be viewed on the VUSA website:


Our ODs are doing well on the international stage at the moment.

The annual rugby match between St Andrew's College First XV and Bishops Diocesan College First XV will take place this Friday afternoon, 5 August 2022, at 16:20 on the Piley Rees. The curtain-raiser match will be the Old Andreans (OAs) against the Old Diocesans (ODs) at 15:55. Please join us at the special OD venue on the Silwood Rd side of the field, followed by refreshments in the Heatlie Pavilion, to support the school and the First XV sides of the two schools.

A Million Dreams

"The Noblest Art is that of making others happy" - P.T. Barnum

D. Lukas Oelz, is hoping to do just that with his latest show, "A Million Dreams". The show will include a variety of well-renowned performers as shown in the poster, as well as the full Bishops orchestra and a number of Bishops vocalists. The orchestra will be performing a record-breaking act - namely that of combining an orchestra with magic for the first time in the history of South Africa, alongside SA's Got Talent Finalist, Olwethu Dyantyi. Thando Khumalo, Jesse Barth, Naethan Mol, James Griffiths (OD) make up the Bishops vocalists in the production. 

The show will run from the 18-20 August 2022, in the Bishops Theatre and the profits will be going to charity! To see more information on this and to book tickets, visit Quicket!

This event is not to be missed.

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