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FRIDAY 12 November 2021
Dear Parents

We have had a wonderful week on so many fronts, but music has particularly stood out for me with two concerts this week. The Grade 3 Beginners’ Concert held in our Jagger Hall had more than fifty boys performing (out of 74), many of them for the first time this year. And with possibly the most extensive range of instruments I have seen: piano, drums, strings, brass, flute and clarinet. A really great beginning to Prep music for these boys and their parents who attended.

On Wednesday night we held our annual Ensemble Concert in the Memorial Chapel. The acoustics in the Chapel bring out the very best in our ensemble playing. We had four string ensembles, our wind band, marimba band and a vocal ensemble. Still no choir, but that will come. Possibly most gratifying was the fact that these ensembles had found ways to practise and grow in their playing over the difficult year we have had, practising spread out in the hall or outside even, all to keep safe but still play.

We have two more concerts over the next fortnight, the Grade 4-7 Beginners’ Concert and our Leavers’ Concert.

The updated Diversity and Transformation Policy is now on our website in three languages: English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. Go to the Information tab and it appears under Policies. The Transformation Committee is currently working on another three policies. Thank you to all of you who provided input after the draft was sent out last term. It is greatly appreciated.

Sadly, our Divinity teacher, Jeremy Smith, has to move on. It is however ultimately good news for him as he has to attend a year at the Anglican Seminary in Grahamstown. We hope that this is a step closer to ordination as a priest in the Anglican Church. We have seen a real calling to full time ministry in Jeremy and we have really enjoyed his teaching and talks since October 2019. The boys and staff have appreciated his very down to earth approach, his inspiring messages and his open mindedness. We wish him well. We are now in the process of recruiting his replacement.

We still have an unacceptable number of latecomers each morning. I think boys have got used to our leniency around this over the months, but we now have to raise our expectations. We will start taking names of latecomers again and there will be consequences for those who continue to arrive late.

We have four weeks left to the end of the term and we want our boys to finish well. To this end we are monitoring boys’ hair very carefully as the state of the boys’ hair has to be acceptable at the end of term still. We acknowledge that there are different hair types, but hair must be neat and tidy and fashionable styles are not allowed. Those can happen in the first week of the holidays.

Please do support us in both of these issues.

Wishing you a good weekend.

Kind regards

Friday 12 November 2021

Charlton House Braai for Grades 5, 6 and 7s

Time: 17h30 to 19h30

Venue: Prep Pool

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Grade 4 - 7 Beginners' Concert

Time: 19h00

Venue: Jagger Hall
Thursday 18 November 2021

PA Mental Wellness Talk

Time: 19h00

Venue: Jagger Hall or Online

See further details under TAKE Note

Stationery for 2022

Your son/s stationery requirements can be found on the Parent Information page in MyBishopsLife.
Should you wish to order from Waltons, please find the link HERE.

Waltons has confirmed that they are up and running for stationery orders. With a few easy steps you can order and have it delivered to your home or work address. This at an additional cost of R90.00. Alternatively, you can order and collect the stationery from your closest Waltons branch at no cost.

Should you have any further enquiries, please feel free to email Kashiefa Kerven

Second Hand Shop

A reminder that the Second Hand uniform shop is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 07h30 to 08h30 and on Fridays from 12h00 to 13h00. Prices will increase from 1 December 2021.
Hot Lunch

Hot Lunch has one again proven to be a huge success with the boys, with a record number currently enjoying this service.
As a reminder, Hot Lunch works on a roll over system and requires one term’s notice. If you wish to cancel for 2022, please email Kashiefa Kerven by 10 December 2021 at the latest.
PA Talk on Mental Wellness

There is still space available to attend this talk on 18 November, either in person in Jagger Hall or online. Please click HERE to book.
Beach Day - Grade 6 and 7

There are 2 places left for boys who would like to attend the Beach Day on 27 November. Please click HERE to book.
Grade 3 Medieval Feast
Kings, knights, poets and jokers attending a wonderful Medieval feast last Friday. A big thank you to the Grade 3 parents who decorated the hall so beautifully and provided a banquet fit for a king!
Remembrance Day

A moving Remembrance Day service was held on Wednesday. Please visit our Facebook page to listen to The Last Post beautifully performed by Kaan Numanoglu and teacher, Renaldo Wales.
Library Assembly
Prep Staff entertained the boys with a reading of The Day the Crayons Quit during library assembly last week.
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