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THURSDAY 3 August 2023
Dear Parents


We express our deepest condolences to Brendan Fogarty on the passing of his wife, Inka, after a year-long battle with cancer. Please keep Brendan and his children, Dino, Dasch, Tennessee and Gray and their families in your thoughts and prayers.


Last Friday morning was a truly amazing one with a special assembly to mark the life and times of Nelson Mandela, with us on the older side able to share with our boys what an impossibility an open and diverse school seemed to be in the 1980s.  It was also an opportunity to look at the difficulties we still face using Madiba’s own image from his autobiography with his closing words, “I have walked the long road to freedom …… but I have discovered the secret that, after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”.  And we know, we still have many hills to climb and I challenged the boys to consider how they can contribute to addressing these challenges in some way. The presentation of the Director of Ikaya la Temba, who were the recipients of the boys’ donations and work, an after school organisation based in Imizamo Yetho, providing safe play space, activities, academic tutoring, as well as meals for 120 girls and boys, illustrated so clearly that, while the needs were great, at least there were 120 children being assisted.

The tin can “snake” reached 118 metres, well over the 100m challenge and the next 67 minutes were spent in Form classrooms with each class preparing lunch packs. The motivation and enthusiasm of our boys was remarkable; some classes set a proper production line approach, while others divided into groups which managed the full process. It was a truly inspiring experience to see boys working so hard and positively to prepare something for others, living out Mother Theresa’s words:

“We cannot do great things on this earth.
We can only do small things with great love.”


Next week is Storytellers’ Week and with Women’s Day falling in the middle of the week, the theme is Brave Women.  As we celebrate women’s writing and the bravery of women, may we continue to work to grow our boys into good adult men, men who will stand against sexism, gender-based violence and any form of abuse or discrimination.

Best wishes

Kind regards

Sunday 6 August 2023

Eluvukweni Fundraising Concert

Time: 15h30
Venue: Memorial Chapel
Please see further details under TAKE Note

Tuesday 8 August 2023

Inter-House Cross Country

Time: 08h30
Venue: Lutgensvale
Boys to wear House T-shirts, PE shorts, socks and takkies
All boys to be dropped off at the Prep by 07h30

Wednesday 9 August 2023 Public Holiday - Women's Day
Friday 11 August 2023

Book Sale and Storytellers' Dress Up Day

Please see details under TAKE Note

Charlton House Grade 4 Outing

Time: 18h00
Details to follow

Tuesday 15 August 2023 Bramley House Games Evening

Time: 18h30
Venue: Jagger Hall
Wednesday 16 August 2023 Brooke House Games Evening

Time: 18h30
Venue: Jagger Hall
Friday 18 August 2023 Rugby Matches

Please note that the rugby matches against SACS will be played on Friday and not Saturday.

Bishops Prep Sports App

Bishops makes use of third-party software to manage our sport and to inform you of sport fixture details, team sheets and results. Please follow these step-by-step instructions:

Please click HERE for instructions on how to access Fixtures on your MOBILE DEVICE

Please click HERE for instructions on how to access Fixtures on your COMPUTER

These instructions are available on the Parents Communication Page on MyBishopsLife for future access.

Music Concert

The Eluvukweni Fundraising Concert will take place on Sunday 6 August at 15h30 in the Memorial Chapel.

We extend an invitation to all who are able to support this fundraising concert for the Eluvukweni Church in Crossroads. Tickets can be bought at the Prep and the College Music Departments @ R200 per person. Seating is unreserved. The Prep Choir, Wind Band and various College ensembles will be performing at this concert and the Prep Marimba Band will play during the tea and coffee afterwards. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, The Prayer and other musical favourites will be part of the programme.

The Prep Music Department looks forward to welcoming you all at this exciting collaboration and fundraising effort by the School.

Storytellers' Week

Our universe is made up of atoms - and stories! Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world because our stories bring us together. That is why next week is Storytellers Week, where we will play with powerful word ingredients to find the magic balance: the chemistry of a great story!

Our theme this year is Brave Women in honour of Women’s Day and the women who have changed our world and who play such a significant role in our lives. We will be exploring books with female characters, have special guest storytellers, an Afrikaans book show, isiXhosa storytime, a story writing contest as well as pairing older and younger grades to read aloud together, choosing books by female authors.

Finally, to end this week we have 2 special events to make note of for your diary:

  • On Friday 11th August it is Dress As Your Favourite Book Character day! So make sure to think of your favourite books and choose a favourite character and come proudly and crazily dressed!
  • It is also a Book Sale. Exclusive Books Cavendish will be coming to set up in the Jagger Hall Annex so don’t forget to send cash on this day to make sure boys go home with some incredible new books! Most books will cost between R100 - R250. Boys will have time to purchase their books during the school day on Friday and parents are welcome to buy books after school from 1pm -3pm. They will accept cash or card. (No snapscan)

Should you have any children’s books at home that you would like to donate and pass on to a school in need, we will be accepting and collecting gently used books to take to a fantastic reading organisation, The Bookery.

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into our world - and our world wouldn’t be the same without women in it. We look forward to a week of celebrating both!

Hot Lunch

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Rugby Legends Evening – Wynberg 103 Years

The Bishops Rugby Supporters Club would like to invite you to an evening of Legends with Matt Pearce and Jacques Kallis as they discuss all things rugby, cricket, and World Cups!
Please join us for a fun evening as we celebrate our Wynberg Derby which is 103 years this weekend!

Heatlie Pavilion
18:30 on the 10th August

Click here TO RSVP by no later than Monday the 8th August

Tickets are available at the door; we look forward to seeing you there!

Hockey News
Five of our boys played for the U12 South Zonal Hockey Tournament A team and won gold last weekend. Two of our boys played in the B team and won bronze. Bishops contributed seven players to the South Zonal teams and contributed greatly to their success at the WP Tournament! Well done, all!
Mandela Day
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to make this such a successful event. Please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for photos and videos.
Library News
Seth Lunn and Casey Nevin (Grade 5P) were the recipients of a "glitter bombing" by the Library Fairy (Ms De La Harpe) and her trusty side-kick (Mr Low-Shang) for reaching a million words and becoming members of the Million Word Club. Well done, boys!
Bramley House News
Some of the Bramley Family Groups got to know each other while making pizza and playing "get-to-know-you" games. This is such a wonderful way to make connections through the Grades!
Rugby News
Well done to all the boys to participated in the Inter-House rugby held earlier this week. We saw some great rugby being played! Please visit our Facebook Page and website gallery for more photos.
Charlton House News

The first collection marks a promising start to the partnership between Charlton House and the Vuka Nomtobhoyi Children's Home. The donated supplies will undoubtedly alleviate some of the burdens faced by the staff and improve the living conditions of the children. Moving forward, Charlton House plans to maintain this monthly supply initiative, aiming to expand their support and create a lasting impact on the lives of the children in need.

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