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THURSDAY 10 August 2023
Dear Parents

The week began with a beautifully inspiring music concert on Sunday afternoon in the Memorial Chapel. Our Prep Wind Band, Choir and Marimbas joined the College Music Department, together with the Eluvukweni Church Choir in order to raise funds for the building of the Eluvukweni Community Church in Crossroads. Due to the taxi strike, a number of the church members were not able to get to Bishops, while others had walked to the N2 to get transport. Monday and Tuesday saw the effects of the taxi strike and related violence affecting many of our support staff. We managed to arrange for some of the Origin catering staff to sleep in from Sunday and a number of security staff were accommodated overnight at College.

With three of our cleaning staff away on Tuesday, it was left to boys and teachers to take over, putting out bins and vacuuming and sweeping their classrooms. It was hard to believe, as we ran our Inter-House Cross Country in the morning, that only a few kilometers away from us all schools in Langa had closed. VUSA had to suspend its programme and the Atlas Digibus could not go into Langa, so there were none of the daily extra English lessons for the Grade 4s and 5s of the Langa primary schools that we support.

Worse than the lack of transport has been the fear for people's own safety in getting to and from work. Yet our support staff have tried, on most days since the onset of the strike, to get to work. We have to commend them for their efforts and are very grateful to them for their loyalty and work ethic. In addition, many of our women writers had to cancel their presentations as part of Storytellers Week. We have continued with the theme of Brave Women, however, in observinig Women's Day. We pray for a swift resolution to the strike, as well as the related and opportunistic violence and vandalism that has followed.

Best wishes

Kind regards

Friday 11 August 2023

Dress up Day

Dress up as your Favourite Book Character

Book Sale

Time: 13h00
Venue: Jagger Annexe
Please see details under TAKE Note

Charlton House Grade 4 outing POSTPONED

Please note

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 rugby matches against SACS will be played on Friday and not Saturday
Tuesday 22 August 2023 Van der Bijl House Games Evening

Time: 18h30
Venue: Jagger Hall
Wednesday 23 August 2023 Charlton House Games Evening

Time: 18h30
Venue: Jagger Hall
Saturday 26 August 2023 End of the Winter Extra-Mural Timetable

Details to follow
Newspapers required

Ms Johns in the Art Room is very grateful for the newspapers that you have sent through so far. Please keep them coming!
Book Sale

A book sale hosted by Exclusive Books will be held in the Jagger Annexe on Friday from 13h00 to 15h30. Cash or Credit cards welcome.

Orange River Trip

Interested parents should please contact

PA Charity Golf Day

There are limited 4 Balls left for the PA Charity Golf Day on 17 August.  Please click HERE to register.

Art News
Artists of the Week
The Grade 7’s completed their lino carvings last term before they went away on tour. The following designs are recognised for their well-balanced designs and sophisticated carving skills:
7B James Arkcoll, Uzayr Johaar, Ibraheem Taliep and Alex Walker
7P John Hewat, Zishan Kassen, Robbie Sherman and Max Steven
7S Jonah De Villiers, Ben Klerck, Jamie Ridl and Troy Webb
Please click HERE to view all the artwork. Well done, boys!
Music News
The past few weeks have been filled with extra rehearsals with our preparations for Sunday’s beautiful fundraising concert for the Eluvukweni Church in our Memorial Chapel. The Prep Wind Band played Viva La Vida along with the College Wind Band and certainly did themselves proud. Matthew Fox was featured as one of 3 trebles for the exquisite Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and he did an excellent job of learning and performing his part. The Prep Choir boys gave considerable expression to Stephen Carletti’s incredible arrangement of The Prayer. We were also all treated to the splendour of all the College ensembles: The Choir, Strings, Simply Blue, Brass, Wind, Choir as well as the Eluvukweni choir. The final hymn was so exciting with the Brass accompanying Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer.
While this was an immense project, which was rehearsed in a very short space of time, it was such a privilege to be part of this special fundraising occasion. The Prep Marimba Band played with great aplomb outside the Memorial Chapel after the Concert and were followed by the College Marimbas.  To quote Mr. Brown “What a wonderful way to return to the Memorial Chapel after the gap necessitated by the very beautiful tiling of the sanctuary, with a music concert that celebrated life and our potential for unity across our city in such an uplifting way. Thank you to all staff and boys who made this concert possible!”
Rugby News
The mighty U9s were the winners of Rick the Bear this week for playing great rugby against Fish Hoek and Sweet Valley on Saturday. Well done to them!
Storytellers Week - Read Aloud Day
On Tuesday during Reading Period, our boys gathered in groups of two or three across the Grades to read aloud to each other as part of our Storytellers Week programme.
Inter-House Cross Country
Well done to all our boys participated in the Inter-House Cross Country held on Tuesday. Please visit our Facebook page for more photos.
Jagger Hall Installation
We have installed four large wall panels in Jagger Hall made up of over 4000 photographs taken over the last 7 years illustrating all the activity that has taken place at the Prep, overlaid with the Mitre. It has been very well received by the boys. Pop in and have a look when you have a chance.
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