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THURSDAY 24 August 2023
Dear Parents

The Bishops-Rondebosch Derby Week marks the end, in large part, of our winter programme. From Monday (28 August), rugby, squash, chess, cross country and hockey practices and fixtures end as do our clubs. We go over to a five week soccer programme in which all boys are expected to participate – there will be two to three days of soccer each week. The link to the timetable is under Take Note below. There will be fixtures against four schools/clubs as well as intra-class soccer matches and inter-house. The boys always thoroughly enjoy our short soccer season.

There will though, be small groups of boys involved in Rugby Sevens Tournaments next week and we host our annual U12 Day/Night Hockey Tournament on the Woodlands Astro next Friday evening. I am also very happy to report that our U13A hockey side has made it through to the Top Schools Tournament in mid-September.

While our sports programme simplifies to soccer only for most boys, many music pupils will be preparing for their ABRSM exams and the cast of “Lord of the Flies” will be going through their final paces for their performances starting on 20 September.

Our hockey teams have had good results against Rondebosch this week and I wish our rugby teams well for their Saturday fixtures. The College First XV game is always a highlight of this Derby, so we are encouraging as many Prep boys as possible to attend. The game is at 14h00 on Saturday.

Best wishes

Kind regards

Friday 25 August 2023 Inter-Schools General Knowledge Quiz Round 2

Time: 15h00
Venue: Edgemead Primary
Monday 28 August 2023 Soccer season starts

See further details under TAKE Note
Monday 28 August to Tuesday 29 August 2023 Grade 7 Outing

Time: 08h00
Venue: Robben Island
Friday 1 September 2023 Grade 3 Outing

Time: 08h00
Venue: Science Centre
Friday 1 September and Saturday 3 September 2023 VUSA 24 Hour Cycle Challenge

Please see further details under TAKE Note
Tuesday 5 September 2023

Family Chapel Service

Time: 08h00
Venue: Memorial Chapel
Boys to wear No 1s
Parents welcome to attend

Extra-Mural Timetable

Please click HERE for the extra-mural timetable applicable from Monday 28 August 2023.
Prep Reception

Please email Renate Swartz on with regards to absenteeism, hot lunch etc. and not as you have done in the past. Kashiefa Kerven is now based in the music department.
Brooke House Thank You

"We are blessed to have such fun, crazy and incredibly generous families in Brooke. We raised some serious funds for our charity Zonnebloem House aided by an anonymous donation of R60K from one of our Knights. We will be meeting with Zonnebloem House to decide the best way to utilise these funds. A huge thank you to all our families who were involved in the evening."
Gareth Jordan (Housemaster)
24 Hour Cycle Challenge

Join us in just over a week for the thrilling 24-Hour Cycle Challenge brought to you by Investec!
Mark your calendars and get ready for an event that promises excitement, inspiration, and community spirit. The highly anticipated 24-Hour Cycle Challenge is just over a week away, and this year, we have a truly exceptional guest: Grant Lottering. Brace yourself as Grant embarks on an incredible journey, attempting to cycle the entire 24 hours solo!
Curious to know more about Grant's remarkable story? Take a moment to watch this inspiring clip. Grant's determination and resilience are sure to leave you awe-inspired. Don't miss the chance to show your support! Swing by Grant's bike. Your presence and encouragement will be a welcome distraction as he tackles this formidable challenge.
The event will unfold at the iconic Piley Rees, creating an atmosphere brimming with energy. Even if you're not participating in the cycling, we invite you to bring along your family and friends.  

We have a great line-up which includes interviews with Matthew Pearce, Grant Lottering, Tank Lanning, magic by Olwethu Dyantyi, our beloved Cape Town Comedian Kurt Schoonraad, live entertainment from the Bishops Music Department, Me and Mr Green, DJ Ross and a silent disco.  VUSA Coach and personal trainer,  Monwabisi Tshotwana will offer a sunrise stretch class and we will have entertainment for the children so there is something for everyone.  Our dedicated teams have already kicked off their fundraising efforts, and you can contribute too. (
The 24-Hour Cycle Challenge is more than an event; it’s a celebration of community, endurance, shared experiences, courage and togetherness. See you there!

Library News

“Imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere!” Congratulations to Aran Maharaj for winning the Women’s Month story writing contest. Runners up include Charles Traill, Nic Reyburn, Alex Breslin, Kuhle Cossie and Max Forrester. As a prize, they each chose a limited-edition children’s book, signed by the author, donated by Rare Collections. Well done creative writers!

Rugby News

Rick the Bear was awarded to theU12C team for showing great determination and enthusiasm in their game on Friday. Well done to them!

The College 1st XV and the Prep U13A team had a lunch on Friday before the SACS derby. Some knowledge was shared, motivation was on offer and it was a trip down memory lane for many of the College 1st XV boys. All in all, a lovely occasion!

We encourage all Prep boys to watch the U13 rugby matches as their play their last games for the Prep at Rondebosch on Saturday. The U13A game is at 10h00 and it would be fantastic if all boys would sit together and support.

Art News

Artists of the week: The following Grade 5 boys were chosen as Artists of the week for their imaginative drawings of treehouses. They had to decide whether to add colour to their picture or whether to leave it in black coke, so each art work is completed differently and individually. Please click HERE to view all the artwork.

5B Leo Constantinou, Kuhle Cossie, Farhad Ebrahim and Oliver Thomalla
5P Finn Coetzer, Luca Du Plooy, Ethan Lee Pan and Samuel Yazdanpanahi
5S Felix Andersson, Max Burns, Lukho Kunene and Alex Reeves

With thanks: Grateful thanks to the moms and boys who are giving up their Saturday afternoons to help with making sets for Lord of the Flies. We really appericate your help!

Grade 3 News
The Grade 3s are learning about scientists and experiments. They each get a chance to present an experiment of their choosing. Boys have showed us exploding coke with mentos, steel wool fire from a battery, rockets from baking soda and vinegar as well as oobleck (a suspension of cornstarch and water). There are many more to come! Grade 3 science is fun! Please visit our Instagram page for some videos.
Van der Bijl House News
Van der Bijl House held a very successful Games Evening on Wednesday. Thanks to all who assisted in putting the event together and to everyone who attended.Please visit our Facebook page for more photos.
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