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FRIDAY 20 January 2022
Dear Parents

It has been wonderful to have the boys back again, looking healthy, relaxed and bright eyed, after a long holiday. We have tried to make the return a little less frenetic for our boys and staff this week so that there is a gradual progression to the full programme next week.

A particular welcome to all our new boys and their families, the Grade 3s as well as those joining Bishops in Grades 4-7.

New staff members this year are Ms Shameemah AllieĀ  who is a final year education student doing a year’s internship in Grade 3; Ms Jamie Southgate is joining the Phys Ed Department in a Sports and Conditioning capacity. She comes to us from the Sports Science Institute and is also a member of the South African Women’s Indoor Hockey team.

There are also some changes in responsibility that I want to you inform you of:

Willem Louw has completed his tenure as Brooke Housemaster and I thank him for his energy and passion in Brooke over the last ten years. Gareth Jordan takes over as Brooke Housemaster and Naadia Luzmore takes over his position as Assistant Housemaster of Bramley.

Brendan Fogarty’s ten years as HOD of isiXhosa has also come to an end. We are grateful to him for overseeing the transition in isiXhosa to a more communicative approach and in the introduction of isiXhosa First Additional Language as an option to Afrikaans. Thami Siko is the new HOD of isiXhosa.

Thami Siko and Bruce Mitchell have both stepped down from their positions of Van der Bijl Assistant Housemaster and Head of Squash respectively. Both have brought their particular skills and personalities to these positions. Laurelle Fry and JP Dudley take over from them.

We congratulate Khwezi Mqomboti on his appointment as Director of Sport at St John’s Prep in Johannesburg from 1 May 2023. This is a loss for Bishops but a well-deserved promotion for him.

Next week we begin our academic and extra-mural programmes in full so please do assist your boys in organising themselves each day for the first week.

Also, being summer, and what looks like a particularly hot one, please ensure that your son has a Bishops cap which he brings to school every day. We follow a “no cap, no play” rule.

Form teachers are looking forward to meeting you next week. Meetings should be no longer than an hour and I hope that you will be able to attend.

Wishing you a happy, peaceful and fulfilling 2023. May our boys love their school experience, deal appropriately with disappointments and difficulties and continue to grow and develop on the path to becoming good men.

Kind regards

Friday 20 January 2023 Charlton House Grade 3 Picnic

Time: 18h00 to 20h00
Venue: Prep Pool
Saturday 21 January 2023 Cricket Trials U10 to U13

Time: 08h00 to 10h30
Various venues
Monday 23 January 2023

Normal extra-mural programme begins


Grade 5 Parent Meetings

Time: 19h00 to 20h00
Venue: Grade 5 Classrooms

Tuesday 24 January 2023 Grade 4 and Grade 6 Parent Meetings

Time: 19h00 to 20h00
Venue: Grade 4 and 6 classrooms
Wednesday 25 January 2023 Grade 3 and Grade 7 Parents Meetings

Time: 19h00 to 20h00
Venue: Grade 3 and Grade 7 classrooms
Friday 27 January 2023

Experience Bishops - Grade 7 boys only

Time: 07h30 to 12h30
Venue: Woodlands Pavilion
Please see further information under TAKE Note

Charlton House Family Picnic - Grade 3 to 7

Time: 18h00 to 20h00
Venue: Clifton 4th beach


Experience Bishops - Grade 7s

Experience Bishops takes place on Friday 27 January. Please click HERE for the itinerary.

Boys must please wear No 1s.

Parents wishing to attend can take their sons directly to the Woodlands Pavilion. Parents not wishing to attend, should drop their sons at Prep and they will be walked up to College at 07h30.

Collection must take place from the Woodlands Pavilion. The extra-mural programme continues as usual.

If you are interested in boarding for your son next year, and wish to have a tour of the boarding facilities, please click HERE to reply by Monday 23 January.

Traffic Flow
Please take careful note of the direction of the traffic and adhere to this to reduce congestion around the Prep campus.
ODU Matters

The ODU is looking for nominations for the new ODU Committee. Should you know anyone who may be interested or if you would like to nominate yourself, please click on THIS LINK.

The Bishops Carnival is around the corner. Should you want to sell any of your goods/products at the event, please click on THIS LINK to access the request form to have your own market stall. Please direct any queries to
Grade 3 News
Our Grade 3s were given a special welcome into their houses. The Housemasters and Assistant Housemasters very much look forward to their participation in their respective houses and seeing their development over the year.
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