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THURSDAY 18 May 2023
Dear Parents

Last night more than one hundred parents and many staff were treated to the annual Beginners’ Concert; every boy who has started on an instrument at Prep this year had an opportunity to perform. One in every two Grade 3s was on the stage as well as a number of boys in other grades, boys who had started music late or taken up a second or third instrument. Bishops is fortunate to have a very strong music department across all sections, a department that has a fourteen year vision and a very successful track record.

Music is a performing art and we expect every young musician to perform on stage in our weekly music concerts; while some boys do need more time to develop the courage to do so – performing develops confidence and resilience as our boys have to perform on their own in front of boys without the comfort that a team provides. We see enormous personal growth in our boys as a result, apart from the entertainment they provide.

I encourage every family to give their son a chance to join the music department and enjoy the musical experience. Well done to all our performers last night.

I know that there might be groans as I write about this again, but it is necessary. Beacons placed up one side of Duke Road have assisted in improving the sight lines as cars approach the pedestrian crossing and have given our boys space to walk to sport with their kit. However, it is sad to see many parents now parking on the wrong side of Duke Road, against all traffic regulations, thus having to pull out directly in front of oncoming traffic.

Please could all those who collect and drop off boys observe the following:

  • safety before convenience;
  • parking on the correct side of the road;
  • when parking in Fir Road, allow a 1.5m gap from the wall so that boys can walk on the pavement;
  • either arrive later than 14h15 in the afternoons (Grade 3s end earlier) or park in the open area at the top of Duke Road or in the parking area below Rossall – parents and/or boys can then walk to or from the gate.

Please do support us in this.

Best wishes

Kind regards

Sunday 21 May 2023 Van der Bijl House Grade 3 Hike

Please see details under Take Note
Tuesday 23 May 2023 Ensemble Concert

Time: 19h00
Venue: Memorial Chapel
Friday 26 May 2023 Durbanville Exchange

Futher details to follow
Van der Bijl House Hike

Grade 7s that are keen to join, please send a message to
Mr. Siko on Teams: Due Date – 19 May 2023

Event Date: Sunday, 21 May 2023
Time: 07h30 – 10h00
Venue: Cecilia Forest – Meet at the Parking Area

From the ODU

The brand new, hot off the press, issue of the Old Diocesan Magazine will be sent home with your son. This magazine is a gift from the ODU to all parents. We would love for you to have a read and enjoy all the news from ODs around the world. Before you know it, your boys will be out in the world as a proud OD. It is wonderful to see what happens to boys once they leave school and all that that the ODs are involved in. We would also appreciate your feedback ( With kind regards from Lynn and Dedry at the ODU.
General Knowledge Quiz
On Friday, our newly selected General Knowledge quiz team for 2023, Uzayr Johaar, Seth Burns, David Douglas, Nick Young, Aran Maharaj and Khalil Crookes (reserves Ismaeel Darsot & Wynand Van Zyl) travelled to Herzlia High School for the first round of the Inter Schools General Knowledge Quiz Competition. It was very exciting, and our team really enjoyed it. At the end of the day’s competition, we finished with 71 points, only 10 points behind first place. We came 6th out of 17 teams. Well done, boys!.
Grade 4 News
Science is fun....the Grade 4s enjoyed a demonstration on making a comet from dry ice, soil and water as well as dry ice bubble making last Friday.
Library News
The rarely spotted Book Fairy visited us in assembly to inspire us to read! There was also a Lucky Draw for the first 16 readers in the Million Word Club to win a specially etched club flask, which was kindly sponsored.
Weekly Winners

Artists of the Week: The Grade 6s are working on a SHOE project where they are drawing shoes in different styles and media.
In their first task this week, they drew with 6B pencils and the following boys were recognised for their skills:
6B Cameron Ranger, Bonnar Richards, Nicholas Turck and John Weir-Smith
6P Alex Botton, Drummond Mackenzie, Charlie Townshend and Evan West
6S Sahil Khalfey, Thomas McCollum, William Newborn and Luke Port
Well done, boys! Please click HERE to see all the artworks.

Rick The Bear: This was awarded to the U10A team this week for their never-say-die attitude, fighting until the end to win the game in the last minute with a conversion, their determination, team spirit, resilience and perseverance. Congratulations to them!

Bramley House News
The Bramley House Grade 6 and 7 boys had a fabulous time at Grand West on Friday. They enjoyed a game of ten pin bowling, followed by dinner in the food hall and then finished it off with some arcade games. Please visit our Facebook page for more photos.
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