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THURSDAY 7 September 2023
Dear Parents

This last weekend saw one of the best community events I have experienced in my time at Bishops. – the VUSA Cyclathon. Teams from all sections of the school including staff (support and academic), parents, ODs, VUSA community and College boys all signed up to cycle 24 hours to raise funds for VUSA, our Rugby and Learning Academy based in Langa. And there were a number of teams made up of Prep boys cycling for 12 hours.
It went from 9am on Saturday to 9am on Sunday. A huge marquee on the Piley Rees housed the event and while it was freezing cold and wet outside the atmosphere inside was warm and festive, with plenty of music, interviews with a number of rugby luminaries, live streaming and a number of sponsors donating food all of which got everyone though the night. Money in support of the teams kept coming in through last week and during the event so that by 9am on Sunday the total figure was R1 million, not the sum expected at the outset, but a real testament to the parents, staff, boys and friends of Bishops' generosity. Last year’s income was just more than half of this amount. It is planned that this will be used to further enhance the academic arm of VUSA.
A huge thank you to you as parents but also to boys, staff, ODs for your support of the Investec VUSA Cyclathon. I want also to thank Nikki Matthews, Operations director of VUSA and a member of the school’s administrative staff, and Brendan Fogarty, Director of VUSA, and all VUSA staff for the immense amount of work they did to bring this to fruition.
VUSA means “awake” in isiXhosa and this event truly saw our community awake, awake to the need and possibility of making a difference.

Next week’s AGM sees the end of this year’s committee’s term of office. I want to thank Nivvi Singh, Karine Young (secretary), Shanita Sam (Treasurer), Fika Madabulela, Mzo Ndzo, Mkhuseli Lujabe, ably led by Nida Hendrickse, for all they have done this year. Not only a superbly organized Carnival, but assisting the school, in so many ways, providing the school with valuable feedback, operating as a sounding board as we raised different ideas with them, often assisting or directing parents, the sport tuck shop, partnership projects with VUSA, St Pauls and Athwood Primary, and much more. They really have had the best interests of the Bishops Community at heart and we are very grateful for their service.
Next week’s AGM will be on Wednesday 13 September at 6pm in the Jagger Hall. Please do attend – we know people tend to shy away from AGMs – but this is a chance to hear in more details from the outgoing committee, ask questions of them and similarly raise any questions for the school’s concern – so please do attend.  Nominations have been received and the election will be part of the evening's proceedings.

I will be away from tomorrow until Tuesday at the combined ISASA/SAHISA conference in Johannesburg. Sharon Johnson will be at a marketing conference next week so there will be no newsletter on Thursday 14th September. Any urgent notifications will be sent out via bulkmail.

Best wishes

Kind regards

Saturday 9 September 2023 Soccer vs VUSA

Venue: Lutgensvale
Please see fixtures under TAKE Note
Wednesday 13 September 2023


Time: 18h00
Venue: Jagger Hall
Please see further information under TAKE Note

Friday 15 September 2023

Top Schools Hockey Tournament

Time: 14h00
Details to follow

Saturday 16 September 2023

Inter-House Soccer

Time: 08h00
Details to follow

Wednesday 20 to Friday 22nd September

Prep Play - Lord of the Flies

Time: 19h00
Venue: Memorial Theatre
Please see details under TAKE Note

Friday 22nd September 2023 End of Extra-Murals

Soccer on Saturday

We will be hosting VUSA this Saturday and will be offering a Tuck Shop and an Egg and Bacon Stand. Please can you offer your assistance for just 30 minutes.

Please click HERE to book your slot and HERE for the fixtures.

All help will be greatly appreciated! 

PA Report and AGM

Please click HERE for the PA report. We encourage you to read this to familiarise yourselves with the PA activities over the last year.

Please also make every effort to attend the PA meeting next week.

Lord of the Flies
Bookings are filling up fast so make sure you don't miss out! Tickets are available via Quicket: Please book HERE.
VUSA Cyclathon

With thanks from VUSA
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 24-Hour Cycle Challenge on Saturday and Sunday. One of the standout moments of the event was Grant Lottering's solo 24-hour stationary bike ride. Grant, who once faced near-death and was told he'd never ride again, proved that determination can conquer even the most challenging obstacles. His journey served as a symbol of hope and resilience for us all.

Attendees enjoyed a lineup of entertainment that included magic by Olwethu Dyantyi, live interviews with sports personalities like Tank Lanning, Rob Fleck, Matt Pearce, and, of course, Grant Lottering. The Bishops rock band set the stage with live music, followed by a vibrant evening featuring more live music by Me and Mr Green and a dash of comedy by Kurt Schoonraad. As the night unfolded, DJ Ross guided us through a thrilling silent disco.

The VUSA 24 Hour Cycle Challenge is a shining example of what we can achieve when we come together with a shared purpose.  Thank you again one and all for your support - The event was a true testament to the power of community coming together for a great cause.  Please see THIS short clip.

Art News

Artists of the Week
The Grade 3s drew Self Portraits and learnt how to blend different skin tones together to get the matching recipe for their individual skin tones. They also added an ornate gold patterned frame around their work. The following boys were chosen as Artists of the Week for their creative results. Please click HERE to view all the artwork.

3B Luke Egypt, Oliver Grave, Zaid Parker and Thomas Saunders
3P Isma-eel Domingo, Moosa Ismail, Alex Turck and Seth Whitburn
3S Pravar Naidoo, Matthew Oliver, Migjum Qiu and Aarik Sukha

Well done, boys!
Hockey News

Prep hockey has had a fantastic season. Congratulations to the following teams who have all enjoyed unbeaten seasons:
Under 11 A- played 11, won 11, Goals for- 65, goals against-12.
Under 12 A- played 12, won 10, Goals for- 42, goals against-3.
Under 13 A- played 20, won 18, Goals for- 64, goals against-4.
The Under 13 A team won the Stellenbosch University Tournament earlier this year. They have also just been crowned Southern Suburbs League Champions and have qualified for the Top Schools Tournament. Well done!
Well done to the Under 13 B’s and the Under 10 C’s that just lost one match the whole season. 
The whole of the Under 9 group of hockey players must be commended. In their final matches against Rondebosch, SACS and Western Province Prep at Hartleyvale, the teams A to E, played 12 matches, winning 11 and just losing 1. Congratulations to them on a fine season! 
On Friday the Under 12 A and B boys played in the Sporting Chance Day/Night Tournament hosted by Bishops. Well done to both teams: The Bishops Under 12 B Invitational Team had some tough matches, but drew to the eventual runners up, Rondebosch, in their pool match. The Under 12 A’s won their pool, beating Rondebosch, SACS and the Invitational team. They went on to win their semi-final against Sweet Valley and then beat Rondebosch in a tense final in front of a packed Woodlands crowd.  
Thank you to all the hockey boys for their wonderful commitment to the sport. They played with passion and applied the skills and team play very well this season. Thanks also to the coaches for their time and effort.

Rugby News
Rick the Bear was awarded to the U12A team this week for their commitment and passion to the game of rugby. Well done, team!
Soccer News

The boys really enjoyed their first soccer fixtures versus WPPS this week. Please visit our Facebook page for more team and action photos.

Grade 3 News

Grade 3s are having fun in Maths, learning about volume and capacity by making some interesting observations using water and measuring equipment. They have also been learning about money and how to use it.

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