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FRIDAY 29 October 2021
Dear Parents

We have had one positive case of Covid at the Prep this week.

As you have probably heard, the Department of Basic Education has published the regulations under which spectators may attend school matches and events such as concerts. They were more rigorous than expected so we have delayed the implementation to allow for consideration. Our brother and sister schools have all adopted their own approach to this. In essence, all parents entering the facility have to be screened, sanitise their hands and fill in a register.

So we will start this today with water polo. Parents of U12s and U13s playing at College will be screened at the gate to each pool and complete a register. We ask for your patience and understanding – it is going to make entry slower than normal. Please do not attend if you are sick or display any Covid-like symptoms.

The good news is that you can watch and attend events again. We look forward to seeing you after what has been a very unusual experience with no spectators at sports fixtures.

GRADE 7 ISIXHOSA FAL 2022

Thank you to the Grade 6 parents who attended the isiXhosa meeting last week Wednesday. It was good to see so many parents there to show their interest. It is possible that parents still have questions so please don't hesitate to contact either Karen Dallas or Brendan Fogarty.

Grade 6 parents whose sons will do isiXhosa next year as a First Additional Language are asked to please confirm via email to Karen Dallas by Wednesday 3 November. This is an exciting new development in our curriculum offering and we hope to see a good uptake.

 

COLLEGE PUPIL LEADERSHIP
As with the Prep, College is based on a very strong and meaningful House system and boys are appointed as Heads and Deputy Heads of Houses. At the Matric Prizegiving last week the overall leadership of the pupil body was announced. We were very proud as the three boys had all been at the Prep:

Suhail Khalfey – Head of School
Robert Dicey – Deputy Head (Boarders)
Daniel Neuhoff – Deputy Head (Day Boys)

Suhail came to the Prep in Grade 4, Robert in Grade 7 and Daniel from the Pre-Prep. Click HERE to enjoy a video the boys made about themselves, and what their objectives are for 2022.

BISHOPS SPORTS PERFORMANCE AND WELLNESS PROGRAMME (SPW)
The Bishops Sports Performance and Wellness programme aims to address conditioning, performance, wellness, rehab, and injury management, as well as implementing an efficient communication channel between heads of sports, coaches, medical personnel, forming a link between the Pre-Prep, Prep, and College.
An overall holistic and structured programme is required to address the wide variety of sports that Bishops offers to achieve this goal. The programme focuses on the overall development of gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination at the Pre-Prep, which progresses to more specialised conditioning programmes that target high-performance sports development and promote general wellness at the College.
Click HERE to watch how the programme is run and managed.

We wish all our Hindu families a very happy Diwali this week.

 

Kind regards

GREG BROWN
HEADMASTER
DIARY Dates
Monday 1 November 2021

Voting Day - Public Holiday

 

Van der Bijl House Braai - Grades 3 and 4

Time: 17h30 to 19h30

Venue: Prep Pool

Tuesday 2 November 2021

Van der Bijl House Braai Grades 5 - 7

Time: 17h30 to 19h30

Venue: Prep Pool

Wednesday 3 November 2021

Civvies Day

See further information under TAKE Note

 

Bramley House Braai Grades 5 - 7

Time: 17h30 to 19h30

Venue: Prep Pool

TAKE Note

Civvies Day - Toy Collection

 

We will be collecting toys on Wednesday, either new or second-hand in very good condition. This will replace the collection usually done at our Carol Services. The toys will be donated to the children of Athwood Primary who live in local children’s homes (over 100 children) and The Toy Run which provides toys to various homes.

Beach Day - Grades 6 and 7s

The PA have organised a beach day for 15 Grade 6 and 7 Prep boys to connect with some of the VUSA children.

 

Details are as follows:

Date: 27 November 2021
Time: 10h00-12h00
Venue: Muizenberg Beach (park and meet at the water slide) Bishops boys to find own transport
Snacks: to be provided
Activities: Touch rugby, swimming, sandcastle building

Take Note: Bishops parents are requested to stay for the duration of the outing. Places will be offered on a fist come first served basis. Please click HERE to book a place.

2022 Stationery

Back2School is once again offering us an online service for your convenience. This seamless process has proven to be a success due to the dedicated team that they have to assist you. At an extra cost your order can be delivered to a reliable home or work address.
Currently, we are working on the stationery lists to keep costs to a minimum and will be sending out more information soon. The lists will be available on MyBishopsLife in due course. You also have the option of using the Waltons online facility or purchasing your son’s own stationery.
Grade 3 Beginners Music Concert

Please note that the date for this concert has moved to Monday 8 November due to a clash with Diwali.

Art Display

 



Please use the Duke Road entrance to Jagger Hall where you will be screened on entry and please observe social distancing while in the hall.

NEWS
Grade 4 News
Our Grade 4s went on a tour of the College last week where they enjoyed learning about the history of Bishops.
Made with love
Some of our Grade 5s decorated gift bags for the VUSA Christmas Party. Well done boys and many thanks to the moms who offered their help.

U9 Gala

Great fun was had by all at the Bishops under 9 Gala yesterday. It was fantastic to see the boys back in the pool competing against their friends.

    BISHOPS PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Fir Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700
Phone:+27 (21) 659 7222 | Fax: +27 (21) 659 7227