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29 October 2021

Dear Parents

I came across something that made me think really hard and I therefore share with you:

 

Things we model for our kids, whether we realise it or not: I am sure you can add to this list too.

 

  • how we handle mistakes
  • how we deal with frustration
  • how we solve problems
  • how we take care of ourselves
  • how we apologise and repair
  • how we ask for help
  • how we "speak up" for self and others
  • how we speak "about" others
  • how we navigate conflict
  • how we approach differences
  • how we care for animals and our environment
  • how we listen
  • how often we smile

 

A note to all Grade R parents - if your little boy is not yet water safe, please could we encourage you to find a swim school that can offer this service.  Your class teacher will have some guidance should you be unsure of where to find such a swim school.  From Grade 1, boys attend morning swimming classes and swimming is offered as an afternoon sport.  It is not only a vital life skill but something that is essential for your own child's safety. 

 

For those that would like to purchase school uniforms, the school shop will have a list of the requirements for each grade so they can guide you with your purchases.  Please stick within the guidelines laid out for each grade. Each boy will receive a new set of name tags towards the end of the year. Please keep them somewhere safe as all new items will need to be marked, including lunch boxes and water bottles.

 

There seem to be a few boys that are arriving after the bell has gone, on a regular basis. A respectful request to please ensure that your son is at school before 8am so that he may start the day settled.  I have noticed some boys arriving well after 8 and I ask that you please ensure that boys are here on time.

Happy Diwali to all our Hindu families as they prepare to celebrate on Thursday.  May this be a wonderful time of festivities and special family time together.


Kind regards


SHARLENE GROOM
HEAD: PRE-PREP

DIARY DATES
Monday 1 November

Public Holdiay - Election day

 

School is closed.

Friday 5 November
Grade R picnic

Grade R parents would have been notified about their upcoming picnic. Please contact your class rep for any further queries.
Friday 5 November
Grade 1 trading day

What excitement there is in anticipation of this day.  The boys really find this one of the highlights of their year. Please read the correspondence carefully that the teachers have sent out as the guidelines are very clear. This only involves Grade 1 boys.
Friday 12 November
Grade 2 coffee connections

Grade 2 parents are invited to meet the staff from the Prep that will be working with your children next year.  Come along and ask the questions that you may have or just to enable you to put a face to a name.  In the past, the feedback we have had was so positive that we are delighted that we can once again meet face to face.  This year we will be joined by Mrs Laura Cook (Educational Psychologist and Learning support co-ordinator) Mrs Karen Dallas (head academics) Mr Chris Groom (head sport) Mrs Leanne Hamman (Grade 3, grade head)  This will be held in our hall at 7.30am so please pop in if you can.


TAKE NOTE

Important information for all parents

As parents and educators, it is very likely that Squid Game has popped up as a topic of discussion recently and there is a good chance that it is dominating your child's conversations at school, whether you know about it or not. Pam Tudin (Clinical Psychologist) and Sarah Hoffman (Social Media Lawyer) have the following to say about this new phenomenon:

"Squid Game has just topped the charts as Netflix’ most viewed show with over 111 million viewers in less than a month. With an age restriction of 15+ on Netflix, Squid Game is clearly not suitable for younger viewers.
That being said, we know that many children are binge watching the whole series with or without their parent’s permission. And if they haven’t watched it, their friends are talking about it. Squid Game is surfacing in Roblox, in YouTube videos, and many schools have even reported young kids re-enacting Squid Game scenes on the playground."

As parents it is very important that you monitor your Netflix parental controls. Netflix has comprehensive parental control offerings. Follow the step-by-step instructions here to do so: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/264

Even if your younger child doesn’t watch it or have access to Netflix, it's very likely that his friends are talking about it, or they have come across Squid Game inspired video games, and so much more.

Open up the discussion around the dinner table and talk to your children about just how much they know about the show and related games. Use this opportunity to educate them on age restrictions and why they are important.

Library books


Many library books seem to have been misplaced during this year. Please could i ask you to check bookshelves at home and see if there are any books that may have been forgotten.  There should be a Bishops sticker on the back of the book to indicate that it belongs to our library. If you could kindly send these books back to school, we would be most grateful.

PRE-PREP PRAYER GROUP
Message or our Youth Pastor

 

The Lord be with you

 

I shared the following image and story with the boys at our Monday chapel assembly.

 

As a man was passing some captured elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

 

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” said the trainer “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

 

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from the rope but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

 

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

 

The Apostle Paul writes these words to encourage those who feel they cannot.

 

“I Can Do All Things through Christ who gives me strength…”

 

My emphasis for us today is I CAN

 

The words I CAN is is meant to inspire.  What is you cannot? This week let’s make it a I CAN.

 

Don’t be like the trapped elephant, who with all that power believed it cannot. It’s no will power, and a trapped mindset is kept captive by fear.

 

GENERAL INFO
Jerseys

Some of our boys got caught in the shower of rain this morning.  We dried their shirts but found that there were still some boys without a jersey at school. Please can I ask that you make sure that every boy has a jersey at school. I have requested this in many newsletters before but this is yet another reminder.
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.

HIGHLIGHTS
Grade R
What a wonderful opportunity to be able to use our school as a still life, to sketch.  Who would not be inspired by our many beautiful buildings and grounds? The Grade R boys had a thrilling two weeks of studying the Castles and Knights theme! What fun was had as we learnt about heraldry and knighthood, as well as a bit about the history of castles.  Many were quite happy that they would not have to go away from home at age 6 to become a page! Beautiful artwork filled the classrooms -hooray for this amazing creativity!
Grade 1

The Grade 1’s are learning about occupations this term. Today we all had to put our investigator hats on to investigate a crime scene in the library. We used our Sam Sleuth question words to help us solve ‘The crime of the broken bike!’. Can you tell what time it happened!?

Grade 2
The Grade 2's have been learning about Natural Disasters. They learned about volanoes this week and have      had lots of fun drawing them!
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