Dear College Parents
 
“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible”: St Francis of Assisi
We had a brilliant start to our Assembly today with musical performances by Benjamin Fisher, Hugo Janssens and Michael Wilson-Trollip. They were absolutely superb and a reminder of the outstanding musical talent we have at Bishops.
 
It was wonderful to see Richard Smith on the Piley Rees last Thursday and at SACS on Saturday.  The 1stXV produced an exceptional performance in overcoming a talented SACS team.  This followed the excellent 1st XI hockey performance against SACS on Friday evening.



Last week we heard the news that Calum Wehmeyer (Grade 12 Birt) has been offered a place at Edinburgh University to study medicine.  Callum did his A-levels part time and wrote the Cambridge exams at the same time as his Grade 12 June exams!  He achieved excellent results, which have expedited his immediate acceptance.  While we are very sorry that Calum has left Bishops early, it is an encouraging affirmation of our academic standards at Bishops.
 
Glenn Yates (Grade 12 Kidd) has accepted a scholarship to study at the University of Virginia in the USA.  This is an exceptional achievement and we congratulate Glenn.
 
There is a parent workshop focusing on social media trends at the Prep Jagger Hall on Wednesday 28th August 2017.  Appropriate use of social media by our boys remains a major problem and I urge parents of boys in Grade 8-10 to attend.  (Please see attachment for details.)
 
I would like to bring two very worthwhile initiatives to your attention.  Bishops has a long association with the LEAP School and we continue to provide support in making our science laboratories available for practical work.  In the current economic climate, fundraising remains a great challenge for the LEAP schools and much of their furniture and fittings are in very poor condition.  We are appealing to parents to contribute towards buying 200 chairs and desks for the school.  The cost of a single desk and chair is R428.  If you are prepared to support this very worthy cause, please deposit money into the Bishops account with your name and LEAP as a reference.  We will then transfer the funds to LEAP.
 
On Friday 25th August 2017 Stephane Pienaar (Grade 12 Ogilvie) will attempt to break the world record in an ultra-endurance 24 hour row on an ergo.  He aims to row 265km in 24 hours.  This equates to rowing from Cape Town to Stellenbosch and back three times!  Stephane is aiming to raise money for the MAD (Make A Difference) Foundation to support a financially disadvantaged young leader, and to provide an education from primary through to tertiary level. Stephane needs your support in two ways: to encourage him in the Heatlie Pavilion from 4pm next Friday until 4pm on Saturday, and to donate money to support his effort (www.madleadership.org).
 
In assembly today we awarded “13 year ties” to boys who started at Bishops in Grade R in 2005. This year we awarded a record number of 51 ties. We thank these boys and their parents for their “long service” to Bishops! (See the informal photo below taken after assembly).



Please see the attached assembly notices which highlight some wonderful performances by our boys. A special mention goes to Giuseppe Guerandi who represented South Africa in the World Schools Debating Championships held in Thailand. Giuseppe came 9th in the world out of 300 individual competitors. (Photo below).



I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL