Dear College Parents

"To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child."-
Cicero

We come to the end of a very busy and demanding second term. As I said to the boys in Assembly today I am very proud of the way in which they have tackled all the challenges which they have faced. The Assembly notices today indicate the wonderful rich and diverse range of achievements of our boys.

As you all know, the term has been challenging from another perspective with the adverse publicity which we have had in the media. I have been incredibly encouraged by the support I have received from parents, staff and boys during this time; for this I am most grateful. As I have said on many occasions, it is at times like this that our mettle is really tested and it is an opportunity to put out the good news about Bishops today; and there is so much good news!

I thank all parents who participated in the recent IQAA Survey; the results were incredibly positive and affirming for the school. We will publish the full results to parents once the process is completed next term but it is worth noting that 98% of boys and parents were happy to be at Bishops!

I would like to thank parents in advance for their contribution to the Eisteddfod week, I know the hours of practice have been long and late evening fetching from school has been a mission but I can assure you that it will all be worthwhile in the end!

Principal’s Assembly Message

On Wednesday I went to a very special event called the Heritage lunch in the Old Gym. This is an annual event and our guests were older ODs, their wives and retired teachers of Bishops. We were extremely well hosted by our PR boys who made a very favourable impression. As I sat in the Old Gym I could not help but reflect on the wonderful Heritage we have at Bishops, on one wall is a list of Rhodes Scholars, the very first Rhodes Scholarship was awarded in 1901 to Bishops boys, WF Yeoman and F Reid. On the opposite wall is the impressive list of all International Sportsmen which we have produced. In a short speech at the end of the lunch, OD Ulick Brown (1933-1940) spoke of his memories of going to Newlands as a boy whilst still at Bishops Prep to watch DO Williams, a Bishops Old Boy, playing for Western Province and the Springboks. Mr Brown who is now in his 90s still attends every home game played on the Piley Rees and has done so all his life!

Of course we all know that some of our history is not something we can be proud of, we have become very well aware of this over the past few weeks. As we sit here today I am sure you will all agree that Bishops today is a good place to be, in fact in the recent IQAA survey which you boys participated in, 98% of you said you were happy at Bishops and 98% said you were proud to be at this school. This is fantastic and very positive. The challenge is to make sure that when we look back in 10, 20 or even 30 years’ time we can be confident that we were in a school which we could be proud of for all the right reasons. If there are things happening which you are not proud of you need to have the courage and make a stand for what is right; Edmund Burke said; “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Let that not be said of us in the future.

This weekend and in the next week we will all be participating in events which have become very much part of our history and heritage; this weekend the annual derby fixtures against Rondebosch in rugby and hockey; and next week the Eisteddfod. Let us make sure that we all, individually and collectively, contribute in a positive way to these special occasions so that history will judge us well. I wish you all the very best of luck.

It has been a fantastic term, I congratulate you all, boys and staff on your contribution to what has been a demanding term, you have all risen to the challenges which have come your way. Well done and thank you.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday with your families.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson
Principal

 

 

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