Dear Parents

I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me: Isaac Newton

As we come to the end of the first term I am humbled by the superb achievements of our boys. A perusal of today’s Assembly Notices will give you an idea of the amazing breadth and depth of our achievements. The first term is always a very hectic, exhausting and exhilarating one. This term has been no different. I am particularly pleased with the way our Grade 8s have settled in and thank the House Directors, Tutors and Matric Mentors for this. Everywhere I go I get messages of happy, involved, loyal and exhausted boys! This is how it should be! In particular I would like to highlight the following:

  • As you are aware our Matric Class of 2013 achieved brilliant results. Subsequently we have heard of further exceptional achievements of individuals in the class:

Bishops has a close working relationship with the Allan Gray Foundation with 16 boys at the school on an Allan Gray Scholarship.  Allan Gray encourages matrics to apply for their Fellowship programme which seeks to mentor the Fellows through their tertiary education, particularly developing their entrepreneurial skills, while providing them with a full bursary.  The Allan Gray Foundation work on the assumption that educating an entrepreneur properly will have enormous knock on effects on the economy.  We were very pleased to be informed recently that three matrics from 2013, Mnotho Makhoba, Jaydon Farao and Joseph Kahn, have been selected as Allan Gray Fellows, with Joseph having been accepted into Harvard. We were also pleased to hear that Peter Anguria has been accepted into Berklee College of Music, in the USA, and Afika Nyati into MIT.

 

  • The production of The Great Gatsby was absolutely fantastic, it was difficult to believe that it was a school production; it was professional in every sense.

My congratulations go to Director Wayne Tucker; Technical Director Russell Drury; Musical Director Stephen Carletti and the entire cast and crew for their superb efforts. The lead roles played by Nic Cullinan, Simon Thompson, Max Linley, Jean Marr (Herschel) and Tyler Bennett (St Cyprians’) deserve special commendation.

  •  Our Water polo teams and Rowing crews are to be congratulated on their exceptional performances this term. (See Assembly notice).

 

At Assembly today, we said farewell to Oscar Horstman, who takes up the position of Head of the Economics Department at Hilton College. Mr Horstman has taught at Bishops since January 2009 and has made an excellent contribution inside and outside the classroom.

 

Last weekend 20 Bishops staff attended the South African Chapter Conference of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition. This was hosted by Wynberg High School and was very worthwhile. It was a privilege to be exposed to the thoughts of world leaders on matters relating to boys’ education delivered by Dr Michael Thompson (USA) and Celia Lashlie (New Zealand). The Vice Chancellor of UCT, Dr Max Price also provided much food for thought with his topic; ‘Transition to University: New Challenges and Opportunities’. It was an enriching experience for our staff and an opportunity to reflect on what we do at Bishops. The staff returned with a feeling of affirmation for our programmes and philosophy; most importantly the message that for effective teaching and learning to take place in a boys environment, positive relationships between teacher and pupil are required. At Bishops the myriad opportunities and interactions involving teacher and boys inside and outside the classroom certainly contributes to building their relationships.

 

We have several sport teams involved in festivals and tournaments this holiday and we wish them well. It remains for me to wish all boys, staff and parents a wonderful holiday and travelling mercies; I look forward to seeing you all refreshed at the start of the second term.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL

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