Dear Parents

“Service above self”:Rotary Motto.

We ended the summer sports season on a high note with excellent performances in the various water polo festivals and at the SA Rowing Championships. It is the nature of school sport that while still involved in their normal summer sport programme boys are required to commit themselves to off-season conditioning programmes for winter sports, this while fulfilling all their academic, cultural and other commitments. As you can imagine it does put a great deal of pressure on boys who are sometimes pulled from pillar to post and asked to make unfair choices. It is important for us to manage our programme in such a way that we honour our philosophy of a ‘balanced, all-round education’.

There have been a number of events over the past few weeks which highlight what a special place Bishops is and how the boys continue to amaze me with both their achievements and their compassion for others.

At yesterday’s chapel services representatives of the VWS (Voluntary Wildlife Services) were invited to receive a donation from two initiatives: Michael Thompson and Mikaeel Adam raised R6000 by designing, printing and selling stickers in aid of the fire-fighting effort at the Argus Cycle Tour. Father Terry Wilke sent out an appeal to our boys and R12 000 was donated, a very special effort for a wonderful cause.

At Assembly today the Claremont Rotary Club presented Peter Hyslop with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award for services to Rotary, particularly through Interact. The citation read by the Claremont Rotary Club President, John Jacobs reads: “Peter Hyslop is hereby named a Paul Harris fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.” The Interact Club at Bishops, founded in 1982, is one of the oldest in the country.

Over the past two evenings I have been privileged to see Bishops boys in action in two very different drama productions. We had 12 boys participating in the Herschel musical production ‘Love across the Universe’. It was an excellent production and the Bishops boys were superb. I must make special mention of the two lead singers/actors, Nicholas Frankenfeld and Jonathan Crowther. They were truly outstanding.

Yesterday evening I attended a production of a totally different genre but no less effective. Herman Charles Bosman is one of South Africa’s great writers and his story ‘Cold Stone Jug’ relates his prison experience for the murder of his stepbrother. The story paints a vivid picture of his time in jail in the 1920s. It is an ambitious play for a school environment but as usual Director Wayne Tucker and the Bishops boys pulled it off. It was difficult at times to believe that these were just schoolboys on stage, a truly professional and excellent performance!

This time next week we will be on holiday! It has been a very busy and productive term for the school and I congratulate all the boys and staff on their commitment and enthusiasm. The Assembly notices today are an example of the amazing achievements of our boys across a range of academic, sporting and cultural activities. Over the past few weeks Mr Wood and I have enjoyed meeting all the Grade 8 boys for tea and it is encouraging that they all seem to be happy and settled at Bishops. Have a wonderful weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL
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