Dear College Parents

It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently: Indira Gandhi

The School was privileged to listen to Emma Sadleir yesterday morning at a special assembly. Emma is an admitted attorney whose areas of expertise include all aspects of print and electronic media law, with a particular focus on defamation, privacy and social media work. Much of her work involves creating social media strategies and policies for corporates and schools, and providing training and workshops on social media law. In an excellent presentation Emma covered a number of issues including: potential dangers to reputation in digital content, the law on right to privacy, criminal and civil capacity, the Sexual Offences Act particularly relating to child pornography, and the Protection from Harassment Act.

Emma spoke to the boys about the 5 ‘Ps’ and said that everything they post needs to be tested against this. The test would be, don’t post anything that you would not want your Principal/Parents/Police/Potential University/Predatorto see. And the ultimate test is that if you don’t want it splashed across a billboard, don’t send/post it digitally.

We know that certain social media contain many challenges for our boys and trust that this talk will go a long way to helping them make the correct choices and decisions when they use social media.

College Evensong

A reminder that it is the College Evensong on Wednesday, 26th August at 6:30pm in the College Chapel. Grade 11 boys are excused on this occasion and all other boys are expected to attend. A reminder that parents are most welcome to attend the service as well.

Assembly on Friday

At assembly today we welcomed Professor Thomas Scriba to the school. Prof Scriba is the Deputy Director of Immunology of the Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He is an exceptional young scientist who has already made his mark in the field of tuberculosis immunology and TB vaccines, and is poised to become a scientific leader.

Professor Scriba represented the Royal Society of South Africa National Science Essay Competition sponsored by the Claude Leon Foundation. He came to assembly to speak about the importance of Science and to award a trophy and prize to Bishops for a winning essay submitted by Zola Baird in Grade 10. Zola won first prize for his excellent essay; “Many South African scientists are involved in the research being carried out at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Europe. Do you think the research findings will benefit humankind?” This is an excellent achievement and we congratulate Zola.

Please see the assembly notices for the exceptional performances of our boys in a number of activities over the past two weeks.

We look forward to our final winter sports fixture at home against Wynberg this afternoon and tomorrow. I wish you all a fantastic weekend.

Yours sincerely
Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL
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