Dear College Parents

The past two weeks have been a very difficult time for the Bishops Community. On Tuesday last week Rod Wilson, father of James (Gray House, Grade 12) and Dane (OD 2011), passed away suddenly. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and his wife, Shayne. A memorial service for Rod will be held at Bishops at 3pm today.

On Friday last week we received the very sad news that Rohan Bloom (Grade 9, Birt House) had lost his long and brave battle with cancer. Throughout his illness Rohan displayed amazing courage in the face of tremendous adversity - he was an inspiration to all of us. His passion for Bishops and his friends here was amazing. A memorial service for Rohan was held in the Bishops Memorial Chapel on Wednesday and the tributes paid to him by staff and boys were very moving and fitting. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rohan’s parents, Rodney and Kim and his siblings, Kiran and Caris.

I am sure all of you are enjoying the most welcome rain of the past 2 days - certainly a great blessing for our farmers.

We enter a fairly disruptive period over the next 2 weeks with a 2-day followed by a 4-day week.

One of the great traditions of Bishops is the termly Evensong Service. Our service on Wednesday evening was a truly uplifting occasion. We enjoyed a wonderful message by the Revd. Natalie Simons-Arendse and superb singing by the congregation of boys, staff and parents. The beautiful singing by the Bishops choir led by the Precentor Joe Linley in union with the Hershel Chorale, was truly special.

Please see the attached notice about “My School Card”. We thank all our parents who support this initiative and encourage those who are not yet involved to do so. It is a really easy way to generate funds for the school. If you already have a nominated beneficiary it would be great if you could nominate Bishops as a co-beneficiary.

Mitchell Christy (Grade 12) will be hosting a stand-up comedy show tomorrow night (23rd April) in the Memorial Theatre. The show is in aid of the Jenna Lowe Trust, an organization that raises awareness and funds to support Pulmonary Hypertension, Organ Transplantation and Rare Diseases in South Africa.

Mitchell will be performing a stand-up comedy routine and will be joined onstage by Matt Clayton, who will be singing. Tickets are R40 each, and can be bought at the door or reserved for guaranteed entrance through contacting Mitchell via email (mchristy@bishops.org.za) or social media. The show runs from 7pm until 9pm in the Memorial Theatre and it promises to be a spectacular, laughter-filled evening!

Please see the attachments for assembly notices and my message to the boys today.

Yours sincerely
Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL