Dear College Parents

Follow three rules: Respect yourself, respect others, and take responsibility for your actions . Dalai Lama

I know that many of your sons are under pressure at the moment as they juggle the many demands on their lives at this time of the year - preparing for mid-year exams, sport and the eisteddfod which take places at the end of term. The demand on our parents is also increased as they “fetch and carry” to and from all these activities. They all get there in the end and I can assure you it is all worthwhile!

This is also the time of the year when we make our offers of scholarships and places for 2016, and it is a very difficult time indeed as the demand for places far exceeds available places. Inevitably there are going to be some very happy and some very disappointed families.

Please click on the link to see important information from Home Affairs regarding new immigration regulations when travelling abroad with children.

Please also see the attachment which highlights some superb performances by our boys over the past few weeks, and my message to the boys in assembly. Please support us as we teach the boys to make appropriate decisions regarding the use of electronic cigarettes!

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE : ASSEMBLY FRIDAY 22ND MAY 2015

These words were written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop (1100 AD) in the Crypts of Westminster Abbey:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it too seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize if I had only changed myself first, then by example I might have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and who knows I may have even changed the world.


This is a very good message for us. We live in a world where everyone is playing the “blame game”; everyone else is blamed for our misfortune or lack of success. I believe strongly that the most important step we can take in determining our destiny is to take personal responsibility and accountability for our lives. Of course we need the support of our parents, teachers and other significant people but ultimately they cannot make the decisions for us.

An example of this is the poor decisions some of you continue to make regarding the use and possession of electronic cigarettes. It is your decision whether to use these or not, no-one else can be blamed. If you go down that road you need to accept the consequences. I have been asked in various forums over the last few weeks what the punishment is for use of these banned devices. Those of you who ask me this question are missing the point; it should not be the punishment which deters you from using electronic cigarettes, or indeed in getting involved in any risk behaviour but rather the understanding that it is illegal at Bishops and bad for your health. There is no disputing the fact that nicotine is addictive and harmful to your health. You need to take responsibility for your decisions and actions for the right reasons, not for the consequence of the sanction.

I have made it clear on three public occasions and this is now my final word on the subject. The possession and use of electronic cigarettes is banned at Bishops! It is now up to you, individually and collectively, to make the right decisions. I am sure all of us would not want this to be part of the Bishops culture and we all need to take a stand against this behaviour.

This is the last assembly before many of you begin your mid-year exams and I wish you well. I would like you all to take note and plan for arrangements for the Eisteddfod Singing Rehearsals at the end of the exam period.

Your Eisteddfod leaders will give you details of the rehearsals for the singing practices for Eisteddfod in due course, but just an advance notice; because of the extra public holiday in the Eisteddfod preparation week (Monday 15th and Tuesday16th June), Houses will all have their first singing rehearsal on the final Friday afternoon of exams (June 12th) from 12:30 – 2pm to kick-start the process. School will end on the final afternoon of exams at 2pm for all boys.

I would like to wish you all well for the hockey and rugby matches against Paarl Boys High - the 1st XI play this evening at 6:45pm and the 1st XV at 11.30 tomorrow morning. Let us all try and get there to support our teams. It is now a pleasure to invite our brass band to entertain us with three pieces from “Days of Youth”, composed by Philip Catelinet.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL
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