Dear College Parents

This has been an extremely difficult week for the Bishops Community following the senseless attack on our 1st XV rugby coach and teacher, Richard Smith. He remains in a stable condition in the ICU at the Vincent Pallotti hospital and we continue to pray for him and his family.

We look forward to our Rondebosch Derby this weekend. The 1st team soccer match takes place at 16h30 on the Oaks, the 1st XI hockey match on the Woodlands Astro at 18h30 this evening and the rugby on the Piley Rees at 12 noon on Saturday. Please note the following special arrangements for traffic flow and parking for Friday and Saturday.

Friday 23rd

The parking at Piley Rees will be closed, SuperSport will be using this area for their trucks. The road leading to White House will also be closed on Friday from 10h00 until 10h00 on Monday morning.

Saturday 24th

The Avenue will be closed from the Ogilvie House turnoff to the School Shop. No vehicles will be allowed in the above area as this will become a walkway for pedestrians.

Parking for Parents and Visitors

Lutgensvale Field, Riverton Road. An ADT guard will be on duty.

Glebe Road parking in Sandown Road (where UCT students park) – the Prep gate will be open and an ADT guard will be on duty in the parking area.

Avenue and Woodlands Pavilion parking.

Field next to the Principal’s residence.

St Thomas Church.

Eisteddfod

Next week we look forward to a really special Bishops event, the annual Eisteddfod. This is certainly one of the highlights of the year and I encourage parents to take some time out to support your sons during their performances. The Eisteddfod culminates with the Inter-House singing competition at His Peoples Church on Wednesday evening. The second term concludes at the end of this event.

Scholarships

Admission to Bishops for 2018 closes today. Congratulations to all the scholarship winners for 2018 (please see attachment).

Old Chapel Refurbishment

The refurbishment of the old Chapel and surrounds is now complete and I am sure that you will agree that the final result is fantastic. I attach some pictures for your interest.

The 175 Campaign Update

We are really grateful for the feedback, support and enthusiasm we have received from Parent’s, Past Parents and ODs. The campaign has raised almost R40 million since its launch (see attachment) in November 2016. This term we have even received a generous contribution from Jonty Wright, a Grade 9 pupil. Thank you Jonty!

Earlier this term, Raymond & Wendy Ackerman, Andrew Selby (Chairman of the Trust), Mike Bosman (Chairman of Council) Simon Peile (Trustee) and I, launched the 175 Campaign in the UK. It was a well-supported and wonderful event – it is great to see that wherever they go in the world, Bishops boys remain Bishops boys.

We still have 4 unfunded boys for the 2018 Extra Term Programme. This initiative was piloted in 2016 and sees a family or friend of Bishops annually paying one extra term’s school fees for a boy from a less privileged background. This tax deductible donation requires a five year commitment and offers mentorship opportunities between the donors and beneficiaries. For additional information on the Extra Term Initiative please see here. Should you wish to make a once off donation to the Bursary Endowment Fund, or the 175 Campaign, please complete a pledge form. If you require additional information on Bishops Bursaries, please contact Nikki Matthews in the Trust Office.

Andrew Selby has stepped down as Chairman of the Trust and I would like to take the opportunity to thank him for all his time, effort and dedication to the Trust and the 175 Campaign. We are pleased to report that Samantha Petersen has accepted the role as Chairperson of the Bishops Trust and we wish her all the best.

Rohan Bloom Foundation

Please support the #RohanBloomFoundation in their efforts to build the very first dedicated Children's Hospice in Cape Town.

Please see the attached Assembly notices which highlight some superb achievements by our boys.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday and safe travels. We have several boys involved in national sports tournaments and we wish them well.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL