Dear College Parents

It seems a long time ago when the second term ended with the spectacular singing competition to conclude a most successful Eisteddfod. I know that it has been a very busy holiday for many staff and boys; the assembly notices today will give you an idea of the many events and tours which our boys were involved in. One of the most pleasing aspects of these activities is the many positive comments and accolades I receive about the boys’ conduct and manners. While there are so many really special successes which you will see in the notices, I do want to highlight a few really exceptional events:

Science Olympiad
Jeremy Wilkinson came first in the National Science Olympiad from candidates from all SADEC countries, a remarkable achievement! Jeremy is currently attending the National Youth Science Festival in London as part of his prize. Soo-Min Lee was the 2nd South African contestant and Bishops had 4 boys in the top 10 in South Africa!

IBSC Conference
As you know Bishops hosted the International Boys Schools Coalition Conference during the holidays. This was a tremendous success and I want to congratulate everyone involved. While it was a collaborative effort with the other boys’ schools, Rondebosch High and Prep, SACS High and Junior, Wynberg High and Junior and Western Province Prep, the major part of the organisation was done by Bishops staff. The organising committee was chaired by Mr Wood and he, together with Mrs Bowes, Mrs Douglas and Mrs Raman; did most of the organisation and planning which took over 12 months. It really was a fantastic team effort by Bishops academic and support staff, together with boys from the AV crew and a number of boys who volunteered as tour guides for delegates. They were all superb ambassadors for the school. Well done to Mr Wood and everyone involved on really doing us proud. One of the founding Heads of the IBSC who has attended all 22 of these international conferences told me that this was the best conference that he has ever been to. The following message from the IBSC Head Office best sums up the feeling of all delegates to the conference:

Dear Vernon and Conference Committee:

On behalf of the IBSC board and staff, please accept our very sincere appreciation for what was an extraordinary conference and experience at Bishops. Our hats are off to you!

We believe you provided delegates with an incredible professional development opportunity, and a chance to see Cape Town that few get to see. We felt the awe in the room as Archbishop Tutu entered the stage, and the privilege our delegates felt to hear from such a wise man. The warmth and hospitality of Bishops and the nine schools was felt as delegates were greeted every step of the away and ensured they were headed in the correct direction. The opportunities were plentiful and generous to experience the many wonderful wineries of your great region. The spectacular sunset you arranged as our delegates drove down the mountainside to the Cape Waterfront wowed us. The touches of South Africa that delegates experiences through the lanyards, food, videos and music were wonderful and important.

We know firsthand that a conference of this size takes many months of planning, and can feel quite overwhelming at times. Please know how grateful we are you agreed to host this conference, and how excited that you smashed expectations with more than 650 in attendance. Your hard work, dedication and enthusiasm were evident.

We leave it with the words of William Shakespeare….

I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks…

I would like to bring the following to your attention:

Bishops production of Cold Stone Jug and the acapella group Simply Blue will be performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. The final performance in SA will be on Tuesday 4 August at 19:00 in the Memorial Theatre. The evening promises to be fantastic and will have a distinct Edinburgh theme including a professional performance of Cold Stone Jug as adapted for Edinburgh, an interval with ‘cash donation bar’, delicious snacks and free whiskey tasting (thanks to St James Global). We finish the evening with a performance by Simply Blue. Tickets are R150 and are available from Rosemary Wilke at marketing@bishops.org.za.

Peter Farlam, who heads up the Bishops Support Unit, will be giving a talk on managing anxiety for all interested parents in the Koinonia Room at St Thomas’s Church on Saturday 25th July, starting at 09h15. Anxiety is currently the biggest mental health concern facing South Africans and is particularly prevalent in teenagers. (RSVP to Peter Hyslop physlop@bishops.org.za. There is no cost involved but please book your place as the venue can only accommodate 40 people).

ALPHA at Bishops - Invitation to all parents and friends of Bishops. Please join us for a Cocktail Party in the new Woodlands Pavilion on Tuesday 28th July at 1900. The guest speaker is Gary Kirsten. Snacks and drinks will be available and there will be no charge and no obligation to join.

Please see the attached assembly notices which highlight all the holiday activities and achievements.

I would like to wish you all a wonderful 3rd term.

Yours sincerely
Guy Pearson
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