Dear College Parents

"For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, he marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game".: Grantland Rice.

We have had a very good start to the year. Last week I forgot to mention that we have new school caterers, Origin Food Services. They have made an excellent start and the boys are enjoying a new, exciting and healthy menu. We welcome Mark and Candice Holgate and their team to Bishops

The Bishops OD Union who are such an integral part of the Bishops Community, are conducting a survey to determine their effectiveness and the needs of their constituents. They are keen to get parent input and have requested that I direct you to the attached form to participate.

As we begin the year and the boys get stuck into their various programmes, it is important that I share some thoughts on sport and how we as parents and a community can support our boys and teams in a positive manner. There is no doubt that sport evokes the best and worst in us and sometimes we can get it horribly wrong! At Bishops we believe in an all-round education in pursuit of a healthy body, mind and spirit. Sport is very much part of this process. It is an expectation that sport is intended to help boys find a balance between mind, body and soul, as well as to teach life skills of teamwork and coping with success and failure.

We also know that very few boys will ever make a living out of sport; statistics show that less than 0.2% of the population will enjoy a professional sporting career. And yet sport is very important to boys, and their school career is often the only time they will enjoy team sports in particular, as later in life professional careers and family responsibilities take over.

Bishops participates in a very competitive sporting environment and we have a proud heritage in sport which we need to respect but we always need to keep results in perspective and support our teams and boys in a positive way, win or lose. A parent sent me a link to an excellent article which decries the over specialization in sport at too early an age, it is well worth reading. (http://changingthegameproject.com/the-perils-of-single-sport-participation/).

These words on a notice board outside a school in the UK sum it up best:

Your child’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient and tries their best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.

As the Principal of Bishops, I want every boy and team to be well prepared and coached, to play with pride and passion, to try their best, to play the game in the right spirit, and to enjoy the game! I look forward to a wonderful sporting year.

Please see the attachments for our Assembly notices from today.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL
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