Dear College Parents

"Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us." Hal Borland

We come to the end of what has been a fantastic year for Bishops. You will know from my newsletters and assembly results that our boys have truly excelled across the full spectrum of activities. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who has contributed to our success. The Matric Class of 2015 is to be commended for their leadership this year. In a boys’ school it is the Matrics who set the “tone” for the school and the class of 2015 has certainly done that. Their exit from Bishops was one of great celebration and dignity. It is the end of the journey for our Matric parents and I especially want to acknowledge and thank them for their support.

Thank you to each and every parent who has supported their son and the school during this year.

The cricket fraternity has asked me to highlight the following event:
We are delighted to invite you to the 2016 Bishops Cricket Race Day, “A Cricket Day at the Races” which will take place at the Kenilworth Race Course on Saturday 6th February 2016. Ticket sales are now open and tickets are R500 per person. A buffet lunch will be served from 13:00 and a cash bar will be available. Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available in the form of naming rights for one of the eight races on the day. To book tickets or take up sponsorship opportunities please contact marketing@bishops.org.za.

Please see my final message to the boys in assembly today and the attached assembly notices. The school magazine is also available on the school's website or you can follow this link.

I would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday, a blessed Christmas and all the very best for 2016.

Yours sincerely
Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE: ASSEMBLY

We can look back with a great sense of pride and satisfaction at a wonderful year for Bishops. The school has excelled and I thank each and every one of you for your contribution. As you come to the end of the year I want you to reflect on what you have achieved and continue to ask yourself the question, “have you been the very best you can be?”. The great thing about school is that you can always recover and improve, to take stock, to be honest with yourself and make right. At the start of 2016 every one of you will be in a different place and in a different grade, with new and exciting challenges. So, use this holiday to relax and enjoy but at the same time to be reflective and examine yourself critically. Always remember that your education is a journey, not a destination and that you have not arrived at the station yet; you all still have a long and exciting journey ahead of you.

At Prize-Giving I mentioned that we have a number of academic staff leaving at the end of the year:

Mr Will Steenkamp has been at Bishops for 3 years, teaching isiXhosa. He will be remembered for his passion for sport, his enthusiasm and commitment to the boys as a tutor, and will be missed. Mr Steenkamp is going back to University to further his studies.

Miss Carey Upham joined the Bishops Support Unit as an Educational Psychology intern in 2010. For the past four years she has been an integral part of the BSU, providing a range of assessments, counselling boys and their parents as well as running study skills workshops. She has decided to further her psychological studies at the Tavistock Institute in London.

Mrs Jo Stielau joined the Bishops staff in January 2009 and has made her mark both inside and outside the classroom. Mrs Stielau is a special teacher who gets the best out of the boys, whether as a teacher, tutor or in the debating society. Mrs Stielau got married recently and she leaves for Pretoria to join her husband.

We thank all three of these staff members for their contribution and wish them all the very best in the future.

We also say farewell to four of our academic and BSU interns who all have made a very positive contribution to the school, Mr William du Plooy, Miss Lauren Hunt, Mr AJ Spieringshoek and Miss Caley Conway. Thank you and good luck.

Of course today we also bid farewell to Mr Andre Jacobs. While I paid tribute to Mr Jacobs at Prize-Giving, I thought it appropriate to ask our Head Boy for 2016, Francois Stassen, to speak on behalf of the boys today. His tribute is attached to this email.

Mr Abrey will be away on long leave in the first term next year and we wish him well. Mrs Kemball will also be away for the first term as she is undergoing medical treatment, and we wish her a full recovery.

The successes which you boys have achieved this year would not have been possible without the support of the Bishops Academic and Support Staff. Teaching at Bishops involves much more than just delivering the curriculum in the classroom, it means being invested in supporting you boys in all aspects of school life and beyond. An example of this is the number of teachers who hiked with the Grade 10s in the Cederberg on the Epic, as well as those who were involved in the many activities over the past few weeks. I ask you to join me in thanking them and wishing them all a wonderful holiday.

Finally to you boys, have a wonderful holiday too, come back refreshed to tackle the challenges which await you in 2016. Make sure that during this holiday you show appreciation to your parents for the opportunities they have afforded you and take the time to make this holiday a pleasure for them as well.
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