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.

The past two weeks have seen a flurry of action as we complete the end of year exams and then embark on all the end of year activities. I am pleased to report that the Matric final exams went well and we are looking forward to seeing the results, which will be published on 6th January.

The Epic for our Grade 10 boys has drawn to a close and I know that it will have been a life-changing experience for most of the boys. We are very thankful that other than a bout of food poisoning and a scorpion sting, the boys emerged safely from the experience. Our Grade 9s have been away on various hikes and camps while the Grade 8s have been kept busy with activities on campus. The Grade 11 boys have had a week of preparation for the leadership role they will play in their Houses and the School next year.

We come to the end of a very successful year at Bishops. As I reflect back on the past year I am humbled by the tremendous achievements of our boys across a wide range of activities. We are indebted to the entire Bishops Community who have contributed to the successes this year:
  • The academic and support staff
  • The Bishops Council
  • Our fantastic Parents Association
  • The OD Union
  • Our Bishops parents
  • And last but not least, the boys

Research tells us that when parents are involved and engaged in their sons’ school life there is an improvement in performance. Of course at high school level it is important to get the balance right; for your son to know that “you were never in the way but also never out of the way”. This is often a fine line but I think that for the most part Bishops parents have it just right.

We have had very few disciplinary incidents to deal with this year; my feeling is that this has much to do with the new leadership structure and senior/junior relationships. There is a real positive sense of mutual respect between boys and between boys and staff; this is how it should be.

At the end of the year we say farewell to three long serving and excellent teachers; we wish Geoff Kieswetter, Russell Drury and Peter Broster all the very best and thank them for their enormous contribution to Bishops.

The School Magazine for the 4th quarter has been published; please follow the link http://www.bishops.org.za/magazine.

The Christmas Day service will take place in the Memorial Chapel at 08:30.

It remains for me to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday, a Blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with hope and faith!

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL
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