Dear College Parents

The start of the term has been fairly disrupted with the long weekend coming so soon after the holidays. We look forward to a more settled period as the boys get their heads down to a very challenging term with the mid-year exams, winter sports and the Eisteddfod all ahead of them.

This weekend is the first of our Southern Suburbs derbies against SACS. As I mentioned to the boys in assembly today, this is the oldest sporting rivalry we have, which goes back to 1862. It is important that our boys and supporters respect this long tradition we have with SACS and that the games are played in the right spirit, on and off the field. The 1st XI hockey match is at 18h30 this evening at Woodlands, and the 1st XV rugby match kicks off at 12h30 tomorrow on Piley Rees.

In assembly this morning I also presented the boys with the Bishops Masterplan which illustrates the seven building projects planned for the school as part of the Bishops Trust 175 Campaign. The response from the boys was extremely enthusiastic as I shared the vision of what Bishops will look like from a facilities perspective in the next 20 years or so. This follows my recent trip to the UK where the Campaign was launched to the OD’s in London. The feedback from this visit was also very positive and we are hoping for significant support from this very important Bishops constituency. If you are interested in supporting this campaign please go to these two links:

http://www.bishops.org.za/BishopsTrust/documents/BishopsTrust21Feb17.pdf
http://www.bishops.org.za/BishopsTrust/DonateForm.aspx

We have also had four brilliant videos made showing various aspects of Bishops by the company Aerios, who very generously donated all their time and expertise towards production of these excellent videos. My thanks go to Spencer Burke, whose initiative this was, and to Costas Constantinou, Executive Director of Aerios. The production was headed by Wayne Kriel and Brent Rumble and they were superb to work with. These videos will soon be available for viewing on the Bishops website.

On Wednesday evening I visited Christian Rohrer in hospital after his operation to remove the tumour at the top of his fibula. The operation was a success and Christian is doing well. He resumes his chemo treatment on Monday which will continue for the next 18 weeks. I would like to thank all of you for your support and prayers for Christian and his family and know that this will continue in the days and weeks ahead.

Graeme Klerck, House Director of Kidd House, had a major back operation yesterday and will be away from school for the next six weeks. We wish him a speedy recovery. We welcome back Geoff Kieswetter who will be Graham’s replacement during his absence.

I would like to respectfully ask parents not to park in the designated parking bays for the disabled. These are clearly signposted and reserved for our own boys, families and visitors who are disabled.

Have a wonderful weekend and we are holding thumbs for some rain which is predicted for later today!

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL