Dear College Parents

Behind every good kid is a great Mother.

It has been a somewhat disrupted term thus far with the two long weekends, and it has been difficult to get any momentum going on the academic and sporting fronts. The next few weeks are crucial for the boys to knuckle down with mid-year exams looming, the very challenging winter sports programme and the eisteddfod to prepare for at the end of term.

Today is a very exciting day as we officially open the Woodlands new water based Astroturf, the OD Union which incorporates the school museum and archives, and the hockey pavilion. It is truly a magnificent world-class facility; the official opening will take place at 1 pm today.

This will be followed by our home hockey and rugby fixtures against SACS this afternoon and tomorrow. The fixture against SACS is the oldest school sporting fixture in South Africa, going back to the 1860s. We look forward to a competitive fixture which is played in the right spirit on and off the field. Let us support our teams in a positive manner while respecting our longstanding rivals

There are 2 matters to bring to your attention:
  • Save the Date: Bishops Cricket Annual Golf Day; 26 October 2015 at Steenberg Golf Course. For more information please contact marketing@bishops.org.za
  • I would like to appeal to all motorists to adhere to the speed limit of 30 km/h on the school grounds. We are concerned for the safety of our boys with speeding cars. We are also aware of many non-Bishops motorists using Bishops as a thoroughfare to avoid traffic congestion. We are investigating ways to prevent this.
Please see the attachment for Assembly notices - once again they highlight the terrific talent across a range of activities.

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE: ASSEMBLY FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2015

I am sure you are all aware that Sunday is Mother’s Day. I enjoyed this piece written by Erma Bombeck:

When God Created Mothers

When God created mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when an angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, “Have you read the specifications on this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 180 movable parts….all replaceable, and run on black coffee and leftovers. She must have a lap which disappears when she stands up, six pairs of hands and a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands! No way.”

“It’s not the hands that are worrying me,” said the Lord, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

“That’s on the standard model? Come right!” said the angel.

The Lord, nodding, said “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say, ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

“God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Go to bed now.”

“I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick….can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”

“Can it think?” The angel asked.

“Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger along the cheek.

“There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s it for?”

“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride.”

“You are a genius,” said the angel.

“I didn’t put it there.” said the Lord!

I think this pretty much sums up the role our Mothers play in our lives and I am aware that for many of us sitting here today Sunday will be a sad time as our Mothers have passed on. It is a time for us to reflect on the important role our Mothers play in our lives and to show appreciation for that. If you have a strained or broken relationship with your Mother this is also an opportunity to look for reconciliation and healing so that you can enjoy the very special relationship which Mothers and Sons enjoy.

We look forward to a very special weekend. I have spoken about the opening of the Woodlands Pavilion and new Astro but we look forward to the challenge of our hockey and rugby matches against SACS. This is the longest rivalry in school sport in South Africa, going back to the 1860s. Let us make sure that the matches are a celebration of the best of schoolboy sport and they contribute to the rich legacy of games between our schools.

I would like to wish you all a wonderful weekend and a very special Mother’s Day to all our Moms!

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson
PRINCIPAL
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