Dear College Parents

Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi

I would like to welcome you all back to the start of the 2nd term and trust that you had a wonderful holiday. We are certainly enjoying Cape Town weather at its glorious best at the moment!

It is good that the Easter season is included in the second term as we can use the opportunity to fully engage the boys in the Easter Message. The first opportunity to do so will be in our Vespers Service on Wednesday evening. This is not a compulsory event but all boys, staff and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Terry Wilke sends the following invitation:

On Wednesday evening (16th April) at 7 pm, please join us in the Memorial Chapel for a Vespers Service of meditation, contemplation and soul searching choral music in the style of Taize, as we focus on the Passion in both prayer and poem"

The following was my message to the boys at our first Assembly of the term on Monday:


I would like to welcome you all back to the start of the 2nd term. A special welcome to our visiting exchange students. We also welcome Mr Donkin who replaces Mr Horstmann and Mr Chris Bolze in place of Mr Withers who is on long leave this term. Mr Dean Sudding is in hospital with a serious back injury and we wish him a speedy recovery.

This is a very disruptive term as we are at school for 9 academic days before we have the Easter weekend; after this we return for 4 academic days before a 9 day break for Freedom day, Workers Day and added school holidays. In fact there are exactly 30 academic days before the start of the mid-year exams. I do not need to tell you that it is imperative that we get down to work immediately. In light of the very short and disruptive term May 7th, Election Day, will be a normal academic day, we will run a special programme so that school finishes at 1:45 pm allowing those who are eligible to vote to do so.

You will all have heard of the saying; “practice makes perfect”. This ancient bit of wisdom was challenged by Vince Lombardi, the famous coach of the Green Bay Packers. He said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

There is truth in that, the way we practice determines how we will play, this applies to all aspects of school life, whether it be your schoolwork, the orchestra or your sport, practice perfectly and you will play perfectly.

Last term I challenged you as a school to show greater school pride and determination in your endeavours and in your support for our teams, I am pleased that you have risen to that challenge. I want to mention the fantastic turnout, during the holidays on a Tuesday evening at the Newlands Rugby Day. There were over 300 Bishops boys in their school uniform at Newlands to support the 1st XV. Well done, I know this would have been appreciated by the team, the result showed that; let us see more of this for the hockey and rugby teams this term.

It is an exciting term with much to look forward to, the Mid Year Exams, the Winter Sports programme and the Eisteddfod. Good luck to each of you.

Please see attached the Assembly Notices from Friday 11th April.

I wish you all a wonderful term.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson



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