Dear College Parents

“When planning for a year; plant corn. When planning for a decade; plant trees. When planning for life; train and educate people.” Chinese Proverb

A very warm welcome to the start of the New Year.  On Wednesday we welcomed 155 new grade 8’s and 13 other new boys in higher grades. The beginning of a new school year is always such an exciting time, not only do we have 168 new boys in the school but every boy is in a different place! We wish our matrics of 2014 well as they lead the school this year.

You will all have received the news from me of the tremendous performance by our matric class of 2013 in the final exams; they have certainly raised the bar for the class of 2014.

I would like to remind parents that this newsletter is published fortnightly and communicates news and messages from our assemblies which are held every 2nd Friday. At the first assembly today my message to the boys was the following:

“As we start the beginning of a new school year it is very important that we build on the successes of the past while striving for improvement. While I am very satisfied that Bishops is in a very good place, I believe we can do even better. I would like to challenge you this year and encourage each of you to work on developing a few important attitudes which will help you to reach your full potential. I am a strong supporter of the saying that “it is your attitude, not your aptitude which will determine your altitude”. From a practical point of view I want you to develop the following 4 attitudes:

1)          Try Hard

This seems obvious but it is amazing how many of us do not always try our best. As a school we need to see “trying hard” as a virtue that we all need to strive for. We know that nothing worthwhile can be achieved without hard work. They say that it takes 10000 hours of practice to really become an expert at something. That is a challenge - we need to put in the hours. Sometimes we do not try for “fear of failure”. To quote J.K. Rowling: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”

2)          Aim High

Do not settle for second best; let us not accept mediocre performance. It was Michaelangelo who said; “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it; but that it is too low and we reach it”!  I want you to aim high, be ambitious and stretch yourselves. In some activities I think many of you are complacent and lack the “fire in your bellies”. Things are too easy; I challenge you to get out of your comfort zones and aim high!

3)          Focus

I want you to learn to focus on the job at hand at a specific time. One of the biggest dangers of our time is the constant distractions we face with digital and social media. It is fallacy that you can multi-task effectively, something will suffer. Learn to focus on the task, sportsmen and women talk about being “in the zone”. Learn to get in the zone and concentrate on one task at a time.

4)           Take the gap (opportunities)

One of the biggest strengths of Bishops is the breadth of opportunities available to you boys. Every single one of you can find your niche here, you need to do that. Take the gap, try something new this year, when you leave Bishops you must have no regrets.

We need to apply these attitudes in all aspects of school life, if we do, individually and collectively, we will reach even greater heights. Good luck to you all.”


Staff news

  • We congratulate Mr Oscar Horstmann on his appointment as Head of Economics at Hilton College. Mr Horstmann leaves us at the end of the first term.
  • Mrs Jo Stielau is on long leave and her replacement for the term is Mr Will Donkin.
  • Mrs Sue McPetrie had a very bad fall during the holidays and suffered a multiple fracture of her leg. She will be away from school for 6 weeks and we wish her a full recovery.



It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Jean Blandin De Chalain in a kite surfing accident on Monday. Jean was the father of Tristan who is in Kidd House in Grade 11. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tristan and his family at this very sad time.


Yours sincerely


Guy Pearson


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