Dear College Parents

"It is a wise father who knows his own child." : William Shakespeare

We come to the end of what has been a difficult term in many respects. We have been buffeted by the tragedies of Rohan Bloom’s death and the passing of three of our Dads. We continue to hold these families in our prayers and thank the entire Bishops community for their support during this difficult time

The news on our Chaplain, Father Terry Wilke is very encouraging. Over the past week he has undergone several tests and the very good news is that there is no sign of any cancer cells at all! This means that the operation he had was very successful in removing all the cancer cells on his brain. Terry will be having stereotactic radiotherapy to that area of the brain which was affected by cancer as a preventative measure. If all goes well, Terry will be back at work at the start of next term.

Of course as always we have much to celebrate and the Bishops environment remains a positive and productive one. The highlight of the year from a cultural perspective is the Eisteddfod and we look forward to your support of the boys in the different events in which they will be participating. A reminder that term ends at the conclusion of the singing competition on Wednesday evening at His People Church.

I am leaving for Vancouver on Monday evening to attend the International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference; it is amazing to think that a year has flown by since we hosted the conference here at Bishops in 2015! I will be joined at the conference by Cheryl Douglas and Gerry Noel who have both been part of the Action Research Group who will be presenting their papers at this conference.

Many of our boys are involved in various holiday activities: a history tour to the battlefields of Europe, an expedition to the Okavango swamps, mountain climbers to Russia, fencing tour to Germany, tennis tour to England, various national sports' festivals and the hosting of the Independent Schools Rugby Festival at Bishops from 1st to 6th July. Please support what should be a wonderful exhibition of schoolboy rugby.

As usual I have attached the Assembly notices and my message to the boys today. I have also attached the excellent talk which John Holtman gave to the boys last Friday in Chapel. It relates to his experiences as a student activist in 1976.

I would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday. Next term starts on Tuesday 19th July!

Yours sincerely
Guy Pearson