Dear College Parents

Over the past two weeks I have been fortunate to attend a number of Bishops events which have been extremely uplifting - one of the true joys of being the Principal of Bishops! Last Thursday I attended the “Pupils’ Art Exhibition” in the Molteno Library and was so impressed with the standard of artwork on display. Well done to all the boys who exhibited their work, and to Peter Hyslop and Katherine Spindler for the inspiration they provide for their students.

On Friday evening I attended a concert featuring the Herschel a Capella group “Fusion” and our own “Simply Blue”. It was a superb evening of entertainment and the range and quality of performance was fantastic. I commend all the boys as well as Marion Bradley and Stephen Carletti, for their many hours of practice which in the end provided such a wonderful performance. In the July holidays they head off to George for a concert before performing at the Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

On Tuesday at the College Evensong, WP van Zyl not only inspired the boys with his talk, but the singing by the choir and the congregation of boys was truly “goose-bump” stuff. We sometimes complain about the inconvenience of this event but it is truly special to our school. I know that every parent who attended will agree with my sentiments and hopefully we will see more parents in the future. We excuse a Grade each time so that there is space for parents to attend.

Finally, on Wednesday I attended the pupils’ lunch-time music concert in the Hyslop Hall. I could only marvel at the quality and variety of performance, truly spectacular!

On a less happy note we do apologise for the spam mail which went out on Thursday. Our IT Director, Sally Bowes has asked me to share this link with you to highlight the measures we are taking regarding the ransomware threat:

Two of our Grade 11 boys, Reece Corbett and Azariah Alexander, have embarked on a commendable community partnership initiative and have asked that I bring this to your attention:

"The Outreach portfolio has come up with the great idea of creating a dignifying shopping experience for the underprivileged. Our intention is to create a one day pop-up store, where the items will be displayed like they would in a normal clothing shop. Tagged clothing items, separated into their respective sizes, clothes hung up on racks and retail workers at the ready to serve their customers. The customers will be able to try on different items in change rooms and purchases will be bagged and recorded at points of sale. We believe that this is an awesome way to bless the poor in a dignified manner, and at the same time to ensure that the clothing given is for once appropriately sized. We will only be able to achieve this by collecting clothing in the form of donations from the Bishops community. We appeal to everyone in our community to play their part to make this project both a success and a legacy event, which can be steered by men of Bishops for many years to come. If each member of the school were to bring only seven clothing items (these would need to be in good condition), we would be able to touch the lives of over 1800 people in one day. The ACE project will set up their store in Athlone, where those in need will be able to purchase each item for a very low fee of R5 (maximum of three items per person). The money generated from the event will be used towards expanding the organisation to many other schools in hope of initiating more pop-up stores.

Date of pop- up store: 24th September 2017 
Number of items expected to be collected: 5000+ units
Clothing donation points: Red Bins with the ACE logo found in each of the Bishops Houses

(Undergarments, shoes, accessories and damaged/worn out clothing will not be collected) "

I am happy to share some good news regarding the progress of Christian Rohrer. As you will know, he had surgery two weeks ago to remove the tumour in his fibula. The results are extremely encouraging - the tumour has died off by more than 95%. This is far more than the surgeon was expecting and means that the chemo is working. This will not change the chemo treatment going forward but is a wonderfully positive sign. We continue to hold Christian in our thoughts and prayers.

Next week our Business Manager, Sean King, is going into hospital for major surgery. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.

I am pleased to report that Graham Klerck is doing very well following his back surgery.

Angus Firth has stepped down as TIC Rugby and we congratulate Dave Mallett who has been appointed to this position. We thank Angus for his contribution over a number of years.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson