Dear College Parents

I would like to welcome you back to the start of the 2nd quarter and trust that you have had a good Easter break. The Western Cape continues to be in the grip of an extreme drought and we have told the boys that we will continue with our “drought dress code” until we have good rains. This means that the boys will be allowed to come to school in their sports clothes for the day if they have sport so that only one set of clothes needs to be washed each day.

Many of our boys were involved in local and international tournaments and festivals during the holidays. Our boys acquitted themselves extremely well and the reports and results are in the attached Assembly notices. This weekend we begin our local fixtures with hockey against Fairburn and rugby against Stellenberg at home.

During the holidays several building projects were completed, the most significant being the restoration project of the Brooke Chapel and the cobble paving in front of Founders House. The outcome is fantastic and we thank all parents for their patience during the process.

During the holidays we received the good news that Francois Stassen, Head Boy last year, had been accepted to the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. He joins a number of Bishops boys from the class of 2016 who have successfully been admitted to top Universities in America and the UK.

On Saturday evening I will be flying to London to be part of a delegation from the Bishops Council, OD Union and Bishops Trust to launch the Bishops Trust 175 Campaign in the UK. The Chairman of Council, Mike Bosman, and I will also take the opportunity to visit Rhodes House where we have a meeting with the Warden. We are also meeting up with the current Bishops Rhodes Scholars at Oxford to discuss their experiences.

During the holidays our Head Boy, Christian Rohrer, had a good break and managed to get some rest and schoolwork done! He resumed treatment on Tuesday and should be home today. This treatment is repeated next week and his operation is scheduled for 2nd May. We continue to hold Chris and his family in our prayers.

On a sad note, we were sorry to hear during the holidays that Mr Allie Shaboodien, father of Sameer (Gray House Grade 9), had passed away after a long battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sameer, his mother Taheera and sister Sara during this sad time.

A reminder that the beautiful cards with paintings of the Cederberg by Michael Beckurts are on sale at the School Shop. All proceeds are going to the Elizabethfontein School in the Cederberg

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson