Dear College Parents

'For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others'.
Nelson Mandela.

While I am sure that many of us will enjoy the additional holiday break over the next week, it is also very difficult to maintain momentum! We knew that it would be a disruptive time and need to return on the 5th May prepared to get stuck in immediately to the tasks which face us.

Over the next week several of our boys and staff will be involved in various activities and we wish them well; most notably:

  • Simply Blue will be touring KZN and performing at several schools.
  • Our U14, U15, U16, 2nd and 1st teams will be participating in the Wynberg Rugby Festival next Saturday, 3rd May.
  • The Surf Club will be enjoying the waves at Betty’s Bay.

I would like to encourage all parents to use the MySchool card when shopping. Please ensure that you nominate Bishops as the beneficiary, it is a very effective and painless way to raise funds. All proceeds will go to the upgrade of our Resources Centre at the College and the Prep Library.

The Pick n Pay Smart Shoppers card also provides the same benefits.

As we prepare for Freedom Day it is appropriate that I share with parents the introduction of Mary Burton to the boys in Assembly today:

"Today we welcome to Bishops Mrs Mary Burton, one of the country’s iconic women. As we prepare to celebrate 20 years of our democracy I can think of no one better suited to speak to us.

Mary Burton, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, arrived in South Africa as a young bride in 1961having married an OD, Geoff Burton who she met in London where they were both studying. Within months of her arrival she became involved in a soup kitchen on the Cape Flats and was soon immersed in the advocacy of human rights, working against poverty and inequality. She joined the Black Sash in 1965. After holding several positions in the organisation, she was elected president in 1986, a position she held until 1990. She was appointed Electoral Officer for the Western Cape in South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, and was appointed a Commissioner in the TRC in December 1995.

Mary Burton has worked in and through a range of organisations such as the Surplus People’s Project, the National Council of Women, the Civil Rights League and the South African Institute of Race Relations. She was elected President of the Convocation of UCT in 2010

President Thabo Mbeki awarded her the Order of Luthuli (silver) in 2003; she received the Western Cape provincial decoration, the Order of the Disa, from the Premier of the Province in 2004, and the Reconciliation Award from the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation in the same year.

Not only is Mrs Burton a famous South African but she has a long and strong association with Bishops. I mentioned earlier that she had married an OD, she had 4 sons who all went to Bishops and currently has 3 grandsons at the College and 1 at the Prep. I spoke to one of her grandsons this week and he told me that they fondly call her “Grandmere”. He also told me that she was a wonderful inspiration to all her grandchildren and set an example to them in terms of right and wrong. Mrs Burton also served on the Bishops Council for 10 years from 1991-200, the first ever woman to do so. She is currently writing a book on the history of the Black Sash.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Burton to Bishops.”

Mrs Burton gave a wonderful and thought provoking talk to the boys, the full text is attached for your information.

Please also see the attachment for today’s Assembly Notices.

Yours sincerely
Guy Pearson

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