Dear College Parents

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”: Thomas Jefferson.

I would like to welcome you all back to the start of the 3rd term, it seems ages ago that we enjoyed the spectacular climax to the Eisteddfod with the singing competition at His People’s Church. I trust that you have all had a good holiday; the boys certainly seem refreshed and ready to tackle the challenges which lie ahead. We especially wish our Matrics well as they begin their last full term at Bishops.

We had a sad start to the term when we heard of the passing of James McGregor on Saturday. James was a very special man, an exceptional gentleman who served Bishops throughout his life. He was an OD and served on the College Council from 1990-2000, including several years in the position of Chairman. He continued to serve as a Trustee of the Bishops Trust until the end of the first term this year despite being very ill. He was Honorary Treasurer of the OD Union from 1984-1990 and was elected Vice-President of the OD Union in 2010.

Earlier this year he was awarded the Iyathelo Lifetime Philanthropy Award. James committed his life to community development and helping vulnerable people. His philanthropic endeavours are too numerous to mention, but his greatest work was probably for the Westlake United Church Trust. He helped set up the Trust in 2002 and it now employs over forty full-time staff who work to alleviate the poverty, ill health, unemployment and other social and economic difficulties experienced by more than 8000 residents in the Westlake Village area.

James McGregor will be sorely missed by all of us in the Bishops Community. His funeral service will be held in the Bishops Chapel at 15h00 on Wednesday 30 July.

During the holidays many of our boys were involved in various activities, and some of their achievements are truly spectacular. The achievements are reported under Assembly Notices which I encourage you to read. The achievements across such a range of activities are indicative of what fantastic boys we do have at Bishops, well done to them all!

As always, we have so much to look forward to this term. No sooner have the sounds of “Crocodile Rock” faded from our ears, than we look forward to the Classic POPS performances next week in the City Hall. This will be my first POPS and I am looking forward to it with great anticipation. We wish all the boys and the music staff the very best for these performances.

This weekend we have the challenge of Paarl Boys High in hockey and rugby and look forward to that, although it looks like it will be a very wet weekend!

I wish you all a wonderful term.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson



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