Dear College Parents

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, but because we do not dare that things are difficult." - Seneca

I write this newsletter with the magic sound of rain falling! We are all aware of the critical state of our water reserves as a consequence of the extended drought in the Western Cape. Here at school we are doing everything we can to contribute to water saving. We are very fortunate to have a very strong borehole which will soon be free of iron because we have installed a de-ionizer at the main reservoir. The water is now crystal clear and we plan to test it in the future in the ablution facilities across the school to save on Municipal water. We want to assure parents that we do not use any Municipal water to water our grounds. We are very conscious that water (including borehole water) is a precious finite resource to be used wisely and within the prescribed regulations. We acknowledge that there have been errors due to timing switches and with “auto-off” when raining, which we are correcting so that we are fully compliant.

This morning in Assembly we were reminded of the amazing talent we have here at Bishops. KB Ko played a violin solo called “Danza ritual del fuego” by Manuel De Falla. Last year KB passed a post-grade 8 music exam through the ABRSM with distinction, a brilliant achievement.

On Wednesday we enjoyed a very special Grade 8 Welcoming and Induction Service in the Chapel. I am pleased that the Grade 8’s seem to have settled in very well as a group.

The next week is again very busy as we prepare for our annual inter-house sports day on Saturday, an event which is always a highlight of the year.

Please see the attached notices from assembly and my message to the boys this morning.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Yours sincerely
Guy Pearson