Dear Parents

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  Winston Churchill.

It has been a very good fortnight at Bishops. The PA Music and Gourmet Evening held last Friday evening was a resounding success, my sincerest thanks to the PA organising committee, for a memorable evening and to everyone in the Bishops Community for their support.

On Wednesday afternoon we hosted the annual Triangular Athletics Meeting between Bishops, SACS and Rondebosch at Lutgensvale. We were blessed with a beautiful afternoon and our athletes performed very well. Thanks go to our ground staff and to the teacher-in-charge of Athletics, Burgert Maree, on an excellent event.

Bishops will be staging Simon Levy’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, from 11-15 March 2014, in the Bishops Memorial Theatre, from 7pm each evening. Booking opens at The Bishops School Shop (021 659 1970), on Monday, 3 March 2014, and tickets cost R70.00 (prime seats) and R50.00 (upstairs). Direction is by Wayne Tucker.

The Great Gatsby
is a tale of decadence, opulence and extravagance. It is a valentine to the jazz age – the great party that celebrated the end of the First World War. According to production notes, the play concerns ‘Nick Carraway, a young man of modest means from the Midwest, who finds himself caught up in the lives of the rich and careless when he moves to the East. Nick also becomes fascinated by the grand, romantic dreams of the mysterious mansion-dweller next door, Jay Gatsby, who once had a love affair with Nick’s beautiful cousin, Daisy. Now married to the brutish Tom Buchanan, Daisy and the possibility she represents are still frozen in time for Gatsby, who has amassed a fortune and keeps a house constantly filled with party guests in the all-consuming hope of winning Daisy again. But Gatsy’s hope and recent wealth aren’t enough to transcend insurmountable class barriers and the losses of time.’

We wish Director, Wayne Tucker, and the cast all the best for what promises to be a superb production.

Principal’s Assembly Message

Over the past few weeks we have enjoyed watching the great spectacle of the Winter Olympics held in Sochi in Russia. In the video, which you have just seen, the story is of a remarkable performance of Steven Bradbury in the short track speed skating event at the 2002 Winter Olympics. (If you Google Steven Bradbury you can watch this race on YouTube.)

Steven Bradbury was an Australian speed skater. He had been to 3 Olympic Games already – he hadn’t won a medal. Over the past 12 years of training and racing he had suffered some horrific injuries, including being ‘speared’ by another competitor’s skate, during which he lost so much blood he nearly died. He also broke his neck in another race and spent months in a brace. He was financially struggling and had to borrow money from his parents in order to survive.

In the 2002 games he was the oldest competitor in the event. People didn’t think he stood a chance, including himself. He ran a small skate making business at home in Australia and had even asked the favourite to endorse his skates when he won the gold. He had managed to scrape through the heats but had what he describes as the best race on the way when he finished second in the semi-final. He realised he didn’t have the raw speed of the younger racers so he employed a tactic of just hanging in there. This worked and got him to the Olympic final.

What can we learn from this?

  • Stick with it, who knows what might happen.
  • You can get a huge sense of satisfaction and a big boost from trying your best.
  • Being in the ‘race’ and competing is better than criticising from the side lines.
  • Just how much we can endure and overcome if we want to.
  • In the words of Winston Churchill to the British nation in the Second World War; ‘Never, never, never give up’.


Yours sincerely



Guy Pearson

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