Dear College Parents

I hope you had a very good holiday. It was certainly pretty chilly in Cape Town although the much needed rain was not forthcoming. In light of the ongoing water crisis we will continue with our “drought uniform” for this term.

Considering the dire water shortage, it is appropriate that Bishops hosted two ISASA Education Sustainability Leadership Conferences this past weekend.

The Youth Education Sustainability Leadership Programme had representatives from eight schools around the country and used the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to look at the challenges we face in the future. Students were introduced to systems thinking and complexity before working collaboratively to examine how they can be active citizens and make a difference within their own schools. They had an opportunity to share and discuss their ideas with principals, teachers and business managers attending the second conference, Education Sustainability Leadership Programme, which ran over four days. This was an intensive programme that considered how ISASA schools can future fit their organisations (please click here for the Bishops policy) to ensure that boys and girls leaving these institutions are best prepared for the world of the future and demonstrate how schools can act as models of sustainability. We were fortunate to have Malcolm Gray, Chairman of the College Parents’ Association, Niall Carroll (OD) and Duncan Coombe (OD) sharing their knowledge. At a Market Place session, delegates were able to speak to organisations and companies involved in the sustainability space. The feedback from the delegates has been enthusiastic and it is clear that this is a conversation that needs to be continued with a wide range of stake holders.

My sincere thanks to Cheryl Douglas and Gerry Noel, who are the leaders of the Bishops Sustainability Committee, for their fantastic organisation of these conferences.

It seems like just the other day that the curtain came down on a fantastic Eisteddfod. We now look forward to the Classic Pops next week on Tuesday and Wednesday evening at the City Hall. It promises to be a spectacular event.

During the holidays several of our boys performed superbly in a number of sporting, cultural and academic events at both a provincial and national level. We will announce these at next Friday’s assembly.

I am pleased to report that Richard Smith is making excellent progress. He is currently in the rehab ward and has full use of his upper body. His speech and recall is good and he is able to flex his feet. He still has a long way to go but we are thankful for his healing thus far and we continue to pray for him and his family.

On a very sad note, we were devastated to hear the news of the passing of Darren Braga, father of Trent in Grade 12. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Braga family at this time. The memorial service will be held in the Bishops Chapel this afternoon at 3pm.

Our condolences also go to two of our staff members, Cheryl Gammon and Gloria Bassett, whose fathers passed away during the holidays.

Our Head boy, Christian Rohrer, spent most of the holiday having chemotherapy and it is really good to have him back at school this week. He is doing well and has two cycles of therapy left.

We look forward to an exciting and busy term, starting with rugby fixtures against Paul Roos in Stellenbosch tomorrow and Classic Pops next week. I wish you and your sons a positive and enjoyable term.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson