Dear College Parents

"If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there's going to be a life after tennis that's a lot longer than your tennis life." - Chris Evert.

The curtain has all but come down on the Winter Sports season with just a few outstanding 7s festivals, knock-out competitions and inter-house activities. We can look back on a very demanding season, there is no doubt that the sports competition in the Western Cape is extremely tough and there is no place to hide! The final hockey and rugby matches for the 1st XI and 1st XV on Friday did not quite go according to script for Bishops but they were both thrilling encounters. The 1st XV in particular did not enjoy the “rub of the green” on Saturday but they did us proud. I am sure that some very valuable life lessons were learnt in the process - the most important being that life is not always fair!

Now the boys have a different focus as they start preparing for their summer sports and the matrics begin their mock exams today - we wish them well.

Now the boys have a different focus as they start preparing for their summer sports and the matrics begin their mock exams today - we wish them well.

Leo Gevisser

On Sunday evening I was privileged to attend the Hugo Lambrechts Concerto Festival for young musicians. Leo Gevisser in Grade 8 was invited to participate in his first violin concerto performance with the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra. Leo played Kabalevsky’s Concerto in G major and was truly superb. He is taught by Bishops music teacher Lucia Di Blasio Scott and he is a rare talent! What is especially significant is that the violin is his second instrument - his specialty is the piano.

Katherine Spindler

Art teacher, Katherine Spindler has been invited by the Sylt Foundation to undertake an artist’s residency during September and October on the island of Sylt, Germany. Aiming to encourage cultural dialogue and artistic interaction, the Sylt Foundation initiates and supports contemporary arts’ projects, and receiving this invitation is a measure of Katherine’s standing as a professional artist. We congratulate Katherine on her achievement, and wish her Godspeed as she travels to Germany.

Parents Party and Auction – Friday 30th September @ 6:30pm in the Mallett Centre

The organising committee of this year’s Parents Party and Auction have asked me to bring this to your attention: "Once a year the Bishops Community are able to support the fundraising for the Matric Dance, Yearbook, gift to Bishops and donation to charity. We as parents have an opportunity to bid on a variety of exciting items, ranging from a week-long Okavango excursion, sponsored by Wilderness Safaris, to a weekend at Kariega Game Reserve and other luxury holiday destinations. To all the gourmands amongst us, there are numerous five star dinners, kicking off with no less than our own South African Michelin star chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, and renowned local chefs, Annalize Buchanan and Marlene van der Westhuizen. If this is too sedate for your tastes, get the adrenalin going with a helicopter trip to have lunch at Delaire Graff Estate. All this will require some excellent accompanying wines, so bid on some of the top vintages from the various wine estates. The excesses of all this food and wine can be worked off with adrenalin-fuelling mountain bike trips, a sailing experience with team Vulcan, the Cape to Rio contestants, or a more sedate SUP (Stand-up Paddle board) experience.

To view these items and many more, please visit our dynamic new website: from Tuesday 6th September.

Tickets are selling out fast, so secure your table and book online. We promise a fun-filled evening with great food and wine on Friday 30 September. The silent online auction starts on the 6th September."

Please see the attached assembly notices which cover a fantastic range of achievements by our boys.

Yours sincerely
Guy Pearson