Dear College Parents

‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’ - Mahatma Gandhi.

It seems a long time ago that we enjoyed the spectacular performances of our boys in Classic Pops! It has been a long and demanding term and the boys and staff of Bishops can be commended on another very successful quarter.

The term ended in the same way it started, with a bang! The Matric Dance on Thursday night was absolutely wonderful. I have been to many Matric Dances in my career (± 32) and this ranks as one of the best I have ever attended. The décor was stunning and the boys, girls and staff had a thoroughly enjoyable evening of good food, friendship and dancing. My sincere thanks and congratulations to Trudy Hoefnagels, Vee Haralambous and their team on a truly outstanding occasion. I know that the Parents’ Dance this evening is also going to be very special!

I thought I would let parents know about an event which has taken place at Bishops over the past few weeks, because it highlights the terrific work our boys do in an area which we do not often publish, for good reason. The ‘ice bucket challenge’ was held to raise awareness for the disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and to raise money for a local charity, U-Turn, which looks after homeless people in Cape Town. The challenge involved the Head of each House, or a matric and their House Director, or a Tutor of the House enduring the ‘ice bucket challenge’ and then challenging the next House. It culminated with Mallett House challenging the Head Boy and yours truly! Last week we were able to hand over a cheque in excess of R6000 to U-Turn. This was a wonderful way to show that we could have fun while also raising awareness and making a small difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.

Of course, Bishops boys are involved in a myriad of community partnership/service activities. These range from the amazing work done by our Interact Club to House-based initiatives, Civics involvement by our Grade 10s and individual tutor group initiatives. Our Grade 10 boys are also very involved in a community project on the Epic. Last year I did an analysis of all the community partnership/service initiatives and the monetary contribution exceeded R400 000. While this is significant and important what is more important, is that the boys learn about themselves when engaging in these projects and in their interaction with those less fortunate.
We look forward to the short break and I trust that you will enjoy the time with your boys. We have many boys and staff involved in cricket, water polo and debating activities and we wish them well.
Please see the Assembly notices for further superb achievements by the boys.
Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson




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