Dear College Parents

“Manners maketh man” – William of Wykeham (1324-1404) the motto of Winchester College.

It has been a quieter week with all our boys involved in mid-year exams. It has certainly been a lot colder as well, as the winter sets in. Once the exams are over the boys will be preparing for the Eisteddfod in earnest!

Assembly notices this week are brief as we hold back achievements of senior boys until the 20th June when all boys will be in assembly.

Thank you to all parents who participated in the IQAA survey, the results are very encouraging for the school. Once the IQAA process is completed next term we will share all the results of the surveys and the outcome of the process with you all.

Please see the attached “flyer” which advertises the talk “Poles Apart”. Phil Court comments:

Bishops is hosting a talk by two South African mountaineers and explorers (Vaughan De La Harpe and Sean Disney) who have climbed the 7 highest summits on the 7 continents of the world as well as trekked from 89 to 90 degrees in both the north and south poles. A book has recently been published called ‘Poles Apart’ which tells their stories. The talk takes place in the Memorial Theatre on Thursday 12th June from 12.15 to 1.15pm.

Principal’s Message Assembly: 6th June

On Sunday my wife and I were walking along the Sea Point promenade when we came across a Bishops family sitting on a bench. We went across and shook hands and had a chat with the boys and their Dad. As we walked away I commented to my wife that it was strange that the boys had not stood to greet me because I knew them as usually being very polite. On Monday morning I received the following e-mail. (Unprompted; names changed for obvious reasons, I have the boy’s permission to share this story).

Dear Mr Pearson,
I would just like to apologize on my brother and my behalf, for not standing up and greeting you, when we passed you on Sunday. We were in a weekend, but exam mode, and were not expecting to see anyone there. This is still no excuse. From my side, I feel it was rude and disrespectful to not have stood up and greeted you properly. So for this, I apologize.
My apologies,

Well, I was extremely humbled by this e-mail and it confirmed exactly what I knew about these boys and their family. It got me thinking about how important good manners are and why we consistently dwell on them at Bishops. The saying; “We never get a second chance to make a good first impression” is very true. I want to make it clear that it is not only important for younger people to show good manners to older people but it works both ways, you should expect to be treated with respect and in a courteous manner by anyone of any age. In some cultures, like the Xhosa culture for example, it is important that you not only greet someone but engage them by asking how they are. The golden rule applies to good manners as it does in so many aspects of life; “always do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

Good manners are more than just saying please and thank you, it is deeper than that and shows that you are respectful to others and their feelings. I want us all at Bishops to develop a code of good manners which distinguishes us; it costs very little but means so much.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson



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