Dear College Parents

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist: Indira Gandhi

Over the past week we have certainly enjoyed the extremes of the Cape weather with balmy skies over the weekend followed by a true “Cape of Storms” on Monday and Tuesday!

Yesterday we said farewell to the boys in the cast of “Cold Stone Jug” and the acapella group, Simply Blue, as they left to perform at the Edinburgh Arts Festival, a wonderful experience for them.

I would like to congratulate Katherine Spindler, one of our Art teachers, on the opening of her first solo exhibition of oil paintings on Tuesday evening at the Barnard Gallery in Newlands, a terrific achievement.

On Sunday the country celebrates National Woman’s Day and Monday is therefore a public holiday and there is no school on Monday, enjoy!

Please see the attachment for Assembly notices; my message to the boys in Assembly today follows.

  • Manners
  • Respect
  • Courtesy
  • Courage to do these all of the time.
There is a strong virtue in having good manners; the motto of Winchester College in the UK is "Manners Maketh Man".

These are values which I think we practice well at Bishops most of the time, but I want you to consider the following questions:
  • Do you stand up when an adult enters a room?
  • Do you stand up and offer your seat to a lady or an adult who has entered a room?
  • Do you allow a lady or an adult to enter a door before you?
  • Do you assist an adult who may be carrying a heavy load?
  • Do you thank people who have been good to you, parents of friends who have hosted you in any way?
  • Do you thank teachers for an excellent lesson or coaching session or who have given up their holiday to take you on tour?
  • Do you switch off your cell phone completely in a theatre, movie house or public gathering?
  • Do you refrain from taking a call at the meal table?
  • Do you greet the staff? That means all staff no matter their position; academic, admin, grounds, catering etc.
  • Do you greet and assist visitors to the school?
  • Do you know the correct greetings in local languages other than English, for example in Afrikaans and Xhosa?
As we celebrate Women’s Day on Sunday with a public holiday on Monday we need to particularly consider how we treat and interact with the women in our own lives.

Inaugurated in 1994, along with a free, democratic South Africa, the public holiday commemorates a 1956 protest lead by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn. To rise up against the legislation that required black South Africans to carry the "pass" (special identification documents which infringed on their freedom of movement during the Apartheid era), approximately 20 000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Pretoria, many carrying the children of their white bosses on their backs, to stage a peaceful march to the Union Buildings.

After dropping off bundles of petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at Prime Minister J.G Strijdom’s offices, they stood in silence for thirty minutes. A song was composed in honour of this momentous occasion, “Wathint' Abafazi Wathint' imbokodo!” (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock).

Have a wonderful weekend.

Yours sincerely
Guy Pearson
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