Dear Parents

‘If you are depressed you are living in the past, if you are anxious, you are living in the future, if you are at peace you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu


The ‘present’ is certainly very busy at Bishops and we need to enjoy every moment! Our Sports Day on Saturday was certainly a superb day and all concerned must be congratulated on their contribution to the success of the event. The postponed inter-house relay event yesterday produced more friendly camaraderie and competition.

There are three forthcoming events which I would like to draw your attention to:

On the 18th February at 7:30pm, The Common Ground Church will host Gary Kirsten who will be speaking about ‘Parenting in Sport’. He will be speaking to parents and teachers about our approach to our children’s sports-life and how it affects their whole lives. Tickets are R20 each and can be obtained at I can really recommend this talk as Gary has such an amazing story to share and a wonderful attitude to sport.

College Evensong: The College Evensong takes place on Wednesday, 19th February at 6:30pm. This quarter the grade 9s are excused. It is a compulsory event for all Grade 8, 10, 11 and 12 boys. Parents are welcome to attend.

A final reminder of the PA Music and Gourmet Festival on Friday, 21st February. This is an event not to be missed; we look forward to seeing you all there!

Principal’s Message in Assembly

Steven Covey is famous for his “7 habits” advice on anything from marriage to leadership. I have taken the liberty of applying this approach to what I call “The 7 habits of highly effective students”.

  • Highly effective students read a lot.
    Students who read a lot do better at school. The school environment suits students who have good verbal and linguistic skills. These skills can only be improved by reading more. As boys we need to get away from the stereotype that it is only certain types who read, it is important to get into the habit of reading regularly. Once this habit is developed you will develop a love for reading which will last throughout your life and will be an example to your own children.
  • Highly effective students are active learners.
    Do not be a passive student, become active and engaged in the learning process. Participate in discussion and discourse; ask questions if you do not understand the work.

  • Highly effective students develop good study skills.
    To be effective you need to develop study skills which work for you, you will have had several different methods presented to you over the years in LO classes, chose study skills which work for you and be consistent in using them.

  • Highly Effective students write well.
    This is very much linked to the first habit, as critical as it is to read a lot, so developing good writing skills is equally important. The ability to express yourself in a clear and logical manner is important in every subject. You may have all the facts but it helps to be able to express them in a way which makes easy reading.

  • Highly effective students are responsible for their own learning.
    Taking personal responsibility for your own learning is important, do not rely on others. Do not blame others for your lack of success either; it is all too easy to blame your teacher or the busyness of life for your lack of success. You need to be proactive and responsible.
  • Highly effective students are curious.
    Have an open and enquiring mind. Learn to think out the box and be curious. Be critical and do not take things you are told at face value. In this way you will be better equipped to answer questions in an analytical and critical way.
  • Highly effective students are organised.
    This may appear obvious but being an organised student will make you more effective. Plan properly and this will help you cope better and be more effective. It was Benjamim Franklin who said; “If you fail to plan you are planning to fail”. This is especially true in the very busy programme that many of you are engaged in at Bishops. Doing basic things like keeping a diary, planning ahead and good time management all contribute to your success.

These may appear to be simple measures to take but developing these habits will help to make you an effective and more successful student.

Attached are this morning’s notes from Assembly.


Yours sincerely

Guy Pearson

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