13 January 2017

Dear  Parents

 

A warm welcome back to all our boys at the Pre-prep.  It is wonderful to see all the new Grade 1 boys in their khaki uniforms and their enthusiasm for more formal teaching and learning this year.

So much has happened since last year.  We have equipped three new classrooms, which we proudly presented to the new Grade N boys on Wednesday. The playground for Grade R has been completely re-vamped and we are delighted with the outcome.  We have a beautifully furnished library and a fully functional Art room. So much of which to be proud!

We congratulate Mr and Mrs Fraser on the birth of their beautiful son, Samuel.  Another boy for Bishops!!  We also welcome our three new teachers in Grade N, Ms Fiona Stuart, Ms Melody Durrheim and Ms Siophan Wright.  They will be working closely with three assistants, Mr Vuyani Parafini, Mr  Marcellino Vincent and Ms Princess NtsomiWe are also joined by Ms Maike Felmore who will be teaching art to the Grade 1 and 2 boys.

All afternoon sport starts from Monday 16 January.  Thank you to those who have completed the online choices.  We will familiarise the boys with the venues and make sure that they get to where they need to be.  For any outside coaching, please be sure to contact the various coaches to sign up, via our Pre-prep website. Those private coaches will send us a register indicating who has signed up and those boys will be collected for sport.  Please be aware that the final time for sign up for Grade 1 and 2 is Friday (today).

 

We apologise for the confusion around the Grade R sign up forms.  This has, for some reason, been a huge challenge.

Monday 16 January

Grade 1 and 2 class information meetings @ 6pm in your sonís classroom. This is an important time for parents to learn about what is expected in Grade 1 as well as the homework routine.

Tuesday 17 January

Grade N class information meeting @ 5.30pm in your sons classroom followed by a welcome reception in the hall (New Grade 1 and 2 parents to the school please join us for the reception at 6pm)

Wednesday 18 January

Grade R class information meeting @ 5.30pm in your sons classroom followed by a welcome reception in the hall 

Friday 17 March

Prep Country Fair.  4pm - 10pm, Fir Road, Rondebosch

What a delight it has been to meet all these excited little faces.  These boys have all settled so well and are enjoying the benefit of our lovely new playground.  Please be reminded of the parent information evening in your son's classroom on Wednesday 18 January at 5.30pm followed by a welcome reception in our new hall.  New parents in Grade 1 and 2 are also invited to join us for the reception at 6pm.

 

If you happen to arrive in the mornings before 7.30am, please feel free to wait around near the hall area with your son.  There is early morning supervision should you wish to leave them, but classrooms and play areas only open at 7.30 as teachers are still busy setting up for the day.  Please can I ask that you respect this time and only enter the rooms at 7.30am.

Please be reminded of the parent information evening in your sonís classroom on Tuesday 17 January at 5.30pm followed by a welcome reception in our new hall.

 

If you happen to arrive in the mornings before 7.30am, please feel free to wait around near the hall area with your son.  There is early morning supervision should you wish to leave them, but classrooms and play areas only open at 7.30 as teachers are still busy setting up for the day.  Please can i ask that you respect this time and only enter the rooms at 7.30am.

New parents are invited to join our Bishops Prep Parents Facebook. You can search Bishops Prep Parents and request to join. This is a closed group for Bishops Prep parents only and you are welcome to post photographs of school activities.  It is not used as an information tool and neither for comment or discussion but as a fun, visual representation for camps, outings, sports events, academic and music etc.

Aftercare runs daily until 5pm Monday - Thursday and until 4pm on a Friday.  Sign up forms are available to download from our Pre Prep website, alternately you may email Mrs Catherine Rheeder on crheeder@bishops.org.za to request a form.  These need to be filled in and handed back to Mrs Rheeder.  More information regarding fees etc are available on our website.

Thank you to all those parents who are using the new pedestrian gate for drop off and pick up.  If boys are not collected 10 minutes after an activity or after school, they will proceed to aftercare where they will be supervised until collection.

 

A gentle reminder that boys need to have a hat for outside play at break time as well as a navy Bishops jersey in their school bags.  Thank you to all those boys who have had their hair cut neatly.  We are happy not to see any fashion hair cuts.

 

Pre Prep office hours are from 7.30 am - 3.30 pm. 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  May you return refreshed and ready for a busy week.

Yours sincerely,



SHARLENE GROOM
Head of Pre-Prep

Bishops Pre-Preparatory School: Sandown Road, Rondebosch 7700 | Tel: +27 21 659 1037/47