15 September 2017

Dear Parents

Our programme is full of exciting things next week, celebrating our Readathon.   Please be reminded to send some second-hand books that you may have at home, for us to donate to Little Libraries - an outreach that stretches to areas that we cannot access.  Come and have a look at our displays and engage in good conversation around books and good reading habits.  We will be watching a fabulous production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Thursday morning in our theatre as well as being introduced to new books through the presentation by Hooked on Books on Monday.


Come and support our fabulous book sale up at the hall next week.   There are great books at good prices.  Some early Christmas shopping may be in order!

Tomorrow will be the final tag morning of the year.  Grade 1 and 2 boys are welcome to join us at 8am on the fields near the hall for an hour of fun and games.


Thursday afternoon 21 September, we host our fun Tag tournament and family braai.  All boys should be dressed in their tag kit (grade R boys wanting to play must be in their Bishops shorts and golf shirt) and meet in their classrooms at 15:45. Games will start at 16:00 and should be finished by 17:30.  We will run a mini tuck shop and burgers will be on sale.  Fires for braaiing will be available and you are invited to chill on the lawns and socialise after the games end.

Next week will be the final week of sport for the term.   May I ask that you check your sport kit for summer as the boys are growing at an alarming rate and may have outgrown items such as swimming costumes.  Swimmers also need to have the correct swimming cap so perhaps a good idea to locate yours or purchase a new one from the school shop.  Swimming is only offered to the Gr 1's and 2's.

21 September

Tag Tournament and Braai 16:00 - end of winter sport programme

22 September

Family Chapel Service @ 08:30

24 September

Heritage Day

25 September

Public Holiday

Second Hand Clothing Shop at Prep:  They have many smallish items for sale and are very happy to have any school uniform items which you no longer require, either for resale or as a donation.   Jen Thunstrom is in charge of the shop and her contact number is:  0832971304.  The hours of opening are on our online calendar.




Dear members of the Bishops community


The use of the MySchool Card has been very positive, and many members of the Bishops community have, either applied for a new card, or have started using their old ones again.  Please remember that you may have more than one beneficiary listed on your card, and we hope that Bishops becomes one of them.


Our thanks to those who have taken up the challenge of ĎEvery Swipe Countsí!


As this is a painless way to fundraise, we again appeal to you to please apply for your MySchool Card and use it as much as possible at any Woolworths or partner store.


The funds raised from this project will be used to upgrade various projects on campus, from Pre-Prep to College.


Please feel free to visit the Molteno Library on the College Campus which was upgraded using funds from this initiative.


So, all that is left for you to do is apply for your card and use it!


Please visit or email

Many thanks, Rosemary


Bishops Trust:


On Wednesday 13 September, the Bishops Trust celebrated the legacy of a courageous young man, Hamilton Mvelase.   


The Hamilton Mvelase Bursary Fund will provide an opportunity for talented young boys from previously disadvantaged communities to receive a Bishops education, one they would ordinarily be unable to afford. 


The evening was a wonderful success and was attended by members from all the Bishops constituencies.  We were honoured to have the Mvelase family present.  Mrs Mvelase expressed her gratitude and took comfort in the fact that Hamiltonís legacy would live on through this worthy cause.


WP Van Zyl opened proceedings with a heart-rending account of the day Hamilton was murdered and emphasized how great this particular loss was. Hamilton was an extraordinary boy who sacrificed his life for another.  He grabbed every opportunity Bishops offered with both hands and there is little doubt that if fate had dealt a different hand on that day, Hamilton would be standing up amongst so many other successful ODs. 


It was wonderful to welcome back John Gardener, Principal at the time of Hamiltonís tragic death who spoke about what was unquestionably a devastating time for the Bishops Community. 


This emotional talk was followed by Samantha Petersen, Chairperson of the Trust, who provided information on the 175 Campaign.


Moshe Apleni, in true Bishops form, inspired individuals by recounting how being awarded the Hamilton Mvelase Scholarship in 1993 changed his life, and how his Bishops education contributed to his success. It is for this reason that Moshe has played an integral role in reviving the Hamilton Mvelase Bursary Fund. 


To view photos of this wonderful event please see here.

The Trust Facebook page has also gone live today and we encourage you to please like this page if you would like to follow the progress of the campaign.

Aftercare is available in the afternoons once sport has finished.   Please contact for further information.

Benjamin Klerck (Gr1M) has mislaid his clearly marked sweater which he had with him yesterday.  Please check whether your son may have inadvertently brought it home.


With only two weeks of school left, we wish everyone a blessed weekend.   May you have opportunities to spend quality time with your precious boys.


Yours sincerely,

Head of Pre-Prep

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