17 March 2017

Dear  Parents


We hope to see many of you at the carnival this evening. It is a wonderful way to end off a busy week and start a long weekend. The horrible fire in Hout Bay has been a huge concern and the sympathy for those who have suffered has been sincere. We have made our school available as a drop off point for any donations. One of our mums very kindly collects the goodies and makes sure they get to where they need to be. Our extra sandwiches this week made an immense difference and allowed the excess to be sent to feed those affected by the fire.

Today is Founders Day and indeed a reason to celebrate at the Pre Prep. Bishops has a rich, proud history and today we were delighted to welcome Mrs Noell Andrews back, to come and tell us some of the exciting history of Bishops. Mrs Noell Andrews spent many years as head of the Pre Prep and had the boys mesmerised with her stories about Bishops. 

Advocate Thuli Madonsela was the guest speaker at the ODU dinner last night. Yesterday, she took time out of her busy schedule to visit us at the Pre Prep. She was able to walk through our whole school and interact with both boys and their teachers. Advocate Madonsela had the most positive things to say about our school, our boys and that for which we stand. It was wonderful to be able to interact with her and tell her what wonderful children and parents we have here at Bishops. 

I will be sending out the new Winter sport choice forms next week. There is not much change from last year so you have a rough idea of what is on offer.


Our runners participated in their last race this term, the Pentangular at Rondebosch. Well done to all who participated. We are immensely proud of your effort this season.

17 March

Prep Country Fair: 16:00 - 22:00

20 March

School Holiday

21 March

Public Holiday - Human Rights Day

24 March

All afternoon Extra Mural Activities end. - morning sport will continue as usual

22 March

Lesley Carew - Child Psychiatrist, Talk on Social Media: - Jagger Hall, Prep School, Fir Road @ 19:00

29 March

Fun Sports and picnic from 16:00.  All boys are involved. Tuck shop on site and lots of fun in store.

Mrs Swanich has sent out an email unpacking the auditioning process. This is really not a stressful time for the boys and we hope that they see it as an enjoyable experience. Further information will be sent out shortly.

Please note that the School Shop will be closed for business on Monday, 20 March 2017 and Tuesday, 21 March 2017.


Country Fair Programme


16h00                   Country Fair opens / DJ Plays
                              Saloon opens
                              Grade 7 Chill Lounge opens (after care room) - DJ Connor Davids
17h30                   Welcome by Headmaster, Greg Brown
17h30                    Prep Ensembles play
                               The String Ensemble, Wind Band, Marimba Band
18h30 - 19h30     Cape Town Concert Brass plays
18h30                    Petting zoo closes
19h30                    DJ plays
20h00 - 20h45     Candela - 7 piece salsa/cuban band plays
20h45 - 22h00     DJ plays
20h00                   Cake and candy stall, slushy stall closes
21h00                   Raffles drawn and winners announced
22h00                   Saloon enclosure closes/ Chill Lounge closes / Fair closes


Emergency numbers:
Event Coordinator : Samantha Petersen : 082 7772557
PA members : Arthur/Di/Charmaine/Jaki : 083 7039650 / 083 4489662
Cash float : Lisa Brunton : 083 2334256
Hand of security : Rashied Goliath : 081 4793650
ER24 : 084124
Police : 10111
ADT : 0861212300
Red Cross Children’s Hospital: (021) 689 5227


Please note that an application of fertilizer, fungicide and pesticides will be applied to all Turfgrass during the school holidays. Once again, please take safety precautions with regards to children and pets by allowing the application ample time to be absorbed into the leaf.


Parents parking at the new area on Sandown Road, please be cautious and make sure you lock your car and leave your possessions tucked away and out of sight. Opportunists are continually looking for items that are easily accessible.

Our three teacher assistants in Grade N attended a two day Early Childhood Development conference. This was a wonderful time of learning for them and they are full of great new ideas and inspiration. Two of the Grade N teachers, Ms Stuart and Ms Wright will also be attending a conference in the North West Province during the holidays and we trust that this will be a great time of learning and sharing.


Please do not forget our fun sports day in the last week of term. Sadly, I have once again been inundated with requests to leave school a few days early. Boys leaving early will sadly not be able to attend or participate in this wonderful school event. Please be reminded of our request to book holidays within our school calendar dates unless there is an unavoidable situation. Thank you for your understanding in this regard.


Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Head of Pre Prep

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