28 August 2017

Dear Parents


After an exhausting week in the theatre, I am quite sure you all enjoyed a celebration on Friday evening after the show.  Wow!  What an amazing display of talent on the stage.  The way the boys carried out their roles and supported one another was quite heart-warming.  Being backstage and in the classrooms where boys were waiting, was where the real conversations took place and the value of a production such as this, was most evident.  Congratulations to each boy who was part of this amazing journey.  We are extremely proud of you all. This is the last time the whole school will participate in a production at Bishops.  From 2019, the cast will be much smaller and auditions will be held for boys who would like to participate.


I found an interesting quote that sums it all up by Neil Patrick Harris "Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact."  As I mentioned before this "hidden curriculum" is often more valuable than one ever imagines.

Our highlights this week surely must be the mums and dads who supported our production of Narnia.  To each mum or dad who helped in some way, we thank you most sincerely, as a play such as this would never be a success without your help.  As I said on Friday night, we will contact you all independently, to thank you.


Our Grade 2 boys are busy with a workshop run by Mrs Anne McDonald from our Bishops Support Unit.  Together with Mr Woolls, they are discussing the topic of Bullying.  You will receive some feedback after their session on Thursday but it may be a good idea to ask them what they discussed, to carry on the discussion at home.  This is a most important conversation and one that will continue for a long time.  The workshop will continue for another two weeks, covering various aspects every week.


On Friday morning at 7.30am, Marti Henri will be addressing interested parents at our Coffee Connections, on Moving to Learn and Learning to Move.  The staff have completed one workshop out of three that she is presenting and her talk is well worth it!  If you are a parent of a little one that needs to move, please take time and come and listen to what she has to say.  She is full of fantastic ideas that you can implement in your home to make learning and homework both fun and painless!  Coffee is provided and we would love to have you join us. This is one of those important talks that you should not miss!

At last our Saturday tag rugby fixtures will continue from this Saturday 2 September.  Please be here by 8am to join in the fun.

Sport will continue as usual - the final day of sport this term will be 22 September.  This is the same day as the Tag rugby tournament and family braai.  Please diarise this late afternoon/evening for some fun with your family.  More information will follow soon.

29 and 30 August

Summer and Winter Sport Photographs - all boys to please wear whites and track suits to school.

1 September

Coffee Connections @ 7.30 a.m. in School Hall

2 Sept (Sat)

Tag Practice

22 Sept

Final Sport of the term and Tag Rugby Tournament and family braai.  Late afternoon/Evening.

PLEASE NOTE:  Tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday, the photographer will be here to take sport photographs.  ALL BOYS TO PLEASE WEAR WHITES AND TRACK SUITS TO SCHOOL.  Please make sure that boys have neatly trimmed hair (there are a lot of boys who still need a haircut).  Also, be reminded that boys at the Pre-prep may not wear hair gel or other products in their hair.  These photographs will be posted on the website, together with those from Narnia.  An email with a link will be sent to you to view and purchase online.

Should anyone wish to provide flowers for our foyer please contact Helen Harvey on:


Thank you so much to all those who have knitted squares, or sewn up blankets to donate.  To see where these blankets end up, join the Facebook group Little Libraries and take a look.  Our last donation of blankets will be featured on their posting on 4 September.  There are still quite a few squares that need to be sewn into blankets so if there are any willing helpers out there that would like to help, please feel free to do so.

For any queries please contact

James Lesbirel mislaid his hockey stick about two weeks ago.  Should you perhaps have seen it please let Nicky in the office know:


Phahamo's Mum (Petra Seseli) thinks she left her Armani sunglasses in the classroom while helping with make- up on Friday.  Should someone kindly have found them and taken care of them either contact her directly or call/email Nicky in the office:  021 659 1037, and email:


We have many vases which have not yet been collected after supplying flowers for our foyer.  We'll display them in our foyer this week.  Perhaps you could pop in to see if one of them may be yours.


Wishing you all an amazing week ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Head of Pre-Prep

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