28 July 2017

Dear  Parents


A warm welcome back to all boys and their parents.  We are ready for a busy term with so many exciting events planned.  During some of my holiday reading, I came across two sentences that really impacted on my thoughts and I would like to share them with you.  No single test can ever measure or predict a person's intelligence.   Everyone can win when given a chance to show how they are smart.  Our aim is to give each boy in our care, the chance to shine.


Our main highlight this term is our exciting production of Narnia.  The production will take place on 22, 23, 24 and 25 August.  We will notify you of when tickets will go on sale.  Thank you to all parents who have offered assistance in any way.  A production such as this cannot happen without help from parents.  Please do not forget that there are two Saturday rehearsals scheduled from 9 - 12 am and ALL boys are required to be there.  They are on 12 and 19 August and we have asked that these dates be diarised a long time ago.  Please be punctual to drop off and collect.   No parents will be allowed in the theatre during these rehearsals.


Another highlight is the birth of Carmen and Geoffrey van Zyl's twins, Eleanor and Juan-Pierre.  Congratulations to the family.  Welcome to Mrs Syfret who is in Mrs Van Zyl's class.  We know she will do an outstanding job.



Bishops Classic Pops takes place on 1st and 2nd of August. The Prep Choir is participating. Tickets are available via Tixsa - https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/bishops-classic-pops658791


Our final cross-country race for the season is being hosted by Sun Valley Primary School today.  Getting there on time is always stressful with the traffic, so please make sure you give yourself adequate time. There is no tag this week, so hopefully there will be a good turn out.  Ms Wright and Ms Durrheim will be looking after the boys.

31 July

All afternoon extra murals begin.


We look forward to an exciting Readathon week later this term so please encourge your boys to start reading!  


Sports teams will be photographed towards the end of August and they will be available online thereafter.  For those parents who have not had a chance to order their portraits, please can we encourage you fo do so online.  The prints will be delivered to school and safely tucked in your son's bag.


Speech and Hearing Assessments: At the beginning of the year, some boys were identified as needing follow up speech and hearing assessments in the second half of the year.  They will be reassessed in the next week or so by Mrs Linda Brombacher.   Please contact your son's teacher if you have any queries around this reassessment.  There is no charge for this.  You will be given feedback regarding the results.



MyBishopsLife: Bishops has merged two of our parent portals, namely, MyBishopsLife Prep and MyBishopsLife Pre Prep.


The benefit for you, the parent, is twofold.  Firstly, your son will have a single MyBishopsLife record from Grade N until Grade 7 and a complete history of his Prep and Pre Prep academic reports, awards etc. will be available to you until he moves on to the College.  Secondly, you will now have the ability to access the profiles of your Prep and Pre Prep sons with a single MyBishopsLife login.


However, we do require your cooperation in order to complete this process.


If you are a current Prep parent, no action is required on your part.  In future though, please only use your existing Prep login for MyBishopsLife. By clicking on the drop down arrow next to your sonís name (top right hand corner of the screen), you will be able to switch between your Prep and Pre Prep childrenís profiles.


If you are a current Pre Prep parent and do not have a son at the Prep School, you will need to re-register for MyBishopsLife by clicking here. Please feel free to use the same email address and password as you did when you registered for MyBishopsLife Pre Prep.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.



Flowers: If anyone would like to supply flowers for our foyer once or twice during the term kindly contact Helen Harvey on email: helenharvey1404@gmail.com or message her on 0834 555 373.


Pizza Orders:  Gr R, 1 and 2 parents please look out for the Friday Pizza order letters which will be sent out shortly and take careful note of the cut-off date for these orders.


We respectfully request if you have children under your supervision who are using our play areas after school, that you guide them to use the equipment with care.  This playground and its equipment essentially is designed for Bishops boys and often other bigger children seem to use the apparatus that is designed for very little people, if it has not yet been packed away.  Thank you for your understanding.



Found: A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses were picked up at the Gr N area this morning.  Please contact Nicky nvanzyl@bishops.org,za  (021 659 1037) in the office should you have lost a pair. A set of keys on a keyring with a remote for possibly an alarm or garage door opener and a tag with the wording R H Apartment were also picked up on the fields outside of the Pre-Prep.


Please ensure boys all have a school jersey with them at school as well as a hat for outdoors.


Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Head of Pre-Prep

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