8 May 2015

Dear Parents


Thank you for dressing your boys so smartly and making sure that they are wearing their winter uniforms.  We do have a chuckle at the odd tie elastic that is wound around some of the ears and other ties that are worn very proudly on the outside of their jerseys!  Shoe laces are always tricky but I must say the boys have impressed us with their perseverance in trying to tie them. We are also hopeful that they will all grow calf muscles during the winter to assist their long grey socks to stay up!


The Winter sports programme is in full swing.  I do hope that all the boys have been accommodated in some team sport.  Please can we remind boys to excuse themselves from any activity should they not be able to attend. Much time is spent looking for boys who have not arrived for an activity, only to find that they have gone home.


Security is of utmost importance to us.  Please can you ensure that all boys are signed out of aftercare in the daily attendance register?  Keeping track of where every child is, is a priority and it makes it very difficult if boys are not signed out.  If someone else is going to fetch boys, please make sure that you have either sent an email or called the school to advise them who that person is.  We are not permitted to let boys leave with anyone else, unless this has been communicated to the aftercare supervisors. The front door of the school is closed in the afternoons. If it is locked, there is a buzzer which rings directly to the aftercare and they will be able to open for you. 


It is great to see how many boys are coming in on their own, happily and ready for a day at school.  It is wonderful to hear their “good morning” when they walk past the office door.  Thank you for supporting our endeavours to make them more independent and responsible. Very few boys are late in the mornings and whilst we understand the traffic challenges, we do ask that you make this a priority. It leaves them very unsettled when they arrive and everyone has started the day.  


Tasneem Arnold has done a great job driving our knitting initiative.  You would have seen her in the foyer after school, selling wool and kiddies knitting needles. It is our aim to get every boy knitting (and every parent, granny, grandpa, aunty and uncle) squares to make blankets.  Squares can be sent to the class teachers where they will be counted and a record kept.  I do detect a little competitive spirit emerging amongst some of the classes! It is our aim to keep many people warm during this upcoming winter season. If you have not yet decided what to dedicate your 67 min to this year, why not make this your contribution?


Library times have changed for some of the classes. Please take note of the days and remind the boys to pack in their library bags and books.

Monday: Grade 1 (Mrs Harris); Grade 2 (Mrs Fraser)

Tuesday: Grade 1 (Mrs van Breda)

Wednesday: Grade 1 (Mrs Meredith); Grade 2 (Mrs Osborne, Ms Fry)


Akshay Thakershee was invited to play at the South African Junior Chess Closed tournament in Pretoria during the school holidays. He had a very good performance finishing in the top 5 in the country. Akshay has been selected to represent South Africa internationally at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in India from the 20th to 30th of June. This will be an amazing experience for him and we congratulate him on this remarkable achievement.


Michael Mafunda played in the SA Kids Golf Junior Open tournament where he achieved 1st place. Congratulations, Michael, we are extremely proud of your achievements. 


Our superb gentlemen who have been mentioned over the past two weeks were:


Gabriel Comitis; Jean de Villiers; Joshua Diggle; Troy Geyer; Jack Gomes; Alexandros Laspatzis; Bulumko Maki; Uzoma Ngcwangu; Andaman Schierenberg; Akshay Thakersee; Michael Viljoen; Matthew Walker; Dominic Buswell; Conor Day; William Heath; Ross Jenman; Austin Johnson; Gavin Martin; James Robb-Quinlan; James Samassa; Sebastian von Bormann; Fouke Wagener; Benjamin Watt; Ryan Webb; Benjamin Wolfson; Jesse Arendse; Michael Bailes; Muhammad-Zayd Bhorey; Joe Bolus; Luca Bottega; Liam Chester; Owen Cross; Max Fair; Kieran Hollis; Noah Macnab; Matthew Maurel; Cayden Mushonga; William Prestage; Rohan Rossouw; Katlego Setai; Daniel van den Heever; Connor Craig; Samuel Crookes; Vanchesco Freddy; Rohan Ganyeke; Oliver Howie; Matthew Leck; Daniel Mihalik; Kaan Nomanoglu; Sebastian Poole; Reece Salie; Connor Sara; Hayden Smith; Johan van den Heever; Alexander Wallace; Daniel Bursey; Matthew Haller; Daniel Heyneke; James Kilkenny; Michael Mafunda; Landikosi Moyo; Max Petersen; Matthew Ramsay; Keegan Rinquest; Matthias Scheder-Bieschin; Jack Baptista-Horne; Nicholas Dorrington; Jem Joubert; Cameron Joubert; Naethan Mol; Finn Moran; Athenkosi Nqayi; Jordan Planting; Jack Steward; Tristan Thirion; Noah Edmunds; Thamsanqa Siko; Elija Bouwers; Luka Lehmann; David Tripe; Jamie Thomson; Leo Cobbledick; Hlumile Ntontela; Anas Tyer; Michael Whitelaw; Rhys Jack; Noah Coleman; Murray Finch; Emre Senol


Our superstar class badges were awarded to:


Reza Levy – for good progress in reading and phonics

Campbell Chuter – for lovely, colourful colouring-in

James Gordon – for working neatly in his work book

Tristan Thirion – for trying hard to do his best this week

Henry Hughes – for good behaviour on the outing

Sahil Thomas – for working carefully in his book

Landi Moyo – for working neatly in his book

Luke Hofmeyer – for good, fluent reading

Hlumile Ntontela – for showing an improved self-control

Sebastian Poole – for his effort to complete his tasks neatly this week

Reece Salie – for his excellent effort when reading his books

Anas Tyer – for his quick, excellent maths

Benjamin Watt- for his outstanding and accurate work in his class work books

Benjamin Wolfson – for his conscious effort in doing neat work in his book

Austin Johnson – for trying his best to work neatly

James Rob-Quinlan – for his good manners and amazing work in his books

Cayden Mushonga – for amazing writing on his Oranjezicht Farm outing

Matthew Maurel – for amazing writing on his Oranjezicht Farm outing

Max Fair – for being conscientious about all his tasks

Fletcher Irvine-Smith – for putting such effort into his artwork and pictures

Jean de Villiers – for putting so much effort into working more neatly this term

Jack Gomes – for always being so enthusiastic to share his wealth of general knowledge

Akshay Thakersee – for putting so much effort into finishing tasks on time this term

Bulumko Maki – for always trying so hard regardless of the challenge


We appeal to all parents who drop boys off in the mornings.  Parking is extremely limited as we are all aware and when the drop and go area is not used as intended, it causes all sorts of complications.  Please can we ask that it be used as a drop and go area unless you park in a designated parking zone?  Cars are not permitted to park and be left unattended in the drop and go area while boys are accompanied into the school.  Should you wish to enter the school with your son, please rather use the demarcated parking areas or park on The Avenue and walk across the field to the Pre-Prep. Thank you for your understanding and support.  A lot of boys need to be dropped off and this requires understanding and respect from all drivers who enter the property during the day.


Lost Property: Max Warner in Grade R, Mrs Nolte’s class has lost his clearly marked jersey. Please could you check that your son has not inadvertently taken it home?

Yours sincerely,

Head of Pre-Prep

Bishops Pre-Preparatory School: Sandown Road, Rondebosch 7700 | Tel: +27 21 659 1037/47 | Email: preprep@bishops.org.za