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The Eisteddfod at Bishops

Sons of ODs participating in the Eisteddfod at Bishops, which takes place today and tomorrow.

Hamish McKenzie (foreground) and Robert Dugmore (on screen).
Hamish McKenzie (foreground) and Robert Dugmore (on screen).


Arts & Culture
Today and tomorrow is the Eisteddfod at Bishops.  The programme is available at

This event was inaugurated by the tenth Principal of Bishops Mr. John Peake in 1987.  From then it has continued to enhance the cultural life of the College and has been responsible for a strong creative spirit.  

The categories in which members of the eight Houses and the Houses themselves participate, are Speech, Performance, Visual Arts, Music and the Inter-House Singing Competition.  The event culminates on Wednesday night 12 June, with the Inter-House singing which has been on the go since 1971.  There are four Owls to be won, for each of the aforementioned categories, and the overall result is for the final, Big Owl.     

The school archivist Paul Murray paid a visit to the Eistedfodd and was able to capture the following.  As part of the Visual Arts category, the sons of two ODs respectively, were in the process of presenting a video asking 'Who is Cape Town?'  Possible answers given were, 'She is Home'; 'She is my City'. 

In the photograph enclosed, is Robert Dugmore on screen offering a possible answer to the question.  Robert is the son of Stephen Dugmore (Ogilvie House, 1984).  Then, in the foreground is Hamish McKenzie, who also participated in the video, whom Paul interviewed about the event.  Hamish is the son of Kenneth McKenzie (Ogilvie House, 1979). 

The fathers of Robert and Hamish might themselves have been part of the Singing Competition, but their time at Bishops preceded the actual Eisteddfod event.  Main thing is, they all had/have the opportunity to participate in Bishops' creative spirit engendered through the vision and work of so many, making it  possible!


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