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A Call For 2021 Robert Gray Medal Award Nominations

The Robert Gray Medal is awarded to ODs for their significant and exceptional contributions in their field of endeavour, or to society in general.

3 Sep 2020
Written by Paul Murray
OD Updates

The Robert Gray Medal is the most prestigious and only award which the school can bestow on an OD who has made a significant and exceptional contribution in his field of endeavour, or to society in general.

The first such awards were made in 2018.    

The 2018 award
Guy Pearson (Principal of Bishops: 2013 - June 2020) reports: "Last year (2018) we marked our Founders Day with a special ceremony in the Memorial Chapel. On this occasion we awarded the very first Robert Gray Medals to two distinguished ODs, Dr Robert Frater and Mr Raymond Ackerman."

From Left to Right in the photograph immediately below - Mr Simon Peile, Head of the Diocesan College Council; Mr Raymond Ackerman, Joint Inaugural Recipient; Dr Robert Frater, Joint Inaugural Recipient; Mr Adam Pike, Chair of the ODU; Mr Guy Pearson, Bishops' 14th Principal.

Photo Credit - The ODU.
The 2019 award
The Photograph immediately below was taken after the Awards Ceremony on Founders Day 2020. 

From Left to Right in the Photograph: Mr Mikey Ford - Senior Prefect;  Mr Simon Peile, Chair of Council; Mr Richard Cock - 2020 Recipient; Mr Wilbur Van Niekerk, Chair of the ODU; Mr Raymond Ackerman - President of the ODU and Past Recipient; Father Monwabisi Peter, School Chaplain;  Mr David Carter, Former Chair of Council; Mr Peter Westwood, Deputy Principal & Acting Principal at the time.


Photo Credit - Bishops Archives


Please submit your nominations with a brief motivation via the ODU at [email protected] and it will be forwarded to the Selection Committe - the date for Nominations closes at the end of September 2020. 

Please click here to view the criteria for the Robert Gray Medal. 
For any further queries please direct them to the [email protected]


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