|ODs remain undefeated for the second year-running in the annual Old Quad Golf Challenge! The shield has been safely returned home for all to see.
OD Organiser John Smuts (1969S) reported: "Just a brief note of congratulations to you on retaining the Old Quad Shield – a great performance. Sorry that I could not be there to join you or witness it. Glad that the weather was not too bad.
Well done to the leading couple – Hamish Longmore (1975O) and Rob Cheetham (1966W) (47 points), with Hamish “shooting the lights out” with a gross 70!
Thank you to Jeff Sternslow for organising the event on behalf of Wynberg (and all of us). And thank you Gary, for your input for the Bosch o/b’s." Read Full Article HERE
SASAA Conference 2018
The 2018 South African School Alumni Conference was held from 13-15 September 2018 at Somerset College, Western Cape.
Geoffrey Forbes (2013G) was present, and represented his company, Socius, an alumni consulting firm. Their message was well directed: be caring towards your alumni community, and bold about your purpose.
Paarl Gym High School and Paarl Boys' High Alumni presented on the logistics of putting together a significantly big event, and used their Inter Schools as a case study.
Bloemhof High School then illustrated how they used an Art Exhibition to raise funds and draw together Alumni. Read more HERE
For the past three years, in an effort to extend the reach of the ODU beyond London Wall, we have held a lunch for ODs and their wives/partners in and around Oxfordshire. This causal and relaxed affair has grown in popularity and this year it is on Saturday October 6th. The venue is, again, the delightful pub, The Bell at Hampton Poyle (map and address HERE).
The lunch is for all ODs not just those in the Oxford area (I take the train from London to Oxford and then a cab to The Bell). We assemble at the bar for some pre-lunch drinks from around 12.15pm and sit down for lunch at 1pm from the a la carte menu.
Breakfast with James Durrant (1994G), Nicholas Durrant (1991G), Tim Loughton (1993G) and others meeting at the top floor of Sea Containers House on the banks of the River Thames.
The Oaks Club, under the Chairmanship of Bruce Risien (1965G), held their monthly get-together in the Bowls Clubhouse, at Western Province Cricket Club, on Monday 17 September 2018. The guest speaker for the evening was Vince van der Bijl (1965F). Vince spoke insightfully on the International Cricket Council (ICC), the core values of success and greatness, and his recent 3-month involvement with Zimbabwean cricket management. As an additional bonus, Vince also gave wonderful insight into ball tampering, including some fascinating footage. Read more HERE The University of Cape Town (UCT) Internal Rugby League semi-finals were played on Wednesday 19 September 2018. The Cobras, a side that features many ODs, went down 7-18 in a exceptionally physical match against the Turtles. This loss was a real hurt for the Cobras, who had progressed undefeated through the round-robin phase.
The Turtles, on the other hand, lost to the Cobras in the 2017 Final, and were hungry for revenge. Read more HERE
A reminder of the Bishops Annual Cricket Golf Day on Monday 29 October 2018 at Royal Cape Golf Course from 12:00.
The annual cricket golf day benefits all cricketers at both Prep and College. The new nets at Sahara as well as the new scoreboards at Oaks, Avenue, Range and Sahara were partially funded by money raised from previous golf days.
An exciting addition to this year’s golf day will see the launch of a formal partnerships between Bishops Cricket and the JP21 Foundation. All proceeds from the auction, which will be held during the snacks and drinks after the golf, will be in benefit of the wonderful work done by the Foundation in our lesser privileged communities. We are very excited about this initiative as the Foundation’s work focusses on the holistic development of young boys and girls through the medium of cricket.
For more information please contact [email protected]
Click on the button below for the entry form.
It has been a quieter time at school with our Matrics writing their Mock Exams and the change-over from winter to summer sports. We have several of our water-polo and cricket teams involved in festivals this weekend. We had the wonderful news that William Rose has been selected to represent the SA U18 7’s team at the Youth Olympics. William joins two other Bishops boys, Michael Houlie (swimming) and David Naude (climbing) at the Youth Olympics. Read more HERE The Bishops Trust will be hosting a breakfast with UCT’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng on 2 November 2018. Please join us as we address the following:
How do we shape future leaders in a transforming society? How do we transform as a 21st century educational institution? What role can we play as responsible South Africans in creating leaders in a volatile South African educational climate? How do we provide access to all, creating a more inclusive space? How do we encourage participation and success through transformation? How do become more future-focused and work towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Tickets are R200 and all proceeds will support the Hamilton Mvelase Bursary Fund. To purchase Tickets, please click the button below.
For more information on this event, please view the invitation HERE.
Photo Je’nine May / University of Cape Town
September 25, 1934 - June 2, 2018
Philip died peacefully at St. John Hospice with his beloved wife and daughters by his side. He is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Carole (Melnyk), and children Melanie (Sacha McLean) and Alexandra (Daniel Jackson), his grandchildren Hazel, Liam, Kate, Olive, and Charlie; by his siblings Robin and Shirley who reside in South Africa with all of Philip's nieces and nephews. Philip was born in London, England and educated in South Africa at Bishops Diocesan College, and the University of Cape Town where he graduated with an engineering degree. He would later immigrate to Canada where he would meet the love of his life and start his own family and a business of 25 years, Allfoam Industries Ltd. Philip was a member of many organizations and choirs. He will be remembered for his love of music and his beautiful tenor voice. Read more HERE Geoffrey passed away peacefully at home in Simon’s Town on 23 August 2018 after a short illness, aged 77. He is sadly missed by his wife Ann, and daughters Jane Catherine, Elizabeth and many friends.
His time at Bishops began 1n 1948 at Prep. and ended at College where he was in Gray House until 1956. His family moved to Johannesburg, and he elected to join them and matriculated at St Stithians. Read more HERE
ARCHIVES & HISTORY
Charles Currey (Past staff)
A Memorial stained glass-window of Saint Francis of Assisi was unveiled in The Brooke Chapel on Friday 14 September 2018. The window is in honour of Charles Patrick Currey, who taught at Bishops for 37 years. Rev. Bob Commin (College Chaplain) led the service, and family, friends, and ODs were in attendance. Our appreciation to Peter Westwood (Deputy Principal) and his team for making this special Memorial possible.The Brooke Chapel features in Pro-Landscaper
Please see some more photographs under 'Pictures', and 'School News'.
For your convenience, we have included the Obituary on Charles as taken from the DC Magazine December 2011, pg 184-188. Read more HERE
Thank you to OD Committee Treasurer, Alastair Burns for sending us the link to an article where the Bishop's Brooke Chapel was featured.
To read the article, click HERE
Nicky Bicket (1973F) reports: "The ODU Mentoring Programme continues to flourish. ODs are regularly putting themselves forward as mentors and monthly, younger ones are benefiting.
Sometimes the chemistry doesn't work, and the mentor-mentee relationship doesn't progress. This is natural and when this happens, mentors and mentees are urged to write to me, so I can remedy the situation.
The mentoring relationship on average lasts about three months, but some longer and some for only one meeting/conversation. Mentors are encouraged to stay in contact with their mentees and mentees shouldn't lose touch with their mentors. These are relationships which should be nurtured and cherished. It's what ODs do for each other.
Last month, I had a senior OD living in North America volunteer himself as a mentor saying, "At almost 80 I suppose it's a bit late, but I do have experience and insight".
I bet he does and such giving back to young ODs is truly appreciated and hopefully will soon he will be called into service. Sign-up HERE!
Owing to so much OD related news, it is often challenging to report on the wide range of Bishops activities.
For ease of use, we thus include links to the Bishops Website, the Principal’s Newsletters, and also the UK OD Newsletter.
Please enjoy spending some time reading these, as they are the best means of keeping up to date with Bishops.