29 January 2021


Dear OD


I hope the new working year has kicked off positively, notwithstanding the uncertain world in which we find ourselves. Our friends in the UK have endured an extended lockdown period and that looks set to continue through the snowy season.


In South Africa, the College decided to commence the school year this past week on January 27, with online classes. As an independent school, the decision was made to support the President's call to delay on-site teaching until February 15, when all students will be back on campus.  Maintaining continuity and consistency for the students are the reasons for the early start compared to other schools. The OD Union would like to wish everyone starting a new chapter at the school this year good luck. 


Kevin Smuts (2004O) is making waves again after taking home the Best Music Score for his work on My Octopus Teacher at the IDA Documentary Awards.


Jeremy De Kock (1986W) and the College have released a great insight into what life is like for the modern boarder at Bishops. See the video below. The Bishops Open Day, 'Experience Bishops', will still go ahead, so look out for more information below. 


I am sure many of you have ventured through the Wilderness, just east of George, at some point in time. Hugo Leggatt (1956F) has released a book dedicated to this beautiful region of the Garden Route, telling the stories of its earliest inhabitants and the later settlers. I have also revisited a great Q&A from issue 2 of The Old Diocesan with Mark Shuttleworth (1991W), who has fond memories of Hugo during his teaching years. 


Kind regards, 

Jeremy Ryall (2014F)

Digital community coordinator



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OD Stories Around The World

Hugo Leggatt (1956F) launches new book

Wilderness, Gateway to the Garden Route, weaves a tapestry of colourful lives and legends, introducing the earliest inhabitants and the later settlers.

Kevin Smuts (2004O) takes home Best Music Score

On Saturday 16 January, the IDA Documentary Awards took place and Kevin took home the Best Music Score for his work on My Octopus Teacher.

Who was the last OD to score an International hundred in Cricket?

Steven Riches (2003K) looks back to when former 1st XI player Nikolai Smith (2011W) represented Italy in International cricket in November / December 2019.

Aerobotics raises R250-million in Naspers-led funding round

Cape Town-founded agritech start-up Aerobotics, founded by James Paterson (2007S) in 2014, has raised US$17-million (R253-million) in a series-B funding round led by Naspers.


The Old Diocesan

We’re currently in issue 6 of the Old Diocesan Magazine. All issues can be found here.


It’s hard to know how a conversation with one of our school’s most prominent Old Boys might pan out. What do you talk about with a multidisciplinarian ex-cosmonaut who straddles an elusive area between IT, big business and deep thinking? Well, among other things, bee-keeping, Bitcoin and why you should specialise in two things at the same time. Oh yes, and space. Tim Richman (1995B) spoke to Mark Shuttleworth (1991W) in Issue 2 of The Old Diocesan.

The Diocesan College Magazine


Jem Ricketts (1957S) remembers stumbling upon his first Mauser, back when cadet detachment was a weekly routine, and the story which followed. Taken from The Diocesan College Magazine, June 2013.


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Milestone Birthdays

We would like to congratulate the following who will be celebrating their 80th birthday during the month of January. Stuart Maxwell (1957S) on the 18th,  Sidney Middlemost (1956O) on the 24th and Hans Becker (1958F) on the 26th.


School News

What is it like to board at Bishops?

The opportunities one is afforded as a Bishops boarder are world-class and it truly is an amazing experience. Watch this OD produced video, to get a feel of the modern boarder at Bishops.

Experience Bishops

The College will go ahead with its annual open day however numbers will be limited due to COVID regulations. Register here to book your spot.


Passing of friends

Andre Loubser (1957O) | 1940 – 2020

Andre passed away on 25 October 2020. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Andre's good friend, Graeme Hurst has written Andre's obituary.

Ighsaan Akoojee (1988B) | 1970 - 2021

Ighsaan passed away on January 5, 2021. Ighsaan's good friend Justin Michau (1988S) has written a few words for Ighsaan. I thoughts and prayers go out to Ighsaans family.


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