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Fees: R11 830 – R28 360 per term tuition fee
Bishops, Cape Town, a South African school, aspires to:
- live the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition, humbly and courageously
- respect, nurture and value each person
- inspire individuals to open their minds and hearts, and to reach their dreams
- offer a world-class, all-round education fully up to date with the best educational and technological advances
- address global issues including the sustainability of the environment both as part of the curriculum and as demonstrated in school operations
- embrace and celebrate diversity in the communities of our school and nation.
Pre-Prep was founded in 1962 with 24 boys. It consisted of two classrooms, a staff room, kitchen and a cloakroom. The school now consists of three Grade R classrooms and playground with a small staff room and kitchen, three Grade 1 classrooms and three Grade 2 classrooms. There is a small hall and offices with a staff room. Both Grade 1 and Grade 2 have their own play area with climbing apparatus. As we are on the College campus, the boys are also able to make use of the sports field beside the school.
The classrooms are light and airy with doors opening out onto a veranda. The maximum number of boys per class is set at 24. The teachers in the Grade R section enjoy the assistance of a Teacher’s Aide in each classroom, who is able to lend support where needed. All the classrooms are well-equipped with teaching apparatus as well as games, puzzles, Planx, blocks, Lego, Lazy and other toys which inspire the boys to interact and be creative while learning at the same time. The Grade 1 and 2 classrooms each have a computer; a digital data projector and a Mimio which allows the teacher to create an interactive board on her white board; a television set and video machine together with a DVD player which is used to support the learning experience, and on rainy days when playing outside is not possible; a splitter box with headphones which enables the teachers to ensure that phonics and spelling is consolidated or read-along stories can be listened to without disturbing the rest of the class.
There are three vmain learning areas within the Foundation Phase and these are Literacy, Numeracy (Mathematics) and Life Skills. The learning programmes within these three areas are designed by the teachers to provide for the holistic development of the boys. We endeavour to equip our learners with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes through the acquisition of concepts and skills described within the Learning Outcomes of the three learning areas.
Bishops Preparatory School is an Anglican independent school for boys.
The Prep (Grade 3-Grade 7) and Pre-Prep Schools (Grade R – Grade 2) are two parts in the total system that makes up Bishops Preparatory School. We average about 145 boys in the Pre-Prep and 375 in the Prep, and of these we can take about 40 boarders, from Grade 2 onwards.
In addition to the normal subjects one would expect at this age, all boys from Grade 3 onwards do Design Technology, a subject which concentrates on problem-solving and lateral thought, while developing technological and constructional skills. A fully networked computer laboratory exposes pupils at an early age to Information Technology, while art and music form a vital part of their education throughout the Prep. Boys are exposed to instruction in Xhosa in their first year at the school and Afrikaans is also offered as a second language.
There are three classes at each level in the Pre-Prep and Prep. In Grade 6 & 7 we stream boys in Maths and English depending on their ability. Where possible the maximum number of pupils in any single class is 25. Parents receive regular reports on the progress of their children in the school, and, for any problems that may need special attention, the housemasters are always available to help where possible. We do not operate a remedial stream here, but special attention by trained staff is available to boys who are struggling in a particular area. This is monitored by a remedial-trained teacher on the staff.
Bishops believes that sport plays a vital role in the all-round education of every boy and believes in the value of participation in team sports. Tours take place regularly.
- Boys have Physical Education lessons during class hours.
- Boys are expected to do a minimum of 2 afternoons of sport per week.
College / High School
The aim of school life for the 760 boys who make up the College at Bishops is to have as complete an educational experience as possible. School life for a Bishops boy usually means spending the entire day at school, fully involved in the wide range of activities the school offers. A father recently commented to his son that when he was a schoolboy his heart always sank as he entered the grounds of the school he attended. His son was bemused and told him that he had never experienced such a feeling but felt the opposite extreme each morning as he entered the grounds of Bishops.
At Bishops we subscribe to the adage that ‘education is what remains with a person when he has forgotten everything he was taught’. We do indeed have a proud tradition of success in examinations; perhaps more importantly, boys find themselves able to cope when they go on to further study. But while excellence can most easily be measured by results and qualifications, there is more to it than that: indeed, we believe that this kind of success is an inevitable by-product of good teaching – actually, of good education.
Bishops lives up to its reputation of providing for its students a superior all-rounded education by offering a wide range of cultural activities. The music school has for many years been acknowledged as one of the leading instructors in the country but added to that are other sectors such as drama and the visual arts, as well as a wide variety of societies that give the students the freedom and choice to explore and develop their talents in almost any sphere of interest.
The cultural activities can be full time commitments such as in music and art where they form part of the regular timetable and are assessed and rewarded accordingly, or they can be extra-mural activities where participation is voluntary affording students the opportunity to select areas of interest and develop new skills at any time in their school career.
There are numerous highlights in the cultural calendar. Many would consider the Eisteddfod, which takes place in the last week of the second term, to be the most important. Over two days the skills of the boys in all spheres of music, art, drama, speech and debating are contested as the Houses compete for the coveted Eisteddfod Owls. It is a showcase of the talent in the school while also uniting the students in an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun. In the drama section a major play production takes place in either the first or second term each year, while in September a one-act play festival is held.
Sport at Bishops
The Bishops boy’s passion for sport is renowned and, in some instances, held in awe on school sports fields throughout South Africa. There are fewer tougher rugby matches than the matches against Bishops; there are fewer more difficult cricket games than those against Bishops.
It is an expectation that is intended to help the pupils find a balance between mind, body and soul. Academic work is important but so is exercise, and, with it, the lessons of working in a team, enjoying success and coping with failure.
While the school offers pupils a variety of sporting choices – they can do everything from golf to judo – rugby is truly at the heart of the school. Bishops’ main rugby field was the first in South Africa and is sometimes still used today by the Springbok team for practice sessions out of the public eye. Over the years, many Bishops pupils have gone on to become great Springbok rugby players, the most recent being Robbie Fleck and Selborne Boome.
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