Bishops, Cape Town, a South African school, aspires
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
address global issues including the
sustainability of the environment both as part
of the curriculum and as demonstrated in school
embrace and celebrate diversity in the
communities of our school and nation.
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.
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.
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
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.
College / High School
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.