White Rhino Trail

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

A total of 13 Bishops boys in Grade 11, two LEAP students and 3 staff spent 7 days in KZN. The boys were divided into three groups and had a very special time in the bush. Highlights of lion sightings and getting charged by a female white rhino were offset by the very real spectre of poaching. The group encounered 3 white rhino carcasses in a small area of the Imfolozi Park. It is hoped that Bishops can continue to find ways of helping these fine animals.

u16A colts hockey tour

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

A team comprising of 15 boys and coached by Mr Aziz Cassiem travelled to York HIgh for a u16 hockey festival. They played a total of 6 matches in three days. The won 5 matches and drew 1. 5 of the u16A squad for 2017 were not available for this tour as they were on tour overseas with the first team. This makes these results even more remarkable. Congratulations to the boys as they conducted themselves in a manner that brought honour to the Bishops badge.


Wed, Mar 29, 2017

Congratulations to Irshad Abrahams who participated in the SA Junior Swimming Championships in Durban from the 17th to the 21st March 2017. He won a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke event and achieved personal best times in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events.

Interhouse Swimming Gala

Wed, Mar 29, 2017

The interhouse swimming gala was very eventful. Records were broken by: Mike Houlie in the open 100m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and Individual Medley. Christopher Aubin in the open Long Distance gala (which was held since 1987). Irshad Abrahams in the u14 50m Breastsroke. Jonathan Roche in the u14 50m Freestyle. Awards were made to : Mike Houlie - Individual Medley, Breaststroke, Fastman, Butterfly and senior Victor Ludorum. Christopher Aubin - Long Distance, Backstroke and Freestyle. Congratulations to James Griffiths who is the u14 Victor Ludorum and Aiden Murphy the u16 Victor Ludorum. Congratulations to the winning house, Mallett. 


Tue, Mar 28, 2017


Congratulations to :


Mac Cheminais
Giuseppe Guerandi
Nikolaos Tapanlis


Nicholas Peile
Thomas Janisch
Liam Gordon-Turner
Derek Reissenzahn


Liam Gordon- Turner
Derek Reissenzahn
Nicholas Peile
Thomas Janisch


Nikolaos Tapanlis
Giuseppe Guerandi
Mac Cheminais 

We would like to congratulate Giuseppe Guerandi who was selected for the provincial debating team at the end of last year and competed at the National Debating Competition in Limpopo in December. Out of 100 competitors he was selected for one of four national teams made up of four debaters each. He will now compete at the Asian Worlds Debating Championship in Thailand in July.  Good luck.

W.C. rowing Championships

Mon, Feb 20, 2017

This weekend the Western Cape Rowing Championships were held at Elgin Country club. The Regatta ran smoothly in the morning section of the day, with races not being effected by the wind too much; however as the day progressed the wind picked up and, as a result, many of the races after lunch were cancelled. After discussion between the officials and heads of clubs it was decided that a select few races were to be held, all races would now be 1000m rather than 1800m for the senior crews. The results were as follows. All crews still had a good day with our junior crews once again being commended on their sportsmanship. JM15A 8x: 2nd. JM16A 2-:1st, 2nd and 3rd. JM15B 4x: 1st and 4th JM16B 1x: 1st and 5th. JM19 1st 4+: 2nd JM 19 1st 4-: 1st JM 15B 8x: 2nd JM19 2nd 4+: 1st and 2nd. JM 19 1st 2-: 1st; 2nd; 3rd and 5th. JM14A 4x: 2nd and 5th JM19 1st 1x: 5th JM16A 2x: 4th JM16A 1x: 3rd JM19 1st 8: 1st( 1st 8); 3rd (u16A 8); 4th (2nd 8) JM19 2nd 4x+: 1st. JM16 A 4x+:3rd.

UK Newsletter February 2017

Fri, Feb 10, 2017

The February UK ODU Newsletter is out and if you want to read it, use this link:

If you would like to subscribe to the monthly letter, click on:

UK News

Fri, Feb 10, 2017

The UK ODs have formed an Asset and Fund Managers' Forum which is open to all ODs who are interested or working in the asset management industry in any capacity. The first meeting of the Group is drinks in The Bishops Room at ye Olde Mitre (how home-from-home is that) on Thursday 16th February from 6.30pm-9pm. The purpose of the Group is to bring like-minded ODs together to share their experiences and learnings in the industry and help each other where possible. There is a Facebook page (a closed Group), OD Asset Managers' Forum which will be used to arrange and communicate events and other related items. To join, click:


YODs Club Launch

Mon, Feb 6, 2017

Young ODs Club Launch

24th February

Matric Classes 2010 to 2016

Swimming Captain

Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Congratulations to James Morritt-Smith who has been selected as the Swimming Captain for 2017.

2017 - Dates to Diarise

Thu, Dec 15, 2016

The 121st Annual General Meeting of the OD Union will be held at The Mitre on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at 18H00.

OD Dinner with a Difference!
Our Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday 16th March 2017. All details will be sent out early in the New Year.

Founders Day
Founders Day 2017 is set for Friday 17th March. ODs wishing to take part in the respective sports, please contact the responsible person below: -

Shooting: Phil Calothi
Tennis: John Smuts
Basketball: Glen Gibbon
Debating: Aneen Kritzinger
Cricket Teams: Delre O’Rourke
Golf: WP van Zyl (Date to be advised)
Squash: Chris Boyes Boyes (Squash matches played on Thursday 16th March at 5pm)

December Holidays

Thu, Dec 15, 2016

The ODU - The Mitre

I will be going on leave from tomorrow 16th December and back in the office on Monday 9th January. WP van Zyl will be in the office as much as possible during the holidays so that he can meet and greet our ODs who are visiting from out of town. If you would like to pop in at The Mitre, please call WP on 021 659 1995 or 083 565 1374.

This year may have been trying for some, and trouble-free for others. New Year’s Resolution - two words 1. KEEP 2. GOING

Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes;
For it is the season to find many reasons to be happy;
Find the light in the precious moments;
Wishing you and your families a joyous Christmas!

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice” – Thomas Eliot

Enjoy a good break and please travel safely.

Best wishes



Thu, Dec 1, 2016

175 CAMPAIGNOn Monday the 21st November, the Bishops Trust launched the 175 Campaign at the Woodlands Pavilion. The evening began with a welcome from the Chairman of Council, Mike Bosman (1978). This was followed with a presentation by the Chairman of the Trust, Andrew Selby who discussed the school’s financial position. Principal, Guy Pearson, then presented an overview of the school’s most urgent needs and spoke about the priority projects for the next few years. Mike Bosman then announced that Mr Raymond Ackerman (1948) and his wife, Mrs Wendy Ackerman, would be taking the lead in the 175 Campaign with a donation of R20 million. In paying tribute to Mr and Mrs Ackerman, Mike Bosman spoke of their incredible journey and the many hurdles they faced to achieve their success. The Ackerman’s have always fought against injustice, prejudice and discrimination and their many philanthropic endeavours have impacted on many South Africans from different walks of life. This incredible donation is another display of their unbelievable generosity which will have a significant impact on the Bishops Community. Mike summed it up wonderfully when he said, “Raymond's story is a great Bishops story and one that resonates with many of us personally.”

Royal Schools Music results

Wed, Nov 30, 2016


95 music pupils played their royal Schools practical exams in September this year.

Of those, 25 achieved a distinction, which is a mark above 88%.
Of those 25, 9 were chosen to play at the Royal Schools High Achiever’s concert for pupils in the Western Cape.
Special mention must be made of Nicholas Janisch (who has just written matric) – he achieved the highest mark of all the pupils in the Western Cape for his grade 8 clarinet exam, with a mark of 95%. This was also the highest mark ever achieved for a grade 8 exam.

The following received their certificates with distinction:

Mikhail Lovric
Nathan Scott
Jody Williams
Ross Hyne
William Linley
Luca Liebenberg
Francois Breytenbach
Drew Burton
Junho Ko
Terry Kim
Jakob Holm
Kamal Sacranie
Andrew Hodgson
Jack Belcher
Guiseppe Guerandi – distinction for grade 4 harp and grade 7 singing
Theo Psillos – distinction for grade 6 clarinet and grade 7 piano
Michael Wilson-Trollip – distinction for grade 6 singing, grade 6 organ and grade 7 oboe


Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Michael Houlie claimed 2 silver medals at the CANA XII Senior African Swimming Champs 2 weeks ago, for the 100m breast stroke and the 50m breast stroke (coming 2nd to Cameron van der Burgh in the 50m breast). He also set a new South African age group record for Boys 16 in 50m breast stroke. What a remarkable achievement!

Middle East OD Get together

Thu, Oct 6, 2016

Dear Fellow ODs,

We will be having our Middle East OD get together and will be hosting Bruce Jack the
Chairman of the OD Union. Bruce is on his way to Australia and has kindly agreed to join us
for the evening before carrying on with his journey. Please feel free to bring your spouse or
partner along. 

For those that wish to have a drink or two along with a meal, the facility offers a great
variety of beverages and an excellent kitchen. Previously we used to take the entire invoice
and divide it by the number of participants and everyone paid their share. My proposal this
time round is that everyone orders what they want by way of food and beverages and pay
for their own consumption.

Date: Thursday the 3rd of November 2016
Time: 19H00
Venue: The Dubai Creek Yacht and Golf Club | Lakeview Restaurant | Dubai | UAE
Attire: Smart casual

I look forward to welcoming you to this event.
In order to secure sufficient seating and tables please RSVP by no later than 20th of October
so that sufficient space is allocated for the event. If the weather permits I will book for
outside failing that we will be inside.

Please email me on:

Branch Secretary Middle East | Dubai | UAE
Dirk S. van Doorn | email: | Tel. +971-50-6258774

ODU Hiking Club

Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Any ODs who would like to start an ODU Hiking Club, please e-mail me at

ODU Drinks Professionals Club

Fri, Sep 30, 2016

De Villiers Graaff (1988F) and Brian Robertson (1979W) are forming a Drinks Professional’s Club.

If this is your niche, please e-mail me


Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Dear ODs

The Global Issues Network group will have been active in College for 10 years in 2017 and we think it is time to start an ODU GIN group for networking and support around issues of sustainability, and to mentor the GIN boys at College. In the spirit of GIN this needs to be led by ODs who will determine the direction of the association.

I have been scratching through the old attendance records of GIN and hope I have included as many members as possible in this email – most of you, and the role you played in GIN, are so memorable that it would be difficult to forget you. I think the one thing all the GIN members have in common is intelligence, interest, awareness and passion and I would really like you to be part of the ODU GIN club – especially in light of meetings we have been running at Bishops this week involving parents, academic and operations staff and boys about drawing up a sustainability framework for Bishops and making sure that it is acted upon in 2018 and going forward. The only constituents missing from these meetings are probably the group that knows the most about SDGS and how to apply them at Bishops – that is you, young bright ODs.

Those of you who were part of the Next Wave conference and the green audit are probably wondering why a sustainability policy is not already in place – I have shared your work (and other reports) that the GIN boys did from 2008 onwards with the committee.

Arising from the Bishops Sustainability Committee meetings this week are two areas where we really need help – sharing your expertise around the SDG’s with College boys – the boys were in agreement that they would listen to young ODs and helping other ODs to come to the realization of how important it is to help ODs and current parents (from pre-prep to College) understand the need to have a working sustainability policy at Bishops and the role they can play. My experience of the GIN guys is that you will have superb ideas of what can and should be done and that is what we would really like to tap into.

ISASA is running a sustainability conference at Bishops in July 2018 and I would like this OD club to be able to present the role old boys can play in making sustainability a central part of all aspects of independent schools.

Please can you email if you are prepared to be involved in any way – a simple YES in the address line will suffice (although a brief update of where you are and what you are doing would be appreciated). Please let me know if you would like to play an active role in giving this club direction – I’ll then email all of you who would like to play a role and you can decide on the most convenient form of sharing information and what to do.

I would like to have this up and running by early October.

Thank you so much for the role you played in the Global Issues Network at Bishops.

I look forward to hearing from you

Kind regards

Cheryl Douglas

ODU Birding Club

Fri, Sep 30, 2016

ODU Birding Club

On Tuesday 11 October Peter Steyn (1955O) will be leading a Cape Bird Club walk of about two hours duration around Kirstenbosch. Any interested ODs are invited to join him. Please e-mail Peter on

The walk starts from the Information Centre at Gate 1 at 8am. There is free entry for pensioners (Please bring your ID). Botsoc members are free.

Depending on the response, an ODU Bird Club may be viable for other meetings or outings.

OD Union Mentoring Programme

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Nicky Bicket (1973F), our UK Branch Secretary, has agreed to coordinate the ODU Global Mentoring Programme. I can think of no one more suitable to take on this critical initiative.

Nicky has written to all the branch secretaries to outline the programme’s objectives and processes, as well as to all (the non-UK) mentors who very kindly signed up at the time of the programme’s launch. The Programme has restarted in earnest, and the response from ODs across the world has been overwhelmingly positive.

We believe this is a unique, valuable and differentiating benefit for ODs wherever they are. Through the mentoring, younger ODs can, and already do, benefit from OD mentors who possess a huge range of skills, experience and wisdom.

The purpose of the Programme is to support the ODU philosophy of “ODs helping ODs”. The objectives of mentoring are to assist ODs to achieve their potential and to help them align their personal values, objectives and goals to the world in which they work and live. The job of OD mentors is to challenge, guide and advise mentees who come up against career choice dilemmas, workplace obstacles and to even assist those who are relocating. Or, frankly, with any problem wise counsel would be helpful.

How it works: Once a mentee signs up, Nicky contacts possible mentors before putting the mentor in touch with him/them. Mentoring can be a one-off exchange or a six-month relationship. Meetings can take place face-to-face, or via email and/or Skype. Each instance is different and depends on the objectives of the mentee and the availability of the mentor (constraints and expectations to be established up front) . The frequency and nature of the communication is left to both to decide. And because of the communication options available to us, it doesn’t necessarily matter that Mentors and Mentees are not in the same country or city.

Thank you to the 271 OD mentors already signed up. Most are based in South Africa and the UK, but also in the USA, Australia, Mexico, India, Tanzania, Singapore, the UAE, Hong Kong, New Zealand, France and the Cayman Islands. They cover 76 specific fields. These numbers, and breadth and depth of influence, is sure to increase.

If you are not already a mentor and would like to be one, or would like to access a mentor for advice and guidance, sign up at

Nicky will report regularly on how the programme is progressing. The wonderful response to date means this will be one of the cornerstones of the ODU. And like many similar organisations, the fabric of your Union will be strengthened through this initiative. I urge you to be involved.

Remember that mentorship has always been a part of the Bishops learning experience. It is worthwhile to reflect on those teachers who have contributed positively to one’s experience. The efforts of many great men and women should be celebrated in this expansion of a Bishops ideal; already etched in stone. This ODU initiative hopes to build on that tradition.


Wed, Aug 31, 2016

The Bishops Golf Championship and Interhouse Challenge was washed out at Royal Cape two weeks ago. This event will now take place on Sunday afternoon, 16 October (the first Sunday of Term 4) at Bellville Golf Course.

The following golfers have achieved half-colours for golf: Finley Knight , Freddie Spencer and Peter Thacker.

Other news is that Andre de Decker, who matriculated in 2008 and then went to Stanford, recently qualified to play golf on the tour. This is an amazing achievement as the tour is the main feeder to the PGA Tour.

Two weeks ago, Cole Cruickshank started at Columbus State University in Georgia on a golf scholarship. The head coach is Mark Immelman, Trevor's brother, so a strong South African connection there.

We wish Andre and Cole well in their golfing pursuits.




1st XV vs SACS live streaming

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

Watch Bishops 1st XV match against SACS on Saturday 13th August via live-streaming by following this link or copying into your browser:

ODU UK Lunch

Tue, Jul 26, 2016

ODs will be having lunch with Tony Little, former head master of Eton College, on Tuesday 11th October. The venue is The Carlton Club in London. Tony will be sharing his experiences as the head of arguably the most prestigious (and sometimes controversial) school in Britain, and his views of the changing and challenging nature of education worldwide. Any OD (and wife/partner) is most welcome to attend. To RSVP, please do so by using this link:


2016 Military History Tour

Thu, Jul 21, 2016

During two weeks of the past holiday, 15 grade 9s and 4 grade 10s, together with Dr Warwick and Mr Richter, formed up our Bishops Military History tour complement which toured predominantly military historically related sites in France and Belgium. Our chief aim was participating in an official acknowledgment of the battle of Delville Wood centenary, but also to remember all South Africans who died during the First World War and particularly the 112 OD fatalities. The Delville Wood centenary commemoration was held at the massive Thiepval Memorial in Picardy, France. This memorial commemorates the 72 426 servicemen from Britain and her then dominions, included South Africa, registered as missing with no known grave. The site was particularly appropriate for the over 1000 South African dead of Delville Wood, for during the battle most of their bodies were either disintegrated or buried by shellfire. There are only 67 South African graves in the Delville Wood cemetery, most of our dead from this battle are commemorated at Thiepval. Kyle Elliot and James Frankenfeld laid a wreath on behalf of the OD fallen, followed by each member of our group placing a small cross. Our Bishops tour party were amongst many other South African school representatives present alongside numerous veteran and other related organizations. Our boys visited many other battle sites, military cemeteries and museums and not only related to the First World War. During the first week of the tour we viewed the Normandy Beaches of World War Two fame of which the highlight had to be Omaha Beach with its enormous American military cemetery. We also experienced something of the complex and fascinating medieval French historical era through visits to the majestic cathedrals of Laon, Reims, Mont-St-Michel and Bayeux, where we viewed the famous tapestry which depicts the 1066 Norman invasion of England. Not only did we partake in an important military remembrance pilgrimage for our South African fallen, but the tour also helped us appreciate something of our deep European roots. This tour was a fascinating and highly recommended experience which will hopefully be repeated for other history students.

Ranger Course

Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Earlier this year, Bishops boys; Matthew Perrott, Callum Tait, Chris Hyslop and Logan Tait cycled 600km (CT to Knysna) to raise funds for the rhinos. They successfully raised R179 000. For all their fundraising efforts, Nkonka invited the 4 boys to stay at the lodge and participate in the rhino notching experience today, which forms part of the Bishops ranger course. A portion of the funds they raised went towards the costs of the rhino notching, done during the ranger course. The remaining funds go towards the costs of a rhino orphan kept on Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage.
These 4 matric boys as well as 21 grade 9 boys with their mums from Bishops School arrived at Phinda yesterday to embark on a Ranger Course. This course allowed the group to explore a variety of scientific research studies in the field of conservation, game capture, archaeology and bird ringing.
The Bishops / Somkhanda rural school fundraiser has been involved with building a new classroom funded by the Bishops parents and boys involved in this course. The Ranger Course also allows boys to collect points towards their Presidents Award. All boys and moms completed more than the 67 minutes towards Mandela Day. This is another way Bishops inspires individuals to make a difference in South Africa and take a lead in building a great nation.

SA Schools Hockey Selections

Sat, Jul 2, 2016

Bishops Hockey congratulates Dayaan Cassiem and Wesley Gardener on their selection to the U18 SA Schools A and B sides respectively. We wish them well in the series to be played against Australia.

Rugby Festival 2016

Wed, Jun 22, 2016

Rugby Festival 2016

Live commentary of all rugby matches taking place in the Rugby Festival at Bishops 2, 4 and 6 July can be found at

Please see official Bishops Rugby Facebook page at

There will be a child care facility that the Pre-Prep for kids. See flyer attached.

Bishops Eisteddfod 2016

Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Dear ODs

Please see details of the Bishops Eisteddfod taking place this week at


Rugby Festival at Bishops

Wed, Jun 15, 2016

The Independent Schools Rugby Festival takes place at Bishops this year with matches on the 2nd, 4th and 6th of July. 17 U18 teams from top independent schools in South Africa, two from Eton College in England and one sponsored local development team, Excelsior, will play in what has become a unique festival of rugby. Spectators can also look forward to all sorts of delicious delights at the food court and other entertainment areas on our secure and family friendly Bishops Campus.

Northern Province ODU Dinner

Wed, May 18, 2016

OD Union Northern Provinces Annual Dinner will take place on: -

8 June 2016 at 7 for 7:30pm at the Johannesburg Country Club. Dress: Black tie or suit. Guest Speaker: Guy Pearson (Principal). Cost: R400 (includes limited table wine and cash bar). Banking Details: OD Union Nedbank Acc. No. 1990214959 Benmore Gardens Code: 197-305 Ref: Your full name and matric year. To reserve a seat or table please RSVP proof of payment to Simon Grose

UK OD Union May Newsletter

Wed, May 18, 2016

The May UK ODU newsletter can be viewed at:


Rowing colours awards

Tue, Apr 19, 2016

It is with great pleasure that I award the following boys full colours for Rowing. This season has been the best season Bishops has ever enjoyed and it is thus fitting to award the highest colours award possible. The crew came first in South Africa at the Buffalo Regatta, won the Selborne Sprints and took second place at SA Champs by 0,23 seconds as an open VIII. Would the following boys come up and shake my hand for the award of full colours for Rowing:

Preston Thomas

Jonathan Rossouw

Sven Wellman

Jean Pienaar

Michael Peter

Christopher Mewett

Stephane Pienaar

Christopher Gruber

James Faure



Thu, Apr 7, 2016

Last term the College shooting team led by Jonathan Basset outshot the experienced OD during Founder's Day. This announcement was delayed until the Shooting Cup for this annual competition, the Chippy Robinson Founder's Day Shooting Trophy, could be appropriately engraved. Thus this trophy returns to the College after a three year interval. Our top four shottists in order of their competition points were: Jonathan Bassett, John Frost; Andre Truter and Shakir Dollie. 

The Shottists of the Term Trophy, awarded to the top average for the season, has been awarded to John Frost.  

Riding for Rhinos

Thu, Apr 7, 2016

Global Issues Network's Cal Tait and Matt Perrott together with Chris Hyslop for part of the journey cycled 600km in 5 days - including a day when they did an offroad ride of over 130 km at an elevation of 1300m. They spent the fourth night at the Gondwana Game Reserve where they were able to see rhinos. They raised a total of R150 570 that will go to Rhinos without Borders in their fight to save rhinos from extinction within your lifetime. Visit to find out more about their trip.

Founders Week 2016 - Programme

Tue, Mar 1, 2016

Good day ODs

Please view the Founders Week 2016 programme at



Thu, Feb 18, 2016

There are still seats available for the OD dinner on Wednesday 9 March at 6 for 7pm


Thu, Feb 18, 2016

There will be an information evening on 14 March at 7pm in the Molteno Library at Bishops for the 2017 Diocesan College Rhodes Scholarship. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Dr Paul Murray

Founders Day 2016

Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Founders Day 2016

Shooting Team as follows: -

Phil Calothi (Captain)
Richard Calothi
Rupert McNaught-Davis
Girvan Larmuth
John Duckitt
Peter Henkel
Paul Henkel
James Rule
Mike Madlener
Dave Riches
Neil Herman

Starlight Classics 2016

Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Richard Cock provides an enclosure for the OD Union at the Starlight Classics which take place at Vergelegen. Date: Saturday 12 March Starts at 7:30pm Tickets cost R240 per person

Drama Awards

Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Drama Awards - Half Colours
Nicholas Peile and Karl Stapelberg were in grade 9 last year and so were not eligible for drama awards. However, they are now in grade 10, and we congratulate them on their award of Half Colours for Drama for their work on 'Cold Stone Jug'.

Music Certificates

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

The following boys did extremely well in their Trinity  College of London music exams in October last year:

Dylan Rowell and Daniel Tate both passed their drumkit  grade 7 exam with distinction. Congratulations.


Wed, Feb 10, 2016

A number of Rowing Regattas have taken place over the last few weeks. All crews did incredibly well. 

Congratulatsion to the u15B Oct who came 2nd at the VLC Rowing Regatta in Johannesburg.

In the 15 A division, Nicholas McAdam won his sculling event. This is a very fine achievement as he was rowing at altitude against Gauteng teams.

The u15 A Oct won their race in style.

Congratulations to all these boys and their coaches.  

Sports Day

Sat, Feb 6, 2016

Sports Day

Sportsday Pictures have been uploaded to our gallery.

Jonny Marr Fishing trophy

Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Luke Baker has been awarded the Jonny Marr Fishing tropy for 2015. Luke has performed incredibly well, both locally and internationally, in Fly Fishing. He is a worthy recipient of this award.  Congratulations.

Cricket Awards

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

The following boys achieved centuries recently:

Tyla Scarles
Stayers X1 vs Norman Henshilwood (T20)

Jono Bird
Stayers X1 vs Norman Henshilwood (T20)

The following boys achieved 5 wickets or more:

Lukhanyo Mntonintshi
U17A vs Paul Roos

Stephen Fourie
U15A vs Wynberg
31 October 2015

Na’eem Adonis
U14A vs Wynberg
31 October 2015

Bishops Cricket Results

Mon, Nov 9, 2015

Bishops Cricket Results from 6 and 7 November 2015

Stayers XI vs Norman Henshilwood (T20)
Bishops 224 for 1(Jono Bird 108*, Tyla Scarles 107*)
NH 62
Won by 162 runs

1st XI vs Rondebosch (Declaration)
Bishops 90 (Matthew Rudston 30,Tom Richardson 29)
RBHS 91 for 5 (Luke Burton 4 for 38)
Lost by 5 wkts

2nd XI vs Rondebosch (Declaration)
RBHS 228/6 decl. (du Plessis 2/23, Viljoen 2/80)
Bishops 145 (Meadows 32, du Plessis 29)
Lost by 83 runs

U17A vs Rondebosch (40-Overs)
DC 160 in 40 overs (Josh Smith 47)
Rondebosch 148/10 (Ghalieb Kenny 8-0-18-3)
Won by 12 runs

3rd XI vs Rondebosch (T20)
Bishops: 130/5 (Van der Valk 36; Volkel 36)
Rondebosch: 114/6 (Dean-Brown 2-11)
Won by 17 runs

4th XI vs Rondebosch (T20)
Won by 1 wicket

U15A vs Rondebosch (Declaration)
DC 121 AO (40.1 0vers) Jono Bird 25 (39)
RBHS 122/4 (34.5 Overs) Alex Castle 3/35
Lost by 6 wickets

U15B vs Rondebosch (T35)
DC 150 (Peter Thacker 60)
RBHS 151/8
Lost by 2 wickets

U15C vs Rondebosch (T35)
DC 65 all out (Connor Price 28)
Rbhs 66/1
Lost by 9 wickets

U14A vs Rondebosch (45-overs)
Bishops 92 all out (Elliott 41)
Rondebosch 94-3 (Kanigowski 2-14)
U14A lost by 7 wickets

U14B vs Rondebosch (T20)
Rondebosch 291-6 off 35 overs Luca Liebenberg 3-73
DC 65 (Nicholas Glesson 17; Max Stewart 17; Ubaid Francis 10)
Lost by 226 runs

U14C vs Rondebosch (T20)
Rondebosch BHS 125 / 3 (Tim Wright 2 / 12)
Bishops 76 / 3 ( Julian Simpson 21)
Lost by 49 runs

Rugby Fixtures 2016

Thu, Nov 5, 2015

Please see attached Rugby Fixtures for 2016.

Bishops Cricket Fixtures

Thu, Oct 29, 2015

Bishops Cricket Fixtures


29 Oct - u14D - Silverhurst B - T20 - 15:45

30 Oct - 1st XI - Frank Reid Oval - 45 overs - 15:45
30 Oct - 4th XI - Jacques Kallis Oval - T20 - 15:30
30 Oct - u15D - Silverhurst B - T20 - 15:30
30 Oct - u14C - Range - T20 - 15:30

31 Oct - 2nd XI - Frank Reid Oval - Declaration - 09:30
31 Oct - u17A - Jacques Kallis Oval - 50 overs - 09:30
31 Oct - 3rd XI - Range - 35 overs - 08:45
31 Oct - u15A - Oaks - Declaration - 09:30
31 Oct - u15B - Silverhurst B - 35 overs - 08:45
31 Oct - u15C - Hawthornden - 35 overs - 08:45
31 Oct - u14A - Silverhurst A - Declaration - 09:30
31 Oct - u14B - Sahara - 35 overs - 08:45

OD UK Newsletter

Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Dear ODs

Please view the OD UK branch newsletter at the following link:


OD - Job opportunity

Tue, Oct 13, 2015

An OD from Tower Capital Management (Pty) Ltd; a licenced Financial Services Provider is looking for a graduate to join the team.

The position is for an Operational Analyst with the following job specifications:

· Liaising with administrators, prime brokers and other service providers on a daily basis
· Trade settlements
· Portfolio allocations
· Monthly factsheet compilations
· Compliance checks across all mandates
· Corporate actions
· Portfolio reconciliations
· Cash reconciliations
· FX hedge and roll
· NAV reviews
· Portfolio management system maintenance
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RBHS Old Boys Union Drinks UK

Wed, Oct 7, 2015


Good day ODs

The Chairman of the UK Rondebosch Old Boys Union, Michael Coombs, invites ODs and their partners to an informal drinks reception to coincide with the quarter finals Rugby World Cup.

Friday 16 October

6 to 9pm

Alan Baxter & Associates - 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL (closest tube station: Farrnington-Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metro lines)

Please click on link below to RSVP


Blood Lions

Tue, Sep 29, 2015


The screening of Blood Lions takes place tonight at Bishops in the Memorial Theatre at 6pm.

ODs Assist ODs Program

Mon, Sep 28, 2015

Dear Fellow ODs

One of the key objectives in our strategic plan is the OD Union mentoring program. The OD Union has created a platform whereby ODs can assist ODs.

Nicky Bicket’s highly successful UK Mentoring Program launched in November last year forms the template for our program. Take some time to read the survey (link below) and please add your name to the growing list of ODs willing to assist a young OD as he makes sense of life after school and takes the first few tentative steps in his career. This is a critical way of strengthening our union and bringing ODs of all ages, skills and abilities together with the mutual objective of developing ODs and this beautiful country to our full potential. All it requires is a little time and effort to provide the kind of assistance to create a significant difference in a young man’s life.

Whilst the program initially focuses on advice and mentoring as outlined below, there are four other critical pillars to this initiative. The Career Opportunity Group which has been so successful at Wellington College will create opportunities for ODs to register on our LinkedIn page enabling them to network and list career opportunities. With the assistance of Bruce Jack we are in discussion with Old Etonians and their initiative Etonpreneurs. We intend to launch a similar initiative which facilitates the bringing together of OD businessmen, assistance in developing business plans, advice on entrepreneurship and leadership all so vital to the future success of this country. Finally, we are looking to form a venture capital group of ODs who will vet and possibly fund useful start-ups.

To be a part of this initiative, simply complete the survey. ODs in the UK who have already registered need not re-apply.

Best regards
Brian Robertson (Chairman)

The Mitre Society

Mon, Sep 14, 2015

The Mitre Society presents a screening of "Blood Lions" on 29 September at 6pm in the Memorial Theatre at Bishops.

September UK Newsletter

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

Good day ODs

Please click on the link below to view the September UK newsletter.



Thu, Sep 10, 2015

Brian de Kock (1953O) is currently acting in a comedy, The Sunshine Boys, alongside Aubrey Hindle, at the Masque Theatre.

The performance runs until this Saturday.

Please see below the fantastic write up that was published in the Cape Times.

Book now by calling 021 788 1898.

Rugby Results

Mon, Aug 31, 2015

Rugby Results

Bishops vs Rondebosch

Saturday 29 August

1st Lost 12 55
Tries: Seb Hanekom and JP Smith; Conversion: Tristan Leyds

4th Won 12 5

5th Won 54 17
An excellent finish to a very good season. The boys played really well and produced a lovely running brand of rugby which they have played throughout the season.

u16A Lost 45 31

u16B Lost 21 22
Bishops 21 Tries: Matt du Plessis Richard Wellington and Siya Sonja Conversions: Lukhanyo Mntonintshi x3 Rondebosch 22.

u15C Lost 10 19

u15D Won 22 20
Great final game - went back and forth. An entertaining final game in a great season for this team. Well done to Keegan and Daniel for their committed coaching. 

u14D Lost 19 21

Hockey Results

Mon, Aug 31, 2015

Hockey Results

Bishops vs Rondebosch

Friday 28 August

1 XI Draw 1 1
2 XI Draw 0 0
3 XI Won 2 1
4 XI Draw 0 0
16A Lost 0 4
16C Lost 1 2
15A Lost 0 3
15C Lost 0 5
14A Lost 0 4

Saturday 29 August

16B Lost 0 2
15B Lost 0 2
14B Lost 1 3
14D Lost 0 6


Fri, Aug 28, 2015

One of our Vice-Presidents Brian de Kock (1953O) will be acting in a comedy, The Sunshine Boys, alongside Aubrey Hindle, at the Masque Theatre from 4th to 12th September.

Book now by calling 021 788 1898.

Hockey News

Wed, Aug 26, 2015

Hockey News

The Bishops First XI ran out 3-1 winners against Wynberg and were back on form again after the previous weeks “glitch”.

Please note a big game is coming up this Friday where the Bishops First XI play their last league encounter against Rondebosch away on the Western Province Club B astro pitch at 6:15 pm.

Unfortunately Nic Olds' bold ODs last Friday just went down to the Wynberg Olds boys side 8-7, played after the Bishops 1st XI team had beaten their great rivals.

Please note that the OD’s side are playing again against the Rondebsoch Old Boys this Friday after the main game. All interested OD’s keen to play to get in touch with Nic Olds to book their place.

Rugby Fixtures 22 August 2015

Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Saturday 22 August

Against Wynberg Boys High School

Team / Field / Time

1st XV Piley Rees 11h30
2nd XV Piley Rees 10h15
3rd XV Piley Rees 09h00
4th XV Avenue 10h15
5th XV Avenue 09h10
U16A Sahara 10h15
U16B Sahara 09h10
U16C Sahara 08h00
U15A Range 10h15
U15B Range 09h00
U15C Range 08h00
U15D Cemetery 09h10
U14A Cemetery 10h15
U14B Lut A 09h00
U14C Lut B 08h00
U14D Lut B 09h00


Tue, Aug 18, 2015

News flash on Hockey

1st XI won their quarter final knock out cup vs DF Malan last night 9 - 0 at a freezing Hartleyvale.

This Fridays games the 1st XI play Wynberg at Home at 6:30pm.

The OD’s have a game against the Wynberg Old Boys at 7:30pm following the 1st team game. Nick Olds is handling the OD side.


Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Sadly the Bishops 1st XI lost to SACS 4-1 on Friday 14 August. SACS deserving winners took their chances with some great goals. Bishops even though having managed to get numerous circle entries and with the short corner count at 9 to 2 in Bishops favour, failed to convert their chances.

Tonight the Bishops Hockey 1st XI play DF Malan in the quarter finals of the Knock out Cup on Hartleyvale A turf at 7:10pm.


Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Bishops 1st XI play SACS at SACS tonight at 18h30. Bishops have won the local league title to date and the first SACS game was a very fast game that produced a draw where SACS scored to equalise in the last 5 minutes of the match. This again promises to be a major game between arguably the 2 best sides in the Peninsula right now.


Fri, Aug 14, 2015

The 1st XV play SACS at SACS tomorrow on the Memorial A field at 12h00. This encounter earlier in the year produced sparkling running rugby. It is a fixture no purist of the sport should miss. For those ODs abroad, the game will be broadcasted live on the following link:

Hockey Fixtures

Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Hockey Fixtures

Bishops vs SACS

Friday 14 August
1st Team away SACS astro 18h30
2nd Team away SACS astro 17h00
3rd Team home Woodlands 17h00
4th Team home Woodlands 16h00
U16C home Woodlands 15h00
U16A away SACS astro 16h00
U14A away SACS astro 15h00

Saturday 15 August
U16B home Woodlands 09h00
U15A away SACS astro 10h00
U15B away SACS astro 09h00
U14B away SACS astro 08h00
U14C home Woodlands 08h00
U14D home Woodlands 10h00

OD Union Boland Dinner

Tue, Aug 11, 2015

The OD Boland dinner which took place on Friday 31 July turned out to be a huge success with almost 100 ODs attending. Thanks to Martin Versfeld Senior for pulling everything together.

Please see photos on link below thanks for Craig Wilson.



Wed, Jul 29, 2015

UCT economist Professor and OD Haroon Bhorat (1986G) has been chosen as a member of a select World Bank team that will tackle global poverty. Please view link below.


Wed, Jul 29, 2015


Maties and other OD supporters for the First XI - The school is playing at Maties on the B astro this Friday 31st July at 7:30pm (2nd team at 6:30pm) against the Paul Roos side and your support would be great.
This will be a keenly contested game in that The Bishops boys remain unbeaten and have a score to settle with the Paul Roos Boys who have just won the “Brothers’ cape Peninsula Hockey festival' this last week end. This will be a great game to be at.

Please also diarise the 21st August for an OD game vs Wynberg at Bishops and then on the 28th August, the final game of the season we're against a Rondebosch side at WPHC.

Better Diets for Better Brains

Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Professor Lionel Opie (1949O) together with Sudan Greenfield, a Fellow at his old Oxford College, Lincoln College, is busy co-authoring a book: Better Diets for Better Brains. Lionel writes, “As senior ODs are clearly in the aging group, and as cognitive function inevitably declines in everybody with the years, when the book comes out later this year, it should be directly appreciable to many senior ODs.”

IBSC Conference

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

We would like to thank and congratulate the boys who helped at the recent IBSC conference. These boys gave up a week of their holidays to be at school and help with all sorts of things that needed to be done. Primarily they were ambassadors for the school, showing delegates around and answering any questions they had. We received many compliments from delegates about the way they conducted themselves. Delegates remarked on how smartly they were dressed, how well they expressed themselves and the pride they showed in their school. It must also be mentioned that they did not do this job alone. As you know, the conference was organised by all the boys schools in the southern suburbs and so they were part of a team made up of boys from Rondebosch, SACS and Wynberg and were therefore able to show delegates the close working relationship we have between the schools. I have little doubt that working with boys from the other schools also allowed for friendships to form in a non-competitive environment. Please would the following boys come forward so that I can hand them a letter of acknowledgement and thanks from the organising committee of the conference: Richard Berkeley, James Wilson, Taahir Bhorat, Tyger Thompson, Daniel Goldberg, Matt van Westenbrugge, Tristan Hermans, Trent Braga and Oliver Stevens.


Mon, Apr 13, 2015

Dear ODs

Rugby season has arrived!

The following fixtures will take place this term: - 

Saturday 18 April at Home
Bishops vs Paarl Gim 

Saturday 25 April at 1:30pm our 1st XV take on Kes at the 125 Jeppe High Festival.

Monday 27 April at 1pm our 1st XV take on Pretoria Boys at the 125 Jeppe High Festival.

Saturday 9 May Bishops vs SACS

Saturday 16 May Bishops vs Brackenfell

Saturday 23 May Bishops vs Paarl Boys

Saturday 30 May Bishops vs Wynberg

Saturday 6 June Bishops vs Boland

Cricket Results

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Period 8 Feb - 21 Feb 2015 1st XI v Pinelands (45 overs) Bishops 177/9 (Dylan Castle 55, Nick Pithy 27) Pinelands 145 Bishops won by 32 runs 1st XI v Wellington College (45 overs) Bishops 228 for 5(Tyla Scarles 59, Tom Richardson 53, Nathan Mngomezulu 53*) Wellington College 122 (Max Newbury 6 for 29[9-0-29-6]) Bishops won by 106 runs 1st XI v Somerset College (Declaration) Bishops 126(Matthew Rudston 77) Somerset College 127 for 5 (Max Newbury 3 for 23) Somerset College won by 5 wkts. 2nd XI v Paarl Boys (Declaration) PBHS 153ao (Maxwell 5/49; Burton 3/26; Viljoen 2/33) DC 85ao Paarl Boys won by 68 runs 3rd XI v Paarl Boys (T35) Bishops 93 all out (25/35 overs) Paarl Boys 94/8 (19/35 overs) Paarl Boys won by 2 wickets 4th XI v Paarl Boys (T20) Bishops 170/5 (Parton 77*; Jacobs 35; Price 30) Paarl Boys 146/5 (Olbrich 2/15; Jacobs 2/28; Parton 1/19) Bishops won by 26 Runs 5th XI v Paarl Boys (T20) Bishops 136/7 (Matthew Norton 45, Finley Knight 39) Paarl Boys High 137/5 (Ibrahim Kerbelker 2/25) Bishops lost by 5 wickets U17A v Shenfield (UK) Bishops U17A won by 155 runs Bishops 214/4 in 40 overs, Diem 94, Meyer 33, Piotrowski 30 Shenfield 59 ao in 30.4 overs, M. Burton 7-3-10-5, Viljoen 7-2-6-2, Schwulst 6-2-9-2 U17A v Paarl Boys (Declaration) Bishops 151 ao, Schwulst 69, du Plessis 36 Paarl Boys High 119 ao, Chetwin 9-4-18-6, Tucker 7.4-1-18-2 Bishops won by 32 runs U15A v Oakham u17A (40 overs) DC 188/7 (Jono Bird 78; Gregor Bell 59 Oakham 190/4 (Stephen Fourie 2/39) Oakham won by 6 wickets U15A v Paarl Boys (Declaration) DC 129/10 (Gregor Bell 35; Michael Mondry 30) PBHS 131/5 (Jayden Rossouw 14-4-33-5) Bishops lost by 5 wickets U15B v Paarl Boys (T35) Bishops 131 (Thacker 36; Gordon 33) Paarl Boys 63/10 (Jones 2/20; Watson 2/4; Cottrell 2/7; Labberte 2/13) Bishops won by 68 runs U15C v Paarl Boys (T20) DC 110 (Connor Price 47) Paarl Boys 80 (Thomas Janisch 4/8) Won by 30 runs U15D v Paarl Boys (T20) DC 68 (Mike Roach 39; Dean Jacobs 20) PBHS 69/8 (Mike Roach 4-0-18-4; Calvin Ziegler 4-1-10-2) Lost by 2 wickets U14A v Paarl Boys (50 overs) Bishops 139-9 (Wesson 28*, Adonis 23 and Elliott 23) Paarl Boys 91 all out. (Wesson 5-20, Clark 2-13 and Howard 2-14) Bishops won by 43 runs U14B v Paarl Boys (T35) Paarl Boys High 127 off 29 overs Cameron Good 2-11; Jack Clayton 2-17; Marek Kanigowski 2-21; Max Stewart 2-22 DC 124-8 off 35 overs Ziggy Dalton 63*; Fergus Fletcher 18 DC lost by 3 runs U14C v Paarl Boys (T20) Paarl Boys High 140 / 8 ( Jamie Naude 3 / 19; Luke Flint 2 / 25) Bishops 77 / 8 ( Matthew Leong 24 not out; Tim Wright 15) Lost by 63 runs. U14D v Paarl Boys (T20) PBHS 126/6 (Keano Vith 3-1-16-2) DC 78 all out Lost by 48 runs

Cricket Fixtures

Tue, Feb 17, 2015

Cricket Fixtures Term 1 - week ending 21 Feb 2015 Tues 17 Feb - U15A - Oakham (UK) - Frank Reid - 15:45 40 overs Thurs 18 Feb - U17A Shenfield (UK) - Frank Reid 15:45 40 overs PAARL BOYS 20 & 21 FEB 2015 Fri 20 February 4th XI PBHS 5th XI Oaks - 15:30 T20 5th XI PBHS 6th XI Range - 15:30 T20 U15C PBHS U15C Brug Str B - 15:30 T20 U15D PBHS U15D Brug Str A - 15:30 T20 U14C PBHS U14C Sahara - 15:30 T20 U14D PBHS U14D Avenue - 15:30 T20 Saturday 21 February 1st XI Somerset College SC Oval - 09:30 Decl 2nd XI PBHS 2nd XI Frank Reid - 09:30 Decl U17A PBHS 3rd XI Oaks - 09:30 50 overs 3rd XI PBHS 4th XI Range - 08:45 T35 U15A PBHS U15A Brug Str B - 09:30 Decl U15B PBHS U15B Avenue - 08:45 T35 U14A PBHS U14A Sahara - 09:30 50 overs U14B PBHS U14B Brug Str A - 08:45 T35

Cricket Result

Mon, Feb 16, 2015

Annual D/N match RBHS 266/7 (Aydan Labuschagne 3/32) Bishops 96 (Matthew Rudston 32, Calven Wilson 20) RBHS won by 170 runs


Fri, Feb 13, 2015

Cricket Results Wednesday 4thFebruary 1stteam played Rondebosch and lost by 170 runs 96 266/7. Aydan Labuschagne 3/32; Matthew Rudston 32; Calven Wilson 20. Sports Day Come and watch the athletics at Lutgensvale tomorrow 14thFebruary between 08H00 and 13H00.

Sports Day

Mon, Feb 9, 2015

Sports Day takes place this Saturday, 14 February 2015, at Lutgensvale.

President's Function

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

President's FunctionPatron, President and Vice President?s function 4th December 2014 A highlight on the OD Union calendar is our annual Patron, President and Vice-Presidents? function. It is always a pleasure to welcome back men who have contributed so much to the well-being of both Bishops and the OD Union. As their actions go largely unnoticed and are purely voluntary, it gives us great pleasure to acknowledge their contributions. It is also an opportunity for the current committee to interact, share ideas and draw on the combined wisdom of a truly remarkable group of men. Thank you gentlemen, and thank you ladies for loaning us your husbands on a regular basis. Vice-President John Hueton tendered his apologies admitting that his reason for not attending was rather feeble ? distance - after all Canada is part of the global-village! He also admitted to attending Herschel along with President Raymond Ackerman, effectively making them Herschel Old Boys, no wonder this secret has taken decades to surface. Chairman Brian Robertson welcomed the guests and their spouses thanking them for their ongoing contribution and support. He highlighted a number of the committees? achievements along with the plans for 2015. Without doubt 2015 will be an exciting and memorable year for the OD Union.

President's Function

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

President's FunctionPatron, President and Vice President?s function 4th December 2014 A highlight on the OD Union calendar is our annual Patron, President and Vice-Presidents? function. It is always a pleasure to welcome back men who have contributed so much to the well-being of both Bishops and the OD Union. As their actions go largely unnoticed and are purely voluntary, it gives us great pleasure to acknowledge their contributions. It is also an opportunity for the current committee to interact, share ideas and draw on the combined wisdom of a truly remarkable group of men. Thank you gentlemen, and thank you ladies for loaning us your husbands on a regular basis. Vice-President John Hueton tendered his apologies admitting that his reason for not attending was rather feeble ? distance - after all Canada is part of the global-village! He also admitted to attending Herschel along with President Raymond Ackerman, effectively making them Herschel Old Boys, no wonder this secret has taken decades to surface. Chairman Brian Robertson welcomed the guests and their spouses thanking them for their ongoing contribution and support. He highlighted a number of the committees? achievements along with the plans for 2015. Without doubt 2015 will be an exciting and memorable year for the OD Union.

1st XI cricket

Thu, Oct 30, 2014

The 1st XI have enjoyed a strong start to the season with 2 warm up games and then 5 matches so far this term. Their record to date is: played 7 – won 7. An impressive win in the Day/Night match against WP under 18B was followed by a great victory in the 2 day match against Wynberg. That match finished with Bishops bowling WBHS out for just 56 on the second afternoon! This term the 1st XI have also recorded emphatic wins over Paul Roos, Somerset College and SACS as well as progressing through two rounds of the National Schools T20 knock-out competition. This success has been due partly some of the senior players – Justin Rowe Roberts, Jordan Flax and Daniel Lombard, in particular - scoring runs but also to some fine opening bowling – Matthew Rudston has taken 27 wickets in 7 matches so far this season! We wish them well for the two major fixtures remaining – against WBHS(at home) this weekend and then RBHS(away) a week later.

Nicky Bicket UK branch

Fri, Jun 13, 2014

Nicky Bicket reports from London that the UK black-tie dinner is taking place on 27 June at the RAF Club, Picadilly.   The Principal, Guy Pearson will be the guest speaker and will be talking about the school and updating the UK ODs on his vision and plans for the future. Raymond Ackerman will also attend together with Mike Bosman and Brian Robertson.   If you haven't already booked contact Nicky now:

The UK ODU now have 6 ODs who have agreed to join a small committee which will be meeting early next month to help guide and advise the activities and objectives of the UK Branch. They are Peter Arthur (1965), Greg Baldwin (1975), Graham Thomas (1984), James Deane (1990), Costa Ghioules (2004) and Chris Ryall (2005). Nicky says any other UK ODs who are happy to help will find their contributions and advice speedily accepted.   He is very excited about this development and looks forward to working closely with the committee.

Cameron Bellamy

Sat, May 31, 2014

On 5 May, an 8-person crew went to Geraldton, Australia in an attempt at a world first by rowing over 8000km across the Indian Ocean to Durban. The crew will be skippered by world renowned ocean rowing skipper Leven Brown, who resides in Scotland, and includes OD rower Cameron Bellamy (2000). They will row in shifts of 2 hours on/2 hours off for the entire duration of the row, which will likely last for 80 days, but could also take up to 100 days depending on weather conditions.

The crew, which comprises athletes from the UK, Australia, South Africa, Iceland and Italy, will share the cramped space aboard without ever leaving the boat, other than for a quick mid Indian Ocean dip in the sea. They will need to be careful though to avoid any sharks that may be following the boat, a common occurrence on the Indian Ocean. There will be no assistance during the row and all supplies will be carried with them. Each of the crew will get a daily ration pack containing three freeze dried meals and a bunch of snacks. Water is another absolute necessity, which they have to make on a daily basis utilising solar and wind power. The water maker is the most prized possession on board. They also have two back-up hand pumps in case electricity is lost.

Cameron has dreamt of rowing an ocean for over 10 years and has actively been trying to achieve this for the last 3 years. He says he is very privileged to be able to accomplish his dream of rowing an ocean and do this with such an accomplished crew. Being able to literally row home makes this row extremely special to him. Cameron represented South Africa at the U23 World Rowing Championships in 2003 and the World University Rowing.


Good luck to the team and hope you achieve your goal!

David Dallas

Thu, May 29, 2014

David Dallas (1951) tells us that he has just completed writing his book The Father of Woodstock: The life and times of WE Moore - Lawyer Politician Benefactor. The book will be published in September - congratulations David!

Zimbabwe get-together

Tue, May 27, 2014

The Zimbabwe branch of the OD Union will be holding a luncheon at Jim and Ann Sinclair's home on the Sunday 15th June 12 noon.   Jim lives at No.22 Bridgeways Complex , Lincoln Road, Avondale , which is off Natal Rd, on the northern side, the entrance is just beyond Twin Rivers School.   Any ODs visiting Zimbabwe are invited to attend.   Please RSVP to Len Thomas: 

Jonathan Hobday

Wed, May 14, 2014

Jonathan Hobday (1957) was selected to represent Western Province in the SA Senior Inter-Provincial golf tournament played at De Zalze in April.   This was his 19th appearance in the last 20 years.   He helped his team of Super Seniors (over-60s) to win the national title for the fourth year in a row.  Congratulations Jonathan on a fine achievement and best of luck for next year's tournament!

Robin Cox

Thu, May 8, 2014

Robin Cox (1971) writes to us from Queensland, Australia.   He has just written a book ‘Making a Difference – The Teacher-Mentor, the Kids and the M.A.D. Project’ which has been published as an ebook. 20% of all proceeds go towards education outreach programmes for disadvantaged young people on the Island of Santo, Vanuatu.   His school is involved in actively making a difference to life in those communities in collaboration with the the local church and community leaders. The ebook sells for Aus$3.99 or US$3.70 on Amazon, where you will also find a brief synopsis. It will be distributed to over 100 other distributors during the next few weeks.

Here’s the Link: 

Congratulations Robin on helping to make a difference with this publication.

London lunch

Fri, May 2, 2014

Nicky Bicket recently organized a lunch for about 20 ODs at the RAF Club, Picadilly on Wednesday 23 April.   John Fairweather kindly once again arranged the use of the venue.   About 20 ODs attended and listened to David Walsh speak about his book Public Schools and the Great War. Bishops is one of the public schools covered in the book.. Nicky felt the ODs who attended enjoyed both the lunch and the excellent talk.   He intended holding similar lunches in future. 

He said the next big function would be the OD dinner on 27 June with the Principal, Guy Pearson as the Guest Speaker.   He encouraged ODs to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

Raymond Ackerman awarded

Wed, Apr 30, 2014

Raymond Ackerman was  awarded the very prestigious Order of the Baobab by Jacob Zuma,  the President of South Africa on Freedom Day Sunday 27 April 2014.

National Orders like the Order of the Baobab are the highest awards that South Africa bestows for individuals who have contributed towards the advancement of democracy and who have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans.  They celebrate service above and beyond the call of duty.

Mr Ackerman’s award specifically recognises his commitment to uplifting the lives of South Africans, both through his dedication to socially responsible business and his work in providing scholarships for young people.

Many congratulations to you Mr Ackerman on this well deserved award.    We are honoured to have you as President of the OD Union.

ODs go to American University

Tue, Apr 29, 2014

Bishops has a close working relationship with the Allan Gray Foundation with 16 boys at the school on an Allan Gray Scholarship. .  Allan Gray encourages matrics to apply for their Fellowship programme which seeks to mentor the Fellows through their tertiary education, particularly developing their entrepreneurial skills, while providing them with a full bursary.  The Allan Gray Foundation work on the assumption that educating an entrepreneur properly will have enormous knock on effects on the economy.  We were very pleased to tell you that three ODs who matriculated in 2013, Mnotho Makhoba, Jaydon Farao and Joseph Kahn, have been selected as Allan Gray Fellows, with Joseph having been accepted into Harvard.  Peter Anguria has been accepted into Berklee College of Music, USA, and Afika Nyati into MIT.   In addition we have just learned that Nic Marine has been accepted into Wharton Business School, Pensylvania University.   Surely this is a first for Bishops and our sincere congratulations and go to these young men on their fine achievements.   Keep in touch guys and let us know how it's going!

Lionel Opie & Tim Noakes

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Professor Lionel Opie (1949) tells us that he and Professor Tim Noakes (1966) will be  "In Conversation"  about Diets and Health at the upcoming Franschhoek Literary Book Festival on May 17. The two books for discussion are Real Meal Revolution by Tim and Lionel's Livng Longer, Living Better. Apparently all seats were fully booked on the first day.   If you want to find out more about diets and healthy living book your place before its too late!


Raymond Ackerman

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

We are delighted to announce that at the recent Annual General Meeting, Mr Raymond Ackerman was elected President of the OD Union replacing the retiring President, John Arenhold.   We thank John for more than 20 years loyal service as President, Chairman and committee member of the OD Union.   We are indebted to him for all he has done.   We thank Raymond for making himself available to serve as President and we look forward to working closely with him.   It is indeed a privilege to have you as President Mr Ackerman!

Ziyaad Bhorat

Mon, Mar 31, 2014

Ziyaad Bhorat (1995-2007), Bishops 2012 Rhodes Scholar is organising the Oxford Africa Conference to be held at Oxford University from 23-24 May 2014.  He would be delighted to welcome ODs and others to attend.    His email address is   For additional information:

Geoff Bryant Cricket 5 April

Mon, Mar 31, 2014

SATURDAY 5 APRIL:  Geoff Bryant Cricket Match

The following will represent the ODs in the Annual Geoff Bryant Floating Trophy Cricket Match against the OAs. The match will be played at the Country Club of Johannesburg (Auckland Park) on 5TH April starting at 10am.

Please pop down and support the boys. Drinks will be available all day.

The Team: Andrew Eaton, Tsepo Kokoali, Simon Turck, Sa’ad Chothia, Craig Lorden, Garon Williams, Neil von Hoesslin, Andrew Steer, Craig Christian 

Best of luck guys!


Wed, Mar 19, 2014

He did it again! Cole Cruickshank won the Royal Cape Club Championships this past weekend by five shots, having started the 3rd round on Saturday eights shots behind! He scored 71 and 72 to rip through the field! He is the youngest winner and now holds both the Open and Club Champion titles – again the youngest to do this. A fantastic achievement if one considers that the club was founded in 1885, some 129 years ago. Well done Cole.

lst XI OD team

Tue, Mar 18, 2014

The following played for the OD lst XI against the School on Founders Day Friday 14 March:

James Crowson,  Zac Elkin, Dan Russell,  Nico Loizedes,  Andy Gilder,  Siya Simetu , William Rosenberg, James Strang,  Anthony Fenton-Wells, Digby Harding, Guy Muller.

5th OD team

Mon, Mar 17, 2014

The following were selected to play in the 5th team against the School on Founders Day:

Greg Boyes, Tim Richman, Johan Doms, Brad Macnamara, Simon Richman, Simon Voight, Jeff Middleman, Anthony Mitchell, Chris Warnke, Justin Rhodes-Harrison, Craig Rhodes-Harrison


6th & 7th OD XIs

Tue, Mar 11, 2014

The following have been selected to play in the 6th XI vs the 7th OD XI on Founders Day Friday 14 March at 2.00 p.m. on Lutgensvale.

R Codrai (Capt), J Hawkes, L Worthington-Smith, M Fioravanti, L Lynch, I Thompson, R Todt, N Swartz, N Rattle, N Chadwick, A Burns

7th OD XI:

Paul Steven, Anthony Innes, Peter Kilpin, James Rattle, Paul Burton, Nic Border, Garth Solomon, Charles Standing (w), Derek Lloyd, Graham Thomas, Kevin Lennett

OD vs OA XI team

Sat, Mar 8, 2014

The following ODs have been selected to play against the Old Andreans XI team on Saturday 15 March at the Frank Reid field.   The match will start at 3.00 p.m. and have a break for a spit braai at 6.00.   The second innings will start at 6.45 p.m.   You are welcome to come along and watch.

Greg Boyes, Tim Richman, Johan Doms, Brad Macnamara, Simon Richman, Simon Voight, Jeff Middleman, Anthony Mitchell, Chris Warnke, Justin Rhodes-Harrison, Craig Rhodes-Harrison

OD Shooting Team

Fri, Mar 7, 2014

OD SHOOTING TEAM:  The following ODs have been chosen to represent the ODs on Founders Day 14 March:

Phil Calothi (Capt), Richard Henkel, Paul Henkel, Peter Henkel, Girvan Larmuth, John Duckitt, Rupert McNaught Davis, Mike Madlener, Richard Calothi, Larry Thomas, John Waller and James Ricketts