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Dear ODs

I hope you all enjoyed a very relaxing and happy Easter break. I was lucky enough to have been in Cape Town and used the opportunity to visit The Mitre, the new ODU offices on the Bishops' campus. A very grand and busy place is The Mitre, serving not only as a meeting place for a range of OD functions and events, but also, if the cracked windows are anything to go by, an irresistible target for the young hockey players practising on the surrounding fields. (If you don't have shares in a local Cape glazier, now might be the time to rebalance your portfolio). We are very fortunate to have Delré O'Rourke as our administrator there and she is (or seems to be) delighted to receive visitors.
The UK ODU Branch congratulates Bruce Jack (G, 1987) who succeeds Brian Robertson (W, 1979) as the ODU Chairman. Bruce will be know to many as one of South Africa's leading wine makers. We hope Bruce will be able to make our dinner in July. In any event, we wish him well in his new role.

Last month's ODU AGM minutes and reports can be read HERE.

The UK OD Dinner takes place in London on Friday 1st July with Guy Pearson, Bishops' Principal, our guest speaker. Also present will be Raymond Ackerman (S, 1948) ODU President and Mike Bosman (O, 1978) Chairman of the College Council. Invitations have already been sent out, and places are being filled. If you've not yet responded, please do so as soon as possible by clicking anywhere on the invitation below. Do come along and encourage as many of your year to attend as well. Wives and partners are very welcome. If you have already RSVP'd, there's no need to do so again.  Note that even if a classmate has booked a table for your year, individual RSVPs are still required.

Thank you to those who responded to my plea for missing OD data. Although some of the information sent to me while amusing is unprintable, much of it was very useful.

The OD Mentoring Programme grows in leaps and bounds. The mentor panel is made up of 75 ODs who provide help and advice for ODs moving to the UK or moving jobs in the UK. It is not intended as a job-placement scheme, although one or two OD mentees have, through this initiative, had job offers. If you would like to become a mentor, please click HERE. ODs seeking help should get in touch with me. As always, my thanks go to all the OD Mentors who give so freely and willingly of their time and advice.

ODs wanting to use this newsletter to publicise their news or services (or products) should get in touch with me. The purpose of the letter is to keep the links to the ODU and Bishops warm and to keep ODs in touch with the wider OD network. Without turning this bulletin into the classified section of a local tabloid, I think it can be used to assist ODs who wish to advertise discretely to others. All things being equal, we should, as ODs, support fellow ODs.

Lastly, to read the March 2016 Bishops magazine, please click on the picture to the right. You'll then get a choice of which sections to access.

Kind regards

Nicky Bicket

Having gone down narrowly last year, the ODs take on the Old Tonbridgians in a return match on Sunday 10th July. Tee off is at 2pm at the RAC, Woodcote Park, Wilmerhatch Lane, Epsom, Surrey KT18 7EW. Supporters not only welcome, but probably necessary. Any OD golfer not yet on Alex Price's list should get in touch with him as soon as possible. The picture below is of the 2015 team: Zander MacDonald (F, 2007), Doug Mallett (M, 2007), Alex Price (M, 2008), Steve Suckling (F, 1976), Greg Baldwin (O, 1975) and Robert Simpson (S, 1968).

The Senior OD Golf Team take on the Old Cranleighans on Thursday 12th May at the iconic Walton Heath Golf Course.

The idea of the Senior OD circuit is to get together and enjoy relaxed midweek golf at premier courses arond the country. If there are any ODs (roughly 55+) out there who would like to join the Senior OD Golf Circuit, please contact Richard Duck (G, 1965). Below is a picture of some of the ODs who played their first game last year. From l to r: Mike Taylor (G, 1959), Peter Arthur (W, 1965), Robert Simpson (S, 1968), Bob Trew (F, 1952) and Richard Duck. In front, John Wyatt (W, 1963). The team to play the Old Cranleighans are the ODs below, less Rob Simpson plus Rob White-Cooper (S, 1961).
Matthew Golesworthy (K, 2011) is arranging a pub lunch for ODs studying at Oxford on Saturday 30th April. The venue is The Bear (cnr of Alfred and Blue Boar Streets). We meet at 12.30pm. Anyone at Oxford who has not been contacted about this and would like to join, please email Matthew as soon as possible. The Bear needs him to confirm numbers and places are filling fast.
Last month, several ODs and their wives and partners attended the Old Haileyburian cocktail party in Dubai. There, as they did last year, they extended and strengthened their networks, promoted Bishops and the ODU and, I'm reliably told, held their own at the bar. The ODU is most appreciative of the continued and growing relationship it has with the OHs and for kindly inviting us to their function in the Middle East. In the photo above are, from left: Ivone van Doorn, Jane Everard (Secretary, OHs), Iain McKellar (F, 1988) Dirk van Doorn (W, 1988) and Kurt Reinholz (S, 1984).  
Last year several ODs and their partners attended the first day of the Henley Royal Regatta and enjoyed, amongst other things, the experience of the historic Leander Club, thanks to Rob Johnston (G, 2010).

This year we hope some  more ODs will be attracted to this quintessentially English event. The day, Wednesday 29th June, would include drinks in The Leander Club (before and after the rowing), lunch and tea (optional).
It is a relatively formal (jackets and ties de rigueur) and pricey day but hugely enjoyable  (jackets and ties de rigueur). Being the first day of the competition, the crowds are at their most manageable with wall-to-wall (or should that be bank-to-bank) rowing.To read more about the day and reserve a place for you and wife/partner, please click HERE. Note that places are restricted by the Leander, so the limited amount of tickets are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Writing in response to my visit to Brighton College, Rupert Pardoe (F, 1973) informed me that his father had attended that school, forgoing a place at the at-the-time-more-fashionable Charterhouse. Rupert modestly stopped short of attributing Brighton College's considerable achievements to his father, but in letting me know that his aunts were at Roedean, the famous English girls' school just down the road from Brighton College, he pointed perhaps inadvertently to a different set of reasons for hot-blooded teenagers to prefer Brighton College to Charterhouse. And in fact, pursuing an "if you can't beat them, join them" strategy, Brighton is now co-ed.

Steve Hofmeyr (O, 1973) closed a loop on John Parker-Wood's (G, 1960) memories of the Hermanus Scout Camp. He (Steve) wrote to say, "The Scout Camp to which John Parker-Wood refers took place annually in Hermanus – in part at De Mond and in part on undeveloped land on the south shore of the Hermanus lagoon, now called Wortelgat ...   Wortelgat boasts the oldest and longest grove of Milkwoods in the Cape.   Wortelgat still have links through the Bridgman family with the Scout Camp.   
"I am a Trustee of the Wortelgat Outreach Trust, a charity which has developed the camping and conference facilities on the land.   Since 1999, we have built 3 venues – the Stables Camp, the Bush Camp and the Family Camp – raising over R6 million for the buildings.   These cater for groups of up to 76, 54 and 68, respectively.  We also have an outdoor camp.   Trained staff provide water sports and team building activities and we cater for most visitors – about 8,000 campers per year.   We have recently received a donation of about R700,000 for the penultimate building in the Family Camp and are still looking for about R1.6 million (about £65,000 plus gift aid) for the final building.    All contributions gratefully received!   Shareholders have committed to not making any personal gain out of the land; although they may sell their cottage to a like-minded philanthropist.   Most of the southern suburbs schools (including Oakhurst, Mickelfield, Wynberg, Rondebosch, Bishops, Hershel, Reddam, etc.) and schools from further afield (Somerset West and Overberg) use the facility on a regular basis, particularly for environmental and study camps."


OD/Bishops tour of the Western Front next year.

2-4 October 2017

David Walsh, former Second Master and Head of History at Tonbridge, a world-renowned expert on WW1 and a great friend of Bishops and the ODU (and inter alia co-author of Public Schools and the Great War which includes the part played by Bishops) has very kindly offered to lead a party of ODs, their families and friends of a tour of the Western Front. The dates have been set; the tour would leave England by cars/coach on the morning of Tuesday 3rd October and return late evening on Thursday 5th October 2017.  (Click HERE for the provisional itinerary). There would be opportunities for participants to visit places of personal significance. The cost - still to be confirmed - would be in the region of £400-500 per person (travel to and from the Continent from London, and accommodation). While probably too far in advance to make any firm commitment now, if you think this is something in which you and or family (and friends) would like join, please could I ask you to complete an "expression of interest" form by clicking HERE. This doesn't in any way commit you, but would allow us to gauge the interest and decide whether to go ahead or not. Confirmations (and deposits) will be requested towards the end of the year.
Hugh Corder (S, 1971) a Bishops Rhodes Scholar and Professor of Public Law at UCT has written an interesting piece on the recent South African Constitutional Court Ruling against President Zuma. To read the article, click HERE.
Tony Little who retired last year after 13 years as Head Master of Eton will be speaking at an OD lunch on the 11th October. Invitations to the lunch will go out in July, but please save the date for what will be a popular, provocative and stimulating talk.
If you'd like to read an informative review of his recently-published book An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education, click
Cricket: Over the Easter holidays, the School's cricket 1st and 2nd XIs toured, for the first time, Dubai and India. Both teams played seven matches each, the 1st XI winning four, the 2nd XI five. They are to be congratulated on both their cricketing achievements and the way in which they represented Bishops abroad. 

Rugby: Also during the holidays, playing at Bishops, Bishops 1st XV beat St Andrews 27-17 in a victory sealed in the last 10 minutes. At the St Stithians Easter Sports Festival, the 1st XV played three and won two matches. As with the cricketers, our boys did us proud both on and off the field.

Waterpolo: Brandon Burke, playing for the South African u17 team in the EU Nations Cup in Malta, was named "Player of the Final" a huge achievement

World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Competition: Bishops had four boys in the national team of 14 who participated in the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships hosted by Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh this year.  
The students had 8 days of competition covering four categories: Prepared Speech, Impromptu Speech, Interpretive Reading and Parliamentary Debate over two rounds each, excluding a final and grand final round.

Mitchell Christy was placed first in the After Dinner Speech category, a very fine performance indeed. Nicholas Peile, the youngest member of the SA group, was the highest-ranked South African in the Impromptu Speech Category, ending in joint 10th place. 

At the end, out of 128 competitors, South Africa had 2 students in the top 10, and 7 students in the top 25, with Alexander Peile being the top Bishops competitor at 21st overall. All of the 4 official Bishops contenders placed in the top 45.

These are excellent results and our congratulations go the boys and their teachers.

Rowing: This season has been the best season Bishops has ever enjoyed.The crew came first in South Africa at the Buffalo Regatta, won the Selborne Sprints and second place at SA Champs by 0,23 seconds as an open VIII.
Click on the picture to browse the UK ODU photo gallery
OD Drinks at Ye Olde Mitre, 1 Ely Pl, London EC1N 6SJ, on Thursday 28th April from 6pm-8pm. No RSVPs required.
UK ODU end-of-year party

Thursday 24th November 2016
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