Capacity for the lunch with Tony Little (left) has been increased so I'm pleased to report that wives/partners are most welcome to join. Tony will talk about his time as Head Master of Eton. He will also speak candidly about the state of British education (in a local and global context) today and offer some thoughts on the challenges and possible responses for the future. Please click HERE or on the invitation near the end of this newsletter to RSVP. The lunch is being held at The Carlton Club in London on Tuesday 11th October.
Dear ODs

I hope that for those of you who managed to get away for a summer break, it wasn't spent in a traffic jam somewhere between Calais and Dover - or anywhere else. 

Much of this letter deals with future events, of which our lunch with Tony Little (see above) is the first (aside from drinks with our golfers - see below). I want to stress that as enjoyable as the functions are, the primary purpose is for ODs to get together to meet each other and build their networks. The very best alumni associations in the UK facilitate this objective very effectively and I don't think we should be too coy in leveraging our shared (school) heritage for mutual benefit. So I hope the functions and events are enjoyable in and of themselves, but also that they provide an opportunity for us as ODs to reach out and help each other. And that you will see them as that.

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Michael Wilson (O, 1952) who I discovered is an almost-neighbour of mine in London. In fact, Michael, while an OD, didn't finish at Bishops, staying only long enough to write his "JC" in 1950 (hence theoretically matric class of '52) before returning to Millfield in the UK to complete his schooling. He then went on to Cambridge to read medicine. In the photo are Michael (left) and I are drinking (moderately) at our local. I also had the pleasure of meeting with Chris Olds (O, 1999) and Niall Brown (G, 1973) earlier this week. Chris's dad, Mike (O, 1970) is an almost contemporary of Niall and me. My twin brother (so no gap at all), Zandy (S, 1973) was visiting London from the States this week with his family and it was good to catch up with him too. Zandy is a judge in Pittsburgh, so any OD falling foul of the PA penal code should remember his name.

The OD Mentoring Programme, having begun in the UK is now "going global". More is written about this below but I think it testifies to the relevance of such an initiative and make creates even more value in belonging to the ODU. ODs are encouraged to become mentors and/or use the opportunities it provides.

Please do email me with any news, pictures (mobile pictures are fine) or information you may have which you think will be of interest to other ODs. And please do look at the OD Job Shop and Market place and where you can, support your fellow ODs.

I do hope to see as many of you as possible at the Tony Little lunch.

With kind regards

Nicky Bicket
There will be an OD drinks get-together at The Clarence, 4 Dover Street, Mayfair, W1S 4LB this Thursday 18th August from 6.30 pm-8.30 pm (when the ODU tab is open). All ODs are invited to join the team so if you're in the area at that time, please come along.No RSVP necessary.
James Gardener (W, 1974) will be in Cape Town in September and is planning an informal drinks get-together for ODs spanning the 1973-1975 vintages. The date is Friday 23rd September and starts at 5.30pm. The venue is the ODU global headquarters (The Mitre at Bishops). If you would like to attend, please email James to let him know. There is a charge of R120 per person (and partners are very welcome) which covers drinks and snacks.







To advertise on the OD Job Shop and/or the OD Market Place, please click HERE. Note that the ODU does not endorse or warrant any of the services or employment opportunities advertised here. It just provides the forum. It does however encourage ODs to support each other.
From its humble beginnings in the UK Branch, the ODU Mentoring Programme is now set to reach all ODs wherever they are in the world. The Programme will be coordinated by the UK Branch, exploiting and leveraging the generosity and experience of all our OD Mentors across the globe. ODs, especially younger ones, are encouraged to take advantage of this international panel of OD Mentors who are willing and waiting to assist and give guidance in matters of careers, career choices, career change and on pretty much anything for which ODs would like some counsel. (Note that the programme is not set up as a recruitment forum). 

If you'd like to put yourself forward as a mentor or looking for a mentor, please click HERE.
At the start of the third term, the School welcomed exchange students from India, the USA, England, Wales, Spain, Australia and Germany broadening the boys' concept of diversity and multi-cultural appreciation.

Bishops produced the 1st and 3rd place in this year's National Science Olympiad. At the same time, one of the boys had an essay published in English Alive (2016), the annual anthology of the very best creative writing from high schools and colleges across southern Africa.

In the South African downhill Racing championships the School had a boy win in the WP and SA series as well as the all-Africa champs and, separately, the SA champs

One of our boys - still only in grade 11 - now plays squash at no. 1 for Western Province and has been selected as one of the top 5 players in the country to represent the South Africa Schools' Team to tour Malaysia later this year. 2 U14s have been selected for the SA Schools team.

4 boys represented South Africa Waterpolo at the U16 level in a competition in Malta in June. Brandon Burke represented South Africa at the Junior Men's Waterpolo tournament in Vienna in March

Last month I reported that Michael Houlie was to compete in the Treviso Cup in Italy. I can now report that he won 3 gold medals in that competition and in the process also set a new record for the 50m breaststroke in his age group. Michael has been selected to represent South Africa at the Africa U20 (he's just turned 16) at the Youth games in Angola at the end of this year.

These are fabulous achievements which do us all proud. Congratulations to the boys and their staff/coaches.
The ODU has appointed three new Committee members. They are (above) Adam Pike (O, 1992), Michael Mynhardt (F, 2013) and Mnotho Makhoba (S, 2013). Adam is a corporate attorney in Cape Town. 

Michael was Deputy Head of Founders, captain of rugby, swimming and waterpolo and received full colours for all three sports. He is studying Business Science (Finance) at UCT

Monotho was Deputy Head Boy, Head of School House and Head Cheerleader at Bishops. He is an Alan Gray Orbis Scholar and is studying Business Science (Accounts) at UCT.
Saturday 3rd September
This game has been postponed. Details to follow

Hampstead Walk
Saturday 8th October
David Jordan (W, 1962) an accredited London Blue Badge Guide is leading a walking party of ODs and their families on Saturday October 8th free of charge. We meet at 2.30pm at Hampstead Heath, for a gentle wander over Parliament Hill (for the best view of London in London) and end up at the marvellous Kenwood House (free entrance) where we would leverage his expertise on the paintings there and then finish up with tea and scones in what he calls "the most charming tea plek in all of London". The walk would be easily managed by children 10 and over. If you would like to join the tour, please sign up HERE.

Oxford Lunch
Saturday 29th October
The second OD lunch in the Oxford area is once again at The Bell, Kidlington, Hampton Poyle (OX5 2QD). The lunch is to try to reach beyond London to ODs and their families who would like a more local and relaxed get-together. Invitations will go out in August. I do try to segment the list by (OX postcodes, but to be safe and to reach as many ODs a possible, it might be better, if you're interested in attending, to let me have your email address by clicking 
HERE). You don't have to live in Oxford to come along. Hampton Poyle (a five minute drive out of Oxford) is just happens to be the venue. Everyone's welcome.

Year-end party
Thursday 1st December
The UK ODU's year-end drinks party will be held on Thursday 1st December. The venue, by kind courtesy of Hamish Sinclair (S, 1992) will be in the beautiful offices of Stonehage Fleming, 15 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG, where Hamish is a partner. This will be the last event of the year and, because of limited space, will be an informal reception for ODs only (i.e. without wives or partners). Please  save the date - invitations will go out in September.
Cross Country
Saturday 17th December
The annual Thames Hare & Hounds Alumni cross-country race taking place on and around the Wimbledon Common is the 17th December at 2.30pm. The 8km race involves over 35 alumni associations and while the emphasis is on fun, winning a category or two wouldn't be a disgrace either. Family and friends are very welcome to run (although won't count towards the results). To go for gold, James Deane (B, 1990) our athlete-in-residence is the man to contact and this can be done by clicking HERE

Tour of the Western Front
3-5 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) is leading a party of ODs, their families and friends of a tour of the Western Front. (Click HERE for the provisional itinerary). 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). If you think this is something which you and or family (and friends) would like to 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 in April next year.

 Annual Black-tie Dinner:
Friday 30th June 2017
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