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Mr O. Thomas (Head of Preparatory School)

2016 Report

As we celebrate 25years of our schools existence, we appreciate the 100 year old Sir Herbert Baker buildings and the atmosphere they create.  They must be one of the loveliest settings of any school around.  Children are happy at Bishop Bavin and this is because they are fully engaged in school not only with academics in the classroom but in the extensive extra-curricular programme.

We have an extremely hardworking school and I would like to thank my dedicated staff who go the extra mile without counting the cost.

Children thrive on routine and our weekly assemblies, chapel services and standardised tests give the children a sense of order.  Our concert “Bishop Bavin Rocks the Movies”, shattered that illusion and the children had a wonderful time benefiting from a hugely different learning atmosphere.

On the sporting front we are becoming increasingly competitive in all the sporting codes we participate in.  It is by competing against other schools that we are able to measure our success.  The leaps and bounds of progress are there for all to see.  Our U/12 football team won all their league matches as did our open boys’ team.  Congratulations to Lesedi Motha who received his Eastern Gauteng local football provincial colours for 2016. Our A rugby team won every match they played while the B team only lost one.  Dancing saw both Vesna and Tatijana Ignjatov excelling once again with Tatijana off to Germany to participate in the World Championships.

Our swimming team continues to improve with every gala and for the first time our athletics team took part in no less than seven track and field interschool meetings.  Basketball continues to be one of the most popular sport and all our teams do exceptionally well.  Cricket still continues to be a “cinderella sport” with a select team of dedicated players who give up much of their time to improving their skills.  Congratulations must go to Kyle Enoch who, for the third year has been selected for the area team.  This is a remarkable achievement and this young man can feel justifiably proud of his achievements.  Badminton has taken off with both A and B teams playing in the Benoni League. 

Four of our players represented Southern Gauteng at the interprovincial tournament.  Congratulations to Arra O’Neil, Braden Pringle, Taniel Stroud and Caitlyn Stroud. Golf and squash continue to grow and tennis has taken over as the most popular sport in the Preparatory School.  Rowing continues to attract a large number of dedicated and committed boys and girls who are proud recipients of gold, silver and bronze medals after every regatta.  Netball is abother sport that continues to grow and improve.

On the cultural front our children continue to impress.  Our choir under the guiding hand of Ms Geyser has improved in leaps and bounds and their confidence is obvious and stands out in their performances.  A large number of our children take music lessons with the Sempre Musica Academy.  Chess attracts pupils and class chess has boosted the team numbers greatly.

As our school continues to strive for excellence I have a number of people to thank. Mr Hill, chairman of the board, and the members of the board of governors.  Mr Dry the Executive Headmaster for all his support and guidance.  Mrs Karen Ehlers, Head of the College, Mrs Barbara Bauskin, Head of the Junior School, for all their continued support.  My Deputy Head, Mrs Wyszkowski, your dedication, hard work and advice is invaluable.  My heads of department Mrs Schroeder and Mr O’ Kelly thank you for all that you do above and beyond the call of duty.

Thank you to all our auxiliary staff, estate, kitchen and security.  The many cogs of a well-oiled machine.  Your hard work is much appreciated.

Finally to my secretary, Mrs Monique Rizzari, who rescues me on a daily basis, thank you.

Mr O.Thomas
Headmaster of Preparatory School