The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 11

are not afraid to take risks,
make tough decisions or create
new ideas along the way.
The second point is about
building trust. I’ve always believed
that trust is something you earn
through the way you lead. This
is achieved by staying truthful
and honest, being friendly and
approachable, and always showing
encouragement and support for
others, even when they make
mistakes. When a leader has
the trust in those he’s leading,
everyone operates better as a unit.
2020 head boy of Bishops, Michael Ford.
“Michael Ford has been the natural leader of his year group
since he arrived at Bishops in 2016,” says Guy Pearson. “He is a
superb all-rounder; a top academic and sportsman. He leads by
example and is a young man of great integrity and humility. He’s
a wonderful role model to the boys in all aspects of school life.”
Tell us about your background.
I was born in Cape Town. I have an
older sister at UCT, and a younger
brother at Western Province
Preparatory School, which I also
attended from grade N. I came to
Bishops as a new boy in Mallett
house, and I made the transition
to boarding in Founders at the
beginning of Grade 11.
and I hope to hand it over at the
end of the year in a better position.
My focus will be to bring back
a strong sense of pride for our
school. I believe that when pride
is involved, individuals and teams
are inspired to achieve more,
communicate better and build
upon each other’s strengths.
Your thoughts on leadership?
What’s your aim for the year ahead?
To leave Bishops in a better place
by the time I matriculate. I am
simply a custodian of the Mitre,
WATERPOLO Bishops had 26
waterpolo players representing
various WP teams at the SA Schools
IPT in Johannesburg in December.
Ten boys won medals at U14, U15
and U16 level, and Ryan Sneddon
(2019M) and Kieraan Meyer (2019G)
won gold medals at U19A level.
Leadership for me is based on two
key things. First, don’t tell people
what to do – instead, take them to
where they need to be. Real leaders
Both were selected for the SA
Schools U19 team. In early February,
our 2020 1st VII won the St Andrew’s
College Shield competition, remaining
unbeaten throughout.
CRICKET During the recent holidays,
the 1st XI played seven matches in all,
What does it mean to be a part
of the broader Bishops Family?
Bishops is far more than just
a school to me; it’s an entire
community that comes together as
a wider family. We all play a small
part in something that is greater
than all of us. Over my four years
at the College, Bishops has come
to hold a truly special place in my
heart. I absolutely love this school.
In this family, we are able to create
friendships that will last a lifetime,
and the bonds that are formed are
incredibly special.
Any sporting and personal goals
for the year ahead?
To win a major tournament as
1st team waterpolo captain [done
– see below]. As part of the 1st XV
rugby side, I want to help lead the
side with humility. Personally, on
the field I would like to represent
Western Province in June/July.
(See p40.)
beating Charterhouse and Harrow
from the UK convincingly before
Christmas. Then, in the Peninsula
Festival in Cape Town in the week
before school started, they beat St
David’s, Waterkloof and Pretoria Boys
High School, but lost to Jeppe and
then to Waterkloof in a T20 match.

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