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Dear parents, staff and girls

The joy and outpouring of positivity that accompanied our Springbok Rugby team bringing home the Webb Ellis Trophy after winning the finals of the Rugby World Championships on Saturday has brought a much-needed uplift to all of us. How wonderful it was to see us all united behind “our boys” and to experience first-hand what courage, determination, purpose and passion could achieve. It was a tough match with both sides putting their bodies on the line repeatedly, and I know that in our household there was a great deal of anxious nail-biting at times and very loud cheering when we scored, slowly but surely pulling into the lead. What a triumph for South Africa! So many powerful messages were implicit in their achievement and relevant to what we try to instil in our girls on a regular basis. The message that resonated the most loudly for us at SCS is the one that spoke of possibility. Possibility starts with a dream but dreaming and realising the dream are two different things. What lies between is the hard stuff, and the showcasing of exactly how hard that stuff is was evident, together with the great rewards at the end of the process.

For our little ones in the Foundation Phase, their over-riding memory of this great win has little to do with the win and everything to do with Faf du Plessis greeting Prince Harry in his underpants (Speedo)! Whatever this win meant for you personally, it was a great moment for South Africa and it will no doubt go down in the annals of our history as something significant. Congratulations to captain, Siya Kolisi, the Springbok Team and Rassie Erasmus, their inspiring coach.

Grade 8 2020 Information Evening
We were delighted to welcome our 2020 Grade 8 group and their parents – as well as the other new families joining the school next year - to the Information Evening held last Thursday evening. The excitement was palpable as the girls met their House Leaders upon arrival and very soon all new and possibly slightly nervous girls found themselves caught up in the embrace of our amazing school. The programme prepared for the new girls by the House Leaders, while the parents enjoyed a cocktail party and an opportunity to mingle and meet other parents, clearly did the trick in terms of creating cohesive groups and engendering House Spirit. The smiles on faces that beamed at us all when they were returned to their parents spoke to new friendships forged, an identification both with their Houses and House Leaders and as High School “girls in blue”. It was a great event and it certainly makes the beginning of the school year for them a positive experience having identified key staff, broken the ice with their peer group and their matric mentors. What a dynamic group of girls they appeared to be. We are looking forward to them coming through, and we are looking forward to them adding their unique personalities and gifts to the collective.

Final Examination
The Matrics are well on the road to the completion of their examinations and because they have worked hard, are taking them in their stride.

The rest of the school begins examinations next week, with the Grades 10 and 11 girls starting on Monday, followed by the Grade 8 and 9 girls the following week. It is difficult to believe how close the end of the year is.

My best wishes go to all our girls over this period! They have also been working very hard and deserve to do well, but that can only happen if they are able to manage their anxiety, to pace themselves and to keep a positive, growth mindset.

During their time at home studying I encourage them to eat well, sleep well, practise mindfulness to manage their fears, and exercise. I look forward to them achieving what they have aspired to, so long as the goals they have set themselves are realistic.

Warm regards
Sue
SJ Redelinghuys
Principal
 
 
 

Community Partnership

 
The Preparatory School Grade 6 and 7 hockey girls began their 2019 Tour of the Boland area with their annual stop at the Langa Hockey Club. Our three teams were met by three of Langa Hockey Club’s teams and the girls were mixed together into new teams and played matches against each other. After the games, our girls handed over donated equipment including sticks, balls, cones and playing kit. It was wonderful to see our girls sit and connect with the girls from Langa and spend time being teenagers, playing games and chatting away, sharing stories. We received lovely thank you messages from the girls and have included two of the special notes above. A special thank you must go to Colleen Hodge from Langa Hockey Club, the SCS Hockey Community for all the equipment that was donated to the equipment drive as well as Rachel Biccard who personally made lunch packs for all our hosts. A wonderful initiative that we look to grow in the future. – Justin Grundlingh, Head of SCS Hockey Academy
 
 

Afrikaans News

 



 
 

The Grade 11s performed scenes from their prescribed short stories as an oral presentation. These stories serve as their third genre literature work for Grade 12.
 
The girls enjoyed acting out the scenes that stood out to them and had a lot of fun re-enacting these extracts. They adapted the texts to suit their performances and even dressed up to fit the characters.
 
It is a great exercise in expanding vocabulary and they benefited significantly from it.
 
 

Drama News

 
The Grade 10 and 11 Drama classes attended a screening of The Importance of Being Earnest - a Classic Spring Theatre Production (London) – at the Fugard Theatre on Monday 28 October. This was a fantastic opportunity to see the style of a 19th Century Comedy of Manners on the stage instead of only on the page.
 
And, as our ‘curtain call’ for the year, we will attend a performance of ENCORE at the Theatre On The Bay on Thursday 5 December. Further details will be sent to Drama Students via Blue Sky in the next week or two – so please check your mail!  If you are not a Drama Student, please contact the theatre directly to make your booking…our very own Emma-Rose Blacher is one of the invited guest performers in this production.

 
 

Consumer Studies News

 
 
 


The Grade 11 Consumer Studies students attended a workshop on Fondant Icing.
 
 

 

 
 
The Grade 10 students made 'Brilliant Burritos'.



Tamlyn Ferreira, owner of Green Apple Marketing & Promotions and freelance fashion stylist, shared some useful tips and tricks relating to being an entrepreneur with the Grade 10s.
 
 

Felting Workshop

 
 
 
Earlier this month, our Grade 10 Consumer Studies students attended a felting workshop run by Andrea van Assche. The girls learnt how to start, finish and pin their felted works. The workshop allowed the students to acquire skills in the felting arts as well as using natural and protein fibres. The girls learnt a quirky craft skill they can use for fun or potentially turn into a business idea - from making small brooches, key chains, jewellery, and bag decorations to felting designs on basic garments to enhance the appearance of the product which can make it more marketable. To find out more about Andrea and her business, visit her website: www.createhobby.co.za
 
 

Food Forward SA

 
 
 
To celebrate 10 years of Food Forward SA, the foundation held a celebrity chef cook off at the Cape Quarter on Wednesday,16 October to raise awareness about the foundation and its mission to reduce hunger in South Africa by safely and cost-effectively securing quality food and making it available to those who need it. The incredible cook-off took part between Jenny Morris, Justin Bonello and Jamie Rowntree, using only surplus food from the Food Forward warehouse. Three of our Grade 10 Consumer Studies students - Nelisa Radebe, Kaitlyn Shepherd and Katie Crichton-Stuart participated in the competition by assisting the chefs with their cooking, interviewing the chefs and judging their fantastic dishes! What a superb day to be a part of and witness these very talented chefs at work creating dishes that would typically take a whole consumers lesson in just under 15 minutes! To find out more about the foundations and how you can get involved, visit their website: www.foodforwardsa.org or follow them @FoodForwardSA
 
 

Matric Dinner

 

 
 
On Thursday17th October the Grade 12s and their teachers celebrated the end of their school career at the annual Matric Dinner. We enjoyed pre-drinks in the Voorkamer before proceeding to the beautifully decorated dining room to enjoy a delectable dinner prepared by Renier Botes and his team. Mr Thys Lourens was elected by the matrics to be the guest speaker. In his address to the girls he reminisced about the highlights of their days at St. Cyprian’s and provided valuable pearls of wisdom for the future.
 
Loide Musweu and Leah Krige addressed the matrics, providing insightful and often humorous descriptions of each matric student. We were shown a slide show presentation designed by Ms S. Viljoen containing fond memories from junior school days, the swimming galas, athletics days, various integrated programmes, the Orange river experience, the matric dance, lily picking and St. Cyprian’s Day. The evening ended on a high note with marvellous Malva Pudding. This occasion proved to be a highly enjoyable and memorable one indeed!
 
 

Lunch Time Music Concert

 
Featuring the voice students of Mr Butlin, the lunchtime concert last week featured a range of vocal styles. The performers introduced each work with an explanation of the character who is singing, as well as the context within the works from which they were taken. We are proud of Emma-Rose Blacher, Jordan Alberto, Mila Kikillus, Emma McNab, Georgia Wrightson and Holly Hewson for their performances.



The final lunchtime concert of 2019 was organised by the Grade 11 subject music class and it highlighted the talent, dedication and versatility of our music students. Olivia Lewis opened the concert with a Renaissance work for cello. This was followed by a duet for two violins and piano written by a Grade 12 music student, Talia Macdonald and it was performed by Romy Stevens and Chloë de Fondaumiere. Gaby Lovric performed her composition, Peter Pan, for solo guitar. Kate Wilkin and Amara Patel each performed a solo piano piece, followed by a composition by Cate Buswell which was performed by Mrs van Wieringen. The concert ended with an arrangement by Olivia Lewis of Tchaikowsky’s ballet, Sleeping Beauty, with Cate Buswell demonstrating her versatility as a fine ballet dancer as well as an accomplished musician.
 
 

In-House Community Club

 



 
 

Johan, a crafter and entrepreneur, assisted the members of the In-House Community Club to create Christmas decorations from toilet roll inners, which will be used to decorate the children’s ward at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
 
 

 


The In-House Community Club created bookmarks and bracelets for the patients at Booth Memorial Hospital.
 
 

Maths Matters

 
Siyavula - #1MillionMaths Winners & the positive impact of digitalisation!
My motivation behind doing Siyavula was that it helped me revise for tests and every time I got a sum correct I continued because I’m sure everybody would want to get something correct. When the #1MillionMath competition started at the beginning of October, I was positioned in the Silver League according to the amount of atoms ( correct calculations) I collected throughout the year. It stated how many stars I needed to make it into the Gold League, I then continued doing Siyavula sums and gaining more stars which led to me moving up on the Leaderboard. Seeing my name appear in the Gold League made me do more than 50 sums a day when I could, this resulted in me moving to the top 10 in the Gold League. Even though I haven’t reached the platinum league I felt proud of my achievement of being in the gold league. I was fortunate enough to win a Hisense Smartphone as one of the weekly prizes. I am truly grateful for this prize and I’ve learnt that hard work conquers all and that anything is possible If you put your mind to it. Shana Basson (Grade 9)
Weekly Prize winners in the picture from left to right are: Shana Basson, Erin Davies & Maya Roy.



PocketJam is a newly launched app in which one completes a few short math exercises to earn pocket money. At first I was sceptical as to whether this app would be easy and enjoyable to use but was quickly proven wrong. In fact, I am truly honoured to have been selected to trial this app (and be one of the recipients of an absolutely adorable PocketJam T-shirt for doing the most amount of exercises). The exercises are just the right length that they are somewhat challenging but not overwhelming. I can wholeheartedly say that I love this app, from it’s adorable characters (which we got to create) and great “cash-out” options, like Takealot and Typo vouchers, to the perfectly curated exercises. A huge thank you to the creators of PocketJam and Ms Gomes. I’m sure that when I say we will miss “Jamming Fridays” I speak for all of us. Amara Patel (Grade 8)
 
Students winners from left to right of PocketJam T-Shirts Amara Patel, Le-Andra Coetzee, Tess Manterfield & Anna Cloete

For the past few months we have been piloting PocketJam with Mrs Gomes’ Grade 8 Maths class. The girls who participated and completed their challenges received R150 towards their pocket money as a reward for helping us improve our App. During this time, we also ran a competition with the class to see who could unlock the most points and answer the most questions. The four winners received T-Shirts for their amazing efforts, see students attached.
 
For anyone interested in trying out PocketJam, contact cath@pocketjam.io. It is a fun and engaging way to teach children financial independence.
 
 

Ballet News

 


The senior ballet girls put in a stellar performance as part of the fundraiser at Artscape on Saturday, 2 November. The evening began with the girls being invited onstage to sing the national anthem and celebrate the Bokke. It was a moving experience and full house of 1500 people and 45 dancers and teachers onstage!
 
 

Exchange News

 
Elke Blatch, Grade 10, is currently on Exchange at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Canada. Elke has reported that she has already run two cross country races, provincials and zonals and qualified for the provincials. She has had many practices with the orchestra and is really enjoying it! Elke also had the opportunity to watch a Shakespeare play in the bottom of the Calgary Tower and an ice hockey match in the Calgary Stadium. She went away for the weekend to Waterton and enjoyed many walks with amazing views.Elke continues to enjoy the academic lessons and is very excited to go skiing in Banff in the next two weeks.
 
 

'Dented Dexter' - Appeal for a Publisher

Kaitlyn Shepherd, Grade 10, has been working with Mr Mutsvairo to create a Grade 2-3 reader for her story, 'Dented Dexter', that she wrote for last year's Celebration of Writing Evening. Kaitlyn has recently included illustrations to the story and is hoping to have her book published. I would like to appeal to our community to please contact Mr Mutsvairo at mutsvairoj@stcyprians.co.za if you could possibly assist with a connection to a publisher.
 
 

Thought for the week

 
 
 
 
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