The start of this term marked a new experience in the life of all our little girls! They jumped on board a school bus, buckled up and drove to the Roeland Fire Station on their first ever school outing. The delight on their faces as they sang songs for the entire 1.8km drive was wonderful to see and the ride around the yard in the fire engine with the siren blaring, made this event a highlight of note.
The 4th term is a very busy one as we prepare for the Nativity Play staged by the Gr 00 and Gr R classes later this term, as well as the charming little Angel Play by the Gr 000’s. It is also the term in which we prepare to say goodbye to our Gr R’s and hello to the new families joining us in 2019. The middle garden was the perfect setting for such an event and it was my privilege to host our new parents evening against the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain. Many new friendships were started as parents got the chance to connect with one another. This morning was the little girls turn to meet their teacher and we welcomed the 2019 Bunnies and Rabbits to the school. The bikes were an instant hit as was the fairy garden and it was wonderful watching them interacting so confidently. I was reminded again that this truly is a magical space where wonder abounds – let’s never lose sight of that!
STAFF NEWS: New Gr R Teacher and Intern
I am delighted to announce that Ms Jamie Geeling has been appointed as the teacher for our new Gr R class next year. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Education, specialising in Early Childhood Development as well as an Honours Degree in Inclusive Education, both completed with distinction. Before spending the last 9 years as a Gr R teacher, Jamie worked with children struggling with behavioural, emotional and learning challenges. Her love, expertise and passion for what she does shines through and we look forward to learning much from all she has to offer. As part of our academic intern programme, we look forward to appointing a new intern to the Grade R team. An announcement in this regards will be made in due course.
Sadly for us at the Woods, Mrs Stephanie Phuti has decided to accept a position at the International School of Cape Town (Wynberg) and, as she continues to study teaching, this is an amazing opportunity for her. There is no doubt she will be missed by many at St Cyprian’s, especially up here in the Woods where her warm manner with the staff, parents and children, has been greatly appreciated. She has been a wonderful support to me in her role of Woods Administrator but I know this is an opportunity which she cannot overlook. I am sure you will join me in wishing her well at her new school and all the best with her studies. We will be advertising for Stephanie’s post in the near future.
Service of Gift Giving and Hamper Day
The time of giving is almost upon us and we have two events lined up which give us the opportunity of reaching out as well as showing our appreciation.
Service of Gift Giving: Wednesday 7 November
In our ongoing support of the Villiersdorp community, we ask the girls to contribute a gift/toy which they will lay at the altar during our Gift Giving Service in chapel on Wednesday 7th November. Auntie Pam, our angel of mercy, is always so grateful for these gifts which she distributes amongst boys and girls in need. Clothing is also most welcome for both boys and girls.
Hamper Day Collection: Wednesday 7 November
Every year we show our appreciation and thanks to our wonderful support staff and security guards at a special assembly in the last week of term. We ask every girl to provide an item for these hampers and an explanatory email outlining this will be sent to you. Kindly send these items to school by Friday 16 November so we have plenty of time to prepare the hampers. Thank you so much for your generosity.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!