7 May 2019
Dear St Cyprian’s School Community
On behalf of Council, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Shelley Frayne as the next Principal of St Cyprian’s School. She will assume her new role on 1 January 2020. Shelley is the current head of The Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) in Grahamstown, a position she has held for 11 years. She is also the current Chair of SAHISA (South African Heads of Independent Schools Association), a national, professional membership organisation for Heads and Principals of ISASA affiliated schools.
Raised in Cape Town, Shelley studied at Rhodes University and then UCT. She began her teaching career at Fairmont High School before accepting a post at what was then the fledgling Somerset College in 1997. During her tenure, Shelley headed up English and History, oversaw Sport, and ran a boarding house – ultimately becoming the Deputy Head of the school. After 10 years of service to the College, she left to take up the position as Head of Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown. DSG is a school very similar to St Cyprian’s School in that it is an Anglican school for girls, a member of ISASA, and it offers boarding.
Her 11 years of experience at the helm of DSG has immersed Shelley in both girls’ education and the IEB approach to teaching and learning. In her time there she has spearheaded change in many areas, notably in the arena of transformation, and the school is regarded as a leader in this sphere. Shelley has displayed vision and enormous strategic competence both in advancing the concept of belonging and embracing diversity - as well as overseeing infrastructural growth to realise the school’s vision.
Shelley believes in the need for a wide and holistic educational offer. She adheres to the Round Square precept that young people need to be challenged beyond their comfort zones to help them realise who they are, and what they can achieve. She believes it is necessary for a school programme to balance the academic, spiritual, cultural and sporting opportunities so that young women can discover their unique talents, develop a wide range of skills, and find unique opportunities to excel. She sees the roles of the Principal and staff as setting the example and providing the encouragement for students to pursue excellence in all that they do. But above all, she feels the responsibility of the Principal and staff is to make sure that all students in their care feel nurtured and valued.
We are very fortunate to have secured Shelley as our new Principal. There are several Principals retiring at the end of this year and thus many schools actively searching for new leaders. Identifying and appointing the best Principal under any circumstances is difficult, but more so in the current competitive environment.
We look forward to welcoming Shelley and her family – husband, Gary, and daughter, Catherine - to the St Cyprian’s School Community. Our best wishes go to her as she prepares to take up her new position at St Cyprian’s School. We look forward to a long and happy relationship with her as Principal and have no doubt that she will continue to move our school forward in new and exciting ways – together with the staff, parents/guardians, and girls.
I wish to thank the committed and professional selection committee, who tasked with the unenviable job of finding a person to take over from our exceptional Principal, Sue Redelinghuys, dedicated themselves with integrity to the purpose. Such a process genuinely requires a team effort.
Chair of Council