30 June 2017

Dear St Cyprian's School Parents, Girls and Staff
The term has ended on a really high note with the St Cyprian's School Eisteddfod and the inter-house singing. What an amazing display of talent was on show yesterday and today from the Art and Design girls and the Music girls. Extraordinary visual work – paintings, drawings, sculptures, dresses, models – gave our corridors and notice boards new and exciting life, and I am so proud of what the girls have achieved in a short six-month period. The music across both schools was of an exceptional standard, and the girls are confident and so skilled in their performances that I often had to remind myself that they were indeed still at school! The adjudication confirmed that the performance standards were very high.

It has been a huge celebration of culture at the school, and my sincere thanks and great admiration go to Mr Ross Johnson, our Director of Culture across the schools. Together with an exceptional team in the Art/Design and Music Departments, a new benchmark of excellence has been set. This does not happen without a great deal of forward planning and organisation, and my gratitude goes to Mrs Gelderblom (Head of Music Preparatory School), Mrs van Wieringen (Head of Music High School), Ms Moodley (Music Administrator), Mrs Robertson (Head of Arts), Ms Stander (Visual Art) and the many staff involved in planning and managing the day. In addition, I need to congratulate and honour each and every one of our students who spent many afternoons this week practising for the Inter-House Singing, and the conductors and house leaders of each house. Thank you, girls!
Reports are accessible once again this term on Blue Sky. I am very pleased with the standard of work achieved across the high school, which shows a steady but definite upward trajectory. Parents, please take time to go through these reports with your daughters and praise them for their wonderful academic achievements and progress made. Exam terms are always stressful, but when the results are good the feeling of accomplishment, together with recognition of effort, is motivating for the term ahead. You will notice that we have introduced something new on the reports – a self-assessment of certain criteria that impact upon successful examination writing. The purpose is to provoke mindfulness and self-knowledge and provide goals in the “soft” skill of self-management.
Although we haven’t had our normal rainfall, there have been a number of bitingly cold days at school. The management team has therefore looked at ways in which the girls can dress warmly for the 3rd term ONLY, without compromising the uniform and the school’s identity associated with it. We have decided to trial the following alternate winter uniform for very cold days:

Warm Uniform:
The school tracksuit in full - with the blue (short sleeved) PE shirt underneath it, long grey socks and trainers that are either predominantly black or predominantly white. The large warm sports jacket may be worn over the tracksuit, and a scarf that is neither worn nor frayed and is neat, with this uniform. A spencer may be worn under the sports shirt, but cannot replace the sports shirt. Stockings may also be worn under the socks and the track suit pants. Thus there are a number of possible layers, but at all times there needs to be a core NEAT FULL uniform.

Formal Uniform:
The formal “Number 1” uniform remains the skirt, shirt and tie, 70 decitex stockings and black shoes, the school jersey and blazer. A warm sports jacket may be worn over the blazer. A jersey may not be worn instead of a blazer.
The school reserves the right to require the girls to dress in the formal uniform for chapel on Fridays, and on any occasion it feels that this is necessary. The girls will be given due warning of this.
Please note that this is a trial for next term only. Should the girls mix and match uniforms or should the warm uniform become untidy and not in line with the requirements of the school, we will revert to full formal uniform.  
The Grade 10 students had to prepare a batter or dough:
Maxine Arnold's teatime favourite - chocolate cupcake!
Sarah-Jane Hall prepared a pesto-infused macaroni cheese with a fresh salad garnish, and individual pear tartlets with chantilly creme and poached fruit.
Sarah-Ann Henderson prepared hot cross buns with confectioners custard-filling topped with poached apricot.
The Grade 11 students had to prepare a yeast and choux pastry:
Lara Dominicus prepared a scrumptious plated herb and cherry tomato bread loaf and wonderful cream-filled, dark chocolate ganache covered profiteroles.
Georgia Thom with her beautifully presented cinnamon bun rolls and chocolate profiteroles.
Ashleigh Williams prepared super-light cream puffs.
Yvana Ramos prepared pizza, plaited bread and Choux puffs.
The Grade 12 students had to prepare a yeast or choux pastry with the coagulation of a protein:
Mikhe Botha prepared chocolate eclairs and glazed doughnuts.
Taskeen Thokan prepared home-made pretzels with home-made hummus and onion reduction.
Senga van Wyk prepared home-made bagels with savoury fillings.
Isabella Watterson prepared lean beef burger patties with home-made bread rolls, crispy potato discs, marjoram and oregano infused cherry tomatoes, red onion juis and home made paprika infused mayonnaise.
The Mathematics Department is making excellent use of Siyavula, particularly in the younger grades where
the Grade 8 students are averaging over 500 completed exercises each.
The challenge of the competition was for each student to complete the most exercises daily from 3 May - 3 June. Mrs du Toit’s students, who won the competition, completed an astounding 13 000 exercises in total! A cash prize of R800 was awarded to Grade 8ET. Well done girls!
The Matric students completed their mid-year examinations with a 6-hour Mathematics task with a few short breaks in between. The Mathematics Department treated the students with heart sweets in an attempt to replace any stress with joy!
Congratulations to Leila van der Westhuizen (left) and Romy Stevens (right) for making it through to the third round of the South African Mathematics Olympiad. Romy also placed first within our school for her results in the annual UCT Mathematics Competition.
Our Mathematics students have been hard at work this term integrating their thinking of algebra with technology. They were tasked to work on decision-making in their creation of their own algebra-based Kahoots for the classroom and beyond.
Well done to our Jazz Band who received a standing ovation when performing in the Baxter Concert Hall for the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival Outreach Concert held on Saturday 3 June.
A big thank you to Carina Bruwer and Luca Hart of Sterling EQ who performed for the Lunch Club event on Tuesday 13 June in the Voorkamer.
A reminder please to diarise the Whole School and PA AGM on Thursday, 27 July at 18:00 in the Haggie Hall. Please make every effort to attend this meeting to stay connected to what is happening and what has happened at this wonderful school of ours over the last year. Cheese and wine will be served after the meeting in the Hall Foyer.

Monday 25 July
07:45 Term 3 commences

Thursday 27 July
17:00-20:00 Grade 8 Design and Technology Display
18:00-20:00 Whole School AGM and PA AGM

Wednesday 2 August
12:15 Lunch Time Music Concert
17:00-19:00 Grades 10-12 Parent/Teacher Meetings
We are so proud of all the girls who were interviewed for the Expresso Show as a part of their Youth Month Campaign. Take a look at their interview in the clip below. 
The In-House Community Club enjoyed their time making greeting cards for Red Cross Children's Hospital.
The Matric Union Breakfast for matric students and parents was hosted by the St Cyprian's School Union on Tuesday, 27 June. The matrics were informed about the activities of the Union, and student received a bracelet with an engraved lily to always remind them of the time they spent at St Cyprian’s School.
After learning about the macrostructure of the kidney, the Grade 11 Life Sciences students ended the term with a kidney dissection.
The Grade 12 students completed their Life Sciences Paper 3 Practical Exam last week. This is an unseen practical that they are required to perform, tabulate their answers, and draw conclusions from their findings.
The Grade 8 Drama class prepared a range of puppet plays, facilitated by actress and puppeteer, Andrea van Maygaarden, for their mid-year practical exams. They performed these for the Grade R girls on 6 June – to lots of giggles, laughter and applause.
By Loide Musweu (Grade10)
On Friday, 23 June 2017, my fellow Economics classmates, Mrs Rama and I had the opportunity to visit Food Forward SA and received insight into the purpose of Food Forward SA, their vision, mission, achievements and how it has impacted South Africa’s economy.
Food Forward SA is an umbrella organisation of NGOs that send edible surplus to NPOs. The NPOs redistribute this food to many hungry South Africans, providing access to nutritious meals at a cost of R0.86 per meal. They receive surplus from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. In addition, they have partnerships with large markets such as Nestle, Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers, Shoprite, etc.
All the surplus that Food Forward SA receives is used efficiently. Perishable goods are sent to NPOs to be distributed promptly before they expire.  Food that has already expired is sent to companies who would find it useful, e.g. farmers that could feed animals or be used for fertilizer. Nothing ever goes to waste.
St Cyprian's School has annually donated groceries to Food Forward SA. This Mandela Day is another opportunity for everyone to donate groceries and their time for charity. Make a good impact in someone's life by helping Food Forward SA this Mandela Day.
Our best wishes go to our Art and Design girls, Mrs Robertson and Ms Stander who are travelling overseas to Japan, Tokyo on 1 July for 10 days. We are looking forward to hearing about their experiences upon their return!
My thanks go to an extraordinary staff, our wonderful girls and their incredibly supportive parents for a really good term! I wish you all a memorable holiday, safe travels and exciting times with your families. I hope you get to enjoy late lie-ins on cold mornings, and time with special friends and family.
Next term we are looking forward to the RSIC 2017!
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