Dear Parents and Guardians
As the academic year draws to a close, we are spending the last two weeks in the wonders of learning through story telling. From hearing an Olympic champion tallking about the determination and grit he needed to succeed, to the story of courage and calculated risk from a young entrepreneur, we have learned so much. We have also had the project manager of the St Cyprian’s building development, Donovan Brown - one of our parents - explaining the process of building to a fascinated and excited group of Grade 7s who hung on every word and left his talk feeling in awe of the venture.
Of course, the obligatory class celebrations have been joyous and energetic, and were interspersed with craft mornings, beading, and ice cream making. The Grade 7s attended a workshop in specific preparation of their move to High School. The Grade 5s made and decorated biscuits for the pupils at Good Hope Seminary Junior School down the road. Additional outings have included visits to the Labia Theatre, the Planetarium, the Observatory and the fascinating historical tour of Langa township.
We still look forward to the Foundation Phase (FP) Farewell Assembly (08h00), Music Awards Ceremony (13h15) and the FP Carol Service (18h00) all on Monday 2 December, the school Carol Service (Grades 4 to 11) in St George’s Cathedral at 18h00 on Wednesday, the Intermediate Phase (IP) Academic Celebration on Thursday at 09h30 and finally, the IP RICA and Farewell Celebration on Friday at 09h00. School closes for the FP on Thursday at the usual time and the IP on Friday at 10h15.
We do also unfortunately end the year on a bitter - sweet note as we say goodbye to various families and staff. We wish the Grade 7s much happiness and success as they spread their wings and move to High School. They have each participated in some aspect of leadership through the year and they have given all the teachers much joy over the past seven years as they have progressed through the school. May they take the love and special memories of the Preparatory School with them. In the words of Dr Seuss, “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…. Get on your way.”
Sadly, Mrs Bergstedt, our psychologist, leaves us after two years at St Cyprian's Preparatory School to take up a position at Vista Nova, a special needs school in Rondebosch. During this time, she has guided and mentored scores of girls, and been a gentle and wise support to parents and staff in helping students with their personal challenges. She has earned the respect of the staff and her leaving will certainly leave a gap.
Mrs Kari Trollip, Grade 5 teacher for the past year, moves to Port Elizabeth with her family at the end of the year. She has become an integral part of the staff, bringing innovative ideas to the grade and a gentle, loving, fun touch to the girls. We wish her many blessings as she welcomes her baby into the world in 2020. We will miss her.
Congratulations to Roshan Salie, our much-loved FP Intern, who after almost three years at St Cyprian’s Preparatory School, has graduated and will be entering the teaching profession as a solid and efficient teacher. There are many girls waiting to be blessed by her warm and compassionate nature. Thank you for all the support you have given both teachers and girls.
Alison Walsh took up the reins in Grade 3 earlier this year. Her steady, calm hand on her pupils has been much appreciated. They have blossomed under her diligent eye. The staff too, will miss her humour.
Finally, the Principal of our School, Mrs Redelinghuys, begins her retirement next year. One needs to be courageous to be a teacher. But as Head of St Cyprian’s School, one needs so much more. She has navigated the school through difficult and often murky waters. She has sailed high on the tides of change. She has passionately kept the ship on course and brought us safely to the end of another year. She has often done this at personal cost. Her deep sense of duty and passion for education has ensured that St Cyprian’s School remains the school of choice. She is a legend amongst her peers. She always says, “Once a girl in blue, always a girl in blue.” This is true for her too. Mrs Redelinghuys, we thank you and wish you much happiness, celebration and joy on your continued journey of life.
I end by thanking my staff. They are talented, experienced and colourful individuals who have given of their best. Collectively they have nurtured and developed their charges' many talents, teaching values, gently encouraging the girls and showing true grit. Someone likened teachers to icebergs because 90% of what they do is unseen. They have been loyal in their support and their spontaneous laughter has brought a lightness to the staffroom. Their hard work has enriched the girls’ lives. My grateful thanks to them, Mrs Jappie and the support staff who have quietly ensured the efficiency and effectiveness of the Preparatory School.
Christmas is seen by many as a time for feasting, exchanging presents and enjoying treasured family time. It is all that but also so much more. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who brings us the eternal message of renewed hope to a restless world, and peace to us as individuals. Wishing you all a merry Christmas and happy new year!
Over and out!
Carol te Water