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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

 

 
 
 

CLASSROOM NEWS


We hope Mrs Redelinghuys finally has time to sit and read on her garden bench 

Final hugs all round


Gr 5s iced Marie biscuits before packing them into packets and dropping them off at Good Hope Seminary Junior School.   

Zoe Brown of KFM Radio came to share her story of resilience and making the most of opportunities given her, with our Gr 5s. Emily Brink thanking her.

Guest speaker, Steve Evans who participated in the Olympics in 2004, told our girls, never, never, never give up on your dreams


Gr 6 made Ice cream …….

......... and Rebecca Lubbe Gr 6 SH enjoyed eating it

Gr 6s enjoyed their Outing to the Labia

Gr 7s busy with their craft workshop

Peer mediators are easily recognizable on the FP playground.  Thank you for being such wonderful friendship fairies, Peta Moore and Syrah Herd.

The Gr 3s said farewell to the Foundation Phase in the Chapel today.  Here are Daniella Hancock, Nina Vosloo and Tahlia van Breda as the delightful and beautiful Grade 4 teachers.  Can you spot who is who? 
 
 
Mrs Redelinghuys was surprised by her Foundation Phase girls in her garden when they handed over a bench of love to her.  They serenaded her with their angelic voices.


Gr 3s leaving a message for the next Grade 

Gr 3 SAC doing Maths games to the very end

Gr 2SU enjoying a craft day and creating wonderful items

Christie-Lee Horn, Ruby Read, Erin Rutherford and Lily Friderichs Gr 2 RW enjoyed crafting with all things bright and beautiful 

Elfie, our mascot in the background,  hanging on the swing, and staring out at Lion's Head after a hard day's work watching over our girls. 

Gr 1 LPG doing Number Sense with a smile.

Gr 1 RC decorating their gingerbread men.

Gr 7s making their mosaic creations which will be part of their gift to the school.  

Gr 7 bonding before their Farewell tomorrow evening.

Gr 3s as book characters in their final assembly.
 
 
 

SPORT NEWS


Annablu Bergstrom - Sportwoman of the year 2019

Gemma Haupt receiving her Individual Sports Award.

Ruby Gallacher Gr 1MW having fun at Sports Day

And we have take off! 

Indra Hoets Gr 2KB about to win the sack race

Amara Myhardt and Isabella Smeda Gr 3SAC having fun at the Sports Day and demonstrating team work 

Verinder House won the Inter-House Tennis Championships
 
Team of the year - U13A Netball

Mikaila Stevens received the  All rounder cup of the year 2019.

Team of the year - Cross Country (absent Micayla Mockford)

The Huyshamen Award was given to Gina Marshall

Individual Sport Award was shared by Gemma Purcell and Gemma Haupt

Eve Richardson and Layla Duffy Gr 2 RW focussed on winning.

We always give of our best!
Foundation Phase Fun Sports Day
Last Friday we were treated to perfect weather and a wonderful event.  The lovely thing about a FP Sports Day is that it is a morning where we are able to celebrate our children for who they are, and have the opportunity of witnessing their various emotions of determination, nervousness, joy, relief, happiness, and lots of laughter and friendship all  in one day.  There was an abundance of smiles from the girls themselves and the parents.  Even the teachers were beaming with pride as they watched their classes race their way to the finish line.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible, especially Stacey Block and Hlengiwe Linda.  

Summer Awards
On Monday we were able to recognize an array of wonderful sporting achievements.It is truly  amazing what are girls do. Congratulations to all the Award winners.  

Final Word from the Sport Department
Thank you, wonderful girls, for making this year a great success on the sports field.  You have given many good performances and demonstrated wonderful teamwork and fun throughout the year.
Thank you to our amazing sports captains who have helped and supported the coaches and Miss Block this year. You have worked hard and as a result grown as individuals.   Thank you for all the laughter you generated too.
Thank you to the parents for supporting the girls and transporting them to matches and galas and being supportive spectators.
Thank you to the teaching staff who have supported the Sports Department, helping with duties throughout the year.
We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday, and look forward to another successful and busy year ahead.
 
 
 

ART NEWS


Grade 4 Self Portraits

Grade 1 World Cup Champions

Emma Souter Gr 4 BRM

Art Club
 
Grade 5 Matisse productions

Grade 6 Matisse productions

Grade 1 Art club

Grade 6
 
 

MUSIC NEWS

Mrs Gelderblom and Mrs Starker with their wonderful Grade 1 violinists after their last lesson on the year this week.

 

Mrs Meyer and her proud students after they entertained their parents and friends at a lunchtime concert yesterday.

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
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