Dear parents, girls and staff
The past two weeks have provided many celebratory opportunities for the High School! As a part of the build-up to St Cyprian’s Day, it was wonderful to be able to host the reunion groups of the SCS Union from the Classes of 1968 – 2008 for a special Eucharist Service and tea, followed by a tour of the school. In addition, we introduced a ‘new tradition’ in the form of Alumnae vs the 1st Teams in Soccer, Netball and Hockey on Saturday. It was a fantastic day, and thank you to all of the participants as well as the organisers. St Cyprian’s Day itself was yet another very special occasion. After an early light sprinkling of rain (blessings from above during this year of drought), the clouds cleared as if on cue for our procession down to the Cathedral. It was particularly special to have Lindiwe Hani (SCS Matric 1998) as our guest speaker. Her talk on growing up as Chris Hani’s daughter, and her powerful message of learning to ask for help when needed and never to give up hope resonated with many in the congregation and was a critically important one for the girls to hear.
It was then back to school for an outstanding tea and the beloved tradition of dancing around the tree for all new girls and members of staff, led by the current Grade 12 class. A special mention must be made of the spectacular cake created by Renier Botes – we are so fortunate to have someone with his talents as a part of the team!
During the cathedral service and according to tradition, we award our Lily Award to someone in recognition of their selfless contribution to our school. This year's recipient, Zenobia du Toit, a long-standing member of Council and Deputy Chair, was unexpectedly called away on urgent business, and was therefore unable to receive her award in person. We hope to re-award it to her next year.
The Under the Mountain Music Festival was absolutely superb as can be seen from the photographs on social media and the ‘buzz’ that surrounded the event. Our sincere thanks go to the PA and particularly to the core organising committee - Renzo Schincariol, Fiona Biccard, Maryna Cursi, Shoneez Warrington, and Lize McNab - for their unwavering commitment to bringing this event to life so successfully. A big thank you also goes to Marelize de Klerk and Renier Botes and their respective teams, Kathryn Bilski and Yvette Brummer and the SCS Union team, and Ross Johnson and the Music Department. The four days of celebration surrounding St Cyprian's Day created a festival atmosphere that we look forward to continuing.
And finally, today marks the end of the Grade 12 preliminary examinations, and we are looking forward to having the Matrics back for the last few days of school. A sincere thank you to Mrs James and her team for the exceptionally efficient manner in which these exams have been managed, and to the girls for their high level of cooperation throughout this period. We are confident that the girls are more than well prepared for their final examinations.
Please note that the High School will be closing at the normal time on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, and at 12:45 on Thursday and 11:00 on Friday. We wish you all a wonderful, albeit short, break before we start the final term of the year.