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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. 
 
 
 
 

Harry Gwala Secondary School

 
 

On Saturday, 15 September, Busisiwe Dubulekwele, Juliana MacRobert, Gia Antoni and Kamogelo Mohale, together with Ms Kasana and Ms Stevens visited Harry Gwala Secondary School in Khayelitsha.  Accompanied by The Harley Davidson Club and Kasi Bikers, we donated a collection of sanitary pads to the girls of the Harry Gwala community. This wonderful event was once again organised by Ms Mohale, a parent in the Prep School. We were entertained by poets, dancers, the school choir, Lesley Bam, a motivational speaker and the revving ensemble of the bikers. The enriching morning continues to highlight the struggle many girls in our city are faced with on a monthly basis. We are grateful to the students and staff who have signed up for Purple Pledge and welcome any others who would like to be involved. 
 
 

Vocabafrica Competition

 
 
Katya Jamie (right) was the national winner in the Grade Eight section of this term’s online Vocabafrica Competition. Isabella van Huyssteen (left) finished third nationally in the same competition in the Grade Nine section. Isabella scored 88%. The next competition will take place next month. Congratulations Katya and Isabella! 
 
 

Knitting Challenge 

 
Each stitch our students, parents and staff have knitted during our knitting challenge, has not only helped us grow closer as a community but has also allowed us to show real, tangible care for those in need of a warm blanket. The overwhelming number of squares (and even some completed blankets!) that you have knitted have been given to Mrs Syndercombe and a group of volunteers from the Anglican Church in Villiersdorp who will sew the squares into blankets.  These blankets are then distributed to babies, school pupils and the elderly in the Villiersdorp and Grabouw area.  Thank you very much for your support!     
 
 
 
 

 
2018 PRIZE-WINNERS AT THE ESKOM SCIENCE EXPO
 

 
2018 PRIZE-WINNERS AT THE ESKOM SCIENCE EXPO TERM 3 
Maxine Arnold and Emily Thring received Bronze in the Innovation and Technology Category.
Alice Gwynne-Evans received Silver in the Environmental Science Category.
Anna-Beth Stevens and Marcelle Rademeyer received Silver in the Animal & Veterinary Science Category.
Jordyn Abrahams and Robyn Hathaway received Silver in the Electric and Electronics Category.
Isabella Strydom received Silver in the Social & Psychological Sciences Category 
Jessica Green and Sophie Rodsell received Gold in the Microbiology & Diseases Category.
Chloe Goodwin and Leah Krige received Gold in the Environmental Science Category.
Daniela Stevenson and Noor Hassan received Gold in the Social & Psychological Sciences.

Daniela and Noor, as gold winners, have been invited to present their project on subtitles and memory at the International Science Fair and will be flying to Johannesburg in October.  We are extremely proud of all our girls!
 
 

Koeberg Power Station Outing

The Grade 11 Physical Sciences and Geography classes headed out to the Koeberg Power Station where they were given an informative and interesting presentation on nuclear power generation. The girls spent their time constructively and engaged with the displays in the visitors' centre to get an idea of what really goes into the production of electricity at a power station.

The outing ended back at school with a visit from the N2 Ice Cream Factory who demonstrated the art of molecular gastronomy in the form of bespoke ice cream made to order using liquid nitrogen.
 
Koeberg Power Station

Ice Cream Factory
 
 
 

Round Square

 
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is fast becoming a reality and as educators, we are acutely aware of the shift in demands that this will require in an educational offer. Apart from the evolution of curricula to include an increased focus on technological development and thinking skills, there is also a growing awareness of the need for an urgent redefinition of character education to navigate this new phase of human evolution.  Round Square strives to develop these important traits of character worldwide. Three teachers from the High School and three from the Prep School recently attended an invaluable conference at St Stithian’s College in Johannesburg. The focus of the various workshops was to explore ways that the Round Square principles can be embedded in our curriculum offer. 
 
 

Lunchtime Concert

 
The final Lunchtime Concert for Term 3 was a fitting close to what has become a well-supported platform for our students to perform for their peers, staff and guests. This week featured solo cello (Hanna van der Westhuizen), a cello duet (Niamh Ahern and Michaela Good), a piano duet (Oatile Pilane and Ms Judith Dernier) as well as piano solos by Eryne Bowers and Niamh Ahern. We look forward to another series of Lunchtime Concerts in Term 4!  
 
 

Music

 

Well done and thank you to all students who performed in the many concerts that took place over the past few weeks. These include the Fikelela Concert at St George's Cathedral, the Guitar Concert, Woodwind Concert, Piano Concert, Matric Concert and the Under the Mountain Music Festival. Well done also to all those who played their ABRSM practical examinations. 
Our High School Choir will be performing the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten with the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town, the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, the Dresden Singakademie and the Dresden Singakademiue Children's Choir on Friday 19 October at Every Nation Church starting at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.quicket.co.za. This will be a performance not to be missed.

 

The High School Guitar Ensemble performing at the Guitar Concert 

The St Cyprian's Jazz Band performing at the Under the Mountain Music Festival
 
 

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Mathematics Project

 
During the course of the third term, The Maths Project met weekly on a Thursday to explore a variety of topics in Mathematics with students at Zonnebloem Nest Senior School. We offered tutoring to the students through completing worksheets in small groups ranging from two to six participants. 
This way, we were able to build an intimate foundation for confident participation while eliminating the fear of asking questions. This genuine partnership has been a humbling and rewarding experience and we look forward to its continuation in Term 4. 
Robyn Beer & Mrs LJ Gomes
 
During the course of the third term, The Maths Project met weekly on a Thursday to explore a variety of topics in Mathematics with students at Zonnebloem Nest Senior School. We offered tutoring to the students through completing worksheets in small groups ranging from two to six participants. 
This way, we were able to build an intimate foundation for confident participation while eliminating the fear of asking questions. This genuine partnership has been a humbling and rewarding experience and we look forward to its continuation in Term 4. 
Robyn Beer & Mrs LJ Gomes
 
 
 

Touch Typing Course

 
Congratulations to all those who successfully completed the first of our Touch Typing courses this week!  The next course will be offered in Term 1 2019, starting in Week 2.  Please email Ms J Wallace (wallacej@stcyprians.co.za) if your daughter is interested in signing up to acquire this incredibly valuable life skill.   
 
 
 

Heritage Day

 
  In celebration of Heritage Day the iGugu Lethu Society ran our Chapel Service. It was a wonderful celebration of the richness of the various cultures and traditions that we have at our school, and a timely reminder that there is more that unites us as humans than divides us! The service was followed by the serving of various tasty dishes in the Fish Pond Quad, made by the members of the society. A big thank you to them, and a Happy Heritage Day to one and all!
Quote of the Week

"Celebration happens when the mind unites with the spirit"

Sri Sri Ravishankar
 
 
 
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