Dear Parents, Students and Staff

This is it – my last newsletter to you all!

It has been a week of fabulous farewells and awesome opportunities to reminisce and say goodbye to many people in many ways, and I am left feeling humbled, honoured and loved. Thank you!

What a fabulous 12 years it has been at St Cyprian’s School, a school which engenders passion, extreme loyalty and a great sense of community. It has been an incredible privilege to be at the helm of this ship, to work with talented, dedicated teams to shape a school that I feel consistently aspires for excellence on a global level: I celebrate the individuals that have made up the teams, and the teams themselves, for what they have brought into being – the infrastructure and enabling environment that will continue to ensure that our “girls in blue” have that edge.
To our High School girls, you are amazing young women! Individually unique and special, powerful and passionate, courageous and tenacious, values driven, committed, dedicated, loyal and loving, there is no better group of students than you are, and I salute and celebrate you! Together you have created an extended  “family in blue”, which despite the challenges that life inevitably brings, has developed the “ties that bind”, and a strength through connection. Thank you for who you are, for what you are becoming; thank you for what you have brought to build this school and make it what it is, thank you for inspiring us to do more, be more, achieve more in partnership with you.
It is a rare occurrence when the Head and Deputy leave a school in the same year. However, we are proud of Ms Wallace and celebrate her appointment as Principal of Wynberg Girls High School, and we wish her happiness and fulfilment as she moves into the next era of her life. Through her, I have no doubt that some of the magic of St Cyprian’s School will spread beyond our walls and, as the Principal of a competitor school, we will still see her at sports and other events. On the personal level, my respect and gratitude go to her for the pivotal role she has played at SCS over 24 years, but most especially during our shared journey of 12 years. It has been an extraordinary journey together, a once in a life-time opportunity for like minds to pull together and bring traction to the change processes we have all experienced.

I know that the Deputy Heads, Thys Lourens and Bridget James, together with the High School MANCO, Ross Johnson, Elsabe Odendal and Dave Carr, are strongly positioned to ensure that the school continues on a steady path and that it will continue to thrive and grow. And I am very excited that it is Shelley Frayne, an amazing woman and a seasoned Principal, who will be taking over the reins of leadership at our beloved school. I wish her the same joy and gratification that I have had through my association with this incredible school and its community.

I wish you all a happy holiday, a blessed Christmas and all the very best for 2020. Thank you for the magical season that has been my 12 years at St Cyprian’s School!

Warm regards

SJ Redelinghuys

Carol Service

What an amazing way to finish off the year and welcome the Festive Season with another beautiful Carol Service. Well done girls - you sang like angels. The High School Choir and Whole School Orchestra were simply exceptional!

Drama News

The Grade 8 Drama classes produced set design or maquettes for the Ancient Greek Myth of Persephone and Demeter. Their task included using recycled materials in their stage designs. Here are some designs for the Underworld, Olympus and Earth.

  We are very proud of Emma-Rose Blacher who has been performing as a guest artist in the LAMTA year-end showcase, “ENCORE” at Theatre on the Bay. The show is a celebration of South Africa’s brightest  young musical theatre talent and Emma-Rose’s star shines brightly with the best. Brava! You can still catch her in performance until Saturday 7 December.

Alumnae News

Atlanta matriculated from St Cyprian’s School with top marks in Drama  in 2014. She studied acting for Film and Television at ACT in the city bowl, where she graduated in 2107. Shortly after graduating, she was  cast in Nicola Hanekom’s thought-provoking play “Cut Out Girls” aimed at spreading awareness about date rape and rape culture. Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro cinemas are screening “Cut Out Girls” as a feature film, with Atlanta in a titled role. Congratulations Atlanta!  We are very proud of you.

Sport News



SCS vs All Saints Anglican School, Queensland
This week, we hosted a touring group from All Saints Anglican School, Queensland, Australia, and played two netball matches against the visitors. The two SCS invitational teams played very well, considering that most girls last played netball in early September. However, the visitors are in the same season as us, so the playing field was very even and the games narrowly contested. Both schools won one match each, and we had a lovely post-match function with the team in the Voorkamer before they headed out to continue their journey. Congratulations and thanks go to the SCS girls that played, and the Spirit Team and parents that supported our girls.

U16 Water Polo
The U16 water polo teams played league fixtures this term that were structured in round-robin format on a weekly basis, which meant that both teams had the opportunity for a lot of game time over the course of the term. Both teams played constructive and positive water polo, and progressed in leaps and bounds every week. It is incredible that we are able to field two teams in both the U16 and U19 age groups, one of the reasons being that we have a fantastic team of coaches. Huge thanks to the team.

U19 Water Polo
Our U19 teams had a short polo term with tournaments rather than league matches. The 19A team competed at the Somerset College Stayers’ tournament for the first time this term, where they placed 7th overall. After that, they attended the annual Parklands Festival, which they won. The 19B team competed at the Fish Hoek 19A Festival and held their own beautifully, and in the same Parklands festival, lost in the semi-finals.

Tennis: SCS vs Springfield
Doubles partners, Olivia Lewis and Emma Maw, participated in a league match against Springfield.

Basketball: SCS vs Camps Bay High School
The Basketball Teams took a quick 'time-out' after their matches against Camps Bay High School.

Round Square News

RSIS Borneo
Kayla Borain, Kara Salters, Tamaryn Blockman, Mumtaz Mohamood and Mr Grundlingh (pictured above) are off to Borneo for the Round Square Big Build where they will be renovating the extremely dilapidated staff accommodation of Tambunan Orphanage. The centre cares for and educates 75 children who have either lost their parents, or have parents who cannot care for them or, who have been abandoned. It’s time to give back to those who dedicate all their energy to care for the children and young people within the orphanage.

Outgoing Exchanges
We wish the following two girls well as they head off on their exchange adventure: Kiera Matthysen, (Gordonstoun, Scotland) and Janneka van der Walt (Fountain Valley, Colorado,USA).

Incoming Exchanges
We look forward to welcoming the following exchange students in Term 1:
Maria Santofimio (Colombia), Silvia Velez (Colombia), Millie Clark (Scotland), Zoe Mascarin (Canada) and Victoria Larsen (Denmark)

 Tsitsikamma Gold President’s Award Hike


This week we completed the final preparations for this year's Gold President Award Hike. Five teachers and 14 students are taking on the mighty six-day Tsitsikamma Adventure from the 6 - 11th December. 
Safe travels and adventures to Anna, Romy, Catherine, Emma, Tristen, Gabi, Steph, Emma, Kaitlyn, Jessica, Alex, Pheobe, Emily and  Kiera. A special thank you to the adventure teachers Ms Steyn, Ms Viljoen, Ms Dallimore, Ms Mouton and Ms Block.

Final Word...

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