Dear Parents, staff and girls

I do hope that you had a blessed Easter and enjoyed some family time over this holy long weekend.

In addition, “Chag Sameach” to all our Jewish families who celebrated the Pesach Festival.

Time on Task
After a short first term, this second term is one of many interruptions and short weeks. Over and above Easter, we have the Workers Day Public Holiday on 1 May coming up next week, and the week thereafter brings us to the elections and a Public Holiday on 8 May. We have also fitted in Inter-House Athletics and “Inter-Winter” is coming up after our morning celebrations of Africa. Our annual “Africa Day” celebrations coupled with collections of food and winter woolies is a highlight every year, and this year donations are being made to the Scalabrini Centre (a development and welfare organisation for migrant and local communities in Cape Town) and organisations in Natal/Mozambique dealing with flood relief.  
Many girls experienced the joy of sporting tours or a Round Square Conference, and others have been intensely involved in “Chicago - The High School Edition”, which has taken up a great deal of time. It has been a very demanding term to-date both for our girls and you, their parents, as you have facilitated them being able to take up wonderful opportunities. However, it is now an imperative that an academic focus takes precedence (with every effort being made NOT to miss school for appointments or illness that doesn’t absolutely require time off). Exams are looming and their reality will be upon us all too soon. Anxiety rises the closer we get to exams so I encourage all our girls and their parents to pre-plan how they will manage themselves and their studying during this window before the exams begin.

Upper Orange Street Field Development
I am delighted to share with you the exciting news that we have received! The City’s Mayoral Appeals Committee has rejected the appeal of the neighbours to stop the development of the Upper Orange Street field by St Cyprian’s School – the appeal was regarded as having no grounds or validity.
At last we are able to move forward in developing our long anticipated astro-turf field and our partnership with Good Hope Seminary.
Please click on this link Under Construction for the full details!

Warm regards

SJ Redelinghuys

Inter-House Athletics



The 2019 Inter-House Athletics day was a huge success and a wonderful day all-round. As can be seen from the final results, the athletics was a very tight contest, with Verinder taking the performance cup for the first time in the Gr.12s' high school career. This event is the best opportunity for the whole school to see our athletes in action, and it was truly a morning of wonderful achievements and participation. The spirit was just as hotly contested and compliments go to the house leaders for embracing the new criteria, which led to a very refreshing approach to the spirit and involvement of the houses. Nine records were broken on the day and a big shout out to Holly Brand who broke a 22-year old standing record (1997) for U14 long jump. This was Zinam Klaas’ (Grade 12) last Inter-House Athletics meeting and she did us proud yet again by breaking another three records! She now holds all the 12 records for the sprint events - 100m, 200m and 400m across the various age groups. We will miss Zinam, but her records will remain with us for a long time. 
Below are the 2019 results:


Round Square African Regional Conference

Four Grade 10s, Zara Archibald, Jenna Hart, Rachel Hess and Katarina Laspatzis, along with Ms Barnard and Mrs Redelinghuys represented our school at the Round Square African Regional Conference hosted by St Andrews College in Grahamstown from the 12th to the 16th of April.
The theme of the conference was Embracing our realities, expanding our opportunities, and all delegates spent the four-day conference doing just that. This conference was unique in the sense that the we were faced with a pre-conference task, which would later be assessed at a “Dragons' Den” based activity. As a group, we were faced with several tasks, namely, responsibility, inventiveness and problem-solving.
During the conference, we, as a group, embraced our appreciation for diversity by meeting and interacting with people from all over Africa. We embraced our spirit of adventure by visiting the wildlife rehabilitation centre at Shamwari. Participating in the “amazing race”, assessed our teamwork skills as we had to work in our barazza groups to complete various problem-solving activities. In addition to this, the spirit of service was one that was greatly embraced as we all enjoyed getting to know and play with less-fortunate children as well as painting their new counselling area. Lastly, our self-awareness was assessed during the educational TED talks, eye-opening presentations and informative barazza sessions. We had the privilege to have Zolani Mahola from Freshlyground perform for the delegates and teachers at the closing ceremony, which was the perfect end to a perfect week.
Many barazza sessions, friendships, and memories later, our whirlwind of a conference was over. This was an unforgettable experience that we will cherish forever! A special thank you to the parents and teachers who supported the trip in so many ways.
Katarina Laspatzis (Grade 10)

English News

On the balmy summer’s evening of 16 February, we had the pleasure of accompanying a contingent of our girls to Maynardville for the production of Shakespeare’s Richard lll. The evening was a treat for us all. The girls were riveted and completely mesmerised by Alan Committie’s portrayal of the King, as he made the audience a part of his conspiracy.

Grade 8 Shakespeare Evening


The most exciting event of the year for the Grade 8s, their families, friends and teachers has to be The Shakespeare Evening held in the amphitheatre at The Woods. Our budding stars rose to the occasion as we watched characters fight, swoon and die at the most inopportune moments! This added to the flare, entertainment and sheer enjoyment of the evening. Congratulations Grade 8s on your inauguration as Thespians.

Grahamstown Schools' Festival on the road

The Grade 11s’ creativity was embraced and enriched for two days at the Artscape last term. From drama to dance to debating, our girls made full use of the opportunities this annual event offers.

World Book Day in the English Department

On 12 April, the staff and students, in true St Cyprian’s School style, embraced the magic of World Book Day. The English Department did not disappoint with the performance of their very own murder mystery starring Agatha Christie, Inspector Hercule Poirot, Detective Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and of course, a body.

SACEE Public Speaking Competition

  Congratulations to Mr Mutsvairo who has been elected to the committee of the Western Cape South African Council of English Educators. He is the brain behind the SACEE Public Speaking competition. Mr Mutsvairo ran training workshops with several schools before the competition began.

isiXhosa Enrichment Programme


On 2 March 2019, the isiXhosa Department hosted the first ever isiXhosa Enrichment Programme.  The aim of this programme is to bring back the dignity and the richness of the language ‘isiXhosa’ in schools. 
By initiating this programme, excellence in the language, through creative writing, storytelling, writing short stories, praise and written poetry, literature essays, reading aloud, spelling, presenting prepared and unprepared speeches, debates, stage, drama and film production, will be preserved.
At the same time, this programme is aiming to improve our students' performance in the language in our schools. These co-curricular activities are integrated into teaching, learning and assessment. Students will be given a specific topic to research each year and present it on a day selected by the teachers involved in the project.
This year, the schools that were involved - apart from our St Cyprians girls - were Camps Bay High School, Holy Cross Convent and SACS. Well done to our girls; they did so well.
Juniors who participated in Unprepared Reading Catergory:
Grace McKinnel, Owami Mtolo, Mihlali Sokoko, Hanna Van Der Westhuizen and Jana Steyn. Congratulations to Jana Steyn who won in this category.
Well done to Mihlali Sokoko who won the Storytellying category.
Seniors who participated in Debating, Unprepared Reading, Prepared Reading, Poetry and Spelling were Khanyisile Mafeje; Sibabalwe Dyaphu; Sinovuyo Xakabantu; Similo Qwabe; Lunathi Dalasile and Lilitha Mfundisi.
I would like to congratulate our Senior girls for their outstanding performances in the following categories – Poetry; Spelling and Debating:
Lilitha Mfundisi (Poetry); Lunathi Dalasile (Spelling); Similo Qwabe (Best Speaker in Debating)
We hope that there will be more schools joining us next year.
Mrs Manjiya-Mboma (isiXhosa Teacher)

Science News


The Grade 12s did their last portfolio practical item for the year on chemical reaction rates.

The Grade 10s were able to identify metals using the flame test.

The Grade 11s coded their sphero bots to investigate the effect of friction on motion.


Geography News

The Grade 11 Geography girls and Mr Grundlingh travelled down into the CBD to learn about the urban heat island, do field sketches, use Snapchat and the applications’ temperature filter to identify ways in which we as Capetonians can reduce the intense temperatures experienced in the City Bowl, especially in the summer time. The class then travelled across to the Green Point Urban Park to chat to Darryl Pryce-Lewis who was part of the Park's design and construction team. We looked at how filtration methods can improve our city’s drainage systems as well as how the green space has generated a recreational zone as well as how the Park is a ‘green lung’ for the city.

Round Square News

Julia Rubin has reported that she is enjoying her Japan Exchange opportunity:
'I could never be sushied out - it’s SOY nice here! My highlight has definitely been how safe Japan is. I love being able to take the train by myself - the independence is thrilling and I love learning about their culture. It’s so different!'

In-House Community Club


This term, the students made Easter Cards for our support staff, and attached these to  an Easter egg each. The gesture was highly appreciated.
The students also made and sold pancakes as our fund-raising drive for Booth Memorial Hospital. With last term’s bake sales, we have raised nearly R2000. These funds will be used towards the cost of new hospital cubicle curtains.


Chicago - The High School Edition: 9 - 11 May 2019


Seats are almost sold out for our upcoming show, Chicago (High School Edition). Book now for an evening of Jazz, intrigue and scandal! It would be criminal if you missed it.

Critical Conversations Breakfast

A reminder to book your place at Critical Conversations Breakfast with Lovelyn.  We’re looking forward to a full house.  Don’t miss out!  Book now!
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Thought for the week

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