|.Dear Parents and Guardians
I wonder whether the fact that there are just three Fridays left of the term fills you with dread or intense joy and relief? I hope a bit of both! The Intermediate Phase is fully into their final assessment cycle and on Friday, I had the opportunity of reminding them that this was an opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and skills learned this year in preparation for 2020. It is not a time to unduly stress nor change routine other than ensuring a good night’s sleep and healthy eating habits to optimise study time. Much has been learned from the study skills workshops held in each grade and teachers look forward to the satisfying process of marking scripts and seeing how much our girls have learned!
Meantime the Foundation Phase is moving into a time of exciting preparation for end of year functions. The Grade 2s came to Chapel dressed as presents last week. They quite literally sparkled as they gave a message about the importance of what is on the inside. Next year they are the “seniors” of the Foundation Phase and what progress they have made!
Today the Grade 1s welcomed the Grade Rs to the Preparatory School in Chapel. How different they are to the awkward Grade 1s who arrived earlier this year unsure of protocol and overawed by a bigger school. They spoke and sang with such confidence that one wonders what the Grade 7 class of 2025 will achieve.
The Grade 3s meanwhile are preparing their farewell to the Phase on Friday, 29 November at 10h30. This is a moment to celebrate the great strides they have made. Without doubt they are ready for the challenge of the Intermediate Phase which will test both their organisational and academic skills as they take on new subjects, fully immersing themselves in Round Square activities and a wider range of sporting leagues.
The Grade 4BRM class joined in the Bokke Celebration Parade in the city centre on Monday. Watching the procession from the security of a sixth - floor office, I have no doubt it will be a moment the girls will savour. Grace - Ann Sampson, through a family connection, had the unique experience of joining the Bok bus as it journeyed up Loop Street.
During the last two weeks of School our Intermediate Phase girls will be getting their assessment scripts back, preparing for our Carol Service to be held in St George's Cathedral on 4 December at 18h00, and participating in an enrichment programme that includes a craft project, interesting speakers and other exciting activities. The Foundation Phase has organised a similar programme for their students. Their Carol Service will be held in the Hall on 2 December at 18h00. Their Fun Sports Day next week on Friday, 22 November, will be held on the Gardens Tech Rugby Field starting at 09h45 to give those parents watching the Grade R nativity play time to drive up.
Today the staff are being treated to lunch by the PA. Beautiful tables have been set up in the Voorkamer spreading out onto the stoep. As staff sit down to a meal overlooking the lush gardens and city below, I don’t know who is more grateful. We are proud to be working at a school like St Cyprian’s with girls so eager to learn. I so appreciate working with the calibre of teacher given me. Perhaps the staff will be enjoying a quiet moment on this rare occasion with few children on campus! Whatever the reason, we are savouring every moment of the time left with our girls. They are our “other family” and we have journeyed through a year of memorable events and survived!
Carol te Water