Dear parents, girls and staff

What an incredible week it has been!

The long anticipated opening night of our production of “Chicago” was an absolute triumph. The show is of a thoroughly professional standard and I am SO proud of this school performance of a well-loved classic of musical theatre. The level of staging, acting, music, sound and lighting, stage setting, costumes and make-up is at the level of the very best commercially. The performances were outstanding and each and every person on that stage added value to the unfolding of the story, bringing a warmth and connection that had the audience in awe and enthralled.  
There are not sufficient superlatives to describe the talent, exceptional work and unflagging commitment of Alex Geanotes, Karen Nelsen and Ross Johnson! I can merely thank them humbly for show-casing what is possible with outstanding team-work and a great team of students - and acknowledge their sacrifice over a number of months to achieve an amazing show.

Particular congratulations go to our talented leads, Emma-Rose Blacher and Mila Kikillus – and to the male leads, Caleb Vincent and Tom Foster, who were perfect foils for the girls and brought some male voices and energy to a largely female cast.  But the story itself was carried by more than the leads – the other main characters, the band and an exceptionally strong ensemble lifted the production beyond the norm and provided the cohesion and magical touch.

A show like this takes a toll on more than those directly involved. My sincere appreciation goes to Marelize de Klerk and her exceptional ground and facilities staff and to all our High School teachers who were either directly involved or were the people managing the normal life of the school, sacrificing academic time or free time to substitute for others involved more directly. And to the parents who brought their daughters/sons to rehearsals and provided any support that was asked for - THANK YOU!!

Next week it is back to ACADEMICS.

Warm regards

SJ Redelinghuys

IQAA: Whole School Evaluation 2019

St Cyprian’s School will be undergoing a Whole School Evaluation towards the end of this term and at the beginning of next term.  This evaluation will be conducted by IQAA (the Independent Quality Assurance Agency), the organisation that provides quality assurance through the evaluation of all ISASA schools.  All ISASA schools are required to undergo an IQAA evaluation every six years, with our last evaluation having taken place in 2013. 
The initial process takes the form of an Internal Evaluation process that includes the completion of online opinion surveys by all staff and parents, and by students from Grades 4-12, various interviews and focus group discussions, and classroom observations.  This process is then followed by a site visit by the IQAA mentors who have been appointed to our school.  This site visit will take place on Monday, 22 July.  A final report is then written based on the findings of the evaluation, identifying the school’s strengths as well as those areas that require attention or further development.   
The four identified focus areas for this Whole School Evaluation are as follows:
  • implementation of our academic vision (teaching, learning and attainments);
  • functioning of the school (operations and logistics);
  • transition points (from Grades R to 1, Grades 3 to 4, Grades 7 to 8, and Grades 9 to 10); and
  • the realisation of the school’s ethos and culture
The link for the Parent’s Online Survey will be emailed to all parents via BlueSky towards the end of this term.  We would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey, thereby helping to ensure that as many voices as possible are heard within this process.  An evaluation of this nature provides critical information to the management team of the school in particular, as well as an opportunity for us all to take a frank ‘look in the mirror’ in our continuous quest to provide an educational offer that is of an exceptional standard.      

Varsity Cup Final

The First Team had a wonderful experience playing high level hockey in an arena built for the Varsity Cup Hockey. The match against Herschel was extremely tight and exciting with both teams showing off strong technical and tactical skills. Special mention must be made of our goalkeeper, Ifechukwu Ludjoe, who played a huge role in keeping the team in the game. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. The R5000 given to both schools by Varsity Sports has been donated to the Hope Africa Foundation in aid of the communities that suffered huge losses in the recent cyclones and floods.  

Inter-Winter Tournament



Our annual Inter-Winter Tournament was once again a spirited, warm and very enjoyable event. The Houses competed in hockey, soccer and netball with very entertaining and sometimes exceptional, surprising displays of skill, teamwork, house and school spirit and forgotten talent!  Old and new stars took to the playing fields – some for the first time, and some for the very last time in their school careers. Our thanks go to all the coaches that umpired the whole afternoon, our staff that managed the sport codes and scoring tables, the girls from each house that took photographs and were runners with scores, to the house leaders and to each student that was present and part of the day.

The results were as follows:


Geography News

The Grade 9 students completed a combined Geography and English Project, creating a documentary presentation based on the theme of 'Geography, an inspiration for literature, films and music.'

uDebate Club

The uDebate Club debated the Round Square Discoveries: Appreciation for Diversity, Ability to solve problems, Commitment to Sustainability, Inquisitiveness, Courage, Self-awareness, Compassion, Team-work Skills, Tenacity, Inventiveness, Communication Skills and Sense of Responsibility. After much discussion it was agreed that St Cyprian's School is implementing the Discoveries of the Round Square Character building traits with intention. After a democratic voting process the following were identified as the top five:


Africa Day Celebrations

Celebrating all that we have and appreciating the richness of our school, country and continent.


Physical Science News



The Grade 8 Physical Sciences classes have been busy this term learning about the different types of chemical reactions such as the synthesis of iron sulphide and the electrolytic decomposition of copper chloride.


Economics News

The Grade 10 Economics students, together with Ms Rama and Ms Ramsey visited Decorex at the CTICC. Decorex is a well-established exhibition that provides a showcase for leaders in the field of decor and design. The students were fortunate to listen to talks about entrepreneurship by renowned magnates as well as to interact with them about their businesses and were exposed to how real businesses functioned and operated in the market place. Decorex gave the girls the opportunity to explore and view so many different types of creativity that were on offer at the exhinition. In conclusion, we learnt about how different businesses operated and marketed their products and services as well as finding solutions to problems in the economy.
Katarina Laspatzis

SACEE Senior Public Speaking Competition

On Tuesday, 7th May, our girls in blue retained the SACEE City Bowl Schools Public Speaking shield, winning for the second time in a row. The team comprised Niamh Ahern, Malaika Ngwenya, Emily Raine and Anna Daniel. Emily was voted the best speaker, and for that she walked home with R500 pocket money. Malaika pocketed the R300 for being the most dignified speaker. The competition took place at Cape Town High School. Gardens Commercial High School and Cape Town High School were our team’s competitors.

Alumnae Congratulations

It is always wonderful to hear from our past students. A special congratulations goes to Chloé Murray (Matric 2011) who graduated top of her class with a First Class Bachelor of Education Honours in Mathematics Education after receiving 90% for her thesis. What an outstanding achievement!

Chloé took the time to write a thank you note to Mrs Makhoba:

I wanted to thank you for igniting my passion for teaching and mathematics and for being my friend. Thank you for showing me the merit in dedication and going the extra mile and for teaching me the value of honest, hard work. All you taught me and ignited in me is what lead me here and I dedicate this degree to you!
All my love and gratitude!
Your Chloé

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