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School-Communicator Info

Download School-Communicator


What is it?

The d6 School Communicator is a lightweight application that runs on every parent's computer. Information is automatically updated every time the school adds new content, even when the Communicator is not currently running. The Communicator launches every morning, so parents see school news at least once a day. The Communicator can also be launched at any time by clicking on the desktop shortcut or via the Start menu.

Centralising information
Due to the various communication mediums available, parents may begin to experience ‘information overload’. We hope that this programme will assist in directing parents to relevant information.
 
Content that's actually useful
The D6 School Communicator includes all the information parents really need to know. Newsletters, calendar events, a photo gallery, timetables, contact list and links to useful resources. There are also critical alerts for news that just can't wait.

The ultimate in personalised communication
Parents only receive news that is directly relevant. They select the grades they have children in and receive only content for those grades. Of course, content can be tagged for more than one grade – and news that is relevant to all parents can be sent to all grades. In the same way, parents may select the activities their children are involved in, to receive the relevant news regarding those specific activities.

School-Communicator mobile edition – NEW!!
School-Communicator is also available on cell phones for parents on the run. The link is: http://schoolcommunicator.mobi 

Installation
School-Communicator is available on CD or the download link can be found on the St Cyprian’s School website (www.stcyprians.co.za). Once installed, school information is automatically sent directly to each parent's computer. Initially you will be asked to select the information that you would like to receive by clicking on the drop down menu.

FAQ

1. W
hy choose School Communicator over email or SMS?
Both bulk emails and SMS’s have a high costs attached to them.  We have also found that emails don’t always reach the intended recipient, especially when they’re caught in spam or junk filters.

2. Does this mean we will no longer use SMS?
No, there are still instances when information will be sent via SMS, such as urgent, last-minute sport changes or cancellations.  However, due to the high cost, we will only make limited use of them.

3. How do I know whether I should check School-Communicator or the website?

School-Communicator will always be the first point of entry. If necessary, you will be directed to information on the website via School-Communicator.

4. What if the company I work for does not allow the installation of third-party software?
This is a relatively common issue; the School-Communicator staff will provide you with a standard letter to your company explaining that the software is the school’s primary means of communication and will request that they install it for you. Email support@school-communicator.com for more information.

5. Who do I contact for technical support?

Email support@school-communicator.com for assistance.


INSTALLING SCHOOL-COMMUNICATOR

Installing the program with the CD (WINDOWS ONLY):
1.1.    Insert CD into CD/DVD drive.
1.2.    The Autoplay function should appear. Click on ‘Run start.exe’. Alternatively, if Autoplay doesn’t appear, go to My Computer,  choose your CD/DVD drive and double-click start.exe
1.3.    Read through the ‘Frequently asked questions’ or simply select ‘Install D6 School Communicator’.

Installing the program by downloading it from the web (WINDOWS AND MAC):
Instructions:

2.1.    The download link is: http://www.school-communicator.com/download.php
2.2.    To install the School Communicator you will first need to save it to your computer.
2.3.    Select our school from the list.
2.4.    Click on MAC or WINDOWS to begin the appropriate download. When prompted click "Save".
2.5.    Once the School Communicator has completely downloaded double click on the icon to begin the installation, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Personalise content

3.1.    Open the D6 School Communicator application
3.2.    Click on ‘Personalise’ and tick for which groups you would like to receive information.

We hope that the School Communicator becomes an asset to you in keeping up to date with your child’s life at school.
If you have any problems regarding the installation of your School-Communicator cd, call/email D6 Technology support staff directly at:
support@school-communicator.com or call them on (021) 686-5335.

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Advertising letter to parents

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SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTION 2011 – 2014

Dear St Cyprian’s School Parents and Guardians

PARENT REPRESENTATIVES
The Constitution of our School Council requires the democratic election of two parent representatives to sit on the School Council.  As the term of office for the current representatives comes to an end this year, we call upon you to submit nominations for the election to Council of new members for the period June 2011 to April 2014.

APRIL 2011 NOMINATION PROCEDURES

1.    QUALIFICATION
Current parents:  Only current parents (Grade 000 – Grade 11) who have had a child at St Cyprian’s School for one year or more qualify for nomination.

2.    NOMINATION FORMS
Nomination forms (below) should be completed and returned to school by Friday 06 May 2011. (These are available in either MS Word or PDF format.)

2.1.    Three signatories are required for a valid nomination to be secured.
2.1.1.    The Nominee, signing acceptance of nomination
2.1.2.    A Proposer
2.1.3.    A Seconder

2.2.    The Nominee is required to write a motivation for nomination
Attention is also drawn to the motivation of the nominee. This motivation should include the following:
2.2.1.    Reference to area of the school in which the nominee’s children are learners
2.2.2.    Reference to areas of personal expertise
2.2.3.    Reason for accepting nomination
All nomination forms will be receipted

3.    THE VOTE
3.1    Ballot papers will be prepared and sent to parents by Friday 13 May 2011.
3.2    Ballot papers should be completed and returned to the school by 16h00 on Friday 03 June 2011.

4.    DURATION OF OFFICE

Election is for a three-year period.

Thank you for your consideration of this important process, and for your cooperation in nominating representatives.  It is in this way that good governance of our school is assured.
Yours sincerely
Mrs SJ Redelinghuys                                Mr AS Haggie
Head                                                       Chairman of Council

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20 April 2011

Dear St Cyprian's School Grade 9 Parents and Guardians

Welcome back to Term 2. This is, as I am sure you are aware, a short term. It will be broken up with the Easter break from Friday 22 April – Monday 2 May. In addition we have a public holiday.  As a result, we have little teaching time and a lot to do before the mid-year examinations start. 

Last term’s Internal Integrated Programme was a great success. The girls really enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal. It was interesting to gather the feedback and see the individual highlights. Overall it was clear that they really benefited from exploring the Culture, History, Geography and Art of our beautiful city. Next term we will be going to Rocklands for the External Integrated Programme from Monday 29 August – Friday 02 September. This is always an enriching programme filled with a variety of learning opportunities. The Integrated Programme is a compulsory week of academic learning beyond the classroom where we complete core sections of the Grade 9 curriculum. Should you anticipate any reason why your daughter may be unable to attend this week, please contact Dr Angier (angierk@stcyprains.co.za) who will be coordinating the programme.

The Grade 9 mid-year examinations commence on Thursday 2 June.  The examination timetables were distributed to the girls last term and are available on Schoolzone. They are included here for your information as are the Test and Assignment dates for the term.  In addition an Examination Booklet containing all the requirements for every subject has been given to the girls and is available on Schoolzone.  Given that this is a very short teaching term, we have made a concerted effort to spread the work load as far as possible, while at the same time meeting the CASS and other learning requirements in each subject.  With a sensible approach to time management and a diligent focus on their studies the girls will be able to fulfill all their commitments.   In addition, we will be focusing on study skills during the Tutor Periods this term, and we will encourage the girls to draw up a set study timetable to ensure the examinations are tackled with calm and diligence.

During Life Orientation lessons the girls will start to think about their subject choice for Grades 10 -12. The Subject Choice meeting will take place in Term 3 and there will be ample opportunity for the girls to explore this important decision in the coming months.

One of the Inter-House highlights for the year is always the Inter-House plays. The performances will take place from 19:00 – 21:00, in the hall on Thursday 12 May. The directors, actresses and stage & lighting crews have been working enthusiastically in preparing for the event. It is always a very popular so please arrive early to ensure seats.

The Grade 9’s were spoilt for choice this year, with the opportunity to be part of either the Cultural Tour to Italy & France or the California Tour. It is fantastic to note how many of the girls took this opportunity. We trust they are loving this experience and look forward to hearing their travels tales on their return. The Parents Feedback evenings will be on Tuesday 17 May. The Cultural Tour at 17.30 and the California Tour at 18.00.

The Grade 9 Tutors wish you a good, focussed and successful term ahead. Please do not hesitate to contact your daughter’s Tutor if you have any queries/concerns.

Yours sincerely

Joanne Sandler [on behalf of the Grade 9 Tutor Team]

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Council and PA Elections 2011

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Grade 10 Class Reps Report Back and special notice re Sports

Dear Grade 10 Parents
 
The High School Inter-House Athlectics takes place tomorrow, Friday 04 March at the Jan van Riebeeck High School Sports Grounds. This is NOT on the school campus, but on Upper Kloof Nek, right into Quarry Hill Road and right into De Hoop
There is a pavilion, but bring cushions, camp chairs and blankets for extra comfort.
The Grade 10 Class Reps are 'manning' the Tuck Shop and we need some help...please! Any parents available for an hour or two, even half an hour, please contact myself, Sharon or Alison (see roster below)
There will also be boerewors rolls and a bar available selling beer and wine
As there's been some confusion over the times, below is the note from Sue Redlinghuys with arrangements, times etc

HIGH SCHOOL INTER-HOUSE ATHLETICS:    FRIDAY 04 MARCH     15h45
One of the premier events on our school calendar, for both Preparatory School and High School, is the Inter-House Athletics event. Please note that this is therefore a compulsory event and girls who are unable to make it will only be excused under exceptional circumstances.
Our High School has grown enormously over the last couple of years, and our focus on building the participation of as many girls as possible in inter-house events means that this function will be a long one this year. Please be prepared to start at 15h45 and end between 20h30 and 21h00, after the final awards ceremony. We are aware that this does bite into Friday evening and respectfully request your support on this for this year, as a gratifyingly large number of girls have signed up to participate to support their House. In addition, the later time allows many parents to be there, who in the normal course of events are unable to take off work during the school day. The heat that we are experiencing at the moment is another reason for the late start.  Next year we will plan for a shorter event and reorganise how to maximise full participation in a more stream-lined fashion.
We look forward to welcoming as many parents as possible to Friday’s event. The PA, and teams of class parents, have been organising the food and drink – and it should be a festive and fun occasion.  My thanks go to all the “workers” who will be helping at this function! It is you who bring that special quality of community to school events such as these.  
Arrangements for the day:
Transport: All High School girls will be bussed to the Jan van Riebeeck field in Tamboerskloof after school, and can be fetched at the end of the event, either from the field, OR from school.  There will be a bus bringing girls back to school for the convenience of parents who do not wish to navigate the narrow roads in Tamboerskloof at the end of an event which has brought in a great deal of traffic.
Uniform:  Athletes will need to be in house uniform (house shirts, SCS sports shorts and running shoes with white socks). No slip slops or open sandals are allowed. Girls need to come to school in normal uniform and will be allowed to change at lunchtime. They need to bring school tracksuits or blazers for the early evening chill. They may NOT wear any other hoodies/jerseys/tops or bottoms.  Spectators need to be in summer dresses. They may wear blazers in the early evening if it gets cold, but NOT jerseys.
Sunscreen and Water: Please encourage your daughters to bring along sunscreen and water.  Water will be for sale at the Tuck Shop too!
   

    
   
Look forward to seeing you there, regards
The GRADE 10 Class Reps
Shelley, Sharon and Alison
 
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LOST PROPERTY AND SECOND HAND CLOTHING


Please note there is a new Lost Property System operating in the Clothing Shop.

Items handed in to lost property will be held for 3 weeks.  A list of lost property in the boxes will be complied and sent out on a weekly basis to the heads of each school.  Students may re-claim their lost items on Wednesdays during second break, and they will be fined R5 per item.

If an item is not claimed within the 3-week period, it will be put into the 2nd Hand Clothing Shop and sold or will be donated.
 
When an item of clothing is brought in for re-sale, a voucher will be issued for 50% of the re-sale value.  This voucher may then be used towards a purchase in the Clothing Shop.

Clothing for re-sale, needs to be of the current uniform and in good, or fair, condition.  Clothing handed in will be sorted on a Monday. Please ensure your contact details are with the garments that you hand in for re-sale so that we can contact you regarding the voucher.

Thank you.

Regards,
Sandy Hidden
PA
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Grade 9 Integrated Programme

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Grade 6 and 7 open day invitation

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Letter to Grade 10 Parents and Guardians

FEB, 2011

Dear Grade 10 Parents and Guardians

Welcome to  all the new parents and girls!
We had our first Class Reps Meeting yesterday and for those of you new to the school this is a forum for parents to communicate with the school and Parents’ Association via the Class Reps.

The 3 Class Reps for Grade 10 are
Shelley Beer       
021 713 3328    072 289 6111    shelley@cretecolors.co.za

Alison Carter-Johnson       
021 424 7938    083 457 0962    alison.carter-johnson@webmail.co.za

Sharon Esposito       
021 423 8393    083 253 7422    giodeli@iafrica.com

COMMUNICATION
The School Communicator is the preferred method of communication from school, not e-mails.  Sms’s are sent to parents for emergency situations, reason being it’s costly.  If you´re experiencing any problems with the Communicator and need support, please email them on support@school-communicator.com or call their helpdesk on (021) 686-5335.

DATES TO DIARISE – all these dates and more are listed in the blue calendar
Friday 04 FEB – InterHouse Gala – girls can home afterwards at 1130
Friday 04 MAR – InterHouse Athletics – 1500 – 1830 at Jan Van Riebeck track
Saturday 12 MAR – Grade 10 Social
Friday 25 MAR – Girls Orange River Integrated Programme departs

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION
This year the PA has no major fundraisers planned. They do however need our help and expertise!!!
 Parents whose daughters have left, have in turn left  a ‘gap’ in the PA and they are desperately asking for our help. PLEASE, please if you are able to offer any financial expertise and/or general help and time, could you contact Kathy Kebble at keb@telkomsa.net
The PA is keen to start up a smalls ad booklet/directory. Again this would need the help of a parent/parents to take on the project. If anyone is interested in helping please contact Kathy Kebble.

REMINDERS
MySchool raised over R88 000.00 for St Cyprians in 2010. This was a HUGE help for the existing and on-going building plans for the school!
So please remember to SWIPE YOUR MYSCHOOL CARD and for those of you who don’t have one please get one!! …and your grannies, aunties, friends and anyone you know can sign up and help our school….it’s money for jam!!!
Djoni Brand a member of the PA can help with any queries djoni@mweb.co.za
WEDNESDAY – is Recycling Day

Our next meeting is Wednesday 02 March, anything you’d like us to communicate please let us know before then. A list of your Tutor Team and contact details was sent out with the Grade 10 Letter to Parents on the School Communicator for any subject issues.
Have a great weekend
Shelley, Alison and Sharon



 

 
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Notice to Grade 8 parents


17 February 2011

Dear St Cyprian’s School Grade 8 Parents and Guardians

As part of the Grade 8 English syllabus, the students are required to learn and perform an extract of a Shakespeare play. This performance is assessed and forms part of their Continued Assessment (CASS) for the year. The girls will perform their pieces on Thursday 24th February from 17h45-19h30 (approx.) in the school’s amphitheatre. The assessment will take place at this time, so attendance is compulsory.

This is an exciting experience for the students, who work hard to produce these challenging plays. We would like to invite you to attend the evening and enjoy the talents and triumphs of your daughters.

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact D. Smith either by telephone (021 461 1090) or by email (dsmith@stcyprians.co.za).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Yours faithfully


L. Schwartz        D. Smith         M. Salkinder         

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NOTES TO GRADE 12 PARENTS FROM CLASS REPS


Welcome to Grade 12. We have finally reached the end of our daughter’s school careers and we would like to wish all of you an incredible year. Of course we will see each other on the Cypress lawn when we admire our beautiful daughters in their fine regalia for the Matric Dance.
Up to now there has been little demand on us as parents , but this year it is likely that we will be called in to support in a much more active way.
You r Class Reps names and contact details are below, so do not hesitate to voice your needs or opinions in good time before the 1st Wed of every month, when the Class Reps meet together with the staff.

Mary Ann Grimbly  
mgrimbly@mweb.co.za

Susie Acheson          
susie.acheson@iesedu.com

Colleen Thomas       
collthomas@mweb.co.za

Please also make sure that you are on the school Communicator so that you get the weekly updates - the download link is available on www.stcyprians.co.za. Any problems with the communicator should be reported by emailing support@school-communicator.com. This is the preferred method of communication by the school.

News:
Sue Redelinghuis welcomed Kathy Kebble to the meeting for an update on what the PA were doing and planning. Some the following items below are generated by the PA.
•    The Inter house Sports meeting is coming up on the 4th March. The Grade 12 parents have no designated function but if you would like to help in the tuckshop, do contact  Claudia Marais at claudia@clear-blue.co.za
•    The PA are needing a new finance person on the committee. Do put yourself forward for nomination if you have skills in this area, or suggest someone you may know who might be competent. Their next AGM will be middle to late March.
•    This year St Cyprians celebrates 140 years. Various events will take place including a Gala Dinner in the 4th Term. Yvette Brummer on the PA is in charge of the 140 Celebration Committee. Contact her if you would like to help with any of the Celebration events on nickbrummer@mweb.co.za
•    My School Card was a huge success last year. Please do continue to use the system and let others know if they have not signed up yet. Djoni Brand on the PA is in charge of this area. Her email is djoni@mweb.co.za
•    There an idea afoot to start a school directory to serve the school community and the PA are looking for volunteers to run with this initiative.
•    Requests were made last year fro the library to stay open longer in the evening. The library is now manned until 5pm.
•    It has been suggested that traffic flow around the Cypress Lawn be rationalized, helping drivers to travel in one direction. Sue Redelinghuis will investigate this and address the issue in the next newsletter.
•    Recycling Notice to Woods and new parents (AJC).

We are closing the communal recycling opposite Mr Parenzee’s house as people are unfortunately using it as a rubbish tip.  We are looking into where the municipal recycling is.
Regards
Colleen, Susie and Mary Ann


 

 
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NOTES FOR GRADE 8 FROM THE CLASS REPS MEETING 

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Grade 11 and Grade 12 Dramatic Arts students

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 11 and Grade 12 Dramatic Arts students

We have a rare opportunity to attend performances of two of the Matric set plays during March.  The Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre Company has successfully developed “highly educational and educative dramatisations” of “Woza Albert!” and “Waiting for Godot”, which they will be staging in The Arena at Artscape specifically for schools.

I have earmarked the following performances for the St Cyprian’s girls:

“Woza Albert” at 10h00 on Friday 4 March
“Waiting for Godot” at 12h00 on Friday 11 March

Mrs Redelinghuys has kindly given us permission, should we be able to secure seats, to attend these performances as they will be hugely beneficial to the girls’ studies. 

Booking opens on 14 February, and I kindly request your permission to debit your accounts for 2 x R40 for tickets. I do hope that there won’t be any objections to this, but should there be would you please contact me so that an alternative method of payment may be arranged.

Kind Regards
Karen Nelsen
H.O.D. Dramatic Arts

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Class rep meeting 2011- Grade 11

Dear  Parents and Guardians

Welcome back to 2011! Annette, Alta and Cathy have agreed to take up the role of class rep again this year.  We feel that this is an important year for our girls and that in order to support them we need to be more communicative. We would appreciate  your feedback of any nature, be it positive or negative. So far all seems to be going well, the girls have settled in and are preparing for the Matric Dance.

The following issues were discussed at our first class rep meeting:

The Inter- House Athletics meeting is on the  4 March at Jan Van Riebeeck and we need help with transporting food across as well as  also volunteers to assist in the tuck shop for aprox 1 hour.

AGM: Middle to late March : A few members have resigned as their girls have completed their schooling, so the AGM is calling on all interested parents to concider joining the AGM- Please note  that if your field of expertise is finance you would be most welcome. Apparently there will be no major fund raiser this year as the focus is on spirit and fun with a special emphasis on the 140 years celebration.- Yvette Brummer is putting together a committee – any volunteers?

My School Card- Please support and encourage other parents to sign up and let us know if you need the necessary forms to do so.

School Communicator: Please inform us if you are not receiving information via the school communicator. Any support issues can be emailed to support@school-communicator.com.

On a final note we were thinking of having a social,  ‘cocktail chinwag’, for parents, preferably on  a Thursday pm , sometime in March- Please indicate if you would be interested and reach us on either of our contact details,

Annette du Toit  annetted@telkomsa.net   0824114857
Alta Ohle  Maresafrica@absamail.co.za   0839491599
Cathy Colman   cath@capecom.co.za   0835928730

Kind regards,
Alta, Annette and Cathy

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GRADE 11 WESTERN CAPE SCHOOLS' FESTIVAL 2011

Dear Grade 11  Parents and Guardians

It is a long standing tradition that the English Department takes the entire Grade 11 to the Western Cape Schools' Festival which is held at the Artscape Theatre. In 2011, the festival takes place on 15 and 16 February. Once our booking has been confirmed, we will inform you about starting and ending times for both days.

The two-day intensive festival brings together approximately 500 Grade 11s from around Cape Town and its surrounds, and provides a programme that is varied and carefully structured. Learners watch a variety of plays, listen to a dynamic keynote speaker and take part in hands-on workshops. This provides them with a taste of what they can expect at the Grade 12 Grahamstown Schools' Festival which is held directly after the main Arts' Festival in July.

"My mind and horizons have been broadened. I really enjoyed the whole theatre development. I saw more theatre and live productions in two days than I see in two years, usually. That was fun!" - Learner, 2010 Western Cape Schools' Festival

The cost for this educational experience is R340 and this includes lunch and a mid-afternoon snack. St Cyprian's School values this outing and is prepared to subsidise each learner by R170. Therefore, we would like to add R170 to your school account to cover the remaining cost. Unfortunately, however, if your daughter is unable to attend on the day, the Schools' Festival will not be able to refund us.

If you have any concerns, please will you inform your daughter's English teacher. We look forward to sharing this time with your daughter and hope that she will engage with you about some of her interesting experiences from the festival.

Yours faithfully


Ms Salkinder        Mrs Schwartz        Ms Smith
 
 
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Notes from the Class Reps meeting Feb 2011

Firstly a warm welcome to the new Grade 9 girls and their parents/guardians. Grade 9 class reps contact details are:

Felicity Chetwin  felicity@chetwin.co.za
Gill Pryce Lewis  prycelewis@telkomsa.net
Kathy Rautenbach info@kidzdiscovery.co.za

PA upcoming events

Friday 4 March
Interhouse Athletics Day: Grade 9 parents are responsible for the drinks sales so we need at least 6 volunteers to help for hourly sessions between 15:00 -18.30pm. Please contact a class rep if you can help.

PA AGM meeting to be scheduled shortly. Call for interested parents to serve on the committee - they especially need someone to help with finance.

St Cyprian's celebrates 140 years this year: more details to follow.
The PA is looking for volunteers to help plan the Gala Dinner (to celebrate 140 years of St Cyprian’s) -  for the 4th term. Please contact Yvette Brummer at nickbrummer@mweb.co.za

My school cards: if you haven't got cards please do sign up.  Contact Djoni Brand djoni@mweb.co.za
If you do have a card, please remember to swipe it when purchasing goods at the supporter stores.

The PA is looking for a volunteer to take on the task of setting up and running a school community directory. Contact Kathy Kebble if interested keb@telkomsa.net

School Communicator
Most communication and messages from school will be posted on the School Communicator. It can be downloaded from the school website http://www.stcyprians.co.za  under SCS Connect. Windows and mac versions are available.
Please remember to update your profile if you are screening news by grade.

School Library
Last year there were many requests that the library be open later in the afternoons. The school library is now open till 5pm Mon-Thurs, 3pm on Fridays.

Maynardville
Girls need to be in school uniform-transport will be from school and back. It will be preferable for girls to be collected at school. A notice will be sent out closer to the time.

School textbooks/Caxtons
The school is addressing the many complaints re the service and availability of books from Caxtons this year.

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Notes from the Class Reps meeting Feb 2011 - Grade 10

Dear Grade 10 Parents and Guardians

Welcome to  all the new parents and girls!
We had our first Class Reps Meeting yesterday and for those of you new to the school this is a forum for parents to communicate with the school and Parents’ Association via the Class Reps.

The 3 Class Reps for Grade 10 are
Shelley Beer  021 713 3328    072 289 6111    shelley@cretecolors.co.za
Alison Carter-Johnson 021 424 7938    083 457 0962    alison.carter-johnson@webmail.co.za
Sharon Esposito 021 423 8393    083 253 7422    giodeli@iafrica.com

COMMUNICATION
The School Communicator is the preferred method of communication from school, not e-mails.  Sms’s are sent to parents for emergency situations, reason being it’s costly.  Any problem with the Communicator can be emailed to support@school-communicator.com.

DATES TO DIARISE – all these dates and more are listed in the blue calendar
Friday 04 FEB – Inter-House Gala – girls can home afterwards at 1130
Friday 04 MAR – Inter-House Athletics: 15:00 – 18:30 at Jan van Riebeeck track
Saturday 12 MAR – Grade 10 Social
Friday 25 MAR – Girls Orange River Integrated Programme departs

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION
This year the PA has no major fundraisers planned. They do however need our help and expertise!!!
 Parents whose daughters have left, have in turn left a ‘gap’ in the PA and they are desperately asking for our help. PLEASE, please if you are able to offer any financial expertise and/or general help and time, could you contact Kathy Kebble at keb@telkomsa.net
The PA is keen to start up a small ad booklet/directory.   Again this would need the help of a parent/parents to take on the project. If anyone is interested in helping please contact Kathy Kebble

REMINDERS
MySchool raised over R88 000.00 for St Cyprians School in 2010. This was a HUGE help for the existing and on-going building plans for the school!
So please remember to SWIPE YOUR MYSCHOOL CARD and for those of you who don’t have one, please get one!! …and your grannies, aunties, friends and anyone you know can sign up and help our school….it’s money for jam!!!
Djoni Brand a member of the PA can help with any queries djoni@mweb.co.za
WEDNESDAY – is Recycling Day

Our next meeting is Wednesday 02 March.  Anything you’d like us to communicate please let us know before then.  A list of your Tutor Team and contact details was sent out with the Grade 10 Letter to Parents on the School Communicator for any subject issues.
Have a great weekend
Shelley, Alison and Sharon

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Grade 8 letter to parents

Dear Parents and Guardians

The Grade 8 year has begun on a high note. After five intense and hot days on the Breede River, I am sure your daughters returned home exhausted, in need of a good shower, home-cooked meals and anti-itch cream for their numerous mosquito bites! From the teachers’ perspective, the week was highly successful in achieving its aims, and I would like to share with you some of the comments written by the girls during a reflection time.

Before camp, everyone was saying I would know everyone at least in my class, and I wouldn’t be uncomfortable in the end. Sitting here writing this, an hour before the bus comes to take me home, I know they were right.

I have learnt to talk to people I would never have talked to.

With the high ropes course, I was so afraid and thought I couldn’t do it. But I did and even if it was only half way, that was enough for me. I could go home and be proud of myself because I did something I thought I’d never do.

I also don’t like heights, but once I had accomplished the rock climbing, I felt very proud.

It showed me that with a lot of encouragement and a few threats I could do anything.

I have realised I truly and utterly miss home and I have never been more thankful for it.

They have taught me to be open-minded to new things; different things; things you’ve never tried before.

If you accept your team-mate for what they can or can’t do, you can actually become good friends. That’s what happened to me.

All the activities were great and extremely worthwhile.

I feel that I have learnt a lot more about everyone in my grade.


And now, the task of the Grade 8s is to settle into their academic work and begin to take advantage of the sporting and co-curricular opportunities that St Cyprian’s School offers. By the end of this week, your daughter/s will need to have made a commitment to at least one sport and one other co-curricular activity.

For many students, the transition from preparatory to high school does take some time as they need to adjust to new teachers, subjects, school expectations and for some, a life in the boarding house. Term 1 is long, very busy and there are numerous academic assignments and tests. Attached to this letter is a document which contains the due dates for tests and assignments. Given the amount of work, it is inevitable that there will be some days or weeks where classes will have multiple assignments or tests due.  Please print out this sheet and assist your daughter/s with developing good time and organisational skills.  If you have any concerns or queries, you are welcome to contact your daughter’s tutor teacher via email. Below is the list of addresses:

8NW    Ms Wallace - wallacen@stcyprians.co.za
8SV    Ms Viljoen - viljoens@stcyprians.co.za
8LS    Mrs Schwartz - schwartzl@stcyprians.co.za
8CE    Mme Esposito - espositoc@stcyprians.co.za
8DS    Ms Smith - dsmith@stcyprians.co.za
8SC    Mrs Chamisa - chamisas@stcyprians.co.za

And finally I have included a list of events that are pertinent to the Grade 8s this term:

17 February - 8DS and 8SC to bring loaves of bread to make sandwiches for Feedback.
24 February - 8CE and 8LS to bring loaves of bread to make sandwiches for Feedback.
24 February - 17:45 Shakespeare evening. Parents are invited to attend the classes’ performances in the amphitheatre.
3 March - 8SV and 8NW to bring loaves of bread to make sandwiches for Feedback.
4 March - 15:00 – 18:30 Inter-house Athletics.
10 March - 17:30 Parent-Teacher Meeting.
28 March - 18:30 Junior “Reading Beyond the Classroom” (book club). This is voluntary.

On behalf of the Grade 8 teachers, I wish you and your daughter/s a happy, exciting and positive start to your journey through St Cyprian’s High School.

Yours sincerely
Lauren Schwartz
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Grade 10 Letter to Parents


Dear St Cyprian's School Grade 10 Parents and Guardians

Welcome to Grade 10. We are looking forward to a happy and productive year with your daughters. The Grade 10 tutors include Mr Dave Carr (carrd@stcyprians.co.za), Ms Philippa Coleman (colemanc@stcyprians.co.za),  Ms Lucille Thomas (thomasl@stcyprians.co.za), Mrs Jacqui Ahrends (ahrendsj@stcyprians.co.za), Ms Tamara Nel (nelt@stcyprians.co.za) and Mrs Shirley Briggs (briggss@stcyprians.co.za) who is new to the school. It gives us pleasure also to welcome some new girls and these are Kourtney Stevenson, Zolani Ncobo, Anja Joubert, Allegra Kida, Fatima Mazari, Phoebe Nugent, Irene Petrou, Caitlin Wells, and Nuhaa Carrim. Natalie De Jong, Ella Price, Maddie Phillips, and Amy Wilmot are visiting us as exchange students and we wish them well in our grade. Grade 10s currently on exchange are Kate Haupt, Jessica Reid, Jessica Lawson, Dagny Baleson,  Gabi Beardsworth, and Kate Davis, with Giorgia Mittons  leaving soon. As staff we are all enjoying the tutor system very much as it enables us to get to know the members of our tutor groups far better. If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Grade 10 highlight for this term is undoubtedly the Gariep /Orange River Integrated Programme. This is an incredible opportunity to experience sleeping under the stars and working as a team in the majestic setting of the Namibian Desert. A booklet has been handed out and hopefully returned. It is also crucial that every learner has the correct documents ready for the border. South African citizens need a passport that expires 6 months after departing Namibia and two clean pages. Non-South African citizens should find out their visa status and have their student visas in their passport. It is bound to be an exciting trip and we would hate anyone to miss this opportunity due to passport problems.

All Grade 10 girls are expected to complete 20 hours of Community Partnership work at one  project of their choice this year. The due date for this work is the 17th August 2011, and it will form their Life Orientation mark for the third term.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get engaged in an interesting and different environment. The girls can use school opportunities although many will find it easier to complete over weekends and in the holidays. Mrs Ahrends is available to communicate about this work so please feel free to contact her. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their hours by the beginning of term 3. All information for this is on the Intranet.

Our class representatives for the year are:

shelley@cretecolors.co.za

alison.carter-johnson@webmail.co.za

giodeli@iafrica.com

Please feel free to be on touch with Shelley, Alison or Sharon if you have any queries or issues.

Some significant dates are below:

1 February: Academic Awards, 18h00, School hall
4 February: Swimming gala, 8h00 – 11h00, School pool
4 March: Interhouse Athletics, 15h00 – 18h30, JVR track
25 March – 30 March: Gariep/Orange River trip

With best wishes for a happy year!

Kind regards

The Grade 10 Tutor team

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Letter Gr 9 Parents

26 January 2011

Dear St Cyprian's School Grade 9 Parents and Guardians    

Welcome to Grade 9!  It gives us great pleasure to welcome the new girls who have joined us.  Their names are:  Claudia Allman and Melanie Sass.  Both have come to us from the German School of Cape Town.

Our timetable for this term is filled with activities and events. Please note the "Dates to Diarise" at the end of this letter.  In particular we would like to highlight the Internal Integrated Programme which takes place in week 7.  This is a cross-curricular programme, which will be based at school offers activities in all of the learning areas.  The aim of this enrichment week is to provide opportunities for your daughters to put their classroom-learned skills into practice.

This is the final year of the GET phase of your daughters' education, and at the end of this year all the Grade 9s face the somewhat daunting, but exciting process of selecting subjects for the FET phase.  We encourage all our girls to develop their skills and to  strive towards excellence through involvement in all spheres of school life.  This will be particularly important  this year as they explore and decide where their talents and strengths lie.   Your daughter is required to participate in at least two co-curricular activities every term.  These must include one sport and one cultural activity.  The girls have been presented with their options and should already have signed up for those activities that interest them.  They should consult the relevant notice-boards regularly for pertinent information.
The selection process for the Round Square Exchange Programme for Grade 10s starts toward the end of this year. 

Dates to diarise for Term 1:

Tuesday  1 February - Academic Awards for 2010  Time:18:00 (girls arrive 17:30) Venue: Hall
Friday 4 February - Inter-House Swimming Gala  Time:08:00 - 11:00    Venue: Swimming Pool
Monday 14 February - Civvies Day: Red and White    
Monday 28 February - Internal Integrated Programme  Venue: St Cyprian's School
Friday 4 March - Inter-House Athletics Time: 15:00-18.:30    Venue: Jan v.Riebeeck school field
Tuesday 8 March - Pancake Day
Thursday 10 March - 9CC and JS make sandwiches for Feedback
Thursday 10 March - Grade 8 and 9 Parent-Teacher’s meeting    Time: 17.30    Venue: School Hall
Thursday 17 March - 9AJC and RJ make sandwiches for Feedback
Friday 18 March - “Barefoot Day”
Thursday 31 March - 9KN and KA make sandwiches for Feedback

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have an issue you wish to discuss.  The easiest way of being in contact is via email.  

The Grade 9 tutors are as follows:

Class 1:    Mrs J. Sandler  sandlerj@stcyprians.co.za
Ms C. Cornelius corneliusc@stcyprians.co.za    

Class 2:  Mrs A. Callesen  callesena@stcyprians.co.za    
Mr R. Johnson  johnsonr@stcyprians.co.za


Class 3:  Ms K. Nelson nelsonk@stcyprians.co.za
Dr K. Angier angierk@stcyprians.co.za

We wish you a wonderful 2011!

Regards,

The Grade 9 Tutors

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Invitation 2011 Academic Awards

This document is available in PDF or MS Word format. (To download Acrobat Reader for PDF files, go to: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/)

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Dear all Grade 8 Parents and Guardians,

The Grade 8 camp is upon us and we are very excited to have your daughters with us next week.
A reminder of where we are going:

Venue: Bundi Breede River Site
Transport: Ikapa Bus Company (bus with seat belts)
Departure: 07.00 Monday 24 January
Return: 14:00 Friday 28 January
Emergency contact numbers:
Bundi Camp Manager: Paul Rode: 084 764 8400
School cell number: 072 201 7934; Ms. N Wallace 073 333 4215
The local GP, Dr. Van der Merve, is aware of our visit and each group will have a first aid kit with them at all times, plus a teacher and qualified guide.

Basic rules
•    Girls who require medication during the time away need to have two sets, one which they keep themselves and a spare which is kept by their class teacher
•    The girls must inform us about any medication that they are taking. They are not allowed to give medication to other girls or take medication themselves without permission of the staff member assigned to their group. This includes painkillers.
•    No girl is allowed to leave the base camp
•    Only one moan is allowed each day.

Please be aware that we are leaving at 7am on Monday and therefore the girls must arrive by 6:45am.
Thanks for your help and cooperation!

Sincerely,
Ms. N Wallace and the Grade 8 team

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