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SCS Union

“Not for school but for life” is the Union’s mission statement, taken from that of the All Saints Sisters who first ran St Cyprian’s School.

Our objectives are: to promote fellowship amongst St Cyprian’s alumnae through maintaining a worldwide network of members; to maintain a relationship with the school family and help to uphold the traditions and values of the school; to grow and administer a fund to provide bursaries for qualifying students who need financial aid; this to be achieved without any personal gain to its members.

To achieve our objectives, we hold a breakfast with matrics and their parents to talk about the Union; we organise occasional tea parties for older alumnae particularly to celebrate special landmarks; reunions of various kinds are also held all around the world; for St Cyprian’s Day we help the co-ordinators of reunions and also help with a walkabout at school the day before and a party after the St Cyprian’s Day celebrations and our AGM; we keep in touch with the PA; we send out a quarterly newsletters giving news of the school’s activities as well as our own. The Union also fund raises for specific projects, we have almost filled the Chapel with tapestry kneelers and our latest project has been to raise funds for the tiles that are being made so that the Chapel roof can be repaired.

The Union is run by a committee based in Cape Town and meets at least once a quarter. The present chairman is Sue Townsend.

Contact the Union by sending an email to scunion@stcyprians.co.za

Ashley Pople

Matric 2010
PhD Student Oxford University

My learning experience was by no means conventional throughout my five years at St Cyprian’s School. Being taught by strong, independently minded teachers encouraged me to think differently about the world. In addition to being inspired by teachers, I was nurtured by warm and loving friendships throughout my schooling at St Cyp's. These women continue to ground me to this day.

Nadine Moodie

Matric 2004
Communications Specialist

It's not a fallacy that St Cyprian’s School teaches not for school but for life; not for time but for eternity. The holistic approach to education did not only focus on academics, but also on the soft skills which exposed us to various people and situations, and in turn equipped me to seamlessly navigate spaces and situations post-high school. My time at St Cyp's was a truly global experience, something I'd liken to a junior United Nations, as I sat in classes with friends who came from around the continent and the world, and who had various perspectives on ideology and practices which we often shared, embraced, disagreed with, and were encouraged to form our own opinions of.

Dr Elizabeth Kelly

Matric 2006
Commercial Law, PhD

The five years I spent in St Cyprian’s were the best of times. For me, it was a love at first sight that did not disappoint. It lived up to its vision of “teaching not for school but for life; training not for time but for eternity”. During my stay, I was privileged to meet, learn from, interact and live with brilliant minds. It instilled in me a sense of respect, responsibility, tolerance and a spirit of excellence that continues to guide all my pursuits. I cannot imagine a situation when the St Cyprian’s ethos will not be applicable in my life and work.

Thabi Leoka

Matric 1996
PhD, Economist

There is no doubt that St Cyp’s has made me who I am today. Beyond the school curriculum, St Cyp’s exposed me to people from different parts of the world. It taught me tolerance and acceptance. I am a self-assured and confident woman today because St Cyp’s never put limitations on us because we were young girls.

Rabia Parker

Matric 2013
UCT student

As a young, coloured, Muslim girl, St Cyprian’s School was a whole new environment to me. However, I never needed to change who I was to fit in because the school prided itself on creating strong, independent, unique women. It gave me the tools to understand the world outside of the classroom and I have continued to use these skills in all my endeavors. This school allowed me to think more openly, accept more widely and understand more deeply and it is something I am constantly grateful for.
I matriculated in 2013 and I am currently in my final year at UCT studying a Bachelor of Business Science in Finance.

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