An important measure of a successful school is the quality and efficiency of the various school associations that work independently and collaboratively to ensure that the strategic vision of the school is achieved.
Independent schools in the category of St Cyprian’s School are complex organisations with a multiplicity of stakeholders and demands. They are required to operate in accordance with legislation – The SA Schools Act, The Companies Act, The Income Tax Act, The Constitution, BCE Act, the Labour Relations Act and other statutory guidelines. And, despite a school being primarily a social institution, it needs to be structured and managed along business lines if it is to remain viable and sustainable into the future while meeting its goals in the present.
The three formal supporting structures of the school are:
The St Cyprian’s School Council is responsible for the strategic, fiduciary and generative oversight of the school, and provides support to the Principal.
The executive, a small dynamic representative body of the larger group of parents, strives to build community and raise funds for key projects at the school.
The Union promotes fellowship amongst St Cyprian’s alumnae and raises funds for bursaries.
Our Council provides support and advice to the Principal in her role as the school’s chief executive officer.
Members of Council have a voluntary, non-executive role in setting the strategic direction of the school, ensuring its sustainability and offering fiduciary oversight. Council comprises a maximum of 14 members, and the Principal is a full voting member. All members, except the Principal, serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-election for a further term of three years thereafter to ensure continuity and sustainability.
Council is responsible for the good governance of the school, and accountable for acting in its best interests at all time. Governance is informed by the four pillars of responsibility, accountability, fairness and transparency.
The Council appoints sub-committees to carry out certain key functions where required. Currently these are Finco, Propco, SCS150 and Transformation and Diversity and each reports into Council at Council meetings.
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All parents or guardians at the school are members of the Parents’ Association.
An executive committee, comprising ten members, manages the association, and the members of this body are elected by the parents every third year at the Parents’ Association AGM. Re-election is allowed for a second three-year term.
The PA’s main focus is to build a spirit of social community among the parents and the school. An involved parent body has a positive impact on the girls, who ultimately benefit from these efforts. The objectives of the association are:
The Parents’ Association has established a number of sub-committees that parents may choose to become involved with. These fall broadly into two areas: liaison and events.
It is a very common occurrence, when asking past St Cyprian’s girls, that they are unanimous in their reply that the school filled a unique space and played an important role in their becoming the people they are.
The St Cyprian’s Union’s mission statement is ‘borrowed’ from that of the All Saints Sisters who first ran St Cyprian’s School: ‘Not for school but for life’.
Run by a committee, the Union comprises strong women who all feel passionately about their alma mater – some are mothers and grandmothers of current St Cyprian’s girls and others, who have no direct, current links, are happy to stay connected and give back to their school.
The Union promotes fellowship amongst St Cyprian’s alumnae through maintaining a worldwide network of members. They are actively involved in fostering and preserving a relationship with the school family and help to uphold the traditions and values of the school. The St Cyprian’s Union enthusiastically fundraises and administers a bursary fund to provide financial assistance for qualifying students who need financial aid.
As the girls matriculate, they are enrolled as members of the Union. The Union keeps in touch and shares information on past students and school events through quarterly newsletters, extensive online groups and social events all over the world.