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St Cyprian's Day 2019 Sign up for the Festivities
SCSConnect Administrator • 2019-09-01T14:19:34.377Z

St Cyprian’s Day festivities - inviting our alumnae to join in the celebrations as we mark 148 years!

SC Union vs High School Sports Derby 2019:…

SC Union Tea 2019:…

St Cyprian's Day, 19 September 2019:…

Tea & Cake-cutting Ceremony 2019:…

St Cyprian’s Union Alumnae Cocktail Event:…

How to Write a Blog Post!
SCSConnect Administrator • 2019-05-29T10:35:26.970Z

Welcome to SCS Connect.

Watch our Tutorial: 

We would absolutely love to hear about what is happening in your life and what you’re up to. Whether it’s a fabulous trip, a new skill learnt, a marriage, a new member of the family or a new job – we want to hear about it!

Writing a blog post couldn’t be easier. Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to sharing your latest news and starting a conversation in no time:

  1. Log onto SCS Connect.
  2. Hover your mouse over the heading ‘BLOGS’.
  3. Click on the ‘MY BLOG’ on the drop-down menu.
  4. On the left hand side you’ll see a button, ‘+ NEW’. Click!
  5. Give your blog post a title and a few tags related to your blog post. For example: if your blog post is about having just had a baby - you could add the tag ‘baby’.
  6. Write your blog post! Feel free to add links and photos. Make it as busy or as simple as you like.
  7. Save the post as a draft until you are ready to publish. You can come back and edit it at any time.
  8. Once you are ready – hit the ‘save and publish’ button.

We are so looking forward to catching up with all our girls and sharing the nostalgia!

I am a St Cyprian's Girl!
Cassandra Grimbly • 2019-05-28T09:04:25.890Z

Hi everyone! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Cassandra and I attended St Cyps from 2000-2014. Looking back on my school years – I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have such brilliant education on such a beautiful campus for 14 years. I am so glad I took every opportunity the school had to offer – including a range of sports, academic subjects and every school play possible. My acting highlights included portraying Jovano in Jovano’s Question (What’s for breakfast?) and Stepping Out where we learnt how to tap dance and sing - at the same time - in a matter of weeks! RSIS to Cambodia at the end of Grade 11 also had a huge impact on the person I am today and changed my perspective on life. 

While studying, I went on an amazing trip to Indonesia where I got to see volcanoes for the first time. Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen, quite literally, took my breath away. Mount Ijen required us to stay awake all night so that we could start a 4-hour hike into the volcano at 2am in the morning. This was so that we could see the blue flames inside. The blue flames are caused by extremely high quantities of sulfuric gases being exposed to the oxygen present in the air being sparked by lava. Another highlight was diving for the first time off of Gili Air. I got to see turtles and do tumble turns under the sea!

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I graduated from UCT at the end of 2017 with a BA specializing in Screen Production, Media Politics and Film History. What I enjoyed most about my degree was that I could take every course under the sun! Some of the courses included Earth & Environmental Sciences, German, Financial Mathematics, Systems Analysis, Information Systems and Dramatic Arts. Doing such a general degree meant that I got a little taste of everything and it confirmed my passion for content creation, social media and digital marketing.  

Last year, I had the most exciting internship with Harley-Davidson Milwaukee. There were more than 8000 applications world-wide, and somehow, I was one of 8 chosen. I did over 5000 kms on a Harley in just over 2 months. I was based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands - thank goodness for Afrikaans. The first motorbike I ever rode on the road was a Harley and, being in the Netherlands, it meant that I had to get used to riding on the right hand side of the road (which is obviously the wrong hand side), with tram lines and bicycles everywhere! I was paid to share my experience of riding a Harley throughout European summer. I traveled all over the Netherlands, Belgium, a bit of France and then took a train under the sea to get to the United Kingdom.

YouTube Video: (One of many!)

My sister moved out of the house at the end of 2017 for her medical internship, and so we decided to do a ‘sisters’ trip’ to Morocco! This was one of the most special experiences of my life and I have memories that I will cherish forever. The highlight included my older (and smaller) sister getting the baby camel and I, the biggest one! We rode the camels into the Sahara and spent the night sleeping in the desert. We got up early the next morning to ride out with the sunrise. This was a very different ride to a Harley! 

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Currently, I am working at our alma mater: St Cyprian’s School! As I am covering a maternity post for 4 months, I am taking every opportunity to learn as much as possible. Apart from learning about the marketing of our amazing school, I am helping to create and post regular content, designing the programme for the school play 'CHICAGO: High School Edition' and will be helping out as Stage Manager for Project Runway. 

Towards the end of this year (or at the start of next), I will be moving to either Amsterdam or London. What I have learnt in the years after school is that you can’t control where the wind takes you. I truly believe in following your passions, because even though I am only 22 years old – I can already feel how fast life passes you by. I hope to see more of the world and look forward to what is to come!

I would absolutely love to hear your stories. Please feel free to write a blog about what you have been up to in the past 5, 10 or 30 years! St Cyprian’s girls share a special bond and I can’t wait to see what connections this portal brings.

Our next St Cyprian's Principal
Cebisa Mfenyana • 2019-05-10T12:52:23.306Z

7 May 2019
Dear St Cyprian’s School Community

On behalf of Council, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Shelley Frayne as the next Principal of St Cyprian’s School. She will assume her new role on 1 January 2020. Shelley is the current head of The Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) in Grahamstown, a position she has held for 11 years. She is also the current Chair of SAHISA (South African Heads of Independent Schools Association), a national, professional membership organisation for Heads and Principals of ISASA affiliated schools.

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Raised in Cape Town, Shelley studied at Rhodes University and then UCT. She began her teaching career at Fairmont High School before accepting a post at what was then the fledgling Somerset College in 1997. During her tenure, Shelley headed up English and History, oversaw Sport, and ran a boarding house – ultimately becoming the Deputy Head of the school. After 10 years of service to the College, she left to take up the position as Head of Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown. DSG is a school very similar to St Cyprian’s School in that it is an Anglican school for girls, a member of ISASA, and it offers boarding.

Her 11 years of experience at the helm of DSG has immersed Shelley in both girls’ education and the IEB approach to teaching and learning. In her time there she has spearheaded change in many areas, notably in the arena of transformation, and the school is regarded as a leader in this sphere. Shelley has displayed vision and enormous strategic competence both in advancing the concept of belonging and embracing diversity - as well as overseeing infrastructural growth to realise the school’s vision.

Shelley believes in the need for a wide and holistic educational offer. She adheres to the Round Square precept that young people need to be challenged beyond their comfort zones to help them realise who they are, and what they can achieve. She believes it is necessary for a school programme to balance the academic, spiritual, cultural and sporting opportunities so that young women can discover their unique talents, develop a wide range of skills, and find unique opportunities to excel. She sees the roles of the Principal and staff as setting the example and providing the encouragement for students to pursue excellence in all that they do. But above all, she feels the responsibility of the Principal and staff is to make sure that all students in their care feel nurtured and valued.

We are very fortunate to have secured Shelley as our new Principal. There are several Principals retiring at the end of this year and thus many schools actively searching for new leaders. Identifying and appointing the best Principal under any circumstances is difficult, but more so in the current competitive environment.

We look forward to welcoming Shelley and her family – husband, Gary, and daughter, Catherine - to the St Cyprian’s School Community. Our best wishes go to her as she prepares to take up her new position at St Cyprian’s School. We look forward to a long and happy relationship with her as Principal and have no doubt that she will continue to move our school forward in new and exciting ways – together with the staff, parents/guardians, and girls.

I wish to thank the committed and professional selection committee, who tasked with the unenviable job of finding a person to take over from our exceptional Principal, Sue Redelinghuys, dedicated themselves with integrity to the purpose. Such a process genuinely requires a team effort.
Kind regards

HA Nelson
Chair of Council

The St Cyprian has gone Digital!
SCSConnect Administrator • 2019-02-06T14:03:41.673Z

The St Cyprian has gone Digital! To view the 2018 Magazine visit
(hard copies are available from at a cost of R150)

Magazine | St Cyprian's -

Principals Perspective - December 2018
SCSConnect Administrator • 2019-02-06T10:04:24.431Z

You might like to read Sue Redelinghuy's current Principal Perspective.

EDU365 Summit held at St Cyprian's
SCSConnect Administrator • 2019-02-05T10:23:30.931Z

You will be pleased to know that St Cyprian's is keeping ahead of the game.  This last weekend we hosted the EDU365 Cape Town Summit, sponsored by Microsoft and Acer.  Teaching staff from all over Cape Town came to hear the speakers both local and international and more importantly experience lots of hands-on sessions.  some of our grade 11 students, volunteered to be helpers on the day and were a real credit to the school!

St Cyprian's Day highlights
SCSConnect Administrator • 2018-09-19T10:35:11.134Z
 Lindiwe Hani ('98) was our guest speaker at St Cyprian's Day and delivered an inspiring, encouraging, intensely personal and honest address that resonated with the entire audience.  Lindiwe described her years at St Cyprian's as the happiest of years.  She spent time with the boarders after the service, sharing experiences and answering questions. There was a wonderful photo opportunity for incumbent Head of Boarders, Khanyisile Mafeje to share a moment with Lindiwe, who was Head of Boarders in 1998.   It was a privilege to have her with us for the day and we hope she visits again soon.

Addressing teething problems encountered on SCSConnect
SCSConnect Administrator • 2018-09-19T09:52:36.622Z

Thanks very much to those who provided valuable feedback on inevitable problems encountered in the first couple of weeks of 'birthing' SCSConnect.  The most common problem experienced was the uploading of photographs and the editing of these.  We're happy to report that this problem has been sorted.  We have tested the system since the developers' adjustments and tweaking and the improvement is enormous.  Please, we urge you to try and upload profile pictures now.  There should not be any reason for the process to be anything but seamless.

A word about Facebook ... initially, our intention was to have a Facebook feed straight from the portal making sharing and tagging easy, but this is not to be.  This is a consequence of Facebook tightening up its data security in light of recent revelations.  We have applied to Facebook to reconsider our request but we're unsure what the outcome will be.  We'll keep you posted.

We have 300 registered online members.  We encourage you to re-visit your profiles and fill in the blank spots.  Urge your classmates to register online.  The portal is designed to facilitate communication, staying in touch, networking and identifying interests to ensure that a strong Union community is built and thrives.  The  frequency of SCS Digest was deliberate to garner interest and support for sign-ups.  Frequency will change to monthly from October. 

St Cyprian’s Union Annual General Meeting - 14 September 2018 17h00
Cebisa Mfenyana • 2018-09-13T08:24:06.607Z

We look forward to seeing many of you there, please click on the links below to access the Agenda and last year's Minutes (2017), together with my Chair's Report.

ST CYPRIANS UNION AGM Minutes 2017.pdf

SC Union Agenda AGM2018.pdf

SC Union Chair's Report AGM2018.pdf

VIP SCS Union Deck - Under the Mountain Music Festival
SCSConnect Administrator • 2018-09-03T12:16:16.363Z

Be a VIP at the Under the Mountain Music Festival?

Calling all Union Members, The Under The Mountain Music Festival is proudly hosted by St Cyprian's School and we would love you to join us if you're in Cape Town.  Buy your tickets online at  and sign on for the VIP guest list (look under events on SCSConnect).  Entry to the VIP area is for Union members only and entry to this is free so get your name on the list.  Gates open at 11am and the first act is on at noon. Come and mingle and re-connect!  If you have not connected with SCSConnect yet, look out for the invite or register at

Welcome to SCSConnect
SCSConnect Administrator • 2018-08-29T10:27:29.003Z

SCS Connect is the new hub of the St Cyprians Alumni

Sign up, log on and share far and wide with any of your old school pals.

Keep your information up to date, share your news and views - from careers and ventures to adventures and great ideas, stuff that motivates and stuff that disappoints!  Share on our blog platform!

If you have/know of opportunities or/and offer support/mentorship, share to new alumni.

Book Union events.  Confirm attendance.  Pay online.  Search for friends. Create your year-group functions.  It's all possible!

This is your platform!

We're excited - SCSConnect portal for St Cyprian's Union is about to be launched!
SCSConnect Administrator • 2018-08-29T07:45:45.854Z

We’re excited!

Our new alumnae portal is almost open for business!  Please be on the look out for an email that will be sent to you inviting you to register and connect with Union members from all around the world.  Please click hereSCS Connect Features.pdf, to find a short overview of the features that the SCS Connect portal offers.  We are so looking forward to finding each other online in a safe, dedicated SCS Union space that will make connection easy and where we will be able to share news and events – sign up for them, pay for them and more, in real time!  Please share and forward this announcement far and wide.

If you are an Old Girl or Union member and do not receive an email invitation please visit and select Apply for membership

Welcome to SCS Connect
Sarah Mitchell • 2018-08-28T09:45:40.305Z

SCS Connect is the new hub of the St Cyprians Alumni.  Sign up, log on and share far and wide with any of your old school pals.

Keep your information up to date, share your news and views - from careers and ventures to adventures and great ideas, stuff that motivates and stuff that disappoints!  Share on our blog platform!

If you have/know of opportunities or/and offer support/mentorship, share to new alumni.

Book Union events.  Confirm attendance.  Pay online.  Search for friends. Create your year-group functions.  It's all possible!

This is your platform!

BBCs Panorama from 4th July 2018 - Social Media designed to be addictive
Sarah Mitchell • 2018-08-17T10:32:48.486Z
One of the most powerful documentaries that I have seen this year.

We know the worth of water. Be water wise.

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