A space to develop mental agility, grow self-belief and foster the ability to live and work with others.

A space to develop mental agility, grow self-belief and foster the ability to live and work with others.

A space to develop mental agility, grow self-belief and foster the ability to live and work with others.

A space to develop mental agility, grow self-belief and foster the ability to live and work with others.

St Cyprian’s High School is a busy, vibrant and dynamic place.

There are many opportunities for young girls to explore interests, uncover hidden talents, establish life-long friendships and taste the sweet taste of success through personal and social development.

The academic journey at this phase is defined by a values-driven relational culture and, extraordinary teachers work collaboratively towards the shared vision: to nurture curiosity, build creativity, encourage independence and a strong sense of self in relation to others and the world.

We acknowledge the complexity and uncertainty of accelerating change and focus on preparing our students for what is now known as the “Conceptual Age.” In addition to a technologically integrated academic programme, we consciously strive to develop a design thinking methodology to real-world problems, and an entrepreneurial mindset that shapes creators of opportunities rather than consumers of resources. A stated goal of our student-centred approach is to grow life-long learners and leaders, each with a strong moral and social conscience such that they can contribute to making a positive difference in the world.

We view education as a continuous process: mindfulness, reflection, consolidation and continuous improvement resonate with our understanding of how to establish mindsets.

Interconnecting levels of care, including peer to peer mentoring, the tutor system and two qualified psychologists are some of the structures in place to support our girls in navigating their individual journeys through this phase of their lives.

Shelley Frayne High School Principal

Co-curricular Offer

The co-curricular offer is wide and varied and includes a range of opportunities in the areas of sport, cultural activities and specialist interest clubs and societies.

The ethos that underpins the offer, is that it is through experience that we learn, and through opportunity that we identify our passions. We feel that it is our responsibility to develop both leaders for today and tomorrow. There is a strong focus on both individual and collective leadership development.


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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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