Dear Cedar House Families 7 June 2010
We have had a great Term and hope to, in this
newsletter, give you a sense of the richness of what
we have tried to offer our community in the past few
Enclosed with this newsletter is your child‟s mid-year
report. It is an important indication of how your child is
faring academically and the extent to which s/he is
fronting up to a particular Grade‟s demands. We have ENCLOSURES:
parents‟ evenings for all Grades next Term and urge Mother‟s Day Poems
you to use these as an opportunity to take any Grade 11 Poetry
additional conversation you might wish to have with a General Knowledge Quiz
teacher further. I am grateful to our Staff for the effort Talk by Neil McGibbon
they have made to provide our students with a fair and Jonathan Jansen‟s Column
Term 3 Extra Mural Programme
thoughtful sense of their progress.
Our School feels very healthy: the Term has provided
students with an amazing array of activity and
opportunity for growth, our Grade 8 classes are full for
next year, our School is full for next year and we
currently have an outstanding Staff complement.
For a while now, there has been a feeling in our staff‟s
Dream Team that we need to commit the work that we
are trying to do at Cedar House to the scrutiny of some
rigorous research. I am delighted to announce that
Professor Jonathan Jansen (Rector of the University of
the Free State, deeply progressive educationalist and
long time champion of the transformation of the
educational landscape in our country) has agreed to
meet me around supervising a PhD on Cedar House!
This is very exciting indeed; a group of staff has
agreed to form a research team to support me should
this become a reality. I‟ll keep you informed!
T: +27 021 762 0649
F: +27 021 761 8556
5 Ascot Road
GRADE 8 MATHS OUTING
The Grade 8 class went on an outing to Cavendish for Maths. It was a fun and new practical way of doing maths.
The questions we had to answer were interesting and challenging. It was a great learning experience. Joshua
GRADE 10 LO OUTING
Our society is made up of communities existing alongside each other. We pass each other‟s communities on a
daily basis. As we pass by we get a superficial sense of that community. Last week, however, we were given the
fantastic opportunity of getting the true sense and feel of a community that many of us are not familiar with. Guided
by several friendly and informative community members we walked in groups from one end of Philippi to the next.
What amazed me right from the start was how vibrant and busy the community was. The main street was filled
with informal traders, music blaring and people coming and going. We were greeted with such warmth and
enthusiasm wherever we went. We met amazing people such as „Big Momma‟ who tirelessly cares for babies in
her very small home. I felt myself filled with a sense of sadness, however, that a community with such spirit and
life has to experience so many difficulties. One cannot ignore poverty, difficult living conditions and crime faced by
many. I would like to say thank you to Jack Chikwenya for organizing such an enriching outing and sharing his
community with us. Jade Tennant
On the 5th May, the Grade 10 students went to visit Phillipi. We were separated into groups, and each group had a
teacher, accompanied by a resident. We visited many places, such as: Big Mamma: where parents drop their
children off for the day; Mr Zuma: he spoke to us about the security; Jack's home: the woman there described their
lifestyle, and how they saw it as a blessing compared to what they had; Food-Seller: how she only receives an
income when the days are perfect in climate, and that the food(sheep/cow stomach) was often dirty, and people
wouldn't purchase. All-in-all, we all learnt many valuable lessons, and I would like to thank Jack Chikwenya, Ms
Hazel Gubb, and Mr Murray for making the excursion possible. Mutaalib Gaffoor
REPORT FROM ACCOMPANYING PARENT ON GRADE 10 LIFE ORIENTATION EXCURSION TO PHILLIPI
In my capacity as a social worker I spent a lot of my young adulthood walking through communities chatting to
people. In this way one is able to gain insight and a true understanding of a community. The grade10 students
were recently afforded a wonderful opportunity to explore the Philippi community in this way. Well done to Jack for
planning and executing such a fantastic outing. A far cry from the mundane school outings I remember. Divided
into groups, each guided by an organized community member. The grade 10 students were given the opportunity
of learning about a community which is perhaps very different from the one many of them are used to. They were
exposed to both the positives and the poverty. Wherever our group went we were met with such warmth and were
introduced to inspiring people. This experience, in my opinion, was both enriching and humbling. JanineTennant.
GRADE 11 OUTING TO FAB LAB
On Tuesday, 4 May 2010 half of the Grade 11 class went to town to a design place called the Fab Lab. We used
lasers to cut out our names onto Perspex done on computer. I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Thank you to
Mrs Lancaster. Kalaba Chibale
I had such fun at the Fab Lab. I would definitely go there again and would use it for projects and other fun thing
that can be done in Design. Thank you to Mrs Lancaster.
I really enjoyed going to the Fab Lab. It was really interesting seeing what we could design and all the equipment
we saw and used. I thought that the laser machine was the best to use and everything came out amazing. Thank
you to Mrs Lancaster. Luke
The Fab Lab was absolutely fabulous. Definitely going to go there again. Thank you Mrs Lancaster. Duane
The Fab Lab was very inspiring and creative. I really enjoyed my time there. Jean Moore.
The Fab Lab was such an awesome experience. My best outing by far. I learnt so much and I really think it was
great because we created and designed our own designs. Kyle Vollaers.
The Fab Lab was the best outing ever was interesting and so much fun. We were allowed to make our own
designs for free. Thanks very much to Mrs Lancaster. Max Thieme.
I really enjoyed going to the Fab Lab and I am so glad I know about it. It was my best outing ever. Jade Rea
The Fab Lab was a wonderful experience. It was the best outing. Thanks for taking us Mrs Lancaster. Nicolas
The Fab Lab was really cool because it is encouraging designers to make products through being a source which
is free. Zeph Walters
The Fab Lab was an amazing experience. I loved make designs and seeing the end result. Tallan Shrimpton
The Fab Lab was very interesting and definitely an important place to know as a designer. I think it could be an
extremely useful place to use for future design projects. Darren Brown
A few weeks ago the Grades 10 and 11 Drama students attended a workshop held at Reddam School. We were
greeted by a number of actors who each gave us a different message about acting: 1) Don‟t talk when others are;
2) Listen; 3) Body language; 4) Spacing; 5) Blocking, and many more. This was taught to us through activities and
games which made the whole event great fun and interesting. They were really inspiring and had a lot of good tips.
It was definitely not a function to miss. Nella Etkind Grade 10
RECENT ASSEMBLY ON LIVING A MONEY-FREE EXISTENCE (RESPONSE FROM SPEAKER)
To my new friends at Cedar House,
Thanks so much for allowing me to talk at your school yesterday and thanks even more for listening.
I haven't spoken in public many times before, and I have definitely not spoken for so many people before. So thank
you for helping me develop my competence as a speaker, it is a very important part of my journey so I am very
grateful for the opportunity. Thanks also for being open to my crazy ideas and for hopefully thinking a little different
from now on. Please don‟t ever take anything for granted, or accept anything just because it is how it has been for
ages. Anything is possible when you begin to see the world with new eyes. Ok, so in case any of you would like to
stay connected to my story, or get involved with the Nu-buntu community here are some things you can do…
Aiden van Ryneveld
What a wonderful turnout we had for Neil McGibbon‟s talk on adolescence on the night of the 27th of May! The
weather was rotten but Room 2 was packed to capacity, so thank you to all those who braved the elements to
come and listen to this incredibly worthwhile talk. Mr Rumboll gave feedback to parents on a number of issues.
This was followed by our guest speaker, Dr McGibbon who spoke frankly and warmly about adolescence,
explaining the normal developmental tasks that can often be frustrating for both you and your teen to work through.
He then spoke about mental health issues that can appear in adolescence and gave clear and understandable
guidelines on how to deal with each. He is a remarkable professional and I think we all left feeling better about the
teens in our lives, plus more equipped on how to help them through this often turbulent ( but also fun, passionate
and exciting!) life stage. Attached are the notes that were taken during Neil‟s talk. Mrs G Cloete
FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR‟S VERTICAL TEACHING PROGRAMME
The first six months of our Vertical Teaching programme were scintillating. What follows is a report by Gemma
Field-Levy on one of the programmes that were offered:
The Woodstock Festival is awesome – so awesome in fact that no mere words can fully capture its awesomeness,
and participating in a Vertical Teaching course devoted solely to worshipping and analysing the Woodstock Festival
is almost as awesome. Awesome is a word I‟ve used quite a lot in the Woodstock lesson, particularly while doing
my presentation on my chosen band performing at the Festival, The Who – they‟re awesome, non-believers better
believe it – because when faced with the enormity of the Festival, all complex and non-colloquial words are
forgotten. We covered a number of different aspects of the Festival during the course; from the mishaps of the
Festival and the exorbitant fees paid to Jimi Hendrix for his distinctly average performance, to other artists (The
Who are and were awesome. All others pale in comparison) and the music of the Festival. Even the conception
and birth of the Festival and political and social background to the Four Days of Peace, Love and Music. All in all,
it was pretty freaking awesome; we had fun and listened to a lot of awesome music, and maybe even learnt a thing
or two along the way. So I‟d like to give Mrs Glenday a super-awesome thanks for organizing the course and for
putting her time and effort into it, and for handling, with dignity and grace, the question “So , were you like at the
This was one of those mad days, but one which said it all. We do not want to be a community that claims to value
boldness and “facing down storms” and then acts in a wimpish way…so we continued with our Newlands Forest
annual school hike on Friday in driving rain. The turnout was excellent and spirits were high. It was a wonderful
TERM 3 EXTRA MURAL PROGRAMME
Attached please find our Third Term Programme.
People always tell you that your Matric dance will be one of the best night‟s of your life. On Friday, the 14th of May,
this finally made sense to our entire Matric grade, as we proudly and beautifully attended our ball. The time was
half past seven and Kirstenbosch was illuminated with a gorgeous charm, as couples arrived in the most stylish
means, from minibus taxis to hummer-stretch-limousines. I was fortunate enough to borrow a Lexus, which
managed to crash itself into the garage just in time to begin the evening on an eventful foot. Each couple was met
by a team of smartly dressed grade elevens, who performed their „squirely‟ duties – which involved opening car
doors and carrying our carry-mores that contained our after-party clothes and escorting us to the door – perfectly.
We were videoed as we walked pair by pair up the candle-lit red carpet, and felt like royalty. As official photos were
being taken, everybody began to recognise each other and the air was filled with both disbelief and complete
delight, and thousands of the most genuine compliments.
We then made our way to our tables and were greeted with an abundance of calamari and spring rolls which we all
tried to eat neatly, and mostly succeeded. Emotional speeches were made to remind us of the magnitude of the
evening, as a rite of passage, and we reminisced on some of our many lighter moments as a grade. By this time,
everybody was absolutely dying for the main course, which was an elaborate buffet and some of the girls wished
our dresses had not been quite so tightly fitted. Suddenly it was time to put all of our specially arranged ballroom
dancing lessons to use, and people – after many hesitant comments and reluctant glances at the video camera –
began to make their way to the floor. We waltzed for approximately two songs and suddenly the classical waltz
become some kind of line dance and a whole lot of people were dancing in synch in a square and then some of the
teachers joined in. It was honestly like something out of a musical. As the rest of us stood and watched this
enchanting phenomenon, Lauren‟s dress caught fire from one of the candles and the dance floor became a bit
more chaotic, finally normalizing in a state of normal, teenage, jumping-around-in-circles-with-your-friends sort of
dancing. Other highlights included a couple with matching luminous pink hairstyles, Mrs Court and her husband
rock ‟n rolling on the floor, and Mrs Fella rocking out to Jack Parow. Finally it was time to leave, and we were filled
with a sense of both immense satisfaction at the success of the evening, and also sadness at the heartbreaking
realisation that the night we had eagerly anticipated for so long was drawing to a close. What a night it had been,
and how privileged we are to have teachers (especially Mrs November and Mrs Rumboll) that could arrange such
an evening for us. To sum up the quality of the event, it should be admitted that the early hours of the morning saw
many of us scheming about ways to get invited to next year‟s dance. What a memorable evening this has been, we
all agreed, and promptly fell asleep until that afternoon. Tegan Phillips Grade 12
TERM 2 GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ
We congratulate the following students on being winners in their Grades in this Term‟s competition:
Grade 8 Claire Anderson
Grade 9 Matthew Orolowitz
Grade 10 Luigi Perez
Grade 11 Oliver February
Grade 12 Stewart Innes and Matthew Reeler
Mrs Bottaro has once again done a sterling job in designing and managing this now termly institution. We have
enclosed the test and the memo…Enjoy!
A CEDAR HOUSE PICTURE BY TAMSYN LANCASTER (Drama, Design, Visual Arts and English Departments!)
Picture the scene: A rinsed Kenilworth, dripping itself into afternoon. Cold and damp and quiet, the garden is
deserted save for two children. A transparently-skinny adolescent boy and a small boy of six are playing. The little
boy‟s squeals of delight punctuate the silence as he throws up a ball, aiming for the hoop. He gets it in and the
older boy cheers encouragingly. Leroy and Tom are playing basket ball. Oblivious to the world around them (and
Tom more likely oblivious to the homework he has due for the next lesson), they are enraptured with their game.
They are unaware of any boundaries of age, language or culture. Only two teachers are witness to this delightful
scene and despite the relentless cold, their hearts are warmed. It‟s a scene that encapsulates everything we love
about Cedar House and our kids. A simple, almost nostalgic portrait of what the world should be: just two children
at play. Ms Lancaster
CEDAR HOUSE DRAMA DEPARTMENT MEETS ST STITHIANS DRAMA DEPARTMENT
I was incredibly fortunate in having the opportunity to spend some time with the St. Stithians Boy's College Drama
Department recently. Carol Fields (HOD) and Frances Dicks welcomed me with open arms (and loud voices) into
their special Stage Door Theatre in order to pass on the wisdom of a highly established and expertly-run
department. It was an utterly valuable and inspiring experience. Although Saints is a very different school to Cedar
House in its traditions and overwhelming size, I was able to garner a wealth of knowledge, both theoretical and
practical, that can be applied to our own department. In addition, my visit (which included a show at St. John's, and
one-on-one practical tuition with the highly entertaining Carol Fields) was instrumental in creating a relationship
between our departments that I'm certain will continue to grow and benefit both myself and our drama students. I
would like to extend my sincere thanks to Frank Rumboll for supporting and encouraging me in this endeavour. Ms
GRADE 10 ACCOUNTING OUTING
On Tuesday, 4 May the Grade 8–12 Accounting students went to Cavendish to watch the movie Food Inc. Food
Inc. is a documentary of where our food comes from and how it is made. The movie really depicted the production
of food in a bad way. The chickens are treated badly and genetically modified to grow larger, as statistics show
that the breast meat if the favourite part of the chicken. Corn is fed to all the animals as it is a cheap option and it
can also be genetically modified. Corn is also in nearly in everything we eat as it can be used as a derivative in
most products. Thank you to Mrs November, Ms Gubb and Mr Murray who made this outing possible.
SARAH NEWNHAM‟S SUCCESS IN UCT MATHS COMPETITION
We congratulate one of our matriculants, Sarah Newnham, who performed in the top percentile of entrants from
Cedar House in this year‟s prestigious UCT Maths competition. What an amazing achievement!
COLLEEN STANFIELD‟S SUCCESS IN LIFE SKILLS THEATRE PROGRAMME
Congratulations to Colleen who has successfully completed Level 3 of this programme at the Baxter Theatre.
GOODBYE TO MRS COURT
Mrs Court, one of our part time Maths teachers, will be leaving us at the end of this Term. We thank her for her
hard work, her commitment to her students and her attention to detail. We wish Mrs Court everything of the best.
My sincere thanks to Mrs Satchel who will be teaching the Grade 12‟s in the Third Term (she currently teaches a
number of them Maths Paper 3) and to Mrs Glenday who will be teaching Mrs Court‟s Grade 10 group until the end
of the year.
TERM 2 SOCIAL ACTION DAY
What follows are reports from our individual social action groups. Sincere thanks to Mrs Rumboll who makes this
all possible. Thank you too to our Student Leaders who lead our groups so thoughtfully.
AVONDALE (Home for the elderly)
It was again time to visit our good old (excuse the pun) friends at Avondale Home for the elderly. We were going to
have a sports day with the residents, and had spent hours preparing small, beautifully wrapped prize packages. We
arrived, and some of us facilitated the sports (which included bowling and some ball-throwing games – not rugby or
anything) while others wandered bravely from individual room to room to connect with people with whom they had
little in common, but from which they could learn so much. One woman – who had last time mentioned her previous
occupation as a stripper – managed to convince us that she could not partake in the games without her morning
tequila, and everyone was thoroughly entertained. Fun and games aside, we could not help notice the value in
these people we, as a society, often neglect, and it felt good to acknowledge, if only for a short time, that value. We
are hoping to have a tea party with them soon, to – in the words of one of the residents – keep the twinkles in their
wrinkles. Tegan Phillips
We arrived at the garden in Gugulethu, expecting cold, rain, and an overall dreary time. We could not have been
more wrong. The sun came out, and before we knew it, we were all, to some surprise, having a great time. First,
we dug and readied three rows so that seeds could be planted, making sure they were straight, and the soil was
properly aerated. Next we planted seedlings in the rows. We calculated that we planted around 1500 plants – a fact
the group is quite proud of. Over all it turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable, and productive experience.
HEAVEN‟S NEST REPORT
We went to Heaven‟s Nest, armed with colouring book, crayons, play dough and bubbles. The weather was warm,
and the sun had decided to shine, after a week of rain - thank goodness! We arrived at Heaven‟s Nest at about
9:15 that morning. The kids all rushed up to us, and hugged us. We set up different stations, with the different
activities to do. The group played with the kids, hung up the laundry and even helped with the centre‟s sick dog,
Cuddles. She is usually boisterous, to say the least. She was taken to the SPCA to be checked out, as well as
given a bath. A great time was had by all. Afterwards, we all went to McDonalds. Thank you so much to all the
members in my group- I am so proud of you guys! A huge thanks to Mrs Baron and Talia for helping with lifts.
Heaven‟s Nest is an emergency foster care, for children who either have HIV/AIDS or are affected by it. We are
collecting non-perishables and toiletries for them. There will be a box in the foyer of the school, for the rest of this
term, as well as the beginning of next, marked „Heaven‟s Nest Collection‟. Please would you consider supporting- I
know that they would really appreciate it. Debbie Orolowitz
PLACE OF HOPE
On the third of March Place of Hope social action group went to Athlone to see our very loved children again. It was
such a rewarding experience. When we arrived, one of the house mothers told us a little bit more about the shelter
for abused women and children and what it is like for the people staying there. This was such an eye opening
experience for the entire group and gave clear insight to how lucky we are. And that we should really appreciate
what we have and all the love and support in and around our lives. Students and the teachers were given an
opportunity to ask questions and have their questions answered. We then were taken to the crèche to play with the
children. we were moved into their main hall so the children could have more room to play. The group was divided
into sections so children could rotate at stations once they were done. We had the reading section and the creative
section where Jeremy, Colleen and Thania showed the children different things they can make with play dough.
The rest of the boys played ball games with the children. Our manager asked that I assemble a group together to
organise their library. So myself, Mrs Gubb, Megan and Sean joyfully went about sorting their books and making
things look more attractive to the children. All in all it was a very lovely experience and I know the kids had as much
fun as we did. One of the children kept asking if we were coming again and when, because she had such a
delightful time. I was excited to tell her of course we will. Zodwa Mbulawa
THE CAPE TOWN SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND
We arrived at the Cape Town Society for The Blind, and were split into groups of three, as the blind people find it
difficult to deal with big crowds. Some of us helped with the packaging, where they packed nails into bags so they
could be sold. The selling of nails is a source of income for the people of the society. What most of us ended up
doing was to help with the weaving of the basket and we learnt how to weave baskets ourselves. At first, this was
something most of us found challenging, seeing that most of us did not have any foundation as to how baskets are
made. However with more practise we can come to grips with the making of baskets. We also came to learn that
the cane used to make the baskets is “deadly,” because when it cuts you, it takes a while to stop bleeding. Luckily
enough none of us experienced this, but saw it happen to someone from the society. However the weaving did give
some of us scratches and some minor cuts. So by the time we left our hands were a little rough.
For social action day I took a group of students to Kalk Bay to do a litter cleanup. The weather was awful the day
before, but it cleared up during the day. We scanned for litter from the harbor all the way to Dalebrook beach.
When we were finished we went to get an ice cream and enjoyed it in the sun. Thanks to Ms Fella and Ms Mase for
accompanying us. Jason van Besouw
Social Action this term was very enlightening for all our members. Everyone seized the day with lots of vigour and
excitement. We experienced no complaints and all the students acted accordingly. Since Bonnytoun closed down,
we had to take on another Organisation. After lots of searching, we managed to locate an organisation called "The
Haven" that caters and accommodates homeless individuals. We were presented with numerous tasks ranging
from cutting up of vegetables to raking up the garden. We all moved out of our comfort zones and approached the
various tasks with enthusiasm. Those inexperienced with the certain tasks gained valuable lessons and equipped
them with social awareness of our communities. We would like to thank all the teachers that made this event
possible and all the students for behaving so well. We look forward to our next visit to "The Haven". Betti and Brent
This last social action day, my group, the Alien Hacking Project, went to Youngsfield Military Base. We would
normally go across to Kenilworth Race Course, but this time, the people that we work with decided it would be
better if we worked on a new section this week. It was amazing to see how many people were excited to do this. I
would have thought that at least a few of the kids would have wanted to try get out of it, but no, everyone was there
and ready to work. It was quite a cold day and I was worrying that it would rain, but luckily Mother Nature was on
our side. After a few hours of the hard labour, we decided to take a break. It was only once we had stopped that we
noticed how much we had actually cleared. It was amazing that the combined effort of all the kids could do so
much good for the area. The piles of Port Jackson grew bigger by the hour. Kids were starting to lose their bags
under it all! Towards the end of our time there and the tiring work of cutting and pulling shoots out all day, it
seemed as though everyone was still having a good time. Thanks to The Friends of the Kenilworth Race Course for
helping us with supplies and guidance. Another thank you to Mrs Glover and Mrs Person for joining us and for
lifting us to and from the school. There were even a few guys that still had enough energy to not only walk back to
school, but run! Truly inspirational. Luke Moore
On the 7 May we went on our second organised school outreach excursion. The day looked bad for our recycling
group because it had started to rain as we got to the station, but we persevered and when we got to Sunrise Circle
in Muizenberg, the sun was out and even radiating slight heat. We spent our day cleaning up the area and got
compliments from passers by as we worked, which was a very gratifying result of our work. Our group collected
more or less ten bags of rubbish and by the end of the day, we were feeling slightly hot and bothered. We ended
our outreach excursion by rewarding ourselves with a nice drink and small bite to eat from Kneed before we caught
the train back to Kenilworth. Our day was successful; we all had fun, did some hard work and so felt the
satisfaction of doing a good deed in our community, which is always so rewarding. Niela Gie
On Social Action Day on 6 May, my group and I went to Woodside Sanctuary to continue our work there.
However, I must say that I was very disappointed by the absenteeism of the students and ended up taking only 10
people including myself. At Woodside we initially spent time with the children and the nursing staff in the wards, as
it was still rather early and the children were being prepared for the day. Our group was split up between three
different wards, with the majority of us in the wards for younger children and a group in the men‟s ward. Just like
our last visit, at first some of us were taken aback by the position of these children and the uncomfortable nature of
the work at Woodside, however just like last time this quickly wore off and we were soon playing with the children.
Friday is their music day and thus we took up some tambourines and played along with them. It was amazing to
see the joy children got from the music, apart from a boy called Chris – he was wanted to Rock „n Roll! Some of
the group also read and reread stories to some extraordinarily eager children under a rather beautiful tree outside .
We had an amazing time at Woodside and I would greatly like to think that the children there had a wonderful time
too. I would like to thank the mothers who lifted us to and from Woodside, it is very much appreciated. A huge
thank you must once again go to Miss De Villiers for her help, support, enthusiasm, energy and taking us there.
Thank you also to my group for all your effort. Stewart Innes
MOTHER‟S DAY BREAKFAST POEMS
Poems created by Tom Lautenbach, Jacob Nyirenda, Sophie Field, Tegan Phillips and Jean Moore are attached.
Sincere thanks to Mrs November who made this breakfast possible.
WORKERS‟ DAY ASSEMBLY REPORTS
What follows are reports by Johny van Rooyen and Sian Pressly on the Workers‟ Day assembly:
The head of COSATU came and talked to us about the meaning behind Worker‟s Day which was celebrated on the
1 May. His message throughout his speech was that we benefit from things (e.g. education) and what we learn
from situations shouldn‟t only be for a person to benefit from, but to have courage to tell others about those lessons
so they can gain something from them as well. We all need to have respect for workers and really should choose
what we say carefully. This talk really changed my outlook on Cedar House because we as students here are very
lucky as we are going to be the bosses and head of businesses because of the education we are gaining from our
school. We need to learn now that respect is needed for others so that all of us can benefit from situations. We
really enjoyed the speech and now think differently about respect for teachers, parents and ourselves. Thank you.
Sian Pressly Grade 8
On Wednesday, 5 May we had a special assembly to celebrate Worker‟s Day. The speaker spoke to us about
caring for others. He said that even though we have an excellent education from an excellent school and we will all
go on to pursue great occupations , we should never forget the people who don‟t have great jobs and didn‟t get an
excellent education. We should never forget Worker‟s Day and what it stands for. John van Rooyen Grade 9
FILM UNION SLEEPOVER
This term Film Union managed to watch several wonderful, challenging films before the tsunami - exams swept
everybody off into their books. We began with Notes on a Scandal, a thought-provoking film about a teacher who
has an affair with her student - ultimately a fresh perspective on certain aspects of the education system. We also
watched Donnie Darko - a favourite amongst the group - which explored some of the more bizarre, disturbing
elements of suburbia. Then there was Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank, which also helped us to look at
education from a completely different perspective; from the eyes of teenagers in the American ghettos. As always,
there was popcorn and Coke, and the atmosphere wonderfully cinema-like. The highlight of the term for us was
most definitely the Tim Burton sleepover, because the only thing better than a classic Tim Burton film is marathon
of classic Tim Burton films. Thank you to Mrs Rumboll for making Film Union the highlight of our Mondays. Tegan
Phillips Grade 12
GRADE 11 HISTORY EXCURSION
On Wednesday, 12 May, the Grade 11 History class went on an outing to town. We went to the Bookery, IDASA
and the District Six Museum. The Bookery is a part of the Equal Education NGO and focuses on providing
underprivileged schools with fully stocked libraries. The District Six Museum was an interesting and important
experience for South African youth. It is an engaging museum that you are able to relate to and understand.
IDASA has a rather amazing chandelier involving Desmond tutu that I think is worth viewing. It was a productive,
informative and involved outing. Many thanks to Mrs Bottaro for organising it. Kate Pinchuck
XHOSA EXTRA LESSONS
Xhosa students are reminded that Ms Mase offers extra lessons, every week on Thursdays, after school. Students
who are struggling with their subject are urged to make use of this offer.
We enclose, for your interest, some creative writing from our students:
Grade 11 Poetry by Michaela Younge, Anjuli Daya, Olivia Martin, Oliver February, Fabian Hasewinkel, Jessica
Mayson, Kate Pinchuck and Hope Lancaster
Grade 8 Cautionery Tales by Sophie Field, Aneeb Hendricks and Claire Andersen.
OUR MARIMBA BAND AT THE BAXTER
The Cedar House Marimba Band participated in the Marimba Festival at the Baxter Theatre on Friday 21 May.
Our band participated in a mass item with nine other high school bands. It was certainly an entertaining evening
presented by Ross Johnson and AmaAmbush. Some of our band members have only been playing since the
beginning of this year and it is great to see their vigour and enthusiasm. Besides training in co-ordination and
musical knowledge, it fosters confidence and teamwork. Well done – you did us proud! Brian Johnson
UPDATE: SCHOOL PARENT CONTACT
We have met with a company who will be assisting us in managing and improving communication between our
school and parents. We are at the moment communicating with them and drawing up a database of contact details.
At this stage we are hoping that a system will be in place very early in the new term and will keep you posted.
CELEBRATION EVENT SEPTEMBER 2010
You are reminded that the last day of our 3rd term is Heritage Day (24 September). Our annual Evening of
Celebration is that evening, at the Baxter, and is being planned to last for 2 hours. We need your support, please,
and ask that your arrange for your families‟ holidays to begin on the Saturday.
We wish our country a successful hosting of and performance in the World Cup (see our back page), our School a
successful excursion to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and our families a happy and restful holiday.
Many thanks for all your fantastic support this Term.
We congratulate Mr Rumboll who has been appointed by UCT to be the External Moderator of this year‟s English
Methodology postgraduate students.