Weekly Newsletter

Missed the latest newsletter and news from the Principal? Catch up on our latest news below.

ISCT News 20 May 

We are pleased to be hosting an Art and Music exhibition this evening between 19:00 and 20:00 at our Woodland Heights campus. If you booked for this event, please remember to join us for a fantastic evening of showcasing our finest artists and their work against the background of excellent music provided by our students. Entrance is R20 (cash at the door). Read more

David Hunter, Principal


ISCT News 13 May

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Deidre Lindeque as replacement teacher for Mr. Peter Greenwood who will leave at the end of the term. Initially, Mr. Rob Tait has agreed to cover Year 6 until the end of the year and Mrs. Lindeque will teach his classes in Year 7. Mrs. Lindeque is a very well qualified teacher; (BSc (Med) Hons, PG Dip Diabetes (UK), PGCE) and is a fully-qualified intermediate phase educator who describes herself as a wife, mother, Scouter, passionate global traveler and aspiring urban farmer. She has a 15 year long career in multidisciplinary health care and completed her PGCE with Distinction in Maths and Natural Science & Technology. She has been most recently employed as a Learning Designer for the UCT Online High School. Read more

David Hunter, Principal


ISCT News 28 April 

I am sure we are all finding these shortened weeks a little disruptive even though they are refreshing under the circumstances. A reminder that school will be closed on Monday 2 May and that next week will be the last shortened week for awhile.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim families a Blessed Eid for early next week and we trust that you will be able to celebrate the end of Ramadan in style. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 21 April 

I trust you all had a restful Easter weekend. We are in the middle of a series of disrupted weeks as next Wednesday, 27th is Freedom Day, a Public holiday as well as the following Monday, 2nd May being taken as Worker’s Day. The school will be closed on those days. 
 
Next Tuesday will be the last day for the Year 11 class who start Cambridge exams the following week. We wish them every success in the weeks ahead. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 14 April

We wish all our Christian families a blessed Easter and our Jewish families a happy Pesach for the coming festivals. In addition, we wish all those participating in the 2 Oceans 21km and 56 km races this weekend “tailwinds and downhills” all the way! Further to this, if you are traveling this weekend, we trust you will get there and back safely. 
 
It has been challenging to gradually return to “normal” and re-establish the routines that are a part of school life. Part of this has been to try to get students to wear their uniforms as required and we expect students at Woodland Heights to wear sports uniforms only on the days they have Physical Education (PE) or an afternoon sport and not every day as many have become accustomed to. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 7 April

Welcome to Term 2. We hope you and your family had a restful holiday. It promises to be a busy term with a number of significant events in the next ten weeks or so. Some of those events are: CIE exams, a blood donation drive, Reach For A Dream slipper day, parent-teacher meetings, mathematics competitions, music concerts, high school exams, science expos and more. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 17 March

The end of Term 1 has arrived and we will close at the usual time tomorrow. I hope the ISCT community enjoys the two week break. The school office will close tomorrow afternoon and reopen on Friday 1 April. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 10 March

In case you needed reminding, next week sees the end of Term 1 and we will close at the usual time on Friday 18th March for a two week holiday. High School reports will be available at the end of next week and there are parent/teacher meetings for Key Stages 1 and 2 during the course of next week, after school. The school offices will close on Friday, 18 March and reopen on Friday, 1 April. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 3 March

I am sad to report that our Business Manager, Gregg Murray will be leaving at the end of May 2022. Gregg has been with us since March 2020 and has guided the school’s finances through the troubled waters of the last two years. We will miss his input and we greatly appreciate his service to the school. We have already advertised for a replacement and we hope to have that finalized by the start of Term 2. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 24 February

I have been away in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) this week attending the conference for the South African Heads of Independent Schools Association (SAHISA). It has been wonderful to be able to attend a conference like this for the first time since 2019 and I have been encouraged by a number of old friends and colleagues from around the country who have been able to share their experiences over the last two years. In short, it has been a challenging time for all communities during lock-down. Schools around the world have faced very similar issues during this time and have learned and adapted to a changing environment. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 17 February

Cambridge Examinations announced their Outstanding Learner Awards  for 2021 last week and I am thrilled to report that we’ve done it again! 13 awards in total! Congratulations to the particular students and also, of course, to the staff who taught them all through the years. You all played a part in their success. Of all the schools offering Cambridge exams in South Africa, we received the most awards. Click here to read the results table or click here to see the names and full details of the award winners and their subjects’. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 10 February

We had two pop-up concerts with a student line-up during break times this week which were a real treat for the rest of the school. Thank you to our Music department for “thinking out of the box”.  

We welcomed our newly appointed Librarian and Media Centre Manager, Ms Daphne Gengayan who started this week. She has moved to Cape Town from Durban and we trust her stay at ISCT will be a long and happy one. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 3 February

It was so good to see so many parents last Friday at the picnic. Clearly there is a need for people to be able to see one another and socialize again. The revised lockdown regulations will enable us to try to do more open air events in the time ahead.  There are two big High School sports events this term in the form of interhouse athletics and the interhouse gala. Both will be held at Wynberg Boys High, with athletics taking place on 11 February and the gala two weeks later on the 25th. In addition, we have the annual production scheduled for March 10 and 11. We hope to see as many parents at these events as possible. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 27 January

Key Stage 1 and 2 parents, please join us for a picnic tomorrow evening, Friday, from 16:30 until 19:00. Further details are in the Key Stage newsletters below. We hope to see you there. The Year 12s will set up a tuck shop for sweets, chips and cool drinks. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 20 January

As we continue to get into the rhythm of a new year there are signs of things beginning slowly to settle down. One of these has been the resumption of ECAs and we will return to a slightly earlier closing time for the high school from next week. High school classes will end at 14:50 Monday to Thursday, to allow high school students to prepare for ECA’s and leave when required on the transport arranged. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 13 January 2022

Welcome back to the start of term 1, 2022. It was wonderful to see all the students back at the start of Wednesday 12 January. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 2 December 2021

This will be the last newsletter for 2021, so let me start by thanking you all for your varying and valued contributions to 2021, and I wish you all a wonderful December break. The much predicted Fourth wave has arrived and we hope that the impact will not be too devastating on us. I encourage all those who are eligible for vaccination and who have not yet had this done to do so as soon as they are able. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 15 November 2021

The year has passed in a blur of activity and it is a month to Christmas! Happy Thanksgiving to our US parents and I wish all the bargain-hunters a happy Black Friday tomorrow! Tomorrow is also the final day of internal exams for the High school students and I am sure there will be a collective sigh of relief that these are over. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 18 November 2021

The year has passed in a blur of activity and it is a month to Christmas! Happy Thanksgiving to our US parents and I wish all the bargain-hunters a happy Black Friday tomorrow! Tomorrow is also the final day of internal exams for the High school students and I am sure there will be a collective sigh of relief that these are over. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 18 November 2021

We are re-evaluating our 2022 protocols for managing COVID in consultation with experts in this field. We hope to resume more sports activities, bus services and excursions next year as long as the vaunted Fourth Wave does not overwhelm us. Part of this process is to ensure that we continue to operate in as safe an environment as possible and to do this we need more data from among our student community. We plan a completely anonymous survey to gather data from our students between the ages of 12 and 18 to see what proportion have already been vaccinated or intend to be vaccinated by the start of Term 1 2022. We will issue the survey after exams and publish the results at the end of the term. Although vaccination is not mandatory please try to have your children vaccinated if they are eligible as it will make us all safer. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 11 November 2021

Our Year 10 students started their end of year exams on Wednesday and the rest of the High School students will start on Monday. Our best wishes to all the students writing. May I remind you to have a look at the Upcoming Events section of our newsletter. The year has all but finished but there is still much to do before we can close. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 4 November 2021

ISCT has applied to be one of the 250 Climate Action Schools of Excellence in the world. The announcement of the winners are being announced today at 19h40 in a high profile event including Prince William, Nandi Bushell and Dan Russell. Follow this link to the event. Thank you to Ms Fahrenfort for coordinating our application, with input from a number of teachers and KS2 and High School students. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 28 October 2021

Tomorrow is ISCT’s Founders’ Day! While we are not a traditional school in many ways, we do believe it is important to celebrate our school’s birthday annually, even in COVID times! Typically we celebrate all together after school, and some of you may remember the PTA led fun fairs and markets we’ve had in the past. Unfortunately we still cannot gather together but we can share our student achievements, progress, work and awesomeness electronically as we celebrate student learning in 2021. Please check your inboxes tomorrow for a Founder’s Day email from us. The staff and students will celebrate with some treats at school tomorrow. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 21 October 2021

Following the announcement by Government of vaccines being available for 12 to 17 year olds, I encourage parents with children of the appropriate age to get their children vaccinated. We have succeeded in getting all the staff vaccinated and as a result absence for COVID related causes has dropped to almost nil… Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 14 October 2021

We were buoyed this week by stunning results from our students who had been selected to participate in the International Science Expo. There were a number of medals won by our students: Samora (Y9) and Matida (Y8) received Bronze medals. Matida also won the the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Environmental Engineering Division Award. SeoEun (Y9) won a Silver medal, and Retaya, Ruby and Jemma (all Y9) won Gold medals. Congratulations to all staff and students involved, ably led by Dr Doyle. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 7 October 2021

The Year 12 and 13 students are in their first full week of final exams and we trust these are going well.  Thank you to those of you who supported the Premiere of “When the Party’s over” last week.  Those who missed out on this should make an effort to view it when we share it via our media platforms. This was a students driven project that involved all the complexity and difficulties with making a movie from scratch. The students and the staff  who were involved in the background deserve the highest accolades… Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 30 September 2021

Welcome back to the start of Term 4. I cannot believe that three quarters of the year is done already! I hope everyone had a good break. Welcome to the new 2022 parents, who have been included in the database so that they can get a feel of the school.

We are straight into the business of the term with Cambridge Exams starting tomorrow (1 October) and ending on 18 November. We wish all candidates every success… Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 16 September 2021

As this will be the last newsletter for Term 3 I would like to wish you all a good break and if you are traveling, please do so with care. Thank you to the whole ISCT community for your support this term. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 9 September 2021

We seem to be approaching the end of the third wave and we are all hoping that there will be some relaxation on current restrictions. We have come this far with relatively little disruption and although the Year 11 class is currently learning online, we anticipate they should be back in class on Monday 13 September. However, there is also concern at the possibility of a fourth wave towards the end of November. Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 2 September 2021

We are pleased to share with all of our ISCT community a parent workshop. We are very excited about the video content we have purchased for all of our school community from the Digital Law Company for the month of September. This video was created by world-renowned expert, Emma Sadleir, an authority on the impact and legalities of social media use in teens. Her work as a lawyer in this field allows her to share the dangers of social media use and how parents and teens can protect themselves. Read more


ISCT News 26 August 2021

We had hoped to be out of the third wave of COVID by now, but the Western Cape continues to battle with this. Although we seem to have avoided serious outbreaks at ISCT, COVID is becoming increasingly common in schools amongst students. Please keep up your adherence to the prescribed protocols…Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 19 August 2021

The end of the year is barrelling down on us. The Year 12 and 13 students start their trial exams tomorrow and we are three weeks away from Valedictory for 2021. Please keep up the Covid protocols with your children as your efforts, combined with those of the school, have kept us going this year… Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 12 August 2021

We received our most recent Cambridge results this morning and I am pleased to say that our students have done extremely well. They obtained a 91.7% pass rate with 48.7% of their results being A* and A symbols. Well done! Congratulations to the staff for their efforts and many thanks to the parents for their support through the tough times of the last year… Read more

David Hunter, Principal

ISCT News 5 August 2021

We welcomed the Year 11 students back at the start of this week and it was good to see them after an extended break following their IGCSE exams. We look forward to their exam results next week.  A question around safety protocols of mask wearing and mask breaks for children was raised earlier this week. This had arisen from a concern that prolonged mask-wearing could lead to a build-up of carbon dioxide that could be harmful. We again approached the medical professionals in our parent body who have advised that if the child feels very overwhelmed then a mask break outside the classroom is perfectly acceptable, something we already have in place. However, our classrooms are well ventilated with good air circulation as our teachers have been instructed to keep windows open and fans on. The regular protocols of social distancing, hand washing / sanitising are still strictly enforced and we continue to monitor temperatures... Read more

David Hunter, Principal