About Sans Souci
Sans Souci strives to create a vibrant, nurturing and contented environment; one that promotes academic excellence and empowers its learners by fostering compassion, mutual respect, dignity and social responsibility. Learners are encouraged to develop into confident, multi-skilled young woman who are comfortable with who they are, committed to life-long learning, and capable of making a valuable contribution to society.
Sans Souci is committed to striving for:
Academic Excellence – Providing high quality relevant education which provides the opportunity for each and every pupil to fulfil her potential.
Holistic Education – Challenging and empowering pupils to make a positive, caring contribution to a changing society; promoting growth of character and personality through a multi-faceted academic and extra-curricular programme.
Loyalty and Democratic Principles – Promoting respect for the beliefs, values and rights of others; accepting that responsibility and accountability are integral to freedom. Ensuring that the name of the school is upheld in a positive manner at all times. Using the developing social networking media and cyberspace in a responsible and positive manner to promote Sans Souci and all who have walked her corridors; endeavouring to always use negotiation and permissible peaceful processes to problem solve.
Individual Worth – Nurturing each person within our school community as a valued individual and encouraging the development of self-worth.
A Supportive, Disciplined Environment – Fostering a spirit of respect, caring, empathy and commitment to one another, to Sans Souci and the broader community; promoting the development of self-discipline, personal integrity, values and ethics. Emphasizing the importance of parental responsibility and partnership in supporting all that Sans Souci strives for in her Codes of Conduct, Behaviour and Involvement.
Spirit of Service – Implementing Sans Souci’s motto “Disce Prodesse” – Learn to be of Service.
Sans Souci Girls’ High School was established in 1960, but officially opened in 1961.
The first Headmistress – Miss Joan Kenyon was appointed.
The first Grade 12 (then Standard 10) class hosted its Farewell Dance.
Sans Souci’s first Matric class shown below.
The construction of the official school building began.
Miss Kenyon retires and a new Headmistress, Miss Fiona Stewart takes her place.
In 1980 Miss Stewart becomes Mrs Watson.
A new summer uniform was designed…first to go were the perky little panama hats and pleated skirts.
A swimming pool became the next addition to Sans Souci, creating yet another opportunity for our girls to excel outside of the classroom.
A new house was added to the three existing school houses, namely Ross (Hamilton Ross), Grey (Lord George Grey) and Wade (Justice Wade).
This new house was named Kenyon house, after Sans Souci’s first Headmistress Miss Kenyon.
Our school song was sung for the first time. It was written by a Sans Souci pupil, Fiona Zerbst.
Sans Souci opened its doors as a Model B school with girls of all races and demographic backgrounds being accepted.
Melissa Brink, a Grade 11 (Standard 9) pupil, was inducted as the Junior Mayor of Cape Town. In September she shared the platform with Nelson Mandela at a rally at Athlone stadium.
We had 11 Sans Souci Western Province representatives in various sporting fields.
Mrs Watson retired and Dr Elizabeth Fugard took her place as Headmistress at the helm of Sans Souci for 18 months.
Dr Fugard retires and Mrs Charmaine Murray took up the reins of Principal in the last term of this year.
FACETS, an annual Sans Souci festival of Bands, Choirs, Drama, Debating, Public Speaking, Science and Technology, Culinary Crafts and Art began.
Our girls were invited to Newlands Stadium after South Africa won the Rugby World Cup and were given flags to wave as the victorious Springboks paraded the field.
Sans Souci hosted an HIV/Aids awareness campaign for both parents and pupils.
We also ran a very successful Toy Drive together with Good Hope FM – Disce Prodesse!
Sans Souci’s Golden Jubilee – Celebrating 50 years! We welcomed all Sans Soucians old and new to join in the celebration.
For the first time, alumni from Sans Souci were granted the privilege of applying for the prestigious SACS Rhodes Scholarship.
We hosted a “TEENS got TALENT Fair” which was held in aid of The Sunflower Fund and in line with our motto – Learn to be of service!
Moyra Makina, a past pupil of Sans Souci and a “Survivor” series participant, addressed the pupils sharing her life’s journey, urging the girls to “Face your fears”, “Just show up” and “Stay focused.”
This year, 42 enthusiastic and dedicated Sans Souci girls’ took up the challenge to create a life size rhino sculpture from recycled material for an awareness campaign against Rhino poaching. This was then placed on display at the V&A Waterfront.
Our girls were invited to attend the Unogwaja Cape Town Procession – Red sox day. It was here where our Choir and Jazz Cats were requested to entertain the crowds with their musical talents and were a very important part of the day.
Protests – WCED Minister asked to conduct the investigation into aspects of a memorandum brought to the attention of the WCED by Sans Souci pupils.
Mrs Murray retired at the end of December 2016.
The WCED appoints Mrs Shirley Humphreys as the Acting Principal of Sans Souci.
This year also saw an exciting introduction to our Academic department, namely isiXhosa as a second language option, as well as the addition of Soccer as a fun new sporting opportunity.