Newsletter – 14 September 2020



Our students are truly the stars of the show. They have shown courage, eagerness and pure grit as they waded through these uncertain times. I am so proud of what they have been able to achieve in very difficult times.  In light of this, we would like to congratulate the following students:

Keanu Jones
Cassia Dauncey

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela


In this very first edition of our newsletter, we feature our much-loved Afrikaans teacher, Anita Pretorius.

We asked her a few questions:

Do you prefer your students to call you Mrs Pretorius, mam or Anita? 

I actually prefer Mevrou. They called me that at my previous school.

When did you join CE and what made you choose them? 

Joined in 2018 when the school started. 
I retired the previous year and still wanted to teach. 
Jenny phoned me and then I started teaching here. 
I was a bit scared, because I never taught Cambridge before, 
but fortunately I settled in quickly.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I read a lot and enjoy watching good local and international 
sport, especially rugby, cricket and tennis. Not golf, cycling 
and racing. I also enjoy writing fun poems/limericks.

What kept you busy during lockdown? 

During lockdown I was very frustrated, because I could not teach 
my pupils face to face.
I kept busy by building a 1500 piece puzzle with a friend. 
I also knitted a nice thick jersey, read many books. 
I canned guavas for the first time in my life.
I made sandwiches with 14 loaves of bread for Mandela Day.

If you didn’t teach, what other job would you do? 

I would have studied law and become a criminal lawyer/advocate. 
Politics would also have been an option.

Tell us something about yourself that we don’t know. 

I am actually very impatient and do not like Sci-Fi movies.
I do not like birds, especially if they fly over my head. 
I get totally hysterical.

Name one person, dead or alive, that you would love to have over for supper, and why? 

I would like Andy Murray at my supper table. 
He is just a hardworking tennis player and not a glamour boy. 
I also appreciate his tears of joy when he wins Wimbledon.
Thank you for selecting me for this feature.


We are very proud of our Jesse Rajee.

Jesse is the first student at Cultivating Excellence to complete his GED exams.  Jesse scored an average of 81% for his exams. 

Everyone wants success, but it only follows those who make a true approach to get it. You know that hard work and dedication has a destination which is success. Best of luck for your future and congratulations on an excellent achievement.


Our students had some fun being mindful and creative doing an Art Yoga class during lockdown.


Cultivating Excellence was started by the idea of three Moms wanting their children to have the best opportunity to be responsible, educated Emotionally, Socially and Academically, well rounded adults.

During the past 2 years plus Cultivating Excellence has grown from having only 5 students including our 3 kids, to having to date 36 students.  We have been tremendously Blessed throughout this time and felt the need to give back and decided to embark on a partnership with two charities, ie. St Michaels Girls Home and Sisters Incorporated (Safe House For Abused Women). The initial idea was to make monthly donations but after visiting these facilities, it became clear that it was our time that was needed, not just food and toiletries.

We are therefore embarking a long term partnership whereby we can hopefully achieve the following:
> a) boost their self-esteem
> b) keep the girls in school
> c) Provide employment workshops – develop skills, Teach new skills, etc
> d) Mentorship program

Our first workshop with St Michaels Girls Home, is on 27 September.

The planning for Sisters Incorporated will need a bit of time. We are starting their workshops in January 2021. For now we are visiting the facility every month to chat with the ladies. It will help us get a clear understanding of what their real needs are. We will keep you posted.

With blessings and kind regards

Jenny, Sharon and Carlene