October 31, 2018 | Girls’ College | Author: Ruth Everson

Leadership List 2018/19

We recently inducted elected our Grade 11/12 leaders for 2018/19. Now that these roles have now been filled, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the opportunities we provide to our girls for leadership development. You may also be interested in the leadership election process that we follow, in keeping with our servant leadership philosophy. We provide the girls with leadership opportunities that encourage each and every girl to take up the role of leadership in the school.  The process is outlined at the end of the web article.

Head Girl: Chair of the School Leadership Council (SLC) and Chair of the Student Representative Council (SRC).
Deputy Head Girls: We have two Deputy Head Girls. They assist the Head Girl in running the SLC and SRC and share the different committees as part of their portfolio. Their job is to guide and inspire the Chairs and to make sure that the committees are functioning correctly.

3 Head Girls (Ms Everson, Dr James)
Head Girl: Zanele Nzau (SRC and SLC)
Deputy Head Girl: Daniela Martini & Hillary Wanjohi

Daniela Martini, Zanele Nzau, Hillary Wanjohi

Student Leadership Council (SLC):

The Head and Deputy Head girls and Committee Chairs serve on the Student Leadership Council. The SLC meets once a week during break. The committee chairs report on matters discussed at the SLC to their respective committees in their committee meetings. The SLC meetings are facilitated by the Leadership Director. One student is also elected to serve on the Old Stithian Association, this representation extends beyond school, as this student represents their year on the OSA once they have left the College.


House Chairs and deputy chair look after all matters relating to the house system.

Cambourne (Mr Mofokeng/Mrs Henning)
Chair: Alex van den Heever
Deputy: Jordan Botha

Alex van den Heever

Jordan Botha

Kenwyn (Mrs Dabbs)
Chair: Georgina Roberts

Georgina Roberts

Stratton (Mr Beynnon/Mrs Kalify)
Chair: Michaela Louw
Deputy: Morgan Stacey

Michaela Louw

Morgan Stacey

Trewen (Mrs van Hille)
Chair: Emma Tarr
Deputy: Tyla Panzera

Emma Tarr

Tyla Panzera


Promotion and organisation of arts and cultural events.

Cultural (Mrs Hanly/Mr Sibeko)
Chair: Edith Mugadza 
Deputy: Ngoyi Kalisilira

Edith Mugadza

Ngoyi Kalisilira

Committee Members:

Emma Blackwell, Robyn Edwards, Asanda Khumalo, Shana Naidu, Amira Sithole, Thamala Tshabalala, Farrah Yassin, Briana Yumbe, Louisa Zainal


Promotes school spirit and makes school a fun place for the Saints sisterhood.

Jabulani (Mrs Langa/Mrs Dennis)
Chair: Zoe-blu Mottram
Deputy: Rae Attridge

Zoe-Blu Mottram

Rae Attridge

Committee Members:

Amy Blain, Cloe de Souza, Michelle Gray, Olivia Holl, Holly Joubert, Theo Khama, Thato Moluoane, Thobile Mthimkhulu, Tanatshwanashe Mutongoreya, Caroline Nyamambi, Sini Pitikoe, Caitlin Readhead, Emma Schipholt, Baleli Simpande, Kimberley Thackwray, Lwazi Zilimbola

Public Relations:

Raising the profile of the school and serving at events.

Public Relations (Ms Rowley/Mr Perold)
Chair: Jenna Arthur
Deputy: Rhea Gill

Jenna Arthur

Rhea Gill

Committee Members:

Zahn Avenant, Sabrina Bibby, Rebecca Brown, Tamryn Else, Megan Groves, Chloe Heap, Anouk Oosthuizen, Evanthia Varvadoukas

Round Square:

Responsible for all matters relating to exchanges, adventure and environment at the school.

Round Square (Mrs Ashton/Mrs Aitken) 
Chair: Megan Swallow
Deputy: Gabriella De Abreu

Megan Swallow

Gabriella De Abreu

Committee Members: 

Jennifer Everett, Hlubi Mvinjelwa, Kamryn Norton


Promotion and organisation of community service projects and initiatives. Environment is included in this committee, part of their brief is maintaining our status as a Green Flag school.

Service (Mrs Shaw/Mrs van Tonder)
Chair: Chloe Plantema
Deputy: Jessica Cleary

Chloe Plantema

Jessica Cleary

Committee Members:

Georgia Fourie, Jodie Hopewell, Jordan Korevaar, Alexia Mechanicos, Yumika Naidu, Kundra Oosthuizen, Yaerika Saman, Kaylee Wright


Serving in the chapel and maintaining the Methodist ethos while building spirituality in the school.

Spirituality (Rev Jen)
Chair: Jessie Olivier

Jessie Olivier

Committee Members:

Aneesha Ephraim


Promotion and organisation of sporting events.

Sport (Mrs Lombard/ Mrs Grainger/ Mr Sibanda)
Chair: Tayla Cooper
Deputy: Lauren Vos

Tayla Cooper

Lauren Vos

Committee Members: 

Erin Cooper, Raquel Correia, Megan Cronje, Sydney Davison, Julia Deverell, Bianca Ferreira, Tyla Graham, Dayna Hood, Leigh Hudson, Joelle Lamprecht, Megan Los, Ellen Siddle, Zanne Smit, Alex Strang-SmithJessica Swinney, Paige Voigt, Rebecca Wallis


Serving to raise awareness around race, gender, sexuality and other transformation issues.

Transformation (Ms Horwitz/ Mr Nonyane/ Mr Bango in second half of Term 3)
Chair: Michela Thorns
Deputy: Gabriella Jack

Michela Thorns

Gabriella Jack

Committee Members:

Khumu Binase, Jemma Jenkins-Ferrett, Jessica Knight, Metja Lekgwathi, Gemma Porrill, Alicia Shelembe, Georgina Stanley

Old Stithian Association  (Mrs Galanakis)
Alicia Shelembe

Alicia Shelembe

Student Representative Council (SRC)

Students also have the opportunity to serve the school through leadership on the SRC (Students Representative Council), with a representative from every grade. They are encouraged to build their leadership skills through opportunities to speak and perform publicly and to learn how to work in teams. 

Students’ Representative Council (Mrs Grobler, Dr James)
Grade 8/9
Jyothika Ramdhani
Chloe Scherius

Jyothika Ramdhani

Chloe Scherius

Grade 9/10:
Niike Neervoort
Isabella May Keogh

Niike Neervoort

Isabella Keogh

Grade 10:
Rutendo Kawelenga
Lindiwe Lerato Mabanga

Rutendo Kawelenga

Lindiwe Mabanga

Leadership Election Process

Head Girl and Deputy Head Girls

The Grade 11 girls are invited to apply for the role of head/deputy head girl.
They submit a formal written application (candidate profile), which details their contribution to, and participation in, all areas of school life, including academics, sports and cultural activities, community service, other school interests and outside interests. The purpose of the candidate profiles is to give the school body the opportunity to familiarise themselves with all of the candidates, particularly those they do not know personally. This enables them to make a more informed choice.
The candidate profiles are displayed for one to two weeks, on notice boards.
The Grade 10 girls are then tasked with the running of the election process. The Grade 10s elect an Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which then takes responsibility for the election process. With the assistance of a member of staff, they set up the polling stations, draw up the ballot sheets, ballot boxes and they run the voting process. This is a wonderful way for the Grade 10s to learn about the election process and it also provides them with the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills through service.
The votes are weighted appropriately and captured electronically in a confidential vote.
The Head Girl voting takes place first. Once the Head Girl has been announced, the Deputy Head girls are elected, followed by the Chars of the various committees.

Vertical Committee Chairs and SRC

In keeping with our principle of encouraging all senior girls to be leaders, the Grade 9 and 10 girls select a leadership committee on which they would like to serve. Grade 11s stay in their committee from this point to the end of their leadership journey.  

All Grade 11 girls are invited to apply for the role of Chair of their chosen leadership committees. Before elections take place, each girl must decide on which committee she wishes to serve. A ballot form is drawn up with the names of all the girls in their various committees. The members of the vertical committee and staff then vote for a Chair in each of the committees.
All girls in the various grades vote for their SRC reps.
The elections for committee positions and SRC are run in exactly the same way as the elections for Head Girl.
All of the Grade 11 girls will serve the school on a leadership committee in their Grade 11 and matric year.

Our Leadership Philosophy

As can be seen from the above, we try as a Round Square school, to develop democracy and to be faithful to the four principles of servant leadership that begin from entry into Saints.

  • Everyone is a leader – we encourage opportunities to lead from the front, from the side and from behind.
  • Leadership is about knowing your BEST SELF – you will lead in front from the area of your strength.
  • Leadership can only occur in COMMUNITY.
  • Leadership is essentially about SERVICE.

Every girl is expected to lead and to role model leadership to the younger grades, just as the teacher/tutor mentors her/his students.  Leadership is an ongoing journey.  As leadership is developed, we encourage our girls to follow Andy Cope’s BIG 5 in leadership:

  • Choose to be positive
  • Know your own impact
  • Develop bounce-back-ability (Resilience)
  • Take personal responsibility
  • Set HUGS (Huge, unbelievably great goals)

Our girls are reminded to grow their Seriti (to cast a shadow and leave a legacy and to treat others with dignity); to live the 6Cs and to uphold our top line values. It’s a lot to ask but we know that our girls have so much to give.