Old Girls

Founded in 1897 (when it was launched with thirty members and became a fashionable social club in town!) and led by a strong, caring and involved committee, the Old Girls’ Guild continues to be an important and relevant structure in the life of the school. At a special function held each year at which the guest speaker is an Old Girl, the Grade 12s are welcomed as the newest members of the group. A one-off membership fee is paid for lifetime membership of the Guild during the girls’ final year at school.

Raising funds for Enkuliso and Ekujabuleni, the nursery schools founded in 1946 by the Old Girls’ Guild, is a focus of Guild activities and this is effected through the annual street collection involving the Grade 11s and the popular bridge drive. A Christmas party for the nursery school children is held in Mitchell Park and the Grade 8s help entertain the children. These activities underline how the Guild permeates the life of the school. Old Girls flock to the school on Old Girls’ Day which is held on the first Friday of the 3rd term. Reunion groups reacquaint, reminisce and exclaim on the changes to the school.

Two Old Girls represent the Guild on the Board of Governors. Preserving the traditions and artefacts of the school is important to the Guild and occasional fund-raising activities are held to enhance the school.eGalleons are emailed to those on the database with an email address on an ad hoc basis and The Masthead, a full-colour printed publication, eagerly awaited and well-received, is posted to Old Girls all over the world.

If you would like to be part of this dynamic committee please contact Lynne Neilson (Knowles) on lneilson@dgc.co.za. There is an Old Girls’ group on facebook.

“You Old Girls are of extreme importance to the school. You are in fact the school. It lives in you. It belongs to you and you to it. Your devoted work for it and your remembrance of it through all the changes and chances which may lie ahead can help it in ways undreamt of.”
Miss Moore-Smith