Roedean Year 1913

The north-facing wing of St Agnes’s House (Lambs) was built in 1912 as a result of a donation made by the Witwatersrand Council of Education which endowed the school £1000 for building purposes, and by the help of an old friend Mrs Martineau who contributed £500 to this end. The new building, a continuation of the Martineau Wing, is called after the chief donor: “The Council Block”.

It was formally opened on 26 September by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick in the double capacity of Chairman of the Witwatersrand Council of Education and a parent. The new building consisted of a studio and a classroom on the ground floor and four staff bedrooms with a balcony and a bathroom above. This building would now belong to St Agnes’s House, and would put this house on an equal footing with St Katherine’s and St Ursula’s.

Wings were added to this building in 1923, providing accommodation upstairs for more boarders, as well as further space downstairs for the ever-growing number of girls and thus staff, many of whom came from Britain and were housed on the property.

Over the years, changing demands have led to extensive reshaping of the space but the exterior remains unchanged.

Across the lawn, on its northern edge, is a magnificent old Jacaranda which, in years long gone, signalled by its flowering, the need to spend time revising for end-of-year exams. Of course, these days, hardworking girls of Roedean need no such reminders, for they apply themselves diligently all through the year. This lovely flat area has been used for a multitude of purposes – the stage for
A Midsummer Night’s Dream production with fairies precariously balanced in the branches of the trees, the seating for a production of Romeo and Juliet staged on Lamb’s colonnade, whole-school photographs, Junior Day Scottish dancing displays, tea served to guests after Speech Day, and a grand luncheon party to celebrate the school’s centenary in 2003, to name but a few.

Within Lambs’ courtyard are memorials to pupils, Samantha and Georgina Smith and Michelle Mullinos, all of whom died tragically in car accidents.

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Since 2009, Thinking Skill have been an integral part of the curriculum, preparing pupils for the challenges of higher education and life itself. We strive to prepare our girls to lead ‘life of significance’ in a world of exponential change. Roedean is the only school in SA to be accredited as a Thinking School from Grades 0-12.