Roedean Year 2013

The Dads’ and Daughters’ initiative was started by Dr David Lipschitz, a Junior School Dad in 2011. There are essentially 3 aspects to this initiative:

The Dads and Daughters have held a few cooking events, which have been very popular. There are a number of other events lined up for this year, including a Dads’ and Daughters’ soccer event. The events are mainly dependent on whether a dad is passionate about a particular activity and is willing to invest some time in organising the event. Antonio Obregon (now a Senior School Dad) did a fantastic job taking care of the Angela Day cooking event, which even got some press in The Star. So Dads, please feel free to contact David with ideas which could be turned into events.

The next event on the calendar is a Senior School event, information is as follows:

Senior School Dads’ and Daughters’ Cooking Event

We have arranged a number of fun-filled Dads’ and Daughters’ cooking evenings which have been scheduled during March 2013. Sasha Zambetti from “The Cooking School” based at 08 Nicolway Shopping Centre, Corner William Nicol Drive and Wedgewood link, Bryanston, Sandton, has made the kitchen available to us on the 11, 20 and 27 March 2013 from 5:45pm. The price of this event is R700-00 per couple (Dad and Daughter) and a minimum of 6 Dads and Daughters couples is required to attend before the event can take place. A maximum of 12 Dad and Daughter couples can be accommodated on any of these dates and payment may be made directly to The Cooking School (bank details below).

Please would you contact Sasha Zambetti at The Cooking School on 083 554 7757 or to make a booking.

Banking Details:

The Cooking School
Standard Bank: Northgate.
Account Number:402497201.
Branch Code: 001106

Occasional Talks:

David has addressed the forum numerous times and last year Dr Sumayya Ibrahim, both a mom at the school and a gynaecologist, addressed the forum, sharing various aspects and answering questions about a young girls’ development and the challenges around these changes. Further talks are planned for this year and the topics will be communicated during the course of the term.

Dads’ and Daughters’ Forum:
This forum usually meets monthly, where Dads have an open discussion around a particular topic. Here, dads share ideas, experiences and challenges. The first session took place on the 24th January and there will be more to follow. Dates will be provided via SMS, the digital display board as well as via e-mail and at the previous meetings.

Furthermore one of the dads, Colin Batchelor has set up and maintains a Google group, which has proven to be an effective way of keeping the Dads informed about events. In addition, Dads also share ideas, articles etc. in this manner. If you have not joined and would like to do so, please email Colin on and he will subscribe you to the group.

There are also a number of books available, related to Dads’ relationships with their daughters that are available for parents to borrow. Please contact David for more information regarding the books.

Lastly, if there are any ideas or suggestions that you may have, either as a mom or dad, please feel free to contact David preferably by email –

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