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Annual Highlights

Annual Events

A Blooming Affair Garden & Craft Market Day

The sixth Annual Garden and Craft Market Day took place on Saturday 3 October. This fundraising event is organised by the SAORA with proceeds going to The Roedean Academy, as well as a percentage to the Link Literacy Project@ Yeoville. It is a day where we welcome parents, Old Girls and members of the public to our school and beautiful gardens. What a perfect summer day it was! The roses, on cue, bloomed in the glorious African sunshine.

Fiorina and Selwyn hosted their very popular garden walk, sharing their phenomenal knowledge of the gardens with interested visitors. Digby Ricci’s talk on Alice in Fantasy Literature – to celebrate the 150 year publication of Alice in Wonderland – was another highlight.

There was an eclectic mix of craft stalls to tempt the shoppers, and for the peckish and parched we had and an extensive food offering including paella, gourmet burgers, waffles, donuts, craft beer and an our famous champagne and salmon slices.

Thank you to all those who came and supported our fundraising efforts. The SAORA looks forward to welcoming you again next year on the first Saturday in October!

Cape Town Cocktail Party 01 August 2015

This year Wendy Floquet’s beautiful home in Constantia was the venue for the Cape Town branch of SAORA’s annual get-together. Both young and old Old Girls mingled together and enjoyed the beautiful setting, the delicious food, and, more importantly, the warm and congenial atmosphere.

After Philippa Crichton welcomed everybody and gave a short update of the activities of the SAORA, Angela Lloyd entertained the ladies with anecdotes of her writing career, and then Mary Williams gave an update on the happenings at the school. The SAORA is most grateful to Wendy and Winston Floquet for hosting the event, and we all look forward to next year’s event.

Welcome to Matrics 2015 Cocktail Party

In July, a fun and informative Varsity Orientation talk was presented by Anthea Marinakos (Matric 2012) and a few ‘ young’ Old Girls to the Matrics of 2015. The past pupils shared their experiences of varsity life, and shed some insight into life after school. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.

This was followed by a cocktail party held in the D & T Foyer, where the 2015 Matrics were welcomed into the SAORA. Delicious snacks, hot chocolate and gluwhein were served, and Philippa Crichton, President of SAORA, highlighted the aims and goals of the Association, and what it means to be an Old Rodeanian and to ‘live a life of significance’. Each girl was presented with a gift, which, we trust, they will treasure for many years to come.

Tradition/ Reunion

Foundation day: Each year, “Old Girls” come together from across the globe to celebrate the school’s birthday. The day is steeped in tradition, and each woman has a part to play. We sing together and salute Roedean- “the best school of all”. The most significant guests in attendance are the 40 year on Matriculants and they recount the formidable women of yester-year.

Heritage Tea: At Heritage Tea former pupils who are now grandparents have the opportunity to bring their grandchildren to this occasion. Treasure hunts and arts and crafts are organised for the children and often this becomes the girls’ very first induction to Roedean.

Story Telling: The oldest members of the S.A.O.R.A. share their Roedean experience with current pupils. It is fascinating to learn how Roedean has evolved, yet its core ethos has survived for over a century. Stories take back to Bus Rides through the then wild Witwatersrand to the boarders’ dining menu.

Fundraising / Networking

Networking Breakfast 2015

On 22 May SAORA had the privilege of hosting Carey Haouach and Lindsay McTeague at a Networking Breakfast and Book Launch. They were in Johannesburg to promote the biography of their mother, Sheena Duncan, co-founder of the Black Sash. They chatted to us about the recently published book but the focus was more on what it was like growing up with such a remarkable mother, and on Sheena’s extraordinary contribution to our country. What remarkable Old Girls the Duncan family were and are! These women are true examples of ‘living lives of significance’

Networking Business Breakfasts: Each term the S.A.O.R.A. hosts a business breakfast. Invitations to these are extended to “Old Girls” and current parents and is a perfect opportunity to catch-up’ with classmates, discover what route these class mates have taken and to enjoy the entertaining and pertinent guest speakers. The guest speakers are often past pupils that are certainly leading lives of significance.

A Blooming Affair: is just that! Roedean’s magnificent gardens are opened to the public and its historic significance in the development of the school’s culture is shared. A mix of eclectic crafters attend the affair. This is a perfect spring day out.