One of the time-honoured traditions at Roedean is the joyful singing of our school song on our annual Foundation Day. The spritely voices of the youngest girls in St Margaret’s unite with the more confident tones of our Senior School girls in their singing of The Best School of All with all the pupils linked as sisters-in -arms, occasions like these show how Roedean girls progress through their schooling, and highlight the beauty of friendships that, frequently, last a lifetime.
It was at Newnham College, Cambridge, that our Founders met. Theresa Lawrence came from a family of Christian non-conformists, and was said to be cheerful and determined. She enjoyed the backing of a close-knit family, whose members were pioneers in women’s education, and started our sister school in Brighton in 1885. Katherine Margaret Earle also possessed a dynamic and perceptive intellect, prioritized scholarship, and had a pleasing gift for inspiring the young.
At Roedean, we continue to educate ethical and inspirational women, based on the noble belief that we are able to nurture our girls’ talents and see them flourish.
In 1903, during a turbulent and poignant period of our country’s history, inspired by their suffragist principles and adventurous spirits, Miss Lawrence and Miss Earle established Roedean School South Africa. More than a century later, the unique melding of these two characters – a union of academic rigour and a generous concern to bring out the best in young people – continues to shape Roedean’s bold commitment to educating independent, self-reliant, and thoughtful young women.
Leading lives of significance– keep that promise in mind, as you navigate the pages of our website and learn more about the Roedean of today.
Our curriculum remains broad and innovative, paying particular attention to the best international practices. Our girls showcase an exceptionally varied range of interests, and are deliberate about the depth of their scholarship, balanced by sport and related competitive interests, music, and other cultural pursuits, and by their involvement in environmental or wider matters of social conscience. At Roedean, we continue to educate ethical and inspirational women, based on the noble belief that we are able to nurture our girls’ talents and see them flourish.
Honneur Aulx Dignes
Mr MK Thomas
BA (Hons) HDE Rhodes, MSc Oxon
Executive Head Biography
Mr Murray Thomas is the second male Head of Roedean School (SA). He was born in Johannesburg, but was educated in Kwazulu-Natal. After Matriculating at Kearsney College, Mr Thomas studied at Rhodes University completing his teaching qualification at St Andrew’s College. After his initial post in Pretoria he travelled, worked and completed a post-graduate Masters in International and Comparative Education at the University of Oxford in England.
Since then, his career has spanned three continents and includes posts in the United Kingdom, Taiwan, The Netherlands and South Africa. He has been a History Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme and has represented the Council of International Schools as an accreditation team member, visiting schools in the British Virgin Islands and Italy. On returning to South Africa in 2007, Mr Thomas served as Deputy Principal of Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng, and most recently, as Head of St Peter’s College. He was the regional coordinator of the Global Teacher’s Institute and assisted with the AXIS Education Summit hosted by the Wits School of Governance and Education. Having taught for 23 years across a range of schools, he looks forward to a long and happy association with Roedean School (SA) and her wider community.
Mr Thomas is married to Joanne and they have three children.