March of the Women

Social Responsibility Overview

Roedean has a strong and unambiguous commitment to social justice causes and to educating our girls for a better world. Our school Founders were suffragettes who understood the inequalities of their day, and engaged thoughtfully with a widening circle of concerns. This mission of standing “Shoulder to shoulder” focuses our attention on a broad range of local and global opportunities to make a difference in our world.

“The March of the Women” (Shoulder to shoulder) was composed by Dame Ethel Smyth in 1910 (words by Cicely Hamilton).”

The Social Responsibility Programme is based on putting Roedean’s core principles into practice. The critical analysis and thinking it promotes is part of a holistic approach to education. This vision upholds the notion of responsible citizenship: one cannot exist in isolation from the community in which one finds oneself.

Vision and Aim

The community in which Roedean is located is diverse and dynamic, creating unique opportunities for pupils to engage with a variety of community-based organisations. Formal partnerships are nurtured with all the groups with whom the pupils interface, ensuring that there is joint ownership of the project outcomes. Projects are designed within a social development framework as opposed to that of charity, emphasising the importance of sustainability, effectiveness and impact to the community. Owing to the nature of social development in South Africa, many of the organisations assist and support orphans and vulnerable children. Such support has become a focal area of many of the projects. Structures within the programme create opportunities for pupils to become part of a reciprocal learning-process through a commitment to the weekly and five-day residential projects

Building the capacity of the pupils is paramount when one is striving for successful project implementation. Therefore, training on the ethics of volunteering takes place and emphasizes the value of integrity and respect. Social-responsibility initiatives develop pupils’ attitudes and values through direct experiences that deepen their understanding of the complexities that exist in a country, still in the process of transformation.

Roedean School Projects

Yamaha/Lovemore Music Competition
Choir Tour to America CD for Sale
Girls accepted in Top Universities

SA's Pioneers of Cognitive Education

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.