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Innovative Curriculum

Innovative Curriculum

At the Forefront of Academic Excellence

Roedean is committed to a number of strategic initiatives that place the school at the forefront of academic excellence. We are determined to create new horizons and exciting challenges for both pupils and staff members that will equip them to lead lives of significance.

Overview

Future Skills

Part of our strategic plan is to develop key partnerships with other communities to build the skills of future generations of young leaders and to link our curriculum with both the national and international imperatives of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics).

Robotics and coding are taught at critical points in the curriculum. While they prepare pupils for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, they also assist in developing problem-solving skills and provide the opportunity for having fun while learning.

Cognitive Education

Roedean School (SA) implemented a whole-school (Grades 0-12) Cognitive Education Programme in 2011 and, in February 2020, Roedean achieved whole-school Advanced Accreditation as a Thinking School through the University of Exeter (UK); the first school in South Africa to have achieved this distinction. The whole school approach to build an effective learning community by using a common language of thinking was imperative. 

The staff, pupils and the Drive Teams worked well together to comply with all the criteria for Level 1 accreditation. The five key areas for accreditation for Level 2 as an Advanced Thinking School were: Dissemination of Practice; Evaluative Research; Professional Development; Differentiation; and Whole School Assessment practices.

Great emphasis is placed on developing a Growth Mindset which empowers pupils to embrace change and to tackle challenges, understanding that failure may need to be faced before finally reaching success. It encourages resilience and leads to increased adaptability quotient (AQ), preparing pupils for the world of exponential change that they are entering. 

A Modular Curriculum

Part of the Lower V and Middle V (Grades 8 and 9) Academic Curriculum has been re-designed into modules to reduce academic stress and an overwhelming number of subjects. It has also allowed for the introduction of our innovative new module on Ethical Thinking, a decision taken in the interests of protecting the mental and emotional well-being of our pupils.

In 2022, an exciting and innovative selection of elective modules was introduced to allow for more flexible subject choice and for venturing into areas previously not explored at this level.

Critical Thinking

As part of the new modular structure, Roedean introduced a course in Critical Thinking for the Middle V (Grade 9) year. The course draws strongly on resources developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Project. Its stated goal is to contribute to “a world in which children learn to care about others and the common good, treat people well day to day, come to understand and seek fairness and justice, and do what is right, even at times at a cost to themselves… young people with these capacities will become community members and citizens who can strengthen our democracy, mend the fractures that divide us, and create a more caring, just world.”

The course is comprised of two modules. The first module is dedicated to understanding and engaging with the school values of Truth, Honour, Freedom, and Courtesy, while the second module is devoted to engaging with applied ethical dilemmas.

Further Studies Mathematics

The high number of students enrolling voluntarily for Further Studies Mathematics (formerly known as Advanced Programme Mathematics) indicates that Roedean students feel positive and confident about their ability to do, and to enjoy, Mathematics, a field often seen as being male-dominated.

The students are exposed to a wide variety of mathematical topics, equipping them with the necessary skills to cope with any first-year mathematical course at any university in the world. Our Matriculation results place Roedean amongst the top mathematically achieving schools in the country and our past pupils report that they cope well with Mathematics at universities both in South Africa and abroad.

Innovative Curriculum

Junior School Initiatives

The Cognitive Education Programme, Social Responsibility, the Round Square IDEALS, Think Equal and the Diversity and Social Justice Curriculum, as outlined above, are firmly embedded in teaching and learning in the Junior School and complement the curriculum.

In addition, the Junior School curriculum is supported by a number of transformative local and global strategic initiatives and programmes.

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar

Used from Grade 0 to Form II (Grade 4), these programmes teach children to read and write, starting with synthetic phonics, a multi-sensory approach to teaching literacy. Pupils gently, but quickly, acquire the literacy skills to break the code that will enable them to read fluently and produce independent pieces of work by the end of the Foundation Phase.

Reading Eggspress

This is an online reading programme used from Form II to Lower IV (Grades 4-6). It offers a vast range of interactive reading activities, online children’s books, and literacy games to encourage our pupils’ reading.

The Pearson Abacus Scheme

The Pearson Abacus Scheme promotes a clear, positive attitude towards mathematics and uses practical material to reinforce concepts.

Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE)

This interdisciplinary field brings together the latest research from cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and pedagogy, with a dedicated focus on evidence-informed teaching and learning practices. Pupils learn about the mechanics of the brain in order to better influence themselves emotionally and discover how to study and learn more effectively. MBE concepts and research also filter into the teaching practice, backing the curriculum design with the more research-based implementation of a hybrid curriculum.

Mindfulness 

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness training helps our pupils to understand that difficult situations may be unavoidable and gives them strategies to work through their feelings, calmly and without judgement. Mindfulness has a positive impact on reducing stress, strengthening focus and attention span, and supporting social and emotional growth. It also helps with problem solving and assists the pupils in making better choices in the moment.

Conscious Discipline Philosophy

Designed by Dr Becky Bailey, this social-emotional development programme teaches self-control and regulation. It begins by teaching the educator before teaching the children to help them understand and manage emotional triggers. The programme is being piloted in Form III (Grade 5) and Lower IV (Grade 6) as part of the Junior School Pastoral Care curriculum.

The CyberSharp Digital Citizenship Curriculum

The CyberSharp Digital Citizenship Curriculum has been implemented in the Junior School, from Grade 0 to Upper IV (Grade 7). Our aim is to develop smart digital citizens who can thrive in an exciting new digital world and who are empowered to confront inappropriate online behaviour with regard to social media, cyber bullying, trolling and cyber crime.

Steerglobal AS Tracking Tool

This is a mental health tracking programme that is used extensively in other countries; it allows us to monitor the mental well-being of our pupils, to identify pupils who are at emotional risk, and to intervene and provide the necessary support as early as possible.

Dale Quaker

Dale Quaker is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Cupric Africa, a private equity owned mining company which through its Botswana sister company Khoemacau Copper recently completed the building of its copper silver project.

He was previously the CFO of the Khoemacau Group leading the finance function as the Group transitioned from an exploration company, through the fundraising of a $650m debt, streaming and equity funding package through to completion of construction..

Prior to joining Cupric, he was an independent consultant to the mining and construction industries. In his last corporate role, he headed up the marketing and logistics function for Xstrata Coal South Africa, after having fulfilled a senior finance role in the company previously..

Dale held roles at BHPBillition subsidiary, Samancor Chrome, both at the operations and corporate office in Johannesburg. Dale is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Management Accountant and has three daughters at Roedean.

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Yusuf Noorbhai

Mr Yusuf Noorbhai is a Senior Executive at Standard Bank, heading up the Corporate Finance Division. He also serves on the Executive Committee for Investment Banking.

He has over 18 years of global corporate experience, with a strong track record in building businesses, managing teams, client relationships, and operating effectively at a senior stakeholder level across a variety of cultures and markets throughout the world.

Yusuf has represented Standard Bank in various capacities, and has served on external boards of companies and investment funds in which the bank has strategic shareholdings. He has been integral to the development and execution of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for Standard Bank, which has afforded him insight and knowledge into the subject matter, coupled with an important appreciation of the challenges faced by any institution in navigating this complex yet crucial initiative.

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Sipho Maseko

Mr Sipho Nkosinathi Maseko is Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director at Telkom SA and Principal at Kleoss Capital. He also serves on the boards of Afrox Healthcare, the Centre for Development and Enterprise, and the Gyro Group.

Previously, he held the positions of Chairman of Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries; Chief Executive Officer of BP Southern Africa; Chairman of the Business Connexion Group; Managing Director and Group Chief Operating Officer of Vodacom SA; Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of the Vodacom Group; and Managing Director of Vodacom (Pty) Ltd.

He holds a graduate degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an undergraduate degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Paul Moeketsi

Mr Paul Moeketsi is the Managing Partner of Sanlam Private Equity and has over 15 years of investment and financial services experience. Prior to joining Sanlam, Paul was the Investment Director at Value Capital Partners, leading a number of high-profile transactions and serving on the boards of Adcorp Holdings, Metair Investments and Sun International.

Prior to joining VCP, Paul was a Principal at Medu Capital across multiple funds, leading transactions such as Van Schaik Bookstores, Exclusive Books, Universal Paints and Elite Truck Hire.

Paul also spent time at Investec Corporate Finance advisory as well as KPMG Financial Services division.

Paul holds the following qualifications: BCom (Honours) Accounting; CA (SA); Senior Executive Programme (London Business School).

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Nomsa Daniels

Ms Nomsa Daniels is CEO of Blue Zebra Projects and is a Director and Business Development Manager at Anibok Investment Research Chambers. She has a Master’s Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from Hunter College, New York.

She says: “As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’

“At Roedean, we live and breathe this ethos every day by striving to inculcate in our girls a love of learning and confidence in their abilities to contribute to society as they see fit.

“Through our transformation, diversity, and inclusion work, we also strive to create an environment where our stakeholders have a strong sense of ownership and belonging. It is only when girls and women claim their space that the world will be a better place for all.”

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Dominique Laroque

Dominique Laroque is a third generation Roedeanian. She matriculated with distinction and was awarded the prestigious white honours blazer for colours across four sport disciplines. In tertiary she graduated at the top of her class with a BSc QS and a BCom (Law).

Dominique enjoyed a very successful career path in construction and mining before moving into investment banking. As an analyst at JP Morgan she achieved ratings in various sectors locally and abroad and gained extensive corporate finance experience as a member of JP Morgan’s global aerospace advisory team. She then spent years in research management at Credit Suisse and Nedbank before starting her own stockbroking company in 2017 as an empowerment initiative.

It has been an upward trajectory for Dominique and her team who have developed a mathematical model which evaluates an organisation’s ability to generate long-term value for investors. They are currently ranked no. 3 in South Africa in this field.

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Asanda Ntile

Ms Asanda Ntile is a strategy executive with over 18 years’ experience in financial services. In her last corporate role, she drove the strategy for a business that turned over R1bn in annual profits, and was responsible for the end-to-end strategic management process and delivering business outcomes.

With a Master’s degree in Corporate Strategy and an Honour’s degree in Mathematics, she balances technical skills with the creativity required to engage varied stakeholder groups meaningfully, in order solve problems and achieve results.

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Gerhard Rudolph

Mr Gerhard Rudolph is Managing Partner and Head of the Litigation & Investigations department at Allen & Overy. He has extensive experience in representing and advising both domestic and multinational corporate clients in a broad range of contentious matters in South Africa, across the African continent and beyond.

Gerhard has an international practice, with numerous cross-border mandates in the following key focus areas:

  • Large disputes in the energy, mining, and infrastructure sectors.
  • Complex transactional and regulatory disputes involving financial institutions, including regulatory and compliance investigations, asset tracing, global recovery processes, and judicial commissions of enquiry.
  • Contentious restructuring and insolvency disputes for several local and multinational corporates.
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Thembi Mbengashe-Mazibuko

Ms Thembi Mbengashe-Mazibuko serves as the Chief People Officer at Pick n Pay, where she leads the overall People function across PnP retail stores, serving a workforce of over 33 000 employees. With a career spanning close to two decades in the retail and communication sectors, Thembi possesses qualifications in finance and information systems.

Throughout her career, Thembi has held various leadership positions at PnP, Unilever and Woolworths. She has held diverse roles across Marketing, Strategy, Commercial/Buying, ESG, and currently, People/HR. In her current role, she assumes responsibility for directing the strategy and implementation of the complete employee value proposition, which spans recruitment, training, reward, change management and industrial relations. Thembi’s commitment lies in cultivating a customer-focused, values-led, diverse, and inclusive team within the organisation.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Thembi finds great fulfilment in her role as a family-oriented individual. She has two young children, who attend Roedean and St John’s College. Furthermore, she embodies optimism regarding the future of her country and wholeheartedly believes in actively engaging as a social citizen.

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Dale Quaker

Mr Dale Quaker, is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Cupric Africa, a private equity owned mining company which, through its Botswana sister company Khoemacau Copper, recently completed the building of its copper silver project.

He was previously the CFO of the Khoemacau Group, leading the finance function as the Group transitioned from an exploration company, through the fundraising of a $650m debt, streaming and equity funding package, through to completion of construction.

Prior to joining Cupric, Dale was an independent consultant to the mining and construction industries. In his last corporate role, he headed up the marketing and logistics function for Xstrata Coal South Africa, after having fulfilled a senior finance role in the company previously.

Dale held roles at BHP Billiton subsidiary, Samancor Chrome, both at the operations and corporate office in Johannesburg. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Management Accountant and has three daughters at Roedean.

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Lindi Dlamini

Mrs. Lindi Dlamini has been at the helm of Roedean as Executive Director of Roedean since January 2023 and is the first black woman to be in this role in the 120 years history of Roedean. She has a wealth of leadership experience with 20 years executive leadership experience. She serves as an Independent Non-Executive for a bank and wealth management firm.

Prior to her tenure at Roedean School (SA), Lindi was the CEO of the President’s GBVF Response Fund1 which was set up in 2020 to resource the fight against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide as part of South Africa’s commitment to SDG5 (Gender Equality) and the country’s National Strategic Plan (NSP) on GBVF. She was previously a CEO of Safrican Insurance Company, Group Executive of PPS Human Capital, MD of Alexander Forbes Retail and Group Executive for Emerging Consumer Markets and Retail Operations in South Africa at Liberty Holdings. She has over twenty-five years of financial services experience. She is a fellow of the sixth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALISA) and the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

She holds BA (LAW); LLB and LLM degrees.