Volume 1, Issue 1 Term 1 2009 The First Issue Welcome to our First Issue of what will hopefully become MANY newsletters. It has been wonderful to see the response from many Old Girls from all over the world to the creation of a Newsletter – please keep supporting this endeavour and sending news. This is YOUR newsletter and the news will be dependent on information we receive from our Old Girls. In this our first edition, we are going to profile two of our Old Girls who have been invited to give presentations to our Senior School girls on Founders‟ Day (Saturday, 9 May 2009) on the theme Old Girls‟ Reunion held at Empowered Women and how TWC has Redlands Hotel on 26 June 2008 equipped them to cope and succeed in the Classes of 2004 to 2007 „Real World‟ out there. Old Girls’ Newsletter In addition to these profiles, we have included all the news from Old Girls as well as some pics of their events – weddings, children, etc. I look forward to receiving all your comments and ideas about this our first Newsletter – please send them through to email@example.com – we would LOVE to hear from you. THE WYKEHAM COLLEGIATE STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS The Wykeham Collegiate turns 20! Next year is the 20th Birthday of the founding of The Wykeham Collegiate and there are many plans for celebrating the year. We already have a Steering Committee in place made up of Old Girls, current parents and staff. We had our first meeting on 27 February and shared many wonderful ideas for the celebration. Suffice to say Diarise the weekend of 14/15 May 2010 - Miss it and miss out! STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS Special Events Old Girls & Daughters Term 2 2009 We were also very excited to welcome four Grade 8 girls (and three Grade 10 girls) who are all daughters of Old Girls of Girls‟ Collegiate who were in the SAME CLASS! We also have five daughters of Old Girls in our current Poppets Class (Grade RR). Now if that‟s not a challenge... Open Day Saturday, 18 April Grade 12 Ball Saturday, 25 April Ipi Ntombi (at Michaelhouse) Sunday, 26 April to Wednesday, 29 April Closing date for Grade 8 2010 The Moms – Class of 1982 Thursday, 30 April Alison Klipp (Thomas), Jane Howes, Jenny Perkin (Tully) & Lee Cilliers (Pickering) Market Day Friday, 1 May Scholarship & Entrance Examinations for Grade 8 2010 Thursday, 7 May Music over Maritzburg Friday, 8 May The Daughters Back Row: Josie Cilliers (Gr 8), Emma Cilliers (Gr 10), Emily Potgieter (Gr 10), Caroline Perkin (Gr 8) Founders‟ Day Front Row: Cari Klipp (Gr 8), Amy Klipp (Gr 10), Anna Potgieter (Gr 8) Saturday, 9 May „Women of the Real World‟ Ball (Grade 10) Saturday, 13 June Old Girls‟ Reunion Cocktail Function Classes of 2005 - 2008 at Redlands Hotel Thursday, 25 June Moms & Poppets From Left to Right: Janet (Class of 95, née Ross) and Morgan Appleton, Hayley (Class of 2001, née Paul) and Rachel Graves, Debbie (standing, Class of ‟91, née Beaumont) and Lilly Steiner, Adele (Class of ‟95, née Deacon) and Renée Maritz, Mandy-Leigh (Class of ‟91, née Leathern) and Georgia Bekker. Special Achievements Senior: Term 1 2009 Class of 2008 Results Profile: Tanya Surtees 72 girls: 100% pass 114 distinctions Class of 1994 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 8 distinctions: Imke Meyer 7 distinctions: Grace Garland & Kelly Walker 6 distinctions: Abigail Tanya is a multi-skilled theatre maker, Michie & Monica Gorny: educator and manager who has trained in mime, clowning and contemporary The Witness dance. “True Stories of KZN” Competition After completing her Honours degree at Semi-finalists Rhodes University, training under Thea de Gruchy (Gr 12) Andrew Buckland, Gary Gordon and Ceridwen Salisbury (Gr 12) Juanita Finestone, she left Shuter & Shooter Grahamstown for Cape Town. Publishers National Story Competition In Cape Town, she began work for the Angelika Peczak (Gr 11) REMIX DANCE PROJECT TRUST. She was instrumental in the creation of Remix Theatre Company: an integrated theatre company that worked 8 Mile Charity with both disabled and non-disabled performers in a theatre capacity. The Challenge company quickly won critical and public acclaim and in 2002 claimed the (Swimming the Midmar Mile prestigious Arts and Culture Trust Cultural 8 times in two days!) Development Project of the Year Award. Leeya Jasat (Gr 10) KZN Inland Schools All this prepared her for her next and best Indoor Hockey „A‟ Side venture. In 2003, Tanya left Remix to co-found Pippa Stone (Captain) the multi-award winning from the hip: khulumakahle (FTH:K). With three awards Senior Inter-House Gala already under its belt, FTH:K is the only st: 1 Moore professional clowning company in South Africa nd: 2 Campbell integrating the deaf and hearing in theatre rd: 3 O‟Brien making, theatre education, and theatre th: 4 Crookes management. This, coupled with its aim to see Spirit Cup: Campbell the equal inclusion of the deaf in the cultural KZN Midlands life of South Africa, makes it unique to the Swimming South African theatre landscape. Claire Conlon (Gr 10) Chanté du Toit (Gr 8) She continues to make, devise and Hadley Potgieter (Gr 8) facilitate groundbreaking performance and education programmes, with her KZN Schools Diving particular passion being the integration Heidi Badcock (Gr 10) of deaf and hearing artists. Her Jessica-Anne Jardine (Gr 10) ground-breaking production, GUMBO, KZN Schools has toured extensively nationally and Swimming Team internationally, and was recently Emma Forbes-Milne (Gr 12) awarded the prestigious Arts and 2 golds (relays), 1 silver Culture Trust award for the Creative (ind.) at SA Nationals Industries. Tyne Potgieter (Gr 11) 1 silver at SA Nationals She is currently the Chairperson of FTH:K‟s Executive Committee as well Swimming SA as FTH:K‟s Company Manager and Director of Education. All this while Level 3 Champs keeping her foot in the industry, and chasing her dream of establishing a Emma Forbes-Milne deaf and hearing integrated theatre training and performance space. 1 bronze - 50m Freestyle Recent performances include the award-winning GUMBO, Wet Feet and KZN Tennis the acclaimed Water Pockets. Courtney Stock (U19) Melissa Glutz (U15) Kirsten Porter (U15) Special Achievements Profile: Khwezi Magwaza Junior Term 1 2009 Class of 1998 E-mail: email@example.com MAKING HISTORY!! Junior A Swimming Team Khwezi started her life at TWC as a Grade 3 pupil and completed her matric won the in 1998. Inter-Schools „A‟ Gala On completing school, Khwezi attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown Open Swimmers won the where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Drama and U13 Relay Trophy at this Journalism (TV Journalism and Production). gala, winning all their events During her years at University, Khwezi worked at CueTV in Grahamstown and worked as an intern at Rage Productions in Johannesburg where, AND amongst her duties, was writing scripts for Channel O. Junior B Swimming Team won the On completing University, Khwezi worked at Cooper and Associates in the Inter-Schools „B‟ Gala Marketing sector in Johannesburg where her duties including media relations. The highlights of this time include managing the publicity accounts for SA Fashion Week and Elle Magazine as well as heading up Junior KZN the publicity for the Khulisa Mediation Tennis Squad Project at Leeukop prison. Tessa van der Merwe (Grade 6) In 2004, Khwezi moved to YFM where Hannah Power (Grade 6) she was involved in the conceptualisation and execution of consumer and trade marketing events for the largest regional Junior KZN youth station in SA and youth magazine Swimming Team Ymag. She also spent some time as a Sarah Dixon (Grade 7) Chelsea Meiring (Grade 6) radio DJ and producer at YFM. Tara Wheeler (Grade 4) 2005 saw Khwezi move to Heat Magazine where she was the senior Junior KZN reporter for this leading celebrity and Diving Team entertainment weekly. During her time Chelsea Brown (Grade 7) here, she interviewed many celebrities including Pam Andrews, Gareth Cliff and Marcus Hernedez. Junior Inter-House Gala 1st Moore In 2007 she moved to her current position as Editor of Seventeen Magazine 2nd O‟Brien where her responsibilities include the overall positioning of the magazine as 3rd Crookes well as managing the editorial team and creative and production processes. 4th Campbell During 2008, Khwezi dropped in at TWC for a visit and we had a chance to Age Group Medal Winners speak to her. One of the questions we asked her was, “Does TWC live up Open: Sarah Dixon to “Women of the Real World” slogan?” U12: Amy-Lee Swart Sasha Robinson U11 Chelsea Meiring Her reply was an emphatic yes. She especially mentioned the U10 Tara Wheeler entrepreneurial programme, and the way in which TWC encourages each U9 Jessica Reimers girl to find her special strength. Even though they might not achieve at Victrix Ludorum: Sarah Dixon traditional academic subjects – each girl still feels like an achiever. She thoroughly enjoyed boarding – and warned the girls that the food is better at TWC than at Varsity!! Old Girls’ News IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF OUR OLD GIRLS, CONTACT DETAILS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FROM THE WYKEHAM COLLEGIATE NAME: Jill Stainbank MAIDEN NAME Wasserfall CLASS OF: 1945 NEWS: Moved to town after 61 years of living on the farm at Eston. Happy and settled. NAME: Ilva Francis MAIDEN NAME Wilson CLASS OF: 1956 NEWS: Still keep in touch with Liz Atwell-Brown (née van Rooyen), Janet Fogg (Tough) and Pippa Barnes (Tough). Also Felicity Paterson (née Otto) from time to time. Going to the UK in July to see our younger son. NAME: Ann Willemse MAIDEN NAME Thomas CLASS OF: 1958 NEWS: Still keep in touch with Phylis Rogusky (née Grant) who lives in California and whose mother, Terry Grant, used to be a Music Teacher at Wykeham for many years. NAME: Lesley Stewary (Crawford) MAIDEN NAME Meyrick CLASS OF: 1961 NEWS: Have retired after many yearsof running a laboratory in Pinetown. Now have two gorgeous grandchildren & am enjoying being a granny. NAME: Connie Taylor MAIDEN NAME Burness CLASS OF: 1963 NEWS: We still live in Kloof, KZN. My husband, Bryan, retired 2 years ago so we are lucky to travel as much as possible. We see a lot of our 3 sons and 6 grandchildren. My sister, Monica, is running the family farm (with her son) as a lodge in Naboomspruit. NAME: Gudrun Elly Lenz MAIDEN NAME Keiner CLASS OF: 1964 NEWS: My sister Karen & I went to Wykeham from September 1963 to April 1964. We went back to Germany & completed our school education there. I had caught the „African bug‟ & returned to South Africa in 1969. First I lived in Jo‟burg, then Pretoria & toward the end of the year I moved to CapeTown to work at the Groote Schuur Hospital in a building opposite Barnard‟s workplace. In 1970 I went back to Kiel my German hometown to do postgraduate studies in Sociology. I wrote my doctorate in Berlin & while working at the Free University in Berlin I conducted research in Senegal. In „82 I met my future husband who at the time lived in Sydney. We settled in Australia & had 3 daughters who grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. We established our own business & unfortunately my husband lost his battle with cancer in 2001. My 3 daughters finished university & are now roaming various continents pursuing their careers. I live in the house that has been the family home for the past 20 years. I am actively involved in business & enjoy our climate & lifestyle. My sister Karen has become an accomplished artist & lives in Berlin, she has a son. I am planning to visit South Africa again & would like to catch up with other “old girls” NAME: Ingrid Jacobson MAIDEN NAME Goldberg CLASS OF: 1970 NEWS: We are going to spend most of the year in Australia (after "landing" there!). I have three daughters, the eldest, mother of my 2 grandsons, live in Sydney, Australia. My middle daughter is married and lives in London and the youngest is going on a 2 year working visa to the UK after graduating. NAME: Bridget Bland MAIDEN NAME Johnston CLASS OF: 1972 NEWS: I have been a secretary at the same school now for just over 16 years, working with Jean Warren and Trish Wilson's husband. After finishing her BSc, our daughter went to work in England but is returning to South Africa this year. Before coming home she is spending a month in South America going up the Amazon River and then walking along the Inca Trail and then another month going to base camp at Everest. Our son did a B.Comm through UNISA and has been working in marketing since leaving school. NAME: Patty Headley MAIDEN NAME Bell CLASS OF: 1973 NEWS: Am still living in Newcastle (have done so for the past 27 years). I am married to Dave Headley who is an Instrument Technician. We have been married for 25 years - wow!We have two children: CLYDE who attended Weston Agric College &has now almost completed his tertiary studies in Marketing Management. He lives in Pinetown & is engaged to a lovely girl. KEREN who attends St Dominic‟s Academy in Newcastle. Would have loved for her to attend TWC but finances do not allow. I own & have been running a Bed & Breakfast for the past 13 years. Although the day to day cleaning, cooking, etc. is a bit mundane, I meet very interesting people and it certainly helps to pay the bills. I am also very involved in our church and run a ladies‟ Bible Study group. I have many happy memories of my years at Wykeham. NAME: Caron Brewer MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 1975 NEWS: Living at Natal Settlers since October 2001. Would love to correspond with other girls from the class of '75. NAME: Di Timcke MAIDEN NAME Humphries CLASS OF: 1975 NEWS: Would love to catch up with girls from my time. NAME: Shelley Friend MAIDEN NAME Friend CLASS OF: 1982 NEWS: I am still living in London, still whingeing about the cold weather, but still happy! I do manage to visit South Africa twice a year to see family and friends, and love my time there. Would encourage Old Girls to go on to Facebook and “hook up” with friends that way. It is a great opportunity to keep in touch. NAME: Fiona Ayerst MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 1983 NEWS: Fiona Ayerst (Girls Collegiate matric 1983) practised as an Attorney and ran her own law firm in Johannesburg for ten years. Fiona retired early and is now a freelance adventure sport and underwater stills photographer and photo- journalist who has a special interest in sharks. Fiona turned professional in April 2006 and has not looked back since leaving the legal profession. She travels the world extensively and writes about adventure travel and conservation for various local and international publications. She is the editor of an online magazine about the oceans www.beyondbluemag.com Fiona also teaches underwater photography running specialist workshops for photographers in Africa. NAME: Lesley Hart MAIDEN NAME Bullock CLASS OF: 1983 NEWS: Lesley and husband, Dormer, live in Shepparton about two hours north of Melbourne. They have been in Australia for 17 years and have two sons, Stuart (11) and James (9). They are both parteners in a law practice and have a small farm to keep them busy over weekends. Sister Lynette (class of 1980) has recently joined Lesley in Australia settling with her family in Melbourne. Brother Justin already lives there. Lesley would love to hear from any TWC Old Girls passing through her neck of the woods. NAME: Kerry Janse van Rensburg MAIDEN NAME Barendsen CLASS OF: 1983 NEWS: Married to Braam for 17 years. Working with him in his business which involves the design and installation of kitchen and other cupboards. Have a son, Joshua, 13 years old, who has overtaken his mother in height. He has done well in school both academically and on various sports fields! NAME: Jillian Marchand MAIDEN NAME Streicher CLASS OF: 1983 NEWS: I live in Belgium with my husband and two children. I would love to hear from the class of 1983. NAME: Mary McMichael MAIDEN NAME Hammond CLASS OF: 1983 NEWS: After school I completed my BA and HDE at Univ of Natal Pmb campus. Began teaching English and History at Berea Girls‟High in Durban. (now Ridge Park High) After a year moved to Howick High to teach Geography but ended up being roped into English and History again. Taught grades 8-12. Coached girls‟ hockey and tennis teams. Married my neighbour and colleague, Richard McMichael, an Accountancy teacher (ex -Westville). Moved to Michaelhouse when Richard was made HOD of Accountancy but I continued to teach at Howick. Travelled to Thailand, Zimbabwe a number of times, Malawi and all over SA during school holidays. Finally succumbed to having children in 1998 when Nicholas was born. Andrea arrived in 2000. My children are now at Clifton Prep. After 13 years at Howick I too made the move to MHS, English dept. Am currently HOD of English. Have had the joy of teaching both Helena Hewat‟s (Leclezio) two boys and also Patrick Cilliers, the son of Lee (Pickering). Patrick has gone on to gain fame for himself as a prop for the Sharks rather than as a literary scholar, despite my efforts. Living where we work means that we try to get away for most holidays and have travelled round SA with the kids and had a superb trip to Namibia in July 2008 with Cathy Thomson and her family. I still play some sport but age is working against me. I try to play squash a couple of times a week and am hoping to get my black belt in Shukokai karate this year. NAME: Patricia Desselss MAIDEN NAME Desselss CLASS OF: 1985 NEWS: My daughter Kelsey is in Grade 11 at TWC this year and has just returned from a two month AFS exchange in Paris organised through the school. NAME: Liz Edwards MAIDEN NAME Hammond CLASS OF: 1985 NEWS: I spent 4 years at Durban university, finishing with a B.Sc Honours in Geology. Here I met and married my husband, Rob Edwards, a mechanical engineer, in 1989. I worked in the West Rand and Free State running Gold Exploration projects for 3 years, then stopped when my first son was born in 1992. We moved to East London (the first of many transfers), had a second son in 1994, moved to Pretoria where I worked in Computer applications for Anglo's Geology division, and ran a successful B&B. Then it was off to Mossel Bay where our twin sons were born in 1999. I ran the Garden Route multiple birth association for a while. In 2001 we were transferred to Beauvais in France where we explored Europe, learnt to ski and had immense fun! In 2003 we moved back to East London where I became involved in politics and helped run a number of local elections for the DA before standing as a candidate for the Provincial Legislature in 2004. I also started a B&B and an IT company. In 2008 we were transferred to Johannesburg, where I've had a quieter year, just helping out with the High school tuck-shop and with reading in the primary school. In 2009 I am hoping to go back to study at Unisa to convert my Science degrees into a teaching qualification and then teach high school Science, Geography and English. Being the only female in a 5 male family, I won't be sending any kids to TWC. I have learnt to quad bike, play paintball, pool, do walking races, and scuba dive, but I still hate scary movies and am eagerly making contact with other TWC old girls through Facebook. NAME: Sandra Danckwerts MAIDEN NAME Dowsett CLASS OF: 1986 NEWS: My daughter, Cavell, is now at TWC and in Grade 9. I still live on the KZN South Coast and work for the local newspaper (The South Coast Fever). My son, Reece, is 12 years old and at our local school, Creston College. NAME: Deborah Lennon MAIDEN NAME Stainbank CLASS OF: 1986 NEWS: I am living in Kloof, married to Bruce. My eldest daughter Jessica is in matric at TWC and my twin boys, Matthew and Thomas, are in Grade 9 at Hilton. My youngest daughter, Sarah, is in Grade 7 at Kloof Primary. NAME: Mandy Prosser MAIDEN NAME Prosser CLASS OF: 1987 NEWS: Back in Pietermaritzburg after 15 years in Johannesburg, London, Tokyo and Cape Town. Working as a software developer. My niece, Chelsea Walden, is in Grade R at TWC! NAME: Tracy Flanagan MAIDEN NAME Phillips CLASS OF: 1988 NEWS: Since matriculating from Wykeham in 1988 life has been rather busy. I studied Food and Nutrition at the then Technikon Natal and qualified at the end of 1991. The next 6 years were spent working as an Industrial caterer in various companies which at times was quite challenging. I met my husband while still studying and we were married in September of 1993. My son, Liam, was born in 1999 and 21 months later, I was blessed with my daughter, Morghan. My husband Mark is a partner in a financial / investment planning company. A few years ago I bought a slimming business which I ran from home for a couple of years. It was a very rewarding little business as I met and made many friends while being my own boss and having time for my family. During that time I did an Image consultancy course and upon qualifying I incorporated that into my slimming business. About 3 years ago I sold my business as we moved homes, still within Durban North, and I decided to focus on my children more as I found it quite a juggle to fit everything into my day. I am now a stay-at-home mom to a grade 6 son and a grade 4 daughter and this keeps me extremely busy. During my free time I enjoy excercising, reading as well as socialising. This generally only happens in the mornings as the afternoons are taken up with fetching and carrying kids, homework, sports matches, assignments….. I am also totally committed to my church and am involved in a few ministries. NAME: Sarah-Jane Carr MAIDEN NAME Bodley CLASS OF: 1988 NEWS: Recently married Dr Graham Carr of Boston. We have moved to his area of work, the lovely farming valley of Creighton and I am still working for the SA Polo Association, and no, we have not thought about children yet! NAME: Hannah Szudrawski MAIDEN NAME Merckel CLASS OF: 1988 NEWS: I am currently a director of Venn Nemeth & Hart Inc Attorneys in Pietermaritzburg. I am married to Edmund and have a little boy, Tomas, who is 5 years old. Edmund is also an attorney. We are very happily settled in Maritzburg! NAME: Donna Kűsel MAIDEN NAME Harley CLASS OF: 1988 NEWS: Am married to Heinz Kűsel. We are farming sugar cane and pine timber in Harburg. We have three children, Saskia who is in Grade 9 at TWC, Daniela who is 12 and is hoping to join her older sister next year at TWC, and Gregory who is in Grade 4. NAME: Elaine Kinsey MAIDEN NAME Kinsey CLASS OF: 1989 NEWS: When I left school, I began working for Sun International (The Wild Coast Sun) as one of five Public Relations Officers. I was given the opportunity to study through the hotel group. Worked for them for a period of 5 years. During this time, I was assigned to some of the greatest people, such as the late Oliver Tambo and his family (I represented them as their personal public relations officer and media liaison officer). This was done the time they returned back to Africa from exile in the UK. I was also given the opportunity to meet and work with Mrs Mandela and other great figures. After working for the hotel group, I left South African shores for abroad. Upon return, I got married to a Portuguese National to whom I remained married today. We left for West Africa (Ivory Coast) where we both did our internship with a European based legal / shipping firm. We returned to South Africa in 1998 owing to civil war in Ivory Coast (Abidjan) and opened a division for this firm. We remain operational and work together after all this time. Have two lovely boys and travel extensively around the world on business. It seems that our days are numbered in South Africa as we shall be leaving our lovely shores for Europe again in 18months time for business reasons. Specialise in Immigration / Shipping law, served on the Immigration Board of SA (representing KZN). Assist HIV / Aids orphans in Mayville. NAME: Paula McCreadie MAIDEN NAME Ward CLASS OF: 1989 NEWS: Still happy in Johannesburg. Both my babies started a new chapter in their lives this year (2009). Nicole started Grade 1 and Timothy started school - Grade 000! I still keep in contact with Justine Baissac and Sioux McIvor, together with Tessa Bentley and Elaine Kinsey and a number of other Wykeham Old Girls. NAME: Belinda Hartwell MAIDEN NAME Hudson CLASS OF: 1990 NEWS: I am currently doing pupilage at the Durban Bar and will be admitted as an advocate on 30 January 2009. I live in Hillcrest and have two children, a daughter in Grade 4 at St Mary's DSG and a son in Grade 1 at Highbury Prep. I still see most of my friends from school and we are all very close, even those who now live overseas. I am married to a maritime attorney. NAME: Lyn Chivers MAIDEN NAME Jewitt CLASS OF: 1990 NEWS: I am the head of Holsboer Funds which is a subsidiary business of Nedbank. We offer holiday accommodation through our wholly owned Holsboer Vacations. We assist Nedbank staff with financial assistance on medical shortfalls. Been married for 14 years to Rob and have two fantastic kids, Matthew (9) and Michaela (6). NAME: Carolyn Hooey MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 1991 NEWS: I live in Durban and am a Systems Analyst for Smith & Nephew. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf, reading and scuba-diving. NAME: Kate Logan MAIDEN NAME Lees CLASS OF: 1991 NEWS: Attended Rhodes from 92 - 95. Completed a BPRIM-ED. Went to UK for 2 years where I taught and travelled. Married Andrew Logan in 1998 and moved to Harare, Zimbabwe. Taught at an all-girls‟ primary school for 4 years and then bought my own nursery school which I ran for another 4 years. Moved to Perth, Australia in 2006. I have 2 daughters - Hannah (5) and Amelia (3) and another due on 10 March 2009. Am very proud to be a TWC Old Girl and have only heard fantastic feedback about this wonderful school! 20-year reunion in 2011 - anyone keen? NAME: Nicola van Eck MAIDEN NAME Thomas CLASS OF: 1991 NEWS: I am living and working in the UK, and have been since 1998. After school I studied at Stellenbosch University, graduating with a BA in Psychology and English. I then spent a year in Thailand, teaching English at the Chiang Mai University, and at other private language schools. After this I moved to the UK, where I began working as a carer, whilst converting my South African psychology degree to an Honours degree in the UK. This then allowed me to do my Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology. I was fortunate to have been able to do this training at Oxford University and I thoroughly enjoyed my years there. After my training I began working at Broadmoor Hospital (a high secure hospital). My work involves assessment and treatment of people who are directed to the hospital after committing crimes. The work is challenging and very interesting. I am very fortunate to be able to say that I love my work! In December 2006 I married Stephen van Eck (from Cape Town) and we now have a delightful daughter, Julia, who is nearly ten months old. I have returned to work already and am now enjoying balancing working life with the responsibilities of being a parent. NAME: Lindsay Wayt MAIDEN NAME Birss CLASS OF: 1991 NEWS: I am living in Hilton and have two girls at the school - Megan (Grade2) and Emma ( Grade R). NAME: Carolyn Adendorff MAIDEN NAME Paul CLASS OF: 1992 NEWS: I am living in Greytown on a farm with my husband, Ken, and two children - Gina turns 4 in May 2009 and Owen turns 2 in November 2009. I work mornings only at Pannar as an Assistant Accountant and spend my afternoons at home with my children. NAME: Sarah Bonham MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 1992 NEWS: I am a Registered Nurse and work as a Theatre Practitioner at the London Bridge Hospital. NAME: Bonita Botha MAIDEN NAME Silen CLASS OF: 1992 NEWS: Qualified as a chef in 1993. Worked in various establishments abroad and in South Africa. Now living in Somerset West, Cape Town and married Charl Botha in March 2006. Have one child, Keagan Joshua Botha, who is 19 months old. I work at the ICA Chef School in Stellenbosch as the PurchaserManager for the school and part-time lecturer to students. NAME: Samantha Daykin MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 1992 NEWS: Besides two years in London have been living in Durban since 1993. I work in PR and marketing for a financial services company (RODEL FINANCE) in Morningside. I am dating a fab guy, but no marriage yet, no kids either…. NAME: Shelley Kilroe MAIDEN NAME Harris CLASS OF: 1992 NEWS: After matriculating in '92, I completed a degree & post graduate diploma at Maritzburg Varsity and then worked in HR in Durban for a couple of years, before moving to the UK, with my husband, Brett. My most recent job was in Project Management at an accounting firm in London, but I resigned after having our daughter, Caitlin, who is now 18 months old. I'm currently a stay-at-home Mum, which I'm loving and certainly don't miss the rat- race of London! We keep busy by going swimming, meeting up with other Mums and tots in our area and taking regular walks in the countryside NAME: Lisa Lamberti MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 1992 NEWS: Did Bcomm degree at PMB University. Now living in London since 1997. After a 5 year career in IT project management, I changed to become a Pilates instructor, and now own a Pilates studio in Southfields in London. Been married to a British man, Chris Tregilgas, since April 04, and have a magnificent son called Timothy, born March 08. I am now a besotted mother, and the business I was once so passionate about, has taken a back seat. NAME: Claire Pearson MAIDEN NAME Wimble CLASS OF: 1992 NEWS: I live in Boulder, Colorado, USA. I have been married for 12 years now. I am a Senior Tax Manager with Clifton Gunderson, a national CPA (Chartered Accountant) Firm. I have worked here for 8 years now. My husband is a Chiropractor and has his own business in Boulder. We ski a lot in the winter and hike, bike and run a lot in the summer. NAME: Jennifer Hex MAIDEN NAME Hex CLASS OF: 1993 NEWS: Have been living in Los Angeles since 2000 and in the US since 1996. Completed my degree (BA English) in the US and work in marketing. Am still teaching ballet part-time and entering students for Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams annually. Hope all is well at TWC. NAME: Xanthe Lithgow MAIDEN NAME Keelan CLASS OF: 1994 NEWS: Currently living & working in Malawi. Working in the Entertainment Industry. One daughter, Jessica Nyasa, 5 years old. NAME: Luella Robinson MAIDEN NAME Campbell CLASS OF: 1995 NEWS: I am still living in Franschhoek and my husband (Mike) and I work for the Ruperts and train their race-horses. It is so beautiful in Franschhoek but I definitely miss KZN as that will always be home to me. We had our first winner for Mrs Rupert recently which was very exciting. Attached is a contact sheet of our 3rd Winner where Mike, Caitlin and I lead Baynesfield into the winners‟ enclosure. NAME: Kirsty-Lee Munro MAIDEN NAME Wortmann CLASS OF: 1996 NEWS: I sold the guesthouse last year and have moved to Cape Town. I have started my own catering company. I married in 2007 to Mike Munro. Both my sisters were my bridesmaids. Loving married life and very busy in my new work adventure. NAME: Lee-Ann Olivier MAIDEN NAME Rodwell CLASS OF: 1997 NEWS: I've been living in London on and off for the past 15 years. I run my own web design company, Virtuallee Web Services. Married to Mark Olivier and we don't have any children. NAME: Jo Higgs MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 1998 NEWS: Jo Higgs completed her masters degree in film and television at the University of Cape Town in 2004. In the same year her Vuka! PSA was selected as a finalist in the Multichoice Vuka! Awards. Since graduating she has worked for Homebrew Films, onlining over 90 episodes of the actuality environmental series „Groen‟ for MNET and KYKNET. Other work at this time included „Roer‟ – a celebrity cooking programme for the same broadcasters. She has also run a small production company, Serendipitous Enterprises (www.gotrolley.com) for the past five years. Roles include shooting, writing, directing and editing. Projects to date include online work for the documentaries „Brass Boys‟ (Kyle O‟Donoghue, Plexus Films, 2007) and „Break‟ (Tamsen de Beer, Traffic Productions, 2007). She has also worked as a breaking news editor and camera person for Reuters and the BBC (Democratic Republic of Congo, 2006) producing international breaking news. In early 2007 she wrote and co-directed five inserts on South African culture for BBC World. In 2007 she sound edited and onlined an historical drama and feature film, „Land of Thirst‟ (Meg Rickards, Vuleka Productions, 2007) for broadcast on SABC 2 and internationally in 2008. She has lately completed the edit of the first six episodes of „The Cheetah Diaries‟ (Dew Claw Productions) for Animal Planet. She is most proud of her recent Behind the Scenes Documentary work for NBC/ Universal Studios on the soon to be released series „Crusoe‟. The inserts have been described by Duane Clark (director of CSI, Jericho) as „great storytelling‟. (See at www.powcorp.com). NAME: Erica Esterhuysen MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 1999 NEWS: Still living and working in Guilford, Surrey, England. I am currently working at a stunning venue - De Vere venues. A 4 star property in the country. The building was once owned by Lord Lovelace back-in- the-day. I spend my days selling and planning weddings. The venue hosts around 60 weddings a year so I don't have much time for anything else. Loving life in the cold UK; looking forward to a warm summer. I spent a few hours at TWC in March 2008. I can't believe how much has changed in almost 10 years. The current girls are extremely lucky for what they have. NAME: Jenna Viney MAIDEN NAME Viney CLASS OF: 2000 NEWS: Loads happening so not quite sure what you would want to include: Past/present/future in a nutshell: 08 May/June – Russia. 08 August – worked for the Forrero Family in Italy and Switzerland. 08 Oct/Nov/Dec – Antarctica. 09 January – worked for Richard Branson and his family while they were down in Cape Town on holiday. Currently – working for the Oppenheimer family in Cape Town. April - Kite skiing expedition across Greenland. May/June - working for 2 months at an exclusive salmon fly fishing lodge in the Arctic Circle on a remote river in Russia as a chef (Paula Erskine who is also an old girl works for the same company in Russia but on a different river). It's my 3rd year back. www.roxtons.com July – working for a family in France. August - Kenya to climb Kilimanjaro. October - back down to Antarctica for my 4th season to work for a luxury tourism company. Paula Erskine does all the logistics and food supplies from Cape Town. www.white-desert.com There is more info on my website www.jennamayfood.com. NAME: Bronwyn Cilliers MAIDEN NAME Dedwith CLASS OF: 2001 NEWS: I am getting married on Saturday and then will be Bronwyn Cilliers. NAME: Amanda Lea MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 2003 NEWS: I currently am in my final year LLB at UCT and next year will be doing my articles at Bowman Gilfillan in Johannesburg. NAME: Joan Brink MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 2003 NEWS: Graduated as an Electronic Engineer from the University of Pretoria & now working in Sasolburg as a Control Engineer for Sasol Nitro. NAME: Katherine (Katie) Karnezos MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: 2004 NEWS: I have finished my BMus (Bachelor of Music) and am currently doing a year of Psychology at UKZN in the hope of doing Music Therapy in Pretoria in 2010. I‟m still singing and haven‟t written off doing it professionally one day once my voice has matured. I still see friends from school days. NAME: Katy Montgomery MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: Junior School NEWS: My high school where I received the music scholarship was Perth Modern School. I completed grades 8 through to 10, finishing in 2003, and went on to university to study Agribusiness. After deciding that the course was not for me I went to TAFE college (similar to Tech colleges in South Africa) and completed certificates in Youth Work and a diploma in Conservation and Land Management. I studied at TAFE from 2005 to 2007. In 2008, I got a ful- time job working for the government environmental department (Department of Environment and Conservation) as a Technical Officer on a research project called the Gnangara Sustainability Strategy. I conducted research and monitoring activities throughout the year on the biodiversity of the Gnangara region north of Perth. Our team successfully collected data in the forms of species lists, data analysis/frequency graphs, and many other developmental aspects and policies for the region's groundwater usage, as it is currently being adversely affected by climate change. I finished my contract with the DEC in December 2008. My plans for this year are to develop my entrepreneurial skills and travel, looking into ecotourism and its benefits for the associated communities. My spare time is mostly taken up with surfing, swimming, tennis and catching up with friends. I own my own car and I am thoroughly enjoying being me. I still keep in touch with some old girls from TWC, including Siobhan O'Farrell, Tessa and Julia Sheasby, and a few others less frequently via facebook. I do and always will have fond memories of my time at TWC, especially all the hockey I played, the band, the friends I made and the positive influence by some amazing mentors, including Mrs Armitage in class 2, Miss Bowker in standard 1, Mrs Franklin in standard 2, Mrs Woodley in standard 3, Miss Goodenough for hockey training, Miss Kruger in standard 4, and Mrs Leimecke and Mrs Rogers in standard 5. And of course, principal Mrs Wright. NAME: Pippa Montgomery MAIDEN NAME CLASS OF: Junior School NEWS: My aunt sent this email to me because her two girls are at Wykeham Collegiate at the moment and I'm out of the loop in Australia! But I'm so glad she did because I've just filled in the information and included a picture of me as well. I was only there for primary school, but some of my teachers were Mrs Armitage, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Booyens, Miss Leimecke, Miss Laithwaite (now married I think), and Mrs Franklin. My twin sister and I went there together. She has also received this email - her name is Katy Montgomery. I would love to hear any information about reunions but obviously need advance notice in order to buy a plane ticket (in order to save up enough money!). Please let me know if there's anything on the go, and thank you for all your efforts with regard to the Old Girls' Guild. It sounds brilliant :-). Please remember to keep the news coming – we will be profiling two more Old Girls in the Second Term Newsletter!