VGHS - VGHS OldGirls OldGirls
VGHS OLD GIRLS' FUN
Date : 20 September 2011
Time: 5:30pm registration from 4:30pm
Entry fee: R10 and a can of pet food
of SUPER prizes to be won!!!
SOME RECENT OLD
1942 Wendy McCleland: I am a very old girl. My
maiden name was Sieverdink . I have four daughters -
one living in America, one in New Zealand and two in
Cape Town. Only four grandchildren and as yet, no
great grandchildren. I am still able to get out and
about - I play Bowls and also enjoy my games of
Bridge. Although my proper name is Gwendoline, I
have been called Wendy all my life!
2002 Unathi Mzileni: I’m still proud of being
grounded at VG, I will always have VG in my heart as
I still regard it as one of the best schools in SA.
I must say I learnt a lot from my high school and I
will always treasure it and most of all I thank God
for an opportunity of being a VG girl groomed and
moulded so that one day I can make a mark somewhere
out there. Thanks to all my old teachers you guys
are still the best and may God richly bless you.
1970 Chris van Rensburg:
I had the pleasure, and it really was a pleasure, to
be a very young pupil at VG from sub A to Std 1
before moving to Graeme College and then England in
what turned out to be a school career spanning 6
schools, many countries and provinces.
While at VG from 1970/1 to 1973, I had a very
special friend who has never left my mind these past
40 years, and I'd like to find out whatever happened
to her. Her name was Anthea Coots, and that’s really
all I recall in terms of details, other than holding
hands during many break times, but I'm sure that
doesn't help you. She many have had an older sister
at the school at the time, something vaguely
I'm aware of the sensitivities regarding information
disclosure, yet if at all any assistance is
possible, I would be forever in your debt. I am
already in VG's debt, for many reasons going back
all these years.
1970 Veronica A. Dawber:
I work in Seattle, which is the Pacific Northwest of
United States, however, live on Vashon Island, which
is a ferry ride away from the city. I hope to
rekindle connections with some of my classmates.
1980 Teraise (Gourley)Friends :
Would love to be in touch with anyone from my year.
I live in London.
Does anyone have the "ancient" matric photos for
1961 and 1962?
I am looking for a couple of old friends.
1956 Jenne P. James
I attended V.G from 1956 - 1965 and would love to
hear news of V.G.
Pat Fourie (Pollock):
Hi, I am Heather Annis, known as Heather
Wiseman when I attended in 1978 and 79 (class of
'82) I live in the US. After spending more than 20
years training racehorses, and four as a behaviour
modification specialist in a maximum security prison
for men, I decided to return to university and will
be attending medical school next year. I have one
grown son in the navy. I would love to hear from
some of my classmates. I have wanted to be a
physician since I was 12 so this is a dream come
true for me.
1969 Susan Marian Oosthuizen
Married Name: Tacq (but I use my maiden name
Miralese( nee Botha) married Wiegman:
teaches in Hermanus has two children Adrian and
Gill (Danckwerts) Whittaker:
lives in East London own accounting business
daughter at Rhodes and son in matric
Ulrike (nee Starke) De Wet :
2 daughters lives in PE
Lauren (Hart ) Jessup :
3 sons lives in Kini Bay in PE
Colleen (Fowlds) Marias:
lives in PE 1 daughter Deniel
Jenny (Wilmot) Le Vatte :
3 children lives in PE
2008 Heide Khuhlane: Recently engaged and
studying at Rhodes towards a Bcom degree.
1999 Lee-Anne (Sawyer) Repinz
: I live in Grahamstown, married with three kids.
Courtney 7, Zoe 4 and baby Chase.
1994 Pippa (Windsor) Readhead
: Still in Cape Town, Matthew has just turned 6 and
Emily is 3.I am doing volunteer work at the
Children’s Red Cross Hospital for the trauma unit.
1997 Stephanie Beth Wilson:
Since matriculating have travelled between USA and
SA, lived in Massachusetts for six years. Have now
settled in Johannesburg and am working for an events
1999 Kirsty Angela (Wilson) Ashley:
Immigrated to USA a month after finishing matric at
VG in 1999, studied Geology Sciences at Framingham
College. Married Bryan Ashley and now have a 2 year
old little boy, Brandon and a baby girl,Clara who
was born on August 23rd 2010.
Manager of a renowned restaurant in Massachusetts,
The Old Mill.
1970 Dorothy Daws:
Secretary to a heart surgeon who is head of
Cardiothoracic Surgery at Groote Schuur.
98 Miranda Armstrong:
I have been working at the University of Oxford as
a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Cancer
Epidemiology Unit since 2008.
1985 Cheryl (Baker) Murray:
I have been living on the Gold Coast of Australia
for just over 6yrs now. I am married to Brett and we
have 2 daughters Nicola 11yrs and Jenna 8yrs. I am a
registered nurse and work at a private hospital in
the Intensive Care Unit.
1995 Noxolo Mokoena (Glenda Mapara): Living
and working in Pretoria at the CSIR as a PA to unit
Director. Married to Cleopas Mokoena and we have two
kids (girls), Mahlatse 6yrs and Avuyile 9months.
My name at VG was Tubby Thomas. left VG in 1968..would
love to hear news of old girls in my area..I am
now living and working on the wild coast in the
Morgan Bay hotel..
2002 Vanessa Berger:
Now working as a graphic designer at Getaway
Magazine and living in Cape Town.
1978 Ann Okkenburg (Robertson):
Just spent two years in Bahrain, wonderful
experience, but happy to be back in beautiful Cape
2002 Lindsay Steyn (Wilmot):
Coordinator and teacher for grade 1 students at
Emirates National School in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Been
travelling over my breaks this year: Turkey,
Bulgaria, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka
and Thailand. Looking forward to hearing where and
what everyone has been up to.
I saw that in one of the issues (I think Feb or
march) you guys put in my son that was born at 27
weeks – don’t know if you want to put in an update
that he is now a very big and happy 8 month old!
1990 Bridget van Dongen
(still the same name):Been living in Antigua in the
West Indies for 12 years, but am now moving to
Trinidad at the end of October. I work in magazine
publishing as a graphic designer/editor. I have a
gorgeous 6 year old daughter.
2004 Simone Cridland:
I am in Ireland. Working in Sales and Marketing. Am
just in the process of launching a new company,
which should be live by the end of the year..
Marketing madness .ie. It is an on stop shop for
all your marketing, advertising and PR Needs. We do
design work, Product launches websites, etc. Looking
forward to hearing all the news from everyone!
1997 Chantal Louw:
Back in the United Arab Emirates after 2 years in
SA. Teaching Emirate Kindergarteners. Very
1980 Sally Churchyard (Packer):
Nothing exciting except having a wonderful get
together with some of the girls and Mr & Mrs Long in
May this year that was very special.
1978 Cathy Ash (nee Fleischer):
would love to be part of the mailing list.
Qualified as registered nurse in 1981, Midwife 1983,
Married 1987 Philip Ash and emigrated to Australia.
Still working part time as a theatre Nurse, have 3
children, Sarah (2nd Occupational therapy) Tim (1st
year engineering) and Martin (Yr 9).
1981 Anne Morgan (MacLean ):
I live in Centurion with my husband Trevor and twin
sons who are 16
1986 Claire Wright (Meyer):
Been living in Cape Town for almost 14 years now.
After 7 years with Meridian Wine Merchants where I
managed the Western Cape Sales Team and worked
closely with 28 wine estates, I moved on and joined
Du Toitskloof Wines as National Sales and Marketing
Manager on the 1st of this month. My husband’s name
is Craig, our daughter Morgan is 9 years old and our
son, Donovan, 8. Looking forward to our 25th
reunion next year.
1989 Jackie de Klerk (Louwrens):
1989 Jacqui Haddock (Owen):
Living in Temple, TX, USA. Working at Baylor
University in Waco TX (Athletic Department)Married
with 3 Kids (twins that are 12 and 10 year old - all
1991 Lynne Slabbert
is engaged! Congratulations Lynne!
1991 Melissa Lomax Jordan:
The stunning Melissa Lomax Jordan is well and living
in East London with her Graemian husband, Meredith
and two children, Cameron and Sam. She has a photo
studio at home which feeds her holiday budget and
enjoys her other two part time jobs! She eventually
went on diet and decided to get fit.
1991 Claire (Howarth) Inglis:
Living in Johannesburg, have 2 children a boy,
Timothy and a girl, Grace.
1992 Candice Hendel:
Have lived in UK for the last 12 years, done lots of
travelling around Western Europe, Toronto, Scotland,
Ireland, Las Vegas and hiked parts of the Grand
Canyon for charity. Studied beauty therapy, then
went on to qualify as Sports Therapist and Personal
Trainer. Am very interested in getting involved with
sports injuries and rehabilitation once I have
returned to South Africa in Jan 2011. I am
participating in the 18km Surfers Marathon in East
London in Feb 2011 for an animal charity and maybe
some voluntary work too. Still single, no children
and enjoying life each day.
2008 Lungile Dunywa:
Lulu is studying Occupational Therapy at UCT.
Class of 1991 Baby Arrivals in 2011:
Sarah Stern Davies:
Isla Davies born 30 January in New Zealand
Samuel Borgstrom born 28 January
Brigid Bennett Furness: Neve Furness born
Marlene Manthe Glynos:
1991 Expecting a baby girl shortly….
If you have any news or would like to get in touch
with the OGU to volunteer and get involved in
general please e-mail
frequently receive letters from tertiary
institutions commending our girls on their
standards. The most recent letter was from Prof
Walters at Rhodes University who had this to say of
Genevieve Jacot-Guillarmod (matric
2007): ‘you would be pleased to know that the
above student, formerly a pupil at your school, has
achieved excellent results in our English 1
examinations. This success reflects very favourably
on the quality of training an preparation offered by
the English Department at your school’.
examples of the many VG Old Girls who graduated all
over the world: Roanne Shay Keeton (1999) and
Miranda Elaine Armstrong (1998). They
received their PhDs at the University of Cape Town
in June this year.
Bassett, school captain of 1945 and founder of
the Johannesburg Old Girls Union passed away
recently. We are grateful for her immense
contribution to our school and to Swimming SA. (Her
photograph features on a number of the Centenary
collages in the upper hall foyer, as she opened the
Jacqui Baines (matric 1990) and teacher at
Port Alfred High School, passed away in July.