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The School Governing Body (SGB) at PHSG sees itself as the custodian of a tremendous legacy, and to that end we join the school leadership in a commitment to ensuring excellence, and to providing our girls with a quality, balanced and holistic education.

The SGB exists in accordance with the provisions of the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996, and is made up of elected members of the various constituent parts of the school; namely, parents, educators, learners, administrative, academic and general staff.

In terms of the Act, the majority of members of the governing body must be parents, and the critical executive positions – Chair and Treasurer, for example - must be held by parents. This serves to reaffirm the pivotal role played by parents in the school.

It has been said of governing bodies in general – and it is certainly true of the SGB of Girls’ High - that they are the most effective form of democracy in South Africa. Indeed, “SGB’s provide a vehicle for popular political participation that is quite real... SGB’s enjoy popular acceptance and participation across class and language divides [and]... are one of the few institutions that have the makings of a great, new and rather unique South African political tradition.” (Woolman, S., and Fleisch, B. (2009) The Constitution in the Classroom – Law and Education in South Africa 1994-2008. Pretoria: Pretoria University Law Press, p.168.) Parents, who are elected from within the parent body at an annual general meeting (AGM), hold office for a period of three years, so that there is a constant renewal of membership.

The SGB is primarily tasked with managing the school’s finances, and this brings an enormous responsibility as the annual budget for Girls’ High runs into the many millions. Two-thirds of this flows from school fees and other contributions made by parents (such as fundraising and donations), and the remaining one-third issues from the state.

While the SGB’s focus is primarily financial, and while educational and academic matters are managed by the Headmistress, we see ourselves as part of a dynamic partnership which is supportive, innovative and committed to the safe and successful stewardship of the school. Our common aim is to turn out confident, capable young women who are able to go out into the world and make their mark.

The Governing Body

The Principal

Karen du Toit


Elected Members

Parents
Ansuya Govender (Chairperson)
Moses Twala (Vice Chairperson)
Timothy Waterson (Treasurer)
Anne Gioia (Secretary)
Sello Galane
Graeme Logan
Nicole Trollip
André van Tonder
Shaun Wilkinson 

Educators
Doret Schoombie (Deputy Headmistress)
Elzahn Bloem
Debra Dugmore 

Non-educator
Lesiba Mashishi

Learners
Flourish Oluwamakinde (Head Girl)
Louisa Anyimadu (Deputy Head Girl)
Mbali Nzimande (Head of School House)
Kamohelo Motsoeneng (Head of North Lodge) 
Bella Gioia


Co-opted Members

James Tubb
 

Representatives

Danića Stoffberg (Deputy Headmistress)
Kim Lovegrove (Old Girls Association)
Cheryl Alton (Bursar)
Joan Viljoen (Minutes Secretary)

 

 

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