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DSG old girls' association

The Old Girls' Association was founded in 1933, and is dedicated to maintaining contact with all girls who have attended the school. We are tasked with preserving the legacy of the School, while keeping our members up to date on the latest news and events from the School. Old Girls are active at the school in many ways. There are currently several Old Girls among the staff.

Two Old Girls are permanent members of the Governing Body; the Chairlady, and another member of the Old Girls’ Association, nominated by the Committee. This position is currently held by Mrs Di Gibbs. In addition, the Deputy Chair of the Governing Body, Ms Faye Mukkadam, and Mrs Judith Miller are both Old Girls of the school, making total of 4 Old Girls currently serving on the Governing Body.

The Old Girls Association is responsible for arranging the Reunion each year, and also provides a Bursary for the daughter of an Old Girl to attend the School.

We have an extremely active Facebook page, administered by Jeanette van der Breggen.

Filiae Regis Rose


The Old Girls’ Association initially launched the Filiae Regis rose in 2002 for fund-raising but the rose was featured widely at functions organised for the 125th anniversary of the school in 2004.

The rose was named in  2002.

The Filiae Regis rose was named after the school motto, which is Filiae Regis, Daughters of the King.




Cecilia van der Merwe matriculated from St. Mary's DSG in 2001 and joined the Old Girls' Committee shortly thereafter in 2005. She served as chair of the Committee in 2014 before briefly taking a hiatus to complete her master's degree in mechanical engineering. Cecilia re-joined the Committee in 2017, and was elected as the chairlady for 2018. Cecilia currently works as a consulting engineer at Aurecon and is passionate about outreach and encouraging girls to pursue careers in the STEM fields.

If you would like to join the committee or obtain information about the Old Girls’ Bursary or any other matter relating to the Old Girls’ Association, please contact her at



Dionne Smith matriculated from DSG in 1985. She is a third-generation Old Girl, as her grandmother Elsa (1938), mother Renee (1960) and aunt Louise all attended the school. Dionne joined the Old Girls’ committee in 2011, and served as chairlady from 2015 to 2017. The painting above the baptism font in the school Chapel was donated by Dionne’s grandparents, Elsa and Joop Neumann, in memory of her mother Renee.

Dionne works as a Technical Author for a software house, and is passionate about getting children to read.


(nee Davidson)

Patricia van der Valk (nee Davidson) matriculated in 1958, having started at DSG in 1948. Her three sisters also attended the school, Yvonne (1947), Gail (1959) and Jean. Patricia went on to study Teaching at JCE and then did a BA degree at UNISA majoring in English, Psychology and Sociology. Patricia married Kees, a lawyer, in 1965 and after 15 years of marriage had a daughter, Susan who is now a Chartered Accountant  and a partner in her firm in Cape Town. Sadly she was widowed in 1993.

Patricia first taught at Blairgowrie (2 years), Rietondale Primary (15 years) and then went on promotion to Lynnwood Primary, teaching there 28 years. After her Retirement, an Old Girl, Dr Elsa van Duuren who is a Rheumatologist offered her the position of Manager of the Arthritis Foundation, a post she has filled for over 10 years.

Patricia's interests include Tennis Administration, which she has done for 55 years, the Speech Festival, church activities, bridge and book club. She have a Scottie, Lachlea, who is her devoted companion!

Patricia has served on the Old Girls committee since 1972 and marvels at the many changes in the school over the years!


(nee Greaves)

After matriculating in 1964, Liz completed a BA degree at PMB University.  Not being sure about a career she worked and traveled overseas for a year. An exciting time. In 1970 Liz went back to DSG as a History teacher, then got married and had 3 children. Since then Liz has taught at a number of schools but feels DSG was the BEST. Liz currently teaches English, helping children to 'fill in the gaps' to cope with the demands of a second language.


(nee McIvor)

Jean Buckley is a member of the Old Girls' Committee.


(nee Lumley)

Carol matriculated at DSG in 1966. She studied to become a teacher at the Johannesburg Teachers Training College and started her teaching career in 1971. Carol spent her last 20 years teaching Grade 3 at DSG before retiring at the end of 2012 and has since been helping out at the school in various capacities. Her granddaughter started in Grade 0 at DSG in 2017.

Carol joined the Old Girl's Committee in 1995.


(nee Pilane)

Olive matriculated from DSG in 1988 and has had a diverse career since then, working in industries such as banking, advertising, marketing, and property management. She is currently employed by Mowana Properties where her primary role is to formulate and execute building portfolio strategy. Olive has served on various membership committees and was recently appointed judge for provincial finalists for the South African Council of Business Women.

Olive’s eldest daughter, Kgalalelo, also attended DSG and matriculated in 2015. Olive’s second eldest, Kgolagano, is currently in Grade 10 at DSG and Captain of the Marimba Band. Olive’s best job title she’s held in her life is as mother of Kgalalelo, Kgolagano and Amora Ndebele.


(nee Harris)

Fiona matriculated from St Mary’s DSG in 1987 and has been teaching here since 2004 – first in Grade 1 and now in Grade 0.  Fiona's two daughters are now, very happily, a part of St Mary’s.

Fiona joined the Old Girls Association a few years ago and her main job is the organising and running of the BIG WALK for the Junior School. This sponsored walk is a good fundraiser for the Old Girls and the Junior school girls love it!


(nee Dougall)

Bronwyn matriculated from DSG in 2001 and joined the Old Girls’ Committee 4 years ago. Bronwyn works as an Event Manager for a Johannesburg based Events Company and is passionate about organising all event types. After hours, Bronwyn kindly organises the St Mary’s DSG Old Girls’ Reunion which is held at our beautiful school every year. She thoroughly enjoys being able to give something back as she has such fond memories of her time at the school!


Together with Cecilia and Bronwyn, Bianca matriculated from St Mary’s DSG in 2001. She has been teaching at EDUPLEX Primary School for 10 years and currently teaches grade 2 learners. Bianca joined the committee in 2017 and is thrilled to be on board!


Shamiso Kumbirai matriculated from St Mary’s DSG in 2007 and served as the Head Girl in that year. She is deeply passionate about water, women and the development of Africa. After attending her 10 Year Reunion, Shamiso decided to join the Old Girls Committee. She currently works as a water engineer at Aurecon and is grateful to serve as an Old Girls’ committee member to a community that shaped her into the woman she is today.



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