The Blue Note

28 January 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians


Our school year is in full swing and I am delighted by the obvious intent of the vast majority of our girls to make good use of the opportunities on offer to them during 2019. It is difficult to believe that it was only two weeks ago that we welcomed 89 Grade 8 girls from 46 different primary schools to St Anne’s. I am pleased to say that with the exception of less than a handful of them, they are quickly settling down at their new school. Ten new pupils commenced their St Anne’s careers in higher Grades. I trust that all our new pupils and their parents will soon feel that they are valued members of our College community.

Our current enrolment of 449 girls is the biggest in the history of St Anne’s. We have no intention to enrol more than 450 girls and it is most encouraging that demand for Grade 8 places in 2020 appears to be as high as usual, with interviews already having commenced last week.


The following were welcomed to our staff this year (introduction sheet below):

Ms Andri Potgieter (Music)

Ms Kirsty Sanders (Physical Science)

Ms Lindiwe Makhathini (Housekeeping)

Mr  Marcus Henning (Audio Visual Technician)

Mr Lachlan MacDougall (IT Technician)

Ms Exilda Banda – Frances Baines, Ms Emily Emsley – Mollie Stone, Ms Smamkele Klaas – Andrews, and Ms Carla Pieterse – Marianne Browne (Boardermistresses/Interns for 2019)

Mrs Bernese Hyde and Mrs Jenny Forrest  have been promoted to Senior Assistant: Academics and Boarding, and Head of Physical Science respectively, while Mrs Louise Kelmanson (Accounting/Mathematics) and Mrs Nikki Thompson (Mathematics) have become full-time teachers.

Ms Bronwen Mantle (Afrikaans) unfortunately had a bad fall in the rain last week and sustained a complex fracture of her ankle. She is now at home after being operated on and her classes are being taught by Mr Klein Strydom until she is fit to return to work.


A summary of our 2018 Senior Certificate Results was sent to all parents by Mr van Niekerk. We are obviously very proud of these results, especially of those achieved by girls who found their academic commitments to be particularly challenging throughout their time spent at St Anne’s. At the other end of the spectrum, the results of our top achievers are even more impressive when they are viewed in the context of their involvement in many other components of our school programme.


Congratulations to Maya Fleischer, Emma Griffin and Jessica Parker who received their Academic Honours Awards at last week’s assembly. An unusually large number of academic awards were announced, indicative of the academic talent and exemplary diligence that is evident in all our Grades.


Please take note of the accompanying 2020 term calendar. Although a Calendar Meeting attended by representatives of Independent schools in the Midlands took place last term, we delayed publishing these dates as the State Schools’ calendar was not finalised and you may remember that the State made a very late change to their calendar the previous year. My apologies to anyone inconvenienced by this later-than-normal publication of our term dates.


I would like to encourage parents to attend the Bring and Share function in their daughter’s House which commences at 18:00 on Wednesday 20 February. Our Interhouse relay gala takes place between 15:00 and 17:00 that afternoon. As indicated in Mrs Martin’s communiqué last week, girls will be able to depart for their Half Term from 20:00, provided their exeats are approved prior to the function.

Kind regards

David Arguile


A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”

B.F. Skinner, American psychologist, inventor and author


(New girls arrive on Sunday 12 January)
Tuesday 14 January to Friday 20 March
Half Term: Thurs 13 February to Mon 17 February
(Easter Fri 10 April – Mon 13 April)

Tuesday 14 April to Friday 19 June
Half Term: Thurs 14 May – Mon 18 May

Monday 13 July to Friday 18 September
Half Term: Thurs 13 August to Mon 17 August

Tuesday 29 September to Friday 27 November
Half Term: Thurs 29 October to Mon 2 November

(Starting dates are when termly and weekly boarders have to be back at school)


EXILDA BANDA, Intern & Boardermistress

Exilda is the oldest of three siblings and hails from Harare, Zimbabwe. She attended Louis Mt Batten Primary in Belvedere, Harare, Hanke High School in Shurugwi and attained a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree In History from Midlands State University, Gweru. She then went on to complete her teaching and work experience in 2016 at Ascot High School in Gweru where she remained to teach for a further year. She looks forward to working well with both the teachers and staff at St Anne’s, learning and exploring new things but most importantly she looks forward to changing learners perspective about “history” as just a subject. Exilda considers herself to be a young woman with big dreams. She is adventurous, loves reading and travelling, and although she can be shy on first encounter she loves interacting with people. She has set herself a goal to obtain a PHD by the end of 2022.

EMILY EMSLEY, Intern & Boardermistress (Mollie Stone)

Emily was born in Polokwane, in a small suburban area called Seshego, and is 24 years old. She attended a Muslim school called Taxila Secondary School after which she attained a B.S.C. Degree in Life Sciences at Sefako Makgatho Health Science University. She completed her honours degree in Life Sciences at University of Limpopo. Emily is a part-time makeup artist and enjoys playing the trumpet. She also enjoys being in the garden, growing her own vegetables and taking care of her chickens. She says she is excited to have this opportunity to work at St Anne’s and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and learning as much as she can. She has an outgoing, caring personality with a passion for people, particularly the young ones.

MARCUS HENNING, Audio Visual Technician

Marcus became interested in theatre at school, however, his parents were keen for him to get a ‘proper job’ so he embarked on what he describes as an ‘ill-fated B-Com Degree’. During this time he became involved with productions in the Drama Department. After a stint in industry, minus aforementioned B-Com, he landed a job at the University of Natal, now UKZN, as Theatre Technician where he remained for the next 27 years. Marcus is married to Sandra and together they have two children. Their eldest has just finished a Graphic Design Degree and entered the workforce whilst their youngest is in Grade 9. The Hennings have recently relocated from Scottsville to Hilton, and have not regretted the move. Marcus describes his wife Sandra as a great designer and they love doing home improvement projects together. In addition, Marcus likes to tinker with old Land Rovers and hopes to get his current one running again this year. Marcus says he is enjoying the lovely sense of community here at St Anne’s along with the beautiful setting and is keen to get the theatre set up after its rebuild.

SMAMKELE KLAAS, Intern & Boardermistress (Andrews)

Smamkele was born in the Eastern Cape, in a small town near Queenstown, called Molteno. She considers home to be Cape Town, although she has spent much time in the Eastern Cape and Johannersburg, where she completed matric. She is currently the eldest of four siblings, soon to be five, as they look forward to a new addition to the family in March. Smamkele has worked as a Teacher Intern in Maths and Science at a private school, Inanda Seminary, in Durban. She is currently in her second year of studies towards a Bachelor of Education and is looking forward to both personal and professional growth at St Anne’s. Smamkele loves to sing and has two obsessions: snakes and a particular car model known as Jaguar.


Lindi joined us at the start of the year to assist in our Housekeeping Department. Prior to St Anne’s, she worked in the home of one of our former staff members, Mrs Jo Fryer, for 19 years. Lindiwe is from Mpophomeni, just outside Howick. She has two sons, one aged 32 and her ‘baby’ who is just 12 years and attends Thembelihle School in Howick. She says she is enjoying working at St Anne’s, she likes the girls and staff members and says the food is good too. In her spare time, when she isn’t helping her young son with his homework, she enjoys relaxing at home. She attends a church in Mpophomeni, and although there isn’t a church choir, she says she loves to sing.


Lachlan grew up in Underberg and attended Treverton College. He has been working in IT for around 12 years, 9 years of those at Longonot Computers in Howick and the last 2 and a bit running his own business. Whilst working for Longonot, he offered support in schools and found that he enjoyed the education environment. He currently lives in Howick but will be moving to the Hilton College Road in February. Lachlan enjoys spending time outdoors, swimming, running and cycling. He also loves reading, painting or sketching and is a member of the Howick Arts Society. He is thrilled to be back in the education environment and is looking forward to learning and growing with St Anne’s. He says he is “excited to be working in a school that has a very strong IT view and solid infrastructure. The campus is beautiful and the staff have been very welcoming.”

CARLA PIETERSE, Intern & Boardermistress (Marianne Browne)

Carla describes herself as a happy, bubbly person, who was born to be a teacher as she loves helping those around her. She has obtained a Degree in Human Genetics as well as Honours in Human Physiology from the University of Pretoria. She considers home to be between Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Carla loves sport, keeping active and decorating everything. She is looking forward to becoming part of the close-knit staff community at St Anne’s and hopes to play an integral part in the girls’ lives.


Andri grew up in Stellenbosch where she went on to study and work at Stellenbosch University. She also spent time in Johannesburg and Pretoria, working as a piano teacher and as a répétiteur at the vocal departments of TUT and UP. She enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, socialising with family and friends or chilling at home watching a good series. Andri shares that “St Anne’s has beautiful school grounds and old buildings…it’s a privilege to work in such beautiful surroundings.” She is looking forward to her new chapter at St Anne’s, sharing her love and knowledge of music.

KIRSTY SANDERS, Physical Science Teacher

Kirsty grew up in Johannesburg and studied at Wits University. She taught in Johannesburg for three years before moving down to KZN in 2018. Kirsty spent a year teaching at Hilton College before joining St Anne’s. In her spare time, she enjoys reading. Kirsty says she is looking forward to learning new systems at St Anne’s and getting involved in outdoor activities. She will be heading up the Enviro Club together with one other staff member and is also excited about leading a group on the Great Adventure later this year.