Dear Old Girls All over the World

     Girl Power manifested itself in a big way as the IEB results showed girls’ schools to be leading the way in terms of outstanding results. The DGC Class of 2014 excelled with brilliant results and happy girls. The class average was 76%!


Sandwiched between the proxime accessit to the dux, Cheshni Jeena and dux, Fiona Watt (who attained 98% & 100% respectively for the matric maths paper) is Lynne Knowles Neilson, hoping for an osmotic infusion of maths skills!


     Much excitement has been generated by the various groups celebrating milestone reunions. I’m sure most groups have been contacted about Old Girls’ Day which starts with a cocktail party for all Old Girls in Durban on Thursday 23 July followed by Old Girls’ Day on Friday 24 July. The details of the programme for the day is on the website. The day has an amazing vibe and is a very special event in the school’s calendar.


If you are celebrating a milestone reunion next year here are the contacts:

Class of 2005: Charlotte Philip & Margaret Bigby

Class of 1995: Angie van Zyl Griffin

Class of 1990: Candice Watzek Edgley & Pippa Haynes Phillips

Class of 1985: Terry Condon Stallard

Class of 1975: Caz Tasker Wolfe & Bev May Campbell

Class of 1965: Ann Mowat Gray & Sue Meyerowitz Goldfeder

Class of 1955: Valma Bennett Cheshire & Jean Duncan Shedlock

JANE ADAMS WARREN, head girl of the Class of ’65, isn’t able to attend the reunion being held at school so she and Barbara Segall have organised a reunion for the weekend of 8 – 10 October in the market town of Stamford in Lincolnshire. If there are Class of ’65 gels who haven’t been contacted or who might be visiting the UK and would like to join the group, please email Jane on


AMANDA ECHALAZ (1994) took the role of Floria Tosca in Puccini’s Tosca. The work was directed by legendary Australian actor and director John Bell and was staged in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. What a wonderful career achievement Amanda.

New Old Girl CAITLIN MCINTOSH (2014) not only achieved 8As in the IEB examinations but also coached the U13 Girls Tigers team for the PSI National tournament in Cape Town as well as being captain of the U18 Girls Panther team that won the gold medal in the B division which was then promoted to the A division. PSI is affiliated to SA Hockey, and the tournament in Cape Town was the National tournament held from 11 -19 Dec 2014.

BASHEERAH MOHAMED (2007) was awarded an Emma Smith overseas Scholarship by UKZN and began a two year MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford in October 2014. Basheera completed a BSocSci (Political Science & Legal Studies) after a stay in France, followed by Honour in Community Development. Basheera worked for Oxfam in Africa and latterly she worked with an economic justice team in Johannesburg. Congratulations Basheera.

MICHELE BEBBINGTON (RENAULT 1990) addressed interested grade 9-12 girls at a lunch break and returned the following week to chat to the Grade 12 Geography class on her fascinating career as a helicopter pilot. The girls really enjoyed listening to Michele who motivated them to take up a career in aviation. We now have many budding commercial pilots in our classrooms!

Michele is a DGC alumna who was born and raised in Durban. She matriculated at DGC in 1990. After leaving DGC she worked and travelled locally and internationally before returning to South Africa 14 years later and accomplished her dream of qualifying as a commercial pilot. Michele works as a commercial pilot and flight instructor for BAC helicopters, part of the BAC Aviation Group.

KAYLY CHAPEL (VILJOEN 2005) is living in Guernsey, working as a Listing Analyst at Channel Islands. Kayley recently married at Netherwood in Nottingham Road.

EMMA ASSINK (GASS 1997). Emma and her husband Andy live in Nacala, Mozambique with their baby girl Isla who was born on 28 November 2014. They own a beach bar restaurant, O’Barqueiro, to which they would love to welcome friends of DGC.

USHA GOVIND (2013) was one of four recipients of the Pius Langa Scholarship, awarded to top performing new undergraduates at UKZN. Usha is studying medicine.

Please mark Saturday 20 June in your diaries, as we will be holding an Old Girls vs School sports programme that morning. Most varsity students from out of Durban are back home on that date. The organiser is Loreen Irvine (now Doherty-Bigara) and more details will be posted on the Facebook page and website as plans crystallise.

The headmaster and I will be visiting Johannesburg in August this year to hold a reunion for Old Girls who are based in Gauteng. This will most likely take place in August and details will be communicated.

Please join the Durban Girls’ College Old Girls’ Facebook group by sending a friend request. News and pictures are uploaded regularly.
We have a fabulous new website. The site is interactive so if any Old Girls need to update their contact details or to send news, this can be done by submitting an email via the web from the Old Girls’ Contact Us menu item.
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Please keep us abreast of your news.

Lynne Neilson (Knowles 1969)
Tel: +27 (0)31 268 7254 •