Successful Old Girls

  • Adeline van Rensburg-Ferreira (Matric 2011) completed her articles at BDO Johannesburg to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. She is currently working as an Audit and Compliance Consultant providing NGO’s around the world with advice on how to strengthen their financial processes and systems to enable them to receive US Government funding. Adeline will be in Nigeria and states that, “St Andrew’s provided me with the skills and resilience to work with people from various backgrounds. Perseverance and determination were two key elements that St Andrew’s taught me that I continue to use, not only at work but also utilized this during my studies. I love seeing the growth that continues to happen at St Andrew’s and this can be seen shining through the girls and all their many talents.”
  • Aidan Mailey (2016), whilst at St Andrews, was selected for the U18 SA schools tennis team as well as the U18 SA test hockey team that competed against Australia U18s.
  • Alexandra White (2001) represented South Africa for rowing at the 2008 Olympic Games.
  • Amy Heydenrych (2001) and Nkateko Mnisi (2007) were featured in the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans list. Amy’s debut thriller, Shame on You, was published in 2018 and is the first in a two-book deal with international publisher Bonnier Zaffre. Medical doctor Nkateko was listed for her role in addressing the issues faced by young doctors as part of the Junior Doctors Association of South Africa’s national council. She has also been involved in a number of projects that seek to improve public healthcare.
  • Amy Mattushek (2014) represented South Africa at Junior Worlds Rowing and the Africa Youth Games in 2014.
  • Anthea Serritslev (Matric 1963) Chief Whip – City of Cape Town accompanied the Cape Town mayor to London to celebrate 100 years of Kirstenbosch and the Chelsea Flower show [in 2013]. Since matriculating has held positions in legal, accounting, property development and building companies, working in Cape Town, London and Milan. For 25 years had a successful career creating exhibiting and selling wheel thrown pottery, attended the Grahamstown Festival for many years. Influenced by teachers June Lester and Mrs Fredericks. She wrote ’By chance, during South Africa’s turning point in 1994 I became actively involved in the Democratic Party. My sister, Mary (1962), was already a City Councillor in Grahamstown and DP office bearer. In 1956 my mother took part in the women’s march to Pretoria with the Black Sash where she was active for many years. My turn came unexpectedly in 1998 when I was persuaded to stand as a City Councillor … I served on the Economic Development Portfolio for many years and at the same time was the caucus whip in opposition. When the DA in a coalition took over the city in 2006 with Helen Zille as the mayor, I was elected the Chief Whip of Council and have served as such ever since. … , I have been part of the Mayoral Committee and team ..’
  • Ashton Marsden (Matric 2009) and her partner Natalie got the top results in their entire undergraduate Chemical Engineering class of 2013 for their final project at UCT.
  • Ayanga Baleni (2016) was selected for the U18 SA schools test hockey team in her matric year and went on to compete against the Australia U18 hockey team.
  • Basani Maluleke (1995) was appointed as the first black female CEO of African Bank.
  • Cailin Rabie (2015): joined 52 musicians from 20 different countries around the world, who collaborated to play ‘What a Wonderful World’ as part of the Online World Saxophone Orchestra.
  • Candice Nethercott (1997) represented South Africa from 1997-2000 and was national champion in 1997 for the 100m Butterfly.
  • Cara Nel (2018) represented South Africa at the Junior Rowing Worlds in 2017 and 2018
  • Carmen Smith (2013) represented South Africa for hockey at the 2014 Africa Cup of Nations Olympic Qualifiers.
  • Catherine Tayler (2012) represented South Africa at the Junior World Rowing Championships in 2011 and 2012. She was then recruited to the University of Miami in Florida, USA on a rowing scholarship where she completed her Degree in Economics.

  • Catherine (Kate) Tucker (1973) represented Switzerland at the World Masters Athletics in Perth in 2016
  • Catherine Arnison, nee McNulty, (2005) represented South Africa for hockey at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations Olympic Qualifiers.
  • Chelsea Tucker (2011): Finalist emerging talent doctoral researcher at Tullis Institute of UCT and research coordinator for the global Waste to Fuel Initiative.
  • Claire Archibald (2007) attended Kentucky University in the USA on a swimming scholarship. Achievements so far include: A’s (90%+) in 8 out of 10 in her subjects; overall GPA of 3.85  Invitation and induction into National Collegiate Honours Society; Invitation into Honours Academic Sororety at The University of Kentucky;  On Deans list for 2 consecutive semesters; Participated in South Eastern Conference for the University of Kentucky; achieved top seasonal times for Backstroke and IM for university.
  • Claire-Louise Bode (matric 2009) studied Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Applied Geography (Applied Science) (2016) with an emphasis on Climate Variations of the Seasonal Weather with relation to major snow fields and Glaciers around the world, at the University of Louisville. Also recently completed a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Education and Recreational Sports Development (2019) at Ohio University with a focus on youth retention and sport development in a financially unstable world. Background Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Climatology (2014) at The Ohio State University. Bode represented South Africa for rowing at the Junior World Rowing Championships in 2008 & 2009, U23 World Rowing Championships in 2010 & 2011 and University World Games in 2013 (Silver medal recipients in the Women’s four event).. Winner US NCAA Championships 2014 & 2015 and Big Ten Conference Champions in 2011, 2013 & 2014. Recipient of the Ohio State Female Athlete of the year and Big Ten Conference Athlete of the year in 2013.
  • Clarissa Krohe (matric 2009) studied M S Geology with emphasis in Environmental Geosciences. Clarissa works as an environmental consultant that conducts Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments. Her work involves the discovery of potential contaminants in soil and groundwater that could negatively affect human and environmental health. Once contaminants are encountered, she work on the characterization and remediation of all soil and groundwater contaminants until impacts are below a suitable level that is no longer harmful to people or the environment.
  • Danielle van Veijeren (2013) qualified with a BEng (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) from University of Stellenbosch. She is currently working for the defence company, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, in their product development department as a junior engineer. Danielle is part of a team that focuses on the design and development of electronic and mechanical safe and arming devices for large- and medium-calibre ammunition.
  • Danielle Gal (nee Thompson) (2002) captained the u19 South African underwater hockey team.
  • Emily Pollock (2018) represented South Africa at the 2018 Junior World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.
  • Fae-Siri Keighley (2018) represented South Africa in diving at the Junior Worlds Championships.
  • Farirai Sanyika (2009): Nominated as one of Mail & Guardians top 200 young South Africans in the category for Business Entrepreneurship and Tourism.
  • Dr Jackie Dunlop (Matric 2003) has a Masters of Science (Medicine) in Child health / Community Paediatrics and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She works in the field of Paediatric HIV and Prevention of Mother-to-Child-Transmission of HIV at Anova Health Institute, a non-profit organisation funded by USAID. Jackie’s work involves improving the care of HIV positive pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and their babies and HIV positive children and adolescents at government clinics.
  • Jabulile Mavuso (2008): Won the 2020 Paula Kantor Award for excellence in the field of research.
  • Jamey Bulloch (2016) represented South Africa in the first Junior Women’s 8 and now attends the Univerity of Virginia where she was part of the First Varsity 8+ who won the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) title and the ACC Crew of the Year Award.
  • Jane Simmonds (1986): Researcher and programme manager at SA Medical Research Council and Founder of Go Gogo Go.
  • Jeannie Van Dyk (née Cocks) matriculated in 2007. She studied Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Criminalistics. Jeannie is a Forensic DNA analyst for the South African Police Service. She works specifically with serial cases; comparing the DNA profiles, performing statistical analysis, compiling reports and testifying on these results in courts of law all over the country.
  • Jenna Murray (2012) represented South Africa at the IDO World Dance Championships in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010 and placed 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively.
  • Joanne Reid (2001) and Samantha Hudson (2001) represented South Africa in a rowing coxless 4 in what was one of the first junior teams taken overseas by South Africa.
  • Jordan du Toit (2011) has been awarded the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. She was also one of only 12 candidates (of some 500 applicants) accepted into the master’s programme for clinical psychology at Wits University in 2018.
  • Katharine Kilalea (1999) has received positive acclaim for her debut novel, Ok, Mr Field, published by Faber and Faber.
  • Kirsten Grant (2011): Doctor fighting COVID-19 from the frontline.
  • Kirsten Huysamen (2006) achieved 1st in at the South African National Championships for Triathlon and Duathlon in 2006 and went on to attend two world championships.
  • Kirsten McCann (2006) represented South Africa for rowing at the 2008 and 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Lara Hatchuel-Slater (2000): Involved in a COVID-19 vaccine trial in Australia.
  • Lauren Urmson (2018): Debuted in ‘Breathing Space’ at the (virtual) National Arts Festival.
  • Leah Constan Tatos (matric 2008) was awarded a swimming scholarship after matric and graduated in May 2013 from Catawba College in North Carolina. She was only one of 3 who graduated with honours, on a double major in Economics and Accounting, Magna Cum Laude and named on the Presidential Honor Roll and Dean’s List for the 4th year running. She decided to do a Master of Science in Accounting and was offered scholarships at University of Southern California, in Los Angeles and Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana. Both are ranked in the top 6 in the USA and internationally MSA/MACC. Started at  Notre Dame in August 2013.
  • Malebogo Ngoepe (Head Girl, 2005): Featured in the May 2018 Elle Magazine for her research into the physical properties of hair. Malebogo is an academic at the University of Cape Town’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Megan Scott (2009) represented South Africa for swimming at the Commonwealth Youth Games, World Cup and World Gymnasia.
  • Natasha Allie’s (2002) book Her Story – Daughters of Modjadji has been published by Sula Books. This is the first in a planned children’s book series for girls and features 30 South African women whose lives inspire.
  • Nthati Moshesh (1987): Renowned actress landed lead role in in iSono (DSTV 129)
  • Oneida Cooper (2010) represented South Africa for swimming at the Commonwealth Youth Games, All Africa Junior Championships and the Youth Olympic Games from 2008-2010. She was also interviewed on CNBC Africa about her non-profit organisation, Making Waves, that teaches children from underprivileged communities to swim.
  • Paula Fehrsen (2006) represented South Africa at the World Freestyle Dance Championships in 1999. Since dancing at the event, Paula now judges the world championships yearly since 2010.
  • Philippa Johnson-Dwyer (1992) represented South Africa at the Paralympic Games where she won the first equestrian gold medal for South Africa.
  • Pippa Ehlrich: Natural history filmmaker and award-winning environmental journalist, specializing in the field of marine science and conservation – co-directed “My Octopus Teacher”, winning 2 awards at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards (CDAA)
  • Sabrina Scherf (2004) represented South Africa in karate at The World Championships in 1998, 2001 and 2004.
  • Sarah Rubombora (Matric 2007) has passed her bar exam and will be enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda. Was the first female President of the University Law Society and graduated as their top female student and 3rd overall in her class.
  • Sherinne Winderley (2000): Mrs South Africa 2020 Top 25 finalist.
  • Stacey Wallaberger (Blount, 1981) has been appointed brand experience consultant for Metis Consulting based in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Stephanie Baxter (2012) represented South Africa for hockey at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 World Cup Qualifiers.
  • Sunday Times featured an article about designer Elli-Nicole Sazeides (2007), written by Abigail Dengler (2008).
  • Team including two Old Girls, Whitney Taggart (matric 2009) as team leader and Kira Sing (matric 2008) represented South Africa and reached last four in the 2013 CIM Global Business Challenge. Whitney has BCom Investment Management from Univeristy of Pretoria and studying for Honours in Financial Management at University of Johannesburg.
  • Tres-Jolie Fick (matric 2003) studied Logistics at RAU University, then enrolled for private pilot’s licence and completed my commercial pilot’s licence at 43 Air School in Port Alfred. Her first job was as a co-pilot on a Beechcraft 1900 at a charter company at Lanseria, then placed on a 10 week contract flying for Air India. Afterwards her long awaited airline career break flying the Embraer Regional Jet 135/145 for SA Airlink.
  •  Tsakani Maluleke (1993): Auditor General for South Africa
  • Valerie Rubombora (2009) finished her Bachelor of Architecture studies at WITS 2013. In 2014 was intern at Engineering Ministeries International (eMi) in Uganda for six months.
  • Vanessa Rubombora (2010) 3rd year of Medicine at UCT, member of  Golden Key Honour Society for academic achievement, vice-chair of  UCT Christian Medical Fellowship, nominated to rep­resent South Africa and UCT in the International Scholar Laureate Program Delegation on Medicine in the USA, but had to raise own funding of nearly R 35 000.
  • Viki van den Barselaar (1998) represented South Africa at the World Swimming Championships and achieved a career best ranking of 12 in the world for the 200m Breaststroke.
  • Wynne Bredenkamp (2009) has partnered in a unique pop-up collaboration celebrating female entrepreneurs.