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SAORA Foundation Day Celebrations

The South African Old Roedeanian Association celebrates 114 years of Roedean SA.

SAORA Foundation Day Celebration – Johannesburg and London

More than 180 Old Roedeanians (South Africa) gathered in Johannesburg from all over the world, from places such as Russia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, to celebrate Foundation Day and the school’s 114th birthday on Saturday 4 March. 

Reunion groups from across the decades gathered together, and much chatter and laughter filled the air as old friendships were celebrated and re-kindled. The day started with a chapel service, followed by sports matches between Old Girls and Matrics, followed by the AGM and a delicious lunch.

One of the many highlights of the day was when The South African Old Roedeanian Association donated R100 000 to the Roedean Academy and R20 000 to the Link @ Yeoville from funds generated from the garden and craft day fundraiser A Blooming Affair.

Sue Adams, from one of the reunion groups, had this to say:
“We are so proud to be part of this strong group of women who look even better than they did 40 years ago and have achieved and continue to achieve in their most interesting lives. What a privilege to be able to maintain these connections and friendships".

The Old Girls of Roedean (SA) currently residing in Cape Town also celebrated Foundation Day, taking the time to reminisce and celebrate the School’s birthday.

SAORA Foundation Day Afternoon Tea – London, UK

A group of 30 Old Roedeanians (including a few who are alumnae of both Roedeans) gathered on the day in London to mark RSA Foundation Day. The Afternoon Tea was very nice, and the elegant yet relaxed atmosphere of Bbar - with its stylish South African-inspired furnishings - was perfect for this very social get together. Lesley Morrill and Mark Taylor were delighted to join the group to celebrate and mark this important day for our sister school in Johannesburg. Many thanks to Natalie Immelman for organising such a great event.

These celebrations of friendship, history and tradition is what makes Roedean South Africa and its Old Girls Association so strong, as it culminates in generations of Old Girls sharing a common love and appreciation for their school.

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