The first formal meeting of the EPGU: Epworth Past Girls Union took place in 1914. The Epworthian Society, (as it is known today) is guided by the Epworthian Executive which is comprised of a group of passionate, inspired and committed past girls who walk alongside Epworth school and Foundation To be a part of this team or nominate a classmate, email us now on Epworthians@epworth.co.za
The role of the Epworthian Executive is so aptly defined in this poem:
Meet our Executive members
|Epworthian President: Jacqui Terblanche (Hampson, class of 1993)
Jacqui’s vision for the Epworthians can be summarised as follows:
Behind us are memories. Beside us are friends. Before us are possibilities
Inducted as the Epworthian president in 2019 her family story is intertwined with that of Epworth’s.
Jacqui’s grandmother, mother, aunt, two sisters and sister in law all attended Epworth. The association continues with her three nieces as well as daughter, who have continued the tradition by attending Epworth.
Watch this space to learn about Jacqui’s favourite memories….
|Margie Odell (King, class of 1962)
In 2010 The Natal Witness featured the profile of a local educator about to retire at 65. After more than 33 years in education (17 as a headmistress) Margie is back in education 10 years later, a committed member of the Epworthian Executive and Epworth Foundation and generously shares her talent for poetry (an example is above) Margie writes. “Seven of the happiest years of my life were spent at Epworth! Friendships to this day remain strong, and we have bonds which can never be broken. Susie Kachelhoffer was our principal and her spaniel dog, Charles, was always by her side. I remember with love Petal, Miss Metcalfe, Mrs Dent, Miss Baird, Birdie Bayer – oh those were the days! Jessie Pease (our maths teacher) terrified me! I was not always a paragon of virtue at Epworth, but ended up in my matric year having a leadership role. I am so privileged to still be part of the Epworth family- and to serve on the executive. I pray that the Epworth ethos will continue to make a difference to many. May we extend the bonds we have made over the years. May we always seek to support the schools mission, vision and values – and may our school maintain long term financial security and be richly blessed. FIDA HUMANA FORTIS. God bless our precious school.”
|Fiona Bell (Forsyth, class of 1972)
Fiona’s family started their Epworth journey in the early 1900’s with her grandmother completing her schooling at Epworth in 1907. Since that time Fiona’s aunt, her two sisters, two daughters, her niece and her grandchild have walked the Campus. One of her daughters presently teaches at the preparatory school. Fiona was Epworthian President 2005-2013, HLM in 2017 and presently is a member of the Epworthian Executive and Board Fiona’s family has been a significant part of Epworth’s 122 year history.
Follow this link to meet Fiona and some of the family (prep video link, Happy Epworthian day)
Watch this space to learn about Fiona’s favourite memories….
|Janine O’Connor (class of 1977)
Janine and her two cousins attended Epworth. As a book fanatic she founded Books & Books in 2006. This business often brings her back onto campus. In August 2019, Books and Books managed the launch of fellow Epworthian, Julia Martin’s new book, in in conversation with her former matric English teacher and now HLM, Mary Gardner.
Watch this space to learn about Janine’s favourite memories….
|Cindy Kidger (Evans, class of 1991)
|Kenwyn Geyser (Anquetil, class of 1991)
Fellow graduate alongside Cindy in 1991, Kenwyn is both an Epworthian and current parent. Kenwyn not only gives of her time and expertise to the Epworthian Executive, but also founded the Pietermaritzburg Sunflower Fund in 2014 and is a lifetime member of the Highveld Horse Care Unit.
Watch this space to learn about Kenwyn’s favourite memories….