The 2022 House and Portfolio Heads were announced in an assembly held on the morning of Friday 5 November. Under the shining South African summer sun, the prefects for 2022 took to stage and accepted their leadership roles for next year.
Heads of School
Head of School
Deputy Head of School (Student Affairs)
Deputy Head of School (Portfolios)
Heads of Portfolios
Head of Academics
Head of Boarding
Head of Communications
Heads of Cultural
Pharrell Lebelo & Alessandro Nahman
Head of Environment
Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Transformation
Head of Mentorship
Head of Peer Counselling
Heads of Religion
Ethan Kalell & Alexander Rohana
Head of Service
Head of Spirit
Heads of Sport
Adam Nicholas & Brett Simpson
Heads of Houses
Head of Benedict
Head of College
Head of Daswa
Head of Jude
Head of Osmond
Head of Plaatje
Head of Selima
Head of The Bishops
The Spirit Drums
During the announcement of the Heads of Houses, the House Directors handed the spirit drum for each of the eight houses to the newly elected leaders to display their leadership of their house.
These drums symbolise the heartbeat of the school and will be used at formal celebrations and house events. The school's heartbeat, signified by the beats of each of these drums, are now the responsibility of next year's leaders, and it is their duty to nurture and develop.
The school drum further represents the unique Marist journey that each student will embark from the moment they join the St David's Marist Inanda family, as every boy will have the opportunity to beat the drum at various formal occasions, from their first assembly all the way to their valediction in Matric, to signal each phase in their Marist journey.
The assembly also provided the opportunity for the formal introduction of the Marist Gold rose. In celebration of St David's 80th birthday in 2021, the PTA officially registered a rose through Ludwig's Roses in honour of 80 years of Marist education in Sandton - a beautiful, bold yellow rose that has been named 'Marist Gold'. We handed the first symbolic Marist Gold rose to a teacher who embodies (and has for numerous years) the Marist ethos and values, and is truly 'Marist Gold' - Mrs Belinda Marias.
We were also lucky enough to have Mr Ludwig Taschner, founder and owner of Ludwig's Roses speak about the importance of roses and explain our new rose. He describes the Marist Gold rose as a rose that:
produces shapely blooms of a clear yellow colour in great profusion - one to a slender stem. With its growth habit and flowering ability, it fits within the Flora Tea range - lots of blooms with the classical hybrid tea shape.
It is suitable to be planted in groups or large beds, in single rows as borders to shrubberies and also in pots. The eco-chic green leaves are an added attraction on the hip-to-chest height growing bushes. Picking stems with tight buds for the vase allows for observing the slow unfolding of the firm petals revealing a deeper golden hue with a distinct very fine pink line on the petal edge and the prominent golden stamen and pistils. It has a moderate scent exuding from the opening blooms.
A number of Marist Gold rose bushes have been planted in the bed on the left as you exit around the circle in the main car park, as well as throughout the school grounds, and these will be flowering in the near future and will cover our campus with Marist Gold. The roses will be sold as part of the PTA's ongoing fundraising efforts and all profits will be directed to PTA projects that will benefit the St David's community - the current identified project being some significant upgrades to the Champagnat Hall. They are a beautiful element added into the St David's environment, and being able to plant Marist Gold rose bushes on campus and those in our community planting the roses in their own gardens will be a constant reminder of our connection to the school and our Marist values and ethos.