Simon Morule (Board Chair)
Mr Morule has been a member of the Board for many years since the 1980s, following time spent as the Parent Council Chairperson while his children were learners at Dominican. Having seen the school grow and develop over the years has given him a keen understanding of the ethos of the school, and the important issues to safeguard in the deliberations of the Board. Mr Morule works in the Biotech industry and travels widely.
Mr Howarth joined Dominican Convent School in May 2014 after serving as headmaster of St Peter's College in Sunninghill, Johannesburg for the previous 12 years. Prior to his position at St Peter's College, Graham was the executive principal at Damelin College, Randburg and Braamfontein. Graham was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and UNISA, respectively, and holds degrees in South African history. Graham is passionate about South Africa and the education of its children and is driven by a desire to be part of the change that this country so desperately needs, if South Africa is to realize the promise brought about in 1994. Graham is married to Lynn and has two daughters Kehli and Michelle.
Mr Howell is a Chartered Accountant who joined the School in 2013 as the Business Manager / Bursar and as such is responsible for the Financial and Administrative functions of the School. He spent most of his life working in the Mining and related Industries for Listed Groups, Joint Ventures and himself when, together with some partners, they ran their own coal mine. He also has experience in managing businesses for other parties. In his spare time, Mr Howell enjoys travel, sport and music.
Francisco Sobreira is the Head of Academics: Deputy Head of the High School. He studied at the University of the Witwatersrand where he completed his Honours in Education. He is passionate about Catholic education, and especially about continuing to enhance learners’ knowledge of the morals and values inherent in the structure of Catholic and Christian education. Along with his team of educators, Franc knows that this is the education that will enable the school to build learners with character and who will make a constructive difference in South Africa’s future. His philosophy in education is to allow all learners to build their own opinions and have points of view concerning all aspects of life. He is driven by his passion to see learners develop intellectually, spiritually and emotionally and to this end, he believes in promoting best teaching practice and the use of 21st Century skills. This includes critical thinking and the use of technology, both of which will enable our learners to be better prepared when they leave school. In his role as Academic Head of the High School, Franc believes strongly that the success of the academic team depends largely on his ability to motivate and develop educators professionally. To do this, he provides opportunities for their growth as members of a dynamic team, knowing that learning is a lifelong skill which will create better educators and learners who enjoy working collaboratively as they prepare for a changing landscape called the Future.
Dalene Rostovsky is the Head of the Primary School. As a head of a school, she offers experience and knowledge in a variety of grades and subjects. She started her professional teaching career in 1982 as a Foundation Phase Educator at Jeppe High Preparatory School. Six years later she became a Head of Department and then moved up the ladder and held a position at Johannesburg Girls’ Preparatory School. In 2006 she was offered a position at Dominican Convent School and has been Head of the Primary School for the past six years. Throughout her teaching career her main focus has been to promote a positive school culture, provide an effective instructional programme, apply best practices to student learning and to encourage comprehensive professional growth to her staff. She accomplishes this by maintaining an open line of communication with staff, students and parents.
Sr Maureen Yenson
Sr Maureen is the representative for the Dominican Sisters on the Board and very happy to be that. She herself is a proud past pupil of DCS, which in her day was an all girls’ school and called Convent of the Sacred Heart, Belgravia. In those times almost 100% of the teachers were Sisters, and Sr Maureen subsequently joined the Sisters. She is involved in many areas of Catholic education and is passionate about upholding the Catholic ethos in all our Dominican schools.
Currently the Director of the Catholic Schools’ Office which provides support to Catholic schools in Gauteng, Mrs Calaca is a past principal of St Dominic’s School for Girls in Boksburg. Her diverse experience, and the fact that she serves on the Boards of four Catholic schools, makes her input invaluable to the Board. She joined the DCS Board in 2007 and chairs the Catholic Ethos and Pastoral Care Committee. In her rare spare time, Mrs Calaca enjoys travel, theatre and music.
Mr Arthur’s career has taken a number of turns - he was a project manager in the building industry, has worked for a corporate social investment agency where he worked on building projects representing the donor and the community, to ensure the best solution for both while ensuring that the professional team performed according to the brief in the interests of all parties. He brings to Dominican not only building experience, but also a capacity to lead and develop people systematically through processes to the best solution, which is his current business, providing coaching and change management services. While a new member of the Board to chair a new subcommittee for building and maintenance, Mr Arthur began his relationship with Dominican Convent School in 2001, working on the primary school science block project with the late Sr Natalie Kuhn.
Mr Mbau joined the Dominican Board at the invitation of Mr Leeming in 1987. Over the many years of his input, he has provided a sound business approach to the affairs of the school. His main interest is in making a difference to society, and Mr Mbau’s work at Dominican continues to do that. He has enjoyed the challenges of keeping the finances at Dominican balanced, and is a business owner in his professional life.
Mr Raoleka is a past pupil of DCS and a former investment banker, starting off in Corporate Finance at JP Morgan Chase Johannesburg for several years. It was there that he was the head of the JP Morgan / Dominican Convent School Fund. He subsequently moved to Standard Bank’s Acquisition Finance Group, during which period he joined the Dominican Board to remain involved with the school and the learners. He currently operates a renewable energy advisory firm that focuses on sustainability and project development advisory in the renewable industry.