It is no surprise that Clarendon has a long list of Almuni who have excelled in their various fields. We have selected a few to showcase our success stories and illustrate that across the board, those who have passed through the halls of Clarendon have been encouraged to embrace their strengths and use them wisely and with dignity. If you know of any notable Alumni who should be included, please contact us on

Marcelle Manson (Keet)

Marcelle, a former Clarendon girl, is a multi-talented athlete who has also been selected to the South African water polo team and the South African Hockey team. She made her Africa Cup debut in 2005 and is currently co-captain of the South African Hockey team.

Major Tournaments: World Cup and Commonwealth games

SA Debut: Africa Cup 2005

Position: Defender/Midfielder


Lana Marks

Designer to the Stars



Lana is the internationally acclaimed designer responsible for the exclusive Lana Marks Handbag Collection. She is known for designing handbags often seen on the Academy Awards Red Carpet, worn by celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston, Helen Mirren, Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon and Paris Hilton.

The Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch, decorated with diamonds and inspired by Elizabeth Taylor, is one of her signature products, and was seen around the world when Helen Mirren carried it onto the Academy Awards stage to accept her Best Actress Oscar in 2007.

Lana was raised in East London where she attended Clarendon Girls High School. She later moved to the US and now lives and works out of Palm Beach in Florida.

Lana Marks bags retail for between R 9 500 and R 50 000, while the iconic Cleopatra Clutch will set you back a whopping R 1-million. Visit her website if you would like to see more of her beautiful creations.

Information supplied courtesy of 360 magazine


Joan Harrison

Gold medal winner of the women’s 100m backstroke event at the Helsinki Olympics, 1952



Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1982.

Joan Breetzke (nee Harrison) has two grand-daughters currently at Clarendon Girls High and they shared with her during assembly at the 2014 Clarendon Day Assembly.

Official Record for Joan Harrison

OLYMPIC GAMES: 1952 gold (100m backstroke);

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: 1950 gold (400m freestyle), bronze (100m freestyle); 1954 gold (100m backstroke; relay), silver (relay), bronze (100m freestyle).

Born in 1935 of a swimming mother and a rugby-playing father in East London, South Africa, Joan Harrison wasted little time taking advantage of her sporting heritage. At 13, she already held three Jr. and two Sr. national records, and that year won the 220 and 500 yd. Senior Freestyle National Championships. In 1950, at age 14, she won the 440 yd. freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand, beating the old record by 13 seconds and finishing 7 seconds ahead of the field. It was her first international competition and she was declared the outstanding woman swimmer in the Games.

Her second International Games was the Helsinki Olympics in 1952, where she won South Africa’s first and only Olympic gold medal for swimming. In 1954, at the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, she won two gold medals, a silver, and a bronze before retiring at the ripe old age of 17. She also won the Helms Foundation Award for the best African athletic performance in any sport in 1952.

Joan went on to concentrate on field hockey after 1954. She managed to come back two more years to win the Nationals in her favorite 100 meter backstroke and in the 300 I. M. in 1956. She was South Africa’s supreme swimmer in freestyle, backstroke and I.M. for 6 years. medal

Lisa MacLeod

Woman in Business of the Year – South African Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2012.

Currently employed as Assistant Editor Financial Mail London, Lisa matriculated at Clarendon Girls High and graduated from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, with a BA degree in journalism and anthropology (1993) and an Honours in anthropology (1994). She also has a Strategic Leadership Certificate from the Graduate Institute of Management and Technology, in conjunction with Henley on Thames business school.

In addition to her demanding career, she is also:

• Fundraiser and contributor to various charities, including the Starfish Foundation and the Leratong School in Johannesburg.

• She facilitated a training week at Rhodes University, aimed at training local SA journalists in economic journalism. This was part of a collaboration between Pearson and the Centre for Economic Journalism at Rhodes University.

• Trustee of the Rhodes University UK Trust

• Board Member of the World Editors Forum

In the true spirit of dignity of Clarendon, Lisa says “I was asked to be the guest speaker at the Clarendon High School 20 year reunion: not an award, but the greatest honour of my life!”


Pixie Emslie (nee Malherbe)

Author of Cry of the Rocks, the Best Self-Published book of 2012, South African Writers’ Circle Award, 2012

Pixie’s first job was on The Daily News in Durban, South Africa. She then wrote for magazines in London and later taught industrial editors, lectured on various courses, spoke at seminars and conferences in South Africa and in the USA.

Pixie was the founding President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in South Africa, and is an Honorary Fellow of that organisation. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Pixie Malherbe Emslie, ABC*, an IABC Fellow in 2009. The IABC Fellow Award is the highest honor the association can bestow on an individual and acknowledges outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment and service to IABC and the profession. The award was presented at the World Conference in San Francisco on 7 June 2009.

Fellow selection criteria includes contribution to the organizational communication field and profession; career achievement; authorship, speaking and lecturing; contributions to IABC; and other professional recognition such as community activities and other business-related activities.

Pixie loves writing short stories and is a member of the Southern Cape Writers’ Group and of the South African Writers’ Circle.


What kind of bravery is needed to enter the bowels of the earth, and to do so again day after day, when life could be snuffed out in a moment? Cry of the Rocks is a thriller about the world of deep rock mining.

Cry of the Rocks is available as a paperback from, or as an e-book on Kindle, iPad etc.

All Old Girls are encouraged to join with us as we celebrate our rich history and give back to our Alma Mater so that future generations continue to uphold the high standards and values of Clarendon.

Genna Blair

Spud: The Movie Spud’s “Mermaid” Revealed!



Clarendon High School Grade 11 pupil Genna Blair  won the coveted role of Debbie “The Mermaid” in the film version of John van de Ruit’s Spud novel. “The Mermaid” is Spud’s first love – a significant development on his path through the minefield of being a teenage boy! Genna got to co-star with John Cleese and Tanit Phoenix.


Lindsey Collen

Winner of Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Africa Region, 1994 and 2005



Since she was a child who lived in villages and cities all over South Africa, Lindsey Collen has followed politics and written stories. Her first two stories were published when she was six years old. She wrote a 204-page illustrated encyclopaedia when she was 10. While a boarder at Clarendon High School from 1961-65, she kept a diary every day. She lost it in the fire at the boarding school, and then found it all charred and completely readable in the debris after the fire. At University of Witwatersrand, she was elected to the Students’ Representative Council and became Editor of the literary magazine, Wits Critique. In Mauritius she participated in the nation-wide general strike movement in 1979, and is a political activist, theorist and commentator. Her novels There is a Tide, The Rape of Sita, Getting Rid of It, Mutiny, Boy and The Malaria Man & Her Neighbours have been published in Mauritius, the UK (Bloomsbury, Granta, Heinemann) and USA, and translated into French, Turkish, German, Dutch and Danish. She has had a few dozen short stories published, and a handful of poems.

She has been on reading tours in Germany, Holland, Austria and Britain. Her novel Misyon Garson is the first ever full-length novel in Mauritian Kreol.

Two of her novels have received the Best Book Award in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Africa region, The Rape of Sita and Boy. Getting Rid of It was long-listed for the Orange Prize. Mutiny won the Kavi Vadamootoo Book Prize in 2009. The BBC commissioned the story “Breaking Point”, which she read at the Manchester Literary Festival. Lindsey Collen was Guest of the Jozi Book Fair where she launched The Malaria Man and Her Neighbours in 2010.

She lives in Mauritius with her husband, Ram Seegobin. She participated in the neighbourhood health co-operative that village people ran for 25 years in Bambous, and at which Ram worked as medical practitioner

Siyolisile Waters (nee Lusaseni)

Squash Pro



Excelling at sports from a young age, squash maestro Siyoli Waters could have easily slotted into several national teams. She received her provincial colours in hockey, tennis and athletics before she was a teenager, but it was squash that came to the fore when she won her first tournament at 12. Fast forward to 2008 and Waters was a household name on the local and international circuits. Her latest career success is climbing up the rankings to 36th in the world. Waters says she doesn’t regret taking up a sport far less popular than rugby or football. “I do this for the love of the sport and in the hope I can help to grow it in this country,” she says. She runs a squash coaching programme, offering clinics to would- be players. “It’s important sharing what I know, especially as one of the few black squash players in the country. I need to be a role model for my sport.” — Nickolaus Bauer, Mail and Guardian


• u/14 SA Champ (1997)

• u/16 SA Champ (1998)

• Selected for u/19 World Team Championships (1999)

• Selected Women’s World Team Championships (2002, 2008)

• Selected for All Africa Games (2003)

• SA Student Champion 2006

• Selected for World Student Games in 2006

• Highest National Ranking: No.2 (Feb 2009)

• Highest World Ranking: No, 86 (Mar 2010)

• World Squash Ambassador

Online presence: Facebook; my blog:


Laura Longmore (1948 – 1998)




Laura Longmore, a British South African, graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1948. She was a lecturer in African life and administration and in anthropology at the University of Witwatersrand, and contributed to academic, medical and scientific journals. She undertook expeditions to study flora and fauna, bird life, archaeology and marine environments, and attended conferences on a range of subjects.

Laura was a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Royal African Society, and a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Commonwealth Society