Our Team


Without the support of a strong and reliable team, the Ruth First Jeppe Memorial Trust would not be able to run as efficiently as it has done for the past ten years.



Mr Kevin Tait


Ms Olivia King

School support and liaison

Ms Dina Gonçalves


Our Mentors

To ensure that our girls get all the support that they require, we have introduced a Mentorship Programme so that each scholar has a confidant and friend who will assist with developing skills and knowledge, provide guidance through their school careers and highlight their personal attributes. 


We wish to take this opportunity to thank each one of our mentors. Your committment to the Ruth First scholars is greatly appreciated.



Today Jeppe High School for Girls is a school of which we believe Ruth First would have been proud.   

Situated in Kensington, on the eastern side of inner city Johannesburg, Jeppe Girls is renowned for turning ordinary girls into extraordinary women.  Consistently ranked as one of South Africa’s top 100 schools, Jeppe Girls is a model of what excellent public education should be: it draws pupils from across the social spectrum and is a genuine microcosm of South African society. 

Jeppe High School was originally established in 1890 as the private St Michael’s College. It reopened its doors after the Anglo-Boer War as a public school. The Girls’ School commenced in its own right in 1919.  The School prioritises the empowerment and development of young women so that they can serve and lead in a multi-cultural South Africa.  It matches outstanding academic results with a strong ethic of community service.  The academic focus is mathematics, music and English. Extramurally it seeks to excel, particularly in the cultural arts.

The School, which has enjoyed a hundred percent matriculation pass rate for many years, consistently produces learners who succeed in fields such as medicine, engineering, law, accountancy and education.  Some of the School’s recent achievers include: Bianca Dias the top student in the district in 2007 who received the prestigious Vice Chancellor’s scholarship at the University of the Witwatersrand; Ntebogeng Mahlare who was the top black female mathematics achiever in Gauteng in 2009 and who received the Sanlam scholarship to study actuarial science and Jessica Hill who obtained ten distinctions and was the top performer in Gauteng in 2009.


Mrs Jackie Standish-White

Projects Coordinator

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Ms Robyn Hill

Social support