About Our School


“Individual attention leads to collective excellence”

Mr John Alexander, as Executive Principal, leads the three schools and is also academic head of the High School. The Primary School is headed by Mr Kevin Lees and the Pre-Primary by Ms Buffy Allanson. These Heads are members of SAHISA (South African Heads of Independent Schools) and of ISASA (Independent Schools’ Association of South Africa and their active involvement in these bodies ensures that Theodor Herzl plays a valuable role in independent education in South Africa.

Theodor Herzl’s development and well-being as a centre of educational excellence is governed by the United Hebrew Institutions (UHI) of Port Elizabeth, in partnership with the teaching staff and general parent body. The UHI is managed by a Board of Trustees, of which the Chairman of the Theodor Herzl School Board is an ex-officio member.

The School Board comprises a maximum five members of the UHI (including the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer), members of the teaching staff and members elected from the parent body. The three Heads, Directors of Education and other senior staff members are ex-officio members, with no voting rights. The Board is closely involved with most aspects of the school’s welfare and meets at least twice a term.

Current School Board:

Mr Ian Meyer (CHAIRMAN)
Mr John Alexander
Mr Alan Goldberg
Mr Gary Schewitz
Mr Kevin Lees
Ms Buffy Allanson
Mr Geoff Mendelowitz
Mrs Paola Horak
Mr Sherrard Govender

Mrs Cindy Dickson
Mrs Jackie Palframan
Mr Bevan Franklin
Mrs Adina Pieters
Mrs Esther Levitan
Mr André Vlok
Mrs Rika Haasbroek

Correspondence for the Chairman of the Board of Governors should be directed c/o school secretary Mrs Angela Kennedy to: kennedya@theodorherzl.co.za or tel 041 5814244.