School Board

The School Board

The purpose of the School Board is to provide Lycee Jules Verne with the financial resources it needs to operate optimally. The board comprises of 12 parents who take part in the organization of the school and work closely with the Principal and the School Council within the limits of their respective responsibilities.

The parents are elected at the last parent’s meeting of the school year (may-june) to assist for a period of two years and come from both Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Mode of Operation

Within the School Board certain parents are assigned roles as chairperson, deputy chairperson, secretary and treasurer.
The entire Board meets monthly along with the administrative representatives (Principal, Primary School Head Teachers, and Bursar) and 3 staff representatives (administration, primary and secondary school) to review investment projects or maintenance work being done as well as to monitor the school’s cash flow.

The School Board informs all the school parents at least twice a year of decisions that were taken.

Just like the administrative and staff representatives, the French Embassy’s cultural cooperation advisor is an ex-officio members with advisory roles.

General organization: mapping of the different bodies.

Main missions

The French Lycee Jules Verne School Board is accountable for all the deeds that ensure the continuation, safety and perpetuation of an optimally-run school.

  • Hire and manage teachers and locally-recruited staff
  • Establish the financial budget for the school year,
  • Supervise investment projects,
  • Monitor expenses.

School memorandum of incorporation

School memorandum of incorporation as of May 2015


Chairman: Stephen OKELO-ODONGO

Treasurer: Philippe ARMERDING

Board secretary: Estelle WOERHLE

Other members: Bruno AKPAKA, Marie-Nadege EKISSI, Sabrina LIGUORI, , Karine RENOUX, Eugenia VIJANDE,



School Board message 2018-2019

School board message in PDF

Dear Parents,

In the name of the 12 Lycée Jules Verne board members, I wish all parents of students from Johannesburg and Pretoria campuses, an excellent start of the new school year 2018-2019. Welcome to all the new families. During those 2 first school weeks, some of board members had the opportunity to introduce themselves and discuss with parents. However most of you doesn’t know us yet.

The Lycée Jules Verne is one of the 153 government-regulated schools by AEFE, the French Agency for French Education, under the supervision of the Foreign Ministry. As such, the management is assigned to a board of parents elected and volunteers. Our role is to ensure the good financial and legal management of the school and to define in other the strategy, the budget, the investment and works policy, the local staff recruitment.

Like any parental-regulated private school, we have to keep an eye on the school financial stability, while giving to the Direction team conducted by the principal Mrs Emmanuelle Marqui, the material, human and financial resources to ensure the right daily functioning of the school. We do not intervene on pedagogical issues that stay exclusive prerogatives of Mrs the Principal and her team.

This year, a lot of external constraints lead us to a more careful school management: budget cuts imposed by AEFE, difficult local economic and monetary environment, necessity to plan renovation work, numbers downsizing etc. In this context our #1 priority remains however that our children get a qualitative education in the best possible conditions. This priority is so important so that each board member dedicates most of its time to it and invests fully its competencies.

To know more about the school board functioning, I invite you to read texts above.
You can contact us at this email address:

Good start of the school year!


School board chairman

Nicolas LYLE (vice-chairman), Jérémy ANTIER (treasurer), Delphine DAPHNE-DAVERSIN (administration), Bruno AKPAKA, Siza MADIBA, Kathleen MARTEL, Aurélie PERRON, Richard NORMAND, Karine RENOUX, Bruno SCHIEMSKY, Aurélie VOIX