Meet the College Head

“At St Anne’s, we place emphasis on girls becoming their best rather than the best; on them becoming the best for the world rather than the best in the world.”

Our College Head is David Ian Arguile, born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, in 1957. He is married to Venita, and the couple has two adult sons, Malcolm and Wayne.


David was appointed as College Head in January 2010, after seven years as Head of Kingswood College in Grahamstown. Before that, he was Principal of Pinelands High School in Cape Town, and also taught at Westering High and Victoria Park High in Port Elizabeth.

His academic qualifications are as follows: Master of Education (Rhodes University), Bachelor of Education (UNISA), Higher Diploma in Education (UPE), Bachelor of Arts (UPE), and a National Higher Diploma in Business Management (Technikon SA).

David’s professional activities have included holding senior positions in the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) and the former SA Teachers’ Association, serving as a principals’ representative on the Independent Examinations Board, and being a member of a number of school governing bodies.


David has brought with him to St Anne’s the belief that schools such as ours have a vital role to play in curbing destructive forms of achievement pressure, and in cultivating healthy notions of achievement through holistic education.

He says: “We need to indicate to our girls that while their many accomplishments are valued, they are not as important as their character. Developing character (what we really are) is more important than developing reputation (what others think we are).”


David is a lay minister in the Anglican Church. Since he was a teenager, he has been actively involved in various community programmes in a voluntary capacity, such as serving as Treasurer of the Pinelands Community Police Forum, a member of the Eastern Cape Interim Education Crisis Committee, and a lecturer at PE Technikon’s Mathematics Spring School.

A keen sportsman, David has served on various sports committees, coached cricket and hockey at a provincial level, and run two Comrades Marathons. He currently plays as much golf as possible and regularly accompanies his wife on long walks. David and Venita are wildlife enthusiasts, and enjoy travelling and reading.

“It is an immense privilege to be associated with a school that is so sincerely committed to facilitating a holistic education.”