The Rose Garden: Spiritual Fruitfulness (The DSG Rose)

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”                                                                   John 15: 1, 2, 4 & 8

What a perfect spot to rest with Jesus! Stop and smell the roses 😊.

Here is a prayer to guide you:

Dear Jesus, thank You for the transformation You’re bringing about within me. Please reveal Your beauty to me with greater clarity, enabling me to walk closer to You and love You more deeply. May I become grafted into Your divine life, the same life that conquered the darkness of this world, thereby sharing in Your victory. Trim away any unfruitful aspects of my being and prune me to yield even more fruit.

May I share the beautiful gifts You have given me, with the world around me. Amen.

The DSG Rose: Phambili DSG!

2024 marks DSG’s 150th birthday. In celebration of this remarkable milestone, The Phambili DSG rose was curated by Ludwig Roses.

You may be lucky to witness the remarkable hues of this rose. Note the deep green (symbolising confidence and strength) that emanates from bud stage to full bloom – it perfectly matches the school’s colour. These blooms will be more durable than others.

This rose has character! As the sepals of the buds unfold, the green petals emanate from a cream base. The swirl of the rose heart slowly releases and with it, a soft salmony pink is seen inside the bloom, imparting an almost antique appearance.

These bushes proudly reach shoulder height. The long stems with perfectly shaped blooms are ideal for a vase arrangement.

This rose will remind us not only of the 150 years celebrated, but it is also symbolic of inner beauty that manifests in each one of us..

The Phambili DSG rose

Lisa Micklewright (née Pringle), an Old Girl and DSG teacher, won the competition to name the rose. Phambili is a Xhosa word that means ‘go forward’ or as the school’s motto goes, ‘En Avant’ as DSG journeys forward.