Holy Rosary School (Secondary)

Pre-prep School Principal:
Mrs Hilary Gray
Prep School Principal:
Mrs Hilary Gray
High School Principal:
Mrs Belinda Damhuis

Contact Deidre Alcock
Tel: 011 457 0900
Fax: 011 457 0901
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Physical Address
113 Horwood Street

About Holy Rosary School (Secondary)

Holy Rosary School is a Catholic Day School for Girls from Grade R through to Grade 12. The school is conveniently located in Edenvale, Johannesburg. It was founded by Bishop Shanahan and the Sisters of the Holy Rosary Order in 1940.  While we are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church, any girl is welcome at Holy Rosary and we welcome the enrichment provided by other cultures and religions.

Holy Rosary School is a Catholic Day School for Girls from Grade R through to Grade 12

The Ethos of Holy Rosary School

The ethos of our school is founded on Christian principles where tolerance and respect for others is paramount. We strive to ensure that our school is a sanctuary for your child.  It must be a place of joy and safety, where she is affirmed and valued equally and where she can grow and mature to her full God given potential.

Pastoral Care at Holy Rosary embraces and encompasses the totality of school life: religious, academic, social and physical. Every member of staff plays a crucial role in the school’s formal Pastoral Care and Ethos programme.  They ensure that each girl is treated with respect and dignity.  They strive to develop self-discipline in each pupil and this is achieved by maintaining a sense of order, structure and routine in a very demanding and busy school environment.

We maintain a close, dynamic and reciprocal relationship with the parents of our girls. Together it is our privilege and responsibility to ensure that your child experiences and receives excellent teaching and learning.  Our pupils are guided and nurtured to become young women of courage, commitment and moral integrity.

Holy Rosary School’s Outreach programme is well established and it provides practical support for numerous charities.  Our Shanahan Co-Workers, a group of volunteer Grade 6 and Grade 7 pupils, together with parents who serve on our Angel Network, work collaboratively to help charities and the needy members of our local community. In the high school our girls have many opportunities to be involved in our extensive outreach programme.

Private High School for Girls in Johannesburg

The high school continues the education of your daughter with the over-riding principle of the school – each girl has unique potential which we strive to develop through excellence in education. 

Our academic programme starts in grades 8 and 9 with the General Education and Training Certificate. Grades 10 to 12 prepare the girls for the IEB National Senior Certificate Examinations. Holy Rosary is known for the excellent results achieved in the IEB examinations.

Great Matric Results

Holy Rosary High School Matric Class of 2017 achieved a 100% pass rate, and 100% Bachelor Degree pass rate. 

Sports and cultural activities continue to be an important part of the high school curriculum. The girls are encouraged to take part in at least one cultural activity in the high school each term, and at least one sport per season.


Holy Rosary encourages team spirit and school pride in their sports programme. We strive to foster physical fitness and well-being. Sport is an important part of the school’s all-encompassing and balanced education which develops body, soul and mind. Our high school girls are encouraged to participate in at least one sport per season. Our girls hold national and provincial colours in several sports.

Competitive Sports Offered

  • Athletics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Sporting Achievements

  • Swimming

The Holy Rosary A-Team takes part in the Premier League and our B-Team takes part in the A-League. Our girls also participate in the Midmar Mile. 

  • Athletics

In the 3rd Term we compete in the Private Schools' League and we also take part in the Top 10 Schools (Naboomspruit).

  • Rowing

Holy Rosary School partakes in three major championship regattas each year – the Gauteng Schools Rowing Championships, the South African Schools Boat Race in Port Alfred, and the South African Schools Rowing Championships.   

Currently, Holy Rosary is ranked as the 3rd overall Girls School in South Africa.

  • Hockey

Holy Rosary partakes in the Eastern Gauteng Provincial Trials and Southerns Hockey League. The school also participates in the annual Pullen & Howell Trophy, and the Independent Schools Sports Festival.

  • Netball

Our girls play in the District 13 league, the Independent Schools Sports Festival, and the St Andrew’s 1st team Netball Festival.

  • Tennis

Holy Rosary partakes in the Southerns Tennis League, the Inter-High A and B tournaments, and the Independent Schools Sports Festival.


Cultural Extramural Activities in the High School

At Holy Rosary we believe that cultural activities are an essential and integral part of the intellectual, social and emotional development of our learners.  We offer a wide programme from which our girls are asked to choose at least one per term.

Cultural Activities Offered:

  • Music: choir, marimba bands, Orchestra, Gospel group, and Djembe Drumming. One-on-one instrumental tutoring is offered, with concerts and performances at various events in and out of school taking place.
  • Public speaking, Tech Crew, and Debating.
  • Drama: Girls can take part in interhouse plays, major productions, and the internationally-recognised Trinity College London Drama lessons and examinations. The girls can also partake in external speech competitions.
  • Quizzes: Bible quiz, inter-house and inter-high general knowledge quizzes
  • Olympiads: Mathematics



Detailed School Statistics

Suburb: Edenvale
City/Town: Johannesburg
Province: Gauteng
School Phase: High School
School Type: Girls
Boarding: No
Religious: Christian Ethos (Catholic)
Founding Year: 1940
Lowest Grade: Grade 8
Highest Grade: Grade 12
Administration Fee: 250.00
Lowest Tuition P/A: R99440.00
Highest Tuition P/A: R110000.00
Lowest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
Highest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
Number of Pupils: 385
Teacher/Pupil Ratio:

Associated schools

Holy Rosary School (Primary)

Holy Rosary School (Pre-Primary)

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