St Mary's School, an independent Anglican School for girls, was established in 1888 and is the oldest school in Johannesburg. St Mary's caters for pupils from pre-school (Grade 000) through to matric (Grade 12). It is a school with a rich history which exudes spirit, integrity and passion. It welcomes the enrichment provided by other cultures and religions. It is an unpretentious school, which offers a real and relevant education to all in its care.
Throughout St Mary's 132-year history, it has endeavoured to make a difference in the community and add value to the lives of its pupils while, at the same time, maintaining standards of excellence in every sphere. St Mary's believes in sharing its privilege because that is the very essence of being an Anglican school.
Proud to embrace its history, the school is also committed to providing a dynamic, relevant education for each girl in the 21st century. The students are then ready to go out into the world knowing that, as women, they can do anything to which they set their minds
St Mary's offers a challenging curriculum with a wide range of subjects. The intranet, a wireless campus and interactive whiteboards in most classrooms ensure that the school is up-to-date with technology.
Since the Independent Education Board's inception, St Mary's has enjoyed a 100% matriculation pass rate. 2019 was no exception, with St Mary's girls excelling, as 75% of the girls achieved an average of 70% or more. Fourteen girls achieved seven or more distinctions.Both the very talented and those who find their studies challenging fulfil their potential because they develop a positive work ethic and are encouraged and supported by an experienced, highly-qualified and dedicated staff. Girls are encouraged to be involved academically, culturally and on the sports field.
Service : For our girls to take their place as decent citizens in a challenging world, it is essential for them to develop a real and deep concern for others. Throughout St Mary’s history, we have tried to make a difference in the community and to add value to the lives of our girls. We believe in sharing our privilege, as that is the very essence of an Anglican school. St Mary's girls are involved in a number of outreach programmes including helping out at our Saturday School, Ikusasa Lethu; going on service trips to KZN and Limpopo Province to work at disadvantaged and under-resourced schools; assisiting pupils at a local primary school with reading and mathematics; house collections for charities in need, etc. Please visit our website for further details.
Cultural : Our state-of-the-art visual, performing and creative arts centre, The Edge, boasts a 500 seat concert hall or theatre, natural light art studios, a dance studio and a large number of music and drama practice rooms. Creativity and individual expression are essential elements of a balanced education. Cultural activities, such as Music, Art and Drama are firmly entrenched in the curriculum.
Sport : St Mary's has a proud tradition of excellent sporting achievements. Among other sporting facilities is our superb aquatics centre with its Olympic-size pool, water polo pools and exceptional diving boards and bubble. The girls have notable successes in a variety of sports and many pupils are selected annually for provincial and national teams.
Boarding : St Mary's offers a unique family-orientated boarding facility which is offered from Form I (Grade 8) to matric. There are five lovely homes, each with a unique but friendly ambience. Dedicated, professional staff members monitor the academic, emotional and social progress of each girl, ensuring that each one thrives in this environment.
There is a varied cultural co-curricular programme offering : Sports offered are:
Jazz band, Tennis,
Rock band, Water polo,
Private tuition in 14 different instruments, Rowing,
Public speaking, Squash,
Current affairs club, Athletics,
Writers' crcle Equestrian,
Debating Rhythmic gymnastics
and photography to mention a few.