St Mary's School, Waverley, is an independent school catering for girls from Grades 000 to matric. It was established in 1888, making it Johannesburg’s oldest school. Its rich history, its  leadership and its Anglican tradition and ethos ensure that it remains relevant in the South African context yet offers an education for a 21st century global world. Its pupils come from a diversity of backgrounds and are encouraged to embrace their individuality, to be open, friendly and confident. An impressive number have made their mark in the arts and sciences, in business, politics, the media and sport, both locally and abroad.

Little Saints

Our Reggio-inspired socio-constructivist approach to pre-school education allows children to find meaning in and build their understanding of the world in which they live, through their own exploration and discovery.

Junior School

The programme of St Mary's Junior School is holistic and rigorous. A strong academic core, the stimulation of creative ability and the building of personal resilience form the foundation of our current curriculum.

Senior School

St Mary’s head of school, the school board, the parents and teachers all contribute, through their dedication to excellence, their adherence to sound spiritual values and their strength in the face of challenges, to producing strong and resilient young women. 

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St Mary's School

Message from the head of school - 20 July 2018

July 20, 2018 | Head of school's messages
At this time of the year, the academic focus shifts to subject choice and careers counselling. We hosted subject choice information sessions…

Little Saints Fathers' Day

June 18, 2018
Fathers’ Day is always a special occasion. The children were excited for the day; they made cards, practiced their songs for chapel and…

Grahamstown Art Festival

July 20, 2018
Art brings people together. If there is one thing that I learnt on the trip to the Grahamstown Children’s Art Festival, that’s it.…

Drum Magazine and The Baileys African History Archive

July 20, 2018
We are currently hosting an exhibition in the foyer of The Edge. The aim of the exhibition is to share the “untold” or sometimes…

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St Mary’s Foundation

The St Mary’s Foundation has created an endowment which aims to build a capital base. The return on investment of this capital will support education for girls, training and developing teachers and funding community affairs programmes.