High School & Boarding - St Mary's

Through excellent work ethic, committed teacher support, and an Emotional Intelligence (EQ) focussed programme, our girls have achieved a 100% pass rate for the past 41 years. We teach our girls to believe the best in themselves, and others.

Ms Jo Kinsey

Ms Jo Kinsey

Head of High School


Through excellent work ethic, committed teacher support, and an Emotional Intelligence (EQ) focussed programme, our girls have achieved a 100% pass rate for the past 41 years. We teach our girls to believe the best in themselves, and others.

The girls’ final phase of their school career is the most important one and that’s why at St Mary’s, our committed teaching staff do everything they can to inspire our girls and help them become remarkable women – and the results speak for themselves.

Our Boarding facility, offered from Grade 8 to Grade 12, is a fun, safe, and secure environment which helps foster a strong sense of sisterhood, and gives girls the opportunity to get involved in school activities beyond the classroom.

We instil Christian values, encouraging our girls to nurture and grow their spiritual life through Chapel attendance.

In the spirit of support, our girls work together with their brother schools; Highbury Preparatory and Kearsney College which reinforces a spirit of friendship and fellowship.

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Our girls pride themselves in achieving excellence. With support and attention, our teachers ensure that girls stay motivated with a focus on achieving their personal best at all times, in every situation.

We focus on quality over quantity and it’s precisely the reason why we believe in smaller class sizes per grade with a maximum of 25 girls in a class. This ensures every girl receives attention and support daily.

GET (Grade 8 and Grade 9)

The following subjects are offered to our girls (with the addition of Consumer Studies in Grade 9):

Subjects offered

Chaplain’s Lesson
Consumer Studies
Dramatic Arts
EMS (Economic Management Studies)
First Additional Language - Afrikaans or isiZulu
IT (Information Technology)
Media Skills
Natural Sciences
PE (Physical Education)
Grade 8 - Thrilling Thursday
Visual Arts
Grade 9 - iWoza Wednesday

As a school, we recognise the need for learning skills beyond the curriculum. Our Thrilling Thursday for Grade 8 and iWoza Wednesday programme for Grade 9 has run for a couple of years now. The girls are exposed to techniques to help them think creatively and work collaboratively in Project-based learning situations – broadening their perspectives and looking at issues which may have no right or wrong answer.

Modules (Grade 8)

Coding and Robotics
Building Bridges
isiZulu Culture
Design in the Makerspace
Face to Face EQ
Sustainable Consumption

In the Grade 9 iWoza Wednesday modules the girls are exposed to project-based learning in the form of:

Modules (Grade 9)

A music module
Designing more in the Makerspace
Business Studies/Entrepreneurial module
Drones and Robotics
FET (Grade 10 to Grade 12)

Girls must study 7 subjects from the following list:

Subjects offered

Mathematical Literacy
Advanced Programme English
Advanced Programme Maths
Consumer Studies
Dramatic Arts
Global Perspectives (Compulsory subject for Grade 10 - Cambridge IGSCE subject)
Information Technology
Life Orientation
Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
Visual Arts

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At St Mary’s, we believe that our girls experience true success by participating in sporting activities.

We have a variety of sporting programmes on offer – each of which are aimed at suiting every girls’ needs whether they are on the field or involved in a club. We encourage our girls to participate and get involved where they can, because character is developed through embracing both success and failure. This, in turn, helps them become remarkable sportswomen.

Sports on offer

Action Netball
Karate Club*
Cross Country
Equestrian (Official School Sport)
Touch Rugby
Indoor Hockey
*These are paid-for extras and do not meet the requirements for school awards

Lifestyle programmes

Boot Camp
Jogging Club
Couch-to-3 Club
Soccer Skills
Stability Ball Classes
Walking Club

Wellness programmes

Injury Assessment
General Conditioning
High-Performance Conditioning

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At St Mary’s we offer our girls the chance to develop their curiosity, character, confidence and talents through cultural activities to inspire and help build their imagination.

Cultural activities that we offer

African Music Ensemble
Jazz Band
Marimba Band
Ballroom Dancing
Modern Dance, Hip Hop and Contemporary**
Photography Club
Collaborative Art
President’s Award*
Christian Fellowship
Saxophone Ensemble
String Group
Saints Who Serve
Durban Youth Council
Eco-School Club
String Group
Flute Group
Toastmasters and Gavel Club
Technology Club
International Exchange*
The Wordsmiths
iKhethelo Children's Village Outreach
Worship Team
*These are paid-for extras
**These are paid-for extras and do not meet the requirements for school awards

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The following facilities are offered for our High School girls:

Facilities offered

2 Heated Swimming Pools
Badminton Courts
1m Diving Board
Indoor Sports Hall (Indoor Hockey, Badminton, Netball, Basketball and Squash)
Dance Studio
Netball Courts (1 Indoor and 8 outdoor)
Lighthouse (Chaplain’s Classroom)
2 Sports Fields (Soccer, Netball, Athletics)
Recording Studio
2 Squash Courts
7 Tennis Courts
Soundscapes (St Mary’s Music School)


High School

The boarding facility is offered to girls from Grade 8 to Matric

Here girls are given a space and place to grow their independence and share in friendships with others.

We create a homely atmosphere – ensuring that our warm, safe, and caring atmosphere enables her to excel in every area.

She will learn valuable lessons in independence, resilience, and life-skills in a community environment – sharing experiences with girls of her own age and creating strong bonds of ‘sisterhood’.

The echoes of laughter in the passages, walking arm in arm to the Dining Room for supper, or relaxing in their rooms in the afternoon, is all part of a normal day in boarding ensuring one large happy family.  All our nutritious meals are prepared and served by our own in-house catering staff.  Although we accommodate vegetarians we are not a halaal certified school.

Trained boarding staff members ensure the smooth running and safety of girls.

There are four boarding houses which are nurturing, safe environments for girls to thrive in. These are:

Boarding Houses

Grade 8: Winder House - 4 beds in a room
Grade 9, Grade 10 and Grade 11:
St Elizabeth’s - 3 to 6 beds in a room
Grade 11s: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu House - 2 beds in a room
Grade 11 and Grade 12: Stains House - Single rooms
Boarding fees

These figures are valid if paid in full by 31 January 2020 at the latest.


Grade 12: R217 830
Grade 11: R217 360
Grade 10: R216 260
Grade 9 and 8: R214 035
Boarding Facilities

In addition to our large comfortable bedrooms, each house has a common room where the girls can relax, chat, enjoy a cup of tea or have a snack and watch television at set times.

The Grade 8s, 9s and 10s do their homework in our comfortable and well resourced library and Grades 11 and 12 can work at their desks in their rooms. We are also a WiFi enabled campus.

Old Girls

St Mary’s is proud to be a school steeped in history and tradition. Since 1906, we have been inspiring our girls to become remarkable women. Discover their stories here and learn more about the ‘Sisterhood Network’.

From classrooms, boarding houses and even the Chapel, this easy to understand map will help you find your way through St Mary’s.

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Quick FAQ

What is the Matric pass rate at St Mary’s?

100% Matric pass rate for the past 41 years.

What leadership and mentorship opportunities are available for High School girls?

In Matric, each girl has a leadership portfolio which is monitored and supported by a teacher. There are many leadership roles in each year of high school ranging from sports roles to cultural and Chapel roles.

How do we develop our girls’ character during this phase?

Teenager’s learn best about themselves through experiential learning. By having outdoor education programmes, community projects and outreach, leadership opportunities and high standards, our girls learn to plan, persevere and to take life one day at a time.

What is the 21-day Journey about?

This journey of self-discovery focuses on the personal growth of the girls who have to work individually and in teams over the 21 days in the outdoors. Research shows that building traits like perseverance, grit, problem-solving, social skills play an enormous role in academic and personal success.

Are extra lessons available? If so, what subjects are offered?

There are support lessons run every afternoon of the week and girls may sign up for these and request on specific areas. Different subjects are offered on different days to accommodate the sports and cultural programmes.

Fees & Admissions

See fees in 2020 for all phases and application information.

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School Journey

Grade R & Junior Primary

The foundation to thrive starts with a curious mind

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Senior Primary

Learn values to thrive in an ever-changing world

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