Junior School

Welcome to the Junior School

As a local school in a global context, we celebrate our long history by striving to achieve a balance of continuity and change. Our approach to teaching and learning is responsive to international best practice and attuned to the needs of the children in our care.

Our holistic curriculum encourages children to look after their bodies and their minds: academic rigour is enlivened by an emphasis on creative thinking, intellectual curiosity and purposeful reflection; physical exercise, music, drama and visual arts give our girls the opportunity to delight in movement, sound, and imagery.

The curriculum is underpinned by a strong Christian Anglican faith and value system, and compulsory chapel services and divinity lessons are an integral part of school life.

It is our intention to foster vigorous and resourceful girls who enjoy doing their best, understand the value of service, and who are aware of the urgent need to care for our environment. Our girls are directed to think about the world and the work they will do in it, to desire to make a difference, in time, and to relate to others with compassion and grace.

 

Dr Sarah Warner
Junior School headmistress

Latest news

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Message from the head of school - 1 February 2019

February 01, 2019 | Head of school's messages
The school has marked the beginning of the school year with a number of services and ceremonies, including the leaders’ induction, new…
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Message from the head of school - 18 January 2019

January 21, 2019 | Head of school's messages
Welcome back to school! To our new families, a warm welcome to St Mary’s. It is always reassuring to begin the year with the knowledge that…
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Message from the chaplain - 3 December 2018

December 04, 2018 | Chaplain's message
Each Advent and Christmas, I am struck by the seeming-absurdity of the Christmas story: God, come to show us a different kingdom, is born a…
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Message from the head of school - 16 November 2018

November 20, 2018 | Head of school's messages
Former United States president Barack Obama delivered a lecture in South Africa this year in honour of Nelson Mandela, which holds…

Sport

Girls are encouraged to participate in both competitive and non-competitive sport, and are provided this opportunity by taking part in team and inter-house sport.

Cultural

With a 530 seat concert hall or theatre, natural light Art studios, music practice rooms and loud practice rooms, dramatic art venues and a superbly fitted dance studio, our girls have the facilities required to extend their understanding of their creativity.

Academic

In the intermediate and senior phase, called the Senior Primary at St Mary’s, our academic programme focuses on the core skills of Mathematics and language development.

Additional activities

St Mary’s supports the hidden curriculum by offering many co-curricular activities for our girls.

Aftercare

Aftercare facilities are available so that working parents can have the peace of mind that their children are being well looked after while they are at work.

LOVE | COMMUNITY | INTEGRITY