St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls
Duxbury Rd, Hillcrest, Pretoria
Grade R to Matric
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St Mary's DSG offers the
finest all-round education to over 850 girls from Grade 0 to
Matriculation. The school limits its classes to educationally manageable
sizes, enabling staff to cater for the needs of each individual. In
addition, it seeks to achieve a balance between spiritual, moral,
academic, cultural and physical development.
Our girls leave here with the ability to set a fine example to others - an ability they learn from the caring, committed, warm environment that surrounds them throughout their schooling.
Tel: +27 12 366 0500 Senior School
Tel: +27 12 366 0501 Junior School
To provide holistic, high-quality, relevant, global education within a stimulating, Christian and caring environment, which gives every girl the confidence and skills to develop to her full potential and which prepares her for the challenges of the future.
To be the first choice of school for girls in Pretoria and beyond.
To produce the best-educated girls in Southern Africa.
The values embraced by the girls, parents and staff of St Mary’s DSG include:
A strong commitment to Christian (Anglican) beliefs
An appreciation of the sound tradition built over more than a century
An appreciation of every girl as an individual
A caring environment
The school has a three-term year. Term dates vary from year to year, but are approximately as follows:
Term 1 - mid-January to early April
Term 2 - early May to early August
Term 3 - early September to early December
The academic day starts at 07:30 for all pupils. Extra-mural and sporting activities take place in the afternoons and on some Saturday mornings.
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St Mary's DSG Boarding
At St Mary’s DSG, we believe that boarding should complement, not replace family life. Therefore, we are as friendly and approachable as we can be. Our boarding environment contains a strong system of care.
The School has a long and proud tradition of boarding and we seek to uphold those values of respect, understanding, community, friendship, participation and balance. Every boarder at St Mary’s DSG is regarded as an important individual who is supported and encouraged in her own efforts to achieve for full potential
We aim to make the girls feel comfortable about their boarding choice. Boarding is a difficult step for many families, but it is important for you to know that we do understand most of the difficulties and the sense of loss in those initial weeks. We are available to support your daughter throughout her stay in our care.
My approach is to be contactable at all times. This includes my cell phone with me at all times, even next to my bed at night. In case of an emergency, there is a house mistress on call overnight on each side of the boarding house and there is always a Nursing Sister on call.
Boarding develops many valuable life skills. It encourages a sense of independence at it also enables girls to engage confidently with a very wide range of people. Boarders make friends for life and they develop many wonderful personal attributes through community living.
Good, contemporary boarding schools such as St Mary’s DSG are judged by the strong and open relationship between boarders, staff and parents. Our boarders are also encouraged to make decisions and to grow as confident, trusted and capable individuals.
Most importantly, Christian values underpin our boarding philosophy. The welfare of our boarders is paramount and boarding staff liaise closely with the School Chaplain, School Counsellors, Nursing Sisters, Parents and, as appropriate, the Head and Deputy Heads of the School.
St Mary’s DSG is a happy, welcoming community and we have boarders from many parts of the country and Africa. We also have boarders from as far as America. This provides a culturally diverse mix and allows for girls to make friends with a wide range of people.
The value of a St Mary’s DSG boarding experience is that it encourages girls to make decisions and become confident, trusted, happy and capable young women.
The education in which St Mary’s DSG believes is faith centred, holistic, relevant and rigorous. The academic curriculum forms only a part of the total curriculum, albeit the critical part. Preparing young ladies for the IEB Senior Certificate in Grade 12 is the first goal, and our matric results year after year speak to the quality of teaching, the engagement with the IEB on many levels, and the tradition of hard work amongst our students.
In tertiary institutions our “Old Girls” stand out in their preparedness for academic life. We are extremely proud of our academic traditions but more proud of the difference our “Daughters of the King” make in the lives of those around them as a result of their preparation for life. – The Revd Canon AW Paterson
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