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. 

Latest news

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Message from the chaplain - 15 February 2019

February 18, 2019 | Chaplain's message
The Stations of the Cross. Last year, St Mary’s commissioned a new set of unique Stations of the Cross, painted by South African artist,…

Little Saints flowers

November 01, 2018
Mrs Diana asked the children to bring one tall flower to class.…

Choir camp

February 21, 2019
On 15 and 16 February, the Senior Primary choir girls spent a night at school on choir camp.…

Ikusasa Lethu programme

February 18, 2019
Since 1990, on most Saturday mornings during the school year, learners from five schools in Alexandra and surrounding communities attend a…

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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.