For our girls to take their place as decent citizens in a challenging world, it is essential for them to develop a real and deep concern for others. We believe in sharing our privilege, as that is the very essence of an Anglican school.

Throughout St Mary’s history, we have tried to make a difference in the community and to add value to the lives of our girls. Indeed, the St Mary’s Community Partnerships department has been active since the 1930s.

Ikusasa Lethu Programme

The Ikusasa Lethu Programme (formerly known as Outreach/Alexandra High Schools’ Programme) started in 1990 and currently assists more than 300 350 pupils from Alexandra and surrounds.

It seeks to redress educational disadvantages in the South African context, providing supplementary academic and entrepreneurial support for high-ability learners. The aim is to develop the personal, social and academic skills necessary for success in higher education, which will allow them to contribute to their communities in the future.

We provide lessons, book bags, textbooks and stationery to about 300 350 pupils from five different schools, who are bused from Alexandra to St Mary’s School each Saturday, where they are taught English, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences, Accountancy, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, IT and study skills by highly qualified, experienced teachers.

Partnership with Waverley Girls’ High School

St Mary’s has a with Waverley Girls’ High School. Girls from Waverley attend desktop publishing, rhythmic gymnastics, modern dance, marimba, keyboard and swimming lessons. Waverley girls also attend the annual St Mary’s Careers Expo.