The St Mary's Endowment for Girls

Making a contribution to the Endowment ensures education for young girls at St Mary’s for generations to come.

Giving a gift towards the Endowment is a gesture of confidence and trust in a school that has more than a century of strong moral ethos, produces excellent all-round results, and young women who are confident and successful.

A major gift in the amount of your choice will make an important impact.

Bursaries and scholarships

Raising funds for bursaries and scholarships has been a major focus of the Foundation and will continue to be for many years to come.

More than 50 girls have matriculated from St Mary’s since 2004 with financial assistance from the school and the Foundation.

Currently there are 28 Form I to Form V scholarship recipients of the St Mary’s Foundation, Allan Gray or Student Sponsorship Programme scholarships.

Teacher development

Teachers have a profound influence on the youth of our country. It is vital, therefore, not only to attract the right candidates to the profession but to ensure that teachers are well educated and trained.

Supporting a teaching bursary, as the Foundation does together with the St Mary’s Old Girls’ Association, provides the opportunity for young women to touch the lives of many girls for decades to come.

Community Partnerships

Ikusasa Lethu Programme

The Ikusasa Lethu Programme has been run successfully since 1990. This Saturday school programme has provided support to around 3 000 learners from the five high schools in Alexandra and surrounding communities.

The beneficiaries receive supplementary learning in Mathematics, Science, English, Computer Skills and other core subjects. The focus is on Grades 10 to 12.

St Mary’s School organises the Ikusasa Lethu Programme, provides the premises and facilities, recruits the teachers, arranges transport, and provides food and beverages for the pupils.

Your donation – no matter how big or small – helps the St Mary’s Foundation educate willing and determined pupils from less advantaged backgrounds, giving them access to opportunities and hope for a better future.

These pupils have their whole lives ahead of them, with the potential to change South Africa for the better – but they need your help.

Waverley Girls’ High School

Girls from Waverley Girls’ High School, situated across the road from St Mary’s School, attend classes at St Mary's and learn basic first aid, dance, tennis, art and rhythmic gymnastics.

HA Jack Primary School Programme

St Mary’s School has initiated a number of programmes to assist HA Jack Primary School, which is situated two blocks away. While this school’s needs are great, St Mary’s has tried to address the most pressing issues of learning and literacy. St Mary’s Senior girls do Junior Undiscovered Maths Prodigies (JUMP) Maths on Tuesdays with a group of Grade 5s, and the Grades 6 and 7 girls do Buddy Reading once a week with Grade 3s.