The St Mary's Endowment for Girls

Making a contribution to the Endowment ensures a distinguished 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.


Raising funds for bursaries 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, on the St Mary’s Foundation, there are 26 Form I to Form V bursary recipients which includes our partnership bursaries from the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, the Student Sponsorship Programme and the Alexandra Education Committee.

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 assistance fund

This fund was established to assist current St Mary’s families experiencing financial hardship and is much needed given the effects of COVID-19 on the economy of our country.

Community Partnerships

The values of St Mary’s are love, community, and integrity. The Community partnerships department initiatives ensure that service to the community becomes the core value of a St Mary’s girl. The collections that take place during the year go to charities we support that cater to children, the elderly, and animals. Our facilities also host learners who are part of the Ikusasa Lethu Programme, our Saturday school.

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 8 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.

Links with other schools

Waverley Girls’ High School

St Mary’s coaches and team players offer tennis lessons at Waverley, the players have shown great improvement over the years. There is a Waverley team that competes in the Southern Gauteng High Schools’ Tennis League.

Senior and Junior school community service activities

Whole School

For the period of lent, the school participates in a collection of non-perishable foods. The food collected is given to the Ikusasa Lethu learners.

Senior School

There is an ongoing muffin initiative, where girls in the Senior School bake muffins for Ikusasa Lethu learners.

Junior School

The junior school participates in CHOC’s flip flop day in support of the Mighty Mack and the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.

A collection of pre-loved, second-hand books is given to The Teddy Bear Clinic and the Baragwanath Hospital Comforts Committee and gets distributed to the children within their organisations.

The Grade 7s visit the Maria Kloppers Children’s home. We donate books as well as tinned and dried foods.