Co-curricular activities

The importance of developing girls’ talents in a wide variety of activities has been well documented. St Mary’s supports the hidden curriculum by offering many co-curricular activities. Most of these incur additional costs for parents.

Junior Primary co-curricular activities programme

School-based activities (no cost involved)


Term I Term II Term III
Swimming/netball, hockey Netball Athletics/swimming
Tennis Hockey Tennis
Diving Tennis Diving
Rhythmic gymnastics Rhythmic gymnastics Rhythmic gymnastics

A variety of cultural activities are offered, including arts and crafts, chess, knitting, and Mathletics. The activities may vary from term to term. 

Senior Primary co-curricular activities programme

School-based activities (no cost involved) 


Term I Term II Term III
Swimming/hockey, netball Hockey Athletics/swimming
Tennis Netball Tennis
Squash Diving (dry land training) Squash
Diving Rhythmic gymnastics Diving
Water polo Squash Water polo
Rhythmic gymnastics Tennis Rhythmic gymnastics
    Rowing (Grade 7)

The teachers offer the girls a number of activities in which to participate. Some of these vary from term to term. Activities include environmental club, chess, embroidery club, literature club, crocheting, SOCS (Sisters of Christ society) Afrikaans fun reading, IT coding and study skills.

At St Mary’s we take the environment seriously. The Green Thinkers, the Junior School environmental club, was founded in 2009, with meetings once a week and the aim to encourage the girls, the school and parent body to take care of the environment. Important environmental days are highlighted and the reuse and recycling of waste encouraged at school and at home.

The focus of the chess club is to promote chess awareness, develop the girls’ thinking skills and encourage them to play chess for enjoyment. The girls participate in inter-school league matches regularly. The Junior club participates in one friendly inter-school match per term. St Mary’s hosts monthly chess matches against Vuleka School. The Chess Academy provides interactive chess sessions.


St Mary’s encourages the girls to develop their musical skills. Grade 2 and 3 girls are all part of the Singing Angels and they rehearse during school hours. The Grade 3 girls have 30-minute compulsory music time slots where they are exposed to instruments in group lessons, free of charge.

Senior Primary girls have the opportunity to join the Senior Primary choir, marimba groups, the Junior orchestra and the Chapel band. In Grade 4 the Senior Primary choir is compulsory.

Tuition is offered in piano, classical guitar, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, trumpet and voice. If other instruments are requested, teachers can be sourced. The department subscribes to the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and enters girls in the May and October examination sessions. Programmes are structured to suit the individual and entry into examinations and eisteddfods is carefully considered, taking into account personality and ability.

Should your daughter wish to start learning a musical instrument please contact Mrs Troy Stead on (011) 531 1869 or

Instruments can be hired from the school at a cost of R500 per term.


Privately run activities (cost involved)

Pottery Grades 1-7
Dance Grades 0-7
Drama Grades 0-7
Ballet Grades 000-5
Kumon Mathematics And English Grades 000-7
Academic Chess and Brain-Training Program Grades 1-7
Introgolf Grades 00-7
Catrobatzkidz Grades 000-0
French Grades 0-7
Mandarin Grades 1-12
Greek Grades 1-7
Kindermusik Grades 000-2

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