Miss Wamsley, a Science boffin

Miss Wamsley is rather shy and self-deprecating and does not find it easy to live at the school, first upstairs near the boarders, and then in a newly furbished wing of the staff house that has housed members of staff since 1938. The girls in the baby boomer generation are also a handful.

She holds a degree in Mathematics and Physics and a further degree from Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the right person to take the school forward academically, particularly in the sciences. In 1966, the new Science block is opened and a scientific society is born, whose aim is to encourage interest in the sciences and current scientific developments. Outings include visits to the Wits Nuclear Physics Unit and the Sterkfontein Caves where “Mrs Ples” has been discovered, a famous hominin fossil thought at the time to be the “missing link”.

There are a few additional facts of interest:

School fees for daygirls rise from R150 per annum to R195 per annum. The new Domestic Science Centre is opened. The Fisher-Hill Trophy is donated to the school by the parents of the head girl, Colleen Fisher-Hill, who is an excellent swimmer. The trophy becomes the most prestigious sporting award, given to a girl who is a talented sportswoman and displays great sportsmanship.

Baby boomers

Baby boomers at St Mary's

Mrs ples Y is now thought to be Ymr ples
The new domestic science centre

The new Domestic Science centre

Blessing the new science block

Blessing the new Science block

Miss wamsley and her prefects in 1963

Miss Wamsley and her prefects in 1963

The wonders of modern apparatus in the new science laboratory

The wonders of modern apparatus in a Science laboratory

The science block is officially open

The Science block is officially opened

The new science block

The new Science block

New headmistress

New headmistress

Miss wamsley

Miss wamsley