1948 - 1957


The St Mary’s badge is redesigned by the Art teacher, Miss Viner. The design is still in use today.


Sport is becoming increasingly popular but the tennis and hockey teams have modest success in the leagues. Without a swimming pool in which to train, there is not much hope for the swimming team either. The Sisters are determined to put the school on the map, but health comes first: when there is the threat of polio, all sport is cancelled.

The Junior School building is completed and the children move out of their temporary accommodation, the building used by Lord Roberts during the South African War.

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The swimming bath is officially opened and the event is celebrated with a “jump in”. The school begins to claw its way up the rankings at the inter-high at Ellis Park.

Opening swimming pool 3 1951


The chapel is completed, and the temporary chapel becomes a classroom. Sister Janet contributes to its design, and moulds the Madonna and Child sculpture. The crucifix is placed in a new chapel garden in 1954, and the chapel is extended in 1955 to include a Lady chapel.

The school has a long tradition of producing excellent plays. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is performed under the gum trees in 1952. The school has no hall, nor room big enough to accommodate the audience.


The new hall is opened and girls and parents squeeze in for prizegiving. Pupil numbers are on the rise and the hall soon has to be enlarged by adding a stage behind.

The new chapel 1952 copy

Decade 7

St Mary’s first Olympian, Moira Abernethy, wins bronze at the 1956 summer games

Our history, 1948 - 1957

A new school hall

There is, at last, somewhere big enough for the whole school to gather.
Read more A new school hall

Mr Murphy “The Wizard”

Mr Murphy, the gardener, gains the nickname “The Wizard” for his improvements to the grounds.
Read more Mr Murphy “The Wizard”

A new chapel

The chapel becomes the heart of the school.
Read more A new chapel

A new swimming pool

The top priority is to build a swimming pool.
Read more A new swimming pool

The Junior School opens

The juniors move into their new building.
Read more The Junior School opens

Sport on the rise

St Mary’s teams move up a league.
Read more Sport on the rise

A new school badge

Lilies replace the bishop’s mitre.
Read more A new school badge

The National Party wins the 1948 General Election

With their victory in the general election, the National Party can begin to implement its racial policies.
Read more The National Party wins the 1948 General Election