1968 - 1977


A sung Eucharist and a cake with the school’s crest mark the school’s 80th birthday.


The two hard and dusty hockey fields are grassed for the first time, thanks to money raised by the parents who run the tuck shop, and the Parent Teachers’ Association.

The school awards the first two white honours blazers for sporting excellence.

Staff 1968


Miss Pitt becomes, and remains the headmistress until 1988, the year of the school’s centenary. Over these 15 years she makes many changes, doing away with the prefect system and introducing an SRC.

Mrs Pitt and the Board are in agreement on the most important of all issues, the government’s racial policies: even if the school is threatened with closure, they will defy them.

Junior School play in Senior School hall copy


Drama is now a matriculation subject and Mrs Pitt appoints a Drama teacher.

Mrs Pitt introduces isiZulu as a school subject and appoints a black Zulu teacher, despite government regulations.


Decade 9

The school introduces isiZulu and appoints its first black teacher

Our history, 1968 - 1977

The school prayer

Mrs Pitt reinstates the school prayer, which has fallen into disuse.

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Sports' upward trajectory

St Mary's takes a lead in sport.

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The Border War

South Africa is drawn into military conflict.
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Into the computer age

The school shows its interest in computers.

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More school buildings

The school adds more buildings.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the man

Mrs Pitt defies apartheid laws.

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Awarding sporting excellence

The first white blazers are awarded.

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The school's first overseas tour

St Mary’s French teacher, Madame Bey, organises the first ever St Mary’s overseas tour.
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Sheila Boardman recalls her matriculation year of 1969

Sheila Boardman, who wrote matric in 1969, is the guest speaker at the Senior School prizegiving in 2011.

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The turbulent 60s

The youth challenge the status quo.

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