1998 - 2007


Mrs Judith Brown resigns after almost 11 years as headmistress. Mrs Meg Fargher takes over as headmistress in 2000.


After having been closed down at the end of 1997, boarding is reintroduced at St Mary’s. Burn Street House, an adjacent property bought by the school in the 1990s, is the first building opened to boarders, and eight girls move in.

The school does other infrastructure work, too: Diemont Drive, a main thoroughfare with its entrance on Athol Street, is completed, and the headmistress’ and secretaries’ offices are redesigned.

Choir tour 2004


St Mary’s celebrates its 115th birthday.

The Desmond Tutu Natural Science Block is built, and the Archbishop Emeritus attends the grand opening; a tennis court and the games equipment building are demolished to make room for the block. The school’s pathways are extensively upgraded.

Front of school


Mitchell House is built for boarders. In the Junior School, the Clare Rossouw Media Centre is opened.

Tsotsi becomes the only local movie to win an Oscar: Old Girl Janine Eser is script editor and associate producer.

Archbishop Desmond 2 2003 copy

Decade 12

The AstroTurf, vital to bolstering St Mary’s dominance in hockey, opens in 2000

Our history, 1998 - 2007

Some highs and lows

There are many things to celebrate.

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Sports, old and new, thrive.

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Building projects, excluding boarding

The school moves unequivocally into the 21st century.

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Boarding is reintroduced in 2001.

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Senior and Junior school headmistress

At St Mary’s, “sound values are perpetuated”.

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Politics in South Africa and at St Mary's

St Mary’s plays its part in a country that continues to face challenges.

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