St Mary’s begins the school year with a celebratory cocktail party, heralding in the school’s 130th year of excellence in education. 

To mark this auspicious occasion, of being around for 130 years, we produce More than the Sunshine Will Stay with Us, a collection of poems and artworks by St Mary's girls, some going back as far as the early 1930s.

The planning stages for the book are interesting; perusing through the archives and past school magazines, we find works of tremendous power and imagination, conjuring up the experiences of the girls at the school over the decades.

The St Mary’s public speaking teams enter the High School’s Public Speaking Festival hosted by the Speech and Drama College (SA). The pinnacle event is the trophy team section which is won by a St Mary’s team.

April sees the school host the 19th annual St Mary’s Investec Hockey Festival. Thirty-two teams from around South Africa, Namibia and England compete in four days of fast-paced hockey.   


The St Mary’s Junior School swimming teams win the A, B and C 2018 Prestige Galas. The Senior School A and B teams place second in both the Prestige and A inter-high respectively.  

The class of 2017 pupils who attend St Mary’s Saturday school programme, the Ikusasa Lethu programme, achieves a 98% pass rate with 61 distinctions and 80% Bachelor degree passes.  Fifty-five boys and girls from this group are now enrolled to study at universities and colleges in South Africa.

Decade 14

Ms King has been head of school for 10 years