St Mary’s School in Waverley has been supporting young women in their education and spiritual growth since 1888. The oldest school in Johannesburg, St Mary’s has a rich history of tradition and has remained true to its mission of providing young women with the tools they need to build bright futures. The education of young women is the backbone of the school, and this is embedded into its ethos and reflected in the results that the school has achieved over the past few years. In 2018, St Mary’s achieved a 100% pass rate with a 99% bachelor degree pass — an incredible achievement that bears testament to the supportive environment that the school provides, as well as the hard work that the students put into their studies.
St Mary’s School provides a balanced and holistic education. This is supported across five areas: academics, sport, cultural activities, community service and spiritual growth. Each of these five areas are designed to complement one another, giving students the opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These also tie into globally recognised success metrics that have found that inspiring and encouraging children throughout their educational journey has a marked impact on their future. The students at St Mary’s School are given the space to develop their creative thinking, sporting prowess and academic inclinations. This commitment to a holistic education programme has paid off.
In 2018, the matriculants from St Mary’s School achieved a total of 423 distinctions of which 81 were A+ symbols. Georgina Coetzer received an outstanding achievement award for placing within the top 5% of pupils in six or more subjects. She received eight distinctions with an average of 90%. Georgina is a triplet and the results of her siblings were equally impressive; Alexandra received nine distinctions and an average of 87% and Katherine, eight distinctions with an average of 89%.
Katlego Mahlo was the top Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP) matriculant in the IEB for the year, achieving eight distinctions and an impressive overall average of 90+. She is also the second consecutive St Mary’s girl to achieve the top SSP student in the country accolade.
The students who received commendable achievements included Georgia McDonald and Georgina Roy, who both were in the top 5% of pupils in five subjects, with an overall average of 90% and 91% respectively.
Along with Alexandra Coetzer, Zaneli Steeneveldt and Samantha Trinder-Smith each received nine distinctions.
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These results confirm the school’s ongoing commitment to give young women the best possible start in life.