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|Preschool – Matric (Ages 3 months – 18 years)|
|Executive Head: Mrs Karen Symons||Junior School Head: Mrs Bev van Niekerk|
|Senior School Head: Mrs Gillian Jeffrey||Preschool Head: Mrs Lee Milner|
|Girls’ Christian School|
|Bag X79001, Senderwood, Jhb, 2145|
School for Girls is a Christian school situated on the eastern side of
Johannesburg in beautiful surroundings. The school offers a wealth of
opportunities for young women to embrace.
Our academic programme is challenging and imaginative, designed to foster intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of learning. It is essential that all in our charge are equipped to take on the challenges of change and progress.
Bus services are available on certain routes. Both the preschool and junior school offer aftercare facilities.
We cater for boys and girls from three months to five years. Our groups are small and each child receives individual attention and plenty of love and care. There is a large, beautiful playground. We have a holistic approach to learning and aim to educate each child in all aspects of development – socially, emotionally physically, musically, creatively and linguistically.
Our Junior School (grade 0 – 7) nestles against Gillooly’s Hill. The girls learn in cheerful classrooms and spend their breaks and lunch times in beautiful gardens playing chess, chatting or using the playground equipment. The premises is secure and the children learn in a hurt-free environment.
The school has a specially equipped science laboratory, a comprehensive library, an art room with its own kiln and two computer rooms. St Andrew’s employs a multi-disciplinary team of therapists to whom girls are referred as and when the need arises. There are numerous opportunities for extra-curricular activities and a wide range of sporting disciplines are on offer.
St Andrew’s continues to achieve excellent Independent Examination Board Matric results. For the 23rd year in a row we had a 100% pass rate with 40% of the marks being above 80%, 72% of the marks being above 70%, 91% of the marks being above 60%, with an average of 3 distinctions per learner.
People ask “Why a girls’ only school?” This is, of course the preference of the individual, but the latest international surveys tend to highlight several very important reasons why this is increasingly becoming the option of first choice.
Boys and girls differ fundamentally in their brain development and function. Girls tend to be more contemplative, collaborative, intuitive and verbal. Girls’ schools are able to adopt learning styles that recognize the way in which girls learn. As a result there is no activity or subject area of the school in which girls do not hold the positions or excel. This leads to what is often described as the ‘can-do’ philosophy. There is time for individual attention and academic extension. The girls are able to explore a range of extra-curricular activities and outings to ensure that they are truly “Skilled for Life.”
We are a top sporting school and have provincial and national representation in most sports. We believe that healthy minds and bodies are achieved through offering swimming, diving, rowing, hockey, netball, athletics, tennis, squash and golf. Our facilities are excellent. The aquatic centre houses a diving well, indoor 10-lane pool and a 4-lane learn-to-swim pool. Hockey is played on a water based astroturf.
Drama, music, and art are popular matric subjects. Numerous clubs (eg Writer’s Club, photography) public speaking and debating are offered. Our girls have excelled in national performances in the arts and eisteddfods. The choirs, orchestras and marimba bands perform regularly.
Community service is a core component of life at St Andrew’s. Girls are expected to participate in various community service opportunities as well as participate in the President’s Award Youth Development programme. Our school outreach programme, Ubambiswano was established in 1990.
Our stunning, modern boarding house caters for 80 girls. Weekly and full-time boarding options are available to girls from grade 8 – 12. We welcome girls from all over South Africa and abroad into
our happy, comfortable, and friendly environment.
‘Skilled for Life’, our mission statement, means lifelong skills for living in the exciting world of the 21st century. We aim to produce young women who will make a difference in their communities.
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