St Mary’s DSG inspires pupils

2015-11-17 06:00
Photos: supplied St Mary's High School girls in front of Henley House, the main classroom block.

Photos: supplied St Mary's High School girls in front of Henley House, the main classroom block.

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ST Mary's Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof was founded in 1906 by the nuns of the Order of St John the Divine.
According to marketing and communications director Michelle Di Marco, the school was originally called St Elizabeth’s.
“In 1919 it moved to the top of Fields Hill where it re-opened as St Mary’s DSG, Kloof. St Mary’s is a school full of heritage and tradition with over 100 years of educational excellence.

“Today at St Mary’s we do more than teach. We believe in inspiring our girls to greatness through the work of experienced and committed teachers in a nurturing and rewarding environment. Bright futures begin with solid foundations and we believe in giving girls the best start in life from Grade R to matric.”

The school has an extensive outreach and community service programme which lives up to the school’s motto of “Service before Self, and God before All”.
“Every girl is given the opportunity of being involved in ways that will impact our community, whether animals or people. Our focus is not around a programme about us or about them, but around a programme that is about together.
“We endeavour to reach out to others as they reach out to us. It's not a matter of giving only, but also a matter of receiving.”
St Mary’s pupils enjoy the use of outstanding facilities whether in the classroom, culturally or playing sport. The campus is WiFi enabled which allows teachers and pupils access to information using their iPads, laptops or computers wherever they are teaching, learning or studying.”

He said the primary school designed a creativity centre to enhance pupils' education through research and creativity. It is a large futuristic learning environment that combines generous proportions, an open plan structure and a pupil-centred learning experience.

“Our high school girls have use of the enclosed, world-class amphitheatre, in addition to the school hall, two drama classrooms and a drama studio. Our science classrooms rank among the best and lessons take place in physical science in tiered, lecture-style classrooms with separate laboratories for practical.

“Our music department boasts wonderful teaching and practice venues and we are one of a few schools that offer a recording studio where the girls can compose and record their own music using Apple computers and state-of-the-art software programmes.

“The two libraries are designed and tailored to the needs of the girls. We have two heated swimming pools, a water-based astroturf, a multipurpose indoor sports hall, a chapel for worship, a school hall, four IT classrooms and a

stand-alone art department in high school.

“Although we will always remember our humble beginnings, we celebrate the leading school that St Mary’s has become, and our commitment to our vision to be a world-class Christian school that inspires girls to become remarkable women,” said Di Marco. - Supplied.

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