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Holy Rosary School (Secondary)

Holy Rosary School is a Catholic Day School for Girls from Grade R through to Grade 12. The school is conveniently located in Edenvale, Johannesburg. It was founded by Bishop Shanahan and the Sisters of the Holy Rosary Order in 1940.  While we are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church, any girl is welcome at Holy Rosary and we welcome the enrichment provided by other cultures and religions.

Holy Rosary School is a Catholic Day School for Girls from Grade R through to Grade 12

The Ethos of Holy Rosary School


The ethos of our school is founded on Christian principles where tolerance and respect for others is paramount. We strive to ensure that our school is a sanctuary for your child.  It must be a place of joy and safety, where she is affirmed and valued equally and where she can grow and mature to her full God given potential.

The ethos of Holy Rosary School

Pastoral Care at Holy Rosary embraces and encompasses the totality of school life: religious, academic, social and physical. Every member of staff plays a crucial role in the school’s formal Pastoral Care and Ethos programme.  They ensure that each girl is treated with respect and dignity.  They strive to develop self-discipline in each pupil and this is achieved by maintaining a sense of order, structure and routine in a very demanding and busy school environment

We maintain a close, dynamic and reciprocal relationship with the parents of our girls. Together it is our privilege and responsibility to ensure that your child experiences and receives excellent teaching and learning.  Our pupils are guided and nurtured to become young women of courage, commitment and moral integrity.

Holy Rosary School’s Outreach programme is well established and it provides practical support for numerous charities.  Our Shanahan Co-Workers, a group of volunteer Grade 6 and Grade 7 pupils, together with parents who serve on our Angel Network, work collaboratively to help charities and the needy members of our local community. In the high school our girls have many opportunities to be involved in our extensive outreach programme. (See the High School Debutantes and Outreach Programme).

Private High School for Girls in Johannesburg

The high school continues the education of your daughter with the over-riding principle of the school – each girl has unique potential which we strive to develop through excellence in education. Private High School for Girls

Our academic programme starts in grades 8 and 9 with the General Education and Training Certificate. Grades 10 to 12 prepare the girls for the IEB National Senior Certificate Examinations. Holy Rosary is known for the excellent results achieved in the IEB examinations.

Holy Rosary High School Matric Class of 2013 achieved a 100% pass rate, 95% Bachelors Degree Pass rate, and 113 Distinctions overall. 2013 Dux Saralee Curtis achieved 9 distinctions (incl AP Maths), featured on the IEB Outstanding Achievement list (Ranked within Top 5% of all IEB students in 6 or more subjects), and featured in amongst the top 1% IEB students in 3 subjects (Maths, Maths P3 and History).

Sports and cultural activities continue to be an important part of the high school curriculum. The girls are encouraged to take part in at least one cultural activity in the high school each term, and at least one sport per season.


Physical Education in the High School

Holy Rosary encourages team spirit and school pride in their sports programme. We strive to foster physical fitness and well-being. Sport is an importTennis at Holy Rosaryant part of the school’s all-encompassing and balanced education which develops body, soul and mind. Our high school girls are encouraged to participate in at least one sport per season. Our girls hold national and provincial colours in several sports.

Competitive Sports Offered

  • Athletics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Sporting Achievements

Swimming at Holy RosarySwimming

The Holy Rosary A-Team takes part in the Premier League and our B-Team takes part in the A-League. Our girls also participate in the Midmar Mile. 

Holy Rosary won the Inter-Catholic Swimming Gala in 2013.

Athletics at the Inter High


In the 3rd Term we compete in the Private Schools' League and we also take part in the Top 10 Schools (Naboomspruit).

Holy Rosary High School has won the Inter-Catholic Athletics twelve consecutive times (2013).


Holy Rosary School partakes in three major championship regattas each year – the Gauteng Schools Rowing Championships, the South African Schools Boat Race in Port Alfred, and the South African Schools Rowing Championships.   In 2013, Holy Rosary had two rowers selected for the South African School Development squad touring to Ghent –Belgium. Congratulations to Lauren Soll and Kristen Walker.

Currently, Holy Rosary is ranked as the 3rd overall Girls School in South Africa.


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Holy Rosary partakes in the Eastern Gauteng Provincial Trials and Southerns Hockey League. The school also participates in the annual Pullen & Howell Trophy, and the Independent Schools Sports Festival.


Our girls play in the District 13 league, the Independent Schools Sports Festival, and the St Andrew’s 1st team Netball Festival.


Holy Rosary partakes in the Southerns Tennis League, the Inter-High A and B tournaments, and the Independent Schools Sports Festival.


Cultural Extramural Activities in the High School

At Holy Rosary we believe that cultural activities are an essential and integral part of the intellectual, social and emotional development of our learners.  We offer a wide programme from which our girls are asked to choose at least one per term.

Cultural Activities Offered:

  • Music: choir, marimba bands, Orchestra, Gospel group, Djembe Drumming and Rock band. One-on-one instrumental tutoring is offered, with concerts and performances at various events in and out of school taking place.
  • Public speaking and debating.
  • Drama: Girls can take part in interhouse plays, major production (most recently ‘Macbeth Afrika’ in partnership with Edenvale High and Jeppe Boys High, in 2013), and the internationally-recognised Trinity College London Drama lessons and examinations. Girls can also join the ‘Artists Anonymous’ group to inspire them through interaction with fellow artists, and can partake in external speech competitions.
  • Quizzes: Bible quiz, inter-house and inter-high general knowledge quizzes
  • Olympiads: English and General Knowledge.



Detailed School Statistics

Suburb: Edenvale
  Lowest Grade: Grade 8   Boarding: No
City/Town: Johannesburg
  Highest Grade: Grade 12   Lowest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
Province: Gauteng   Lowest Tuition P/A: R66180.00   Highest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
School Type: Girls   Highest Tuition P/A: R73900.00   Curriculum: IEB South African
Religious: Christian Ethos (Catholic)   Administration Fee: 250.00   Teacher/Pupil Ratio:
Number of Pupils: 385   Founding Year: 1940   School Phase: High School

Associated schools

Holy Rosary School (Pre-Primary)
Holy Rosary School (Primary)

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Pre-prep School Principal:
Ms Isilda de Oliveira
Prep School Principal:
Ms Isilda de Oliveira
High School Principal:
Mrs Jacinta Lucas

Contact: Deidre Alcock
Tel: 011 457 0900
Fax: 011 457 0901
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Physical Address:
113 Horwood Street

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