About Holy Rosary
Make the world a better place.
Our school provides a caring environment for young girls to grow into women that are able to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.
Executive Head of Our Schools
Dr. Deon Oerson
Holy Rosary started off as a single-building school on the Hurly farm outside Johannesburg in 1940.
Led by Bishop Shanahan, the courageous Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary gave up their lives in Ireland to come to South Africa for a greater purpose. They came to South Africa to help others. They loved people beyond themselves. They worked in the fields and built the school.
They achieved a massive lasting legacy – a school that nurtures the girls of today into the women of tomorrow.
80+ years later, we stay true to these values:
- Empowering women
- Service to Community
What legacy will you leave one day?
Where are we going?
We dedicate ourselves to the honour and glory of God and the vision of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary and their Founder, Bishop Shanahan.
We value the uniqueness and potential of each individual and strive unceasingly for an excellent values-based, relevant education within the context of a changing and diverse South Africa and global society.
Holy Rosary School is an Independent Catholic School that caters for pupils from Grade R to Matric. Together with our Co-Ed Pre-School, we value excellence in education and nurture each pupil’s God-given talents. At Holy Rosary School we prepare our pupils for service to God, our school, and the wider community to transform it for the better.
Just as ships used lodestars to navigate at night, so too do our values guide our behaviour in the right direction.
Transformation, Diversity and Belonging
People from diverse backgrounds and cultures attend our school. It’s important that we all feel like we belong.
Transformation is a journey where we continuously get better at celebrating everyone. As one of the girls said in a discussion group about their teachers “they treat you like an equal, regardless of your background.”
(Source: Grade 9 – 11 discussion group, 4 Aug. 2022)
What Do Our Girls Say?
The Parents’ Association activities connect everyone in our community. Some of these initiatives include: the Dads and Daughters Braai, the annual Carnival and the Moms and Daughters Moonlight Picnic.
These initiatives are fun and well supported by our girls, their families and the greater community.
The HRS PA committee includes parents who are passionate about families connecting, creating fun experiences and service to our school.
Programmes We Support
Johannesburg Mini /Junior Council
In Primary School, two Grade 6 girls represent our school at the Johannesburg Mini Council.
In High School, two Grade 11 girls are elected as Holy Rosary’s representatives on the Junior Council.
Both Mini and Junior Council give the youth in Johannesburg a ‘voice’ and work to create sustainable change in our environment.
The Phumelela Programme
‘Phumelela’ – which means ‘succeed’ in Zulu – is a programme that we offer to children and young adults that live in the informal settlement of Dikatole in Germiston.
On Saturdays, we use our school to provide extra lessons that help them succeed with their studies. We also teach life skills through a variety of workshops that include public speaking, self-defence, music, art and sport.
Phumelela continues to grow each year.
Outreach Work in Limpopo
In 2000, the Holy Rosary Sisters started a new primary school in Limpopo, with whom have formed a close partnership. The warm welcome we receive each year makes us feel at home in the local community.
Each year, we run a service outreach project in Malamulele and a portion of the money our Debutantes raise goes towards this.
Our girls return from this tour with the knowledge that they have made a difference in the lives of other young people.
In addition to the associated fun and personal growth, our debutantes raise money for charities.
The girls work together to host events, such as Market Day and a Fashion Show. They also do community service projects. A Debutantes’ Ball – held at the beginning of September – closes a year of fun and challenging work.
Girls learn entrepreneurship skills and a love for serving others.
Head + Heart = A Good Education
What do people say about our school?
No-one gets left behind
Forums for girls to communicate and connect: