St Andrew’s provides girls with exciting opportunities for expressing themselves and enjoying creative teamwork through a number of our cultural activities. Awards are available for achievement in all of the cultural activities.

Dramatic Art

  • Dramatic Art can be taken as a subject from grades 10 to 12
  • There are interhouse competitions in Drama and Dance/Choreography
  • The Senior School produces a school play or musical every year
  • In grades 8 and 9, Drama is offered as a compulsory component of Arts and Culture
  • Group excursions to the theatre are regularly arranged

Public Speaking

Public Speaking is open to everyone in the Senior School.

  • Term One: Interschool Public Speaking competitions are organized by the Speech and Drama College of South Africa. There are team events for each grade, as well as the prestigious Individual Public Speaking Competition in which one grade 12 student is entered
  • Term Two: an interschool friendly competition and the interhouse event take place
  • Term Three: the focus is on the Bedfordview Eisteddfod, hosted by the National Eisteddfod Academy.  Our own Best Speaker Competition ends the year on a high note


  • Debating is an important skill that requires a deep understanding of current affairs and a willingness to spend hours conducting research
  • Model United Nations’ style debates that are organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs are for girls from grade 10 to 12
  • Interhouse debating using the Word Schools’ style is open to girls in the Senior School


  • Art is a popular subject of choice in grade 10 to 12. Girls produce outstanding work and are often invited to exhibit their pieces at special events
  • In grade 8 and 9, girls may belong to the Art Club


  • The Music Department aims to promote the love and appreciation of music and to provide a musically-sound foundation for those who wish to study music further.
  • Music is offered as a National Senior Certificate subject, and talented musicians may apply for the limited scholarships on offer.
  • Girls may learn to play a variety of musical instruments and they are encouraged to take examinations, although this is not compulsory.
  • All girls taking music perform at the many functions hosted by the Junior and Senior schools.
  • In the Senior School, girls may belong to the music club, marimba band, choir, orchestra and wind ensemble.
  • There is an annual Interhouse Music Competition, held in both the Senior and Junior schools; this involves everyone in each house and is judged by an external adjudicator.

Viebz, a contemporary music competition, is hosted by St Andrew’s in conjunction with Lovemore Music. This competition is open to any pupil from grades 6 to 12 from any school in Gauteng. Application forms are available from the Music Department.