A WELCOMING WORD FROM OUR EXECUTIVE HEAD, IVANKA ACQUISTO
The year 2018 was one of ‘strategic envisioning’, with workshops, surveys and talks by powerful speakers like Lebogang Montjane (CEO of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa), and Chantell Ilbury (co-author of The Mind of a Fox). This work by all stakeholders: parents, staff, girls, alumni, board, trust and outside organisations affiliated with St Andrew’s, resulted in the distilling of the strategy into six vision statements:
Whole Girl Development
Innovation in Learning and Teaching
Diversity, Inclusion and Cohesiveness
Embracing our Role in Local and Global Communities.
These statements were launched in 2019.
In line with our vision to embrace our role in local and global communities, our attendance at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools’ second Global Forum on Girls’ Education in Washington was a mind-expanding and enriching experience. The high point was realising just how aligned St Andrew’s is to global-thinking in education for girls.
Recent research in the United States revealed the following:
- All-girls’ schools offer an inspirational environment where teachers challenge girls to achieve their full academic potential.
- Girls’ schools create a culture of academic achievement. More than 80% of girls leaving school consider their academic performance highly successful.
- Girls’ schools build greater self-confidence because girls can occupy every role.
- Girls’ schools empower learners to become better leaders because they are given greater opportunities, which see them through life.
- Girls’ schools foster interest in under-represented STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts). They are six times more likely to consider majoring in a STEAM subject.
- Students from girls’ schools are highly motivated and have higher aspirations. Two-thirds expect to earn a graduate or professional degree.
- Girls’ schools are dedicated to how girls learn and to their unique styles. There are higher levels of support from classmates and teachers.
This American research ties in well with South Africa and parents make an excellent choice when selecting an all-girls’ educational environment for their daughters
“Girls’ schools should not be judged by the absence of boys, but rather by the presence, self-assurance, poise and daring of the girls themselves.” – National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR LEADERS
I came to St Andrew’s in the third term of Grade 9, a really odd time to join a whole new school. Although being the new girl is hard, I thought my transition into the school community would take a lot longer. Everyone made me feel like I had been here for years.
Being surrounded by kind, compassionate and caring people makes coming to this school so enjoyable. Teachers and students made me feel welcome, like I belonged, and for that I am thankful. The best part of being part of this community is that everyone wants you here. They want you to feel the same sense of belonging and pride as they do.
Deputy Head Girl
My St Andrew’s journey started almost 13 years ago and reflecting as I sit now in Grade 12, it has been the most incredible journey of growth. I have been lucky enough to spend time in both the junior and senior school, with an exciting transition between the two. What I have found really interesting about learning at St Andrew’s is the way in which we are challenged yet given every resource and branch of support to succeed. I felt such a sense of belonging when I was 5 years old, and at 18, that hasn’t changed. Learning in an environment like St Andrew’s is not only beautiful, but welcoming. It has been my second home, and for this I am so grateful.
Deputy Head Girl
All 3 of us wish you the best as you navigate this website. We know that you will enjoy exploring our school through this platform. Take some time to discover the various things our school has to offer. Familiarise yourself with the grounds, co-curricular activities and curriculum, and don’t forget to check out our boarding house and uBambiswano Saturday School. We hope that by visiting our website, you will be encouraged to visit our beautiful grounds. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about the St Andrew’s community.