My daughter, Hannah, started in the Preschool at the age of 3 and is currently in grade 7. Through each grade we were blessed with teachers who worked with her closely – developing her academics and cultivating the value of perseverance and hard work. St Andrew’s has helped her develop her squash skills and she has loved representing St Andrew’s as a member of the squash team. St Andrew’s skills the girls for life and encourages the girls through every step of their journey. As a result, Hannah has achieved in her academics, and she also represents the school on the Johannesburg Mini Council. We are so proud of her, and of all her achievements – and we know that this was only possible because of all her hard work and all the assistance and encouragement she gets from school. Her dream is to be a lawyer and we fully believe that St Andrew’s will assist in making this dream achievable. We are grateful that our daughter is able to attend a school like St Andrew’s.
When my family and I decided to relocate from Mpumalanga to Gauteng in 2018, St Andrew’s School for Girls was our first choice of school for our daughter. Three years later, I can confidently say this was the best choice that we made. The St Andrew’s family gave us the warmest welcome, and we immediately felt part of this magnificent team. The transition of moving from a co-educational school to an all-girls’ school, has shaped my daughter into becoming more confident and self-assured. This is evident in my daughter’s behaviour as she demonstrates higher signs of self-confidence, she is more academically engaged, and she has stronger academic skills. One of the highlights that I will forever treasure is from when my daughter received her first academic award in her first year at St Andrew’s, and she was elected a class captain for a term. The school provides a wide variety of extracurricular activities which has allowed my daughter to develop other skills. Some of the extra-murals include swimming, diving, marimba, netball, Speech and Drama, just to name a few. My daughter has managed to balance all her schoolwork along with the extra-murals in which she participates. I would recommend St Andrew’s to anyone looking for a girls’ school. Lastly, I would like to applaud St Andrews’ staff for the continuous support and assistance they offer to our girls. The level of respect and discipline the girls portray is out of this world!
My name is Michelle Lee, and I have been a parent of St Andrew’s for 6 years. Both my daughters started at St Andrew’s Preschool when they were just 6 months old. At the time, people would ask me, “Are you not concerned about sending them to school so young?” Having attended St Andrew’s myself, I knew without a doubt that they were in good hands, and that it would be the beginning of an amazing adventure for my children. Through the years, I have witnessed my girls’ transformation and how they have been shaped and encouraged to be independent and confident individuals. It is so important that we provide an environment in which our children are able to to be themselves with the freedom to be who they want to be. Every child can become extraordinary! The teachers of St Andrew’s Preschool are nurturing and loving, and they provide the structure and guidance that our children need. I see the excitement in my girls’ eyes when they’re off to school in the mornings. Their faces light up knowing that they are going to their happy place. This is testament that we, as parents, have made the right decision. St Andrew’s instils its values of Balance, Integrity, Grace, Community, Accountability and Trust, in our children – values that each child will carry with them for life. “There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots, and the other is wings”. Nothing is more comforting to know that St Andrew’s Preschool is the first step in our children’s journey towards being ‘Skilled for Life’.
When our eldest daughter entered Grade 8 at St Andrew’s, we were apprehensive and unsure of whether we had made the right choice of school. However, we have not looked back since – as our three daughters were all warmly welcomed by both staff and girls into the school community. The staff have a special ability to identify the strengths of the girls as well as to encourage them to consider and try new activities and different approaches. This pushed my daughters to reach their full potential and become well-rounded individuals. They have learnt to work collaboratively, think freely and express their views with confidence and maturity. We appreciate the support that the school has demonstrated towards us as a family. My two older daughters are now past pupils and the sense of camaraderie that St Andrew’s encouraged has led to many lasting friendships. Thank you, St Andrew’s, for giving my daughters such a fulfilling high school experience.
St Andrew’s has been a home for both my girls who started in Grade 0 and are currently in grades 2 and 12. Both my girls got into such nurturing environment from the outset. My eldest suffered acute asthma during her first few schooling years; however, the staff handled it very well and this gave me peace of mind. I knew I wanted my second daughter to have the same privilege, but when she was born with a medical condition, I had doubts – until my meeting with the head of school who had put an outstanding team together to discuss my concerns, which prompted me to make my decision. It had turned out to be the best decision for my daughter, not only because of the initial meeting, but because of the ongoing support. What first attracted me to the school was the successful history of the school – which most people would see from the outside but I have found over the years that the school takes pride in upgrading facilities and tries to keep up with current technologies. I have seen this pride translate to the bigger St Andrew’s community which are the families of the school. I am impressed with the school’s holistic approach to a child’s development. At St Andrew’s, your strengths are celebrated: whether it’s academic, cultural or sport; and I notice that for my daughter now in grade 12, she is a well-rounded and balanced individual. ‘Skilled For Life’ is not just a phrase but realised.
Both my daughters have attended St Andrew’s from Grade 0, and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. St Andrew’s has taught my girls independence, leadership skills, determination, to be responsible and respectful and so much more; all while being supported by the teachers and staff. St Andrew’s, being a very warm and welcoming environment, in addition to its beautiful scenery, was like a second home to my daughters; they made friends for life and felt they belonged to a sisterhood. Both my daughters took part in sport of which was of a high standard. My elder daughter, who matriculated in 2020, started in Grade 0 as a very shy and introverted child; however, today she is a confident and courageous young lady who is skilled for life. I highly recommend St Andrew’s for your daughter.
When I drop off my daughter each morning, I am happy to leave her in the best hands, filled with good values, warmth and love. I am impressed by how well the excellent staff welcome the girls by their names. This creates a supportive and caring climate and a feeling of home away from home.
We are truly blessed to give our daughter this opportunity to attend St Andrew’s Preschool, where we are confident that she is going to grow into an independent, cultural individual who will be equipped with knowledge and skills to take on any challenge.
After doing some research on the school, we knew that St Andrew’s was where we wanted our daughter to be. St Andrew’s provides such a happy and enriching environment for our daughter. Since she has started in PR4 with Teacher Paola, we have seen a more confident and happier child. The structure and attention to detail when it comes to curriculum is what really sets St Andrew’s apart. A robust and thoughtfully designed curriculum allows us to tailor and prepare for the coming week. We have only been at St Andrew’s for a few months, but Teacher Paola and Teacher Julia really know and understand Mary-Grace’s personality and preferences – which has allowed them to foster her emerging abilities, but also to focus on the specific skills which require attention. Mary-Grace is excited to start her day at school. She enjoys being around all her peers and St Andrew’s fosters an environment which is optimal for all young children. St Andrew’s is constantly engaging with both parents and students in such unique ways. Despite not being able to fully connect with other parents (due to Covid restrictions), we still feel part of this amazing community. The entire staff are so considerate, kind and nurturing.
When we drop off our girls every morning, we leave them in a really caring learning environment where they feel safe. The teachers are nurturing, give guidance and the transparent structure they need. As parents, we are engaged and included in the learning and enjoy the formal and informal feedbacks. From grade 0, its been satisfying to see our girls develop good learning habits and enthusiasm for sports and interest in extra murals. The emphasis on character and relationships development, self-awareness and of the world around them, has gone a long way to entrench good values and make them the confident girls they are. Every day we are reminded of the good decision we made when our girls look forward to going to school and come back with exciting stories.