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Holy Rosary School (Primary)

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

Private Primary School for Girls in Johannesburg

Holy Rosary Primary School runs from Grade R through to Grade 7. The Head of the Primary School is Ms Isilda de Oliveira. The Primary School is a nurturing environment where girls enjoy all aspects of school life – academic, cultural, sports and religion. Holy Rosary offers your daughter a balanced education, developing body, soul and mind.

Right from the important start in Grade R, the girls are encouraged to enjoy school.  Learning is fun!  

The Primary School prides itself on a skills-based approach to all academic subjects.  We encourage creative skills and individuality. Technology is the way of the future and our lessons are made more fun through the use of interactive whiteboards.

The Primary School boasts two fully equipped computer rooms and many of our classrooms have a dedicated computer with Internet connectivity.

Cultural Activities in the Primary School

Grade R ConcertHoly Rosary provides a unique learning experience through a wide selection of cultural activities. The school provides a balanced, all encompassing education by integrating the academic with arts, culture and sport.

Cultural Activities at Reception Level

  • Playball
  • Playfit
  • Gymnastics
  • Pottery
  • Karate

Cultural Activities at Primary School LevelPlaying in the Marimba band

  • Computer Club
  • Yoga
  • Baking
  • Chess
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Pottery
  • Music

Music in the Primary School

At Holy Rosary our vision for the Music Department is:

  • to encourage a love of music
  • to empower our girls through music
  • to educate the audiences of tomorrow through musical literacyPrimary School Choir at the opening of the new Pre-Grade
  • to encourage performance, both instrumental, choral and as part of dramatic and musical productions
All the girls take part in class music, where the focus is on music appreciation and interpretation, musical literacy and experiencing music through movement and dance.  We use a three choir model:

  • Junior Choir: Grade 1 – 3
  • Intermediate Choir : Grade 4 & 5
  • Senior Choir: Grade 6 & 7

We also have a Marimba Band, Drumming Band and Percussion Band, to give as many girls as possible the chance to be part of a performing ensemble.

Extra-Mural Music Programme

The following instruments are offered as part of the Extra-Mural Music Programme:

  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Flute
  • Drum KitPrimary School Concert - Pancake Day Pandamonium
  • Clarinet

Once a year the Music and Drama Departments co-produce a large-scale production where all the girls in either the Foundation or Senior Primary Phases have a chance to perform.  The termly Season Concerts are another platform of performance, where soloists as well as performance groups have a chance to show off their skill. 

The greatest joy in music is to perform together and through these events we instill a love of performance and sharing the gift of music with our girls.



Physical Education in the Primary School

Netball in the Primary SchoolHoly Rosary encourages team spirit and school pride in their sports programme. We strive to foster physical fitness and well-being. Sport is an important part of the school’s

all-encompassing and balanced education which develops body, soul and mind.

At Holy Rosary, not only do we embrace sport in the physical sense, but we combine it with mental strength and vitality.  Every sport is linked to lessons taught through Life Orientation, helping girls to understand what it means to be truly healthy and fit.

In the Primary School the girls are encouraged to be involved in a variety of sports on different levels. Sport is compulsory from Grade 3 to Grade 7 and the girls may choose to participate at a competitive level (in a team) or on a social level.

Primary School Interhouse Gala

Extra Mural Sport in the Primary School

  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Athletics
  • X-Country
  • Rowing

Sporting Achievements

  • Swimming plays a big role in the life of Holy Rosary as we believe that swimming is a skill for life.
  • Holy Rosary Tennis teams compete admirably in local tournaments and our resident coach is available every afternoon for extra lesson.
  • Our 8 Hockey teams successfully participate in the Private Schools friendly league and every  year sees provincial representation by several Holy Rosary Girls.
  • We are proud to be able to field 10 Netball teams of which our U12 and U10 teams won their pools and qualified for play offs.  Holy Rosary hosts two major netball tournament drawing schools from surrounding areas.
  • Athletics and X-Country form an integral part of the fitness component of Sport at Holy Rosary.
  • Rowing is offered to the Grade 6 and Grade 7 learners.

House Events in the Primary School

Primary School Interhouse Sports Day

Every child in the Primary School represents their house in  Hockey, swimming, athletics, netball and tennis.  The true camaraderie and spirit are rewarded with the presentation of a House Spirit Trophy.

Detailed School Statistics

Suburb: Edenvale

  Lowest Grade: Grade 0 / R   Boarding: No
City/Town: Johannesburg

  Highest Grade: Grade 7   Lowest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
Province: Gauteng   Lowest Tuition P/A: R53740.00   Highest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
School Type: Girls   Highest Tuition P/A: R67230.00   Curriculum: IEB South African
Religious: Christian Ethos (Catholic)   Administration Fee: 250.00   Teacher/Pupil Ratio:
Number of Pupils: 474   Founding Year: 1940   School Phase: Prep School

Associated schools

Holy Rosary School (Secondary)
Holy Rosary School (Pre-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 0913

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Physical Address:

113 Horwood Street