Our vision, created by our founders, guides us in all that we do:

“We dedicate ourselves to the honour and glory of God and the vision of the Holy Rosary Sisters which urges us to value the uniqueness and potential of each individual and to strive for excellence in education within the context of a changing South African and global society.”

We nurture God-given talents and potential in an environment of educational excellence. However, our girls’ education expands beyond the classroom – through sport, culture, spirituality and service – where they are given the opportunities to develop further skills, and the guidance and tools to lead happy, balanced and successful lives.

Holy Rosary School


Our school has deep roots

Bishop Joseph Shanahan founded Holy Rosary Convent in 1940. He was joined by the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary from Ireland. Bishop Shanahan's mission was to empower women of Africa through education. 

These courageous Missionary Sisters, 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.

The school stays true to the values of our founders:

  • Empowering women

  • Service to Community

Holy Rosary School | History
1940 1st Convent School
Holy Rosary School | History
Bishop Joseph Shanahan
and first pupils
Holy Rosary School | History
Holy Rosary School | History
1941 School Field
1958 New Convent


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Ms. Veronica Madikgetla is a qualified and registered Social Worker. She has been part of the Holy Rosary Team since 2017, working in the Aftercare Centre girls with their homework. Ms Madikgetla is based in the Isivivane Room (Isivivane is an IsiZulu word meaning “throw your stone upon the pile” and is used to mark a place of spiritual significance). Here she provides counselling for the high school girls. She is passionate about guiding, supporting, and advocating for the mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing of our pupils.

Ms. Madikgetla works together with the teachers and grade tutors to provide individual and group counselling sessions. Isivivane is a safe space where the girls can speak about their social-emotional wellbeing and receive the necessary support and guidance that will allow them to mitigate and prevent the challenges that they are faced with. At Holy Rosary School we believe that each girl has a place where their God-given talents can be nurtured and developed. 

Mrs Chantelle Ballossini is a qualified teacher and Educational Psychologist. She has been part of the Holy Rosary team for 14 years. Mrs Ballossini helps by providing individualised academic assistance to the girls either on a one-on-one basis or in small groups.  She works mainly with the Intersen Phase students building their English and comprehension skills, and Mathematical concepts.


Mrs Ballossini has also taken on the role of School Counsellor in the Primary School, where she provides a safe space for the girls to discuss any challenges they may be experiencing. Her passion lies in ‘looking after’ the mental health and wellness of the girls, as well as her colleagues.  She practices mindfulness and is teaching the girls the skill of mindfulness.

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We like to encourage parents to become actively involved and make a positive impact on all aspects of their daughter's school life. 

HRS Parents' Association
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