The Debutantes' programme at Holy Rosary School was started about 30 years ago, when the school was still a small convent with limited resources. The first project was for the girls to raise money for a much-needed Home Economics Centre. Since then, the programme has grown and developed and today is largely focused on raising money for charities, and the Holy Rosary Phumelela Outreach Programme.
Participation in the Debutantes' Programme is entirely voluntary, but most girls join as they look forward to a year of working together whist raising funds for those less fortunate in our society. Each year the girls come up with new and interesting ideas to achieve this. It is a year packed with varied experiences and important life lessons.
The Debutantes' Programme runs from the September of the Grade 9 year to July of the following year. During this time there are many group events (such as the Fashion Show), Market Days (encouraging entrepreneurship), private fundraising events, and a lot of community service. A glittering Debutantes' Ball - held at the beginning of September - closes a year of fun and challenging work. It is here that girls are recognised for significant achievements for both fundraising, community service and their attitude and values displayed during their year. Our Grade 9s start off the programme as young girls, but by the end of their year have developed into confident young women.
Service is the most important pillar of our Debutantes’ Programme. Besides raising money for our outreach projects and a portion for the school, our Debs must do several community service hours. Although the girls may choose their own form of community service, over the years many of them have worked to assist Little Eden, St Anne's Residence, St Francis Aids Home, SPCA, Reach for a Dream and CHOC.