“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”
Service to school and community at Holy Rosary forms an integral part of our school. We believe that by making a meaningful difference to the lives of others, our girls will cultivate a social conscience and develop into young women with compassion, humility and responsibility.
The discipleship of our founder, Bishop Joseph Shanahan, and the missionary work of the Holy Rosary Sisters, has given us remarkable and worthy examples that our staff and girls strive to follow in their outreach work and in the community.
Social responsibility forms an integral part of Holy Rosary School’s ethos. We strive to make a meaningful difference to the lives of others, so that our girls will cultivate a social conscience and develop into young women of courage, compassion, humility and responsibility. We do this in many ways: internally, through service to the school via Public Relations and Hospitality, and externally through Outreach Committees with various portfolios and projects.
Service to the school
High School girls can participate in many committees, initiatives and programmes that involve service: Public Relations, Hospitality, First Aid, Blood Donor Clinic and Technical Crew.
Johannesburg Junior Council
Each year, two Grade 11 girls are elected as Holy Rosary’s representatives on the JJC. Here they aim at giving the youth in Johannesburg a ‘voice’ and work to create sustainable change in our environment. Some of the standout events that our representatives are involved in include:
the Round Table Bed Race, where the JJC decorates hospital beds and races them around the Zwartkops Racetrack thereafter donating them to various underprivileged hospitals
The Nelson Mandela Luncheon where the JJC serves lunch to over 200 elderly citizens, and spends time learning about their lives
various marches against all forms of abuse
Human Right’s Day March – standing for the right to a healthy and clean environment.
Outreach Work in Limpopo Province
Holy Rosary School in Malamulele is a primary school that was started by the Holy Rosary Sisters in 2000 at the request of the Bishop of Tzaneen. Over the years our school has worked closely with this very special school and passionate staff. Each year some of the money raised by our Debutantes has been used to assist with and upgrading facilities.
The Phumelela Programme
‘Phumelela’ - meaning ‘succeed’ in Zulu - was chosen as an appropriate name to describe this incredible programme. In consultation with the principal of Ekurhuleni Primary School, Holy Rosary School invited the top thirty grade seven pupils of 2010 to participate in the programme in 2011. A further 21 Grade 8 pupils joined the year after, and in January 2015 the first group of Grade 8 pupils reached Grade 12. Phumelela now has 109 pupils. They live in the informal settlement of Dikatole in Germiston, and attend high school at various schools in Germiston during the week. Our Saturday School, The Phumelela Programme, is one that we will continue to nurture as it grows and empowers children in the informal settlement of Dikatole in Germiston.
This video illustrates the creativity, innovation and commitment that these exceptional pupils have to offer.