Our Deputy Head Girl of Outreach, Erin Gavina, would like to introduce and explain what service means to HRS girls. 

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The discipleship of our founder, Bishop Joseph Shanahan, and the missionary work of the Holy Rosary Sisters, are remarkable and worthy examples of service that our staff and girls strive to follow in their outreach work and in the greater 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 the facilities.

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Holy Rosary School/Service
Holy Rosary School/Service

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 continues to grow each year and now has over 109 pupils. These children and young adults 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, will continue to nurture and empower these amazing children so that they are better equipped to succeed in the future. 

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Holy Rosary School/Service
Holy Rosary School/Service
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