“Transformation is deeper than only creating a more racially and culturally diverse school body; it also has to do with influencing the heart and mind—an inner transformation.” – Debbie Martin, College Head

As a school with an illustrious history, we seek to combine our long-standing traditions with progressive thinking to provide girls with a comprehensive, holistic, modern, values-driven education which will serve them well throughout their adult years.

St Anne’s is a school with traditions, without being a ‘traditional’ school. Our buildings serve as a good metaphor for this – on the outside, you’ll see the traditional red brick; take a look inside, and you’ll find modern decor, bright colours and the latest technology.

  • Modern-day relevance
  • Critical thought
  • Driven by technology
  • Emotional intelligence

At St Anne's, we believe that good education is principally about developing character rather than acquiring a set of ‘skills’.

A person's ability to thrive in tertiary education and the workplace isn't based on good marks alone; she needs to possess genuine qualities of rational, humane, and critical thought, supported by a capacity for clear, persuasive expression.

In today's fast-paced world, it's vital that we continually assess the relevance of our curriculum and the way we teach it.

One of our chief considerations are the enormous opportunities and challenges presented by Information Technology. By incorporating appropriate technology into the curriculum, our girls are enabled to compete, connect, and co-operate in a world of digital transformation. An important part of this means equipping the girls with the emotional intelligence to deal with and leverage technology to their benefit.

  • Pupils and staff represent diverse society
For Old Girls to be able to have a positive impact on a diverse society, they also need to represent this diversity - in terms of race, heritage, life experience, personal skills, and economic status. Embracing diversity is one of our values, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of our pupil body through our marketing, admissions and financial aid processes. Staff diversity in terms of age, race, gender, and areas of expertise is also a priority, and we are intent on creating a teaching environment that is attractive to staff representative of this diversity.
  • Education
  • Awareness
  • Personal responsibility
“Global surface temperatures rising, glaciers melting, oceans warming, sea levels rising, rain forests burning, coral reefs dying, old-growth forests disappearing, deserts spreading, the world’s population increasing, and species vanishing at the highest rates since the extinction of the dinosaurs”* are characteristics of the world in which our pupils find themselves.

At St Anne's, we aim to prepare our girls to become responsible environmental citizens.

Environmental education forms a key component of the curriculum, not only because we must save our precious Earth, but also because giving back to our world develops the kind of women our girls will become. Exposure to nature has been shown to raise marks; increase creativity, co-operation, and self-confidence; reduces stress; and enhance cognitive abilities.

We're actively ensuring that our buildings and campus best facilitate a 21st century-appropriate education and environmental agenda.

We have an active Environmental Committee dedicated to promoting responsible environmental use in our community. All of the school's waste is separated and recycled, all new lighting uses LED technology, we have energy-saving devices and electricity load managing in place, we harvest rain water and we are doing all we can to reduce our water consumption. In recognition of the investment that St Anne’s is making in our environment, we have been listed as an Eco-School and are working towards an International green flag certification standard. *Marge Scherer, Challenging the Whole Child
  • Self-belief
  • Positive collaboration
  • Respect

To have a significant impact on society, our Old Girls simply cannot undermine their value as females.

Dr Ailsa Stewart Smith summarised the challenges facing women in the workplace into two categories: those involving men and those involving women. She referred to these categories as the “glass ceiling” and the “stiletto ceiling”. With regards to the glass ceiling, we prepare our girls to approach the workplace with strong self-belief rather than a sense of entitlement, brave in the knowledge that what they have to offer is crucial to a balanced work environment. Our norms and traditions do not reinforce subservience to males in any way. In addressing the “stiletto ceiling”, Dr Smith likened a stiletto to a “weapon of miss-destruction”. The education of our girls encourages positive collaboration and general respect for the leadership skills of other females. We aim to nurture girls who will use gender consciousness to challenge gender stereotyping and traditional patriarchal structures through appropriate and assertive action.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.” (Matthew 25, v 40; Holy Bible: New International Version).

As a Christian school, St Anne's has an imperative to demonstrate God’s presence through our Social Responsibility Initiatives.

Social Responsibility Initiatives are thus relevant not only because they benefit the recipients of our programmes and have educational value for our girls, but also because they are a response to Jesus’s imperative. One of our core values is to 'Reach Out' with compassion, humility and service. For us, Social Responsibility isn't a 'tick-box'; it's synonymous with being a member of the St Anne’s community. It's our intention that every St Anne’s girl will be well-equipped to make a difference in society.