We run a number of additional programmes at St Anne’s that enhance our holistic offering. These programmes are in line with our vision to nurture young women into Old Girls who make a positive impact on a 21st Century world.
The internationally-recognised President’s Award aligns with our focus on holistic education. To achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold level Award, a girl has to apply herself in several areas, stepping out of her comfort zone and empowering herself through the process. On average, around half of our girls enrol in the programme during their time at St Anne's, challenging themselves to give more and go further.
Our girls have the opportunity to participate in the Pietermaritzburg Grade 8, junior or senior debating leagues, which follow the World Schools’ style. Girls who excel at league level are invited to represent Pietermaritzburg at the KwaZulu-Natal Schools Debating Association provincial debating tournament, where the team for the national event is chosen.
Debating offers many benefits – most notably, the opportunity for debaters to interact with and compete against boys and girls from a wide variety of schools and environments. Teamwork teaches conflict resolution skills, and the debating motions require research and critical thinking. Through debating, our girls learn argumentation skills and are encouraged to engage objectively with the world around them. They also gain confidence in public speaking. Whether at league, provincial or national level, debating has something to offer any girl.