Roughly 80% of the girls at St Anne’s are residential boarders, with the majority being termly boarders. This means that there’s a happy, lively energy on our spacious, beautiful campus throughout the term as our girls go about their daily activities.
With girls from around the African continent and the world, St Anne’s is a ‘home away from home’, with a family feel and a strong sense of community. Our boarding environment equips girls with life skills and unique friendships that they will treasure for the rest of their lives.
Because St Anne’s doesn’t have a preparatory school and has an intake from over 45 different junior schools, every Grade 8 is a ‘new girl’, which means that strong bonds form right from the beginning.
The homely, spacious boarding houses, top-class facilities, and caring Housemothers establish a happy, fun and fulfilling boarding life at St Anne’s.
An important cornerstone of every girls’ boarding school experience is the house system. During their time at St Anne’s, boarders and day boarders are assigned one of six comfortable boarding houses that sleep about 60 girls each.
Each House is cared for by a resident Housemother, who is a mother figure to the girls and liaises with their parents on all pastoral matters. She is assisted in the House by a resident boarder mistress (who is usually also completing an Internship), as well as the senior girls.
Day boarders are encouraged to be as much a part of the Houses as full boarders. The House community also extends to parents, who have the opportunity to meet each other at annual House get-togethers.
The result is a sense of House unity, loyalty and camaraderie that can only be described as 'formidable'. A strong sense of competition exists between the Houses, with regular Interhouse competitions in drama, music, and sport.
“You grow as a person both physically and mentally as you surround yourself with fun, friends, challenges, and rewards.” Abi Daniels
- Depending on the layout of the boarding house, Grade 8 and 9 girls usually sleep in dorms of between three and six girls. In Grade 10 and 11, two girls share a room, and Grade 12 girls each have their own room. Each girl is provided with a single bed, mattress, side table, double cupboard and a pin-board. The Grade 11 and 12 rooms also include a desk for each girl, a chair and shelving. Girls bring their own duvets, pillows and linen. The well-equipped common rooms with small kitchenettes provide a central space for girls to gather and relax together, play board games, or watch their favourite movies on flat-screen TVs. It's here that a lot of fun and boarding bonding experiences are had!
- The well-being of every girl is a primary concern at St Anne’s. A school doctor is available for consultations with the girls three days a week, and the San is overseen by qualified nursing staff who are on duty 24 hours a day. The San is a peaceful wing, with windows opening onto beautiful gardens. It offers a calm and restful atmosphere where girls can go when they are ill or in need of help.
- Healthy, interesting, and tasty food is essential at boarding school. Resident boarders are given three full meals, as well as morning and afternoon tea daily. Girls are expected to attend every meal and adhere to the dining rules outlined in the College Routine Handbook. We outsource our catering to a professional catering company (Fedics) who have the necessary expertise to cater for the needs of girls’ boarding schools.
- Each house is allocated a day for laundry, which goes to the central laundry unit on the school grounds. Each girl is given a laundry book containing her name, laundry number, and laundry list. Each house also has its own small laundry equipped with a washing machine and tumble drier for delicate items.
- Saturday school is critical to the school curriculum and it is compulsory for all girls to attend. An entertainment committee is responsible for keeping the girls busy over the remaining weekend hours with activities such as outings to nearby nature reserves, trips to the mall and watching sport at the local boys’ schools.
Full boarders are allocated four day exeats and three weekend exeats per term. Additional exeats for tea, lunch, or supper may be granted for special occasions.
All girls may receive visits from their parents, grandparents, and siblings any time outside of the normal school day. Visits from friends and other relatives are permitted on Sundays from 14:30 to 16:30.
In Grade 12, girls may take up to five weekend exeats per term. They can also receive visits from their friends and other relatives between 15:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday.
“I love that I have 60 new sisters that will always be there no matter what happens. St Anne’s is my home away from home.” Korkor Opai-Tetteh
The opening of the new Andrews House by Bishop Fisher took place in 1946, although there was a delay...
Frances Baines House was named after Miss Frances Baines, Lady Warden of St Anne's from 1907-1917.
Macrorie House was named after Bishop Macrorie, who was involved with St Anne's from its inception in...
Marianne Browne House was named after Miss Marianne Browne, Lady Warden of St Anne's from 1890 - 1903...
In 1924, a property was purchased from Mr Mortimer to enable the St Anne’s Preparatory School to move...
Usherwood House was named after Miss Eliza Usherwood, Lady Warden of St Anne's from 1879 - 1889.