St Catherine’s is a place to nurture young minds

St Catherine’s School has a rich history in Germiston.

St Catherine’s School was founded in the new mining town of Germiston in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters under the leadership of Mother Rose Niland.

Mother Rose saw the need to educate the children of the miners and merchants in this growing township and took up the challenge.

The aim of the Sisters was to provide a solid education for young people, based on Christian values and excellent academic standards.

Today the school remains true to these founding principles.

St Catherine’s was the first convent school on the East Rand and the first high school in Germiston.

The first building was erected on property purchased from Simmer and Jack, near Rose Deep Mine, in Hardach Street.

The upgraded front of St Catherine’s School. The upgrade was completed last year.

Soon the school was thriving and offered quality education to boys and girls from Grade One to matric.

Many of the established Germiston families have had generations of children pass through St Catherine’s School.

By 1948, with the industrialisation of the centre of Germiston and the movement of the urban population to the north and south of the town, St Catherine’s Convent was transferred to a new site in the attractive suburb of Parkhill Gardens.

Here, a new school was erected, with spacious grounds, tennis and netball courts, a soccer field and a swimming pool.

In 1968 the school limited its intake to girls from Grade One to Grade Seven, and boys from Grade One to Grade Three, and in 1970 St Catherine’s Pre-School was registered by the Transvaal Education Department.

In May 1985 the headmistress, Sister Alraed, approached the Regional Prioress about the possibility of extending the school to accommodate boys up to Grade Seven.

The response from parents was favourable and from January 1986 St Catherine’s operated as a co-ed preparatory school.

Towards the end of 1991, the Sisters of St Catherine’s moved into a private house, leaving many open rooms for a fast developing school.

New classrooms and toilet facilities were beautifully devised in what used to be the Sisters living quarters, and the school grew rapidly as parents recognised the value of quality driven independent school education.

In 1995 an adjacent property was purchased and this extended the school’s grounds and made it possible to accommodate an aftercare facility.

Dennis Maritz was appointed head of school for St Catherine’s School in January 2017 and leads a school with a long history.

In 1998 a meeting was held with members of the board and the teachers to discuss the possibility of St Catherine’s extending to include a senior school.

This had long been the desire of the board, as well as many of the parents.

In May of that year, a decision was made to purchase the land across the road from the school as a senior school would require extra sport facilities.

The school opened enrolment for Grade Eight learners in 2001.

This group led the group as pioneers until 2005 when they matriculated, achieving pleasing results, including a 100 per cent pass rate.

The first phase of the new wing of the school, the Paul Hartley Wing, was opened in January 2004 to accommodate the growing senior school.

In 2006, the second phase was completed.

The year 2008 was a very special year for St Catherine’s as the school celebrated its centenary with a moving Mass, which was attended by many members of the school family, both past and present.

In 2010 the Board of Governors approved the construction of four new classrooms to accommodate increasing enrolment.

This wing has become known as the Anton Bischof wing and was occupied in 2012.

St Catherine’s School has been teaching the children of Germiston for 110 years.

Construction also began on the new pre-school in January 2012, and the learners and staff moved into their beautiful new school buildings in July of that year.

St Catherine’s has always been a place which has welcomed learners of all cultures and creeds.

It has been a place for learners, teachers and parents to chat, laugh, cry and pray together.

The school believes that it offers more of a “home-away-from-home” environment, a place where academic excellence is celebrated and where potential is cherished and nurtured.

The past few years have seen a steady increase in numbers and a new head of school, Dennis Maritz, was appointed in January 2017.



Learners shine on the football field

School proud of swimming brothers


Due to this growth, a decision has been made to expand the school to accommodate 800 learners by 2021.

This has necessitated the construction of an additional six classrooms, which will be ready for occupation by the end of 2018.

Further developments in 2019 and 2020 include the construction of a multi-purpose centre and staff room, as well as additional laboratories and a new computer centre for the senior school.

One-hundred-and-ten years after first opening its doors, St Catherine’s School is proud to be a thriving educational institution for the children of Germiston, and it looks forward to many more years ahead.


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