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The Story of St Theresa’s Beginnings.

In 1887 the first Holy Family Sisters arrived in Johannesburg, which was a town of mixed population and a few permanent buildings. The population was increasing every day as diggers arrived from all parts of the world to look for Gold on the Witwatersrand. The First concern of the sisters was to educate the children and to care for the sick. They opened a little fee-paying school in Fox Street, and two years later in 1889, they started a Parochial school in President Street with St Theresa as its patroness.

All were welcome and since it was not a fee-paying school, it quickly grew. The school in Fox street moved out of its cramped quarters to a more suitable site in End street and the school in President street continued to be staffed by sisters of the End street community.

As Johannesburg grew and changed the pupils had to come a long way to school, which was in the rapidly growing commercial district, so a plan was made to move the school into the newly developed Coronationville area. Negotiations with the government obtained a piece of land near to the railway line and the school was built there and opened in 1953. The sisters had a convent on site, which was also used as a Novitiate for the young Girls of South Africa, who were entering the Holy family religious life.

Later these convent buildings were given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul, who wished to build a home for the elderly people of the neighborhood. In return, they built a convent for the Sisters on the same property which became the Administrative House for the South African Province of the Holy family Sisters. Today the Parish of St Anthony’s; St Theresa’s School and the Holy family Sister’s House; St Frederick Place (for the aged) all stand, one beside the other, backed by the railway line.

The new St Theresa’s was meant to include a High School for Girls but when the new Coronationville High School was opened, it was decided to concentrate on a good Primary School and open the school to boys as well.

Since then St Theresa’s has grown and flourished and since 1994 when Apartheid restrictions were no longer in place, has been able to open its doors to all races. It has several new classrooms and was able to extend the playgrounds, to include a Cricket pitch for the boys.

The foundation of our school is Faith-Based. We are a Catholic School with a Catholic ethos. Our values, our Morals, and ideals which we teach to our young learners are founded on the teachings of the church. Religious education and Mass form an integral part of the schooling curriculum.

At St Theresa’s we aim to provide a holistic education for our children. We want them to participate in sports, do well in academics but always having a foundation of spirituality.



St Theresa’s Convent School is a Holy family School based on the values of the founder, Pierre Bienvenu Noailles.
We aim to develop relationships based on trust, respect and mutual support, to create a supportive caring environment for all members of the school and community.


The vision of St Theresa’s is to prepare children spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally, morally and socially to become proactive and positive members of our society.


Following in the spirit of Pierre Bienvenu Noailles, our founder, St Theresa’s Convent School exists to develop the best in each child in an environment of trust, love, forgiveness, generosity so that they can recognize that each day is a gift in which their lives can make a difference by the way they choose to live it.


The values which we adhere to at St Theresa’s are rooted in the Catholic universal spirit of love, peace and justice, honesty and respect for all.

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