About

Brescia House School is an independent Catholic girls’ school situated in the heart of Bryanston. Offering Grades R - 12, the school has developed an excellent reputation for the development of outstanding young girls who, benefiting from a well-rounded and balanced education, are able to make a meaningful contribution to society.

Our matrics of 2021 achieved 100% pass rate, 100% university entrance, 21 placements in the top 1% of specific subjects and an average of 3.8 distinctions per candidate. In addition to this, 2 candidates achieved IEB Outstanding Achievement (within the top 5% in 6 or more subjects and a rating level of 7 in Life Orientation), and a further 2 achieved IEB Commendable Achievements (within the top 5% in 5 subjects and a rating level of 7 in Life Orientation).


About

Vision

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Established in 1966 with only 196 learners, Brescia House School is one of South Africa’s leading independent, Catholic girls’ schools. Over time, the school has developed an excellent reputation for the development of outstanding young girls who, benefiting from a well-rounded and balanced education, are able to make a meaningful contribution to society.

The school was started by the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union at the request of the Bishop, who felt a need for a Catholic girls’ school in the area. We are proud to be a part of a worldwide Ursuline network of schools that educates thousands of learner annually.

The motto of the school, ‘Serviam’ means ‘I will serve’, and a spirit of service to the community is encouraged in the pupils.

Whilst remaining true to the vision of our founders, we welcome pupils of all denominations, encouraging them to explore many aspects of religion and spirituality.

The environment at Brescia House School is a caring one; where the primary need of each child to belong is met, pupils are accepted and appreciated for who they are, and are respected and valued as important individuals. Visitors to the school regularly remark on the purposeful working atmosphere in which all are encouraged to do their best. The school upholds high standards of academic attainment and behaviour. The idea is that there is no ceiling on achievement and that in each individual there is the potential to succeed. This success cannot be measured only by their academic accomplishments, but also by the development of their social and interpersonal skills and contribution to school life. The Class of 2021 not only excelled academically, but outside the classroom their all-embracing contributions resulted in many notable achievements in sporting and cultural activities. It is this balance, and mastery of time management, that allowed the pupils to truly reach their full potential.

Mission Statement

Brescia House School believe in:

Creating a Christian atmosphere, in which principles of truth, love, justice and reverence become the criteria in life’s decisions.

Working to achieve academic excellence and the development of the whole woman in all facets of her potential.

High standards of behaviour and discipline and in the importance of the individual and in her creative self-expression.

The dignity of all persons and in respecting the rights of others.

An open environment where all persons of our richly diverse society may grow in mutual understanding and acceptance.

Governance

Brescia House School has a Board of Governors appointed according to the school's Constitution. Members of the Board of Governors represent various portfolios without any contractual, employment or personal financial investment in the institution. The Heads are ex-officio members of the Board of Governors. There are also two Ursuline sisters of the Board of Governors.

Parent Teacher Association

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) exists to provide platforms for growing good relationships between the parents of Brescia House School, academic staff and non-academic staff. It is made up of selected academic staff members and elected parents/guardians.


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