Brescia House School is an independent Catholic girls’ school situated in the heart of Bryanston.
Established in 1966 with only 196 learners, Brescia House School is one of South Africa’s leading 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.
Our matric girls achieved not only a 100% pass rate, but also a 100% University Entrance in their final matric results, for the fourth year running.
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.
- 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.
Our sporting facilities include:
- Two hockey fields,
- Full aquatic complex with heated pools and a hotpot,
- Eight tennis courts,
- Netball courts
- And good relationships with the Bryanston Country Club and the Randburg Sports facility.
Brescia House School boasts not only wide participation in sporting activities, but also top achievements in:
- indoor hockey,
- indoor netball,
- girls’ soccer and
Brescia House School has a school Board of Governors appointed according to the Constitution, with adequate membership that represents the public interest and is without any contractual, employment or personal financial investment in the institution. The Heads are ex-officio members of the Board of Governors. There are three Ursuline sisters on the Board of Governors.
More than just the Brescia House School’s motto, translated from Latin Serviam means ‘I will Serve’. We proudly strive to live up to the philosophy of service to God and our neighbour through identified projects in our surrounding community.
Despite the economic constraints we all face every day, Brescia House School pupils, parents and staff continue to give geneorusly of their time and energy, as well as donations for worthy causes. Community Outreach activities have also all been positively supported. It is with the constant guidance and passion of the Brescia teachers that form part of the committee, Mrs Norman, Mrs Pininski and Mrs Iacovitti that the Serviam Clubs contribute so enthusiastically and generously to many of these projects.
The aim of the primary school is to nurture the child so that she learns to grow and take risks in a safe environment. High standards of behaviour are expected, but equally, the self-expression of the individual is paramount to developing a confident, well-balanced learner.
At Brescia House, every girl is offered broad opportunities for expanding her horizons. The curriculum is comprehensive and extra murals, many and varied. All this is built on a solid foundation of strong Christian teachings and values, developing an awareness of, and respect for, the diverse cultural challenges that face our country.
There are two phases, namely, the Foundation Phase - Grade R to 3 and the Intermediate Phase – Grade 4 to Grade 6. At Brescia, the Grade 7s are part of the secondary school and continue their path in the Senior Phase – Grade 7 to 9.
Experts in the educational field have commented that the 21st century learners need to be global citizens; they must be able to use the web 2.0 technology and the social networking opportunities it opens; their physical classroom should move beyond the walls of the traditional classroom and their learning must promote interdisciplinary activities which are project and research based. Our patron saint, St Angela Merici - living in the 15th century and a woman ahead of her time - encouraged her followers to embrace change. "Act, move, believe, strive, hope and pray with all your heart and without doubt, you will see marvellous things", she said. At Brescia House School we see God's miracles in our learners every day.
The School succeeds in delivering to society learners who meet these criteria - each young woman is supported in all facets of her development to achieve to her full potential. Learners are able to utilise their opportunities to contribute positively to the future of South Africa and the global society - they are highly skilled, behave ethically, are tolerant, service-oriented and mindful of the environmental needs for conservancy in order to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all citizens.
Brescia House School embraces diversity and follows the counsel of St Angela, our patron saint, to "live in harmony, united together in one heart and one will. Be bound to one another by the bond of charity, treating each other with respect, helping one another, bearing with one another in Christ Jesus; if you really try to live like this, there is no doubt that the Lord our God will be in your midst".
Since 2008, Brescia House School has been actively involved in the Eco-Schools programme managed by WESSA.
We continue to encourage recycling with the collection of ink cartridges in exchange for trees which are planted on the school grounds. Brescia House School was awarded The Platinum Certificate Year 1 for the Eco- Schools work done in 2013. In order to achieve this certificate, a school needs to sustain environmental education and management for six years.
Brescia House School has been recognized as a global leader in successful integrations of technology with teaching and learning. In November 2015, we were selected by Microsoft as a 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase School for our excellence in transforming our learning environment to deliver more personalized education to students, using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace. This is the second year in a row that Brescia House School has been awarded this accolade.
Brescia House School joins an exclusive community of over 400 premier schools from around the world, recognized to celebrate their truly pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment in order to drive deep 21st century competencies.
“Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is an amazing honour and recognizes the passion our teachers and staff have for creating the best learning environments possible,” said Mrs Ann Owgan, Headmistress of the Primary School at Brescia House School. “We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in our community and the world to continue finding innovative ways to equip our students with the proper tools needed for success inside and outside of the classroom.”
As a Showcase School, Brescia House School will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education and communicate a vision for education enabled by technology through the hosting and mentoring of other schools in the community on transformational educational practices.
“Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school, ” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “These schools are truly transforming learning and providing more personalized education to students empowering them to achieve more.”