Who we are

Message From Our Headmistress

St Michael’s School for Girls is the oldest girls’ school North of the Orange River and was founded by Bishop Webb in 1874. The school has a rich history, built on a Christian foundation. Although we follow the Anglican tradition, we welcome girls from other faiths and denominations, respecting their beliefs and traditions.

I am honoured and feel very privileged to be part of a school with such diligent students, an extremely dedicated and skilful staff, and a supportive school community.  I have been in education for 30 years, thirteen of which I have been fortunate to have spent at St Michael’s.


The focus at St Michael’s is on academics and our dedicated staff and well-equipped classrooms offer and excellent learning environment. Although academics is very important to us, we believe in the holistic development of the child therefore St Michael’s not only offers spiritual nurturing but also a wide variety or sport and cultural activities. The school provides our learners with top-quality facilities and a vibrant cultural and extra-curricular programme.

I view education as a life-long process, and continue to learn every year from our students, teachers, and parents. Most importantly, I believe that students are at the centre of all school-related decisions. The relationships between the various stakeholders and the school are vital to the success of our learners.

The vision of St Michael’s is to promote the development of independent, skilled, and confident young women who can lead happy and fulfilled lives, and to contribute constructively to South Africa and the wider world. The lives of many of the old girls who have spent their schooling career at St Michael’s is a testimony of this vision.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” Robert Kennedy


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Mission & Ethos

SMS is a successful multi-cultural English medium Christian Girls’ School with a long and distinguished history in the Free State.

Our Vision

The vision is to promote the development of independent, skilled and confident young women who are able to lead happy and fulfilled lives, and to contribute constructively to South Africa and the wider world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an excellent learning environment for academic, sporting and cultural achievement while nurturing the emotional development of the girls in a caring environment.

Based on our Anglican foundation, SMS develops the spirituality of the girls and staff and fosters its expression in the work of the school community.

School Prayer

Almighty God, before whom we stand,
Make this school a place where Truth and Love abound.
May St Michael and all the holy angels bless and protect us
So that we may be instruments to Your glory;
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,


School Song

Piercing clear St Michael’s eyes,
Gaze across his angel ranks,
On to mortals who give thanks,
For this warrior strong and wise.

We who proudly bear his name,
Lift our hearts in happy praise,
Joyously our voices raise,
And our saint’s protection claim.

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School Song

What we Offer

Choosing the right school for your daughter is always a difficult, yet important decision. Let us help you make that decision easier. With an academic track record that speaks for itself, SMS should be at the top of your list.

  • 44 consecutive years of 100% matric pass rate
  • Allan Gray Circle of Excellence School
  • Recognised partner of Stellenbosch university
  • Gold Honorary Award as top Feeder school for UFS
  • SMS offers entire Basic Education Schooling (Gr 000 – Matric)
  • Hostel Facilities available from Gr 5 – 11
  • A small school with a big heart
  • Gold Certificate from the Department of Education

Allan Gray Fellowship

These are the schools that have established the best track record for producing Allan Gray Fellows.

Circle of excellence schools

The Foundation’s Circle of Excellence was established to honour those schools that historically have produced the strongest candidates for the Allan Gray Fellowship.

Boarding Facilities

Boarding Facilities available from Gr 5 – 11

Theme Of The Year

2024 Theme: 150 years of grace

Meet the Friends, Partners and Sponsors of SMS. We wish to thank you for your support and encourage all our Parents and Old Girls to support your organisation

Like to join our Friends and Supporters club, contact us.