Who We Are

message from the Principal

St Michael’s School for Girls originated when a group of fearless women, Anglican sisters, made their way across a continent and dedicated their lives to the girls of the South African hinterland. Today it is still characterised by strong women-in-the-making, who will add value to our country and the wider world. They blaze a trail unlike any other.

As an Old Girl of the school, I had the privilege of starting my journey of discovery in the graceful old buildings in Elizabeth Street. The buildings were redolent of history and the pepper trees in the grounds were our refuge on hot summer days. The move to a state-of-the-art campus on the outskirts of town was exhilarating. There was a sense of treading a path towards the future beckoning us.  SMS girls had the X factor… class, poise and confidence. Classroom discussions often centred around the state of the country and our desire to see a just dispensation for all.

Today St Michael’s is the jewel in the crown of Free State education. To be named the top Academic school in the province, the only Platinum school, is humbling but also inspiring.Our girls are excellent ambassadors on the sports field and in the cultural sphere. Every learner is a presence, and not just a number. In our close-knit family, we embrace values such as respect and tolerance …and celebrate our diversity. The young women with whom we spend our days energise us. What a privilege it is to be part of Team SMS!

Imelita van der Berg

Acting Principal

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 of 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.

  • 41 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

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

Every year SMS adopts a theme to steer the staff and learners.

2022 Theme: Embrace Every Moment

Friends, Partners and Sponsors of St Michael’s School

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.