Parktown Convent

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Holy Family College
TypePrivate school
MottoLatin: Quid Retribuam
(What shall I give back?)
PrincipalMark Potterton
Colour(s)Black and red

Parktown Convent was built in 1905. In 1991 it became Holy Family College. It was formerly a girls' school.


The convent was founded by Mother Ambrose Farren, [Cassie Farren DOB 1861][citation needed] who came from Moville, Co Donegal, Ireland.[according to whom?]

Notable alumni[edit]

Helen Suzman, a liberal South African, anti-apartheid activist and notable politician, attended the convent[1] and matriculated from the school in 1933. Later becoming an eloquent public speaker with a sharp and witty manner, Suzman was noted for her strong public criticism of the governing National Party's policies of apartheid at a time when this was atypical of white South Africans.

Margaret Scott graduated from the convent school in 1939, went to London, and continued her training as a ballet dancer. She performed with Sadler's Wells Ballet and Ballet Rambert in England and Australia in the 1940s. She moved to Australia in 1953 and became the first director of the Australian Ballet School, a post she held for twenty-six years.


Part of the school was destroyed by fire in 2013.[2]



  • Shimoni, Gideon (2003). Community and Conscience: The Jews in Apartheid South Africa. University Press of New England. ISBN 978-0-86486-620-2.
  • Roane, Brendan (23 May 2013). "Historic hall gutted". Independent Online. Retrieved 2014-09-25.

External links[edit]

Official website

Coordinates: 26°10′03″S 28°02′45″E / 26.16762°S 28.04579°E / -26.16762; 28.04579