St. Anne's Diocesan College

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St Anne's Diocesan College
St Anne's Diocesan College is located in South Africa
St Anne's Diocesan College
St Anne's Diocesan College
Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Coordinates 29°33′30″S 30°17′55″E / 29.55833°S 30.29861°E / -29.55833; 30.29861
Type Private, Boarding
Motto Res Non Verba, Crux Non Vis - Deeds not Words, the Cross not Force
Established 1877
Locale Village
Headmaster David Arguile
Exam board IEB
Grades 8 - 12
Number of students 400 girls
School color(s) Blue and White
Fees R 120 888 p.a. (boarding)
R 66 072 p.a. (tuition)

St Anne's Diocesan College is a private girls' boarding school situated in the small town of Hilton in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands of South Africa.


St Anne's Diocesan College was founded by the Rt Revd William Macrorie, Bishop of Maritzburg[a] and Miss Creswell in 1877 in the Manse Building in Pietermaritz Street in Pietermaritzburg. In 1878 the school was moved to the corner of Loop Street and Pine Street in Pietermartzburg. The move to its current location in the village of Hilton which lies above Pietermaritzburg was done in 1904.[citation needed]

In 1977 the tradition to wear white to the matric ball was started. The colour white was chosen as it symbolises purity and virginity.[citation needed]

Previous Lady Wardens and Head Masters[edit]

  • 1877-1879 Miss Creswell (1st lady warden)
  • 1879-1889 Miss Usherwood
  • 1890-1903 Miss Marianne Browne
  • 1903-1907 Miss Isabel Drury
  • 1907-1917 Miss Frances Baines
  • 1917-1941 Miss Dorothy L. Andrews
  • 1942-1950 Miss Molliew Kate Stone
  • 1950-1954 Miss Molly Woods
  • 1954-1955 Miss Dorothy Beggs (Acting Warden)
  • 1955-1963 Miss Dorothy McEune
  • 1964-1968 Miss Joyce Carew
  • 1969-1972 Miss Margaret E. Beer
  • 1973-1974 Mrs Sheila Morgan
  • 1975-1986 Mr Anthony Cheetham
  • 1987-1997 Mr Bill McQuade
  • 1998-2009 Mr David Wilkinson
  • 2010- Mr David Arguile[citation needed]

The College Today[edit]

Today St Anne's has approximately 410 pupils from Grade 8 to Grade 12 of which eighty five percent board. There are six boarding Houses: Andrews, Frances Baines, Macrorie, Marianne Browne, Mollie Stone and Usherwood.[citation needed]

The St Anne's Guild Prayer[edit]

Vouchsafe, we beseech Thee
Merciful lord, to prosper with
Thy blessing, our College of St Anne.
Grant that we may set Thy holy
Will ever before us, and do always
That which is well pleasing in Thy
Sight and persevere in Thy service
Unto the end
Through Jesus Christ our Lord


School Song[edit]

The Hymn of Light:

O joyful Light, by Whose clear shining only,
In trust we seek, and seeking find a way;
Strength of the tempted, Brother of the Lonely,
From out our darkness bringest Thou the day.
Lo having Thee, we lose not one another,
Sundered, united, dying but to birth:
All worlds are one in Thee, O more than brother,
An one our family in heavan and earth.

So shine in us, our little love reproving,
That souls of men may kindle at the flame;
The whole worlds hatred, broken by our loving
Shall bow to love, Thine everlasting name.
Therefore to Thee be praise and thanksgiving
To Father, Son and Comforter Divine;
We lift our voice and sing with all things living,
O Light of life, the Glory that is Thine.

Sung to the tune of Londonbery Air or Danny Boy[citation needed]


St Anne's is one of the top academic schools[according to whom?] and its leavers write the Independent Examination Board exams.[citation needed]

Notable alumnae[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ During the controversy between Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town) and John Colenso, Bishop of Natal, a rival Diocese of Maritzburg was established and Macrorie was its first bishop, Hamilton Baynes was its second and last bishop
  2. ^ An extra terrestrial, not a foreigner
  1. ^ Beukes 2004, p. 194.
  2. ^ "Candice Swanepoel in Short Shorts". Men's Health. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 

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