Springfield Convent of the Holy Rosary was founded in 1863 when 6 intrepid sisters of the Dominican order in Cabra, Ireland set sail for South Africa. They founded 79 schools, one of which was Springfield. We are proud of our Dominican roots and of the legacy left by those founding sisters who displayed such tenacity and vision in spreading the message of St Dominic. That message is one which encourages a life-long love of learning and the belief in the value of every child as made in the image of Christ. Our motto ‘Veritas’ or Truth informs what we do at Springfield and our school was the first to open its doors to girls of all races even during the darkest days of apartheid. It is a choice of which we are proud. We hope to instill those values in our girls today so that wherever they may find themselves they are imbued with a quiet confidence and a determination to make difficult choices as the sisters did all those years ago.
Part of what makes Springfield special is our ability to meld the old with the new. Our rich history and beautiful surroundings, which include an historic old laundry (now converted into the modern Fra Angelico Art Centre) and a sisters’ cemetery, ensure that we are reminded of our rich heritage and the responsibility that places upon us to ensure that we retain excellent standards in all that we do.
The ethos of those early Dominican sisters is firmly embedded in the ‘DNA’ of Springfield and we remain committed to providing an excellent education. We believe in the education of the whole child. Our outstanding Art, Drama and Music Departments are testimony to this as girls are encouraged to find their unique creative talents and pursue them. Springfield also has a long and proud history of debating both locally and internationally. Sport is an integral part of our school and girls have access to an array of sporting codes.
But first and foremost we are an academic school and our girls continue to excel. Springfield has been consistent in its achievement of excellence in academic performance over many years. We believe that this can only be achieved by diligence on the part of our girls, teachers, school management and also parent involvement.
We are, however, constantly challenged as a Board and parent body by the inequality and poverty we see around us. We are aware that our situation, as an oasis of privilege, requires much of us and our vision as a Board is always to ensure that the Dominican ethos of valuing each individual and being aware of need in the world is an intrinsic part of all that we do at Springfield. As a South African school we know that we must look both inward and outward and encourage our girls to do the same and build in them a sense of social responsibility, compassion and mindfulness.
In choosing Springfield our Board believes you have made the very best choice for your daughter. We hope that her Springfield adventure is a happy one which encourages a curious mind and sense of compassion and tolerance for a world sorely in need of reason and understanding.
Board Chair & Springfield Past Pupil (1988)