The Rosebank Government School, with Mrs Jeanie Henry as the first principal, opened its doors to 30 children on 29 January 1906. Jeanie Henry had been sent from County Town by the Church of Belfast to India as a “teaching medical missionary”. After the Anglo-Boer War, education in the Transvaal was in a sad state and soon Jeanie and Nelson Herry decided to build a little school in 7th Avenue (now Keyes Avenue), Rosebank. This is how Rosebank School began.
Rosebank begun to play an important role in the surrounding community. Originally Rosebank School went up to Standard 4 (Grade 6) and then for a while to Standard 5 (Grade 7). Many of the children left school after Standard 5 (Grade 7) to start work.
On 29 October 1909, a small, brick building in Cradock Avenue (then 4th Avenue), replaced the little wood-and-iron building in Keyes Avenue. The original building unfortunately burnt to the ground when the bluegum plantation in Parktown North caught fire. The school was then rebuilt in 1972 in the location where you find it today.
When the school had first opened in 1906, Rosebank was an outlying village of Johannesburg. For many years, you could walk kilometers along paths and tracks as there were no fences. There were very few motor cars to be seen, but ox-wagons were a common sight.
To ensure that quality Teaching and Learning takes place to enable our learners to progress with the appropriate knowledge, skills and values.
The provision of holistic education through a nurturing and caring environment which is directed at inspiring learners to reach their full potential as considerate, responsible and participating scholars.
Thank you for our school grounds Lord
Thank you for the sports we play
Thank you for making school so pleasant
More fun everyday.
Thank you for our media centre
Thank you for our computers too
Thank you for all the skills we’re learning
Each day something new.
Thank you for the staff we have Lord
Thank you for all the work they do
Thank you for all the variety of knowledge
We keep learning too.
Thank you for our motto Lord
“Manners Makyth Man” our rule
Guiding us towards our futures
Here at Rosebank School.
Start building an educational foundation for future leaders.