Boarding Establishment Boarder Mother


St John’s D.S.G., established in 1897 by the Society of St John the Divine, is situated in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. It is a leading Anglican, independent, day and boarding school for 600 girls (Grades RR – 12), and is a member of the Independent Schools’ Association of Southern Africa. St John’s has a strong community ethos that gives it a distinct character.



Effective from June 2024.

Applications are invited for this live-in position in our Boarding Establishment, which houses just under 200 girls from Grade 8 – 12.

The applicant must be a single female, suitably experienced, mature woman, preferably between the ages of 40 – 65 years, with no dependant children, no pets and who is physically fit, a non-smoker and of sober habits. Previous experience working with teenagers, teaching High School or nursing would be an advantage.

The successful applicant will be required to:

  • Be a physically active person of integrity and enthusiasm, with strong leadership, interpersonal and administrative skills.
  • Be able to function independently and as part of a team of care-givers.
  • Have initiative, be flexible and be prepared to take responsibility for discipline, organisation and travel arrangements.
  • Possess a balance of patience, empathy and firmness when dealing with girls.
  • Have strong administrative skills and be fully computer literate on MS365 programmes.
  • Be able to liaise and communicate appropriately with parents, administrative and academic staff, ensuring high levels of diplomacy, tact and confidentiality.
  • Be committed to the Christian ethos of the School and able to provide a caring environment for boarders.
  • Possess a valid driver’s licence and own vehicle. A valid PDP would be advantageous.
  • Be prepared to work over weekends and before term starts and after term ends.
  • Apply for clearance with the Child Protection Act and Sexual Offences Register.

Remuneration: The salary will be negotiated during the selection process. No indication of the salary can be given telephonically. The package includes free accommodation, including electricity and water, in a flatlet for a single person in the Boarding Establishment. Meals are provided during term time only.

An application form must be completed to be considered for the position. It may be downloaded from our website:

Once completed the application form, a covering letter addressed the Principal and the other requested documents must be emailed to:

Please note: only emailed applications will be accepted.

Closing date: 10:00 on 15 April 2024. No late applications will be considered

St John’s reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of this post. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview or an appointment. Applications are open to all South African citizens. Applicants who do not meet the requirements of the advertised post or who do not submit the application form and requested evidence, will automatically be disqualified from consideration. Applicants who have not been contacted by the end of May should take it that their application has not been successful.

St John’s D.S.G., in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.


  • To carry out all duties, roles and responsibilities as directed by the Principal and Head of Boarding. Supervise the Boarder Mistresses and girls in the Boarding Establishment in an approachable manner.
  • Foster a homely, inclusive and safe atmosphere for all boarders.
  • Be proactive in seeking to forge good personal relationships with boarders, their parents and fellow staff.
  • Be an advocate for the St John’s D.S.G. Boarding Establishment.
  • Work evening shifts and over weekends, according to a roster.
  • Perform administrative duties, as required.
  • To set up and carry out daily routines and programmes to ensure the smooth running of the operation.
  • To ensure the boarders follow the aims and objectives of the Boarding Establishment and abide by the rules and regulations.
  • To support the School’s disciplinary policy and code of conduct in the Boarding Establishment and deal with disciplinary issues.
  • To ensure the individual circumstances and needs of the girls are prioritised.
  • To meet regularly with the Head of Boarding regarding emotional or behavioural concerns.
  • To liaise with the Head of Boarding and Clinic Sisters to ensure the girls’ medical requirements are catered for and to be aware of medical and other appointments.
  • To ensure the conditions during study time are conducive to academic progress.
  • To ensure the safety and security of all girls, at all times, including ensuring weekend plans and outings are supervised and/or have parental consent.
  • To supervise weekend activities for full-time boarders.
  • To communicate effectively with boarder parents, telephonically and via email, and deal with queries and concerns in a professional and calm manner.
  • To assist with pupil report comments at the end of exam terms.
  • Liaise with the Estates Manager regarding repairs and ongoing maintenance in the Boarding Establishment.
  • To be aware of activities happening on campus over weekends and during the school holidays.
  • Have a solution-focused and positive approach to work situations.
  • To perform other key tasks that the Principal or Head of Boarding may assign.
Closing Date
Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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