Established in 1879, St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls is an independent Anglican School situated in Hillcrest, Pretoria. The school prides itself in achieving a balance between the spiritual, moral, academic, cultural and physical development of its learners and enjoys an excellent reputation, nationally and internationally. We provide a caring, unique and dynamic educational environment for day scholars from Grade 0 to Grade 12 and boarders from Grade 5 to Grade 12.

St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Pretoria invites applications for the following position available from January 2025:


St Mary’s DSG strives to create a pathway empowering confident young women of integrity and character to explore their potential and to contribute positively to our nation and the world. The School invites suitably experienced candidates, who meet the criteria, to apply for the important position of Educational Psychology Intern (Whole School). 

With a psychology internship we strive to cultivate skilled psychologists dedicated to delivering exceptional mental health care within educational environments. Intern psychologists will have the chance to acquire varied experiences through individual therapy, assessments, group interventions and collaborative teamwork.

About the role:

Working with the school’s Educational Psychologists to provide educational psychological services to students in the Junior and Senior School of St Mary’s DSG. This will include individual therapeutic interventions; psychoeducational assessments; group intervention; meeting attendance and collaborative multidisciplinary work; case management and consultation with parents and teachers.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work under the supervision of a St Mary’s DSG Educational psychologist who will act as the site supervisor.
  • As per the HPCSA requirements the internship will be full time.
  • Provide therapeutic interventions including play therapy, trauma support, ongoing therapy sessions etc. to Junior and Senior school students.
  • Identification of support needs and containment of presenting difficulties.
  • Conduct psychoeducational assessments.
  • Write professional, practical and psychometrically sound assessment reports.
  • Provide selective learning support and remedial interventions to students across campuses.
  • Provide workshops, group interventions and facilitate social and emotional learning experiences with the emphasis on prevention and psychoeducation to staff, students and parents.
  • Attend pastoral/support meetings and work as part of a collaborative Student support.
  • Maintain accurate clinical records.

Maintain the highest level of professional and ethical conduct upholding the professional rules of conduct pertaining to the profession of psychology as laid down by the HPCSA.

Knowledge, Skills and Attitude

  • Knowledge of relevant psychoeducational assessments, career/subject choice and emotional assessments.
  • Compliance with relevant legislative framework and ethical conduct in line with the HPCSA and other relevant regulations.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and appropriate boundaries in all matters related to the role.
  • Knowledge in providing workshops to learners.
  • Actively seeking to develop professionally in a school environment that is committed to providing quality education.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective and productive working relationships.
  • Ability to prioritise, multitask and work under pressure.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, organisational, administrative, interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of the team.
  • Very strong planning and organising skills.
  • Ability to use own judgement and discretion.
  • Demonstrate high levels of professionalism, competency and initiative.

About you:

  • Have completed or nearing the completion of an accredited master’s degree in educational psychology.
  • Have an individualised internship program that has been approved by the Professional board of psychology by December 2024.
  • Be registered with the HPCSA as an intern psychologist by no later than January 2025.
  • Be willing and able to work with students from Grade 0 – 12 as well as staff and parents.
  • Have supervised experience in therapeutic interventions and psychological assessments.

Please clearly mark the position you are applying for and forward your CV to the HR Manager, Mrs Charmaine De Jong via e-mail:

No application will be considered after the closing date. St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you had not heard from us in 2 weeks, your application will have been unsuccessful. An application in itself does not guarantee an interview. St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity

St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, 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 recognise and accept this disclaimer.

CLOSING DATE: 19 July 2024

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