Cultural & Service Programme

Durban Girls’ High School is proud to offer a range of cultural and service activities, ranging from Band to Book Club to Bake Off. In total, over twenty different clubs, societies and activities are on offer on a weekly basis. 

We believe that participation in cultural and service activities not only broadens educational horizons, but also offers learners a platform form which to develop self-expression, creativity and explore their own ideas in a supportive and stimulating environment. The service-related activities, such as being a member of Interact or teaching younger learners through the S.M.I.L.E programme, develop responsibility in our learners and offer them the chance to give back to the local community.

Whether the activity be performing in a school production, singing in the choir, debating or attending History Society, learners are challenged, encouraged and inspired to achieve.  The cultural and service life at Durban Girls’ High School is rich, diverse and an incredibly valuable dimension of the holistic education we offer.


Bake Off

Following the template of the TV show, DGHS learners compete in numerous rounds of competition, tackling various recipes and mystery ingredients. 

Band & Orchestra

The DGHS School Band and Orchestra learn cover versions, classical and contemporary songs and compose their own original pieces. They perform at a variety of external and school events throughout the year.   

Choir & DGHS Voices

The DGHS Choir and Voices groups are composed of talented learners with a passion for music and singing. The groups perform at events at school and in the broader community. From classical to contemporary, traditional to musical theatre, no genre of music is beyond them. 

Club & Societies

Durban Girls’ High School is proud to offer a range of clubs and societies, ranging from Creative Writing to Photography Club to French Club. These activities allow learners to pursue their passions and explore new interests.  

Debating & Public Speaking

DGHS holds an excellent tradition of Debating and Public Speaking, and our speakers compete on the many platforms available. Our debaters compete in the Durban Coastal Debating League every year and our teams have held the DCDL and National Girls’ Schools’ Festival champion titles. Individually our speakers have enjoyed provincial and national success.  

House Plays

Our annual House Plays bring another opportunity for learners to devise and direct their own productions. In response to a given stimulus, learners create original short plays which are then performed in front of a guest adjudicator.  

School Productions

Our annual school production is open to all age groups and learners not only perform, but also work backstage and in sound and lighting operation, providing an all-round educational experience, as well as creating a strong team ethos.

Shakespeare Schools'Festival

We regularly enter the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival. This is a marvelous opportunity for learners to appreciate the magic of Shakespeare brought to life onstage, either as audience members or participants.  

Open Studio

The Art Studios are open four afternoons a week to cater for learners who wish to develop their artistic skills beyond the classroom. Often hosting masterclass sessions, as well as affording learners the peace, quiet and space to put the finishing touches to their set works, this is a popular activity with learners of all age groups. 

Quizzes & Challenges

Durban Girls’ High School participates in numerous quizzes and challenges during the school year. The learners prepare and train for quizzes such as the Daily News Rotary Quiz and the Deloitte General Knowledge Quiz. Extension activities are pursued through avenues such as the Allan Gray Entrepreneurial Challenge, the JSE Stock Exchange Challenge and the CFO Challenge. 


Religious Associations

The religious associations at DGHS are busy and active societies: the Hindu Students’ Association, Muslim Students’ Association and Students’ Christian Association all meet regularly to share, explore, strengthen and celebrate their faith. 


Durban Youth Council

Learners of DGHS participate in the Durban Youth Council every year.  This non-profit organization provides learners with a platform to help their community through service. 


Members of Interact truly know the meaning of the word ‘service’; the girls in this society give of their time to run aftercare for a local primary school, to make regular visits to a local children’s home and to work at various community events. In addition to this they run initiatives to raise funds for local charities. Interact is recognised by the Rotary Club of South Africa.

The SMILE Programme

The St Mary’s Interactive Learning Experience is a project which sees our Grade Eleven learners step into the role of teacher for an afternoon. Every Wednesday we host learners from local, junior primary schools and our learners work with them to teach conversational English and basic literacy and numeracy through an exciting and interactive group work programme.

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