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 Drama Club. 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, 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.



The DGHS School Band 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. 


DGHS has long since held an excellent tradition of debating and competes in the Durban Coastal Debating League every year. All grades and age groups are catered for and are trained by our experienced and interested coaches. We have held the DCDL and National Girls’ Schools’ Festival champions titles and our speakers have enjoyed provincial and national success. 

DGHS Voices & Choir

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. 

Drama Club

Led by the Drama Monitors, this interactive club enables learners to develop their knowledge and passion for Drama beyond the classroom. Covering a set topic each week, the Drama Monitors guide the participants through a variety of activities and performances (and sneak in the odd bit of Drama theory along the way!) An energetic and sometimes frenetic experience, this well-attended club is enjoyed by learners of all age groups. 

Clubs & Societies

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

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.

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. 


The DGHS School 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. 

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.

First Aid

The DGHS offers a First Aid course that emphasizes the importance of acquiring essential life-saving skills. This commitment to training equips individuals with the knowledge and techniques needed to respond effectively in emergencies. By providing this course, DGHS plays a vital role in empowering communities to handle critical situations and potentially save lives.

Matric Dance Committee

The Durban Girls’ High School Matric Dance Committee are committed to creating a memorable and enjoyable event for everyone involved. They decorate and organise the venue and various other duties to ensure that our Matric learners have a wonderful evening.

Blood Bank

DGHS hosts the South African Blood Bank four times a year. Our learners and staff serve selflessly, participating in this crucial initiative that saves lives and supports healthcare across the region. Their commitment to ensuring a stable and accessible blood supply reflects their deep sense of duty and compassion towards the community they serve.

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