Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by admin 1 Comment

Cultural & Service Activities

Durban Girls’ High School is proud to offer a range of cultural 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, allowing learners to immerse themselves in all aspects of cultural life. We believe that participation in cultural 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.

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 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. All in all, the cultural and service life at Durban Girls’ High School is rich, diverse and an incredibly valuable dimension of the holistic education we offer.

Culture & Service @ DGHS


The DGHS band is comprised of learners from Grades Eight to Twelve who are selected through open auditions held at the start of each year. Coached by a dedicated band master, the learners learn cover versions and compose their own original songs. The band performs at a variety of external and school events throughout the year.



This lunchtime club encourages learners who have a passion for literature. Learners meet to discuss favourite books, give book reviews and participate in a variety of literary activities all designed to celebrate the magic of the written word.

Book Club


The DGHS Choir is formed of a group of talented girls with a passion for music. The choir have performed and won at numerous festivals and competitions, as well as entertaining at Speech Days and school and corporate events. From classical to contemporary, traditional to musical theatre, no genre of music is beyond them – they really are a class act!

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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.


Following the template of the TV show, DGHS learners compete in eight rounds of competition, tackling various recipes and mystery ingredients. Candidates are eliminated each week, until we finally crown a winning team - the DGHS Bake-Off Champions.

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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.


Enviro Club

The Enviro Club is home to learners who are dedicated to making the planet and our school environment a safer, greener place to be. A range of competitions and campaigns are run throughout the year. The club meets once a week after school and engages in many environmental activities, such as the labelling of indigenous trees in the school grounds and tending to their veggie garden.

Grade 11 Eco-Nominations - Many Hands Make Light Work ENVIRO CLUB


Film Club screens a current movie every Thursday afternoon. Learners from all grades are invited to attend and guests can attend for a minimal fee of R2 per movie. At the end of each term learners hold review discussions where they evaluate the movies they have screened.



Forum is a popular activity wear speakers learn the art of intellectual discussion in which they are required to substantiate claims and opinions with examples and facts in order to prove their points.

Forum pic FORUM


Calling all Francophiles! This active society promotes all things French. Learners who attend French Club participate in French events at other schools, write to learners at our link school in France, watch French cinema or host their own French Evening, right here at DGHS. They have even been known to bake the odd brioche or two!

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The History Society promotes both local and international history and learners meet to discuss, learn and share their knowledge once a week. The popular Speakout! sessions are also run by the History Society and allow learners a forum to discuss and debate current affairs. 

History Society


The HSA meets once a week to share readings, discussions and prayer. HSA members also run fundraisers and volunteer to support local charities.



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 events such as the East Coast Radio Big Walk. In addition to this they run charity collections and sell Valentine’s roses to raise funds for local charities. This initiative is recognised by the Rotary Club of South Africa, who award certificates for service to outstanding learners.


Matric Dance Committee

The Matric Dance Committee works throughout the year to ensure the Matrics receive an unforgettable farewell evening. The committee fundraises to allow them to provide extra special touches on the evening and they channel their creative and organisational skills to ensure the night not only looks beautiful but runs smoothly as well.

the-matric-dance-committee-2016 MATRIC DANCE COMMITTEE


The MSA meets regularly to share readings, discussion and enjoy a celebration of faith. Learners have a designated venue for prayer at appropriate moments within the school day. 


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, most recently in ceramics and watercolour, as well as affording girls 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.

Please e-mail to check times.

Open Studio

Public Speaking

Public Speaking is another strength of the cultural portfolio of Durban Girls’ High. The learners enter a range of competitions and events, including Speak! and Best Speaker.

Public Speaking

Reading mentors

Every Monday afternoon Grade Ten learners go to Durban Children’s Home to work with children there as reading mentors. This is a wonderful community service initiative that enables our learners to use their education to support and assist the development of others. It also teaches our girls about the importance of clear presentation and how to engage with people on a one-to-one basis and develops leadership skills.


From slam poetry to stand-up comedy, from speeches to songs, Rhymcite celebrates all aspects of the spoken word in performance. The society is run by learners, under the dedicated guidance of Miss Magubane, and often hosts Open Mic sessions whereby we welcome learners from other schools as well as running more regular Closed Mic sessions for in-house performances.



The Robotics club meets once a week to build and programme their own robots. This fusion of IT knowledge, mechanical understanding and attention to detail makes for an interesting and successful after-school club.


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.

DSC_0605 S.M.I.L.E


The SCA is a busy society with prayer meetings at break-times and a weekly ‘Coffee, Cake and Conversation’ session which sees both learners and invited guests present to each other on set topics, after which discussion, sharing of experiences and, of course, prayer, take place.

Sad farewell to Mrs Sturgess by SCA at Easter Service SCA

School Productions

Shakespeare Schools Festival

We regularly enter the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Productions have included 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' and 'Much Ado About Nothing.' Learners audition for roles and casts feature learners from Grades Eight to Twelve. This is a marvellous opportunity for learners to appreciate the magic of Shakespeare brought to life onstage, either as audience members or participants.


School Production

Our annual school production is open to learners of all age groups and roles are selected via an audition process. We have a successful history, featuring productions such as 'The Boy Friend' (2012), 'Hairspray' (2013), 'Find Me' (2014) 'Sweet Charity' (2015), 'Girls Like That' (2016), 'Crazy For You (2017), Golden Girls' (2018) and "Thoroughly Modern Millie' (2019). 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.


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. Awards for a range of different categories are given on the night and points are awarded which contribute to the overall House Trophy at the end of the year.
Twelfth Night School Productions


The Shakespeare Society celebrates all things related to the bard! Learners learn about both context and content of Shakespeare’s famous plays and explore them through readings, textual analysis, performances and film.

Shakespeare club
Shakespeare Society