Sport & Wellness Programme

Durban Girls’ High School offers a comprehensive Sport Programme that encompasses both the competitive and wellness elements of physical activity. Within a broader context of a holistic and balanced education, our Sport, PE and wellness activities are intended to foster health, wellness, fitness, self-discipline, team work, cooperation, goal setting, social interaction and self-confidence. The aim of the programme is to encourage and assist each learner to participate at the highest level of her potential, either competitively or as part of our wellness programme.    

 We facilitate the use of accredited external coaches and offer participation in all our sports codes’ district and provincial trials.

Competitive Programme


In the first term the KZN District and Provincial trials are run and the National Schools Championships are in March. In the third term the inter-house Athletics meeting is part of our Inter-House Day. 


Under the guidance of Head Coach, Giles Audibert, we have won the Girls’ A league a number of times and have 4 teams that participate in the various school leagues. We have a number of learners that play in the Provincial Junior and Senior school teams and we participate as often as possible in the South African Inter-School Championships. 

Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing is one of our most popular codes. Our learners are trained under the esteemed Neville Letard (Shall We Dance) and we have learners who compete in the local school competitions. Each year we participate in the grading of school learners and we have twice  hosted the Inter-School Ballroom Dance Competition. 


Basketball is a vibrant and growing code.  Our teams compete in the inter-school competition in the third term.


Chess is a growing sport at DGHS. Our chess team practices at lunch break all year round and the players participate in Inter-School competitions. They participate in the Durban & Districts Chess Challenge and also compete in  KZN Chess Association Alex Forbes Battle Boards. 


Cricket is a new code at DGHS with many eager participants. We participate in the inter-school league that is run in the fourth term by the KZN Cricket Association.  

Cross Country

In the second term we participate in the Cross Country inter-school league. During the rest of the year the programme runs as Run for Fitness where the learners participate in runs around the Glenwood area.


In Dance our learners are taught a range of styles such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz and Broadway. The Dance Team has been an exciting project at DGHS and has gone from strength to strength. A highlight of the year is participation in the Dance@Kearsney programme.   


Drummies has a long and proud history of success at DGHS. This year-round code demands commitment and dedication. Keith Alho is our resident Head Coach and is the longest serving coach at DGHS with 29 years’ service.  Our team is seen often around KwaZuluNatal as they provide entertainment at many sporting and tourist events. They also offer their services to civic organizations and are supported by a well-organised parent body.  


Our school’s membership riders compete under the SANESA banner which is acknowledged by the South African Equestrian Federation (SAEF) and SASCOC. Our riders own their own horses and stable and ride them at their own clubs.  


Indoor Hockey is played in the first and fourth terms and Outdoor Hockey in the first and second terms. In the third term we run an Academy Programme. DGHS fields 12 teams in the Indoor and Outdoor school leagues and participates annually in the Spar Regional Tournament.  We have learners being selected for the Umlazi and KZN teams, and our coaches are provided extra experience by coaching at these levels.  We utilize the Three Schools’ Turf which we share with Glenwood and Penzance. Our young players are introduced to club hockey via Municipals who also practice at the Three Schools’ Turf. Mrs Deckford is our First Team Coach. 


We have 8 teams that participate in the First Division of the Inter-School League and which utilise our  4 outdoor courts and 1 indoor court.

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing is split into Bouldering in the first and second terms and Sport Climbing in the third. Jordan Pillai is the coach of our team and we annually have climbers who are selected for the KZN teams.


Rowing is a new code at DGHS that runs all year round and is supported and coordinated by the Durban Rowing club. We row in the Durban Harbor and, in a short space of time, have fielded a provincial schools representative. Our aim is to participate as a school in the SA Schools Rowing Regatta.


Soccer  is growing exponentially at DGHS and we have 5 teams that participate in the inter-school league in the third term.  We have learners regularly being selected for the KZN teams.


Softball is played in the 3rd term and we have 3 teams that participate in the schools’ league. We have had many DGHS players who have gone on to represent Senior KZN and South African Teams.


Our pool is heated and floodlit and is used extensively by our swimmers.  We have an A and a B swimming team that compete in the inter-school friendly galas. We have numerous swimmers and staff that compete in the Midmar Mile. We also compete annually in the All Girls’ National Aquatics Festival. 


DGHS is excited to offer tennis as part of both its competitive and wellness programmes. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, our tennis programme caters to all skill levels.

Touch Rugby

Touch is a fast-paced,  popular code at DGHS and our 9 teams play in the inter-school league in the first and fourth terms. We have a proud history in this code and have produced a number of SA and KZN representatives.


Volleyball is a much loved code that is played in the first and second terms by a junior and senior team that compete in the inter-school league held at Westville Boys’ High. 

Water Polo

Water Polo is played in terms one, three and four. We travel annually to the National Aquatics Festival and participate in the KZN Top Schools. We have three teams who compete in the inter-school league, and the First Team also competes in the KZN Winter League. DGHS has proud Water Polo history as a number of past learners have represented South Africa. 

Wellness Programme

The wellness programme runs all year round and the learners are encouraged to ‘move’  by choosing from social sport or wellness/recreational activities. We offer activities such as: Ballroom, Walk for Fitness, Dance, Yoga, Social Tennis, Social Swimming and Taebo.

We also run Learn to Swim programmes and First Aid courses for learners.

  • # Fitness

This is a functional HIIT session (High Intensity Interval Training) held in various venues around the school.

  • Learn to Swim

The Learn To Swim Programme is run in the first term for all learners, but specifically Grade 8s who haven’t had exposure to swimming pools in primary school and those who have a fear of water.

  • Run for Fitness

This involves a structured, monitored run around Glenwood.

  • Self Defence

Our Brown Belt educator, Miss Coetzee, takes learners through their paces.

  • Taebo

This rapid-paced total body workout uses martial arts techniques such as kicks and punches.

  • Walk for Fitness

This popular activity includes a bi-weekly, brisk and supervised walk around Glenwood.

  • Yoga

This practice which includes breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is practiced for health and relaxation. 

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