High School

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Curriculum

Durban Girls’ College follows the national curriculum of South Africa and writes the school leaving examination (National Senior Certificate) of the Independent Examination Board (IEB).

In Grades 8 and 9 girls are exposed to various learning areas to give them a range of subjects for possible selection at the FET level. They study languages (English as home language, Afrikaans or isiZulu at first additional language level and French at second additional level.

Natural Sciences, Human and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Economic and Management Sciences (including Accounting), Arts and Culture including Music, Art and Drama, Life Orientation and also some Computer and Technology skills, with the option to write the ICDL (International Computer Driver’s Licence).

In Grade 10 – 12 the four compulsory subjects are English and a First Additional language (either Afrikaans or isiZulu), Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy and Life Orientation.

A selection is then made of three other subjects from the following designated subjects which all lead to entry for study for a Bachelor’s Degree:

• Physical Science and Life Science
• History and Geography
• Music, Visual Art, Dramatic Art
• Accounting, Business Studies
• Consumer Studies
• French Second Additional Language

Advanced Program Mathematics may be studied as an extra subject.
Reading is regarded as a very important extra and ongoing computer literacy is encouraged by the use of powerpoint and other software in class tasks and presentations.

Most subjects organise practical activities ,outings and visits relevant to their subject. Outreach and community service is encouraged.

The cross curricular outcomes of communication, working in groups, solving problems and thinking critically, awareness of human and environmental problems and responsible citizenship underpin much of the planning and implementation of all the learning in the school. A Christian approach, a sense of belonging to a family of friends and a sound work ethic all assist girls to enjoy their years at school and find personal fulfilment as they achieve their own individual goals.

Extramural

Interwoven with this curriculum are many opportunities to become involved in the wider life of the school – choir and orchestra, debating teams, and Toastmasters in Grade 11, various student societies such as SCA, Interact, Interfaith Dialogue Forum and Caritas. The SRC meets to discuss school issues.

Leadership is encouraged and fostered by a system of library and computer monitors, and other positions in departments such as music and drama.

The cross curricular outcomes of communication, working in groups, solving problems and thinking critically, awareness of human and environmental problems and responsible citizenship underpin much of the planning and implementation of all the learning in the school. A Christian approach, a sense of belonging to a family of friends and a sound work ethic all assist girls to enjoy their years at school and find personal fulfillment as they achieve their own individual goals.

Cultural

Both within and without the classroom, College girls enjoy a rich variety of cultural and extension activities and programmes.

Music, Art and Drama are firmly entrenched in the curriculum and in many ways pervade the life of College. Choirs, orchestras, marimba band, private tuition in several instruments and debating form part of the rich tapestry. A wealth of competitions and festivals allows the girls to celebrate the joy of the visual and performing arts.

Grade 11 and 12 each have a special dance while Grade 10 learns ballroom and Latin dancing with a local boys’ school.

Sport

Our High School has earned a hard-won reputation for being a top sporting school. Among our proud achievements are: winning the Girls’ A League Durban and District Gala for 11 consecutive years, maintaining a ‘top two’ finish in the hotly-contested Coastal Hockey League, and retaining our ranking as the top girls’ water polo school in KZN.

The sport coaches are specialists in their field. They encourage girls to participate and to achieve all of their sporting aspirations.

Durban Girls’ College offers a wide variety of sports, with competitive swimming, water polo, hockey, netball and tennis being the most popular in a range that extends to synchronized swimming, squash, soccer, aerobics and badminton.

Through sport, we inspire girls to learn the value of teamwork, leadership and commitment and show them that together, they can achieve excellence.

International Education

At DGC we recognise the importance of international educational travel for developing globally aware young people. As such, we encourage our girls to participate in an at least one international educational programme during their time in the high school. Through learning about other cultures, moving out of their comfort zones and reflecting on their experiences, our girls become more thoughtful young women, better able to understand the complexities of global issues and to work in multinational teams. Our International Education Programme has two components: a Grade 10 exchange programme and a variety of international educational opportunities available for Grades 10-12.

Grade 10 Exchange Programme

The Durban Girls’ College exchange programme is about life experiences and is open to Grade 10 girls. We offer these experiences because they promote global awareness on various levels, including: education; cultural issues; and social and community engagement. Our exchange programme has expanded to include New Zealand, the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom and Singapore, in addition to the already popular partner schools in Canada, Australia, the United States of America, Argentina and the United Kingdom. Namibia brings a local, African feel to the programme and our partner schools in South Africa continue to add value to our distinctive Grade 10 experience. The Durban Girls’ College exchange programme is undoubtedly one of the best in the country.

Other international involvements include a number of Grade 11 girls attending various Leadership Summits throughout the year in the United States of America (Loudoun), Singapore (Asia-Pacific), France (Normandy) and other European countries (Global Youth Leadership Conference). DGC is the first girls’ school in Africa to participate on these global platform.

Other International Educational Travel Opportunities (Grades 10-12)

Most of these international educational trips are available during school holidays and vary from year to year. Regular opportunities include:

• International youth leadership summits
• Language immersion programmes
• Cultural and special interest tours
• International university tours

For more information please contact our Exchange coordinator, Sue Meehan, exchange@dgc.co.za.