To offer a globally relevant, balanced education, to develop significant women, in all spheres of society.
Durban Girls’ College is a Christian School that inspires girls to realise their potential through a unique educational journey built on tradition, innovation, diversity and excellence aimed at enriching our world.
Integrity, Empathy, Courage, Confidence and Commitment
“In our South African context, contemporary social and cultural norms and values, as well as economic realities, consign
young people of colour to a position of extreme marginalisation and insignificance in terms of the private school cultural
identity discourse. As a leading independent school in South Africa, Durban Girls’ College is reflecting on its extraordinary role in educating and moulding the hearts and minds of young South Africans, as well as enriching the communities that are connected to it.
‘Who do we want to be now?’ The core question that Durban Girls’ College is asking as it embarks on its Transformation Journey.
The school is particularly fortunate in that it has, at its disposal, a strong and well-equipped community that it has leaned on for support on this transformation journey; a reminder that solutions for communities are developed within communities. In the same vein, early learning on the journey is that lacking stakeholder engagement causes a disjoint in the community.
To this end, the DGC Sakhizwe Transformation & Diversity Committee is comprised of key stakeholder groups. We can be confident that, on the strength of our collaborative efforts, this grand opportunity to evolve will not be wasted on us. The bad news is, we have a long road ahead of us but the good news is, we have each other.
I’m deeply humbled by the opportunity to reimagine my school as a truly world-class South African institution,
representative in its constitution and a custodian of our diversity.”
Chairman of the Sakhizwe Transformation
and Diversity Sub-Committee.
Key Stakeholders Report Final
Durban Girls’ College was founded in 1877 as the “Durban Young Ladies’ Collegiate Institution” by a group of six Durban Commissioners and Protestant Clergy under the leadership of J F Churchill. The founders are still remembered in our Founders’ Day service each year, and the six school houses bear their names – Churchill, Cottam, Greenacre, Hunter, Palmer and Rutherford. In 1905, DGC moved to Musgrave Road, its present site, which was donated by Sir Benjamin Greenacre. The beautiful original school building is a monument to the spirit of excellence in which the school was established. Over time, the spacious campus has been extended and developed and the present pupils enjoy world-class academic, cultural and sporting facilities and equipment.
The founders and benefactors envisioned our school to be an institution that would provide women with a quality education that would span across generations. For more than a century, our school’s ethos and philosophy have been shaped and developed, resulting in the strong core values and standards that underpin our school today.
The pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit of the DGC founders remains in effect today, as our school embraces positive change, reform and the best of new trends in education policy, curriculum development and teaching methods. This proactive and creative management ethos also permeates facets of school life such as staffing and admissions policies.
The outstanding school-leaving results achieved by our Grade 12 girls and the successes of our Old Girls stand as testament to the Durban Girls’ College educational experience. Combining tradition and innovation, with the aim of educating holistically, typifies the DGC educational approach. The thriving Old Girls’ Guild, which is represented on the Board of Governors, is an active custodian of the school heritage and the DGC ethos.