High School

"A very special spirit of sisterhood"

The Durban Girls’ College traditions and values form the foundation of our High School where every girl is offered the opportunity to succeed in many spheres: academically, culturally, on the sporting front, and in the field of service. Girls are encouraged to develop their individual skills by embracing the rich variety of activities available to them, both inside and outside the classroom. The High School is characterized by a very special spirit of ‘sisterhood’ and many an Old Girl will testify to the lifelong friendships made at DGC.

Our 2024 School Leadership

The DGC Pledge

Key Ceremony

In Grade 8, girls entering the High School are presented with an uncut key, which they are encouraged to ‘cut’ according to their needs as they progress through High School.


The uHambo, a 12 to 14 day excursion during which the girls hike in the Underberg, is central to the Grade 9 year. The girls are divided into groups, each led by staff members who mentor them as they encounter and overcome challenges outside their individual comfort zones. This journey motivates the girls to dig deep, discover their personal strengths and develop an all-round support for one another.

Exchange Programme

In Grade 10, many girls embark on the exciting adventure of international and local exchange programmes of 3 to 6 weeks in duration, giving them the opportunity to experience school life in other countries around the globe.

In Grade 11, girls have the opportunity to apply to represent DGC globally at an International Youth Leadership Summit in either the USA, Singapore or France.

Matric Dance

One of the undoubted highlights for the Grade 12s is the Matric Dance, a magical evening organised by the Grade 11s, teachers and parents that traditionally marks their transition from school girls to young women.