Senior School

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.

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.

Many different sports are offered at differing levels from league to social teams in including tennis, squash, hockey, netball, football, swimming and water polo.

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

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