"Entrenched within the very nature of DGC"
This founding aspect of Durban Girls’ College, is still firmly entrenched within the very nature of DGC school life, and underpins many school activities and traditions throughout the year including: Easter and Christmas Carol services; devotions at weekly assemblies led by the Chaplain; and Christian Religious Education classes for all girls from Grades 00 to Grade 8.
As a Christian school, we embrace diversity and uphold kindness, respect, humility, honesty, generosity, self-control and forgiveness as governing values.
At DGC, we strive to make community outreach both personal and relational. We believe this has a far greater impact on the girls and on those to whom they provide assistance. As part of their Life Orientation curriculum, girls are expected to complete 16 hours of community service in Grade 10, but all girls are encouraged to participate in community engagement throughout their school career.
Enkuliso and Ekujabuleni
Through simple yet meaningful and creative projects, which support a host of worthy organisations, girls learn early on in their journey at DGC that caring for others is important. This can be seen in the legacy of many DGC Old Girls who have sought to make a difference in the lives of others. One example is the founding of the first nursery school and teacher’s training centre for black pupils and teachers in Kwa-Zulu Natal by the DGC Old Girls’ Guild in 1943. This conjoint nursery school and teachers training centre came to be known as Enkuliso. This was a courageous and progressive response to the needs of the dependents of black servicemen who fought in World War II. Another nursery school, named Ekujabuleni, was founded in 1956 to serve the community further. Both of these schools are still going strong and are supported in various ways throughout the year by DGC girls and the Old Girls’ Guild.