Kicking off the 50th Anniversary Celebrations:

Danville Park Girls’ High School is celebrating 50 years of schooling since it opened its doors in 1967 to 71 Grade 8 learners.
recently we started the celebrations by raising a special 50th flag to honour our respected learning facility that is recognised throughout South Africa for its academic, sporting and cultural achievements and for its contributions to the Durban North community.
Our 2017 Head Girl, Cailin and Deputy Head Girl, Merilee raised the flag to the sound of cheers and happy applause of the other learners and teachers.
Here’s to another 50 years of Excellence!

Matric Results

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From the outset, Danville established itself as one of the premier academic public schools in KwaZulu-Natal. Our first Head Girl and Dux, Mary-Lou Thompson, achieved first place in the province in 1971, going on to complete a Ph.D in Mathematical Statistics before carving out a distinguished career in the field of Biostatistics. In 2003 our Dux, Olga Kerimova, finished first in KZN and our 2007 Dux, Faheema Abdoola, finished third out of all KZN’s public school candidates in the Senior Certificate Examinations. In 2012, for the first time in Danville’s history, Sarisha Chetty was placed first in South Africa (among Quintile 5 schools), first in KZN with Nicole Bolton following closely behind in sixth place in KZN. An outstanding achievement! The Class of 2015 achieved an Endorsement rate of 100%, with 26% of our pupils achieving A aggregates and 97% receiving C and above aggregates. Seven of our girls achieved seven A’s and 4 girls achieved 100% for Visual Arts. With these exceptional results Danville was awarded the title Top School in South Africa 2015.

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New Learners Help New Principal feel at Home:

It is tradition at Danville Park Girls’ High School that the Grade 8’s ring the school brass bell following a special assembly to mark their entry into high school. The ceremonial ringing of the bell symbolizes each girls’ commitment to uphold Danville values. This special occasion was witnessed by the Grade 12s, Prefects, Orientation Mentors and teachers who welcomed the newest Danville family members with round after round of enthusiastic applause. This year, Danville Park Girls’ High School welcomed the Grade 8s who will matriculate in 2021 and their new principal, Mrs Linda Scholtz, who was the first to ring the bell.

SAIIA Young Researchers Symposium Report 2016

As part of the South African Institute of International Affairs Environmental Sustainability Project, Danville Park Girls’ High School submitted a ten page essay, which was entitled: Climate change and disasters, concentrating on droughts as a disaster. Our team was one of three KZN teams that were selected for the National finals to give a 20 minute presentation on their essay. The Danville team (as seen here from the left to right are Tasmika, Karina and Ashraiya) who gave an amazing presentation on their research into climate change and droughts at the 2016 SAIIA Young Researchers Symposium at Cradle of Humankind on Thursday 1 December. Ten schools from around South Africa participated. The Danville team concentrated on desalination and recycling waste water as solutions to water shortages in South Africa. Congratulations to Kerina who was awarded a trophy as one of four best speakers at the symposium. Congratulations to the winning team overall, Sobantu Secondary School, also from KZN. The experience was exhilarating and the Danville team was able to interact with like-minded students from around the country. They also had the opportunity of presenting in front of distinguished environmentalists such as representatives from the Australian High Commission, S.A. Department of Water and Sanitation and the United nations Development Programme.

The team were also treated to a journey back in time from the start of our universe to the present at Maropeng (Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site).

Danville has a new Principal:

The Department of Education confirmed the appointment of Mrs Linda Scholtz as the new Principal for Danville Park Girls’ High School.
Mrs Scholtz expressed her delight at her appointment and is looking forward to upholding Danville’s excellent academic standards as well as its proud traditions.
Mrs Scholtz brings a wealth of educational experience with her to Danville. After obtaining her B.Ed Honours in Education Management, Law and Systems, she began her career teaching Geography, Maths and Afrikaans in Empangeni followed by posts in Estcourt and Durban before being promoted to the position of Deputy Principal, then Acting Principal at Ridge Park College. After 7 years, Mrs Scholtz was promoted to Principal of Kuswag Combined School where she has spent the past ten years.
Mrs Scholtz is seen as a leader and innovator in education and in addition to running a large school, also serves on the KZN Committee of the South African Principals’ Association. She was named as Businesswoman of the Year by the SA Council of Business Women in 2008/2009.
We wish Mrs Scholtz a rewarding and happy time in her new post.

Inter-house House Plays 2016

Sprinkle a little pixie dust, wave your magic wand, sing Hakuna Matata and dance to the rhythms of the jungle. Before you know it, the magic of Disney captivates you… House plays 2016 was a magical Disney experience. From the depths of the Atlantic Sea to the vast acres of dessert, Ariel and Alladin were brought alive on stage by Director Rori and Producer Mila in Hollanders spirit. The Jungle Book, adapted and aesthetically interpreted by Director Blaise and Producer Calle, led to the transformation of our talented Danville Diamonds into animals of the Amazon jungle. The jungle fever pulsed through their Palmer veins. The Real Housewives of Disney, Directed by Jenna and Produced by Cailin captivated the audience with witty commentary, sarcasm and an underlying evil presence. The “Housewives” ventured on a journey of self-discovery, complete with catchy songs and dances in Campbell’s novel tale. Campbell was ‘crowned’ the winner of Best play. The King of Pride Rock graced us with “his” presence, while the evil Scar fought for the throne, undergoing three ancient duels, the winner was crowned King and ruled over the pride lands ROARRRR …while the loser was banished to the shadow lands in Smiths savannah. Directed by Emma and Produced by Sinethemba.

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Class of 2016: Last Day

In a special assembly this week, Danville said goodbye to the Class of 2016. They rang the school bell 5 years ago when they arrived as nervous young grade 8 girls and yesterday they rang the bell for the last time as beautiful Danville ladies.
There were happy tears, emotional goodbyes and lots of laughter.
Good luck with your studying and your future plans.

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Danville diamonds shine bright

Recently Danville Park Girls’ High School held  its 49th Annual Speech Day. It was a wonderful occasion to recognise the achievements of the class of 2016. The school also honoured Mrs Maddams’ long service of 24 years as the principal of Danville. On behalf of the Education Department, Mr Ntuli ( Umlazi District Director) presented Mrs Maddams with an award for her contribution to education in the Durban North area. Then Mr Martin Elsner, Chairman of the Governing Body, presented Mrs Maddams with a plaque, renaming the multipurpose room as the Cally Maddams Auditorium.

The Speech Day guest speaker was past pupil, Dr Bibi Bassa, who shared a message of inspiration and success with the girls.

Some of the award winners include: Corize who received the Annalien Fouche Trophy for the most dedicated and outstanding Sport Captain; the Spearman Trophy for Accounting was awarded to Fezeka ; the Hobbs Trophy for Altruistic Service was awarded to Reyanka , who also shared the Howard Trophy for Commendable Progress in an Extra-Curricular Activity with Inga; Kwenzokuhle (Snayo) won the Blake Trophy for School Spirit; the Fiona Clarke Super Sports Girl of the Year Trophy this year went to Caitlyn ; Magrietha won the Thelland Trophy for Mathematics and Talia won the Cara Hosken Memorial Trophy and the P W Story Art Trophy; The Aileen Reid Trophy for Mathematical Literacy went to Emma and Chloe won the Gooch Trophy for Conscientious Endeavour. Chantelle received the Helene Richter Media Centre Service Trophy and Jodie received the Stewart History Trophy; the Barwick Leadership Trophy went to the 2016 Head Girl, Christie . Taryn won the ML Thompson Trophy for Creative Writing, Special Art Prize and shared the Dee Pratt English Trophy with Ruchira .

The Hollander Good Fellowship Trophy this year went to Rochelle and Simphiwe was awarded both the Elaine van Rensburg Memorial Trophy and The Trophy for All-Round Cultural Contribution to the School. Senzokuhle won the Smerdon Trophy for Music and Mawande received the Goddard Drama Trophy.

Romal was awarded the coveted Dux Trophy, the Pricewaterhousecoopers Shield for the Top Maths student AND Top Accounting student, and shared the Nieuwoudt Trophy for Life Sciences with Taryn Govender, who also won the Angela Collins Memorial Trophy for Proxime Accessit.

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