Danville’s Career Evening inspires future dreams

Danville Park Girls’ High School recently held its annual ‘Careers Evening’  – a wonderful fusion of exhibitors and passionate speakers representing diverse careers. A record 39 exhibitors from tertiary and other institutions offered invaluable information on careers and studies in various fields including aviation, commerce, technology, designing, health and hospitality to name but a few. The evening, attended by Grade 9 – 12s, was further enriched by 20 speakers who provided first-hand information about their various professions. It has been an inspiring experience particularly  for the Grade 12s who are thinking seriously about future career paths as well as selecting tertiary institutions to prepare them for their life of work.

L-R: Jackie Cameron from the Jackie Cameron School of Food and Wine giving Jneya and Bianca  some insight into the culinary profession, an industry growing in popularity.

Danvillle’s donation to brighten up the lives of little children

The hearts of many little children have been gladdened by the donation of Easter eggs from Danville Park Girls’ High School to The Domino Foundation. This donation was initiated by Danville’s Interact Club who said they were thrilled to have supported this initiative together with Glenashley Preparatory School. The special treats have been distributed by Domino’s Feeding Programme to their 32 crèches where about 1400 children receive soup, porridge or sandwiches on a daily basis.  Danville partners with this non-profit organisation on a regular basis, including a weekly Bread Buddies initiative supplying sandwiches for the feeding programme.

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Danville’s First Performance Arts Festival a huge success

It was with great anticipation that Danville recently opened its doors for danville@thefringe – the first performance arts festival held at the school. Featuring the talented performers of Danville in the disciplines of acting, dancing and singing, the festival comprised 5 shows : Mother Figure, a light-hearted Ayckbourn comedy, directed by Drama teacher Farla Ribbonaar; Movement Mosaic, an innovative dance show exploring the role of the woman across cultures and choreographed by Musa Hlatshwayo; Unwritten – the Movie, written and directed by Danville teacher Petra Rocher and starring Danville teachers and pupils; Music Market whose talented singers entertained the audience as they enjoyed their suppers from the Food Market during an extended interval in a festively decorated Quad; and The P.A.R.C. – the acclaimed comedy by Daisy Spencer and Rory Booth. Continue reading Danville’s First Performance Arts Festival a huge success

Running is her passion

Gabriella from Danville Park Girls;’ High School dreams of participating in the Olympics one day and with her achievements in Athletics, she is on the road to realising that dream. This accomplished athlete has recently won Gold in Heptathlon at the KwaZulu-Natal Senior Athletics Championships. This competition consists of seven events namely three track events (200m, 800m and 100 m hurdles) and four field events (shot put, javelin, high jump and long jump). In the KZN Junior Athletics Championships she was placed 3rd in both the 400 m and 800 m for Girls U19. Gabriella says she loves running as it makes her ‘feel free’. She plans to specialise in middle distances when she commences with tertiary education next year.

Two new records at Danville Gala

The scene was set for yet another epic Inter- House Gala as the girls from Danville Park Girls’ High School took their seats in the stands, dressed in their colourful green, red, blue and purple outfits to support their various houses. And the promise of a great day of competition soon materialised when two records were broken by Ally: 50m backstroke in a new record time of 33.82 seconds and the 50m butterfly in a new time of 31.65 seconds for U14 girls. The U14 50m butterfly record has been standing for thirty years, since 1985, and in beautiful butterfly style, Ally slashed the old record by .62 of a second. Continue reading Two new records at Danville Gala

Sunnies and Sandals for a good cause

The learners at Danville Park Girls’ High school have jumped at the chance to get some relief from the heat while at the same time supporting the worthy cause of  ‘Project Dignity’.  The girls were able to wear their sunglasses and sandals at school in return for a donation to Project Dignity, a Non-Profit Organisation which donates sanitary articles to girls in less privileged communities. The school’s Interact Committee organised this charity drive as one of its many initiatives for the year and were delighted it was a ‘glaring’ success!

L-R: Cassidy, Jade (both Grade 8) and Courtney (Grade 9 ) who came out in full support of this wonderful fundraising project

Danville goes Dotty Fun Run

Hundreds of enthusiastic runners and walkers could be spotted on a perfect summer Saturday morning in Durban North, participating in a Fun Run hosted by Danville Park Girls’ High School. The theme for the school’s second annual Family Fun Run “Danville goes Dotty” was embraced wholeheartedly as young and old, and even a family pet here and there, donned their dotty sporting gear and, in high spirits, set off on a five kilometre race early in the morning. Putting in a guest appearance was Eric Ngubane, the top South African Trail runner, who fired the starting gun and encouraged the participants. After their arrival back through some humid conditions in Virginia’s bushes, the participants ended the morning with a scrumptious breakfast, coffee and lemonade.

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Danville’s Swimming Star

When it comes to any water sports, there is nothing that fazes young Ally, a Grade 8 pupil from Danville Park Girls’ High School. The most recent feather in Ally’s swimming cap is her selection to the KwaZulu-Natal Nipper Squad which will compete in the Inter-provincial Nipper Surf Lifesaving Championships in April. Earlier this year, Ally showed her metal by finishing 4th in the under 13 race in the very competitive Midmar Mile. Ally ended last year in great style competing at the South African School Championships for the KZN Schools Aquatics team. Swimming in the Girls under 13 years category, she won the Gold medal in the 50m and two Silver medals in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly. Ally also qualified for the SA Youth Nationals in the 100m Freestyle to be held in April in Durban. Ally says her continued love and enjoyment comes from the fun and friendships she shares with teammates and the encouragement from all her coaches.

Sister Power

Though they look like the proverbial ‘sugar and spice and all things nice’, siblings Yashi and Atiya are a force to be reckoned with as both sisters have been selected for the KwaZulu-Natal Karate teams in their respective age groups. Yashi (Grade 10 ) and her younger sister Atiya (Grade 9) from Danville Park Girls’ High School started the sport ten years ago when their Dad, Rakesh, wanted to ensure that his girls were empowered with the skills of self-defence. Over the years their love for the sport has grown as they both say it has taught them self-discipline, respect for other people and many life skills. Continue reading Sister Power

Danville celebrates Academic Excellence

The Junior Prize Giving assembly was held at Danville Park Girls’ High School recently, celebrating another year of Academic excellence at Danville.  The special awards began with a heart-warming rendition of ‘Paradise Road’ by the Amagugu singers followed by the upbeat song of ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ performed by the Danville Voices. The award winners joined their proud parents and family after the ceremony for tasty treats, prepared by the Parent Support Group,  to celebrate their hard work.

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