Water Polo

The very talented  Danville Park Girls’ High School pupil, Caitlyn de Langa, has been selected for the Girls’ U19 KZN Water Polo Team, and  will participate in the Inter Provincial trials in Cape Town in December 2015.

This tournament is the annual highlight of the South African schools’ water polo calendar and will be attended by more than 130 teams from nine provinces, making up a contingent of almost 2000 players and coaches.

For the first time there will be a truly international flavour to the competition as U18 teams from Zimbabwe, Australia and South Africa will compete in a round-robin Test Series during the four days.

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Surfing

Danville Park Girls’ High School pupil, Christy Gilmour, represented KZN at the recent Billabong Junior Surfing Championships held in Jeffery’s Bay, Eastern Cape.
This competition has been a premier event on the annual Surfing South Africa calendar since 1996 and is the biggest contest to take place each year in terms of number of team and participants. It decides six individual national champions as well as the Team title. Expectations were high for the Junior Surfers to perform their best on what is a perfect contest-surfing canvas on the long and winding walls of Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay.
Christy successfully surfed her way through to the semi-finals where she was placed 2nd advancing to the finals.
During the finals, Christy came 4th and has been invited to attend the South African Junior National Trials to be held next year.

Endurance Horse Riding

Justine, a Grade 11 pupil from Danville Park Girls’ High School,  recently participated in the KZN Endurance Championships held at Lions Head, Midlands.

Justine proved a strong competitor, coming  first in the Young Rider’s race (18yrs and below), winning  the Best Conditioned Young Rider, the Best of the Best and to top this all she was named KZN Young Rider Champion for 2015.

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Karate

Danville Park Girls’ High sisters Atiya and Yashi, have been doing Karate since they were 5 years old. They have both represented KZN and South Africa.

Recently they were invited to Switzerland to be graded by an International Grandmaster to obtain their first Dan in Karate. Both girls have been awarded their Shogan Grade which is the 1st Dan Black Belt – an extremely prestigious award.

This grading could have been conducted in South Africa but after years of training they now have international recognition for their achievements.

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All-rounder star

Daniella from Danville Park Girls’ High School not only  is a champion in the sporting discipline of Duathlon, but she also excels at Cross Country and Athletics. This 16-year old was recently chosen to represent KZN schools cross country at the SA championship to be held later this year. Just recently, Daniella also represented KZN at the SA Duathlon Championships where she was placed 5th in the U16 – U19 age group! Daniella also competes in the 10 km Athletics circuit and is currently placed in the top 3 junior runners. Amazingly  she still finds time to play her other sports which include soccer, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. She balances her sporting interests with her love for Drama, baking and cooking.

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ABSOLUTELY AWESOME SOUTH AFRICA

Recently Derryn Campbell launched her second book “Absolutely Awesome South Africa” at Books and Books in Kensington Square. Derryn has strong Danville connections as her daughter Claire matriculated from Danville and Derryn served on the Governing Body which she chaired in 2009. The Art Director of the book, Kirsty Stirton is also a past pupil.

The Amagugu Singers and the Virgina Primary School Choir were invited to sing at the book launch. The choir wowed the audience and the Amagugu singers sang “ an African Dream” and then led the audience in the singing of the National Anthem.

Well done girls and Mrs du Plessis you are stars.

SUCCESSFUL SISTERS GUEST SPEAKERS AT AWARD CEREMONY

Two Danville Old Girls, sisters Nandi Mngoma and  Dr Langa Mngoma, were the charming guests of honour at Danville Park Girls’ High School’s 48th Speech Day. Danville broke with tradition to include not one, but two guest speakers at the speech day as both had achieved amazing success in their careers. Choosing very different career paths, Langa a medical doctor and Nandi  well-  known in the entertainment industry, they shared a common message  :  build on the fine foundation your families and your school have given you, believe in yourself and remember that you are unique – words of encouragement that resonated with their audience. Both Nandi and Langa were television presenters for a youth programme while still at school and excelled in performance arts. Nandi has also been selected as a finalist in the ‘South African of the Year 2015” awards.  This special event allowed these two achievers to encourage the girls to follow their dreams, no matter what the obstacles. At this prestigious event, Naseera received the coveted Dux trophy and there was a standing ovation from school and staff alike when Nolwazi was presented with the Tamsin Millorit Trophy for Fortitude and Strength.  Head Girl, Rianka, closed the ceremony with a moving speech.

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Danville Diamonds Shine at this Year’s Senior Awards Ceremony

Danville Park Girls’ High School held its 48th Annual Speech Day recently. This year they were honoured with two guest speakers, Ms Nandi Mngoma and her sister, Dr Langa Mngoma, both past pupils at Danville. Nandi, a well-known television and music celebrity who has been nominated as South African of the Year 2015, shared a message of inspiration and laughter with the girls. Langa, a newly qualified medical doctor currently doing her internship in hospitals around Pietermaritzburg, had a message that resonated with her audience as she shared the ten things she would tell her 18-year old self.
Both speakers inspired and motivated the audience and wished the Grade 12s good luck for their exams.

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Fun Market Day

Danville Park Girls’ High School recently held their annual Market Day. All the girls were invited to create a product and sell it and there were some really innovative ideas. There were loads of eats, beauty products as well as plants, note books and clothes. Much fun was had by all and it was deemed a successful day as it was a “sell out”.
Pictured here are Kiara, Nomathemba and Amy.