Recently Danville Park Girls’ High celebrated Founders Day amidst much fan-fare, laughter and in high spirits. Classes celebrated this special event by competing against each other in a friendly soccer tournament. The chilly winter’s day started with an assembly. The Guests of Honour were six “Old” girls from different decades, who spoke of Danville in their day. The audience was in awe of the stories and experiences they shared. The highlight of the day was the soccer match between the teachers and the Sports Captains which resulted in a draw. The day was fun and enjoyed by all the girls
Sabina, who is in grade 11 at Danville Park Girls’ High School, participated at the SA Canoe Marathon Champs in Cape Town this past weekend in testing and freezing conditions. In the U18 K1 (singles) she placed 3rd and in the K2 (Doubles) Sabina and her partner Christie came 1st, securing a spot in the South African team who will compete at the World marathon Champs in Germany in September.
Well done Sabina!! We will be holding thumbs and look forward to hearing your results in September.
The Danville Park Girls’ High School first team Netball have been a dynamite team since Grade 8.
They were undefeated in grade 8 in 2012. They competed in the Schools Challenge in Grade 9, and won all their games therefore being the top KZN team in 2013 . They represented KZN in the National Netball Schools Championship in Boksburg. In 2014, they lost to Kuswag by one goal and didn’t make it to the Boksburg tournament. In 2015 they won the Schools Challenge in KZN and competed once again at Boksburg. This is now the third year that this team has won the Schools Challenge and therefore will represent KZN in August at the National Netball Schools Championship in Boksburg. 7 out of our team are KZN players and have their goals set on playing in the Brutal Fruit challenge in the future. We look forward to hearing their result in August 2016.
Recently, Danville Park Girls’ High school held its inaugural under -13 Photonote Hockey Festival. Participating primary schools included: Our Lady of Fatima, Chelsea Preparatory, Maris Stella, Atholl Heights Primary , Athlone Primary and Northlands Primary . Danville Park Girls’ High also entered an invitational team.
The idea behind this event was to allow the primary schools and this worked out to be very effective as each school played 4 games over the two days.
Erin Hunter, South African Hockey player, opened the festival with an inspiring talk to the players and encouraged them to follow their dream of Green and Gold. She told the story of how she came to play for the National side and was inspired by several people including Pietie Coetzee, who officially opened our Astro . Pietie was a South African hockey player, and is the leading goal scorer in Women’s International hockey. The tournament was a huge success despite the weather. We hope that this event will become an annual festival.
Recently, Danville Park Girls’ High School welcomed Barry Roberts (Rotary Member), Bertie van Niekerk (Rotary President of Umhlanga) and Clive Hull (Rotary member)who had requested a special assembly. Unknown to Mrs Cally Maddams, Principal, they presented her with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition. This is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing their appreciation for a substantial contribution to humanitarian and educational programs. This award was named after their founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Such a fitting award for what Mrs Maddams has done for Danville Park Girls’ High School and in recognition of Danville Park Girls’ High School being named the top performing Public school in South Africa in 2015.
Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, Jonas Salk, Larry Bird and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Recently, Tate, a grade 9 pupil at Danville Park Girls’ High School competed in her first obstacle course race at the Impi Challenge which was held in Eston. She competed in the Impi Dash Competitive category, which consisted of a 5 km trail run with 8 obstacle challenges. She did incredibly well and came in 3rd overall, 1st lady across the line and only 44 seconds behind first place! This really is an exceptional achievement considering that she couldn’t even reach some of the obstacles but somehow managed to get over!
Tate is a really talented Trail runner; to date she has completed in 6 trail events and has achieved the first lady home in all of them.