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There was great excitement in the air as Danville Park Girls’ High School opened its doors to the Grade 8s of 2015. Met by the equally excited Orientation Mentors and Class Prefects, the school’s Quad was abuzz with activity as the new girls started arriving in their buttercup yellow dresses. Many parents were far more nervous than their daughters who were very excited to start the final phase of their schooling,
One of the most popular Grade 8 Orientation traditions at Danville Park Girls’ High School is the picnic- an evening of fun and games that gives the ‘new girls’ a chance to relax and enjoy their newly found friendships. The Danville campus echoed with excited laughter, war cries, and shouts of encouragement as the girls- dressed according to carefully selected class themes – participated wholeheartedly in the games and activities. At the end of the evening a tired, but happy, group of Grade 8s returned home for some well-earned rest with a solid sense of belonging to their new school.
Two girls from Danville Park Girls’ High, Teboho and Mbali, have been awarded the prestigious Allan Gray Orbis Scholarship. Only about 100 of these sought-after scholarships are awarded nationally. The candidates’ applications follow a rigorous selection process to determine which individuals “are capable of shaping and transforming the future of Southern Africa”. Their scholarships cover full university and residence fees for the duration of their degrees and recipients are guided and mentored throughout their undergraduate years. Danville Principal, Cally Maddams, said she was extremely proud of both young ladies as they were deserving recipients of the scholarships and were sure to play a significant role in their generation. \
Danville Park Girls’ High School has achieved another set of outstanding Matric results with no fewer than 20 girls achieving 7As. Danville’s Top achiever, Varuna Maharaj, distinguished herself further by receiving the honours as Top Girl learner in KwaZulu-Natal for Maths and Science with an outstanding 99% for Science and 98% for Maths. Our Cici achieved the highest mark in Dramatic Arts and Roxanne achieved the highest mark in Visual Arts in the Umlazi District. Continue reading DANVILLE HAS OUTSTANDING MATRIC RESULTS FOR 2014
Three Danville past pupils have been named recipients of prestigious awards from their universities. Teagan van Wyk (Class of 2013) is one of only four national recipients to have been awarded a prestigious award from the National Research Foundation. This Brilliants Programme recognises students who obtained top marks in Grade 12 for Maths and Physical Science. Teagan is currently a first-year student in Medicine at the University of Cape Town and credits her solid academic foundation at Danville as well as a focussed work ethic for enabling her success.
Danville’s Justine Burnard has ended an amazing year with the following achievements under her belt: KZN Enduro Horse Riding, SA Development team for Enduro Horseriding and captain of the KZN team. When you first meet Justine Burnard it’s hard to picture this feminine, vivacious and friendly young lady as the stereo-type of the steely-eyed competitor. But looks can be deceiving. Born into a horse loving family, Justine at an early age swopped show jumping for her passion, endurance riding. Justine is intrigued by the relationship between horse and rider and the reliance of each upon the other during their gruelling competitions that are a test of stamina and energy.
The girls of Danville Park Girls’ High School have shown their concern for conservation beyond the borders of Durban by adopting 6 penguins from SANCCOB (SA Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds), a Cape Town-based organisation that saves and rehabilitates penguins and seabirds. The penguins were adopted after an enthusiastically supported fundraising campaign initiated by the school’s Environmental Society. Each class that adopted a penguin was allowed to name their penguin and follow its progress. One of the Grade 8 classes was the first to adopt their penguin and named it Mumble.
On Friday 28th November we held the annual Primary School Hockey tournament in our Indoor Centre. Team Danville was on parade with the First team hosting the event. The girls ran the table, umpired the matches and acted as hostesses. It was a friendly pre-season tournament played in the true spirit of hockey.