Durban Girls' College

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Durban Girls' College
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Durban Girls' College is located in Durban
Durban Girls' College
Durban Girls' College
South Africa
Coordinates29°50′6″S 31°0′26″E / 29.83500°S 31.00722°E / -29.83500; 31.00722
TypeIndependent, boarding
MottoLatin: Nisi Dominus Frustra
(Without God, all is in vain)
Executive HeadmistressMarianne Bailey
Head of High SchoolHeather Goedeke
Head of Senior PrimaryLynne van Dellen
Head of Junior PrimaryCarol-Anne Conradie
Grades00 - 12
Number of students800 girls
School color(s)Bottle green and white
Exam boardIEB

Durban Girls' College is an independent boarding and day school for girls, with weekly boarding facilities for high school pupils, located on the Berea, overlooking the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Durban Girls’ College was founded in 1877 as the Durban Young Ladies’ Collegiate Institution by a group of six Durban Commissioners and Protestant Clergy under the leadership of J F Churchill. The founders are remembered in a service each year, and the six school houses bear their names – Churchill, Cottam, Greenacre, Hunter, Palmer and Rutherford. In 1905, college moved to Musgrave Road, its present site, which was donated by Sir Benjamin Greenacre.


The class of 2014 produced excellent results in the Independent Examinations Board exams, with a 100% pass rate and 100% passes at Bachelor’s Degree level with 75% of the symbols attained being As and Bs.

Three pupils were placed in the Outstanding category nationally, amongst 63 pupils from 40 schools. Three pupils were ranked in the Commendable category - a student was placed in the top 1% nationally in seven subjects (with 100% for Mathematics), and another student in six subjects (with 99% for Mathematics), with 18 candidates being placed in the top 1% in the country in one or more subjects.

D&D Gala winners 2013

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • Lara Logan, television journalist for CBS News.
  • Professor Elizabeth Sneddon, playwright.
  • Virginia Wade OBE. Winner, Wimbledon Ladies Singles (1977), US Open (1968), Australian Open (1972).
  • Khanyi Dhlomo[1], South African TV Host and the founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and Ndalo Luxury Ventures.
  • Kirsten Goss[2] Jewellery Designer
  • Anuschka Coovadia,[3][4] Head of Healthcare for Africa at KPMG

Executive Heads[edit]

1877 - 2018
# Years Name
1 1877-1885 Martha Cheetham
2 1885-1892 Mary Campbell
3 1892-1896 Margaret Robertson
4 1896-1924 Ellen Juana Moore Smith
5 1924-1932 Harriet Robinson
6 1933-1937 Mary Calway
7 1937-1956 Elizabeth Middleton
8 1957-1977 Margaret Ella Christison

College anthem[edit]

The college anthem is All Hail the College Galleon, composed by old girl, June Drummond in 1940.[5]


  1. ^ Durban Girls College Promotional Video circa 1995 on YouTube
  2. ^ "WINNER: Entrepreneur of the Year: Kirsten Goss". The South African. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  3. ^ "Head of Healthcare for Africa at KPMG". KPMG. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ "Anuschka Coovadia, Class of 1994". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  5. ^ "DEATH OF JUNE DRUMMOND". 12 June 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-19.

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