La Rochelle Girls' High School

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La Rochelle Girls' High School
Hoër Meisieskool La Rochelle
Faure Street
Paarl, Western Cape
South Africa
Coordinates 33°44′15″S 18°57′47″E / 33.7374°S 18.9631°E / -33.7374; 18.9631Coordinates: 33°44′15″S 18°57′47″E / 33.7374°S 18.9631°E / -33.7374; 18.9631
Established 1860
Principal Amanda Lochner
Gender Girls
Language English and Afrikaans

La Rochelle Girls' High School, (Afrikaans: Hoër Meisieskool La Rochelle) in Paarl is one of the oldest girls' schools in South Africa.


The school was established in 1860 with 40 girls together with a seminary for young ladies open to the daughters of citizens and farmers in the Paarl district. In 1872, Jan de Villiers (Jan Orrelis) became head of the school, which he renamed Paarl Meisieseminarium. He held the post until his retirement in 1890. Andrew Murray, a strong supporter of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction merged the Ladies' Seminary with the Huguenot Seminary he had founded in Wellington. An American, Virginia Lee Pryde, was appointed to the school administration and under her leadership the enrollment increased from 80 to 240 in 1899. Martha Helena Cillié, who had been acting head during 1894, was appointed head in 1899, and remained in that post until 1921.[1] In 1913, the school was separated from the Huguenot High School, essentially an extension of Murray's Huguenot College in Wellington, and was given its current name. In 1914, two of the school's teachers were killed in one of the first fatal car accidents in Paarl.[2] During the 1960s, approximately 400 people were forcibly evicted from their land in order to provide the school with about two hectares to be used as hockey fields.[3] In 2009 enrollment had increased to 537.


The high school is located at a site in Faure Street in the centre of Paarl.


The school is dual medium with an almost equal split between English and Afrikaans. Although school fees in 2007 were R9,830, cheaper than many other state schools, the school has kept a wide choice of subjects, for example, two third languages, namely German (one of only 28 schools in the Western Cape) and French (one of only 27). However, Latin is no longer offered, but a bible in Latin from 1762 is on display in the visitors' room of the school.[4]

Notable alumnae[edit]


  • Schirmer, Peter. Die beknopte geïllustreerde ensiklopedie van Suid-Afrika, Central News Agency (Pty.) Ltd. Johannesburg, 1981.


  1. ^ Verwey, E.J. (1995). "Martha Helena Cillié 1866 - 1966". Biography. South African History Online. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Goosen, Marlene (2008). "The accident at The Gate, Suider Paarl 1914". For the Drakenstein Valley, from an article in the Cape Times 12 March 1914. History Webs. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Long wait is almost over for land claimants". IOL News. Independent Online. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Dichanz, Horst (2007). "Aufgaben und Probleme des südafrikanischen Bildungssystems. Grunddaten, Eindrücke und Perspektiven - Zwischen britischen College und südafrikanischer Einheits-schule – Schulen als Spiegel multi-ethnischer Probleme - Drei Besuche: 3.1 La Rochelle Girls' High School, Paarl" (PDF). IfBM.Impuls Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Bildungswissenschaft und Medienforschung. Institut für Bildungswissenschaft und Medienforschung. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 

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