Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School

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Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School
186 Alexandra Road
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, 3201
South Africa
School type Semi Private, High School with boarding establishment
Motto Cheerfulness With Industry
Founded 1920
School district Umgungundlovu
Principal Miss Valerie Fowler
Grades 812
Gender Girls
Age 14 to 18
Number of students 1200
Average class size 30
Classes offered English (First Language), Afrikaans and isiZulu (Additional Language), Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Mathematics Paper 3, Life Orientation, Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Accounting, Consumer Studies, Geography, History,Computer Applications Technology, Life Science, Physical Sciences
Medium of language English
Campus size 11 hectares (27 acres)
Houses Baden Powell, McDowall, Lindsey, Burns, Gordon, Kitchener, Marlborough, Wellington, Grundy, Haig
School colour(s) Green and white
Nickname GHS
Newspaper Green Elly
School fees ±R22500
National Monument main school building, designed after the style of Sir Herbert Baker

Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School (GHS) is a girls' high school, with a boarding establishment, situated in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


The school has ±216 boarders and 1200 day pupils. There is a house system consisting of 10 houses. A peer counselling programme began in 1996.[1]

The school motto is Cheerfulness with Industry.


The school was founded in 1920 in the family mansion of Morningside, the home of Peter and Mary Davis. In 1925, Morningside became the boarding establishment. The main school building, designed after the style of Sir Herbert Baker, is now a National Monument.


A full programme of sporting activities is available. Facilities include:

  • 3 Hockey fields
  • 10 Tennis courts
  • 4 Tennis practice walls
  • 4 Netball fields
  • Heated Swimming pool
  • 2 Squash courts
  • Artificial Surface Hockey Field
  • Sylvia Vietzen Community Centre:
  • Indoor hockey
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Badminton
  • Soccer


The 11 hectares (27 acres) estate has developed into a complex of school buildings, trees, gardens and playing fields.

The campus has:

  • a library
  • three computer centres
  • audio-visual facilities
  • two kitchens
  • two Art Rooms
  • one Sculpture Room
  • one Technology Room
  • one Drama Room
  • one Music Auditorium

Awards and honours[edit]

The school is ranked as one of the top three schools in its district for achievements in the ‘Matric’ Examination. The school was also recently named one of the Top 25 Government Schools in South Africa.

Achievements include:

  • 2007 – National Science and Technology Forum Award for excellence in Mathematics and Science
  • 2007 – Life-Sciences Olympiad: GHS was the top achieving school in the Grade 11 section
  • 2006 – Umgungundlovu Director’s Special Achievement Award for the best Senior Certificate results in the District for 2001–2005
  • 2006 – Presidential Award for Excellence in SC Mathematics - sponsored by Anglo-American
  • 2006 – National Science and Technology Forum Award for excellence in Mathematics and Science

Old Girls' Society[edit]

The school has a very active old girls society with events held continuously.


  1. ^ Peer support in Action by Ann Dorrian Retrieved 21 August 2007

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