Hockey awards 

Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School hockey players just returned from the annual Investec St Mary’s Hockey Festival that comprises of the top 32 Hockey teams in the country. Manelisi Gwala was named Best Goalkeeper of the tournament and Ahmeadyn Claasen was named the Most Promising Player.






Sweet Extravaganza 

The sweetest day at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School took place last week in the form of the Grade 11 Consumer Studies learners Sweet Extravaganza. Learners bake, package and sell their sweet treats to staff and learners. With their caramel popcorn treats are (from left) Maseeha Ahmed, Amahle Zuma and Alka Bhagwandeen.






Noma visits GHS

Noma Khumalo, SA Idols 2016 Winner, came to visit Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School recently. She even managed to surprise our Gospel and School choirs during their practice. She was spotted on campus by a few learners who just had to get a photo with her (from left) Immana Sibisi, Gugulethu Danisa, Noma Khumalo, Siyethemba Mthimkhulu and Nomvelo Mnguni.    




Flip Flop Friday

The first of our fundraising drives for 2019 was Flip Flip Friday.   




New House Names for GHS

GEMSTONES emerged as the most popular choice for current learners, alumni and staff. Hence, going forward, the House names at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School will be as follows: GARNET (Burgundy), TANZANITE (Dark blue), SAPPHIRE (Light blue), AMETHYST (Mauve ), TOPAZ (Orange), MORGANITE (Pink), RUBY (Red), CITRINE (Yellow).  




Valentine's Day

In a fun twist for Valentine’s Day this year the library staff at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School put out a display of books all wrapped in newspaper with a message stuck on the front. Girls were able to choose a book, not knowing what it was, and read it.  




2019 RCL Exco

Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School recently announced its Representative Council of Learners executive committee for 2019 (from left) Kelsea Canham (treasurer), Phatheka Sikhakhane (vice chairperson), Malwande Chili (chairperson) and Rutendo Gora (secretary).  





Our night gala was loads of fun for all! 




Learning about our history 

As part of their Life Orientation classes our Grade 8s get to visit our museum to learn more about our wonderful school and its history.



Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro 

We are so proud of our matric pupil, Joelle Botha, for reaching the very top of Mount Kilimanjaro! What an amazing achievement.



Our top two achievers in the District 

Rachael Job (GHS 2018 Dux) and Tamika Govender (Runner-Up to Dux) attended the annual KZN Class of 2018 Matric Results NSC&AET Release at the ICC in Durban where top achievers are recognised. Rachael passed with eight A's, the only pupil in the district to do so, she also placed first in the District. Tamika, passed with seven A's and placed fifth in the district.



NSC 2018 results

Congratulations to our Matric Class of 2018 on achieving a 100% pass rate in their NSC final examinations. We are proud to announce that 97% of our learners received a Bachelor Pass and 483 subject distinctions. Celebrating after collecting their results are (from left) Simile Mbhele, Hannah Anderson, Aishlyn Mulligan, Ronelle Ambrose and Ntandokazi Mbelu. 



GHS national soccer star

Grade 11 learner, Kaden Schnoor, represented the South African U17 team in a tournament in Spain during the holiday. She is the first GHS learner to represent South Africa in soccer. 


Senior Speech Day 2018 

We were honoured to have Russell High School principal, Jean Rose, as our guest speaker for our annual Senior Speech Day. Rose gave our learners an inspiring speech and, as she ends her nearly four decade long career in education, was thrilled to be our guest. She is with the top three in Grade 12, (from left) Jessica Palmer (third), Simile Mbhele (third), Jean Rose, Rachael Job (Dux) and Tamika Govender (second). 


Rise against hunger NOW 

Today the HSS took part in an initiative by Rise Against Hunger to package food parcels. Three other schools participated in the day and the GHS learners came out ahead by meeting the target of filling 10 boxes the fastest. Congratulations HSS and thank you for your effort for such a great cause.


GHS goes blue! 

As part of  Padca's celebration of Elder Awareness Month, Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School tied a blue ribbon with a green sash around some of the trees at the front of the school.


Revamped uniform fun  

A fun tradition on the last day of school for the matrics is to 'revamp' their uniforms. Our learners are always so creative and it is a treat to watch their different takes on making the GHS uniform trendy.


Annual Matric Farewell Tea  

As we bade farewell to our matric class of 2018, we hosted their annual tea in the Norma Burns Hall which was enjoyed by all.


Rachael Job - Dux of 2018   

Rachael Rose Job was awarded the Blunt Family Dux Award for first in Grade 12. She has maintained an outstanding academic record and has been placed first in grade each year. She has been accepted to study Actuarial Science at Stellenbosch University 2019.


2019 Learner Leadership  

We are thrilled to annouce our Leaders for 2019 (from left) Ahmeadyn Claasen (Deputy Head Prefect), Gemma Cox (Head Prefect), Zekhethelo Zuma (head Boarder Prefect) Zibusiso Ndlovu (Deputy Head Boarder Prefect),  Layla Parak (Head Peer Tutor), Tatum Katzenellenbogen (Deputy Head Peer Counsellor) and Kelsey Hearder (Head Peer Counsellor).


GHS host PMB Grand Slam power couple  

Steve and Eleanor Pienaar (left) made history as the first couple in the world to complete all seven marathon on seven continents as well as completing the North Pole Marathon. Eleanor is a GHS alumnus and we were thrilled to welcome her back to share her amazing story for our Sport, Cultural and Service Awards. 


Top 6 sport achievers  

Our Sport Awards acknowledged numerous learners for their outstanding achievements in sports. These are the top six sport achievers for 2018 (from left) Rebecca Munitich, Kayla Klaasen, Maria Diedrick, Gemma Cox, Olivia Woodburn and Thandoluhle Ndlovu with Head of Sport at GHS Ms Koekermoer.


Heritage Day celebrations 

GHS learners celebrated Heritage Day with dress, dance and song.   


Toiletry donation to Lifeline and Divine Vessels 

During the second and third terms learners collected toiletries and  sanitary pads which has been donated to LifeLine and Divine Vessels to be used in their female packs for the people they help in PMB.  


Grade 10 class gym

Every year the Grade 10s perform a rehearsed routine as part of their Physical Education mark. They perform it for the Grade 9s and sport staff. Each class dress up and choose a song to which they perform their routine.


Grade 11 Careers Fair 

This year GHS tried something different by inviting various tertiary institutions as well as other options of studies after school. Our girls enjoyed a morning asking questions and finding out more about their options after they matriculate.   


Basketball weekend makes history

Although GHS did not win the annual Val Fowler Basketball Tournament this year, Leroko Secondary School from the outskirts of Bloemfontein were crowned champions for the first time. Our First Team played well and made GHS proud.  


Dissection week 

It's always great fun in the Biology labs during dissection week. 


Green desks from GHS to W.A. Lewitt Primary

Last year GHS collected over 15 000kgs of recycling. Choosing not to get the rebate from Wildlands, GHS donated this towards Wildlands' Green Desk initiative which uses the rebate towards making desks from non-recyclable materials. These desks were doanted to  W.A Lewitt Primary in Northdale. 


Annual Book Week fun

Every year the library host a Book Week for the learners to promote and encourage reading. We often host other schools for various activities. This year a couple primary schools in PMB visited us for a reading session. 


Mason Inc supports GHS music

The Wind Band have been fundraising for their dream trip overseas to play at two international music events. Mason Inc have kindly donated to this cause. 


Krispy Kreme visits GHS

We were thrilled to have been chosen by Krispy Kreme to receive doughnuts in the run up to their grand opening in PMB. Each learner and staff member received a doughnut which sweetened up our week. 


Dr Shezi at GHS

We were fortunate to have Dr Nomusa Shezi, the first black neurosurgeon in KZN, visit school during the Peer Counsellor Awareness week to address the learners. Dr Shezi matriculated from GHS in 2003.


Peer Counsellor Awareness Week

The annual Peer Counsellor Awareness Week was themed 'I Am Human'. Activities for the week we based on five forms of discrimination; gender & sexuality, religion & beliefs, disability, race & culture and socio-economic class. 


HSS Cultural Evening

Some members Hindu Students Society at their annual cultural evening. The evening was filled with Indian song, dance and food. It ended off with an Eastern wear fashion show.


New Principal for GHS

Our top six prefects representing our learner leaders for 2018 meet our new Principal, Mr Andrew Graaf. 


Sweet Extravaganza 

Grade 11 Consumer Studies learners held their annual Sweet Extravaganza sale during tea break. This event forms part of their term mark. This was well supported by both the staff and learners.   


Mini Market Day 

The Entrepreneurship society hosted its annual Mini Market Day. Sweet and savoury treats were on sale for learners and staff. The proceeds from the sales will be split between the society and a charity of their choice.   


Pi Day at GHS

The Maths and Science society celebrated Pi Day at GHS by hosting various activities during tea break on 14 March, which is internationally recognised as Pi Day. Ira McLuckie was the winner of one of the activities after she successfully memorised 63 digits of Pi.    


Toys donated to Singakwenza 

Grade 8 learners were tasked to produce toys from recyclable materials as part of their technology class. This project was made more meaningful when the learners were told that the charity for Grade 8 in 2918 would be Singakwenza, a charity that deals with Early Childhood Development, and their toys would be donated to them


GHS donates to Cape Town

Learners rallied together collecting water and funds to donate to Cape Town in the midst of their drought. The school's Envirocare, Muslim Students Association and Hindu Students Society, with the help of Gift of the Givers, raised R4 000 and 60 bottles of water. Both were taken to Cape Town by Gift of the Givers. 


GHS announces RCL executive committee for 2018

GHS is proud to announce the RCL executive committee for the year (back from left) Towela Mwanyama (PRO), Makabongwe Cele (PRO)Asanda Ntombelo (Secretary) with (front, from left) D'Nel Van Der Berg (Treasurer), Zolile Basi (Chairperson) and Lindelwa Bhengu (Deputy Chairperson).  


Burns wins inter-house gala

The annual GHS inter-house gala was held in February at Alex Baths. All 10 houses competed hard against each other but in the end Burns came out on top.

Lindsay won the Spirit Trophy.  


GHS donates 229 units of blodod in 2017

GHS walked away with second place for their committment to blood donation with 339 units of blood donated in 2017, the second highest school unit donation in the city. With the trophy are (from left) Tamsin Finch (fifth unit of blood donation), Amanda Mogale (SANBS donor educator) and Muskaan Singh (GHS Blood Buddy).




Japanese honour for local karate kid

Kaitlyn Chloe Joseph in Grade 9 has been recognised for her achivements in Kyokushin Karate and has graded first Dan Homologated. She received a black belt specially shipped from Japan with her name embroidered in Japanese on it and has been included in the records of the World Sabaki Federation. 




Teen angler fishes for SA 

Hannah Anderson has been selected to fish for South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSSA) in the upcoming Senior Gamefish Nationals. She will be part of the only junior team entered in this competitions. The event takes place in Shelly Beach from 21 to 25 May.  




GHS learner raises R24 000 for Pink Drive during Midmar Mile 

Damini Parshutam in Grade 11 swam her first Midmar 8 Mile this year and managed to raise R24 000 for charity. Damini has completed in the Midmar Mile six times and signed up for the challenging 8 mile swim this year. 




GHS donates 15 tons of waste to Wildlands 

Learners and staff collected recyclable materials from their homes and brought it to the recycling village at school. In 2017, GHS collected 15 386kgs of recyclable materials for the Wildlands waste programme. With the certificate of recognition are (from left) Nadia Rasool (Nedbank sales manager), Jael McKenzie, Rachael Job, Shanice Easthorpe, Amy Webster (Wildlands relationship manager).



Academic Awards 2018

Rachael Job and Lindelwa Bhangu were the recipients of the Catherine Morewood award this year. The awards is given to two learners who are in the top 20 of the Grade 11 academic year and is voted for by their peers. With the learners are Catherine's parents, Denyse and Chris.



Making GHS proud

Hannah Parak, GHS Dux of 2017, obtained 8 distinctions and second in the Umgungundlovu District and third in KwaZulu-Natal. Janine Boodoo, runner-up to Dux 2017, obtained 7 distinctions and placed fourth in the Umgungundlovu District. 

Sara McInerney also obtained 8 distinctions.   

Number of distinctions per learner:

8 distinctions - 2

7 distinctions - 3

6 distinctions - 13

5 distinctions - 13

4 distinctions - 13


GHS Class of 2017

The matric class of 2017 achieved outstanding results in the NSC examinations with 220/224 girls obtaining a Bachelor Pass and 4 obtaining a Diploma Pass. There were 514 distinctions in total.   


GHS 'fractured fairy tales'

The Grade 8 English classes embarked on a writing project journey. Through this process and with a lot of hard work, the learners have successfully written their own 'fractured fairy tales'.  


Senior Speech Day 2017

Hannah Parak was announced as DUX of 2017 at the Senior Speech Day. Stephanie Saville, deputy editor of The Witness newspaper and GHS alumni, was the guest speaker. Making GHS history were the Boodoo twins, Janine and Janice who came second and third respectively.  



GHS celebrates Heritage Day

The GHS community dressed traditionally in celebration of Heritage Day. Staff and learners alike enjoyed cultural dancing, poetry and music as well as a traditional food feast.  


Representing GHS at Yale University

Grade 8 learner, Chrystelle Lauren Harrichand qualified for the Tournament of Champions Round of the World Scholars' Cup which will be held at Yale University in America later this year.



Celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday

Learners at the GHS library used their break time to browse through some Roald Dahl books on his birthday on international Roald Dahl Day on 30 August.  


Representing GHS at SANESA

Grade 8 learner, Kate-Lyn van Staden, was selected to compete in all disciplines in the inter-schools SANESA Corse League and represented KZN at Kayalami Park in October. 



GHS wins Junior Debating League

The GHS junior debating team were recently crowned champions of the Junior Division of the Pietermaritzburg Debating League. Holding their shield proudly are debaters, Kheara Anooklaal, Ameera Allee and Aaliyah Randeree.  


GHS has new First Aid members

Learners and staff received their First Aid certificates recently upon completion of the First Aid course. 


GHS choir wins at ATKV

The GHS Choir won in three categories at the ATKV Finals; Best Choir for non-Afrikaans speaking high schools - Girls, Best Performance of prescribed work for non-Afrikaans speaking high schools - Girls, Boys and Mixed and second overall for non-Afrikaans speaking high schools including Girls, Boys and Mixed. The overall score was 86.24%, missing out on first place by only 0.06%. With their choir conductor, Joni Stickells, are Mphume Msingaphantsi (choir secretary), Zazi Khunene (choir head) and Nwabisa Sidoyi (choir deputy head). 



GHS wins annual Basketball 

GHS won the annual inter-schools Val Fowler Basketball Tournament in August. The event is jointly hosted by  St John 's DSG and GHS and was the biggest this year hosting 28 teams.






Hockey Success

20 players from Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School have been selected to play in the KwaZulu-Natal Hockey School teams.






GHS Choir in ATKV Finals 

The Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School choir have made it to the finals of the ATKV Competition and will compete in Pretoria on 3 August. GHS is the only girls school and one of only two schools selected from PMB.






Double green number for Mr Zuma

GHS staff member Mr Johannes Zuma completed his 20th Comrades Marathon this year and obtained his double green number.






District Awards

Once again the staff at GHS were recognised at the Umgungundlovu District Awards Ceremony for excellent results produced at the NSC exams.






Academic Awards

and Our Guest Speaker Mr Tim Barry with Miss Fowler and the top learners from each grade for 2016.







Miss Fowlers Birthday

The girls and staff helped Miss Fowler celebrate her birthday with a surprise chorus of Happy Birthday.











Grade 8 Sleep Over

The Grade 8 girls enjoyed a sleep over in the Community Centre on the first Friday of their High School week. This gave the girls the opportunity to get to know one another as well as the GHS Learner Leadership.








2016 Matric Results

The Class of 2016 has achieved outstanding results in the NSC Examination with a 100% pass rate. Please click here for more detailed information of the results.