THE SCHOOL CREST
The red cross of St George represents bravery and the white field, purity and truth. The scarlet aloe is a proud symbol of the Border region. The school motto; Veritas et Virtus (Truth and Courage) has inspired generations of girls since the late 19th Century. The magnificent…more »
Mrs Barbara Brown, who joined the Queenstown Girls’ High School staff in 1982 and taught here for 22 years passed away tragically on 30 April 2016. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her and our condolences to her family. TENNIS : The Girls’ High School tennis players took on the Old Girls with mixed results. Section A was won by Aimee Pohlman and Megan van Oosten of GHS and Section B was won by Karen Hattingh and Nicki Dicks of Old Girls. Much fun was head by all! HOCKEY : The 2016 matrics…more »
GRADE 8 APPLICATIONS
Grade 8 applications are now closed.
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT
To be a principle-centred school of excellence at which teachers, learners, employees and interested stakeholders teach, learn, work and interact together in a spirit of growth and harmony. In striving towards our vision we: Encourage all at our school to develop their unique potential…more »
BIRTHDAY WEEKEND 2016
Celebrating 141 years! Birthday weekend 19, 20, 21 August 2016. Old Girls from the years 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2006 are encouraged to attend.
ORDER FORM SUPPORTER CLOTHING
Supporters items for GHS, Balmoral and the OQA. First orders to be in by the 2nd of September. Methods of payment:
- EFT and then send proof of payment
- Include cash in an envelope with the order form
Payments are centralised into the Balmoral Trust account on the form and then they will pay our supplier Gaylards.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
A note from the director and writer of ‘Turbulence’ by Thina Ntsaluba to the cast
This is my first one; I can’t promise that there ever will be another one. This play has taken, what seems like forever to write. If I can say I’ve learnt anything about play writing, it’s that……it doesn’t come easy. When an idea hits you, the first challenge you encounter almost immediately is the fear of whether or not the idea is good enough to put on paper. I’ve given up on this script so many times. I’ve had moments while in the midst of writing this script, where all I wanted to do was just delete the whole document. That is what a script can do yo you. I gather, however that there is always this indescribable and overwhelming force that always pulls you back to the script. ‘TURBULENT’ wasn’t written for me; rather its my gift to everyone, both friend and foe who have made a contribution to my growth as an individual. I hope you, as the cast, can interpret the play the way you see it, while keeping reference to what I was trying to put out there. In that way this play becomes more relevant to our audience. Being on stage means nothing, it’s about singing, dancing or acting and making people feel your presence. You, as the chosen cast owe it to God, this script, your audience, your talent and most importantly yourselves, to leave everything on that stage. By no means am I saying this to put unnecessary pressure on you all. I am saying this because in a few weeks time “TURBULENT” will be but a distant memory, a lost golden moment with amazing people. No play was meant to last forever. Looking at that sad truism, the best we can do with the time we have together is to create and develop a play worth remembering and one that ranks amongst the best. It is your job to bring this script to life. Just let the words carry you through this journey, feel the emotions and everyone else will believe you. I present to you ‘TURBULENT”. Nurture, cultivate and trust the script and I promise you … we will come out on top.
1944 HEAD GIRL JEAN MICKLEM (NEE SHUTTLEWORTH)
ALL GIRLS’ FESTIVAL 2016 - DURBAN GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
ART – non competitive
Kelly-Ann Adonis and Sinazo Vanqa had an amazing experience at the All Girls’ Festival. The Art girls were given the theme “Durban … where East, West and Africa meet”, along with the freedom to experiment with any techniques, varying from printing of fabric, making clay medallions, screen printing, sun dying and beadwork. The aim was not to have one finished artwork, but to experiment and appreciate the process towards a finished piece. There was an exhibition of all the pieces on the last day of the festival. Kelly and Sinazo learnt a lot, while having great fun.
CAMERA CLUB – non competitive
Iviwe Malotana, Joyce Ejumu, Soumya Simon, Dhrishya Thomas and Sarah Jacob represented Girls’ High School and they were placed 12 overall. They won their matches against Northlands, Rhenish, Burban GHS, drew against Affies but lost against Collegiate, Eunice and Jeppe.
- Motion vs St Michael’s : The Solution to S A Energy Crisis is in Nuclear Energy which they opposed and won
- Motion vs Collegiate : Classical Fairytales Should be Written with the Aim of Correcting Gender Stereotypes which they proposed and won
- Motion vs Shadow Team : Government Officials Should Not be Allowed to Send their Children to Private Schools which they opposed and won
- Motion vs Danville Park : Hacking is a Suitable Form of Protest Against Large Corporations which they proposed and lost
- Motion vs Westville : Private Hospitals should be Forced to Give some of their Profits to Public Hospitals which they opposed and won – the girls then advanced to the semi-finals where :
- Motion vs Clarendon : We should Institute a Beauty Tax on Individuals Whose Physical Appearance is Conventionally Appealing which they opposed and won – the girls then advanced to the final where :
- Motion vs La Rochelle : Grant Women an Extra Vote in the National Election which they opposed and narrowly lost.
Kristin Arends, Lindelwe Hoho, Mandisa Mtola and Mbasa Gosa competed competed against 20 schools. They were placed 5th overall with Lindelwe Hoho (placed 5th) and Kristin Arends (placed 10th) won Best Speaker Awards. Their results were as follows :
- Motion vs Rustenburg : South Africa Should Leave the International Criminal Court which they proposed and lost
- Motion vs Ridgepark : Companies Should Perform Social Media Background Checks on Candidates Seeking Employment which they proposed and won
- Motion vs Potchefstroom : Punish Sports Clubs for the Behavior of Their Fans which they proposed and won
- Motion vs Pretoria : The Rise of # Must Fall Movements which they proposed and lost
- Motion vs Affies : The State Construction of False Historical Narratives in An Attempt to Promote Social Cohesion which they opposed and won
DRAMA – non competitive
The Drama Group consisting of Thina Ntsaluba, Stelchia Hughes, Yamkelani Velaphi, Yanga Malotana, Amahle Ciliwe and Aliziwe Ntoto. The girls competed against 13 schools with 78 participants. All the girls who competed were given a vote to commend 8 Best Actresses in the various Drama Productions, and Thina and Yanga were chosen for 2 of these awards.
Sazikazi Mbalo, a Grade 10 pupil, represented Public Speaking. In Round 1 the girls had to read pieces they have chosen and state why they chose the specific piece. In Round 2 they made unprepared speeches based on any given subject. After that there were forum discussions and Sazi’s group won ‘Best Forum Group’. Sazi qualified for the finals and was eventually ranked in the Top 5 of the All Girls’ Public Speakers.
Mrs Carlien Buss and the 14-strong Vocal Ensemble group did GHS proud. After 3 vocal and movement workshops, the girls had a repertoire sharing section. All 10 participating schools had the opportunity to share a 10-minute repertoire. After all the groups had sung, each person in attendance was given one vote to decide on the Most Entertaining (and proficient) Ensemble – Girls’ High School won!
The 1st Hockey team ended 15th at the All Girls’ Festival. The girls recorded the following results : lost vs Eunice (0 – 3), vs Wynberg (1 – 2), vs La rochelle (0 – 1); drew vs Potch (0 – 0) and won vs Danville (1 – 0) and St Michaels (2 – 0).
The 1st Netball team ended 17th overall at the All Girls’ Festival. The girls beat Westville and St Michael’s. They lost to Paarl, Potch, La Rochelle, Rhenish, Affies, Danville, Clarendon and Durban. Special mention must be made of Zimvozetho Ncinitwa and Khanyisile Ngozi who won Best Defending Players and Siphokuhle Mpela and Sesethu Jonga who won Best Attacking Players during the festival.
Well done to Girls’ High Squash who once again won the Gold Medal! Inge Coetzee, Teagan Roux, Mikayla Boy and Monique da Cruz represented squash at the All Girls’ Festival. They beat Clarendon 4 – 0, Rhenish 4 – 0, Pretoria GHS 4 – 0, La Rochelle 4 – 0 and Westville 4 – 0, not giving away any games.
Isiphile Banisi passed away on Friday, 11 March 2016. She was an intelligent, soft-spoken and exceptionally brave young girl who fought cancer for many years. Isiphile leaves a tangible memory and will remain an example for all of us at Girls’ High. She never complained about her illness. She never used her illness as an excuse to do anything less than what was expected of her as a learner. She worked diligently at all times, and even when she missed classes due to her many treatments and hospital stays, she remained focused on her school work. Isiphile will remain in our hearts forever. Her brave fight and determination are characteristics we will remember, always. We are very sad to say goodbye, but we are at peace knowing that Isiphile has been released from her pain and now lives with our Heavenly Father. Rest in peace, Isiphile. We love you, always.
FAREWELL to MISS CAROL MILLINGTON 1983 – 2015
Queenstown Girls’ High School officially bade farewell to retiring Deputy Principal Miss Carol Millington at two special functions held in her honour. She received a fitting valediction at a farewell assembly in St George’s Hall where she was paid tributes by Saskia Neethling (head girl of 2016), Mr Richard Edkins (past GHS principal) and Mrs Annelise Pieterse (Acting Principal). In addition to this, she was awarded the prestigious Wilkinson Award by the Queenstown Education Foundation for her outstanding contribution to education. Thereafter, the OQA hosted a Farewell Tea in the Erika Danckwerts Hall where friends, colleagues and old girls of the school gathered to wish Miss Millington well for her retirement.
CAPE TOWN OLD GIRLS REUNION
About 30 old girls from Girls’ High School enjoyed a happy get-together at the home of Sally Lumb (née Logan), class of 1964, in Cape Town recently to celebrate the 140th birthday of the school. At this meeting, which is a yearly occasion organised by Sally, they recognised and marked their appreciation of the enormous contribution of the staff and pupils have made in maintaining the character and traditions of this special school.
Sally Lumb’s Message of Greeting and Congratulations on the Occasion of the 140th Birthday Celebration from the Cape Town OQA
We met in Cape Town with pride and a sense of history on the occasion of the 140th Anniversary of our School’s founding. The years have passed for each of us and we remain Girls’ High School girls – that will never change. We recognise the important part that the school and our teachers played in our lives. They gave us the grounding in many subjects, but more importantly they taught us about life, about mutual respect and courtesy, about integrity and the importance of families and of a principled pursuit of our individual interests and goals. Those of us who have visited the school in recent years, share a sense of great pride at the continuance of these traditions, values and principles. It is evident and visible in the character of today’s girls whom we met and with whom we interacted. We extend to today’s principal, teachers and pupils, who carry the responsibility for maintaining the fine character of our school, our greetings, congratulations and thanks for the way in which they continue the traditions built up over 140 years and encapsulated in our schools motto, Veritas et Virtus.
Sally Lumb (née Logan), class of 1964 August 3, 2015
OQA, Cape Town Gathering, 3 August 2015, list of those present:
Andrea Hart (Rollo) 1973 Angie Helm 2010 Bev Tregay (Breetzke) 1965 Dianne McGrath (Stone) 1965 Elizabeth Danckwerts (Thomas) 1977 Ellen Nicol (Kew) 1965 Gill Wykham (Marshall) 1964 Janice Wainman (Kretschmer) 1973 Janine Berrington 1976 Jeannette Willey (Elliott) 1960 Judy Bryant (Forward) 1974 Joy Coetzer (Price) 1977 Lenore Fuller (Brown) 1978 Lola Whittle (Shaeffer) 1966 Lynnette Starck (Johnston) 1964 Marcella Poultney Margie Growse (MacDonald) 1955 Mary Ann Abbott (Maartens) 1965 Nova Esmonde-White (Retief) 1964 Pat Furno (Van Den Bos) 1961 Patti St Leger (Shannon) 1953 Rose Malinaric (Elliott) 1966 Sally Lumb (Logan) 1964 Sandy Farr (Muzzell) 1966 Shirley MacDonald (Quick) 1958 Trish Haye (Barr-Baker) 1979 Wilma de Villiers (van Schalkwyk) 1962
140TH BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
MESSAGE FROM MISS CAROL MILLINGTON, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL OF QUEENSTOWN GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
This weekend we celebrate 140 years of education for young women at Queenstown Girls’ High School. From the humble start of two young girls being admitted to the previously boys-only school to where we are today has been a journey with many ups and downs. We are grateful to all those who have helped shape the road that now lies behind us. We are proud of our successes and acknowledge that sometimes we have failed but we have persevered. We have built up a tradition and an ethos at Girls’ High School of which we can be justly proud. If we want to say the same in fifty or even ten years time we must look to the future. A successful school is a living organism and needs to adapt to changing circumstances. Where to from here? Firstly we must preserve what is good. We must strive to maintain the work ethic, the discipline and the ethos that has made this school what it is today. We also have to maintain our infrastructure. It is essential to repair and renovate our buildings on a regular basis. Secondly we need to move forward and build on what we have. We must improve and extend our sports facilities. We have to take cognisance of the fact that the world is moving into an electronic and mainly paperless era. We need to attract vibrant and dedicated teachers to our school. We need to test ourselves against the best which means that we have to travel. To move forward successfully is going to require a very high level of commitment from parents and old girls. Parents – school fees are the life blood of the school. We simply cannot manage without them. Old girls – times have changed. Women are now taking their place in the business world as never before. If you want to send your daughter to Girls’ High School one day to receive an education similar to your own, you are going to have to commit to your alma mater now. You are going to have to accept that women will need to support their old schools in the same way that men have supported theirs for decades. To the staff and pupils who have worked so hard to make this birthday special, thank you for all you have done. To the school governing body who have undertaken an extensive programme of renovation and upgrading of our facilities, thank you for your efforts. To the parent body and community of Queenstown, thank you for your loyalty and support. A very special welcome to all the old girls who have joined us this birthday weekend. It is my last at Girls’ High School after more years that I care to remember. I wish you a most enjoyable weekend filled with memories, fun and friendship.
ALL GIRLS’ FESTIVAL 2015 - ORANJE MEISIES SKOOL BLOEMFONTEIN
Kristin Arends, Lindelwe Hoho, Thandiwe Jadezweni and Sinovuyo Kupiso represented Girls’ High School. They won 5 out of their 7 debates and was ranked 2nd out of 20 debating teams. The girls debated the following motions : Motion vs St Michael’s : The Solution to S A Energy Crisis is in Nuclear Energy which they opposed and won Motion vs Collegiate : Classical Fairytales Should be Written with the Aim of Correcting Gender Stereotypes which they proposed and won Motion vs Shadow Team : Government Officials Should Not be Allowed to Send their Children to Private Schools which they opposed and won Motion vs Danville Park : Hacking is a Suitable Form of Protest Against Large Corporations which they proposed and lost Motion vs Westville : Private Hospitals should be Forced to Give some of their Profits to Public Hospitals which they opposed and won – the girls then advanced to the semi-finals where : Motion vs Clarendon : We should Institute a Beauty Tax on Individuals Whose Physical Appearance is Conventionally Appealing which they opposed and won – the girls then advanced to the final where : Motion vs La Rochelle : Grant Women an Extra Vote in the National Election which they opposed and narrowly lost. The debating team was placed second overall.
ART – non competitive
Chemille Ambraal, Morgan Heuer and Grettel Osorio had a mind blowing experience! They had to make Raku clay pots, decorate them and fire them in a kiln. After watching a educational art dvd, they joined in discussions regarding what they saw and came across many different opinions on art in general. The girls were taken on a guided tour of the Olienhout Art Museum where works of Pierneef, Helen Sebidi and Irma Stern amongst others, are housed. The sculptures and figures studies in the gardens were amazing and the art girls met many extraordinary people during their time at the festival.
CAMERA CLUB – non competitive
Tara Emms and Morgan Cobbold went along with the team to capture memories on film. They then did a power-point presentation to the school showcasing some excellent photographs.
Joyce Ejumu, Mbasa Gosa, Iviwe Malotana, Soumya Simon and Dhrishya Thomas represented Girls’ High School and they were placed 10th overall. They won their matches against Oranje, St Michael’s, Paarl, Potchefstroom and Clarendon but lost against Affies, Collegiate, Eunice and Jeppe.
CREATIVE WRITING – non competitive
Liyema Mkabile, Sisamtemba Magingxa and Sambesiwe Ndubela spent an informative weekend honing their skills in this area.
DRAMA – non competitive
The Drama Group consisting of Stelchia Hughes, Babalo Maqela, Thina Ntsaluba and Yamkelani Velaphi. This year the theme was ‘puppetry’. Nieka Lombard performed a play with her puppets and afterwards they attended a workshop where they learnt that puppets are not just socks on your hands. It is about giving your puppet breath; giving it life, changing it to suit different emotions and giving your puppet human characteristics. They then made their own puppets : Thina made a Jelly Fish, Stelchia made a girl called Velma, Yamkelani made Red Riding Hood and Babalo made an Owl. They got to prepare a skit with these puppets which they performed in the Albert Wessels Auditorium at UFS.
This new addition to the festival saw Kaylee Snyders in her element. They had a demonstration by Chef Lesley Jacobs on savoury treats for a tea or cocktail function which they then had to prepare. Chef Janine Mostert demonstrated sweet treats and Kaylee got to make a cupcake filled with white chocolate ganache and topped with pink icing and sugar work. She was placed 3rd overall in the sweet treat challenge.
Yanga Malotana, a Grade 10 pupil, represented Public Speaking and made the Top 5 overall.
After a thorough warm-up session, the Vocal Ensemble group participated in the auditions for solo parts in the Mass Choir. It was wonderful that Dumisa Qononda and Lukho Ngcobo both received solo parts for the final event at prize giving. The group sang three choral items as well as Girls in Union with an orchestra at the Odeion School of Music at UFS. This was a great experience that they will never forget. They have also been invited to enter a competition where the ultimate prize is to perform with Pharrell Williams when he comes to South Africa.
The 1st Hockey team ended 7th (joint with Collegiate) at the All Girls’ Festival. The girls recorded the following results : won against Potch, La Rochelle, Kingsridge, Jeppe and lost to Oranje and Rhenish, while they drew with Collegiate.
The 1st Netball team ended 14th overall. The girls beat Durban, Westville, Clarendon and St Michael’s. They lost to Kingsridge, La Rochelle, Eunice, Potch, Affies, Rhenish and Rustenburg. Special mention must be made of Anathi Buti who won Best Defending Player and Siphokuhle Mpela who won Best Attacking Player for the day on Saturday.
GHS won the Gold Medal! Mikayla Boy, Monique da Cruz, Logan Raasch and Teagan Roux represented squash at the All Girls’ Festival. They beat Oranje 4 – 0, Rhenish 4 – 0, Pretoria GHS 4 – 0 and lost against Collegiate. They beat Eunice in the semi-finals 3 – 1 and Collegiate in the finals 11 – 8.
Amy Bradfield, Hayley Lucas, Wandisa Mini and Samantha Pohlmann represented tennis at the All Girls’ Festival. The team had some very tough matches and they were placed 13th overall.
OLD QUEENSTONIA TEA
The Old Girls’ Association of Queenstown Girls’ High School hosted a Ladies Morning Tea in St George’s Hall recently. The main speaker, Elizabeth Robinson-Campbell, came all the way from Cape Town and also entertained the school girls on the Friday during assembly. She wrote a book called ‘The Choice’, and spoke about her life experiences and what God had done in her life. She is also a renowned artist. Marlene Vlok spoke on table settings and gave tips on how to decorate when entertaining. Sam Breetzke, a rose grower in the Queenstown district, gave valuable information regarding the growing of roses in our area. At the end of the morning, two delicious Black Forest cakes were auctioned by Miss Carol Millington, to the delight of the ladies at the tea. The decor and flowers were beautiful and the eats absolutely delicious.