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 »
Congratulations to Jessica Beal-Preston and Aimee Pohlmann who were selected to represent the Border Girls’ u/18 A Hockey team touring to Pretoria in the holidays. Tegan Gibbens and Sarah Stone were selected as non-travelling reserves for the Border Girls’ u/18 A Hockey team and we congratulate them as well. Congratulations to Carmen McEwan and Shannon Barraud who were selected to represent the…more »
GRADE 8 APPLICATIONS 2015
Grade 8 applications are available from 1 April 2015 to 31 July 2015. This is only for Grade 8. Please send your emails to email@example.com or contact Lorraine at 045 839 4160.
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 2015
Celebrating 140 years! Birthday weekend 14, 15, 16 August 2015. Old Girls from the years 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2005 are encouraged to attend.
ALL GIRLS’ FESTIVAL 2015 - ORANJE MEISIES SKOOL BLOEMFONTEIN
This year Girls’ High School sent a squad of 65 girls and 15 teachers to participate in the All Girls’ School Festival. This festival was hosted by Oranje Meisies Skool in Bloemfontein. Girls’ High participated in 13 sporting and cultural sections and achieved their best ever all round results. The fact that they managed this while competing against city schools many of which are far larger than Girls’ High School can ascribe to the spirit and of the girls effort and the expertise and dedication of the staff who coached them. It was a remarkable achievement for a ‘small’ school from a ‘small’ town and once again Girls’ High has shown that it is up there with the best. Sincere thanks go to the staff and pupils who represented the school and the parent body who made it financially possible to participate in this prestigeous event.
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.
Jemima Hart represented GHS and did exceptionally well being placed third in Reading, second in General Knowledge and then second overall.
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.