DSG Experience

Girls have often expressed the view that DSG offers them a unique experience: one that cannot be found at other independent girls’ schools.
What is it that makes DSG unique? Is it that most of our girls are boarders and enjoy a seven-day programme? Is it that Grahamstown is a small, but vibrant town, without the distractions found in bigger cities? Is it the support we give the girls in every aspect of their lives?
We believe that it is a combination of all these as well as the other subliminal, unarticulated factors that seems to make this school different from the rest.

Pastoral Care

We believe that every girl is entitled to live in a congenial, nurturing environment in which she can develop and flourish; one in which she can mature into a well-rounded fulfilled person who can realise her personal goals and...more


Eighty per cent of the girls are boarders who are accommodated in four Houses. Gone are the days of long, draughty, uninviting dormitories – the Houses are comfortable and have a congenial home-from-home atmosphere with WiFi access and televisions. Overseeing...more

Day Girls

Day girls are as much part of the life of the school as the boarders. They are part of their House and are encouraged to spend time there with the boarders. They participate in all the interhouse events, play...more

DSG Reaches Out

DSG girls are educated to assume an active role in society, serving and giving of their time generously both now and after they leave school. Reaching out to the greater community is of great importance in the DSG. Senior School outreach...more

Clubs and Societies

Clubs are offered as part of the weekly programme. The variety of clubs that are offered allow girls to pursue their own interests or engage in new activities. Photography Chess Bridge Crafts Public Speaking Debating SAC Astronomers With St Andrew’s College: Cornish Alchemists History ...more


The interhouse events that take place during the year are possibly more keenly contested than the interschool sporting fixtures. The buzz around the school before the interhouse gala is palpable as is the case with the other interhouse sporting events. However, there is as much interest generated for the interhouse plays, dance and music and the standard produced for these events is usually of an extraordinarily high standard.

Exchange Programme

The pupil-body at DSG is heterogeneous, with a quarter of the girls coming from countries other than South Africa. The exchange programme is up and running with the school having twinned with four schools in three different countries. Each...more