Curriculum

B eing a small school with a favourable teacher : pupil ratio, our dedicated teachers are committed to creating an environment in which each girl can develop a lifelong passion for learning. Within this nurturing atmosphere, girls can feel safe to make mistakes and, in so doing, discover themselves. Girls are encouraged to build resilience in order to have the confidence to face new realities and embrace challenges with courage and determination.

Whilst reading, writing and arithmetic remain the core of our curriculum, we also seek to develop the following values:

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Collaboration

Girls learn to work effectively in groups, developing flexibility, cooperation, tolerance and the ability to compromise to achieve a common goal.
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Communication

Girls are taught to use all forms of communication, whether written or verbal. They are given the tools and confidence to be curious, ask questions and explore different methods of finding answers. In addition, they are given opportunities to be heard, as well as learning to listen attentively and effectively.
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Critical Thinking

Girls acquire the skills to analyse, evaluate, understand complexity and solve problems.
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Creativity

Girls are encouraged to be original and imaginative in their thinking, trying out different solutions and evaluating their effectiveness, whilst also having the confidence to consider alternative approaches to comprehension and understanding.

Academic Subjects

Grades 4 - 6

English
First Additional Languages: Afrkikaans and isiXhosa
Mathematics
Design Technology
Social Sciences: History and Geography
Natural Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Religious Education
Life Orientation
Creative Arts: Art, Drama, Music
Information Technology
Research and Thinking Skills
Grade 7

English
First Additional Languages: Afrkikaans or isiXhosa or French (for girls from over the border who start at DSG in Grade 7)
Mathematics
Design Technology
Social Sciences: History and Geography
Natural Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
EMS (Economic Management Sciences)
Religious Education
Life Orientation
Creative Arts: Art, Drama, Music
Information Technology
Research and Thinking Skills
To further extend the girls, we enter Mathematics competitions (arranged by Rhodes University), as well as English and Mathematics Olympiads.