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Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School Prioritizes Character Building

The educational philosophy of Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) reflects what the great Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “The function of education is to learn to think hard and to think critically.” Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

This is the purpose of the school.

What is offered and taught in the classroom, on the sports field, through music and cultural interaction, reading and books – and through success and failure – sparks intelligence and wisdom that forge the real character.

When girls leave GHS at the end of their school year with an inquiring mind and confidence in their abilities, the influence they can have on those with whom they will work or study should be significant.

The school’s wish is that the parents allow their daughters to learn about life, through their own experiences, as they did.

Parents increasingly tend to do everything for their daughters. Both parent and teacher remember that building character is as important as promoting the development of intelligence.

This is the 102nd year since the establishment of GHS.

This great school has stood for excellence in girls’ education since 1920.

The school’s mission continues to be the pursuit of excellence, and every day GHS challenges each girl to be the best she can be.

As a leading school for girls, both academically and extramurally, GHS is thrilled to offer learners the opportunity to experience the girls’ indomitable ethic of cheerfulness with industry. .

Meet the Director of GHS – Andrew Graaf

Andrew Graaf, Principal of Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School.

In 2018, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) welcomed its first male principal, Andrew Graaf.

The 12th director of GHS, Mr. Graaf returns to his hometown.

He grew up in Scottsville, attended Pelham Primary and enrolled in Alexandra High in 1980, where he returned in 1998 as vice-principal and became principal in 2008.

In 2015, Mr Graaf was appointed Principal of Northlands Girls’ High in Durban North.

He has embraced the special place that education for all girls holds and has attended many conferences on education for all girls.

“Having grown up in Pietermaritzburg, I know that GHS has always been a venerable institution in the city. To have the opportunity to lead and serve him is both humbling and very exciting,” he said.

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