Herschel has a thriving and dynamic Music Department that provides many opportunities for individual and group participation. Learners can take music either as a subject or as an extramural activity. Instrumental tuition is offered on all the orchestral instruments, recorder, percussion, saxophone, piano and organ, singing and guitar. The many music ensembles (Choirs, Orchestra, Saxophone, Recorder, String and Flute Ensembles, Marimba Bands, etc. ) give team performance opportunities to a cross-section of the school’s community interests. The Department has an excellent reputation for achieving high standards both academically and musically and for equipping students to excel in a wide variety of musical fields. House events include the very popular Interhouse Singing Competition.
The Art Department at Herschel recognises that the imagination and inventiveness of young people knows no bounds, and the pupils are encouraged to develop the exciting unpredictability of their designs and configurations within an environment of individual creative stimulation. Herschel believes that the importance of Art lies in the fact that the girls learn to see more, sense more, recall more, and are more virtually aware of their expanding and changing environment. Consequently, learners are able to express themselves visually with more sensitivity and confidence. Those girls who do not take Art as a full subject from Grade 10, participate in Art Clubs and our Eisteddfod.
Drama at Herschel facilitates personal and artistic growth as well as an opportunity to gain knowledge of theatre history, plays, voice and movement study. Excellent facilities, including a fully equipped Theatre and 2 drama studios, provide spacious areas for development to take place. Drama also features on the Eisteddfod programme and both the annual production and House Plays give everyone an opportunity to participate.
Herschel Girls School has a flourishing Exchange Programme for Grade 10 girls that is well-organised and very enriching for those girls who participate. The Exchange Programme has much to offer each participant. Besides developing lifelong friendships, the girls are exposed to a wealth of new experiences and cultures. The personal development of each participant is greatly enhanced by this life-changing experience. Herschel has exchange partnerships with schools in the United Kingdom, the United States, India, The Netherlands, Australia, Chile, Colombia and China.
Each girl can sign up for a club or society from the wide choice on offer. This complements the classroom teaching in fostering the development of self-confidence and interpersonal relationships amongst the girls. Leadership skills are also developed as many of the clubs are managed and run by Grade 11 pupils with prefects in supporting roles.
There is a tradition of enthusiastic participation in sport. Some members of “The Pink Army”, as the girls in their pink sports tops are known, participate purely for the sense of well-being associated with camaraderie and teamwork, whilst others prefer to set themselves competitive goals.
Our Indoor Sports Centre allows for indoor hockey, basketball, netball and social volleyball to be played. The Centre also has 2 squash courts, while the tennis courts are across the road.
Field hockey is played on the Astroturf but netball is played on the courts adjacent to the swimming pool. Both swimming and water polo are very popular sports.
Cross-country running is one of the strongest sports at Herschel.
For those girls who like the exercise, but do not want to compete, several sports disciplines are offered on a social level.
Sports Results week ending 10 March 2019
1st v Rustenburg 1st: Herschel won 3-0
2nd v Rustenburg 2nd: Herschel won 12-0
U15 v Fishoek 1st:: Herschel won 17-0
U14 v Fishoek 2nd: Herschel won 3-2
1st v Westerford: Herschel won 12-2
1st v Reddam: Match drawn 8-8 (Herschel lost on shoot outs)
U16A v Rustenburg U16A: Herschel won 10-2
U16A v Reddam U16A: Herschel lost 4-8
U14A v Wynberg U14A: Herschel won 10-1
U14A v Reddam U14A: Herschel lost 3-6
Many girls participate in the President’s Award Programme.
Full information about our Community Service can be found under CARING.