About Herschel

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About Herschel

Herschel Girls School is an independent Anglican School for young women founded in 1922 in Claremont, Cape Town. We offer a world-class education from Grade 000 to Grade 12, with the option of weekly boarding from Grade 8. Herschel offers an empowering and dynamic education that equips each student to flourish in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Our Values

The school’s tagline, learning to make a difference, is upheld through the values of respect, equality and equity, integrity, empathy, authenticity and kindness. Herschel strives to build a caring student body where belonging is the priority, encouraging inclusion and acceptance above all else. 

Our Aim

Our aim is to provide ample opportunities, a safe environment and the dynamic toolkit necessary to support the blossoming of happy and healthy students.

It is our belief that a solid education is one which caters to growth in all aspects of life – intellectual, social, physical and spiritual, and one which offers a robustness to allow for each student to undertake their own journey. 

We set out to spark a curiosity for learning, encourage excellence without an obsession with perfection, and value contributions across the field, the stage, the community and beyond. Opportunities for friendship, skill development and all around growth are plentiful. 

You Belong Here

Students are able to discover their potential through participation in community engagement, drama, music, sport and a range of clubs and societies. We strive to carve out nurturing spaces in which students feel a strong sense of belonging as they find their way in life, all while growing, changing and developing into independent individuals set to take on the world.

Welcome to Herschel!

School Song

We are assembled here in love,
We are united, we care for one another.
The greatest lesson of all is the one
That teaches us to live together, together.

Everyone’s a spark and in the night
Together we make a light, a fire burning bright
Ad Dei Gloriam; Inkosi mayibongwe:
To the glory of our God: this is what we believe.

In times of trouble we support
Our fellows; we are taught to be there for our friends.
And all around us, there will be
That special unity, that binds us all together.

If we come back after many years,
We will think fondly of the things that we remember,
And the friends that we made then,
These will be friends forever, forever.

By Thandi Siebert, Head Girl 1993