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Beyond the Curriculum

We believe in fostering a school that enables each individual to live, work and socialise in an environment in which they are recognised, appreciated, engaged, encouraged, inspired and challenged.

Vertical Tutor System

We want Herschel to be a place where students belong and as such, to experience various points of connection allowing them to discover what fires their imaginations, what interests and inspires them and what and who they aspire to be.

Herschel has four Houses and each House has their own sense of identity within the greater school context and Houses are involved in a number of different activities and competitions throughout the year – ensuring pupils build relationships and have fun.

Each house is home to nine tutor groups. A tutor group is efficiently run by a staff member as tutor and consists of up to 16 girls, with three or four from each grade. This vertical tutor system connects pupils with those in other grades in a family-style setup.

  • Academic classes where they share in their learning experiences
  • Grade events such as camps and bonding events to create connection as a grade
  • House events such as Interhouse Singing, House Assemblies, House Time, Summer House Days, Interhouse Gala’s and an Interhouse Dance to build camaraderie
  • Tutor groups which offer a smaller unit within the greater Herschel community

The overall management, administration, pastoral care, growth and character of the House is overseen by the House Director and two Deputy House Directors – one for the Junior phase and one for the Senior phase.

Academic Support and Careers Counselling

The academic progress and learning support needs of students are prioritised at Herschel Girls School. Students are able to arrange meetings with the Academic Support Coordinator, Mrs Smith by referral or as needed.

Academic support is multi-faceted and is dependent on the specific needs of an individual, and can include:

  • Providing one-on-one or group sessions on study skills and exam techniques
  • Assistance with time management and planning
  • Accommodation applications

Learning Barriers

Learning barriers are defined as permanent or temporary physical difficulties or intrinsic specific learning difficulties which compromise examination performance. Barriers to learning can be identified through the assessment of an Educational Psychologist, following which they can be sensitively managed whilst arranging the best-suited interventions for students.

Whilst barriers to learning can be very challenging or even perceived as embarrassing, our staff are very supportive of students and aim to accommodate them in the best way possible. This includes facilitating the accommodation application process to the IEB board.

Mrs Smith is also available to assist learning with coping with academic anxieties and providing a safe space for students to reflect on their academic progress. She works closely with all staff in support of students and the Deputy Head of Academics, Ms East.

Career Counselling

Many students enter high school unsure of where they see themselves after school or what further studies to explore. Career counselling offers students a platform for which they will be able to start this decision-making process.

This includes helping to choose subjects in Grade 9 and applications to further studies locally or internationally. In addition to ongoing careers guidance, students get exposure to the various tertiary institutions, as well as potential gap year options. They are also invited to attend the annual careers expo in partnership with Bishops Diocesan College.

Herschel Support Unit

The counsellor’s role is to look after the emotional wellbeing of our students while at school. The counselling offered on campus is voluntary and confidential.

Our actions are motivated by the students’ best interests in mind. The school counsellor offers short-term supportive counselling and crisis management. Where more in-depth or longer-term therapy is needed, we refer students and their parents to private psychologists or psychiatrists where possible.

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.

Refrain:
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