Welcome to the High School for Girls Potchefstroom
A message from our Headmistress, Ms G Duganzich:
Greetings to all members of our Girls High Family. Welcome back to school for 2021. A special word of welcome to our new parents and your daughters.
I wish to take this opportunity to extend well wishes to you at the start of our academic year, and share the fact that I am both delighted and honoured to have the baton passed on to me. I wish to assure you that I undertake to work hard to continue the legacy of success that has been so ably established at this School of Distinction by an incredible leader such as Mrs Eliza Meyer.
I also know that I will not be alone in this endeavour because I shall have the support and assistance of my incredible fellow deputy Miss Melanie Scholtz together with our team of outstanding educators and administrators.
Rest assured that together we will uphold the promise that your daughter graduates from our school as a life-long learner of integrity who will be able to lead in all spheres of life and have a positive impact on society.
Why a Girls School
Why an all girls school?
At Potch Girls High, each young woman will have the opportunity to develop and grow spiritually, intellectually and socially. Girl’s High girls are allowed to find their voices in the absence of adolescent boys, whose learning styles and maturity levels are arguably different. Free of the pressures of competing for attention socially and academically, the girls are free to be themselves in the classroom, focus on their work and develop into strong leaders. Here, the peer pressure is positive.
Current research confirms our belief that within the structure of a single-sex school young women become better students and more confident about their abilities. Research shows that young women in all-girl schools have higher self-esteem, are more interested in non-traditional subjects such as science and math and are less likely to stereotype jobs and careers. They are generally intellectually curious, serious about their studies and overall achieve more. Single-gender activities many times serve to “inoculate” girls against some of the societal ailments that now threaten children and teenagers. Students in single-gender schools have fewer disciplinary problems and fewer unexcused absences. Students did just over an hour more homework per week and watched less television per weekday.