Pietermaritzburg Girls High News February
Pietermaritzburg GHS donates over 25 tons of recycling to WILDLANDS
Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School is a committed member of the WILDLANDS Recycling for Life initiative. Learners and staff at GHS collect recyclable materials from their homes and bring it to the recycling village at school. Internal competitions are held by the GHS Recycling Society for the class that collects the most materials each term.
In 2017, Wildlands, with support from Nedbank and South32 collected 929 875 kg’s of recycling from 123 schools in Wildlands’ Sustainable Schools Network.
GHS collected 15 386kgs of recyclable materials this past year for the programme.
GHS learner completes first 8 Mile, raises R24 000 for Pink Drive
Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School Grade 11 learner, Damini Parshutam (16), swam her first Midmar 8 Mile recently raising R24 000 for Pink Drive. Damini has participated in the Midmar Mile six times but wanted to challenge herself this year and signed up for the 8 Mile swim.
“I wanted to do something for a good cause. The ladies at the Pink Drive are so empowering and listening to their stories always amazes me so I wanted to take on the challenge and doing for a cause made it even more worth it,” she said.
She started her fundraising in November last year and managed to raise the required R10 000 in a week. “I am so thankful to all my family and friends who supported me during this challenge. I knew I was ready for it and by the time the last mile came I was filled with excitement and adrenaline. I am so glad I was able to be a part of the 8 Mile club and encourage anyone who can do it to give it a try,” Damini said.
GHS holds annual Academic Awards ceremony
PIETERMARITZBURG Girls’ High School recently held its annual Academic Awards ceremony honouring the efforts of its pupils throughout the 2017 academic year.
This year the school welcomed back old girl Nozipho Mbanjwa as guest speaker for the awards. Mbanjwa is recognised internationally as a leading Global Moderator facilitating conversations for organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations and other corporates around the world. She is also the CEO of The Talent Firm. Mbanjwa gave an inspiring talk encouraging the learners to make the most of their time at school.
Rachael Job and Lindelwa Bhengu were the recipients of The Catherine Morewood Memorial Award which is given to two outstanding learners who are in the top 20 academically in their Grade 11 year and is voted for by their fellow learners. Two laptops are donated annually in memory of GHS old girl, Morewood.
Jocelyn Finnie received the prestigious Valerie Fowler Award for Excellence. This is awarded to a learner who is an all-rounder both academically excellent as well as on the sporting field. Jocelyn also received a laptop.