150 years

Collegiate Principals' Cocktail Evening: 1 February 2024

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Collegiate Girls’ High School, today a flourishing educational establishment and one of the foremost schools in the Eastern Cape, had a humble start in the early 1870s when a committee of progressive English Port Elizabeth men and women recognised a need for girls’ education in the city. By December 1873, Miss Virginia Lavinia Isitt, the newly appointed principal, and her assistant, Miss Edwardes, were en route to South Africa by ship. In February 1874, Miss Isitt began teaching with 38 pupils at the premises at 15 Western Road.

In 2024, Collegiate celebrates the milestone of 150 years of pursuing excellence through holistic education. We invite you to join us in the nostalgia of this historic event as we link the traditions of the past with the transformations of tomorrow. 

We would like to reach as many Old Girls, former teachers and members of the Collegiate community as possible. 

Please help us find Collegiate alumnae by forwarding this link to Old Girls with whom you are still in contact: collegiatehigh.devman.co.za

Should you wish to be part of this event, please do get in touch with Mrs Heather Dutton by emailing heatherd@cghs.co.za.