May News

27 May 2024


All is on track with the mid-year examinations underway with educators and learners immersed in their academic endeavours. With an academic record of excellence, Collegiate places learning and teaching at the core of holistic education.


Dubbed Collegiate’s “Red Letter Week”, the events leading up to the Founders’ Day Flag-raising started with delicious cupcakes exhibited in the Stevenson Hall during the Monday Assembly. Since birthday’s are usually celebrated with candles, the Stevenson Hall was exquisitely decorated with t-lights and a life-size “150” light stand. The OCGG Reunion Dinner drew its biggest gathering in years with many Old Girls attending the Founders’ events, reminiscing in the nostalgia of their time at Collegiate. The repurposed spaces of the school became a theme of conversations as the newly built sections of the school now house classrooms for subjects that have relocated or have been introduced since matriculating. The Founders’ Day Assembly can be viewed on the Collegiate Facebook page at while the SABC news inset is available at

We are thrilled to announce the publication of the Collegiate's "Chefs of the College" recipe book. With contributions by former and current staff members of the Collegiate, there are options for every taste. Mrs Lotz is commended for editing the recipe book as part of the 150th Jubilee celebrations. The back cover is from the first recipe book published in 1923. "Chefs of the College" can be purchased on the Collegiate Girls High School website under memorabilia at and from the school Bursar.

The Hostel High Tea was a reunion of epic proportions. We talk of the sisterhood of the boarders when they are at hostel, but the bonds are indeed timeless and the sisterhood continues long after the final night at hostel.

The Founders’ Derby was held against Pearson High School who brought strong competition for a memorable occasion where Grey High School’s First Team Hockey was the curtain raiser match to our First Team Hockey who drew against their rivals.

Recipient of the Steven Honour award in 1959 and the Good Fellowship Prize at the Junior School in 1954, Mercia Strieman (neѐ Cimbelman) visited our learners to share her inspiration and memories.

The Boarder Parents’ Market was a delicious success with many products on sale. Proceeds go towards maintaining the high standards of the Waterfield Hostel, our borders’ home away from home. We extend our gratitude to the parents who donated to the market which is an exciting experience every year.

In further celebration of the 150th Jubilee year, a newly commissioned sculpture was commissioned to occupy a prominent space on our campus. Sculpted by Old Girls and educator, Sarah Walmsley, “Courage” represents the Collegiate learner of past, present and future. Individual resin casts can be ordered from Sarah Walmsley at R1500 each of which R500 of each sale will be donated to the Collegia Trust.

The Collegiate Girls' High School Wellbeing Department extends a warm invitation to fellow educators, social workers, psychologists, senior school management, education and health students, and educational services providers to join our Wellbeing Conference. For more information, please contact Mrs Stephenson at Join us from 13 - 15 June for an exciting programme of topics!

Visit our Soul, Food, Heart, Mind and Retail Therapy Expo on 13 June from 13:00 to 16:00. We still have space for exhibitors, who can register to join us at


We are excited to announce the launch of our online shop for your convenience. Here you can browse our supporter’s gear and memorabilia, and conveniently order your Collegiate branded items. Items include champagne stoppers, coffee beans, hard cover notebooks, licence disk holders, key holders, lanyards, glasses, pens, backpacks, blankets, hoodies, Karoo hats, golf shirts, sweaters and jackets.

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The Collegiate teams participating in the All Girls' Festival travelled to Potchefstroom for this year’s National All Girls Festival. Hosted by Potchefstroom Girls High School, the annual event drew schools from across South Africa to participate in various disciplines from Hockey to Drama.

Notable achievements were awarded to the Squash Team whose silver medal for second place overall at the event validated their efforts, and the Drama Department who returned home with a number of group medals while Ava Beary, Camryn Robinson and Simone de Lange received individual medals for their categories in performance and make-up. The Drama Team brought home the Gold Medal for the Intro performance, “From Formless” which was created for staging at the start of the Drama event.

An article about Collegiate’s win over Eunice at the National All Girls Festival can be read on the Super Sport School page at the following link:

OUTREACH Our Interact learners spent an afternoon slicing and dicing vegetables on April 17th. The chopped-up vegetables were donated to the soup kitchen led by St. Saviours Anglican Church, and they were incredibly grateful for the contribution. Chelsea Duri spearheaded the Angel project as part of the Interschool Interact initiative. A donation of cut and diced vegetables was part of a donation she and Interact learners from other participating schools handed to the soup kitchen run by St Saviour's Anglican Church. Sharon Nell, rector of St Saviour's expressed her gratitude to Chelsea and the Collegiate Interact Club for the donation. Not only will the vegetables be used to provide the beneficiaries with nourishment, but having processed the vegetables, the ladies working in the soup kitchen have saved preparation time, which could be used for other duties. Collegiate is proud of Chelsea and all those involved in the project who have lived out the motto of Facta non Verba in a Christ-like spirit.

QUIZ Olona Gwili, Marvel Tendayi, Mikaela Caliste, Okuhle Mkuhlu and Lilitha Papu are the wonderful team in the Herald Isuzu Schools Quiz who placed second. The school received prize money of R7000 which will be allocated to the meaningful projects in and around the school.


We are very proud of the following learners who have been selected for various Eastern Province Hockey Teams:

Afikile Tyiso (U/14A), Gabi De Doncker (U/14B), Lauren Duckworth (U/14B), Eden Oliver (U/16A), Emihle Mazomba (U/16A), Jade Grobler (U/16A), Kerrin Gillies (U/16A), Taryn Peltenburg (U/16A), Ayanda Klaas (U/16A), Jana Prinsloo (U/16A), Casey Grobler (U/16B), Khazimla Nogalawe (U/16B), Alulutho Adams (U/18A), Tiara Finnis (U/18A), Gemma Bower (U/18A), Cassidy Williams (U/18B), Anna Porter (U/18B)

Sienna Gous and Madison Fourie represented the Eastern Cape at the Inter Provincial Lifesaving Championship this past weekend in Gqeberha in both the Still Water and Surf Lifesaving categories. The Eastern Province won the overall competition.

We celebrate the success of dIminathi Nonganga who has been selected for the U/14 Eastern Cape Schools Netball Team.


Collegiate played Hockey, Netball and Squash against DSG in Makhanda over two days in the annual Derby. There was a special gift presentation between DSG and Collegiate as both celebrate 150th birthdays this year. Our roses are safely at school waiting to find a permanent spot. The U16D Hockey team lost 2 - 0 (against DSG), but the team played well. We commend to their coach, Old Girls, Chelsey Cooke, on the team’s progress.


"If music be the food of love, play on." The Prestige Concert of 12 May celebrated the excellence of the Music Departments and the Music Learners of the High School and Junior School. With the Collegiate Choir, Concert Band, Vocal Ensemble and other items from the vast repertoire, the feedback received about the event is a testimony of the value the Music Department contribute to the ethos of holistic education which Collegiate upholds. We would like to thank Juan van Dyk for his exceptional service in preparation for our Music department's Prestige Concert. Our pianos were in very capable hands and we are grateful for the care that they took in transporting our instruments to and from the Tramway building.


The Grade 12 Music learners played their PAT concert which forms part of the FET curriculum for Music. The Music Department is very proud of their Grade 12 Class for presenting such a beautiful programme.

The annual SASMT Into the Mix Contemporary Music Competition was held over the weekend of 17-19 May. Several of our Voice learners entered against some stiff competition. Six of our learners made the final round, many in more than one category.

Collegiate commends the following performers: Luminathi Gedze (top 5 Jazz and Contemporary Grades 2-5), Camryn Robinson (top 4 Musical Theatre ages 16-18), Hannah Stiglingh (winner of the Musical Theatre section ages 16-18), Avethandwa Goboza (top 3 in both the High School Ensemble and Musical Theatre ages 13-15 categories), Katherine Wilson (top 3 in the High School Ensemble section, 3rd place in the Jazz and Contemporary Grades 6 and up section and winner of the Musical Theatre ages 13-15 section), Aisha Mxokozeli (top 4 Musical Theatre ages 16-18 and winner of the Jazz and Contemporary Grades 6 and up section).

Special mention is made of those who were placed in the Jazz and Contemporary sections as these were open categories where both vocalists and instrumentalists competed. A special congratulations must go to Hannah Stiglingh who received the Robert Gillmer Trophy for the Best Senior Vocalist, bringing the award home to Collegiate for a second year in row.


The annual Natalie Stear and Charles Kayser Speech and Elocution Competitions took place this afternoon. Participants are required to recite a poem and monologue, and read an unseen extract. It was wonderful that there were so many eager and talented participants! Congratulations to Dion Duri and Olivia Freercks, who placed tied first in the junior section, and to Maria Freercks who placed first in the senior section for a second year in a row! Thank you to Lara Potgieter for giving of her time and expertise as an enthusiastic adjudicator.