Wynberg Girls' High School

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Wynberg Girls' High School (WGHS) is a public day and boarding school for girls in Wynberg, Cape Town. The school caters for Grades 8 to 12 and has 953 students. The brother school is Wynberg Boys’ High School. It is one of the oldest girls schools in South Africa.


Founded in 1884 by Kerkraad of the Dutch Reformed Church, Wynberg Girls' High School was formerly known as the “Ladies’ Seminary”.

The school motto is Honour before Honours, which means personal integrity and character are more important than winning prizes and awards.


Wynberg Girls' produced the top Physical Science learner in the Western Cape in the 2014 Matric examinations. The Cambridge AS Levels course for English and History is run alongside the school syllabus.


The school is best known for its hockey teams and thriving music department. The most important sports grounds are the Wynberg Campus of Schools Astroturf Complex and the Ballet Hall with its sprung wooden floor. Girls' has consistently achieved outstanding academic results and is considered a Centre of Excellence.


  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross country
  • Athletics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Water polo
  • Synchronised swimming
  • Aerobics
  • Sailing


  • Chess
  • Jazz
  • Choir
  • Public speaking
  • Debating
  • School newspaper
  • Drama


  • Library
  • 2 AstroTurfs
  • Diving and swimming pools
  • Hockey fields
  • Cricket nets and pitches
  • Netball fields
  • Squash and tennis courts
  • Ballet Hall
  • Gym
  • The Aileen Currie School Hall
  • 3 computer labs
  • Wi-Fi
  • Music block
  • Science labs
  • Consumer Studies kitchen
  • Tuckshop
  • Drama Studio
  • Art Studio
  • Art Gallery
  • Career Guidance Counselling Office
  • Counselling Department
  • Technology room


Wynberg Girls' High School has Academic, Sport and Music Scholarships.


  • Ina Paarman (South African cooking sauces)
  • Illse Davids, Quanita Bobbs, Candice Manuel (3 South African hockey players)
  • Ingrid Jonker (poet)
  • Jean Doyle (Sculptor)
  • Kirsten Lewis (Olympic Archer)
  • Michelle Edwards (Olympic Badminton Player)
  • Wendy Ackerman (director of Pick n Pay)
  • Karen Jennings (poet)
  • Tara Notcutt (Producer/director)
  • Melanie Scholtz (Jazz singer)
  • Dr Leanne Johannson (received the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship)
  • Dr Lauren Hartmann (Stem cell research)



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