Rand Girls’ School – Empowering Women for the Future

Private Property South Africa
Claire Fraser

Located on the corner of Empire Road and Melle Street, Braamfontein, Parktown, Rand Girls’ School is conveniently situated along the proposed Rea Vaja bus route and is easily accessible for parents working in and around the area.

In their endeavour to become the best girls’ school in Gauteng, Rand Girls’ School are impassioned in their goal to empower young women to be proud representatives in all fields within the new South Africa. Based upon a culture of tolerance that embraces diversity, girls are given high quality education that will prepare them for their responsibilities within their communities. This is achieved in a happy learning environment. Learners, parents and staff operate as a unit to ensure holistic success of all pupils.

A reading programme in Grades 8 and 9 ensure that girls are given an equal footing upon which to base their high school studies. Full school days of high level academic instruction, together with a number of extra-curricular activities, give all learners at Rand Girls’ School every opportunity to flourish in their school years and beyond. Weekly boarding facilities are offered to girls through the school hostel.

Netball, soccer, basketball, hockey and athletics are the sporting activities offered at Rand Girls’ School. Sports impart important values and skills that are important for the personal development of all players, and girls are encouraged to participate. Three of the school’s netball teams have received medals in the District Championships, and and one of the players is a Gauteng representative and has been selected as the best centre player. Culturally, Rand Girls’ School offers a Drama Club, which has received the proud accolade of a third place ranking at the 2010 RAPS Festival. In addition to this, the school also offers traditional dance, debate, and their speech guild. All of these activities complement the curriculum, and help girls to become confident, creative and committed team players.

Rand Girls’ School’s ethos is underpinned by Christian values. The location of the school – in close proximity to Hillbrow – motivates the girls to run an annual social responsibility project, whereby they collect blankets for Winter Hope for the homeless.

Rand Girls’ School is proud of the good work and successes of their alumni, and their fine work beyond their school years bears testament to the solid grounding received at the school. Amongst these past pupils, Bianca Williams has gone on to establish Campaign For Girls – one of South Africa’s biggest online information centres. This initiative helps high school girls to find their passion in order to pursue a fulfilling livelihood, but also to be active, socially-aware members of their communities. In addition to this, she was also responsible for the founding and management of the Khulisani Foundation. This organisation is aimed at socio-economic development, with particular focus on empowerment of women and the youth. Stephina Zwane, a well-known television presenter and actress, was also a graduate of Rand Girls’ School.

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