Who we are

RESPECT | HONESTY | LOVE & COMPASSION | SELF-CONTROL | DISCIPLINE

Our Vision

The vision of Durban Academy is to be a centre of educational excellence serving our community through the development of responsible, disciplined learners who will contribute positively to an ever-changing global society.

 

Our History

In 1956 the first Afrikaans school on the Bluff named Island View was established. In 1957 the school was renamed and called Hoërskool Dirkie Uys with pupils from Class 1 to Standard 6 (Grade 8). In January 1959 it became a high school only with Mr. P.R.T. Nel as principal.

In 1962 occupation was taken of the school buildings and at the end of that year the first group of pupils matriculated.

During the following years the school achieved excellent results and performed very well academically as well as on the sport field and culturally.

At the beginning of 1997 we became a parallel medium school and the first English speaking pupils were admitted. The school name changed on 1 April 1997 to Durban Academy.

Our Mission

As a learner of Durban Academy, I will speak with pride of the school and protect the good name and image of the school. Respect for myself and others will foster a spirit of tolerance towards other cultures and beliefs.

I accept that I shall have the right to express my opinion in an orderly manner – but to accept a majority decision.

Obedience and self-discipline will guide me to take responsibility for my actions.

My responsible behaviour includes the wearing of my uniform with dignity and pride at school and in public.

I realise that there is an appropriate time and place for everything, therefore, my actions will show my respect for the right of every learner to a good education.

I promise that my relationship with my own and the opposite sex will reflect my pride in my school.

Our History

In 1956 the first Afrikaans school on the Bluff named Island View was established. In 1957 the school was renamed and called Hoërskool Dirkie Uys with pupils from Class 1 to Standard 6 (Grade 8). In January 1959 it became a high school only with Mr. P.R.T. Nel as principal.

In 1962 occupation was taken of the school buildings and at the end of that year the first group of pupils matriculated.

During the following years the school achieved excellent results and performed very well academically as well as on the sport field and culturally.

At the beginning of 1997 we became a parallel medium school and the first English speaking pupils were admitted. The school name changed on 1 April 1997 to Durban Academy.

Dirkie Uys Hoër Skool Established 1959

Durban Academy 1997

Our Values

Shared values enable us to overcome differences of race, gender, age or religion.



What are values?

Values are the beliefs that guide our actions. They are beliefs about what is right and wrong and what is important.

“ The long-term impact of not having a value-based society is that South Africans will be damned. If we do not have the right values of truth, honesty, love and compassion, then we are for the birds. Our nation will self-destruct. ”
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The following core values are important and will be adhered to at all times.

RESPECT

  • Respect yourself and others.
  • Respect other people’s property.
  • Respect those in authority.

HONESTY

  • Admit it when you are in the wrong.
  • Take responsibility for your own actions.
  • Keep promises and honour commitments.

LOVE AND COMPASSION

  • As part of the Durban Academy family you should live in harmony with fellow learners and educators.
  • Show compassion to those who are in crisis.

 

SELF-CONTROL

  • Exercise self-control at all times and do not allow your emotions to guide your actions.

DISCIPLINE

  • Self-discipline must determine your behaviour at school and in public.
  • Accept and obey the school rules.
  • Work to the best of your ability.

Our Principals

Mrs R. Theron
Head Master

Mrs Theron started on 1 April 1994 at Dirkie Uys as a Business Studies and Economic and Management Sciences teacher.  Currently she still teaches Business Studies and Accounting, the subjects which she has a great passion for.  She is also the HOD for Life Orientation and all Commerce subjects and Head of Grade 12.

 Over the years she has been very involved in organising sport (especially athletics), Junior Achievement and various extra mural activities. Her passion for the school and learners is the reason she is still at Durban Academy. She wants to make a difference in the lives of the learners.

Mrs Theron held the position of Acting Principal for two years and has recently been appointed as Principal.  Under her leadership with the current management team they are busy building this school to be one of the best high schools on the Bluff. In 2018 we won the Southern Sun award for the best high school on the Bluff.

The mission of the management team is that learners of all cultures and religions should feel at home and excel at Durban Academy.

Mrs C. Schoeman
Deputy Principal

Mrs Schoeman started teaching at Dirkie Uys on 1 January 1996 as a Mathematics teacher. She currently   still teaches Mathematics across all grades. Mathematics is her passion and she wants all learners to feel the same about the subject. She is the HOD for Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Mathematical Literacy and Grade Head for grade 11.

During her years she has been involved in the SCA, organising the Netball and coaching the netball first team. She was also in charge of prefects in 2014.

She is currently the Acting Deputy Principal for the last two years and in charge of the Representative Council of learners (RCL).

Her goal for the school is to make Durban Academy a centre of excellence and she wants all stakeholders to be involved to help develop and grow the school.

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031-466 1323