Culture at DHS

Cultural Activities Overview

Culture is one of the things that make us human. Culture shifts history:
changing cultures can topple governments, alters global perceptions,
creates or extinguishes conflicts. Culture feeds off itself and is today a
primary driver of human behaviour and society.

At DHS we recognise the huge need for human expression. This is a need
that should be harnessed to enable an appropriate and full evolution of
the individual. The time period spent by a boy at senior school comprises
a narrow window of opportunity. However, it is perhaps the most crucial
developmental stage of his life.

To cater for this need we offer a wide range of cultural activities that
encourage self-expression, enhance self-confidence, facilitate the
exploration of creativity and develop talents.

We have staff members who understand the wide and varied cultural needs
of the individual. These members organise and manage these activities with passion and dedication. They spend countless extra hours of their time in the pursuit of excellence in their respective fields of expertise.

The Cultural Activities Committee, chaired by the Head of Cultural Activities, is a body that oversees cultural life at DHS. It also makes recommendations for awards made to those who have excelled in various cultural spheres.


“Never lose your sense of wonder.”

World authority in Paleontology, three times Nobel nominee and first president of NUSAS,
Professor Phillip Tobias (DHS 1942)

Cultural Activities

  • Chess
  • Debating
  • Deo Fretus Singers (DHS Choir trained by a professional Choirmaster)
  • Drama Club
  • Drumline
  • Eastern Cultural Society
  • Film Unit/Photography Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Instrumental Ensemble/Brass Band
  • Keyboard Club
  • Mambazo Singers
  • Poetry Club

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Competition is an annual event that showcases
the talents of DHS boys. Of their own accord, boys enter in any of three
categories: music, dance or drama. After a series of selection processes, the
finalists perform for the public in Seabrooke’s Theatre. Adjudicators, with
professional experience, decide on the winners in the various categories.

The event is invariably of exceptional standard and the variety of talent
on display always pleases the audience, giving testimony to the School’s
enormous diversity.


Cafe’ Concerts


A Café Concert is held once a year to celebrate the musical and theatrical
talent that characterises this School at a relaxed, varied and creative supper theatre type evening. Annual cultural evenings are held to showcase the Indian and isiZulu cultures through song and dance. Our boys participate on a voluntary basis and the calibre and standard of all the performances is extremely high.

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