Pierre Bienvenu NoaillesHoly Family College is a school with a long and proud tradition. The Sisters of the Holy Family Congregation came to Durban from Bordeaux, France in 1875, in response to a request from Bishop Jolivet, who asked them to establish a “school for young ladies” in the town. The school began its life on the site of the present Durdoc Centre in Smith Street, in 1875. The school then moved to a site on St. Andrews Street a few years later, before finally moving to its present site in Convent Close, off Rick Turner Road, Glenmore, in 1962.

Holy Family College was originally known as Convent High and was the first private Catholic School to be established in Durban, thereby making it the second oldest school in the City. Holy Family College was one of the first schools in Durban to open its doors to learners from all ethnic groups.

Holy Family College has embraced many changes over the years, from being an all-girl Convent school to a co-educational school; and from a school that was run by the Holy Family Sisters to one that is now being run by a Board of Governors. However, the core and essence of our school has not changed. We still believe in the holistic development of the child and our religious foundation is as solid today as it was in 1875.


Holy Family College’s facilities are kept in pristine condition by our Estate Manager and his team. They provide all staff and learners with the opportunity to be educated in an environment that is truly special. Some of our facilities include:

  • Our beautiful Chapel which provides a quiet place for learners and staff to reflect or pray. Our weekly masses are held in our Chapel.

  • Multipurpose courts – our 4 multipurpose courts are in use every afternoon, with either basketball and netball matches or practices being played.

  • Dramatic Arts Room is used by our high school learners for all their practical work.

  • Two well-equipped Media Centres. These Media Centres are integral parts of the school as they enable our learners to develop skills they require for academic development.

  • Our air-conditioned Computer Rooms are well established with the latest computer technology.  The STEAM lab has been established in the Primary School to engage learners in the technology of Coding and Robotics using Scratch, Web Design and Programming.

  • Our high school learners use our fully furnished Consumer Studies Room for Consumer Studies practicals.

  • The large school hall which seats 650 people with additional seating in the gallery.


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