The Class of 2016 can really be super proud of their achievements during the year. Recently Newcastle High School presented these outstanding learners with awards at the annual prize-giving. At least 70 awards to given to the matrics, with Yathil Matabadal walking away with no less than 11 awards, which included top achiever awards in Life Orientation, English Home Language, Engineering and Graphics Design, Physical Science and 1st place in Grade 12 overall.
History of Newcastle High School
ESTABLISHED IN 1882
The first record of any educational work in Newcastle dates back to 1874 when a school opened in the Dutch Reformed Church building at Lennexton. This school lasted only until 1878.
- 1881 | School was build at a cost of R6000.
- 1882 | Opening of school 47 boys and 30 girls. Mr McBean the principal.
- 1895 - 1903 | Mr McClaren the principal.
- 1899 | School had to close because of a measles epidemic and 2nd Anglo - Boer war. School used as a hospital by the RED CROSS.
- 1900 | School reopens (157 learners).
- 1903 | School renovated.
- 1903 - 1914 | Mr Wilson the principal.
- 1906 | Now a separate school for boys (Mr T.D. Wilson the principal) and girls (MIss Poreous the principal).
- 1911 | School divided into Senior School from Grade 6 to 10 Junior School (Miss Wills) for Grade 1 to 3.
- 1913 | No boys over 13 years of age allowed in hostel. Girls of any school going age allowed in hostel.
- 1914 | Grade 3 upwards also allowed into the Senior School.
- 1915 | 41 learners in the hostel.
- 1925 | First Choir.
- 1922 - 1928| Mr Orberleand Mr Delvin acting principals for Mr L. Hodges.
- 1928 - 1931 | Mr Snow the principal.
- 1931 - 1936 | Three principals came and left.
- 1957 | New hall opened (The current Media centre since 1973). Mr C.F.S van Reenen the principal.
- 1963 | The MOTHS donated the Memorial Gate to replace the grid gate which was erected to keep cattle out of the school grounds.
- 1972 | 600 learners.
- 1973 | 1020 learners. Mr. Steven Marais the principal.
Fide Et Fortitudine: With 'Faith and Courage'... that's what enables us to move forward in this highly demanding world.
To prepare our learners to meet challenges of a dynamic and changing world. To build on our heritage, diversity and values, developing the qualities and strengths of each young individual. To engage with the needs and interests of society and with the challenges of higher education and the workplace.
For all parents the education of their children is of the greatest importance and selecting the right school is not an easy task. The benefit of a sound education is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow on your child. It is something he/she cannot lose or have taken away from them. it will greatly influence them realising their potential and will enhance their chances of leading a successful life.
As one of Newcastle's oldest schools, Newcastle High is acknowledged as one of the leading schools in the Amajuba District. It has offered a quality education to generations of young men and women.
Our aim is to provide each child with the education which will equip them for their future in society to achieve our aim we offer:
- a relevant education for a changing South Africa.
- a unique friendly and caring ethos.
- a demanding yet supportive learning environment.
- a pupil-centred approach where every learner is provided with opportunities for individual growth.
- excellent facilities and the latest education technology.
- a well equipped professional and dedicated teaching staff.
- a cost effective education.
- an extensive and highly competitive extracurricular programme.
For over 135 years, NHS has played a fundamental role in building and nurturing young minds and in doing so it has contributed significantly to the skills and job market of this country.
Whilst the school has undergone many changes over the recent years, it has none-the-less grown from its humble beginnings in 1882, into a school with a proud reputation for consistent academic and sporting excellence.
Since 2011, when Mr Gary de Jager started his career as a sport educator at NHS, he believed that NHS has a much greater potential than to be just a normal school with sport, competing at an average level. He strongly believed that with effort, investment and support, NHS can be transformed into one of the first black sport development academies in South Africa.
Most often than not our grade 8 learners come from backgrounds of no experience in sport whatsoever. Effectively our coaches begin training these players from scratch at u14 level as they do not even have basic ball skills. Therefore at NHS we need to do many hours of development to be able to get these players to a level of competitiveness.
NHS’ Commerce Department, from left to right, Miss Ameena Kadir, Miss Ulrike Steenekamp, Mrs. Nava Grewan, Mr. Aveen Gajee (HOD), Miss Kiesha Gajadhur and Mr. Altaf Ebrahim, proudly displaying the certificates of excellence for Accounting (92%) and Business Studies (99%).
The Life Sciences Department attained 95% pass rate. Mr. Harold Gouws (HOD) (far left), is seen here with his team. From left to right, Mrs. Nishileka Singh, Mrs. Muggie Liebenberg (Deputy Principal) and Mrs Rachel Archery.
The Mathematics department achieved an 82% pass rate and are aiming to go higher! Seen in the photo are (from left to right): Miss Iolande Gerber, Mr. Lyndon Rehman, Mrs. Shantel Naicker, Mrs. Sharon Musiiwa, Mr. Udesh Bhemnarayan, Mrs Peggy Govender (Subject Head), Mr. Manuel Govender (Principal) and Mr. Arthur Maringamoyo.
From left to right: Mrs. Suriksha Singh, Mrs. Sharon Musiiwa and Mrs PShantel Naicker from the Mathematical Literacy Department boasts a 100% pass rate. Mrs. Elsa Malan (absent)
Mr. Japie Schoeman (Deputy Principal – far right, is seen here with his Physical Sciences Department colleagues. They are: Mrs. Natasha Manickum, Mrs. Suriksha Singh, Mr. Udesh Bhemnarayan, Mrs. Sharon Musiiwa, Mrs. Shantel Naicker, Mr. Arthur Maringamoyo. They are pleased with an 83% pass rate.
A 100% pass rate in the Social Sciences Department shows a brilliant effort by the following educators:
Back (from left to right): Mr. Derick Moolman, Mr. Simon Bester, Mrs. Mariska Adendorff, Mrs. Quanel Dauth, Mr. Brian Mweli.
Middle (from left to right): Mrs. Sheryl Anderson, Miss. Nokhuthula Sibiya, Miss Nonhlanhla Dube (HOD), Miss. Nokhuthula Nkosi, Mr. Bothwell Kadye and Mr. Gary de Jager.
Front (from left to right): Miss Keisha Gajadhur and Miss Ameena Kadir.
Our Languages Department did a sterling job! With pass rates of 100% in English Home Language, 99% in Afrikaans First Additional Language and100% in IsiZulu First Additional Language, Mrs. Elsa Malan (HOD) (absent) has reason to be proud of her team.
Back (from left to right): Mrs. Audrey Morrell and Mrs. Liesel Lowery
Middle (from left to right): Mrs. Reesha Singh, Mrs. Sibongile Ndwandwe, Mrs. Rita East, Mrs. Krishni Wells, Mrs. Quanel Dauth and Mrs. Magda Maree
Front: Miss Kershal Goli, Miss Nokhuthula Nkosi, Mrs. Joyce Zungu, Mr. Ernest Esua, Mrs. Phumizile Magubane and Miss Suvana Ramgoolam
The speciality subject departments, namely, Engineering Graphics & Design, Information Technology and Computer Application Technology have pleasing results:100%, 89% and 100% respectively. From left to right: Mrs. Natasha Manickum, Mr. Japie Schoeman (Deputy Principal), Mr. Sias Weyers, Mr. Velipha Xaba.