About Newcastle High School
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.
In the modern day we are seen as a transformed school, but with the same values and ethos as 100 years ago. We place emphasis on sport, academics and culture throughout the year. Our traditions live on. We have very passionate supporters from past and present learners, parents and educators as well as Old Boys Clubs from all ethnic groups around the world.
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.
Our sporting facilities have potential and can be upgraded to be at the same level as some of the bigger public and private schools in South Africa. Our coaches can and should be at such a standard of coaching that they can be utilised as a specialist for a certain/designated age group throughout the sporting codes available at NHS.
On NHS premises, we have our hostel that is currently utilised by a non-profit organisation; however, this establishment is key to the development of the NHS Sport Academy. It must be upgraded to a high standard and utilised to its full potential and is an integral part of the academy process.
The ideal is to scout sport players, with finance assistance, from rural areas all over South Africa, place them into our academy, and give them not just a sport education, but also academic and cultural avenues.
Our hope is to have the best Development Academy in the country so we can attract support/sponsors from companies, universities, government institutions. With the financial support, we hope to maintain and fund all learners that form part of this Development Academy.
ABOUT NEWCASTLE HIGH SCHOOL SPORT:
Academic Trophy Winners
Sport Trophy Winners
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.
In previous years, our sport players have been very successful, producing several Amajuba District, Northern Natal, KZN Inland and Country Districts teams from all age groups. . We at NHS are very passionate about our sport, because our sport symbolises much of what NHS stands for as our slogan 'FIDE ET FORTITUDINE' means By Faith and Courage. It is only by Faith and Courage that we have managed to uphold a hard working ethos amongst our learners for 135 years and will continue to do so for 135 more to come.
SPORT FOCUS SCHOOL & NEWCASTLE HIGH SCHOOL
The Department of Sport & Recreation (DSR) started a project where they have identified certain schools in South Africa to become Sport Focus Schools. The idea of this programme is for the DSR to identify learners in rural areas and send them to these sport focus schools (one criterion is these school must have boarding facilities). The schools’ responsibility will include developing skills of athletes at school level leading to national and international sporting excellence so a career in sport may be persued. Not only will sport be a main focus, the school will also be responsible for the academic and cultural well-being of the learner. The DSR will ensure that there is capacity building of educators as sport coaches, technical officials & administrator; provide equipment and attire and support and endorse the application of the Sport Focus School to identify funders in accordance with the programme.
At the beginning of 2015 the DSR and NHS were in negotiations regarding the Sport Focus School. The first delivery of equipment and attire was received on 27th March 2015. The 2nd delivery of gym equipment was received on 12th October 2015 and the 3rd delivery consisting of supplements and trommel was received on 11th March 2016. NHS was audited by the DSR and Sport Focus School Task Team on 4th November 2015, where after the agreement was signed between the two parties (DSR and NHS). Since then coaches have attended 2 workshops. The first taking place in Durban on 4th March and second, also in Durban on 17th September 2016.
WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?
The DSR has given us the opportunity to take a step towards our vision for NHS to become a sport development academy. Our goal is not just to become a successful sport focus school, but to become THE BEST sport focus school in South Africa. For us to achieve this, we require the following:
Our sport fields to be in superb condition. We need to maintain our A rugby field, athletics track, A and B hockey field. The A soccer field and B rugby field (located by the multi-purpose court) needs to be re grassed and upgraded.
The multi-purpose court needs to be maintained throughout the year.
Cricket nets needs to be upgraded and playing mats to be replaced.
The hostel needs to be re-instituted as part of NHS. It then needs to be upgraded and managed according to its full potential.
Coaches needs to be identified and developed as mentioned before
Sport equipment will be provided by the DSR as well as our own school. However we still require the best quality equipment in order for high quality training to take place. All coaches and sport coordinators are responsible for upkeep of all the sport equipment.
A gym needs to be erected for developing of athletes as well as being available to all other learners after hours. A monthly fee needs to be decided on so that income can be generated for a gym instructor and maintenance.
Current change rooms needs upgrading and in addition adequate change rooms needs to be erected for the soccer fields.
Current sport pavilions needs to upgraded and new pavilions needs to be erected at other sport fields (Hockey, soccer, netball).
Club house for coaches, staff, sponsors and guest of honour to be erected between the rugby and hockey field.
- The dirt road from Hardwick street entrance towards the school hall needs to be tarred. Also the grass area at this entrance needs to be converted into a parking lot for team busses, parents and supporters from our and visiting school.
The entrance at the Hardwick street gate needs to be upgraded to a high standard.
A fence needs to be erected on the A soccer and B rugby field to separate NHS and Tugela High School.
An extra drag line water irrigation need to be purchase for the A soccer and B rugby field.
Personal Sport development Program needs to run smoothly and record keeping to be precise to ensure optimum growth.
Team development to be assessed on a weekly basis to ensure that development in all sport codes takes place.
All sport codes needs to have sport attire according to school standards and colour. That includes PET and PSD learners.
Trust fund for development learners and sports academy needs to be put in place as soon as possible.
We will need support from the community to secure sponsorship to help with funding for the Sport Academy. The school will be prepared to hire our sport facilities to the community, with the conditions that they strictly follow the school rules and regulations.
An Administrator needs to be appointed to manage the funds from the DSR, Lotto, Community/sponsors, etc as well as the management of the gym funds.
Cricket nets and mats that needs replacing
Soccer and B rugby fields that needs to be needs replacing. re grassed and maintained.
Dirt road from Hardwick street entrance that needs to be tarred
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
On receipt of the sport equipment and attire from the DSR, it was divided between the different sport codes throughout the school. Learners were also identified to receive the various sport supplements (Approved by DSR).
The school has also started the process of getting quotes to establish a gym on the school premises where much of our sport development will be done.
Discussions are also taking place on how to establish a Personal Sport Development Centre where we will identify several athletes to receive individual training before/after school and during their PET lessons. Structure discussions with coaches are ongoing on how we can improve our approach in development at all age group levels in all sporting codes. We have thus far invested thousands of rands in a bore hole on the sport fields as well as a drag line irrigation as an attempt to save and upgrade our sport fields.
We hope by early 2017 that the Personal Sport Development centre should be complete and fully functioning. Communications between NHS and DSR regarding the upgrade and maintenance of the multi-purpose court needs to take place.
Coaching structures should be in place and all coaches to be on par with the specific coaching structures communicated to them. Meetings to be held with DSR with regards to coaching clinics and umpiring/referee courses for all concerned. Plans are in place for suitably qualified instructors to lead training courses/clinics for all sporting codes throughout the year. Plans for the gym will soon be finalised and construction starting.
Bore-hole & Irrigation System Recently Installed
5 Year Plan
In the next 5 years we see the school becoming the leading sport development Academy in KZN.
Our hostel will be fully operational housing approximately 150 learners that have been selected to participate in our sports development program.
Our sport facilities will be of a high standard and will be one of the main attractions in NKZN.
Our coaching structures will be in place and we will boast some of the best coaches in NKZN for all our sporting codes.
A trust fund will be up and running and will help support the development learners as well as the upkeep of the sports academy.
We will pride ourselves in having the best development programs for all sport codes in South Africa and will be a major contributor to transformation in sports in South Africa.
Our aim is for Newcastle High School to become an advocate in developing under privileged sport stars for the future and to be known all over South Africa for our commitment to transformation in sport and well rounded education of the youth of South Africa.