A Message From The Principal
MR. T.S. REDDY
Welcome to the Northlands Girls’ High School Website.
I feel privileged to be the School’s Principal, leading the school and building on the excellent achievements of the past.
Since my arrival at Northlands Girls’ High School, I have been delighted by the warm and purposeful atmosphere and the definite emphasis on the individual. I have seen a caring and inclusive environment where learners are encouraged to realise their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom and live up to our core values of Integrity, Commitment and Compassion.
We at NGHS pride ourselves on our Academic Excellence, combined with a healthy balance of experiences beyond lessons; this is what gives our young ladies the confidence and skills to excel in School, at University and beyond. Our learners are keen to work hard and support each other in their successes.
A total of 24 Academic Subjects, which include IEB French and Advance Programme Mathematics are on offer at NGHS. A Gymnasium, Netball, Volleyball and Basketball Courts, Music, Art and Media Centres and Consumer Studies Kitchens are amongst many more that support our learners in their pursuits.
Our girls are involved in numerous Outreach Programmes that reach out to those less fortunate. Our Staff are committed and dedicated to the well-being and intellectual development of all our learners. One of the school’s key aims is to prepare our learners for the fast changing world of the 21st century, so that they strive to be the best that they can be; academically, morally and creatively.
Together, with staff and students, I encourage you to take a virtual tour through our School Website and get a real sense of what makes Northland Girls’ High School’s education so exciting, enriching and relevant.
The History of NGHS
On 11 October 1949 the first secondary school to be built in Durban North – an upmarket suburb in the eastern seaboard city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – was officially opened.
Called Durban North High School, the brand new school housed 215 boys and girls under the leadership of Principal George Armstrong. By 1953, a decision was taken by the Department of Education to separate boys’ and girls’ schools. Netta Manning was appointed the first principal of the newly formed Northlands Girls’ High School. While the school for the boys was still under construction in nearby Kensington Drive, the boys occupied the upper floor of the original building and the girls the lower floor.
On 1 October 1953, the boys, led by headmaster Percy Hardaker, left the school and marched to what was to be known as Northlands Boys’ High School – the girls lined the route, waving goodbye.
In 1962, the school was enlarged with the building of the hall, the gymnasium, a home economics department, a new laboratory and several classrooms.
In 1971 parents were asked to contribute R10 000 toward the cost of a new swimming pool which opened on 7 October 1972.
Northlands Girls’ High School continued to grow and prosper and by the end of 1976 a tuck shop, team-teach room, biology and science labs, art room, new classrooms, gallery to the hall, the pavilion and a tennis court were completed.
Since then, the school has gone from strength to strength to become a leading girls’ high school not only in KwaZulu-Natal but in South Africa as well.
Past Principals - Northlands Girls’ High School has been led by excellent people:
Netta K. Manning 1953 – 1963 • Edna Watts 1963 – 1973 • Elizabeth Gutridge 1974 – 1977 • Elizabeth Hartmann 1978 – 1991 • Jean McCann 1992 – 1997 • Heather Mulraney July – December 1997 (Acting) • Ann Vat 1998 – 2015 • Roshni Moonsamy May – December 2015 (Acting) • Andrew Graaf 2016 – April 2018 • Roshni Moonsamy April 2018 (Acting)
Meet Our Leaders - Head Girl & Deputy Head Girls of 2023/2024
Deputy Head Girl, Junior School
2023/2024 Head Girl
Deputy Head Girl, Senior School
Our Core Values
Integrity, Commitment, Compassion
Quisque Sibi Verus | To thine own self be true
To equip young women for a successful and fulfilled life
Poised for Excellence
Sharing with our girls the importance of taking care of how they present themselves to the world. Reminding our girls of the importance of modern day manners and old fashioned courtesy at school, at work and socially.
NGHS School Houses
Named after Mr. R.J. Vaughan, the first Principal of the original Durban North Primary School
Named after Mr R.A. Banks, former Director of Education
Named after Mr. J. Lewis, former Member of Parliament for Durban North
Named after the Honourable D.G. Shepstone, former Administrator of Natal, who officially opened the school on 14 October 1949