ABOUT NGHS - Northlands Girls High School

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16 Cadogan Drive, Durban North, KwaZulu-Natal, 4051
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A Message From The Principal

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.

Meet Our Leaders - Head Girl & Deputy Head Girls of 2021/22

Kaitlyn Rangasamy
2021/2022 Head Girl
Teneel Naidoo
Deputy Head Girl, Senior School

Mandulo Xaba
Deputy Head Girl, Junior School

Northlands Girls High School Heart
Northlands Girls High School Learners
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Our Schoool Governing Body

Northlands Girls’ High School is always appreciative when parents with specialised skills and experience from the corporate sector wish to serve on the School Governing Body.

If you are a committed and passionate NGHS parent looking to assist the school in our goal to remain a top public high school in South Africa, please contact the Principal via the school switchboard.

We need parents with expertise in:

• Architecture and Engineering
• Legal specialists
• Human Resources
• Chartered Accountants

Please note that elections and by-elections are advertised via NGHS communications channels.

If you wish to contact the Chairperson of the School Governing Body, please email nghs@nghs.co.za with subject heading SGB Chair.

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)

Our Ethos & Initiatives

We are a Circle of Excellence School. NGHS has officially been recognised again as an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation ‘Circle of Excellence’ school for eight consecutive years.

The Circle of Excellence network is a Foundation initiative that celebrates and promotes the development of holistic educational excellence in South Africa. Launched in 2008 this initiative aims to identify and celebrate South Africa’s top high schools for their consistent delivery of successful candidates to the Fellowship Programme.

The Fellowship Programme seeks to develop students, known as Allan Gray Candidate Fellows, into Southern Africa’s future high impact responsible entrepreneurs. NGHS is extremely proud of this achievement.

Our Core Values
Integrity, Commitment, Compassion

Our Motto
Quisque Sibi Verus
(to thine own self be true)

Mission Statement
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.
Northlands Girls High School Learners
Culture of Honour
To ensure that NGHS girls have every opportunity to thrive in life, the Culture of Honour programme is designed to move away from blind compliance with rules and punishment to mature, value-based decision making and accountability through the following initiatives:

• Merit system
• Increased privileges for the senior girls
• Warning system
• Increased opportunities for choice and pupil buy-in
• Solution centre

Our values of Integrity, Commitment and Compassion lend themselves to a community where one serves others, making them feel significant and encouraging them to be mature and accountable for decisions made.

Pupil Leadership
Developing the individual and nurturing leadership qualities in our girls are important to the NGHS family.
The following leadership programmes are offered:
  • Representative Council of Learners
  • Grade 12 Executive Leadership Programme
  • Grade 11 Executive Shadow-Mentoring Programme
  • Grade 11 Leadership Training
  • Grade 10 Leadership Training
  • Dale Carnegie Course
  • Durban Youth Council
  • GIBS Leadership Course
  • Junior Achievers
  • Rotary Leadership
  • Toastmasters International

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