Executive Head - Mr Mike Hartman
Mike Hartman obtained his teaching qualification at Potchefstroom Teachers College. He started his teaching career in the South African schools system in Johannesburg and worked his way up to principal in the government school system. During this time he obtained a degree in Psychology in order to help the learners he was teaching. He moved to Botswana to one of the top independent schools to take up the position of deputy head and taught there for four years, after which he took up the position of head at an independent school in Swaziland.
Mr Hartman is an avid sportsman and believes in a well-rounded education with a solid, world-class academic foundation. Sports and the outdoors is a passion of his and he has participated and coached most of the traditional sports codes. His current extramural interests include golf, fishing and mountain biking. He is married, with two children.
Mike has the following philosophy about education and the school.
'The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.' - Dan Rather
'Our function as a school is complex by nature. If it were to only impart knowledge our task would be simple. We are, however, mindful of the fact that we are helping to mould the most precious person in your life, and as such we take our responsibilities extremely seriously.
We are blessed at Meridian Newcastle to have fine educators in our midst, people who have dedicated themselves to the holistic development of these wonderful young learners.
While academic excellence will always remain our top priority, it is a well-known fact that the fondest memories that a child will make will not necessarily be in the classroom, but rather after school in the many and varied activities that a school has to offer. There is a special place for every learner at our school in terms of these extramural activities. If they are not inclined participate in sport, then we encourage them to participate in cultural activities. Furthermore, they can become involved in service to our community. Whatever their gift in life is, and each learner has a special gift, it is incumbent on both the educators and parents to encourage them to develop these talents. This will ensure a self-confident, well-rounded learner.
Learners today are faced with growing up in an age of enormous and often difficult choices, life is often not simple for them. We are here, together with you, the parents, to guide them into making the very best choices possible and steer them on the sometimes perilous course to achieving their full potential as adults. Let us strive as a Meridian Newcastle family to at all-time keep the golden triangle between educators, parents and learners intact, and base our actions and decisions on that which is in the learner's best interest.'