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St Dominics Newcastle High School

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School transport

At St Dominics Newcastle, our school transport service is available to learners travelling to and from our school, at an additional cost as stipulated on our fees letter. Our transport service travels to Hutten Heights, Aviary Hill, Pioneer Park, Schuinshoogte, and Central Town.

 

Modern classrooms

At St Dominics Newcastle we created a safe, modern environment where children can grow accustomed to learning and working with modern equipment and facilities. Our small class sizes are designed to create a feeling of learning through educational decorations, but without causing undue distraction. Classrooms for specialised subjects such as Technology and Robotics are equipped with tools that allow learners to interact with the learned material through experiments or projects.

 

We use tablets in class

As a Curro Select school we aim to embrace 21st-century learning by incorporating the use of tablets in class (or laptops, iPads and 2-in-1 devices). Using tablets in class allows teachers to provide learners with a wealth of information at the touch of a button and prepares them for the workplace of the future.

 

Boarding school

St Dominics Newcastle’s boarding school offers safe, modern accommodation for learners from Grade 3 to Grade 12. With free Wi-Fi and DStv, healthy meals, comfortable learning areas, and supervision by dedicated teachers and assistants, our boarding school is a safe, comforting home away from home.

Read more on our boarding school on our boarding school brochure (by downloads) or contact us to enquire about boarding school fees.

 

Activity facilities

As a Curro Select school our facilities are designed to accommodate a wide variety of sports and cultural activities on the premises. Our activity facilities include an AstroTurf hockey court, swimming pool, six newly-renovated tennis courts, two netball courts, two rugby fields, obstacle courses, a cricket pitch, and a multi-purpose indoor sports facility.

 

St Dominics Newcastle history

St Dominics Newcastle, situated on 10 hectares of wooded parklands in the foothills of the Drakensberg, is an independent co-educational school founded by the Dominican Sister Mother Rose Niland in 1891. St Dominics Newcastle has a rich heritage and its proud history and tradition form the ethos that is an integral part of the school. The current site, off St Dominics Street, has been the home of the school since 1908 – when Mother Rose Niland bought the property from Dr O’Grady Gubbins, who left Newcastle to join General Louis Botha’s cabinet.

Much of the construction work took place between 1908 and 1918 under the auspices of Brother Nivard Streicher from Mariannhill. The Pavilion, which is located on the campus of the school, was designed and built in 1912 and was declared a national monument by Dr Piet Koornhof in 1977. The construction of the graceful bell tower, with its clocks and bells imported from Germany, was started in 1912, but because of World War 1 it was only completed in 1919. Originally a girls’ school, boys were admitted to the school for the first time in 1986 and currently as many boys as girls attend the school. In 1988 a board of governors was created to take over the running of the school from the Dominican Sisters. The school was purchased from the Dominican Sisters on 21 December 2006 and registered as St Dominics Newcastle.

The chapel, which is still used for assemblies, boasts magnificent stained-glass windows that were imported from Dϋsseldorf, Germany in 1906. The swimming pool (complete with individual changing cubicles) was built in 1915 and was the first school pool to have been built in KwaZulu-Natal – it is still used regularly by the learners. Today we are a proud Curro Select school and learners are still accommodated in small class sizes.

 

St Dominics Newcastle virtual tour

St Dominics Newcastle high school is an independent Curro Select school in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, that provides high-quality education for learners from Grade 8 to Grade 12. Our dedicated teachers, small class sizes and well-rounded approach prepare learners for the IEB examinations at the end of Grade 12. Click on the image below to take a virtual tour of our school:

 

St Dominics Newcastle location

 

Places nearby

St Dominics Newcastle is located in a quiet, residential area of Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. Our school is easily accessible via Murchison and St Dominics Street, just off Scott Street, and conveniently close to the Newcastle CBD where the municipality, town hall, post office and many shops and restaurants are located. Other attractions near our school include Paradise Sports Grounds and the Newcastle Golf Club, and the Mediclinic Newcastle is just a stone’s throw away to ensure the health and safety of our learners. Our boarding school offers safe accommodation for learners while our school transport accommodates learners from surrounding towns.