St Dominics Newcastle Nursery School
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Our nursery school is open during school holidays and we run a full holiday-care programme as part of our school fees. Regular activities continue in our small class sizes, although we may arrange some extra fun activities during this time. We are closed only for a specified period during December and January.
Teachers have assistants and first-aid training
Our small class sizes are divided by age group and each teacher has one or more assistants, depending on the group – there are more assistants for the younger ones to ensure they each get the love and attention needed for early childhood development. All our teachers have first-aid training.
Early-drop off time and aftercare
We accommodate working parents by allowing children to be dropped off at our nursery school early in the morning, from 07:00, and our aftercare keeps children safe and entertained until 16:45. Our aftercare service also includes freshly prepared meals and snacks as part of the aftercare school fees.
Our on-site kitchen is fully equipped to prepare well-balanced, wholesome meals and snacks for children in all age groups as part of the school fees. All meals are prepared with fresh ingredients just before being delivered to the classrooms and we carefully accommodate allergies and other dietary requirements.
Indoor and outdoor play areas
As a Curro Select school with a commitment to early childhood development, we believe children learn by interacting with the world around them. Therefore, our classrooms themselves are considered to be inanimate teachers of sorts. Our indoor play areas offer multiple opportunities to explore, investigate, imagine and create.
Our outdoor play areas include jungle gyms, play houses, shaded areas for creative and sensory play, and more.
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 St Dominics Newcastle is a proud Curro Select school.
St Dominics Newcastle virtual tour
St Dominics Newcastle is an independent Curro Select nursery school in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, that provides high-quality early childhood development for children from 2 years to 5 years. With dedicated teachers, small class sizes and an internally developed play-based curriculum, we aim to build strong, caring relationships with each child. Click on the image below to take a virtual tour of our school:
St Dominics Newcastle location
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.