NHS
Northcliff High School
Mountainview Drive, Blackheath Ext3, Johannesburg, South Africa
The School Home
 
Ethos
Northcliff High School is an English medium, co-educational high school which provides a disciplined and nurturing environment and sound value system for the development of responsible young adults and enables them to achieve high levels of academic and extra-mural success.
 
Setting
Conveniently situated in the leafy suburb of Blackheath, adjacent to Northcliff Hill, in the North-West of Johannesburg.
 
History
Northcliff High School officially started on 14 January 1969, with Mr Ged Dickerson as headmaster. In 1986, Mr Peter Cawdry took over the post of principal and upon his retirement at the end of 1997, Mr David Klein took up the post of headmaster. Our current headmaster, Mr Walter Essex-Clark, was appointed in 2003. From the very early days all the way through to the present, Northcliff High School has lived up to its motto ‘Nihil Tam Altum’ – Nothing So High that courage cannot scale it. Today the school is widely recognised as one of the finest co-educational schools in South Africa.
 
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The School
 
 
 
 
 
Northcliff High School from Northcliff Tower
 
 
 
 
 
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The Communicator Home
 
What is it?
The d6 School Communicator is a lightweight application that runs on every parent’s computer. Information is automatically updated every time the school adds new content, even when the Communicator is not currently running. The Communicator launches every morning so parents see school news at least once a day. The Communicator can also be launched at any time by clicking on the desktop shortcut or via the Start menu.
* A direct channel between school and parents;
* Up-to-date news, events, calendar, contacts, photos, and more;
* Parents receive only news that is relevant to them;
* Easy to use.
 
 
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Achievements (Academics) Home
 
Academic
Northcliff High has been named one of the top 4 feeder schools for the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2012 our first year students obtained an 86,3% pass rate.
 
The Matric results of the class of 2013 (271 students) had some particular highlights including a 100% pass rate, 87.1% Bachelor’s Degree pass rate. We achieved a total of 431 subject distinctions. 9 pupils achieved 8 distinctions, 6 achieved 7 distinctions and 8 achieved 5 distinctions.
 
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Achievements (Extra corricular)
 
Athletics
A-league Champions for the past 17 consecutive years.
Swimming
Super-5 State Schools Champions for 14 years (Longest winning streak). We have won the A-league finals for a total of 15 years.
Major Productions
Northcliff has put on a major musical production for over 37 years. For 15 years running, the production has been presented at the Natal Playhouse during the July school holidays.
 
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Academics Home
 
Northcliff High School consistently finds itself listed as a Top Feeder School at both the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witswatersrand. We have a proud record of academic achievement and we see ourselves as a crucial step in our students’ progression towards Tertiary Education. In the Junior Grades (8 and 9), all of our students take the following subjects:
* English * Afrikaans * Mathematics
* Accounting * Business Studies * Physical Science
* Life Science * Technology * Geography
* History * Life Orientation * Visual Art
* Physical Education        
 
 
 
 
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Academics (Senior phase)
 
In the Senior Phase of the school, students are required to choose 7 subjects from the following:
* English * Afrikaans * Physical Science
* Mathematics / Mathematical Literacy * Life Sciences
* Information Technology * Accounting * Business Studies
* Engineering, Graphics and Design * Visual Art
* Geography * History * Physical Education
* Computer Application Technology * Consumer Studies
* Life Orientation    
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Extra-Murals (Sport) Home
At Northcliff High we offer an extensive range of extra-mural activities. We believe a critical part of the development of your children is providing them with a platform to begin to experience life in different and fun ways. For this reason we offer the following lists of sports, cultural, and service orientated extra-murals:
Sporting activity Person in charge Term
Athletics Mr van de Walt 3
Chess Miss Fairless 1, 2, 3, 4
Cricket (boys) Mr Chilvers 1, 4
Cricket (girls) Mr Chilvers 1, 4
Cross Country Mrs Leat 2
Equestrian Mrs Dorsett 082 412 3347 1, 2, 3, 4
Hockey (boys) Mr Tuck 2
Hockey (girls) Mr Tuck 2
Netball Mrs Visagie 2
Rugby Mr Diedericks 2
Squash (boys) Mrs Rokebrand 2
Squash (girls) Mrs Rokebrand 2
Spinning Mrs Thorne 1, 2, 3, 4
Swimming Mr van de Walt 1, 4
Tennis (boys) Mr Ndebele 1, 3, 4
Tennis (girls) Mrs Ackerman 1, 3, 4



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Extra-Murals (Cultural and Service)
Cultural Activity Person in charge Term
Cheerleading Miss Bertels 1, 2, 3, 4
Choir Mrs Rudolph 1, 2, 3, 4
Cultural Club Mrs Desilla 1, 2, 3, 4
Backstage (Technical) Mr N Jourdan 1, 2, 3, 4
Debating Mrs Biddlecombe 1, 2, 3, 4
Environmental Club Mrs Rood 1, 2, 3, 4
Plays Festival (drama) Mrs Anderson 1
Major Production (drama) Mr N Jourdan 1, 2
Matric Dance Committee Mrs Bosch-Diedericks 1, 2, 3, 4
Photographic Club Miss Gibson 1, 2, 3, 4
Public Speaking (English) Mrs Budree-Maharaj 1
Public Speaking (Afrikaans) Mrs T van Wyk 1
Raps (drama) Mrs Anderson 2
Rise Up (Student Christian Association) Mrs Hewson & Miss Fairless 1, 2, 3, 4
Sound & Lighting (Technical) Mr Jourdan & Mr Halley 1, 2, 3, 4
Star Search Mr Jourdan & Mrs Owgan 3, 4
Talent Show case Mr N Jourdan 1
Service Activity Person in charge Term
Catering Mrs Odendaal 1, 2, 3, 4
Cricket Scoring Mr Chilvers 1, 4
Debs & Squires (Gr 10) Miss Young 1, 2, 3, 4
First Aid Mrs Gibson 1, 2, 3, 4
Interact/M.I.B. Mrs T van Wyk 1, 2, 3, 4
R.C.L. Mrs Bertels 1, 2, 3, 4


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The School Uniform Home
Boys (Summer)
* Properly fitting grey flannel trousers secured with a black leather belt with traditional buckle and grey socks and black leather shoes.
* An open-neck white short-sleeved shirt with the school badge on the pocket or a white short or long sleeve shirt with a top button and appropriate tie.
* The school blazer or appropriate sleeveless school jersey may be worn if cold.
Boys (Winter)
* Properly fitting grey flannel trousers secured with a black leather belt with traditional buckle and a white long-sleeve shirt with a top button and appropriate tie. Grey socks and black leather shoes.
* The appropriate sleeveless of long sleeve school jersey, appropriate school scaff and navy blue gloves may be worn if cold. AND The school balzer must be worn.
Girls (Summer)
* Royal blue tunic with a white, open-neck short-sleeve or a white short or long sleeve shirt with a top button and appropriate tie.
* White anklet socks (not longer than mid-calf) and black school lace-up or bar shoes.
* The school blazer or appropriate sleeveless school jersey may be worn if cold.
Girls (Winter)
* Royal blue tunic with navy blue, calf-length socks or navy blue tights or regulation winter long school pants with navy blue socks.
* White, long sleeve shirt with a top button and appropriate tie with black school lace-up or bar shoes.
* The appropriate sleeveless of long sleeve school jersey, appropriate school scaff and navy blue gloves may be worn if cold. AND The school balzer must be worn.
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The School Uniform
 
Physical Education
The full school tracksuit in winter and in summer must be worn. However, in summer the tracksuit top is optional provided the boys are wearing the sports shirt with stripes (no vest) and girls are wearing the sleeveless shirt with stripes. Appropriate shoes with short white socks.
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Colours and awards Home
Junior colours
* Pupils must be performing at the same level as senior pupils receiving Senior Full Colours.
* Pupils may not receive Junior Colours for Academics unless they have placed in the top 100 of a recognized senior academic Olympiad that has wide scale participation.
* Junior Colours may only be awarded to pupils participating in the 1st Team.
National representation
* Pupils must be selected by a South African panel. In order to be eligible pupils must be selected for and represent South Africa, and not a club, in an international competition, tournament or event.
* This applies to age group representation and not only senior South African representation.
* Pupils receiving their National Colours will be entitled to wear the Northcliff High Junior Colours or Senior Full Colours uniform and the corresponding insignia.
* The awarding of Junior Colours or Senior Full Colours is based on the year they achieved and were awarded National Representation. For example, if a person in Gr. 8, 9, or 10 receives National Representation they may wear the Junior Colours insignia and uniform. They will keep their Junior Colours insignia and uniform for Gr. 11 and 12 unless they receive National Representation in their Senior Years in which case they may now wear the Senior Full Colours insignia and uniform.
 
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Colours Insignia and Uniform  
White Honours Blazer
* White blazer with red and white braiding provided by the school.
* There are no scrolls on the white honours blazer.
* Senior Full Colour tie.
* White Northcliff jersey and white Northcliff scarf.
Senior re-award full colours
* Light blue colours blazer with red and white braiding.
* Light blue scroll with gold/yellow text for the specific activity.
* Senior Full Colour tie .
* White Northcliff jersey and white Northcliff scarf.
Senior full colours
* Light blue colours blazer with red and white braiding.
* Light blue scroll with white text for the specific activity.
* Senior Full Colour tie.
* White Northcliff jersey and white Northcliff scarf.
Senior re-award half colours
* Navy blue school blazer with red and white braiding and special Colours Crest.
* Navy blue scroll with gold/yellow text for the specific activity.
* Team tie.
* White Northcliff jersey and white Northcliff scarf.
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Colours Insignia and Uniform (2)  
Senior half colours
* Navy blue school blazer with red and white braiding and special Colours Crest.
* Navy blue scroll with white text for the specific activity.
* Team tie.
* White Northcliff jersey and white Northcliff scarf.
Junior colours
* Navy blue school blazer with royal blue and white braiding and standard School Crest.
* Navy blue scroll with white text for the specific activity.
* Team tie.
* Navy Northcliff jersey and white Northcliff scarf.
Team & Service Tie
* Team tie.
* Navy Northcliff jersey and navy Northcliff scarf.
General
* School councilors and first team captains are also permitted to wear the white Northcliff jersey with a white Northcliff scarf.
 
 
 
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Colours Insignia and Uniform (3)  
Scrolls
* If a pupil had a scroll for Senior Half Colours in an activity and then received Senior Full Colours for the same activity, they would wear the light blue blazer, with the light blue scroll, but would no longer wear the navy blue half colour scroll for that activity.
* If a pupil receives Senior Full Colours in one activity but still has Senior Half Colours in another activity, a light blue scroll titled HALF COLOURS will be worn with the Senior Half Colour activities listed below also in light blue (see example 1).
* Likewise, if a pupil receives Senior Full Colours in one activity but still has Junior Colours in another activity, a light blue scroll titled JUNIOR COLOURS will be worn with the Junior Colour activities listed below also in light blue (see example 1).
Example 1
If a pupil had Senior Full Colours for academics but Senior Half Colours for swimming and netball, they would wear a light blue blazer with light blue scrolls reading as follows:
ACADEMIC (Senior Full Academic Colours)
HALF
COLOURS
(heading)
NETBALL (Senior Half Colours for Netball)
SWIMMING (Senior Half Colours for Swimming)
Example 2
If a pupil had Senior Full Colours for academics but Junior Colours for swimming and netball, they would wear a light blue blazer with light blue scrolls reading as follows:
ACADEMIC (Senior Full Academic Colours)
JUNIOR COLOURS
(heading)
NETBALL (Junior Colours for Netball)
SWIMMING (Junior Colours for Swimming)
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General information Home
School hours
* Monday, Tuesday 07:40 – 14:25
* Wednesday 07:40 – 13:10
* Thursday 07:40 – 14:15
* Friday 07:40 – 13:45
School Terms (2014)
* Term 1: 15 January 2014 - 28 March 2014
* Term 2: 07 April 2014 - 27 June 2014
* Term 3: 21 July 2014 - 03 October 2014
* Term 4: 13 October 2014 - 10 December 2014
School Terms (2015)
* Term 1: 14 January 2015 - 24 March 2015
* Term 2: 13 April 2015 - 26 June 2015
* Term 3: 20 July 2015 - 02 October 2015
* Term 4: 12 October 2015 - 9 December 2015
School Fees
* 2014: Grade 8: R30 250
* 2014: Grade 9 - Grade 12: R28 750
Fees are payable annually or via debit order.
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Contact information  
Address: Mountainview Drive, Blackheath Ext 3, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 (11) 476 1544
Fax: +27 (11) 476 2585
Email: info@northcliffhigh.co.za
Individual Grade Tutor’s email addresses are available on the d6 Communicator.
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Documents of interest Home
Open Day Brochure
Mission statement
Update of Personal Details form
Code of conduct
2015 application forms
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Sponsors  
Northcliff High School would like to thank the following sponsors who actively participate in the life of the school, ensuring a better education for our children.
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