[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=\”8259\” img_size=\”medium\” alignment=\”center\” style=\”vc_box_border_circle\” image_hovers=\”false\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff   It feels like not too long ago that I was writing my Welcome to 2020 speech. And here I am already, preparing an End of Year notice. Time really humbles you. Time humbles you in a way you will never expect and won’t think you need and you don’t see it coming. It is the one thing that we take for granted. Yet, it is the one thing we need the most, to get where we want to be. But mostly Time teaches us to see, to see what matters and what doesn’t. Have we made full use of our time this year? That is for each of us to decide. If you have not, then do better next year. I am grateful that we were able to provide our learners with a 2021 curriculum, as normal as we could. The year has not been without its challenges, but it’s these challenges and obstacles that stare us in the face, and once we have kicked them out of the ball park, the victory is so, so sweet. Our learners and staff have been true warriors, tackling every hurdle, picking their battles wisely, knowing that no matter how tough things may feel, there is always something good waiting around the corner. Congratulations to our learners who have achieved academic success. For those who have not reached their goals, do not despair, just do better! Every student has the ability to learn, just not on the same day or in the same way. Persevere! We said farewell to five teachers and even though teachers can be replaced, I’ve realized that the value, the experiences, the emotions and the memories that we have of each of them are irreplaceable. They have left their mark at Normies and we will miss them dearly. I wish them well as they each begin a new chapter in their lives. Our matric 2021 results will be released on 21 January 2022. I look forward to celebrating this day with them. Learners return to school on Wednesday 19 January 2022. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the staff, parents and the greater Normies community for their continuous support during another challenging year. While it may seem that 2021 should’ve seen us more prepared than 2020, it wasn’t without immense pressure to perform and to adjust to the “new normal.” We have experienced the loss of life due to Covid-related illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and school communities who have been harshly affected by the pandemic. I, therefore, ask you to take every precaution to keep you and your family as safe and healthy as possible during these holidays. Every positive thought propels you in the right direction. Let us remain positive and hopeful that 2022 will be the best year yet.   Stay safe and enjoy the holidays \"\"[/vc_column_text][vc_separator style=\”shadow\” border_width=\”10\”][vc_separator style=\”shadow\” border_width=\”10\”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff

Welcome message 2024

A new year is upon us. Year 2024 please be good to us! I am not asking for much ….

So much can be said about the year behind us, but I prefer to focus on the year ahead. I want to welcome 2024 with enthusiasm and renewed vigor, filled with the promise of hope and good health.

A warm welcome to our Grade 8 learners. I trust your journey with us will be memorable and remarkable.

A hearty welcome to our new teachers joining us this year.

Mr Taahier Ebrahim: Dance

Mrs Samantha Bezuidenhout: Life Sciences

Mrs Soraya Isaacs: English

Mr Tanweer Mohamed: History

Mrs Nicole Pietersen: EMS/Accounting

I hope your stay with us is successful and beneficial to both you and our learners.

I would like to wish Mrs. Bassadien and Mrs. Ameer all the best as they both step into the role of Acting Deputy Principal. I look forward to working with you.

All the best to our teaching staff, ground staff, admin team and finance team. We once again rely and depend on your commitment, passion and dedication, which will ultimately contribute to the growth of our learners and the success of our school. 

I encourage our learners, parents and teachers to engage with each other positively and respectfully. We aim to create a safe and nurturing environment, conducive to learning and developing our future leaders. Let us not forget how fragile life is and how important it is to be mindful of how we treat each other.

We eagerly await the results of our Matric Class of 2023. I am extremely proud of this class who refused to let circumstances stand in the way of their goals to succeed. I wish them well as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

I am confident that our Matric Class of 2024 will step up and make us proud, and we can revel in their success as well.

I would like to wish our newly elected RCL all of the best for the year ahead. Their mantra for the year is “Pioneers of Purpose”. The RCL, led by Xavier Barlow (Chairperson) and Nuhaa Abrahams (Deputy Chairperson), is a council of learners elected by their peers, who will lead the school for the year. I wish them well.

Kindly ensure that all learners are school-ready by 17 January 2024. The Norman Henshilwood dress code must be adhered to at all times. Please refer to the Code of Conduct if you are unsure. The orientation/administration days planned for the various grades next week will ensure that we hit the ground running when we start the academic year on Wednesday, 17 January 2024. Learners will be dismissed at 14:30 on the first day only, please make the necessary transport arrangements.

The school day starts at 7.50 am every day. Learners are to arrive at 7.45 am for the latest. Please be punctual and ensure your child is neatly dressed in the correct summer school uniform.

Please note that communication is key. We communicate via email, WhatsApp and sms and I implore you to ensure you stay connected. Click on the link to join the Normies Parent Community Whatsapp group


For any inquiries, please direct these to the grade head or/and homeroom teacher. They will do their best to resolve your inquiry as soon as possible. Kindly note that we have a resolution time of 48 hours in this regard.

Let us make this beginning more beautiful by bowing our heads to thank the Almighty and seek blessings for a good year ahead. I wish the Norman Henshilwood community a blessed and successful 2024. May the Almighty keep us in His infinite protection, always!

Kind regards

Yours sincerely

J Holland (Mr)


Every positive thought propels you in the right direction. Let us remain positive and hopeful that 2024 will be the best year yet. Stay safe and enjoy the new term