Carter High, where it all began

2017-03-15 06:02

CARTER High School celebrates 40 years of excellence and, looking back, the school has grown from strength to strength over the years and established itself in the community as a “school of choice”.

Opened in early 1976, Tom Metcalf, the headmaster of Athlone Primary School was appointed caretaker principal and had the arduous task of preparing the new school. Colleen Weerts was appointed secretary and gave valuable assistance in the planning phase.

After a year of planning and preparations, the doors of Carter High School, which stands tall in Chase Valley next door to Grey’s Hospital, were opened by acting principal, Metcalf on January 18, 1977.

At the time the school catered for only 50 pupils who were welcomed by excited Metcalf and three enthusiastic teachers, Lee Franklin, Cheryl Frankish and Penelope Twiss.

In 1981 these pupils became the first group from the school to write the Natal Senior Certificate.

The school was named after Thomas Fortescue Carter (1885-1945), a member of the Natal Legislative Assembly, an Attorney-General and later a judge of the Natal Bench from 1910 to 1926.

The school houses are named after the first four judge presidents of Natal - Walter Harding, Henry Connor, Michael Gallwey and Henry Bale.

Now, 40 years later, on February 17, Carter High School has developed into a multi-purpose and fully equipped school with an indoor sports centre and swimming pool catering for the needs of all pupils be it sport or academically.

The school recently held its 40 year anniversary assembly and honoured principals for their invaluable leadership contribution.

The first principal, Dr Manfred Schroenn, said that coming back to the school and seeing the developments from where it began 40 years ago was “heart-warming”.

“It’s lovely to see the developments at the school and it’s interesting to learn about what the pupils have been up to.

“It’s encouraging to see how far the school has come and the great strides they have made in the developments.”

James Delport, who retired after 15 happy years as principal, said he “enjoyed every minute” at the school. “During my time as principal there were many changes we went through. We became a multi-racial school and adapted to this with ease. People are people, so everyone was treated fairly, this was never a problem. And now, back here after eight years of being away, it’s lovely to see the developments,” he said.

Tom Metcalf (acting headmaster, January to April 1977)

Manfred Schroenn (headmaster 1977 to June 1978)

Howard Timm (headmaster, 1979 to 1991)

James Delport (headmaster, 1992 to 2007)

Ashwin Ramgoolam (headmaster, 2008 to current)

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