Arts & Academics

The NSA recognises that the world as we know it is transforming and we are already living in the technological future.

As we enter the fourth industrial revolution and the world becomes more automated, Learners of today and tomorrow will need to actively learn to combine technology with softer skills such as critical thinking and problem solving to respond to the ‘new requirements’ of the workplace.

While education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is paramount, the contribution of the Arts to the school curriculum is more important than ever. Machines will never be able to cry or write a play or analyse the world to distil it into an abstraction that wll impact a human audience.  The skills and tools gained from an NSA education will equip learners with the creative edge to thrive in a dynamic world.

NSA learners are known to excel. Academically. Creatively.

Principal, Deputy, & Governing Body


Salome Gaelesiwe


WIlma Mc Loun


The current SGB’s term of office ends in 2024


Vaughn Lucas – Chairperson

Seymour Holman – Treasurer

Musa Bila

Nigel Branken

Ilse Klink

Rowlin Naicker

Cebi Ngqinambi

Nompumelelo Malchartzek

Judy Smith-Hohn

Principal : Mrs Salome Gaelesiwe

Elected Educators:

Johan Anker – Secretary

Laine Butler

Thabo Matsime

Non -Teaching Staff:

Ms Nomsa Maluleke

Learner Reps:

Tshepang Selala (President)

Tshireletso Llale (Deputy President)

Dieno Sefatsa (Academic Support)


Drama Department

Drama and theatre are considered strong drivers in the social development of young people. Drama is not taught for its own sake, but because it contributes profoundly to the holistic development of the individual – this is clearly reflected in the NSA’s excellent results and awards in both the academic and artistic arenas, combined with the highly successful careers enjoyed by our alumni.

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Learners receive tuition in all aspects of theatre with a focus on the development of actors and theatre practitioners.

The practical training includes acting, voice, movement, physical theatre, stagecraft, and mime. A comprehensive theory component covers the study of play texts, theatre history, history of costume, history of literature, voice theory, ritual, and mythology.

Every available opportunity is given to drama learners to perform in productions as well as in the presentation of class work.



Ingrid Hlatshwayo




Laine Butler

Thoriso Raphela

Lisa Pietersen

Pamela Ndlovu


Art Department

The NSA offers extensive tuition in Visual Arts, 2D and 3D Design.

Courses include sculpture, printmaking, painting, ceramics, design, and digital design.

Theory of Design and Visual Art theory also forms an integral part of the syllabus.

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The Art Department is housed in the attractive Gerard Moerdijk building. The inspiring aesthetic of this “heritage” building befits an art department. It has two exhibition spaces: the stained-glass windowed chapel room upstairs and the circular downstairs gallery.




Lawrence Thibudi



Lucky Masemola

Mashudu Nevhutalu

Mpumulelo Ngoma

Anthousa Sotiriades


Music Department

Versatility is a key quality of the NSA music department, and our learners are required to study two instruments – they may specialise in piano, recorder, or vocals, or any of the orchestral instruments. Similarly, learners may choose to concentrate on guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and drums.

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The syllabus covers the History of Music, Theory, Arranging and Composition, Improvisation, Aural, and Performance in Solo and Chamber and Vocal ensembles.

Public Performances are encouraged on various annual platforms, Pop-Up concerts, corporate performances, big stage concerts, and musical theatre, alongside performances at esteemed Eisteddfods and music festivals.

The music department is also home to a magnificent pipe organ and an orchestra awaits those eager to get into the classical world, offering a valuable training ground.

The NSA choir and band are often asked to perform at Civic or Corporate functions. The band and orchestra are equally comfortable with contemporary and classical repertoire.

Many NSA specialist educators are sought after professional performers.





Thabang Edward Phiri



Full- time teachers

Thabang Edward Phiri (Voice and Music Theory & History of Music)

Thabo Matsime (Piano, Music Theory & Music History)

Nhlanhla Ngwenya (Piano, Music Theory & Music History)

Xolani Noveld (Voice, Music Theory & Music History)

Nqobile Mhlungu (Flute, Recorder, Music Theory & Music History)

Part-time teachers

Clive Thomson (Guitar)

Naledi Dweba (Saxophone, Clarinet and Piano)

Ingrid Janse van Rensburg (Harp)

Siyanqoba Dlungwana (Piano & Music Technology)

Larry Roos (Drums)

Mpho Chuene (Percussion)

Lwazi Khuzwayo (Jazz Voice)

Siegfried Pretsch (Organ and Piano)

Cecilia Manyama (Violin, Viola and Orchestra)

William Nobela (Cello)

Tebogo Makgwe (Voice)

Lucky Moletsane (Brass instruments and orchestra)


Dance Department

The NSA dance syllabus includes Classical Ballet, Contemporary, African & Spanish Dance.  There is also a focus on choreography. The NSA Dance Department is recognized for producing well-rounded, versatile, and disciplined dancers.

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Experienced NSA staff focus on technique, performance, interpretation, and stylistic understanding, and Learners are regularly exposed to visiting local and international companies, choreographers, and teachers.

The NSA recognises the importance of training the “Triple Threat” performer (one who can sing, dance and act equally well) and the NSA dancers are frequently featured in the annual musical theatre production.

There are two regular productions on the annual calendar: “Dance Spectrum” – a flagship production with guest choreographers, which showcases the Department in a spectrum of dance including ballet, neo-classical ballet, contemporary, African and Afro-Fusion and Spanish, and “Dance Celebration” – a showcase of original choreography from the Learners.




Haydee Baker




Gilian Bonegio

Heather Dreyer

Laura Cameron

Yusuf Thomas

Kitty Phetla



At the NSA, arts and academics share the spotlight and the consistently impressive matric results bear testament to the quality education that we offer.

The specialist studies foster the discipline and dedication which are pre-requisites for academic achievement.

NSA matriculants venture capably into all sectors stepping well prepared into tertiary institutions where they continue to make their mark in fields as diverse as actuarial science, astrophysics, medicine, engineering, architecture, and the arts.

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The high level of vocational training also enables learners to pursue professional careers in the arts immediately post school.

Learners from Grade 8 to 12 study a full range of academic subjects in addition to their chosen specialist subjects. The specialist studies foster the discipline and dedication which are pre-requisites for academic achievement.

THE National School of the Arts follows the GDE CAPS CURRICULUM

GRADE 8 & 9

  • Specialist Art Subject (Art, Dance, Drama or Music)
  • English (HL)
  • Afrikaans or isiZulu or SeSotho FAL (First Additional Language)
  • Mathematics
  • Social Sciences (SS)
  • Natural Sciences (NS)
  • Technology Education
  • Creative Arts
  • Economic Management Science (EMS)
  • Life Orientation (LO)

GRADE 10 – 12

  • Specialist Art Subject (Art, Dance, Drama or Music)
  • English (HL)
  • Afrikaans or isiZulu or SeSotho FAL (First Additional Language)
  • Maths or Maths Literacy
  • Life Orientation

Plus, two of the following subjects:

  • Physical Science
  • Life Sciences
  • History
  • Business Studies
  • Geography


Learners receive nine hours of specialised arts tuition a week in their chosen subject.

Academic Departments


HOD: Mrs M Reddy

First Additional Languages

HOD: Mrs R Louw


HOD: Mrs A van Aardt


HOD: Mrs Selepe


HOD: Mrs Buthelezi

school hours

Monday - Friday

07h30 - 14h30


17 Hoofd Street


011 339 6539