Maritzburg College



Covid Awareness

With the return to school sport, and the increase in COVID numbers around the province and the country - we appeal to our parents and our boys to remain vigilent and responsible. Please remember spectators are NOT permitted to watch these games, and we will be livestreaming as many of the fixtures as we can. Links for these will be sent out later in the week on our platforms. 

Thank you to all our boys who participated in fixtures with DHS on the past weekend and for the manner in which you abided by the regulations and procedures. These need to continue with us hosting Clifton and Sarel Cillers this coming weekend. It is of the utmost importance that we are vigilant if we wish the school to remain open and continue with our co-curricular programme.  Please do NOT drop your guard and become complacent, and let's ensure that we maintain the safety protocols at all times.

Read Mr Luman's full assembly report here.

One of Our Core Values - Respect... 

The theme for this week’s character education programme is the core value and core tradition as per our College pledge of RESPECT – Kuhlo-ni-shwana kabili [RESPECT IS MUTUAL]

The Urban dictionary definition of respect states: “It means valuing each other’s points of views. It means being open to being wrong. It means accepting people as they are. It means not dumping on someone because you’re having a bad day. It means being polite and kind always, because being kind to people is not negotiable. It means not dissing [act disrespectfully] people because they’re different to you. It means not gossiping about people or spreading lies.”

Confucius says “Respect yourself and others will respect you.”  , which is very similar to the Spanish proverb “If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself.”

Buddha says, “You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.”

Kuhlo-ni-shwana kabili [RESPECT IS MUTUAL] – when a person respects one another, that respect should be reciprocated. Similarly, when one helps another, that help should be reciprocated.

This will be the focus in the character education lessons at College this week.


College's Top 10 per Form for Term 1

Academic excellence is the solid foundation on which our proud school rests, and we celebrate and recognise the achievements of our boys in this area.

Every term, we record the top 10 boys in each form, and they join the headmaster and senior staff at the Good Report Tea to acknowledge their results.

The top 10 boys for each form for term 1 of 2021 are listed here

Well done gentlemen - we are so proud of your achievements, you are an inspiration to your peers. 

Creative Afrikaans Activities

Some of Mr Gerhard Steyn's boys displayed their more creative side in two recent projects.

The first was a competition to create an Idiom poster - with the top 3 for each class being recogised. 

Below are our 4th form and 2nd form winners...
4th Form: 1st. J. Clark. 2nd M. Masson. 3rd M. Marrilier
2nd Form:1st D Nadasan. 2nd J Steyn. 3rd tied M Borchers and T Ambler

The 2nd project was to create some beautiful Mother's Day cards. Well done gentlemen!


Naptosa recogises College's staff
The following staff have been acknowledged by NAPTOSA Teachers' Union for obtaining a 100% success rate in their subjects in 2020.

M Rembold [Physical Science]
J Finnie [Life Science]
SM Ngcobo [isiZulu]
G Landsberg [Afrikaans]
A Phillips [English]
G Govindasamy [EGD]
M Maharaj [English]
D Trodd [Physical Science ]
R Paterson [Life Sciences]
S Mhlongo [Isizulu]

Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to Mr Brandon Swart who has been recognised by the DOH and School Health Services for extraordinary service and dedication in Covid-related matters. 


Khanyisa continues...

We have had two excellent weeks already this term for both teachers and learners participating in our Khanyisa programme.

On the weekend, 100 Khanyisa learners attended their English session with essay writing as the topic of the day. The learners loved listening to Mozart music whilst allowing their creative juices to flow and preparing for their individual essays based on the given topic.


Sport is Back

Memorandum of Understanding

We are thrilled to see the resumption of school sports fixtures and look forward to a great season of fixtures ahead.

College has joined with our fellow boys’ schools in KZN as a collective, in support of the role and value sport plays in the development of young men. Our strength as boys’ schools is built on the solid foundation of friendly matches that have served us well over the years.

The resumption of fixtures comes with a set of Gazetted regulations which are in place to protect all our boys and their families from the still very present threat of COVID-19.

As the College community – please take time to read the Memorandum of Understanding HERE we have signed as a collective, and help us by adhering to these regulations and the spirit with which we are approaching our return to fixtures.

Further details of our games and results are available on our College Sport App.

#weareready #sportisback

Sport Results 7 & 8 May
This weekend saw Maritzburg College take on long-time rivals Durban High School (DHS) in a full round of hockey and rugby fixtures, most of which were away games.

Congratulations to our 1st teams for Rugby, Hockey and Soccer who all secured wins.

The 1st XV rugby team were excited to win the Skonk Nicholson trophy in their 34-10 defeat of the #horseflies of DHS.

We also had boys participating in Cross Country, Cycling, Canoeing and Shooting over the week and weekend.

Details of all the results here

The videos of recorded games from the weekend are up on our Your Tube Channel here 


Fact Friday

Maritzburg College and Durban High School have a long-standing rugby rivalry, having first met on the rugby field in 1910, with College winning 5 - 0. Three year later, on the 27th of September 1913, they faced off again, and it concluded in a mammoth win for College 65 - 3.

Since then, our schools have met numerous times with both sides experiencing glorious wins and crushing losses. Tomorrow we meet DHS on the sports field again and we have no doubt it will be another epic clash, watch it live here:

Pictured here is OC Kevin Smith, a member of the famous 1985 team, scoring against DHS in Durban.


Battling Burnout
Burnout is a state of mind that comes with long-term, unresolved stress that can negatively affect your work and your life. In an ideal world, nobody would experience burnout, however it is becoming more and more common with searches for “signs of burnout” increasing by 24% in 2020 compared to the previous year. Burnout is to do with experiencing chronic stress where the demands being placed on you exceed the resources you have available to deal with those stressors.

Over a long period of time, this can leave you feeling totally drained and not performing at your best. Burnout reduces the connectivity between different parts of the brain which can lead to decreased creativity, working memory, and problem-solving skills. The closer our cognitive load (how much mental effort is being used, even in the background) gets us to using up our mental energy, the worse we are at the tasks we need to complete.

Think of a bank account. When you have reserves, you have options. You can be a bit more creative with your money and maybe even treat yourself. When you’re at base level you need to be careful, and your creativity is limited. If you go below base level (in the energy bank, this would be exhaustion), you’re pushing yourself and running on empty. There comes a point where your body will declare you ‘energy bankrupt’.

This is burnout.

Read the full article from our school psychologist, Cassidy Griffiths, on the signs of burnout, and how to manage stress and prevent burnout here.


Happiness Week Highlights from our Camera Club

Our talented Camera Club led by Mrs Debbie Gademan produced some stunning photographs to add to our memories of the excellent Happiness Week held on campus last term. 

Enjoy their images here  


Please visit the MCOBA page on our website here to catch up on all their news.

Please support our '99 Campaign

On 22 April, at the Goldstones Parents Club cocktail party, we launched a new initiative at College – our 99 Campaign.

This campaign is working through our College Foundation 100million4College initiative to create many more opportunities for boys to benefit from the excellent and relevant education experience that College offers, along with access to high quality teaching and sporting facilities and resources.

We appeal to the whole College community, and in particular our parents, to consider joining the campaign, and helping us to CHANGE LIVES AND SHAPE FUTURES.

Your small regular monthly donation of just R99 will be leveraged with a matching amount from a 100m4C legacy donor – so equates to R198! 

Funds collected via the Foundation will ensure we can futureproof College and all it aims to achieve.

To find out more, please contact [email protected], and to make your pledge please click on this link


Celebrating Mother's Day on the #RedBlackWhite campus with our Zarm Moms

On Sunday we wished all our College moms, a very Happy Mother’s Day.

These ladies have helped raise men of stature and respect and College wouldn’t have the reputation it has today without the dedicated moms involved in our #RedBlackWhite boys’ lives.

Some of the hardest working ladies on campus who hold a special place in all of our boys’ hearts, are our “Zarm Farm moms” who make our legendary toasted sandwiches that have old boys traveling hundreds of kms to reminisce on the taste of College. Thank you!

Watch our Mother' Day tribute to the Zarm Moms here


Cashless payment @ College with Cashloop 

2020 saw a lot of change and a new way of living and learning. Because of this, we have decided to implement the Cashloop application to enhance our current approach to health and safety, whilst providing an easy and instant way of paying, communicating and collecting at Maritzburg College. 

The Cashloop app was created by three brothers, all proud Maritzburg College Old Boys and its sole purpose is to enable cashless, contactless payments in our school ecosystem. Learners will be able to pay instantly via the app at retail spaces within the school, including the Zarm Farm and our College Shoppe. This means ZERO cash. No need to give large sums of money or credit cards to boys, as you can upload and transfer to their Cashloop eWallet from yours remotely.

Please download the Cashloop app for yourself as a parent, and for your son. Please ensure your phone’s mobile software is fully up to date to enable the app to work optimally. When setting up the App, select MARITZBURG COLLEGE as your chosen Community and it will populate the app with the College code. 

More information on Cashloop here

We hope you enjoy using Cashloop. If you experience any problems with the app please contact Cashloop at [email protected] or WhatsApp 0648803732.

If you would like to advertise in our beautiful school magazine, please contact the editor, Mrs Liz Dewes, at [email protected] or phone (033) 342 9376 (mornings only)

Support Your School
There are a number of ways you can support Maritzburg College. These include having MAKRO and MYSCHOOL cards as well as joining the Litres for Education initiative.

Find out more here.

It’s a win-win situation!

Simply swipe your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet or linked Woolies card at any partner store and stand a chance to win your share of R200 000* cash for you and your cause. Every swipe is an entry! Competition closes 24 June. *TC’s apply.
Enter here:

Swipe to WIN-WIN!

Revised School Term Dates 2021
After receiving revised information from the Department of Education, we have updated our school term dates: 

  • Second Term      Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
  • Third Term          Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October
  • Fourth Term       Monday 11 October to Wednesday 15 December                                                   [official closing date]


  • Second Term                      All Boarders: Sunday 2 May by 19:00
  • Third Term                          All Boarders: Sunday 25 July by 19:00
  • Fourth Term                       All Boarders: Sunday 10 October by 19:00

Important Dates: Term 2

Thursday 13 May    Career Focus 2021 

Monday 17 May      Funk Live Stream Premier 

Tuesday 18 May     Form 3 Parents’ Evening 

Tuesday 25 May     Form 2 Parents’ Evening 

Wednesday 9 June - Monday 5 July Mid-Year Control Tests [Timetable to be provided to the boys]

Contact Maritzburg College
Physical Address: 51 College Road, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
Postal Address: PO Box 398, Pietermaritzburg, 3200
Information and Enquiries: [email protected]
School: Tel: 033 342 9376 | Fax: 033 394 2908
Finance: Fax: 033 394 2559