An overview of Academics at Maritzburg College

Our external National Senior Certificate results are always among the best in the province, and indeed nationally. We also hold our own internationally, having produced several Rhodes scholars, and a Fulbright scholar.

In our main foyer we have an Honours Board which details the achievements of hundreds of our Old Boys. These include University Chancellors, judges, bishops, authors and directors of education. We are justifiably proud of the recognition and honour that these men have brought to our school. We have found, too, that those of our learners who choose to emigrate arrive in their new country well-equipped for the academic challenges which await them. The achievements of our present learners are celebrated twice a year, at our Academic Prize Giving ceremony and at our Speech Day ceremony. Both of these functions are held in the fourth term, with the Speech Day being held just before the matriculants leave to write their final examinations.

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Our stable, well-qualified Teaching Staff are committed to their task, passionate about the school, and more than prepared to go the extra mile. The Staff take an interest not only in the academic progress of the boys they teach, but also in their wider areas of achievement and in their pastoral care. There are opportunities for extension of very able boys, as well as academic support that is offered to boys that need it.

We have excellent classrooms; all sixty carpeted and equipped with white boards, networked computers and video data projectors, and interactive whiteboards. All of the teachers are computer literate, using the equipment regularly in lessons. Lesson styles are further enhanced by a wide variety of resources, such as DVDs, available from the school's media centre. Classrooms also have versatile desks which lend themselves to different configurations to suit different teaching and lesson styles.

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In 2014 we started our first two iPad pilot classes in grade 9. Staff, pupils and parents have attended iPad training courses to ensure that full benefit is derived from this form of e-learning. This pilot project is subject to ongoing evaluation as the years go by, and higher up the school there is a “bring-your-own-device” policy, making technology available to all.

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Our four computer laboratories, also equipped with video data projectors, allow for the needs of subject teachers and boys wishing to take Information Technology as a subject. Our junior learners have two lessons of Computer Literacy per cycle to give them the necessary computer skills and to tie in with the subject departments and their special needs. The school has a network of two hundred and fifty computers linked to three servers.

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DEPUTY HEAD - Academics

Mrs Jeanette Finnie

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