We have come to the end of a very busy first term but we can look back with satisfaction on what has been achieved by the boys and the staff. We are indeed blessed at College to have the commitment, passion and enthusiasm of all striving to be the best that they can be. The newsletters pay tribute to all these successes and events and we thank you for your continued support of your son’s involvement at College. Please take the time to check his report and go over all aspects and any areas where there are concerns. It is essential that we are all working together to obtain the best possible results for your son, at the end of the day, and we at the school will put measures in place to ensure this occurs.
We welcomed the following staff members who are assisting on a short term basis:
- Mrs K Threadingham [Mathematics] replaces Mr L Mdladla who has taken up a permanent post at another school.
- Mrs M Larter [English] who is filling in for Mrs T Louch who is on maternity leave.
It is my pleasure to make the following staff appointments which will take effect from the start of Term 2:
- Mr C Dutton - HOD History
- Mrs L Couperthwaite - HOD Physical Science
We thank Messrs Larter and Trodd sincerely for their concerted efforts which are greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to the following staff who improved their qualifications:
- Mrs B Borain - MA in English
- Ms V Chedie - Bachelor of Business Administration Degree
- Mrs L Dos Santos completed a Career Guidance Practitioner course.
- Mr A Moodley completed the Supply Chain short learning course with Varsity College.
- Mrs M Rughoo completed the Business Writing Skills short course with GetSmarter (UCT online).
TERM TWO – TUESDAY 18 APRIL TO FRIDAY 30 JUNE 2017
Summary of important dates:
- Friday 21 April Teams depart for Pretoria
- Saturday 22 April Interschool exchange to PBHS
- Thursday 27 April Public Holiday – Freedom Day
- Friday 28 April School Holiday Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May Free weekend
- Monday 1 May Public Holiday – Worker’s Day
- Friday 5 May Teams depart for Johannesburg
- Saturday 6 May Interschool Exchange vs KES
- Friday 12 May to Wednesday 17 May ‘FUNK’ 2017 at the Hexagon Theatre Saturday 13 May Reunion Day
- Tuesday 16 May Form 2 Parents’ Evening
- Saturday 20 May DHS [compulsory attendance]
- Monday 22 May to Friday 26 May College Revue Production – Trash the Musical Tuesday 23 May Form 3 Parents’ Evening
- Sunday 28 May to Thursday 1 June Spirit of Adventure [Form 2] Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June Free Weekend
- Friday 9 June to Wednesday 28 June Mid-year Examination [Timetable to be provided to the boys] Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June Dusi2C Fundraiser
- Friday 16 June Public Holiday – Youth Day
Parents are reminded that if their boys are not selected to represent the school, they do not need to attend school on the following Fridays, as the school will be travelling out of province.
- Friday 21 April - PBHS Exchange
- Friday 5 May – KES Exchange
For those parents who have boys traveling on these exchanges, the following costs will be involved:
- Saturday 22 April vs PBHS – R600.00
- Saturday 6 May vs KES – R580.00
I request that parents pay this amount (to be finalised) prior to the trip taking place. The payment reference must be your son’s sundries account.
College will be travelling to Affies in July and hosting PBHS and KES in August. Final details will be provided nearer the time. I will be asking parents to be generous in their offers to host boys from these schools – our boys are often overwhelmed by the hospitality they receive on our away trips.
Public Holidays/Free Weekends
Parents are asked to take careful note of the following:
- Thursday 27 April: Freedom Day public holiday. There will be sports fixtures against Northwood on this day.
- Friday 28 April, a School holiday, to Monday 1 May which is the Worker’s Day public holiday.
- Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June.
Please note that the afternoon’s home rugby matches on Reunion Day against Michaelhouse on Saturday 13 May and the fixture against DHS on Saturday 20 May will be compulsory attendances for all boys.
Parents are asked to support the school in our endeavours to create a corporate school spirit by bringing their sons to school on the above days.
Mid-year exams are scheduled to start in the second week of June. Practical papers and a few other exams (Language Creative Writing, junior Life Orientation, Creative Arts and Natural Science) will be written prior to this date while the majority will be written during the dedicated exam period. Boys will check their scripts in the last few days of school and remediation of common errors will be done. There is a creeping tendency for some boys to bunk school after exams and this unacceptable. Please support the school in this matter by not allowing your sons to play truant.
Elevate Education is an international company who provide excellent study skill sessions aimed at maximising the effectiveness of study time. In the first term, our Form 2 and Form 5 boys benefited from sessions given by the young, dynamic presenters from Elevate Education. The sessions were conducted in small class-size groups and the feedback from our boys was very positive. Elevate Education will be visiting College once again next term, to conduct follow-up sessions with these boys.
Maritzburg College offers a wide-range of Academic support free of charge for pupils that need it. These sessions are generally offered after school and pupils need to speak to the Subject Heads of the various departments to find out further details. In addition, pupils are encouraged to make full use of the school Moodle which can be accessed using the following link http://moodle.mcollege.co.za. This resource offers our boys a wide range of learner support materials including past papers and memos, PowerPoint presentations, YouTube clips and tutorials.
“Trash the Musical” - a Maritzburg College Revue Show.
Presented from the 22nd to the 26th of May, College follows on their hugely successful ‘Noises Off’ production with this all singing and all dancing revue show. Featuring songs from musicals like – My Fair Lady, Les Miserable, American Idiot, Grease, We will Rock You and many more!! Tickets will be available from the beginning of next term.
Maritzburg College Club
Launched in 2016, the College Club brings together all College supporters – parents, Old Boys, staff etc. – under one umbrella and aims to get them involved in all the various happenings and events at the school.
In Term 2 2017, the Club will again be heavily involved in demanding but exciting events:
- Reunion Day, 13 May: We need people to assist with jobs that range from serving coffee; branding the school to basting the sheep-on-the-spit!
- Dusi2C mountain-bike race, 10 June: We need help with sourcing the sponsorship of items and with the many duties involved in this premier mountain-biking event - from setting up tents at the overnight stop to merely driving a car to Durban early on the Sunday morning. Each year we need over 150 volunteers – so please contact the Club if you can help.
The Club have launched a new on-line shop of College supporters’ gear and memorabilia. Visit www.jimbu.co.za.
Dusi2C [Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June]
Maritzburg College has been associated with the Dusi2C mountain bike ride from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon along the route of the Dusi Canoe Marathon since its inception. Over the years this weekend has become a major fund raising event for College.
The success of the event is reliant on support from staff, parents and pupils alike.
We would appeal to the College Community to contact Mrs Calmeyer at the school if you can assist with any of the following:
- Drivers who can assist with the Vehicle Shuttle. 100 drivers are needed early on Sunday morning to transfer the vehicles to Durban.
- Assistance with setting up of the overnight village on the banks of the Umgeni River
Your support of this worthwhile fundraising initiative is urgently required and appreciated.
Parents evening are held in the Alan Paton Memorial Hall from 17:15 to 19:00 and are designed for parents to have short discussions about their son’s academic progress with his teachers. Should a longer discussion be necessary, parents are asked to make an appointment to see the relevant teacher at another time. Form
Form Two – Tuesday 16 May
Form Three – Tuesday 23 May
I again appeal to all parents to pay the school fee to enable us to continue to supply an uncompromised educational service to your sons. Please make the school account a priority.
I wish you all a very enjoyable, safe and peaceful April holiday with your boys.