The Pastoral Care programme at Maritzburg College

Pastoral Care at Maritzburg College is a whole school community programme working towards building a community within the school, creating supportive systems and positive relations between all members of the Maritzburg College community, and promoting a strong ethos of mutual care and concern - a brotherhood or a sense of brothers for life.

At Maritzburg College our programme aims to enhance for each boy his:     

  • health, safety and well-being
  • academic growth
  • development of self-discipline
  • building of resilience
  • gaining of self confidence in social interactions
  • practising of leadership

The Pastoral Care structure at Maritzburg College consists of:

  • A House system of 10 houses providing leadership , support and guidance to each boy by an experienced House staff consisting of a Housemaster, Assistant Housemaster, Mentors (teachers), House Captains and House Leaders (pupils).This House is a pupil’s home base for his entire time at Maritzburg College with the same mentor and many of the same peers.
  • A Counselling Department 
  • A Sanatorium with trained medical personal.
  • A Leadership Department 
  • Career Guidance and Development department 

The Pastoral Care programme’s focus has:

  • an individual focus with reaction, intervention and prevention programmes in place to serve pupils with difficulties or challenges in their lives.
  • a formal Pastoral Care curricula educating boys on College values and psychosocial issues during formalised timetabled Mentor lessons on Tuesdays to Thursdays.
  • mentoring on a one on one basis during some mentoring lessons to build a healthy pupil staff (mentor) relationship.
  • a peer support and mentoring system (Big brother) enhancing the academic, mentoring and leadership programmes.
  • healthy House Competitions in academic, sport and cultural spheres throughout the year.
  • the capacity for individuals to pursue leadership opportunities and to attend leadership camps.
  • behaviour management systems to ensure a disciplined school environment and leading to individual self-discipline ultimately.
  • a Merit system to acknowledge individual achievements and performance.
  • extra mural development in either the sport or cultural spheres and taking up community service responsibilities. (Interact and Outreach programmes)