Academics at Maritzburg College
Academically, Maritzburg College is one of the leading boys’ schools in both the province and the country and continuously strives for excellence by nurturing the highest academic standards. We also hold our own internationally, having produced a Fulbright Scholar and several Rhodes Scholars.
We offer a wide range of subjects, including Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Life Orientation, English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, History, Geography, Physical Science, Life Sciences, Economics, Accounting, Business Studies, IT, Computer Applications Technology, Graphic Engineering and Design, Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts and Music. Extra subjects are offered to boys with the academic prowess to succeed.
Our Honours Board, on display in our main foyer, details the hundreds of achievements of Old Boys over the years, including university chancellors, judges, bishops, authors and directors of education. We are exceptionally proud of the academic track record of our boys.
All sixty-five of our classrooms are fully-equipped and carpeted, and our teachers make regular use of computers, projectors and interactive whiteboards during lessons. The school’s media centre is also fully stocked with a wide variety of resources for teachers to use to supplement lessons.
Accounting focuses on measuring performance, and processing and communicating financial information about economic sectors. The discipline ensures that principles such as ethical behaviour, transparency and accountability are adhered to. It deals with the logical, systematic and accurate selection and recording of financial information and transactions, as well as the compilation, analysis, interpretation and communication of financial statements and managerial reports for use by interested parties.
AFRIKAANS FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
The aim is to teach English speaking boys how to communicate through the medium of Afrikaans – verbally and in written work. We engage the boys in a meaningful way so that they develop an appreciation for the language and so that their proficiency improves. While learning Afrikaans, they also develop vital life skills as they hone their communication skills and exercise critical thinking.
Agricultural Sciences is a multidisciplinary field of biology that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture. Agricultural Sciences is an intellectually and practically demanding and stimulating subject, and a great grounding for general farm management or further studies at university or college toward: Veterinary medicine, Agricultural business, Animal science, Food sciences and technologies, Horticulture, Plant science and agronomy and Soil science.
At Maritzburg College, we believe that learners who show a high aptitude for mathematics should be given the opportunity to extend themselves. Our Advanced Programme (AP) Mathematics allows this chance by focusing on pre-calculus algebra, differential calculus and integral calculus.
AP Maths is offered at Maritzburg College from Grades 10 to 12 on a voluntary basis on the part of the boys.
Grades 10 to 12 are free of charge, with lessons taking place during school hours and supported with all resources on the school Moodle, as well as full lessons being available on the Maritzburg College YouTube channel and Microsoft Teams.
Grade 12 students are registered to write the Advanced Programme Mathematics exam with the IEB during October/November.
Business Studies is structured to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values which are necessary to enable pupils to participate responsibly, productively and effectively in business activities. As a holistic subject, it gives learners a 360º perspective of the world around them, as well as the ability to analyse, interpret and interact with different aspects of it in a professional and dynamic way.
Computer Applications Technology
Computer Applications Technology is the study of practical techniques for the efficient use of computers and computer software applications to accomplish common workplace tasks.
You will learn how to apply your knowledge and to solve everyday problems. The solutions involve the use of either computers and software applications, or computers and telecommunication systems, or both.
ICT systems are the combination of telecommunication networks, computer hardware and computer software. Together, they provide the means of gathering and processing data, managing information and communicating and exchanging knowledge.
Creative Arts and Dramatic Arts
This subject is about the history and progress of performance and entertainment from ritual to the modern era.
Beyond the theoretical aspects of the syllabus, including the development of an appreciation for the written word, the subject also explores the development of practical skills of presentation, such as the enhancement of self-confidence, the dynamics of working in a group and the encouragement of creative thinking and critical thought.
It teaches an important life skill in self-confidence and develops the human instrument (body, mind, voice, emotions) as a medium of expression, communication and creativity. This helps boys acquire the valuable skills of confidence, a sense of self, and an extension of one’s comfort zone.
Able boys are extended through having opportunities to perform in school productions, while those who prefer other areas of drama, may excel in design, direction or other areas.
Economics is the study of how people and societies allocate resources to satisfy their numerous needs and wants in a manner that is efficient, equitable and sustainable.
Everything from money to clean water, oil, iPads and even Barbie Dolls, is finite.
It is impossible for everybody to have everything.
Thus choices have to be made; choices that we study and interpret in Economics.
Economics Management Sciences
Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) is a practical subject that equips learners with real-life skills for personal development and the development of the community. The tasks set promote the idea of sustainable economic growth and the development of our community.
EMS provides the boys with an opportunity to get to know the world we transact in every day. It is a three dimensional subject that taps into the economy, insight into how businesses function and basic bookkeeping skills, thus equipping them with knowledge they will use throughout their lives.
Economic and Management Sciences is offered to Grade 8 and 9 students.
Engineering Graphics & Design
In this subject area, the focus is on mechanical assemblies, basic home design and drafting. The electrical facet of home design is also incorporated.
The aim of Engineering Graphics and Design is to equip boys who wish to enter the tertiary fields of mechanical, civil or electrical engineering and associated fields.
The English syllabus is structured with the intention of developing fundamental language and communication skills by engaging the boys in literature, creative writing, grammar and oral work.
In literature, the boys’ creative and critical thinking skills are stimulated through the close reading of classic and modern texts and poetry. The boys’ perception and empathy are challenged, with the aim of developing their intellectual, moral and philosophical character.
Creative writing and oral work promote effective communication which is vital in our everyday lives. Real attempts are made to keep the learning meaningful, relevant, effective and stimulating.
Good English skills transfer to all other learning areas and so it is vital that the boys have a solid grounding.
This subject is multi-faceted and includes the scientific study of the physical world; the study and understanding of humans and their use of the environment; and their interactions with people globally.
The aim of the subject department is for each boy to gain insight and to query the relationship between humans and their dynamic environment through a progressive exposure to the complex physical, social and political environments in which he lives. The purpose is to inspire critical thinking and further develop it as a life skill.
History is a study of the interpretation of the past. It is an analysis of past events, people and norms in order to gain some understanding of the world in which we live today, which has evolved as a consequence.
The studying of History aims to imbue boys with a sound knowledge of core historical concepts, the skills and desire to enquire and question, and the ability to create their own interpretation of historical theories and events
The skills History teaches, of comprehension, interpretation, organisation of ideas, and formulation of persuasive arguments, are invaluable life skills as these promote independent and creative thought and a high level of critical thinking.
Information Technology is the study of the various interrelated physical and non-physical technologies used for the capturing of data, the processing of data into useful information and the management, presentation and dissemination of data.
Information Technology studies the activities that deal with the solutions to problems through logical and computational thinking. It includes the physical and non-physical components for the electronic transmission, access, and manipulation of data and information.
isiZulu First Additional Language
This subject aims to engender an appreciation of the language and of the Nguni culture. It covers some background to the language, literature study and grammar.
Boys must have studied isiZulu at primary school if they are to choose it on entering Maritzburg College at Grade 8 level.
The emphasis of the syllabus is on effective communication and efforts are made to have the boys conversant with the language while developing an enjoyment of the language. The subject consists of a few learning areas, namely: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
The acquisition of vocabulary is key and boys will be expected to extend their vocabulary through reading on their own, as well as by applying themselves to the study of prescribed texts.
Life Orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and to society.
It addresses skills, knowledge, and values about the self, the environment, responsible citizenship, a healthy and productive life, social engagement, recreation and physical activity, careers and career choices. These include opportunities to engage in the development and practice of a variety of life skills to solve problems, to make informed decisions and choices and to take appropriate actions to live meaningfully and successfully in a rapidly changing society.
It not only focuses on knowledge, but also emphasises the importance of the application of skills and values in real-life situations, participation in physical activity, community organisations and initiatives.
Life Science is the scientific study of living things from a molecular level to their interactions with one another and their environments. In this subject, boys will study life and living organisms, including their physical structure, chemical processes, molecular interactions, physiological mechanisms, development and evolution.
A favourite aspect of Life Science is the practical work, involving food tests, microscope work, dissection of various organs, and the study of the skeleton. Debates around evolution are also stimulating and thought-provoking
The aim of this subject is to provide learners with mathematical skills to extend their thinking by encouraging them to solve problems, think critically, persevere and to delve into abstract logic. Maths requires determination, commitment and self-discipline. The more motivated a boy is, the greater his success, as a steely work ethic is crucial.
Core Maths opens many doors at a tertiary level, however if a boy really tries hard at Maths and continues to fail, he should examine his options, as taking Maths when one does not have the necessary ability can make for a very stressful high school career and adversely affect his other subjects.
This subject is a good alternative for those who try hard at Maths and yet find it difficult to pass comfortably. The approach is more practical, less abstract and centres around life issues. A good mark in this subject is preferable to a very weak one in Maths for many tertiary courses so some career guidance is necessary if there is uncertainty. The school’s Guidance Counsellor may assist in this regard if boys require help from the College campus, particularly as Maths Literacy is not acceptable for admission to a number of tertiary courses, those that require a sound mathematical ability of course.
All Grade 8 students at College are introduced to music through a Music Appreciation class. Those boys who wish to take the subject to Matric will benefit from a comprehensive syllabus that involves music history, theory and practice. Boys may choose Music as a subject from Grade 9 onwards, provided that they are learning a relevant instrument at the same time.
Natural Sciences at the Senior Phase level lays the basis of further studies in more specific Science disciplines, such as Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences or Agricultural Sciences.
Physical Education (PE) aims to develop learners’ physical well-being and knowledge of movement and safety.
During engagement in this study area, learners will develop motor skills and participate in a variety of physical activities.
Participation in PE will nurture positive attitudes and values that will assist learners to be physically fit, mentally alert, emotionally balanced and socially well adjusted.
Learners will directly experience the benefits of such participation and be better able to understand the importance of a physically active lifestyle.
During movement activities teachers will also address the development of other skills such as relationship skills, problem solving skills and the enhancement of self-esteem.
Physical Science introduces boys to investigative thought processes, mathematical problems, abstract thought and advanced problem-solving. It has theoretical and practical components. This subject is comprised of both Chemistry and Physics. It covers a very broad range of topics within these two learning areas.
Technology education was introduced into the South African curriculum in recognition of the need to produce engineers, technicians and artisans needed in modern society and the need to develop a technologically literate population for the modern world.
The subject stimulates learners to be innovative and develops their creative and critical thinking skills.
It teaches them to manage time and material resources effectively, provides opportunities for collaborative learning and nurtures teamwork.
These skills provide a solid foundation for several FET subjects as well as for the world of work.
Art serves to enrich the lives of the ever-growing group of boys at College who engage in the programme by encouraging imagination, creativity, conceptual thinking and personal expression in practical contexts.
Maritzburg College is privileged to have a well-equipped Visual Arts Department, offerings boys the opportunity to explore a range of mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking, welding and sculpture. Our teaching aims to stimulate curiosity, develop critical awareness and independent learning, and to allow scope for individually-tailored skills development.