Assembly: 12 October | Maritzburg College

Assembly: 12 October

Assembly: 12 October

Theme: Self-discipline

Good morning

The theme for this week has been the core value of SELF-DISCIPLINE

 “Self-discipline – the number one trait that is essential to accomplish goals.”

~ Unknown


The FOLLOWING readings on the need for self-discipline are relevant

Titus 1:8
“Be hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.”

Timothy 1:7
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

1 Corinthians 9:27
“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

Please bow your heads as we prayer:
‘Dear Lord, grant us the peace of mind that you are always there for us, to guide us to in maintaining our self –discipline at all times with your guidance and blessing.
Amen ‘


Self discipline means deliberately aligning our energy with our values and priorities.

Martin Luther King Jr stated : ’the time is always right to do what is right.’ This statement relates directly to our core values and the self –discipline to implement those values. Through mental practice we focus in on a task before us and let other temptations and distractions pass us by.

Self-discipline asks that we endure frustration, disappointment, and pain in the service of a higher goal. It means being willing to push ourselves to the limits of our will and endurance if that is what is needed for success. Self-discipline is a key ingredient to success. Self-discipline need not be harsh; it can take the form of a quiet resolve or determination that then directs our choices. It is exacting, but is rarely served by our being self-critical or self-denigrating [to belittle oneself]. Self-discipline allows us to make use of whatever power and capabilities have been given us, to be all that we can in the service of our dreams. By doing what’s right without delay, you will feel right about yourself.

This can be applied in a College context by being self – disciplined in the manner in which you approach your academic programme, your co-curricular activities and your personal life decisions.

The majority of you have displayed this key core value during the lockdown period where you had to remain self-disciplined in completing your academic programme mostly on line. This has been a very difficult and stressful time for many of you. WELL DONE

As we approach the end of term with two weeks to go, it is essential that you remain self- disciplined and do not make reckless decisions that could have a severe impact on your future not only at College but in your adult life. We used to talk of 30 seconds of madness but it can now be as little as two or three seconds. Support one another in the true sense of the brotherhood by helping your friends to make good sound choices and not poor impulsive ones.

It is now time to start preparing and focussing on the final exams of the year which are crucial for all of you. Be sure that you discuss with all your teachers any shortcomings of concerns that you may have in a particular subject and prepare thoroughly so that you can produce your best possible results.


In the week ahead, our 6th form will continue going through their Trial Exam papers and do remediation in preparation for the final NSC Examinations with staff on Friday 16th with Visual Art Prac


150th Rugby Celebration

A video follows which is an excerpt of the special function that was held last week to celebrate the historic first 15man rugby match between two schools in South Africa viz Pietermaritzburg Boys High and Hermannsburg


I wish you all a good week

Stay safe and healthy