Assembly 24 August | Maritzburg College

Assembly 24 August

Assembly 24 August

Theme: Leadership

Good morning and a warm welcome back to all boys now that the 4th form have returned. It is essential that we at all times follow the Covid-19 regulations so that we can all remain safe and healthy and not place our peers in jeopardy through foolish actions. Unfortunately, the school had to close for a week due to foolish actions by boys in 4th form which has now resulted with criminal charges being laid. Furthermore, the school will follow its own disciplinary hearing where there could be serious repercussions for those boys, such as expulsion, for placing other people’s lives in danger. If you haven’t realised it as yet, this disease is serious and has affected College community directly with one family losing both a father and grandfather. The total of number of deaths to date sitting at 12 618.  The regulations are there to protect you and need to be abided by without exception.

Towards the end of next week, reports will be emailed to your parents providing them with an update on your academic and personal progress since March and the impact of online learning. You will know how much work you have done or not and what areas you will need to work on going forward. It is essential now that you are all back that you connect with your teachers if you are struggling in any specific subject and area. A reminder that if you are struggling with any issue and need help please approach your mentor, housemaster or the school counsellor for support.


  1. What is leadership?

A simple definition:

“Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.”

 Put even more simply, a leader is the inspiration and director of the action. He or she is the person in the group that possesses the combination of personality and skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction.

 Admiral A. Burke shares the following quote:

Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, relentless, as well as determination not to accept failure.

 Our head boy, Chris Van Heerden will now do the bible reading and College prayer and share his views on leadership


1 Timothy 3:2

‘Therefore a leader must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach’


1 Timothy 4:12   

‘Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.’

Please bow your heads as we pray:

‘Dear Lord, please help us to always lead with dignity and respect and at all times strive to be a good example in all that we do.’


It gives me great pleasure to introduce our 6th form choir who have been practicing through this difficult period and have put together a wonderful rendition of AMAZING GRACE

Thank you to the boys and Mrs Stickells



We are also in the process of working through the appointment of  our F6 leaders for 2021 and  the following  leadership qualities, character and or personality traits are considered to be important according to recent research conducted:

‘Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. ‘ Jack Welch



Self confidence  –   Your self-confidence and calm demeanor can help others feel more certain that they, too, can overcome hurdles or reach a challenging goal.

Humility –  When you’re willing to share credit with others, and you’re willing to admit that you’re not perfect, others see that and appreciate it.

Trustworthiness –  People trust you when your attitudes, words, and motives align with what you actually choose to do. This includes being honest about mistakes, refusing to gossip and shift blame, and doing things the ethical way.

Authenticity –  Be yourself, and act in line with your core values and personality. People will notice if you are trying to be someone other than who you really are.

Enthusiasm, optimism, and warmth –  Staying positive, being approachable, and expressing positive thoughts and feelings through both verbal and nonverbal communication help you build rapport with those around you.

Sense of humour –  Your ability to make people laugh can help others feel comfortable and relieve tense situations.

Passion-  Leaders show an extremely strong commitment to and enthusiasm about their work.

Emotional intelligence [EI] –  A solid leader exhibits empathy towards others, has a good understanding of emotions – both others’ and their own – and recognizes that their own mood can have an effect on the entire organization’s performance.

Flexibility and adaptability. A leader can bring about change… so it follows that he or she must also be ready and willing to adjust to different settings and situations.

Internal control. Strong leaders take responsibility for events and believe that they can have an effect on outcomes and conditions.

Courage. Willingness to take risks on new ideas may put you “out there” for criticism and blame… but it also carries the reward of bringing new ideas to fruition.

When you are considering your leaders take these points on board as well as those of you who have applied to be leaders



It gives me great pleasure to announce the following staff promotions

Congratulations to:

Mr Jonathan Tyler who takes over as housemaster of Pape House from Mr Bosch

Mr Nollie Duvenhage who takes over from Mrs Louch when she departs for Australia later this year 

Please join me in congratulating them on their appointment



A reminder of that we at College will be celebrating and supporting Women in a number of ways

Tomorrow, the  Media Centre will be named  in honour of Mrs Margaret A’Bear who served as librarian from 1962 – 1994 .

Also as part of our Women’s month celebration, College has two projects we are currently running:

  1. Support Lifeline & Rape Crisis (6th form)
  2. Food Donations to needy households (2nd – 5th form)

Support Lifeline & Rape Crisis (6th form)

The first of these involves our 6th formers supporting the work of Lifeline & Rape Crisis around Gender based Violence (GBV) by donating and packing Rape Survivor Comfort packs.

We will be co-ordinate packing rape survivor comfort packs, to hand these over to Lifeline where a representative of the organization will address the boys on this Wednesday.

College staff are also donating items for care boxes.

Food Donations to needy households (2nd – 5th form)

Our 2nd to 5th formers have been asked to donate non-perishable food items when they are at school during the month of August, and we will make up food parcels to give to an identified charity.

Thank you for your support of these initiatives



Due to lockdown these have been very restricted but with the country having dropped to Alert Level 2 there is the opportunity for more activities to occur and you will be communicated of this shortly


In the meantime, a sincere vote of appreciation to Mrs Fraser, the staff and boys who have been practising furiously over the past few weeks in preparation in response to a Jerusalema dance challenge. We wish them every success and thank them for their passion and enthusiasm


One of the few sports that has been permissible during lockdown has been E-sports.

League of Legends eSports team has been competing in the VS Gaming High School eSports League over the last 5 weeks or so.  At this stage College is 4th in their group and waiting to find out if they have  made the knockout stage.

The results to date are:

17 July won vs Parktown Boys High School

24 July won vs Grace College

31 July lost (by forfeit – technical problems) vs Jesper

7 August won vs Hudson Park School

14 August lost vs St Benedict’s (we came very close to winning this one)

Please join me as we congratulate all these boys for their efforts



It is now time for you to elect and vote for your leaders for 2021. Please ensure that you do so as they perform a very important role within College representing you.

Video on Leadership

‘Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.’     Harold Geneen

I wish you all a very good week


Pro Aris et Focis

Stay healthy and safe

Please stand as we sing the College Anthem