CULTURE AT MARITZBURG COLLEGE
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people,” – Mahatma Gandhi
In our efforts to encourage the holistic development of our boys, we are proud of the strong cultural and creative programmes we offer. Boys are encouraged to participate and grow within these disciplines and many a College boy has gone on to pursue a career in the Arts.
Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts and Music are offered as academic subjects as well as co-curricular activities for boys who do not necessarily wish to study them formally.
“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Visual Arts at Maritzburg College is an ever-growing and evolving department. Art Club provides boys with the opportunity to pursue this passion while developing their skills in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, as well as gaining exposure to many new forms of art. Boys who take Visual Arts as a Matric subject also attend Art Club, either joining in on the afternoon’s creative endeavor or working on their Practical Assessment Task for the term. This is incredibly beneficial for our Visual Arts students as they can put in the extra time needed while benefiting from the input of a teacher after hours.
“Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment.” – Garry Kasparov
Chess is continuing to grow as a sport at Maritzburg College, with a number of boys playing competitively, and with others just coming along for the friendly banter and mental sparring. The benefits of the club are clear, with the boys enjoying the competitive challenge, while also sharpening their cognitive skills.
COLLEGE FOR CHRIST
“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalm 61 : 2
College for Christ aims to develop College boys into a relationship with Christ. Meetings are run by the CFC committee and guest speakers are often invited to speak. The meetings cater for interdenominational fellowships so as to encourage boys from various churches to attend. The group is led by a committee of chosen boys who show leadership ability as well as, and most importantly, Godly characteristics. Another avenue of CFC runs separately in the Boarding Establishment which forms an important role within the BE because the boarders are away from home and miss out on the activities of their churches that they would normally be able to attend.
“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” – Desmond Tutu
The Debating society offers the opportunity for boys to explain and persuade skilfully, while engaging with current and sometimes controversial topics. Debating teaches boys how to present an argument confidently and with clarity, how to think on their feet, how to listen, and helps develop excellent all-round communication and life skills. It is quite an interesting observation that good debaters very often are also top achievers academically and also achieve well after tertiary training.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” – William Shakespeare
Maritzburg College’s dramatic arts programme includes the staging of annual productions, offering our boys the opportunity for creative expression, personal enrichment and the joys of performing on stage. Whether it’s acting, directing, dancing, musical performance, stage management, lighting or sound, being involved in dramatic productions is a very popular option for a large number of our boys. Annual productions include either a large musical, a full school play or a musical revue. The true value of the dramatic arts programme at Maritzburg College is the development of confidence, collaborative skills and creativity.
FIRST AID SOCIETY
“It is the service we are not obliged to give that people value the most.” – James Cash Penney
First aid is defined as the actions of a first responder in an emergency and/or accident situation. First Aid Society at Maritzburg College is all about affording the boys an opportunity for personal development and to empower themselves with the skills to help others in an emergency. The boys who join the group gain not only an understanding of how to help in a range of medical emergencies, but a number of invaluable, life-long skills.
Boys can choose to complete a Level 1 course in First Aid and a group of approximately sixteen First Aiders do duties at all the rugby, soccer and hockey fixtures at Maritzburg College.
“It is better to follow one’s own dharma, though imperfect, than the dharma of someone else, even though well-performed. Better is death in one’s own dharma; another person’s dharma is fraught with fear,” – The Bhagavad Gita
The Maritzburg College Hindu Society has a routine which includes an opening prayer, a discourse and discussion. The discourse alternates between each form to ensure that all boys participate. They enlighten us on topics like Hinduism, Hindu festivals and its significance and values. These also tie in with their morals, values and teachings at College.
We recite songs which the boys have copies of and we recite it while listening to the audio. The boys learn prayer and song each week. Boys are encouraged to bring their prayer so that we all can learn.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” — Muhammad Ali
The Interact (Outreach) Society at Maritzburg College currently involves approximately 30 pupils who give of their time voluntarily. Interact stands for “Service Above Self”. We are also under the guidance of the Azalea Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg.
Interact members meet each Monday at lunch break. We look at assisting and providing services to the communities in and around Pietermaritzburg. It has also created a convivial environment for the Interact boys, from prefects to second formers, to get to know one another whilst giving of their time.
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” – Ernest Hemingway
MC-Ink is Maritzburg College’s creative writing society. The name hints at the word-play loved by the members – our combined passions of writing, reading, conversing and learning are given a creative and dynamic space in which to grow. MC-Ink meetings serve to provide inspiration and guided development to offer creative learners the opportunity to improve their writing while having fun. We are always on the lookout for relevant competitions and help the boys with their submissions.
“Without music, life would be a mistake,” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Music has always been well-loved and supported at Maritzburg College, but with the establishment of a formal Music Department in 2014 the programme has served to further the boys’ opportunity to learn, practice and participate in the creative musical process. A wide range of musical instruments and teaching is on offer within the department. Our Music Department has a strong tradition of choral music and boasts two choirs. From the success of 2017, with the choir attending the world choir games in Tshwane, there has been interest in expanding the horizons of the boys.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”— Elliott Erwitt
The Maritzburg College Photography Club allows boys with a keen interest in photography to practise their skills, both within the College environment and externally. The Club holds regular meetings where the work of the boys is discussed and they are taught ways to improve their photography, as well as some of the technical aspects of their cameras.
The Maritzburg College Photography Club Facebook page allows the boys to share their work with the public and their work is credited with their names. Various competitions are run for ‘shot of the month’, and boys are able to showcase some of their work. The Club is aimed at boys who are keen to learn the art of photography, and look towards capturing “that special moment”.
SOUND & LIGHTING CLUB
“To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.” – Simon Callow
The Sound and Lighting Society at Maritzburg College is for boys who want to learn how to do professional sound and lighting, as well as the art of working in theatre. The boys in the society are encouraged to take part in the College productions to provide technical support and backstage help. They learn, in the beginning, how to do simple sound setups and lighting setups all the way through to understanding how to use the school’s advanced lighting and sound desks. The boys in the society not only learn a technical understanding of theatre production, but also theatre etiquette and a general understanding of how a theatre runs, as we run all our shows on a professional basis.
“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.” – Bill Gates
TechSquad involves a wide range of computer related activities, from computer maintenance to computer room duties, as well as community outreach and involvement. Boys in the society commit themselves to helping others with their computer needs, which includes both teachers and boys who need critical help with computers in order to fulfill their work and research requirements. There are three core functions within TechSquad: Operations, Training and Outreach.
“Creativity takes courage,” – Henri Matisse
The opportunity for creative expression at Maritzburg College encompasses Visual Arts, both within the curriculum and as part of our extensive co-curricular programme. Encouraging imagination, creativity, conceptual thinking and personal expression in practical contexts, Art serves to enrich the lives of the ever-growing group of boys at College who engage in the programme. 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, ceramics and sculpture. This co-curricular programme affords the opportunity to pursue this passion while refining practical skills, as well as the development of the ability to communicate ideas and feelings through the medium of art.