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Elliott House

A Boarder’s Final Year: Elliott House

Boarders at Maritzburg College see out their final year in Elliott House. Exclusively for Sixth Formers, Elliott House is a graduation to a more privileged boarding experience – one that has been earned, one that cultivates lasting College memories.

Elliott is a rite of passage for Matric College boarders before they leave our great school. The facilities pay homage to this through a sense of circularity, with boys from the original Nathan House years being reunited again in Elliott for their final year. They join us with well-defined direction for their academic, sporting, and cultural life. At Elliott, we give them the structure to continue to grow, unified by purpose, unified by Elliott. We met as boys, we part as men. We part as friends.

Our Boarding House




At Elliott House, emphasis is placed on the friendships made and the making of final school memories – a celebration of the story as the College chapter comes to an end.

With each boy having his own room, Elliott House affords Form 6 boys the independence to apply their skills to self-study as they prepare for their final examinations. From the layout of the building to the spirit it houses, boys are primed to perform at their best. They are also given the tools to achieve a healthy balance between study, sport and culture, and leisure. Within the #RedBlackWhite BE, Elliott holds an unmistakable prestige – the respect of the forms beneath, home to the school’s mentors, leaders, and friends.

Housemaster Contact Details

Elliott House
Sheldon Bosch

Meet the Elliott Housemaster

I am a College old boy – product of 2001, who has provided loyal service to College for 15 year. I have been a part of the new House system since inception. I started as a young motivated mentor who inspired the boys of Pape House in the day system. I progressed to perform a supportive role as the Assistant Housemaster in Commons House after which I became the Housemaster for Strachan House where I had the opportunity to run my own team and apply my own ideas. During this time I applied value as the Assistant Housemaster of Elliott House in the boarding establishment as well. I am very excited to have the opportunity to steer our matric boarding house in 2022. Our goal is for the boys to reach their goals. While a balanced approach to the development of our young men is applied, a strong emphasis on academic focus is necessary to secure the matric year. We will strive to provide our boys the best environment in which they may flourish as young men and build a culture fostering the core values.

– Sheldon Bosch

  • Looking Up: Hear From the Elliott Head of House

    Elliott House – a house built on memories, culture, and brotherhood. The infamous “Alcatraz”, it is a house raised on a pedestal. Amongst the five boarding houses, Elliott has its own uniqueness, which separates it from the others. This is home to a diversity of athletic, cultural, and academic individuals, united by the house. Elliott has a system designed to allow the boys to express themselves within a structure and ultimately prepares them for the world that awaits them. This environment is created in many ways: from the housemaster’s unwavering commitment to the boys, exceeding all expectations and seeking a personal relationship with each boy, to the relentless nature of the boys to push themselves in all aspects of matric life and produce growth. All of this is done in a bold way and the right way.


    Ndumiso Zondi
    Head of House 2021
  • Looking Forward: Hear from an Elliott Boarder

    Matric seems to have some sort of a presence about it. When it is mentioned, everyone is grateful to not be in your position. Matric is busy – that’s a fact – and, for many, it was unbearable. For some reason, none of the boys in Elliott House have this issue. Although there are times when you get a bit too much homework, or you might have been pushed harder than you think was necessary on the rugby field, whenever you return to Elliott house, you have all your friends around you who are in the same boat. It is relieving and sometimes this feeling has the power to let you have a laugh on days you would not think it is possible.


    Elliott House is special. There is a remarkable essence that is brought to Elliott House as the Matric boarders come together after having experienced their own College journeys since being united in Nathan House in Form 2.

    Ben Tarr
    Elliott Boarder

The Layout of Elliott House

The three-storey Elliott House accommodates Sixth Formers in individual rooms fitted with built-in desks, wardrobes, and shelves. This is the first time a College boarder does his study and prep work in his room and boys are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Elliott boarders have access to a large common room with a television, comfortable seating, as well as table tennis and pool tables for leisure time. The top four academics have the added privilege of their own, en-suite bathroom.

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