Academic, Media and Cultural Facilities at Maritzburg College
At Maritzburg College we are fortunate to enjoy a variety of top quality facilities spread over our extensive campus. Catering to a wide range of sporting, educational and cultural needs, our facilities development team are constantly planning ahead and developing the campus to ensure our boys are well catered for.
The fully air-conditioned facility is central to the school’s academic programme and lends itself to relaxed reading or research. Staff and students have access to a wide range of both print and electronic resources and are ably assisted by a staff of two librarians and two library assistants.
Reading is actively promoted by the library, subject and language staff. Boys are able to borrow up to five books for a period of three weeks. A reservation system ensures access to popular titles and boys are encouraged to suggest titles they wish to see in the library.
Maritzburg College Media Centre is keeping abreast of the digital information revolution. We have an online catalogue so that our library users can search for specific items in the library. In 2014, the Media Centre launched its eLibrary (Wheelers), which has been well received by the boys, and in 2019 we introduced audiobooks. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online School Edition was launched in 2015, and PressReader has been introduced in 2020.
Every boy is guided through a series of information skills lessons to enable him to progress as an independent learner. Subject research lessons in the library are supported by both library and subject staff. The proximity of the Computer Room allows free movement between print and electronic resources.
Approximately 40 library monitors provide an essential service, assisting with circulations and ensuring access to the library’s resources.
Photocopy facilities are available to the boys, as are services such as scanning, printing, and laminating.
In October 2019 Maritzburg College Media Centre was awarded the KZN Department of Education: Education Library Information and Technology Services School Library Excellence Award.
Olivier Cultural Centre
Built at long last after the wars, The Elizabeth Hall, as it was originally named, was officially opened on Speech Day in 1960. It was to serve as the school assembly hall, however the school had already outgrown it before it was completed. It was designed by O Servant, an Old Collegian and member of the Provincial Architect’s Office.
It was later re-named in honour of past Headmaster, Mr Keith Olivier. The Olivier Cultural Centre is now home to our Dramatic Arts Department and the large, well-equipped venue is used for dramatic and musical performances and events.
We also offer two custom-built drama classrooms as well as a newly completed Music Centre.
Epoch Optima Centre
Previously a dark and little-used Team Teaching Room, the Epoch Optima Mathematics Centre was established in 2009, using generous funding granted by the Epoch and Optima Trusts’ Maths Challenge Programme. The school owes the success of the funding application to then Deputy Principal (Academics), Miss Ann McLoughlin, who also initiated and drove the school’s outreach programme, which is still strong to this day.
At that stage, the Epoch Optima Centre, and all Maths classrooms, were kitted out with computers and smartboard kits, very rare in classrooms at the time, the Centre was carpeted, fitted with air-conditioning and stocked with new double desks. The outreach programme, now known as the Khanyisa Programme, also contributed to the refurbishment of the Centre, which has been used for the training of teachers and students from less advantaged neighbouring schools to this day.
The Centre was officially opened on 9 May 2009 by Mr Edwin Madisha on behalf of the Epoch and Optima Trusts. It has also now been developed into an IT centre with Apple TV, generously donated by Think Ahead Education Solutions. The computers around the walls of the room are used by boys in the afternoons for the various educational programmes and videos which the Maths Department has procured or developed.
Custom built to suit the needs of our vibrant new Music Department, the Music Centre contains sound-proofed practice rooms for drums and piano as well as a larger group area for band and choir rehearsals. It was officially opened in September 2017 by previous Headmaster, Mr Keith Olivier.
Olivier Cultural Centre
Epoch Optima Centre