St Charles College, founded in 1875, is a Christian, independent boys college situated in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, catering for day boys from Grade 000 to Matric, with boarders from Grade 4 upwards. St Charles College is searching for boys of strong character who are committed to hard work and who are loyal to the values we uphold. If you are a boy who never gives up, who understands the value of an excellent education and are willing to become part of a growing legacy that spans close to one and a half centuries
St Charles Grammar School for Boys was established on 26 July 1875 by Bishop Charles Jolivet of the Order of Mary Immaculate (OMI), in Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg. The School was later sold to the Marist Brothers in 1912 who renamed it St Charles College. Growth was so substantial that 14 years later it was necessary to move the College out of its cramped buildings in the city to the suburb of Scottsville, also in Pietermaritzburg. Undergoing rapid expansion, particularly in the 1950s, the future of St Charles was seemingly assured until, with declining interest in vocations in the Catholic Church, the College almost closed its doors in 1978. It was saved by the eleventh-hour intervention of a small group of Old Boys who worked to re-establish the College, resulting in a non-denominational school with a secular Headmaster.
St Charles College offers quality age-appropriate boarding for Grades 8 to 12 in the Middle and Upper School at the College. The Boarding Houses are situated within the secure bounds of the College and provide a nurturing and challenging atmosphere in which our boys are afforded the opportunity to learn and grow into young men ready to embrace and take ownership of their world.
The Boarding Houses are situated within the secure bounds of the College and provide a nurturing and challenging atmosphere in which our boys are afforded the opportunity to learn and grow into young men ready to embrace and take ownership of their world.
Realising the importance of maintaining the family unit we have adopted a flexible approach to boarding at St Charles College. Many of our families reside within a 100km radius and for them it is important to be able to keep regular contact with their boys.
In this same vein we also only insist on two closed weekends at the beginning of the year for the boys in Chapel and Matric House. Both these weekends are spent engaging in whole B.E. activities which encourage new friendships and nurture development, and a specific ethos of connectedness between the boys
The differentiating factor of St Charles College boarding is the graded boarding system that we have pioneered. We believe that boys feel most comfortable and show propensity for the greatest growth when they are housed with their peers. At St Charles College we have three Houses and are currently in the process of building a fourth to satisfy growing demand. Each of these Houses caters for boys of a specific developmental stage and is overseen by a Housemaster, a number of boarder masters as well as resident prefects of the College.
St Charles College employs the services of a highly qualified House Mother who resides on the campus. She has a nursing background and provides not only a soft, caring touch in the absence of Mom, but is also vastly experienced in the medical field. We also have two qualified nursing sisters who are available to provide 24-hour nursing care from our well-equipped sick bay.
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