From fostering personal growth to forming the foundation of great teamwork, leadership is a primary skill for school-going young men to master. Maritzburg College’s Leadership Programme creates practical and knowledge-based leadership opportunities for all boys – in engaging ways that leave lasting impressions. This empowers all College boys with qualities that will prove invaluable in their future studies and working lives.
Every boy has leadership qualities and, at College, we work with all boys to ensure they make the most of their capabilities. Boys who display particular leadership strengths are earmarked for leadership roles within the school.
The College Leadership Programme evolves as boys progress through the forms. It consists of an in-classroom leadership curriculum through the Life Orientation class, leadership camps, training seminars and workshops, leadership evaluation opportunities and aptitude tests. Many leadership positions are available within the school and budding leaders are primed to excel within these roles. Leadership also forms a central component of the pastoral care and mentorship programme at the school.
The RCL is a democratic body, voted in by the boys, giving the boys a voice on the Governing Body. RCL members meet as part of the leadership programme, but their peers can approach them at any time to raise issues and points from the perspective of the boys to the school leadership.
Where leadership comes alive through practise
Boys go on an annual leadership camp through Spirit of Adventure. These are exciting, memorable trips for the boys, who put leadership skills into practice in various outdoor activities. Camp leaders also work with boys on campus to ensure a continuation of lessons once they are back on school grounds.
Leadership training takes many forms throughout a boy’s College life. These lessons are imparted through in-classroom lessons, training workshops and seminars.
Prefects form the cornerstone of peer-based leadership at Maritzburg College. Boys who are interested in leadership positions should apply in Form 5 and the list of applicants is put to the vote by boys and staff. Candidates are assessed during a prefect selection camp and the shortlist is put to a final vote by boys and staff to determine the prefects each year.
HOD Prefects: Nigel Sutherland, firstname.lastname@example.org
HEAD PREFECT: J BEAUCLERK
DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT: T CONOLLY
DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT: H KEMP
DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT: M LAITHWAITE
DEPUTY HEAD PREFECT: C LEE
J VAN DER MERWE