“Nathan House is the Second Form boarding house, which is the Grade 8s. It is a hugely important role that we have to play, as it is the boys’ first experience of College and the College BE. It is a massive privilege that we get to lay their foundation in many ways. This is why we have a very dedicated team of boarder masters and we have a tremendous focus on mentorship. Our aim is to forge a unique brotherhood and, through this process, individual characters are shaped and refined in order to have a house of gentlemen who belong.”
– Drikus Hoffman
Looking Up: Hear from a Nathan House Prefect
“It’s been humbling for me to return to the house where my College career began. Nathan House is more than just a boarding establishment. It’s a home because of the family we are here. Our family starts with our fathers – our boarder masters – who guide us through obstacles and build bonds with us. The prefects are the older brothers who give our younger brothers – the Form 2s – advice on College life.
In Nathan House, the Form 2s build a brotherhood that is different to any other at Maritzburg College. In Form 2, boys face challenges that build bonds between hearts that will never be broken. We experience our funniest and greatest memories in this home. Nathan House ensures that we know, even though we may be Form 2s, WE ARE STRONG AND WE BELONG.”
Looking Forward: Hear from a Form 2
Having left home for the first time, I didn’t know what to expect of this new way of living. It turned out to be amazing. You immediately make more friends than you ever would in such a short space of time because you are all living closely together. Everyone shares the same problems and uncertainty, but also the joys and fun. It is basically a year-long sleepover with all your friends. It is really so nice to have all the facilities available to you on this huge campus, such as the gym, the fields, and sports facilities. There is allocated time to work and time to relax, but you are always kept busy.
Looking Home: Hear from a Nathan Parent
During the December holidays, Daniel was given homework, which included learning all the prefects’ names, before he arrived at College. The big day dawned and we left our son in the care of College and, more specifically, Nathan House and Drikus. Each boarder boy has a 5th Form boy as a mentor, which is your channel of communication during the 3 weeks that your boy will spend being moulded as a College Second Former. We were kept informed regularly during this period about how the boys were faring and this included occasional photos. The College Community is very embracing – from parents’ groups to staff. The prefects who have the Nathan’s boys in their care are also very good with them. The House Staff are always in control and Daniel knew exactly where he stood as a new boarder.
Built more than 100 years ago, the history of the Nathan House building can be seen in the many names engraved on its red brick walls over the years. There are many comfortable dormitories, housing between 6 and 26 boys, to allow for greater socialisation and the forging of new friendships. A large, well-equipped common room is found downstairs, offering the boys a comfortable, homely environment in which to relax and catch up at the end of the day, or watch the weekend’s sporting events.
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