The Midlands could not have put on a finer show to welcome the 117 boys from around the world to their first day of high school, on Sunday afternoon, 14 January.
A clear, hot day and the area’s characteristic green was the backdrop to scenes of nervous excitement and anticipation as trunks were unpacked, tentative introductions made and the first sights and sounds of the unfamiliar world of boarding school were soaked up.

Michaelhouse school buildings

The drive towards the Michaelhouse reception

The boys represent 54 feeder schools on four continents with Cordwalles Preparatory School in Pietermaritzburg providing the greatest number of boys for the first time in almost thirty years. Clifton Preparatory, Nottingham Road, provide three fewer with 13 boys joining the school. With six boys each are Clifton Preparatory, Durban, and Pridwin in Johannesburg.

For a second consecutive year, Joshua is the most popular name amongst the school’s New Boys, with five boys answering to that name!
At 56%, the majority of the year’s intake hail from KwaZulu-Natal, with 36% calling Gauteng home. The balance of the South African intake have travelled to Balgowan from Mpumalanga and the Free State. The remaining 3% join the school from nine countries around the planet.