St Charles College celebrates 143 Years

On Thursday, July 27, 2018, St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg turned 143 years old, and on the following morning the five schools which make up the College came together to celebrate the occasion.

To start off the birthday festivities, all the boys were addressed by the College principal, Allen van Blerk. The principal was followed by Mrs Ann Botha, who spoke not only of the history of the school but also shared some of the many memories she has made over her 34 years

St Charles College, Founder's Day.

At the cake cutting ceremony, from left, Allen van Blerk (principal), Matthew Mortimer (head boy) and Graham Stewart-Burger (deputy principal). Pictures by Saysha Baker

The Founder’s Day Dash (pictured above) was a highlight of the day, as boys from the Senior Primary, Middle School and Upper School sprinted down St Charles College’s drive.

Garrett Frier showed that he had too much in the tank and emerged as the overall winner of the race. After all the excitement, delicious donuts were on offer for the boys to enjoy after working up an appetite running and cheering on their friends!

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St Charles College began as an idea in the mind of Bishop Charles Jolivet who was concerned about the number of young boys who roamed the streets of Pietermaritzburg. From these humble beginnings the college has grown over the years and today there are more than 800 boys on the bustling campus, ranging from 3 to 19 years old.

The school is celebrating an amazing journey spanning 143 years.

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