Fida Humana Fortis
|Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Head of School||Mrs Liz Klug|
|Grades||RRR - 12|
|Number of students||720+|
Epworth School is a Christian School with a Methodist ethos, located on a 15 hectare campus in Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Epworth is an independent school (Member of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa) catering for boys and girls Grade RRR to 7 and girls from Grade 8 to 12.
Epworth has facilities for academic, sporting and cultural pursuits. Epworth has been the top school in South Africa for canoeing having won the title seven times consecutively 2006 – 2012. It has won the top school in South Africa Championship for squash 19 times.
The boarding establishment caters for termly, weekly and overnight boarding. Epworth caters for girls-only boarding from Grade 6 to Grade 12.
In 1898 the Natal Witness carried an advertisement heralding the opening of a new school in “healthy and commodious premises”. This had been requested by Rev. G W Rogers and Mr. Justice Mason in a letter to Miss Emily Lowe and Misses Emma Mason and Charlotte Mason, who were staying together in London. The request was that Miss Lowe and Miss Emma Mason open a school in Maritzburg, as it was then called. This request was seconded by a number of Methodist laymen and ministers, the intention being that once the school was established the Wesleyan Church would take it over.
Thus in 1898 Epworth School was founded by Miss Emily Lowe and Miss Emma Mason. It was named after the birthplace in Lincolnshire of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, the alternative suggestion of the name, “Victoria”, after the reigning Queen Victoria having been rejected. The doors opened on August 3, 1898, with an enrolment of children of the early Natal settlers, in all, 45 pupils, 26 seniors and 19 kindergarten pupils.