|Botha's Hill, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Headmaster||Mrs Elwyn van den Aardweg|
|Grades||Forms 2 - 6 (grades 8-12)|
|Number of students||600+ boys|
|Colour(s)||Maroon and White|
|School color(s)||Maroon, white|
|Fees||R 144 300 p.a. (boarding)
R 99 300 p.a. (tuition)
Kearsney College is a private boarding school for boys in Botha's Hill, a small town that lies between the provincial capital of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the largest city of KwaZulu-Natal, a province in South Africa.
Kearsney's badge was designed by the then headmaster, R H Matterson, and the chaplain, the Rev. W H Irving, in about 1923. The greyhound is taken from the arms of the Founder, Sir James Liege Hulett. The scallop shells and the dividing chevron are from the arms of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. The pheon, or arrowhead, is taken from the badge of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where Matterson studied. The motto "Carpe Diem", traditionally at Kearsney translated "Seize the Day", comes from the Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known as Horace, (Odes 1, xi, 8).
Kearsney College takes its name from a small Kentish Village and owes its existence to the foresight and generosity of Sir Leige Hulett who gave his family home on Natal's North Coast near Stanger to the Christian Church.
Although remotely situated, the school opened with 12 boarders and two day scholars in August 1821. The mid-1930s was a difficult time in Kearsney's history. The Great Depression and threat of malaria on the North Coast prompted a search for a site where the school would be better placed to grow and prosper.
On hearing of the school’s predicament Mr Clement Stott of Botha’s Hill donated 25 acres (101,000 m2) of land. At the same time Mr J.J. Crookes offered to build a Boarding House. The move was completed a month before the outbreak of World War II, on a wattle-crested rise where Shaka’s Zulu Impis once rested after crossing the Umgeni River. The new Kearsney College opened with 196 boys.
Botha's Hill with its proximity to Durban and Pietermaritzburg has provided an excellent site and the school has profited from the theatrical, cultural and sporting activities offered by these two major centres.
Many of the colleges buildings and facilities have been donated over the years by people who shared the same vision as its original benefactors. The college now stands on an estate of 50 hectares and includes a Conservancy area on a section of virgin land which adjourns the college.
- D. Pyne Mercier (1921–1922)
- R.H. Matterson (1923–1946)
- S.G. Osler (1947–1964)
- J.H. Hopkins (1965–1974)
- E.W. Silcock (1975–1990)
- O.J. Roberts (1991–2000)
- E.D. van den Aardweg (2001 - present[update])
Since 1996 the Kearsney College Choir's performances have achieved international recognition and acclaim. The choir is one of the most accomplished school choirs in South Africa having earned nine gold medals and championship status at the World Choir Games.
Applications for Grade 8 close in December in the year prior to entry.
The years of study are referred to as Grades 8 to 12. Grade 8 boys are usually 14 years old during their first year. The pupil-teacher ratio is 10:1, with a maximum of 25 boys in a class and often fewer - particularly from Grade 11.
The majority of its school-leavers attend top South African universities such as the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University and University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of Pretoria and a few attend overseas institutions.
- Advanced Programme Mathematics
- Afrikaans - First Additional Language
- Business Studies
- Information Technology
- Engineering Graphics and Design
- Life Orientation
- Mandarin (The only non-Chinese school in South Africa to offer this subject, it is only done in one year, and is taken as an 'elective')
- Physical Science (Chemistry and Physics)
- isiZulu - First Additional Language
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- The dux of 1956 graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and became an Associate Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
- The dux (valedictorian) of 1994 graduated from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
- Clifford Chandler (1995) graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2006.
- In 2004, Kearsney had three pupils in the Independent Examinations Board exams top 50, the highest number of candidates of any school in its province.
- In the 2005 ISPAT-ISCOR National Science Olympiad, many Kearsney pupils featured prominently amongst the 14 500 entrants, including the top three pupils in the country and the top three pupils in the province in grade 11.
- Out of all the boys taking Physical Science, 50% received distinctions in 2004 and 43% in 2005
- In both 2004 and 2005, 24% of boys taking Mathematics received distinctions.
- In 2004 one pupil achieved nine distinctions, two achieved eight distinctions, two achieved seven distinctions and two achieved six distinctions.
- In 2005 two pupils achieved eight distinctions, one achieved seven distinctions and four achieved six distinctions.
- The dux (valedictorian) of 2005 was accepted directly into Harvard University.
There are five boarding establishments, four senior houses and one junior house. Finningley(Blue), Gillingham(Red), Pembroke(Green), Sheffield(Yellow) and Haley(The junior house).
Facilities include: several rugby fileds, several cricket ovals, an artificial turf for field hockey, two swimming pools (one heated), a 280 sq meter indoor weights gym, indoor basketball and hockey fields as well as indoor cricket nets in the SportZone and a conservancy area.
An annual overseas sports tour to compete with other schools takes place in one of the sporting codes.
The following sports are offered:
- Cross-country running
- Field hockey
- Rugby union
Kearsney has a sporting rivalry with other schools in the province, including Hilton College, Michaelhouse, Maritzburg College and Westville Boys' High School, as well as other schools that are prominent nationally.
- Alan Dell, BBC Dance Band Days Grammy winning Broadcaster
- Alan Barrett, South African internet pioneer
- Brad Barritt, Natal Sharks rugby union footballer
- John Couper (1942), anaesthesiologist
- Etienne Fynn, former Springbok rugby union footballer
- Trevor Halstead, former Springbok rugby union footballer
- Kevin Harris, Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker
- Andrew Hudson, former South African cricketer,
- Justin King, Springbok hockey player
- John. S. Lacey, Harvard Business School alumnus, CEO and President of the Oshawa Group
- Tony Leon, MP and former leader of the Democratic Alliance
- Douglas Livingstone, contemporary poet
- Sir Ian McLeod
- Henry Markram, Neuro-scientist, Director of the Blue Brain Project, EPFL
- Chad Bowes, South African U-19 Captain
- Andile Mazwai, CEO of Barnard Jacobs Mellet and director of JSE Limited
- Steve Meyer (2001), Sharks rugby union footballer
- Harry Newton Walker, Springbok rugby union footballer
- Terence Reis, lead guitarist and vocalist of "The Straits"
- Peter Rodda, apartheid activist and author
- Gordon Schachat, finance magnate and art collector
- Peter Simkins, past senior partner of law firm Deneys Reitz
- Matt Stevens (2001), England and British and Irish Lions rugby union footballer
- Andrew Tweedie, Dolphins cricketer
- Peter Pharoah (1986), artist