Epworth School

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Epworth School
Location
Epworth School is located in South Africa
Epworth School
Epworth School
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Coordinates 29°37′50″S 30°24′06″E / 29.63056°S 30.40167°E / -29.63056; 30.40167
Information
Type Private, boarding
Motto Fida Humana Fortis
Established 1898
Locale Suburban
Head of School Mrs Liz Klug
Grades RRR - 12
Number of students 720+
Website

Epworth School is a Christian School with a Methodist ethos, located on a 15 hectares (37 acres) campus in Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Epworth is an independent school (and a member of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa) catering for boys and girls in Grades RRR to 7 and girls from Grades 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.[citation needed] It has won the top school in South Africa Championship for squash 19 times.[citation needed]

The boarding establishment caters for girls-only boarding from Grades 6 to 12, on a termly, weekly or overnight boarding basis.

Origin[edit]

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 the Revd G W Rogers and Mr Justice Mason in a letter to Miss Emily Lowe and the Misses Emma 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.

History[edit]

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 3 August 1898, with an enrolment of children of the early Natal settlers, in all, 45 pupils, 26 seniors and 19 kindergarten pupils.

Notable Alumnae[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Gunn & Codd 1981, p. 136.
  2. ^ "Meet Jane". janeporter.com. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  3. ^ Porter 2009.

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