St Stithians College

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St Stithians College
St Stithian's badge
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Type Private & Boarding
Motto One and All
Religious affiliation(s) Methodist Church
Established 1953
Locale Suburban
Rector Dr Tim Nuttall
Exam board IEB
Grades Junior Prep: R-2, Boys' Prep: 3-7, Girls' Prep: 3-7, Boys' College: 8-12, Girls' College: 8-12
Number of students 742 boys, 530 girls
School color(s) Navy, Grey, Red and White
Rival St John's College, Johannesburg
Tuition ZAR 127,460.00
Former pupils Old Stithians

St Stithians College ('Saints') is a Methodist church school situated on the border of Randburg and Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. It follows a co-ordinate educational model within a village of schools consisting of boys' and girls' colleges, boys' and girls' preparatory schools, and a junior preparatory. It is built on a 100 hectare estate, one of the largest school campuses in the country.

As a Methodist school, it has ties to Kearsney College, Epworth High School, Penryn College and Kingswood College.

The school is also a member of the G20 Schools Group. The Boys' and the Girls' Colleges are members of The Round Square Conference of Schools.

St Stithians College was listed as the top academically performing private school in South Africa in 2015 by Business Tech.


The idea of setting up a Methodist school in Johannesburg came to G.K. Tucker, who wanted to base it on the pattern of his old school, Kingswood College in Grahamstown. The Methodist Church did not have the money so he turned to people who would be interested in financing it.

He met two Cornishmen, both born in 1859, Albert Charles Collins and William Mountstephens, who were Methodists and promising new businessmen who had started to make a name for themselves in their new country.

Collins, who never married, died first and this led to the creation of the Trust for building the Methodist school Tucker had dreamt of. The Trust was formally opened in April 1941 and, at Mountstephens' suggestion, was named after Collins' birthplace, Stithians, a village in Cornwall.

These trustees were D.F. Corlett, C.H. Leake, J.B. Webb and G.K. Tucker.

The Trust was able to purchase a piece of land, which was part of the farm Driefontein (one of the "fonteins" can be found on the grounds) for an amount of £8713 in 1943 but nothing further was achieved until after the War. At first it was thought that building costs might drop and so the trustees waited until it became obvious that prices would not drop and so the decision to build was made in 1951.

Mountstephens lived to see the land purchased, but not the school built; his widow on the other hand, was to take an active interest in the school until her death. The school was to have been a secondary school only and at first, the debate on co-education was open. Circumstances were to make decisions for the Trustees: the area was new and remote; its people wanted a boys' school and a preparatory school as well as a secondary school.

The first classes began on 28 January 1953, with Grades 1 and 2, and 8 and 9. On 3 February 1953 there was a formal opening ceremony. W.G.A. (Wally) Mears, formerly of Rondebosch Boys High School, was the first headmaster, and taught English, Latin, History and Geography to the high school classes, with Mr E.M. Harris teaching Maths, Science and Scripture, and Mr Minnaar teaching Afrikaans. In the second year (1954) classes in the school ran from Grade 1 to Grade 10, and in 1956 the first group wrote the matriculation examination. As the school grew, Wally Mears, the headmaster, did less teaching, and became more an administrator. The school's hall is named for him.

The Girls College[edit]

St Stithians Girls College was opened in 1995 to form the coordinate module with the Boys College. The founding headmistress was Mrs Anne Van Zyl. The initial opening classes were grade 0 - 3 which was to expand rapidly to include all the grades up to and including grade 11 with the first grade 12 class being inducted in 1997. The Girls College was originally named the St Stithians Girls Collegiate, which would subsequently be changed when expanded. During 1994 the first classes would be held on the boys 'side of the rugby field' using already available infrastructure. As a part of the co-ordination module girls and boys school often have mixed classes in Drama, English, isiZulu, Afrikaans, Art and Computer Science. In 1996 the Collegiate would move across the field to newly developed complete school. The College facilities was further developed to include a large library, several computer rooms, a 'tuck shop' and gymnasium as well as a lecture theatre - used for assemblies and individual class plays. The first Matriculents of the college would sit their exams 1997.

In 1999 the founding houses of the Girls College were chosen. They were all named after towns within Cornwall, linking the College to its fore bearers. The girls were then to pick a name out of a hat to randomly divide the grades into the four houses. The names of the houses are Cambourne, Kenwyn, Stratton and Trewen respectively. These individual houses compete in various cultural and sporting house competitions as well as part take in different philanthropic endeavours. The uniform has changed over the years, with initially the girls wearing white floral dresses - which the girls prep still use as a summer uniform - to a Blue and red checked skirt and white blouse. The first top was a white golf shirt but this was changed to a white blouse in 2008.

The Badge[edit]

The Badge is based on the coat of arms of the Duke of Cornwall, which is a Crusader shield on which are displayed 15 golden Bezants in the shape of a triangle with the motto 'One and All'. The story of the 15 bezants occurs during the Crusades when the Duke of Cornwall was captured by the Saracens. A ransom of 15 bezants was set up. All the people of Cornwall contributed to raise the money for the ransom. It was paid and the Duke was set free. The inhabitants had all helped together One and All to raise the money – hence the motto.

The founders decided that the shield would have to be modified to suit the school, as a new badge. It was then decided that it should have a dark blue border along the outside edge of the shield with 15 gold bezants arranged equally along either side on the blue border. On the inside would be a silver shield on which the red cross stands out boldly to signify the Christian foundation of the College.

House system[edit]

St Stithians College has a house system. Each house competes against each other in Interhouse events to win the Harris Cup (Boys' College) at the end of the year. St Stithian's Boys' College has 10 houses, St Stithians Girls' College has 4.

Boys' Houses

  • Collins (Navy Blue) Boarding House
  • Henning (Maroon)
  • Krige (Purple)
  • Mears (Green)
  • Mountstephens (Red) Boarding House
  • Penryn (White)
  • Pitts (Grey)
  • Tucker (Yellow)
  • Webb (Light Blue)
  • Wesley (Orange)

Girls' Houses

  • Cambourne (Yellow)
  • Kenwyn (Green)
  • Stratton (Red)
  • Trewen (Blue)


The colleges write the Independent Examinations Board exams.

IEB Results 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008[1] 2009[1] 2010[1] 2011[1] 2012[1] 2013[1]
Number of candidates 200 239 217 240 232 236 229 239 242 251
Number of failures 10 12 5 7 0 0 16
University endorsement (%) 98 96 97 97 94 95 90
A aggregates (%) 50 33 32 26
A-B-C aggregates (%) 87
Subject distinctions 239 251 306 352 323 366 321 348 312 328 393 385 511 394
Subject Distinctions (%) 18.5 18.7 22.5 21.1 25.3 19.1
Number in top 50 7 2 7 3 1 5
Bachelor's degree 209 216 205 217 232 245
Bachelor's degree (%) 90.1 91.5 89.5 90.8 95.9 97.6
Diploma, Higher Certificate 22 20 24 21 9 6
Diploma, Higher Certificate (%) 9.5 8.5 10.5 8.8 3.7 2.4
Did Not Qualify 1 0 0 1 1 0
Did Not Qualify (%) 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.4 0.0
Total All Levels 1687 1753 1747 1822 2017 2068

Awards system[edit]

St Stithians Boys' College has 6 Pillars of Education in which it instills its moral values into the Students. These are Leadership, Spirituality, Sport, Culture, Community Service and Academics. Of these, only 4 give out awards: Culture, Sport, Academics and Community Service.

Ceremonial Caps

Caps of different colours representing a sport are awarded from Grade 10 onwards. They represent commitment and excellent play in a sport.


Wreaths are given out from Grade 10 upwards. Wreaths are represented by a bronze wreath around the school badge on the blazer pocket.


Colours are only awarded in Grade 11 and 12. Colours are represented by a silver wreath around the school badge on the blazer pocket. Scrolls are given with colours with the respective pillar involved.


Honours is the highest award a student can achieve. A white blazer is awarded for excellence in academics, culture and service. A light blue blazer is awarded for excellence in sport. These blazers are worn on Friday's and "high days". Honours are represented by navy blue and gold braiding around the navy school blazer, a scroll below the badge and a gold wreath around the badge on the blazer pocket.

Notable alumni[edit]



Arts and Culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Matric Results
  2. ^ "Rugby365 - ST STITHIANS COLLEGE". 21 May 2004. Retrieved 2016-08-08. Lance 
  3. ^ "More schoolboys playing in the Currie Cup under-19 | SchoolboyRugby Blog". 11 October 2013. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  4. ^ Vallie, Annaleigh (13 August 2012). "TALKING HEADS: Fame and fanfare — and now Fairtrade". Business Day Live. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Pics: The house next door". 26 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Mears, W. G. A., comp. (1972) The Early History of St Stithians College. Randburg: Council of St Stithians College

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 26°5′11″S 28°1′1.5″E / 26.08639°S 28.017083°E / -26.08639; 28.017083