As we celebrate Collegiate’s 142nd year of existence in 2016, we also acknowledge the beautiful buildings and campus which are 50 years old. At the end of March in 1966 the boarders moved from the Bird Street Hostel to the new hostel on Parsons Hill. However, the official opening of the school only took place on Saturday 20 August 1966 when the school celebrated Founders’ Day. It is an absolute privilege to work and play in such beautiful surroundings. The gardens, facilities and classrooms are kept in immaculate condition by the support staff. The visionary design of the building incorporated a mixture of traditional arches with a huge quadrangle and practical, modern venues. Many sporting facilities, as well as additional classrooms, have been added over the last 50 years to keep the school at the forefront of education and sport.
We continue to keep our focus on the child, for whom these facilities were built. We want every child to reach her full potential by participating in as many activities at their beautiful school as possible. Girls that have passed through Collegiate know how privileged they have been. May the present girls know this, too, and enjoy it whilst they are at school.
Even as we celebrate the success of our 2015 matric class which produced the learner who is first in the Eastern Cape, Theresa Brummer, we focus on every girl in the school as we prepare her for life. And so Collegiate continues to live by its motto: “deeds not words”.