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The Wykeham Collegiate

The Wykeham Collegiate
Forward In Faith
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Type Private, Boarding
Established 1990
Locale Suburban
Lady Principal Ms Susan Tasker
Grades Grade RR - 12
Number of students 740 girls
School color(s) Blue, White and Yellow
Fees R65 140 p.a. (Boarding Fee)
R21 040 - R65 580 p.a. (Tuition Fee)

The Wykeham Collegiate is a private girls' school situated in Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The name is a combination of the two schools from which it was amalgamated. The first, Wykeham School, was founded in 1905 by Miss Mary Moore and the second, Girls’ Collegiate School, founded by Miss Mary Campbell in 1878. The new school opened on 1 January 1990.

The school, affectionately known as TWC, is regarded as one of the leading schools in South Africa. The Lady Principal is Ms Susan Tasker.[1]

The school caters for Grade RR through to Grade 12. In the Junior School, the youngest Grade RR and Grade R girls are fondly known as Poppets and Sprigs respectively and all Grade 7 girls, as the role models for the younger children, are monitors - they assume leadership positions.[1]

The school caters for Day Scholars and Boarders, with boarding facilities offered from Grade 4 upwards. Enrolment stands at approximately 750 students, with class size restricted to 25 pupils in the Senior School. While the Junior School has an average of two classes per grade, the Senior School has three. Pupils are drawn not only from South Africa, but as far afield as England, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique.[1]

Music is an important component of the school with the Music School offering tuition in a variety of instruments ranging from recorder, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drums, piano and voice. The Junior and Senior Wind ensembles provide music at functions in the school as well as playing in concerts around the country. Visual Art (Art) is offered to Grade 12 level as is Dramatic Art (Drama).[1]

Sport & Exercise Science has now become an officially recognised IEB Grade 12 subject and TWC is one of only a few schools in South Africa offering this subject. Apart from the academic requirements of the course, the girls can also become qualified coaches in several sports offered at The Wykeham Collegiate and the course includes the ‘Learn to Swim’ Course, through Swim SA, to qualify as a Swimming Coach, various Coaching Certificates, First Aid courses, Injury & Strapping courses and many more sports related courses


Sports offered include hockey (field & indoor), netball, basketball, swimming, tennis, squash, water polo, canoe polo, athletics, cross country, soccer, canoeing and boot camp. School teams are coached by qualified people and The Wykeham Collegiate girls have represented South Africa in swimming, hockey and canoeing. Many girls have also represented their region and province in various sporting disciplines.[1]

External links

  • The Wykeham Collegiate's official site


  1. ^ a b c d e The Wykeham Collegiate - from Grade RR to Grade 12

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