History of Foundation
St. Stithians College is a Methodist foundation to be run on the
same rules as its brother schools, Kingswood College, Graharnstown,
and Kearsney College, Botha's. Hill, Natal. It owes its origin to
the generosity of two benefactors, the late Mr. W. Mountstephens and
Mr. A. C Collins
These two friends came together as young men to Johannesburg from
Cornwall which supplied a big number of the pioneers in the
development of the Rand. As time passed the firm of Mountstephens
and Collins prospered and the partners became wealthy men. Both men
through out their lives were practical Christians and staunch
Methodists. Their Christian view of life led them to take an active
interest not only in their church but also in all social problems.
This interest in social problems caused them in their lifetime to
make liberal donations to charitable organisations and to numerous
institutions, But in later life they wished to start something new
that would have permanent value for Johannesburg the city which they
affectionately regarded as home. To this matter they gave long and
careful consideration. Finally both were of the opinion that they
could not do better than help to found a school which would have a
background of liberal and religious thought. To achieve this end
each in turn left the residue of his estate for the foundation of a
school in or near Johannesburg. They realised that further
contributions would be necessary, and hoped that the creation of the
Trust would lead likeminded men to add to its funds,
Their wills stipulated that the school must to under the control of
the Methodist church. The name of the trust was taken from the
village of St. Stithians, the birth-place of the late Mr. Collins.
The present members are:
Mr. G. K, Tucker (Chairman), Messrs. B. F, Corlett, E, Davies, A. J.
Grant, Dr, T. D. Hall; Messrs L, P. Kent, C, H. Leake, F. H
Mitchell, P. A. Moore, M.P.; the Rev. J. B. Webb, and ex officio the
President of the Methodist Conference.
Secretaries to the Council:
Messrs. G. K. Tucker and Wilson,
601, A.B.C, Chambers,
P.O. Box 94,
The grounds consist of 240 acres on the borders of the two northern
suburbs, Bryanston and Ferndale, at a distance of 9 miles from the
centre of Johannesburg along the old Pretoria road.
On the southern portion of the grounds the slope of a hill provides
the site for the buildings which face due north and yet enjoy the
protection of the hill against the cold winter winds from the south.
The small valley below the buildings has been levelled and drained
to make extensive playing fields. The remaining area is suitable and
sufficient for further expansion of any kind, while it gives
abundant space for unorganised games and other activities
The buildings are in process of erection, but they will not all be
completed until about the middle of 1953.
They stand on a series of terraces. On the lower level are the
classrooms and the chapel. Above them stands the Dininghall flanked
on either side by the two boarding.
The two residences, Mountstephens House and Collins house, each take
50 boys. The older boys either have separate bedrooms or sleep in
rooms for three; the intermediate group has dormitories for six and
the youngest have a dormitory for ten. The provision made for the
boarders in their leisure time is generous: the reading rooms, games
rooms, and hobby rooms give ample space for all.
OPENING CF THE. COLLEGE
The College opens for the first time in January, l953, with Mr. W.
G. A. Mears, MA. (Cape) M.A. (Camb.) M.Ed. (Cape Town), as
Headmaster. Eventually the full run of Classes from the Grades to
the Matriculation. class will be provided. But for 1953 boys will be
accepted only for the lowest classes in the Preparatory and in the
Senior School, and each following year another class will be added
in each department until the range is complete.
Accordingly the admission 6f boys will be as follows:
In 1953 Boys of the age 5 or 6 will be accepted for the Grades only,
in 1954 up to Standard 1; in 1955 up to Standard 2; in 1956 up to
Standard 3; and in 1957 up to Standard 5.
From 1956 boys of not less than 10 years of age will be accepted as
boarders in the Preparatory.
2. Senior School.
In 1953 Boys of the age appropriate to their Classes will be
accepted as flay Scholars or Boarders for Forms 1 & 2 (Standards 6 &
In 1954 up to Form 3; 1955 up to Form 4, and in 1956 up to Form 5.
Parents can register their sons in advance for the year in which
they will join.
COURSES OF STUDY
The courses of study lead finally to the examination of the Joint
Matriculation Board of the Universities. No technical or commercial
subjects are offered.
The main subjects are: English, Afrikaans, Latin, Mathematics,
Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry), Biology, Geography and
Alternative subjects can be arranged, but the cost involved will
constitute an extra payment.
Stds 1 & 2. £12-10-0 per term. £50 per annum.
Std 3. £15 per term. £60 per annum.
Stds. 4 & 5. £18 per term. £72 per annum.
Forms 1 to 5. £21 per term. £84 per annum.
Boarders (Before January 1956 boarders will not be accepted for
classes lower than Form 1. From that date boys 0£ not less than 10
years of age will be accepted as boarders.)
Standard 3 £241-10-0 per term. £170 per annum.
Standards 4 & 5 £45-10-0 per term. £182 per annum.
Forms 1 to 5 £47-IQO per term. £190 per annum.
These Fees are inclusive of.
a. For Day Scholars tuiti6n, games, stationery. Textbooks are not
b. For Boarders, tuition, games, stationery, laundry, hair-cuts, and
the standard medicines for minor ailments.
Textbooks are not included.
Special terms are granted to the sons brothers in the school at the
Cricket; Tennis; for the older boys Rugby and for the younger
A navy blue blazer worn with grey trousers or a dark grey flannel or
worsted suit is the school uniform.
THE BOARDING DEPARTMENT
Boarders are expected to arrive at school on the afternoon before
the opening of term. Boys who come from a distance will be met at
Boys travelling by train from their homes are entitled to a
Scholar's Concession for the purchase of a return ticket.
Parents are strongly urged not to send their sans too much money.
Boys require money only for pocket money, church collection, writing
pads and envelopes, stamps, shoe repairs and other persona'
expenses. It is recommended that a deposit for these expenses should
be sent direct to the Headmaster to be issued as required.
On Sundays after chapel parents or friends may take out boys
provided they return in time for the evening meal.
Tuckboxes are allowed but the number should be limited.
LIST OF CLOTHING
2 plain dark grey suits, either of flannel or worsted.
1 school blazer.
6 white cotton shirts (of which at least 2 without collars)
4 pairs cotton underpants.
4 pyjarma suits.
6 pairs socks or stockings.
2 pairs of cricket shorts or trousers.
Khaki shorts and shirts for wear after school hours
1 dressing gown
3 pairs black shoes.
1 pair sandshoes.
I pair slippers.
1 school cap.
1 rain coat.
2 linen bags.
I travelling rug.
1 small weekend bag or suit case.
Hairbrush, comb, nail-brush, tooth brush, clothes brush, enamel mug,
4 towels, serviette ring.
N.B. All articles must be clearly marked with the boy's name and
ENQUIRIES AND APPLICATIONS
Enquiries for admission to the day school and the boarding
department should be addressed to:
St Stithians College,