St Stithians is an extremely busy campus, alive with school activities all day, during evenings and over most weekends. There are numerous sporting, cultural, academic, parent and community experiences happening all the time, and you can read more about these individual events in the news section of the website.
A number of events during the year involve all the schools and the Saints community, notably the Saints Sports Festival (comprised of a Prep Festival and a College Festival), and Founders' Day. The Saints Festival happens on an around the Easter weekend, with the College Festival happening over the Easter weekend istelf.
These “whole school” events create synergy and a sense of coming together for the Saints community, and are fundamental to upholding the ethos and the spirit of the College.
Below are showcased two annual Saints events.
Saints Sports Festival
The Saints Sports Festival, formerly the Saints Easter Sports Festival, is a massive celebration of school sport and it is the oldest and largest of its kind. The Festival began as a rugby festival in 1984 and has grown to include cross country, football, hockey, netball, squash, and tennis.
In 2017, we welcomed over 50 000 people to our campus for an amazing festival of school sport from 6 – 17 April 2017. There was significant coverage of the Festival including coverage on SuperSport Blitz.
The Festival brought together players from South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.
Thank you to all our Saints families for your support. Thank you to our main sposor Standard Bank for their ongoing support of this event.
Over 4 000 people gather on Baytopp Field on the first weekend in June each year to give thanks to God and to our founders. Among the gathering of students, staff, parents and alumni were some VIP guests, including a guest speaker.
Founders’ Day is the largest formal gathering in the annual calendar of St Stithians. Through this event, we gain a wonderful sense of community and purpose. Our service of celebration is led by our Superintendent Chaplain Rev Dan Nkomo.
Founders’ Day is a great act of participation and a huge team effort. The music is always memorable, with the choirs and orchestras leading us in the singing of hymns and songs.
The theme of Founders’ 2017 was ‘Our Community of Belonging’. Below is an extract from the Rector's address.
One and All:
Affirms the unique individuality of each person
Links the individual with the collective
Rejoices in the beauty and strength of diversity
Celebrates us, together
The power of one, the power of many
The spiritual unity
One and All
Our Community of Belonging
Read the Rector's 2017 Founders' Day address here.