Why Michaelhouse?

Michaelhouse is a school of established heritage with an innate respect for the individual. It is this long held tradition that distinguishes Michaelhouse from other senior boys’ schools.

Quis ut Deus

Values, Mission and Vision

Our Values

To live our lives according to the Christian values of integrity, humility, compassion and courage in service to our community and country.

Our Vision


Academic pursuits receive priority at Michaelhouse. Research shows that a boy’s learning needs are quite different to those of a girl. Michaelhouse places special emphasis on teaching programmes that support this difference.

Improved Learning


The educational programme of any top school should reflect a balance between academic, cultural, environmental and sporting activities. In this respect Michaelhouse endeavours to remain at the cutting edge of each pursuit.

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Creating opportunities to develop the imagination, experimenting with ideas and experiencing the joy of creative expression are fundamental to the intellectual development of a Michaelhouse boy.

Vibrant Programmes

Boarding Houses

There are ten Houses at Michaelhouse. These include Founders, East, West, Tatham, Farfield, Pascoe, Baines, Mackenzie, Ralfe and McCormick. Each House is under the care of a Housemaster who acts in “Loco Parentis.”



Michaelhouse was founded in 1896 by the Anglican Priest Canon James Cameron Todd. The School was established as a private venture with 15 boys in two small houses in Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg.

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Governance and Staff

In order to remain a leading independent school we employ only exceptionally talented staff.

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Virtual Tour

Feel our ambience and begin to experience a little of the enthusiasm and positive energy that are the hallmarks of Michaelhouse. If you are in the area or think that this could be the school for your son why not come to Balgowan to experience, in person, the ethos of our fine school.

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School Policies

The core principles that are important to our Michaelhouse Community: integrity, humility, courage, compassion and service, are guided by a range of comprehensive policies.

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Important Year Dates

View details on the important year dates for the current academic year.

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