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.” The Housemaster is supported by a management team consisting of an assistant Housemaster, a Senior Tutor, House Tutors, Home Room Teacher and a Prefect body.


Central to the Michaelhouse experience is the House system with each House being home to approximately 60 boys.

The Houses are the focal point of group identity, friendship and relaxation, and have a healthy rivalry in sporting, cultural and academic arenas. All Houses have comfortable common-rooms that have networked television facilities and table tennis or pool tables for relaxation.

Senior boys enjoy accommodation in dual or single bed-sits equipped with wireless internet facilities. Junior boys (E and D Block) are housed in rooms of between 4 and 8 boys to facilitate their greater need for socialisation. All bed-sits and single rooms have built-in work areas for study and homework.

Michaelhouse operates on a four-term calendar. A generous leave system is offered each term which includes a four-day mid-term break, two weekend leaves, and Sunday and supper leaves as appropriate.

The school has a full complement of resident staff that facilitates a high level of pastoral care and individual attention for every boy. The well-equipped Medical Centre is staffed by three qualified full-time Sisters who are complemented by a medical doctor who consults daily at the school.

Important Year Dates


Prize Giving*


Grandparents' Day


Hilton/Michaelhouse Sports Day (Away)


Old Boys' Gaudy Dinners


Old Boys' Day


PBHS Winter Sports Day (home)


Michaelhouse/Hilton (home)


Matric Ball

2024-09-07 - 2024-09-19

C Block Journey

2024-09-14 - 2024-09-19

D Block Pondoland Hike

2024-09-16 - 2024-09-19

E Block Camp


Speech Day


Remembrance Sunday


New Boys' Day

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