March 16, 2022

Rector’s eNews – 16 March 2022

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Over the past couple of years when the school has been in session, we have celebrated notable public holidays by recognising the intention behind their creation.

On Monday we will recognise Human Rights Day at school in a simple way; there will be a lunch for all of our staff, including the operations and support staff, together with the boys in the Main Quad (weather permitting), and then a talk arranged by Mr Sibs Ncamani and given by Advocate Dali Mpofu, an activist from earlier days, after which the boys will be able to ask questions.

On the issue of human rights, one cannot but continue to be appalled at the position of the Ukrainians as Russia relentlessly bombards their key cities. We are told that, currently, there are just over 2 million refugees who have fled from their homes, leaving behind what they own, and travelling with just a rucksack or a suitcase containing their possessions and that this number is expected to rise to some 15 million as the war develops further. A major humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding and our boys are learning first-hand about it as they study in History aspects of the Cold War and link those years to the very real hot situation which is current north of the Black Sea.

I thought I would bring to your attention a possible opportunity for our boys studying at a post-school level in Europe. I have not, myself, had direct contact with this organisation, but I have learned of the EU Business School which is an international, professionally-accredited business school with campuses in Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux, Munich and online.

The EU Business School offers English-taught Foundation, Bachelor’s, Master’s and MBA programmes in the realm of Business Communication and Public Relations, International Business, Digital Business, Sports Management, Marketing, Finance and Enterprise amongst others.

EU Business School has a multicultural student body with more than a hundred nationalities represented and a network of alumni of some twenty seven thousand students. They have inter-campus and international exchange programmes to enhance their students’ global experience.

I have no direct knowledge of how this business school might rank against other international opportunities, particularly since it was established in 1973 and not earlier, but I thought I would bring it to your attention in case it was something which those with European connections may wish to pursue.

We invite all our Michaelhouse Grandparents to join us and their grandsons for this special annual event. Herewith the invitation with RSVP details.

I have asked Mrs Riette White, one of our Economics teachers, to be the Michaelhouse Liaison Person with international parents. This should not, in any way, deflect international parents from the usual liaison they have with their son’s Housemaster, tutor, sports and cultural coaches/mentors or with the Transport Co-ordinator, Nirvana Naicker, but Riette will be an additional point of contact should it be helpful for parents to engage with her. Her email address is

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