Looking back at Hermannsburg School history

2016-05-04 06:00
These two lady teachers travelled six kilometres by horse and trap every day, from a nearby farm, to attend to their duties at Hermannsburg School. One of them was the lady principal at the time.

These two lady teachers travelled six kilometres by horse and trap every day, from a nearby farm, to attend to their duties at Hermannsburg School. One of them was the lady principal at the time.

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IN 1862 Reverend Heinrich Müller became headmaster.

He emphasised the importance of educating the children of members of the Lutheran Church in a school that was strongly affiliated to the church, but was open to all who wanted to avail themselves of the excellent educational opportunities at Hermannsburg School.

This necessitated the introduction of more English-speaking teachers, in order to be able to cater for a wider spectrum of South Africans. Reverend Müller's tremendous­ capacity for hard work and a real gift as a teacher soon won the recognition and trust of parents and school authorities.

English-speaking parents readily sent their children to Hermannsburg because of the high level of education offered at the school - especially while the controversy around Bishop Colenso lasted, and before Hilton College and Michaelhouse were founded.

Hermannsburg has the oldest hostel building in South Africa. Hermannsburg School was owned initially by the Lutheran Church and is now run and owned by a Trust.

Hermannsburg Mission House Museum offers teas and lunches by appointment, and is well worth a visit to read and learn about the rich history in our area.

The museum can be contacted during morning office hours on 074 177 3496 to make an appointment to pay them a visit.

- Umvoti County, “Jewel of
Natal”.

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