SA’s oldest English school celebrates 194th year

2016-03-10 06:00
=Muir College learners forming the figures 194 in celebration of the school’s Founders Weekend.          Photo: SUPPLIED

=Muir College learners forming the figures 194 in celebration of the school’s Founders Weekend. Photo: SUPPLIED

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South Africa’s oldest English-speaking high school, Muir College, will this weekend celebrate its 194th year during its Founders Weekend.

Its origin traces back to 1822, when a Scottish educationist, James Rose-Innes established Uitenhage’s first free government school in Cuyler Street on 12 July 1822 with 60 pupils.

The special guest during the Founders Dinner is former South African cricketer Dave Callaghan.

Callaghan was a member of a great SA Schools side in 1983 which toured England under the name Albatrosses. In Provincial cricket, he played much of his career in the Eastern province side which contained the strongest batting lineup at the time in the country.

His first-class career lasted 19 years, with time being spent in England with Suffolk and Nottinghamshire. Primarily a right-handed batsman, he was also a handy pace bowler.

The defining moment of his international career was an innings of 169 not out, made against New Zealand at Centurion during the Mandela Trophy in 1994.

Opening the batting, Callaghan made 169 off 143 balls and hit 4 sixes. He also took his career best figures of 3 for 32. Callaghan’s innings was his first after recovering from testicular cancer.

The Founders Dinner will be at 18:30 for 19:00 at the Muir College Hall and the Master of Ceremonies will be Daron Mann.

The dress is blazer and tie and the cost is R220 for adults and R140 for students. It includes a three course meal and there will be a cash bar.

The Founders Weekend programme:

Friday, 11 March:

10:30 Founders’ Day Assembly

11:30 Tea/Displays (Senior Quad)

College War-cry (Ellis Field)

Clothing shop open 08:00-10:30 & 11:30 - 12:00

13.00 Lunch for different groups. Make own arrangements.

18:00 Old Muirite Union AGM (School Library)

19:00 Party In The Quad (Live Entertainment) – Family & Friends Welcome. Old Muirites From “Rock The Hage” will be performing live!

Saturday, 12 March:

08:30 Streso All-Stars vs 2nd XI

08:30 OMU Invitation XI vs. Muir College 1st XI

19:00 OMU Annual Dinner School Hall

Sunday, 13 March:

07:30 Informal Golf (make own arrangements)

  • For more information regarding the Muir College Founders Weekend contact Devin Astbury on 073 242 0241 or

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