Kearsney Centenary 2021

(“Answer the Call” : Composed, arranged, engineered and produced by: Seb Goldswain. Engineered, mixed and mastered by: Brent Quinton
Performance credits: Seb Goldswain: Lead vocal, guitar and programming. Mr Brett Alborough: Penny whistle. Featuring the Kearsney Choir. All Rights: Seb Goldswain).

Listen to Kearsney’s Centenary theme song “Answer the Call” – a collaboration between Old Boys, staff and boys of the Kearsney Choir.
(Tip: Best played nice and loud)!

The Kearsney Centenary is fast approaching and preparations are well underway to ensure a special year. The Centenary Committee has been meeting regularly since 2014 to plan a year-long programme to commemorate this significant milestone in style in 2021.

An exciting range of memorabilia will be available to commemorate the event.

The special events being planned for the Centenary include a Centenary Ball; a 24-hour inter-house sports challenge; a musical production which will chronicle the story of Kearsney through the eyes and ears of generations of Kearsney boys; a relay marathon reading of the New Testament in the Kearsney Chapel, involving the boys, staff, Old Boys, parents, churches and the wider community; an outdoor musical proms event featuring Old Boy musicians/performers in the line-up; the hosting of major sporting events on the SA schools’ sporting calendar; and much more.

The Centenary celebrations will culminate fittingly in a 140km Kearsney Epic Run – a relay run from the chapel at Kearsney College to the chapel at Old Kearsney, near Stanger, where the College started in 1921.

The South Wing of the Centenary Centre was completed towards the end of 2019. It provides the College with eleven additional modern and spacious classrooms and a beautiful courtyard, supplementing the four similar classrooms, the Centenary Arch and multi-purpose Long Room of the North Wing of the Centenary Centre, which was completed in 2016. Kearsney’s Centenary Centre was designed to provide world-class, state-of-the-art facilities suitable for collaborative 21st Century teaching and learning, in line with international best-practice. Academics are Kearsney’s number one priority and the development supports the College’s drive for academic excellence.

Visit our Centenary Fundraising page to discover exciting opportunities to support the fundraising drive.

Celebratory events for Kearsney College’s Centenary 2021

Wednesday 02 to Saturday 05 June 2021 – Founders Week celebrations

Wednesday 02 June – Squash: Old Boys vs Kearsney boys; Old Boys Concert
Thursday 03 June – Old Boys Golf Day; Hockey Old Boys vs 1st XI
Friday 04 June – Survivors’ Assembly and Lunch; Founders black tie dinner (by reservation only)
Saturday 05 June – Chapel Service; KCOB AGM; rugby and hockey vs Maritzburg College

Full list of events

12 to 15 January – 1st XI Centenary T20 Cricket Festival

08 February – Independent Schools Gala

13 February – Alan Burt Gala

09 and 10 March – Reading of the New Testament

31 March to 05 April – Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival

09 April to 12 April – 1st Team Hockey Founders Festival

04 to 07 May – School Production “The Light Upon the Mountain”:

30 April to 02 May – Kearsney Tennis Festival

02 to 05 June – Founders Week (as detailed above)

17 July – Centenary Ball

04 August – Centenary Epic and Garden Party

05 to 08 August – Hockey 5s

20 September – 24-Hour Challenge (inter-house)

24 to 27 September – Independent Schools Stayers Basketball Tournament

30 September to 02 October – Charl van Rooyen Cricket Festival

More details will be provided as they become available.

Answer Kearsney’s Call and join us on the Hill for the centenary celebrations.

A beautiful coffee table book, rich in anecdotes and historical photographs, is in the final stages of being put together. This wonderful publication will provide an informative, interesting and entertaining record of the College’s first 100 years.

Kearsney Centenary Publication