I am Mandla Mnikathi. I am from Lidgetton. I have been working at Treverton with Chris Ackermann for seven years. Chris is a good manager. He is easy to talk to about everything. He listens with a smile. I like to paint and play soccer. I am a Christian. I have two sons and a wife. I like it at Treverton because we have friendly staff including teachers and groundsmen and cleaners, everybody. I am happy to have nice management.
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My name is Chris Ackermann and I am the Estate Manager. I’ve been at Treverton for thirteen years now and am truly grateful to God for providing me and my family with this wonderful opportunity. I share this blessing with my beautiful wife Kerrie who is the catering manager here at Treverton and two lovely daughters, Tayreen and Sadie.
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My name is Kwandokuhle Shange, I was born and raised in the valley of 1000 Hills: Botha’s Hill to be specific. I joined Treverton at the beginning of 2020 after serving 5 years as an intern at Winston Park Primary School.
Growing up in a very disadvantaged community made me realise that everything comes from God and I then learnt to appreciate everything in life even the so called little things. I never imagined myself as a teacher but the bible says ” Many are the plans in the human’s heart but only God’s plan prevails: Proverbs 19:21″ hence I’m teaching today. I never enjoyed working with the kids at first, however, a few years into my teaching internship I saw an opportunity to make change, this came after noticing a lot of people thinking and believing that Mathematics is a no go area, I saw the need to help pupils unlearn this and start believing in themselves. And this is the reason why I majored in Mathematics.
However, I’m currently teaching isiZulu at the Prep and at the College, and I’m also an Assistance House Master in Jonsson Boy’s dorm. This has been an exciting journey for me as a multilingual person, I’ve learnt a lot and I have been exposed to interesting things here at Treverton. I’m still enjoying my stay here and I hope to be here longer.
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My name is Xolelwa (Gloria) Matse. I was born in the Bruntville clinic and grew up on a farm called Vrystaat Farm. I moved to the Bruntville location in 1998. I started work at Treverton in 2005. I first started at the Alan Staples Centre working with Mrs Fuller, Mr Nolan and Mr Clark. Then I worked at sickbay. I really enjoy working at sickbay. I enjoy seeing all the different children that come into sickbay. People that work here are kind. They are so humble. I can talk to them about anything. When my son was sick in 2007 Treverton was so supportive (emotionally). I got married last January. I have two sons. I just learnt computers here at Treverton. It was an interesting experience for me because I have never touched computers before.
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My name is Angela Jackson and I am a College Cleaning Supervisor
I have been at Treverton for 5 years. I am a family man with a passion for cooking. A meal shared is often the best time to minister into the lives of our students. I love a good joke and a hearty laugh.
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My January 1964 arrival at Treverton as a 19 year old founder member of staff, a thousand miles from home and loved ones, is indelibly etched in my memory. After a two day train journey from Cape Town, Lyn Gowar and I were warmly welcomed by Derek and Marge who immediately made us feel part of their family and it’s been my joy to remain life long friends. The Huddies as they were fondly called, were an Amazing Team. From day one, Marge proved to be one of the most unassuming and selfless ladies I have ever met. She taught me much about the gift of Christian hospitality. Besides being an expert knitter, Marge was a wonderful homemaker and by creating a magnificent garden in each of her Mooi River and Pietermaritzburg homes, Marge brought pleasure to many passers by.I was amazed at how youthful Marge looked in 1964 and was impressed that at only 33 years of age, she was about to immerse herself wholeheartedly in the hectic life of a brand new headmaster with a zeal and a passion for education that left us gasping. Before long Marge revealed through her tireless devotion that she was also an extremely competent young Mum to their three children, Donald (11) Jenny (9) and young Colin (4) Then in 6 months’ time, we were all to share the excitement of the arrival of baby Barbara on 5 June.
It amazed us that Marge was able to share Huddy so generously with numerous folk who all made demands on his time and talents, or simply wanted to enjoy his kindly friendship. Their home was a welcoming haven and a nurturing Home from Home for boys and staff alike. As new young teachers not yet accustomed to the icy Mooi River winters and without heating in the dorms, we were invited to mark our school books and prepare new lessons at the Huddies fireside. Staff Bible studies and fellowship evenings in their lounge proved to be great times of enrichment and spiritual blessing.
Marge learnt to be totally adaptable and flexible, never knowing exactly when Derek would return from his many meetings and extended interviews. She could never be quite certain how many she was catering for because passers-by and new comers were often invited to join the family circle. Marge always seemed to be making up or stripping beds and their spare room was seldom unoccupied.
We all loved Marge’s infectious sense of humour and her hearty chuckle. In my 15 years at Treverton and in our 57 years of friendship, I never once heard Marge utter an unkind word or lose her temper. She put up with many intrusions and unexpected inconveniences. Huddy was a magnet to hordes of endearing little Prep pupils in orange and grey tracksuits who thronged their bedroom window at 6.30 to see if he was ready to accompany them on the early morning run. Others came knocking late at night for Huddy’s famous chocolate coated homesick pills while others wanted him to mend a bicycle puncture, make a kite tail, help saddle a horse, shoot the rapids with them or help them pitch a tent for weekend sleepovers.Marge was the Prep School secretary for several years and remained cheerful and serene at the most frenetic times of the school year. She was a skillful touch typist and typed all our exam papers on wax stencils and printed them on a Gestetner machine. Marge was highly respected in the community when she served alongside Huddy as Mayoress of Mooi River and was greatly loved as the Pietermaritzburg Rotary Ann President.
I salute Marge and Huddy for being an awesome A Team, a United force for good, as tireless workers and utterly selfless surrogate parents, confidantes and mentors to scores of Treverton pupils, staff members, school parents and local community members. We shall never forget the difference you made in our lives and we thank God for every precious memory we have.
Marge loved her four children dearly and spoke fondly of their loyal commitment to her. Donald stood by his mom valiantly after Huddy’s death and she greatly missed his company and practical help in the home after he too succumbed to cancer. Barbara’s regular visits from the UK and frequent phone calls cheered Marge greatly. My heart goes out to Jenny and Heiko, Colin and Clare and their daughters Jess and Kate, who have supported Marge with such loving devotion. It’s been particularly difficult for the family and very distressing for Marge as there have been strict lockdown rules in the Care Centre. The Treverton Family shares your enormous sense of loss and sadness at saying farewell to such a precious mother and Gran. We send our heartfelt condolences across the miles and we pray that you will experience the peace and comfort of our Heavenly Father in the days ahead.
What differentiates us?
We offer pupils a unique campus life, back to basics,
free from city distractions with a strong sense of community, faith and family! Our extensive Outdoor Education Programme offers pupils the chance to challenge themselves.