Raise up a child I the way he should go even  when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverb 22:6
Five years ago I was blessed to be accepted at Treverton as the boys boarding house mother. My aim was to provide a home away from home in a structured and happy environment. I encourage the children to communicate issues and challenges they may have. That way they can be helped. It’s so important to understand that boys and girls are hugely different and that children need time to be children.
Treverton being situated in the KZN Midlands gives kids fresh air with top notch private education and a boarding that offers safe boundaries and encourages school work, play time and time with God.
My team and I work hard at raising children in boarding who understand that good grades take hard work and extra study, however its important to relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors that God has provided. We understand that boys think differently from the way girls think. Each child is an individual and we are privileged to be part of each child’s life.

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My name is Angela Jackson and I am a College Cleaning Supervisor

I’m from the Western Cape, a place called Grabouw. I have been working at Treverton since July 2008. I was married in 1991 and was blessed with a daughter and a son. The same year that I started working at Treverton my husband was killed. I like working at Treverton. Treverton has provided for me and they have been good to me. I have a good relationship with everyone. I like reading magazines. I can speak three languages. Afrikaans, English and IsiZulu.


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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It was with great sadness that we received news that our beloved Marge Hudson-Reed, wife of the founder Headmaster of Treverton, had passed away peacefully just 3 days after celebrating her 90th birthday in the Care Centre at Woodgrove Retirement Village, Pietermaritzburg. Marge will be greatly missed by her close knit family and by Trevertonians the world over. We rejoice in knowing that Marge has been released from her frailty and is safely at Home with her Lord and Saviour whom she loved and served so faithfully. It was wonderful that in spite of lockdown restrictions, special permission was granted to Jenny, Colin, their spouses and Marge’s grand daughters to share this momentous milestone birthday with their precious mom and granny. Because of the Covid travel ban, our thoughts and prayers have been with Barbara who was unable to visit and had to miss the family gathering because she teaches in the U.K.

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.

Guests aways found a vase of beautiful fresh flowers and a bowl of tempting  sweets to welcome them. Marge’s tea trolley in the lounge was kept permanently laid with welcoming China tea cups and the biscuit barrel was frequently replenished.

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.

At age 80 Marge was still  corresponding via email with past pupils and staff members all over the world.
Marge and her elder son Donald, ran the prep. school tuck shop which proved to be a Saturday morning highlight. She always had a friendly word for each little customer and was keenly interested in each boy’s welfare and family affairs. Marge was a wonderful example of a true Biblical help-meet in her support of Huddy when he became Mayor of Mooi River and Rotary President.Marge never murmured when Huddy took on expanding roles of mentorship or responsibility, such as when he shared his wisdom and educational vision with the newly founded Drakensberg Choir School or served on numerous committees relating to literacy and the upliftment of the Bruntville community.

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.

From Ruth Stott (Taylor ) Founder member of the Treverton staff
1964 – 1978 


I came to Treverton around 6 years ago and joined the IT Department. I soon realized that working in the education sector is very fulfilling and being a helping hand in the pupils’ lives as they go through their schooling years is a blessing. I enjoy the outdoors and spend my spare time fishing, walking my many dogs or even the odd computer game.

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My name is Buyiswa Mavis Mabi, and I was born here in Mooi River in Bruntville Clinic 1970.  I have been working at Treverton since 2013. I first started working at Burdett Boarding House and cleaned Mrs Tanner and Mrs Msimango’s classrooms. I also worked at the library. I enjoyed cleaning their classrooms because they are nice teachers. After that they needed me to help clean at the pre-school because I could speak English and could speak to the children. I enjoy working there with the kids and the teachers are very nice to me. I was married in 1999. I have three sons.

I moved to Estcourt in 2002 but last year on 25 May my husband passed away. Life is not easy for me but I am coping. I am now building my own house now and will move soon when my house is finished. This is also in Estcourt.


My name is Derek Brown. Like a good number of past Treverton staff, I come from the Eastern Cape. It seems as if good imports from the Eastern Cape are necessary to keep the KZN staff from entering some sort of moral decline.

I have been at Treverton College since 2006 where I shifted into teaching by doing a PGCE. Until that point, I had been in the wildlife field having done my MSc on black rhino, working in the field initially in the Eastern Cape’s Great fish River Reserve, and then later in Tanzania and Zambia at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and North Luangwa National Park respectively.

My move into teaching was motivated by a number of factors, but key to this is my belief that influencing people is very important. One of the best ways to do his is in education, where I would still have opportunity to engage in my love for the outdoors.

I teach Biology at Treverton, and I am also involved in the outdoor programs with a particular interest in the rock climbing, kayaking and Drakensberg hiking areas. I have also been the main organiser of the Grade 10 journey.

If I did not enjoy it at Treverton, I would have left some time back already. I still see much purpose in teaching here, and opportunity for personal growth. My time at Treverton has been marked by some key life phases such as my marriage to Kate, and the birth of our daughter Micaela 2 years ago. Treverton is a place of many fond memories for me.

While teaching a subject is important, the most important things is the teaching of values. This is because values are so often shaped by society, and, because society changes, so do most people’s values. But not so the values of God. They are the ultimate truths. Christ’s sacrificial death is an ultimate biblical truth from which all else should be examined. Only in this can education find its ultimate purpose.

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God has been good to me and I believe he has guided me into becoming a teacher. This profession has been my full-time occupation for 17 years, with the past five spent here at Treverton. I have a lovely and supportive wife, Jenna and three delightful daughters – Willow, Abigail and Joanna who keep me on my toes! My role at Treverton is to teach Geography and Physical Science. A quietly confident person, I live for defining pastoral moments with individual students where my desire is to share the love of Christ with them.

My teaching journey has led me down many exciting paths including a three year stint in south India and more recently an online locum at a school in Myanmar. I have a passion for missions and a desire to see the gospel spread. I enjoy travelling to new places, sport, getting out into nature, tinkering in my garage and reading a good book.

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I arrived at Treverton 16 years ago. A lot has changed for me and here at Treverton. In this time I have held 4 different positions at the Prep, gotten married and had 2 beautiful boys. I have worked under 4 different headmasters and worked with amazing colleagues, some of them are now like family to me.

I started out as an intern in 2005, already half way through my teaching degree. After completing my degree and qualifying as a teacher, I was fortunate to be offered a permanent teaching position. I taught Grade 5 for 8 years. An opportunity arose to teach Grade 6, and I embraced that wholeheartedly for a further 4 years.  I loved my time as a class teacher, but as advances in education and technology became an interest of mine, I saw an opportunity to start something more innovative. I approached John Huggett with the idea and he supported me all the way. This was the start of my STEAM journey. It has been a work in progress for the last 2 years and both the pupils and I have learned so much along the way. It has been so exciting to see what children are capable of learning and discovering when given a bit of freedom to pursue alternative learning avenues. I have felt so honoured to have been given the chance to develop STEAM in a safe and encouraging environment.

Over this time, much has changed, but the heart of what is Treverton is still true to the original mission set out by its founders almost 70 years ago.

As we navigate through the tumultuous times, we can stand steadfast on the assurances of God. He will bring us through this and make us stronger for it

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I am a truly passionate educator. Mathematics is often a subject that learners find challenging, but it is the most amazing feeling when they get it. And I love being part of that. I am a real animal lover too with a collection of animals at home. Family is a big deal in my life and I am very honoured to be part of the Treverton Family

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My name is Deanne Pennels, nee Bebb. I attended Treverton from 1995-2006 being the first ever Grade 1 class at Treverton and the last Grade 8 class at the Prep. Living in the Midlands and growing up at Treverton instilled a deep love for adventure and the outdoors, and after graduating from Varsity my husband and I lived in Thailand for 8 years and travelled to many places all over the world. We travelled the Great Ocean Road of Australia to the Sydney Opera House, Lake Taupo and the amazing volcanic town of Rotorua in New Zealand to Auckland, New York City to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite down the Pacific Coast Highway, The Grand Canyon through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and to see the wolves of Yellowstone. We travelled all around Asia, from the Cities of Hong Kong and Singapore to the Ancient Temples of Cambodia, the Vietnamese War Museum to the Rice Terraces of Bali and of course the gorgeous beaches of Thailand. To see some of these natural wonders of the world, were some of the greatest moments of my life.

Now life has settled down to a totally different pace and different kinds of memories are being made as I am the Mom of two precious little boys and a darling adventurous little girl. My afternoons are filled with tutoring Maths to high school students, my other passion in life. I so appreciate the chance we had to live internationally, and to gain perspective and understanding of the world at large and to truly love and respect people from other races and cultures. It also provided an amazing opportunity to work with students at a top tier International School while completing my Teaching Certification.

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It is not always easy to answer the question: Who am I? I am a multitude of things to many people, I am a Daughter of The King, a mother and a wife. I am also a passionate teacher, avid sports lover, outdoor enthusiast and liberal thinker. I somehow do not always fit the mold of my profession and the perspectives others may have of my various labels…and I love it this way.

My “abnormalness” (for lack of a better word) began at school, when I beat the boys in most short distance running events and participated in 9 different sports over my high school years. Unusual for “a girl” certainly. But, therein lies my urge to fight the labels… who decided that “a girl” could not do all of these things. I am inspired by History as a subject, because it is by knowing where we have come from that we can best create a path for the future. History teaches us to analyse and understand the perspective of others, surely the world could do with more of this? History has the potential to create global citizens of substance and positive contributors to the currently broken and hurting world.
My other major is Physical Education, yes unusual again, I know. The quote by Kurt Vonnegut rings true here: “Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.” Imagine if everyone treated their bodies this way, how different would our world and the confidence of people everywhere be?

My main aim in education is to change the life of ONE pupil, just ONE. One pupil that can openly say and confess “because of you I didn’t give up. Because of you I am a better person.” Coaching a team or a pupil is one of my greatest privileges. Coaching teenagers can be a complex, frustrating, yet highly rewarding experience. By being a coach a person is likely to impact more people in one year than the average person will in a lifetime. As an avid lover of the outdoors, it saddens me that some people have never, not for a day, slept in the bush and woken up to a sunrise. There is no place in the world that you can learn more about yourself and your relationships with others than in God’s splendour. In Job 12: 7- 10 we read, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Education is a challenging and ever-changing space. As a teacher you can be a hero one minute, and a villain the next. It is a calling and gift from God to shape young lives and young hearts to create a world that is better than the one we inherited and to help create the change we wish to see in the world.

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