The Wartburg Kirchdorf Boarding Establishment lies approximately 32 Km from Pietermaritzburg and is within walking distance of the Wartburg Kirchdorf School. The Boarding Establishment was built in 1948. It is co-owned and administered by the two Lutheran Churches in Wartburg. In the early days, the Boarding Establishment housed the children of the local German Farmers. Today it is still a co-educational, Christian based, home-from-home boarding facility catering for boys and girls from Grades 6 to 12.
Boarding Establishment facilities and staff
There are permanent and part-time Staff that work on a rotation basis to ensure the smooth functioning of the Boarding Establishment and all associated activities.
Monday to Friday are 07h00 – 17h00.
Saturdays are 08h00 – 17h00
Sunday mornings are 07h30 – 12h00
Sunday afternoons are 15h00 – 17h00
Dormitories are equipped with beds, desks and lock-up cupboards. The learners supply the required linen. Only senior girls have private dorms. Dorm facilities for girls and boys are separate.
Balanced meals are served in the dinning room and are supervised by the staff.
Academics, Prep and Homework
The Management Teams of both the Boarding Establishment and the School interact closely, ensuring the academic and personal growth of every learner. A disciplined approach to homework and studying is taken. Routine, supervised, daily prep sessions take place.
Juniors have a homework club that runs from Monday to Thursday 4-5pm. Additional costs are involved.
Religious Support and General Behaviour
Attention is paid to the well-being and spiritual growth of the children. Self-respect, respect and care for others as well as the family are fostered. All children are expected to attend the church of their choice each Sunday and a number of different denominations are represented. The discipline system is run, depending on the severity of offense, by allowing and disallowing privileges.
Safety and Security
All Boarding Establishment staff have been certified by The Guardian, clearing of all offenses against children. All boarders are expected to sign out and in at the Boarding Establishment when leaving or returning, with the exception of attending school on normal school days.
Regular head counts are taken during the day to ensure all boarders are accounted for.
All medical matters are controlled by a Staff member on 24-hour emergency standby. A sick bay is in operation just after mealtimes for sick report and daily medication. Boarders requiring medical attention may visit the doctors’ rooms in the village, after consultation with the sick bay attendant. In cases of emergency, boarders will be transported to a clinic in Pietermaritzburg.
Parents are responsible for all their own transport arrangements. Finalization of weekend arrangements MUST be completed and communicated to the office before prep on Thursday evenings (17h00).
Our modernized Boarding Establishment Facility includes a Recreation Centre with basketball, table tennis and pool table. There is also a swimming pool and a spacious sports field for rugby, hockey, soccer and athletics practice. A communal fire pit is available for social gatherings, facilitated by staff members.
The well-appointed TV lounge allows for television viewing on weekends and movie nights are run in the hall with a projector. There are 5 computers equipped with Internet facilities for studying and project use.