Staff and Care
A strong support structure
Small dorm sizes and a comprehensive staff structure mean that our boarders, many of whom live outside of South Africa, can feel at home at Kingswood and benefit from a supportive and nurturing environment.
Each boarding house is run by a Houseperson who is, assisted by an Assistant Houseperson, both teacher and student assistants as well as a matron.
Our aim in Hobson House is to support our girls in every way possible by building relationships with each and every one and being involved in all aspects of their life.
The pupils are actively involved in looking after and being there for one another. All our senior girls ‘shadow’ a junior pupil, which helps foster real sisterly support, as their role is to take a real interest in the lives of the younger girls, ask after them and spend time with them.
Teachers who are mentoring some of the younger, prep-department boarders also take a special interest in the girls and in building firm relationships with visits and sometimes fun outings on the weekend. Student Assistants also play a vital role in the day-to-day lives of the girls, and each of them is unique – bringing a special presence to the lives of our boarders.
On the spiritual side, the College chaplain, Rev Tim is a constant presence and the KWAM leaders are very active.
Originally built as a private dwelling for Richard Restall Stocks, one of the Founding Fathers of Kingswood, the house was converted into Kingswood accommodation in 1969, and became known as Hobson House. Used primarily as an over-flow boarding facility during the proceeding years, it was demolished in 2017 and construction commenced on a new Hobson House in 2018 to accommodate junior girls.
It is not clear after whom the House was named, but conjecture might lead one to suspect that it may have been named after Dr S B Hobson, former Inspector of Schools and active member of the College Council from 1965 – 1976. Another school of thought suggests that it was named to honour the connection of the Hobson family to Kingswood and their involvement, commitment and active participation in so many aspects of the College’s life.
Alexa Calitz, Brandon, Ethan (grade 7) Corban (grade 5) Joel (grade 4)
Built on a historic site in Kingswood history, Hobson House is currently our newest boarding house and is a special home for our Junior girls. Houseperson, Mrs Alexa Calitz, is assisted by a Matron and eight Student Assistants who all look after the well-being and comfort of the girls. Plenty of fun activities ensure that the girls seldom have a moment to feel homesick. Hobson House is currently home to thirty-six Junior School girls, from six different countries.
Van Vuuren Village
In 2004 the consolidation of a number of adjoining Kingswood properties (2 Park Road, Crouch Cottage, 6 Park Road, Rich House and Robb Cottage) resulted in the junior boys’ village. The name Eben van Vuuren Boys Village was chosen to recognise the immense contribution made by the retired Maintenance Manager, Eben van Vuuren, who had served Kingswood so well since 1971.
Van Vuuren Village is uniquely structured: a complex of four houses makes up the village, all on one secure property. Each of these houses is in a wonderful setting and accommodates between thirteen and seventeen boys of similar peer group range. The boys are cared for by three motherly matrons, nine Student Assistants and Housemaster, Mr Craig Robertson, his wife Penny and their two boys, who oversee the complex. Van Vuuren Village is currently home to thirty-nine boys.