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MARIST BROTHERS LINMEYER

ABOUT MARIST BROTHERS LINMEYER

A WALK THROUGH TIME

1817

St Marcellin Champagnat, a priest (Marist Father, SM) from France, founded the Marist Brothers.

“Within three months he had settled his first two recruits in a small building bought with his own funds and furnished by the work of his own hands. The Institute has ever since marked the second of January 1817 as foundation day.”

Br Walton, J, 2012, Founder, in the Marist Handbook, pp 12.

1867

The first five Marist Brothers arrived in South Africa and established the first two Marist Brothers schools outside of Europe in Hatfield Street, Cape Town.

“When Bishop Thomas Grimley was appointed to the Cape, one of his first concerns was to get religious sisters and brothers to teach the children of his small Catholic community. In response to his invitation, the Cabra Dominican sisters arrived in 1863 and the Marist Brothers in 1867. The five pioneer Brothers set up two schools in Hatfield Street: Saint Aloysius’ School (financed by the colonial government) and the fee-paying Saint Joseph’s Academy.”

Br Walton, J,  2012, Arrival of the Marist Brothers, in the Marist Handbook, pp 15.

1889

Marist Brothers opened the first boys’ high school to be established in the mining town of Johannes­burg, Koch Street.

“Within three years of the Witwatersrand being proclaimed a gold-mining area, the Brothers opened the first boys’ high school to be established in the mining town of Johannes­burg.”

Marist History – Foundation of  Koch Street. 

1966

After a life of 76 years, Johannesburg’s oldest boys’ school closed its doors; but it was re­opened in the following year, 1966, as Marian College, in the peri-urban area of Linmeyer to the south of the city.

Brother Christopher was the first principal and it was intended to be a Primary School, starting up with 258 boys that were transferred from Koch Street.

“The continuity of the school at Koch Street was maintained by the opening of Marian College in Linmeyer.”

Marist History – Foundation of  Linmeyer. 

1981

When the St Roses Convent for Girls in La Rochelle closed its doors, the parents requested that the Marist Brothers accept their daughters into the school.  That’s when the Brothers came to the decision of enrolling the first girls in 1981.

The first girls were admitted to Marist Brothers Linmeyer along with three staff members, namely Mrs Venter, Mrs Casasola and Mrs Karvelas.

“I feel there must be no doubt in the mind of anyone that the final reason, the straw in the balance, which carried the ‘Ayes’ was the be­lief that by accepting girls in 1981 Marian College would be rendering a service to our Marist friends and interested parents in the South.”

 Swanson, BA 1980, Headmaster’s Report, in the Marist Brothers Linmeyer School Magazine 1980. 

1983

The first group of multicultural students were enrolled at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. We became  a school open to all races and creeds.

“We are now into our third year as an Open School. We have adapted quickly and it is extraordinary how easily our children accept one another.”

Silcock, S, 1986, Headmaster’s Report, in the Marist Brothers Linmeyer School Magazine. 

1984

We were the second school in South Africa to have the privilege to use the Toam Mobile Computer System for three weeks and we made full use of the Mathe­matics diagnostic programme to obtain an evaluation of each student in the Primary School.

“The major event of the year was the official opening of the new Library and classroom block by Mr Colin Waterson, a past pupil of the Brothers and a former head of Barclays Bank.”

 Silcock, S, 1984, Headmaster’s Report, in the Marist Brothers Linmeyer School Magazine. 

1988

We launched a successful Saturday School for one hundred and fifty matriculants from the townships.

“Among the activities which delighted me most during the year, I must include the Speakers’ Course; the Past Pupils’ Co-Worker Dinner; the Senior Dramatic Produc­tion; the Assumption Day Mass with fifteen other schools; the Drum-majorettes effort to reach the South African Championships; the successful launching of the Saturday School for one-hundred-and-fifty matriculants from the townships.”

Silcock, S, 1988, Headmaster’s Report, Marist Brothers Linmeyer School Magazine.

1989

Three Marist Schools celebrated 100 years of Marist in Johannesburg at the Standard Bank Arena.

“It has been a memorable year and in years to come the children will remember, with a great deal of joy, that they took an active part in functions such as the Mass in the Standard Bank Arena.”

Honeywell, M, 1989, Headmaster’s Report, in the Marist Brothers Linmeyer School Magazine. 

1998

The Opening of our High School.

“The building of the High School is one of the greatest accomplishments of the school.”

Honeywell, M, 1998, Headmaster’s Report, in the Marist Brothers Linmeyer School Magazine.  

1999

The opening of our outdoor swimming pool. We thank parents from many years ago who helped raise funds for the swimming pool.

“When is …” refers to, in southern slang, the building of the swimming pool. Well, it gives me a great sense of joy, and satisfaction, to say that the start of the “when is” happened on Tuesday, 21 October 1998. The official opening of the “when is” will be in the new year (1999).”

Bowman, J, 1998, PTA Chairman’s Report, in the Marist Brothers Linmeyer School Magazine.

2014

The celebration of 125 years of Marist Education in Johannesburg.

“The three schools met recently at Sacred Heart College to celebrate mass in commemoration of the 125 years of Marist education in Johannesburg.”

2014, Marist Schools celebrate 125 years, Bedfordview News, https://bedfordviewedenvalenews.co.za/400348/marist-schools-celebrate-125-years/

2016

The Golden Jubilee celebrating 50 years of academic excellence.

“Marist Brothers Linmeyer celebrated 50 years in Linmeyer this year. A number of activities and functions enabled us to get together as a Marist family and shares some wonderful experiences.”

Norton, G.M, 2016, High School Principal’s Report, in the Marist Brothers Linmeyer School Magazine. 

OUR STUNNING FACILITIES

We provide and offer the following facilities that complement, enhance and broaden our students’ educational experiences:

​An onsite Uniform Shop​Dedicated parking inside and outside our perimeter walls
​Covered, secure student waiting areas​24-hour, 7-days a week security guards
​CCTV security system​A Music department
​A diverse resource centre that includes: A Conference Room, Auditorium, Amphitheatre, Library, Computer Room, Art Studio and an STEAM-centred Audio-Visual Room.​A Multi-Purpose Hall that includes an elevated gallery, tuckshop, offices, students’ waiting area, LED stage lighting and sound system, as well as photo-voltaic panels and a rain-water capture and reticulation system
​An Educational Support Centre​An Aquatic and Music Centre with an indoor four-lane 25m indoor Swimming Pool
​ Spacious sports fields​Tennis, Netball and Basketball courts
​An eight-lane, 25m Swimming pool

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Our BRAND NEW multi-purpose hall
will serve as more than just a hall!

Some of the innovations that will make this a truly multi-purpose facility include:

    • Full-size gym
    • The hall is big enough to accommodate a basketball court
    • An elevated gallery that can provide tiered seating for up to 120 spectators
    •  Installation of the latest modern LED stage lighting and sound systems include two lazer-projection systems
    • Full tuckshop
    • Offices
    • Enclosed students’ waiting area
    • Photo-voltaic panels will allow for 85% of the high school’s daily electrical consumption
    • A rain-water capture and reticulation system collects 80 000 litres of water

Cactic
Gym

Aquatic
Centre

Music
Centre

Marian Resource Centre

Meet our Biokineticist

Chapel
​​Swimming Pool
Marcellin Jubilee Block

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Marist Brothers Linmeyer is built on a foundation of a strong Board of Governors, made up of the principals, a representative from the Marist Brothers Council and other selected representatives, generally from the parent body. The selected members are specifically appointed to head up the various Board portfolios e.g. Chairman, Finance, Legal, Marketing and Fundraising, Ethos, Communications and Alumni, Human Resources.

Our Board members are appointed for a period of three years and may be reappointed for an additional term. Their function is to guide the strategic planning of the school and to ensure compliance of policies, strategy and good governance, rather than making operational decisions. Our portfolio sub-committees meet on a regular basis and report back at the full Board meeting.

Mrs Ursula Botoulas - Chairperson

Mrs Ursula Botoulas

Chairperson

Mrs Mamoso Dikgale - Deputy Chairperson and Governance

Mrs Mamoso May

Deputy Chairperson and Governance

Mrs Annaline Arnachillam - Treasurer

Mrs Anneline Arnachillam

Treasurer

Mr Grant Pearson - Ethos

Mr Grant
Pearson

Ethos

Mrs Tish Pritchard - MSC

Mrs Tish Pritchard

MSC

Mr Gary Norton - High School Principal

Mr Gary Norton

High School Principal

Mr Tony Williams - Primary-School Principal

Mr Tony Williams

Primary School Principal

Mr Burton Saunders - Principal Operations

Mr Burton Saunders

Principal Operations

Mrs Fiona Lawrence - Financial Manager

Mrs Fiona Lawrence

Financial Manager

Mr Busani Tshuma - Member

Mr Busani Tshuma

Member

Mr Lyle Robson - Member

Mr Lyle Robson

Member

SPIRITUAL AND PASTORAL CARE

Marist Brothers Linmeyer endeavor to express our spiritual life through a formal religious-education curriculum, opportunities for reflection, celebration of the Sacraments, Liturgical celebrations, community prayer life and pastoral care outreach. 

We prepare students to lead significant and purposeful lives, becoming responsible citizens, respectful of diversity. We promote the dignity, self-esteem and full development of each person who is made in God’s image and is loved by God. We are rooted in the Gospel values and the five Characteristics of Marcellin Champagnat:

Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Marist Brothers Linmeyer endeavor to express our spiritual life through a formal religious education curriculum, opportunities for reflection, celebration of the Sacraments, Liturgical celebrations, community prayer life and pastoral care outreach. 

We prepare students to lead significant and purposeful lives, becoming responsible citizens, respectful of diversity. We promote the dignity, self-esteem and full development of each person who is made in God’s image and is loved by God. We are rooted in the Gospel values and the five Characteristics of Marcellin Champagnat:

MARIST BROTHERS LINMEYER PROMISE

Our Marist Vision

Providing excellence in Education and Gospel values within a family environment

Mission

Marist Brothers Linmeyer is committed to developing a dynamic, holistic curriculum that is relevant to the needs of our students

We will do this:

In the Marist tradition of providing love, care and encouraging hard work
By working together as a family and living out the Gospel values within a Catholic tradition

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Therapy Corner

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In the Media

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Biokineticist

Our Biokineticist can assist with
improving health conditions and physiques

Music Teachers

Contact our Music Teachers
for a personalised experience

KEEN TO HEAR MORE ABOUT MARIST BROTHERS LINMEYER?

Why not attend our Visitors’ Mornings or book a School Tour or e-meet our principals?

BOOK A VISITORS’ MORNING or SCHOOL TOUR

Visitors’ Mornings are perfect opportunities for parents/guardians to meet and engage with our staff and to learn more about Marist Brothers Linmeyer.

A personalised school tour will also showcase all that our school has to offer.

E-MEET OUR PRINCIPALS

If you are not able to, or do not feel comfortable coming out to Marist Brothers Linmeyer in person due to safety and health concerns, we would like to invite you to meet with, and chat individually to, our school principals via an online meeting.

These virtual sessions will allow our principals to elaborate on what makes Marist Brothers Linmeyer the wonderful family school it is, our school life, the application process and so much more!

We look forward to e-meeting you!

Primary School Principal

Mr Williams

High School Principal

Mr Norton