Competitive House Name Change – Head of School letter

Over the past few years, the subject of Epworth’s competitive house names and their place in post-Apartheid South Africa has been raised in a number of forums by different stakeholder groups.

The four houses, Athlone, Buxton, Rhodes and Somerset, which were introduced by Miss ES Church, one of the early Epworth principals, in 1926, were named after prominent, white males imported from Britain. Any connection to Epworth is not apparent and it seems that Miss Church chose these names because they resonated with her and the era in which she lived.

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