The Epworth Edge

April 2022 – Issue 1

The Epworth Foundation


As our world continues to experience the scourge of the COVID pandemic and now the horror of war in Eastern Europe, at Epworth we continue to walk firmly in the faith that assures there is always, no matter what, the ‘Joyful Light’ and promise of our risen Saviour.

Likewise, our commitment stands firm, as it has for 124 years, to ensure excellent educational provision here at Epworth and to broaden access to our wonderful school’s offering and facilities through the fundraising work of the Epworth Foundation.

Thank you one and all for the part you play in making our school great, our community strong and our Foundation impactful.

We wish you a happy Easter ~ in the knowledge that God’s GREAT Blessing to our world at this time of year, is the assurance that LOVE and HOPE exist eternally.

Ingrid Roberts,
(nee Bredenkamp, class of 1980)


EPiC (Epworth in Community) Legacy Project

January 2022 ~ the EPiC (Epworth in Community) Legacy Project was proudly launched at Epworth as a learning partnership under the banner of the Epworth Foundation.

Since its reintroduction in 2016, the Epworth Foundation (NPO/PBO) has focused on three key goals:

– broadening the base of access to Epworth through additional bursary fundraising
– catalyzing EPiC (Epworth in Community) learning partnerships with less well-resourced, local schools
– and building an endowment to future-proof the school

This EPiC Legacy Project is a wonderful teacher and choir development initiative that was prototyped at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School over the past four years, in association with the ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music).

Epworth’s music staff will now seek to replicate this in partnership with Greytown’s Wembley College and six or seven local, less well-resourced primary schools who are wanting to grow their music departments.

This collaborative group held its first day-long workshop in Term 1 at Epworth, demonstrating how choirs enhance a school’s value offering and how music internalizes the learning process, assisting significantly with both literacy and language competencies.

Epworth’s 124-year-old holistic educational philosophy has always highlighted how the arts play a prominent role in all-round personal development.

At wider and deeper levels, character development, and confidence through creativity also play pivotal roles in socio-economic and skills development leading to a more circular economy and sustainable livelihoods.

Music, dance and drama are the roots of true African education.

At Epworth, as the host school, we celebrate the start of this project, and are especially grateful to our guiding partner NPO – PSI (Paardeberg Sustainability Initiative) as well as to our generous corporate sponsor Spec Savers for helping us begin this new and wonderful ‘legacy’.

Pictured above are members of Epworth’s Music department in learning partnership with Greytown’s Wembley College and numerous local Pietermaritzburg schools including Copesville, Northdale and Piet Retief Primary schools.


The Great Gift of Easter is HOPE’



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