We are very excited to celebrate our school’s 147th Birthday this year, commencing with Mass on Friday, 18th March. A heartfelt thank you to Archbishop Mandla Jwara, Father Money, Father Mbheki, and Father Callistus for celebrating this beautiful occasion with us.  We look forward to our Legacy 150 celebration and beyond. Thanks be to God!

Holy Family College is a school with a long and proud tradition. The Sisters of the Holy Family Congregation came to Durban from Bordeaux, France in 1875, in response to a request from Bishop Jolivet, who asked them to establish a “school for young ladies” in the town. The school began its life on the site of the present Durdoc Centre in Anton Lembede Street (Smith Street), in 1875. The school then moved to a site on Diakonia Avenue (St. Andrews Street) a few years later, before finally moving to its present site in Convent Close, off Rick Turner Rd, Glenmore, in 1962.

Holy Family College was originally known as Convent High and was the first Catholic Private School to be established in Durban, therefore making us the second oldest school at 147 years old. Holy Family College was one of the first schools in Durban to open its doors to learners from all ethnic groups; because of this we now authentically reflect the demographics and population structure of our city and country. As a result, we have become a united and happy “Holy Family”.

Holy Family College has been through many changes over the years, from being an all-girl Convent school, to a co-educational school; and from a school that was run by the Holy Sisters to one that is now being run by the Catholic community. However, the core and essence of our school has not changed, we still believe in the holistic development of the child and our Catholic foundation is as solid today as it was 147 years ago.

Image: Raymond Peters & Linda Melson of Assumption Parish are pictured with Mrs MacMinn from Holy Family College’s Finance Office.  Linda celebrated her 70th birthday on the day of our Birthday Mass as is a past pupil of Holy Family College (then Convent Girls High).

Image: School Chaplain Father Callistus, Father Money, Principal Mrs Collings, Bishop Jwara & Father Mbheki are pictured with Holy Family College Primary School learners.

Image: Holy Family College learners celebrating 147 Years of Excellence in Education with Father Money, Principal Mrs Collings, Archbishop  Jwara, Father Mbheki, and the Holy Family College Sisters, Sister Colette & Sister Marion.

Image: Convent Girls High Past Pupils attend the Birthday Lunch.