"A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others"

    Today we bid farewell to an excellent teacher. Mr Hopley it is with a heavy heart that we must say farewell. But we thank you for your 37 years of Second to None service to Muir College. We trust you will enjoy your well deserved retirement and have many memorable years to come. We would not be the establishment or even the people we are today had it not been for your Second To None attitude. You have helped mold so many men who have passed through these halls and from all of us we thank you. Nec Pluribus Impar!




    In a shocking result, Idols SA host ProVerb announced at the State Theatre in Pretoria tonight that 16-year-old LOYISO GIJANA had to leave his Idols dreams behind and return to his studies at Uitenhage’s Muir College. Loyiso is the 6th contestant to be voted off South Africa’s popular singing contest.


    But it was a fierce battle for a spot in this week’s Top 4, with just under an astonishing 9 million votes cast from last Sunday’s Top 5 Spectacular to the close of voting at 22:00 Tuesday evening [27 October] – by far the most votes ever cast in any single voting cycle in Idols SA history.


    Having just turned 16 when he first auditioned back in March, Loy-Loy – as the irrepressible teenager affectionately became known – was the baby of Idols SA Season 11, but he dominated the competition from the very beginning. Loyiso was one of the very few contenders who scored yeses from all four of the judges in his original audition, and at Sun City already Somizi Mhlongo told the teen that he had a bright future in the music business, after his performance of Usher’s “Good Kisser” in the solo auditions.


    But this youngster from the small Eastern Cape town of Uitenhage always had a bright future anyway. At school he was a very focused student, singing in the school choir and competing in rugby, tennis, and athletics. And he was always determined to go to university, even if he should win Idols SA. “Economics,” he said. “I want to sell stuff – be able to package and sell my image to the people.” Hardly surprising since his stepdad runs a tavern and his mom is an accountant and also runs her own transport business. “Granny also ran her own business, a spaza shop – so I grew up with entrepreneurship,” the level-headed young man pointed out at auditions.


    And that determination was Loyiso’s attitude from the very start of the Top 10 competition. “Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll be in the Top 2,” Idols SA judge Gareth Cliff predicted after his performance of Emile Sandé’s “Next To Me” in the Top 10 Spectacular, and he blew the judges away again the following week in the Top 9 show with the Sara Bareilles ballad, “Gravity”. “Your artistic intelligence is beyond me,” said an impressed Somizi Mhlongo.


    Randall Abrahams thought Loyiso’s performance of the Bobby McFerrin classic “Don’t Worry Be Happy” in the Top 8 Spectacular was “absolutely top level”, and when he did the House hit “Don’t Look Down”, by Martin Garrix in the Top 7 “Showstopper” Spectacular, Randall thought the one quality he had over all of the other contestants was charm.


    “I don’t know how to fault you,” Somizi exclaimed after Loyiso’s dual performances of the Boyz II Men hit “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” and “Hold Back The River” by James Bay in the “90s vs Now” Top 6 Spectacular. He thought that Loyiso could give the likes of Usher and Chris Brown a run for their money.


    In the Top 5 Spectacular Loyiso sang Zahara’s “Ndiza” and Bob Marley’s “One Love”. Gareth was impressed that Loyiso had managed to dominate in virtually every genre of music across the competition, but Randall unfortunately didn’t think that Loy-Loy’s performances would be memorable enough to keep him in the competition.


    Fans can catch Loyiso live on Arye Kellman’s internet-streaming show on CliffCentral at 16:00 tomorrow [2 November] to find out what’s next for this charismatic youngster.


    Taken from (http://idolssa.dstv.com/article/back-to-school-for-idols-sas-loyiso-20151101)


    Loyiso has made the Muir College family proud with his Idols achievements. We know this will not be the end of his musical journey. We look forward to having him back with us. Nec Pluribus Impar!



    The annual OMU Golf Day took place on the 14th of November. The day was met with great weather and saw a field of nearly 200 players. With our official sponsors, Potenza Oil, on board the planning and operation of the day ran without a hiccup and golfers were met with 3 different watering holes and a spread of prizes that stands unmatched.


    We would like to show our support to all those that came out on the day. Without the support of the Old Muirites and golfers this day would mean nothing. To our sponsors Potenza oil, we would like to extend out gratitude for all that you brought to the table and did on the day. We look forward to hosting an even better Golf Day in 2016 and look forward to working with you again.


    For pictures on the day please see the Golf Day tab in the OMU section.




    As some of you may have heard this year will be Mr Hopley's last year as acting Headmaster of Muir College. All of here at Muir are sad about the news but we wish Mr Hopley all the best in his retirement.





    Due to the retirement of the present Headmaster, Muir College will have a vacancy for this position, commencing January 2016.

    Muir College in Uitenhage is an English-medium boys’ school with a boarding establishment and is unique in that it offers quality education to boys from age 8 (Grade 4) to 18 years (Grade 12).  The school currently comprises 671 learners and 34 educators.

    The chosen incumbent must have a minimum of fifteen years’ teaching experience (including experience in a leadership portfolio), SACE registration, a recognized University degree, professional teaching qualification and proven ability in financial management.  To lead a school of learners from Grade 4 to Grade 12 requires a wide range of personal attributes and the incumbent should thus, in addition, be able to display the following:

    • Qualities of integrity, dynamism, ambition, tact, cheerfulness and diplomacy.

    • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

    • Strong leadership and communication skills with all sectors of the school community

    • Enthusiastic and balanced interest in the extra mural programme of the school

    • Good knowledge and experience of budgeting and financial planning

    • Ability and experience to market the school



    PLEASE NOTE:  This Communication simply informs the reader of the impending vacancy and seeks only expressions of interest.

    The formal advertisement appeared in the Eastern Cape Department

    of Education Bulletin 7.


    Interested parties should contact the Chairman of the Governing Body,

    Mr Frank McFarlane, themcfarlanes@telkomsa.net


    All applications must be sent to the Department of Education.

    Closing date :  17 November 2016


    For More information please take a look at the official Department of Education Bulletin:







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- Mrs J. Trenerry Email: headmaster@muircollege.co.za - Mr N.C. Hopley

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Devin Astbury

Tel: 041 966 1147

Cell: 073 2420 241

Email: marketing@muircollege.co.za