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"Egerton Primary School was established on 2 August 1921 with six teachers and 181 pupils on the roll"

History of the school

By Mrs R McKenzie (1988)

Egerton Primary School was named after 30 year old Lt. Frederick Greyville Egerton who was a naval gunnery officer on the H M S Powerful.  The naval guns were removed from the battleship and transported to Ladysmith just before the Siege.  On 2 November 1899 an enemy shell fell close to Lt. Egerton, mortally wounding him.  Making light of his agony as he was lifted onto a stretcher he said, “This will spoil my cricket I’m afraid”.  He died the following day.

Egerton Primary School was established nearly twenty-one years later on 2 August 1921 with six teachers and 181 pupils on the roll.  Egerton Primary School was initially an English medium school, with “Dutch” lessons being taught for an hour each day.  It was only in 1935 that provision was made for Afrikaans speaking pupils.

Glimpses into the log book give us an idea of what it must have been like.  Some of the difficulties experienced by the early teachers included a snow storm which resulted in poor attendance for three days, a severe drought during which time pupils were expected to bring their own water to school, boiling the school milk because of the danger of enteric, the restriction of bread at meal times because of a flour shortage during the war, frequent cases of truancy and outbreaks of measles, chicken-pox and diphtheria.

Egerton Primary School Ladysmith 75 years old

Interruptions in teaching time were frequent.  Some of these included royal visits, outings and sports days.  One was as a result of an exaggerated meteorological report of an approaching tornado!

 The first Inspector of Schools to visit Egerton during 1921 wrote that teachers should “…accept no half-hearted and lax performance from anybody”.  This sentiment is emphasised in the words of our school song.

School Prayer

We thank you loving Father for
a pleasant night of rest.
For strength and for our health,
so that we can do our best.
We thank you for our school and
the learning that takes place.
O help us loving Father these
things to appreciate.


Ons dank U liewe Vader, vir
‘n lekker nag se rus.
Vir krag en vir gesondheid om
ons werk te doen met lus.
Ons dank U vir ons skool en
wat ons daarin leer
O help ons liewe Vader om
alles te waardeer.

School Song

Egerton is a school of tradition,
Built in faith and on worth we tell,
In learning and sport, and in all things,
Is the aim to do everything well.
“Ad Altiora Contendo”
Say the pupils with green and white tie,
The motto – to strive to the utmost,
Proud words to be always held high,
Proud words to be always held high.


Egerton is ‘n skool van tradisie,
In geloof en op voorbeeld gebou,
In skoolwerk en sport en oweral,
Streef ons steeds om ons naam te behou.
“Ad Altiora Contendo”
Sê skolier wat hom hieraan verpand,
Die leus om te streef tot die uiterste,
Trotse woord, bly ons altyd gestand
Trotse woord, bly ons altyd gestand.

National Anthem

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.


Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.


Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,


Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.