Revisiting the Glory Days with Mr. Keith Olivier, Maritzburg College Headmaster 1978-1985

In life, there are moments that etch themselves into our memories, leaving indelible marks that shape who we are today. For me, one such unforgettable moment was the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Keith Olivier, who served as the headmaster of Maritzburg College from 1978 to 1985. Our conversation was a heartwarming journey through time, reliving the good old days and reminiscing about our shared experiences.

Meeting Mr. Olivier after all these years was a delightful experience. His warm smile and gracious demeanor instantly transported me back to my days at Maritzburg College, a place that holds a special corner in my heart. It was clear that he had not forgotten the students who had passed through the halls of this prestigious institution during his tenure, myself included.

As we chatted, Mr. Olivier’s recollections of my time at Maritzburg College were astonishingly vivid. He recounted stories, both humorous and poignant, that I had long forgotten. It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane, filled with laughter, awe, and the realization that our school years had truly been magical.

Mr. Olivier’s ability to recall the names and personalities of current old boys, as if no time had passed at all, was truly remarkable. It was as if he had a mental library of every student who had crossed his path. This deep connection with his former students was a testament to his dedication and the lasting impact he had on our lives.

Our conversation felt like an open book of history, with Mr. Olivier as the storyteller, reliving moments that had shaped our futures. We spoke of teachers who had inspired us, memorable events that had left their mark, and the camaraderie that had forged lifelong friendships. It was evident that Maritzburg College had not only been an institution of education but a place where character was developed, and values were instilled.

Mr. Olivier’s passion for education, evident even after all these years, was contagious. His belief in the potential of each student had been a driving force during his time as headmaster. It was heartening to witness how he still exuded the same enthusiasm for nurturing young minds, even in the context of our conversation.

In conclusion, my time spent with Mr. Keith Olivier was a truly incredible experience. It reminded me of the invaluable role educators play in shaping the lives of their students. His ability to recall the past and connect with former students highlighted the lasting impact of his tenure as headmaster of Maritzburg College. It was an affirmation that the “good old days” will forever hold a special place in our hearts, and the memories we create in those formative years stay with us for a lifetime.
Brett Fourie
Class of 1985.