Founded in 1962, St Paul’s College is internationally recognised for its academic excellence. Situated on the slopes of Roman Hill in the Klein Windhoek valley and close to the city centre of Windhoek, the College is an unpretentious Christian school which offers the best of a Catholic school of the modern era. Conceived by the Tilburg Fathers and rooted in Namibia’s struggle for independence, St Paul’s College is wholly cognisant of our country’s needs, and is therefore deeply committed to providing an all-round, international, relevant education for boys and girls from Grade 1 to Grade 12.
We aim to send young men and women into the world equipped, not merely with a certificate, but with a faith that is real, discipline that is personal, and compassion which translates into service.St Paul’s College motto: “Caritate fundati” — “Founded in love” (Ephesians 3:17-19: “May your life be rooted in love, founded in love”.)
Matters of the heart
Central to our School is the Christian faith introduced by the Catholic Fathers – it permeates all our thinking and programmes. We still have strong links to the Catholic Church, although we embrace wider Christian spiritual paths. We have visitors from different denominations speaking at our weekly chapel services.
Our School is rooted in Namibia’s struggle for freedom, and our children imbibe the rich spiritual and social history of this country. While situated in our Namibian context, we know that the future demands young people who will lead with a vision that encompasses the world. It is not enough these days to leave school only with a certificate – but with a faith that is real, discipline that is personal, and compassion which translates into service.
60 Years St Paul’s College
At a time when tarred roads did not extend to Jan Jonker Road, or even the full eastern extent of old Gobabisweg, and when no one imagined Windhoek’s main street being named Sam Nujoma Drive, the City of Windhoek gave the Cathedral parish of Windhoek twelve hectares to establish a white, boys-only school
I wonder how many “Windhoekians” would know where this chapel is? Our St Paul’s College chapel was called Church of the Holy Ghost, and the fresco on the wall behind the altar depicts the descent of the Holy Spirit. It was built in 1957 as a semi parish church for the mostly German speaking Catholic community of that time.