Life at the College
At the College of the Transfiguration community
engagement is not incidental to getting a qualification
but rather an essential part of the process of
empowering our student ministers to help facilitate
communities of faith, contribute to social change and
social cohesion, and enable a truly transforming
We have a proud history of interaction with the wider
Grahamstown and Anglican communities and have a Pastoral
Placement Programme through which our students become
actively engaged in the wider community.
Life at the College of the Transfiguration is centred in
the Chapel where we begin every day – and end most days
– together in worship. Worship is led by students,
faculty and visiting guests or alumni. Chapel music is
provided by the College choir and marimba band working
with the College liturgist.
Students are placed in small formation groups at the
start of the year for personal support, fellowship and
enrichment. These groups meet weekly and work together
to lead services, choose appropriate music and prayers,
and to have fun and relax together.
A rigorous routine of daily prayer is designed to deepen
and engrain timeless forms of worship. Morning Prayer,
evening prayer, corporate meditation and daily Eucharist
form part of this routine.
Residential life allows students to actively engage with
one another across culture, gender and life experience,
making this aspect of College life one of the most
challenging and enriching. All meals are taken together
in a communal dining hall and the annual timetable has
planned community days and events.
Academic development and critical thought is considered
a continuation of the spiritual development of the
student, challenging prior conceptions and deepening
understanding of the Anglican and Biblical tradition.
The College life is structured around a rhythm of prayer
and worship, study and leisure. Daily life is centred in
the Chapel. The day begins and ends in corporate
worship, with Morning or Evening Prayer, or a Eucharist.
Weekday mornings commence with corporate silent
meditation, with guided meditations being offered on
Wednesdays and Thursdays. Learners are expected to take
their turn in leading and preparing for worship. Chapel
worship reflects the diversity of languages spoken
within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA).
There are regular quiet days and retreats. The College
equips students for internal disciplines required of
priest in a parish setting.
Understanding that our students require access to
excellent IT facilities, we provide access to the
computer room round the clock. The lab has 28 terminals
and students also have access to photocopying and
scanning facilities. In addition there is wireless
access within the vicinity of the lab. Network access is
available in the main residential block and at the off
campus residences for singe and married students.
There is a range of accommodation offered on College
grounds for married or unmarried students. Single
students have their own study bedrooms.
Married students who wish to bring family to the College
can apply for accommodation through the Registrar’s
office. Send the applications to
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