Armstrong House

O ne of the most outstanding landmarks at College – and indeed in Grahamstown – is the tall, white-trimmed Armstrong House which stands prominently at the top end of Somerset Street. It is as fine a monument as any to the city’s well-known architect, William White-Cooper.

Along with the arrival of Armstrong as the second house at College, came the English house system with its attendant competitions, rivalries and loyalties. Also new on the scene was the prefect system, introduced by the housemaster of Armstrong and second master of the school, The Revd WEC Clarke. Under this fiery but remarkably capable man these traditions were established, and although they are constantly reviewed and renewed, they continue to underpin every Andrean’s experience of comradeship and belonging, and at their best they foster the unique genius for friendship that is the hallmark of this school.

Armstrong is a house of diverse character and great spirit. It features in every competition, both sporting and cultural – a dynamic house that is always in the chase.

 

Mr Graeme Lucas-Bull

Housemaster


I was born and bred in Johannesburg and schooled at St Stithians Boys’ College, matriculating in 2005. I obtained a BCom in Economics and Finance from the University of Cape Town. It was there when I started developing my love for teaching and coaching. I was a student tutor and part time Economics and Mathematics teacher at Reddam House Constantia during my time at University. My wife, Camilla and I, and our son Miles thrive on the excitement and energy of a boarding school environment as well as the sense of community as small Eastern Cape town brings. I tried my hand in the corporate world, working for Liberty Life, but I missed the classroom and sports fields too much. I was appointed as the Professional Water Polo coach at St Andrew’s College in 2012 and taught Mathematics as well as being a resident tutor in Mullins House. Shortly after this (2015) I was then given an opportunity to work as a full time Mathematics teacher at St Stithians Boys’ College. Sport is an essential part of my life and while at Saints I was appointed as the 1st team Water Polo coach and was deeply involved in the Rugby program. In this time I was appointed as the South African Men’s Water Polo Assistant Coach, South African Men and Women U18 Water Polo Head coach. I am passionate about coaching and the process of helping young men develop their own unique gifts and potential. I continued to pursue leadership within the school and took up the post of House Director of Henning House. This was an extremely rewarding and fulfilling role as I was on the forefront of education leadership and instilled values that continue to grow within the house. However, our time in Johannesburg was short lived. My wife (being born and bred Eastern Cape) and I share a love and passion for the Eastern Cape and its esteemed history and heritage. Therefor I could not refuse the opportunity to once again be involved with this magnificent educational institution. It is an immense honour to make my contribution once again. I am extremely excited and privileged to be in charge of Armstrong House. A house that is steeped in over 120 years of history and tradition. I am passionate about values based leadership, mentorship and guiding young men on their journey to becoming men of significance and integrity. Armstrong strives to produce honourable young men, embracing the values set out by the School and its Founder. It is a place where boys are able to celebrate their uniqueness through love respect and brotherhood. It is a safe space where leadership and mentorship develops into lifelong friendships that are forever cherished. Learn more

Mr Simon Kroon

Deputy Housemaster


I was born and grew up in Grahamstown and was schooled at Kingswood College. After studying at UCT, I joined Old Mutual where I qualified and worked as an actuary. Learn more