Armstrong House - St Andrew's College

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


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 is also a Mathematics teacher and we both love the Eastern Cape and thrive on the excitement and energy of a boarding school environment. I tried my hand in the corporate world, working for Globex Financial Services, an agent 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 and rugby coach at St Stithians Boys’ College. While at Saints I was appointed as the 1st team Water Polo coach and was deeply involved in Rugby. 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 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. Therefore, I could not refuse the opportunity to once again be involved with this magnificent educational institution. It is going to be an immense honour to be a part of St Andrew’s College. More importantly, I am privileged to oversee 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 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.

Mr Ernest Sykes

Deputy Housemaster