Mr Luc Hoefnagels, commonly known as Hoef around Graham House, was born on the 11th of October 1963 in Cape Town where he attended St Joseph’s College. He matriculated as Headboy of the school, and pursued his goals by playing cricket in England for a year, after which he returned to South Africa to study at Stellenbosch University and UCT. After graduating, Mr Hoefnagels was appointed as assistant Housemaster of a house at Wynberg, where he was the 1st team cricket coach. He later then went on to teach at Bishops, where he was also the 1st team cricket coach and had great success with these teams. During this period, he met Mrs Judy Hoefnagels. The couple got married in Port Elizabeth in 1992 and lived in Cape Town for 15 years where Nikki and Jacques were born in 1998 and 2000 respectively. The Hoefnagels moved to Grahamstown in 2008, and by October 2009, Mr Hoefnagels was the Housemaster of Graham House after taking over from Mr Smith.
Mr Hoefnagels has been the Housemaster of Graham House since 2009, and has moulded the house in the way he sees fit. The house system plays a big influence in a College boys life, being a home away from home. Graham House is certainly a home away from home, with the relaxed atmosphere with no bells and whistles and the continuous banter between the Grades while playing soccer or touch-rugby. This relaxed atmosphere over the house is a direct influence of the vision of Mr Hoefnagels, as well as the caring nature of Mrs Hoefnagels, and I thank you for that.
A quote which goes, “without a woman, a man is nothing”, sums up the relationship between Mr and Mrs Hoefnagels, as they are a great team. Mrs Hoefnagels is one of the most enthusiastic Housemaster’s wives, always ready to help with maths or just a little chat which, has been greatly appreciated by the boys. Your presence and your determined demeanour will definitely be missed in the house.
Mr Hoefnagels, your attitude toward striving for the house to be the best it can be is a trait which can be greatly admired. A chat I remember we had went something on the lines of you not only wanting Graham House to compete in the inter-house rugby competition, but to win it – something which has not been done in the years I have been at St Andrew’s – it shows your attitude of how you always want the house to do its best.
Being a Housemaster is a hard job, what with all the inspections, making sure the boys are in bed and having to deal with all the questions from the Old Boys visiting the house. I thank you for always doing your best to see that Graham House fulfils the vision in which you set it out to be. I thank you for your service to Graham House over the last six years.
– James Marriner (Head of House)