Craig Culyer joined St Andrew’s College as an English teacher in 2010 and immediately threw himself into the life of the school. Within in his first year he was appointed as Housemaster of Van Der Riet Lodge, a position he held for three years. He was then appointed Housemaster of Merriman and served in this position until the end of 2019.
Craig was involved in a seemingly innumerable range of activities at St Andrew’s, both within the classroom, outside of it and in the broader community. He obtained both his BEd Honours and Masters while carrying a full teaching and administrative load. He taught English with passion and great competence, and these skills were recognised when he was appointed as the IEB English Examiner for Paper 1. He was also a part of The International Boys’ Schools Coalition Action Research team, presenting his work in Richmond, Virginia.
He played a major role in the organisation of Debating at College and led several teams to the Model United Nations debating tournaments in Ireland. His involvement stretched to Outdoor Education, where he organised the Grade Eight camp for many years. He also found time to serve in the chapel, coach rugby and serve on numerous school committees.
After his tenure as Housemaster, Craig took up the position as Head of Wellness, a vital and significant role at a school such as St Andrew’s. This position included the implementation of Positive Education across the school and he organised the first Positive Education conference in South Africa last year. He also co-ordinated student exchange, student affairs and the House tutor system.
Craig will be sorely missed at College. The staff will remember him as a loyal colleague who was always first to volunteer when help was needed, and always genuine in his concern for others.
We wish him, his wife Jackie and children Bella and Julia God’s richest blessings as he takes up his new position as Head of English at The Pilgrim School in Winchester, UK.