Robert Kirkpatrick has been awarded his Leadership Honours at St Andrew’s College
From the moment that Robert set foot on the St Andrew’s College campus, he threw himself into everything the school had to offer. He demonstrated initiative, responsibility and creativity in all that he committed himself to and was always the person to put his hand up and lead from the front. As a servant leader of the school, and the community at large, he exemplified what it means to be an Andrean.
Robert was involved in a myriad of clubs, societies and activities over the past five years. He sat on, and made meaningful contributions to, the Transformation and Diversity Committee, the Interact Club, as well as the Community Engagement Committee, where he did extensive work on many of the projects, such as 24 for Smiley. He completed the Gold Standard of the President’s Award in his Grade 11 year. He was the Chairman of the Speakers Society and was instrumental in the growth of the society. He assisted selflessly in all things to do with Armstrong House and inspired his fellow Housemates to participate and take pride in Armstrong.
His calm, friendly and humble manner belied an impressive academic acumen. Robert never sought accolades but got stuck in, and got the job done with enthusiasm and an eye for excellence. As Deputy Head Boy, Robert was a wonderful support to the Head of School, and was also a caring and empathetic mentor in both his Grade 11 and Matric years.
However, it is in the field of marketing that Robert really made the most unique and transformative contribution as a leader at College. He was an asset to the Marketing Department since Grade 9 and took it upon himself to study and sharpen his communication and marketing skills over the past four years. He is now passing on these skills to junior boys as the organiser of a short course about videography and film editing in the Andrean Passport programme.
If there were a single legacy that Robert left behind, it would undoubtedly be the “Boys in Blue” social media pages. These have become a hallmark of the College brand and Robert has been an ambassador of the highest order who has brought the Andrean community together and inspired us all, from the youngest Preppie to the oldest Old Andrean, with his youthful, fervent, emotionally gripping cinematic creations.
His positivity was uplifting, his zest for life was infectious, and his quiet, strong leadership inspiring.
A true “Boy in Blue”.
An Andrean touchstone.
A most deserving recipient of Honours in Leadership.
Mr Graeme Lucas-Bull