The difference between a good school and a great school is not the beauty or age of its buildings, but the quality and dedication of its staff. College has a history of staff who have consistently gone the extra mile and profoundly changed the lives of generations of Andreans. The Old Andrean Club tries to acknowledge the dedication and contribution to College of these outstanding individuals by making them Honorary Old Andreans. We acknowledge the contribution of 4 members of staff, each of whom has worked at College for more than 15 years.
Mrs Cheré Holder
A former head girl of Victoria Girls High School, Mrs Cheré Holder started working for our family of schools in 2005 when she was appointed Bursar of Prep. After the merger between Prep and College she moved to College as Accounts Administrator and was soon promoted to Senior Accountant. In asking people to describe Cheré’s contribution to the school, she is continually described as thorough, tidy, conscientious, consistent and friendly. I have witnessed first-hand her great professionalism and rigour as well as her love of our schools. Cheré understands how her contribution to the school enables and supports the greater function of College and Prep and is always willing to help and share her expertise in her caring and methodical way. Already an Honorary Old Preppie, I am delighted that Mrs Holder today also becomes an Old Andrean.
Mr Nkosinathi Nikelo
Mr Nkosinathi Nikelo started working at St Andrew’s as part of an out-sourced cleaning company, and quickly established positive relationships with members of the academic staff. In 2005 Mr Nikelo joined the Design and Technology Centre as a technician. Since 2005, he has helped countless pupils with their projects, maintained machines and assisted with teaching classes. After hours, Mr Nikelo has contributed substantially to the completion of school projects, assisting with Community Engagement, football coaching and refereeing. Mr Nikelo is as passionate an Andrean as there is. I am delighted to present him with his Old Andrean tie.
Mrs Kate Cobbing
Mrs Kate Cobbing joined the Physical Science Department in 2005 after completing her PGCE at Rhodes University. She quickly established herself as an outstanding and passionate teacher of Physics. She was promoted to Head of the Physical Science Department in 2010, and she continues to run the department expertly to this day. She has since completed a Masters Degree in Science Education, and was recently appointed as the IEB examiner for Physical Science Paper 1. Sustainability and environmental issues are of deep interest to Mrs Cobbing, and to this end she has taken over as the Head of the Environmental Committee. She sits on the CEMA Committee and the Leaderships Awards Committee. She is meticulously organised, passionate about science education, and cares deeply for the pupils she teaches. Today she becomes one of a rare group of people who are both Old Kingswoodians and Old Andreans.
Ms Maretha Potgieter
Ms Maretha Potgieter joined the Afrikaans Department in 2002, and she was soon promoted to the position of Head of Department for Afrikaans Home Language. She is passionate about her subject, and firmly believes in the value her pupils gain from studying the language at a deep and meaningful level. She has been the pioneer for Afrikaans Home Language at St Andrew’s College and in the Eastern Cape and has been the IEB Examiner for Afrikaans Home Language for several years. Ms Potgieter was a much loved and respected tutor in Armstrong House for several years and has recently returned to tutoring in Mullins House.
She has taken on the mantle of Transformation and Diversity in the last 4 years, driving this critical process forward and making a big difference in a relatively short time. She sits on several committees, including the CEMA Committee and the Transformation and Diversity Committee, and plays an important role in the background of major school ceremonies such as Speech Day. Ms Potgieter has woven herself into the fabric of St Andrew’s College and it is difficult
to imagine the school without her.