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 Grant Mackenzie

Housemaster


I completed my education at St Stithians College in Johannesburg and later pursued my studies at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, where I earned a B-Comm degree in Marketing and Economics. My passion for sports led me to kickstart my coaching career at Reddam House in Constantia, overseeing their water polo program for an impressive 19 years. Alongside this, I successfully managed my own event company for 12 years and, in 2008, took ownership of Turbo South Africa, a prominent swimwear and lifestyle brand that caters to various schools and clubs nationwide.

I am happily married to Kelly Mackenzie, the current Physiotherapist at College, and together we have two wonderful children. My daughter Riley, currently in grade 5 at DSG, is 10 years old, and my son Logan, who is 5 years old, attends Prep.

In 2019, I joined St Andrew’s College as the Director of Water Polo. Over the years, my role expanded to include tutoring at Merriman House for two years, assuming the Director of Swimming position in 2020. In 2022, I took on the responsibility of Housemaster of Armstrong House, and by 2023, I added Chess to my diverse portfolio.

Since 2022, the boarding house has undergone a positive transformation under my guidance. The boys have cultivated a safer and more inclusive environment. Currently housing 73 boys, including seven dayboys, Armstrong has shown remarkable academic improvement. I take pride in the fact that in matric 2023, four boys achieved four or more distinctions. I am excited about the prospect of further enhancing Armstrong's development and nurturing young men who will make a positive impact on the world.