B uilt in 1902, Espin House was named after the illustrious and scholarly headmaster Canon John Espin, who retired that year. Like Armstrong, this house was designed by William White-Cooper, a man who left his architectural imprint on a number of the city’s schools.
Espin boys are fiercely competitive and loyal. On the sports field they often lead the pack. The house celebrated its centenary in 2002 in style, with 190 old boys attending the reunion events.
My name is Patrick Gumunyu, and my teaching journey started at Prince Edward School in Harare, Zimbabwe where l was Director of Sports and Housemaster. While at Prince Edward School, I had the privilege to coach some of the most successful Athletics, Basketball and Rugby teams including the Zimbabwe U18 Craven Week teams. I relocated to South Africa and joined St Andrew’s College in 2006 where l was appointed Athletics, Basketball, 2nd XV Rugby coach and Deputy Housemaster Merriman House then Mullins House. In 2009, I accepted the positions of Director of Sports and Housemaster at Stanford Lake College in Limpopo. I then went on to spend another seven years at St Dunstan’s College as Director of Sports and served as Director of Eastern and Titans Cricket Boards, Management Committee member of Benoni Country Club and Eastern Nomads Andrew Mentis committee member. I came back to Grahamstown to join St Andrew’s Preparatory School in 2017 as Director of Sports, Deputy Housemaster and Director of Basketball at College.
I am filled with great excitement and a feeling of anticipation to be the Espin Housemaster. My Academic portfolio at St Andrew’s College is that of Director of Sport. I will also be involved in the coaching of Athletics, Basketball and Rugby.
I am married to Rose, and we have two children, Mutsa-Thando is at St Andrew’s Pre-Preparatory School and Masimba is at St Andrew’s College. We enjoy traveling. We also get out as often as we can to play golf or watch live sports.
Rose and I are privileged to have the rest of the Espin boys as an extension of our family— it feels amazing! I trust that our new journey through Espin House and St Andrew's College will be a happy and enriching one for all of us as we share our experiences with different ways and thinking but still preserving the positive culture of the House and College. I am beyond excited to have the chance to serve Espin House.