Laurence Christie - Deputy Housemaster - St Andrew's College

Laurence Christie – Deputy Housemaster

B orn in Paarl and schooled at South African College School (S.A.C.S), I started out at the University of Cape Town with BSC in Chemical, Molecular and Cellular science while playing rugby there before moving to complete my studies at Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) in Human Movement Science and Honours in SportScience.

Having coached at a schoolboy level since 2008 and being lucky enough to be the assistant Strength & Conditioning coach for the 2015 EP Academy U19 Currie Cup winning team and playing Varsity Cup myself at the same time was what solidified my passion to work in junior level sports.

I started at St Andrew’s College the following year in 2016 as the newly appointed Strength and Conditioning coach and was assigned to Graham House. In 2019 I signed on in a permanent capacity as the Director of Athletic Performance for the school and was Deputy Housemaster of Mullins House before moving to become Deputy Housemaster of Graham and Head of Van Der Riet at the start of 2021. I have loved every moment at this wonderful institution, making lifelong friends with some of the staff that have taught me a great deal over the years and met my wife, Judy through the school.

She has done her BSc with Distinction through Rhodes University, BSc Honours in Wild Life Management with Distinction through University of Pretoria, her Masters with distinction in Chemistry through Rhodes and is currently doing her second year of her PhD through Murdock University in Australia and collecting research data with wildlife pharmaceuticals in South Africa. She is based in Makhanda (Grahamstown). Together we ensure that the grade 8 pupils in our care have the combined maternal and paternal support structures in their new home away from home as they start their journey to identify, pursue and flourish in their own unique areas towards becoming a well-rounded contributing member of society one day as a College man.