O pened in 1921, Mullins was considered very smart and comfortable, not only because of the characteristic elegance of its Kendall design, but also because it had running water and electric lights from the start! But then, there always has been something special about “The Republic of Mullins”.

Situated as it is at some distance from the centre of the campus, it has developed its own special practices and a spirit of independence.

Mr Alistair Ferreira


Mullins House is home to 75 students and a team of dedicated staff who collaboratively work to maintain the happiness of the boys. Creating a safe and welcoming environment is crucial for the well-being and development of the boys living in the boarding house. We encourage open communication and last year already identified areas for improvement, such as punctuality and our improved involvement in outreach activities. Another common goal is to work towards winning more academic trophies.

The presence of The Hub, an independent renovated workspace, adds a unique touch to the house and provides a conducive environment for the boys to work and collaborate.

We aim to keep Mullins House a boarding house where we achieve our set objectives and create a thriving and positive living environment for the boys. With a supportive team and clear goals in mind, Mullins House seems poised for a successful and fulfilling year.

Mr Ian Hobson

Deputy Housemaster

Ian and Lisa Hobson moved into Holland House at the start of 2020 after joining St Andrew’s in 2008. Ian teaches and is Head of the Business Studies department. Lisa works at DSG and is the Admissions Officer having worked in the marketing department based at College. Prior to moving to Grahamstown/Makhanda, they lived in KwaZulu-Natal, where Ian spent time at Hilton and Michaelhouse coaching sport and teaching Economics and Lisa worked in the Marketing Department. Before entering the teaching world, Ian and Lisa both spent over ten years working in commerce in the marketing and tourism industries. It has been special for Ian to return to Mullins House and more specifically to Holland, having been a boarder there himself. Ian and Lisa have two adult children; Luke and Kelly who have been through boarding at College and DSG and are now happily studying down in the Western Cape. As a family they enjoy outdoor activities, sport and visiting the nature parks whenever possible; birding is a real passion of Ian’s. In their holidays they try and visit the Graaff-Reinet area regularly to see family and enjoy the open spaces and the quiet of the Karoo. Ian’s parents and brothers all have close links to the College community, his mother having been at DSG and father and brothers being Old Andreans, all of who were boarders in Mullins House. Ian is passionate about coaching sport and is currently involved in running the hockey club. He also still enjoys the odd game of social hockey and golf when possible. Ian: “Being part of the Holland is a real privilege and we as a family will be doing our utmost to create an environment in which the Grade 8 boys feel at home and are encouraged to develop personal and common responsibility and accountability in order to ensure the spiritual and social well being of the House; a place where boys can feel and be themselves.”