Saint Andrew’s welcomes 9th headmaster since 1916

Roland Herman Rudd, new headmaster of Saints.

Roland Herman Rudd has been appointed the 9th headmaster to lead St Andrew’s School. Rudd will take office from August 2021.

This after the previous headmaster, Chris Thomas, retired in December 2020. Marketing manager of Saint Andrew’s, Ailsa Uys, said the school welcomes the Rudd family to Bloemfontein. They are looking forward to the contribution their new headmaster, who has vast experience in the ethos and environment of an all-boys educational institution, will bring to their school, which is steeped in tradition and history.

The SGB chairman, John Blair, said that Rudd is a passionate educator and a born leader. He is acknowledged as one of the finest school leaders who has left his mark with exemplary achievements. “Starting as the HOD as well as the vice-prinicipal of Wynberg Boys’ High in Cape Town, Roland has not only been brought up in the environment of public boarding schools but has also led them for the past 15 years.”

Blair added that Rudd’s professionalism, his ability to work with and get the best out of others, and above all, his experience and love for education, made him the clear and unanimous choice of the interview panel. “We are privileged to have someone as experienced and motivated as Roland lead St Andrew’s and we welcome Roland, Karin, Olivia and Daniel Rudd to the St Andrew’s family.”

Uys explained that before being appointed headmaster, Rudd was at Wynberg Boys’ High in Cape Town as HOD, vice-principal of boarding and admissions and had an illustrious career at the school since 2006. He also served as vice-principal of sport and was head of the hostels. “He was heavily involved in sport at Wynberg Boys’ High, at school, league and provincial level. He was nominated as the Nedbank Challenge Coach to take a development soccer team to Italy to showcase young talent to international coaches. He is also a firm believer in community service, an area well established at St Andrew’s.”

Rudd, however, is no stranger to the Free State as he matriculated at Grey College in 2001. In 2011 he was voted Western Province Secondary School Educator of the Year and was placed 6th nationally. Rudd completed a Bachelor in Education degree at the University of the Free State where he received the Golden Key, and was named best B.Ed. student. In 2013 he obtained his honours in education at the University of Cape Town, also as top student. He is currently teaching Engineering, Graphics and Design, English and Technology.

Chairman of the Central Committee of the Old Boys’ Association, John Bridger, congratulated Roland Rudd on his appointment as headmaster of the school. “We welcome him to the wider Saints family and trust that he will lead the school with distinction in the challenging times we find ourselves in. Welcome back to Bloemfontein and may your light shine brightly at our school.”

Sazly Hartzenberg