St Andrews School celebrates achievements

From left are guest speaker, Ian Utermohlen, headmaster, Chris Thomas, headboy, Thami Mdubeki and dux scholar, Asterios Tsiftsis. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

St Andrews School in Bloemfontein had its senior school prize giving at the Doxa Deo Church Hall in Fichardt Park this morning. The headmaster of the school, Chris Thomas, says this is a day in which the school acknowledges the achievements of the learners in academics, culture and sport.

“The school also has a habit of awarding an ‘old boy’ with the Fiat Lux Award. Fiat Lux is the school’s motto and it means ‘let there be light’. The award is given to an old boy for his contribution to the country or the world.”

Thomas explained that the recipient of the award today is an old boy who is part of a team that has developed affordable eyewear for the world at a company based in Britain.

The school also invited a guest speaker, Ian Utermohlen, who is a senior official at SA Tourism. Utermohlen attended the event to give the school and the parents a message of hope. He explained to Bloemfontein Courant that he is hoping to tell the boys about the amazing opportunities in South Africa and to explain to them that they should celebrate the Saint Andrews values as this has guided him through life as a business man as well as in his personal life. “These young boys need to harness the skills that they are taught here, go out and see the world but also remember to return to SA,” he said. –

Sazly Hartzenberg