St Andrew’s School is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Roland Herman Rudd, as Headmaster in succession to Mr Chris Thomas, who retired in December 2020. Mr Rudd is only the 9th Headmaster to lead the school since 1916. Mr Rudd’s appointment takes effect in August 2021.
Mr Rudd is no stranger to the Free State having matriculated at Grey College in 2001.
Until his appointment at Saint Andrew’s, Mr Rudd was at Wynberg Boys’ High in Cape Town as HOD, Vice Principal of Boarding and Admissions and has had an illustrious career at the School since 2006. He also served as Vice Principal of Sport and was head of the hostels.
In 2011 he was voted Western Province Secondary School Educator of the year and was placed 6th nationally.
Mr 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.
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.
St Andrew’s welcomes the Rudd family to Bloemfontein, and looks forward to the contribution that the Headmaster, who has vast experience in the ethos and environment of an all-boys educational institution, will bring to our School which is steeped in tradition and history.
Mr John Blair, SGB Chairman welcomes Mr Rudd, “Roland 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 aswell 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.
His professionalism, ability to work with and get the best out of others, and above all, his experience and love for education made Roland 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.”
Mr John Bridger, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Old Boys’ Association congratulates 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.