After four decades of service, Saints bids Pierre Grobler farewell. At the end of August 2018 Saint Andrew’s bade farewell to junior school teacher Pierre Grobler, who, after reaching the retirement age of 65, retired following 40 years of outstanding service to the school.
Highly respected as a teacher and a mentor, he made a tremendous mark on education at Saints, not just in the classroom, but in the example that he set as a person.
Saint Andrew’s Headmaster Chris Thomas described Mr Grobler as a gentleman and a gentle man.
He was, for many boys, their favourite teacher. And, over the course of four decades, he was able to teach the sons of many boys who had passed through his classroom.
The Grobler family has a rich history at Saint Andrew’s; there were, at one time, four members of the family on the teaching staff – Pierre, his brothers Anton and Etienne, and Anton’s wife, Ann. That was special, Pierre commented.
Both of his sons, Björn and Matthew, attended Saints from sub A to matric, and both were prefects.
In his younger days, Pierre played cricket and hockey for Free State. His brothers, too, also represented the province in both sports.
Pierre is now a very enthusiastic golfer. In fact, one of the first things he has done in his retirement is to travel to France to watch the Ryder Cup in person. Given his previous successes in cricket and hockey, it should come as little surprise that he has been awarded provincial colours for the Free State Senior Golf Team.
Nowadays, it is a very rare feat that one person serves an institution for four decades. Pierre Grobler, though, did just that, and he did so with sustained excellence. He leaves the teaching profession as a revered and much-loved member of the Saint Andrew’s community.
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Pierre Grobler, after serving Saint Andrew’s for 40 years, retired at the end of August 2018.