Meet Our Head of School
Andre Swart was born in the small Kwa-Zulu Natal town of Vryheid (meaning Freedom). He is the middle son of three. His younger brother, Timothy, runs a guest house in Northern Ireland, and his eldest brother is Deputy Principal at a private High School in Gauteng.
After surviving the challenges of attending 6 different schools during his schooling, he matriculated at Newcastle High School in 1982. At the time, it was compulsory to do 2-year military service and he was then assigned to a base camp in Ladysmith. Once he completed his military service, he started studying as a teacher at Durban Teacher’s Training College.
His first teaching post, in 1990, was at Drakensview Primary, in the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands town of Estcourt. Four years later, he moved down the road to Pietermaritzburg and taught at Bisley Park Primary and afterwards at Scottsville Primary.
Towards the end of 1997, he was offered the position of Deputy Principal at John Mackenzie School in Francistown, Botswana and in January 1998, made the big move up north. During the next 9 years, he gained valuable experience working in an international environment and working at a school which catered for primary and high school students. The Board of Governors appointed Andre as the Principal in 2004, following the retirement of the previous principal. During this time, he studied further and was awarded a BEd Honours Degree in Education Management from the University of Johannesburg.
He left Botswana at the end of 2006, and moved to the Southern Cape region, in order to be closer to his children. Since 2007, he has been at Milkwood Primary School, situated in the picturesque town of Mossel Bay. He started as Head of School at International School Helderberg on the 1st September 2017.
Andre has been married to his best friend, Sue, for nearly 10 years. They both enjoy the outdoors, hiking, photography, theatre, running and experiencing new things. Four children keep them humble. Damon is 22 and is a 3rd year engineering student at Stellenbosch University, Paige is 21 and in her 2nd year, studying BA Developmental and Environment at Stellenbosch University, Leah is in her 1st year, studying Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles and Katie is in Grade 11 at York High in George.