St. Andrew's College, Aurora
|St. Andrew's College, Aurora|
15800 Yonge Street
|Motto||Quit ye like men, be strong|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Non-Denominational Christian|
|Head of school||Kevin McHenry|
|Grades||5 to 12|
|Colour(s)||Red and white|
|Mascot||Saints, Andy (St. Andrew)|
St. Andrew's College, also known as SAC, is an independent school founded in 1899 located in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. It is a university-preparatory school for boys in grades 5 to 12, with a focus on academic achievement, athletics, and leadership development. It is accredited by the Canadian Educational Standards Institute and is affiliated with other associations, including CAIS, CASE, NAIS and the International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC). St. Andrew's College's Arms were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on August 15, 2006.
St. Andrew's College was first situated at the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Roxborough Avenue in the Toronto neighbourhood of Rosedale, in a house named Chestnut Park that was previously owned by Sir David Macpherson. In 1905, the School moved to within Rosedale in an area west of MacLennan Avenue from Summerhill Avenue to Douglas Drive just north of Rosedale Field into a large Collegiate Gothic structure. The institution made its final move in 1926 to Aurora, where the current campus takes up 126-acre (0.51 km2) campus in a suburban environment. Its Georgian architecture is built around the traditional quadrangle form. There are four boarding houses on campus, which is home to approximately half of the 651 boys. Many teaching faculty also live on campus.
The School's mission statement is Dedicating ourselves to the development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen. Sports are a compulsory activity and considered an essential part of school life and culture; 72 teams across 22 sports are offered by the School. As of 2002, every classroom and common area at St. Andrew's College is covered by a wireless network.
The students have a broad selection of courses to choose from, including Advanced Placement (AP) classes to better prepare them for post-secondary studies. As well, many AP examinations are offered at this testing location. Example of AP courses offered are chemistry, English, calculus, statistics, economics and computer science. SAC has a 100% university acceptance rate and graduates move on to post-secondary education around the world, including Canadian, American and British universities.
More than half the students from over 29 countries attending St. Andrew's College live in residence. Day boys, from York Region and the surrounding area, are a part of the four day houses: Ramsey, Laidlaw, Smith or Perrier. Middle School consists of students in grades 5 through 8 while Upper School comprises students in grades 9 through 12. Macdonald House is the home to all boarders attending grades 5 through 8. Upper School residents live in the four boarding houses: Flavelle, Sifton, Memorial, and Macdonald. The programs for Middle School students are generally independent of those for Upper School. The Middle School clans are Douglas, Montrose, Wallace, and Bruce. Each student is also part of a clan, where they participate in various activities to earn Clan Points.
In addition, St. Andrew's students hail from an array of different backgrounds. Half of the School's student body are boarders and nearly 50% of the boarding community is international, coming from such countries and regions as Bermuda, Korea, Bahamas, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Germany, Indonesia, Spain, Bermuda, China, Nepal and the United States to name a few. The remaining students are from various provinces across Canada.
Design and additions
In 1999 the architectural firm KPMB headed a project which consisted of planning for a new middle school and parking lot on the established campus. From 2000 to 2003, the same architectural firm had an additional project which included the addition of a middle school wing onto an existing building, a parking lot and outdoor spaces and alterations to the existing college, originally constructed in 1926. The plans for these projects are currently kept at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Quebec.
Coulter Hall - A three-floor building designated for use by the Social Sciences and English departments. The basement floor is the lockers for Smith and Laidlaw houses and also houses the History and Cadet departments and the first floor is home to social science courses while the second is home to the history and business departments.
Ketchum Auditorium - The School's auditorium, adjacent to Coulter Hall. The Ketchum Auditorium is home to St. Andrew's annual school plays and drama department. It is named after the third headmaster Kenneth G. B. Ketchum LLD.
McLaughlin Hall - A three-storey wing connecting the Bedard Athletic Centre, Coulter Hall, and Rogers Hall. It is completely devoted to science-related studies. The first floor is designated for geographic studies. The second floor is designated for biological studies and computer science. The third is designated for mathematics, chemistry and physics. It also features a permanently installed Focault pendulum, one of only a handful in Canada.
Wirth Art Gallery - is a facility designed to house the arts and media arts departments for the School. It is also the location of noted in-house local artist Tino Paolini. It was named for Old Boy Alf Wirth '59.
Student and school facilities
Ackerman Field - named after Gorden Ackerman, a former football coach and teacher at the College, the Ackerman Field is one of the School's sports fields.
Bedard Athletic Centre - This building, named after the School's sixth Headmaster, Robert Bedard, is home to the School's athletic needs. It houses one of the two gymnasiums on campus, as well as 6 international squash courts, a 25-metre six lane indoor swimming pool, the fitness and weight training facility, 10 locker rooms, and a fully staffed sports injury clinic.
Dunlap Hall - This is one of the original four buildings on campus. Today it houses the School's administrative facility. Dunlap Hall is separated into two floors: the first serves numerous functions including the Headmaster's office, admission office and the School's administration office. The second floor houses the alumni and advancement office and the university guidance office.
Staunton Gallery - The main part of the School where most of the students congregate, was dedicated to departing Headmaster Ted Staunton. The commons area is adjacent to the Wirth Art Gallery.
Cole Hall - The dining hall where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily. It is also the site for many formal meals and ceremonies, like the annual St. Andrew's Day lunch & dinner in November. The music rooms are also located in the basement of the Great Hall.
High Ropes Course - The high ropes course is the School's only rope course and is frequently used to train the School's cadets, especially those in grade 12 who wish to become cadet instructors, where completing the high ropes course is mandatory.
Memorial Chapel - The School's main Chapel, which is dedicated to the Andreans who fought and died during World War I and II. The donation was made by Sir Joseph Flavelle, who also donated funds to establish Flavelle House. Morning services as well as some special services like the Remembrance Day Service are held in the Memorial Chapel.
Quad - Located directly in front of the boarding houses, the quad is supposed to represent the sacred ground at St. Andrew's, and is used to host Prize Day in June and the annual Cadet inspection in May. However, students are allowed to use the quad for athletic purposes at designated times during the day.
Yuill Family Gymnasium - The main athletic facility for all Middle School students. Yuill Gym may also be used for Upper School activities, such as the annual Homecoming dance or some assemblies. Moreover, the Yuill gym is home to the Middle School rockclimbing facility. It was named for Old Boy Bill Yuill '57.
Yuill Family Athletic Complex - The upper fields of the School. Consists of a state of the art synthetic turf field, with an 800-seat stadium, press box, and scoreboard. Surrounding the field is a 6-lane regulation track. The complex also includes a regulation-size baseball diamond, batting cages, warm-up mounds, and multipurpose athletic courts. The complex was completed in Spring of 2012 and is named for its lead donor, Old Boy Bill Yuill '57.
La Brier Family Arena - A new hockey arena. It is being used for U12, U14, U16, JV and Varsity teams. Built and completed in 2014, it is the cornerstone in our athletic program and is named for its lead donor, the La Brier Family.
Rogers Hall - Built in 2003, this is the main building for the Middle School and is named after lead donor Dem Rogers '59.
The Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Performance (CLIP) - A fairly new addition to the campus (2015), which is home to the Business, Robotics, and Music classrooms, The Band room, where the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Pep Band practice and play, and the Wirth Theatre, where all of the school plays are held. The CLIP provides a connection from the Staunton Gallery to the Cole Dining Hall.
In addition to the School's academic and athletic facilities, there are four residential facilities for the boarding students at St. Andrew's. They are:
- Memorial House — named after the soldiers who died during World War I and World War II.
- Flavelle House — named after Sir Joseph Flavelle.
- Macdonald House — named after St. Andrew's first Headmaster - D. Bruce Macdonald.
- Sifton House — named after the School's prolific alumni and donors, the Sifton family, descended from Sir Clifford Sifton.
St. Andrew’s is also home to Canada’s second largest Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corps. Established in 1905, the #142 St. Andrew's College Highland Cadet Corps is now a credit earning, multi-year leadership program, but still culminates in an annual inspection in May. The School's cadet corps is also affiliated with the 48th Highlanders of Canada, retaining the same motto ("Dileas Gu Brath" - "Faithful Forever") as well as uniform (scarlet tunic and Modern Gordon tartan). In 2005, the centennial year, the Corps was granted the Freedom of the City of Aurora.
The Pipes and Drums Band is an integral part of the St. Andrew's College Highland Cadet Corps and one of its best-known elements. The primary responsibility of the Pipes and Drums Band is to provide music for the Battalion when it is on the march. In this role, the Band will be front and centre at the Annual Church Parade, the Headmaster's Parade, and the Annual Inspection in May.
The Cadet Corps closely resembles that of the Canadian army. Beginning from grade 8, all students at St. Andrew's must participate in the Cadet program. Those who wish to further pursue their leadership position in the Cadet Corps can either become platoon instructors or apply for senior positions within the corps. There are four mandatory levels in the cadet program, which accompanies each grade, and they are as follows:
- Green Star (grade 8) - if the student passes the final Green Star exam, he will be promoted from a cadet to a lance corporal.
- Red Star (grade 9) - if the student passes the final Red Star exam, he will be promoted from a private to a corporal.
- Silver Star (grade 10) - if the student passes the final Silver Star exam, he will be promoted from a corporal to a master corporal.
- Gold Star (grade 11) - if the student passes the final Gold Star exam, he will be promoted from a master corporal to a sergeant.
As well, the St. Andrew's College Cadet Corps has won a multitude of awards. It won the Strathcona Cup for general efficiency of private school cadet corps in 1944, 1945, 1947, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1973, 1980, 1981 and 1983. Moreover, it won the Earl Grey Challenge Trophy for the Best Cadet Corps in Canada in 1960-1961.
Similar to the Canadian Forces, a Cadet can be promoted on merit gained through Cadet accreditation and leadership within the corps. The rank structure is equivalent to that of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets; the Cadet Corps is one of only a few Cadet Corps in Canada which still keeps Cadets officers ranks.
Piping and drumming
In addition to the normal Cadet Corps, the Pipes and Drums Band are also paramount to the School's Cadet Corps. Internationally renowned as "North America's piping heartland" for its Piping and Drumming program, St. Andrew's College attracts hundreds of potential pipers each year to its summer "Ontario School of Piping and Drumming at St. Andrew’s College" camp.
Like the Cadets in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets program, pipers and drummers can elevate their rank in the same way that the normal school Cadets do.
In June 2019, the decision was made to field a competitive band in grade 3 alongside the existing band, which competed in grade 5. 
Each year, St. Andrew's hosts' certain events that are special only to the School. Some of these activities and events involve the School's entire student body, while others invite alumni and their friends and families. These events serve different purposes, some of which are integral to the School's identity while others are used for fundraising causes.
- Annual Cadet Inspection - the annual Cadet Inspection is mandatory for the entire student body at St. Andrew's. The Inspection is usually held in May and invites prominent representatives from all across Canada to inspect the School's student body. A tradition that finds its root since 1906, the annual inspection is integral to the School's identity and preserving the School's Scottish background.
- Cadets in Concert - This musical concert showcases the School's Pipes and Drums and feature the Corps Concert Band, Stage Band and a few outstanding soloists, percussionists and dancers. It highlights traditional Celtic music, military band music, and some show tunes.
- Andrean Christmas - The annual Andrean Christmas is held at Roy Thompson Hall in midtown Toronto in December and showcases the School’s musicians and singers. The Hall holds over 2,000 people and is generally filled to capacity. Like the annual Cadet Inspection, the Andrean Christmas is mandatory and everybody from the student body must attend.
- Focus Festival of the Arts - This program is a three-day festival of plays, a film festival, visual arts, music and social events for students, parents and guests. Boys who have never been involved in drama or on the stage before are encouraged to participate by writing their own plays, directing, producing or acting in performances large and small.
- Homecoming - an annual gathering of all St. Andrew's alumni to return to St. Andrew's in September. Held in conjunction with the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 reunion dinners, this annual gathering is for the entire Andrean community. The Homecoming celebration includes games for the children in the Quad and in the Great Hall, and various sports competitions, especially soccer and football. For Upper School students, the Homecoming event usually includes the annual Homecoming dance on Saturday evening.
- MacPherson Tournament - an annual hockey event where the St. Andrew's varsity hockey team competes with hockey teams from other top schools for the MacPherson Cup. The cup is named after three Andreans: Lloyd MacPherson, Jim Hamilton and Bob Meagher, all of whom loved hockey with passion and contributed greatly to the St. Andrew's hockey team. The tournament has a North American flavour, hosting schools from Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Quebec, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, New York, Nova Scotia and Michigan as well as a variety of regions in Ontario.
- Prize Day - Prize Day is the culmination of the School's academic year, and features many awards and prizes earned by the School's students. There are two ceremonies, one for the Middle School and one for the Upper School. Prize Day takes place after exams, which are usually completed by early June.
- St. Andrew's Dinner - every November, a traditional St. Andrew's night dinner is held, complete with Haggis. All students must attend, wearing their kilts for this special occasion. Like the annual Cadet Inspection, the St. Andrew's Dinner has taken place since the inception of the School and is integral to the preservation of the School's Scottish traditions.
- Annual Fall Play - An annual play put on for parents, students, and staff during the month of November. Generally a Musical.
Middle School Clans:
- Bruce Clan
- Douglas Clan
- Wallace Clan
- Montrose Clan
Students in a particular Upper School house, both day and boarding, are in the same clan.
Upper School Clans:
- MacPherson Clan, Flavelle House
- Buchanan Clan, Memorial House
- Chattan Clan, Smith House
- Ramsay Clan, Ramsey House
- Robertson Clan, Laidlaw House
- Stewart Clan, Sifton House
- Craig Clan, Perrier House
- MacDonald Clan, MacDonald House
St. Andrew's College is one of the original members of Ontario’s “Little Big Four” (the others being Ridley College, Trinity College School, and Upper Canada College). The photographs of each year’s representative teams line the walls along the first and second floors of the Bedard Athletic Centre. Sports are mandatory — all Upper School boys must participate in two out of three sports terms during the year, while Middle School students must participate in all three terms.
St. Andrew's has a tradition of sporting, as shown by its participation in both private and public school leagues and associations:
- Private schools competition
- Little Big Four (L.B.F.) 1899-1968
- Independent School League (I.S.L.) 1968-1982
- Independent Schools Athletic Association (I.S.A.A.) 1982-1993
- Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (C.I.S.A.A.)1993–present
- Canadian Association of Independent Schools (C.A.I.S.) 1981–present
- Public schools competition
- York Region Secondary Schools Athletic Association (Y.R.S.S.A.A.) 1971-1995
- Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Athletic Association (G.B.S.S.A.A.) 1973-1986
- Durham-York Secondary Schools Athletic Association (D.Y.S.S.A.A.) 1986-1995
- York Region Athletic Association (Y.R.A.A.) 1995-2004
- Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (O.F.S.A.A.) 1948–present
St. Andrew's College has teams for the following sports:
- Reverend George Bruce (1899–1900)
- Reverend Bruce Macdonald (1900–1935)
- Kenneth Ketchum (1935–1958)
- Dr. Joseph Robert Coulter (1958–1974)
- Dr. Thomas Hockin (1974–1981)
- Robert Bédard (1981–1997)
- E.G. (Ted) Staunton (1997–2009)
- Kevin McHenry (2009–present)
- Robert Bédard (tennis), the sixth Headmaster, was Canada's top-ranked tennis player for two decades.
- Thomas Cossitt, a former member of the House of Commons of Canada
- Thomas Hockin, the fifth Headmaster, was a professor in political science and a renowned politician under the Progressive Conservative government. He went on to be the Chief Executive Officer at the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, and in 2009 became the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund.
- Frank Miller, former Premier of Ontario (Progressive Conservative, February–June 1985)
St. Andrew's notable alumni, known colloquially at the school as 'Old Boys', include:
- Stephen Amell - Canadian actor
- Timothy Findley, OC - author
- Lawren Harris, CC - Group of Seven Painter
- George Nozuka - Canadian/American Pop and R&B singer/songwriter
- Justin Nozuka - Canadian/American Folk singer/songwriter
- Kiefer Sutherland - Canadian actor
- Anthony S. Fell - Businessman, Order of Canada
- John A. McDougald - Businessman, Argus Corporation
- Rob McEwen, CC - Prolific entrepreneur
- Graham Towers, CC - Former Governor of the Bank of Canada
- John Draper (Jack) Perrin, Jr., T/Lt. Royal Navy, Lt. RCNVR - Entrepreneur, founder Winnipeg Warriors (minor pro) Hockey Club, former President The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
- Austin Cotterell Taylor - Mining Executive
- Charles S.L. Hertzberg - Major General, Chief Engineer of the First Canadian Army, and commander of the Canadian Engineering Corps during the Second World War. Prominent engineer with many works.
- H.F.H Hertzberg - Major General and Commandant of Royal Military College (1940-1944)
- Thomas Cossitt - A member of the House of Commons of Canada.
- John Crosbie PC, OC, QC - Politician, and the 12th Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador (2008–2013).
- Alan Milliken Heisey Sr. - North York Alderman and publisher.
- Peter Hyndman - Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (1979-1983)
- Vincent Massey, PC, CH, CC, philanthropist and 18th Governor General of Canada (first Canadian born; 1952–59).
- John Alexander Douglas McCurdy - Member of the Aerial Experiment Association, inventor of the aileron, and the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (1947–1952).
- Roy McMurtry - Politician and Chief Justice of Ontario (1996–2007).
- Frank Moores - Former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador (1971–1979).
- Edward Roberts - The 11th Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador (2002–2008).
- Gilbert de B. Robinson - Mathematician
- Thaine Carter - Linebacker, formerly practiced with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
- Steve Gainey - hockey player, formerly for the Phoenix Coyotes.
- Greg Hotham - hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Gord MacFarlane - retired minor-league hockey player
- Karl McCartney - football player, currently playing for the Calgary Stampeders
- Brad Smith - football player, played for the Edmonton Eskimos and the Montreal Alouettes
- Warren Foegele - hockey player, currently playing in the Carolina Hurricanes organization
- Peter Godber - football player, currently playing for the BC Lions
- Tyler Sikura - hockey player, currently playing in the Chicago Blackhawks organization
- Dylan Sikura - hockey player, currently playing in the Chicago Blackhawks organization
- Michael Del Zotto - hockey player, currently playing in the Anaheim Ducks organization
- Alex Newhook - hockey player, currently playing D1 college hockey, for Boston University. Drafted 16th overall in the 2019 NHL ENTRY DRAFT. Drafted to the Colorado Avalanche organization
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