St. Andrew’s College recognizes the important role that leadership plays in the development of “the complete man, the well-rounded citizen." We are excited about the wide variety of student leadership opportunities made available to Middle School students. We strive to ensure that boys develop essential leadership skills; it is for this reason that we strongly encourage all students to participate in leadership in some capacity during their Middle School experience. In understanding the unique make-up of each boy, we have expanded our leadership program to reflect the diverse needs of our students.

Middle School Council 2015-2016 

The Middle School Council consists of eight grade 8 students who are elected in May of the previous school year by faculty and students of the Middle School. Their main role as a council is to ensure a high-spirited, fun, and safe environment where all boys are accepted and encouraged to flourish. As a council, the students meet with a faculty facilitator once a week and organize events that promote and celebrate Middle School passions, as well as encourage attendance at COSSOT events. This group is facilitated by the Assistant Director of the Middle School.

COSSOT is an organization of single-sex independent schools in the greater Toronto area. Member schools include the Bishop Strachan School, Branksome Hall, Crescent School, Havergal College, Royal St. George’s College, St. Clement’s School, St. Andrew’s College, St. Michael’s College, St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School, The Sterling Hall School, Trafalgar Castle School, and Upper Canada College. Together, these schools plan a variety of social events for their Middle School students, such as dances, coffee houses (talent show), and student leadership workshops.

Outreach Committee

This group varies in number, depending on the objective of the faculty facilitator, and is comprised of students from each grade level. The Outreach Committee works in conjunction with the Upper School Outreach Committee and is responsible for selecting local, Canadian, and international charities to support. Some of the charities selected and supported over the years by St. Andrew’s College include Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children's Clown Therapeutic program; St. Andrew's for Service Around the World (SASSAW); Southlake Regional Cancer Centre; Make a Wish Foundation; Loose Change to Loosen Chains; and the York Region Children’s Aid Society’s Holiday Heroes program (to name a few).

As a committee, the students meet with a faculty facilitator once a week and are responsible for the planning, organization, and implementation of fundraisers, such as casual dress days, ice-cream sundae and brownie sales, advisory competitions, and bringing awareness to global issues.

Environmental Committee (a.k.a The Green Team)

This group typically consists of five student representatives from each grade level. Their main role as a committee is to ensure “acts of green” in the day-to-day activities of Middle School boys. In addition to the promotion of living green and reducing one's ecological footprint, the committee raises awareness by planning events that support initiatives, such as Earth Hour and Earth Week. As a committee, the students meet with a faculty facilitator once a week and are responsible for the planning, organization, and implementation of exciting activities, such as Idle Free SAC, Waste Reduction Assembly, Litterless Lunch, Sun Chips Challenge, and Vermi-Composting.

Clan Captain


This group is comprised of four clan captains representing each Middle School clan: Bruce, Douglas, Montrose, and Wallace. Every student during his time at St. Andrew’s College is assigned to a clan. Clans represent students in grades 5 to 8, from both boarding and day. Clans earn points by participating in a wide variety of activities in the following areas: academics, co-curricular, community service, and school spirit. The accumulation of points for the clan is a true indication of a student’s commitment to his school and meeting its expectations. Clan Captains are responsible for encouraging school spirit, planning Clan Spirit Days, and promoting healthy competition among their peers. High energy, school spirit, and organization are key elements required to meet success in this role! 
 
Guyship Committee

We recognize that no school can guarantee a “bully-free” environment. It is the proactive nature of a school that allows it to promote a safe and happy setting for its students. St. Andrew’s College prides itself on the ongoing education and awareness which we bring to our students, at all grade levels, to ensure a positive and nurturing message. The committee is comprised of a student representative in each advisory group and a member of Middle School Council. As a committee, the students meet once a week to discuss behaviours prevalent in the hallways, in the change rooms, on the recess field, and in residence. Together, they discuss the issues and devise solutions to eliminate behaviours that do not meet the high standards of SAC. In addition, the committee provides feedback on outside groups that reinforce our message, such as the Toronto Argonauts Huddle-Up program, Freeze-Out Bullying, and VIP York Regional Police Youth program.

PA Announcer

Each Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, the Middle School begins the day with the playing of the national anthem, O Canada. The PA announcer is responsible for organizing the daily announcements following the anthem. In addition, the PA announcer keeps his peers apprised of day-to-day activities and schedule changes.

ITi Committee

The Information Technology Integration Committee (ITi) consists of three Middle School students and two Upper School students. Committee members represent their peers and voice their concerns, as well as providing input about our current laptop program. The mission of the committee is to act as an early warning system regarding minor technology problems before they become major. As a committee, the students meet once a month under the supervision of an IT member.

FirstClass Conference Moderator

Conference moderators are grade representatives who monitor various FirstClass email conferences. The moderators do not meet; they are solely responsible for monitoring the conferences on a day-to-day basis. There are two grade representatives for each grade conference, as well as two representatives for the Middle School Lost & Found conference, and the Middle School Joke conference. Each of these conferences is also monitored by a senior moderator, a former Middle School student who is currently in the Upper School.

Middle School House Captain

Each year there is a group of grade 11 day students who serve the role of Middle School House Captain. These senior students work closely with Middle School boys to assist in a variety of activities offered in the Middle School, such as the Tuesday Advisory Activity period. All day students have a Middle School House Captain to act as his “big brother” to assist them in their daily life at St. Andrew's College.
 
A Day in the Life of a Middle School Boarding Student
7:00 a.m.
Cole Hall opens for breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Morning Activity occurs: Chapel, the Reading program, and/or Arts program
9:10 a.m.
Classes begin. The school day is divided into four periods lasting 70 minutes each.
11:30 a.m.
Lunch is served in Cole Hall for all Middle School students; Wednesdays are a formal sit-down lunch.
11:45 a.m.
Outdoor recess begins. Students play numerous sports or games outside during this time.
12:20 p.m.
Open Classroom. Students can visit their teachers for extra help.
12:40 p.m.
Classes resume.
3:20 p.m.
Advisory takes place. Students meet with their advisor who provides guidance and updates.
3:45 p.m.
Athletics and co-curricular activities take place. Sports on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Co-curriculars on Tuesdays.
5:45 p.m.
Dinner is served in Cole Hall.
6:45 p.m.
Evening study begins in Macdonald House and Middle School classrooms.
8:30 p.m.
Evening study ends and Mac Snack begins. Boarders in Macdonald House enjoy snacks after study in Cole Hall, Monday-Thursday.
9:45 p.m.
Lights out begins in Macdonald House for the different grades starting with grade 5 (9:45 p.m. for grades 5-7; 10:15 p.m. for grade 8; and 11 p.m. for grade 9 students).
St. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON L4G 3H7 Canada
Tel: 905-727-3178