While academic success is the number one priority at SAC, learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Everything a boy does at St. Andrew’s is a part of the “Complete Man” mission of the School. Whether it’s achieving good grades, making a new friend, scoring a touchdown, getting the lead in a school play, or exercising leadership skills, we approach every moment of a boy’s life as an opportunity to grow to become the “well-rounded citizen." Student life is created through the multitude of engagements offered, but it is also about the brotherhood that is formed among housemates, classmates, and teammates. It is about the mentoring that goes on between faculty and student, coach and player, Housemaster and resident. It is about the cherished traditions that have been created over a 116-year history.

A boy can arrive in grade 8 not knowing a soul, and leave five years later with friends who span the globe. Whether he is Canadian or from overseas, he will understand what being an Andrean is, and the more he involves himself in extra-curricular activities and leadership opportunities while he is here, the richer his memories will be when he leaves.

ADVISORY

Upper School Advisory period occurs formally every Tuesday from 10:00-10:35 a.m. Advisory is an opportunity for students to get together with their Advisor in small groups to discuss a pre-determined topic or issue relevant to adolescent development. Study skills, course selection, and university guidance are also a regular part of the advisor-advisee relationship.

Aside from the formal Advisor period, the advisor-advisee relationship is further enhanced through informal meetings outside the formal Advisory period. Duty Masters have additional opportunities for contact with advisees who are boarding students when on duty in the residences. The relationship extends further into dinners and lunches with an Advisor and his/her advisees.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP 

Prefects
Prefectship at St. Andrew’s represents the most prestigious position of student leadership at the College. Prefects go through the most rigorous selection/election process in the country and the Prefect announcement is one of the most exhilarating and emotional days during the school year.

Prefects have both a significant ambassadorial role and also have responsibilities in helping manage the School. In particular they serve as role models who are available to all students, help run Chapel, and act as spirit and school life facilitators.

Other School Leadership
St. Andrew’s has the most extensive leadership development program in the country with over 200 formal positions of leadership available to students in their high school years alone. The world needs leaders and SAC is the training ground.

This leadership can be in a formal council or committee working in a specific area: Outreach, Community Service, Arts Council, Andrean Life, ITi Committee, Academic Council, Athletic Council, or Residential Life. Alternatively, leadership can involve working with younger students in a mentorship role: Heads of House, Middle School and Madonald House Captains, and Cadets.

Finally, for those without formal positions of leadership, the clubs program allows students to take a lead role in club facilitation.

MUTUAL RESPECT 

At St. Andrew’s we believe that boys need to be judged by the quality of their character and that bullying and harassment of any kind cannot be tolerated. The adage “Boys will be Boys” does not apply when it comes to issues of bullying or harassment.

The Mutual Respect program provides a formal mechanism to deal with these issues and resolve them in such a way that the negative behaviour stops, the victim feels better about their place in the School, and the learning experience for the antagonist is structured and consistent. Students who are harassed can seek remediation through “Informal Resolution,” “Mediated Discussion,” or “Formal Investigation.”

Mutual Respect helps to contribute to the positive learning environment at the School.

ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS 

One of the single most important attributes of St. Andrew’s is that we never force students to make choices between one activity and another. We make use of the whole day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. in order to allow students to participate in as much as they desire.

Many clubs run during the school day at either break or lunch and others run during the week from 6:30-7:30 p.m. There are more than 30 separate and complete clubs that run during any given week.

Club options vary depending on the year as students begin new initiatives and others fall away. A few club examples are: Model United Nations, DECA (Business-Entrepreneur Club), Chess, Christian Fellowship …

Academic & Social Clubs
Robotics Club
Community Service
Computer Club
Debating Club
Environmental Club
Foreign Language
Math Club
Science Club
Student Council
Yearbook
Chess Club
Business Club
Art, Drama & Music Clubs
Music Repertoire
Cadet Band
Dramatics Society
Jazz Ensemble
Experimental Theatre
FOCUS Festival
Wind Ensemble
Strings Ensemble
Pipes & Drums Band
SAC TV
Art Club
Photography Club
Athletic Clubs
Squash
Weight Training
Table Tennis

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE

Greg Reid, Assistant Headmaster, School Life, explains that the School is philosophically motivated to provide students with opportunities to participate. This philosophy is embodied in the School’s mission statement: “the development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen.”

What makes student life at St. Andrew’s different from other private or independent schools? Mr. Reid believes it’s the quality of the teaching staff. We have incredibly dedicated teachers who volunteer to participate in our co-curricular programs. They don’t have to – they want to.”

St. Andrew’s is more than a university prep school — we prepare boys for life beyond the classroom, through participation in sports, arts, outreach, clubs, activities, and a host of leadership opportunities…and more.

Our goal is to foster the development of leadership skills, responsibility, and social awareness, whether it’s through academic, athletic, or co-curricular pursuits. At St. Andrew’s, boys have every opportunity to pursue new challenges and discover new passions they’ve never dreamed of. For our students, this is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
ACTIVITIES & CLUBS
ACTIVITY SCHEDULE: 

Monday
8:10-8:30 - Chapel
10:00-10:35 - Committee Meetings
3:30-4:30 - Debating
Tuesday
8:10-8:30 - Chapel
10:00-10:35 - Advisory 
Wednesday
Thursday
8:10-8:30 - Chapel
10:00-10:35 - Extra Help
3:45-5:30 - Cadets
Friday
10:00-10:35 - Upper School Assembly

ACTIVITY PERIODS
  • Some Committee meetings meet at lunch 
  • Sports after classes every day but Thursday. Thursday is Cadets. 
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Clubs or Residential Life Curriculum 
  • 7:00-10:00 p.m. – Drama 
  • 9:30-10:30 p.m. – Residential Life Program cont.
 
St. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON L4G 3H7 Canada
Tel: 905-727-3178