Upper School students gather three times each week at the beginning of the day for a time of worship and inspiration in the Memorial Chapel. Supporting the vision of the Rev. Dr. D. Bruce Macdonald to develop men of strong and well-rounded character, the Chapel seeks to assist students to develop in spirit.
The service includes the singing of a hymn, a reading, prayers and a meditation. Respecting the variety of faiths now represented in the Andrean community, the focus of the service is on themes common to people of good faith everywhere, such as the development of good character and expressing that character in caring for others and our world.
Hymns are from the St. Andrew’s Hymnbook, which is a collection of Christian hymns chosen for their inclusive content, as well as traditional hymns sung throughout Andrean history.
The readings are usually from the Bible, but may also be from other major faiths, as well as secular sources. The readings are often read by student readers.
The meditations are usually presented by the School Chaplain, the Rev. Bruce J. Roffey. However, frequently students, such as the Prefects, and faculty members, as well as other guest speakers, provide the meditation.
One of the highlights of the year is the Carol Service held in Toronto at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Rehearsals are held during Chapel in November and early December.
Other special services include:
- Thanksgiving Prayer Circle held with the whole school on the quad
- Remembrance Day
- National Day of Rememberance and Action on Violence Against Women
- Cadet Inspection
- Prefect Announcement Service
- Prize Day
Another service not held on campus is the Cadet Church Parade, which is held at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in Aurora.
The Chapel is under the direction of the Rev. Bruce J. Roffey, School Chaplain, and Mr. John Clements, School Organist.