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
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.
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 Southlake Regional Cancer Centre; Make a Wish Foundation; Loose Change to Loosen Chains; The Terry Fox Foundation, 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, and Litterless Lunches.
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 with success in this role!
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.
Each Tuesday, Wednesday, 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.
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 provide 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.
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 Friday Advisory Activity period. All day students have a Middle School House Captain that serves as a “big brother” to assist them in their daily life at St. Andrew's College.