St. Andrew’s College closed out the 2019-2020 school year on a virtual high note with Zoom parties, Chapel, and a feature film honouring our 119 Grade 12 graduates.
While the final term at SAC has been unusual, to say the least, the faculty and staff planned a tremendous send-off for our grads on Friday, June 19.
A highlight was a full-length movie produced by Head of Drama and Film, William Scoular, in honour of the Class of 2020. It was premiered as part of the Graduates’ Prize Day and enjoyed by hundreds of boys, parents, staff, faculty, and friends of the School. Please watch it on our YouTube channel here.
It is narrated by broadcaster, Rod Black, parent of Tyler ’18, and contains a wealth of musical interludes, including the Canadian national anthem, the Class of 2020 singing Amazing Grace, and Pipe Sgt. Cole Nip and Drum Major Alexander Jones offering a musical tribute to first responders who have stepped up during the pandemic. The Wind Ensemble also gave a sneak preview of their upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall.
An Old Boy from the Class of 2000, Stephen Amell, joined the grads in a Zoom call and was featured in the movie (not the first time on screen for Stephen, who stars in the superhero series, Arrow, and his latest movie, Code 8, was released last year). He revealed he misses wearing First Dress and attending Chapel!
The academic and major school prize winners are announced, and you can read the list here.
As Head of School, Kevin McHenry said, the 121st Prize Day ceremony proves that St. Andrew’s really is not an ordinary place. “Our entire community has displayed resilience and a willingness to adapt,” he stated in the movie.
Mr. McHenry had this message for the grads: “You are, indeed, the chosen class for such a time as this. You are special. You will always be remembered as a cohesive, kind, and passionate group,” he said.
“When you step back and think globally about this day, June 19, 2020, it could be said the entire world is striving to graduate with you…I guess you’ll be known as the ‘COVID class.’”
He said he is proud of how the young men have faced the challenges of the pandemic, as well as the current racial tensions. “If the world is going to get better, it's up to you.”
Middle School Prize Day was Thursday, June 18, and in the Grade 8 Prize Day video, Director of the Middle School, Sabrina D’Angelo, told the boys it has been a privilege to observe their interactions, watch their development, and see their transformation from boys to young men throughout the years.
“You have come together in super fun times, but what has defined you the most is the manner in which you stand in solidarity in trying times. Your resiliency in pushing through COVID-19 while retaining your leadership has been remarkable. Your actions have not gone unnoticed,” she said. “Even at a time when participation was voluntary, you showed up, and you showed up big. Not once allowing this moment in history to define your Middle School journey. You have provided our youngest boys with a positive example of what grit looks like in the face of adversity.”
Please see the Grade 8 Prize Day list here.
Earlier in June, the Advancement Department, along with school photographer, Paul Mosey, visited Grade 12 students who live in Southern Ontario to drop off grad packages consisting of their Old Boy tie, a set of SAC-crested cufflinks courtesy of the Parents Guild, and a congratulatory lawn sign. Please watch the highlights here
Grade 8 grads living in the Greater Toronto Area were also paid a visit from Mrs. D’Angelo and Assistant Director of Middle School, Trevor Biasi. Boys in the Class of 2024 received their Upper School tie, a limited-edition baseball cap from the Parents Guild, and a lawn sign.
The 119 members of the Class of 2020 received 601 offers of Admission, 67 outside of Ontario, 57 U.S., and 27 internationals. On average, there were five acceptances for each student. The graduating class received more than $1.5 million in scholarships and awards toward their post-secondary education, and 90 per cent graduated as Ontario Scholars.