SAC's history was compiled in a book entitled Not An Ordinary Place by faculty member William Scoular. Even the quickest look at this work clearly indicates the great history and tradition associated with St. Andrew’s College. More than a history lesson, the past 116 years has created many memories and traditions that guide the development of the present day Andrean.
While St. Andrew’s College has evolved over the years to address the realities of societal changes, it still upholds and practices many important school traditions. The most noticeable of these is our proud history of being an all-boys boarding school. This has been a defining statement about SAC, and while we have many day students at the College, they quickly realize that they are day students who are attending a residential school. The ability of our day students to join their fellow boarders for breakfast and dinner, along with visiting them in their SAC residence, is a unique experience for St. Andrew’s students.
The College continues to carry on the tradition of having a vibrant after-school program involving athletics, arts, co-curriculars, and Cadets. One only has to walk down the hallway of the Bedard Athletic Centre to see the team photos from the early 1900s and realize that those students with their young faces are but a memory now for their families. The playing fields continue to be the site for annual Homecoming games, which have taken place since the College moved to Aurora in 1926.
The Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the campus is now over 80 years old and has continued to be an important gathering place for our Middle School community each Wednesday and Friday morning. Prominently displayed on the east walls of the Chapel are the plaques that honour alumni who perished in the World Wars. This Chapel was once the location of our Annual Carol Service which in 2015 moved to Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
Our Cadet program recently celebrated its 110th anniversary and continues to be a highlight of our school year. Every Middle School boy spends part of the year being introduced to the Cadet program, so that by grade 8 they can become full-fledged members of the #142 St. Andrew’s College Highland Cadet Corps.
We feel very strongly that today’s Andreans feel an obligation to continue to support and strengthen these traditions, and as such, we expect that they will be available on all of these major school events:
- An Andrean Christmas at Roy Thomson Hall
- Friday Night MacPherson Hockey Game
- Church Parade
- Cadet Inspection
These annual events help to create memories our students take with them long after they leave.