Chapel is a vibrant place where music is played, conversation is had, laughter is present, and thoughtfulness is abound. In short, Chapel aims to replicate life, a place where mindfulness is paramount, but also a place to spend time with friends in a unique, shared experience. Chapel not only fosters pastoral care but, through its curriculum, addresses the relevant and important issues of the St. Andrew’s community. Chapel is a memorial to those who fought and died in the Great Wars of the 20th Century and the chapel of the 21st century respects the traditions of the past while moving forward and addressing the needs of the St. Andrew’s student of today. And, perhaps most importantly, Chapel attempts to emulate life in a most significant way.
The Memorial Chapel is an inclusive space where Upper School students gather weekly, junior boys on Tuesday and senior boys on Thursday, for a time of reflection, motivation and inspiration. 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.
Chapel curriculum follows monthly themes which are decided upon by the Chapel Council, a group of senior students who support the mandate of the chapel and are instrumental in its relevance.
The service includes the singing of a hymn, an interactive conversation and a moment of reflection. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the “Stories of Us” program, while the music department invites musicians to add accompaniment to our time of reflection.
One of the highlights of the year is An Andrean Christmas at Roy Thomson Hall. Rehearsals are held during Chapel time 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 Remembrance 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 Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora.
The Chapel is under the direction of the Chapel Coordinator, Mr. David D. Stewart, and Mr. John Clements, School Organist.