On the 17th of November, the College Prefects and House Prefects visited the St Philip’s Anglican Church in Fingo Village. The Boys were accompanied by Mrs Gwynneth Thompson, Mr Nceba January and Mr Lewis Manthata. The relationship between the school and the St Philip’s Parish dates back many years. The Founding Fathers of our College started the Anglican Institute to educate young African men in the now Thomas Mapikela Debating Chamber.
The young men walked to St Philip’s for Holy Mass and Eucharist on a weekly basis, especially during important church feasts and Sunday services. In the early 1950s the Apartheid government passed Laws that prevented the existence of the Institute on the St Andrew’s College grounds, and this affected the century old relationship between the College and the Parish. As a sign of acceptance and love, the boys shared tea with their hosts. Rev Gwen delivered a moving sermon. The boys were most impressed with the ability of the congregation and the choir to break into song and praise without any practice and hymnbooks. The Head of School, Jonathan Shamwana presented the Parish with a gift and a copy of the Andrean Magazine. Mr Manthata was invited to address the congregation. He spoke about the historic relationship between the school and the Parish, and the importance of the Narrative Therapy that the school has embarked on as part of our leadership programme and community engagement.
The visit to St Philip’s was a superb occasion of reflecting on our history. We hope this visit will start a long term meaningful interaction with the community of our lovely town.