The New Boys’ Induction Ceremony took place in the St Andrew’s College Chapel, the Clock Tower, and Antony Clark Andrean Resource Centre (ARC) yesterday afternoon.
Six Matric boys delivered a presentation on what it means to be an Andrean through the stories of OAs who personified the Andrean characteristics of service, humility, overcoming difficulties, and making the most of opportunities at school and beyond. These reflections were inspired by James Barrow singing Joni Mitchel’s ‘Boths sides now’, a melancholy song about growing up, missed opportunities, and recognizing our ignorance as we try and figure out our dreams, love, and life.
Rev Richard Wyngaard spoke to the boys about how each part of the body is unique and valued, but only with all the parts will the body be complete. The boys then wrote down on a card their unique skill or talent that they were committing to College, and they laid these on the Altar in a moving and thoughtful ceremony led by the Chaplain, accompanied by Arav Sewsunker on piano. These envelopes will be given back to the boys when they do their solo on the John Jones Fish River Journey in Grade 10.
After the service in the Chapel, the boys met on Upper Field and their names were read out by their Housemasters as they made their way under the Clock Tower to the ARC where the New Boys officially signed their names, meticulously inscribed by Mrs Pepe Morton, in the leather-bound register. After the induction ceremony into St Andrew’s College, the boys were greeted by the Headmaster, Mr Tom Hamilton, no longer as New Boys but rather as new Andreans. This was followed by a celebratory supper in the Armstrong Dining Hall.
When these boys leave St Andrew’s they will once again sign the register signifying their journey into the next phase of their Andrean journey as Old Andreans. One day – hopefully in the far distant future – their names will be read again at the Clock Tower during the OA Tide Ceremony; which commemorates those Andreans who have passed away that year; completing a full circle of life.