S t Andrew’s College is an open campus that spans six blocks. It is embedded in the community, economically, geographically and socially. Our boys live cheek-by-jowl with Rhodes University academics and students, the local business and legal fraternity, many other schools and churches and tourists. However, as in so many South African cities, there is a significant component of indigent, unemployed townsfolk.
It is vital that our boys learn to empathize with people who are afflicted by unemployment and poverty, or are simply less fortunate that they are. Our extensive and diverse range of activities offer boys the opportunity to engage in a meaningful way with the community and make a lasting contribution.
Teacher in charge: Mrs V Jamieson
The Interact Club is an international organization created to enable the learners of schools to help their community. Here in Makhanda we have joined the ICoG (Interact Clubs of Grahamstown). The Interact Club is in partnership with 7 other schools in Makhanda in order to work together and engage with helping our community.
The club members are dedicated to finding ways of helping the needy, reducing hunger, and promoting health care, in addition to preserving the diversity of life on Earth and preventing environmental degradation. To achieve these aims, we work in tandem with the community to provide environmental information, attract the public's attention, and raise funds through service projects and activities with other schools which will help benefit our community.
It's not all work though, we also have fun! Our meetings are informal, and we plan to have monthly socials where members get together.