Message from the Intrim Headmaster, Mr Aidan Smith - St Andrew's College

Message from the Intrim Headmaster, Mr Aidan Smith

Welcome to St Andrew’s College.

‘…it (St Andrew’s College) is a region of belonging, a landscape of the heart.’ (Marguerite Poland)

For 167 years, St Andrew’s College has been the crucible of profound and genuine friendships, extraordinary academic, sporting and artistic achievements, and countless shared experiences.

Our school shares a long history with the beautiful and historic city of Makhanda (Grahamstown), which is itself a microcosm of broader South Africa, and this provides many opportunities for us to partner with local schools and organisations in meaningful ways that bring together children and institutions.

This small city is home to Africa’s largest celebration of the Arts, The National Arts Festival, the Sci Fest, 52 Churches, and Rhodes University, which was founded out of St Andrew’s College in 1904.

Being so close to some of the most breath-taking beaches, wildlife reserves, and country districts that South Africa has to offer, outdoor education is a key component of the College experience, with our flagship experience being the epic John Jones Fish River Journey.

The co-ordinate model of co-instruction from Grade 10 – 12 with our sister school, the DSG, provides a unique and invaluable dimension to our ethos as a boys’ school.

Our intake includes boys from the Eastern Cape, the rest of South Africa, and the world, including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, the UK, amongst other countries.

The College motto, Nec Aspera Terrent – difficulties do not dismay us insinuates itself into the essence of each College boy, and together with our school’s Christian teachings of right relationships with one another, and values of humility and service, College boys are set up to enjoy meaningful and extraordinary lives.