Our History

Our History

St Andrew’s College Founded in 1855

Part of embracing our future is acknowledging how far we have come and where we are headed. St Andrew’s College is an innovative private school dating back 167 years with a rich history and deep traditions. Our boarding school has been built up through the years from the day it was founded on 15 August 1855, by John Armstrong.

For much of its early history, College experienced a precarious existence, fluctuating between 17 to 290 students. The College would go on to hold fast
through the Anglo Boer War and The Great War, through to the sixties where the institution enjoyed unprecedented prosperity and success.

Into the 21st century with an abundance of history and knowledge on our side, St Andrew’s College draws on its traditions and its well-nurtured roots throughout the many phases of leadership. Our school seeks, at the same time, to be thoroughly innovative and to prepare pupils to move on with confidence to the next phase of their lives, just as our school has done from 1855.

FURTHER READING

The Boy in You

by Marguerite Poland

Part of embracing new frontiers is acknowledging how far we have come and
where we are headed. St Andrew’s College is an innovative private school dating back 166 years with a rich history and deep traditions. Our boarding school has been built up through the years from the day it was founded On 15 August 1855, by John Armstrong.

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The St Andrew's Chapel

by Marguerite Poland

Part of embracing new frontiers is acknowledging how far we have come and
where we are headed. St Andrew’s College is an innovative private school dating back 166 years with a rich history and deep traditions. Our boarding school has been built up through the years from the day it was founded On 15 August 1855, by John Armstrong.

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HISTORY GALLERY

THE ANTONY CLARKE RESOURCE CENTRE

Celebrating History and Tradition

The Antony Roy Clark Resource Centre (ARC) officially opened on 20 November 2010 to celebrate the history of the school and all its traditions. The facility is located in what used to be the oldest section of Upper House and can be used for meetings, functions, presentations and, occasionally, as a teaching venue.

All items pertaining to the rich history of the school are collected, preserved and disseminated by this department. Coupled with this is an alumni database on which old school photographs are catalogued and linked to individual Old Andreans’ profiles. Celebrating our history and tradition means protecting it as well, the Archive office and storage rooms are situated in a fire-proof, secure facility at the back of the main administration building.

We encourage visitors to our historical museum, you can contact Angie Marriner who is based in the Foundation Office, or make an enquiry at the main administration reception area during term time to arrange an appointment.
As a collection of historical records is only as good as what is available, Angie would like to encourage any old boys who have  photographs, memorabilia or interesting documents and consider either donating them to the school or allowing them to be scanned and returned.

She is available during term time on 046-6032363 or a.marriner@sacschool.com.

 

THOMAS MAPIKELA DEBATING CHAMBER

Dedicated to an Extraordinary Life

In a historic and moving ceremony, Mr Saki Macozoma of Safika Holdings opened the Thomas Mapikela Debating Chamber in the Graham House gardens in 2019. The Bishop of Grahamstown, the Right Reverend Ebenezer Ntlali, blessed the building and dedicated it to the memory of Thomas Mapikela.

St Andrew’s College was particularly honoured to welcome members of the Mapikela family who travelled from Bloemfontein to share in the celebration of the extraordinary life of Thomas Mapikela, who was an alumnus of the Anglican Institution in the 1880s.

Mr Macozoma gave a moving oration outlining the significance of Thomas Mapikela’s role in the establishment of the ANC, and the organisations that
preceded it.

Meet Mr Aidan Smith

Mr Alan Thompson joined St Andrew’s College at the beginning of 2015. He was born and educated in Johannesburg, and holds a Higher Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Education degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (all with distinction). In 2011 he also completed his Master’s in Business Administration. Alan started his teaching career in 1990 at Rand Park High School in Northern Johannesburg. In 1994 he began a sixteen year stint at St John’s College, Johannesburg, where, over time, he fulfilled the duties of teacher of Physical Science, Housemaster, Senior Master, Deputy Headmaster, Second Master, and Acting Headmaster. He coached Cricket and 1st Team Hockey during this time.
Since 2010 Alan has held the position of Headmaster of St Dunstan’s College, an independent Anglican, co-educational school in  Benoni, Gauteng
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Headmasters of
St Andrews College

2015 – Current Mr Aidan Smith
2009 – 2014     Mr PA Edey
2003 – 2008     Mr DB Wylde
1994 – 2002     Mr AR Clark
1981 – 1993     Mr AFG Cotton
1972 – 1980     Mr EB Norton
1965 – 1971     Canon J Aubrey
1962 – 1964     Mr JL Cawse
1956 – 1962     Mr FS Chapman
1939 – 1955     Dr RF Currey
1934 – 1938     Canon CB Armstrong
1909 – 1933     Canon PW Kettlewell
1902 – 1908     Revd WS Macgowan
1881 – 1902     Canon J Espin
1875 – 1881     Dr GG Ross
1865 – 1875     Revd LS Browne
1875 – 1881     Revd GE Cotterill
1859 – 1862     Revd FYS Leger
1855 – 1859     Revd F Bankes