A Brief History of St Andrew's School
The School opened in 1948 with an enrollment of 24 pupils under the Headmastership of the Rev. J.H. Poole, who was, at the time, the Minister in charge of the St. Andrew's Kirk. The pupils were accomodated in the Kirk Hall for the next two years, and so, the name St Andrew's School was acquired.
The School was founded by a group of parents who wanted their children prepared for admission into private boarding schools in Britain by the age of 13. At the time, the subjects taught in local Primary School did not include those necessary for entry into private British schools. Candidates for entrance were required to sit examinations in Latin and/or Greek, French, Algebra, Geometry, History, and Geography, in addition to the usual papers in English, Arithmetic and Religious Knowledge.
By 1950, the number of students had increased to 70 and the Kirk Hall was no longer an adequate location for the school. In that same year, a group of enthusiastic and far-sighted parents negotiated the purchase of the Collins property that borders both Shirley Street and Collins Avenue. The Collins mansion provided extensive quarters and a wonderful atmosphere for learning that enabled the school to grow to 160 pupils by 1954.
As St Andrew's School enlarged, so did the number of parents who wished for their children to complete their secondary education either in North America or the United Kingdom. To meet these needs, it was necessary to widen the educational horizons of the School. Thus, in addition to offering the London University G.C.E. 'O' Level courses and examinations, the School became a P.S.A.T. and S.A.T. Examination Centre.
Over the next 15 years, the School's population grew to 590 students and it was evident that new premises had to be sought. The existing School property at Yamacraw was acquired and a major fundraising effort then ensued, championed by students, teachers, parents, and the energetic and devoted Headmaster, Mr. John Chaplin. In early 1970, the ground was broken and by November 1971, the school had moved to the campus it occupies today.
The original school motto was EGOMET SEQUAR, which means "Follow Me", and was derived from the School Hymn. When Dennis McKinnon was Principal (1997-2006), he changed the motto to ETHICS AND EXCELLENCE to best describe the vision for the school.
THE ST ANDREW'S HYMN:
St Andrew worked among the boats,
By Lake of Galilee,
Until his master called to him,
Rise up and follow me.
To face the dangers of his call,
He left his home and lake.
The way of love for fellow men,
He followed for our sake.
St Andrew's has his name and shield,
A cross of white on blue.
And as he followed at the call,
So may we follow too.
The St Andrew's Hymn was sung in assembly from the early 1950's to the early 1980's, when it was eventually phased out along with singing hymns.