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St. Andrew's College

15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 5 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
$30,120 to 63,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 367 (Gr. 5 - 12), Boarding: 259 (Gr. 6 - 12)

School Address
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7



About this school:


SAC offers a rigorous curriculum in an activity-based environment. SAC’s mission to ‘develop the complete man, the well-rounded citizen,’ is complemented by a range of co-curriculars. Boys participate in an extensive athletic program, and in its internationally acclaimed arts, drama, and music programs. Graduates gain entry to top Canadian, U.S., and international universities, and are known for their strong values, dedication to community, lasting achievements, and lifelong friendships.

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Our Take: St. Andrew's College

our takeThe program at St. Andrew’s has long been distinguished by a high rate of success, with the list of notable alumni providing an abbreviated who’s who of Canadian arts, letters, politics, and entrepreneurship. While Dr. Bruce Macdonald left the headmastership in 1935, the culture of the school, even today, remains very much an expression of his vision. This in part due to the fact that in a lot of ways he was well ahead of his time. For example, he was the first boys-school headmaster in Canada to hire a female instructor, something he did in 1905. Macdonald wanted the school to develop “the complete man, the well-rounded citizen”—athletics and arts, in addition to academics, were vigorously promoted. What’s interesting is that, even with those sorts of very progressive ideals, Macdonald was also very keen on tradition, something that he used to give students a sense of being part of something bigger than themselves. While there are a few schools that retain their cadet corps, St. Andrew’s is the one that has retained it entirely intact, with military ranks, pipes and drums, kilts and sporrans all firmly still in place. St. Andrews completed a substantial capital campaign in 2015 which included the creation of athletics facilities as well as the Wirth Theatre. All of that, as well all the development over the century of the school’s life, has created a school that is strikingly modern, while retaining a sense of participation in tradition. It’s a nice mix. The ideal student is one given to making the most of the varied programs on offer.

School busing:

St. Andrew's College offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider AM only. The regions it offers busing from are Caledon, Kleinburg, King City, Nobleton, Vaughan.
Additional notes: SAC offers a luxury shuttle service with a maximum seating of 21 students. The bus only operates in the morning as afternoon schedules vary for each student depending on co-curricular engagements. Students must be registered to take the bus ahead of September and seats are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Principal's Message


Michael Roy, Class of 1985, Director of Admission, Marketing and Business Development

Parents and students have the luxury of choice in selecting an independent school. As you investigate the options for your son, we believe you will come to view St. Andrew’s College as a truly unique place. With more than 117 years of tradition, we remain the single largest all-boys boarding school in Canada. The many defining features of SAC provide a comprehensive and fulfilling educational experience.

We offer a broad range of academic courses to satisfy the most curious minds. In an all-boys’ academic setting, teaching and learning styles are geared specifically toward how young men learn best. From our Middle School (grades 5-8) through Upper School (grades 9-12), our curriculum challenges each boy to reach his potential. We are proud of our 100% university placement from each graduating class. With more than 6,000 active alumni spanning the globe, SAC graduates benefit from worldwide connections.

Our athletic, art, and co-curricular programs are amongst the most varied and comprehensive of any independent school in Canada and inspire our students to discover their passion by tackling new challenges. With a school population of 633 students, comprised of 373 day and 260 boarding students, our boys learn to live in a multi-cultural setting, gaining a global perspective on world issues and viewpoints.

Our 125-acre campus provides an ideal setting for learning and growth. While our facilities are exceptional, St. Andrew's primary strength is its people. Faculty, staff, and students combine to make SAC a wonderful place to spend one’s formative years preparing for university.

To learn more about how your son can gain admission to SAC and better understand why our school mission is The development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What St. Andrew's College says: Over 100 years of experience teaching boys has shown us that our students benefit when teachers prioritize organization, support active engagement with the topic at hand, and empower boys to work toward authenticity. Teachers at St. Andrew's design their courses to reflect both the Ministry of Education's curriculum and our beliefs that all students need to work in a collaborative environment where critical thinking is expected and a growth mindset is fostered. Our overarching mission statement suggests that being well-rounded is at the heart of the St. Andrew’s classroom experience, and boys are encouraged to seek breadth in their course selection. Advanced Placement courses are offered for those boys who seek to accelerate their learning in a particular field of study. Most importantly, we know that how a boy feels about his teacher has a direct impact on his capacity to learn; the positive rapport between students and teachers is tangible in the hallways, classrooms, and on the playing fields at SAC.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    • What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: The Science department strives to develop lifelong learners who are interested in understanding the world around them, are capable of generating their own questions, and have the skill set to find their own answers. Our courses are geared toward utilization and application of knowledge vs. acquisition of knowledge. To achieve this we include numerous inquiry-based labs (approximately 350 experiments across nine course offerings and 30 class sections), collaborative problem solving activities, critical thinking exercises, and student driven learning. All of our courses make an effort to contextualize the curriculum to make it relevant and meaningful to the students. We do this purposefully; we want to encourage our students to develop a natural curiosity in the sciences so they themselves strive for greater knowledge rather than having them feel that they just have to meet the basic curricular objectives of the course.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    • What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • French • German • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What St. Andrew's College says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What St. Andrew's College says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    St. Andrew's College offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    St. Andrew's College does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, St. Andrew's College students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    St. Andrew's College 60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins120 mins120 mins
    Site Average34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What St. Andrew's College says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
    Boarding (Domestic)$58,175
    Boarding (International)$63,500


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students$600

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 5 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid26%
    Average aid package size$11,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid26%
    Total aid available$2,400,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    If a family believes they require financial aid they will apply through Apple Financial. Apple will provide and analysis and recommendation back to the School as to whether a family qualifies. If a student is accepted to SAC and is considered mission appropriate, the Financial Aid Committee will review the file and make a final decision on the amount to be provided.

    Merit based Scholarships

    St. Andrew's College
    Amount: $0
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 5 to 12—

    Scholarships are merit based and awarded upon entrance to SAC. Every element of a boy’s application is closely evaluated and a prospective student will compete against other incoming students in his grade. Of the $1.9M awarded last year, $108,000 (roughly 10%) was provided in scholarship monies. The remaining dollars were allocated toward need-based bursary assistance.

    For more details, visit: www.sac.on.ca/admission/affording-sac/index.aspx


    Total enrollment 626
    Average enrollment per grade78
    Average class size17
    Gender (grades)Gr. 5 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
    Boarding offered Gr. 6 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)41%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)43%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment1834464162535553
    Boarding Enrollment282538586465



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview5 - 11
    SSAT9 - 11
    SSAT (out of province)9 - 11
    Entrance Exam(s)5 - 11
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What St. Andrew's College says:

    - Complete Online Application ($175 fee, payable online)
    - Register for an SSAT or CAT (Upper School vs. Middle School)
    - Submit Candidate Statement
    - Submit applicable Certificates and Awards
    - Submit applicable English Proficiency Exams (if necessary)
    - Submit two years of school reports (including most recent)
    - Have teacher submit the Confidential School Recommendation Form
    - Book Interview with Admission Officer


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student St. Andrew's College is looking for: We look for well-rounded students with solid academics, character, participation in athletics and co-curricular activities, and leadership qualities.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type56789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    18 (76%)17 (69%)13 (59%)7 (59%)20 (76%)3 (56%)1 (50%)0
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    2 (40%)8 (75%)19 (68%)22 (49%)18 (43%)19 (64%)0

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size117
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements51
    **Ivy+ placements24

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): Acadia University Algoma University College American Academy of Dramatic Arts Arizona State University Babson College Binghamton University Birmingham City University Bishop's University Boston College Boston University Brock University Brown University Brunel University London Buffalo State College of SUNY Cardiff University Carleton University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Centennial College Colby College, ME College of William and Mary Columbia University, NY Concordia University Conestoga College Cornell University Dalhousie University Duke University Durham College Durham University Eckerd College Emory University Fanshawe College Fordham University George Brown College Georgia Institute of Technology, GA Georgian College Hamilton College, NY Hartwick College Harvard University High Point University Hong Kong Polytechnic Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Hult International Business School in San Francisco and London Humber College Huron University College Indiana University Bloomington Johns Hopkins University King’s College London King’s University College Kingston University Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Lakehead University Lancaster University Laurentian University London City University Loughborough University Marian University McGill University McMaster University Memorial University of Newfoundland Michigan State University Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology Mount Allison University New York University Newcastle University Niagara College Nipissing University North Park University Northeastern University Northwestern University Nova Southeastern University Ontario College of Art & Design Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University Pratt Institute Princeton University Providence College Purdue University Queen’s University Queen's University Belfast Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reserve University Rhode Island School of Design Rice University Rochester Institute of Technology Rolins College Royal Holloway, University of London Royal Military College of Canada Rutgers University-New Brunswick Ryerson University Saint Mary's University School of the Art Institute of Chicago Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology Sheridan College Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning Simon Fraser University Skidmore College St. Bonaventure University St. Francis Xavier University St. Olaf College Stanford University State University of New York at Albany Swansea University Syracuse University The Atlantic Bridge Program The Chinese University The George Washington University The University of Edinburgh The University of Manchester The University of Nottingham The University of Sheffield The University of Texas at Austin The University of Warwick Trent University Trinity Western University Tufts University Université de Montréal University at Buffalo University at Buffalo The State University of New York University College London University of Bath University of Birmingham, UK University of Bristol University of British Columbia University of Buckingham University of Buffalo University of Calgary University of California University of California at Davis University of California at Irvine University of California at Los Angeles University of California at Riverside University of California at San Diego University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Merced University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Central Florida University of Chicago University of Colorado at Denver University of Colorado Boulder University of Connecticut University of Edinburgh University of Essex University of Exeter University of Fraser Valley University of Greenwich University of Guelph University of Guelph-Humber University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Keele University of Kent University of King’s College University of Leeds University of Liverpool University of Maryland, College Park University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of New Brunswick University of New Hampshire University of Newcastle, Australia University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Notre Dame University of Nottingham University of Ontario Institute of Technology University of Ottawa University of Pennsylvania University of Reading University of San Diego University of South Florida University of South Florida, Tampa University of Southampton University of Southern California University of St Andrews University of Stirling University of Strathclyde University of Sussex, UK University of the Arts London University of Toronto University of Victoria University of Virginia University of Warwick University of Washington University of Waterloo University of Windsor University of Wisconsin, Madison University of York Vanderbilt University Vanier College Virginia Tech Wake Forest University Washington, University of Western University Wheaton College, IL Wilfrid Laurier University Wilkes University York University York University Glendon Campus Yuba College

    What St. Andrew's College says:

  • The 115 members of the Class of 2017 received 513 offers of admission, 44 outside of Ontario, 55 U.S., and 17 international. On average there were 4.5 acceptances for each student. The graduating class received more than $1.7 million in scholarships and awards toward their post-secondary education, and 80% graduated as Ontario Scholars.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Lawren Harris 1903 Pioneering Canadian artist and Group of Seven painter. Companion of the Order of Canada.
    Kiefer Sutherland 1984 Emmy award and Golden Globe award winning actor, best know for his role as Jack Bauer on the hit show "24".
    Anthony S. Fell 1958 Chairman of RBC Capital Markets. CEO of RBC Dominion Securities Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada
    Rob McEwen 1968 Chairman and CEO of McEwen Mining Inc. Chairman of Lexam VG Gold Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc.
    Graham Towers 1915 First Governor of the Bank of Canada. Governor for Canada at the IMF. Chairman of the National War Finance Committee. Order of Canada.
    Charles S.L. Hertzberg 1901 Major General, Chief Engineer of the First Canadian Army, and commander of the Canadian Engineering Corps during the Second World War. Prominent structural engineer with many works
    H.F.H. Hertzberg 1904 Major General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC) during the Second World War. Quartermaster General and Adjutant General. Companion of the Order of Bath.
    John Crosbie 1949 12th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal Minister of: Fisheries and Oceans, International Trade, Transport, Justice, and Finance.
    Vincent Massey 1905 18th Governor General of Canada
    John Alexander Douglas McCurdy 1904 20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Canadian aviation pioneer.
    Frank Moores 1951 The second Premier of Newfoundland
    Edward Roberts 1958 11th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
    Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson 1924 A Canadian mathematician most famous for the Robinson-Schensted algorithm.
    Michael Del Zotto 2007 NHL hockey player
    Stephen Amell 2000 Actor
    Brad Smith 2002 Actor, reality TV star, Show Host, entertainment reporter
    Roy McMurtry 1950 Judge

    Alumni Highlights

    • St. Andrew's has over 6,000 active alumni around the globe.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Schooling young athletes on mental toughness

    Lucas Madill may teach English and social sciences at SAC, but it’s his knowledge of our country’s national sport that earned him a plumb role with Hockey Canada this summer.

    This week, Lucas is in Calgary as a mental performance consultant for the organization’s National Junior 17 Hockey summer development camp. The camp is in preparation for the world challenge tournament taking place in November, which Lucas will also attend. Coincidently, the roster includes Alex Newhook ’19, a budding star with a scholarship to play NCAA D1 hockey at Boston College.

    Building mental toughness in young athletes is something for which Lucas is uniquely qualified. He has a master’s of science in sports psychology and a B.Ed in kinesiology. He’s played competitive hockey at McGill University and the University of New Brunswick (UNB), where he was an academic-all Canadian at both schools. As well, he was an assistant coach with UNB’s men’s hockey team, winning the CIS national championship while behind the bench.

    As a mental performance consultant, Lucas focuses on teambuilding and cohesion. Strategies include meeting with players individually and as a team to discuss ways to overcome challenges, teach relaxation techniques that refresh mind and body, and provide debriefing sessions after practices and workouts. Another key role is to help coaching staff recognize and minimize issues that may affect the group’s cohesion.

    “I help athletes primarily by improving their confidence levels and developing resiliency in the face of challenges,” says Lucas. He says there are many ways to do this such as helping players create preparation routines, practice imagery, build intrinsic motivation levels, and improve self-talk and re-framing abilities.

    These are the very things Lucas plans to help SAC’s Varsity Hockey team with this season. His experience and skills align with the School’s desire to improve mental health services for students and stand to be yet another key differentiator for the School.

    “I am thrilled to be helping Coach David Manning and the Varsity Hockey team,” says Lucas, noting how rare it is for schools to have the means to hire a mental performance consultant. Although his time is limited with his own teaching responsibilities, Lucas’s passion for hockey and desire to help SAC athletes make him determined to contribute as much as he can.

    “My position with Hockey Canada has allowed me to work with some of the best coaches and sport psychologists in the country,” says Lucas. As a result, he will be bringing back tools the best athletes in Canada are using and apply them to what we do here at St. Andrew’s.

    Coach Manning couldn’t agree more: “Having a talented resource like Lucas on staff puts us into an elite category, with everything in place to fully support our young athletes’ goals and aspirations.” 


    Two Saints drafted by NHL

    The Saints made history last weekend when two recent graduates were drafted to the NHL.

    Morgan Barron ’17 was the lone Canadian pick for the New York Rangers, while Ryan O’Connell got the nod from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Coming in at #174 in the sixth round, Morgan, a Halifax-native, spent the past two seasons playing for the Saints, leading the team as captain this season.

    “I am extremely honoured to be selected by the New York Rangers,” Morgan said. “It’s a dream come true.” Morgan is committed to play for Cornell University next year, an NCAA D1 Ivy League school.

    “I try and play a 200-foot game,” said Morgan during a press conference in Chicago. “I like to chip in defensively and offensively, so I think I just want to be a prototypical NHL centreman who plays both ends of the ice.”

    Varsity Head Coach David Manning and builder of the SAC Hockey program is understandably proud. “Morgan is a driven and dedicated young man,” he said. “As a big player with outstanding skill, Morgan fits the mold of the classic centreman. He’s equally adept at distributing the puck as putting it in the net, and doesn’t let his defensive game suffer because of his offensive one.”

    This is certainly what Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark is hoping for during Morgan’s time at Cornell. “He’s been more offensive at St. Andrew’s. Now he’ll learn the other side of the game of defence and by the time he comes to us, he’ll have a good idea of how to play on both sides of the puck,” said Clark during the press conference.

    Ryan O’Connell ’17 was selected in the seventh round, 203rd overall. He wasn’t listed on the Central Scouting Mid-Term back in January, but was listed as the 208th skater in North America in the most recent prospect ranking.

    “I am so blessed to be drafted in the NHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Ryan said, in addition to thanking everyone who worked so hard to help him achieve his dream.

    The Gloucester, Ont., born defenceman spent two years with the Saints and committed last August to NCAA D1 Boston University. Ryan will spend next season playing for Penticton of the BCHL before heading to Massachusetts in 2018.

    “Ryan is a dynamic player who is only beginning to reach his potential,” said Coach Manning. “To continue that growth as a member of one of the top programs like Boston University is quite special.”  

    Old Boy Robbie Thomas ’17 also made the cut. He was drafted to the St. Louis Blues in the first round, 20th overall. Robbie spent two years playing for SAC’s U16 team before departing for the London Knights of the OHL.

    Princeton-bound Corey Andonovski ’17 was overlooked this weekend after being ranked #195 on the Central Scouting Mid-Term in January. However, he will likely be invited to attend a development camp and still has another shot at the draft next year.

    “We’re ecstatic that two of our players have been recognized in the top 210 players in the world,” said Coach Manning, who attended the draft at United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks. “It’s an absolute honour to be considered within a group of elite players.”

    The last Saint to be drafted was Warren Foegele ’14, who was the 67th pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2014. Warren signed a three-year, $3-million contract with Carolina in March.


    Student earns top award at U.S. Naval Academy program

    After finishing his final exam, grade 12 student and incoming Prefect, Michael Kurp, flew off to participate in the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar. His performance at the six-day event earned him the top award among the 850 others in his session.

    Michael, a student from Houston, Texas, attended the seminar in Annapolis, Md., designed to give participants first-hand experience of life at the Naval Academy, one of the most prestigious military academies in the world and ranked among the best engineering universities in the United States.

    Earning a spot in the seminar is highly competitive and draws top scholars and athletes from across the country. While at the academy, Michael experienced its academic and physical rigours, including classes in naval weapons, seamanship, physics, and martial arts. The days began at 5 a.m. with physical training led by a former Navy SEAL, followed by academic sessions and naval drills such as an obstacle course and piloting a guided-missile destroyer.

    On the final day, participants took part in a nine-hour version of the Navy sea trials that tests candidates’ abilities to withstand physical and mental challenges including diving for rifles, boat races, endurance courses, and non-stop calisthenics.

    For his performance over the entire session, Michael was one of five students to receive the “Overall Outstanding Candidate” award for having the “most outstanding performance in all areas of drill, athletics, academics, and leadership in keeping with the moral, mental, and physical missions of the United States Naval Academy.”

    “It was an amazing experience,” Michael said. “I was honoured to be selected for the seminar and meet so many talented students. I credit my time at SAC for preparing me both academically and physically for my six days there, especially my triathlon training.”

    Michael left Annapolis with a lot of dirty laundry, good memories, and the resolve to pursue an appointment at the Academy, which involves getting a Congressional nomination.  Students who obtain admission to the Academy receive a full scholarship to attend, in exchange for five years of service in the U.S. Navy upon graduation.


    Putting the fun in fundraising

    A new record was set this year when a whopping $41,672 was raised during this year’s SpringSmash event!

    That’s more than $16,000 over goal, bringing the cumulative seven-year total above $135,000.

    All funds go to Jumpstart Charities, which provide local children the opportunity to participate in sports they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. With more than $40K raised, Jumpstart will be able to support more than 400 local children this year!

    Aside from raising money in support of a great cause, the boys had a great day of sports activities to celebrate and conclude the six-week campaign. “Everyone had fun playing sports and dunking their teachers in the dunk tank. It was a great festival to celebrate breaking the School donation record,” said grade 12 student Tarun Sethi.

    SpringSmash is coordinated by the grade 12 McEwen Leadership students in association with Course Director Sean Ludwig. The class runs the multi-week program like a corporation and focuses on procuring donations, offering athletic activities, and handing out incentive prizes. Monday’s wrap-up celebration on campus was a big thank-you in the form of games, sports, and food. Hot spots this year included the Zorb Balls and the mechanical bull.

    “It has been very rewarding for the students to see the tremendous support for the SpringSmash cause,” said Mr. Ludwig. “Throughout their time in the program, the students learn about social responsibility and the importance of giving back to the community in which you live.”

    What will next year bring? Hopefully another record-breaking year!

    Click here to view a photo gallery of the SpringSmash fun day on May 29.


    Adventures in science

    Science Week is all about stitching together individual science theories learned in class in ways that make learning hands-on and fun.

    Every student in grades 5 to 8 had the opportunity to participate in the Middle School Science Week, run annually by Jamie Inglis, Head of Science. “All of the activities are designed to use science to come to a goal,” explained Mr. Inglis during Tuesday morning’s kick-off in Ketchum Auditorium. He reminded the students that the most important thing about science is to ask questions.

    To cheers of excitement, Trevor Biasi, Assistant Director of Middle School, was Tuesday’s sacrificial guinea pig, setting off two explosions to start the science bonanza.

    As part of their design thinking and STEM units, grade 5 students were challenged to design and test a prototype windmill from cardboard, string, glue, popsicle sticks, and Lego. Their goal was to solve all of SAC’s future energy concerns. A pretty tall order!

    A visit to the Science Centre inspired the grade 6 Mars Landing and Space Science challenges. Students had to design, build, and launch a hydrazine/gas powered rover. They were given cardboard, tape, plastic wheels, various sizes of tubes, and balloons to build their rovers and make them move across the classroom terrain. The biggest challenges were controlling speeds to make it from the starting point to the final destination. During testing students either overshot or undershot the landing, so back to the drawing board they went.

    Grade 7 students expanded their knowledge on environmental stewardship and biology when current parent and eye surgeon Dr. Khan walked them through the dissection of a cow’s eye. The boys were intent and at times a little grossed out. Once they finished learning about how a cow eye is similar to a human eye, Dr. Khan allowed them to observe the dissection of a human eye.

    The grade 8 students used their knowledge of engineering to build a prototype of a drawbridge with wood using hammers, nails, and various tools. This workshop was led by U-Can-Do-It, an organization that offers in-class and after-school carpentry classes.

    Lastly, after shooting-off an air cannon rocket, students clamoured for a spot to participate in building their own rocket to launch across Yuill Field for clan points. Congratulations to Douglas Clan on earning top prize.


    Conference inspires students to consider STEM fields

    A group of 25 St. Andrew’s students recently attended a STEM conference aimed at raising awareness of opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

    The group was among 200 Toronto-area high-school student representatives from the Coalition of Single Sex Schools of Toronto (COSSOT). The day-long event was held at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Engineering, February 23.

    Attendees had the opportunity to listen to some of the brightest minds in the STEM fields, as they shared details about their research, business ventures, and daily lives. This included a keynote address by Professor Molly Shoichet, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering, who spoke about her lab’s new techniques for non-invasive brain surgery. 

    In the closing presentation, Professor Cindi Morshead, U of T Chair, Department of Anatomy, talked about her research in the field of stem cells. 

    Throughout the day, students took part in four different workshops. Topics included applied brain research; artificial intelligence; applied physics research; and learning about engineering education. 

    The COSSOT STEM Council is now in its third year. Its mandate is to promote STEM education, learning, and careers for students in the single-gendered school community. The Council is comprised of grade 12 students from seven schools including St. Andrew’s. This year the St. Andrew’s group was led by Council Co-Chair William Deo ’17, with organizers Trew Morris ’17, Melvin Maroon ’17, Erik Jentsch ’17, and Tony Sul ’17. 

    As a Council, the group is involved in hosting an annual conference on an important issue of the Council’s choice. This year, the group was committed to inspiring all high school students to pursue STEM learning and careers. This included exploring existing issues in the field; promoting inclusivity in the STEM fields; and changing perceptions of the field. 

    The SAC Council is looking forward to its fourth year, and asks any interested SAC students presently in grade 10 or 11 to inquire about Council membership through William Deo. 


    Big day for big talent

    February 1 is National Signing Day for NCAA-bound high school football players. Today, St. Andrew’s very own Gregor MacKellar officially committed to Rice University.

    Surrounded by his varsity teammates, coaches, and his father, Bruce, the offensive lineman signed his letter of intent – a moment he has been waiting for since June when he verbally committed to the Owls.

    Gregor, a boarder from Timberlea, Nova Scotia, is thrilled to have fulfilled his dream of reaching the NCAA – a rare feat for a Canadian and even more so for a student from the Maritimes. Only 22 Canadian students will sign today with Gregor being the only representative from the Maritimes. Gregor credits his success to his St. Andrew’s opportunity, his coaches past and present, and especially his supportive family.

    At age 9, Gregor picked up a football and never put it down. There have been many coaches throughout his career that have made him the player he is today, but he pays tribute to Varsity Football Head Coach Len Gurr for helping him reach this final level.

    “From the moment I stepped on the SAC field, Coach Gurr encouraged and pushed me to be the best football player I could be,” said Gregor. “He told me that very first day I could be a D1 player if I put the work in academically and on the field.”

    While there were other NCAA clubs looking to secure this star, Rice University appealed to Gregor because of its similarities to SAC. “It feels like home,” said Gregor. “They have students from all over the world and they value responsibility, integrity, community, and excellence – all the traits that have been instilled in me at SAC.”

    “Our entire football team is immensely proud of Gregor,” said Coach Gurr. “He possesses an ideal combination of size, athleticism, toughness, desire, and humility. These traits have enabled him to become arguably the top high school offensive lineman in the country.”

    He’s not just about turning other players in pancakes on the field either. When Gregor isn’t playing football or training in the weight room with Strength & Conditioning Coach John Murray, you can find him studying to maintain his high academic average, practicing the bagpipes as a key member of the Senior Pipes & Drums, or providing leadership to the Competition and Spirit Committee.

    The sports-management major hopes to find a professional football career after graduation, but he admits that graduate studies in business or perhaps law are also on his mind.

    When Gregor touches down in Houston, Texas, in August, he won’t be alone. Old Boy Peter Godber ’13 will be there to greet him and show him the ropes. “Having a fellow Andrean as a mentor at Rice was a huge factor in me deciding to become an Owl,” said Gregor. It will be a smooth transition. And he looks forward to avoiding snow for the next few years.

    “I am so excited to play football at Rice Stadium,” he said. “I can only imagine what it will be like to run out of the tunnel and onto the field.”


    Model UN trip had historic add-on

    Students on the Harvard University Model UN trip to Boston last week found themselves caught up in history in the making.

    After four days of Model UN simulations, 19 SAC students and three teachers adjourned from the successful proceedings on Sunday morning. It was then they witnessed a massive rally in Copley Square, as tens of thousands of protestors demonstrated against President Trump’s immigration ban.

    Fatigue quickly gave way to an adrenalin rush for the three broadcast journalism students.

    “It was the greatest display of democracy I've ever been involved in," says Tristan Tsvetanov ’17, who along with classmates Ben Schmidt and Ayo Ogunremi, filmed some of the action and interviewed protestors. They put together a video, as they feel it is important to share the protest with the SAC community.

    The eventful trip began Thursday with a tour of Harvard University. The group then met up with Chris Egi ’14 after his basketball practice, and chatted with legendary coach Tommy Amaker. The Harvard men's team is in first place in the Ivy leagues, and Chris is a huge part of its success. He is also the team’s top student by average.

    The group also had an opportunity to take a tour of the Freedom Trail, with stops and stories about colonial and revolutionary America such as Boston Common, Beacon Hill, and the re-telling of the Boston Massacre and Tea Party.

    The Model UN portion began in earnest on Thursday evening, when the SAC delegation did three hours of preparatory committee work. The conference sees students sit alongside and collaborate with like-minded peers from 35 different countries including China, India, New Zealand, Korea, Pakistan, France, Brazil, and the UAE. Delegates attempt to solve some of the world’s greatest problems.

    “Our boys managed to skillfully negotiate and effectively communicate their positions in hopes of advancing the interests of their adopted nation, Belgium,” said Jeff LaForge. He, Joe Commisso, and Courtenay Shrimpton accompanied delegates and serve as club advisors.

    First-timers JP Schnabel, Ben Schmidt, Ayo Ogunremi, Jake Kim, Daniel Soetikno, Hale Lee, Thomas Kook, Graham Stanley-Paul, Riley Jackson, Zi Yu Han, Chris Yi, Melvin Maroon, Eric Asgari, and Jack Davies demonstrated tremendous resolve and learned on the fly alongside some of the world’s brightest secondary school students.

    “Entering this arena for the first time can be very intimidating, but all of our boys did their best to immerse themselves in the issues of the day and contribute positively to their respective session,” said Mr. La Forge.

    Riley Jackson and Alastair Binnendyk lobbied hard for Belgium’s interest in the Legal Committee, one of the conference’s largest groups. Veterans Trew Morris and Alexander Smith picked up where they left off last year, wheeling and dealing in the interests of passing meaningful resolution, as members of NATO and the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee respectively.

    Special recognition went to the team of Tristan Tsvetanov and Michael Kurp, whose work as members of the European Union reflected their unrivaled preparation and thoughtful insight. With a conference total exceeding 3,000 delegates, recognition as “Outstanding Delegates” placed them in the top 3% of participants.

    Tristan said he and Michael developed new security methods, data sharing between EU systems such as SIS, and created a new standardized economic policy throughout the EU.  “Along with our solutions, we were faced with four different crises that had significant impact on our decisions.”

    From Model UN simulations to on-the-spot journalism, it was a remarkable few days for our students.


    Player agent shares secrets on road to NHL

    MacPherson Hockey Tournament players were treated to a special guest during their Friday luncheon.

    Wade Arnott, one of the top player agents in North America, shared the success stories of his firm’s clients – dropping names like Steven Stamkos and Tyler Bozak.

    He, who has enjoyed a 20-year career, started by addressing which development path is best suited for each student. He debated NCAA versus Junior A, noting positives of both routes. “Only 6% of players will make it to the NHL, so if you are good enough to play professionally, it doesn’t matter which route you choose,” Wade said.

    NHL Central Scouting reports were Mr. Arnott’s second topic. “Very little attention is paid to goals and assists,” he told the boys. “They aren’t ignored, but they are less important.” He kindly shared with the boys the four categories they are judged on in an analysis and how one game does not make or break their opportunities as scouts follow them for an entire season.

    His final piece of advice was that the path to pro hockey and especially the NHL “is a marathon, not a sprint.” The road to success will often be marked by setbacks and adversity, but those who persevere and have a strong desire and work ethic have a higher chance of making it to the NHL he noted.

    Wade Arnott is the father of Callum ’23 and Grayson ’19 and is a member of Newport Sports Management (NSM) in Toronto. He has a law degree from Concord Law School and a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He started his career at NSM in 1995 and represents players at every stage of their amateur and professional careers, advising on matters regarding junior and college hockey, the NHL draft process, entry-level professional contracts, free agency, and salary arbitration. Wade plays a significant role in building and managing NSM’s NHL clientele.


    Geography Head shares knowledge with future teachers

    With the signature catchphrase “geography is everything,” David Joiner's passion for his subject is indisputable. 


    David Joiner, SAC’s Head of Geography, took his passion and deep subject knowledge to Queen’s University January 19, when he spoke with geography teacher candidates about innovative classroom practices and independent school teaching.


    Dr. Joiner’s two-hour workshop with 30 future educators began with the SAC promotional video and a conversation about the responsibilities and expectations for teachers at independent schools. 

    He introduced students to activities that generate interest in a geography classroom. This included the Radio Garden website that identifies streaming-radio stations on a maneuverable globe; five-dimensional graphing tools for country statistics and photographic charts of global families ranked by income at Gapminder; and interactive visualizations of global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers at Earth.


    At the students’ request, Dr. Joiner finished his presentation by demonstrating SAC’s implementation of synchronized electronic notebooks using MicroSoft OneNote and classroom/gradebook management with Edsby. He says they appreciated increasing their knowledge about independent schools and look forward to using many of the highlighted geographic education tools in their own classrooms.


    “I love sharing these attention-grabbing activities with these young teachers-to-be," says Dr. Joiner, who has taught geography at the College for 18 years and is an in-house expert on global education. SAC’s Expert in Us program, launched in 2012, supports teachers who chose to study and research a topic then share findings with colleagues. It also makes them sought-after experts outside our gates.


    Dr. Joiner is a recognized leader in his field and is connected to the larger geography teacher network not only through Queen's University, but also through Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education (OAGEE), Advanced Placement (AP), and Esri Canada, a geographic information system (GIS) company.


    “He is a tremendous asset to the College,” says Michael Paluch, Assistant Headmaster and Director of Academics. “Dr. Joiner is in tune with current technologies as they pertain to teaching geography to a technologically savvy student population.”


    Students put MP in hot seat

    Students interested in a career in politics should first gain expertise in another area, says MP Jane Philpott, a guest speaker at SAC Thursday.


    The MP for the riding of Markham-Stouffville gave a 45-minute Q&A to Upper School students and faculty. Minister Philpott left a 30-year career in medicine to enter politics, and when appointed as Minister of Health in 2015, became the first medical doctor to hold the post.


    “You’re asking some really good questions,” remarked Minister Philpott, as she fielded a series of previously prepared questions by grade 10 civics students and staff.


    Xander Smith asked why she left medicine to go into politics. “To help improve people’s lives,” she replied, explaining that as a physician she was unable to make changes to policy and systemic issues that work to undermine health, such as a lack of jobs and adequate housing.


    The Minister was asked her opinion on whether schools have the right to force students to be vaccinated by Ryder Germain. Minister Philpott acknowledged this was a “sensitive issue” that needed to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Likewise, the issue of parent and student autonomy posed by Jake Kim. “The challenge is where you draw the line,” said Minister Philpott, acknowledging that that students’ lives can be put at risk by the beliefs of their parents.


    Teacher Samantha Scheepers inquired about the opioid crisis in Canada. The audience was told that last year 3,000 Canadians died from overdoses, more than in car accidents. Minister Philpott said this situation is rapidly getting worse and is rooted in social issues faced by marginalized people who turn to drugs to help cope.


    The biggest health crisis faced in Canadian health care is the indigenous health crisis, “but it matters to every one of us,” said Minister Philpott in response to teacher Keith Ramon’s question. The students learned that Indigenous lives are 10 years shorter and close to half the population has diabetes. “They do not have the same access as other Canadians and we need to find a fairer system,” Minister Philpott stated.


    Isaac Boer-Hersh asked if she addressed matters that weren’t health-related and was told, “I get to stretch my brain around new areas of expertise” on the four cabinet committees she serves on – accounting for about 20% of her time; her health portfolio accounts for 80%.


    The talk ended with “Rapid Fire” led by Luke Madill, the civics and English teacher responsible for organizing the event. The students appreciated hearing some personal responses to questions such as Leafs or Habs fan? (Leafs); describe the Prime Minister in one word (brilliant); and favourite subject in school (physics – though she looked over at Mr. Madill and chuckled, civics is important too).

    “I guarantee there are people in this room who will be MPs someday,” Minster Philpott said in her closing remarks. She urged any future politicians to make sure they are going into the field for the right reasons, like building a better society.


    Taking Care of Business with McEwen Students

    Presentations pitches by members of the grade 12 McEwen Leadership class echoed through Staunton Gallery Monday, as students manning display booths promoted their business ideas to judges and fellow students.

    This year’s Entrepreneurship Fair featured several unique and feasible ventures. The grade 12 students began brainstorming ideas for their venture plans in early October. They had few limitations regarding the scope of the venture, and were asked to choose something that they were both interested in and passionate about.  It was expected that their entrepreneurial venture would be a business that could be feasibly launched if it received the necessary capital funding.

    During the entrepreneurship unit of the course, students developed a complete business plan for their entrepreneurial venture. They used a business plan template, in addition to the resources and lessons provided in class, to create their business plan. 

    Business plans included information regarding the venture’s marketing strategy, financial projections, operating strategy, and resource management.  At the Entrepreneurship Fair, the students ‘pitched’ their entrepreneurial idea to the attendees as they circulated to each student display booth. Fair attendees included SAC students, faculty and staff, as well as a panel of guest judges comprising Old Boys and business people.

    Thank you to everyone who supported the students' venture presentations, and took the time to vote for the People's Choice Awards! Click here to view a photogallery.

    Judge’s Choice Awards – Group A

    Best Overall Business Plan – Shock Shield – Luca Zadra, Patrick Turner, Nick Theodorakakis

    Best Presentation ‘Pitch’ – Soup Shack – Daniel Cheung and Matthew Chambers

    Best Display Booth – Shock Shield – Luca Zadra, Patrick Turner, Nick Theodorakakis

    Most Feasible Business Plan – Northern Elite 1 – Jacob Edwards and Mario Vazquez

    Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan – Sport Advisor – Kyle Chen, Joseph Yazdani, Michael Von Schalburg

    Judge’s Choice Awards – Group B

    Best Overall Business Plan – Leo’s Grill – Michael Lakkotrypis and Stathi Douramakos

    Best Presentation ‘Pitch’ – Sharp Ride – Will Sirman, Jacob Ledson, Corey Andonovski

    Best Display Booth – ProFuel – Tarun Sethi and Nolan Roy

    Most Feasible Business Plan – Leo’s Grill – Michael Lakkotrypis and Stathi Douramakos

    Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan – UniquEats – Charlie Elliott and Callum Murphy

    People’s Choice Awards

    Best Overall Business Plan – Copped Sneaker Boutique – Jason Qian and Victor Xie

    Best Presentation ‘Pitch’ – Smooth on the Move – JP Martin, Chris Sgro, Oli Harris

    Best Display Booth – Shock Shield – Luca Zadra, Patrick Turner, Nick Theodorakakis

    Most Feasible Business Plan – Leo’s Grill – Michael Lakkotrypis and Stathi Douramakos

    Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan – Mr. Service – Sean Lindsay, Andrew Jeffrey, Greg Hoogers

    Judging Panel

    • Adam Kallio, Economic Development Officer, County of Simcoe
    • Jonathan Wheatle, Manager, Strategic Economic Initiatives, Regional Municipality of York 
    • Satheejan Gugananthan, Business Development & Portfolio Manager, Ideal Incubator
    • Lucas Chang, Co-founder, Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs
    • Shelley Lundquist, International Master Coach, Author, Speaker, Trainer
    • Ted Mercer ’96, VP Sales, Kira Talent
    • Jim Mirkopoulos ’90, VP, Cinespace Studios 
    • George Brown ’99, Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities
    • Brian Chisholm ’00, Senior Manager, Business Development, CIBC
    • James McClocklin ’66, SAC Board Member, Groupby Inc., Private Equity Funding
    • Ross Tripp, VP Sales, Phantom Screens
    • Giancarlo Trimarchi ’02, Financial Controller, Store Supervisor, Partner Vince’s Market
    • Dr. Brent Hall, Director, Education and Research, Esri Canada
    • Ellen Martin, Co-founder and COO, SoJo

    The Entrepreneurship Fair is one of many events planned for the grade 12 McEwen Leadership class during the 2016-17 academic year. The course is a key element of the McEwen Leadership Program, an academic program modeled after the vision of Mr. Rob McEwen ’69. 


    Kelowna Robotics

    Motivated by the Middle School’s recent provincial qualification in Lego Robotics, the Upper School Robotics Club sent two of its best teams to Kelowna B.C., for the Western Canada RoboCup Junior Challenge. 

    The competition was challenging, primarily because everyone else used Lego as the base for their robots. Riley Jackson put it best in his television interview with Kelowna Now news: “We wanted to try and challenge ourselves, so we used an Arduino board.”

    The Arduino is arguably the most popular platform for DIY robotics enthusiasts and what the boys will likely see at the university level. Mastery of the Arduino will open many doors for the students and enable them to build anything from a simple robot to a 3D printer.

    The competition required a robot to follow a line with bumps and obstacles and then rescue a victim, a can of pop, and move them to safety. The boys faced many challenges including a wire breaking, but with their expertise they were able to re-solder it themselves. Because they had done almost everything from scratch, they were able to overcome problems as they arose.

    The grade 10 team consisted of Willem Grier, Zi Yu Han, Samir Khaki, Nova Schmidt, and Ryan Sutherland-Pace. The grade 11 team had Angus Austgarden, Matt Huang, Riley Jackson, and JP Schnabel. Both teams had put many hours into their robots with club meetings every Thursday night and Saturday morning for two hours each, and the weekend before December 7 competition, an additional 14 hours was needed to fine-tune their robots.

    The grade 11 team brought home the third place trophy but both teams left the competition inspired to do even better next time. In April 2017 they will use their experience to compete in the York Region RoboCup Junior Open for a chance to represent Canada in Japan at the World Cup.

    With the invaluable experience they gained in Kelowna, they will indeed be the teams to beat.


    Robotics takes 1st & 2nd Place

    The Middle School Robotics team, also known as The Autonomous Andreans, competed in their first ever First Lego League Tournament at the York Regional qualifier this weekend at St. Maximilian Kolbe High School in Aurora.

    The tournament was comprised of four judging components including a research project, robot design, core values, and robot mission board.

    The day started with a presentation of their research project – an innovative solution to eliminate turtle bycatch, which is when turtles are unwantedly caught during commercial fishing. The boys developed a prototype using 3D printing whereby a pump would take the water out of a sealed cage to allow turtles to breathe so they do not drown in the case of bycatch.

    A presentation on the design followed with the boys highlighting all of the features of their robot and the attachments to perform the missions. The Core Value judging evaluated the team’s dynamic during a five-minute challenge to build a container out of straws that would catch a golf ball when dropped from shoulder height.

    Lastly, robot drivers, Jeronimo Cuevas and Richard Wu, completed three official rounds on the robot mission board to accumulate as many points as possible.

    At the end of the day, The Autonomous Andreans were awarded first place in Robot Design and second place overall. Mr. Holmes also received the Coaching Award. This incredible achievement qualified the team for the provincial tournament January 14 at UOIT. 


    Student lands spot on Australia National Hockey Team

    It wasn’t too long ago that grade 9 new boy and boarder, Arthur Wang, picked up a hockey stick. Now the academic high-flyer is on the ice for the Australian National Youth Hockey team.

    Late last week, Arthur received a letter from Head Coach Steve Laforet congratulating him on being selected to compete with the team at the IIHF U18 Division IIB World Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia on March 13-19, 2017.

    Coach Laforet approached Arthur after seeing him play in the semi-finals of the National Tournament with The New South Wales (NSQ) state hockey team.

    “I was thrilled and surprised to be chosen,” said the 14-year-old defenseman, who also participates in debating and the Wind Ensemble at SAC. “Originally I thought I was being invited only to their training/development camp; instead, I was offered a spot on the national team.”

    Arthur is looking forward to playing in a world-class championship tournament, and we wish him the best of luck!


    A Midsummer Night’s Dream Full Visual Stunts, Projections, Dance, Music, and Cirque-style Aerial Work

    The SAC Dramatic Society’s visually stunning journey into William Shakespeare’s best loved comedy opens next Thursday and runs until Saturday, Nov. 26.

    In this production, stuffed with visual pleasures, you’re already wowed before a single word is spoken. In a jaw-dropping prologue, an SAC schoolboy (William Shields) who has fallen asleep in a forest while reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is swept upwards (And, yes, oh my, people do fly in this production) and transforms before our very eyes into the mischievous fairy, Puck. Then he disappears into a night sky, and we’re off into two hours of non-stop magic that will knock your socks off!

    This "Dream," William Scoular’s final production of the play, he’s directed five times, is also a dream of an inaugural Shakespearean production in our impressive Wirth Theatre. Pulling out every last theatrical trick – puppets, projections, acrobatics, dance and, yes, flying, Scoular uses the closeness of the Wirth Theatre – a thrust stage, with the audience on three sides reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Globe – to engulf the audience in Shakespeare’s familiar story and make it seem, once again, wild and dangerous.

    As Puck, William Shields delivers a brilliant physical performance and Brendan Rush makes a formidable Oberon, while Hayden Reinemo’s Bottom is a comic joy to behold. Walter Karabin and Callum Murphy sparkle as the misguided lovers, Demetrius and Lysander. Two dozen Middle School boys have been cast as fairies, and six grade 9 students play wild, untamed forces in the forest that rationality can’t touch. It’s a fitting choice for a show that creates such magical childlike wonder.

    So make a date with your son to see the current crop of SAC actors showcase their talents in our magical and inventive staging of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. As the poet W. H. Auden tells us:

    So I wish you first a
    Sense of theatre; only
    Those who love illusion
    And know it will go far:
    Otherwise we spend our
    Lives in confusion
    Of what we say and do with
    Who we really are.


    Learning to be leaders and change makers

    Three SAC students have received awards and recognition for their work in a prestigious enrichment program for high-achieving students across Canada and North American.

    In July, grade 12 students Eric Asgari, William Deo, and Randy Lee attended the SHAD Summer program. SHAD, a non-profit Canadian organization, focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), as well as entrepreneurship.

    The program’s mission is to empower exceptional youth to make the world a better place. One of the major aspects of the program is a culminating project to find an innovative product or service to address a pressing world issue. This year’s topic was how to improve food security.

    Champion teams from each university were chosen to compete for the SHAD Cup. The SHAD–John Dobson Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony took place at the end of October at Ryerson University. All three SAC participants received recognition.

    Randy's team from the University of British Columbia (UBC) was one of three wild card teams to attend. Although Eric and William's teams did not advance, they were each seconded to other winning teams at their university, which is quite an honour. They all had an opportunity to hone their projects and make contributions in the latter part of the summer.

    Eric's team from Dalhousie University (CrickEats) took first place for the "Best Prototype (Eric built the prototype!). They also received second place for "Best Application of Scientific Principles." CrickEats is a farming system using human-grade equipment to harvest protein rich crickets for human consumption in a manner that is efficient, affordable, and sustainable.

    Randy's team from UBC (Piscii Tech) took third place for "Best Website" and third place for "Best Business Plan." The project presented a high-quality water treatment facility that filters to remove microfibre pollution before it reaches the world’s water sources and is ingested by wildlife such as fish.

    Although William's team from the University of Saskatchewan (ReFresh) did not place, William's work with a university researcher this summer will be recognized when work is published in a scientific paper in early 2017. ReFresh devised a commercial greenhouse system that incorporates CO2 recycling systems specifically designed to increase crop yields and subsequently reduce food prices in regions where fresh produce cannot be grown otherwise.

    The Reverend Bruce Roffey, who assists SAC students interested in applying for the program, attended the awards ceremony held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at Ryerson. “I am so proud of what our students have achieved,” said Mr. Roffey. He hopes that other students will be inspired to apply for this “wonderful experience.”

    This year, SHAD won the 2016 Labour Award from the Rotman School Management’s Creative Destruction Lab. The award recognized SHAD as one of the world’s leading programs for empowering exceptional students. In this 2:36-minute video, SHAD ’03 alumnus Michelle Romanow calls the program one of Canada’s best kept secrets

    Interestingly, SHAD began at St. Andrew’s in 1980. It has grown to a non-profit organization to help students achieve their full potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. The highly-competitive program takes place at 12 Canadian university campuses each July and is attended by approximately 700 students.

    The SHAD Summer program is open to grades 10, 11, and 12 students. The online application due date for SHAD 2017 is November 28, 2016. The application takes into consideration both academic results and extra-curricular participation. For more information and the online application form, visit http://www.shad.ca/About.htm.


    Inquiring science minds

    A case of strep throat led to a lifetime of science exploration for author Sam Kean, who spoke to Upper School students Wednesday.

    In third grade, Sam Kean endured 12 cases of strep throat. Every time his mother needed to take his temperature she used a mercury thermometer. Sam was prone to talking and singing to his imaginary friend, which led to breaking many of these thermometers.

    To clean up the mess, his mother would brush the beads of mercury together using a toothpick. Sam found this process intriguing, especially when the beads would “jump together.” His fascination led him to discover everything there was to know about mercury – and the other 118 elements on the periodic table!

    After studying physics and English at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Kean realized he didn’t want to be in a lab, so he set off instead to write about science.

    SAC students have read at least one of his three books – The Disappearing SpoonThe Violinist’s Thumb, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. “His books make understanding science and its history relevant, interesting, important, and accessible to every learner,” said Mr. Jones, Upper School science teacher responsible for the author’s visit. And his presentation was no different.

    “Mr. Kean was a great speaker,” said Caleb Creasor, grade 11. “He has this tremendous ability to make scientific history turn into captivating stories.”

    The idea behind his books and his presentation was that everything has a story and a path to discovery and oftentimes those stories are incredibly amusing. “My goal was to give the elements a personality and a face,” Mr. Kean said to the boys of his first book, The Disappearing Spoon.

    “His presentation was amazing,” said William Xie, grade 11. “He shared a lot of fascinating stories about science, which made me want to study more than ever. I benefited a lot from him.”

    Mr. Kean spent the afternoon giving lessons and interacting with science, chemistry, physics, and biology students. “He not only answered our questions, but answered them in a way that was easy to understand and interesting to listen to,” added William.

    It seems the admiration was mutual. “It was a great experience for the boys to learn from Sam Kean,” Mr. Jones said. “Sam came to SAC as a guest speaker, but I believe he left as a friend of the School.”


    Growing Hair and Raising Funds

    It was a hairy assignment, but the 41 students and faculty who chose to accept it rose to the challenge admirably.

    The month of November is dedicated to changing the face of men’s health, and as in past years, SAC students and faculty willing—and capable—of growing facial hair embarked on a journey to raise funds for the Movember Foundation.

    Around campus, participants were easy to spot. As a group they had committed to raise $20 each week in November while growing their very own ‘crumb-catcher.’

    When the campaign closed today, tallies indicated St. Andrew’s College had raised $8,232, placing us second among Canadian high schools and 172nd internationally in terms of funds raised.

    “I am so proud of our results,” says teacher and mo-captain, Joe Commisso, calling it a “real team effort” and expressing his gratitude to participants and donors alike. He has headed the SAC campaign since 2013 and during this period $29,237 has been raised for the cause by the St. Andrew’s community.

    Mr. Commisso also offers thanks to his three student captains—William Deo, Cayne Lander, and William Sirman—and credits them for showing outstanding leadership.

    Fundraising was boosted through email appeals to family and friends, a bowling event with St. Mildred's Lightbourn Mo-Sisters, and the sale of Movember merchandise during lunch. A Mo-Bro video was produced, produced by students as part of their Broadcast Journalism coursework.

    A number of gifts for those who grew their Mos were donated by the Movember Foundations, including some limited edition Harrys x Movember razors, SkullCandy headphones, and SkullCandy water bottles. Michael McLaughlin, father of grade 11 student Patrick McLaughlin, kindly donated 40 shaving kits on behalf of his company, The Art of Shaving. 

    In January, five awards will be presented: the Best Mo, Greasiest Mo, Top Donator, "The Cayne Lander Man-Child Award," and the "Award for Kids Who Can't Mo Good."


    It’s a Wrap for SAC’s 10th Holiday Hero Drive

    Marginalized youth were the focus of St. Andrew’s College’s 10th Annual Holiday Hero drive.

    All week, case workers from the York Region Children’s Aid Society (CAS) have been loading their cars with gifts stored at SAC’s Holiday Hero central; a.k.a., the Chapel basement. Case workers will deliver presents in time for Christmas to the 125 youth in care of the CAS, all of whom are between the ages of 15 to 21 and living alone with no family to rely on, usually in tiny apartments or shelters.

    “Holidays aren’t a special time for them,” says Meghan MacSween, a CAS case worker. Instead of being surrounded by loved ones, these young people are figuring out how to pay their bills and manage their lives. Most came to care because of unsafe homes.

    Student advisory groups selected individuals based on profiles listing age, gender, needs, and wishes. Most asked for basic necessities such as toiletries, housewares, bedding, clothing, boots, coats, gloves, and grocery cards.

    “Youth buying for youth definitely helped raise awareness and understanding of those who have less,” says Melissa Tackaberry, SAC Coordinator, admitting some boys found it hard to understand how anyone could get excited over something like a laundry basket.

    There were other takeaways, too. "Many students had never wrapped a gift before,” says Melissa, chuckling at the memory of their clumsy first attempts. She says there were more students wrapping than ever before. Some really got in to it, particularly the 20 to 30 borders who arrived after dinner each evening until the job was done.

    The generosity and support provided by our community will fill needs and make positive memories for these young people going forward, assures Meghan with the CAS. On Monday, one case worker delivered a load of gifts to a 16-year-old girl who was so overwhelmed, she burst into tears.

    In January, a CAS representative will come to the School to speak about the impact their giving has had.

    Over the past 10 years, SAC’s Holiday Hero program has helped over 1,500 families and youth, accounting for more than $1.25 million in donations. Extra toiletries from this year were donated to the York Region Police for distribution to at-risk youth.

    Looking to next year, Melissa is appealing to SAC families with business connections for merchandise suitable for teenagers, as well always as items always needed such as wrapping paper. While she shops year round for bargains, support from corporate partners will boost buying power.

    “These are the kids that nobody thinks about,” Melissa says. Going forward, SAC’s Holiday Hero program will remain focused on helping this often overlooked but needy group.


    White ribbons symbolize remembrance, hope, and change

    Candles shone from a dais set on the stage in Ketchum Auditorium Monday morning, affirming SAC’s commitment to end violence against women.

    This is the 14th year the School has participated in the White Ribbon campaign, a world-wide movement of men and boys united in their desire to end violence against women and girls. Its mandate promotes gender equity, healthy relationships, and a new vision of masculinity.

    During the solemn ceremony, participants stepped forward to give their reason for lighting a candle. Pleas were made to end the suffering of victims of domestic abuse, verbal abuse, human trafficking, and those living in shelters. As well, candles were lit for justice for murdered Aboriginal women and their grieving families, empathy for policy-makers setting laws, and that perpetrators of violence open their eyes to the suffering of others.

    The Upper School service was led once again by the Reverend Bruce Roffey, who introduced the cause to the School in 2003. Over the years, the service has taken different approaches. Mr. Roffey recalls the first year building a cairn out of rocks. “I went to a nursery to find rocks and had to dig them out of the snow. I loaded them in to the back of my car and brought them to school.”

    At an all-boys school especially, it is critical that the issues brought forward during the campaign are given a platform, believes Courtenay Shrimpton, Assistant Headmaster, Strategic Development.His commitment to the cause has remained steadfast from the start.

    Today’s service was organized by Students for Social Justice. This is the first year they have taken on a substantial leadership role. Participants included committee members, Prefects, and faculty. Ten girls from St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School were also in attendance. It was a show of support and reciprocation for five SAC Prefects participating in a December 6 ceremony at their Oakville school honouring the victims of the Montreal Massacre.

    In a ceremony held in the Chapel last week for the Middle School, students remembered the victims of the 14 women killed at Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. The boys read prayers, sounded the prayer bowl, and lit candles in their memory. The service ended with students donning a white ribbon.

    All week, a pledge book and basket of white ribbons will sit in Staunton Gallery. Each student as well as members of faculty and staff, will have the opportunity to sign the book and commit to a simple pledge: I pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.


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    Robotics Team to Compete in Brazil

    Staunton Gallery was full of bright and curious minds last week as SAC Robotics Club members vied for a spot at RoboCup Junior in Brazil this summer.

    The club was only re-introduced last year, but the investment is already paying dividends. Grade 9 and 10 students competed in the Rescue Challenge against Trinity College School, and grade 11 and 12 SAC teams competed against each other in soccer. Eight Robotics Club members qualified to represent Canada in the rescue category and an additional seven boys qualified for the senior soccer finals.

    To compete in soccer, each team had to build and program two robots that could track a plastic ball emitting infrared light. The robots could not be remote-controlled in anyway – they had to ‘think’ for themselves. One robot was designed as a goalie and the other as the striker. The objective was to score more goals than their opponent on a modified soccer-style field.

    “The competition was a pretty close call even after all the weeks of preparation leading up to it,” said Parth Agarwal of the soccer team. “It was suspenseful and exciting at the same time.”

    For the Rescue Challenge, a robot had to follow a black line in a maze-like fashion and then up a ramp. At the top, there was a can of pop that had to be located, lifted, and moved to a platform in one of the corners of the game field. All the tasks had to be done autonomously.

    “It was definitely one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking days of this entire school year,” said Gary Zhou of the rescue team. “Looking at the robot moving by itself and navigating through the stage was a truly amazing thing. The team and I had really put in a lot of time and effort into that little thing, and fortunately it didn’t disappoint us.”

    The following boys qualified for the soccer team: Parth, Jordan Brown, Henry Hsieh, Mark Hsu, Brayden Kerr, Justin Lai, and Cedric Lau. Rescue team members include: Dylan van Eeden, Charlie Elliott, Artiom Lisin, Eric Lowry, Darrian Spampinato, Tristan Tsvetanov, Derek Zhang, and Gary. The students are hoping to see a repeat of SAC’s performance in 2011, when their team finished first in the world in the RoboCup Junior Soccer Superteam category held in Turkey.

    While the rescue group’s robot only made it halfway through the challenge, the team will be spending the next few weeks working out the kinks. “I am very excited for Brazil and looking forward to what the robot’s full potential is on the international stage,” Gary commented.

    In order to fully understand the complexities and impressiveness of these robots, one needs to see the robots in action. From a distance, it looks as though the robots are controlled remotely, but they are autonomous, ‘thinking’ for themselves using input from their infrared detectors for sight, ultrasonic range finders for distance, and a compass for direction.

    “With the final competition coming up, our first priority is to tweak our robot to a more stable and reliable design, one that can consistently perform the same task at a competitive pace,” Parth remarked.

    According to the RoboCup website, “There are few events that match the complexity of RoboCup. It is both a venue for artificial intelligence and intelligent robotics research and a display of the advancements in a format visible for people who are not experts, and allows them to share the enthusiasm of the researchers.”

    The popularity of robotics at St. Andrew’s has grown steadily over the past few years. What started as a club in 2006 turned into a grade 11 and 12 computer engineering course and a club was introduced for grade 9 and 10 students.


    Biology Students Earn Top 1% in Canada

    It has been an exciting week for the biology department at St. Andrew’s with results back on their remarkable student achievement in the University of Toronto 2014 National Biology Competition.

    Of the 3,436 eligible contestants from schools within Canada, grade 12 students Will Pidduck and Peter Song finished in the top 1% at 16th and 21st place respectively. They were awarded a certificate for National Biology Scholars with Distinction and a $50 cash prize each.

    “Mr. Galajda did an amazing job compiling study notes for this contest,” said Peter, who admittedly didn’t prepare for the test outside of class time. “I think that shows how effective Mr. Galajda was with his notes and preparing us in class.”

    This year Peter has maintained a 98.6% average in biology, while classmate Will a 98.5%.

    “The showing of our boys is a testament to the strength of our science program and in particular Mr. Galajda’s commitment to the senior biology program,” said Michael Paluch, Assistant Headmaster Academics. “We are very proud of the work of Will, Peter, and the entire class as this test is extremely challenging.”

    Excitement continued to build over the week as more students were recognized. Amongst them were grade 12 students Geoffrey Wei (65th place), Peter Grantcharov (89th place), and Luke Simpson (149th place) who earned certificates as National Biology Scholars.

    In previous years, the School’s highest ranking has been 8th, but as a team, the College came in third place out of 256 participating schools. Because of this, the College received a Certificate of Excellence from the University of Toronto Biology Competition.

    “This is huge news for the biology department,” said Upper School science teacher David Galajda, who was thoroughly pleased to be spreading the great news. “These are truly impressive results.”


    Debaters Bring Home Cup

    Thanks to the persuasive oratory skills of two Upper School debaters, the coveted Fulford Cup has returned to St. Andrew’s College.

    It has been five years since SAC last won the prestigious Fulford League Debate Tournament, which draws participants from independent schools across Ontario in fall, winter, and spring competitions.

    Four members of SAC’s Public Speaking and Debate Society attended last Saturday’s spring Fulford Tournament at Upper Canada College. After three rounds of both prepared cross-examination and impromptu parliamentary-style debate, the combined scores of Jadyn Dragasevich ’16 and Saad Siddiqui ’15 edged out Toronto’s Branksome Hall for top school.

    Jadyn and Saad finished first and third respectively, with scores so close they were separated by less than a point. Jadyn’s win was all the more impressive as the grade 10 student moved up to the senior division to compete with grade 11s and 12s. In the junior division, Artiom Lisin ’16 and Zain Naqvi ’16 finished in the top 20 among students in grades 8-10.

    Jadyn and Saad will attend the International Independent Schools’ Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) in Hong Kong next October, along with Cole Macgregor ’15.

    “This is a significant win for our School, one that gives voice to our students’ pursuit and interest in skills that will be carried with them beyond life at SAC,” says Michael Paluch, Assistant Headmaster, Academics, and staff facilitator for the Public Speaking and Debate Society. It also shows areas our students excel beyond athletics.

    Both Jadyn and Saad were introduced to debating in grade 6. Though Jadyn admits his first choice was drama, he “fell in love with it and hasn’t looked back.”

    Saad shares this passion and spends hours preparing for competition. For the past two years, he has been the Head of the Debate Society, with assistance from Jadyn and others. This year there are approximately 30 Upper School and 30 Middle School students in the club. Saad narrowly missed qualifying for this year’s World Public Speaking and Debating Championships (WPSDC) in Lithuania by placing just one below the top-eight qualifiers. He has competing at Internationals in Vancouver where he contributed to SAC’s 12th place finish.

    As the boys prepare for next fall’s tournment in Hong Kong, they will work with debating coach, Shakir Rahim, a fourth-year student at University of Toronto, who has won at internationals and worlds twice.

    The School’s interest in debating and public speaking dates back to the days of inter-school competitions between the ‘Little Big Four Schools’: SAC, Ridley College, Trinity College, and Upper Canada College. The Fulford League was founded in 1948 by the widow of Senator George Fulford and grew over time as more independent schools joined the league. In 1980, SAC’s Rupert Ray was elected as its first official president, and every seven years a member-school takes a turn hosting the Fulford Debating Tournament.

    The last time SAC hosted was in January 2011, and the last SAC student to place at internationals was Jermone Biroo ’11, who went on to compete at the IISPSC world’s in Australia where he finished 19th overall.


    Inspirational Experience at Stanford

    A summer course at Stanford has given a grade 11 student an early taste of university life at one of America’s most prestigious schools.

    Saad Siddiqui ’15 attended the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute in July. He was among 100 high school students from across North America to receive a coveted spot for one of two courses offered after “stumbling across the program” last year.

    The application process was extensive, and in many respects similar to a college application process. “They wanted teacher recommendations, a seven-page writing sample, answers to short questions, and standardized test score results,” says Saad. “To my surprise, I got in!”

    For three-and-a-half weeks, he experienced the life of a Stanford undergrad as he ate, slept, and studied at the school’s beautiful California campus. His course, a condensed version of a regular one, explored the intersections of philosophy and literature. It was taught by professors Joshua Landy and Lanier Anderson, who teach the course to Stanford freshmen.

    The workload was rigorous and consisted of lectures, Stanford graduate T.A-led discussions, research papers, and lengthy assigned readings each evening. The course syllabus included advanced readings and analyses of Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Baudelaire, William Shakespeare, Martha Nussbaum, and Alasdair MacIntyre, to name a few.

    “I was surrounded by outstanding academic minds who are some of the most respected and advanced in their field,” marvels Saad, “The most valuable skill I acquired during my time at Stanford is the ability to think critically; developing the insight to view fictions as more than just a message or fable, but rather a source of creating actual change.”

    His final 15-page dissertation explored the nature of morally improving literature and the effects of fiction on its consumer in a paper entitled Stylization and Aestheticism: Enhancing the Functions and Form of Literature.

    "Overall, the experience was breathtaking,” explains Saad. “I was given the tools necessary to be able to understand and appreciate the vastness of a relatively unexplored field.”

    Saad, who finished grade 10 with a 90% average, is head of a host of extra-curricular activities including Model United Nations, SAC Drama Society, Library Advisory Council, Debating & Public Speaking Society, and Writing and Publication Council. In October, Saad will represent SAC at the International Independent Schools’ Public Speaking competition where he will present a speech on the pitfalls of political correctness.

    It is indeed a busy schedule, but Saad says he is “confident that the essential skills I’ve acquired this summer at Stanford will be instrumental in any of my academic undertakings at SAC and beyond.” ...

    Chemistry students best national average

    Marke Jones’ chemistry classes achieved some impressive results in two competitive examinations from the University of Waterloo.

    On May 9, Mr. Jones’ grade 12 Advanced Placement Chemistry II class (SCH4UP) wrote the challenging University of Waterloo CHEM13 News Exam. His class was among 2,056 students from across Canada and internationally writing the exam that day.

    When the results came in, the SAC class average (10 students) was 5% higher than the national/international average. Top students from our School were Michael Chiang and Aaron Leung, who fell into the 87th and 85th percentiles respectively.

    On May 16, grade 11 Advanced Placement Chemistry I (SCH3UP) students wrote a 75-minute exam that was given simultaneously to 3,804 students across Canada and internationally. The Avogadro Exam was created 26 years ago by the University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemistry to recognize and reward achievement in a high school chemistry course.

    Once again, the SAC students (18) outperformed the national/international average, achieving 10% higher than the average and any individual group.

    SAC’s top 5 students in the Avogadro Exam were:
    Peter Song 95th percentile
    Michael Mardini 92nd percentile
    JaeWoo Kang 89th percentile
    Lucas Hu 88th percentile
    Parth Agarwal 84th percentile

    Mr. Jones’ SCH3UP class was one of the strongest ever at the School. He says that his students’ enthusiasm was motivating and because they enjoyed the challenges of this course, “it propelled them to achieve excellent results.”

    This group moves to SCH4UP next year, and Mr. Jones says he is already excited about the prospects for achievement! ...

    Reflections from a Graduate

    Even now, in my second year of university, I am still discovering how being an Andrean has enabled me to accomplish so much. After my first week, I sent an email to my SAC philosophy teacher, Mr. Rush, thanking him for preparing me for university lectures. From note taking, to readings and research, Andreans are taught how to cope and excel in various disciplines. Aside from academics, St. Andrew's also gave me incredible experience, especially through its amazing arts program. As a Drama major, I have had to call on past experiences in the arts for so many facets of my studies. The experience I have gained from being an Andrean has helped me in acting and directing in professional productions, and even in serving on the Board of Directors for Queen's Musical Theatre. St. Andrew's taught me how to balance my time and all my activities so I could get the most from my experiences, whether that be as a student, actor, director, board member, campus tour guide, orientation leader or any of my roles here at Queen's. I owe a great deal to St. Andrew's for all it has given me, and I am incredibly proud to be an Andrean. ...

    Meet an SAC Graduate

    My brother Chad graduated from St. Andrew's College in 2006 and I remember coming to visit and thinking ‘this will be my school one day.’ Once I saw the campus and learned about the programs, I knew that SAC would be the perfect fit for me. I can say with confidence that my time here has made me a stronger person. I have learned a lot about myself and have come to appreciate my unique qualities. Teachers have high expectations for their students, and at the end of the year, the students have high expectations for themselves. SAC provides the perfect combination of athletics and academics for students to enjoy the best of both worlds. I have been able to maintain my roles as Prefect, a member of the Multicultural Society, a Warrant Officer in the Cadet Corps, a drummer in the Pipes and Drums, while also being a member of the Athletics Council and participating in Varsity Soccer, Varsity Swimming, Track and Field, and Triathlon. It has been an amazing experience to be immersed in such a wide variety of programs and groups. It is such a great feeling to know that you are helping out in the community and still have time to win a championship tournament. I have been able to expand my skill base, while making friends and having the time of my life. I have learned that a combination of hard work, discipline and dedication is the formula to success. This has been taught to me by my coaches and teachers through example. Having witnessed the benefits of amazing leadership, it is hard not to want to follow by example. When I had to make the decision about what path to take for my future, my teachers were there for me, always with an open mind to listen to my concerns. Together we brainstormed, weighed the positives and negatives of each choice, and made the final decision. The atmosphere just radiates team spirit, hard work and passion. It is with great honour and pride that I move to the next stage in my future. I know my experience at St. Andrew’s is unforgettable, and even though I will be leaving a part of me behind when I go, I know that I will carry with me a lifetime of memories and life skills. Craig has received a soccer scholarship to attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY next year. He plans to major in E-Commerce. ...

    Meet an SAC Graduate

    I come from a long line of St. Andrew's College graduates. Both of my brothers graduated as Head Prefects, and I am proud to have followed in their footsteps. My family plays a big part of my life and has always influenced the decisions that I make. I started at SAC in grade 6 and cannot believe seven years have passed so quickly. From start to finish, this has been one of the most unforgettable journeys that I will ever take. I like trying new things and exploring various avenues, and SAC is the perfect place for a boy to discover what makes him happy and how to go about achieving his goals. At this school, you are given the opportunity to discover your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes by joining programs and groups. Throughout the years, I have tried all different kinds of things, from performing in school plays during FOCUS Festival of the Arts and playing in the Pipe Band for five years, to being an officer in the Cadets Corps and serving as a Middle School House Captain where I mentored younger students and provided them with advice and guidance from my own experience at SAC. I have played on different sports teams as well, including Squash, Baseball and Cricket. This year, I am the Head Prefect, Captain of the Varsity Squash team and President of Community Service Council - having acquired over 300 hours of community service. The lessons that are taught here stay with you and can be applied to decisions you make outside of the classroom. What is great about this school is that the teachers push you; they have great expectations for you, and in the end you start to realize what it is you can really accomplish. I am ready to take the next step in my life and in my education, knowing that I am incredibly well prepared and ready to tackle any challenges that present themselves. Kent will attend Brown University in Rhode Island this September to study Bio Chemistry. ...

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