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St. Andrew's College

15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 3H7

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
5 to 12 (Boys)
Tuition:
$27,825 to 57,940/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
17
Enrolment:
Day: 367 (Gr. 5 - 12), Boarding: 259 (Gr. 6 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Michael Roy

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

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About this school:
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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 (71 teams across 22 sports), 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.


The Our Kids review of St. Andrew's College

our takeWhile 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. The ironies abound of course, given that the traditions remain so staunchly Anglo-Saxon despite a student population that is strikingly international. To be fair, the program offered here 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. That said, a school's success can be a double-edged sword, at times conferring privilege and honour by association rather than accomplishment. The ideal student is one who is prone to make the most of what the school can offer.



Upcoming Events Next event: February 28, 2017

upcoming events
  • February 28, 2017Information Night
    St. Andrew's College, 15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, February 28 from 06:30 am - 08:30 am

    Throughout the year there are many different ways to visit and explore St. Andrew’s College. We invite you to take advantage of one or more of our Information Nights so you can see for yourself how well our faculty members engage their students and the level of enthusiasm with which our boys approach everything they do.


  • April 04, 2017Information Night
    St. Andrew's College, 15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, April 04 from 06:30 am - 08:30 am

    Throughout the year there are many different ways to visit and explore St. Andrew’s College. We invite you to take advantage of one or more of our Information Nights so you can see for yourself how well our faculty members engage their students and the level of enthusiasm with which our boys approach everything they do.



Principal's Message

principal

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 116 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 625 students, comprised of 365 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 110-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 motto is The development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.
 


Academics


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:
    Focus
    Academic


  • 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.


    Writing
    • 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
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature
    • 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.

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • German • Spanish • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • 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
      Robotics
      Web design

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

    • St. Andrew's College's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Religious Curriculum (percentage)

      We have no compulsory religion courses
      Up to 25% of our courses are religious courses
      More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • 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 High

    High

    St. Andrew's College provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • 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
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      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
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No 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
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    Site Average34 mins40 mins54 mins59 mins72 mins83 mins98 mins112 mins

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



    Extracurriculars

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    What St. Andrew's College says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cricket
      Cross-country skiing
      Cycling
      Downhill skiing
      Fencing
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Squash
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Weightlifting
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Animation
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
     
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    Day$27,825$32,825
    Boarding (Domestic)$53,260
    Boarding (International)$57,940


    Discounts

    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$2,300,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
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    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
    Other
    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

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 626
    Average enrollment per grade78
    Gender (grades)5 to 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:

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    Day Enrollment1834464162535553
    Boarding Enrollment282538586465

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewN/A
    SSAT9 - 11
    SSAT (out of province)9 - 11
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    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

    Acceptance Rate:

    62%

    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

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    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

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size117
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements51
    **Ivy+ placements19

    *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)


    What St. Andrew's College says:

  • The 124 members of the Class of 2015 received 552 offers of admission, 61 outside of Ontario, 35 U.S., and 28 international. On average there were 4.5 acceptances for each student. The graduating class received more than $1.6 million in scholarships and awards toward their post-secondary education, and 85% graduated as Ontario Scholars. Since 2005, these are the top 10 universities our students have chosen to study at: Western University - 111 University of Toronto - 103 Queen's University - 84 Wilfred Laurie University - 68 McGill University - 51 University of British Columbia - 35 University of Waterloo - 30 McMaster University - 28 University of Guelph - 19 Dalhousie University - 19

  • Notable Alumni

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    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

    News

    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. 

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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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    November 8, 2016 - Climate change film encourages conversation, broadens perspectives

    Receding sea ice, dying coral reefs, and rising water levels are some of the climate-change horrors exposed in Before the Flood. ...


    November 8, 2016 - Major Announcement for St. Andrew's College

    St. Andrew's College grew by 15 acres with the purchase of 15900 Yonge Street. We can proudly boast that the campus is 125 acres in total. ...


    November 8, 2016 - Great War Historian Returns to SAC

    Author, lecturer, and TV personality Andy Robertshaw took the Chapel pulpit to engage students in a lively presentation on the Somme. ...



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