St. Andrew's College, Dublin

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Saint Andrew's College
Coláiste Naomh Aindriú
Location
Booterstown, County Dublin
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 53°18′19″N 6°12′05″W / 53.305416°N 6.201476°W / 53.305416; -6.201476 (St Andrews College)Coordinates: 53°18′19″N 6°12′05″W / 53.305416°N 6.201476°W / 53.305416; -6.201476 (St Andrews College)
Information
Motto Ardens Sed Virens
(Latin for 'Burning Yet Flourishing')
Established 1894
Headmaster Peter Fraser
Staff 100+
Gender Co-educational
Number of students Junior School: 265 [1]
Senior School: 988 [2] (2011/2012)
Colour(s) Navy Blue and White
Website

St. Andrew's College (Irish: Coláiste Naomh Aindriú) - is a co-educational inter-denominational, international day school, founded in 1894 by members of the Presbyterian community, and now located in Booterstown, Dublin, Ireland.

St. Andrew's offers a very wide range of academic subjects, as well as sports, cultural and other extracurricular activities, and organises major student events such as the annual Arts Festival, the Model European Parliament and the St. Andrew's International Model United Nations (SAIMUN) all of which attract participants from Ireland and abroad.[citation needed]

The school colours are blue and white. St. Andrew's is regarded as one of the most liberal schools in Ireland. It is considered to be at the forefront of educational development, frequently investing in new technology with the aim of strengthening its teaching methods.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

Originally founded as a boys' secondary school at the end of the nineteenth century by members of the Presbyterian community, St. Andrew's College celebrated its centenary in 1994. It was on 8 January 1894 that the College opened its doors at 21 St. Stephen's Green in the centre of Victorian Dublin. This was to be the first of its three locations.

Under its young and energetic headmaster, W W Haslett, an Ulsterman, it grew rapidly from its original intake of 64 students. By the end of 1894 there were 203 boys in the school.

St. Andrew's college was originally a Presbyterian school, and then changed to a multi-denominational school.

Wellington Place[edit]

However, at the beginning of 1937 a move to new premises in Wellington Place, Clyde Road, along with a determined effort by past pupils and parents to stave off closure or amalgamation saw a revival in the fortunes of the College.

Structure[edit]

Evolution[edit]

Over the years the College has evolved in many ways, and is now an active international, interdenominational, co-educational school of approximately 1,250 pupil and over 100 teachers. It offers a very wide range of academic subjects, sports, cultural and other extracurricular activities, organizes major student events such as the annual Arts Festival, Model European Parliament and Model United Nations (SAIMUN) all of which attract participants from Ireland and abroad.[citation needed]

Accreditations[edit]

Since 1984, St. Andrew's has been fully accredited by the European Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the only school in Ireland to hold this distinction.[3][4]

Internationale Baccalaureate[edit]

St. Andrew's is the only school in Ireland to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.[5] A small number (usually around 70) of the school's students are in the IB programme.

Sport[edit]

The school's sports facilities consist of two hockey pitches, two rugby pitches, two hard tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, an indoor sports hall, and a fitness centre. The major winter sports are rugby, basketball and hockey; the major summer sports are tennis, athletics and cricket.[6]

The year 2012 marks ninety years since St. Andrew's last won the Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Cup, a feat they achieved four times in total, making the school the seventh most successful in the Cup's history.[7]

St. Andrew's cricket team won the Leinster Senior School's Cup in 2011.[8]

Hockey[edit]

Since 2000, the school has won the Leinster Junior Schoolboys Cup six times, the Leinster Senior Schoolboys Cup three times and the All Ireland Schools (Boys) Hockey Championship three times.[9][10][11] The school has won the Leinster Senior Schoolgirls Cup five times since 2003.[12] St. Andrew's has contributed three players to the current Ireland Men's Squad and three players to the current Ireland Women's Squad.[13][14]

Activities[edit]

Aid work[edit]

The school has an extensive programme to help those less well off. Each year transition year students raise money for several organizations in rural Uganda, these are Good Shepherd's Fold Orphanage, Jinja, Rubirizi Secondary School and Kisiizi Hospital, in May of each year a group of students and the project's coordinators travel to Uganda to witness the impact of the college's contributio. The project has been in existence since 2005 and since then over €250,000 has been raised. In the summer of 2006 fifth year students visited Zambia to build a house for a homeless family. Every Christmas, each class makes a hamper which is then donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, who in turn distribute to the needy in time for Christmas. The school's philanthropic nature has been praised by many, including Mary Hanafin.[citation needed]

House built by 5th year students in Zambia, 2006

Model United Nations[edit]

Model United Nations (MUN) is an after school activity for students in the senior school. Each year, groups of students are chosen to form delegations which meet three times per week outside of school hours to practice debating resolutions. These students then travel to two international conferences: the Royal Russell School MUN in Croydon, UK, and The Hague International MUN in The Hague, Netherlands.[citation needed]

St. Andrew's has a particular legacy, being regarded as one of the best, MUN schools in the UK and Ireland, along with Terenure College and The High School, Dublin, at all of the conferences they attend, where they generally win the highest awards and have recently had more resolutions passed than any other school.[citation needed] St. Andrew's also hosts its own conference, the St. Andrew's International Model United Nations (SAIMUN).[15] The conference is one of the school's most high-profile annual events, and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and Ireland, with Royal Russell School and Haileybury and Imperial Service College both hosting large MUN conferences as well.[citation needed]

In 2002, John Hume, Nobel laureate and former leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, made an address to the assembly.[16] The conference was hosted in Jury's Hotel in Ballsbridge, where a large number of the school's students participate along with students from other schools from around the world.[17] The conferences have been held in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire since 2008.[15]

Notable past pupils[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Your Child in St Andrew's College 2012". St. Andrew's College. 
  2. ^ "St. Andrew’s College". schooldays.ie. 
  3. ^ "St. Andrew’s College profile". European Council of International Schools. 
  4. ^ "CAISA Directory of Schools". New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 
  5. ^ "Four Courts". skoool.ie. 2007-11-20. "St Andrew's is the only school in Ireland to offer the International Baccalaureate" 
  6. ^ "Sport". St. Andrew’s College. 
  7. ^ "Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Cup". Wikipedia. 
  8. ^ "Belvedere win 35th Senior Cup". Cricket Ireland. 2012-05-23. Retrieved November 18, 2012. "St. Andrew’s College bridged a 32 year gap last year by winning their first Senior Cup since 1979" 
  9. ^ "LHA Schoolboys Junior Cup Winners". Leinster Hockey Association. 
  10. ^ "LHA Schoolboys Senior Cup Winners". Leinster Hockey Association. 
  11. ^ "All Ireland Schools (Boys) Hockey Championship". Wikipedia. 
  12. ^ "St Andrew's retain title with late strikes". Sunday Independent. 2011-05-01. Retrieved November 18, 2012. "two goals…in yesterday’s final… secured St Andrew’s their second Leinster Senior Cup in a row and their fifth since 2003" 
  13. ^ "Senior Men: Player Profiles". Irish Hockey Association. 
  14. ^ "Senior Women: Player Profiles". Irish Hockey Association. 
  15. ^ a b "St. Andrew’s International Model United Nations". 
  16. ^ Lord, Stephanie (2002-04-26). "Ollie's send two delegations to model United Nations forum". Irish Independent. "talks from distinguished guests such as John Hume" 
  17. ^ Lord, Stephanie (2002-04-26). "Ollie's send two delegations to model United Nations forum". Irish Independent. "St Andrew's International Model United Nations in Jury's Hotel, in Ballsbridge, Dublin" 
  18. ^ White, Lawrence William. "Briscoe, Robert Emmet". Dictionary of Irish Biography. Retrieved November 18, 2012. "A founding member of Fianna Fáil (1926), he served on its first executive committee" 

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