St. Stanislaus College

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This article is about the school in Guyana. For the school in County Offaly, Ireland, see St Stanislaus College. For the school in Bathurst, Australia, see St Stanislaus College (Bathurst). For the school in Berkshire, England, see Beaumont College.
St. Stanislaus College
4 (Demerara-Mahaica)
Coordinates 6°48′30″N 58°09′56″W / 6.80842°N 58.16546°W / 6.80842; -58.16546Coordinates: 6°48′30″N 58°09′56″W / 6.80842°N 58.16546°W / 6.80842; -58.16546
School type Senior Secondary
Motto Aeterna Non Caduca
(Not for this life alone, but for eternity.)
Established 1 May 1866 (1866-05-01)
Administrator Mr. Hart
Headmistress Ms. Paulette Merrel
Teaching staff 45
Grades 7-12
Years offered 10-17
Gender Coeducational
Age range 11-16
Enrollment 500
Average class size 22-28
Language English
Hours in school day 7
Classrooms 3-4 classrooms per form
Houses Etridge, Butler, Galton, Weld
Colour(s)          Royal blue and silver
Song "Saints of our Youths"
Nickname Saints
Team name Saints United (basketball)
Rival Saint Roses (basketball)
National ranking third
School fees None
Alumni Andrew Morrison

St. Stanislaus College is a Grade A senior secondary school in Georgetown, Guyana. It has a student population of 500 and a teaching staff of about 40. Admission to the school is normally through the Secondary Schools' Entrance Examination.It is the third highest school in the country, following Queens college and The Bishops High school.


St. Stanislaus opened in May 1866 as an all-boys school. In the early years, it was known as St. Stanislaus Grammar school and occupied multiple sites.

In 1907, the name was changed to St. Stanislaus College, and the present Brickdam Street site was acquired. The original part of the present building goes back to 1928, during the headship of Fr. (later Bishop) Weld. In 1952, a further wing was added and, in November 1973, the newly built Hopkinson Wing was opened.

In 1975 it became a co-ed school and, a year later, the Government of Guyana took direct responsibility for the administration of the college.

St. Stanislaus has been administered since 2005 by a Board of Governors which reports to the Ministry of Education.

In 2012, the staff room was renovated with the help of its alumni during the summer break. In 2011, the headmistress' office was similarly renovated. There has been many renovations to the wings of the school over the summers 2013 and 2014; the most notable of these is the fully refurbished information technology lab.


The normal five-year course of studies leads to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examination (CSEC) administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). There is a further two-year course for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in Law, Sociology, Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies (the latter two were compulsory), Business, Math, Chemistry, and Physics. In 2006 it was reduced to all science, thus only the latter four studies remain available.


The college has three science laboratories. There is a library, a geography room, Home Economics department and an Industrial Arts department. The campus has two computer laboratories, a bursary (which sells school supplies) and a sick bay. The school has a hard court that is used for cricket,football and volleyball. It also has a basketball court

The 16-acre (65,000 m2) St. Stanislaus Farm, at Sophia, on the outskirts of Georgetown, offers practical training and experience to students and is also involved in agricultural production for the local market.

A playing field near the Sea Wall to the north of the city on Carifesta Avenue is owned by the college and serves as a common location for the annual school sports.


The college has participated in inter-school, inter-zones and inter-nationals sports. The school has an active basketball, hockey and football team which successfully represents the school at several tournaments.


Every year, the school tries to hold an event for a national holiday. For example, they mark World Teachers' Day, Phagwah, or Holi.

House system[edit]

There are four houses — Galton (green), Butler (blue), Weld (yellow) and Etheridge (red).


Extra-curricular activities are held usually held in October.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Andrew Morrison — Jesuit priest, journalist, and pro-democracy activist


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