Events and Programs
In addition to the After-school program, St. Andrew’s offers a variety of experiences that enhance the academic program and create varied cultural/social opportunities. These range from the sublime—the Chorus’s annual Holiday Vespers—to the outrageous—the Polar Saints monthly dip in Narragansett Bay, despite, or because of, cold weather!
St. Andrew's Golf Classic - This annual Golf tournament takes place at Rhode Island Country Club. After a round of golf, suporters enjoy lunch, dinner and a silent auction to benefit St. Andrew's academics, athletics, arts and activities.
Senior Mountain Day - Every year in early September, the Senior class, along with the Headmaster and the Class advisers, climbs Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire.
Annual Meeting of the Corporation and Chapin Leadership Dinner - The meeting includes the ratification of Trustees and the presentations of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award and The Alfred J. Buckley, Jr. Award for Volunteer Leadership.
Spirit Week/Olympiad Day - Spirit Week pits class against class in the race to see which has the most school spirit. Spirit Week culminates in Olympiad Day, a goofy and fun series of events that has everyone laughing. The class with the most spirit earns a dress-down day!
St. Andrew's School Blood Drives - As part of a challenge by the Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), St. Andrew's hosts various blood drives throughout the year. This effort is to encourage high school students to become life-long blood donors by educating, motivating, and rewarding students who donate blood three times within the school year at either their high school blood drive, at one of the Blood Center's fixed locations, or at a community blood drive.
Eric B. Jacober Memorial Cross Country Race - Each year, St. Andrew's sponsors the Eric B. Jacober Memorial Cross Country Race in October. This invitational, is an annual event named in memory of Eric B. Jacober '07 who passed away in March of 2005 along with family members and friends in a tragic plane crash. He was an active member of the cross country team and enjoyed technology and the Arts. The St. Andrew’s community will always remember Eric for his kindness and enthusiasm. Following the race, results are announced in Sage Gymnasium.
Edward C. Barrett ’31 Pie Race - In October, the School sponsors the Edward C. Barrett ’31 Pie Race, as the opening event of Parents Weekend. The late Ed Barrett was an Alumnus, a King Medal winner, a teacher, and a member of our Board of Trustees. The Pie Race is a one mile run, jog, or walk, open to all students, staff, and friends who wish to participate. In the past, boy and girl winners would receive their own home-baked apple pie from Ed Barrett’s wife, Ruth. Today, we continue this tradition and after winners are recognized, everyone enjoys pie and cider provided by the St. Andrew's School Dining Hall staff.
Parents Weekend and Alumni Homecoming - The entire community of St. Andrew's is invited to this special reception and announcement. On Thursday, join us for the Barrett '31 Apple Pie Race. The next day, parents can attend the Senior class’s annual Dinner for Tips fundraiser in the Dining Hall—the Seniors serve dinner, and the parents tip! Saturday is devoted to visiting classes, meetings with teachers and advisers, class fundraisers, and scheduled athletic events.
Autumn Artisan Craft Festival - St. Andrew’s Parent Association (SAPA) coordinates the Annual Autumn Artisan Craft Festival and the event features artists and crafts people from the New England region. Everyone is invited to purchase these handcrafted items including, jewelry, clothing, wreaths, centerpieces, art work, and much more, just in time for the holidays. The Harvest Moon Café is open throughout the day during the event, offering delicious food items for both breakfast and lunch as a result of local business sponsorship. Items donated from each Exhibitor/Vendor are raffled off as prizes for all those attending this amazing event.
Upper School Grandparents Night - Traditionally known as “Dinner and a Show,” takes place each year in November. Parents, students, grandparents and grand “friends” join together for a community dinner in Gardiner Dining Hall and then head over to the McCulloch Center for the Arts to enjoy a musical production in the Keats Theatre.
St. Andrew's Chorus - St. Andrew’s Chorus works together to create programs of varied music to be performed at events throughout the school year. Holiday Vespers in December features music from many cultures and religious traditions. The Spring Concert is an opportunity for the Chorus to present a varied repertoire—the culmination of a year’s work.
Annual Charity - Each year the St. Andrew's Senior class selects an Annual Charity to support. Seniors are encouraged by Class advisers to select a local charity that can provide community service opportunities for all of the students. Past charities have included The Autism Project, Mobile Loaves and Fishes Rhode Island, Edesia, Doctors Without Borders, The International Institute of RI, and The Tomorrow Fund. Throughout the year, students and faculty organize and engage in fundraisers to raise awareness and support.
Girls Basketball Annual Free-Throw-a-Thon - Each year the St. Andrew's Girl's Basketball Program kicks off the start of the season with their Free-Throw-a-Thon. The girls take turns shooting and making as many free throws as they can in a 10-minute period. The event begins at 4:00 pm and the team will shoot continuously for eight hours until midnight! $1 guesses are sold to the St. Andrew's community as to how many free-throws the team will make during that period of time. All the proceeds go toward the School's Annual Charity. The winning guess receives a gift certificate and two season tickets to St. Andrew's Girls Basketball home games.
Holiday Vespers - St. Andrew’s Chorus, student instrumentalists, and performers present songs and readings of the season that reflect the many cultures and traditions of the St. Andrew’s School Community. This annual event takes place in Keats Theatre.
St. Andrew's Annual Holiday Classic - Boys basketball games are held on the campus of St. Andrew's in both Jones and Sage Gymnasiums with 16 schools in attendance. Action begins on Friday and concludes on Saturday. There are typically 15 games over the two days with some of the top high school players in the country. Many college coaches and media members also attend.
Theater Productions - Students who are currently enrolled in Theater courses as well as those who are not, may participate in two main stage performances (Fall and Spring) presented in the 287-seat Keats Theatre— usually a musical and a dramatic play each year. Many opportunities are available for students to participate both on stage and behind the scenes.
Ceramics Class Tea Party - Techniques learned during ceramics class come to fruition with a functional teapot completed by each member of the class. Students are encouraged to be creative with their teapot designs, and must plan out the shape and write out the exact construction method(s) to create the form. The Ceramics Class Tea Party began in the 90’s and this tradition continues today with guests invited to view the teapots on display and enjoy some tea and desserts offered during lunchtime in Gardiner Dining Hall. It is not unusual for some of the teapots to win awards in the Rhode Island Regional Scholastic Art Awards.
Claire Frye Monologue Contest - Named for Claire Frye (Theater Faculty 1999-2006), who established the Monologue Contest at St. Andrew’s, the purpose of the Monologue Contest is to demonstrate for students the power of their own voices. Students prepare a short monologue piece to be performed before an audience and judges.
George M. Sage Memorial Tennis Tournament
The annual tournament honors trustee, benefactor, and friend George Sage who believed in St. Andrew’s and its mission. The School has honored his legacy by placing his name on the Sage Gymnasium and by hosting the annual tennis tournament.
Yearbook - All year, the Yearbook staff works to put together a treasured keepsake commemorating that special year. Yearbook provides students with an experience of creating, organizing, writing, and managing the production of a book—from concept to finished product.
US Magazine - St. Andrew’s own literary and arts magazine is coordinated by Humanities Chair Audrey Berry and includes the work of student and faculty contributors in the literary and visual arts.
Artist-in-Residence Program - Through the generous support of the Happy White Endowment for the Arts, visiting artists spend several days to a week working with students in different visual art media. At the end of each school year, a judge chooses two works of art—one two-dimensional, one three-dimensional—to be purchased for the School’s permanent collection, the Happy White Art Collection to be displayed in the Ross Board Room in the McCulloch Center for the Arts
Polar Saints - Once a month, in the dead of winter, when most of us are huddled in front of fireplaces or under blankets trying to keep warm, there are the “elite” few who choose to swim against the tide.
Renaissance Florence Trip - St. Andrew's seniors are immersed in the history and culture by traveling to Florence, Italy. They experience Florence first-hand after learning about the city’s art, architecture, and history. Each student chooses an important artist, architect, or writer from Florentine history to study independently and in depth for this Honors class.
Annual Hoops for Charity 3-On-3 Tournament- This school-wide Annual basketball tournament benefits St. Andrew's selected class and Annual Charity with participation from the entire community. Categories of play include Middle School & younger (NCAA) and High School and above (NBA).
Annual Fundraiser for Student Financial Aid- Over 120 years ago, the Reverend William Merrick Chapin came across a homeless boy who was begging at the Providence train station. Without hesitation, he took the boy in and founded St. Andrew’s School. Decades later, the school has helped hundreds of young people in need of a nurturing, stable environment in which to live and study. Like Father Chapin and St. Andrew’s School, there are many devoted people who make a difference for children. With our event partner, East Bay Newspapers, we present the Shining Star Honor to individuals from our local communities who have, through generosity of spirit, changed the lives and given opportunity to children.
Commencement 2015 - Parents and friends gather annually for St. Andrew's School Commencement Ceremony. The event begins with a procession of St. Andrew's Students, Faculty, Staff, Trustees, King Medalists, and traditionally Alumni Class members celebrating their 50th and 60th reunion. Afterwards, members of the Graduating Class enter and later Head Master John D. Martin and the Commencement Speaker offer words of advice for the graduates. An All-Year Class Reunion usually takes place the same day. View details about Commencement 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.
Eighth Grade Graduation and Middle School Awards Ceremony - Parents and friends attend the Eighth Grade Graduation and Awards Presentation each year held in the McCulloch Center for the Arts building. Following a processional of all Middle School students and Faculty into Keats Theatre, Head Master Martin presents Academic Awards to commendable recipients. Eighth Grade graduates are awarded Certificates of Completion.