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School Life

Campus Events

Events and Opportunities

In addition to our co-curricular programming, 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’ annual Holiday Vespers — to the outrageous — the Polar Saints' December and January dips in Narragansett Bay, despite, or because of, cold weather!

Annual Events:


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  • St. Andrew's Golf Classic

    This annual golf tournament takes place at Rhode Island Country Club. After a round of golf, supporters enjoy dinner and silent and live auctions to benefit St. Andrew's academics, athletics, arts, and activities.
  • Edward C. Barrett '31 Pie Race

    In September, the School sponsors the Edward C. Barrett ’31 Pie Race. 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, male and female winners would receive their own home-baked apple pie from Ed Barrett’s wife, Ruth. Today, we continue this tradition. After winners are recognized, everyone enjoys pie and cider provided by the St. Andrew's School dining hall staff.
  • 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. Members of the School's Chapin list are invited to dine with trustees and members of the corporation.
  • George M. Sage Memorial Tennis Tournament

    This 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 displayed in the Ross Board Room in the McCulloch Center for the Arts.


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  • Eric B. Jacober Memorial Race

    Each October, St. Andrew's sponsors the Eric B. Jacober Memorial Cross Country Race. This invitational is named in memory of Eric B. Jacober '07 who passed away, along with family members and friends, in a tragic plane crash in March of 2005. He was an active member of the cross country team and enjoyed technology and the Arts.
  • Girls' Basketball Annual Free-Throw-a-Thon

    Each year, the St. Andrew’s Girls’ Basketball Program kicks off the season with its Free-Throw-a-Thon. The players take turns shooting and making as many free throws as they can in a 10-minute period. The event begins at 4pm and the team will shoot continuously for eight hours until midnight! The St. Andrew’s community can guess how many free-throws the team will make during that time by purchasing guesses for $1. All proceeds go toward the School’s annual charity. The person with the winning guess receives a gift certificate and two season tickets to St. Andrew’s Girls’ Basketball home games.
  • Parents Weekend and Alumni Homecoming

    Parents, friends, and alumni are invited to campus to reconnect with faculty and staff. Saturday is devoted to visiting classes, meetings with teachers and advisers, class fundraisers, special presentations, 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 craftspeople from the New England region. Everyone is invited to purchase these handcrafted items, which include jewelry, clothing, wreaths, centerpieces, artwork, 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.


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  • Holiday Vespers

    St. Andrew’s School’s chorus, student instrumentalists, dancers, and performers present songs and readings of the season that reflect the many cultures and traditions of the School community. This annual event takes place in Keats Theatre.
  • St. Andrew’s Annual Holiday Classic

    Boys’ basketball games are held on the St. Andrew's campus in both the Jones and Sage Gymnasiums with 16 schools in attendance. The action begins on Friday and concludes on Saturday. There are typically 15 games featuring some of the top high school players in the country. Many college coaches and media members also attend.
  • 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 an “elite” few who choose to swim against the tide.


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  • Claire Frye Monologue Contest

    This event is named for Claire Frye (Theater faculty 1999-2006), who established the Monologue Contest at St. Andrew’s. The purpose of the contest is to demonstrate for students the power of their own voices. Students prepare a short monologue to be performed before an audience and judges. The winner performs their selection at the School's commencement ceremony.
  • Red and White Gala Annual Fundraiser

    More than 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. In order to continue our mission, volunteers and staff from across our community create a magnificent fundraiser each spring.