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50 Years of St Andrews International School on Yamacrou Campus

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Yamacrou campus and to celebrate the legacy of ethics and excellence, the St Andrews International School (SAIS) has planted a Brazilian boku tree purchased from Eleuthera to commemorate this opportunity.

The Paubrasilia echinensis was chosen for the ceremony because of its educational ties to Harvard University and the 1648 Puritan, Massachusetts, who learned of fellow brothers who settled on Eleuthera after the wreck. They collected funds and supplies and sent them to Eleuthera. The Eleuthera brothers thank them for sending their life-saving supplies, returning 10 tonnes of Paubrasilia echinensis, the source of the red dye, and selling and funding wood for the benefit of Harvard University. I specified that. The money raised from the forest was used to buy land adjacent to Harvard University and expand the school.

SAIS Principal Gordon McKenzie said he hopes that my Brazilian tree planted on Monday, November 29th will shade the next 50 years and remind future students of the opportunity.

“As it grows, so does our school community with ethics and excellence,” said Mackenzie.

“I am grateful to the graduates and faculty members who remember the beginning of the Yamakurou Campus for celebrating it. It’s been 50 years now, but it’s still at the heart of the school’s spirit. There are several. It’s a sense of the school community. Students feel that they are not only part of the school, but also help shape the school for current and future generations. “

Loretta Butler Turner, a graduate of St Andrew’s School, remembered that all the students participated in the fundraiser when they were in fifth grade.

“I remember the main promenade from the Shirley Street campus to the Yamakuro campus. It’s still under construction, but everyone was very excited to see the campus,” said Butler Turner.

Athena Damianos-Mabon recalls raising money and helping students clear the field.

Brianawon (left), Vice-Principal of St Andrews International School, and Arin Russell, Vice-Principal, are masters of the tree-planting service ritual to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary at the Yamacrow Campus.

“At that time, when we first moved to the new campus, the fields were nothing but rocks and rubble. The students were asked to help remove the rocks, and we are all very happy. I did that. PE [physical education] I was moving the rock off the field so it was smooth. Every time I see the green fields there today, I remember that time. “

Butler Turner also recalls removing rocks from the field. “I think we students have realized that it is important, we are all part of this development and the school must be very economical in the way it uses its resources. It was part of our resources. We are part of the workforce and have sweat equity in addition to being funded at school. They are an exciting time and we are energetic and energetic. It felt like an adventure. “

SAIS began in 1948 with the enrollment of 24 students in the basement of the historic St Andrews Presbyterian Kirk. The school was founded by a group of parents who wanted their children to prepare for admission to a private boarding school in the United Kingdom by the age of 13. At that time, the courses taught at local primary schools did not include the courses required to enroll in a private school in the UK. Candidates were required to take Latin and / or Greek, French, algebra, geometry, history, and geography exams in addition to their usual dissertations in English, math, and religious knowledge.

Its first principal was Rev. Poole JH Poole, then Minister of Presbyterian Kirk. For the next two years, the students were housed in Kirkhall and the name St Andrews was permanently adopted.

By 1950, the number of students had increased to 70 and Kirkhall was no longer a suitable place for schools.

That same year, a group of parents negotiated the purchase of real estate in Collins, which is adjacent to Shirley Street and Collins Avenue. The Collins House provided vast grounds for 15 years and was able to grow the school to 160 students by 1954.

According to the SAIS website, as the St Andrews School expanded, so did the number of parents wishing to complete secondary education in North America or the United Kingdom. It was decided that a new campus was needed to meet these needs. The assets of Yamakurou’s existing school were acquired, funded and supported by students, teachers, parents, and the energetic then principal of the school, John Chaplin. The ground was destroyed in the early 1970s, and in November 1971 the school moved to the Yamacraw campus.

At its peak, SAIS accommodated 850 students.

Building a new school on a large campus with new facilities is exciting for students and many lovingly remember the move to the new campus. They are also very proud that it was part of what became a reality. Before the new school was built, each student was asked to donate $ 30 to a construction campaign. Students collected bottles for recycling, raised funds, hosted bake sales, made products, and the school held a fair to raise funds.

Trees were planted to beautify the Yamacraw campus and ultimately create shade. Fifty years later, the school was filled with mature trees. In the tradition of tree planting in the last half century, I was planted in commemoration of the 50th anniversary.

According to school officials and graduates, the addition of a new school, campus exterior, science lab and pool was a great pride for the remaining students who moved in 1971.

“I remember how big it felt, and we had more space … everything was new,” said Damianos Mabon. “But what I remember most is how much we all felt to make this new school a reality. We all work together and raise money to build a school. I was very proud of our school because I helped with it, “she said.

The vision of St Andrews International School is to build a diverse community of lifelong learners and help make positive changes through ethics and excellence.

Student leaders, headboy Jake Oldfield, headgirl Julia Fernander Francis, deputy headboy Arin Russell, and deputy headgirl Brianna Wong were the masters of the recent tree-planting ceremony. The St Andrews Chamber Choir made a selection of music. Alumni, teachers, student leaders, school board members, and friends gathered to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

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