Old Andrean Club
LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF THE OLD ANDREAN CLUB
Life membership of the OA Club is calculated at 1% of the School Fees for boarders at the start of any year. Unless other arrangements are made, all boys leaving College become Life Members of the OA Club and their Life Membership fee is automatically charged on their final account.
The Life Membership fee for the Old Andrean Club is charged at 1% of the current annual school fee. This is a once-off payment to belong to the OA Club.
AS A MEMBER OF THE CLUB YOU ARE ENTITLED TO VOTE AT THE AGM, TO HOLD OFFICE IN THE CLUB OR ANY OF ITS BRANCHES, TO RECEIVE "THE ANDREAN" (the school magazine), AND TO PURCHASE AND WEAR OLD ANDREAN COLOURS.
1. It is essential that you give a reliable, permanent address, and that you notify The Hon. Secretary of any subsequent change of address.
2. You will receive a copy of the Andrean magazine and other notices as long as we have a valid address and you indicate that you wish to continue to receive them.
3. Membership of the OA Club is obligatory before any past pupil may purchase or wear the Club's badge and tie and other insignia, as these are the registered "Colours" of the Club.
4. THE ANDREAN ASSOCIATION i.e. "The Highlander"
Membership of this must not be confused with that of the Old Andrean Club. Membership of the Andrean Association Club House – "The Highlander" – is open to all "friends" of St Andrew's College, the DSG and Prep. Members are entitled to use "The Highlander" at the far corner of Lower Field and its other facilities – i.e. the Hayhoe and flat accommodation.
To join the OA Club contact Bev McCarthy at email@example.com
HISTORY OF THE OA CLUB (including projects funded)
The Club was founded in 1886 by a group of masters and Old Andreans. It was rightly claimed by Professor "Boots" Matthews that the Old Andrean Club is the oldest one of its kind in South Africa. All the office bearers of the Club are volunteers. He who accepts office can enjoy a sinecure or he can make things hum. Sine its inception the Club's achievements have been remarkable
Clause I of the original Constitution laid down that the Club was for the purpose of "friendly intercourse and generally for the promotion of the interests of College."
Clause II urged Old Andreans to get together on St Andrew's Day.
You have only to page through the volumes of the Andrean to see how well these objectives have been carried out. You will read of annual dinners in all centres; meetings of two or three gathered together while on active service; sporting fixtures; and many other types of gatherings.
The Club was not a year old before a move was made to raise funds to acquire the land which is now Lower Field, so that by 1895 this essential addition could be made to the School. Meanwhile OAs had collected £1,400 to extend the old Upper House. In 1902 a Boer War Memorial was mooted which in good time took shape as our present chapel. At the end of both World Wars the OA Club took the lead in gathering funds for suitable memorials. The clock tower can be seen by all, but the education of the sons of OAs who fell in the war was, though invisible, the better part of the memorial. At the end of 1943 the Club was already considering yet another war memorial. It was planned once again to educate the sons of OAs killed and to build stone cloisters. Building control, however, so delayed the project that costs became prohibitive; moreover the Governor-General's Fund took care of the sons of the fallen, so the Memorial Fund was devoted to the purchase and alteration of Bishopsbourne as College Sanatorium.
As early as 1929 the OA Committee began to look forward to the Centenary and a fund was opened which made slow progress until the year of the Centenary, 1955, when it grew magnificently. The Currey Block, the Centenary Hall and the Centenary Endowment Fund are the results of this great effort. More recently the 1976 Appeal (which resulted in the Norton Block, containing classrooms, audio-visual rooms and a library), and the 1990 United Schools Fundraising Scheme (which enabled the building of the Design and Technology Centre and extra bursaries) both basically relied on OLD ANDREAN CLUB support.
All this you will agree is fulfilling the objects of the Founders in "promoting the interests of College".