Saints Music Academy shines at Battle of the Bands

The Saint Andrew’s Music Academy travelled to Johannesburg and Pretoria on the weekend of 24-25 May to play some gigs, learn a lot, and participate in the Saint Mary’s Waverley Battle of the Bands. It started slowly, but ended with a bang, which had everyone on a high.

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Saints Music Academy is about much more than music

7 August 2018 – Music is, simplistically put, about sound, but the reasons why we play music, love music and share music are much deeper and more diverse. The Saints Music Academy is about music, but it is also about so much more than that, so we sat down for an in-depth discussion with two matric boys, Martin van Rooyen and Pranav Poken, both veterans of the Academy, to find out more about the role it has played in their lives.

Meaning and reason are important drivers in our lives, so why did they pursue music?


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Steve Jourdan takes canoeing Beyond the River

16 May 2017 – “Beyond the River”, a movie about canoeing and how two men from completely different backgrounds team up to chase gold in the world famous Dusi Canoe Marathon, has been making a very positive impression on movie-goers and critics alike. What few realise is that it is strongly linked to an Old Andrean.

Steve Jourdan (class of 1965) was a driving force behind the movie and, even more so, he has been a massive presence in South African canoeing, helping it become arguably the most integrated sport in the country, and helping South Africa become number one in the world in marathon paddling after serving for 14 years as the manager of Team SA.

The question, therefore, had to be asked: “How did a boy from Saint Andrew’s in Bloemfontein become so involved in canoeing?”

How it began

He shared the story: “In one of my many marketing careers, I ended up as the Commercial Director for a large liquor company and a bunch of canoeists came to me about 20 years ago and wanted me to sponsor them to go and compete in the Zambezi Whitewater Festival. They were just the nicest bunch of blokes I have ever met. They wanted R2 500 to cover the cost of their petrol. I said ‘Let’s do this thing properly. Instead of R2 500, I gave them R10 000 and went up with them and got some amazing branding and ambush marketing. It got amazing coverage and I got totally locked into the sport.

“Then we came back and there is a big canoe marathon in Cradock, the Fish River Canoe Marathon, and they had just lost their sponsor and they said ‘Steve, won’t you please sponsor it?’ Once again, it was for nothing. I said ‘We’re in’. Then they said to me there is no way that you are sponsoring this without paddling it. I ended up getting into the boat.”

The bug had bitten and in 2002, Steve was included in the South African Masters team to compete in Spain. “Then I became manager of the Protea team, which I did for 14 years. I paddled in 14 World Marathon Championships and got a couple of medals for myself.

Steve Jourdan (right) proudly wears the green and gold of South Africa at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships

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A successful Saints’ exchange with Ripley St Thomas

11 October 2016 – Saint Andrew’s Chaplain Father Deon Lombard, together with grade 10 boys Ethan Travers and Martin van Rooyen, recently spent three weeks at Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy in Lancashire as part of an exchange between the two schools.

In the third term, three boys and a teacher from Ripley St Thomas – Joseph Baldwin, Isaac Thornton, Adam Robinson, and maths’ teacher Scott Cameron – spent time at Saints. This time around their families hosted the Saints’ boys.

Origin of the exchange programme

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Saints Interact Club club lauded for a 14-year journey

30 August 2016 – Saint Andrew’s welcomed Martie du Plessis School for Special Needs Headmaster Francois van Heerden and pupil Charles Marais to Chapel on Thursday morning.

Since he was in pre-primary, Charles, who is in a wheelchair, has been supported by the Saint Andrew’s Interact Club. Now, 14 years later, he will soon be writing his matric exams.

Charles Marais

The Saint Andrew’s Interact Club hosted Charles Marais at Chapel on Tuesday morning

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Cultural activities at St Andrew’s School are well entrenched.  Our Junior Choir  has established a solid tradition while our Chapel Choir performs in the school chapel, in local churches and at various functions. One of the highlights on the school programme is the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.  This event is an opportunity for the school community to gather and worship God while focusing on the real meaning of Christmas.

Our drama and debating groups have set a high standard of achievement in Free State circles. The school has a rich drama tradition and one of the highlights of the 150th celebrations was the musical production of West Side Story in September.  A pleasing addition has been the enthusiastic interest in junior drama and a number of junior dramatic productions have given the junior boys wonderful opportunities.  The school hall (the Clegg Centenary Hall) is well-equipped with modern lighting and sound equipment and provides an ideal venue for dramatic productions.  In addition the school has an additional hall at Victoria Park.

Over the years our debaters have produced very good results in local and provincial competitions and some of the school’s debaters have gone on to make their mark nationally. Our senior debating team won the local league competition in 2014.

Music lessons in most instruments offer the individual pupil the opportunity to find his forte. It has been pleasing to see the increasingly active role of pupils in providing the musical lead at a number of functions.  The school hosts a number of music concerts throughout the year.

The school has an active photographic club and the boys perform a valuable service throughout the year.

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SaintsAdmin February 11, 2015
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