The boys at St Andrew’s are encouraged to involve themselves in community projects. Two literary quotes illustrate the educational motivation of this programme. The first comes from the English novelist Charles Dickens: “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.” The second is by the American novelist Herman Melville: “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”
The school has two very active service (Interact) clubs which have close ties to the Bloemfontein Rotary Club. The clubs support individuals and organisations in Bloemfontein and hold regular collections. The school organises collections for Mosamaria (an AIDS charity) and numerous other local charities.
In addition, the junior Interact Club spearheads the school’s recycling efforts and over the years the boys have raised a considerable amount of money by selling the recyclable goods that they have collected. The junior boys have over the years supported Carte Blanche’s “Making a Difference” campaign by raising money for the Universitas Hospital. The Executive Producer of Carte Blanche, George Mazarakis is an Old Andrean and the school’s support of this campaign was acknowledged on the programme when two Grade 1’s were interviewed by Derek Watts.
In an attempt to involve as many boys as possible the school occasionally organises mass involvement in specific projects – an example being CANSA’s “Relay for Life”.
The school’s involvement in community projects was recognised last year when the school was awarded the trophy as the Bloemfontein community institution of the year for 2013.