It was a time to remember the significant bequest left by Mr Duncan Rutherford in 1917 that enabled the Board of the fledgling College, (which had been established in the Presbyterian manse on Lincoln Road) to purchase the Strowan homestead and surrounding land.
At the time, Alexander Thompson, the Presbyterian Minister and founder of the College said: “There is only one place for St Andrew’s College and that is Strowan.”
The Pipe Band provided a magnificent opening to the Centenary launch assembly, and after a welcome by Rector Christine Leighton, special guests, staff and students were taken back to the past with a Vintage News Reel featuring fascinating film clips from the early years of the College.
Christine Leighton was then joined by prefects Caleb Morgan, Isla Evison, Harrison Cooper, Emma Williams and Celine Bullivant to present some of the highlights of each decade of St Andrew’s proud history.
The St Andrew’s College Orchestra produced a wonderful performance of the Centenary Overture, a soaring musical piece composed especially for the event by Old Collegian Chris Adams (1996). The composition was strongly influenced by the St Andrew’s College song, and ended with a full orchestral rendition of its three verses. The singing was led by fine Year 13 performers Samantha Deller and William Harrington who were accompanied by choral groups, Staccoro and Stacchorus, with the entire assembly joining in.
Board chairman Garry Moore and Old Collegian Bryan Pearson (1980), both gave heartfelt addresses, with another highlight being the amazing poem ‘The Saltire Flag’ written by talented Year 6 writer Pieta Bayley, who read it to the assembly with clarity and confidence.
The Strowan Scholars, Elizabeth Stevenson and Angus Syme were farewelled before their Scottish adventure, with a stunning version of ‘Loch Lomond’ sung by Staccoro in their honour.
The assembly finished with a trailer of the Centenary film, which provided an exciting glimpse of the project, due to be completed before the Centenary Gala Weekend in March 2017.
After the assembly, guests and students were invited to view the StAC 100 timeline, which has been installed in the Senior College atrium. It is a fantastic visual representation of the College’s 100-year history.
There are many more exciting occasions to come as St Andrew’s celebrates its 100th birthday, with all members of the College community encouraged to take part and enjoy this once in a lifetime event.