Grahamstown’s St Andrew’s College held its 2016 Matric Rite of Passage today, with a bagpipe player leading the boys through a tunnel made up of staff and pupils.
Piper Chris Terry and headboy Sazi Sandi led the matric class from Centenary Hall through the St Andrew’s College campus past the historic Clock Tower, the Sir Herbert Baker Chapel, and finally into the Antony Clark Andrean Resource Centre where each boy signed their name in a leather-bound register.
The ceremony culminated in each matric boy receiving his Old Andrean tie from “old boys” Mark Cotton, vice-president of the Old Andrean Committee and Simphiwe Nghona, who then addressed the pupils at the Highlander.
Nghona said that Old Andreans were people of honour, respect, substance, courage and pride. He encouraged the Matric pupils to lead by example and be superb ambassadors for their school.
The procedings ended with each boy being welcomed into a new chapter of their St Andrew’s College story.