Community service forms an integral part of education at St Andrew’s. Our girls are taught the importance of being involved with the less privileged members of our society. They are encouraged to participate as ‘up close and personally’ as can be arranged by the school, the housemistresses and the outreach programme.
The school’s outreach programme, uBambiswano, is directed at schools in the Daveyton community. The Junior School plays a role in this very worthwhile programme by sharing their facilities every Saturday and by being involved in the fundraising activities.
- Contributions from every Harvest and Africa Day are donated to Meals on Wheels.
- Through the efforts of the Eco Club, Save the Rhino endeavours are supported.
- Two grade 7 girls are selected every year to represent St Andrew’s on the Johannesburg Mini Council. They play their role as members of a team that dedicates considerable time and effort to helping less privileged communities in and around Johannesburg.
Great emphasis is placed on the social responsibilities of the girls at St Andrew’s. Each house has at least one charity that the house members actively support through raising funds, practical activities and visits arranged by the housemistresses.
Athlone, Farrar, Milner and Selborne jointly support the ‘Rainbows and Smiles’ Foundation by making Christmas cards for children suffering with cancer and for nurses in hospitals. The ‘Rainbows and Smiles’ foundation provide emotional, social and financial support to families and caregivers who have children diagnosed with cancer.
Each house supports the following charities:
- SANNCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds)– Is a registered non-profit organisation whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially endangered species like the African penguin.
- FTFA (Food and Trees for Africa) – Is South Africa’s social and environmental enterprise improving lives and landscapes towards healthy people on a healthier planet, since 1990. Over 4.2 million trees, 1000’s of permaculture food gardens, bamboo projects and organic farms have been planted for poor communities.
- Owl Rescue Centre – Owl Rescue Centre is involved in several conservation projects to decrease the high mortality rate of owl species.
- South African Guide Dogs Association – Train dogs and puppies in the art of assisting the blind.
- Sandton SPCA. They aim to prevent cruelty to animals and to provide a place of safety and care for all animals in distress. SPCA work encompasses all animals, including wildlife, equine and farm animals, marine life and animals used for experimentation. We are a non-profit organization not funded by government, and rely on the general public for financial support.
- Letsha Primary, Is a rural school situated in Daveyton
- The Highveld Horse Care Unit (HHCU) – An organisation that is committed to the well-being and dignity of their equine friends
- Abraham Kriel Childcare (AKC) – This is a registered NPO providing both residential care and community services within Gauteng. AKC focuses on providing shelter, care and rehabilitation for children between the ages of birth and 18 years old, who have been subjected to trauma, abuse, and neglect.
- uBambiswano – Is a Saturday School programme that has been successfully run for the past 27 years by St Andrew’s School for Girls in Gauteng. 100 grade 6 to 9 learners, from Daveyton and Etwatwa, attend the Saturday School for a 4 year period. Literacy, numeracy, educational and life skills are our priority as well as enrichment activities such as music, swimming and cooking. Our learners call uBambiswano a place of ‘hope’, providing them with the hope of a better future.