The entrance to St Andrew’s will soon be transformed into a monument, celebrating the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The pathway into the School from Church Terrace will be embedded with pavers that pay tribute to the lives positively influenced by St Andrew’s.
The donated pavers are engraved with the hands of the students, old scholars, staff and families.
The artwork will be a snapshot of the community and will also serve as an individual time capsule of a student’s personal journey.
“How many children will come back in years to come and try the size of their hand in
the engraved outline from 2014,” Director of Development, Karin Dunsford asks.
“The laneway was named by students and the reference to Heroes is significant.”
More than sixty old scholars are World War One veterans, and the school remembers their sacrifice, particularly as this year marks the centenary of the War’s commencement.
“They will be honoured with a special Lest We Forget section,” Karin says.
“Pavers will also be dedicated to remember distinguished old scholars who have remarkable achievements and have made extraordinary contributions.”
Deputy Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Natasha Malani, was a St Andrew’s student
until 1984, attending from years R-5.
Ms Malani’s success will be recognised with a paver.
“It’s a great honour – I have a lot of respect for this school and fond memories,” she says.
“My parents were involved in the Parents and Friends Committee, and I always used to bring my dog to the St Andrew’s fete and we used to groom her for the competition and my parents used to run the raffle.”
Ms Malani says a solid education was an important element in her career, and St Andrew’s also fostered wonderful relationships.
“It sets your values and that builds a foundation for who you become in the future, and St Andrew’s always had a beautiful set of principles and a high standard of education,” Ms Malani says.
Every day, now and in the future, the students of St Andrew’s will walk along the pathway and be inspired by the success of students who walked before them.
Astronaut Andy Thomas will be recognised, as well as Rhode Scholars Robin Ashwin and Mahesh Umapathysivam.
Students who went on to become athletes, including Commonwealth Games pole vaulter Simon Arkell and AFL star Will Minson, will have pavers made in their honour.
St Andrew’s is seeking to learn more about its past students and Karin encourages people to contribute their own stories or pass on those of family and friends.
“The School celebrates 165 years in 2015 and we would also like to be able to identify and meet our oldest living old scholar,” she says.