The Term 1 Assembly on Thursday 31 January saw the unveiling and the first tolling of our historic school bell in its beautiful new hand crafted mount as it welcomed our new year 7 cohort into the Cathedral.
The St Andrew’s school bell was originally hung in the belfry of St Andrew’s Church & Schoolrooms on Pitt St where the school was housed from 1892 – 1912. It was here and at the school’s next location that it rang to signify the beginning of lessons and the end of the school day for young Chorister and student Charles Kingsford Smith. When Sir Charles Kingsford Smith died in 1935 the bell was named in his honour.
As the school moved locations the bell moved with it. Head of School Canon Newth (1941 – 1979) rang it to signify good news and great occasions such as the opening of the newly built St Andrew’s House in 1976, the current location of St Andrew’s Cathedral School.
With the generous gift of a handcrafted bellstand by Year 12, 2018 made by Andrew Kenny (OA2010), our school bell will continue to mark good news and significant events in the life of our school.