Chandler House

History of the Hostel

Chandler House, for senior boarders, is named for the fifth Bishop of Bloemfontein, Arthur Chandler who became bishop shortly after the end of the Anglo-Boer War. At the out-break of war the school closed and during the war the school buildings were commandeered.

At the first Synod led by Bishop Chandler in 1902, he lamented the absence of a church school for boys as he believed that a Christian based education would be a transforming influence on the community. A hostel near the cathedral housed boys who attended classes at St. Michael’s School and the government school.

Arthur Chandler was a profound theologian and philosopher who became an influential figure of faith and vision and led a sustained campaign over more than a decade to reopen the school. Together with leading citizens he successfully negotiated with the town council which made a free grant of the current Westdene school site.

In February 1916, with limited funds, no buildings, few teachers and guided by his faith Arthur Chandler presided over the re-opening of the school. Throughout his bishopric (1902-1920) he was faithful to the mission of St. Andrew’s School raising money, in South Africa and England, to sustain and develop the school.

The Chandler House badge is a phoenix rising from the flames which represents the reestablishment of the school which had closed because of the Anglo-Boer War.

Welcome to Chandler House

In the St Andrew’s hostels, we are the heart of the school!  You will make the hostel your home away from home and create a wonderful school life for yourself. 

The boys you meet here will become your lifelong friends!  We advise you to get involved in as many things as you can, play sport, stay busy, help out, where needed and make friends.  Life in a St Andrew’s hostel is as much fun as you make it.

There will always be an older boy looking out for you, and you have a house master to talk to, so make time to meet them and get to know each other.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Erich Wolmarans – House master Chandler House