St. Andrew's Scots School

This article is about the school and its football team. For the rugby union team, see Club San Andrés.
Saint Andrew's Scots School
(Spanish: Escuela Escocesa San Andrés)

the school's logo
Sic itur ad astra
Thus one goes to the stars
Nogoyá 550
Olivos, Vicente López Partido, Buenos Aires Province CP 1636
Funding type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Presbyterian Church
Patron saint(s) Saint Andrew
Established 1 September 1838 (1838-09-01)
Status Open
Headmaster Gabriel Rshaid
Gender Co-educational (girls only at inception)
Language English, Spanish, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese
Hours in school day 7:50 until 15:30 or 16:30 (depending on day)
Campus 1
Campus type Field
Houses Brown, Dodds, Fleming, Monteith
Color(s)          Navy blue and white
Slogan "Sic Itur Ad Astra"
Sports Basketball, football, field hockey, rugby, swimming, volleyball
Nickname El Santo
Team name Club San Andrés
Affiliations University of San Andrés

The Saint Andrew's Scots School (Spanish: Escuela Escocesa San Andrés), mostly known simply as Saint Andrew's, is an Argentine bilingual school in Olivos, Vicente López Partido, Buenos Aires Province.

Established in 1838 in downtown Buenos Aires, it is the oldest school of British origin in South America.

The school offers early childhood, primary and secondary education and has a university founded in 1988.

The school's campus is located in Benavídez, Tigre Partido, inside the urban agglomeration known as Greater Buenos Aires.


A youth football team of the school, champion in 1934.

The school was established in Argentina on September 1, 1838, by a group of Scottish immigrants who wanted to educate their children in their native language, culture and religion. At the beginning only girls were admitted, although the school accepted boys soon after.

The first location of the school was in Piedras 55, in downtown Buenos Aires. The institution was later moved to the neighbourhood of Constitución, where children from many nationalities attended. The chapel moved to the streets of Belgrano and Perú where it still remains.

In 1882, Scotsman Alexander Watson Hutton (considered the father of Argentine football), arrived to Buenos Aires after being hired by St. Andrew's as headmaster. Hutton encouraged the teaching of sports at the school, which conflicted with the position of the authorities of not considering sports as important as he did. Due to his disagreeing with the policies of the establishment, Hutton resigned one year later. After leaving St. Andrew's, Hutton founded his own institution, the Buenos Aires English High School, where he applied his ideas on the teaching of sports in Argentina.[1][2]

In 1947, the school moved to Olivos, Vicente López Partido, and in 1988 the institution opened the University of San Andrés.[3]


Football club

The team that won the first Argentine Primera División title in 1891.
Medals awarded to St. Andrew's players when they won the 1891 final vs. Old Caledonians.

The football team, formed by students of the school,[4] is considered the first Primera División champion, even being recognised by the Argentine Football Association.[5] The squad won the first tournament organized in 1891 by the "Argentina Association Football League", a body founded that same year by fellow student Alec Lamont, although disestablished soon after the end of the season. The five teams registered to play the tournament were (apart from St. Andrew's), Old Caledonians, Buenos Aires & Rosario Railway, Belgrano Football Club (predecessor of current Belgrano Athletic Club) and Buenos Aires Football Club (not related to the first football club of Argentina founded in 1867). Hurlingham also registered but did not play any match.[6]

The practice of football in Argentina was spread thanks to Lamont and Alexander Watson Hutton, who later established Alumni, the most successful team until its dissolution in 1911.[7]

The first championship started on 12 April and finished on 13 September 1891. At the end of the season, St. Andrew's and Old Caledonians, a team formed by employees of the Scottish company that built the main drainage of Buenos Aires,[4] shared the first position and the Association considered the title shared, but both teams had to play a new match only to award the medals.[6] Therefore, St. Andrew's and Old Caledonians played a new game, played on September 13, 1891 and won by St. Andrew's by 3–1.[8][9] Despite its success, the St. Andrew's Football Club was dissolved the same year.

Being the first Argentine champion gave St. Andrew's fame and prestige. The first crest of Independiente was influenced by St. Andrew's. The team disputed only one more tournament in 1894, which was won by Lomas Athletic Club. St. Andrew's finished 5th over 6 teams, having lost 7 games of 10 played. After that season, St. Andrew's FC never played an official football championship again.

Present days

Further information: Club San Andrés

In 1911 the principal of the school, William Hardie, founded the Club San Andrés, a sports club that only admitted alumni and students.[10] Sports currently practised at the club include rugby union, field hockey and association football. Its rugby team plays at the Torneo de la URBA Grupo I, the first division in the league system of the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires.[11]

Today the school has many sports such as athletics, badminton, basketball, association football, rugby union, swimming, tennis and volleyball.[12]


2013 Champions U-15
2015 Back to Back Champions U-17 (Unbeaten)

See also


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