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History

The opening of St George’s College North in March 1990 was the realization of a dream that had been talked about in Old Georgian circles for more than a generation. St George’s College North was created as a sister, co-educational day school to be run on similar lines to St George’s College Quilmes. It is a wonderful blend of old traditions with the inspiration and excitement of a young school that offers a first class education.

But how did it all begin?

In 1895 the Rev J. T. Stevenson was invited to go as chaplain to All Saints’ Church in Quilmes, where “there resided 2000 adherents of the Anglican Church and where there was scope for development.” On arrival he found that the situation was quite the opposite and consequently, he intended to return to England. However, there existed the possibility to start a school for boys and Canon Stevenson approached the Bishop’s Council for permission. Despite some hesitancy, the Quinta Rooke was leased for two years and then bought, due to the generosity of many people and firms. The approximate area was 72,000 square metres, and the building consisted of a large, rambling one-storey house, a small cottage and stable accommodation. The Headmaster’s family, the boys, the matron and maids lived in the house, while the assistant masters and the servants occupied the cottage.

The Founders had agreed to open the School provided there were 20 boys, all of whom had to be boarders; but actually the School opened in 1898 with only six students. This was made possible because the Headmaster, who was still Chaplain of Quilmes, gave his services for free and because the Founders agreed to cover any deficit from their own pockets.

Progress was slow at first. From time to time further land was purchased and buildings erected and enlarged. In 1901 the first edition of the school magazine, The Georgian, was published and in 1908 the Old Georgian Club was formed. The first Old Georgian Dinner was held in 1910, and in the same year the Sanatorium was built. The pavilion, which still stands, was erected in 1911 to celebrate the coronation of King George V. The foundation stone of the College chapel was laid on Founders’ Day in 1913.

In 1929 the Preparatory School was opened and in March 1935 Canon Stevenson retired. In his farewell speech to the Old Georgians, he said: “I take this opportunity to remind you that it is not what a man gets but what a man is that counts. He should first think of his character and then of his condition, for he that has character need have no fears about his condition, as character will draw after it, condition. Risk, then, everything for that, as your greatest capital in life is your character.” This still holds true for St George’s College students today.

In 1965 day students were accepted as students in the College and in 1975 girls entered, as students for the first time. In 1985 the College adopted the International Baccalaureate which would enable students to enter universities in Europe, the USA and many other parts of the world, as well as in this country. The provision of a Kindergarten for children between 3 and 6 was inaugurated in 1988 by refurbishing the Old Georgian pavilion at the west end of the Quilmes campus.

In March 1990, St George’s College North opened at Los Polvorines, in San Jorge Village with Kindergarten and Primary students only. The secondary section was opened in March 1991 with students up to year 3 who sat for the IGCSE examinations at the end of the year. 1993 saw the first graduates take the IB examinations. This would be the beginning of a history of fine academic achievements by St George’s College North students. In 1994 Luciano Castagnola achieved 9 A’s at IGCSE level and he repeated this impressive feat two years later when he became the first South American to achieve the maximum score of 45 points in his IB Diploma. In 2015 Juana Gazcón achieved the highest marks in all of Argentina with 43 points; a real St George’s triumph!

The International aspect of the college has been developed in many ways in a very short time. It is one of the pioneers of the IB in Argentina and one of the first schools to implement all three programmes. The MYP was introduced in 1997 followed by the PYP in 2001. Many staff and students come from abroad and give the school a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere.

St George’s College North has developed a reputation as a leading school in the Creative Arts area with its plays, concerts and exhibitions in all sections, ensuring a well-balanced education.

Timeline

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St George's College Foundation.

1898
What happened in between?
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The first edition of “The Georgian” was published.

1901
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The Headmaster’s house was built.

1902
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The Old Georgian Club was formed.

There were nearly one hundred and fifty old boys of the College at the time. The following year, on 23 April the first Old Georgian dinner was held at the Pheonix Hotel. There were twenty four present.

1908
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The Sanatorium was completed

1910
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The Pavilion was erected to celebrate the coronation of King George V.

1911
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The Foundation Stone of the Chapel was laid.

The four letters carved on the stone, A.D.M.G., stand for Ad Dei Maiorem Gloriam - to the Greater Glory of God. The following year, on 23 April the service of Dedication of the College Chapel took place.

1913
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The Assembly Hall was built.

1918
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The present National College block was built.

1919
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The Peace Memorial Gymnasium was completed. This is now the College Library.

1920
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The first Rugby match ever played at the College took place between the College and the Old Georgians.

On that year, the school adopted a house system, the four houses being designated Lockwood, Farran, Agar, and Cutts.

1923
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Gato & Mancha - An epic 10 000 mile adventure

Mr. A.H.F. Tschiffley, who was physical instructor at St. George’s for several years, started his 10,000 mile horseback ride from Buenos Aires to San Francisco and New York. After three and a half years Mr Tschiffley completed his epic 10,000 mile horseback ride.

1925
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The first marriage in the College Chapel was solemnised when Canon Stevenson’s eldest daughter was married.

1926
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The new Library block, erected on the site of the old swimming bath, was opened.

It consisted of an Art Room, Library, Reading Room and Lavatories and was at first utilised as dormitories for Junior boys. This is now the Maths department and Reception area.

1928
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The Preparatory School was inaugurated.

Completely self-contained, it had accommodation for seventy boys aged eight to twelve, in five dormitories, and bedrooms for three masters, with headmaster’s quarters as a separate entity but forming part of the main building.

1929
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The Prep School Library was inaugurated.

1934
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The "Chaco”Cup

This Cup, to be contested in an annual soccer match between the College and Old Georgian Club was instituted by Eric “Chaco”Kember.

1935
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The Junior School Building was inaugurated on 28 April.

1945
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The Science Laboratories were opened.

1946
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OG Rugby goes international.

St. George’s had its first rugby international player when an Old Georgian played for England.

1949
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The Old Georgian Pavilion was inaugurated.

This is now the oldest building in the Kindergarten.

1950
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A disastrous fire destroyed the old College building where St. George’s was founded sixty years before.

Seven dormitories, the dining room and kitchen, the Master’s dining room, the Matron’s room and three Master’s flats were destroyed. The fire occurred on the first Sunday of the July holidays when few people were about, and when eventually discovered was completely out of control. An ambitious rebuilding programme was embarked upon.

1959
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The School Captain was, for the first time, not British but Argentine.

1964
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The Lockwood Building (later School House, then junior boys boarding house) was opened by the Rev. Canon Jackson.

1967
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St. George’s became co-educational with the entrance of 30 girl boarders and day girls.

1975
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St. George’s College Kindergarten started with 19 four and five year olds.

It was located in the gutted and restored Old Georgian Pavilion.

1988
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St George’s College North was inaugurated in Los Polvorines.

1989
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Construction of the Primary building.

1990
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Kindergarten & Primary sections opened.

1990
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Construction of the Science building.

1991
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First IGCSE examinations.

1991
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Secondary section opened.

1991
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Construction of the Kindergarten building.

1992
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The beginnings of “The Old Dragon”.

1992
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Constructing & inauguration of the Secondary building.

1993
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First Founders Day.

1996
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Construction of the Georgian Hall building.

1996
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Luciano Castagnola becomes the first South American student to obtain maximum points in the IB Diploma.

1996
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The IB MYP was first implemented.

1997
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The School Museum is opened.

Thanks to the contribution of OG Freddie Pratt, the school museum is inaugurated. It is temporarily located in the Sanford area.

1998
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The IB PYP Programme was first implemented.

2001
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15th Anniversary Gala Dinner.

2005
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The Chapel is declared a protected building by the Municipal Authorities of Quilmes.

2005
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Inauguration of the Sports Hall.

2007
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Inauguration of the Pre-Kindergarten classroom.

2010
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The School opens a new Development Office

The new Development Office aims to promote the school and strengthen links with the Old Georgian Community.

2010
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Construction of the 1st HOCKEY ASTROTURF.

On Monday 8th July the construction of our first hockey synthetic Astroturf begun with an estimated due date for December this year. Fund raising efforts for this project started in December 2012 and continue energetically. St George's is very grateful for those fourteen individual donors that contributed with the project and for each member of the Community who participated in any of our fundraising campaigns.

2013
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25th Anniversary Gala Dinner.

2015