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Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, St Andrew’s Cathedral School is a vibrant, co-educational place of learning, providing students from Kindergarten to Year 12 with a strong academic program and extensive opportunities for involvement in sport, music, drama and outdoor education. One of the major attractions of St Andrew’s is the comprehensive student wellbeing program that seeks to enhance the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of every student.

A Christian framework ensures that every student is known and valued. Highly experienced teachers are keen to ensure every student is engaged and growing every day; student and staff relations are genuine and built on mutual respect. St Andrew’s is close to every city transport hub and Town Hall train station is only five minutes’ walk away. The Senior College is located in the Bishop Barry Centre, providing a collegiate-style campus tailored specifically to the learning needs of students in Years 10 to 12. The NSW Higher School Certificate and the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Program are both offered as leaving credentials.

Facilities: St Andrew’s has state-of-the-art learning facilities and technologies that are designed to enrich and enhance learning, including new Senior Science laboratories in 2017. Schoology, the school’s online Learning Management System, enables students to communicate and discuss learning topics online with teachers and students and to access resources, submit work and receive feedback. Other purpose-built facilities include a dance studio, a performing arts theatre, a Research Centre and Library, music practice rooms and technology, a design and visual arts centre, a fitness centre, a unique rooftop playground and an indoor gymnasium. Versatile facilities are designed to provide an environment that is conducive to learning.

Electives Years 7 to 9: In 2016, St Andrew’s introduced the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP), an internationally recognised framework for learning that is considered the best practice in Junior Secondary schools. Learning one of three languages is a key part of the MYP. Students can choose French, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. In addition to essential NSW syllabus subjects, St Andrew’s offers Christian Studies, Technology and Applied Studies, Creative Arts and Technology, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Drama and Music.

Electives Years 10 to 12: Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, English, English as a Second Language, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, French Continuers and Extension, Geography, German Continuers and Extension, History Extension, Japanese Continuers and Extension, Legal Studies, General Mathematics, Mathematics Two-unit, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Modern History, Music 1, Music 2, Music Extension, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Physics, Senior Science, Society and Culture, Software Design and Development, Spanish Beginners, Studies of Religion 2, Textiles and Design and Visual Arts. The IB subjects offered are separate but cover the same broad range of subjects, with the addition of Philosophy and Psychology subjects.

Sport: St Andrew’s provides sports activities for the full range of abilities. All students are encouraged to participate in at least one school sport to help develop a variety of skills, build personal confidence and develop socially and emotionally through team participation. The school is a member of the Independent Sporting Association for high school inter-school competitions. Sporting facilities include Sydney University’s St Andrew’s Oval, which is the home venue for rugby, football, cricket and softball. SACS uses other university facilities for basketball, tennis and netball. Students can also participate in cross-country running and skiing, fencing, hockey, swimming, water polo, mountain biking and dance. With so much sport being played and offered, each student can find a niche to excel, to represent the school with pride, or just participate and enjoy the fun of participating in a team sport.

Extra-curricular activities: St Andrew’s has an exceptional reputation for dramatic and musical excellence, with more than 40 music ensembles aimed at a range of skill levels, integrated with outstanding performance opportunities that include Cathedral events, musicals, interstate and international tours. Drama facilities include an in-house ‘Black-Box’ theatre and open theatre-style classrooms. There are annual drama productions for Middle School (Years 7–9) and Senior College (Years 10–12), as well as inter-school Theatresports competitions. Other activities within the school include debating, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, mock trial, media crew, chess, dance and numerous clubs and societies for special interests.

Student welfare and personal development: School houses constitute a major structural and pastoral role within the school, with each student a member of one of eight houses. Not only are houses used as the basis for internal competitions such as sport and debating, but they also provide the basis for the small tutor groups that meet weekly to assess individual academic and social development. This fosters greater inter-year relationships and a culture of care between students as they assist one another both inside and outside of the classroom. The Enrichment and Learning Department strives to provide the best learning environment and resources for every student. The school welcomes those with specific learning needs, whether they are struggling in a particular area or are gifted and talented and need accelerated programs of learning. Professional counselling services are also offered.

Special features: St Andrew’s takes advantage of its central city location to provide students with a rich diversity of external excursions and curriculum-based student experiences to complement conventional classroom teaching and learning, and provide practical, resourceful outcomes for all pupils. St Andrew’s also has a challenging and rewarding outdoor education program, which students commence in Year 3. The program makes use of St Andrew’s 90-hectare Kirrikee site in the Southern Highlands. In the high school, students can join one of many expeditions offered — hiking from Mt Kosciuszko to Bass Strait, canoeing along the Murray River, mountain biking in New Zealand, and back-country skiing and snow camping. Every year, a variety of international tours are offered with various faculties.

From the school: St Andrew’s delivers learning that is relevant to the world in which students live and into which they will move as young adults when they graduate. Our students’ learning extends beyond the classroom into the city’s institutions and facilities, which are on our doorstep. St Andrew’s provides a nurturing environment that engages students and seeks to equip every student with the resources and skills needed to thrive.

Head of School: Dr John Collier

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Religion Anglican
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Years Kindergarten - Year 12
Enrolment 1250 students
Fees: Over 16k
Ranges from $18,200  (Kindergarten) up to $31,300 (Year 12)
9286 95******* 9286 9500
Address Sydney Square, Sydney 2000
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