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St Andrew’s Cathedral School

What is distinctive about St Andrew’s?
Located in two high-rise buildings in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, St Andrew’s Cathedral School (SACS) is an innovative, globally focused co-educational learning community for students from Kindergarten through to Year 12. The school’s urban location presents vast opportunities for students to engage beyond the classroom, with city museums, theatres, legal centres, green spaces, government institutions and industry. SACS offers a strong academic program and extensive opportunities to be involved in sport, music, drama and outdoor education.

As an authentically Christian school, Christian values are embedded in all aspects of daily life, with honesty, integrity, humility, respect and service being foundational to the richness of relationships at SACS. The nurturing learning environment and pastoral-care focus ensures every student is known, valued and empowered. A comprehensive student-wellbeing program focuses on developing character strengths and addresses many of the challenges faced by students today.

What can students expect?
Students are encouraged to grow their hearts, minds and lives, embracing the future with a global outlook and being well prepared to achieve personal bests in all fields of endeavour. Students also investigate the Christian world view and what it has to say about the journey as participants in a 21st-century world. All students grow in their understanding of the value of leading and serving others and gain first-hand experience in helping those less fortunate than themselves through a service learning program. The academic program ensures students are learning at a level that matches their capabilities — whether they are gifted and talented or needing extra support.

Education priorities
SACS seeks to ensure students are engaged and learning every day. With that in mind and a focus on educational excellence, SACS has introduced individual data dashboards that enable students to set goals for particular subjects and have their progress analysed at regular intervals. The school employs passionate, experienced educators, many of whom are leaders in their field. The Junior school offers accelerated classes to support gifted learners and specialist teachers in music, languages, science, sport and art. From Years 7–10, the world-leading International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years framework is used to deliver the NSW syllabus and in Years 11–12, students can choose the HSC or IB Diploma program, both of which offer a vast number of subject choices.

Co-curricular activities
The school’s music, performing arts and outdoor education programs are considered to be among the best on offer in NSW, presenting students with innumerable opportunities to excel. There are more than 30 music ensembles aimed at a range of skill levels that are integrated with outstanding performance opportunities — at cathedral events, concerts, musicals and international tours. There are drama ensembles, an annual drama production for Middle School and Senior College students, as well as inter-school Theatresports competitions. Other activities include debating, mock trial, chess, dance, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and numerous clubs.

The outdoor education program at St Andrew’s is one of the largest and most comprehensive of any school in NSW, beginning in Kindergarten and running through to Year 10, with optional trips in Years 11 and 12. The school has its own outdoor education department and centre, located in the Southern Highlands outside Sydney, where its focus is on delivering highly engaging programs that “challenge and change lives”.

A vast sports program, utilising outstanding facilities on-site and at The University of Sydney and nearby Wentworth Park, offers something to suit every ability and interest. All secondary students are encouraged to participate in at least one school sport. These include rugby, football, tennis, hockey, netball, mountain biking, fencing, water polo, dance, cross-country skiing, swimming, basketball, cricket, softball, futsal and touch football.

St Andrew’s Cathedral School is a comprehensive school but does also
offer a number of academic and music scholarships, at various levels, each
year to outstanding applicants.

Music scholarships are awarded each year to talented musicians (from Year 4 through to Year 11), who have the ability to reach the highest levels of performance and musicianship. Concerts, musicals and international music tours provide an incredible variety of performance opportunities for students. Academic scholarships are offered each year to outstanding students entering Years 5, 6 or 7. Chorister scholarships are offered to boys in Years 3–5, who wish to join the internationally acclaimed St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir. They form the treble line of the choir and sing in cathedral services each week.

Gawura Indigenous scholarships are offered to local Indigenous children wishing to start Kindergarten in the Indigenous primary school, which is contained within the St Andrew’s Cathedral Junior School. The unique Kindergarten to Year 6 school delivers intensive numeracy and literacy lessons within a culturally enriching environment, promoting Indigenous identity and cultural understanding.

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Religion Anglican
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Years Kindergarten - Year 12
Enrolment 1,100 students
02 9286******* 02 9286 9500
Address Sydney Square, 474 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
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