Co-curricular activities in 2021 - Learning beyond the classroom: outdoor education, sport, music, drama, clubs, debating and international tours ...

 
Co-curricular activities in 2021 - Learning beyond the classroom: outdoor education, sport, music, drama, clubs, debating and international tours ...
Co-curricular
activities in 2021
Learning beyond the classroom: outdoor education,
sport, music, drama, clubs, debating and international tours

www.sacs.nsw.edu.au
Sydney Square, Sydney
Co-curricular activities in 2021 - Learning beyond the classroom: outdoor education, sport, music, drama, clubs, debating and international tours ...
Contents
Our Head of School Dr John Collier explains         02
why co-curricular activities are a major part
of school life at St Andrew’s Cathedral School.

The Director of St Andrew’s Cathedral School        03
co-curricular programs Mr Ric van Wachem,
provides an overview of the extensive
activities offered.

Performing Arts                                   04-07

Overview of our sport programs                      08

Junior School sport program                         09

Meet our secondary head coaches                   10-11

Secondary school winter and summer sports         12-13

Sport facilities                                     14

Other co-curricular activities:                      15
drama ensembles, debating, chess, dance
and special interest clubs

Outdoor education program                            16

International tours                                  17
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Benefits of participating in                                                                               An amazing wealth of
co-curricular activities                                                                                   opportunities at St Andrew’s
                                           Some of the skills learned include                                                                         wider city and have a greater                The school’s outdoor education
                                           compromise, negotiation, following                                                                         knowledge of how to utilise the city in      program is physically and mentally
                                           others and taking leadership, problem-                                                                     their own time.                              challenging, and is often referred to as
                                           solving, learning how to win with                                                                                                                       one of the highlights of a student’s time
                                                                                                                                                      SACS is a member of the ISA
                                           humility and lose with dignity.                                                                                                                         at St Andrew’s. The program runs from
                                                                                                                                                      (Independent Sporting Association) for
                                           In a recent meeting with the Senior                                                                                                                     Kindergarten through to Year 10,
                                                                                                                                                      secondary inter-school competitions.
                                           Student Leadership team, they                                                                              There are 19 member schools and 8            culminating in students being offered a
                                           overwhelmingly told me that one of                                                                         associate members. As such, SACS             variety of trips including a range of hikes
                                           the best things about St Andrew’s was                                                                      must meet certain obligations                in NSW and beyond, mountain biking,
                                           the co-curricular program. When                                                                            as a member school and compete in all        sea kayaking and a 20-day “Kosi-Coast’
                                           asked why, they replied that it built                                                                      the major sporting competitions              expedition from Mt Kosciuszko to Bass
                                           relationships, not only between                                                                            outlined by the ISA. In addition, SACS       Strait. The school employs its own
                                           themselves and teachers/coaches,                                                                           offers other sports and activities to        highly skilled and trained staff for these
                                           but between students in different year                                                                     facilitate opportunities for students who    programs.
                                           levels, boosting morale and a sense of                                                                     may not be interested in those provided      St Andrew’s, by virtue of its city location,
All students at St Andrew’s                belonging. They also said many of                               Co-curricular activities                   by the ISA. All students must participate    has a significant international flavour to
                                           their fondest memories of St Andrew’s                                                                      in a winter sport. Within the Junior
are encouraged to                                                                                          encompass sport, music                                                                  its student body. Many students come
                                           have been while participating in                                                                           School, St Andrew’s is a member of           from a diverse range of European,
participate in co-curricular               co-curricular activities.                                       and performing arts,                       ASISSA and competes against other            American and Asian countries. As a
activities to help develop                 There are a wealth of opportunities                             debating and public                        member schools. St Andrew’s employs          result, we seek to provide opportunities
a variety of skills, build                                                                                                                            highly skilled coaching staff, many of
                                           on offer at St Andrew’s, with something                         speaking, clubs, outdoor                   whom have achieved at the highest
                                                                                                                                                                                                   for students to explore the world
personal confidence and                    to suit every student. All it takes is a                                                                                                                through a range of different tours.
                                           willingness by students to take that
                                                                                                           education programs,                        level of their sport. We have specialist     These include a history and music tour
foster friendships within                  first step.                                                     community service and                      development coaches in Football,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to Europe in Year 11, language tours to
the school community.                                                                                                                                 Fencing, Basketball, Hockey, Netball
                                           Dr John Collier                                                 overseas tours. In the                     and Rugby.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   China and France, and other trips that
                                                                                                                                                                                                   encompass different learning areas,
The benefits to students and the entire    Head of St Andrew’s                                             following pages, we have                   SACS has long been a leader within           including science, sport and outdoor
school community are immeasurable          Cathedral School                                                provided more details on                   the independent school sector in             education.
and that is why St Andrew’s makes it
compulsory for students to participate                                                                     the programs offered in                    performing arts. While the 200-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Having worked in numerous
                                                                                                                                                      Cathedral Choir has a reputation for
in some way in the co-curricular life                                                                      each of these areas.                       developing quality vocalists, the school
                                                                                                                                                                                                   independent schools over many
of the school. Research has shown                                                     Co-curricular                                                   can also boast having a major role
                                                                                                                                                                                                   years, I believe St Andrew’s offers one
that involvement in co-curricular                                                                          Generally a parent or student’s first                                                   of the most developed and extensive
                                                                                      activities are       experience of St Andrew’s is on a          in the development of professional
activities provides a unique range of                                                                                                                                                              co-curricular programs available. I am
social experiences that build character,                                              organised programs   school tour. The school tour               concert musicians and actors. Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                   excited to be a part of a motivated and
                                                                                                                                                      highly accredited and passionate staff
strengthen relationships and enhance                                                  that exist outside   unfortunately does not reflect the
                                                                                                                                                      are testament to the success we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                   highly experienced team of teachers,
student achievement. Involvement                                                                           diverse range of experiences that a
                                                                                      of the school’s      student can have at SACS outside the       enjoyed in this area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   coaches and volunteers. I am sure that
in these activities in secondary school                                                                                                                                                            you will be amazed by the experiences
is associated with a greater level of                                                 mainstream           classroom. When comparing SACS with        House competitions and activities            that your child will recount, something
school satisfaction, higher feelings                                                  academic             other independent schools, prospective     play a major role in the pastoral            I have witnessed personally through my
of self-control, higher confidence                                                                         parents and students will often make       and co-curricular life of students at
                                                                                      curriculum.          comparisons of the on-site grounds
                                                                                                                                                                                                   own children’s experiences at
socially and academically and greater                                                                                                                 St Andrew’s. Whether it be the Bake Off      St Andrew’s.
educational and occupational                                                                               and facilities that SACS has with those    cupcake competition to raise money
                                                                                                           of similar schools. Most of our sporting   for charity, the Athletics Carnival or the   Mr Ric van Wachem
aspirations. A number of studies have
also shown that students participating                                                                     facilities are located at various sites    Debating competition, fun is the one         Director of Sport and
in extracurricular activities do better                                                                    around the city. This may appear to be     essential element in the diverse number      Co-curricular Education
academically than those who do not.                                                                        a disadvantage, but in reality, students   of House activities offered throughout
                                                                                                           become far more conversant with the        the year.

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Performing Arts

Music                                       Cathedral, the dedicated Fairfax
                                            Music Room and the Chapter House
                                                                                      Performance opportunities
                                                                                      within school

Programs
                                            Performing Arts space are the major       •  Weekly Chapel performances
                                            performance spaces utilised by the        •  Showcase Concert
                                            Music Department. Students also have
                                                                                      •  School musicals
Learning music is very much a part of       the opportunity to perform at the City
                                                                                      •  Special events
general school life at St Andrew’s. We      Recital Hall and Sydney’s magnificent
aim to provide students with high quality   Town Hall for the school’s annual         •  Award ceremonies including the
teaching and learning, as well as           Showcase concert and the end-of-year         Evening of Celebration and
performance opportunities in a fun,         Evening of Celebration and Prizegiving.      Prizegiving
challenging and inspiring environment.                                                • Music soirees (hosted by tutors)
                                                                                      •	Infants/Primary concerts
The Music Department engages a              Junior School
large number of visiting instrumental                                                    (once per year)
                                            The Junior School Music Department’s      • Maestros Concerts (weekly)
teaching staff, covering a wide range
                                            philosophy is that every child has
of string, wind, brass, keyboard and
                                            musical potential. There is a dynamic     External
percussion instruments as well as vocal
                                            classroom program and large number                                               Secondary School                          Performance opportunities
studies. Individual lessons are offered                                               • IPSHA Music Festival                                                           The school requires all instrumental
                                            of private instrumentalists that see                                             Music contributes immensely to
weekly during term time. Each                                                         • Combined school concerts/festivals                                             students to perform in at least one
                                            around 75 per cent of students learning                                          the general culture and fabric of the
student who is learning individually is                                                                                                                                concert or assembly each year. Concert
                                            an instrument. Each student who is        • Citylinks gigs                       Middle School and Senior College at
encouraged to participate in an ensemble.                                                                                                                              and performance opportunities include:
                                            learning privately is encouraged to                                              St Andrew’s. Alongside the individual
These activities are designed to
                                            participate in an ensemble.                                                      and group lessons offered, students       •	Public lunchtime concerts
supplement and extend the work that
                                                                                                                             are encouraged to participate in an          in the Cathedral
is covered in lessons and also provide
                                            Music ensembles/choirs                                                           ensemble. These ensembles are graded      • Music soirees (hosted by tutors)
performance opportunities at various
                                                                                                                             so that each student can be placed
concerts that are arranged during the       • Junior Choir (Years 3-6)                                                                                                 • Assemblies
                                                                                                                             into a group appropriate to their level
year. They are also a wonderful way to      • Infants Choir (Years K-2)                                                                                                • Maestros concerts (weekly)
                                                                                                                             of proficiency. Studio Soiree Concerts
make friends and become more                                                                                                                                           • Showcase Concert (annual)
                                            • Junior String Orchestra (Years 3-6)                                            are held in semester two, allowing
involved in school life.
                                            •	Intermediate String Orchestra                                                 parents to see their child and other         at Sydney Town Hall/City Recital Hall
Visit the Parent Portal for details about                                                                                                                              •	Performances around the city for
                                               (Years 3-6)                                                                   students perform.
enrolling in lessons and ensembles.                                                                                                                                       charities and business functions
                                            • Training Strings (Beginners)
                                                                                                                             Music ensembles/choirs                    • Evening of Celebration
Music facilities                            • Junior Concert Band (Years 3-6)
                                                                                                                                                                          and Prizegiving
                                                                                                                             • Middle School Choir
Refurbished and updated in 2016,            •	Junior Chapel Band                                                                                                      • School events
                                               (Years 3-6, auditioned)                                                       • Senior Choir
the Music Department contains
classrooms and specialist instrumental                                                                                       • Boys’ Vocal Ensemble
                                            • Junior Tuned Percussion (Years 4-6)
teaching areas, as well as practice                                                                                          • Girls’ Vocal Ensemble
                                            • Junior Chamber (by invitation)
rooms for ensemble rehearsals and                                                                                            • Chamber Choir
                                            •	Junior Rock Band (By audition
individual lessons.                                                                                                          • Concert Band
                                               – Years 5-6)
More than 600 students undertake                                                                                             • Wind Symphony
                                            •	Cathedral Choristers (Year 3-6 boys
advanced instrument and/or choral                                                                                            • Middle School String Ensemble
                                               by audition only)
tuition within the school. St Andrew’s                                                                                       • Chamber Orchestra
                                                                                                                             • Symphony Orchestra
                                                                                                                             • Stage Band (Jazz)
                                                                                                                             • Jazz Orchestra
                                                                                                                             • Chamber Music
                                                                                                                             • Rock bands
                                                                                                                             •	Middle School and Senior College
                                                                                                                                Chapel Bands
                                                                                                                             • Jazz Combos

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Secondary                                      Senior College Drama Ensemble
                                               Years 10-12 students are able to take
                                                                                         Dance
School Drama                                   part in this ensemble bi-annually as it
                                               alternates with the SACS major drama      Senior Dance Ensembles
                                                                                                                                    Secondary school
Ensembles                                      production.
                                                                                         The Senior Dance Ensembles will

A number of drama ensembles are
                                               Major Drama Production                    provide students with opportunities
                                                                                         to develop dance technique and
                                                                                                                                    activities
                                               The biannual major drama production
offered as additional co-curricular                                                      performance skills as they train and
                                               is cast from Year 10-12 students by                                                  There are a wide variety of co-curricular activities
activities for students across Years 7 to 12                                             rehearse a set dance number for
                                               audition. The 2021 production of
                                                                                         performance in our annual Step by          offered outside the Sport and Performing Arts programs
and provide training and performance           Mr Burns is being directed by Ryan
opportunities for all participants.                                                      Step Dance Showcase and inclusion          at St Andrew’s Cathedral School
                                               Desauliner and will be performed in
                                                                                         in dance competitions across Sydney.
These ensembles include:                       Chapter House. Last year’s production
                                                                                         Classes are run two days a week after      Some of the regular weekly term time activities include:
                                               of Jane Eyre was directed by
Theatresports                                                                            school, where we develop technique
                                               Mrs Ashleigh Chakarovski and
                                                                                         and choreograph the performance              •	
                                                                                                                                        Mock Trial: A knock-out competition run by the Law Society
For Years 7-12 students, run on                performed in the BBC Auditorium
                                                                                         numbers under the direction of our             of NSW open to Year 11 and 12 students, providing practical experience
weekday afternoons during term time.           due to COVID-10 restrictions.
                                                                                         highly experienced and talented guest          in the running of a court case.
The goal of these ensembles is to
                                               School Musical                            dance teachers. In addition, students
promote confidence and problem-                                                                                                       •	Maker Space: Design staff support students as they design,
                                               The biannual school musical is a highly   will need to be available outside of
solving skills, increase social and                                                                                                      problem-solve and build their own creation.
                                               professional extravaganza involving       school hours on occasion for
self-awareness, and develop acting
                                               actors, musicians and singers across      performances and competitions on
and public speaking skills in a FUN                                                                                                     Debating: weekly training is followed by competition
                                                                                                                                      •	
                                               the school. It takes place on the         weekends and after school. Dance
learning environment! Our professional                                                                                                  against other NSW schools.
                                               alternate year to the major drama         ensembles are open to all secondary
Theatresports coach Mr Dave Callan
                                               production. The 2019 production           students, from Years 7-12, and we will
runs three age-based ensembles. No                                                                                                    • T
                                                                                                                                         heatresports: this form of improvised comedy sees teams of participants
                                               of Fiddler on the Roof was a huge         run multiple ensembles, divided by
prior experience is necessary and entry                                                                                                 create a one-to-three-minute original scene. In Terms 2-4, teams of 3-5
                                               success, and involved more than           age, experience, and desire to
is open to all.                                                                                                                         students compete in the Theatresports Schools Challenge against more
                                               150 students. Auditions for the 2022      compete.
                                                                                                                                        than 100 NSW schools.
Students learn the improvisation skills
                                               production will be held in Term 3,
required for Theatresports competition
                                               with rehearsals to start in Term 4.       Junior School Dance
and may be selected to represent the
                                                                                         Elevate Performing Arts offers boys and
school in the TheatreSports Schools
                                                Theatresports Training                   girls from Years 3-6 the chance to learn
Challenge.
                                                                                         hip hop and jazz dance styles on the
                                                Theatresports
                                                                                                                                    Duke of Edinburgh International Award:
Year 7 Drama Club                                                                        school’s premises in our dedicated
                                                Juniors Years 7-8                        dance studio on Level 5.
All Year 7 students are welcome to                                                                                                   •	This prestigious physically challenging program is available to all
join in the Year 7 Drama Club, which            Monday 3.30 – 5pm
                                                                                         Our combined jazz + hip hop classes            14–25-year-olds. The Award is comprised of three levels, each progressively
runs on Thursdays from 3.30 - 4.30pm.                                                    cater for the interests and needs of           more challenging:
                                                Theatresports
This group will explore the basics of                                                    dancers of all levels of experience,
                                                Intermediate Years 9-10
improvisation, drama games and                                                           from beginners through to advanced.           Bronze – for those over 14 years old
                                                                                                                                     •	
play-building. Early in Term 4, students        Thursday 3.30 – 5pm
                                                                                         Weekly term time classes are held
present a short work to parents in a                                                                                                   Silver – for those over 15 years old
                                                                                                                                     •	
                                                Theatresports                            straight after school by highly
workshop context after school.                                                           credentialed dance instructors.
                                                Seniors Years 11-12                                                                    Gold – for those over 16 years old
                                                                                                                                     •	
Middle School Drama Ensemble                                                             Parents need to book and pay
                                                Tuesday 3.30 – 5pm
                                                                                         for classes a term in advance.
Year 8 and 9 students are invited to                                                                                                Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Service, Skill,
audition for this ensemble, which                                                                                                   Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold level participants also
occurs in late Term 1, with rehearsals                                                                                              complete a Residential Project. For more details, contact Jeff Long via email:
beginning in Term 2. The group works                                                                                                jlong@sacs.nsw.edu.au
towards presenting a piece of scripted
drama over a three-night run late in
Term 3.

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Overview of our                                                                            Junior School
sport programs                                                                             sport
We believe that young                          St Andrew’s has a full-time Athlete and     Our Kindergarten to Year 6 sport
                                                                                                                                    	The following sports are formally
                                               Team Development Manager, whose             program focuses on the development
people who are physically                      primary role is to oversee the individual   of fundamental movement skills. While
                                                                                                                                      taught at St Andrew’s:
fit and enthusiastically                       and team skill and strength                 we use the learning of movement skills    • Basketball
challenged in an enjoyable                     development of all students at school.      as a tool, students are always working
                                               He works closely with our highly            towards less tangible skills such as      • Gymnastics
and safe sporting                              experienced strength and conditioning       communication, persistence,
environment perform                            coaches, PDHPE staff, coaching staff        resilience, team work and humility.
                                                                                                                                     • Tennis

better academically.                           and our students, to develop training       Students in Years 4-6 are invited to      • Football (Soccer)
                                               programs and drills that will improve       compete in the ASISSA inter-school
As a result we provide                         health and performance. (See articles       sport competition which occurs            • Athletics
inclusive sports activities                    on pages 10-11 on our sport                 weekly and IPSHA competitions on
                                                                                                                                     • Netball
for students of all abilities.                 development coaches.)                       Saturday mornings. Training before or
                                                                                           after school is offered in all ASISSA
Students gain personal                         Competing within the ISA sporting
                                                                                           sports each term.
                                                                                                                                     • Oz-tag
                                               competition (in secondary school)
satisfaction and develop                                                                                                             • Tee-ball
                                               and ASISSA (in Junior School),              Swimming, athletics and
socially and emotionally                       St Andrew’s students are able to            cross-country running carnivals           • Cricket
through team participation.                    participate in a wide range of sports,
                                                                                           All students (Years 3-6) are expected
                                               with pathways to CIS, NSW All                                                         • Hockey
The school is committed to the                                                             to participate in the school’s
                                               Schools and national levels.
ongoing development of all sports                                                          swimming, athletics and cross-country     • Running/cross-country
offered at SACS and is particularly keen       St Andrew’s is very supportive of           carnivals as part of the school sports
to see all participants, across all ability    students who excel in a sport not           program. There are opportunities for      • Touch Football
levels, developing and improving their         offered as part of the St Andrew’s          students to represent St Andrew’s at
                                               Sports Program. Students can apply          ASISSA Carnivals and at NSW               • AFL
sporting skills and sport specific fitness.
We have Head Coaches in each of our            to be supported to pursue pathways          Combined Independent School level.
                                                                                                                                     • Rugby
ISA team sports and they oversee the           to school, regional, state and national     The sport of squash is taught as a
training programs of all team coaches          representation in these other sports.       co-curricular activity after school.
                                                                                                                                    	Sports included in the ASISSA
and develop targeted strategies and            St Andrew’s bases most of our
                                                                                                                                      inter-school sports competition:
programs appropriate to each team’s            sporting programs out of Sydney
skill level. In addition, they create styles   University and Wentworth Park.                                                        • AFL
of play that students will follow              The school also has a general use
throughout their time at St Andrew’s.          gymnasium with a basketball court,                                                    • Football (Soccer)
The head coaches are supported by a            along with a new strength and
                                                                                                                                     • Cricket
talented pool of staff, many of whom           conditioning room and spin room
are highly trained in coaching or have         on site. Our priority is to see students                                              • Netball
performed at the highest level of sport.       playing and participating in safe,
                                               high quality environments.                                                            • Touch Football

                                                                                                                                     • Tee-ball

                                                                                                                                    	IPSHA Saturday sports competition:

                                                                                                                                     • AFL (Term 1)

                                                                                                                                     • Touch Football (Term 1)

                                                                                                                                     • Football (Term 2)

                                                                                                                                     • Netball (girls) (Term 3)

                                                                                                                                     • Touch Football (boys) (Term 3)

                                                                                                                                     • Tee-ball (Term 4)

                                                                                                                                     • Cricket (Term 4)
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Meet our head coaches
 Our head coaches oversee the training programs of all team coaches and develop
 targeted strategies and programs appropriate to each team’s skill level.

Athlete Development                     Rugby Union                            Football                                  Basketball
Manager and Coach

                                                                                                                                                                 Other top coaches
                                                                                                                                                                 assisting our teams
                                                                                                                                                                 The Olympic sport of Fencing has
                                                                                                                                                                 long been part of the St Andrew’s
                                                                                                                                                                 sport program and has two of the
                                                                                                                                                                 best coaches available in Olympian
                                                                                                                                                                 and 2012 Olympic Modern Pentathlon
                                                                                                                                                                 fencing coach Mr Bill Ronald (OA
                                                                               Laki Konistis has been our Football       Our Basketball Head Coach is            1960) and Assistant Coach Mr Samuel
Christopher Watts (pictured) is our     Our Rugby Head Coach is
                                                                               Head Coach since 2015.                    William Hill, a former US college       Mooney-Grand (OA 2010), also an
Athlete Development Manager and         Sateki Tuipulotu, (pictured), who
                                                                               He has been the First XI coach            player who has trained athletes in      Australian representative.
Coach. He is a qualified strength       played rugby union for Tonga
                                        in the 1995, 1999 and 2003             since 2018. He is a former                the NCAA Basketball at the Division     Our athletics team is ably lead by
and conditioning coach with a
                                        Rugby World Cup tournaments,           Australian squad player and played        I, II, and III levels.                  Michael Holmes, a highly qualified
degree in Sport and Exercise
                                        playing as fullback. He is now the     first grade football in the National                                              jumps coach, who coaches two
Science and a Masters in Strength                                                                                        As a former NCAA III player and
                                        President of Blacktown Scorpions       Soccer League, the predecessor                                                    national level high jumpers. Susie
and Conditioning. He has worked                                                                                          team captain at Ithaca College, he
                                        JRU, Rugby Director at Blacktown       to the A-League. He has a Level 3                                                 Douglas, an ex-student, is also a
with a broad range of athletes,                                                                                          played all positions 1 through 5,
                                        Scorpions JRU and Head Coach of        coaching qualification and has led                                                member of our coaching group.
including Olympians and                                                                                                  thus giving him a firm understanding
                                        Blacktown Scorpions Opens              several NSW junior teams to                                                       She is one of Australia’s top 400m
professional rugby and rugby                                                                                             of the game. He possesses a
                                        Women’s Team.                          victories on the national stage.                                                  hurdlers, with a gold member in
league footballers. He has worked                                                                                        strong drive to help athletes fulfill
                                                                                                                                                                 the Australian Championships in
with the NSW Institute of Sport,        The Head Coach of the First XV         Old Andrean David Neale is in his         their desired goals, in sport and
                                                                                                                                                                 U18 in 2019.
Baseball NSW, Shute Shield Rugby        is Marty Dawson, who played            second year as our 1st XI coach.          life. His impact was so great that
(Western Sydney Two Blues) and,                                                He has had coaching instruction           his player number was retired!          In cross-country skiing, Rod Hislop
                                        rugby union for Randwick in the
currently, the West Tigers NRL                                                 from the Southern Districts                                                       provides weekly roller skiing with
                                        first division and has been coaching                                             He previously assisted Newington
Reserve Grade squad. Personally                                                Technical Director and has also                                                   Rosie Fordham. Rod was in the
                                        St Andrew’s teams since 2005. His                                                College’s successful 1sts team who
Chris has played Gridiron                                                      been mentored by Laki in recent                                                   National XC team having previously
                                        knowledge of the game,                                                           won the NSW Championships
(American Football) for over 10                                                years. David led last year’s 1st XI to                                            been the top-ranked Australian in the
                                        experience coaching and his                                                      and won gold in the Under 20
years, representing NSW in 2009,                                               their first ever grand final victory in                                           discipline and a regular competitor in
                                        approach to the students has                                                     Division 1 competition at the
2012, 2014, 2016.                                                              1st Division and is excited to have                                               the World Loppet’s. Rosie was one
                                        endeared him to students and staff                                               National Schools Championships.
                                                                               the opportunity again!                                                            of two female Australian XC skiers
Chris works within the Fitness          alike. He became the 1st XV coach                                                He has built up a strong                selected for the World Youth Olympics
Centre along with a highly              in 2019 and will build on this                                                   basketball culture since joining        in Lausanne Switzerland in 2020.
experienced team of strength and        experience in 2020.                                                              SACS in 2015.
                                                                                                                                                                 Former Olympic finalist (1988) David
conditioning coaches including
                                                                                                                                                                 Hislop, assists with coaching at the
Rafael Briant and Antonietta Del
                                                                                                                                                                 snow training weeks.
pinto an accredited physiotherapist,
to develop the physical skills of all
teams and athletes. You’ll also see
Chris attend team training sessions
and game days looking for ways to
improve systems and identify
talented athletes.

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Winter sport                                                                                                                                                              Summer sport
Secondary school                                                                                                           Winter                                         Secondary school
                                                                                                                           sports in
                                    The Winter Sport Program is compulsory
                                    for all students in Years 7 to 11. Year 12
                                    students are encouraged to participate
                                                                                  Boys ISA Winter Sports
                                                                                                                           2021                                           Summer Sport at St Andrew’s
                                                                                                                                                                          is optional for all students
                                                                                                                                                                          in Years 7 to 12, however
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Boys Summer ISA Sports

                                                                                   • Rugby                                                                                                                 • Basketball
                                    in a sporting team.                                                                                                                   we do encourage students
                                                                                   • Football (Soccer)                                                                    to participate for the wide      • Cricket
                                    Competition takes place every Saturday,
                                    with at least one training session per                                                                                                range of benefits previously
                                                                                   • Tennis                                                                                                                • Touch Football
                                    week held after school. Students in 1sts                                                                                              stated.
                                    and 16-years teams train twice a week.                                                                                                Summer sport runs across
                                    The school organises buses to take                                                                                                    Terms 1 and 4 of the school      Girls Summer ISA Sports
                                                                                  Girls ISA Winter Sports
                                    students to and from all afternoon                                                                                                    year.
                                    trainings and to any Saturday competition      • Hockey                                Athletics training and competitions                                             • Basketball
                                                                                                                                                                          Competition takes place
                                    venues that lie outside the Sydney                                                     Athletics training for track and field         every Saturday, with trainings
                                                                                   • Football (Soccer)                                                                                                     • Softball
                                    metropolitan region.                                                                   competitions runs weekly from March            for each team held in the
                                    The program’s emphasis is on                   • Tennis                                through to September, with the competitive     afternoons throughout the        • Touch Football
                                    developing team spirit and individual                                                  interschool carnivals taking place from late   school week.
                                    skills in the sports offered – and, of         • Netball                               August through to September.
                                    course, to win!                                                                                                                                                        Boys and Girls Summer Sports (non ISA)
                                                                                                                           Cross country training and
                                    There are other sports offered outside                                                 competitions
                                    the ISA school sport competition in           Boys and Girls Winter Sports (non ISA)                                                                                   • Mountain biking
                                                                                                                           Cross country running training takes place
                                    Terms 2 and 3. These can also be
                                                                                   • Fencing                               weekly during term time from March through                                      • Swimming
                                    undertaken as an additional winter
                                                                                                                           to June, when the Independent Sporting
                                    co-curricular activity.                        • Water polo                                                                                                            • Fencing
                                                                                                                           Association representative carnival and the
                                                                                                                           NSW Combined Independent Schools state
                                                                                   • Squash                                                                                                                • Ultimate frisbee
                                                                                                                           championships are held.
                                                                                   • Dance                                 Fit for Life (Years 10-12)                                                      • Summer Tennis

                                                                                   • Non-Competitive Tennis                Led by our qualified outdoor instructors,                                       • Water Polo
                                                                                                                           students spend three to five hours every
                                                                                   • Cross Country Running                 Saturday engaged in a non-competitive                                           • Voleyball
                                                                                                                           outdoor activity. These include bushwalking,
                                                                                   • Athletics                                                                                                             • Squash
                                                                                                                           rock climbing and abseiling and sea
                                                                                                                           kayak tours.                                                                    • Rugby 7s
                                                                                   • Fit 4 Life (Yrs 10-12)

                                                                                   • Alpine Skiing                                                                                                         • Dance

                                                                                   • Cross Country Skiing

                                                                                 Alpine Skiing
                                                                                 During the last week of the June/July
                                                                                 school holidays each year, the school
                                                                                 runs a snowsports program for Year 5
                                                                                 -12 students. The group of around 80
                                                                                 students stay in Jindabyne and skis at
                                                                                 Perisher. At the same time, students
                                                                                 who are good skiers or snowboarders
                                                                                 can enter the NSW and Australian
                                                                                 Championships. A weekly training
                                                                                 session is held during the winter terms
                                                                                 for interested cross country skiers.

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Sporting                                                                                                              Other co-curricular
facilities                                                                                                            activities
 Our sporting facilities
                                                                                                                      Junior School
 Strength and conditioning           	Year 7-11 students are able to use the extensively equipped weights room and
                                       spin room to improve their fitness and strength. A personalised strength and   activities
                                       conditioning program is written for each student. The gym is supervised and
                                       open for student participation every day, 6.15am-8am and 3.15pm-4.45pm.        The Junior School has a large selection of
                                                                                                                      co-curricular activities and groups outside
                                                                                                                      of music and sport.
 Playing fields                       The home venues for our sports include:
                                                                                                                      These activities are run by teachers and held before
                                                                                                                      or after school, usually on one day per week. Every
 Rugby Union, Cricket and Football    • St Andrew’s Oval (Sydney University)
                                                                                                                      two years, the Junior School holds a whole of school
 Football                             • Wentworth Park (Wattle St, Ultimo)                                            musical, which is usually performed in Term 4. Some
                                      • The Domain sportsfields (City)                                                programs involve an additional cost.
                                      • St Andrew’s Oval (Sydney University)
                                                                                                                      Activities change and rotate each term, some of the
 Hockey                               • Moorebank hockey fields                                                       regular weekly term time activities include:

 Basketball and Netball               • Noel Martin Sports and Aquatic Centre (Sydney University)                      • Infants Art and Craft (Years K-2)

 Tennis                               • Sydney High School Tennis Courts                                               • Infants iPads (Years K-2)

 Fencing                              • St Andrew’s Cathedral School gym                                               • Infants Fine Motor Skills (Years K-2)

 Softball                             • Wentworth Park (Wattle St, Ultimo)                                             • Homework Club (Years 1-6)

 Water Polo                           •   University of NSW Pool (Kensington)                                          • Bible Blast | Stage 3 Christian Fellowship (Years 5-6)
                                      •   Barker College Pool (Hornsby)
                                      •   Warringah Aquatic Centre (Frenchs Forest)                                    • COMET | Stage 1 Christian Fellowship (K-2)
                                      •   Newington College pool (Stanmore)
                                                                                                                       • IMPACT | Stage 2 Christian Fellowship (Years 3-4)
 Mountain Biking                      • Kirrikee and various venues around Sydney
                                                                                                                       • Keep fit club

                                                                                                                       • Movie Maker Club (Years 3-6)

                                                                                                                       • Truly aMAZing Games (Years 3-6)

                                                                                                                       • Chinese Eisteddfod (Years 2-6)

                                                                                                                       • Primary Book Club (before school, Years 3-6)

                                                                                                                       • Philosophy Club (selected Years 1-6)

                                                                                                                       • Science Club (selected Years 3-6)

                                                                                                                       •	Primary Sport coaching/training and
                                                                                                                          skills develop (Years 3-6)

                                                                                                                       • Code Camp (Years 2-6)

                                                                                                                       • Chess Club (Years 3-6)

                                                                                                                       • Student Newsletter (selected Years 3-6)

                                                                                                                       • Maths Club

                                                                                                                       • Lego Robotics Club (Years 3-6)

                                                                                                                       • Lego Masters (Years K-2)

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Outdoor education                                                                        International
programs                                                                                 tours
St Andrew’s has a strong                     Secondary School                            A range of overseas
commitment to outdoor                        Year 7 – Introduction to the Outdoors       excursions are offered
education, stemming                          Since many students begin their             each year to secondary
from the belief that                         St Andrew’s journey in Year 7, this first   students to further their
                                             high school program is designed
students gain real life                      to allow students to get to know one
                                                                                         experience and
skills and experiences as                    another, and to try many new and            understanding in a
a result of spending time                    different outdoor pursuits. The camp        particular field of study.
                                             runs for five days in and around
in the outdoors.                             Kirrikee. The students go caving,           Tours are offered by various
The outdoor education program                abseiling and hiking as well as camping     departments, including languages,
at St Andrew’s is one of the largest and     out for a night, learning bush cooking      sport, science, history, music, outdoor
most comprehensive of any school in          and participating in initiative games.      education and geography. Anyone
NSW, beginning with a Day Camp in                                                        interested in participating in an
                                             Year 8 – Pack and Paddle                    international tour will initially contact
Kindergarten and running through to
Year 10. The school has its own              The Year 8 program is run in the            the relevant Head of Department.
Outdoor Education Department and             Kangaroo Valley and at Kirrikee. The
campsite called Kirrikee, an outdoor         students get to complete the High Ropes
education centre in the Southern             course at Kirrikee and go on a four-day
Highlands south-west of Sydney. It is        canoe and hike in the Kangaroo Valley.
focused solely on delivering high            Year 9 – Backcountry
quality programs which are interesting,
safe and meaningful Our motto is,            In Year 9, students are offered a
“challenging and changing lives.”            choice of programs for the first time.
The internationally-recognised Duke of       The majority of students take
Edinburgh award is also offered as an        to the snow for a week of backcountry
optional program for students aged           skiing and camping, building snow
14 and above.                                forts and slides. Some students opt to
                                             go canoeing along the Murray River.
                                             The snow program particularly
Junior School                                challenges students in a variety of
Students from Kindergarten to Year 6         ways, encouraging them to develop
attend a suitably age-appropriate            into responsible and resilient adults.
outdoor education program once each          Year 10 – The Pinnacle
year. Each program aims to challenge,
change and encourage students                Students in Year 10 choose from up
emotionally, relationally and spiritually.   to 12 different expeditions, ranging
                                             from seven days to 20 days! These
The focus in the primary ages is to          include Hiking the Larapinta Trail in the
have fun and give these young students       Northern Territory, sea kayaking on
a taste of the Australian bush, with         Myall Lakes, horseriding in the Victorian
time away from the normal comforts           High Country, mountain bike riding in
and security of home, together               Western Australia, hiking the Main
with some small outdoor recreation           Range in Kosciusko National Park or
skill development. It is considered an       hiking and paddling from Mt Kosciusko
important component of the curriculum.       to Bass Strait over 20 days – Kosi to
                                             Coast! Approximately one third of the
                                             year group chooseto challenge
                                             themselves on the expedition.

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St Andrew’s Cathedral School:
St Andrew’s is a coeducational K-12 Anglican school,
located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

St Andrew’s Cathedral School
Gadigal Country
Sydney Square
Sydney NSW 2000
ABN 34 429 367 893
phone +61 2 9286 9500
email info@sacs.nsw.edu.au
CRICOS Registration: The Council of
St Andrew’s Cathedral School 02276M
                                                       20210322

www.sacs.nsw.edu.au
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