Middle School Parent information booklet 2018 - www.sacs.nsw.edu.au - St Andrew's Cathedral School

 
Middle School Parent information booklet 2018 - www.sacs.nsw.edu.au - St Andrew's Cathedral School
Middle School
Parent information booklet 2018

2018
www.sacs.nsw.edu.au
Sydney Square, Sydney
Middle School Parent information booklet 2018 - www.sacs.nsw.edu.au - St Andrew's Cathedral School
Middle School Parent information booklet 2018 - www.sacs.nsw.edu.au - St Andrew's Cathedral School
Contents
Middle School information booklet 2018

Welcome                               02-03   Getting involved in school life                           26-29
Head of School                                Co-curricular activities
Head of Middle School                         Sport, Dance, Drama, Music
                                              Christian Development, Cru groups and camps
Getting off to a great start          04-07   Outdoor Education Program
Term dates                                    Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Commencing the school year
                                              Getting bodies healthy                                        30
Getting into gear                     08-09   and keeping minds well
Guide to wearing the uniform                  Tutor groups
                                              House system
                                              Girls’ Coordinator
Getting ready for Middle School          10
                                              Counselling
Tips to help students thrive
What you need to remember every day
                                              Middle School Study Centre                                    31

SACS Learning Model                      11
                                              Getting answers (FAQs)                                        32
                                              Absence from school
SACS Character Strengths              12-13   Health Centre
                                              Leave requests
Getting into learning                 14-15   Canteen
The Middle Years Program                      Mobile phones
Fortnightly routine and timetable             Padlocks for lockers
Curriculum                                    Bullying
Academic and assessment guidelines            Lost property
Reporting                                     Middle School Office
Specialised Learning
Overseas students                             Public transport information                                  33
Online Study Skills Handbook                  Student Opal card
Gifted Education                              Backup transport plan

Parent Portal - Medical forms         16-19   Association of Parents and Friends                            34

Parent portal - Updating Details        20    P and F and Foundation events                                 35

Getting support for learning             21   The St Andrew’s Cathedral                                 36-37
                                              School Foundation
Getting connected for learning        22-23   Australian Sports Foundation
iPads                                         SACS Building Fund
Technology user agreement                     PJH Scholarship Fund
Textbooks and stationery                      The Gawura Scholarship Fund
                                              The Chorister Trust
Communication                         24-25
in the Middle School
Newsletters
SACSConnect
Who to contact when
Key contacts

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Head of School
welcome
Welcome to the journey which is St Andrew’s Cathedral School 2018!

                                               When the additional factors associated       John Partington was appointed Head
                                               with adolescence are included – more         of Middle school at the beginning of
                                               hormones, more choices, more                 2017. Previously he was Head of
                                               pressures – it is unsurprising that the      Humanities and Head of English at
                                               early years of high school can be            Blue Mountains Grammar School in
                                               tumultuous. These middle years are           Wentworth Falls. Mr Partington has had
                                               exhausting for parents as well as teens.     considerable high school experience as
                                                                                            a Head of House, Dean of Students and
                                               Nonetheless, with all the challenges,
                                                                                            Year Coordinator, across three schools.
                                               these can be exhilarating times. It is
                                                                                            He is experienced with the International
                                               during these years that boys and girls
                                                                                            Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in
                                               make giant strides to adulthood. It is
                                                                                            two schools and has successfully
                                               during these years that they lay the
                                                                                            taught English, History and Legal
                                               foundations of work habits that will
                                                                                            Studies. He has been heavily involved
                                               underpin academic achievement in
                                                                                            in school camps and the Duke of
                                               later years. It is during these years that
                                                                                            Edinburgh Award scheme, and has
                                               they entrench the character traits that
                                                                                            been Master in Charge of Rugby at his
                                               will shape the decades to come. As the
Within the story of                                                                         current school. He has been involved
                                               writer of Ecclesiastes has it, there is a
a young person’s                               season for every activity under heaven;
                                                                                            in policy formulation and has been
                                                                                            responsible for uniform enforcement.
educational experience,                        the middle years of adolescence are a
                                                                                            He is also an ex-police oficer (into
                                               season unlike any other.
the transition from                                                                         which we should not read too much!
primary school to                              Our Middle School culture recognises         It is not that our students need to be
                                               the distinctiveness of these early and       arrested!; rather occasionally some
secondary school is a                          mid-adolescent years. This culture           aspects of teenage behaviour need to
notable turning point.                         recognises that our students are not         be arrested). His police training has
The changes are obvious:                       little versions of Year 12, but have their   given him specific skills and experience
                                               own specific learning and maturation         in the fields of investigation and conflict
more teachers, more                            needs at this formative stage. We            resolution. Mr Partington’s other
classrooms, more subjects,                     therefore aim to build challenge in          training is in education and theology.
more homework,                                 order to extend capacity. This is so         He is married, with four children, and
                                               within our educational, Christian            his wife is also a teacher. Mr Partington
more peers.                                    Development, co-curricular, sporting         is very eager to meet our new Middle
                                               and outdoor education programs.              School students and their parents.
                                               At St Andrew’s Cathedral School, we          Yours faithfully,
                                               treasure these middle years. The Middle
                                               School is established with the students
                                               in mind; we want to make these years
                                               good years for them. We are honoured
                                               that you have chosen us to partner with
                                               you in educating your child. We trust
                                               that the story will be a positive one for
                                                                                            Dr John Collier
                                               all of us.
                                                                                            Head of St Andrew’s Cathedral School

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Head of Middle School
welcome
We aim to develop the Heart, Mind and Life of each student

                                         The way forward                             program as a way of building
                                                                                     meaningful relationships, developing
                                         When I asked my children what they
                                                                                     new skills and enjoying the camaraderie
                                         would need if they started at a new
                                                                                     that teamwork entails.
                                         school they said “Someone to show
                                         you where you have to go and things         Teaching staff
                                         like that”. The middle years can be a
                                         particularly challenging time and having    Our staff team are highly motivated,
                                         someone to help you on your journey         skilled and committed to the wellbeing
                                         is invaluable. St Andrew’s is keen to       of each student. Our aim is to establish
                                         provide a safe, nurturing environment       a positive rapport with students that
                                         that gives young people the space to        enables mutual respect. In this context
                                         find a sense of belonging and direction.    staff and students are able to work
                                         We encourage students to be                 towards a common goal. In essence
                                         cognitively, emotionally and spiritually    the goal is for students to grow in
                                         aware as they navigate the joys and         knowledge of the world, themselves
                                         challenges of their early teenage years.    and God.
What does it mean to                     This is reflected in the Graduate

have life in all its fullness?                                           The big picture
                                         Attributes, which form part of the
                                         school’s student wellbeing program.
                                                                         One of the most important factors in
This is a good question                                                  any school is the way that members
for students to consider       Classroom practice                        care for one another. At St Andrew’s
as they enter the Middle       St Andrew’s is committed to high          Cathedral School we want students
                                                                         and staff to be aware of how their
School, particularly given academic standards that cater to the          behaviour, attitudes and conduct affect
                               learning profile of each student.
the rapid change that          Classrooms are designed to foster a       those around them. A foundation of
accompanies this stage of sense of collaboration and team work. grace and humility provides a strong
life. As a staff team we hope A willingness to attempt new challenges frame
                                                                         and
                                                                                  for fruitful academic, sporting
                                                                               creative   initiatives. Our desire to
                               with courage and enthusiasm is
to provide a welcoming         paramount to a students’ success.         care   for our   neighbour     is shaped by the
environment, which             In the spirit of the Middle Years Program Christian    faith and    ultimately  benefits
                                                                         all  members      of our  school    community.
enables students to            students are encouraged to pursue
                                                                         It is a great privilege to be part of
                               areas of interest beyond the classroom,
approach their academic whether this is a creative, academic or St Andrew’s Cathedral School and I
and personal growth with sporting endeavour.                             hope that you will feel the same sense
                                                                         of connection.
courage and
determination. I am            Co-curricular program                     Mr John Partington
                                                                         Head of Middle School
confident that great things St Andrew’s has a very full co-curricular
                               program, which makes use of its unique
can be achieved when           position in the CBD and beyond. There
people work together and are numerous sporting teams, drama
I look forward to meeting experiences, music groups, clubs,
                               Christian groups, outdoor education,
all new and current            community service initiatives, debating
members of the Middle          and special days. I strongly advise
School community.              students to be actively involved in the

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A Middle School
with purpose
We seek to develop the heart, mind and life of our students

heart                                                          A restorative culture
                                                               that promotes positive
                                                               attitudes towards
                                                               learning and relationships

mind
                                                               with others

                                                               A distinct approach
                                                               to Middle School
                                                               pedagogy that results
                                                               in engaged, confident

life
                                                               and independent
                                                               learners

                                                               A purposeful community
                                                               that fosters acceptance,
                                                               courage and hope

                                                                 The information in this booklet and
                                                                 other important details for parents
                                                                 at St Andrew’s Cathedral School
                                                                 can be found on SACSConnect at:
                                                                 www.sacsconnect.sacs.nsw.edu.au
                                                                 Please bookmark this web page
                                                                 and refer to it regularly

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Getting off
to a great start
2018 term dates and holiday dates

Date                               Term 1

Monday 22 - Thursday 25 January    Staff Development Days

Friday 26 January                  Australia Day Holiday (school closed)

Monday 29 January                  Term 1 commences for Kindergarten (8.40am - 12.30pm),
                                  	
                                   Year 7 Induction Day. Year 8-11 Growth Learning Plan Interviews Day.

Tuesday 30 January                 Term 1 commences for Years 1-6 and Years 7-12

Friday 13 April                    Term 1 concludes for all students

Term 2 		                          Term 2
Date                               Term 2

Monday 30 April                    Staff Development Day

Tuesday 1 May                      Term 2 commences for all students

Monday 11 June                     Queen’s Birthday Holiday (school closed)

Friday 29 June                     Term 2 concludes for all students

Term 3		                           Term 3
Date                               Term 3

Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 July        Staff Development Days

Wednesday 25 July                  Term 3 commences for all students

Thursday 27 September              Term 3 concludes for Years K - 6 and Years 8, 9 and 10 students

Friday 28 September                Term 3 concludes for Years 7, 11 and 12 students

Term 4		                           Term 4
Date                               Term 4

Thursday 15 October                Term 4 commences for all students

Thursday 6 December                Term 4 concludes for all students

Friday 7 December                  Staff Development Day

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Commencing
the school year
Middle School commencement details

Important dates for                              Monday                                      Tuesday
the start of the school                          29 January 2018                             30 January 2018
year are set out on these                        All Year 7 students commence                Year 7 students will go to their Tutor
pages. Please check                              All Year 7 students meet in the Open        Group room for Period 1 at 8.30am.
                                                 Area, Level 4 of St Andrew’s House
the school calendar                                                                          Year 8 and 9 students commence
                                                 from 8am. (Please do not arrive earlier).
on the website for a                             They will be met by Year 11 Peer
                                                                                             Mr Boddy will meet Year 8 students in
                                                                                             the Level 5 Open Area (St Andrew’s
complete calendar                                Support Leaders and Year 7 Tutors. The
                                                                                             House) at 8.30am.
                                                 Orientation program will commence at
for the year:                                                                                Ms Leeds will meet Year 9 students in
                                                 8.30am, led by the Year 7 Coordinator
                                                 Mr Hasler and his team. School will         the Level 6 South Open Area
https://www.sacs.nsw.edu.                                                                    (St Andrew’s House Level 5) at 8.30am.
                                                 conclude at 3.15pm as usual.
au/news-events/term-
                                                 New Year 8 and 9 students                   They will be placed in tutor groups,
dates/                                                                                       receive timetables, student diaries
                                                 Students in these years who are new
                                                 to St Andrew’s meet in the Library          and locker allocations. Lessons will
                                                                                             commence in Period 2. School will
Calendar events for                              (off the Ground Floor foyer) from
                                                 9am – 12.30pm. Students will meet           conclude at 3.15pm as usual.
the Middle School are                            key staff, their student buddies and        Year 8 and 9 Parents
provided regularly.                              undergo orientation to SACS and set
                                                                                             The Association of Parents and
                                                 up technology to ensure a smooth
                                                                                             Friends (P&F) will be welcoming all
                                                 start. They will need a working iTunes
                                                                                             new and returning families at an
                                                 account and their iPads.
                                                                                             8am-11am coffee in Sydney Square.
                                                 Year 8-11 Students
                                                                                             For the convenience and the efficiency
                                                 Students will come in to school for an      of receiving information regarding
                                                 individual interview with their Tutor to    the start of the year in 2018, this
                                                 develop a Growth Learning Plan for          information and the information
                                                 the year ahead.                             booklets for Junior School, Middle
                                                 Year 7 Parents                              School and Senior College will be
                                                                                             available to download on the school’s
                                                 The Association of Parents and
    Parent lanyards                                                                          website www.sacs.nsw.edu.au
                                                 Friends (P&F) will be welcoming all
    Parents can register for a 2018              new and returning families at an            Any questions related to the
    Parent Lanyard in the SAH                    8am-11am coffee in Sydney Square..          commencement of 2018 should be
    foyer. An admin staff member                                                             directed to: Mr Brad Swibel, Deputy
    will be issuing lanyards each                                                            Head of School on (02) 9286 9505.
    morning during the first two                                                             All staff will be present at school from
    weeks. Adults must have a                                                                Tuesday 23 January, 2018. The Middle
    current Parent or Visitor lanyard                                                        School Office will be open from 8am
    pass to enter beyond the foyers                                                          Monday 22 January 2018.
    of SAH and BBC.

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The first few weeks
in Middle School
January and February key dates

 January Key Dates                      January / February key dates                 February key dates

 Monday 22 January 2018                 Monday 29 January 2018                       Monday 5 February 2018

	Foundation Uniform Store open          ear 7 commence at 8.30am
                                        Y                                          	Foundation Uniform Store open
  (9am-4pm) APPOINTMENTS ONLY           Orientation Program ALL DAY                   (Mon, Wed, Thurs in term time)
                                                                                      (8am-3.30pm)
 Staff Development Day                  NEW students in Years 8 and 9
                                       	
                                        ATTEND 9.00am – 12.30pm                      MS Leaders Commissioning
 Tuesday 23 January 2018               	P&F welcome in the Square -
                                          8am - 11am barista                         Wednesday 7 February 2018
	Foundation Uniform Store open
                                          (new and returning parents)
  (9am-4pm) APPOINTMENTS ONLY                                                        7-12 Term Service
                                       	Foundation Uniform Store Open
 Staff Development Day
                                         (8am-3.30pm)                                Thursday 8 February 2018

 Wednesday 24 January 2018             	Year 8-11 Growth Learning Plan              Year 8 Parent Welcome Evening 6pm
                                         Interview Day
	Foundation Uniform Store open
  (9am-4pm) APPOINTMENTS ONLY                                                        Thursday 15 February 2018
                                        Tuesday 30 January 2018
 Staff Development Day                                                               Year 9 Parent Welcome Evening 6pm
                                        ALL Year 8-9 commence at 8.30am
                                       	

 Thursday 25 January 2018              	P&F welcome in the Square -
                                          8am - 11am barista
	Foundation Uniform Store open           (new and returning parents)
  (9am-4pm) APPOINTMENTS ONLY
                                       	Foundation Uniform Store Open
 Staff Development Day                   (8am-3.30pm)

 Friday 26 January 2018                 Wednesday 31 January 2018

	Australia Day Public Holiday        	Foundation Uniform Store open
   SCHOOL CLOSED                         (8am-3.30pm)

Foundation Uniform Store                Thursday 1 February 2018
open (9am-4pm)
For uniform fittings, please make an   	Foundation Uniform Store open
appointment with the Foundation          (8am-3.30pm)
Uniform Store
ONLINE APPOINTMENTS ONLY.               Friday 2 February 2018
     www.schoolinterviews.com.au
                                       Years 7 Parent Welcome Evening 6pm
     (Event code 4smzs)
Email:                                 	Foundation Uniform Store open
Katharine Reed                           (8am-3.30pm)
KReed@sacs.nsw.edu.au

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Getting
into gear
Maintaining a high standard of uniform presentation

St Andrew’s has an
impressive reputation,
developed over many
years. The school seeks
community support
in maintaining and
enhancing this through
a high standard of
uniform presentation as
students travel to and
from school and move
around the city precinct
Blazers are worn every day, to and
from school and between buildings.
When conditions are overly hot in
the summer months, senior staff may
permit the removal of blazers. Pride
in the school uniform is a key part of
visibly demonstrating participation
as a member of the SACS community.
All articles of clothing are to be clearly
labelled and kept in good order. Blazers
are to be dry cleaned/washed and
repaired at the end of each term.
The wearing of rings or other items of
jewellery is not permitted, except the
School and House badge, plus special
badges denoting school position eg.
School Captain, Vice-Captain, Captain of
Music and House Captain. All badges are
to be worn on the left side of the blazer.
All information regarding school
uniforms is available from the
Foundation Uniform Store, which is
located at Level 6, St Andrew’s House.
It operates during term time on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
during school hours. Parents will need
to book an appointment for uniform
fittings – phone 02 9286 9547.

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Getting
into gear
A guide to wearing the school uniform (Years 7-9)

Middle School Summer Uniform         Middle School Summer Uniform              Middle School Winter Uniform
with Blazer                                                                    with Blazer

                                                                               Please note
                                                                               Information regarding our school
                                                                               uniform, PE uniforms, sporting
                                                                               team uniforms and dress code can
                                                                               be found in the Student Diary
                                                                               or on SACSConnect:

                                                                                     sacsconnect

Middle School Summer Sport Uniform   Middle School Winter Sport Uniform

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Getting ready
for middle school
The following tips will help you thrive as a St Andrew’s student

Personal grooming                               •	Remember home and parent              General St Andrew’s
                                                   phone numbers (personal phones
and presentation                                   can get lost)
                                                                                         requirements
• Dress and groom yourself neatly               •	Have an emergency plan if transport   • Show respect and concern for others
•	Take pride in your appearance                   is disrupted or delayed               • Prove trustworthy and reliable
   as a St Andrew’s student                     • Adopt ‘City-Safe’ strategies           •	Cross streets safely at lights on
•	Change from school uniform                                                               Walk signal only
   to sports clothes and back                   Excellent manners                        •	Respect teachers and peers,
   (without losing anything)                    •	Speak and listen to adults and           engaging in lessons enthusiastically
                                                   peers with respect and politeness     •	Work with peers in groups or
Bringing equipment
                                                •	Listen to others and engage in           individually as required
to and from school                                 conversation                          •	Respect school facilities and the
•	Pack bag, checking that you                  •	Work effectively in groups,              SACS environment
   have all materials needed                       making a positive contribution
•	Use a student diary to record
   homework and other important
   information
• Bring a fully charged iPad each day
                                                                                                What you need
• Organise a neat and tidy locker
                                                                                                to remember each
• Read a timetable
                                                                                                day – checklist of
•	Bring the right materials to
                                                                                                essential items
   each class
•	Organise subject material in
   plastic coloured folders
•	Only bring labelled and named
    possessions to school
• Check SACS emails and Schoology
  everyday

Getting to school
and back home
•	Be at SAH at 8.15am for an 8.25am
   move to classrooms
•	Know the correct route to and from
   school and an alternative (if required)
•	Obey transport rules regarding
   standing for adults and presenting
   as a positive St Andrew’s citizen
•	Leave school for home at the end of
   the day – to arrive at an agreed time

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Learning Model
Framework of learning and teaching at St Andrew’s Cathedral School

                                                      Every
                                                     learner
                                                  engaged and
                                                    growing
                                                   every day

                                                   Learning
                                                Design Elements

                   Significant            Challenging                Networked             Future-focused
                 Learners create           Appropriate               Learning is           Learners develop
                   solutions to          challenges are           collaborative and          skills in how to
                   relevant and           provided and           involves students,          think, learn and
                     authentic          specific goals are          teachers and               reflect, while
                  problems and           developed with          experts locally and        teachers provide
               questions in which      learners who are            internationally.       feedback for future
                learner voice and      encouraged to be                                       improvement.
                 choice is valued.         persistent.

                                                     Learning
                                                      Spaces

                                City    Cathedral      SACS Campus          SACS Portal

                                           Kirrikee Outdoor Education

                                     Universities      Sports Facilities       Home

                        Students     Teachers   Pastoral Tutor   City Learning Partners    Family

                                                     Learning
                                                   Relationships

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Getting into
learning
Committed to best practice learning in the Middle School years

SACS is committed to                            For more information
                                                on the IB MYP, follow the link:
best practice learning in
                                                http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/
the Middle School years.
                                                middle-years-programme/curriculum/
We recognise that the
                                                or contact Mrs Kate Layhe
academic needs of                               Director of Learning (Middle School).
students through this                           klayhe@sacs.nsw.edu.au
stage are varied and
different from those in
Primary education and                                                                                              In the light of Christ, we
the final Secondary years.                                                                                         strive for students to have:
                                                                                                                   • Hearts that love,
The IB Middle Years Programme                                                                                      • Minds that grow and
                                                                                                                   • Lives that give.
Students commencing Year 7, 8 or 9
undertake the Middle Years Programme
of the International Baccalaureate, an
                                                                         Grateful
internationally recognised framework
representing best practice in Junior
                                                                                                                                          Open
Secondary schools.                                                                       Servant
                                                                                         Hearted                                         Minded
                                                     Courageous

The IB MYP is a natural fit for the
St Andrew’s Cathedral School Learning                                                                                  Reflective                      Knowledgeable
Model which aims for teaching and
learning to be Significant, Challenging,
Networked and Future-focused, graduating
from school with Hearts that Love,
                                                            Principled              Caring
                                                                                                   Heart
                                                                                                   Mind
                                                                                                                             Thinking               Inquiring
Minds that Grow and Lives that Give.
The IB MYP is an internationally
accredited framework for learning                                                                   Life
which is specifically designed for
students aged 11 to 16 and caters for                                                                                   Self
their particular learning needs and                                                                                   Controlled

styles during this stage of life.
                                                                                                    Persistent
It does not provide content but rather                                                                                              Communicative
the manner in which the subjects are
taught. It is inclusive in nature, providing
for all students, including gifted and
                                                                                                        Balanced
talented and those needing support.
                                                                                                                             Hopeful

Students continue to follow the content
of NSW syllabuses, while the MYP provides
the framework in which it is taught.

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SACS
Character Strengths
Attributes also valued by IB World schools

Heart                                  Mind                                         Life
We love because he first               Do not conform to the pattern                I have come that they may
loved us. 1 John 4:19                  of this world, but be transformed            have life, and have it to the full.
                                       by the renewing of your mind.                John 10:10
Caring                                 Romans 12:2
We are kind, friendly and forgiving.                                                Hopeful
We show love for all people just as    Knowledgeable                                We have a positive outlook on life as
Jesus showed his love for us.          We enjoy learning new things in              we have meaning and purpose. We
                                       many areas. We engage with                   expect the best for the future and
Have you been a good friend?
                                       significant issues and seek to               have plans to accomplish our goals.
Grateful                               understand them deeply.                      What plans do you have?
We are thankful for everything we      What have you learnt?
have. We show gratitude to God and                                                  Self Controlled
others for what we have received.      Thinking                                     We are disciplined, respectful and
                                       We make good decisions by thinking           organised. We work towards our goals
How have you shown your
                                       carefully. We solve problems critically      and can eliminate distractions.
appreciation?
                                       and creatively. We set our minds to          How have you shown self control?
Principled                             think on noble things.
We are trustworthy and act with        Can you think of a better, smarter or        Persistent
honesty, fairness and justice. We      more creative way?                           We don’t give up. We have a growth
take responsibility for our actions                                                 mindset and enthusiastically strive for
and their consequences.                Inquiring                                    excellence in all that we do.
Do you take responsibility for         We are curious and ask good                  How are you working hard towards
your actions?                          questions. We wonder about things            your goals?
                                       and enthusiastically search for truth
Courageous                             with others and on our own.                  Balanced
We explore new things with             What questions do you need to ask?           We keep a well-balanced life to be at
confidence and determination.                                                       our best and for the good of others. We
We are resourceful and resilient in    Open Minded                                  use our time well for learning, play and
the face of challenge and change.      We are open to new ideas and ways of         rest and look after our wellbeing.
We speak up for what’s right.          doing things. We listen with respect and     How are you looking after yourself?
How have you faced your challenges?    critically appreciate the values, views
                                       and traditions of others. We consider        Communicative
Servant Hearted                        how Christian perspectives interact with     We express ourselves confi-dently and
We put others first. We are humble,    other perspectives.                          creatively. We listen to other points of
selfless and responsible. We use our   How have you considered other views?         view and respond effectively and
gifts and abilities to help others.                                                 respectfully. We build each other up
How have you helped?                   Reflective                                   with encouraging words.
                                       We understand our strengths and              What encouraging things have
                                       weaknesses to improve. We strive             you said?
                                       to be wise and discerning, learn
                                       from our mistakes and consider the
                                       feedback of others.
                                       How have you helped?

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Fortnightly routine
and timetable
The school diary identifies the Week A and Week B timetable

 Start          Finish            Monday                Tuesday     Wednesday             Thursday           Friday

 8.30am         9.30am            Period 1              Period 1    Period 1              Period 1           Period 1

 9.35am         10.35am           Period 2              Period 2    Period 2              Period 2           Period 2

 10.35am        10.55am           Recess                Recess      Recess                Recess             Recess

 10.55am        11.55am           Period 3              Period 3    Period 3              Period 3           Period 3

 12.00pm        12.30pm           Week A                Week A       Week A               Week A             Week A
                                	Tutorial              Tutorial   	Middle School        Tutorial           Year Meeting
     A             A                                                 Chapel          	                 

 12.00pm        12.30pm           Week B                Week B      Week B             Head of School        Week B
                                	Middle School         Tutorial    Middle School
                                                                   	                	Assembly              Tutorial
     B             B              Assembly                          Chapel

 12.30pm        1.10pm            Lunch                 Lunch       Lunch                 Lunch              Lunch

 1.10pm         2.10pm            Period 4              Period 4    Period 4              Period 4           Period 4

 2.15pm         3.15pm            Period 5              Period 5    Period 5              Period 5           Period 5

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The curriculum
and how it is organised
Significant, challenging, networked and future-focussed learning

The curriculum at                           individuals an understanding of              Reporting
                                            themselves as valued children of
St Andrew’s is organised                    God, with personal gifts to be nurtured,
                                                                                         St Andrew’s Cathedral School has three
according to the                                                                         formal methods of reporting on student
                                            developed and engaged with, in such a
                                                                                         progress. They are:
guidelines laid down by                     way that the students are well prepared
                                            for life, able to enjoy it and able to       •	Interim reports, issued towards the
the NSW Education                           contribute effectively to our school and        end of Terms 1 and 3. They provide
Standards Authority                         the wider community. Our city location          a general overview of how students
(NESA). The MYP                             is a significant asset in our planning and      are performing. They cover aspects
                                            development of learning opportunities.          such as participation, organisation
framework sits over these                                                                   skills, group work, independent
                                            Student progress is regularly
guidelines and is also                                                                      learning, presentation of work,
                                            monitored using a variety of strategies
shaped by our SACS                          appropriate to the activity and the
                                                                                            behaviour and academic progress.
                                                                                            Students are awarded grades of
Learning Model.                             stage of development of the student
                                                                                            consistent, often, sometimes, rarely.
                                            within the subject.
Our aim is that learning                    There are a number of additional
                                                                                         •	School reports are issued at the
                                                                                            end of Terms 2 and 4. They provide a
will be significant,                        services for students with particular
                                                                                            comprehensive summary of student
challenging, networked                      needs. They include:
                                                                                            progress for Semester 1 and
and future focussed, with                   •	Specialised Learning for support             Semester 2 respectively.
                                               and extension activities
students engaged and                                                                     (Reports are posted online and are
                                            •	Gifted and Talented Education
growing every day.                             Programmes
                                                                                         accessible at all times. Parents may
                                                                                         print reports as required.)
The courses at SACS fall within             • Special interest programmes
                                                                                         •	Parent/teacher interviews occur
the Key Learning Areas:                     •	After school support for targeted            annually for Middle School students,
• Christian Development                        students                                     usually in Term 2 or 3. This provides
• English                                   •	SACS achieve homework support                an opportunity for parents to meet
• Mathematics                               Middle School academic and                      with individual teachers to discuss
• Science                                   assessment guidelines                           their child’s progress.

• Technology and Applied Studies            Families will be provided with separate      As well as this, there are informal
•	Human Society and Its Environment        Homework and Assessment Guides               opportunities for parents to discuss their
   Sciences                                 outlining the school Assessment Policy       child’s progress through conversations
                                            and other important information              with individual class teachers. The
• Languages Other Than English
                                            regarding assignments, homework and          Director of Learning (Middle School)
• Creative and Performing Arts              assessment tasks. This information will      exists as a resource to students and
•	Personal Development,                    also be available on the Parent Portal as    parents. A programme of academic
   Health and Physical Education            it is updated. Parents should be aware       tracking allows for the monitoring of
                                            that there is an expectation that            progress in effort and achievement.
Elective subjects are studied
                                            students will do homework (either            Parents receive a weekly digest
from Year 9.
                                            structured or unstructured, eg. wide         summarising information on their child.
The teaching programmes at St Andrew’s      reading) each weeknight.
aim to foster a passion for learning that
will stay with our students throughout
their lifetime. They aim to develop in

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Medical form
How to update student details
Please complete before your child starts school!

How to update                                   The Edumate My Details screen allows
                                                parents and guardians to update their
                                                                                         PLEASE NOTE: This is the first
                                                                                         iteration of an electronic update
your contact details                            own details and the details of any of    to the My Details form and as such,
                                                their children who attend the school.    it isn’t yet supported on tablets or
and your child’s                                From here you are able to update         phones. In order to ensure a smooth
medical details.                                personal details, work information       experience in entering your details,
                                                and your child’s medical details. Once   it is best to use your PC or Macintosh
                                                updated the details will be sent to      desktop or laptop and the following
                                                appropriate school staff for approval.   supported web browsers:
                                                                                         Google Chrome, Firefox and
                                                Edumate Parent Portal login details
                                                                                         Safari web browsers.
                                                will be available from 23 January.
                                                Look out for your reminder email
                                                in January 2018!

1 & 2 - Accessing the                                A                   C                                   B

“My Details” screen
 rom the Edumate Home screen
F
you are able to get to the My                        1
Details screen via any of the
below methods:
A.	Home > My Details or
B.	Clicking on the user photo
    in the top right of the screen
C. If you have not updated your
    contact details within the past
    12 months, there will be a
    reminder message you can
    also click.

                                                     2

                                                     A

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3. My details                                3
The “My details” screen will have
a number of different tabs:
A. Personal
B. Work
C. Relationships
D. My Child Details (including medical)

                                                                                    *
* Don’t forget to click each tab!
  especially the ‘My Child Details’
  to update medical information.
                                                 A       B          C               D

4. Submitting details                        4

 DO NOT SUBMIT UNTIL:                                                                             A

Please note a ‘submit’ is final and
should be only done when all changes
on all four of the above tabs (Personal,
Work, Relationships and My Child
Details) are complete for all children.
You can submit via either of these
buttons.
A.	Orange square located at top right
    hand corner of page.
B.	White bar located at the base of page.
Update the information for all
of your children and click submit                    B
only after you have satisfactorily
completed the details for all children,
otherwise it will lock you out of doing
any more changes (as it goes into an
approval status for internal SACS
administration).

5. Relationships                             5
Relationships is a read only screen –
there is a text box where any request
you have for updated relationship details
can be sent to the school for approval.
For any incorrect information eg. an
emergency contact change, please
type in the description box.

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6. My child details                                  6
A.	You can update information on the
    children you have attending the school.
B.	Select which child’s information
    you wish to update by clicking
    on their name.

                                                                 A                            B

7. Medical Information                               7
Enter the fields below to update
your information, then scroll for
further sections.

8. LIFE THREATENING                                 8
   MEDICAL CONDITION
   PLAN UPLOAD
If your child suffers from a Medical
Condition such as anaphylaxis, diabetes,
Epilepsy or Asthma please fill out and
upload the action plans listed BELOW.
For Diabetes or Epilepsy please attach
your plan within the Asthma or
Anaphylaxis upload area.

     Anaphylaxis – Download form

     Diabetes – Download form

     Asthma – Download form

     Epilepsy – please attach your own personalised management plan

Or any other known condition please ensure you complete and attach your own management plan

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9. Immunisations                                 9
                                                                            A         B          D
Add in THE FOLLOWING ORDER
A.	Click ‘add’, then click on the arrow to
    select the immunisation.
B.	Click in the date alongside the
    immunisation and enter a correct date.
C. To add another, click ‘add another’
D.	Please attach your immunisation
    certificate(s) under ‘Upload’
E.	In order to save your selections
    please remember to click ‘Save’ first,
    then ‘Close’ in that order.

                                                      C

10. Medical conditions                           10
Tick all known medical conditions.
A.	You can add more information into
    the Notes box if required - in particular,
    additional medication and/or treatment
Complete the sections for Known Allergies,
Dietary Needs, Prescription Medications,
Authorised Medications.

                                                                      A

11. and 12. Submit request                       11
Update the information for all of your
children and CLICK SUBMIT ONLY
AFTER YOU HAVE SATISFACTORILY
                                                 12
COMPLETED THE DETAILS FOR ALL
YOUR CHILDREN, OTHERWISE IT WILL
LOCK YOU OUT OF DOING ANY MORE
CHANGES (as it goes into an approval
status for internal SACS administration)
Then SUBMIT request and confirm click
‘Yes’ if you have completely finished.
Your information will be reviewed
and updates will be made.

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Parent Portal
How to login
Please complete before your child starts school!

1. Parent Portal                              1         A
   landing page
A.	Browse to:

         http://portal.sacs.nsw.edu.au

B. Click to enter parent portal
C. Link to reset password
                                                                    B

                                                                C

2. Parent Portal                              2
   login page
A.	The landing page will direct you to
    the login area. Please enter your
    email and password.                                                 A
 Parents please use the generated
	
 password emailed to you for your                                       B
 initial login. Please follow step one
 above to change your password.
B.	Sign in to the parent portal

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Getting support
for learning
Specialised Learning and online study skills

Specialised Learning K-12                        of Student Learning Profiles                Online Study Skills
Specialised Learning is led by the             •	1:1 or small group academic                Our school has subscribed to the ELES
Director of Specialised Learning, Mrs             organisational support where               Online Study Skills Handbook. This is a
Penni Maher, and in the Middle School             appropriate                                great web-based resource for parents
comprises of Mrs Tammy Campbell                •	Parent information sessions                and students to address all their study
and Mrs Estee Stephenson (Specialised          •	Professional development sessions          skills issues and concerns, enabling
Learning Teachers), Dr Yvonne Hammer              to enhance teacher skills and              students to learn new ways to improve
(Gifted Education), Mrs Esther Sylvester          understanding                              their results at school. The handbook
(English as a Second Language), Ms             •	Assistance with the modification of        has a huge amount of information for
Natalie Foster (Aboriginal Education              curriculum, assessment and exams           students and parents, as well as many
Mentor), Mrs Nicola Burge, Mrs Roberta                                                       interactive activities. It taps into
Viant and Ms Pauline Oh (Teacher’s             • Transition programs                         students’ affinity with technology to
Aides).                                        •	Collaborative planning with teachers,      create a new and effective way to
                                                  students, parents and outside              improve students’ study skills.
It is the role the specialised learning team
to work closely with teachers, students,          professionals.                             The Online Study Skills Handbook
parents and outside professionals to           •	Determining appropriate                    will be used extensively in the tutorial
cater for the individual needs of students.       adjustments for students with a            program throughout the Middle School
We also work closely with the Head of             disability                                 experience, but we encourage parents
Careers, Pathways and Partnerships and         •	Collection of data to access               and students to explore the site and
our school psychologists.                         Commonwealth funding                       make use of the material contained
                                                  (NCCDSWD)                                  therein. The site can be accessed at
This collaborative approach ensures
                                                                                             www.studyskillshandbook.com.au.
communication and sharing where                Please contact Specialised Learning or
parents and professionals work                 Penni Maher with any questions,               The login details for all members of the
together, supporting each other                concerns or to provide additional             St Andrew’s Cathedral School secondary
to provide a learning environment              information that will assist the school in    community (students, teachers and
that is differentiated and accessible.         meeting your child’s individual learning      parents) are:
At St Andrew’s Cathedral School,               needs                                         User name: standrews
teachers are mindful of student’s
                                               Key staff                                     Password: 163results
social, emotional, spiritual and
academic development. We aim                   Ms Penni Maher                                You will hear more about the Online
to create a learning environment               Director of Specialised Learning              Study Skills Handbook in the year
where students are able to access              9286 9576                                     ahead, but feel free to explore the site
the curriculum, have opportunities             pmaher@sacs.nsw.edu.au                        in the meantime
to contribute to class discussions
                                               Dr Yvonne Hammer
and participate in class activities.
                                               Leader of Learning
Services provided by Specialised               Gifted Education (Secondary)
Learning in Middle School may include:         9286 9576
                                               yhammer@sacs.nsw.edu.au
• In-class support
•	sacsAchieve – after school                  Mrs Esther Sylvester
   homework and study support                  ESL Teacher/International Student
                                               Coordinator
•	Diagnostic assessment
                                               9286 9541
•	The development of Individual               esylvester@sacs.nsw.edu.au
   Learning Plans and the creation

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Getting connected
for learning
Setting up your iPads for classroom learning

iPads in the classroom                          students to SACS will be emailed            students on their first day of school
                                                instructions for setting up the iPad for    each year. All Year 7-9 textbooks are
St Andrew’s Cathedral School utilises
                                                2018. This includes the installation of     covered by the Service Levy
iPads as Personal Learning Devices
                                                Airwatch, which enables the iPad to
for students in Years 7 to 9, providing
                                                work on the SACS Wifi network and           Technology
great opportunities for enhancing and
enriching learning inside the classroom
                                                for the downloading of a suite of apps.     User Agreement
                                                Further assistance will be provided
and beyond. Each day students are                                                           A Digital Citizenship program runs
                                                during the first days of the year and
required to bring a charged iPad,                                                           throughout the school, helping
                                                a technology helpdesk operates daily
in a protective case.                                                                       to fulfil the important responsibility
                                                to provide technical support. It is
                                                                                            of assisting in the development of
The school provides access to a                 recommended that families do a
                                                                                            mature and positive practices in the
number of services including Office365          careful reading of the pages on iPads
                                                                                            use of technology.
for access, storage, collaboration and          at SACS, found on SACSConnect.
sharing of files and folders, along with                                                    Students are required to read and
                                                Parents are encouraged to have
mail and other associated services.                                                         abide by the Technology User
                                                AppleCare+ to aid with speedy repairs
A thorough iPad “scope and sequence”                                                        Agreement found in the school diary
                                                if required and options for insurance
for Years 7 to 9 is embedded into                                                           and on SACSconnect. The device
                                                should be explored. In circumstances
subject lessons and shows what is                                                           management system installed on
                                                where an iPad is being repaired, the
possible while building skills and                                                          student iPads allows for access to the
                                                school will offer iPads to hire for a
highlighting services provided by                                                           network, appropriate monitoring and
                                                minimal cost.
the school. Training and support are                                                        restrictions and the provisioning of
provided for students and staff to use          Further details on iPads at St Andrew’s,    apps bought by the school for students.
technology authentically for learning.          including their purchase and set up,
                                                can be accessed on SACSConnect –
                                                http://sacsconnect.sacs.nsw.edu.au          Stationery
Purchasing your iPad                            (under the heading iPads). Applications     Stationery can be purchased at the
Parents are responsible for purchasing          for learning, along with tips, tricks and   Foundation Uniform Store or online
the iPad and the ownership of the               techniques, are shared on our blog          through trybooking:
device will stay with the child.                learningshared.com.au/ipads
                                                                                                 trybooking.com.au/TDMC
Individual families may seek the
                                                Schoology is used as our online
best deal available in the marketplace.                                                     Online purchases can be collected
                                                learning management system and
The recommended version of the                                                              by students from the Foundation
                                                allows students to have access to
iPad is as follows:                                                                         Uniform Store when school resumes.
                                                features of an online classroom in
•	iPad 4, 64gb                                 class (via the iPad) and at home.           Cost of FULL stationery packs for
   (minimum requirement)                                                                    Year 7 students are $125, for new
                                                                                            Year 8 students $125, and for new
•	iPad Air, 128gb                              Textbooks                                   Year 9 and 10 students $35.
   (recommended)
                                                Year 7-9 have digital textbooks
•	iPad Pro, 128gb                                                                          Stationery costs for returning students:
                                                purchased through Box of Books.
                                                                                            Year 8 students - $35; Year 9/10 - $25
                                                This can be accessed by going to the
Setting up the iPad                             Box of Books website:
to work at SACS                                       www.boxofbooks.com.au
Each iPad will require a working                or the tile on the Student Portal.
(Australian) iTunes account. In early           Textbooks for Years 7-9 do not require
December, the parents of all new                ordering and are supplied directly to

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Communication in
the Middle School
Communication, fortnightly newsletters, SACSConnect,
Schoology, Parent Digest

Educating young                              Schoology                                      There are comprehensive instructions
                                                                                            and a list of FAQs available on that
people is shared between                     This online lesson management
                                                                                            site. Early in 2018, each parent with
the home, the school                         system, accessible through the various
                                                                                            a separate email address will be sent
                                             school portals, provides students and
and the individual                           parents with current classwork,
                                                                                            their unique username and password
                                                                                            and log-in. It is vital that the school is
student. For this reason,                    assignment details and links pertaining
                                                                                            kept up-to-date with current email
clear channels of                            to teaching and learning at St Andrew’s.
                                                                                            addresses. Should a change be made,
communication are vital.                     Weekly parent digest
                                                                                            please email Mrs Debra Northwood
                                                                                            in the Middle School Office –
At St Andrew’s, there are a number
                                             Parents will receive an emailed                dnorthwood@sacs.nsw.edu.au
of ways in which parents are able to
                                             weekly bulletin which summarises
be kept informed about their child’s
                                             awards, events, academic progress
progress. These include the school
                                             and discipline.
                                                                                            Media release consent
student diary, the Interim and End of                                                       Parents can request that their child’s
Semester Reports, on-line reporting
                                             Parent portal                                  image does not appear in any marketing
and parent-teacher interviews. We                                                           or media materials by contacting the
also encourage parents and teachers to       A vital resource for Middle School             Registrar Bruce Perry. Please email
make direct contact with one another         parents to keep informed of their              bperry@sacs.nsw.edu.au
through phone calls, emails and              child’s progress.
meetings as needed.                          The electronic portal enables parents
                                             and carers to access the following
Fortnightly newsletters                      information regarding their child:
St Andrew’s communicates with                •	View and update address
parents through regular e-Newsletters.          and contact information
Middle School parents will receive           • View contact lists
three newsletters from: Head of              •	Email tutor / teachers and
School/Deputy Head, Head of Middle              Year Coordinator directly
School and the P&F. It is important
                                             •	View year-to-date student
that parents provide a current email
                                                discipline records – rewards,
address for this communication.
                                                detentions and awards
Specific emails to parents of
                                             • Download academic reports
Year groups and other important
announcements are also sent                  • Record of absences
when appropriate.                            •	View student timetable and teacher list
                                             •	Download assessments, tasks and
                                                notices given during each term
SACSConnect                                  •	Download Growth Learning Plans
This is an electronic St Andrew’s
                                             The Parent Portal website is accessed
Community Information page that
                                             through a link on the St Andrew’s
contains a wide range of procedures
                                             Cathedral School website home page:
and information pertaining to many
aspects of school life. There is a link to        www.sacs.nsw.edu.au
the Parent Portal and school information
is regularly updated on this page            or via SACSConnect:

      sacsconnect                                  sacsconnect

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Hierarchy
of contact
Who and when to make contact

The following guide                                                        General hierarchy of
indicates the best                                                        contact for most issues
manner in which to
direct specific issues                                                                  Academic

in the Middle School:                                                                 Class teacher

•	Student wellbeing                                            Leader of Learning or Director of Learning (Middle School)
   issues – first point
                                                                                Head of Middle School
   of contact is the
   student’s Tutor                                                              Deputy Head of School

•	Day to day issues for                                                            Head of School

   specific students –
                                                                               Pastoral or Welfare Issues
   contact the Year
   Coordinator                                                                              Tutor

•	Individual subject                                                              Year Coordinator
   issue – first point                                                          Head of Middle School
   of contact is the
   classroom teacher,                                                           Deputy Head of School

   followed by the                                                                  Head of School
   Leader of Learning
   for that subject
                                                Explanation of                                 It is school policy that teachers will not
•	Broader Curriculum                                                                          leave classes to receive or return calls,
                                                hierarchy of contact
   issues – first point of                                                                     or conduct interviews. Phone calls and
                                                Though it may seem quicker to go to            emails sometimes cannot be returned
   contact is the Director                      the higher authority in a sequence,            on the same day.
   of Learning for the                          it is more appropriate to start with the
                                                                                               The school is committed to attempting
   Year group                                   person who knows the student or the
                                                                                               to resolve issues of concern specifically
                                                details of the incident best. Only if the
                                                                                               for parents. Often the incompleteness
•	Discipline issues                            matter cannot be resolved at the initial
                                                                                               of information, or the multiple demands
                                                level should it progress through the
   Academic:                                    hierarchy of responses.
                                                                                               on people’s time, prevents an
                                                                                               immediate resolution. Parents are asked
   Leader of Learning                           Members of staff will endeavour to             for their patience in following through
	Pastoral:                                     return phone calls and / or emails as          matters, and with the school’s best
                                                quickly as possible, however teachers          endeavours to deal satisfactorily with
   Year Coordinator
                                                usually have extensive commitments             any issue arising.
                                                throughout the day and after school.

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Key
contacts
Middle School

Key Staff                     Mrs Kate Layhe                               School office hours
                              Director of Learning (Middle School)
                                                                           The school’s Reception
Dr John Collier               9286 9694                                    (Ground Floor in St Andrew’s
Head of School                klayhe@sacs.nsw.edu.au                       House) is open between
9286 9588                                                                  8am and 5pm
jcollier@sacs.nsw.edu.au      Mrs Maria Calandra
                              Middle School Counsellor
Mr Brad Swibel                9286 9663                                    School reception
Deputy Head of School         mcalandra@sacs.nsw.edu.au
                                                                           Phone: 9286 9500
9286 9505
                              Mrs Penni Maher                              Facsimile: 9286 9550
bswibel@sacs.nsw.edu.au
                              Director of Specialised Learning
Mr John Partington            9286 9576                                    Ms Patricia Kordish
Head of Middle School         pmaher@sacs.nsw.edu.au                       Reception – Ground Floor SAH
9286 9559                                                                  9286 9500
jpartington@sacs.nsw.edu.au   Dr Yvonne Hammer                             pkordish@sacs.nsw.edu.au
                              Leader of Learning
                              Specialised Learning
Middle School                 (Gifted Education)                           School Website
Key Contacts                  9286 9489
                                                                           www.sacs.nsw.edu.au
                              yhammer@sacs.nsw.edu.au
Mr Garth Hasler
Year 7 Coordinator            Mrs Debra Northwood
9286 9527
                                                                           SACSConnect
                              Personal Assistant to the
ghasler@sacs.nsw.edu.au       Head of Middle School                        http://sacsconnect.sacs.nsw.edu.au
                              9286 9680
Mrs Jim Boddy                 dnorthwood@sacs.nsw.edu.au
Year 8 Coordinator                                                         Middle School
9286 9667                                                                  Absence Line
jboddy@sacs.nsw.edu.au
                                                                           9009 5454
Miss Rebecca Leeds
Year 9 Coordinator                                                         Uniform Store
9286 9561
rleeds@sacs.nsw.edu.au                                                     Mrs Katharine Reed
                                                                           Phone: 9286 9547
Ms Jessica Knudson                                                         kreed@sacs.nsw.edu.au
Girls’ Coordinator
9286 9591
rleeds@sacs.nsw.edu.au

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Getting involved
in school life
Co-curricular activities develop skills and build confidence

Students at St Andrew’s are                     after school on one weekday afternoon       Department engages a large number
                                                and participate in Saturday games. The      of visiting instrumental teaching staff,
encouraged to participate                       school provides transport to venues         covering a wide range of vocal, string,
in co-curricular activities                     outside Sydney. (Year 7 students do not     wind, brass, keyboard and percussion
to help develop a variety                       normally play inter-school sport until      instruments. Private and group lessons
                                                Term 2, as the summer season                are given weekly during term time.
of skills, build personal                       encompasses Term 4 2017 and Term 1          Most students receive a 30-minute
confidence and foster                           2018.)                                      private or group lesson per week, but
friendships within the                                                                      as the student progresses on the
                                                In addition to our normal sporting
                                                                                            instrument, private lessons may be
school community.                               program, the following are areas that
                                                                                            extended to 45 or 60 minutes.
                                                a student could be involved:
Co-curricular activities include sport;                                                     Additionally, each student who is learning
music ensembles and choirs; creative            •   Dance
                                                                                            privately is encouraged to participate in
arts and drama activities; debating and         •   Drama
                                                                                            an ensemble. These ensembles are
public speaking; and overseas trips and         •   Music
                                                                                            graded so that each student can be
camps. An overview of the different             •   Chapel
                                                                                            placed into a group appropriate to their
activities can be found on the school           •   ‘Cru Groups’ and Christian Camps
                                                                                            level of proficiency. These activities are
                                                •   Outdoor Education
website.                                                                                    designed to supplement and extend the
                                                •   Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
                                                                                            work that is covered in private lessons
Sport                                                                                       and also to provide performance
St Andrew’s believes that young people
                                                Dance                                       opportunities at various concerts that
who are physically fit and enthusiastically     Middle School students are able to select   are arranged during the year.
challenged in a fun and safe sporting           Dance as an elective subject in Years 8,    The school requires all instrumental
environment perform better academically.        9 and 10. There are also opportunities      students to perform in at least one
St Andrew’s provides sport and                  for students to learn Dance after school.   concert or assembly each semester.
co-curricular activities for individuals        Information is provided in school           Additionally, Studio Soiree Concerts
across a vast range of ability levels. The      newsletters.                                are held each term, allowing students
program is designed to be inclusive,                                                        and parents to see the various levels of
with activities available for any student
                                                Drama                                       individual instrumental accomplishment,
at any level. All students are encouraged                                                   as well as giving students concert
to participate in the school’s sporting         There are a variety of Drama groups
                                                                                            performance experience.
activities. The enjoyment and support           and ensembles that operate weekly.
                                                Regular performances take place in          Many parents and guardians enquire
gained through team participation,
                                                our own Black Box Theatre.                  how they can help encourage their
improved physical fitness, skills for
                                                Theatresports is a very popular             child with their musical studies. The
dealing with success and failure, as well
                                                co-curricular activity and coaching         most important help you can give is to
as the ability to interact within various
                                                and training is provided outside of         organise your child into a regular
social environments, are all positive
                                                normal classes. Regular competition         practice routine. Ideally, this should be
attributes gained through participation
                                                takes place.                                done at a set time each day – before
in the sporting and co-curricular
                                                                                            school, after school or in the early
programs St Andrew’s offers.                    Drama can be selected as an elective        evening. Practice should be done at
Summer Sport involvement at                     subject in Years 8, 9 and 10.               least five times per week. The amount
St Andrew’s is optional. Winter activities                                                  of practice time required will vary from
are compulsory for Years 7 to 11, taking
                                                Music                                       teacher to teacher and student to
place during Terms 2 and 3. Students            Learning music is very much a part          student. Beginners should start with
are expected to attend training sessions        of general school activities. The Music     approximately 10 to 15 minutes for

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Chapel and Christian
                                        Development
                                        A expression of the school’s Christian basis

each practice session. The rate of      Chapel is a weekly                            The Middle School groups meet on
progress and the amount of                                                            Wednesdays at lunchtime and the
pleasure derived from playing an
                                        event at the school                           Senior College groups at various
instrument depends largely upon         and all students are                          lunchtimes. These groups are led by
the amount of practice, the             expected to attend.                           the Chaplaincy team, Christian staff
regularity of practice and the                                                        and Senior students. The Chaplaincy
concentration and effort that are
                                        Chapel services provide                       team also runs two camps during the
applied during the practice routine.    a communal expression                         year – the Edge camp for the Senior
Further, parents and guardians are      of the school’s Christian                     College and the Ledge camp for
                                                                                      the Middle School. In addition, the
encouraged to attend lessons if they    basis and commitment,                         Chaplaincy team are available to meet
can. This will enable them to watch
                                        and go hand-in-hand                           with students at any time for prayer,
the techniques used by the teacher
and to discuss specific problems,       with the Christian                            support, pastoral counselling and
                                                                                      encouragement.
length and routine of practice items,   Development course.
and generally understand ways of
maintaining the                         The Christian Development course
child’s interest during the more        aims to introduce students to the
difficult stages of learning.           Christian faith as it is revealed in
                                        the Bible and provides them with
Music can be selected as an elective    the opportunity to engage in healthy
in Years 8, 9 and 10.                   discussion on both its theory
Opportunities are also available        and practice.
to attend international Music and
                                        Chapel sees students participating
Drama tours, and a Musical or
                                        as they provide the music, lead the
Major Drama production take
                                        singing, read The Bible, offer prayer,
place in professional venues in
                                        and occasionally speak of their own
alternate years.
                                        experience of the Christian life.

2018 Ensemble                           In addition to weekly Chapel services,
                                        the Chaplaincy team coordinates
Enrolment                               a wide range of voluntary Christian
To enrol your child in Music            ministries. There are a number of
ensembles for 2018 please               lunchtime groups for Bible study,
follow the relevant links below.        prayer, fun and encouragement; these
                                        groups are affiliated with the Crusaders
All students in Years 7-12 need
                                        and are generally structured around
to be enrolled in this way, even
                                        year and gender.
if they were a member of any
ensemble in 2017.

      iddle School Instrumental
     M
     Ensemble Enrolment Form
     V
      ocal Ensemble
     Enrolment Form

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