Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, St Andrew’s Cathedral School is a vibrant, coeducational institution providing education to students from Kindergarten to Year 12 with a strong academic programme, extensive opportunities for involvement in sport, music and the dramatic arts and nurturing pastoral care; all set within a cosmopolitan cityscape. We have strong, innovative policies built on diversity and acceptance that are in-sync with the dynamism of a modern society, nurturing each student’s unique learning style within a framework of Christian values. Student and staff relations are both genuine and unique, with relationships built on mutual respect.
Junior and Middle School facilities in St Andrew’s House offer immediate undercover access from Town Hall Station. The School is easily accessible throughout the Sydney metropolitan area using public transport. Many parents travel in with their children on their way to and from work. The School also provides a buddy program on the request of parents for younger Junior School students, pairing them with an older student who looks after them as they travel to school.
St Andrew's has 3 main campuses, plus a campus within a campus. There is the Junior School (Kindergarten to Year 6), which has a busy and productive working environment, facilitated by smaller class sizes (maximum of 20), unique rooftop playground, open-plan interactive areas and glass walled classrooms.
Then there is Gawura, a campus within the School that caters for up to 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Focus is placed on core subjects of literacy and numeracy within a context that maintains the cultural significance of students’ backgrounds.
Then there is the Middle School Campus for years 7 to 9. St Andrew’s offers an unrivalled ‘twinning’ experience for its Middle School students. The ‘twinning’ programme sees students attend single sex classes in core subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science, with coeducational classes for all other subjects. This means our students have the best of both worlds. They are in a position to maximize their academic potential in a safe, nurturing environment whilst still taking advantage of the numerous social benefits derived from learning in a coeducational environment.
Then there is the Senior College for years 10 to 12. Learning is situated in the Bishop Barry Senior College, which provides a collegiate style campus tailored specifically to learning needs for Years 10 to 12. There is a choice to study the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Years 11 and 12.
St Andrew's is a tolerant School community based on understanding, compassion and mutual respect between all students, with values of grace, integrity and justice at the core of daily learning.
The School Houses constitute a major structural and pastoral role within the School, with each student a member of one of eight houses. Not only are Houses used in competitions such as sport and debating, but as an opportunity for individual academic development, via small, House-based tutor groups that all students meet with on a weekly basis. This fosters greater inter-year relationships and a culture of care between students as they assist one another both in and out of the classroom.
The School has an exceptional reputation in drama, art and music, with over 40 music ensembles, aimed at a range of skill levels, integrated with outstanding performance opportunities that include Cathedral events, musicals, interstate and international tours. Drama facilities include an in-house Black Box theatre and open theatre-style classrooms. There are a variety of annual productions for Middle School and Senior College, as well as two IB productions and interschool theatre sports competitions.
The School’s home sporting facilities are located at Sydney University, (including St Andrew’s Oval) and the close by Wentworth Park. On-site facilities include a gymnasium, basketball courts and cricket nets as well as a fully-equipped weights room. A variety of sports including dance and fencing are offered on site.
A vast range of age appropriate programs commencing in Year 3 are offered, which make use of St Andrew’s 90 hectare Kirrikee site in the Southern Highlands, as well as more specific Senior College trips including expeditions from Kosciusko to Bass Strait, mountain biking in New Zealand, canoeing on the Murray, country skiing and community service projects in central Australia. Overseas trips have included Peru, Argentina and India.