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Message Stick – Term 2, Week 3
Junior School and Gawura Disco
Amazing Me
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness session
Grandparents Day
Library News
How to help your child get the best out of homework
Heart Mind Life Awards
Uniform Requirements
Wiradjuri – parent and family workshop

Message Stick – Term 2, Week 3


This week the annual NAPLAN Assessments will be taking place for our Year 3 and Year 5 students. Tuesday 15 is Language Conventions and Writing. Wednesday 16 is Reading and Thursday 17 is Numeracy. It is important that we give our students every opportunity to perform at their best and this includes a restful night before the assessments take place.  Please ensure your child has a good night’s sleep prior to the assessment each day.

We have had a very busy fortnight indeed which is evident by this week’s photos in the Message Stick. Firstly on Thursday 3 May the Gawura students along with the Junior School Choir performed our wonderful rendition of We Are Australian (with the chorus being sung in Wiradjuri) at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour to open a Lendlease National Conference. There were 500 people in attendance and our students received a standing ovation at the conclusion of their performance. It was another one of those ‘lump in the throat’ moments!

On Friday 4 May our students attended the Sydney Writers Festival at the Town Hall. The students participated in presentations from renowned authors like Morris Gleitzman, Chris Riddell and Katrina Nannstead. Our Stage 2 and 3 Gawura students were wonderfully engaged throughout the presentations and noted many ideas on effective and entertaining writing.

On Monday 7 May the JSGS held its annual Cross Country carnival. It was lovely to see many of our parents come and support their children at this event. We must congratulate all of our students who participated but especially our place getters Annie and Torey and all three Keegan siblings ie Kayliah, Mariah and Kailan who each came first in their respective age divisions.

Last Friday 11 May the JSGS also had the Autumn High Tea where we celebrate all the lovely mums, nan’s and aunties in our lives. The students had a ball creating and decorating a cookie with their loved one followed by afternoon tea on the roof and a beautiful song sung by the JSGS children.

The results of the Oral Health Assessments have come back and some children require further treatment. A representative from Expert Teeth will make contact with you shortly and let you know what is recommended. If you wish you can have the treatment carried out by Expert Teeth who are located in Castlereagh St here in the city or have the treatment completed through your own dentist. This choice is totally yours to make.

On Monday 1 May Stage 3 students have the option of attending a presentation called Amazing Me which focuses on sex education. The evening commences at 6.30pm and the presenter has conducted this information session over several years here at St Andrew’s. Please let me know if you and your child would like to attend.

Finally on Wednesday 6 June I would like to invite everyone to attend our very first cultural awareness training/meeting which will be run by the indigenous Mirri Mirri group. This is an invitation to all Gawura and Junior School parents who are interested and would like to attend. Please see below for further details.

May everyone have a safe and wonderful fortnight ahead.

Mr John Ralph
Head of Gawura


Want more photos?

For more pictures of the Cross Country Carnival or Autumn High Tea please visit the Gawura Facebook page at


Dates for your calendar

Friday 18 May: JS and Gawura Disco

Saturday 19 May: SACS Gala Dinner

Friday 25 May: Years 7 - 12 (any JS students with siblings in these years for sibling photographs) Photograph Day

Monday 28 May: Amazing Me 5.30pm (Yr 5-6)

Wednesday 6 June: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Session 3.15-4.45pm Level 5

Friday 8 June: Junior School and Gawura Grandparents' Day, 9.15am

Monday 11 June: Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 12 June: Junior School and Gawura Photograph Day (inclusive of sibling photographs K - 6)

Friday 29 June: Gala Day

Friday 29 June: End of Term 2


Junior School and Gawura Disco


Friday 18 May


Theme: SUPERHEROES – come dressed as your favourite Super Hero NO Props and NO Coloured Hair Spray

Dress: Students to bring disco clothes (Superhero theme) to change into prior to the Disco (Infants K – 2 will change at 2.10pm) – Preferably something that can be popped over their uniform, to consider ease of changing for infants.

(Primary 3 – 6 to change at 3.00pm), for Years 3- 6 after school.  Please ensure all uniform items are clearly labelled!

Parents are welcome to help their child/ren get changed.

RSVP by text to Neil on 0439 653 334 or Mr Ralph at


Amazing Me


Talking about the facts of life

The Amazing Me evening aims to provide information to children and families in this important area of personal development and sexual education.

Feedback from past evenings has always been overwhelmingly positive with many parents commenting on how appreciative they are that the school provides the opportunity for positive family discussion in this area.

  • Monday 28 May
  • 5.30pm – 6.45pm
  • Junior School Open Area North Level 7
  • Year 5 (encouraged to attend) and their parents and/or carers.Year 6 (optional as most attended last year. Encouraged to attend if they missed it)
  • Student Dress Expectations: Mufti

Please advise Neil by text on 0439 653 334 or email Mr Ralph if you will be attending this event by Friday 18 May.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness session


Your invitation to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture


Dear Junior School and Gawura parents and carers,

You’re invited to an experience not to be missed - our inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness session conducted by Mirri Mirri in the Heath Centre of St Andrew’s Cathedral School. The session will be conveniently run after school, on Wednesday June 6, from 3.15 to 4.45pm on Level 5.

Mirri Mirri is an Aboriginal owned company helping all Australians improve their understanding and awareness of our Indigenous cultures. They will guide us through traditional dance, music and spirituality, within Indigenous culture. The session will be both interactive and educational and show the connection with aboriginal people and land.

Lendlease, our new corporate partner, is providing funding for this initiative so the session will be free for you and the family. While parents can attend individually, we highly recommend you bring along your children so you can learn and enjoy the experience together.

Please RSVP either online via trybooking or by texting Neil on 0439 653 334 and you will have the opportunity to win a free family pass to Taronga Zoo!


Grandparents Day


Please RSVP by text to Neil on 0439 653 334 or Mr Ralph at by Friday 8 June.


Library News


Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) 2018

 Congratulations to the following students who have completed their challenge:

  • Max Boustani
  • Sean Lee
  • Hayla Wilkinson
  • James Prestwich
  • Bianca Zhu
  • Danielle Chapman
  • Jamie Spittle
  • Lawson Van Der Merwe
  • Emily Lin
  • Cydney Sadler

For more information and the booklists visit the PRC website

*If you attended a different school and completed the PRC there, please come and see me so I can request that your records be merged. Otherwise this will be your first PRC year. This is especially important if you are eligible for your gold or platinum certificates this year and if you are looking at earning your Premier’s medal.

Parent / Teacher Challenge 2018
We’ve launched this again this year too, so come on teachers and parents, grab a book and read alongside your child/ren and complete the Parent / Teacher Challenge this year.

Requirements for completion:

  • Read any 6 titles (in any language).
  • Email the titles and I’ll add you to our wall of wonderful reading role models.

Finished the PRC for 2018?

Well don’t stop reading! The Junior School and Gawura library has a new challenge for you. Pick up an entry form, read any ten books, complete the entry form and return it to Mrs Paul for your chance to win a book of your choice. There are two draws this term and you can enter as many times as you’d like. So, the more you read the more chances you have of winning! What are you waiting for?

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." – George R R Martin.

Svetlana Paul
Junior School and Gawura Teacher Librarian


How to help your child get the best out of homework



In primary school, particularly in the later years, your child may receive homework. Here are some ways you can help your child learn through their homework.

Each school has a different homework policy

Touch base with your child’s teacher or the school to find out what the homework policy is.

Homework in the early primary years

In the early primary years, homework is likely to focus on sight words and home reading. You can help your child with this by listening to them read and helping them with their pronunciation.

Homework in the upper-primary years

As your child’s schooling progresses, they may bring home projects and other homework to complete. Help your child organise a routine and schedule, so these projects are done on time and not left until the last minute.

Chat to the teacher

If your child is struggling with any part of their homework, encourage your child to ask their teacher for help at school. If you are concerned about the quantity or type of homework, arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss it.

Tips for helping your child with their homework:

  • Create a space away from distractions to read.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of time management and help them structure their time.
  • Help them with their studies, but do not do their work for them.
  • Encourage and praise them when they study productively.
  • If your child is worried that they are not on the right track with a project, encourage them to give a draft to their teacher prior to the project due date.

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Heart Mind Life Awards

Torey Thomas Martin Showing empathy towards a K-2 student
Jenarose Jackson (Yr 2) For applying herself diligently to tasks
Peter Brogan (Yr 4) Enthusiastically participating in our Gawura cultural excursion to La Parouse.
Joylara Ingram (Yr 4) Making thoughtful contributions to class discussions
Maya Hughes (K) Trying hard to do the 5Ls
Graham Jackson (K) Working quietly in class
Zavier Reid (K) For using polite words in class
Stanley Hickey (Yr 4) Being an excellent role model in the school

Uniform Requirements


Winter uniform requirements for Term 2

St Andrew’s Cathedral School is one of the most visible schools in NSW with students moving between buildings throughout the day, seniors visiting the Town Hall Arcade during lunch and over a thousand of our students catching public transport all over Sydney and beyond as they travel to and from school. Parents send their children to St Andrew’s because of its high standards in academic, pastoral care, co-curricular and Christian education. In turn, St Andrew’s has high expectations of students. Literature also shows that good uniform standards lead to reduced discipline problems, an increased sense of belonging and higher academic engagement and standards. It also shows pride in the school.

Winter uniform is to be worn from the beginning of Term 2, students have been reminded of our uniform standards.

Below is an outline of the topics that have been discussed:

  • Hair – to be neat and tidy. Hair cuts must be conventional and unlikely to cause comment. No shaved sections, no facial hair. Girls’ hair to be completely tied back; boys’ hair to be cut above the collar and eyebrows.
  • Shirts & Ties –shirts must be tucked in, top buttons done up and boys’ ties worn correctly at the neck. Shirt sleeves not to be rolled up.
  • Blazers – to be worn to and from School and between buildings. (If it is very hot, I will communicate to students a variation to this rule on the day)
  • Jewellery – no rings, bracelets, necklaces. Only one pair of earrings for girls - small sleepers or simple studs only. No other piercings allowed. No earrings for boys.
  • Makeup – no makeup or nail polish allowed.
  • Sport Uniform – students to wear SACS tracksuit/sports uniform to and from venues.
  • Shoes – black leather traditional school shoes. No casual style allowed. Please see student diary for allowable styles.
  • Socks – Boys must wear grey or black socks. Girls must wear white plain socks that sit above the ankle. Socklets are not allowed.
  • Skirts – skirt hems should be at the knee. Skirts must not be rolled.

Please be aware that these expectations and standards remain applicable to the very last day of the school year. For those who have winter uniform requirements, please contact Mr Ralph or the Uniform Store, on 9286 9547 for a fitting time.

  • Please label all new (and old) items of uniform.
  • The Uniform store normal Hours of Operation are:
  • Monday – Wednesday – Thursday  |  8am to 3.30pm

Home reading

To improve reading and fluency, we ask students to do the following every night:

K-2          10-15 minutes home reading a night

Year 3      at least 15 minutes home reading a night

Year 4      at least 20 minutes home reading a night

Year 5      at least 25 minutes home reading a night

Year 6      at least 30 minutes home reading a night


Wiradjuri – parent and family workshop


Wiradjuri Language Nest – Gawura and SACS parent workshop

The parent Wiradjuri workshop has started for 2018. This is an amazing opportunity to support and contribute to the revival of Indigenous languages. I am delighted to say that the program is absolutely free. The weekly workshop is on Tuesday afternoons, 3.15pm-4.15pm and is open to all Gawura/SACS parents and family members.

Please contact Mr Ralph on 0411 040 193 if you are interested in joining the group.




Term 2 is an exciting term for sport!

We’ll see our annual Junior School and Gawura Cross Country Carnival being held at Queens Park on Monday 7 May. It’s an exciting opportunity for Year 3-6 students to represent their house with the challenge of the cross country.

Year 1-2 will be doing gymnastics at the Eastern Gymnastics Academy for Thursday sport, where they’ll explore fundamental movement skills in a safe and structured environment. Winter sport opportunities have arrived, with soccer, netball and rugby all becoming available for Year 3-6 students!

Tony Dunseath
PDHPE Teacher

Please remember your drink bottle, school cap and tracksuit top, and ensure that all the uniform/sport equipment is clearly named.


Uniform Store

For those who still have 2018 uniform requirements please contact the Uniform Store, on 92869547 for a fitting time. Remember that students in Kindergarten to Year 6 wear the same uniform so please label all items of uniform.


Mobile phone use

Older students, who travel to and from school on public transport and have a mobile phone, need to ensure that they are switched off during the school day and kept in school bags or handed to your child’s/children’s teacher each morning.


Health Centre

Please send in a note detailing any daily medication needs. Daily medication is to be dispensed by the School Nurse at the Sick Bay. Any medication to be dispensed by the School Nurse must be given to the nurse in its original box (containing the prescription label and your child’s name).



If your child/children are absent from school, I ask that you text or call Neal on 0439 653 334 or the Reception on 9286 9500 before 9am to notify us. The school requires a note from a parent or guardian explaining any absence from school.


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