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Gawura News
Reconciliation Week
Key dates
Message from our Wellbeing Coordinator
Music news
Library news
Sports news
Art news
Heart Mind Life Uniform Awards
Parenting Tips
Take Love 'Bake'
Da Vinci Decathlon
Sydney Writers Festival
Writing Festival and Competitions
What's on : upcoming events and activities
Code Camp in School Holidays

Gawura News


Our Gawura School and Junior School took part in Reconciliation Week last week. Every class across Gawura School and Junior School were involved in several activities. There is a wonderful display in the Stage 3 Open Area of statements from Years 5 and 6 students on how they are being brave and making change which is reflective of this year’s theme.

Preparations and rehearsals are well under way for this year’s NAIDOC Assembly which will be held on Thursday 23 June at 9.30am in our cathedral. There is a special installation of plywood figures taking place in preparation for this event. Our NAIDOC Committee including JSGS Art teacher Mrs Daly has secured a corner shop space in the Town Hall Arcade just opposite the Newsagent where members of the public including our own school community can walk through and using their phones can scan a QR code for each figure which represents an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who has made a significant contribution to Australia. Students have researched information on over 20 such Australian First Nations activists, scientists, poets, sports people and politicians who have made significant contributions to Australia.

I would like to give a very special thank you to the parents who volunteered their time on Friday afternoon 3 June and helped set up this Peoplescape display in the corner shop in the Arcade. The shop space will be open until the end of Term 2 and we hope many of our community will be able to visit the display space once it is officially opened on Tuesday 7 June.

Another thank you goes out to the over 20 parents and grandparents from both Gawura School, Junior School and the Secondary School who gave up their time on Saturday 4 June, and came into our school and helped with sewing, designing and making costumes and props for this year’s NAIDOC play. It was wonderful to see so many members from our school community contribute their expertise on this day. You will be able to see the outcome of this amazing weekend working bee at our NAIDOC Assembly on Thursday 23 June at 9.30am in the Cathedral.

Finally, our last GPAC meeting for this semester will take place next Wednesday 15 June at 2.30pm in the Level 6 Council Room. This meeting will be both in person and available online through Microsoft Teams.

We trust you all have a wonderful and safe fortnight ahead.

John Ralph
Head of Gawura


Reconciliation Week


The Junior School and Gawura participated in a week of shared knowledge and cultural awareness activities as they recognised the importance of Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week, particularly what their efforts can be to make change.

Some of the students quotes included:

“I will be respectful and include everyone.”

“Share with others about Aboriginal History and care for the land.”

“Be kind and caring to one another.”

“Respect our First Nation people and their culture.”

“We can speak up for our First Nation people.”

“Make sure you think of others before doing something.”


Mrs​ Rhonda Robson
Deputy Head of School (Primary) / Director of Primary Education


Key dates

Tuesday 7 June
P&F General Meeting

Thursday 9 June
Annie the musical excursion K-3

Thursday 9 June, Friday 10 June and Saturday 11 June
2022 SACS Musical Annie
(check below for times)

Friday 10 June, 9.15am
JS&G Grandparents' Day and Book Fair

Monday 13 June
Queen's Birthday public holiday

Wednesday 15 June, 5.30pm
Parent seminar: Student Cyber Safety and Digital Wellbeing

Friday 17 June
Madagascar rehearsal day – main cast

Monday 20 June
End of Term Awards Assembly

Monday 20 June 
NAIDOC week commences

Thursday 23 June
NAIDOC celebrations and mufti day

Friday 24 June
Gala Day – Term 2 concludes

Monday 18 July
Term 3 commences K-12


Message from our Wellbeing Coordinator


Unfortunately, the mental health of our children and young people has been impacted by the pandemic.

As many families settle back into pre-COVID routines, there seems to be a pervasive sense of optimism about what lies ahead. Unfortunately children and teens are not immune to what is now being termed the “psychological pandemic”. Young people are at risk of not achieving the primary demands of developmental tasks such as procuring independence, identity formation, as well as obtaining and maintaining peer relationships.

What kids need most in the current environment is support, understanding, empathy and encouragement from caring adults. They live up or down to the expectations we set for them. If there is a panacea to the adversity caused by the pandemic, then it is the building of resilience. Resilience is the capacity to face, overcome, be strengthened and transformed by adversity. Never before, have parents needed the skills, the knowledge and the strategies to build resilience in their children as much as they do now.

There are seven integral and interrelated components that make up being resilient that can help young people thrive and develop healthy coping strategies.

This Special Report explores the “7 C’s of Resilience” and includes suggested strategies on how adult carers can best facilitate them. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please feel free to contact us.

Here is the link to your special report:

Mrs​​ Bronwyn Wake
Junior School & Gawura Wellbeing Coordinator



Music news


Learning music is a complex and amazing task!

Not only does it help a child to be able to play an instrument, but it also mimics so much other learning we do.

When reading music, musicians see a symbol (a musical note such as a crotchet or a pair of quavers for example) and then they “hear” a recording of this sound in their brains. They then need to transfer the knowledge of how these notes sound to their bodies in order to physically create that sound. For example, to play a pair of quavers on a clarinet on a specific pitched note (let’s say note G for example), the musician needs to connect that symbol with the placement of fingers for that specific note, and they then have to use the appropriate tonguing (articulation) to create the sound of two quavers on their clarinet! Once the sound is made, the musician “checks” the sound (decides if it is correct or incorrect) and if required, amends or reinforces the “brain recording” stored in their brain.

It is really a very involved process!

Sometimes, Music teachers remark to their students “if you can sing it, you can play it!” and the reason for this is that if they have that sound recording in their brains, it is much easier to transfer the intended sound to their instruments.

Neuromusical researcher, Dr Anita Collins, describes having an “aha” moment that “If a child can’t hear it, they can’t speak it, and if they can’t speak it, they can’t read it!” making the link between learning language and music quite obvious.

There is of course technical work and practise required in order to achieve the automaticity of this process, but it is interesting to consider all the work occurring in the brains of musicians when they play their instruments.

At St Andrew’s, we make sure that students engage in a lot of singing in their school Music lessons, as this gives students a musical vocabulary (and some of those previously mentioned “brain recordings”) which help to form their experience in performing a variety of these musical sounds and combinations of sound and rhythmic/pitch based patterns if they do play an instrument.

I believe this learning goes beyond music lessons and helps our students in so many other areas of their lives.


Morning Strings Concert

Thursday 16 June, 7.30am – Strings Breakfast Concert:

We will be holding a breakfast concert in the Fairfax Room on Level 8, featuring four of our string ensembles (Junior String Orchestra, Junior Chamber Ensemble, Middle School Strings and Chamber Orchestra).

We warmly invite you to attend, noting that we will begin promptly at 7.30am and finish by 8.20am. Parents will need to sign in at the front desk in the foyer and wear a mask while on school premises.

RSVP:  Please register before Tuesday 14 June by clicking here so we have an idea of audience numbers.


Mrs​ Kate Robertson
Head of Music (K-6)



So proud of our Choristers! Singing for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and with an International Rock Star!

On Saturday, our Choristers performed at the Jubilee Concert in Sydney, and on Sunday, at the Jubilee Service in the Cathedral. They performed in front of a large audience, including the Governor General of NSW, the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Ambassador to the USA and the Ambassador to Fiji. Their performance included a premiere performance of a song composed by Thomas Hewitt Jones, for the Jubilee, which used words from some of the Queen’s speeches over the decades, called In our Service.

Last week, Liam Gallagher, international Rock Star, released a new album and the first single off that album, called More Power, features our St Andrew’s Cathedral School Choristers singing. How amazing is that? Surely the coolest Choristers in the World.


Mrs​ Rhonda Robson
Deputy Head of School (Primary) / Director of Primary Education


Library news


To our SACS Grandparents - gift a book!

Filling your grandchild’s mind with great stories is one of the special privileges of being a grandparent. A good book can last a lifetime and a great book can sometimes even change a life. To support grandparents to choose from the best books available, we will be hosting a Book Fair where grandparents can purchase a book to educate, inspire and delight their grandchild.

We all know that our kids need to read - and to keep reading - and gifting best quality literature to your loved one is a great way for that to happen. Including an inscription from the heart adds a personal touch that promotes it from ‘bookshelf’ to ‘keepsake’ status – a gift that your grandchild may one day pass on to their own children. The library will have bookplates prepared for grandparents to add an inscription to their grandchild on the day. While you are purchasing a book for your grandchild, you can also share the love and donate a book to the school library.

Nurturing families and reading together,

Mrs Nicole Cotter
Coordinator Information and Digital Literacy – JS&G


Sports news


ASSISA Cross Country

Forty three (43) students from Junior School and Gawura had the privilege of representing St Andrew’s Cathedral School at the ASSISA Cross Country event which took place last week. Our students qualified and competed in 2km and 3km races throughout the day. When reflecting on the day, many students shared how much they enjoyed running in their race but often, the best thing about the day was watching their peers and other students cross the finish line and succeed in their races. Genevieve in Year 4 said, “I liked watching the other races and cheering on my friends.” This speaks volumes about the character of our students.

Congratulations to all students who attended on the day! You all tried your best and did a brilliant job! Six students from Junior School and Gawura made it through to the next round of competition. This is the CIS Cross Country which takes place, Wednesday 8 June. These students include Felicity, Annabelle, Annie, Madison, Lucinda and Manning. We would like to congratulate these students and wish them luck as they compete next week!


Miss Annique Botta
JS Teacher, Coordinator of Infant Sport


Art news


NAIDOC Week - Collaboration and Creativity

K-6 students in Junior School and Gawura have had a focused few weeks in the JS Art Space – drawing, painting, moulding, gluing, designing, collaborating and sculpting for our Peoplescape (an art piece made of 24 lifesize people) in preparation for the NAIDOC Week Installation and Exhibition. Every student has been involved in some way and it’s been messy and fun (and just a little crazy!). It has been a joy to watch students work together, creating a buzz of creativity and productivity.

The exhibition is being held in the Town Hall Arcade (the previously empty corner shop just adjacent to our Arcade lifts) and will be open for viewing from Tuesday 7 June.


Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control…

These Biblical Fruits of the Spirit were recently brought to colourful life in the form of picture story books written and told by visiting author, Kirrily Lowe.  Kirrily came to meet our Year 2 students and to discuss her books and the collaborative process of book-making between an author and an illustrator. We looked at Faithfulness especially – seeing how God is faithful and how He calls us to be faithful people in what we do and say. Her series of books are entitled: The Invisible Tree.


What’s On ?

  • Looking for a family exhibition to visit?

    The Young Archie portrait competition, at the Art Gallery of NSW is always a good idea! Showing from 14 May - 24 August 2022, with other Honourable mentions displayed at the SH Ervin Gallery from 14 May - 24 July 2022 alongside the Salon des Refusés. (Our students enter this exhibition every other year – watch out 2023!)


Mrs​ Miriam Daly
Visual Arts Integrator JS&G


Heart Mind Life Uniform Awards



Click here for the latest Heart, Mind, Life & Uniform awards.


Parenting Tips


Avoiding the politics of parenting

Parenting Ideas blog – Michael Grose
This may be a fairly difficult read for some of us. It is so easy to do – comparing our children with others or even our other children within our family. The suggestions are very valid, and I hope you take away some valuable advice.

The pitfall of benchmarking with other children
Comparing your child with others is a stress-inducing and, ultimately, useless activity. It’s hard to resist, as we tend to assess our progress in any area of life by checking out how we compare with our peers. When you were a child in school you probably compared yourself to your schoolmates. Your teachers may not have graded you, but you knew who the smart children were and where you ranked in the pecking order. Now that you have children of your own do you still keep an eye on your peers? Do you use the progress and behaviour of their children as benchmarks to help you assess your own performance as well as your child’s progress? Or perhaps you compare your child to yourself at the same age? Benchmarking children’s progress with that of other children is not a wise parenting strategy. Inevitably, it will lead to parent frustration, as there will always be a child who performs better than your own on any scale you use.

Kids develop at their own rates
Each child has his or her own developmental clock, which is nearly impossible to alter. There are late bloomers, early developers, bright sparks and steady-as-you-go children everywhere. It’s the first group that can cause the most concern for parents who habitually compare children to siblings, their friends’ children and even themselves when they were in school. The trick is to focus on your child’s improvement and effort and use your child’s results as the benchmark for his or her progress and development. “Your spelling is better today than it was a month ago” is a better measure of progress than “Your spelling is the best in the class!”

Gender matters
It’s no secret that different architects developed boys’ and girls’ brains. One major difference lies around timing, or maturity. The maturity gap between boys and girls is anywhere between 12 months and two years, and seems to be consistent all the way to adulthood. Quite simply, girls have a developmental head start over boys in areas such as handwriting, verbal skills and relationship skills. Boys benefit greatly from teaching strategies designed for their specific needs. They also benefit from having teachers and parents who recognise that patience is a virtue when teaching and raising boys, as it seems to take longer for many boys to learn and develop.

Kids have different talents, interests and strengths
So, your eight-year-old can’t hit a tennis ball like Novak Djokavic, even though your neighbour’s child can. Perhaps your neighbour’s teenager is a piano virtuoso, while your fourteen-year-old’s idea of musical talent is listening to Spotify while doing homework. Comparisons are stressful, as they can bear no relationship to children’s interests and talents. It’s better to help your child or young person identify his or her own talents and interests, and also recognise that strengths and interests may be completely different to those of his or her peers and siblings. Avoid linking your parenting self-esteem to your child’s performance

Take pride on your children’s performance at school, in sport or their leisure activities. Seeing your child doing well is one of the unsung pleasures of parenting. You should also celebrate their achievements and milestones such as taking their first steps, getting their first goal in a game or getting great marks at school. However, you shouldn’t have too much personal stake in your children’s success or in their milestones, as this close association makes it hard to separate yourself from them. It may also lead to excessive parental pressure for kids to do well, which is an acknowledged source of anxiety for many children and young people. The maxim “You are not your child” is a challenging but essential parental concept to live by. Doing so takes real maturity and altruism, but it is the absolute foundation of that powerful thing known as ‘unconditional love’.

Yes, maybe a hard and sobering read, but it is an excellent piece of advice.


Joy Rohrlach
Year 5 Leader


Take Love 'Bake'



Bella and Sophie with some yummy slices!

Hi, our names are Sophie and Bella and we are in 3V. A few weeks ago we had a sleepover at Bella's house, and we decided to raise money for the Anglicare Take Love Collection. We made and sold slices of Oreo fudge in the neighbourhood. Some people gave us generous donations in addition to purchasing our baking, which we appreciated. We raised a total of $16.60. We used that money to go to the supermarket and buy the non-perishable foods, which we then brought to school and donated to Anglicare. We had lots of fun doing this!


Miss​​ Alix Vanny
Junior School Teacher


Da Vinci Decathlon


A competition involving 250 teams across NSW

Wrestling with possibilities, solving problems, struggling with the unfamiliar, taking on engineering feats, collaborating with teammates and having loads of fun – it was the 2022 Da Vinci Decathlon! Two teams comprising eight students each, from Year 5 and Year 6, gathered in Chapter House for the day, to compete online against 250 teams across New South Wales for the State Competition. It was gratifying to see how well they persevered, cooperated and remained committed to each task.

In this academically focused competition, each specific challenge was initially allocated to two team members and then opened-up for others to contribute so the team response was the best it could be. Challenges were faced in the following disciplines – English, Science, Mathematics, Code breaking, Ideation, Engineering, Art & Poetry, Cartography, Creative Producers and Legacy.

Congratulations to all team members who remained positive, calm under pressure and had an excellent day together. For Year 5, Violet Bloxsom, Anneke Ho, Rafferty McGonigle, Archie Lo, Ili Karan, Meera Joshi, Camilla Mao and Ameline Coveney represented St Andrew’s Cathedral School and for Year 6, Amy Jung, Mahe Ward, Bridie Hansen, Lucas Shi, Emily Wang, Siddhan Krishna, Isaac Yeow and David Kim took on the challenge.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable, albeit exhausting day! Well done to everyone.


Donna Gibbs
Coordinator of Gifted Education JS&G


Sydney Writers Festival


Sydney Town Hall

The Sydney Writer’s Festival was in town, and in Week 5, St Andrew’s Cathedral School joined the fun. A group of enthusiastic readers and writers from Years 5 and 6 accompanied me to this year’s special event for schools conducted at the Town Hall. The speakers were authors or illustrators of children’s books who had interesting secrets to reveal to the eager audience. The exceptional line-up of authors comprised Nat Amoore, Remy Lai, Matt Stanton and Corey Tutt. The advice, humour and quirky anecdotes offered by each presenter intrigued and delighted the audience members, triggering interesting and curious questions from our students.

Those invited to attend were from Year 6: Casilda Dare, Siya Khanna, Luca Murray, Alizah Hays, Madison Dockery, Emilie Fisher, Amelie Premutico, Ren Buck, Bridie Hansen, Amy Jung and Emily Wang. Year 5: Amy Codrington, Hannah Codrington, Benji Gunning, Meera Joshi, Kosta Konstantouras, Ethan Wilkinson, Marcus Chau, Elizabeth Falconi, Ava Smith, Clementine Collier, Ameline Coveney, Lillian Smallwood, Violet Bloxsom, Henry Duke, Anneke Ho, Leon Hoerr, Ili Karan, Rafferty McGonigle and Taali Paku.

It was both a privilege and pleasure taking these students to the Festival event. Their engagement with the talks, questions and behaviour were excellent and reflected very well on our school, their families and themselves. Below are some reflections from a Year 6 student Bridie Hansen.

What did you enjoy about the Writer's Festival?
I enjoyed the author talks. Every single talk was different. For example, Matt Stanton talked about conspiracy theories and how he finds them interesting. Corey Tutt taught us about the first scientists and how he started deadly science. Remy Lai taught us about drawing and graphic novels. Nat Amoore was hilarious and talked about using ideas from your childhood to inspire a story.

What did the day look like?
We listened to a number of author talks. The authors asked questions about their books. We were able to buy books by the authors and have them signed.

What made it an inspiring day?
It was inspiriting because I leant a lot about how to write funny and interesting ideas for my stories. I really liked hearing from Nat Amoore because she is one of my favourite authors.

Donna Gibbs
Coordinator of Gifted Education JS&G


Writing Festival and Competitions


It is a busy term for our gifted writers. Last week a group of Years 5 and 6 students attended the Sydney Writer’s Festival. This was a wonderful opportunity for our high ability writers to be inspired by some of Australia’s greatest authors. We also have a number of writing competitions which have been advertised to students. Writing competitions are a fantastic opportunity for students to have a sense of purpose and audience for their writing. It provides scope for writing beyond the curriculum by being prompted by interesting topics and stimulus material.

The first writing competition this term was the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature which concluded in May. Last year Violet Bloxsom was awarded second place in the Years K-6 prose category. Below are two excerpts from students in Kindergarten and Year 1 who have entered the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature.

There are two more upcoming writing competitions. The WriteOn Competition is run by the NSW Education Standards Authority. It is open to students in Years 1 to 6. The school must select one entry from each stage to enter the competition. Submissions are due by Thursday 9 June and should link to the image stimulus below. Entries must be less than 500 words.

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition is a poetry award. This year the optional theme is ‘In My Opinion’. Entries must be completed by Thursday 16 June and must be less than 80 lines. Submissions should be emailed to (Years K-2) and (Years 3-6).

Excerpts for the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature:

"The beautiful coral was shining different colours of pink, blue, purple and green. The branches of coral looked like a stretched out hand. The seaweed swished in the clear blue water. The angelfish called Love and Heart were hiding in the coral. They were looking out for sharks. Love and Heart were brave angelfish but they didn’t want to get eaten by the sharks. The angelfish didn’t go anywhere else out of their coral home because they were such beautiful fish and they were scared of being hurt." – Tynan McDonald, Kindergarten

"The pirates looked across the sea and thought about going on an adventure. The sea was stormy and the waves were bumpy. The water was a dark, dark blue. The waves splashed and crashed. The pirates set sail. The boat was tipping from side to side, rocking with the waves. The pirates didn’t know what to do, but they were determined to go on their journey." – Shaheli Peiris, Year 1

Mrs Emma Clemens
Gifted and Talented Coordinator JS&G


What's on : upcoming events and activities


'Our Deadly Warrior Heroes' K-6 Peoplescape Exhibition

Our School’s celebrations of NAIDOC Week kick off this week with the opening of a large public Peoplescape Installation of key Indigenous leaders, created by our Kindergarten to Year 6 Gawura and Junior School students.

The students have researched and written about key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have impacted all Australians and helped bring about important cultural and historical changes over the past 200 years.

All parents and students are encouraged to walk through this Installation to enjoy the art and experience the stories presented as part of our School’s NAIDOC Week celebrations, which officially take place from 20-24 June.

The Installation is located in the corner shopfront in Town Hall Arcade, directly beneath St Andrew’s House, opposite the newsagency.

Come and take a look! There will be limited open times each week day.

7 – 24 June, Weekdays
Town Hall Arcade


Get involved and meet other St Andrew's parents!

Please join the P&F for a General Meeting to discuss current school activities, school focuses, upcoming school events and future plans with a senior member of staff and the P&F Executive. Each meeting has a school report and an opportunity for parents to ask questions. You will also hear about P&F fundraising initiatives and ways that parents and friends can support the school. Attending P&F meetings is also a fabulous way to get to know other parents from the school and to get involved in various events and endeavours.

Tuesday 7 June, 6pm-7.30pm
The Community Hub, Level 4 St Andrew's House

Please register below to attend. All attendees should be fully vaccinated and where a mask.

If you are unable to attend in person you can still tune in online:


Register here


Opening Thursday - book your Annie tickets now!

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a city orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes into the wondrous world of NYC and partners up with a lovable stray called Sandy, but she is caught and returned to the orphanage. Her fortunes change when she is randomly selected to live with billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, who decides to help Annie find her parents. The reward offered attracts the evil machinations of Miss Hannigan. But truth prevails in dramatic circumstances and Annie finds a new home and even befriends President Roosevelt! View or Download the flyer for more information.

Director and Choreographer: Ryan Desaulnier
Musical Director: Kirsten Macaulay
Producer: Christian Watson

Show dates:

  • Thursday 9 June – 11.30am, 6.30pm
  • Friday 10 June – 11.30am, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 11 June – 12.30pm, 6.30pm

The Concourse Theatre
409 Victoria Ave Chatswood


Book now!


We are so excited to welcome grandparents back for Grandparents’ Day this year. We’ve missed you!

Grandparents of our Junior School and Gawura families are invited to join us for a special assembly in St Andrew’s Cathedral, followed by morning tea and a chance to visit your grandchild at school and accompany them to a book fair.  Each student is welcome to have their grandparents (or a special relative, Godparent, auntie/uncle) to join us for this wonderful morning.

Please note that Grandparents will be required to wear masks. For COVID-19 and catering reasons this is not a parent event.

Friday 10 June, 9.15am assembly in the Cathedral
(Cathedral doors will open at 9.00am)
Location: St Andrew’s Cathedral, followed by morning tea in Chapter House or the Heath Centre and then a visit to the Junior School or Gawura.

At the conclusion of the morning, grandparents are invited to take their grandchildren out to lunch and either return them to school, or to take them home for the day.

Please ensure your child's Grandparent knows their Sports House.

RSVP: To reserve your place for this very special morning please click on the 'book here' button below.


Book here


Volunteers needed for Grandparents' Day

The P&F is hosting the Grandparents’ Day morning tea.

As in previous years, the P&F, in conjunction with the school, is hosting a Grandparents’ Day Morning Tea for Junior School and Gawura on Friday 10 June and for Senior School on Tuesday 14 June.

The school hosts the morning service in the Cathedral from 9.15am-10.15am which is then followed by light refreshments. For Junior School and Gawura, this will occur in the Heath Centre on Level 5 of SAH or in Upper Chapter House. For Senior School this will occur in the Heath Centre on Level 5 of SAH and in the BBC Auditorium.

We look forward to meeting you all and thank you for volunteering at SACS!

Preparation Day (Thursday 9 June)
We may need volunteers to help set up the day. More details will be available soon.

On The Day (Friday 10 June and Tuesday 14 June)

  • Set up: You will setting the tables with the decorations, gifts, crockery and cutlery and food.
  • Serving: You will be serving tea and refilling plates with food (if needed). You will also assist with welcoming our guests into the room and help in finding seats for them.
  • Pack up: You will help pack away the decorations and clear away the cups, cutlery and food.

Volunteer here


Parent Seminar: Student Cyber Safety and Digital Wellbeing

Protecting children in their digital worlds is an ever-evolving task for Australian families.

This parent education seminar, delivered by ySafe, provides the most up-to-date information and advice to parents on how to best protect their children from the damaging aspects of the digital world.

This practical, strategy-rich session will cover social media and gaming, how to manage screen time and step-by-step instructions on how to set up a cyber safe home for kids of all ages.

Yasmin London
Yasmin is the Executive Director of ySafe, Australia’s largest provider of cyber safety education. She is passionate about educating parents and students about online safety to help make a difference in the health and wellbeing of young people. She delivers engaging and practical presentations and is also a regular media commentator.

This is an important school event for all parents to attend.

Wednesday 15 June, 5.30pm
Chapter House


Register here


Andrean Writer, Artist, Composer and Designer (new) of the Year Competition

We are proud to announce this year’s K-12 creative competition theme is – EGYPT. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb, this year’s Andrean of the Year theme is Egypt. 

Consider the ideas of ‘exploration’, ‘discovery’, ‘mystery’, ‘curses’, or ‘adventure’ in either ancient or modern Egypt, or anything else you can imagine in the wonderful land of Egypt! 

This year we have a NEW category – Designer of the Year – can you design something about Egypt? Design entries must be no larger than one cubic metre made from either timber, metal, plastic, textiles and/or computer programme with your name and year level clearly marked. All entries to be submitted to Mr Bacewicz in the Design Centre (Year 7-12) or Mr Ryman (Year 5-6) – computer programme entries need to be provided on a USB and need to be able to be run on school laptops without additional/specialist software. All Designer of the Year entries must include a 3-minute video explanation of how your Design represents the theme, addresses a market opportunity and demonstrates your product in use.

Judging and prizes

Entries will be judged on creativity, skill, audience engagement and originality in exploring the theme. Entries must be created in 2022 and no group entries are permitted.

First prize: $200 Secondary; $100 Primary
Runners up: $50 Secondary; $20 Primary

Click here for 2022 entry details and winners from past competitions. Entries close Monday 17 October (Term 4 Week 2).

Mr Brad Swibel
Deputy Head of School (Secondary)

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