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Welcome from the Head of Gawura
Key dates
Heart, Mind, Life and Uniform Awards
Anglicare Christmas food hamper appeal
Message from our Wellbeing Coordinator
Library news
Performing Arts news
Sports news
What's happening in the Art Space?
Gifted and Talented Education
IPSHA Public Speaking
Parenting tips
What's on: upcoming events and activities
TheirCare holiday programme

Welcome from the Head of Gawura


Last Wednesday 15 November our Aboriginal students from Years 5 to 12 attended a three day On Country Tour for 2023.

The students visited Wiradjuri and Gundungurra Nations spending time in Katoomba, Blackheath, Mudgee and Goulburn River National Park. The students were able to participate in cultural learning which was delivered by local Elders and Aboriginal Knowledge Holders who have the cultural authority to deliver content on the places that we visited. Aunty Cindy, an Aboriginal Ranger from National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) met us at the Blackheath NPWS Heritage Centre for a cultural presentation which was then followed by a guided walking tour to Govetts Leap Lookout.

On Day 2 Aunty Fleur and Uncle Lachie from Wiradjuri Nation met us in the Goulburn River National Park and did a three hour Coming Into Country Role Play which was very well received by our students. They then led us on a bushwalk to the Hands On Cave sacred site where our students were told of the history and significance of this special place.

On Day 3 we travelled to Scenic World at Katoomba and were greeted by Uncle David King who welcomed us to Gundungarra Nation. Another Aboriginal Guide called Steffanie then took us into the valley below on the Scenic Railway and completed a guided tour of the Jamieson Valley walkway where we returned to the top via the Scenic Cablecar.

We want to thank all the donors and sponsors who were able to make this On Country Tour happen. It was another wonderful experience of On Country Learning. We have now completed 4 On Country Tours to various nations including last year’s journey interstate to Kuku Yalanji Nation in Cape York of Far North Qld.

On Friday 10 November, our Gawura students attended a guided tour of the Indigenous Art and Sculptures of the new wing at the Art Gallery of NSW. Our students saw amazing artwork from all over NSW including the various Nations that they heritage to - themselves. It was very special to see the shell artwork of Aunty Esme Timbery (who only passed away last month) and is the mum of our own Gawura bus driver, Uncle Bill Russell.

Our final GPAC Meeting for the year will be held next Tuesday 28 November in the Bennelong Room on Level 6. It will also be available online as usual and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on that day.

Finally, our Gawura Dancers have been invited to perform at the Evening of Celebration and Prizegiving (ECAP) on the evening of Tuesday 5 December, commencing at 6.30pm in the Sydney Town Hall. The students will be involved in the official Procession and will then perform the Welcome Dance on the main stage, to an audience of over 1800 people. Our Gawura Dancers know this dance well as this is what they performed at our NAIDOC Week Assembly at the end of Term 2 this year. More information about this event will be emailed and texted out to parents in the coming week.


Celebration of Lilie’s Life

The School held a livestream of Lilie James’ Celebration Service on Friday. It was a beautiful and uplifting celebration of Lilie’s life. For any community member feeling the need for extra support at this time, here is the link of available support services for your reference:


Semester 2 reports

All students’ Semester 2 reports will be emailed home in the last week of school. A reminder that comparative reporting information is also available (Year 1 to Year 6), upon request.  If you would like to know how your child’s individual results compare to the grade, please contact the Junior School Reception and request the grade comparative report to be emailed directly to you, after the semester reports have been received. Our recommendation to parents is that if Comparative Reporting information is sought from the School, that such information is not shared with your child. Should you require any further explanation, or details regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher initially.


We wish you a wonderful and safe fortnight ahead.

May grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Mr John Ralph 
Head of Gawura


Key dates

Tuesday 21 November, 6pm
P&F Annual General Meeting

Thursday 23 November, 8am
– Coffee in Chapter House (Year 6 Farewell cuppa)
– K-2 swimming

Friday 24 November 
Year 2 State Library excursion

Tuesday 28 November, 2pm - 3pm
GPAC meeting

Wednesday 29 November, 9.15am
EOT Special Awards assembly

Thursday 30 November
– K-2 swimming
– Stage 2 Sydney Museum excursion

Friday 1 December
– ICAS Assembly, 9am
– Year 6 Graduation and dinner celebration

Monday 4 December, 9.15pm - 11am
Carols in the QVB

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30pm
Evening of Celebration and Prizegiving

Wednesday 6 December
Junior School and Gawura Picnic Day

Thursday 7 December, 2pm
– Community Chapel and Christmas Carols
– Term concludes for students

Friday 8 December
– Staff Development Day
– Term concludes for staff

Monday 29 January and Wednesday 31 January, 8am-10am
Welcome in the Square


The outpouring of love and support we have received over the last few weeks has been profoundly moving.

In response to student questions – The flowers that made up the beautiful tribute outside the front of the School have gone to Kirrikee, where they will be used to create a special native flower bed, in the Remembrance Garden, located next to the outdoor Chapel. The ribbons from the flowers have been tied in hundreds of bows to create a stunning wreath of colour and love. Messages that were left by students, parents and staff have been collated and preserved in a beautiful memorial book that we hope will provide some solace and comfort to the James family. We extend our appreciation to all of those who attended the Celebration of Lilie’s Life in the Cathedral on Friday. The sign-in sheets from the service will be collated and shared with the family, offering a tangible expression of support from our school community.

Ms Lyn Jarvis
Director of Community Engagement


Heart, Mind, Life and Uniform Awards



For a full list of the latest Heart, Mind, Life and Uniform awards, click here


Anglicare Christmas food hamper appeal


Help Year 10 raise $15,000 this Christmas for those in need

For thousands of families, Christmas isn't a time of celebration but of hunger, hardship and stress. Year 10 students, as part of our Community Service, are partnering with Anglicare to prepare Christmas Hampers for families in need this Christmas.

Our goal is to raise $15,000 and we need YOUR HELP! 

$70 can provide one family with a delicious meal on Christmas day.  Donations of any size can come together to bring happiness into the homes of those in need in Sydney this Christmas.

Donations accepted until Saturday 2 December.


Please donate today!


Message from our Wellbeing Coordinator


How do you use your time, talents and treasures?

Service Learning is about encouraging our students to put their time, talents and treasure into action for the service of others, particularly living out our St Andrew's Cathedral School character strengths and Christian care for those around us. This term, throughout Junior School and Gawura each class is engaging in a service-learning project.

Our Kindy and Stage 1 students are exploring the character strength of Grateful with a focus on their family and school. They will be making cards of gratitude to share with people who they have been supported by, as well as Christmas chains, to decorate our learning spaces.

Our Stage 2 students will be exploring the character strength of Caring with a focus on their community. They will be coordinating the annual Anglicare Toys 'n' Tucker appeal throughout Junior School and Gawura. There is further information below about how you can contribute to this appeal.

Our Stage 3 students will be exploring the character strength of Servant-hearted with a focus on their world. They will be creating Christmas gift tags to sell to raise money for Anglican Aid’s Adjumani refugee school in Uganda.

Why don’t you ask your child about the character strengths they are developing as they use their time, talents and treasures to make a difference?


Toys 'n' Tucker

Our school will again be collecting for the annual Toys 'n' Tucker appeal to create hampers for families in need at this time. As part of making the hampers consistent and relevant to the needs, Anglicare has provided us with a hamper list which will be emailed out.

If you are shopping please consider adding some of these items to your trolley and bringing them in for our collection. Our Year 3 and 4 students will be leading the organisation and promotion of Toys 'n' Tucker across Junior School and Gawura, as part of their Service Learning activity. Collection boxes will be in each classroom.

If you would like further information about this project please contact myself or go to:

Mrs​​​​ Bronwyn Wake
Junior School and Gawura Wellbeing Coordinator and Psychologist / Counsellor


Library news


Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) certificates for 2023 have now been released. If your child successfully completed the PRC for their grade level, they can expect to receive their certificate in the coming weeks. However, there are two exceptions:

  • Students who completed the PRC for the 4th time (four years of successful completion), will receive a Gold Certificate printed by the PRC which will be presented early 2024.
  • Students who completed the PRC for the 7th time (seven years of successful completion), will receive a Platinum Certificate printed by the PRC which will be presented early 2024.

Congratulations to those students who completed the PRC for the 4th and 7th years running. It is a significant achievement and they should be very proud!


Gold Awards


Shane Jackson

Yuin-River Johnson

George Rose

Bokhara Rossiter

Winda Mumbulla

Year 3

James Carroll

Isla Collins

Henley Edbrooke

Kai Fan

Mairah Kharwa

Blair Li

Bill Pan

Marjan Rahmani

Sophia Theodosiou

Eliana Wong

Year 4

Idelia Cao

Samuel Cobb

Teddy Miles

Alexander Pitts

Year 5

Parker Edwards

Flynn Heraghty

Sophie Inaty

Blake Li

Gabriel Magee

Jamie Tan

Boaz Waterhouse

James Yeoh

Year 6

Audrey Ash

Marcus Chau

Amy Codrington

Hannah Codrington

Jamie Cosmetatos

Henry Duke

Kaylee Guo

Leon Hoerr

Meera Joshi

Ashtonn Kozlov

Audrey Lau

Camilla Mao

Rafferty McGonigle

Chris Ni

James Ni

Thomas Perry

Millin Singh

William Spring

Bryan Whitaker


Platinum Awards

Alec Baines

Freddy Beck

Violet Bloxsom

Sol Crisp

Isabell Dangerfield

Evren Gel

Blake Harvey

Rhys Hughes

Kosta Konstantouras

Archie Lo

Rory McMahon

Jemima Patrick

Lucas Sicurella


International Games Week

Libraries have always been a hub for communities, everywhere. Over the coming week, the library will be on dopamine overload as we participate in International Games Week. Students who come to the library will be able to have lashings of old-fashioned fun playing games like ten-pin bowling, quoits, darts (safe ones, of course) and Twister. There will be word games, mind games, team games and as is our tradition, daily battles on the Mario Kart racetrack. Looking forward to a week of pure joy!


Holiday reading

The end of year is coming up fast and some families will be wondering how their children can access books over the holidays. We know the long break is a great time for students to get hooked into a new series, or to listen to audiobooks on long car journeys.
To support this, the Junior School and Gawura Library allows students to borrow double their normal limit of physical books over the long break. Families can also access eBooks and Audiobooks through the Wheelers ePlatform by logging in with the student’s school username and password.

Wheelers ePlatform can be downloaded to Mac or Windows devices via your favourite App Store. Once downloaded, you will be asked to identify the name of your school (St Andrew’s Cathedral School – or Set Up Code 0363) and then login using individual student details, as per this example:

  • Username: (first initial + last name + graduating year)
  • Password: _ _ _ _ _ _ (6 digit St Andrew's Cathedral School Student ID number)


This is my last newsletter from the Junior School and Gawura Library at St Andrew's Cathedral School. The last five years have been an absolute joy and privilege for me and I will miss the community here greatly. I will treasure the many memories I take with me of deep learning, vivid celebrations, conversations with avid readers, lively lunchtimes, and endless fun around books. I am so grateful to all of the students and families at the School who have made my time here so rich.

May your Christmas be full of books and wonder,

Mrs Nicole Cotter
Coordinator Information & Digital Literacy – Junior School and Gawura


Performing Arts news


Dance at St Andrew's Cathedral School

We are pleased to be offering a Dance Taster Week at the School in the first week of the school holidays!

From 11-15 December we will be offering a range of dance classes at St Andrew's Cathedral School for students to learn dance in various styles with a view to seeing students enrol for co-curricular dance classes in 2024.

With enough interest from the student body, the School will expand the Dance programme in 2024. Our Dance Taster Week will be promoting all the dance styles we hope to offer in 2024.

To that end, please register your interest by Friday 23 November for the fun St Andrew's Dance Taster Week by using this online form.

A Dance Taster Week schedule plus a Booking and Payment form will be forthcoming once we have your Expression of Interest forms back.

The fun dance styles on offer will be:

  • Jazz / Tap (combo class)
  • Musical Theatre
  • Hip Hop
  • Acrobatics / Cheer (combo class)
  • Contemporary / Lyrical

These fun dance styles will be offered in back to back classes in convenient blocks of classes in the Dance Taster Week.

The following age groups will be catered for in order to facilitate appropriate levels of learning:

  • Years K-2
  • Years 3-5
  • Years 6-8
  • Years 9-12.

All dance classes will be on site at the School and our Junior School students will enjoy whole day formats of dance classes 9am - 3pm. Our Secondary School students will have half-day formats of dance classes scheduled.

Dr Christian Watson
Head of Performing Arts



Music news – Congratulations!

Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB): Congratulations to Willem Paap who has recently achieved a High Distinction in his Grade 2 Cello exam, and to Kate Diaz who has achieved Pass with Honours in Grade 3 Recorder Repertoire and Pass with Credit in Grade 2 Flute Repertoire.

Congratulations also to Hugo Gilmovich who has received a High Distinction for his 3rd Grade Classical Guitar exam. Hugo has also been busy filming for the documentary Mozart’ s Sister where he plays the role of young Mozart. We look forward to its release!


Music and Art Showcase

Congratulations to all the ensembles who performed in this event last Thursday. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to share their musical learning with the community. We are so proud of our students and so grateful to our parents who were able to adjust their plans to accommodate and support their child’s involvement in this event.

Thank you to all the staff involved in ensuring the smooth running of the performance (everything from supervision to administration, logistics, sound and staging!) and thank you to Mrs Miriam Daly for her vision and collaboration in the magnificent art component of the evening.

Thank you all and congratulations!


Instrumental Programme – Year 3

Next Monday 27 November, we will be collecting instruments at the end of the IP session of students who are not continuing their IP instrument privately in 2024. Parents will receive separate correspondence about this, but please keep your eye out for the information pertaining to this.


Paul Jarman – Composer in residence

This week, we are incredibly fortunate to have Australian composer Paul Jarman working with us. He will work with each student in K-6 in workshops throughout the week, as well as working with some of our High School students. We are excited to host Paul and will include a report in our next newsletter!



As the end of the school year draws closer, a few notes on private tuition:

  • Students continuing private lessons in 2024 do not need to do anything – their lessons will roll over to 2024.
  • Students discontinuing their lessons need to give the tutor notice by emailing the tutor and by the end of term.
  • Students wishing to undertake tuition in 2024 who are currently not learning an instrument can fill out the form here to sign up.

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



Junior School Theatresports bridesmaids again

As the great Maxwell Smart often said “Missed it by that much!”

So it was for the Junior School Theatresports team of Meera Joshi, Rafferty McGonigle, Genevieve Williams, Karen Preston and Emma Tomkins, when they played their final in the Theatresports Primary School Challenge (TSC) last Monday at St Patricks Strathfield, with the hopes of going one better and bringing home the cup.

The team went with a high-risk opening scene playing a Poem, and the risk paid off, giving them an early lead. Round 2 saw them play an awkwardly hilarious Double Figures scene with Rafferty and Genevieve playing surgeons and Karen and Meera playing their arms (and Emma as the patient), giving St Andrew's a commanding position going into the break. The last round was a Pop-up Story Book of Olympic proportions, giving St Andrew's a 4-4-5 and looking like they had it in the bag, until Cranbrook came back with a late charge and took the night.

But it doesn’t end there…

The Primary School TSC scoring system is cumulative, with scores from both matches being totalled to find the champion. St Andrew's was still in the hunt but after the adding was done, North Newtown Primary squeaked past St Andrew's by one point and the cup slipped from our grasp.

Despite such a close loss, the team can hold their heads high and congratulations must go to the players and their coach Cameron Ryan. Thanks too to Mr Murray for his constant support and encouragement.

Mr David Callan
Theatresports Coordinator


Sports news


Mixed sport

In the first hockey game of the season, the mixed Year 5/6 hockey team played well under difficult circumstances. Being down only 1-0 at half time, the team showed positive spirit in the second half with a final score, 8-1 loss.


Boys Saturday sport Round 10

The boys basketball teams were away to Newington Prep (Linfield). An impressive display from the St Andrew's boys saw us walk away with four wins from four games. In all games our boys led by a margin of about 10 points. Displaying a great sense of sportsmanship, it was great to see our boys display humility in victory.

Over the past two weekends, the boys cricket teams have had games against Balmain and Earlwood in the club competition. These two opponents out-strengthen our St Andrew's boys, however, a big improvement in our game against Earlwood Wanderers saw us bat out the full innings and score our highest total this season.


Girls Saturday Sport Round 4 and 5

In Round 4 the Year 6 girls team had a convincing win against Danebank with a final score of 61-12. In Round 5 the Year 6 girls played Santa Sabina and again came away with a win, 34-24. It was an outstanding display of talent and teamwork in both games! The Year 5 girls went down in their Round 4 game against SCEGGS. Against strong opposition the girls still managed to score a respectable 16 points. In Round 5 the Year 5 girls were up against Ascham. Although going down in this game, the girls showed continued improvement and displayed an outstanding team spirit.

In Round 4, the Year 5/6 cricket team lost to Abbotsleigh, however, they still scored a respectable 145 runs. In Round 5 the girls were up against another highly competitive Abbotsleigh team, again going down but showing awesome perseverance in the battle, scoring 234 runs in 18 overs!


Individual achievements

Gymnastics spotlight
Over last weekend Milly Linnett (Year 2) competed at the NSW State Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics. She got a Silver for her freehand routine and Gold for her ball routine. Congratulations Milly!

Parkour spotlight
Over last weekend Genevieve Williams (Year 5) competed in the NSW State Gymnastics FreeG (Parkour) Championships in the intermediate division. In the freestyle competition Genevieve achieved a Bronze Medal. Congratulations to Genevieve!

Mr Oliver Denny
Head of Sport Junior School


What's happening in the Art Space?


Visual Arts Showcase

Thank you to all who came to our inaugural Music and Art Showcase 2023 last Thursday. It was a joy to have so many parents, grandparents, friends and students visit the Chapter House and enjoy viewing the artwork of our K-6 students from Junior School and Gawura, and also to engage with the interactive pieces.  A highlight of the event was the large Cathedral installation, constructed with care by two of our beloved Facilities team, Dean and Greg, allowing every visitor to weave a piece or two into a special piece of art created by our St Andrew's community. Thank you for sharing in this community art-making.

Special thanks to our wonderful Junior School and Gawura staff who were all directly or indirectly involved in the music or art aspect of the Showcase. Special thanks, also, to some of our creative and generous parents who worked to support before and during the event: Janet Chakar, Lisa Eager, Amy Keeton and Tania Snell. It certainly does take a village to create a Showcase!

Special thanks need to go to an amazing team of young artists / workers who quietly spent many, many lunchtimes working on installations, signs and creations in preparation for the Showcase. This able team of Year 6 Art leaders have demonstrated beautiful servant-heartedness and perseverance: Lilian Smallwood, Meera Joshi, Ava Chakar, Isla Keeton, Ellowyn Podd, Maddie Seivers and Sophie Lesnie-James from Year 5.  Thank you!

Enjoy the snapshots below of the event.

Mrs​​​​ Miriam Daly
Visual Arts Integrator Junior School and Gawura


Gifted and Talented Education


Puzzles, Riddles and Codes Extension Club

Puzzles, Riddles and Codes Extension Club is a wonderful co-curricular opportunity for high ability students in Years 1 and 2. In this club, students develop problem-solving skills using critical and creative thinking. Each week they are required to solve a number of complex problems and challenges.

There are three components to the club. Firstly, students solve riddles through using skills of analysis, word association and logical reasoning. Next, students solve picture puzzles where they must observe patterns and differences. These puzzles deepen short-term visual memory and attention skills. Students also must utilise observation and concentration skills to notice details in the puzzles. Finally, students use codes to solve and write secret messages. These code activities require students to correctly organise images and terms to communicate using symbolic language. Below are some reflections from students in the club.

We learn how to write a secret message using a code. For example, we might swap letters and numbers, like A is 1 and B is 2. We’ve done lots of complicated codes, for example, the spiral mirror block where a secret word is hidden in the code. Shuichi Matsumoto 1M

I like the codes. For example, one code was called spiral mirror block. There were opposite letters and numbers reflected around a mirror line. We had to work out the secret message. The codes can be extended to be more complex. For example, in the spiral mirror block, you could change the direction of the opposite letters and numbers. I also enjoyed the riddles. Some were really funny and clever. One riddle I liked was: ‘Three men jump into the water, but only two come out with wet hair. Why? Because one man was bald.’ Austin Nicholls 1R

I’ve enjoyed the club because it gives us a challenge. We have to sometimes work out a code and think outside the box. Riddles are funny but also hard to solve. Sometimes you have to think about a word in a different way or context. Oliver Salmon 2S

I liked the club with Mrs Clemens because I like solving the codes. Also, the riddles are funny. The puzzles are also very hard and challenging. One code we solved used stick figures for all the letters of the alphabet. The space secret code used shapes and dots and it was really fun. Jamie Sze 2S

Below are examples of secret messages written in codes by some of our students. See if you can solve them.


Mrs​​​​ Emma Clemens
Gifted and Talented Learning Coordinator – Junior School and Gawura



Sloths; Will; Wrong; Sixth; Time; Astronaut.


IPSHA Public Speaking


2023 IPSHA Speakers Challenge

On Friday 10 November, two representatives from St Andrew’s Cathedral School had the opportunity to participate in the 2023 IPSHA Speakers Challenge at William Clarke College.

Violet Bloxsom (Year 6) and Aidan Martin (Year 5) prepared and presented their speeches on the topic ‘If only…’. Both students represented the School beautifully at what was an extremely high calibre event.

Competing against 90 other students from independent schools around Sydney and beyond, Violet Bloxsom was acknowledged as the overall winner from her respective competition room. She then proceeded to the Grand Final Round, presenting her prepared speech to all other participants on the day. Violet was then given 10 minutes to write and present a one minute impromptu speech on the topic ‘In the future’. Violet was acknowledged with a Highly Commended certificate, being placed in the top nine participants on the day.

Well done Violet and Aidan on your extremely hard work and preparation. We are very proud of you both!

Miss​​​​ Alix Vanny
Junior School Teacher


Parenting tips


Some things successful parents who raise the strongest and most resilient kids do differently

By Jennifer Breheny Wallace, from Raising Successful Kids.

Parents who raise the strongest and most resilient kids create an environment that allows them to make mistakes and not fear failure.

You can still love the person, but you don’t love the action. When we’re able to clearly separate the two, a child doesn’t link their worth to their behaviour, whether “good” or “bad".

So much of our lives as parents consist of getting our children to do things they don’t want to do, teaching them lessons and setting them up for future success. But something gets lost when our relationships don’t include enough time just enjoying each other, delighting in what is inherently lovable about our children.

York University psychology professor Gordon Flett says it’s important to pay attention to the “micro-practices” you use with your children. Do you light up when your children walk in the room or do you pepper them with questions (“How’d you do on that test?”) to relieve your own anxiety?

To that end, psychologist Susan Bauerfeld recommends greeting your children at least once a day like they are the family puppy: with total, unabashed joy. This includes being physically affectionate and playful.

NYU professor Scott Galloway agrees. In his book, The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love and Meaning, writes “For me, affection was the difference between hoping someone thought I was wonderful and worthy — and knowing someone did.

Children who were raised in a physically affectionate household reported less depression and anxiety and higher levels of compassion as adults, according to a study from Notre Dame University.

That’s why playtime as a family is so critical. When we don’t carve out time for play, we lose out on some of the highest-quality interactions we can have with our children — getting immersed in something together, as equals.”

Kidshealth have some equally similar and great ideas as well.

“Praising accomplishments, however small, will make them feel proud; letting children do things independently will make them feel capable and strong. By contrast, belittling comments or comparing a child unfavourably with another will make children feel worthless.

Choose your words carefully and be compassionate. Let your children know that everyone makes mistakes and that you still love them, even when you don't love their behaviour.

The more effective approach is to catch children doing something right: "You made your bed without being asked — that's terrific!" or "I was watching you play with your sister and you were very patient." These statements will do more to encourage good behaviour over the long run.

Discipline is necessary in every household. The goal of discipline is to help children choose acceptable behaviours and learn self-control. They may test the limits you establish for them, but they need those limits to grow into responsible adults.

Young children learn a lot about how to act by watching their parents. The younger they are, the more cues they take from you.

There are some interesting ideas here and not all of them will resonate with you, but they are certainly worth thinking about."

Mrs Joy Rohrlach
Year 5 Leader


What's on: upcoming events and activities


P&F Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The P&F are currently seeking nominations to join the 2024 P&F Executive Committee.

The P&F work closely with the School and are committed to building a strong school community and supporting our school and students.

The Constitution states that all roles are made ‘vacant’ each year, although some of our current members are happy to continue in their roles unless opposed. There will definitely be a number of vacancies, as some existing members of the Exec will be leaving due to their children finishing at St Andrew's Cathedral School.

Voting will be in person so if you wish to nominate and/or vote then please come along.

The AGM will be followed by our final P&F General meeting for the year.

  • The AGM Agenda can be found here.
  • The 2022 AGM Minutes can be found here.

The roles in the P&F are:


  • Act as a representative of the P&F.
  • Establish good relationships with the School, parents and community.
  • Plan and chair meetings in consultation with the Secretary and Committee.
  • Follow up on actions from previous meetings and communicate decisions to the whole school community.
  • Respond to correspondence and comments.
  • Write the P&F newsletter.

Vice President

  • Provide support to the President and committee.
  • Share duties and responsibilities as agreed.
  • Attend all meetings.


  • Provide admin support to the President and P&F Executive Committee as needed.
  • Create all meeting agendas.
  • Take and distribute minutes at P&F meetings.
  • Assist with the management of P&F events.


  • Maintain records of P&F finances, including receipts and expenditure.
  • Present a financial report at each P&F meeting and a yearly report at the AGM.
  • Arrange for an audited financial report for the AGM.

General Executive

  • Participate in all decision making at P&F meetings.
  • Attend meetings and vote on issues at hand.
  • Provide ongoing support to the committee.
  • Help organise and run P&F events.

Within the three ‘General Executive’ positions, ideally people will take on the roles of Parent Convenors Co-ordinator, Events Co-ordinator plus a General Support role.

If you are interested in supporting the School by nominating for a P&F position please complete the nomination form and return to the P&F p& before midday on Monday 20 November. All parents who paid the P&F subscription as part of their Term 1 school fees can ‘Nominate’ and ‘Second’ the application. If you have any queries regarding the roles then please contact the P&F at p&

  • The nomination form can be found here.

P&F General Meeting

Please join the 2024 P&F Executive and other parents at the last General Meeting for the year. This will include a Head of School update, and update on sport at the School.
The P&F General Meeting will follow on from the P&F AGM.

  • The P&F General Meeting agenda can be found here.

RSVP for the P&F AGM and General Meeting


This Thursday, Year 6 parents, join us for a farewell cuppa

Parents and carers of Year 6 students are warmly invited to Coffee in the Chapter House for a farewell event.

Come along and share a coffee with staff and other Year 6 parents to celebrate and reflect on your Junior School years and look forward to and prepare for the next adventure!

Thursday 23 November, 8am-9am
Chapter House


RSVP by Monday 20 November


138th Evening of Celebration and Prizegiving

We extend a warm invitation to our School community to come together for our 138th Evening of Celebration and Prizegiving.

Join us as we acknowledge the achievements of our students and school in our annual night of music, traditions, awards and celebration in beautiful Sydney Town Hall.

Tuesday 5 December
Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm prompt start
Sydney Town Hall – enter via George Street entrance


Book here


Celebrating Christmas

Parents and carers are invited to join the Junior School and Gawura communities as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in our carols service.

Christmas cake and refreshments will be provided for visitors in Chapter House from 1.15pm with carols commencing at 2pm in the Cathedral. Bring your singing voices as we end the year together remembering the great news that God, who is Lord of all, came down to Earth from Heaven.

Thursday 7 December
Coffee and Christmas cake in Chapter House from 1.15pm

Chapter House
Carols, 2pm
St Andrew’s Cathedral


RSVP here


Welcome in the Square

Please come and join us for a cup of barista-made coffee or tea as we welcome our students and families back to school after the summer holidays. Delicious snacks will also be offered. It’s a great opportunity for parents to chat with other parents and even a few staff members.

All parents and friends of the School are welcome, so please come and say hello.

This event is provided for our school community by the P&F and there is no charge.

Monday 29 January and Wednesday 31 January, 8am-10am 
Sydney Square


TheirCare holiday programme


Book a place in the School Holiday Programme now – click below for more information!


December programme

January programme