Crusaders or ‘Cru’ is the name of our popular voluntary Christian programme. The name recognises SACS’ affiliation with the organisation Crusaders who, since 1930, have been working in Independent Schools of NSW to share the gospel with young people.
We have two Cru groups in the Junior School, six in the Middle School and six in the Senior College. The groups in the Senior School are year and gender-based, however, for the first few weeks each term in the Senior College we meet as a combined group for BIG Cru. Under the guidance of Christian staff and other students, Cru attendees meet to study God’s word, to have fun, to ask questions and to encourage one another – all in tailored, age appropriate formats.
Students in Years 11 and 12 are given the opportunity to lead Middle School Cru Groups as well as organising Big Cru and Inter-School Cru events. These students meet to eat breakfast, pray, study God’s word, learn more about godly leadership and share their experiences of serving others.
The Ledge Camp
The Ledge caters for students in Years 7-9. Many Christian staff volunteer to lead the camp, as well as several Year 11 students who assist in its daily running (these students have received training in Christian Ministry through the Crusader Leadership programme). Campers stay together for a weekend and explore what it means to be God’s people. Each day, in addition to exciting outdoor activities, there are times of singing, prayer, Bible reading, teaching and small group discussions.
The Edge Camp
The Edge camp runs for students in Years 10-12, and is led by Christian staff across the school who take part voluntarily, many with strong experience in leading Christian camps. It is a time of growth and camaraderie, it consists of: Bible talks, conversations, singing, games, study sessions (optional), sport, prayer, food and fellowship.
The Chaplaincy Department at St Andrew’s liases with a number of other outward looking service programmes in the city and overseas, including Rough Edges (a place for disadvantaged and homeless in the inner city), Salvation Army’s Street Level, Fiji Goodworks Project, Red Cross Blood Bank and the Cathedral’s Healing Ministry. It works alongside the School houses in encouraging students to care for and serve our city and world.