Our learning spaces
Our unique city location makes the school the ultimate base camp for learning. The school’s two city buildings include new generation learning spaces intentionally designed to support learning. Glass walls throughout the school make learning visible, and flexible furniture allows teachers to switch modes of learning and cater for the different learning needs of students.
St Andrew’s Cathedral is adjacent to the school and is where students gather for assemblies, services and to perform. This beautiful and historic building is a constant reminder of the transformational learning that has been taking place at the school since 1885.
St Andrew’s features state-of-the-art facilities, with major renovations taking place in recent years to the Science, Music, Dance and Visual Arts facilities as well as the Senior Research Centre. All classrooms feature ergonomically designed desks and chairs that can be moved and reconfigured in minutes.
In 2020, a major renovation of Chapter House (above) created a fabulous space for assemblies, chapels and performing arts. It has the largest seating capacity in the school and features gallery level and floor level seating.
The Music Department contains world class, flexible learning spaces. Modern classrooms with first class audio technology, specialist instrumental and vocal ensemble teaching areas, as well as sound-treated practice rooms for individual lessons and practice form the centrepiece of the department. Also, a recording studio is integrated into the main rehearsal space, fitted out with the latest software and hardware components. Music technology education is further enhanced by a composition classroom featuring state-of-the-art equipment for use by students. St Andrew’s Cathedral, the dedicated Fairfax Music Room, and our Heath Centre are the major internal performance spaces utilised by the Music department. The school’s city location also gives students the opportunity to perform at the City Recital Hall Angel Place, the Concourse Theatre, the NIDA Parade Theatre, and Sydney’s magnificent Town Hall for events such as the annual Showcase Performing Arts concert, the biennial school musical, and the annual end-of-year Evening of Celebration and Prize-giving.
St Andrew’s secondary drama students perform in the school’s in-house Black Box Theatre, recently updated with a professional lighting rig, as well as in professional venues across the city, such as the Enmore Theatre, Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre, the ATYP, NIDA and the Sydney Opera House. The school also has a sprung floor dance studio and dedicated drama teaching room.
St Andrew’s students enjoy architect-designed visual art facilities including:
- Multi-purpose art studios
- A Year 11 and 12 HSC/IB Diploma art studio
- A multi-media/digital studio
- two computer labs,
- colour A3 printing
- SolidWorks + Adobe Master Collection,
- industry standard CAD (computer aided design) software to create web pages, digitise images, alter images, create vector drawings for the laser cutter and make animations and movies.
- Laser Cutter that allows students to cut or engrave glass, mirrors, timber (and even iPads) with hand drawn or digital images.
- 3D Printer (Rapid Prototyper)
- Vacuum former is used to shape plastic, through using heat and pressure.
- CAM (Computer Aided Machine) sewing machines that allow students to design logos, motifs, typography on computer, download these designs to the sewing machine and stitch these designs on to fabric.
- Heat transfer technology
- RISO screen print machine
- MINDSTORM range of Lego robots
St Andrew’s has a comprehensive sport program for Years 7-12 students. The school is a member of the ISA secondary schools competition and the ASISSA Junior School competition. Our priority is to see students playing and participating in safe, high quality environments.
On-site gym facilities
The school has a general use indoor gymnasium with a basketball court, as well as a rooftop playground featuring basketball courts and cricket nets, and an on-site strength and conditioning facility.
Strength and conditioning gymnasium
St Andrew’s has a fully equipped gymnasium, located in the Bishop Barry Centre, available to its secondary school students to use five mornings and four afternoons per week. Students are supervised in their strength and fitness training and can have a personalised program written for them and reviewed at any stage.
Most of our secondary school sporting programs, including training and competition, are delivered at nearby facilities at Sydney University and Wentworth Park.
Rugby Union and Cricket: St Andrew’s Oval (Sydney University)
Football: Wentworth Park (Wattle St, Ultimo), St John’s Oval (Sydney University)
Hockey: Ernie Smith Reserve – Sand-based turf (Moorebank)
Basketball and Netball: Noel Martin Sports and Aquatic Centre (Sydney University)
Tennis: Parklands Tennis (Moore Park Tennis Courts) and Noel Martin Sports and Aquatic Centre (Sydney University)
Fencing: St Andrew’s Cathedral School gym in SAH
Softball: Wentworth Park (Wattle St, Ultimo)
Water Polo: University of NSW Pool (Kensington), Barker College Pool (Hornsby), Warringah Aquatic Centre (Frenchs Forest), Newington College Pool (Stanmore)
St Andrew’s has three well-resourced libraries – two in St Andrew’s House and the Senior Research Centre in the Senior College building. Each has a number of functional learning spaces, including teaching areas with desktop computers, small group study rooms, meeting rooms and reading rooms.
Kirrikee Outdoor Education site
St Andrew’s has its own Outdoor Education property of more than 100 acres in the Southern Highlands. It has housing, dining and a host of purpose built activities enabling students to experience a wide variety of outdoor pursuits which take learning beyond the classroom.