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SACS Factor rocks the Cathedral

SACS Factor rocks the Cathedral

Students from across the Secondary School gathered in the Cathedral today for a competition of epic proportions with bands from each of the eight house groups battling for the SACS Factor plate. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was more a celebration than a competition. The SACS Factor Final is…

Rooftop games a key feature of SACS experience

Rooftop games a key feature of SACS experience

This year, we will be raising funds to refresh our iconic rooftop recreation area. We asked our archivist Kelton Jarvis to share the history of our School’s various rooftop playgrounds which students have enjoyed across the decades. The concept of playgrounds as an essential educational element in a child’s development…

Choristers take the stage with Opera Australia

Choristers take the stage with Opera Australia

Year 9 student Orlando Lennon and Year 8 student William Wheeler spent the beginning of the year performing in Opera Australia’s Turandot and La Boheme, respectively. In this interview, the two choristers share what they learnt from the experience. You’ve performed alongside some of Australia’s finest voices on one…

What makes a 5-star employer?

What makes a 5-star employer?

We were delighted to receive the 5-star employer of choice award for 2022 from industry magazine The Educator, last month. In this interview, we spoke to Heath McPherson, our Director of People and Culture, who shared his insight into what makes working at St Andrew’s Cathedral School so special.   Firstly,…

SACS Cup hits its stride

SACS Cup hits its stride

Each year St Andrew’s Cathedral School brings together football players from across Sydney’s independent schools to compete in a pre-season tournament. In its latest addition, the tournament has continued to grow. Earlier this month, St Andrew’s Cathedral School (SACS) hosted the annual SACS Cup boys football tournament, which attracted teams…

Trio takes out Rising Star awards

Trio takes out Rising Star awards

We’re delighted for staff members Harriet O’Donnell, Rebecca Newman and Elle Smith who have been recognised as emerging leaders by industry magazine ‘The Educator’. Each year The Educator searches for the best up and coming talent in the education sector by accepting recommendations from professionals within the industry.

Coaching triads forming unlikely partnerships

Coaching triads forming unlikely partnerships

Our coaching triads are changing the way teachers operate by providing a super-charged space for learning and innovation. Teachers are walking in with an inkling about what they’d like to develop and they walk out with a renewed enthusiasm for their work. Dr Kaye Chalwell is the Teaching and…

Mia sails her way into South Korean regatta

Mia sails her way into South Korean regatta

Year 8 student Mia Austin has been selected for the Australian Optimist sailing team to compete at the Asian and Oceanic championships in South Korea later this year. In this interview, Mia speaks about her success and shares what she enjoys about the sport of sailing.   Firstly, what’s an ‘Optimist’?  …

New brand seeks to capture who we are

New brand seeks to capture who we are

According to our Senior Designer Rachel Heriot, every school has a brand whether they realise it or not. In this interview, Rachel speaks about the impact of a brand on a school community and shares what she hopes St Andrew’s Cathedral School’s newly launched branding will achieve.   How would you…

This is who we are: commissioning service celebrates new chapter

This is who we are: commissioning service celebrates new chapter

The school community gathered to officially welcome Dr Julie McGonigle as the 15th Head of School and the historic occasion provided an opportunity to say “this is who we are” according to Director of Community Engagement, Lyn Jarvis. Earlier this week Dr Julie McGonigle was formally commissioned as the…

Ethics team philosophise their way to gold medal

Ethics team philosophise their way to gold medal

Our Year 10 philosophers were taken by surprise when they were awarded first place at an international ethics competition last month. Ethan Crosweller reports on the amazing achievement. Early last month the Middle School Ethics Team competed at the postponed 2021 International Ethics Olympiad where they were awarded…

Welcome to a new school year in 2022

Welcome to a new school year in 2022

The start of this new year brought with it a new Head of School – Dr Julie McGonigle, who is already well known and highly regarded by the St Andrew’s Cathedral School and Gawura communities. Here, she explains what sets our schools apart: “Honest and integrous”, “grounded, with a rare…

Three musicians hit HSC high notes

Three musicians hit HSC high notes

Justin Chen, Timothy Moore and Jarrod Choi received the top three HSC ATARs for their year group. They also happen to be close friends, having played music together in a chamber ensemble over the past three years. In this interview, Justin speaks about his success and the power of camaraderie.

Smythe teaching in his childhood classroom

Smythe teaching in his childhood classroom

Old Andrean Andrew Smythe is back after leaving St Andrew’s Cathedral School over 30 years ago. In this interview, Andrew speaks about his experience as a student and what he’s learning now as a teacher-in-training. Andrew Smythe: the student becomes the teacher Why did you decide to come back to…

Strong all-rounders a highlight of 2021 HSC cohort

Strong all-rounders a highlight of 2021 HSC cohort

The HSC results are in and we have so much to celebrate! To view a printable snapshot summary of our HSC results, click here. Our students have achieved some excellent results and personal achievements. Considering the challenges all students, staff (and…