At St Andrew’s, your cohort is your community and you are known and valued.
We deliver an engaging, aligned and evidenced-based student wellbeing framework from Kindergarten to Year 12, to develop students with hearts that love, minds that grow and lives that give.
We aim to promote student flourishing and to build students with character. Character education at SACS is whole person education. It goes beyond the individual themselves and impacts our wider school community and broader society.
Learning requires a caring environment
At SACS we foster an atmosphere of caring, both in and out of the classroom. Our staff make the effort to know each student by name. Conduct in our classrooms is founded on cooperation, caring, helping, encouragement and support. This attitude allows students to grow and learn, not only academically, but to become rounded individuals who behave responsibly and ethically in everything they do.
Directed by our pastoral team, we gather quantitative and qualitative data on our students’ wellbeing needs, using this information to deliver responsive and differentiated wellbeing programs. This consists of a range of activities that are available to students to help them deal with many of the challenges faced by young people today.
We engage with different external experts to inform and promote a positive school community and support social and emotional learning in our students. This includes student and parent seminars throughout the school year, selected to provide our students, staff and parents with helpful information.
Tutorial time in secondary school
Our weekly tutorial time for secondary students follows an evidenced based program that is cohesive and contextually relevant for each year group. Tutors strive to create a more informal classroom dynamic that brings about interactions with students and facilitates appropriate peer to peer conversations about the respective themes and challenges for their students. The pastoral activities are diverse and are informed by a range of sources that have been appropriated for our school context and that are authentically Christian. We have a focus on Character and Positive Education, including many in-house programs, our own SACS character strengths and resources from Flourishing at Schools.
Character and resilience programs
The Middle School’s various character and resilience programs, informed by our in-house research, is aimed at guiding students through a range of issues to help them grow socially and emotionally, and to succeed academically.
An in-depth program in the Senior College seeks to build positive relationships, protect against stress and negative emotion, whilst giving students time to serve and connect with the community, and to reflect on character and purpose. This equips them with social and emotional skills, and the strength to problem-solve and start again in times of failure, whether academic or personal. An overview of each Year-group program offered appears below.
Year group programs
Junior School (K – Year 6)
Within the Junior School our classroom teachers exercise strong Christian pastoral care and support for the children in their care, recognising the importance of nurturing the whole child. The wellbeing of students and their development of social and emotional skills is thoroughly integrated throughout our classrooms in a multitude of ways, such as the language used in class discussions, books chosen, and topics studied and researched. Teachers are seeking to grow within their students the SACS Character Strengths in a real way that they can use as their foundation and apply to everyday interactions with one another, their families and the wider community.