New initiatives to embed First Nations culture and language at St Andrew’s Cathedral School are having a transformative impact on our students. Here we discover how our dedicated Indigenous school, Gawura, along with our school leaders and First Nations staff, are helping change our school culture for the better.Full Story
Staff book club a hit
Graphic designer Nicole Pincaro loved reading James Clear’s ‘Atomic Habits’ so much that she decided to start a book club with staff from St Andrew’s Cathedral School.“Though I’m not a teacher and though I don’t have a formal leadership role, I know I can be a leader and I’ve been given opportunities to grow in that space.”Staff from a range of departments – teaching, finance, marketing and facilities – jumped at Nic’s idea and joined her book club.Nic’s biggest learning?…“If you have an idea, go for it! Talk to your leaders about it and more often than not, at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, they will empower you to go for it.”
Dr Kirsten Macaulay, our new Deputy Head (Quality Teaching)
Congratulations Dr Kirsten Macaulay, our new Deputy Head (Quality Teaching). From 2023, Kirsten will lead St. Andrew’s Cathedral School thought leadership in the area of quality teaching within a Christian framework. This will occur through the provision of local and national/international conferences, publications, lecture series, networking events and collaborative partnerships.
Read our conversations
It’s with great delight that we release our first ever school journal – the ‘2022 Research Conversations Journal’. It’s filled with peer reviewed articles from our staff who write with insight and depth about all things teaching. There’s action research, reflection on teaching and learning practice, and several book reviews too.
An outstanding performance
We were so delighted that our students were invited to perform at the #amchamcelebrates national Alliance Awards Gala Dinner last night at the International Convention Centre. Two of our outstanding Junior School musicians Annabelle (Year 4) and Isaac (Year 5) performed the US and Australian national anthems to open the dinner and awards presentation in front of around 800 members, including the US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy (pictured).
Celebrating World Teacher’s Day
Today is World Teacher’s Day and we think it’s only right that teachers everywhere get the praise they’re due. Would you join us as we say a BIG thank you? St Andrew’s Cathedral School staff bring their heart into their work, not to mention their time and energy and passion and expertise. Teachers, we see you and thank you and we are in awe of what you do. So, on this day, we applaud you 👏
Estee’s busy week
Our Head of Gifted Education (Secondary) Estee Stephenson has had a busy week! She has just presented at two conferences – the Global Assessment Conference and the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented Conference.
ICT Teacher of the Year
We’re delighted for Amanda Hogan, Deputy Head of Technological & Applied Studies, who has received the ICT Teacher of the Year award from the the ICT Educators of NSW. Amazing achievement from an amazing teacher! Amanda is now in the running for the national award.
Purpose, Mechanisms and Bias
Our annual Research Conversations online conference is fast approaching on Saturday 29 October. All educators are invited to join us for five hours of professional learning discussions on a huge variety of topics. Our keynote speaker is Oliver Lovell, whose topic is ‘Purpose, Mechanisms and Bias: A roadmap for translating research into practice’.
Women in leadership
How do women in schools in 2022 find themselves in positions of leadership? What do we need to think about as we chart a future that is both equitable and transformative?These were just some of the questions our Head of School, Dr Julie McGonigle, tackled as part of the Association of Independent Schools of NSW’s ‘Women in Leadership’ panel yesterday.
Space to breathe: coaching program provides solutions
Do you have space to breathe in your place of work? In an education industry that is increasingly stretched and strapped for time, it can feel impossible to find space for big picture reflection and personal improvement,
Come and join us at a workplace that received Voice Project’s Best Workplace Award for staff satisfaction and engagement in 2020, and was recently awarded “5 Star Employer of Choice” for positive employee experiences by The Educator.
Why the uniform has such appeal
Deputy Head of School Brad Swibel talked to the Sun Herald about all things uniforms and it made the paper this past week.
Teachers rewarded for excellence
At the Australian Education Awards on Friday night Kaye Chalwell and Rebecca Newman were recognised as Excellence Awardees in the category of Primary School Teacher of the Year (non-Government).
Welcome to our school
We invited parents and potential future students to our campus earlier this month to explore what it’s like to attend St Andrew’s Cathedral School as a student.