Located in the heart of Sydney's CBD, St Andrew's Cathedral School is a vibrant, coeducational, Kindergarten to Year 12 school with a strong academic program, extensive co-curricular opportunities in sport, music, drama and outdoor education and a nurturing student wellbeing program. Located in two high-rise city buildings, our dynamic facilities provide fabulous learning spaces and our outstanding teachers are passionate professional educators who support and encourage every student's interests and abilities within a framework of Christian values. Our school seeks to enrich its curriculum by engaging in learning experiences beyond the classroom, utilising city museums, concert halls, theatres, law courts, galleries and other places of work. We seek to ensure our students are given every opportunity to excel academically, socially and in co-curricular activities. Our Year 10 – 12 students have their own collegiate-style campus high-rise building, tailored specifically to the learning needs of 15 – 18-year-olds. To contrast our city learning environment, our students also gain experience in the outdoors at the school’s 90-hectare outdoor education site in the NSW Southern Highlands.
We prioritise teaching and learning and model excellent teaching practice; the outstanding performances of our Year 12s in public Australian examinations reflects this. We have a school culture that celebrates excellence, and our expert teachers are supported by a team of highly qualified specialist teachers in literacy, numeracy, learning support, gifted education, curriculum and pastoral care. Our teachers shape a curriculum that creates expertise and wisdom in students: curriculum is challenging and cohesive, pointing towards a coherent whole that enables students to place themselves in a hopeful story bigger than themselves and equipping them with the necessary expertise for a fulfilling life beyond school.
Whether it’s on the sporting field, music and performing arts, debating and public speaking, overseas tours or our many clubs, our teaching and learning doesn’t end in the classroom. We place great value on the importance of co-curricular activities at St Andrew’s Cathedral School – our extensive co-curricular program challenges and stretches our students to follow their passions and develop both expertise and character.
The Outdoor Education program at St Andrew’s Cathedral School is one of the largest and most comprehensive of any school in NSW. The school has its own Outdoor Education Centre called Kirrikee, in the Southern Highlands. The sequential program runs from Kindergarten through to Year 10, culminating in students being offered a variety of tours that include expeditions from Mount Kosciusko to Bass Strait, mountain biking, canoeing on the Murray River, cross-country skiing and community service projects in central Australia.
To find out more, please visit our website: https://www.sacs.nsw.edu.au/
Our IB Middle Years Programme helps our students develop critical and creative thinking skills, research and communication skills, along with team-building and collaboration skills, while building their competencies in core subject areas. Students continue to follow the content of NSW syllabuses within the MYP educational framework. It is inclusive in nature, providing academic rigour for all students, including gifted and talented and those needing support.
Students in their final year of the MYP undertake an independent ‘Personal Project’, which is a significant piece of work of the student’s own initiative and creativity. The project requires research and the creation of a product with supporting documentation. Examples of this have been the creation of a garden, a website detailing ways to save power or the writing of a novel. This incredibly rewarding project gives students an opportunity to research an area of passion which may not have been covered in school subjects.
Around 30 per cent of our Year 11-12 students (around 50 students) choose to study the IB Diploma Programme as their graduate credential. We offer 28 Diploma subjects and 40 courses and have highly experienced Diploma teachers, who are outstanding in their ability to prepare our Diploma students for their assessments and final exams. This is demonstrated by the continuing outstanding results achieved each year by our IB Diploma graduates. In 2023, all of our students in the following courses achieved Grade 7s (the top grade): Computer Science (HL and SL), Music (HL and SL), Philosophy (SL), Physics (HL) and Visual Arts. More than 30 per cent of grades across all subjects were 7s and 50 per cent of courses had a grade point average of 6 or above. There were an impressive 23 Grade As (the top grade) for the Extended Essay subject, which all students complete. The median IB Diploma score was 38, which places the school within the top 50 IB Diploma schools in the world.
The Diploma scores are automatically converted to a tertiary ranking for the purposes of entry to Australian universities.