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 at Kirrikee, in the Southern Highlands. A vast range of age appropriate camp programs are offered. Secondary students can go on trips 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.
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 at St Andrew’s. We offer a large range of Diploma subjects and highly experienced Diploma teachers. In 2019, the highest performing IB Diploma subjects were Physics, Psychology, Spanish, German B HL, Business Management and Music. Four of the five Music students achieved the highest grade of 7, and the fifth student achieved a grade of 6. The 2019 IB cohort achieved 24 Grade 7s (the top grade) across a wide range of subjects. There were an impressive 94 Grade 6 results across all subjects. There were 14 Grade As (the top grade) for the Extended Essay subject, which all students complete.