Parent Handbook

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St Andrews College is a Catholic school that provides three essential elements of a great school:

  • safety for each person
  • a place of happiness
  • an environment which is conducive to learning and faith development.

Our Parent Handbook can be found below and outlines how St Andrews achieves these goals for your child. 

If you have any further questions in relation to College times, dates, policies, or other general enquiries please feel free to contact the College.

General Information

Junior Campus

Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri
8:50 - 9:00 Learning Group
9:00 -10.40 Period 1
10:40 - 11:00 Recess
11:00 - 12.40 Period 2
12:40 - 1:20 Lunch
1:20 - 3.00 Period 3

Thursday
8:50 - 9:00 Learning Group
9:00 -10.40 Period 1
10:40 - 11:00 Recess
11:00 - 12.40 Period 2
12:40 - 2:30 Sport/Activities

 

Lessons are 100 minutes in length. Some 100 minute sessions are delivered in two 50 minutes lessons

Each alternative Monday (Week one of the timetable) students have Assembly Period 1 and Pastoral Care Meeting Period 2.


Senior Campus

Mon to Fri
8:35 - 8:45 Learning Group
8:45 -10.25 Period 1
10:25 - 10:45 Recess
10:45 - 12:25 Period 2
12:25 - 1:05 Lunch
1:05 -2.45 Period 3

 

Lessons are 100 minutes in length. Some 100 minute sessions are delivered in two 50 minutes lessons

Each alternative Monday (Week two of the timetable) students have Assembly Period 1 and Pastoral Care Meeting Period 2.

 

Each year group has a Leader of Learning who is responsible for the welfare of students.  In 2018 they are:

  • Leader of Learning Pastoral Care: Mrs Sue Cooper
  • Leader of Learning Year 7: Mrs Nicole Lovern
  • Leader of Learning Year 8: Mr David van Gestel (Acting)
  • Leader of Learning Year 9: Mr David Frankham
  • Leader of Learning Year 10: Ms Lyndal Simmonds
  • Leader of Learning Year 11: Miss Emily Pett (Acting)
  • Leader of Learning Year 12: Mr Peter Bowd

 

All students within the school are placed into one of four Houses.  Each House has two House Patrons who endeavour to work in building the house spirit of the College.  The Houses are:

Bennelong Named after the first Australian-born person to receive a school education
Chang Named after Victor Chang, the pioneering heart surgeon
Frances Named after Frances Siedleska, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
Gould Named after Shane Gould, an outstanding swimmer

Every day these four House names challenge us to be proud of our Australian heritage; to strive for academic excellence; to continue our faith journey; and to always aim for our personal best.

Our College motto of Faith in Christ expressed through "Doing More and Going Beyond" and with our strong culture of Social Justice each House supports a Charity. House Captains and Student Leaders are encouraged to learn the works of these charities and develop an awareness throughout the school community.

The House Charities are:

Bennelong Santa Teresa Mission - Northern Territory
Chang Medicins Sans Frontiers Australia
Frances Youth Off The Streets
Gould Caritas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Kerrie Castle is our School Counsellor.

Ms Castle is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on the Junior Campus and on Monday and Thursday on the Senior Campus.

The work of the school counsellor in CEDP is to enhance student learning outcomes by reducing or eliminating barriers to learning caused by a variety of factors including disability, social and emotional difficulties or family discord.  

School counsellors in CEDP schools work in ways that are consistent with the ethos and mission of the Catholic Church. 

As part of the mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Parramatta, the K-12 Wellbeing Counsellor is accountable for supporting the System Strategic Intent of improving learning outcomes for all students by focusing on student wellbeing and promoting a professional and rewarding working life for teachers.

 The K-12 Wellbeing Counsellor is accountable for promoting a culture of wellbeing that optimises learning outcomes for students:

 ● Collaborating with schools and other professionals to promote school wide mental health and wellbeing initiatives

 ● Engaging families to support their child and to strengthen home-school partnerships

 ● Providing individual and group counselling services to students

 ● Liaising with external agencies and professionals to enhance student support

 ● Supporting leaders and staff to respond effectively to student welfare

 ● Collaborating with key stakeholders to design personalised plans for students

 ● Undertaking development and review processes that promote professional growth

 

 

The College has outsourced their school uniforms to Oz Fashions. Oz Fashions has supplied many uniform items for the College for several years.

All uniforms items now need to be ordered directly through Oz Fashions by using their online App - Qkr!. Please refer to the instructions below or the Skoolbag App for instructions on how to order.

Oz Fashions will deliver to both the Junior Campus and the Senior Campus every Monday and Wednesday during school terms.

Orders must be placed by 4pm Friday for Monday deliveries and 4pm Tuesday for Wednesday deliveries.

Oz Fashions do not refund, however will happily exchange. All exchanges must be emailed to elle@ozfashions.com.au

Exchanged items must be in their original packaging with tags attached. Please note: Oz Fashions do not sell the St Andrews College uniform direct from their warehouse.

Should you have any questions in regards to the ordering or the exchange process please phone Oz Fashions on 9897 3121 or email Oz Fashions at elle@ozfashions.com.au

 

Instructions for Qkr! (pronounced quicker)

Step 1: Download Qkr! on your Android phone or iPhone. iPad users can download the iPhone App

Step 2: Register - Select your Country of Residence as 'Australia' and follow the steps to register

Step 3: Find our school - St Andrews College will appear in 'Nearby Locations' if you are within 10kms of the school, or search for St Andrews College by name

Step 4: Register your children - When first accessing St Andrews College you will be prompted to add a student profile for your child. This allows you to make orders and payments for them.

 

The following items can be purchased directly from the Junior Campus Office:

  • School Bags
  • Caps
  • Bucket Hats
  • Food Technology Aprons and Hats

 

 

 

 

Communication Between Home and School

Twice a term, our Parent Forum meets for about an hour to discuss issues and topics of interest within our school. There are two parts to our meetings:

  • The first part has an Educational Focus, where a topic is selected by parents to be discussed at the next meeting. Topics in the past have included: The St Andrews College Pastoral Care Program, sports & activities and ICDL for Years 7 and 8.

  • The second part of the meeting includes general business, where parents can discuss issues that they are concerned about.

What Will I Study At St Andrews College?

 

Each Thursday afternoon, students in Years 7-10 participate in Sports & Activities.  It allows students the opportunity to get some exercise, to have fun, and to experience different challenges.  St Andrews College offers students a large range of sports, such as aerobics, dance, fitness games, gridiron, martial arts, oz tag, soccer, swimming, tennis, ten pin bowling, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.  Some sports are held at school, while others are located at outside venues.  When students travel to an outside venue, they will always return to school and be dismissed from school.

Students do not choose their sport.  Instead, a rotation system is offered that allows everyone the chance to try all the different sports.  Each rotation lasts for five weeks.  Sports and Activities is an important part of each student's education and we expect all students to participate.  We ask that appointments and other such activities are not to be made during this time.  If you have any questions about sport, please talk with the Leader of Learning Sport.

At 2:30pm, students who walk home or are picked up may leave.  We ask that students go straight home - not via Quakers Court or St Andrew's Primary.  Students who catch buses must remain at school until their normal buses arrive.

Representative Sport is available throughout the year for sports such as Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer, Softball, Touch Football, and Volleyball.  There are always tryouts before the team is chosen, students are asked to make sure they listen for the announcements.

 

 

 

St Andrews College holds three Sporting Carnivals. They are: Swimming Carnival; Athletics Carnival and Cross Country Carnival.

Carnival dates vary from year to year, however mostly are held in Term 1 and early Term 2.

Sports Carnivals are an excellent opportunity for students to get involved and to try for their Personal Best. It is also a great time for House rivalry.

Common Parent Questions

 

Arrange a time to speak with your child’s Leader of Learning.

 

 

Write a note addressed to your child’s Learning Advisor, stating the time they will need to leave school, and the reason. You will need to go to the office to pick up your child from school.

 

 

Contact the office staff, indicating the type of medication, dosage, and times to be taken. It is important that the school is aware of any medication your child needs to take during school hours. All medication is to be kept at the office. If your child suffers from a life-threatening illness or any illness of concern, please speak with our First Aid Officers, Mrs Margaret McDonald (Junior Campus) and Mrs Juliette Devlin (Senior Campus) before your child starts school.

 

 

Write a note addressed to your child’s Learning Advisor, stating the time of arrival at school, and the reason.

 

Common Student Questions

You do get homework - sometimes from every subject. But it’s easy to do if you work out a study timetable for home. A study timetable means you can finish your homework/assignments, and have time for fun too.

Here is an example of a study timetable.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3:30 – 4:30 Free time Free time Free time Free time Free time
4:30 – 5:00 Homework Homework Homework Homework Homework
5:00 – 5:05 Break Break  Break Break Break
5:05 – 5:35 Homework Homework Homework Homework Homework
5:35 – 5:40 Break Break Break Break Break
5:40 – 6:00 Assignments/ Study Assignments/ Study Assignments/ Study Assignments/ Study Assignments/ Study
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00 – 7:30 Washing up/ Chores Washing up/ Chores Washing up/ Chores Washing up/ Chores Washing up/ Chores
7:30 – 8:30 TV TV TV

TV

TV
8:30 – 9:00 Read/ Free time Read/ Free time Read/ Free time Read/ Free time Read/ Free time
9:00 – 9:10 Pack school bag/ Organise uniform Pack school bag/ Organise uniform Pack school bag/ Organise uniform Pack school bag/ Organise uniform Pack school bag/ Organise uniform
9:10 Bed Bed Bed Bed Bed

 

Tip. Get your parents to help you work out a study timetable

There are many opportunities for students to be involved in extra activities at school. These include:

  • debating
  • representative sport
  • public speaking
  • the Instrumental Tuition Program

Tip: Listen to the announcements at school. These activities are great fun!

Always check your diary, and only bring to school what equipment you need for that day. Learning Advisors and and classroom teachers may be able to store certain items in their rooms for you, but you are only able to access these when it’s Learning Group time or during that particular class. Most students at Holy Family Campus don’t have lockers.

Tell someone! There are many people who can help you - and remember, it doesn’t just have to be a school problem. Some people you could talk to:

  • Peer Support Leader
  • Learning Advisor
  • Leader of Learning
  • Counsellor
  • Parents

Tip: A problem never seems quite as bad when you share it with someone.

 

Give your learning advisor a note in the morning, explaining why you need to leave early. They will sign this note, and then give it back to you. When it is time for you to leave, go to the office with your I.D. card and your signed note. You will receive a Student Attendance (Leave early) Slip to take with you. This must be returned to school the following day. You must wait at the office for your parents to arrive.

Go to the office. A replacement key costs $10.00

Tip: Look after your locker key! Put it on a key ring, and attach it to your wallet/pencil case.

 

Our lockers are located in the Performing Arts Block. You will be given your key once your application has been approved by the College Principal. You can only go to your lockers before school (8:30 - 8:40) and after school (3:05 - 3:15). Lockers are there for you to store books and equipment. You should try to keep them neat & tidy, so you can find what you need. Always check your diary so you are prepared for the next day.

 

When you arrive at school, go to the office with your I.D. card. You must have a note from your parents explaining why you’re late. You will be given a late-slip which you must give to your teacher. Then go to class.

 

At the office. The best time to go is before school (8.30am) or during Learning Group.

 

Tell your parents to pick you up (and to drop you off) at the Harvey Park Car Park (Benalla Crescent). Quakers Road is a very busy place with cars and buses, so it is much safer to use Harvey Park and Benalla Crescent.