October 2020

Proud history will help to shape brave new world

Air raid shelters on the oval, a young boy’s chivalrous gesture that lead to a healthy bequeathment, an earthquake that shook the buildings’ very foundations – and a commitment to strong values that absolutely nothing could jolt over a rich and rewarding 170-year journey.
These are just some of the moments that leap off the pages of St Andrew’s School’s history, an Adelaide educational institution that opened its doors to its very first students on 23 September 1850.

That’s just 14 years after Governor Hindmarsh strode ashore at Glenelg so it is fair to say that we have played an enormous role in educating South Australia’s young boys and girls and, in the process, giving an impressive list of Olympians, academics, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and religious and political leaders a great start to their future endeavours of shaping society for the better.

As history tells us, the school sprang from the seed sown at an 1848 dinner to celebrate the consecration of the nearby St Andrew’s Church. Over the meal, someone wondered aloud how wonderful it would be if the next meaningful project was a school to provide elementary education for “children of the industrial classes within the principles of the teachings of the Church of England.”

The idea was warmly embraced by the ladies and gentlemen of the day and a year later, ground had been broken.

It’s hard to believe that the tiny original school building that emerged as reward for their hard work – and which still stands on the campus today – was meant to house 200 students!

How times have changed, how our campus has evolved to offer today’s learners the very best facilities and educators they could wish for, anywhere in the country.

Along the way, that little school building has witnessed a great deal. It saw the arrival from England in the late 1800s of Archdeacon and Lady Dove, who immediately set about convincing the church to better support the school and improve the teachers’ wages.

It was there when Principal Miss Porter presided over an era characterised by the hardships of World War I and the Great Depression. A formidable figure, she is credited with initiating fundraising drives – like the St Andrew’s Fair and Ball – that brought the community and friends together who continue to play a vital role in the school to this day.

Miss Porter is honoured for her contributions, which also include being a stickler when it came to English language usage, demanding nothing but the Queen’s English in both written and spoken form, with the Lavinia Porter Building bearing her name.

Those familiar with the campus will know that other buildings bear the names of the much-loved Rev Eggleton and a certain Mrs Habich (more of her later) but might not be aware that during World War II, air raid drills were practiced, air raid shelters were established on the oval and community drives raised fund for first aid supplies.

Our future focus on education and global thinking also saw us lead the way as one of the first International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in the country back in the 1990s and we offer one of the most extensive primary school education programs available anywhere in the world.

But what of Mrs Habich?

Well, she was so impressed when, while on a journey into the city one day, a young St Andrew’s School boy offered her his seat on a crowded bus that, when she died in 1989, she left the school a not insignificant $400,000!

That’s a fitting note on which to close as it truly reflects our strong values of instilling in our children a desire to lead a good and rewarding life, one that is connected and community driven.

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Year 1 and 2 Craft Competition

In September, Lucian Hamilton (2B) ran a craft competition for Year 1 and Year 2 students to raise money for St John’s Ambulance Service. At the end of Term 3, Lucian along with Ms Heather Wood, Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching judged the entries and awarded a winner for each year level.

The winners were announced at the end of term JP assembly.

Ethan Zhang 1B
Rafi Malik-Wauchope 2E

Year 1 winning entry submitted by Ethan Zhang 1B

Year 2 winning entry submitted by Rafi Malik-Wauchope 2E

Ethan was chosen by Lucian as he liked the shape of the jellyfish and it was made to stand up on its own. Rafi’s entry was selected as he had put in extra work to share information about the glass squid.

We chatted to Lucian about how he came up with the idea and how the competition worked out.

How did you come up with the idea?

I love crafting and making things from recyclable materials found around my home so I came up with the idea to have a crafting competition so others would do it too.

How did you go about running the competition?

I spoke to Ms Wood about having a competition in Term 1 and we started to organise it but then I couldn’t do it because of COVID-19. When I found out about the theme for Science Week, I thought that would be great for the competition.

I put lots of notes together and made a plan to give to Ms Wood about how I wanted to run the competition. I chose Years 1 and 2 so it was easier to run, and came up with some rules like it had to be made of recyclable materials and you had to do it yourself without lots of help from a grown up. Also, the projects had to be about the Science Week theme Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of our Ocean. We put a note on SeeSaw to ask people to do it.

Why did you choose St John’s Ambulance Service as your charity?

In Term 1, I wanted to help the emergency services after the bushfires happened early this year. But then once COVID-19 happened I saw the doctors and the nurses on the TV and they looked like they needed help. Ms Wood made me a list of different charities to choose from and I chose St John’s Ambulance Service because they help the doctors with sick people.

I hope St John’s can use the money to buy more things and help people who are sick. Maybe they can use the money to buy a defibrillator to keep people alive.

How many entries did you get?

I had 34 entries from Year 1 and 7 entries from Year 2.

How much did you raise?

I raised $213 from entry fees and other donations.

How did you feel after you successfully finished the competition?

I feel proud that I did a good job and raised money for St John’s.

What did you learn from running the competition?

I learned that one idea can make a huge difference. I am making a difference to the Ambulance service and I’m helping people.

Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, Heather Wood, reflects on Lucian’s craft competition and process…

Student Agency is a key component of the IB Primary Years Programme. Agency is the power to take meaningful and intentional action. Students at St Andrew’s are given opportunities to:

  • have voice, choice and ownership
  • influence and direct learning
  • contribute to and participate in the learning community

As Lucian has shown, young students are capable of making a significant, positive difference to the world through their actions.

Photos of other entries submitted and Lucian selecting the winners

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  • St Andrew’s School is a South Australian independent, co-educational specialist primary school providing excellence in education from playgroup through to early years and on to Year 7. Principal Jackie Becher – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.