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December 2021

From the Principal

Dear St Andrew’s Community and Friends

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the 2021 school year. 2021 has been a year filled with joy, wonder and awe, with every child having developed and progressed in their own way. In this edition of St Andrew’s News, we take a look at some of the highlights of Term 4 and start to look to an exciting 2022 for St Andrew’s School.

Commitment to Children’s Learning

You can see our teachers’ commitment to children and building their skills every day. In Term 4 we saw the outcomes of our teachers’ commitment through:

  • Our children competing in the National Tournament of the Minds competition.
  • The Year 6 and 7 children’s personal project evening where children were so capable of not only demonstrating their learning but answering complex questions.
  • Italian Day for our youngest children.
  • Welcome to House for new Reception children.

This year our staff have also added new initiatives to our program to extend children’s learning opportunities. This has included preparing for the much-loved Bike Hike with cycling lessons, and the inaugural Out and About Week which took our Year 6 students all around Adelaide for a week of action-packed adventure!

Our focus on and commitment to children’s learning will continue into 2022, with many exciting projects planned for the children.

World Teachers’ Day

29 October was World Teachers’ Day, and to help us celebrate the St Andrew’s Parents’ Association hosted a (COVID-friendly) morning tea for the staff to say thank you for their commitment to the children. The teachers at St Andrew’s are passionate learners who are keen to explore how children learn effectively, and how they can improve their teaching practice. It is a gift to have such a dedicated staff who are curious about learning and wish to extend their own learning.

Year 5 Primary Years Program Exhibition

In early November many of us were fortunate enough to attend the Year 5 PYP Exhibition. The Exhibition is the children’s opportunity to develop their own unit of inquiry around a concept. This year, we asked the children to explore empathy. The children’s responses to this were extraordinary, and their ability to see others’ perspectives and think critically has developed in an extremely sophisticated way. Many children took a large concept, like poverty, and then thought very carefully about how children at our School could take action in this space.

Excitement for 2022

Our new building will be open for use in January, with the Year 6 class of 2022 being the first children to use this space. The children will have two studios – one for each class. However, the beauty of these spaces is the flexibility they offer. The two studios can easily be converted to one large space enabling cooperative learning to occur easily across the year levels. There is also open space on the first floor where the classrooms are located which will further provide opportunities for children to work flexibly. This addition to our School further enhances the quality learning we have on offer.

On the first floor we also have a space dedicated to learning technologies. Robotics and coding will be a focus in this space. Furniture has been selected that is adaptable ensuring even our youngest child in ELC has the opportunity to use and engage in learning. Below this space will be the innovation hub which will allow children to not only design but make solutions to problems. This will enable children to evaluate and explore the properties of materials, while also encouraging persistence and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with working on a project for a lengthy period of time and facing and overcoming obstacles. With children growing up in a world surrounded by instant gratification, this will be an important aspect of the program along with the creative and critical thinking that will occur.

 

Thank you for your ongoing interest in and support of our School. I look forward to connecting with you again soon.

Warm wishes

 

Jackie Becher

Principal

 

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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.