• Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Providing the highest standard of Pastoral Care, offering students emotional and social student support, and promoting wellbeing amongst the whole School community drives all that we do at St Andrew’s School.

Each and every staff member at St Andrew’s adopts a proactive approach to encourage and educate our students and the wider School community, in order to promote positive attitudes towards themselves and others.

This focus on Pastoral Care is supported by a full time Wellbeing Coordinator/School Counsellor and a Teacher of Wellbeing, as well as regular input from the School Chaplain and a strong relationship between the School and St Andrew’s Church.

Programmes and courses such as The Circle of Security, You Can Do It, What’s the Buzz and Focus Groups are regularly featured and held, and many social skills are taught through Drama and group activities.

The Games Room is available during the week as an alternative play space at lunch time. Here, children are able to engage in positive social activities in a quieter, diverse and imaginative manner.

Developing an holistic approach to wellbeing at St Andrew’s is important. We now have Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy on site to assist with our multi-model approach to holistic care of the child.

School Chaplain

St Andrew’s School was established in 1850 by St Andrew’s Church to provide an education for the children of Walkerville.

The ties between the School and the Church have remained strong throughout the years. Teaching of the principles of the Anglican faith has been maintained to provide a nurturing, supportive and spiritual environment.

Our School Chaplain offers social, emotional and spiritual support, guidance and mentorship.

Church services and worship are regular features for the children of St Andrew’s School. Those students who actively seek to explore their developing spiritual paths are provided opportunity to do so through a number of Chaplain led courses and programmes focusing on Baptism and Communion.

Circle of Friendship

The St Andrew’s School Circle of Friendship, which is an initiative coordinated by our School Counsellor Donna Longden and has been in operation for many years, is a caring group from our School community who have volunteered to help School families or individuals when the need arises.

The Circle of Friendship was established in recognition that there are occasions where one person or several people can lend a hand to help out in circumstances that were not foreseen – such as the COVID-19 outbreak.

Although our usual ways of helping, such as cooking meals and helping with laundry, cannot be offered under our current circumstances, we have been mobilising our ‘virtual’ Circle of Friendship via our social media and other online channels to provide a vehicle for social connection and belonging for our School community.




Soup Kitchen

St Andrew’s School’s pastoral care extends beyond the School community with students helping to make sure Adelaide’s homeless never go hungry.

Every Wednesday since 2008, students in Years 3-7 have taken turns to make much-needed soup for the Salvation Army’s Soup Run which delivers food to more than 200 homeless, jobless and rough sleepers every week.

During the winter months, the needy rely most on receiving a hot meal and during this period students are assigned a different ingredient to bring each week.

  • 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.