From the Deputy Principal - Cathie Egarr

One of the many diverse opportunities in the role of leadership at St Andrew's School is the School Tour for prospective families. I walk around the School and share all the wonderful and purposeful learning spaces we have. These tours are just another way to keep me grounded in why I chose a career in education.

Each tour is different, but it always comes back to the offerings of a primary school education, where everything is tailored to children aged 3-13. All spaces are available for all children in different ways and there are no areas which are only for senior students, even our Collaboratory. This week, I observed our 3-year-old Rosemary Room children using an array of tools, ably supported by teachers and their Year 4O buddies, and the next day, using the same tools but without their buddies. All heads down, totally engaged in their designs; mentoring, learning, concentrating, teaching, supporting, and gaining new skills.

A School Tour is the opportunity to walk the School, to share our classrooms, music program, art installations, our STEM centre, our Wellbeing Hub, catch a class doing PE on the oval and this week in Mandarin, observe the Reception children making rabbit biscuits… the Year of The Rabbit! Our offerings are many and quite unique for a stand-alone early years and primary school.

This week at Year 3-6 Assembly, we also celebrated and shared the Year 4 Camp to Woodhouse, presented the Year 3 - 6 Sports Day Finale Winners and House Shield, celebrated Safari Camp and welcomed the next offering, Space Camp. There is so much on offer, and we continue to look at curriculum, events, and opportunities to engage children, extend their experiences, support them in any way we can, and have fun along the way.

If there is anything in the School you haven't yet had a chance to visit, let us know, and we'd be happy to share our wonderful working environment with you. Leadership and many staff are always available at Friday morning coffee gatherings as well.

Cathie Egarr
Deputy Principal