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 - 9:50 Period 1
9:50 - 10:40 Period 2
10:40 - 11:00 Recess
11:00 - 11:50 Period 3
11:50 - 12:40 Period 4
12:40 - 1:20 Lunch
1:20 - 2:10  Period 5
2:10 - 3:00 Period 6
* During Period 2 each Friday, either a House Meeting or Campus Assembly is held.

 

Thursday
8:50 - 9:00 Learning Group
9:00 - 9:50 Period 1
9:50 - 10:40 Period 2
10:40 - 11:00 Recess
11:00 - 11:50 Period 3
11:50 - 12:40 Period 4
12:40 - 2:30 Sport/Activites

  

Senior Campus

Mon to Fri
8:35 - 8:45 Learning Group
8:45 - 9:35 Period 1
9:35 - 10:25 Period 2
10:25 - 10:45 Recess
10:45 - 11:35 Period 3
11:35 - 12:25 Period 4
12:25 - 1:05 Lunch
1:05 - 1:55 Period 5
1:55 - 2:45 Period 6

* During Period 5 & 6 each Thursday there is a rotation of lessons that occurs.

 

Each year group has a Leader of Learning who is responsible for the welfare of students.  In 2012 they are:

  • Leader of Learning Pastoral Care: Mrs Sue Cooper
  • Leader of Learning Year 7: Miss Andrea Mansfield
  • Leader of Learning Year 8: Mr Peter Bowd
  • Leader of Learning Year 9: Ms Melissa Blackwell
  • Leader of Learning Year 10: Mrs Carol Martin
  • Leader of Learning Year 11: Mr David Frankham
  • Leader of Learning Year 12: Mrs Dianne McKinnon

 

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.

 

At St Andrews College we have two counsellors.

On the Junior Campus the school counsellor is Mrs Anne Ross. She is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

On the Senior Campus the school counsellor is Mrs Anne Bezzina. She is available on Monday and Tuesday.

 

The College uniform shop is situated on the Junior Campus.

Uniform Price List

The school shop sells:

  • All uniform items - new and second-hand
  • St Andrews College School Bag
  • A limited supply of second-hand textbooks for other subject areas
  • Calculators
  • All other stationary needs.

The school shop accepts:

  • Cash, cheque, eftpos, MasterCard, Visa and also offers a lay-by service.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday and Thursday 8:30am - 9:30am.

Years 11 and 12:

  • Place your order at the front office on the Senior Campus. Payment must still be made by phone when the College Shop is open.

Any inquiries contact the College office 9626 1999.

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 volleyball, yoga, aerobics, swimming and tennis.  Some sports are held at school, while others are located at outside venues.  If you travel to an outside venue, you will always return to school and be dismissed from here.

Students do not choose their sport.  Instead, we use a rotation system that allows everyone the chance to try all the different sports.  Each rotation lasts for 5 weeks.  Sport 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 Sports Coordinator.

At 2:30pm, students who walk home or are picked up may leave.  We as 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, so make sure to listen for the announcements.

 

We have 3 different carnivals at St Andrews College.

Our Swimming Carnival and our Athletics Carnival is held in Term 1, and Cross Country Carnival are held in 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.