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St Andrew's News, Issue 7
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Thursday 1 April 2021
Welcome Our New Principal, Ms Jackie Becher
Our new Principal, Jackie Becher, started in her role on 4 January and has settled in very well. She is quickly getting on top of the School’s challenges and opportunities, and has wasted no time in getting to know our wonderful School community; engaging with our staff, parents and of course, each of our students. 
 
The School Board remains confident in and delighted by their choice, and looks forward to observing and supporting Jackie as she utilises her significant skills and experience to lead St Andrew’s School; to evolve and to ensure that we forge ahead as a leading independent co-educational, specialist early years and primary school.
Giving Day - Something bigger than us

Thank you does not seem enough to express the gratitude we feel for the remarkable effort our community made to raise money for our new building! Over $410,000 was raised within 12 hours which is a remarkable feat. And while this was inspiring, our true inspiration came from the children and the way they responded to the day!

Many children came to the Giving Day Headquarters to deliver their one or two dollar coins. As the children gave their money, they all discussed how their money was tripled: “My dollar is now three dollars!”, “Two dollars today is now six dollars!”. Following this we received the information that the one dollar coin would buy a brick for the building or a plant for the new playground! And this is truly what was at the heart of Giving Day: giving the children the opportunity to take ownership of their new space and to realise that every dollar, no matter how small, contributes to something bigger. 

Principal, Jackie Becher thanks everyone for their contributions for Giving Day.
Click the video to view
Principal Blog:
Belonging is key to global citizenship
Harmony Week’s theme of Everyone Belongs has been key to St Andrew’s success for 171 years. Belonging is a key value of our school and we have many ways of ensuring everyone is welcome here.

In the 21st century belonging is key to global citizenship and we continue to develop and evolve how we create an inclusive, harmonious community at our school. We use strategies both to include our community as well as highlighting the dispositions need to be welcoming to others.

This year for Harmony Week we chose to embrace the theme two ways. One, with a focus on the attitudes children require to enable everyone to belong, and two, the St Andrew’s Local Hero Awards, which will stretch across the year. 

The Local Hero Awards are an opportunity for our children to vote for the peers in their class who always make others feel like they belong. Children have thought about and researched what helps make us feel like we belong. The data has then been used to create criteria and children have now voted for their St Andrew’s Local Hero! These children will be celebrated and held up as role models to other children.

Across the year we are working hard with our school community to celebrate diversity. We know that as global citizens we need great emotional and social intelligence, whilst also having an open mind and curiosity about our multicultural society. With that in mind, we are working with our families from diverse cultural backgrounds to expose children to a range of beliefs and values. We are finding through this work that children are making connections and discussing similarities and differences.

This work heightens and strengthens our commitment to idea of international mindedness that is key to the success of our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Ensuring our children have the skills, knowledge and ability to consider many different perspectives ensures we are creating global citizens who will be committed to theassertion that “everyone belongs”.

Jackie Becher
Principal
Our new building -- more than bricks and mortar
While we can now see the bricks being laid for our new building, and the new slab laid just this week,  we would like to share with you more about what will be going on inside and around this magnificent facility! While the building is important, it is the learning and teaching that it enables that will make this a new and exciting part of who we are as a school. 
 
Part of the Bright Futures Centre will provide children and teachers with a large space for long-term projects. We envisage children and teachers working in this space for blocks of time (for example, three weeks) looking at and thinking about concepts such as change and systems. Importantly, it will facilitate time where children can develop their own inquiries and leave their projects set up for revisiting. Aligned with our pillar of authentic learning, we will look at forming partnerships so the children’s projects will give back to the community and help make our school and Adelaide a better place to live. It will be an exciting learning space.
 
Please click below to view a video which illustrates what this amazing new learning space will look like!
Around our school
Welcome 2021student leaders
Jackie Becher, Principal, and the St Andrew's School Student Leaders
share their hopes and dreams for 2021
Our School Captains filmed this video with Jackie Becher to talk about their hopes and dreams for the upcoming year.
We hope you enjoy it!
Lunar New Year celebration

12 February was the first day of the Lunar New Year for 2021, which in many Asian cultures is a day for family reunion. However, this year COVID-19 meant that many Asian families were unable to reunite with their families or relatives, which is why the School thought it particularly important that we recognised this significant cultural event for our Asian families. 
On Friday 12 February we held a live Lunar New Year celebration event for all teachers and students. School parents gave exquisite performances of Guzheng and the big drum, and the students' traditional fan dance was a highlight. The final lion dance was full of excitement for the students, and when the day finished, each of the children received beautiful red envelopes donated by our Chinese parents and assembled by volunteers after school. 
Student Award

CONGRATULATIONS to our Year 7 student, Charlise, who excelled at the State SAPSASA Championships at Marion Pool on 25th of March.

Charlise placed in four events:
• 1st in 50m Butterfly
• 1st in 50m Backstroke
• 2nd in the 4x50m Team Freestyle relay
• 3rd in 50m Freestyle
International Women's Day

8 March was International Women's Day. The day celebrates women all around the world for their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. All students at St Andrew's School received an International Women's Day bookmark to celebrate. The bookmarks featured some of our St Andrew's students and powerful quotes about women and success.
1900 - 1999 Past Staff Reunion
Past and current staff were welcomed back to St Andrew's School on Sunday 21 March, for the 1990 to 1999 Reunion. The Principal, Jackie Becher, took guests on a tour of the school, reflecting on the many changes to the School since their time working here. 

A sausage sizzle lunch followed along with a lot of reminiscing and catching up on their time together at St Andrew's.
Upcoming reunions
We are on the hunt for alumni from the following years to act as convenors to help organise and host reunions this year:
  • 2011 - 10 year reunion
  • 2001 - 20 year reunion
  • 1991 - 30 year reunion
  • 1981 - 40 year reunion
  • 1971 - 50 year reunion
As a convenor, you represent your cohort as the key point of contact to assist with planning the event as well as locating and attracting as many Old Scholars from your alumni to attend as possible. Suzette Black, Community Liaison Officer, will provide all administration support in the organisation of the reunion including booking the venue and organising invitations. 

If you are interested, willing and able to help, please email Suzette at sblack@standrews.sa.edu.au 
Scholarships at St Andrew's School
The Bright Futures Scholarship is available to external students who will be in Year 3, 2022. Students who are in Year 2 in 2021 are eligible to apply.

The aim of the Bright Futures Scholarship is to provide a rich and inspiring educational environment for a student who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend St Andrew’s School. The Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is passionate about being an active member of the School as well reaching their academic goals.

For more information about our scholarship, click here
St Andrew's ELC -- Playgroup
St Andrew’s School runs a friendly and relaxed Playgroup in our Early Learning Centre (ELC). This facility provides an additional orientation for our new children and their families who are intending on beginning a St Andrew’s education in our ELC.  Playgroup children have full exposure to all that our ELC has to offer.

To register your child for Playgroup, click here
Find out more about our ELC and Reception

We are incredibly proud of our ELC and Reception students, who helped us to produce these two wonderful videos to welcome new students to ELC and Reception.
 
Welcome to the ELC
Welcome to Reception
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