Preparatory School Handbook 2021

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Preparatory School Handbook 2021

S T A N D R E W ’ S C O L L E G E

Preparatory School Summer and Winter Uniform

Years 1–8 GIRLS’ UNIFORM • • • •

Collared blazer; White shirt: short or long-sleeved; Tie – with baby blue stripe; Pinafore – (compulsory for Years 1–6, optional for Years 7–8);

• Middle School checked skirt – (optional for Years 7–8); • Black shorts – (optional for Years 1–8 in summer); • Black tights in winter, black socks in summer; • Black shoes; • Cardigan – (optional year round); • Scarf and beret – (optional in winter); • The collared blazer can be worn into the Secondary School, until a replacement needs to be purchased. BOYS’ UNIFORM • • • • • • • •

Boys’ and Girls’ PE Uniform Years 4–8 • College tracksuit; • Navy blue St Andrew’s polo shirt; • Non-marking court shoes;

• White socks; • Navy shorts.

Collared blazer; White shirt: short or long-sleeved; Tie – with baby blue stripe; Black long trousers or shorts in winter, black shorts in summer; Black socks – knee-high, with white and blue bands; Black shoes; Jersey or vest – (optional year round); Scarf – (optional in winter).

Preparatory School Handbook

CONTENTS Introduction

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Database Information Check and Student Consent


Student-centered Learning

2021 Forms


Dental Care


DPR Values


Holiday Programmes


Home Learning (Homework)




Leadership and Service Opportunities


Learning Enrichment


Learning Support




Lost Property




Parent Interviews


Parking – Drop-off Zone


Pipe Band






Road Patrol




Sick Bay


Speech and Drama




St Andrew’s College Song


StAC App




Our Staff



Contact Information


School Hours


Office Hours and Contact Numbers


Intranet / StACNet Access


Term Dates 2021






After School Programme




Badges / Awards


Bikes and Scooters








StACUp – Students Expectations in the Preparatory School



Class Trips



College Shop


Student Well-being




Sun Safe


Dance – Ballet Academy


Term Fixtures Calendar


– Highland Dance


Uniform and Grooming


Water Safety


Welcome to the Preparatory School

This handbook provides general information about the school and school-related systems and procedures. The information is in alphabetical order. For further clarification, or for information not included here, please contact the Preparatory School Reception on +64 3 940 2037. Your child attends the Preparatory School at an exciting time. Learning today is engaging and meaningful, and as well as growing knowledge there is a strong emphasis placed on developing key learning skills and strategies, and understanding. The aim is to foster and grow independent learners and responsible individuals. Of course, the quality of the teaching staff is the most crucial factor in determining quality learning, and we are indeed fortunate to have such capable teachers in the school.

2021 also sees the ongoing review and development of the curriculum. Specific curriculum and learning information can be obtained from the school’s Curriculum Plan. Copies of this document can be collected from reception or downloaded from the College’s website. For a diagrammatic summary of the school’s student-centered learning approach, please refer to the model shown on page 3. I hope that your child enjoys a positive and productive year in the Preparatory School. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher should you wish to discuss any matter pertaining to information contained in the handbook, or about the school generally.

Jonathan Bierwirth Principal of Preparatory School Deputy for Rector





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Additional optional forms can be completed by visiting

• Speech and Drama Tuition form; • Instrumental and Singing Tuition form; • Pipe Band and Highland Dancing form; • StAC Ballet Academy form; • After School Care form; • Cafeteria Helpers form.


Preparatory School Staff

Our Leadership Team Principal of Preparatory School Mr Jonathan Bierwirth Nat Dip Ed Man, BTchLn, H.Dip Tchg, TTC

Deputy Principal of Preparatory School (Well-being) Head of Teaching and Learning Mrs Vicki Pettit BEd, Dip Tchg

Deputy Principal of Preparatory School (Operations) Head of Preparatory School Sport Mr Alex Kelley BA (Hons), GradDipTchLng

Assistant Principal of Preparatory School Ms Heather Orman BEd, Dip Tchg

Head of Learning Enrichment Mrs Kelly McBride BEd, Dip Tchg

Senior (Year 8) Mr Morgan Sheppard BA, Dip Tchg

Senior (Year 7) Mrs Kelly McBride BEd, Dip Tchg

Middle (Years 4–6) Mrs Megan Feller BEd, Dip Tchg

Junior (Years 1–3) Ms Heather Orman BEd, Dip Tchg

Preparatory School Chaplain Mrs Jillian Fenton BEd, Dip Tchg


Our Staff Principal of Preparatory School Deputy Principal of Preparatory School Deputy Principal of Preparatory School Assistant Principal of Preparatory School Team Leaders  Senior (Y8) Senior (Y7) Middle (Y4–6) Junior (Y1–3) Head of Learning Enrichment Head of Preparatory School Sport New Entrants / Year 1 1C 1S Year 1 1A Year 2 2T 2S Year 3 3A 3C Year 4 4G 4S Year 5 5A 5C Year 6 6T 6S Year 7 7A 7C 7S 7T Year 8 8S 8C 8T 8A Languages Specialist Teacher Learning Support ICT Art Drama / Dance Physical Education Librarian Assistant Librarian / Admin Music Religious Education Materials Technology Food Technology Head of Guidance Psychologist Counsellor Assistant to the Principal of Preparatory School Reception After School Care

Mr Jonathan Bierwirth Nat Dip Ed Man, BTchLn, H.Dip Tchg, TTC Mrs Vicki Pettit BEd, Dip Tchg Mr Alex Kelley BA (Hons), GradDipTchLng Ms Heather Orman BEd, Dip Tchg Mr Morgan Sheppard BA, Dip Tchg Mrs Kelly McBride BEd, Dip Tchg Mrs Megan Feller BEd, Dip Tchg Ms Heather Orman BEd, Dip Tchg Mrs Kelly McBride BEd, Dip Tchg Mr Alex Kelley BA (Hons), GradDipTchLng Mrs Greta Henley Dip Tchg Ms Heather Orman BEd, Dip Tchg Mrs Marlene Van der Bent Dip Tchg Miss Caroline Gardiner BTchLn Mrs Monique O’Sullivan MTchLn Miss Kodie Kutyn BTchLn Mrs Jane Radford BA, Dip Tchg, Dip Chn Lit Mrs Nicky Vincent BTchEC, Grd Dip P Tchg Ms Megan Feller BEd, Dip Tchg Ms Susan Gaines Dip Tchg Mrs Fiona Patterson BTchLn Miss Lori Haisty BTchLn Mr Adam Fleming BSpC, GradDipTchLng Ms Jo Cordner BEd, DipTchg Mr Dave Ermerins BTchLn Mrs Kelly McBride BEd, Dip Tchg Mrs Rebecca McPhail BTchLn Mr Morgan Sheppard BA, Dip Tchg Mrs Christina Fitzgerald BEd, Dip Tchg Mrs Mary Leota Dip Tchg Mrs Julia Evans BTchLn, H.Dip Tchg Mrs Angela Marshall BA (Hons), Grad Dip Tchg – French Mrs Leanne Gilray BEd, Dip Tchg – Spanish Mr Alexis Evlampieff BTchLn – Spanish Mr Isaac Leota BCom, GradDipTchgLng - Primary Mrs Barbara Broughton Adv Dip Tchg, Dip STN, BTchLn Mrs Patricia Barry Teacher Aide Mrs Heather Wilson Teacher Aide Mr Hamish Ramsden Teacher Aide Mrs Anneke Kamo BTchLn Mrs Pip Dinsenbacher BA, Dip Tchg, Dip Chn Lit Ms Ginnie Thorner BEd, Dip Tchg Mrs Kate Taylor BEd, Dip Tchg Ms Tracey Hull BA (Hons) Dip ILS Mrs Sarah Payton BA Ms Ros Emeleus MusB (Hons), Dip Tchg, LTCC (singing) Mrs Jillian Fenton BEd, Dip Tchg Rev. Paul Morrow BTchLn, Dip Tchg Mr Greg Murphy NZCE, Dip Tchg Mr Ian White Dip Tchg Mrs Therese Bierwirth TTC, ATCL Mr Tom Matthews MEd, GradDipBusSt, BSc Mrs Kate Scott Mr Mike Coleman BCom, BTh, GradDipTchg Mrs Charlotte Penrose BHSc, CPhT Miss Katie Hayes BS Mrs Steph Hawke BA Mrs Kelsey Williams Mr Isaac Leota BCom, GradDipTchgLng – Primary Mrs Catherine Hughes Mrs Sita Turner


Contact and Key Information


Principal of Preparatory School

Charlotte Penrose

Assistant to Principal / Enrolments

Vicki Pettit Alex Kelley

Heather Orman

1S, AP (Junior Syndicate Leader)

Greta Henley


Marlene Van der Bent


Caroline Gardiner


Monique O’Sullivan


Kodie Kutyn


Jane Radford


Megan Feller

4S, (Middle Syndicate Leader)

Nicky Vincent


Susan Gaines


Fiona Patterson


Lori Haisty


Adam Fleming


Kelly McBride


Deputy Principal of Preparatory School / Head of Teaching and Learning Deputy Principal of Preparatory School / Head of Preparatory School Sport

7S, Head of Learning Enrichment, (Team Leader Year 7)

Jo Cordner


Dave Emerins


Rebecca McPhail


Christina Fitzgerald


Morgan Sheppard

8S (Team Leader Year 8)

Julia Evans


Mary Leota


Katie Hayes

Preparatory Office Assistant

Steph Hawke

Preparatory Receptionist

Kelsey Williams

Preparatory Receptionist

Jillian Fenton

Preparatory Chaplain

Tracey Hull

Teacher Librarian

Sarah Payton

Assistant Librarian/ Admin

Pip Dinsenbacher


Kate Taylor


Ros Emeleus


Ginnie Thorner


Therese Bierwirth

Food Technology

Barbara Broughton

Head of Learning Support

Pat Barry

Teacher Aide

Heather Wilson

Teacher Aide

Hamish Ramsden

Teacher Aide

Leanne Gilray


Anneke Kamo


SCHOOL HOURS Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8.25am–3.20pm Wednesday: 8.25am–2.25pm (classes conclude at 2.25pm) Morning Break:




OFFICE HOURS 8.00am–5.00pm

CONTACT NUMBERS School Office: Attendance Line: College Shop:

+64 3 940 2037 +64 3 940 2031 +64 3 940 2032


TERM DATES 2021 TERM 1 Wednesday 27 January – Friday 16 April Holidays: Monday 19 April – Friday 7 March THREE WEEKS

TERM 2 Monday 10 May – Friday 9 July Holidays: Monday 12 July – Monday 26 July TWO WEEKS

TERM 3 Tuesday 27 July – Friday 24 September Holidays: Monday 27 September – Friday 15 October THREE WEEKS

TERM 4 Monday 18 October – Friday 3 December Holidays: Monday 6 December


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The telephone number for notifying absences is +64 3 940 2031. Please phone by 8.15am. All absences must be explained to the class teacher by a note / email from a parent or caregiver. Teachers and the Preparatory School Office need to be notified if any appointments make it necessary for your child to leave the school grounds, or be late for school. All unexplained absences are followed up by a phone call. If you are unable to phone, please email A medical certificate is required after five consecutive days absent.

The Junior Department holds an assembly most weeks on a Friday. Years 4–8 have an assembly most Thursday mornings at 8.35am. The Preparatory School has three major assemblies each year – towards the end of Terms 1, 3 and 4. At these assemblies we acknowledge major academic, sporting, cultural and service achievements. We welcome parents and extended family to these assemblies, particularly if your child is being presented with an award.

ACCOUNTS Tuition fees are charged 10 times a year, from January to October. All additional costs incurred in education outside the classroom (e.g. transport, entry costs) will be disbursed to accounts and invoiced monthly.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMME The After School Care programme will operate in the Library. There are about 30 children who use the facility regularly and each day there are casual places available. The operating hours are 3.20pm–5.20pm. (Wednesday 2.25pm–5.20pm). Flexibility of use is possible – i.e. sessional (1–2 hours), 1–5 days per week, casual or regular. The cost is $10.00 per hour or part thereof, and accumulated hours will be disbursed to accounts at the end of each month. We provide an afternoon tea snack, and activities include Lego, some computer access, movie watching, reading and outside play (weather permitting). Should you wish to enrol your child in the After School Care programme, please complete the online form by visiting For casual bookings, please advise the school office early on in the day, by phoning +64 3 940 2037.


BADGES / AWARDS Children are able to work towards several badges and awards each year – the major ones being Sports and Cultural Badges.

BIKES AND SCOOTERS Students in Years 6–8 may bike to school with the permission of the Principal, although we prefer that only Year 7–8 students choose this option. Please note that all students biking to school must wear helmets, fluro safety jackets and / or fluro backpack covers. Children of any age may ride a scooter to school. It is recommended the children wear helmets when riding a scooter or skateboard. Bikes or scooters belonging to Year 6–8 students must be stored in the bike enclosure and need to be locked. Year 1–5 students can store scooters in the area opposite the Pre-school, we recommend these are locked. Bikes, scooters or skateboards are not to be ridden on the College Campus.

CAFETERIA Cafeteria lunch orders must be made online via myKindo. To register and login, visit: Lunches can be ordered anytime up to 9.00am on the lunch day. For further details on using the online ordering system, please refer to the quick reference guide:

Preparatory School children are unable to go directly to the Cafeteria to make purchases. Orders are delivered to the Preparatory School just prior to lunchtime. Morning tea is not available from the Cafeteria and must be provided by parents. Children can only bring water to school. No sweets, ice creams or drinks with sugar are permitted. The Cafeteria operates with the assistance of voluntary parent helpers. The hours are 9.00am–1.30pm. If you are able to help on the occasional morning in the Cafeteria, please complete the online form by visiting Parent help enables us to keep the prices down. If you have any further enquiries, please phone Cafeteria Manager on +64 3 940 2005.

CAMPS Each year, students in Years 4–8 attend a camp.

Year 4: Woodend Christian Camp in Term 3 Year 5: Living Springs in Term 1 Year 6: Wainui in Term 1 Year 7: Castle Hill in Term 4 Year 8: Hanmer Springs Forest Camp in Term 1

CHAPEL All students attend a weekly daytime chapel service. For the Preparatory School this service is at 8.45am on Tuesdays. The services are led by one of our chaplains. The Developing Positive Relationships (DPR) values of compassion, faith, hope, honesty, respect,

generosity and responsibility are often profiled in these services, and we focus on one of these values each term. We also hold a Sunday evening service towards the end of Terms 1, 3 and 4, to which all families of students are invited. Students also participate in weekly Religious Education lessons in the classroom. In Term 2, there is a Year 8 Communion Chapel.

CLASS TRIPS Information is sent out by classroom teachers and where possible, included in the term planner. Email notification of each trip, including method of transport, will be sent home prior to the outing. If you do not wish for your child to attend a specific outing, please notify the classroom teacher as soon as possible. All Level 3 and 4 trips will require specific consent. We use GoBus for outings in the Christchurch area and further afield. If just a small number of children are involved, we may use parent transport. The cost for outings will be disbursed to your child’s individual account after the activity.

Level 0: Trips within walking distance which are low risk (e.g. local tennis courts, Elmwood Park, etc.). Level 1: Trips within Christchurch which require transport (e.g. visits to Museum, sporting fixtures etc). Level 2: Trips away from Christchurch. Level 3: Trips involving overnight stay. Level 4: Adventure activities (i.e. camps, skiing, and water activities).


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The College Shop – Thistles, is located next to the Normans Road carpark, adjacent to the Senior College, and the hours of operation during term time are 8.00am–4.30pm, with the shop closing at 4.00pm on Wednesdays. The shop is also open during the holidays, and the hours of opening will be posted on our website. Alternatively, you may phone +64 3 940 2032 to confirm these details.

A Preparatory School weekly newsletter is emailed home on Thursdays, and an individual class information and learning plan is emailed once a term. Every Friday, Rector’s Comment is sent to College families covering the highlights of the week. The newsletter can be found on the College’s intranet, StACNet.

General stationery items are available from the College Shop for purchase throughout the year. All purchases from the College Shop may be charged to the student’s account, with Eftpos available.


The St Andrew’s College uniform is only available from the College Shop – Thistles. See the uniform requirements on page 26. The College PTA runs a Second-hand Uniform Shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.00pm–4.30pm in term time. The Second-hand Uniform Shop is located beside the College Shop, next to the Normans Road carpark.

Three times a year a College-wide publication called Regulus (the Rector’s magazine) is published. Collegian is our other major publication and is a record of the school year at all levels. A Preparatory School Annual Report is also published every year. The College has several social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Flickr (photos) and YouTube. Parents can access these channels from the website by clicking on the relevant icons. Photos and videos are regularly updated to these channels showcasing life at St Andrew’s College.

DANCE – BALLET ACADEMY Pre-school to Year 13 The Ballet Academy offers a sound classical training for new and experienced dancers – focusing on technique, musicality, and the joy of performance.

Scholarships (New students only) A senior scholarship (age 11 and over) receives a one year 50% reduction on ballet technique and performance classes. Applicants must be new to the Academy, have studied ballet, and achieved high grades in their most recent examinations. Submit past examination results with registration. An audition will be held if needed.

The Preparatory Ballet Programme (Years 1–8) All dancers take a weekly technique class (50 minutes, during the school day). Dancers in Year 3 and above also take a weekly performance class (lunchtimes, with a choreographic and stagecraft focus). Annual examinations are held early in Term 3, and our popular production season occurs late in Term 4. If already training at private studios, joining the Academy offers acknowledgement at school for a dancer’s dedication and ability.

Pre-school Ballet A 30-minute fun-filled class to encourage your Pre-school child’s imagination through creative and expressive movement. Using favourite songs and colourful props this class introduces the ballet basics, while developing self-confidence, co‑ordination, and musical awareness. To register, visit:

Joining the Academy New students are always welcome. Please complete the Ballet Registration form by visiting If your child wishes to start in Year 5 or above, due to the high level of training at these upper levels, new students must have suitable prior experience in any dance form (or gymnastics training). Please include experience details on the application form, and note a trial class is required prior to acceptance.

Introduction to Ballet Class Compulsory for new dancers in Year 3 and above (Offered in Term 1 only, held during a lunchtime)

New students with no / limited ballet experience are supported with a class to learn the fundamentals of ballet – giving them a solid and safe head start to their training and a quick gain in confidence (taken alongside their year group classes).

Awards Those completing the yearly programme earn: cultural points; examination certificate with medal; eligibility to compete for the ‘Dancer of the Year’, ‘Meritorious Endeavour’, and the ‘Performer’ awards. Students achieving the examination grade of ‘Gold with Excellence’ earn a blazer badge.

Pointe Classes (Years 7–8) Entry is available to any experienced dancer with the Academy or elsewhere. Year 7 Pre-Pointe: A 20 minute strengthening and conditioning class held in Terms 3–4 (time to be arranged). $90.00 per term. Compulsory before taking the Beginner Pointe Class in Year 8. Year 8 Beginner Pointe: Pre-requisite: completion of Pre-Pointe and tutor permission. A full year course, 30 minutes/week, currently held Thursday 3.30pm–4.00pm. $125 per term.

Extension Classes (Lunchtimes) Dancers can also join ‘Junior Jazzers’ (Years 3–4), ‘Junior Company’ (Years 5–6) and ‘Intermediate Company’ (Years 7–8), offering a mix of styles including ballet, lyrical, national and jazz.

Dance Fit (Monday mornings) A weekly dance class for our adult StAC Community, fun, friendship and fitness.

Artistic Director / Tutor Dr Carolyn Cairns achieved her Doctorate in Education specialising in understanding the expert practise of teaching ballet, including working closely with international ballet masters within the RNZB, the Australian Ballet, plus others. She trained with Lorraine Peters, QSM, and Russell Kerr, ONZM (past Artistic Director of the RNZB); studied ballet (RAD, BBO), modern jazz (NZAMD),


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character and national (ISTD); danced with Southern Ballet, its companies, and Dance Arts; won numerous awards including a student guest scholarship to the New Zealand School of Dance. Dr Cairns was the Ballet Mistress for Gallaudet University (Washington, DC), and is also a qualified high school and special education teacher (BSc, Dip Ed, MEd). She taught in both Australia and the USA, and held the senior management position of school principal (California) before returning to New Zealand.

$175 (one class / week)

$295 (two classes / week)

$100 (held in Term 1 only)

$100 $90 $90

DENTAL CARE Dental care for St Andrew’s College Preparatory School students is provided free of charge by the Christchurch District Health Board. The mobile van will visit annually and check every child’s teeth. No remedial work is carried out by the technicians.

$100 $100

For further enquiries, or to enrol, please complete the online registration form by visiting or email Visit to see the Preparatory School programme, with photos, videos and past productions.

DANCE – HIGHLAND Highland Dancing is available through private tuition. Mrs Julie Hawke is a fully qualified member of the New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing and director of the Highland Dance Company of New Zealand. Julie offers tuition in recitals and concerts, competition work and examination syllabus. Lessons are available for both boys and girls from Year 1. If you wish to make further enquiries, please phone Mrs Julie Hawke on +64 274 333 068 or email or complete the online form by visiting


Please update in the Community Portal any changes of address or personal information as they occur throughout the year. It is important that we have up-to-date information. If you are leaving your child in the care of temporary caregivers please notify the office. It is important that we are informed of this and who we are to contact in case of an emergency. Community Portal:

TERM FEES Years 1–2: Years 3–8: Beginner Class: Pre-school Ballet: Year 7 Pre-Pointe Class: Year 8 Beginner Pointe Class: Extension Classes: Dance Fit:


DEVELOPING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS (DPR) VALUES Our DPR values are a key component of maintaining a Christian ethos at St Andrew’s College. The values are hope, faith, compassion, honesty, respect, responsibility and generosity. Each term the school focuses on one of these values.

The DPR Values for 2021 are: Faith

(Term 1)


(Term 2)


(Term 3)

These will be incorporated as themes into our chapel services and help to build positive relationships in classrooms and across the whole school.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES One or two-week holiday programmes for Preparatory School aged children are offered during the end of Term 1, end of Term 3 and December holidays. Information including enrolment details will be sent home at the beginning of the preceding term. Depending on demand, we may hold holiday programmes during other holiday breaks.



Home Learning is limited to personal choice reading for students in Years 3–8. In Years 1–2, home learning will be the reinforcement of early words and initial sounds.

Students are allocated to one of four houses, and if there is a family connection we endeavour to place students in the same house. Please let the office know of any family connections.

The change to home learning (homework) last year was mostly very well received by families, although, it is appreciated this may not be everyone’s view.


In making the decision the following points were considered:

1. The programme (curriculum) we deliver is student-centred and personalised to individual learning ability and next steps it is not determined by age and year level. 2. The children work very hard during the day – they go home weary. 3. The programme we offer is very broad and provides many opportunities – we want the children to have the time to ‘have a go’ at as many things as possible, and this includes time for activities out of school. 4. The able children already operate at a high level throughout the school day and there is no benefit in doing more, and the children who find learning really hard work every day do not need more when they get home. 5. There is no research to support the idea homework provides any real benefit to children at primary school level. In saying this, we would like all children from Year 5 to know their times tables. The chart below shows the 36 tables that need to be known. Tables can be learnt by anyone irrespective of Mathematics ability and learning style. In just about all cases, tables can be learnt verbally and can be done at any time. When driving in the car is a good time.





LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES There are many opportunities for leadership and service throughout the Preparatory School, particularly for our senior students. Leadership opportunities available are: prefect, sacristan, librarian, sports captain, house captain, road patrol warden, science monitor and other meaningful responsibilities.

LEARNING ENRICHMENT The Head of Learning Enrichment (HLE), Mrs Kelly McBride, is responsible for the identification of able students in the school and for the preparation of school statements, policies and procedures in this area. The HLE works with staff to ensure that class programmes meet the needs of the able learners in the school at all levels. Where necessary, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be established. These plans may require students to work in other rooms from time to time. Catering for Gifted and Talented (GATE) students within the class environment is achieved with multi-levelled or student-centred learning. Under the umbrella of Gifted and Talented (GATE) the following areas are offered:

• learning register to identify and monitor students within the Preparatory School who demonstrate exceptional ability; • integrated programmes to enhance problem‑solving, inquiry learning and higher order thinking skills;


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• ongoing extension and enrichment opportunities, such as Canterbury Spelling Quiz, Canterbury Current Events Quiz, Otago University Problem Challenge, Cantamaths, Kids’ Lit Quiz, Future Problem Solving, World Scholars Cup, Epro8, Philosophy Conference, writing competitions (e.g. Nestlé Write Around New Zealand), extension writing group, speech competitions, The Press – Young Debaters Competition, The Press Chess Competition. • Robotics; • Drama Group – ‘D’ squared.

LEARNING SUPPORT Where required, student learning is supported by the school’s learning support team. The programmes offered are considered crucial for building self-esteem and addressing delayed learning. We have a full-time reading specialist and several teacher aides, and offer support in subjects such as reading, mathematics, spelling and writing. This support is based on individual student needs and is priority assessed.

LIBRARY Opening Hours Monday–Friday: 8.00am–4.00pm (Closed at interval, but open at lunchtime from 1.00pm–1.30pm)

The Library is situated in the Library and Arts Centre and has a large collection of fiction and non-fiction resources. Eight desktop computers are also available for students to use as part of their learning. Books are issued for three weeks and can be returned to the library desk or in the after hours slot outside the Library door. Access to our library catalogue and our digital collections is via the library link under student resources on StACNet. This access is available from home or school. Student librarians are selected from Year 8. Parents are encouraged to visit the Library with their child.

LOST PROPERTY Lost property is an area of concern to us. Please ensure that all items of clothing are named including shoes. All named items are returned to the child’s class. All unnamed property is stored in the Preparatory School office. Access can be gained from the office staff.

MUSIC Tutors are available at the College to teach the following:

• cello; • clarinet; • classical guitar; • contemporary / jazz piano; • contemporary / jazz singing; • double bass; • drums; • electric bass; • flute; • guitar (jazz, rock styles); • horn; • oboe; • piano; • saxophone; • singing; • theory lessons; • trombone; • trumpet; • violin / viola. Fees Most tutors charge at least $30.00 per half hour lesson for private lessons in the Music Suite studios. Between 30–33 lessons are taken during the year. If you wish to know the exact scale of fees, please check with the tutor concerned. To register, please complete the online Instrumental and singing form by visiting: Handbook:

Lesson Time Preferences Tutors try to accommodate all students’ requests.




These are issued twice a year (at mid-term and end of year).

To learn the piano, you must have one at home on which to practise. This needs to be a real piano rather than an electronic keyboard. More expensive keyboards, like Roland and Yamaha, have a weighted touch and can be used.

Absence It is important that the tutor is advised of any absence by emailing Head of Music, Mr Duncan Ferguson, on, preferably before 8.00am, or by obtaining the tutor’s phone number and leaving a message. Tutors reserve the right to charge for lessons where no notification has been given of the student’s absence. Except in the case of illness, communication with the tutor should be no later than 24 hours before the lesson, in order to give tutors the chance to reorganise student times. We do appreciate your support in this matter.

Termination of Lessons Students are expected to learn for the full year. If the student or parent wishes to finish lessons he / she must give four weeks’ notice. Otherwise, four weeks’ lessons will be charged in lieu of that notice. If you are unable to reach the tutor by phone, please inform the Head of Music.

Instrument Hire The College has some instruments available for hire from $75.00 per term. If the College runs out of hire instruments, there are some very good ‘hire-to-buy’ schemes available in Christchurch at Sedley Wells or KBB Music Shop.

Performance Evening Towards the end of each term there is an opportunity for all students, from beginner to advanced, to perform. Parents provide an ideal first audience and the evening is made as informal as possible, so that the first performance experience is a pleasant one. Any St Andrew’s student can take part, whether learning at the school or from an outside teacher. These are held in the Preparatory School Music Room.


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CURRENT MUSIC GROUPS IN THE PREPARATORY SCHOOL Preparatory School Orchestra This group is made up of students who are currently receiving music tuition. The group currently sits at about 20 players. The orchestra plays musical arrangements which are specially written for the group. Rehearsals are taken by Ms Ros Emeleus and take place at lunchtime on Wednesdays.

Preparatory School Chamber Groups Groups are formed each year depending on the instruments the students play.

Preparatory School Cantare Choir This is an auditioned choir made of students in Years 6–8. This choir is directed by a specialist Music teacher and leads the weekly chapel services, and performs at school and community occasions. Practice times will be advised.

Preparatory School Junior Choir This choir is made up of students in Years 3–5 and rehearses once a week. A variety of songs are taught and performed on various occasions throughout the year. This choir is conducted by a specialist Music teacher.


and also alternating Tuesday lunchtimes. Preparatory students may be excused from the Tuesday rehearsal. The Concert Orchestra combines with the senior chamber orchestra to become the St Andrew’s College symphony orchestra for major College events and the Orchestra Festival. The group numbers about 60 players and gives the students a full orchestra experience. If you have any enquiries regarding Music at St Andrew’s, please do not hesitate to contact Head of Music, Mr Duncan Ferguson, by email on or contact the specialist Music teacher direct. We are only too happy to hear from students interested in joining any of these groups and look forward to their involvement.

PARENT INTERVIEWS Early in Term 1, a ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening is held, which gives staff the opportunity to explain classroom expectations and the curriculum. Towards the end of Term 1, individual Parent / Teacher Interviews are held to discuss and set key learning intentions for the year, and to discuss the draft Goal Setting Report. At the start of Term 3, after the issue of the Key Competencies Reports at the end of Term 2, learning conferences are held. In Term 4, after the issue of end-of‑year reports, there is also an opportunity for a conference if required.

More able Preparatory School students can join.

Jazz Orchestra


This jazz big band was started in 2011 and is open to students in Years 7–10. Auditions take place early in Term 1. Please see Mr Duncan Ferguson for further details, or consult the Sports and Cultural Handbook.

Safety is our primary concern. A drop-off zone is provided adjacent to Normans Road. Cars are not to be left unattended in the drop-off zone. If parking on the road, we ask that you respect our neighbours and park at least one metre from a driveway entrance and not on yellow lines. Please do not double park on Normans Road – it obscures the view from the Kea crossing.

Concert Orchestra This orchestra numbers over 30 players and plays a wide variety of music, under the direction of Mr Mark Hodgkinson. It is suitable for able Preparatory School students of Grade 4 level or higher, who may have already played in a conducted ensemble. The orchestra rehearses every Thursday lunchtime


Further information about the PTA can be viewed on the College website. Meetings provide feedback to school management on areas of interest or concern, plan fundraising activities, and organise social events. College management work with the PTA to gain parent views on new initiatives and day‑to-day school functions. The PTA is involved in fundraising for special projects. Support from parents is vital for running the Second-hand Uniform Shop, which is the PTA’s main income stream. The shop is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.00pm–4.30pm and is staffed by volunteers from the parent body. The Secondhand Uniform Shop is located beside the College Shop, next to the Normans Road carpark. In the Preparatory School, class representatives act as points of contact for the PTA and help organise social functions. The first function in the Preparatory School for 2021 is a morning tea for new families on Friday 29 January at 11.00am in the Preparatory School Library.

PIPE BAND St Andrew’s College Pipe Band was awarded the Juvenile World Pipe Band Championship in 2013 and was runner-up in 2018. Students can learn the pipes and drums from the age of eight with tutors at the College. For further information please contact our Pipe Band Director, Mr Richard Hawke, by emailing or complete the online form by visiting

PRIZEGIVING At the end of each year, Prizegiving is held for students in Years 6–13 at the Christchurch Arena, in Addington.

If you would like to be more involved as a member of the PTA committee or as a volunteer in the Second-hand Uniform Shop, please email We welcome all assistance.

ROAD PATROL Year 7 children are invited to volunteer as road patrollers at the Kea crossing on Normans Road. Training is given by the Police Education Officer from the Papanui Police. This is a very responsible duty and requires parental assistance in ensuring punctual attendance. There are 30 children trained for road patrol, and the commitment is two duties per week for two terms.

SCHOLARSHIPS The following scholarships are offered in the Preparatory School:

PTA One very effective way you can contribute to the school is by becoming involved in the PTA. The PTA meets on the second Tuesday of every month during term time.

• up to two 50% academic scholarships (tuition fees) for two years’ education in Years 7 and 8 (applicants must be in Year 6 at the time of application);


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• up to one Music scholarship providing 50% tuition fees for two years’ education in Years 7 or 8 (applicants must be in Year 6 at the time of application).

sore throat, runny nose, sneezing or loss of smell, please contact the College Registered Nurse for a phone consultation before sending them to school at +64 29 200 4189.

Detailed information will be available from late March. The examinations and auditions are held in late May / early June.

If a new case does appear in your community, your contact tracing processes will support the speedy identification of close contacts of the confirmed case. We encourage check-in using the NZ COVID Tracer app including at pick ups and drop offs.

SICK BAY Children who are unwell or injured should report to the Preparatory School office, where a sick bay is located. In the case of injury, if the child can be moved they will be taken to the sick bay. If necessary, they will be taken to the doctors’ surgery on Normans Road or to Accident and Emergency at Christchurch Public Hospital. If the child cannot be moved, an ambulance will be called. Parents are notified immediately. In the case of illness, parents are also notified immediately. All staff in the Preparatory School have First Aid certificates and attend a refresher course every two years. All medication is held in the Preparatory School office and dispensed as per instructions from the parent or caregiver. Oral medication will only be given following verbal permission from a parent or caregiver. In the case of infectious diseases or communicable conditions (e.g. chicken pox, conjunctivitis, mumps, measles, rubella, slapped cheek, influenza, impetigo [school sores] and head lice), we ask that you keep your child at home until the condition is no longer transferable. There is a two day stand-down period following vomiting and / or diarrhoea. In the event of a pandemic students and staff will take direct instruction form the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. COVID-19 Until a vaccine is available for the protection against COVID-19, the College will continue to follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines at each COVID-19 Alert Level.


We ask that you encourage your children to wash their hands regularly and use good cough etiquette. If your child becomes unwell with any one of the COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough,

SPEECH AND DRAMA Tuition is available in Speech and Drama and related subjects. Students may choose to enter either Trinity College or Speech New Zealand examinations and / or competitions, or may simply attend to build confidence, have fun and improve skills in drama and public speaking.

TUITION FEES ARE: Private lessons:

30 minutes/four terms $275+GST per term

Pairs lessons:

40 minutes /four terms $220+GST per term

Small group lessons: Fees adjusted according to number in group. Thirty lessons are guaranteed a year, with additional examination or performance preparation.

TUTORS Mrs Helen Balch LTCL, ASB (SpandDr), ASB (PubSp), AccAdj.SCA, RTSCA, Trustee – Speech NZ

Teaches full time every day. Phone: +64 3 942 7348 or +64 27 388 1838 Email:

Ms Dianne Jones LTCL (SpandDr), LTCL (EffComm), BBc (Exec), RTSCA,

Teaches Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Phone: +64 3 351 4345 or +64 27 222 8181 Email:

Please complete the online application form by visiting if you wish for your child to receive Speech and Drama tuition or you may wish to contact the tutor directly. The Preparatory School also enters students in the Rotary Speech Competition.

SPORT In coming to St Andrew’s College Preparatory School we ask that all children in Years 4–8 be part of a team; the aim being they will develop the skills to be supportive, caring, and positive team members – people who contribute to the team culture in a positive way. A good team member is someone who can support and assist less able players, can include others in the game, can cope with mistakes, and be someone who can share in the success of others. In this school the teachers are responsible for guiding and working with primary aged children, and the development of the Key Competencies is given status and importance. In a sporting context, it cannot be the score or result which is the most important. Success is measured by how well the team plays. Wins and losses need to be shared and owned – there will be elements of good and poor play in both. A positive team culture will see positives in a loss and areas of poor play in a win.

For the children the emphasis will be: • best effort at training and in games; • taking strategies and development from training on to the field / court; • developing individual and collective skill; • developing an interest in sport and being healthy; • enjoying the experience; • being a supportive and caring team member. This environment fosters personal growth and development, not only as an individual but also as a member of a team. Being part of a team in the Preparatory School means all children will have the opportunity to play. Where possible, children will be accommodated in their chosen sport. For some students, sport will be a forum for excellence and outstanding achievement. Achievement in any activity will be encouraged and celebrated by the school. Mr Alex Kelley is the Head of Sport, and he is supported by the co-ordinators of the various sports and activities. Following is a list of the sports available to Preparatory School students and information to aid parents and students in choosing a sport.

Student and Parent Sporting Obligations All students from Years 4–8 are required to take part in at least one summer and one winter sport. It is expected that where the school offers a sport, the students at St Andrew’s College play for the school. Parents / students may apply in writing to the Head of Sport for a dispensation from their sporting obligations where there is a significant commitment to a sport or activity outside the College which is not catered for in the College. We expect students who have selected a sport for the season to make every effort to commit to the team. This means turning up to practices and games at the correct time and informing the coach beforehand if they are unable to do so. In several sports, failure to field sufficient numbers on the day can result in a fine for the school.

Information to Students and Parents Sports meetings are held every Thursday morning and students should also regularly check the daily notices for sports information.

Sports Associations St Andrew’s College is part of the Independent Schools Sports Association and the Canterbury Primary Schools Sports Association. We compete in various tournaments run by these organisations.

Sports Exchanges Inter-school sports days are held throughout the year. These include other local independent schools, schools around the North and South Islands, and Australia.

Sports Carnivals at St Andrew’s College: Term 1: Swimming, Duathlon Term 2: Cross Country Term 4: Athletics

SUMMER SPORTS Athletics (Mrs Kate Taylor) Athletics is available for students from Years 4–8. Mornings (7.30am–8.15am) (days TBC). Offers Year 4–8 students the opportunity to focus on a specific skill (running or jumping or throwing).


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Athletics is made up of sprints, relays, middle distance, jumps, throws and hurdles. Students can wear their PE uniform or purchase the school athletic singlet from the College Shop.

Cricket (Mr Alex Kelley) Cricket is offered as a summer sport to students in Years 4–8. All junior cricket is played between 9.00am and midday on Saturdays. Years 7–8 Premier teams play in the afternoon from 12.30pm. Years 4–8 teams will generally practise once per week with the Preparatory First XI training twice per week. Practice sessions are usually held after school, running for approximately one hour. A cricket skills centre is offered to Year 1–4 students in Terms 1 and 4, separate from the teams which play in the Canterbury Junior Cricket Association. This focuses on skill development and takes place on Thursdays, 3.30pm–4.30pm. Cricketers are provided with a cricket shirt. They also need to have white shorts or cricket trousers and white socks. It is recommended that students wear either white trainers or specialist cricket footwear. Players may wear either a blue St Andrew’s College cap or broad-brimmed sun hat. Those selected for the 1st XI will be provided with a 1st XI cap, which will be disbursed to their account. Although students are welcome to use their own cricket equipment, each team will be supplied with the gear necessary for their grade, including the appropriate protective equipment.

Mini-Kickers Football (Mr Alex Kelley) Summer Football is available to Year 1–6 students during Terms 1 and 4. This takes place on Wednesday at 2.45pm–3.45pm (2.45pm–3.30pm for Year 1 students) and comprises of skill sessions and small games. The day and time could change depending on turf availability.

Futsal (Mr Alex Kelley) Futsal is offered to Year 3–8 students. Teams compete at St Andrew’s College every Friday in an interhouse competition. Futsal is offered primarily as a fitness and participation sport. Students are required to wear their school PE uniform and appropriate footwear.

Summer Hockey (Mrs Nicky Vincent) Summer hockey is a non-competitive sports option for Years 3–8. We expect students to attend all games. There are no practice sessions for summer hockey. It is offered primarily as a fitness and participation sport. In light of this, teams are selected on the basis of class and year groups rather than ability. The uniform is a blue PE polo, white shorts and long blue / white socks which can be purchased from the shop. A mouth guard and shin pads are compulsory. The games take place on either Mondays or Tuesdays between 3.30pm and 7.30pm at Nunweek Park or Ngā Puna Wai. The most likely day given to us by Canterbury Hockey is Monday, however there is a possibility it could be Tuesday.

Mountain Biking (Miss Lori Haisty) Summer Netball (Mrs Christine Fitzgereld) Year 1–3 students are invited to develop and practice their netball skills in Terms 1 and 4. Sessions take place on Wednesdays, 2.30pm– 3.15pm. No equiptment required.

Basketball Mini-Jammers (Mr David Ermerins)


A new initiative from our keen Head Coach. Year 4 students have one lunchtime practice per week to develop their basketball skills and team play. Teams play in a Thursday afterschool competition at Bishopdale YMCA. Singlets are provided.

Mountain biking is new to St Andrew’s College in 2021. Year 7–8 students travel to the Christchurch Adventure Park to practice on their tracks. Riders must be confident and have a bike suitable for the terrain. Mountain biking takes place on Wednesdays 2.45pm–5.00pm.

Tennis (Mrs Jo Cordner) Coaching for Years 4–8 tennis players is available in Terms 1 and 4. Qualified coaches take the coaching sessions. Practice mornings will be confirmed at the start of Term 1. There is a tennis singles ladder

operating in the school during Terms 1 and 4 for students of all abilities. Students are selected from the ladder for inter-school fixtures once or twice a term. The top singles ladder players compete for the school cup in Term 4, and an open doubles tournament takes place in Term 4 also.

Touch (Mrs Vicki Pettit) Touch is a sports option for students in Years 6–8. There are no practice sessions. Teams compete at St Andrew’s College every Friday afternoon against the other independent schools. Touch is offered primarily as a fitness and participation sport. Teams are usually based on class and year group rather than ability. Students are required to wear their school PE uniform and appropriate footwear.

Volleyball (Mrs Julia Evans) Offered in Terms 1 and 4 to Years 7–8 students, volleyball gives students the opportunity to develop their skills and play volleyball games against their peers. Students should wear PE uniform. A professional coach will take practice sessions, generally at lunchtime.

Water Polo (Miss Lori Haisty) Water polo is available to Years 7–8 in Terms 1 and 4. Water polo teams play a 30-minute game in the Years 7–8 inter-school competition at Jellie Park Pool or QEII either Monday or Friday, between 7.00pm–9.00pm. This day and time may change due to pool availability. Places are limited due to the number of teams which can be entered. By participating in water polo students acquire advanced aquatic skills such as treading water, sculling and swimming. These skills are picked up more readily at a young age and will increase their chances of survival in any aquatic environment. Students will also learn valuable team and leadership skills, hand-eye co‑ordination and ball handling skills. All competitors are required to wear school togs and a protective cap, which is provided by the College. Mouth guards are optional but are recommended.


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Hockey (Mr Alex Kelley)

Basketball (Ms Jo Cordner)

Hockey is a winter sports option for Years 1–8. Students are expected to attend all practices and games. Games are held during the term and the school holidays. All teams have one practice a week, the 1st XI teams have two sessions per week.

Basketball is offered from Years 5–8. The competition is held either at Bishopdale YMCA, Middleton Grange or Pioneer Stadium in Terms 2 and 3. Teams play on either a Monday, Thursday or Friday after school. A skills session is offered to Year 4 students. Emphasis is placed on learning new skills and working as a team in an enjoyable, low-pressure atmosphere.

Football (Mr Alex Kelley) St Andrew’s College Preparatory School football teams play in the Mainland Football Competition on Saturday mornings. Saturday teams are made up of Year 4–8 boys and girls. Teams are coached by current staff, tertiary students and professional coaches. All teams practise once a week, except for the 1st XI, which meets twice a week. The 1st XI team occasionally plays visiting school teams mid-week. The top school team usually plays in the 13th Grade competition. Shorts and socks can be purchased from the College Shop. Shirts are provided by the College.


The uniform is a StAC hockey shirt, blue shorts and long blue socks which can be purchased from the College Shop. A mouth guard and shin pads are compulsory. The hockey shirt is provided. The games are held on Saturdays between 8.00am and approximately 2.00pm. The venues change from year to year but recently have been in Christchurch, including school turfs, Nunweek Park and Ngā Puna Wai or Rangiora.

Netball (Mr Alex Kelley) Netball is offered from Years 1–8. Years 3–6 play in the Future Ferns Competition. The programme introduces basic netball skills and positional play.

Students are rotated around positions several times in each game to experience and practise a number of skills. There is one practice a week at school. Games are played on Thursdays or Fridays from 4.00pm–5.00pm at the Netball Centre in Hagley Park. A mini skills option is offered for Year 1–2 students throughout the school year. This is run by the captains of netball and takes place at lunchtime.

Other Options

Year 7–8 students play in the Saturday competition at the Hagley Netball Courts. We have an ‘A’ squad and also a number of mixed ability teams. Students have the opportunity to specialise in particular positions, however, this is not a necessity and coaching is pitched at positional flexibility. Students have one or two practices per week. On Saturday there is a 50-minute game which is held at Hagley Netball Courts. All netball players must wear a netball skirt and top to all competition games.


Their school PE uniform is suitable for practices and to wear to and from the courts on Saturdays. Gear can be purchased from the College Shop in Term 1.

Various other activities are offered when there is sufficient interest amongst students. In the past these have included ski racing, orienteering, a chess club, martial arts and korfball.

Coaches and Managers Required St Andrew’s College invites you to assist with one of our sports teams as a coach or manager. Positions could be for mid-week or weekend teams. We value the reliability, expertise and knowledge of our parents. Please contact our Head of Sport, Mr Alex Kelley on or via the Preparatory School office on +64 3 940 2037 if you can help or if you require further information.

ST ANDREW’S COLLEGE SONG Rugby (Mr Alex Kelley) Rugby is offered for Years 1–8 by the Junior Rugby Co-ordinator, along with staff and parent assistance. The College also has a Rugby Development Officer who is available to assist all coaches and teams at some stage in the season. All teams are supported by the StAC Rugby Club. Players are expected to attend all practices and games, including fixtures during school holidays unless suitable notification is given to the coach. Teams from U6 to U11 practise once a week and the U12 and U13 teams have two practices per week. Games are played on Saturday mornings, with starting times varying between 8.45am and 11.45am. The uniform for St Andrew’s College rugby teams is Kooga socks, shorts and rugby jersey. The socks and shorts can all be purchased from the College Shop. A rugby jersey will be provided by the College.

When Regulus to Angus bore At King’s Mount, by the grey North Sea St Andrew’s relics, and the lore of Truth, to set the heathen free. Loud sang the King then the praise of St Andrew, Loud from the grey granite cliffs came reply, Honour and fame to the name of St Andrew Glory shall fold it that never shall die. Through years of toil and bitter war The sons of Angus toiled amain, And still the Truth received of yore Made woe and darkness light again. Great grew the land of the Holy St Andrew, Far flowed the light from the torch by the sea. Old world and new told the fame of St Andrew, High flew his Cross o’er the brave and the free. And we who bear St Andrew’s name Beneath a cross he never knew, Must strive for truth and guard his fame With heart as high and soul as true. Strong as the grey granite cliffs of St Andrew’s Wise as the good saint that lived long ago, So shall the years gather fame to St Andrew’s And we shall praise her while ages shall flow.


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STACUP – STUDENT EXPECTATIONS IN THE PREPARATORY SCHOOL To ensure StACUp is a living part of the Preparatory School, it is important all students, staff and parents know and understand the expectations the school has for being part of and contributing to our community. We use the following StACUp Core Values to ensure that our school is a productive, happy and safe place for everyone. Be Safe – inside, outside and online. Be Ready – to learn in all situations. Be Respectful – towards others and yourself.

Steps of Consequence The consequences for not following our StACUp student core values are determined by the Steps of Consequence Policy.

Policy Goals and Rationale

STAC APP Stay up-to-date with the latest news and information from St Andrew’s College with the StAC App. Access the Community Portal, student timetables, term fixtures and calendars, notices and resources all in one location. Subscribe to recieve notification alerts from year groups, sports teams, cultural groups and clubs. To download the App, visit: Apple App Store: Google Play: For more details, view the instructional video: Or download the PDF guide:


St Andrew’s College Preparatory School is committed to a positive, friendly and encouraging learning environment. Our expectation is that all children will be happy at school and that they will interact in an appropriate and acceptable manner with their peers. We believe that all children have the right to learn within a safe and caring environment, and in an environment that is conducive to all aspects of their education. Please note: It is intended this policy follows the intentions of the Secondary School Bullying Policy, Safe@StAC, and the Developing Positive Relationships (DPR) programme. This policy will be used across the Preparatory School. This policy will be applied in situations of ongoing physical, verbal or faceless (via text, instant messaging or e-mail) bullying and ongoing disrespectful or unsafe behaviours. The College reserves the right in cases of serious misbehaviour to apply this policy at any level of the Consequence Steps outlined below.


Step 3

In an environment that encourages positive relationships, we expect:

The child’s parents will meet with the Principal of Preparatory School or delegate for further discussions. The student will be placed on Conditional Enrolment. The College Board of Governors will be advised of the details.

• children will respect the feelings and rights of others; • children will feel included rather than excluded; • children will be safe from physical or verbal harm; • children will be ready to learn.

System of Monitoring and Supporting In an environment that encourages positive relationships, we expect:

• staff will be vigilant in looking for signs of appropriate and inappropriate behaviour in all situations; • children will be encouraged to communicate to staff if they are unhappy due to the behaviours of others or if they see other students who are unhappy; • classroom and Duty teachers will hand out house tokens to children who are supporting StACUp and demonstrating positive behaviour; • classroom and Duty teachers will record the names of children who are seen contravening the intentions of this policy, or for any other behavioural issue, and this will be followed up by a member of the Leadership Team; • all children identified as contravening this policy, as determined by the Principal of Preparatory School (or delegate) following investigation, will commence a series of Consequence Steps.

Steps of Consequence

Step 4 The College Board of Governors (Disciplinary Committee) will review the student’s behaviour and related incidents in accordance with the Ministry’s guidelines for stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions Please note: Currently, Preparatory School students are guaranteed a place in the Secondary School in Year 9, except in the case of poor behaviour. Contravening this policy would be such a case. In such circumstances, acceptance into Year 9 would be at the discretion of the Head of Secondary School.

STATIONERY Purchasing Online: We use the OfficeMax My School system where stationery requirements can be ordered online. You can login at any stage during the year and purchase other items you may need. Any order over $60.00 is delivered free of charge (you can order for more than one child at a time as well). For further information see Purchasing Instore: Stationery requirements can also be purchased from any OfficeMax and Warehouse Stationery store. You will need to identify yourself as a St Andrew’s College family to access the special pricing.

Step 1 Details of the incident will be recorded, and the child’s parents will be notified in writing and will meet with the relevant team leader and Deputy Principal of Preparatory School to discuss the incident. Parents will also be sent a copy of the Steps of Consequence Policy.

Step 2 The child’s parents will meet with the Principal of the Preparatory School or Deputy Principal. The child will participate in an appropriate counselling and/or an Awareness Programme.

STUDENT WELL-BEING Counselling facilities are available to parents with student concerns. For most matters, parents will initially consult with their child’s classroom teacher, the Principal of Preparatory School or syndicate leaders. For matters of assessment, referral or guidance with more personal matters, Mrs Vicki Pettit can be contacted through the Preparatory School office. Mrs Vicki Pettit co-ordinates referrals to the Counsellor.


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SUN SAFE All children must have a named St Andrew’s College approved sun hat. Hats are compulsory during the Summer (Terms 1 and 4). Only St Andrew’s College hats can be worn at school. The following options are available from the College Shop.

Years 1–8 • wide brimmed (Years 1-4 compulsory, and optional for the older year levels); • either wide brimmed or bucket hats (compulsory for Years 5–8); • caps are optional at Year 8 for 2021 only, although not recommended due to the limited face, neck and ear protection. The school’s Sun Safe policy includes outdoor sport activities. We recommend sunscreen is applied prior to leaving home. Sunscreen will also be available at school for a second or subsequent coating during the day.

TERM FIXTURES CALENDAR This is a ‘live’ calendar on the College’s intranet, StACNet and on the StAC App. It will be added to / updated as information is received. This can be viewed on StACNet by visiting College Life / Calendar (Term Fixtures) or under Calendar in the StAC App.

• wear shorts / trousers / skirts / culottes which fit appropriately and are not too long or too short; • wear a complete College tracksuit when travelling home after sport; • wear approved dress at Physical Education and sports practices. The wearing of patterned or coloured T-shirts or polypropylene under school shirts is not permitted, nor is the wearing of coloured socks. When travelling with College teams or groups, mufti may sometimes be approved, but only in special cases such as field trips or Outdoor Education camps. A final decision on what constitutes good grooming will be made by the Deputy Principal in consultation with the Principal of Preparatory School.

Guidelines for Good Grooming Boys Hair must not be longer than the length of the collar at the back, and must fall above the eyebrow line. It should be cut in a conservative style and not shorter than a number three comb.

Girls Long hair must be tied back. Hair jewellery is not acceptable. Ribbons and ties must be blue or white. Scrunchies must be black, navy blue or white.

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UNIFORM AND GROOMING We hope that all St Andrew’s College students are proud to be identified with their school and will wear their uniform correctly at all times The College uniform is worn at school and when travelling to and from the College. Students are required to:

• wear their uniform with pride; • wear a blazer in the street and wear their shirt / blouse tucked in with the top button and their tie done up; • students are expected to wear clean and polished black leather regulation shoes;


Hair must be clean and well-groomed, in the range of natural hair colour only and kept clear off the face and above their eyebrows. Unusual hairstyles, including streaking of hair, dreadlocks and braided hair, will not be permitted.

Jewellery Only young women are able to wear one pair of studs or sleepers in the lobe of the ears. No other rings or studs of any type may be worn by any student. Wristbands, bracelets, finger jewellery, piercings and body art which are visible while wearing the College uniform are not permitted.

Any breaches will involve immediate removal of the unacceptable article and other appropriate consequences. Christening bracelets require special exemption from the College Chaplain.

Make-up and Nails Guidelines Make-up and nail varnish is not part of the College uniform and it is not to be worn at any time with school uniform or sports uniform. All forms of make-up and nail varnish are unacceptable, including foundation, mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, blusher, lipstick, lip gloss, false nails and nail art.

WATER SAFETY Swimming Lessons In Term 3 or 4, all children from Years 1–3 are involved in swimming lessons. The children are placed in ability groups. All children in Years 7–8 who are not able to swim 200m are offered swimming lessons at a local indoor pool on a Wednesday afternoon. These lessons and transport are subsidised by the College (50%).

Beach Education Years 1–3 children are involved in the Beach Education programme each year in Term 1. Years 4–6 students participate biennially.

Year 8 EOC Programme – Term 4 Year 8 children are involved in water-related activities in Term 4, which includes kayaking.


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