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TERM DATES for 2014
Term 1 - Wed 29 Jan - Fri 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 14 Apr - Fri 20 June
Term 3 - Mon 14 Jul - Fri 19 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 7 Oct - Wed 3 Dec
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Welcome to 2014 at St Andrew's
REVEREND CHRIS IVEY
Being the Principal of St Andrew’s Anglican College is such an amazing and rewarding job, because of the people! It’s a delight to welcome the students each morning, to interact with staff as we share ideas about the future of our College and collaborate with parents to ensure a consistent approach to all we undertake. As Principal, I have the exciting challenge to implement our Strategic Intent; to leverage our positive energy and supportive community to enable our students to move confidently into their futures.
Hurry, don't miss out on the event of the year!
St Andrew's is proud and excited to announce that tickets for the Secondary Musical for 2014 have almost sold out!
Show times are 6:30pm Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 May 2014.
A limited number of tickets are still available in each session, so to purchase tickets, please click here and select 'Development Office Fundraising and Events'.
Young Musicians Research Workshop
Congratulations to Year 12 student, Bethany Egan, who is one of ten students selected state-wide to join the prestigious 2014 Young Musicians’ Research Workshop (YMRW) in May. The YMRW is hosted by the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the State Library of Queensland and further extends the research capabilities of students studying Music Extension. Bethany is our fourth representative at the YMRW in as many years, demonstrating the academic quality of our Music Extension program. Congratulations, Bethany!
Congratulations to our College Swim Captain and Year 12 student Remy Faiweather - New Junior World Record Holder and off to the Commonwealth Games
1. New Junior World Record Holder 400m Freestyle.
2, New Australian Age Record Holder 400m Freestyle.
3. Youngest female on the Australian Swim Team for Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. (28 female swimmers selected)
4. Australian 400m Silver medallist - 400m Freestyle
5. Selected for Australian Swim team to compete at the Pan Pacific Games in August.
6. All round great young lady.
Grandparents and Special Friends' Day
We shared a beautiful morning on the last day of Term 1 with our Grandparents and Special Friends. Our Year 1 students who led Chapel were just gorgeous and Shorn the Sheep once again entertained us all. Thank you to all of our wonderful Grandparents and Special Friends who were able to join us from near and far.
Music Masterclass Series – (24 MARCH 2014 – 28 MARCH 2014)
St Andrew’s music students took part in a series of TtEDSC-delivered Music Masterclass Series. It was exciting to experience this unique way of connecting students with their peers from around the country under the guidance of leading music educators. Take a look at the TtEDSC page for more information on this project
Secondary Oval Opening - Thursday 20 March 12.30pm
Our Secondary playing field is now officially open! We enjoyed a wonderful service yesterday and then beamed with pride as our 1st XV and the visiting Semiahmoo High School from B.C. Canada were led onto the field by Mike McDonald on the bagpipes. Our thanks to our families, friends and special guests who visited us for this occasion and to Semiahmoo staff and students who played in the spirit of great sportsmanship. Whilst we could say that Rugby was the winner on the day, the visitors did come away with the win!
2014 Leadership Induction Service - "Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions." Harold S. Geneen
We inducted and congratulated our 2014 Leaders at our Leadership Service this week. Our College String Orchestra performed beautifully for us please click here to hear a recording of the performance. Congratulations to all of our leaders. We are sure that you will all be excellent in your leadership roles.
2014 Charity Beach Fun Run - Supporting our QLD Famers It was a beautiful, although windy, afternoon last Friday as we gathered at Peregian Beach to show our support for Queensland famers and the Buy a Bale program. With over 500 friends and families running and walking 5km along the beach, the St Andrew's "Sea of Red" was again a spectacular sight. We are still collating the funds raised and will have the figure to announce later this week. Tickets to our Mega Raffle with 23 prizes are still onsale at Main Administration. The raffle will be drawn this Friday. Our thanks to our staff and parents who assisted on the day to make our Charity Fun Run a fantastic family event. More photos are available on our College Facebook page here.
Year 12 OP Results
Congratulations to our Year 12 OP students who received their results recently, once again, the College is extremely proud of their achievements.
Whilst percentage comparison between schools, and the use of league tables have limited use as cohorts vary from year-to-year, it is informative for our community to be aware of the academic performance of St Andrew’s students against our internal measures. Whilst we endeavour to pursue a balanced approach to education here at St Andrew’s, these results are impressive for a non-selective school such as ours and highlight the quality of teaching and learning that is taking place.
In our 6th graduating cohort, 61 students received an OP.
- Percentage of OP1-15: just above 90%. This is the third consecutive year this statistic has been above 90%, which is an outstanding result (State average of 79.2%)
- Percentage of OP1-10: 67.2% - this is our second highest result in this statistical range (State average of 49.3%)
- Percentage of OP1-5: 27.9% - this is an important statistic because it highlights the number of high achieving academic students within the cohort. (State average of 20.0%)
- Percentage of OP1-2: 11.5% - this is our second highest result in this statistic (State average of 6.2%)
- Percentage of OP1s: 3.3% (State average of 2.75%)
Other statistic measures we use to track our students’ performance are:
- Average OP = 8.4 (State average OP = 10.4). This is a terrific result and our second lowest (best) ever
- In the Queensland Core Skills (QCS test) which is used to scale school based results, 29.3% of students received an “A” grade. (State average of 15.5%). Again, this is a terrific result and reflects the development of higher order thinking skills our students are attaining.
Our warmest congratulations to our Year 12 students and their families. Well done and good luck. Pictured above are Jess Ryan OP6, Austin Wenke OP5, Sophie Sievert-Kloster and James Oliver OP 1 and Courtney David OP2 who were able to come back to visit this week to share their great news.
Primary Presentation Evening
A wonderful evening of celebration was shared last night at our Primary Presentation Evening where our Year 4 to 6 students were acknowledged for their efforts and achievements. We were honoured to have Archbishop Phillip Aspinall join us, who spoke of the growth of the College since he first came to St Andrew's and turned the first sod of soil before construction began back in 2002. As students in Years 4 to 6 crossed the stage their smiles were beaming. Congratulations to all of our Primary students for their achievements this year and to our wonderful staff who work so hard to support the students. More pictures are available on our Facebook page here.
So exciting for our Preppies - finishing their first year of school!
What a week
As we come to the end of a very busy week, I want to extend my thanks to the entire St Andrew’s community for the way in which you have embraced the variety of activities that have taken place. We ended last week with the sensational ‘Sounds of Celebration’ and then began the week with a moving Remembrance Day Service. As always, it was a pleasure to welcome the residents from the Country Club to join with us. On Tuesday evening we enjoyed our Secondary Presentation Evening and it was a fitting way to congratulate all our award recipients across so many fields. On Thursday we ran the Diamond Dash and then in the evening, the RGC was transformed as we celebrated the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner and my thanks to Mr Darcy Higgins (son of Julieanne) who presented a truly inspirational speech. And the week culminated this morning with our Year 12 Honouring Service, as our seniors said their final good byes! These pictures share a glimpse of what has been an extra-ordinary week and I want to commend all members of the community for joining in and celebrating with us. As our Year 12’s depart, I am reminded of the awesome privilege we have of being part of something quite amazing; impacting positively the lives of young people!
Sounds of Celebration was a wonderful way to celebrate the 2013 year in Music. We enjoyed beautiful performances from our ensembles and choirs and met Craig Atkinson ex member of the Ten Tenors who congratulated our Award Recipients. More photos are available to view on our facebook page here.
The 2013 Cultural Carnivale. There was an amazing variety of St Andrew's talent on display last Friday afternoon and evening as our Visual Art, Design Technology, Drama, Music and Hospitality students came together at our Arts Spectacular, the Cultural Carnivale.
The afternoon session was a lot of fun with hands on activities for the children including design your own outfit for Barbie which was very popular. It was lovely to see our Senior Students working on the creations with the younger ones. The evening was the Secondary students turn to shine with some wonderful music performances, displays from our Aspiring Artists and our Drama students and delicious canapés created and served by the Hospitality students. We were also very privileged to have Dr Debra Livingston join us as our guest judge and present some prizes. We also enjoyed the performances from the very groovy Steelpan Band along with the Ausfunk Dance Studio Cheerleaders and our Senior Dance girls.
A big thank you to all of the staff involved in putting together this incredible display of talent. Thank you also to our sponsors, the Peregian Springs Shopping Centre and Becker Helicopters , your contributions are very much appreciated and to Boutique Voyage and Thai-ism Peregian Springs who donated items for our raffle.
Lastly thank you to our students for sharing their creative skills and the parents and friends who came along to support the event.See more
Congratulations to Jono Freeman, Class of 2011, who has been picked by the Brisbane Lions in the AFL draft. This is a well deserved acheivement for Jono who we know works very hard at his sport. Brisbane have signed a truly great young man and on behalf of everyone at St Andrew's we wish him a fantastic AFL career.
Great news from three of our 2012 Graduates! Congratulations to Tex Byrne, Stephanie Sugden and Sarah Cossins, who are all recent recipients of the 2012 Australian Vocational Student Prize. The Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding skills while completing vocational training in Senior Secondary years. These three St Andrew’s students showed great commitment and dedication to their studies and along with the award also received a $2,000 cheque each!
Here are the Certificate courses they completed:Tex Byrne - School-Based Traineeship - Cert III in Library and Info Services, Cert II and III in Tourism and Cert II in IT. Stephanie Sugden - School-Based Traineeship - Cert III in Business and Admin, Cert II and III in Tourism. Sarah Cossins - Cert I in Hospitality, Cert II and III in Tourism and Cert II and III in Business. We wish them well as they move into their future careers.
Young Musicians' Research Workshop