SACS School Foundation

Overview

The SACS Foundation’s aim is to anticipate and provide for the funding needs of the students of St Andrew’s Cathedral School and Gawura School now and in the future, over and above what is provided by school fees and government grants.

The Foundation actively manages a portfolio of investments and undertakes fundraising for specific purposes including:

  • The Gawura Scholarship Fund
  • The SACS Building Fund
  • The Heath Bursary Fund

It is also a member of the Australian Sports Foundation, allowing donations to sports projects to be tax deductible.

To achieve this, the Foundation actively involves the wider SACS community in a variety of initiatives and events including annual giving, Giving Days, Trivia nights, Gala dinners and cocktail evenings. The generosity of the wider community benefits the students of SACS and Gawura significantly and is greatly appreciated by both schools.

For more information on the SACS Foundation, please visit the school website at www.sacs.nsw.edu.au.

For more information on Gawura or the variety of ways you can assist, please contact Catherine Gunning, Gawura Fundraising & Foundation Development Manager at: cgunning@sacs.nsw.edu.au.

For more information on the Building Fund, Heath Bursary Fund or sports fund, please contact Lyn Jarvis, Director of Community Engagement at: ljarvis@sacs.nsw.edu.au.

The Gawura Scholarship Fund

The Gawura Scholarship Fund educates local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at Gawura which is located inside the St Andrew’s Cathedral School’s Junior School campus. The fund also supports secondary scholarships for Gawura students who move into St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Year 7.

Gawura has been operating for 14 years and it changes lives through learning. Thanks to our donors, fourteen students have completed Year 12. One graduate is undertaking a PhD, one is studying at Oxford University, and another has commenced a medical degree.

We want all the students to get onto pathways and follow their dreams. Gawura employs nine Indigenous staff members In 2021 there are 33 students in deliberately small class groups where students are taught numeracy and literacy intensively for fifty per cent of each day, with language and culture woven into every aspect of learning. Students have a ‘buddy class’ in the Junior School for their other lessons, and have weekly Wiradjuri lessons. Wiradjuri language is also taught in the Junior School.

Gawura has strong ties to our families and the local communities and without the support of parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, children would not be actively taking up the opportunities that being part of this unique school provides.

Donations to support our students come from individual donors, corporates and foundations.

Funding does not come from SACS school fees, but support through donations, volunteering or assistance with fundraising by SACS families is more than welcomed.

Gawura enriches the lives of the whole SACS community.

SACS Building Fund

The Building Fund provides an important source of funding for capital projects. It plays a pivotal role in maintaining and improving school facilities. Families who are able to donate to the Building Fund when paying their fees help provide the school with the financial security for building projects and the ability to plan for future projects. We are grateful for their support. All donations to the building fund are tax-deductible.

Projects that the Building Fund has supported in recent years include the redevelopment of Chapter House into a performing arts and events space, the new Sports Centre in St Andrew’s House, science laboratories and the Music Centre.

We appreciate the generosity of families who donate to the Building Fund when paying their fees.

Heath Bursary Fund

This fund supports SACS families who have been impacted by tragic circumstances such as serious illness, life-changing accidents, bereavements or other situations that severely disrupt family life. At such times, it is more important than ever for a child to continue to be part of the nurturing school community that has been a constant in their life.

The fund raises money to help these families by providing fee relief to ensure that a child’s education and school life at SACS can continue when trauma surrounds them. We are grateful to the generosity of our wider community, that continues to support our families with their donation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Sports projects through ASF

At SACS we believe that young people who are physically fit and enthusiastically challenged in an enjoyable and safe sporting environment can perform better academically, socially and emotionally. Donations to sport can be made through the Australian Sports Foundation. This allows our donations to be tax-deductible and supports the development of sport across all grades, sports and students. The intention is to direct funds to create a strong sports program for all students.