Transport – Opal Cards
The School Opal Card gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel on public transport between home and school on trains, buses, ferries and light rail in the Opal network.
A Digital Citizenship Program runs throughout the school, helping to fulfill the important responsibility of assisting in the development of mature and positive practices in the use of technology. Students are required to read and abide by the Technology User Policy upon enrolment. The device management system installed on student laptops allows for access to the network, appropriate monitoring and restrictions and the provisioning of apps bought by the school for students.
Gawura School transport
Bus drivers – their days and contact details
Gawura has three bus drivers who work across different days each week. This service ensures students are at school on time each day. There is a Gawura Bus phone number for families to communicate any absences.
• Please text if your child is absent and won’t be boarding the bus. This enables our bus drivers to continue onto the next stop and not hold up other parents waiting at bus stops further along the route.
• You can also ask our bus drivers about upcoming events or excursions as your child boards or departs the Gawura Bus each day.
Gawura Bus Drivers: call 0439 653 334
Mr Pati Cook (Monday)
Mr Neal Flatley (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Uncle Bill Russell (Thursday and Friday)
Gawura bus pick-up zone
The bus service is for our Gawura families only. It picks up Gawura students from certain collection points within a radius of 3km from the Redfern Community Centre. (Please see map of the pick-up zone).
The bus route will try to incorporate the needs of families by finding a safe area to pick up and drop off students near their homes, however this will always be dependent upon conforming to traffic regulations.
Families who live outside the radius are asked to take their child to a pick-up point within the radius, such as the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern or Waterloo.
The bus can still collect them or drop them off from this point. The Gawura Bus cannot do extra runs during or after school. The Gawura Bus Route is predetermined and set for the year. If students wish to stay after school for extra co-curricular activities, they will need to make alternative arrangements.
There is no cost for utilising the Gawura Bus. An Opal Card is not required to travel on the Gawura Bus, however, as students may need to catch public transport from time-to-time, (eg. if staying back for after-school activities), they are encouraged to arrange for a Student Opal Card to be in their school bag for such occasions, allowing them to travel free on public transport on school days.
The Gawura Bus has been a unique and successful service for our Gawura families. Since it is an optional service, Gawura families do not have to utilise this service. There is always great comradery on the bus with students chatting about their day and occasionally singing songs!
A Gawura bus timetable will be available from Mr John Ralph.
If you have questions about the service, please contact the Head of Gawura through the School Reception phone on: 9286 9500.
Kindergarten–Year 6 students are not required to purchase any stationery as this is provided by the Junior School, along with a school diary and any required texts.
Year 7-10: Stationery can be purchased at the Uniform Shop or via the online web shop. Login via the Parent Portal.
Year 11-12: Stationery can be purchased as desired. Given the vast range of subjects covered in these years, there is no prescribed list of items to be purchased. Teachers may advise students of the stationery required for individual subjects. Generally for each subject, this is an A4 96-page Exercise book.
All new Year 7-10 students should purchase stationery at the time of uniform fitting. Online purchases can be collected by students from the Uniform Shop when school resumes. Stationery for Year 7 students is provided on first day of Term 1.
If parents want to buy Secondary school stationery separately please find a link here of stationery required.
Junior School students are not required to purchase text books.
Year 7-9 students – Textbooks are supplied directly to students on their first day of school each year. All Year textbooks are covered by the Service Levy. Students can purchase digital textbooks purchased through the Box of Books website or through the tile on the Student Portal.
Year 11 and 12 Textbooks can be ordered directly from the Box of Books supplier:
Box of Books, Suite 404, 46A Macleay Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: (02) 8999 8882
Items that are not clearly labelled and are not collected are stored in the Lost Property cupboard, located in the Junior School Reception.
Misplaced items found in St Andrew’s House find their way to St Andrew’s House Reception. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled or named. All uncollected and un-named lost property will be disposed of after each term (or after three months).
Misplaced items found in St Andrew’s House find their way to the Senior College Reception. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled or named. All uncollected and un-named lost property will be disposed of after each term (or after three months).
The school canteen is located on Level 9 of St Andrew’s House.
QuickCliq is an online ordering system that offers a fast and intuitive way to order recess and lunch. Orders are placed in advance, with prices automatically calculated for each option and sent directly to the canteen. Paper bags are then printed, saving valuable time for canteen staff and volunteers. Please refer to the link: quickcliq.com.au
How QuickCliq works:
- Sign up to QuickCliq
- Select ‘sign up’ button
- Enter your contact details, nominate a user name and password and submit
- You will receive a confirmation email
- Log into the website
- Select St Andrew’s Cathedral School
- Enter student’s name(s)
- Add credit to your account
- Order meals from canteen menu
- Student/parent places order online https://quickcliq.com.au
This can become a family activity making family time more important by teaching children a valuable life skill.
- Order received in canteen:
When the order is received, the canteen is able to view/print a list of all orders required for that day.
- Order is printed on a paper bag or as a meal voucher:
Meal orders can be printed directly on the paper bags. Some additional details like teacher’s name / room / tutor / food allergies etc. can be printed on the bags. An alternate process is for the canteen or parents to print meal vouchers for any orders placed online.
Note: Cut off time for orders are 8am on the day required.
What will happen if there is an emergency
Emergency contact with parents
Experience in other countries has shown that mobile networks may fail because of overload in a crisis situation. The school website will be updated with messages to the school community on behalf of the Head of School should an emergency arise. All families should take note of the website URL, www.sacs.nsw.edu.au or www.gawura.nsw.edu.au where all key information is kept up-to-date.
Emergency drill procedures
St Andrew’s Cathedral School has designed emergency procedures to minimise the chance of a life-threatening emergency and to mitigate damage in the event one does occur. These measures are considered appropriate for both school buildings.
All alarms received from smoke detectors, sprinkler systems and manual break glass stations cause an immediate localised response and send a signal, when warranted, to the fire brigade. These devices also shut down airconditioning to prevent the spread of fire, shut down the gas supply to the buildings and pressurise the fire stairs (Bishop Barry Centre and St Andrew’s House). At the same time, the lifts automatically return to the ground to prevent personnel being caught in them.
All rooms in St Andrew’s House have EWIS (Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System) loudspeakers to alert occupants of the need to evacuate.
Evacuation procedures for parents / guests
All people not normally in the school should exit the buildings according to the directions of the Fire Wardens and assemble in front of the glass doors outside in Town Hall Square.
Before and after school care
Before School Care, After School Care and Holiday Care
Before School Care operates each morning from 6.30am and After School Care operates each afternoon from 3.10pm until 6pm in the rooftop classroom and is available to all Junior School students. It is run by TheirCare, a nationally operated and fully approved provider of after-school care which offers ongoing professional training, supervision and quality resources. TheirCare works in partnership with St Andrew’s Cathedral School.
How to Register
Go to: www.theircare.com.au
Click ‘register’ on the home page. Following a brief introduction and outline of the process, click ‘start the Online Enrolment Process.’ There are six steps you need to complete before your account is created. For Government compliance purposes and for the safety of your children, we need you to accurately fill in all the required information. If you have an account already set up but have enquiries or just want some general information, please call the Customer Service team on 1300 072 410 between 8am and 6pm (EST) Monday to Friday.
TheirCare‘s on site supervisor can be contacted on: 0407 895 967 between 6.30am and 8.30am or 3.15pm and 6pm.
Holiday Care – TheirCare
Vacation Care operates during school holidays in conjunction with TheirCare on Level 7 (adjacent the Junior School and from the Rooftop Playground Level 9). Before the end of each term, St Andrew’s advertises the links for enrolment with Holiday Care on the school website. If you have enquiries or just want some general information, please call TheirCare or visit their website: www.theircare.com.au.
Child Care Benefits (CCB): It is advisable that all parents have their children registered with the family assistance office. Please call the Family Assistance Office on 136 150 and register for CCB. You must be registered with Centrelink to be eligible for the 50 per cent Government rebate for childcare costs.