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MYP Diploma

Location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Website http://www.sacs.nsw.edu.au/
Email wbannister@sacs.nsw.edu.au
Phone +61 2 9286 9500
Fax +61 2 9286 9550

St Andrew’s Cathedral School (SACS) is a coeducational, independent Kindergarten to Year 12 school. It is the quintessential city school in Australia, located in two high-rise buildings in the centre of Sydney’s CBD. Our school seeks to enrich its curriculum by engaging in learning experiences beyond the classroom, utilising city museums, concert halls, theatres, law courts, galleries and other places of work, all within walking distance of the campus. We seek to ensure our students are given every opportunity to excel academically, socially and in co-curricular activities. We are proudly known as a highly inclusive pastoral school, which excels academically and has outstanding programs in Music, Drama and Outdoor Education. The academic performance of our Year 12 graduates is consistently impressive, with our Senior College students able to choose the International Baccalaureate diploma (IB) or the Higher School Certificate (HSC) as their exit credential. Our staff are committed to continuously improve and lift our results and academic culture. We use a wide range of technologies in the classroom to ensure students are given every opportunity to be engaged and learning every day. At SACS, every student is nurtured, encouraged and valued. A growing number of international students enrol every year and a diverse community of students are drawn from all over Sydney and beyond.


Middle Years Programme (MYP)

In 2016, St Andrew’s introduced the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. This move represents our commitment to best practice in the assessment and learning of Middle School students. The benefits will not only be seen in students in Years 7 to 10 but will also manifest in the enhanced development of our students undertaking the HSC, the International Baccalaureate Diploma and beyond school, as they are equipped with the tools for lifelong learning. The MYP is a natural fit for the SACS Learning Model which aims for teaching and learning to be significant, challenging, networked and future-focussed. With the commencement of the MYP curriculum, all students must study a foreign language commencing in Year 7 and studying through until at least Year 10. Students can choose between French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. All three languages can be studied for the IB Diploma Programme or the HSC in Years 11 and 12. The MYP seeks to make our students more aware of their place in society and the global community, ensuring they can relate to people from other cultures and express thoughts in another language.

Diploma Programme

A growing number of SACS students are selecting the IB Diploma Programme as their graduate credential. In comparison to the NSW Higher School Certificate credential, the IB Diploma is holistic and ensures graduates have studied a broad range of subject areas, including their first language, a second language, a Humanities subject, a Science subject and Mathematics. Students also have the option of studying an Arts subject. IB Diploma students also study the core areas of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE), a 4000-word extended research essay, all of which are designed to develop an inquiring mind.

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