About the Academy We are a private K-6 school located in beautiful grounds in northern Sydney. Our students are provided with a high standard of education in all areas. A special emphasis is placed on sustainability and planning for the future of our planet.
Vision and Values We seek to provide children with the skills, knowledge and experiences they require to become happy, healthy and well-rounded adults who can contribute to the well-being of themselves, others, and the planet. We take great pride in our Ethics Program from the St. James Ethics Centre, which all teachers and students take part in. In the program, our students are encouraged to foster deep critical thinking about issues we face, and they are encouraged to think and act with thoughtfulness and consideration.
What We Offer Our students, in addition, receive excellent academic training. They have performed extremely well in NAPLAN tests in reading, writing and maths. In particular, the percentage of students achieving Band 6 in these tests has been significantly higher than the national average.
What We Offer (cont.) We also encourage our students towards extracurricular activities, including: Art Music Drama Yoga Tai Chi Team Sports Each week we have an ethics class for all students.
Our students performed in the 2012 Ellaways Choir Competition and won first place with this performance!
What We Offer (cont.) And, of course, we practice what we preach about sustainability! Our students enjoy working in the kitchen garden, and especially enjoy cooking and eating what they grow. Our electricity is generated by roof mounted solar panels when the sun is out. Buildings are heated and cooled geo-thermally- in fact, new buildings are designed on green principles and do not need artificial air-conditioning at all! Food scraps are composted. And all our water is provided by water tanks with industrial- strength filters.
Facilities ‘The Grange’ is our beautiful main building. Built in 1906, it is a heritage listed site. It contains the main office, staffrooms, classrooms and the kitchen.
Modern Classrooms All our new buildings are designed on passive solar principles and use materials with low embodied energy. Children enjoy classrooms filled with natural light and fresh air. In 2011, students and their families had fun building a straw bale ‘cubby’ where the children keep their gardening equipment.
Grounds We have beautiful grounds containing formal landscaping and some natural bushland where native creatures still live. The native plants present include azaleas, rhododendrons, freesias and jasmine. The bushland also includes native gums, wattles, casuarinas, bottlebrushes, grevilleas, banksias and melaleucas behind our playing field. The children study these plants as part of the curriculum.
Playgrounds All our playgrounds are grass, not tar. We have a grassed playing field right next to the bushland, where most of our team sports take place. In addition, we have innovative play equipment that stretches the childrens’ bodies and imagination. Designed by John Nash, the world renowned designer from Sydney University, this equipment won a design award in 2010.
Letters from happy parents and children “Thank you so much for the care you gave to Kedron during his 7 years with you. He has been so happy at school and never pulled a ‘tummy-ache’ to get out of school as his older brother did.” “Dear Ms. Eryl. Thank you for being so kind to me when I was unhappy and sorting it out. I’m really looking forward to high school and I hope to be a marine biologist when I’ve finished uni. Lots of love from Emily. P.S: I’ll miss you all heaps. P.P.S: I found a really good recipie for mini frittatas. Do you want it?”
Letters (cont.) “I must admit I was reluctant to send Sacha to your school at first, but I have to say he has really blossomed and is full of life and joy. He has become a really happy kid. I was astonished when he bailed me up on an ethical question and debated it with me in a highly sophisticated way. You’ll be happy to know I came round to his way of thinking! I’m also really happy with his academic progress. He’s doing great.”
Getting There Bus: The Academy is easily accessible by bus. Take the 407 from Hornsby Station or the 408 from Chatswood station and alight at the Gillespie Ave stop. Walk 50 metres from the school. Train: Alight at Warrawee station and walk 150 metres to the school.
Fees All payment options are through direct debit. Scholarships: Thanks to an endowment from our founder, scholarships are available for deserving students. For more information, contact Anh Hoang on 02 8967 4562. Payment optionCost Weekly$250 Termly (10 weeks)$2,500 Annually$10,000