Since Andale’s inception in 1987, the Uniting Church has generously supported Andale. For over 20 years, the Church has leased us the beautiful school grounds in Kew, allowing the school to grow and prosper.
Last year, the Andale Community supported the Boroondara Community Outreach Program with donations for starter packs for vulnerable locals in new accommodation.
As part of their Ignatian Service, students from Xavier College visit Andale to provide after-school activities. The Andale students love to spend time with the Xavier boys and we value Xavier College’s ongoing community service and commitment.
A highlight on the school calendar is Xavier Week. Year 11 Xavier College students and their teachers organise a week of fun activities for our students. Each Andale student is assigned a Xavier student as their buddy for the week. In past years, activities have included Lego building, woodwork, sports, surfing, Puffing Billy, and swimming. The Xavier buddies are attentive and enthusiastic, and the Xavier College staff ensure activities are well organised and appropriate.
We value our continued connection with Ruyton School. Last year was extra special, as the Ruyton students donated money they had raised for their end-of year fundraising event to Andale. With this generous donation, Andale purchased outdoor play equipment for our students to enjoy. Other past activities with Ruyton include a special invitation for Andale students to attend a performance of Seussical the Musical.
With the theme of Celebration – Awareness – Giving, the inaugural Andale Ball held at Fenix in November 2019, was a wonderful celebration of our children, staff, and school.
Over 220 guests, including parents, friends, alumni, and business sponsors, enjoyed an amazing evening. There were lots of smiles, laughs, and dancing as we enjoyed great food, compelling speakers, and entertaining auctions. An incredible sum was raised thanks to the generous support of our guests, our event sponsors, and community donations. The Ball was a massive undertaking for our small community and would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of the many individuals and local businesses.
Andale School understands the importance of working with families to support our students’ learning and wellbeing. Our school holds regular events for the school community, including Student Support Group meetings, family events and celebrations.
Andale organises school barbeques each year, providing an opportunity for families and staff to come together and celebrate our amazing school.
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Andale School Council is the elected governing body of the school. The operation of the school is delegated to the School Principal. The school is an Incorporated Association.
The Andale School Council comprises parents from a range of professions as well as community members with extensive experience in education. Parents are encouraged to be active members of the school community through membership of the School Council.
Murray Nicol – President
Anna Crozier – Vice President
Kate Lester – Secretary
Till Bonhoefer – Treasurer
Ex Officio Members:
Justin Walsh – Principal
Lynne Medici – Business Manager
Andale School Patron:
Dr Sylvia Walton AO
M A, Dip Ed (Syd), Ed D (hc LTU), B Ed (LTU), FAICD
Andale School is a registered Charity and a Public Benevolent Institution. Our main fundraising initiative is the Andale Ball, a wonderful celebration of our students, staff, and school community.
Other fundraising initiatives during the year include an Easter raffle and a Christmas raffle held at our bi-annual family barbecues.
In 2019-20, the Local Schools Community Fund provided funding to schools around Australia for small-scale projects. Josh Frydenberg, Federal Member for Kooyong and Treasurer for Australia, informed Andale School in December 2019, that our project application was successful. Financial assistance of $13,000 was provided by the Australian Government to Andale to replace computers in our junior and senior classrooms.
Dr Sylvia Walton
Sylvia is a valued supporter of Andale School, and comes to us with a long and acknowledged commitment to the education sector.
Sylvia was Principal of Tintern Grammar School from 1982 to 2005 and, in 1999, established Southwood Boys’ Grammar School as a complementary school to Tintern. Sylvia was Principal of St Catherine’s School from 2007 to 2013 and Chancellor of La Trobe University from 2006 to 2011. The University established the Sylvia Walton Scholarship and the Sylvia Walton Equity and Diversity Annual Public Lecture in recognition of her outstanding leadership at the University. In 2014 the University named the Sylvia Walton Building in her honour. Sylvia is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, with the Victorian branch holding an annual Sylvia Walton oration.
Sylvia sat on the Andale School Council from 2020 to 2021.
We are honoured to have Sylvia as an active member of our school community.