Welcome to STAPS!
We are a small school of 40+ students on the outskirts of Melbourne, in the township of St Andrews. We take pride in being a school that focuses on the whole child. Our school community's purpose is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and passion they need to be caring, responsible and courageous learners who will positively contribute to their community.
St Andrews Primary School is a vibrant part of the town where our students are keen to come to school to learn and to be a part of something special. Our small size and location make us a unique place for young people to start their educational journey.
For a personalised tour, please call the school on 9710 1255 to make a time. We are an easy distance from Hurstbridge, Panton Hill, Kangaroo Ground, Kinglake, Doreen and other towns nearby.
Favourite things about STAPS?
Public speaking practice, free play in cubby land, the way the families form a community around the school with local grandparents, the Men's Shed, local artists, etc.
The teachers, the band program, Chan imparting his passion for the environment to the kids, brain breaks, creativity & Acknowledgement of Country at fortnightly assemblies.
Benefits of choosing a small school
Why choose a small school 1: Education
Every Victorian school must follow the curriculum to give your child a common set of knowledge and skills for their future but what sets one school apart from another?
A small school allows flexibility in learning. Smaller numbers of students allow greater teacher student engagement, with much more freedom and opportunity to foster students interests and implement new ideas quickly. With excellent student / teacher ratios, studies have shown that students who attend small primary schools outperform those in large schools on every academic and social measure.
Parents may worry that small schools do not have the resources or range of activities that a larger school can offer. A small school can actually tailor individualised learning and homework programs as well as extracurricular activities.
Due to student interest, St Andrews Primary School has arranged a lunchtime chess club, is developing a kitchen garden with indigenous plantings, and due to overwhelming student interest, is looking forward to introducing cooking opportunities with our own produce.
St Andrews Primary School provides students with the knowledge, passion and skills they need to be caring, responsible and courageous learners and future leaders in our community.
See our Learning page for more information.
Why choose a small school 2: Community
At the heart of every small school is a highly engaged community of students, teachers, parents and more who go above and beyond for their school. It provides a unique opportunity to be involved in your child’s education and cement friendships well beyond the playground.
In a community where all the parents and children know each other and work together students learn not only to celebrate their own achievements but take pride in the achievements of others.
A small school can act like a large family. Composite classes mean children learn to mix with older and younger students, providing opportunities for growth and development, learning from older students and teaching their younger peers. These social and emotional skills develop personal responsibility, respect and relationships across year groups which can often be missing from larger schools.
St Andrews Primary School strives to promote a sense of belonging, contribution and pride in each student, the achievements of their peers, their school and the greater St Andrews community.
See our Community page for more information.
Why choose a small school 3: Wellbeing
The wellbeing of your child throughout the primary school years sets them up for their future. The past two years have shone a spotlight on the need to consider children’s mental health within the school environment.
A small school allows educators to focus on the whole child, not just their academic results, to notice and respond to any changes in behaviour or emotional state in a child.
St Andrews Primary School has several strategies in place throughout the school to assist all our students socially and emotionally. We have part-time school Chaplain and each classroom has a calm corner where students can reset if they are feeling overwhelmed. We have found that rewarding school-wide positive behaviour for our core values – caring, responsible and courageous – has significantly improved overall student behaviour, outlook and wellbeing.
See our Wellbeing page for more information.
Why choose a small school 4: Engagement
Can your child be heard?
For some children, a large class in a large school causes them to withdraw and effectively hide amongst the many children. A small school lets your child be seen and allows for their voice to be heard. It encourages participation, and through this, the confidence to express their own opinions within a safe and encouraging space.
One of our parents elaborates on their experience between a large school and St Andrews Primary School:
“We moved our child to St Andrews Primary School after attending a significantly larger school in the city. Our child had become withdrawn and was not engaged with learning, hiding in the back of the class so as not to stand out. Since coming to St Andrews Primary School, they are a different child - confident, articulate and completely engaged in the classroom. The small school environment was what they needed to find their voice.”
If you would like to know more about why our school might be a great fit for your child, give us a call on 9710 1255, we would love to welcome you to the STAPS community!