St Andrew’s College is a vibrant and diverse community.
Orientation Week is the first opportunity most freshers have to experience community life at the College.
Chapel services throughout the year are held to mark special occasions and the College also has a strong pastoral care network for any students that require assistance.
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The College has a ‘No Wrong Door’ policy with a wide range of staff and trained students who are available to provide pastoral care to all members of the College. The priority of the College is maintaining the safety, health and wellbeing of all members. The College community is here to support all of our men and women. The No Wrong Door policy means that if you have an enquiries you can contact anyone in the College community you feel comfortable talking to. The needs and rights of individuals and the community are paramount and all enquiries will be dealt with sensitively, confidentially and respectfully.
To support this policy, all staff, Dean Team and senior students, including Mentors / Academic Buddies, Students’ Club leaders and Academic Area Tutors have completed physical and mental health first-responder training and are happy to assist fellow College members.
Deans of Students work closely with the Vice Principal in coordinating the pastoral framework in College. They also supervise the pastoral response of the Sub-Deans and are the front line pastoral officers in Students’ Club life. The Chaplain is also an important member of this team.
Students at St Andrew’s are provided with the opportunity to further develop leadership skills by taking part in leadership training. They are then able to volunteer and take part in the senior resident mentoring program, and to stand for election for House Committee roles as leaders of the Students’ Club.
Compulsory sessions are conducted in the Chapel for all students regarding the principles of gender equity and respectful relationships as they relate to living in a residential community. The sessions explore the challenges and behaviours central to and characteristic of this environment.
The College is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. College understands there may be specific issues for people from diverse backgrounds, diverse gender and/or sexuality, diverse cultures and disability.
College understands there may be specific issues for students who identify as LGBTQI and has two student representatives who can provide support and information.
Orientation Week is organised by the House Committee of the Students’ Club for new residents as an introduction to College and new friends, to help them settle in.
Held during the first week of College, prior to the commencement of university lectures, it is an important occasion for Andrew’s freshers; an activity-packed week of bonding, social events within St Andrew’s and the intercol community, including themed parties and exchange dinners.
The College Orientation Week program coincides with the University’s Orientation Week before the commencement of the university’s first semester, and the timetable of events includes a full tour of the University campus and the stalls in front of the Main Quad.
This is fully supervised and the College takes great care in offering a support network and pastoral care to new residents.
Freshers choose their level of participation, but all new residents are encouraged to participate in this fun week.