St Andrew's Christian School




The year 7/8 camp was awsome!  We got to know each other more and just enjoyed each others company.  The thing I liked most was the swimming and the rock pool research.


I enjoyed Mark and Bec's life stories, they really spoke to me because we can get angry and upset over the wrong thing in our lunchbox, or not getting pocket money but take every single thing you get upset or angry about and compare it to their life and you will have nothing compared to them, and if you hear their stories I bet you will cry too.


The talk with Bec was really touching, It almost made me cry when we did the forgiveness talk.  It also made me happy when I saw Dakota Douglas having a great time.  Also the waves for Body Boarding, I got so stoked when I was surfing them I forgot to keep my balance and slid off.  Overall, the camp was awesome!.


What I enjoyed on camp was swimming in the beach and listening to what Mark and Bec had to say.  I liked Mark and Bec's devotion because it was really inspiring to see what they came through to where they are now.


I loved the swimming at the Lagoon and the Sandon.  I also loved how Bec and Mark came to talk to us about their past and God.  I also enjoyed getting to know everyone better.  I loved all of it!


The thing I really enjoyed about the Year 7/8 Camp was when Bec gave her testimony and how she had an extremely hard life.  I was surprised that someone with a life that tough could ever turn to God.  But obviously God can do everything.  I also got to become closer to my friends and have a good early morning surf and fish.


I really enjoyed how people got along with each other and no one really disagreed.  Also, that we had some amazing speakers that could just share their testimony and speak into our lives.      

Letters from Families


Dear Mr Lindsay,


The role model that you and your school staff play in my childs life will build him into the man he will be for the rest of his life.  It is a life lesson he will never forget and I sincerely thank you and your staff for the strict discipline and leadership that was shown that day .


I have never witnessed such a positive, forgiving school environment in my life.  God truly works through you and your school.


Your sincerely


Tracey Marsden



Hi Mac and friends from St Andrew's

I know that from time to time you hear from ex-students of their progress and if you don't mind a little parental pride, you might be interested to hear of Alex's acceptance into a Masters of Philosophy course at Oxford University (majoring in Old Testament theology and ancient languages. Alex speaks Hebrew and Aramaic fluently despite not doing a language at high school after Year 7!

The great news is that Alex has been awarded the Clarendon Scholarship to Oxford that covers course costs, accommodation and living expenses. 

Alex spent Years 3-9 in Grafton and rates St Andrew's as the best of the three schools he attended so the staff can take plenty of credit for where Alex is today. Small Christian schools achieve great things!


God bless to you all!

Ken & Leonie McCarron


Dear Mr Lindsay,


Thankyou and St Andrew's staff for the time and efforts that you have put into my children as they attended school there.  I know they carry many fond memories of St Andrew's and enjoyed many wonderful opportunites.


Cherie Onus



Dear Mr Lindsay,


On behalf of Paul & myself, I just wanted to say thank you so much for accepting Sam into your school.


The teachers and staff have made his transition such a smooth and happy one and we are so very grateful.


When we came away from our first interview with you, I knew Sam had made the right decision to not only return to school, but to come to St. Andrew's. Your genuine care and interest in Sam and your respect for him shone instantly and I know that meant the world to him. I could see in Sam straight away that this feeling was mutual.


In the short few months we have been a part of your school community, Sam has never had a greater sense of direction and focus. Not just academically, but socially and spiritually.


His teachers are incredibly encouraging of Sam and the relationships he is building with some of the students and teachers will I'm sure, remain with him for a lifetime.


To you and your wonderful teachers and staff, we humbly thank you.

Tracey Marsden



Dear Mr Lindsay,


My daughter Tracie and myself were fortunate enough to be in attendance at your schools recent Swimming Carnival.  I am writing this short note of appreciation to you and your staff on the manner in which it was conducted.


The example set by yourself and your staff was outstanding to say the least.  I myself have been involved in events like this over the years with my own three children when they were young.  I could not fault the sportsmanship shown by your school, to the extent of the senior boys running along the pool  to encourage the young ones.  Two of your senior studentd (they know who they are) jumped in the pool with the young ones to lend even more encouragement.  Congradulations boys your families must be so proud of you!


The way your children acted at the carnival, and the way they act at school can only be atributed to the example set by you and your staff.  Know  that all your hard work  
is paying off and you are bringing forth, from St Andrew's, young men and women we can all be proud of.


God bless you all

Gloria Seymour - Grandmother 

Tracie O'Connell - Aunty 

Dear Mr Lindsay

Our three children Josh, Megan and Nicholas have loved being students at St Andrew’s Christian School over the past eight years.

As parents we chose St Andrew’s for the Christian based education and caring staff.  The school environment, grounds and facilities are spacious and welcoming.  We appreciate being part of a small School Community

Leanne and Graham Taylor



Dear Mr Lindsay

I have found that this school is a fantastic place for my kids (not to mention myself) as it is very family orientated, everyone is treated as a person not a number as we found with another school.

Not often do you find a school with caring teachers and staff who will call you with concerns or worries (especially if a child is unwell) to see how they/you are.

I love the fact that it’s a small school in a beautiful rural setting.

The Day Family



Dear Mr Lindsay

St Andrew's has been such an amazing blessing in my life, and I wish I could have spent my entire schooling life at this school.

I started at St Andrew's in Year 10 and for the next three years I was part of an amazing school with a wonderful environment, warm-hearted staff and teachers and a place that motivated me to always try my best because I was always surrounded by God's love.

The school was like a home for me, and everyone at the school was part of a very large family - God's family!  I always felt safe at school and very cared for and I was always commended on my efforts both in the classroom and out.

It was such a joy to be worship leader on a Friday morning assembly - I felt I could really reach out to others in the school with the lyrics that conveyed how much God loves us and that he holds our future in his hands.

Every morning I looked forward to school and every day was different from the rest.  I have made life-long friends and I am so grateful that I changed school because it was the best move I have every made!

It is definitely going to be a place I will miss, but never forget.  Definitely a school to send your children to if you want them to have utmost support in their education.

Lisa Butcher - 2008 School Captain



Dear Mr Lindsay,


As the Presiding Officer for St Andrew's Christian School recent School Certificate Examinations, I was impressed by the great attitude, enthusiasm and comeraderie displayed by each member of the class, as well as their prompt obedience to any instructions given.  They have truely made this examination period a pleasure for myself and the other supervisors.


Yours sincerely

Lynda Ohlmus - Presiding Officer St Andrew's Christain School



Dear School,

I write to thank you for the wonderful education that you have provided for Grace and my three boys.

We are sad to be leaving St Andrew's, it has been a wonderful school for my children.

Please thank the staff, they have been so supportive and wonderful christian teachers.


Yours sincerely

Suzanne Tadj


 Dear Mr Lindsay

We choose to send our two children to St Andrew's Christian School because the values and principals taught within the school are what we teach at home.  The warm environment of St Andrew's Christian School is one of caring and acceptance of all students whatever their background.  We believe the school provides a solid foundation for learning and for life.

Marcel & Racael Koning



Dear Mr Lindsay


We have been exceedingly happy in sending our children to St Andrews.  They have been attending this school now for the last nine years and have obtained a very well rounded education.  Three of our girls have now gone on and are doing well in business and university as a consequence.


 Richard and Connie van Dorp


To whom it may concern:

We currently have our two youngest children enrolled at St Andrew’s Christian School.

St Andrews has provided these two children and three of their older siblings with a sound academic education presented in a nurturing and caring Christian environment. The teachers who instruct our children show clearly that they practise the principles that are espoused by the school.

We have particularly appreciated the leadership that Mr Lindsay has shown in the time that our two youngest have been at the school. As parents that take a strong interest in the education of our children it is pleasing to find such solid spiritual and administrative leadership accompanied by an inclusive and caring approach to all the members of the school family.

The understanding and support shown to our children by class teachers as well those teachers involved with specialist activities such as sport and art has helped our children to feel at home at the school from their first days of attendance. The watchful eye and supportive words of the school chaplain have also been a great comfort to us as parents as well as providing sound guidance for the children.   

As a family we have seen a number of stages of the development of the St Andrew’s school. Two of our children were in the class that was the first year 12 class for St Andrew’s. Both of these children went on to university studies in their preferred fields and our son is now teaching High School children himself. The third of our older children has also completed her degree and is contemplating post graduate studies.

In terms of the built environment the school has certainly come a long way from the early days when our children first started at the Prince Street campus. All of the children have enjoyed the rural surroundings at Washpool Road and each stage of development has provided more opportunities and facilities for the children.

We believe that for us, with our needs, that St Andrew’s is the best education option to ensure that our children are taught in a way that supports the principles that we believe in and endeavour to apply in our own lives. We would encourage other parents and children who are looking for a school with a Christian basis and thoughtful and committed teachers to consider St Andrew’s Christian School when making their important education decisions.    

Geoff and Marion Kidd



 To the staff of St Andrew's Christian School


 Thank you so much for all your support with my family.  Words can not express how invaluable this support, both past and present, has been to our family.


We are truely indebted to your kindness.


Sharlmane Gold




 To Mr Schilling and Students,


I speak for all residents who enjoyed your visit today.  We were pleasantly surprised by the intelligent questions asked, with genuine interest shown regarding our younger years, working life, school days and general older times.


We were interested to hear of their ambitions and interests as well.  All in all it was a very pleasant afternoon and we look forward to more visits in the future.


Your Sincerely,

Residents of the Grafton Aged Care Home 




Dear Mr Lindsay,


We would like to thank all the staff of St Andrew's for their diligence in teaching the children in their care, especially Jeremiah over the past two years.  Our prayer is that the Lord will continually bless St Andrew's and the staff, and that you'll continue to teach the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Glen A Waterson.



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