14 February 2019
Term 1 / Week 3
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
School Office News
Secondary School Information
Parents and Friends
Parish News
Tuckshop Volunteers
InterSchool Sport
Community News
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,


Cyber Safety Evening - Highly Positive Parent Feedback

Thank you to our many parents who attended the Cyber Safety forum held last Thursday evening.   It was terrific to see over 100 parents supporting the evening and our programs through their attendance.   The feedback as received on the night and via email was highly positive.    As I expressed to a number of parents the presentation was refreshing in that it provided the ‘warnings’ to parents of the sites that children access along with support for parents on how to implement positive parenting strategies at home.   

Please find below some Key Learnings from the presentation

  • Tip No. 1, Tip No. 2, Tip No. 3 - Never have screens in bedrooms!!
  • Parents are recommended to research ‘Telstra Mobile Protect & Broadband Protect’ - A great support to parents - 
  1. Sets Internet Filters
  2. Sets time restrictions on sites - very handy for all frustrated parents!
  3. Block access to sites 
  4. Find out which sites are being accessed on your service & more! 
  5. Parent Supervision of Screen time is the key! 
  • ‘Digital Parenting’ (like all parenting) requires you to be present and engaged.
  • Setting Boundaries on Screen Time - RESEARCH SAYS
  • 2-5 years - 1 hour screen time
  • 5-18 years - 2 hour screen time
  • No Screens 1 hour prior to bed
  • No Screens at Mealtimes - communication remains a key!
  • Check the Terms & Conditions on all Apps - most Apps require users to be 13 years and older - Primary children are not in this age group. 

Reporting your Child's Absence to School & Unexplained Absence

Parents are legally responsible for the regular attendance of their children at school and we require your full support to ensure that we meet the required guidelines to ensure the safe arrival and attendance of all students enrolled in our school. 
The following steps need to be followed if your child is absent from school:

  • Advise the school of your child’s absence prior to the beginning of the school day - the preferred method is via the Skoolbag App - please select eForm; or make a phone call to the school - messages can be left on the answering machine which will be checked each morning.
  • If you make a call to the school please provide a written absentee note to the class teacher upon the return of the child to school.  We must have all absentee notifications in writing. 
  • PLEASE NOTE - our answering service is currently offline due to a new phone system being recently installed. The service will be available in the coming weeks

Lack of notification to the School:
If no notification is received from you, the school will make contact regarding your child’s non attendance and the following steps will occur, as close as possible to the times listed below:
Either a phone call will be made, or a text message may be sent, to a person noted on the child’s contact list from 9.45am
You are required to respond to a phone call/ text notification by 10.15am
Parents who do not respond to initial contact by the school will be contacted again by phone at 10.30am to verify the absence so that the school can update the attendance register
If you are unable to be contacted, your child’s emergency contact/s will be called. 

It is the legal responsibility of parents to advise ALL absences in a timely manner- sickness, holiday, appointment etc.

If your child is going to be absent from school for an extended period of time due to holiday or illness, please put this in writing to the principal. 

Late Arrivals - Children requiring a Late Pass from the School Office

Children who arrive late to school, after 8.45am, or after their teacher has marked the morning attendance roll, will be required to report to the school office to register for a late pass.  Teachers generally mark the school roll between 8.45am-8.50am.  When a child attends the office to collect a Late Pass our administration team will then change the child from being ‘All Day Absent’ on the Attendance Roll to ‘Late Arrival’.   This step has been put in place to ensure that all children arriving late to school have their attendance details correctly updated on the school attendance register.  
Please advise your children that if they are late to school then they must call into the school office prior to going to their classroom. 

School Choir - Thank you Choir members!

We were delighted last week to have 34 very keen choir members gather together for their first choir practice for the year. It was fantastic to have 6 boys as a part of our choir!  All children in years 3-6 are invited to join the choir.  Choir practice will take place on a regular basis throughout the year on a Thursday as led by Mrs Restaino.   We look forward to our choir leading us in mass this Friday. 

CareMonkey App

The CareMonkey App is up and running for the 2019 school year. All future correspondence in regards to excursions/incursions etc will now be distributed through the App. 

CareMonkey for New Families

St Andrew’s School is using the CareMonkey system. The system allows parents to enter emergency, medical and health related details about their children and make it accessible by the school.
By using the CareMonkey system the school will not need to send you (and you will not need to fill out) multiple paper based emergency and medical forms for every excursion or camp. The school will rely on the details that you have entered into the CareMonkey system. You can update the details about your child/children at anytime and will also be requested to confirm the details are still up to date throughout the year.   We use the CareMonkey system in the best interest of the children whilst also reducing the burden on you to fill out the same information on multiple forms throughout the year.

You can use a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone to enter the details including:

  • emergency contacts & medical contacts
  • medical checklist including asthma, allergies, seizures, diabetes
  • health and ambulance insurance details
  • notes and other care instructions from you
  • and more…

CareMonkey Registration for New Families

It is recommended that parents access the site  .  By following the instructions you can create your own free CareMonkey account and control all data about your child/children. The CareMonkey system stores the information on your behalf and you will be able to grant (or deny) access to your data with our school. You are also able to share this data with any other group or individual you choose (eg. your child's grandparents, their child-minder, their sports club, etc).

From the schools perspective, this information will only be visible by the relevant staff for your child and will be managed in accordance with the Privacy Act.  

Foundation, Year 5, Year 6 and Staff
Mass - Sunday 17th February 11am

We warmly invite all families of Foundation, Year 5 and Year 6 families and School Staff to a beginning of year welcome Mass on Sunday 17th February.  

We will be officially recognising the role that our Year 6 leaders play within the school.  Each Year 6 child will be presented with a Leadership Badge, recognising their roles within the school throughout the year.   Our Foundation and Year 5 students will gather together to celebrate their partnership as participants within the Alannah and Madeline ‘Better Buddies’ program.   The School Staff will be welcomed by the parish to acknowledge the key role that they play in formation of our children throughout the year.
We invite all families to this Mass as we welcome in the school year.  

Beginning of Year Mass - Friday 15th February at 11.45 am

We invite all families to join us for the Beginning of School Year Whole School Mass to be celebrated Friday 15th February at 11.45am.  

Return of Digital Technologies Cyber Safety and Acceptable Use Policy  

Year 3 & 4 children and parents of year 5 & 6 children attending the Cyber Safety Forum will have received Digital Technology User Agreements. Year 5/6 children will also have received the Chromebook Program Agreement  We request that these forms are returned in the coming days.  
Yr 5/6 Families who did not attend the Cyber Safety Forum will have the appropriate paperwork sent home in the coming days.  Year Foundation to Year 2 families will likewise have policies sent home in the coming week.  

Student Personal Information Exchange Proforma

A ‘Student Personal Information Exchange Proforma’ has been sent home with every student.  This proforma has been introduced to provide classroom teachers with a further insight into the development of your child/ren.  We ask that each child’s proforma is returned to school tomorrow, Friday 15th February. 

St. Andrew's Open Days for 2020
Foundation Children & New Enrolments from Year 1 - 6

Let your neighbours, friends and relatives know

St. Andrew’s School Open Days are set for February & March. 
School Open Days will be held on:
Tuesday 28th February, Wednesday 6th March &
Thursday 12th March
Tours will run on the hour at 9am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 5pm.
Tours are also available on any school day throughout the year
by appointment.

We request that parents already with children in the school enrol as early as possible.

Skoolbag App - Download

To install the St. Andrew’s School App, just look for our school name "St Andrews Clayton South" in the Apple App Store (iPhone Users) or Google Play Store (Android Users), and install it on your phone.  Alternatively, once in the App Store or Play Store search ‘skoolbag app st andrews’.

Staff Car Park - No Access

We ask parents do not access the staff and parish car park when dropping children off or collecting children after school.   Staff have raised concerns in regards to mixing vehicle access and children being on foot.  In addition, we ask that parents do not park in this area.  

School Accounts Distribution

School accounts have been distributed to all families.  Please refer below to payment processes for school fees and levies.   
School Fees Payment Options
School fees and student levy accounts will be issued in February for the whole school year. Swimming and Camp fees will be added to your account where applicable during the school year.  
You may choose to pay the account in a lump sum, quarterly, monthly, fortnightly or weekly.  Payment options in preference order are as follows:-
 BPay - you will notice at the top of the account the biller code and BPay reference number.
Direct Debit - forms are available from the school office to set up a direct debit payment. These payments may be made weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly.
Cash or Cheque to the school office.

Copies of accounts will be distributed to families each school term.
 All fees can be paid in full, or in four instalments by 8 March, 17 May, 10 August and 18 October, 2019. The Levies and Excursion fee should is to be paid in full by 28th March.
 If you experience difficulty paying your school account, you should contact the principal to arrange a payment plan. 


Foundation parents please be aware that Foundation Rest days will be held on the following Wednesdays:  

  • Wednesday 20 February and
  • Wednesday 27 February.


School Closure Days

We advise parents that the following days have been allocated to staff professional learning throughout the year:
Closure days -

23 & 24 April,

11 June,  

23 August,

4 November 

22 November.
The Out of Hours Care Program will be open on these days to supervise students.  Parents who require this service are asked to enrol their child prior to these dates.

School Assemblies - Next School Assembly - Friday 22nd February

School Assemblies will take place on a fortnightly basis beginning from Friday 22nd February.  Friday assemblies will commence from 2.30pm.  Parents are most welcome to join us for this fortnightly gathering.  The general format is prayer, school leaders news and the presentation of awards.    

Medical Issues - Asthma Plans

All children requiring the use of an asthma puffer at school must present an Asthma Plan as authorised by a medical doctor.   Asthma puffers and plans must be stored in the First Aid room.  

The delivery of asthma inhalants must be supervised by a member of staff.  

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 


Fri 15th -       Beginning of Year School Mass 11.45am

                          National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence
Sun 17th -    Year 6, Foundation and Year 5 Buddies Mass at 11am

Mon 18th-     Year 4-6 Swimming tryouts at 7.30 am Clayton Pool

Wed 20th-     Education Board Meeting 7pm 
Wed 20th -    Foundation Rest Day

Thurs 21st-   Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport

Fri 22nd-        School Assembly 2.30 pm

Sat 23rd -      Working Bee 8.30am-10.30am 

Mon 25th-     Year 3 and 4 Swimming Program commences - 9 day                                             program
Tue 26th -     District Swimming Carnival - Year 5/6 Inter-School Sports 

Wed 27th -    Foundation Rest Day

Thu 28th -     Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport

                           School Open Tours - 9.00am,  10.00am, 12.00pm,

                           2.00pm, 4.00pm & 5.00pm


Sat 2nd-          Reconciliation Commitment Mass

Mon 4th-         Reconciliation Workshop Evening

Wed 6th-         School Open Tours - 9.00am,  10.00am, 12.00pm, 

                           2.00pm, 4.00pm & 5.00pm

                            Ash Wednesday

Thurs 7th-      Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport

Fri 8th-             School Assembly 2.30pm

Sun 10th-        Catholic Education Week

Mon 11th-       Labour Day Holiday

Tues 12th-      School Open Tours - 9.00am,  10.00am, 12.00pm, 

                           2.00pm, 4.00pm & 5.00pm

Thurs 14th-    Reconciliation Reflection Day

                             Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport

Fri 15th-           St. Patrick's Day

Wed 20th-       Education Board Meeting 7pm

Thurs 21st-     Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport

                            Sacrament of Reconciliation 6pm

Fri 22nd-          School Assembly 2.30pm

Mon 25th-        School Photos

Thur 28th-       Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport

                             Twilight Athletics - Foundation to Year 6- School Oval


Mon 1st-             Parent Child Teacher - '3 Way Interviews'

Tue 2nd-             Palm Sunday Liturgy (Foundation)

Wed 3rd-            Last Supper Liturgy (Year 3/4)

Thurs 4th-          Washing of the Feet Liturgy (Year 1/2)

Fri 5th-                Good Friday Liturgy (Year 5/6)

                               Term 1 concludes 2.30pm



Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Foundation J

Beginning the school journey has been an exciting time not just for the Foundation J students but also for their parents, siblings and extended family. The Foundation J students have settled well into classroom routines and are becoming aware of the expectations at school. The students are becoming familiar with the classroom timetable which provides them with many exciting learning opportunities, not only in core curriculum areas such as English, Mathematics, Inquiry Learning and Religious Education but also through specialist classes: Italian, Music, Physical Education and Action Based Learning. 
The morning session is dedicated to English: Reading and Writing. The Foundation students are enjoying the various Reading rotation activities and are beginning to write. Since their very first day at school, the students have been taking home a reader book each night and have also started borrowing from the library. The middle part of the day is devoted to Mathematics whilst Religious Education and Inquiry Learning take place in the afternoon. In Mathematics, the students have been learning to count forwards and backwards, identify numbers and are developing an understanding of what the numbers mean. In Religious Education, the students are learning about the cross as a symbol of the Catholic Faith and are learning to make the sign of the cross during prayer. They are beginning to learn about Jesus Christ as The Good Shepherd through bible stories, song and prayer. Through Inquiry Learning the students are learning about the importance of school and classroom rules and how these rules help them to do their best learning and keep themselves and others safe.
The Foundation students were very excited to meet their Year 5 buddies last week. The Better Buddy Program will provide further learning experiences for the Foundation students and also enable them to develop friendships.
It has been a great start to Primary School for the Foundation J students!
Jasminka Jalsovec, Foundation J Teacher   



School Office News

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like: School Camps, Swimming and Excursions 
Applications for 2019 are now open and will close on 28 June 2019  - You must hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF.

New applicants should contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form. 


If you applied for the CSEF at your child's school in a previous year, you do not need to complete an application form in 2019 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. Your child's school will apply for the CSEF on your behalf.


You will only need to submit an application form in 2019 if any of the following changes have occurred:


New student enrolments: your child has started or changed schools in 2019 or you did not apply at the same school in a previous year
changed family circumstances: such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2019.

Payments are:

$125 per year for eligible primary school students


School Timetable for 2019

8.30am -         Teachers in Classrooms
8.45am -         Classes begin, children seated, ready for class prayer and                                  lessons 
11.00am          Recess
11.40am -       Classes resume
1.25pm -          Lunch eaten with teacher supervision
1.35pm -          Lunch Play time
2.15pm -          Classes resume
3.15pm -          Dismissal

2019 Term Dates


Working Bee Dates

Saturday 23 February 8.30 - 10.30am

Saturday 11 May            8.30 - 10.30am

Saturday 10 August      8.30 - 10.30am

Saturday 9 November 8.30 - 10.30am

Secondary School Information

Year 5 Students in 2019

The following key enrolment dates for students in Year 5 in 2019 who will be enrolling in Year 7 for 2021

It is being conveyed to parents the necessity of making at least two applications to schools to ensure that a place for all can be found.


Term 1 - 29 January 2019: Applications open for Year 5 students commencing Year 7 in 2021.

Term 3 - 23 August 2019: Applications close

Term 4 -18 October 2019: Offers posted to prospective Year 7,2021 applicants

Students going to Government Secondary School in 2020

Transition Packs will be sent home to students who will be attending a Government Secondary school for Year 7 in 2020. 

The Government usually sends these packs out early Term 2. 
Parents are to return the Application Forms to the Office with their placement requests.

Applications for Year 7 2020 & 2021 Now Open at
St. James College


Salesian College
Information Evening for Future Families


OPEN MORNING at O.L.S.H. College Bentleigh

YEAR 7, 2021 - Accepting enrolments until August 2019.

Open Morning on Tuesday 19th February at 9.15 a.m. Registration is essential. Please click on flyer for  more information.


Parents and Friends

Term 1 Events

Bunnings BBQ  Fundraiser (Sunday, March 24th)
Easter Celebrations (dates and details to be confirmed)


Second Hand Uniform Shop

We are seeking donations of jumpers, grey & blue shorts, polo tops and Girls summer dresses in size 4. 

Please kindly drop off your donations at the office. 

We would like to thank Nicole Robinson and Angela Koupouzos for their dedication in managing the shop. 

Parish News

Fish and Chips with Bingo

St. Andrew's parish invites families to a Fun Family Bingo afternoon on Sunday 24th February from 12.30 p.m. onwards in the school hall.  

St. Valentine's Day Bake Sale after Masses


Sacramental Dates

The following Sacraments will be celebrated on these dates.
Reconciliation Liturgy: Thursday, 21st March at 6.00 p.m. - Students in Year 3
Eucharist Masses - Saturday Mass: 22nd June at 6.00 p.m.  - Students in Year 4
                                        and Sunday Mass: 23rd June at 11.a.m.
Confirmation Mass: Saturday, 14th September at 3.00 p.m. - Students in Year 6

Reconciliation Preparation Dates

Saturday 2nd March - Reconciliation Commitment Mass - 6.00 p.m.

Monday 4th March - Reconciliation Workshop/Parent Evening - 6.00 p.m.

Thursday 14th March - Reconciliation Reflection Day (Students Only)

Thursday 21st March - Sacrament of Reconciliation - 6.00 p.m.

New Mass Times


Tuckshop Volunteers

Tuckshop Volunteers

Would you like to join a friendly, happy group of special school helpers?  Then come along and do Tuckshop Duty this year!!!
We need your help, so please get involved, and your children would love to see you there.  One day per month is all that is necessary – but you can do more if you wish.  You will be sure of a very warm welcome.

Tuckshop hours are 10.30am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday.

Please  click on the  link  below and fill in.  Even if you did Tuckshop last year, please fill out a new slip.

The roster will begin on Monday, 25th February, so please hand your response in at the tuckshop.


InterSchool Sport

Summer Sports Rounds 2019

Round                     Date                                         School

1.           Thursday  7 February                  St. Andrew's V Murrumbeena - Home

2.           Thursday 14 February                 St. Andrew's V St. Paul's  - Home

3.           Thursday 21 February                 St. Andrew's V Oakleigh South - Home

4.           Thursday 28 February                 St. Andrew's BYE

5.           Thursday 7 March                         Coatesville V St. Andrew's - Away

6.           Thursday 14 March                       St. Andrew's V St. Peter's - Home

7.           Thursday 21 March                       Oakleigh Gmr V St. Andrew's - Away



Physical Education Swimming Programme

As part of our Physical Education Swimming Programme, swimming lessons for students in Year 3 and Year 4 will commence on Monday 25th February till Thursday 7th March. Lessons will be 40 minutes duration. It is expected that all students will participate.  

Letters have gone home and forms are required back as soon as possible so students can be placed into their groups.  The cost of the lessons are $110 and is included on your fee account.  This fee is due by 25th February. 


Community News

Kelly Sports


Annual Summer Festival 15 - 17 February

The Annual Summer Festival that is run by Athol Road Primary School and the Lions Club of Noble Park is being held on Friday, 15th – Sunday, 17th February.  


csefflyer (1).pdf
2019 Term dates.pdf
Salesian College Chadstone Newsletter_25Jan.pdf
St Andrews Summer Fun.pdf
Flier for Summer Festival.pdf
St Andrew Fish Chips - flyer.pdf
SAYG's Bake Sale poster-4.pdf
Mass times_docx.pdf
TUCKSHOP helpers.pdf