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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
It is recommended that parents access the site www.caremonkey.com/sign-up . 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.
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 invite all families to join us for the Beginning of School Year Whole School Mass to be celebrated Friday 15th February at 11.45am.
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.
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.
Let your neighbours, friends and relatives know
We request that parents already with children in the school enrol as early as possible.
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’.
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 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:
We advise parents that the following days have been allocated to staff professional learning throughout the year:
Closure days -
23 & 24 April,
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
$125 per year for eligible primary school students
8.30am - Teachers in Classrooms
8.45am - Classes begin, children seated, ready for class prayer and lessons
11.40am - Classes resume
1.25pm - Lunch eaten with teacher supervision
1.35pm - Lunch Play time
2.15pm - Classes resume
3.15pm - Dismissal
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
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
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.
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.
Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser (Sunday, March 24th)
Easter Celebrations (dates and details to be confirmed)
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.
We value your comments and feedback, please email the P & F at
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.