22 May 2019
Term 2 / Week 5
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
Student Wellbeing
BEST Awards
School Office News
Secondary School Information
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Parish News
Activity Programs
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,

A Date for your Dairy - Semester 1 Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews 

We advise parents that Semester 1 Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews will take place on Monday 24th June (2.30pm-7.30pm) and Wednesday 26th June (3.30pm-6.30pm).    

Details on the booking of interview times will be outlined in next week’s newsletter.  
Semester 1 Reports will be distributed on Friday 21st June.  

Eucharist Parent Evening - Tuesday 18th June - (6.00pm)

Parents of Eucharist Sacramental Program participants are invited to a Eucharist preparation evening to be held on Tuesday 18th June between 6.00pm-7.00pm.  
The Sacrament of Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday 22nd June (6pm) and Sunday 23rd June (11am).     

Foundation Enrolment Forms - Sibling Enrolments for Foundation 2020

We request that all parents with Foundation enrolments for the 2020 school year submit enrolment forms prior to the end of the term.  This will greatly assist with our planning for student numbers and for our allocation of placements for new families to the school.  If you are aware of friends or family members wishing to enrol at St Andrew’s please advise them that enrol forms need to be submitted in the near future.    Enrolment forms can be found on the school website.

Year 1/2 Scienceworks Excursion

On Tuesday the Year 1/2 students had an exciting day at Scienceworks as part of their Inquiry unit. As part of their day at Scienceworks the students were also fortunate to view a Three Dimensional Movie about phases of the moon called - “Tycho to the Moon.”


National Simultaneous Storyline

Today for the first time students participated in National Simultaneous Storytime.  This year’s story was Alpacas with Maracas written by Matt Cosgrove.  We hope that the students enjoyed the story.  You may like to share the story as a family at home.



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.  

School Closure Days

Closure days 

11 June,  

23 August,

4 November (Melbourne Cup Monday)

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.

Skoolbag App - Download

To install the St. Andrew’s School App, just look for our school name "St Andrews Parish Primary School 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’ .

St Andrew’s Education Board
Nomination for Board Vacancies

The Education Board has vacancies for a two year term, September 2019 to July 2021 inclusive. 
The main duties of the Education Board are to:

  • Support the Catholic ethos of the school.
  • Assist in planning for the future development and direction of the school in consultation with the Parish Priest and Principal.
  • Advise on the setting of priorities through the use of the school's Annual Action Plan and School Improvement Plan.
  • Assist with policy development and review.
  • Assist with the process of School Review which occurs on a four year cycle.  
  • Advise on finance-related matters such as school fees and building/maintenance programs.
  • Assist with activities that promote the school within the parish and the broader community.
  • Assist, in consultation with the Parish Priest, with the employment of the School Principal.

The Board meets on a minimum of 6 occasions per year. 

Your commitment requires:

  • Membership for 2 years.  

Please note that membership on the Education Board ceases once a Board member no longer has children enrolled at the school. 
Attendance at scheduled Education Board meetings for each year

The aim of the Board is to provide advice to the School Leadership and Parish Priest in order for them to provide the optimum educational and spiritual environment for our children. The Board meets at regular intervals during the school year to discuss and address a range of relevant issues pertaining to the school

The Parish Priest and School Principal formally appoint Board members. Careful consideration is given to the formation of Board membership so as to reach the best possible outcome for the school community.


Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 

Thu 23rd       Winter Yr 5/6 Inter-School Sports - Away

Fri 24th          School Assembly 2.45pm 

Tue 28th        Congratulations Miss Rando (Yr 1/2) Graduation Ceremony 

Wed 29th       All 2020 Foundation Enrolment Forms due for return

Thurs 30th    Winter Yr 5/6 Inter School Sports - Home 


Tue 4th            Foundation Excursion to Woolworths & Clarinda Library

Thurs 6th        Winter Yr 5/6 Inter-School Sports - Away

Fri 7th               Pentecost Mass - whole school 11.30 am

                            School Assembly 2.30pm

Sun 9th            Pentecost Sunday

Mon 10th         Queen's Birthday Public Holiday - School Closure

Tue 11th          Staff Professional Development Day - School Closure

Thurs 13th      Winter Yr 5/6 Inter-School Sports - Away

Fri 14th             P & F Movie Night in the Hall

Tues 18th         First  Holy Eucharist Workshop evening  for Parents &                                         children  6-7pm

Thurs 20th       First  Holy Eucharist Reflection Day for students only

Sat 22nd           Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist 6.00 pm

Sun 23rd           Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist 11.00 am


Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 1/2C

“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover…”
Jean Piaget
Melbourne is well known for its four Seasons in one day. This Term, the students have been focussing on the features of seasons and their implications on plants, animals and people.  Each season fulfils a need in our world. The students have created Season posters advertising a Season of their choice. 
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon.  Well, we haven’t visited the Moon yet, however, the students have been focussing on the phases and names of the Moon such as: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter and many more. Why are there so many phases to the Moon and  what does it mean?
A highlight this week was our excursion to Scienceworks. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they explored so many aspects of our planet including information about weather and the Moon.  It was an excellent opportunity to consolidate learning as well as to springboard new inquiring questions. 
Alleluia, Alleluia, He is Risen.  What a wonderful time in the Church calendar, the Resurrection of Jesus.  The students have been exploring the importance of this time. How did Mary and the Apostles feel to see Jesus alive again. The students discussed many of the possible feelings and thoughts. Why is this time of new life for Jesus important to us? The students have further developed their understandings of how God gave us a world just for us and what they can do to support and ensure that this wonderful planet continues to flourish in so many ways.   
The ANZACs bravely defended their country, our country for the wellbeing of all and because of them, we enjoy all that Australia has to offer in so many ways.  Two weeks ago, the students focussed on the picture story book “ÄNZAC Biscuits”.  The book focussed on a mother and daughter who were making ANZAC Biscuits for her husband/father who was at War.  The father receives beautifully handmade biscuits with a heartfelt accompanying letter from his beloved daughter Rachel. The students’ challenge in reading and writing was to make predictions about the text, explore vocabulary, answer questions and connect their own experiences to the text. They thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role as “father” and writing back to Rachel thanking her for the ANZAC Biscuits.  In their letter, they used descriptive language and adjectives in thanking Rachel for her kind gesture.  
Tick Tock, Tick Tock - Time, we are always in search of more time.  During Maths sessions, the students have focused on the area of “Time”. They have been activity involved in creating clocks, demonstrating various times such as half past and quarter to. The students have answered time questions.  This week, our focus has moved to the topic of Addition.   
Last week, we welcomed into 1/2 C, Mr George Lithotomos.  He is a Pre Service teacher who is completing his teaching practicum as part of his Bachelor of Education.  We wish him all the best during his time with us.  
I thank all the parents for your friendly smiles as you enter the classroom each morning, thank you for continuing to be supportive parents within your child’s developing education at St. Andrew’s.  You are all valued and truly appreciated.  Enjoy this term, as we welcome the Season of Winter and all that it brings.   
Mr Rosario Corio - Year 1 /2 Classroom Teacher





Term 2 Sport Activities

Please click on the link for whats on in sport during Term 2


Winter Sports Rounds

Round Date School
4 23rd May Oakleigh South - HOME
5 30th May Coatesville - HOME
6 6th June Murrumbeena - AWAY
7 13th June St. Peter's - AWAY
Finals 20th June TBA

Sacrament of First Eucharist

(also known as First Holy Communion)



Tuesday 18th June 6.00 p.m.                         
Thursday 20th June   - Students only During school time    
Saturday 22nd June 6.00 p.m.
Sunday 23rd June 11.00 a.m.


Student Wellbeing


‘The Well’ will be open on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon between the times of 3pm-3.30pm.  The purpose of this being that parents can drop-in to;
•    borrow social-emotional storybooks to read to their children at home (1 week borrowing system)
•    choose from a range of fact sheets for home use, related to children’s health, wellbeing and development
•    enquire about general topics related to children’s health, wellbeing and development
•    for guidance in relation to linking up with external services to assist your families’ mental health and wellbeing
•    or just to say hello and see a smiley face
Just to note that if you wish to discuss your child specifically, you will need to contact your child’s teacher directly to make an appointment.



The Beyblade Competition for Foundation to Grade 3 held last week was a huge success, with student’s participating in a friendly manner and with great sportsmanship. This week we have the Uno Championships, and students from Grade 4-6 have been battling it out to find the ultimate player. The Uno Grand Final will be held today at lunchtime.


BEST Awards

Please click on the link below


School Office News

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn is back for 2019!

Between 1 May and 25 June, 2019, collect as many stickers as you can.

Stick them on the posters and sticker sheets

Earn & Learn starts Wednesday 1 May 
With every $10 spent* at Woolworths, one sticker is collected. These can be placed onto the Earn & Learn sticker sheets and dropped into the collection box at St Andrew's School or our local Woolworths in Clarinda.


Entertainment Books 2019/2020

The office is selling the Entertainment Books again this year.  You can buy your copy from the Office now!  Still only $70

Come and buy your copy now!!

Secondary School Information

Salesian College

Information Evening  for future families


St. James - Term 2 Open days


Year 7 / 2021 Enrolments for Sacred Heart

Please click on the link for more information


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents & Friends,

The P&F will be catching up soon to organise the annual Family Movie Night to be held on Friday 14thJune.

We welcome parents and friends of our school community to help us organise another exciting event for our children. Please get in in touch with us to express your interest.
 We’ll have exciting news next week so tuned. More updates in the next newsletter, but for now – stay warm and safe. 

Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Term 2 Activities

 Family Movie Night – Friday 14th June
The Family Movie Night event will be held on Friday  14th June.

More details about this fun filled family activity to be provided, so stay tune!
Social Parent and Friends Morning Tea

A week before the end of each term,  the P & F will host an informal catch up.  On a Friday morning  between 8.45a.m. to 9.30a.m. in the Conference room. This will be an opportunity to meet up with other parents /guardians or friends of St. Andrew’s. 

Come along… coffee and tea will be provided. All are welcome. We would love to see you. 

Dates in your Diary  

Friday 21 June 8.45 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
Friday 13 September 8.45 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
Friday 13 December 8.45 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.

P & F Meetings

The P & F meets on a monthly basis alternating between afternoons and evenings in the Conference room. 

Wed 19 June 7.00 p.m.
Tue 16 July 2.00 p.m.
Wed 21 August 7.00 p.m.
Tues 17 Sept 2.00 p.m.
Wed 16 October 7.00 p.m.
Tues 19 November 2.00 p.m.
Wed 18 December 7.00 p.m.                                              


Parents & Friends

If you want to know what we do and how we work, please connect with us. All parents and friends are welcomed to attend our P & F  meetings.  Our P & F  meetings will alternate between afternoons and evenings throughout the year and are held one week before the Education Board meeting.
We would love to hear from you – our parents (including grandparents and guardians) and friends of our school and community.  We value what you have to say.  Connect with us via or simply catch one of us during our drop-offs, pick-ups or activities around the school community. 

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster


Friday 24th May

Angela Rako                                    

Monday 27th May Volunteer Needed
Tuesday 28th May Volunteer Needed
Wednesday 29th May Volunteer Needed
Thursday 30th May Volunteer Needed


Parish News

The Grand May Ball

May 25th from 7pm to 12.30am in the  School Hall 

Adults $20  Children (5-12) $12


A Big Morning Tea - Tuesday 28th May at 10.30 a.m.

The Friendship Group is hosting a Big Morning Tea on Tuesday 28th May at 10.30 a.m. to help the Cancer Council of Victoria raise the much needed funds that go towards vital cancer research. Last year the Friendship Group raised $1,600.  All welcome to come along for an enjoyable morning. 

Celebrating with Joy

A combined liturgical ministry formation day with workshops on Ministry of Communion to the Sick, The reader of God's Word and Ministry of Welcome & Hospitality.


Activity Programs

Infinity Gymnastics & Dance

Please click on the link for more information


Football Star Academy


Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
PS Newsletter_14May_InformationEvening.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
May Parish ball.pdf
Combined liturgical workshop - 19 June 2019.pdf
Term 2 Activities-0001.pdf
Week 4.pdf
Week 5.pdf
Minding Young Minds A5 Public.pdf
Winter Holiday Program 2019 flyer.pdf
17248 FSA MTFB Term 2 Flyer V2_Cheltenham (1).pdf