05 March 2020
Term 1/week 6
Harmony Day - Colour Explosion Run
From the Principal
Literacy - Reading at Home
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
School Office News
Parents and Friends
School Canteen 
Secondary School Information
Community News
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

Harmony Day -
Colour Explosion Run

Harmony Day 2020

Colour Explosion Run

From today, we commence our participation in the School Colour Explosion™ Run initiative. We ask for your support for this as our major fundraiser for this year. The more money we raise the more we can provide for the students through vital school projects, in particular major upgrades to our playground facilities.     


The School Colour Explosion™ Run will be held on Friday 6th March starting at 1:30pm and will form part of our Harmony Day celebrations. We ask that children wear casual clothes on this day, most importantly a plain white t-shirt as the students will be covered in powder from head to toe. The day’s focus is on diversity, inclusion and fun with the added benefit of raising funds for our school.


HOW DOES MY CHILD FUNDRAISE? Students have now received a Sponsorship Form with instructions on how to raise money and order prizes. Students obtain donations in cash using the Sponsorship Form together with online fundraising.


Students who raise as little as $10 or more will receive an incentive prize for their efforts. But why not aim higher? You have the option to choose up to five (5) prizes and this will set your fundraising goal. Family and friends are your greatest supporters, so ask them first for your support. You will reach your fundraising goal in no time.



Create a Student Profile Page at which is unique to you. There are also some great features like creating your own avatar, selecting your prize goal and recording your sponsorships.

You can also register for online fundraising. It’s the easiest way to help your child raise money and to reach your fundraising goal sooner. You can share your fundraising page to family and friends through Facebook, Twitter, email and even text message with a few simple clicks.



For your chance to win a $10,000 Flight Centre Gift Voucher, create a Student Profile Page at and for every $10 raised you will receive one entry into the draw to win. The more you raise the more chances to win.


WIN A CRUISE OF YOUR CHOICE! The highest fundraising student in our school will go into the draw to win a $5,000 cruise of your choice. To enter, you must create a Student Profile Page at and you can view your ranking on our school’s leaderboard.


COLOUR POWDER: The colour powder used in our event has been sourced direct from India, the home of Holi Powder. It is made of high quality corn starch and permitted food colours. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, skin safe and environmentally friendly. Toxicological Risk Assessment and ingredient listings can be obtained from the School Office upon request. Students with asthma are advised to be careful in their decision to participate.


HOW TO ORDER PRIZES? To reward your child for their efforts, they will receive incentive prizes based on the total amount of sponsorship dollars raised in cash and online. You have two options to place your prize order:


1. Login to your Student Profile Page at Once the fundraiser has finished, click the ‘ORDER MY PRIZE’ button via the dashboard, OR

2. Complete the back page of the Sponsorship Form and return to the school for processing.  


Please note, all donations need to be finalised on or before Friday 6th March and student prizes will be delivered shortly after.


Thank you in advance for your participation, and get ready for a BLAST OF COLOUR! Happy fundraising!   


Daniela Dal Santo

(Event Coordinator)



From the Principal

Dear Families,

St. Andrew’s Open Days for 2021 Foundation Children

 and 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 Day will be held on:

Wednesday 11th 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.


Labour Day Public Holiday

Parents please take note that Monday 9th March is the Labour Day Public holiday.  There will be no school for students on this day.

School Closure Day

Professional Development of Maths

Tuesday 10th March

There will be no school for students on this day.


Foundation Family & Year 5 Buddies evening - Wednesday 4th March (5.30pm - 7.00pm)

Thank you to our many families and buddies who attended last evening’s Better Buddies evening.   It was terrific to see such positive numbers supporting this event along with the positive interactions between our Foundation and Year 5 buddies.

Thank you to all staff for their support of the evening and the Buddies program.  Please refer below to some photos taken of the evening. 



Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews - Monday 23rd March, 2020

We advise parents that Term 1 ‘3 Way Interviews’ will be held on Monday 23rd, March.

Term 1 interviews have a 10 minute appointment time.   Staff will be available to meet with parents and students between 2.20pm and 7.30pm.  Bookings for interview times can be secured through the regular school interview site   

We remind parents that students are encouraged to be active participants in the interviews.   Should it be necessary to have a private conversation with your child’s class teacher we recommend that parents simply advise the teacher that they would like their child to remove themselves from the interview and return to the seating in the hall.

The login code for the term 1 booking site is   xb4gm.

Please find attached a separate School Interview Online Booking flyer with all login details attached.  

Please note that the booking site opens from 8am Friday 6th March. Bookings close on Friday 20th March.

Term 2 interviews will take place on Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th June.   These interviews are over a 15 minute meeting time and will involve the presentation of each child’s Semester 1 Report. 

Optional Child School Attendance – Monday 23rd March – 1.35pm-3.15pm

Teaching staff will be released on the afternoon of Monday 23rd March to commence ‘Three Way Interviews’.   Children remaining at school for the afternoon block will be grouped in levels and supervised by staff not required at Interviews.  Parents attending interviews may collect their children from these level gatherings.

Parents do have the option of collecting their children for a shortened school day from 1.35pm.  Collection of children assists staff by reducing the number of children being present in the afternoon block.  Please inform your child’s class teacher in writing if you plan to collect your child from school at this early time.

Parents do not need to sign out from the school office on this day.  Your written notification will be a record of student early exits.

What’s been happening at
St Andrew’s throughout the week?



2020 Foundation - 6 Twilight Athletics Program - Thursday 19th March (5pm-7pm)

The term one events at St Andrew’s keep on coming! It’s a busy time of the year!    We look forward to welcoming families on Thursday 19th March to our annual Twilight Athletics Carnival. Families are also invited to join us in the School Hall from 2.30pm on Thursday 19th March as our Year 6 Sports/House Captains lead us in the Twilight Sports Opening Ceremony.   The evening events will commence at 5.00pm sharp and conclude at approximately 7.00pm.   Children are required to wear their school shorts and house colour t-shirts at the Carnival.

This year we are teaming with an external provider, Kaboom Kids Sports, to add an extra dimension to the evening.  The Foundation to Year 2 students will participate in Athletics events on the school oval from 5.00pm through to 5.50pm whilst our Year 3 to Year 6 children will spend 5.00pm through to 5.50pm in the hall with Kaboom Kids Sports.  At 5.50pm the groupings will swap over the complete alternate activities.   All students will gather on the school oval at 6.40pm for the time honoured Student - Teacher - Parent Relay followed by the presentation of the St Andrew’s House Athletics Shield. 

We aim for the evening to be a chance for our students to demonstrate their athletic skills, enjoy the fun and excitement of working with an external sports company along with a chance for families to gather and enjoy an engaging fun family event.

Sacrament of Reconciliation Program

Thank you to all families who attended the weekend Reconciliation Commitment Masses and the Tuesday evening Reconciliation Family workshop.  Children celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be led through a Reflection Day on Friday 20th March.    We look forward to gathering for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday 26th March beginning at 6.00pm. 

Year 6 Jumper Student Presentations

We thank all parents who joined us last Friday afternoon for the presentation of the Year 6 Hoodies.    The year 6 children were so excited to finally be given their 2020 Hoodies!  

We thank Laura LaRosa for her efforts in coordinating the purchase, printing and distribution of these hoodies each year.   Laura has quietly undertaken this task to the benefit and excitement of many children throughout the past years. We thank Laura for giving her time and energy to this role and for bringing such happiness to our Year 6 children. Being her last year with children at the school Laura will hand over the role for 2021.   

Please refer below to some reflections from our Year 6 children.    



Year 6 Jumper Student Presentation

Getting our Year 6 jumpers was very exciting.  Instead of us just getting them in our classrooms, we had a ceremony. The whole school was there, and the teachers called out our names one by one to collect our jumpers, many parents were there as well. We came out of the office when we were called, everyone clapped while we were receiving our jumpers. It will be a special moment I will never forget, it almost felt like we were leaving the school already.


Everyone was so happy that we finally got our jumpers, most put them on straight away. They were very warm. My name is in the middle of our jackets. At first, they looked big on us. But now, after we have gotten used to them, they fit very well!!


When the grade 6s got their jumpers, to me I thought that it was basically the best day of our lives, we were all smiling and super excited.

The whole school was there to see us get our amazing jumpers and we thought that it was special to have everyone there to see us receive our jumpers.

When my name got called up I was shaking inside and a bit nervous but once it was given to me I felt like I was special and that we deserved this since it is our last year at school.

Everyone's cameras were flicking and the lights flashed and I was very happy because we were all waiting to get them and we were waiting every week asking everyone we knew, when we were getting them and we finally did!!



My experience with receiving my year six jumper 

At the start of the year when we were going to get our year six jumpers we were all very excited to get them because it meant that it was our last year of primary school and that we are getting older. We got them on the 28th of February 2020, we all lined up in a specific order so first it was 6P then 6A then us and last of all 6M. We went out and shook Mr Wakeling’s hand and received our jumpers. I put on my jumper and it felt brand new (well it is) and you look around and see all the year six’s wearing their jumpers.


School Closure Days

2020 Closure days - Tuesday 10 March, Friday 22 May, Friday 14th August, Friday 30th October and Monday 3rd November (Melbourne Cup Monday) 

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

Canteen Opening Days -
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

We remind parents that the canteen will operate on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.   This change to the days of opening has been made as a direct result of the large majority of items being home made.  

Canteen Volunteers

A CareMonkey form has been distributed seeking interest from any parents who may be available to help out in the Canteen.   Parents are invited to be present with Mina, Canteen Coordinator, from 10am through to 12pm.   The tasks on the morning would be assisting with food preparation, sales and cleaning up after the recess bell has sounded.

We are looking for 2 volunteers being available each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.   Volunteers would naturally require a Working With Children Check. 

Canteen Recess Menu


Lunch Orders - Classroom Cuisine

Parents will be required to register with the Classroom Cuisine website   to order lunches.  

Lunches can be ordered weekly on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and paid for through an online portal. 

Orders can be made on days prior to or up to 8.30am on the day required.  No orders will be processed after 8.30am.

Meals are delivered to the school each day in classroom designated containers between 11am-12.30pm.  

Parents can refer to the Classroom Cuisine website -  for full details of the online ordering process and meal options available.

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’.

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

Dates for Your Diary


  • Mon 2nd -        Hot Shots Tennis Program Lessons - Yr 5/6
  • Tue 3rd -         Reconciliation Workshop Evening  - 6pm
  • Wed 4th -        School Open Day Tours
  • Fri 6th -            Celebrating Harmony Day & Colour Explosion Run
  • Mon 9th -         Labour Day Holiday
  • Tue 10th -        School Closure Day

                                      Paddy & Callum return to St Andrew’s from the                                                      Philippines

  • Wed 11th -       School Open Day Tours

                                       Class Mass - Foundation DalSanto - 9.15am

  • Thu 12th -        Class Mass - Foundation Pickering - 9.15am

                                        Yr 5/6 Round Summer Sports

  • Fri 13th -          Cross Country Trials - Yr 3-6 - Bald Hill Park - 11am -                              1.30pm
  • Mon 16th -      Catholic Education Week

                                      Hot Shots Tennis Program Lessons - Yr 5/6

                                      Parents & Friends Meeting 7pm

  • Wed 18th -      Class Mass - Foundation Corio - 9.15am
  • Thu 19th -        Class Mass - 1/2DW - 9.15am

                                        Year 5/6 Round Summer Sports

                                        Year F-6 Twilight Athletics 5pm-7pm

  • Fri 20th -          National Day of Action Against Bullying
  • Sat 21st -         Parents & Friends Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings
  • Mon 23rd -       Hot Shots Tennis Program Lessons - Yr 5/6

                                       Term 1 Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews - 2.30pm-                                                 7.30pm

  • Tue 24th -        Palm Sunday Liturgy as led by Foundation
  • Wed 25th -      The Last Supper Liturgy, Year3/4 - 2.30pm
  • Thu 26th -        Garden of Gethsemane Liturgy, Year 1/2 - 2.30pm

                                        Sacrament of Reconciliation - 6pm

  • Fri 27th -          Good Friday Liturgy, Year 5/6 - 9am

                                       P&F Easter Egg Raffle 2pm

                                       Term 1 Concludes at 2.30pm


  • Tue 14th -        Term 2 Classes commence


Paul Wakeling


Literacy - Reading at Home

The Benefits of Reading at Home with your child!

You make a difference to your children’s reading journey. Your role as an advocate for your children’s reading success cannot be overestimated. It has a direct impact on the ease and confidence with which they pursue their reading and writing.
It is the joy and love of sharing a good book on a nightly basis that sets the foundation for their reading success, and ensures that reading is given the priority it deserves. Reading regularly with someone who cares is the inspiration that all readers deserve.
Below are some reading tips for home reading
•    Establish a home reading routine. Read aloud with your children each night. 
•     If English is your second language, read in your home language. Talk about the illustrations and contribute where you can. Share your excitement for reading and this will be the model your child will adopt.
•    The child holds the book! There is a lot of power and control in the world of reading. The reader needs to have the power.
•    During home reading time, turn off electronic devices and give each child your undivided attention.
•    Before you read a book, set your child up for success. Reading is not a test! Keep the introduction short – one minute is enough. Talk about the illustrations and the title. Read the blurb and talk about the author, talk about any unusual words, read a page here and there as your child flicks through the book, discuss the characters. This is a short introduction, not an interrogation. If the book is already a familiar one, then this step is unnecessary.
•    If reading time is stressful, move the reading to a new location. Instead of sitting at the kitchen bench, move to the lounge room floor, or go outside and sit under a tree.
•    Find a reading time that works for your family. 
•    At the end of reading, ask questions that encourage discussion, for example: 
•    What was your favorite part?
•    Tell me about the characters.
•    What do you think will happen next?
•    What did you think about that setting?
•    What do like/ or what challenges you about this book?
•    Encourage your child to read independently. A bedside light is one of the best enticements for your child to read before going to sleep. 
•    Avoid judging your child’s reading with words such as: ‘good’, ‘excellent’ or ‘getting better’. Instead say things about the strategies your child uses when reading such as: ‘I like how you read on when you came to that difficult word.’ ‘I like how you changed your voice to be the voice of the character in the story’. ‘I noticed that you reread the bit that did not make sense.’
•    Visit the local library — make it a family ritual on a set day every week. Let your children select their books while you select books you are interested in reading. Your child might select books based on illustrations or factual information about a topic of interest. Check your child’s termly newsletter to see what the focus of learning for the term is.
•    Create a home of readers where everyone reads – It is just what we do in this house! Talk about what you have read. Read aloud what makes you laugh and share it with your child.

Happy Reading,
Angela Palombi Literacy Leader

Around the Classrooms


The children are settling well into their first term in the Art room with lots of fun activities happening.

Foundation children are busy using different art materials such as soft coloured chalks to create their own portrait pictures. They experimented, blending coloured chalks to create new colours. They have also been using oil pastels and mosaic shapes and joggle eyes to make colourful butterflies.

Grade 1 and 2’s have also completed various portraits using paints and applying fun eyes, ears, noses and colourful curly streamers to create crazy hair styles and different characters. They have been drawing terra cotta pots and cactus, learning techniques of shading to help create a more 3D look to their art work, using light and dark colour oil pastels.

Grade 3 and 4 have created some interesting paintings and have been blending cool colours. They have been practising twisting their paintbrushes to produce shaded long shaped grass reeds. They then added collage nature papers.

During the term grade 5 and 6 have been looking at positive and negative pictures and photographs. They have been cutting out colourful square patterns to show the positive design and placing the negative design next to it to show the contrast. They have also been working in groups creating slogans and designs for Harmony day posters to be placed around the school.



Year 3/4

In Year 3/4 the children have been learning about the structure of a persuasive text. There has been great debate around topics which has enabled students to  develop the language of persuasive writing.

Below is a sample of students achievement.

What are better - Cats or Dogs?

Do you think cats are better than dogs? Or do you think dogs are better than cats? I am certain that I think dogs are better than cats. Not all people would agree. Do you think the same?

I strongly believe that dogs enable you to do exercise while you walk and play with them.If you get exercise you will be healthy and motivated to do things That will help you ALOT in your older stages of life. Cats will NOT get you as much exercise as you will if you get yourself a dog!

I strongly know that dogs can help people with disabilities and help people with rescuing other people in danger, sniffing out illegal things and many more handy jobs. It helps alot and society is a lot safer with dogs at work.

I certainly know that any type of dog will protect the owner. They can protect their owner by barking very loudly if they see someone they do not know nearby. Their barking can alert the owner and they will know if they are safe or not. If you want to be safe, a dog is right for you.

For these reasons,that is why I think dogs are better than cats. Dogs can help you exercise, they can do helpful jobs and they can keep you safe! So get yourself a furry friend today!      Lauren  3/4P

Cats or dogs do cats make better pets than dogs?

I strongly believe that dogs are better than cats , there are so many different reasons why you should have a dog. Think about it. 

I, 100% know that dogs are better because a dog will be a friend for you so you won’t be alone especially if you don’t have a sibling or someone to play with. 

Secondly you can walk your dog at the park so you can get exercise and it saves you going to the vet and paying more money for medicine for the dog. 

Lastly dogs , claws hurt less than cats claws. Dogs will get less aggressive if you take them for a walk. 

What side are you on now? Do you think dogs are better than cats? You can get exercise you will always have a friend with you always.

By Isabelle 3/4 P


What makes better pets Cats or Dogs?

I strongly believe that dogs make better pets than cats because dogs are a man's best friend and they can protect you.Are you with me?

Firstly dogs are better than cats because they can protect you.So if you are asleep and strangers come into your house they can alert you.

I strongly believe that dogs make better pets because they can motivate you to get exercise and you will be ready for the day. Also they give you a lot of GOOD energy.                                                                                                            It is certain that dogs are better than cats because if you are unhappy,your dog can change your sad feelings to happy feelings,by playing with them.Dogs will give you a lot of fun,and you will be filled with happiness. They will keep you company.The loyalty they show is unconditional love.

It’s obvious that dogs make better pets than cats because they can protect you from danger,give you exercise and keep you company.   
By Jenin 3/4P

Term 1 Sport - What's On


Year 3 & 4 Swimming Timetable

The Year 3/4 Swimming Program will be held on Monday 24th February till Thursday 5th March

Session Time    Bus Pick Up Time Class                        
1.10 - 1.50pm    12.55pm 3/4P & 3/4TK
1.50 - 2.30pm    1.35pm 3/4E & 3/4B                     

Summer Sport

Summer sport times are 11.30 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.




Thur 5 March

Away V St Peter's


Thur 12 March

Away V Oakleigh Grammar


Thur 19 March

Away V Murrumbeena

Before and After School Care

OSHC will be running a Monster Mash day on Tuesday 10th March for families requiring care on the school closure day.


BEST Awards

Week 6


School Office News

Before and After School Care

OSHC will be running a Monster Mash day on the 10th March for families requiring care on the school closure day.


School Fees

Item  Due Date
Term 1 Fees and Building Levy Fri 6th March
Subject Levy & Excursion Fee Fri 27th March
Year 3 & 4 Swimming Fee Past due

Student Absences

A reminder to parents that the Department of Education and Training (DET) require parental notification of any student absence. This can be either by note, phone call or in person. Parents should inform the school of their child/ren’s absence and provide a reason either prior to or on the morning of the absence.


Children who are too ill to attend school should be kept at home.  Unfortunately, there will be times when children become ill at school. Should this happen, every attempt will be made to contact parents/carer  listed on your child’s enrolment form. Please inform the school of any changes to contact details should they occur. 


We understand that children may need to return to school prior to completing a course of medication. If your child needs medication during school hours parents are required to complete a medication administering form available at the school office. We are unable to administer paracetemol to children without prior written parental permission.

Lost Property Cupboard

Our lost property cupboard is overflowing with school jumpers and jackets! If your child has lost an item of school clothing - please come and check here. They are waiting to be claimed.


Please label your child’s items of uniform, clothing and belongings clearly and permanently. Tracing ownership can be an impossible task if articles are not clearly labelled. An identifying sign or mark is not sufficient to trace ownership. Thank you.

Camp,Swimming, Excursion Fund (CSEF)

If you 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 in 2019, you do not need to complete and application form in 2020 unless there has been a change in your family circumstance.


Visitor Sign In

We have a new  Sign In/Out iPad  for visitors and students. 

Students who arrive after 8.45a.m. will now have to sign in using the Late Arrivals icon on the iPad.

Parents who are collecting their children during school hours will need to sign them out using Early Release.

Term 1 School Closure Dates:

Monday 9th March -    School Closure - Labour Day Public holiday

Tuesday 10th March - School Closure - Staff Professional                                                                                Development Day

Student School Banking


Parents and Friends

Dear Families,

We have a few updates this week on key Term 1 events, a spotlight on P&F new member Christine Demicoli, and shout outs to P&F ongoing services and respective coordinators.


Leanne Ngo
St. Andrew's P & F President


Key Term 1 Activities

Harmony DayFriday 6th March Light refreshments 12:40pm to 1:30pm, School Hall

We will be supporting the Harmony Day celebrations on Friday 6th March 2020 with light refreshments for parents to reflect our beautiful and colourful school community.  You are more than welcome to bring a plate to share that reflects your culture. So please do come along and celebrate with all of us.

Light refreshments will be held in the School Hall from 12:40 to 1:30pm.

Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser –Saturday 21st March, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Oakleigh South Link

If you are able to assist on the day, please get in contact with Leang O’Brien in P&F coordinating this event or email us your availability at

Easter Celebrations

 Easter Hot Cross Bun Drive 

Hot Cross Buns Baker’s Delight order envelopes have been distributed out to classes to all students. Please return your envelopes and money back to your class teacher by Friday 20th March. These delicious Hot Cross Buns will be ready to collect on 26th March!
Easter Bonnet Parade and Raffle Draw - Friday 27th March at 2pm to end of school, School front oval
Please lock in your diary now as we prepare for this big Easter event.

This will be held on the last day during assembly of Term 1. 

Next P & F Meeting

Monday 18th March at 7pm, Staffroom

Spotlight on P&F Member
Christine Demicoli

Welcome Christine to the P&F family and her family to our school community. 


“Hi, my name is Christine and I’m a new member of the P&F committee. My daughter Rachel is in Foundation D and together, with my partner Brendan, we make a family of 3! 
It has been exciting to watch Rachel’s transition into primary school and we feel fortunate that her educational journey has continued in such a warm and nurturing environment. My desire to meet members of the wider school community and engage with other families led me to the P&F I value its role in enhancing school culture and promoting social engagement. Seeing what the group has achieved through their fundraising efforts - eg. the sails, the water fountains - is very heartening and I am really looking forward to being part of this dynamic, diverse team of friendly, can-do people! I strongly believe that connecting with others and maintaining meaningful social relationships is key to leading a happy, healthy life. And reconnecting with St Andrew’s as an alumna has so far been very rewarding! 
Brendan and I love seeing Rachel develop her own interests, learn new things and make new friends. At home, as a family, we enjoy craft and Lego. When Rachel goes to bed, Pokemon is replaced by Terrace House on the TV. I also try to find time to bake when I can - from wholefoods - and am interested in greener, healthier ways of living.”

P&F supports the following ongoing services

Second-hand Uniform shop is well stocked thanks to donations from families and to Nerida and Helena for keeping it cupboard organise. The school has advised there will be new uniforms introduced this year and there will be a transition period from old to new. We encourage all families to consider dropping by the Second-hand shop on Mondays 2:45pm – 3:10pm.

Our School Banking has started up this week with collections starting in class on Tuesdays. Thanks to Lorraine and Jules for coordinating this service and learning the school banking ropes this year.  

Thank you to Laura for her years of service in P&F and for coordinating the Year 6 jumpers each year.

Before School Sport- fruit  dontated from our local Clarinda Woolies is back on again in 2020. Thank you to Nicole for making this possible with Woolies and for picking up the fruits on a weekly basis for our school children.  

School Canteen 

School Canteen

Morning Recess -

The Canteen is open from next week for recess sales on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am to 11.30am.
The Menu will be advertised on a weekly basis through the Newsletter and Skoolbag App.  The menu will change based on student feedback and on providing a range of choice to our children.

Volunteers are warmly welcome to help Mina on a  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  


Classroom Cuisine Menu

Parents need to register on the Classroom Cuisine website   to order  lunches

Lunches can be ordered weekly on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and can be  paid for through the online portal. 

Secondary School Information

St Bede’s College Bentleigh East Campus


Mentone Girls'Secondary College

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College will hold its annual Open Evening on Tuesday 30 April at 7pm.

Families can learn about the enrolment process, the Enhancement Program, tour our school, and see student performances, displays and presentations. 
Your Year 5 and 6 students and parents are especially invited to attend. 

MGSC also offers College Tours throughout the year. Tour dates are on and attached. Bookings are recommended.


De La Salle


Community News


Each Saturday morning from March - August 2020

Oakleigh Auskick will be making a very early start to season 2020 commencing 9am on Saturday 21st March and finishing on 22nd August. (23 weeks) Oakleigh Auskick is one of the very few Auskicks that operates through the school holidays 

VENUE:  Oakeligh South Primary School

COST:  $100 for the season

You can register now online or anytime during the season at

Boys and Girls 5-12 years of age are eligible to participate. Children must  be at least 5 years of age or turning 5 during the Auskick season.

Parental help with the running of the program is required.

For more information, contact Mr Kerry Ryan (Oakleigh Auskick Co-ordinator) on 0413 691 885

Story time at Clarinda Library

Kingston Libraries run a series of storytime events each week across the City of Kingston and one of those locations is Clarinda. Storytime runs weekly at Clarinda Library and I'm hoping you might be willing to promote this free activity to your families. It's a 30min session with stories and songs and occurs on Fridays at 10:30am at Clarinda Library - 58A Viney St, Clarinda. It's a free activity designed for children aged 2-5 years and their parents in the local community.


Dance Struck


Kingston Parenting Programs

Kingston Family Support Service will deliver two parenting programs over April-May-June 2020; Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families Program and Pit Stop Program


The canteen menu for week commencing 2 March.pdf
Canteen Menu_11 March.pdf
ONLINE school interview letter_wholeschool.pdf
ONLINE school interview letter_wholeschool.pdf
Monster Mash Day .pdf
PSW Uniformpricelist2019-10-24-121123.pdf
Storytime 2020..pdf
DanceStruck Image 2020 for newsletter.pdf
Final Version Flyer-Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families April-June 2020-2020.01.24.pdf
Flyer-Pit Stop April-June 2020 pdf version-2020.01.24.pdf
Week 5.pdf
Week 6.pdf
The canteen menu for week commencing 2 March.pdf
Canteen Menu_11 March.pdf
Term 1 Poster for 2020.pdf
Monster Mash Day .pdf
MGSC Open Night & College Tour dates A4.pdf