21 February 2019
Term 1 / Week 4
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
InterSchool Sport
School Office News
Secondary School Information
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Parish News
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,

St. Andrew’s Open Days for 2020 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 Days will be held on:

Thursday 28th February, Wednesday 6th March &

Tuesday 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.


Labour Day Public Holiday

Monday 11th March
Parents please take note that Monday 11th March is the Labour Day Public holiday.  There will be no school for students on this day. 

Foundation, Year 5, Year 6 and Staff Mass - Thank you!

Thank you to all families who joined us on Sunday morning for our beginning of the year weekend mass.  Our Grade 6 children were very proud to receive their Year 6 badges.   Our Foundation children were welcomed most warmly by Fr Joe and the parish.   Our Year 5 children also played their part in welcoming their Foundations buddies to our community.  
We thank all families for your participation in the mass and for your support of your children.  
We thank Daniela Dal Santo (Religious Education Leader) and all staff for their part in organising the mass and the BBQ.  We thank Fr Joe for the warm welcome that he shows to all members of our community.  


Working Bee - Saturday 23rd February (8.30am-10.30am)

We look forward to welcoming parents to the first working bee of the school year this Saturday from 8.30am.  Parents are requested to sign in at the desk outside the school office on arrival and to sign out when you depart.  
Job lists will be provided providing outlines of the various tasks to be covered on the morning. 
Thank you to all participants.  

The Wonders of Technology!  Student Access to Apple Watches/Fitbits etc

In so many ways the schooling experience of our children is greatly enriched by the advances in technology.  But perhaps not always! I have only been recently made aware that a number of our children have access to Apple Watches and other ‘watch technologies’ eg. Fitbits, which have the capacity to alert children to incoming messages and internet access. We advise parents that children should not be accessing messaging/phone services at any stage throughout the school day.  Any children who would access devices for that purpose are at risk of losing access to these devices during school times.  
We request that parents please advise any children with access to these devices about the expectations around the use of them whilst at school. 

Late Arrivals - A reminder from last week's newsletter

We refer parents to the excerpt below from last weeks newsletter.

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. 

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.  

Have you returned the following Notices and Updated Contact Details?

Year 3/4 Swimming Program Permission Form 


Student/Family Personal Information - Can we contact you in an emergency? 
We thank all parents who have advised Annette in the office of any changes to family personal details.  This includes changes of email addresses, home/work/mobile phone numbers, emergency contact details/phone numbers etc.
We ask all parents to advise the office of any changes to personal details.  
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. 

Medical Issues - Please contact the school office if there are any medical issues that we should be aware of.   It is most important that all medical forms, asthma and anaphylaxis plans, are updated for the 2019 school year and returned promptly. 

Website Medical Forms – Parents can access Medication Administration Forms, Anaphylaxis Action Plans and Asthma Plans on the Skoolbag App.


ICT Cyber Safety and Acceptable Use Policy  - Year 3-6 - Parent/Student Signature 

We request that all families read through this policy and discuss the content with your child.  Parents are requested to sign the policy and then return the policy to your child’s class teacher by Friday 23rd February. Children in Years 3 to 6 classes are also asked to sign the policy.   Please return the document in full so that it can be referred to by students throughout the school year.   

School Closure Days

Closure days - 23 & 24 April (Digital Tech Marty & TserLin)

11 June,  

23 August,

4 November (Melbourne Cup Monday)

22 November

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’.

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.    


Foundation parents please be aware that the final Foundation Rest day is:

  • Wednesday 27 February.

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 


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 at Clayton Pool
Tue 26th -     District Swimming Carnival - Year 4/5/6 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

                           Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport - BYE

                            2019 Foundation Family Night & Year 5 Buddies activities                                  5.30 - 7.00pm

                            (Year 5 Buddies - 5.30 - 6.30pm pick up)


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

Year 3/4KC

The year has started with some wonderful student focus activities enabling all students and teachers a chance to know each other and talk about our school values. 
In our English sessions we are continuing with building our skills in reading and writing and applying them through a variety of learning tasks. 
In our Writing, our focus is on Persuasive writing, that is, trying to convince others to think and share the same ideas/beliefs. We have been focussing on advertising posters and the strategies they use to convince people about their products.
In our Mathematics , the students will continue to consolidate their knowledge in key learning areas. We started the term with Place value and Counting and have further developed strategies to understand the value of numbers.
In our Religion unit of work, we are focussing on ways to develop relationships with each other and taking responsibility for our actions and consequences. In preparation for Reconciliation, we are investigating ways that we make good choices and the value of forgiveness.
Our Inquiry unit is closely linked to our digital technology topic Be Internet Awesome. This unit teaches students the tools and strategies they need to to learn digital safety. The main components are Respect and Protect Myself, Respect and Protect Others, Respect and Protect Equipment, Respect and Protect Copyright.
We in 3/4KC have made a great start to term 1 and will continue to maintain our learning during a busy term ahead.


Mrs Kathy Cunningham - Year 3/4KC teacher


BEST Awards

B.E.S.T. Awards

Please click on the link to view the awards


InterSchool Sport

Summer Sports Rounds 2019

Round                     Date                                         School

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. 


Swimming Timetable for Year 3 and 4

Session Time    Bus Pick Up Time     Swimming Lesson    Classes Attending

ONE                      12.55pm                         1.10 - 1.50pm             3/4TK and 3/4LC

TWO                      1.35pm                           1.50 - 2.30pm             3/4KC and 3/4H

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

First Working Bee Day on Saturday 23rd February - 8.30am

This is a terrific opportunity to make a positive contribution to the school environment and your child’s learning environment. 

While meeting others within the school community, your participation shows your child the importance you place on their future. All our students benefit from pleasant/ safe surroundings so please make every effort to come along for just a few hours.

Remember, each family that attends a Working Bee will have the maintenance component credited from their school fee account.   

Greg La Fontaine
Working Bee Co-Ordinator

PS. We have some tools but your assistance with the following tools will be appreciated - Wheel Barrows, Shovels, Plastic and Steel rakes, Garden brooms.

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


2021 Scholarships for OLSH College

Please click on the link for more information


Year 7 / 2021 Enrolments for Sacred Heart

Please click on the link for more information


Parents and Friends

Some P & F News

After 4 years of P&F committee meetings, Sausage Sizzles, Mother’s/Father's Day stalls, Movie nights, Raffles etc. I am putting away the BBQ tongs and turning the page on a new chapter of my life as I prepare to return to full time employment.  It has been a difficult decision to make as I step down from my role as President of the P&F committee.  The committee has been a major part of my family’s life and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the group of dedicated mums (& dads) who have devoted much of their own personal time to bring joy to the children and help the school develop a strong sense of community. I will remain on the committee as a General Member and look forward to continuing the wonderful work that we do for St. Andrew’s and our children. We are currently in the process of finding a new President and will announce this once it is determined. 

We are also looking to fill the Secretary role as Lorraine Terceiro takes a break due to a busy family life and work schedule. I would like to thank Lorraine for her time over the last few months. She has been a wonderful addition to our team and will remain as a General Member. 

The P&F Committee has been a great opportunity for families and friends of the school to contribute to our school’s general community well-being.  If you would like to take part, please contact us on or simply leave your details at the office.

It has been a pleasure and an absolutely rewarding experience to be part of the committee.  I would like to thank Mr Wakeling and the staff for their undeniable support and encouragement.  I am extremely proud of all that we have achieved and I could not have done it all without the support and commitment of the team - Angela K, Mina, Lorraine, Angela R, Nicole, Leang, Natasha, Laura, Kate, Liza and our newly welcomed members Julia, Leanne and Julianne.  Thank you!

Helena Thompson


Second Hand Uniform Shop

If you have any uniforms in size 4 that are in good condition, please drop them off at the office.  We are in need of the smaller sizes to accommodate the needs of our new families.  Thank you.

Term 1 Events - Please mark on your calendar

BUNNINGS BBQ Fundraiser (Sunday, March 24th)

More details to follow!

    * Easter Raffle
    * Easter Bonnet Parade (Foundation - Year 2)
    * Hot Cross Bun Drive
(Dates and details will be announced in March)

School Tuckshop 

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.


Tuckshop Roster

Fri 22 Feb      Volunteer Needed

Mon 25 Feb   Volunteer Needed

Tues 26 Feb   Volunteer Needed

Wed 27 Feb   Benilda

Thur 28 Feb   Volunteer Needed

Fri 1st March   Volunteer Needed


The following items have been deleted by the manufacturer 

  • Four n Twenty Slams
  • Ovalteenies
  • Go Cookie Choc Chip Cookie

2019 Tuckshop Menu

Please click here


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.  

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


csefflyer (1).pdf
2019 Term dates.pdf
Salesian College Chadstone Newsletter_25Jan.pdf
2021 OLSH scholarship A4 flyer_d1.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
St Andrews Summer Fun.pdf
St Andrew Fish Chips - flyer.pdf
Mass times_docx.pdf
TUCKSHOP helpers.pdf
TUCKSHOP Menu List 2019.pdf