05 September 2019
Term 3 / Week 8
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
Student Wellbeing
BEST Awards
School Office News
Parents and Friends
Secondary School
School Tuckshop 
Activity Programs
Fete News
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Our Role as Agents of Hope and Change

Dear Families,

I strongly encourage all families to read of our new partnership with the Friendship School Program as coordinated through Kadasig Aid and Development.  Jaida, one of our School Leaders, has superbly summarised the school’s role in the program below:

Friendship School in the Philippines

On Thursday the 22nd of August, Glenys, who works for Kadasig (a voluntary group), came to our school to speak with the Years 3-6 students about our Friendship School in the Philippines. 
Kadasig established the Friendship School Program in 2008 in Cebu, Philippines. The Program enables Australian school students to connect with students in disadvantaged schools in the Philippines. This program is one of sharing, caring for others, and developing friendships.
Our school has partnered with Maghanoy Elementary school so that the St Andrew's students can provide all the basic school requirements such as pens, pencils, school books, uniforms, and sanitary needs for the whole school. In addition, we will fundraise for specific needs for our friendship school. An example might be a fundraising effort to raise money for ceiling fans and play equipment.
Students in the Philippines find their life at home very hard, most of their parents don’t have jobs that make a lot of money, and some homes have been destroyed due to weather conditions.  
Maghanoy Elementary is in a third world country. Most children can’t afford school uniforms, books, or even shoes. These children need our help. They only have 11 classrooms and a hall, 5 of them needing major repairs. There are 386 pupils and 14 teachers. They have few reading materials and no laptops or interactive whiteboards. Imagine not having a chromebook or any school books at all, how horrible!
The school was established in 1958. The school’s main source of water is a local pipe which at times has no water supply due to its high number of people that use the water. Electricity for the school comes from solar panels. The school has a half-concrete, half-steel perimeter fence of about 85% completion to make sure that everyone inside the school is safe and secure.
Let's rally together to assist in the improvement of life for children and families of Maghanoy Elementary school in the Philippines.
Stay tuned for more updates!
~Jaida 5/6D


Encouraging our Students to be Agents of Change and Action

On enrolling children to a Catholic School many parents speak of valuing the learning and teaching process that their child will undertake but they also place a high value on their children being immersed in a faith environment which models care, love and a belief in a common good.   If we successfully teach and model these principles we hopefully will go some way to promoting our children to be active, socially responsible, empathetic members of a global community.  
Through the long term relationship with Maghanoy Elementary School we hope that every child in our school values the Catholic Social Teaching Principles as very briefly outlined below.  We hope that our children will leave St Andrew’s School & Parish with the following understandings: 

●    Preferential Option for the Poor: Caring for the poor is everyone’s responsibility.  Preferential poor should be shown to the poorest and most marginalised people.
●    Dignity of the Human Person: No human person should have their dignity or freedom compromised.  Poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice make it impossible to live a life commensurate with this dignity.
●    Care for our Common Home: The earth and all life on it are part of God’s creation. We are called to respect this gift. We are responsible for taking care of the world we live in and for sharing all the wonders and resources the earth gives us. It is the world’s poorest communities who are affected by changes to our planet.
●    Subsidiarity and Participation: How can we contribute to a more just and fair world? Subsidiarity requires that decisions are made by the people closest and most affected by the issues and concerns of the community.  To ensure that this takes place Kadasig works with locally based social workers who meet with community members to ensure they have ownership of the program. 
●    The Common Good: The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world. 
●    Solidarity:  Everyone has an obligation to promote the rights and development of all peoples across communities, nations, and the world, irrespective of national boundaries. 

Friendship School Program moving forward:

We anticipate that this partnership with Kadasig will be a long term relationship and in so doing will become a significant part of the St Andrew’s culture.  We will support other organisations through our Social Justice Programs, eg. Caritas, although our contributions to the friendship school will remain a priority.  We aim to begin our partnership with the Friendship Program and Maghanoy School throughout term 4 with ownership of the fundraising programs being taken on by our student leaders.  

Families will be further advised of our Social Justice actions supporting Maghanoy School in Term 4. 

CEMSIS - Catholic Education Melbourne

School Improvement Surveys 

We need your feedback! 

Each year St Andrew’s School has sought parent, staff and student feedback through the use of annual surveys with the aim to further develop our School Improvement Plan. 

The questionnaire is anticipated to take you approximately 25 minutes.  

All families will be invited to participate in the CEMSIS online survey between the dates of September 2 – 20

Survey details, logins and passwords were distributed on Monday.
Results of the parent, child and staff surveys are reviewed by the Education Board and the staff and sections of it will be released to parents through the school newsletter. 


We thank you for your time and for your support of the school as we continue to gather ongoing data to aid our School Improvement Programs.


Tell me more about CEMSIS…. Please refer to the youtube link for further details:

2020 Classes - Placement of Students

Early in Term 4 the staff will begin the process of putting together class lists for the 2020 school year.  The process will be completed with consideration given to:

  • The social and academic distribution of the children within the same level across classes
  • A gender balance in each class
  • Children’s requests for friendship groupings
  • Specific placement of siblings and children with individual needs, inclusive of emotional, learning, physical and behavioural needs
  • The social needs of children including the working relationships of all children and the desired separation of children who do not have a positive social or learning influence on each other
  • An awareness of teachers in the previous academic year

Teachers in term 4 will ask children to name six friends who they work well with.  Children will be reminded to consider children from their current class and from other class settings.  Classes will then be structured with the aim to have at least one nominated friend.  However if the class teacher feels that the choices are not in the best interest of the child then the child will be asked to nominate others.  Parents please note that it is sometimes commented that, ‘My child didn’t get any of their friendship requests from last year’. It is often in this situation that a child’s actual friendship group has slightly or significantly changed from October through to the end of the year and as a result the child feels that their requests weren’t taken into account.  
With approximately 24 children in each class each child is provided with 23 opportunities to either further develop existing friendships or the opportunity to develop new friendships.  To be highly successful participants in our social, school and future working environments it is a most important skill to create new friendships each year.  We make every effort to support our children by providing them with supportive environments but at the same time we wish for some form of challenge so that our children can further develop personal life skills by negotiating new friendships. 
As detailed above there is a significant level of care that goes into establishing the best learning environments for our children.     

Parent Requests - Meeting with Leadership

We are aware that some parents may have valid reasons to have input into the placement of their children for the forthcoming year.  I am always concerned that should there be numerous requests from parents then the ability for staff to make positive and professional judgements for  the best learning environments for our classes is compromised.  Given this if parents have any relevant information that you believe is essential to the grade placement process, I invite you to email me directly via     Should we need to gain greater clarity on the request as made we will make contact with you to make an appointment to share your thoughts or concerns.   Alternatively parents can make a time to meet with Kelli Johnston or Paul Wakeling to share your thoughts for the 2020 year.   Parents are requested to either submit a request via email or make an appointment by Friday 18th, October.  Appointment times can either be negotiated with me via email to or through Annette or Marie in the school office.  We will evaluate all requests and make a professional judgement on the placement of the child in question. The final decision rests with the school. Please keep in mind the many limitations that are already placed on the staff during this complex process. 
 ‘Teacher Shopping’ -  At St Andrew’s we are blessed with a highly skilled and enthusiastic staff team and we are confident that all teachers will meet the needs of your children. Parents making requests simply as ‘Teacher Shopping’, without any foundation,may not necessarily receive their requests for the new year.  The reference to ‘teacher shopping’ meaning that, for example, parents have heard positive comments about teachers in the school from other parents and think that teacher may be good for their child.  Likewise a sibling may have had a teacher previously and a parent wishes for their next child to also have that teacher.  We would love to meet all requests but there are other elements around class placements, as detailed previously, which may take priority over a request as such.  As stated above, parents are invited to meet with leadership to discuss thoughts that may be pertinent to 2020 class placements but we ask that you take on board all of the above information before making your request.

Thank you Fathers/Special Friends!

We thank all father’s and special friends for your support of the Father’s Day Breakfast as hosted by the Parents & Friends Committee last Friday.   It was terrific to see such positive numbers in attendance and dad’s sharing their breakfast with their children.



Thank You P&F!

We thank all members of the Parents and Friends Committee for their efforts last week.  We thank them for the two days of Fathers Day shopping and for sourcing the variety of gifts.  We also thank the team for the organisation of the Breakfast morning.

Australian Girls Choir out next Tuesday at 2:15pm

The AGC will be visiting St Andrew's next Tuesday to hold an Assessment Workshop with the girls who have returned the permission slip.

School Interview Bookings - Term 3 Parent/Child/Teacher Interview  - Monday 16th September

We advise parents to lock in Monday 16th September as the date for our Term 3 ‘3 Way Interviews’.   Bookings will be made through the online site.  Bookings will open from Monday 2nd September from 8am. To make a booking to see your child’s class teacher for the 10 minute interviews please refer to .    The login code is  475pm

Bookings for interviews close Friday 13th September.


‘3 Way Interviews’ - 1/2DW, 1/2S & 1/2C - Interviews on Monday 14th October

Parents of 1/2DW, 1/2S & 1/2C have been advised previously that due to staff leave interview times for these classes will take place in week 2 of Term 4.

Optional Child School Attendance – Monday 16th September – 1.35pm-3.15pm

Teaching staff will be released on the afternoon of Monday 16th September 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. 

Sick Children

From time to time children do get sick. It is sometimes unavoidable.
We encourage parents to keep their children at home to prevent the spread of colds and flu.
If your child is sent to school unwell, and unable to participate in normal school activities you will be contacted and asked to collect them.
If you do decide to keep your child home, do not forget to notify us via the Skoolbag smart phone app, email or telephone the Office.

Cars entering school grounds before 8am

It has been observed that some parents are driving too fast when entering the school grounds. We remind parents that when dropping off children to Before School Care prior to 8am that they must drive with caution and not speed. 

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 

Friday 1st November and

Monday 4th November (Melbourne Cup Monday)

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’ .

Social Media Feedback

We’ve been busy posting away and bringing you a variety of content. Get commenting & tell us what you would like to see on our social channels. 

What are we doing well? 
What content would you like to see more of? 

We love to see our community engage with a like, comment, follow & share! 
Facebook - @standrewsclayton
Twitter - @standrewclayton

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 

Thu 5th -   Mass 3/4LC

Fri 6th -      School Assembly 2.30pm 

Tue 10th-   Australian Girls Choir visit

Wed 11th - Mass 1/2C

Thur 12th - Confirmation Reflection Day

Fri 13th -     Parents & Friends Morning Tea

Sat 14th -   Sacrament of Confirmation  - Mass 3.00 pm

Mon 16th - Parent/child/teacher interviews

                       Optional Early Dismissal 

Tue 17th -  Year 5  Maths Games Day

                   -  Parents & Friends Meeting - 2pm

Thur 19th - Whole school Footy Day activities

                     - Mass 1/2G

                     - Education Board Meeting - 7pm

Fri 20th -     End of Term 3 - 2.30 pm Dismissal 



Mon 7th -    Term 4 commences

Wed 9th -   Parents and Friends meeting

Mon 14th - Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews Gr 1/2S, 1/2C, 1/2DW 



Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 1/2DW

We are hard at work in Year 1/2 classroom.  For book week, we read a book about insects and made a lady bug craft on one of them.  We have started off our term with fairy tale stories and we have been retelling the orientation, problem and complication of the story in narrative writing.  The Year 1/2DW students also learnt about the different symbols of the Holy Spirit and chose a dove craft to make connections from Bible stories.  In Inquiry, we have been learning that we are all different and we come from different cultural backgrounds.  

The Year 1/2DW students are always Striving to do their BEST.


Mrs Sarah DeGuzman-Wettenhall - Year 1/2DW teacher




Student Wellbeing

How Was Your Day?

This year has been extremely exciting, as my first child Charlie has embarked on his schooling journey.  In the beginning being a first time school mum, when Charlie hopped in the car at the end of the school day, I would go straight to ‘’how was your day Charlie?’’, to which he would always reply with ‘’good thanks mum’’ or sometimes he’d expand a little in regards to what subjects he did or who he’d played footy with at break time.  However, sometimes he’d switch topics all together and start randomly talking about the AFL football ladder too. 

So it got me thinking about how I can engage with him more in relation to his learning and everyday school experiences.  With the intention of making more connections on his level at school, I decided to start asking him different questions every day afterschool to try to spark his interest, and encourage him to communicate with me more freely about his day at school.  For my family and I, this has been a huge success and the conversation in the car and at dinner time has been flowing ever since.


Below are some examples of questions that might assist you too, to engage with your child on a regular basis about their experiences at school;

  • Why was today a good day?
  • What is something you know now that you didn’t know yesterday? 
  • What was the best part of the day?
  • Name something nice you did for someone
  • Who did you help today?
  • What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  • What was your favourite topic today and why?
  • What did you read today?  What was your favourite part?
  • Were there any cool of funny things that happened today?
  • What do you want to learn about before the end of the school year?
  • Is there anything that happened at school today that you want to talk to me about?
  • What was challenging about today?
  • What do you appreciate about your day?

Wellbeing Around the School

Last Friday the Foundation children and Year 5 buddies read the story of 'Giraffes Can't Dance'. After brainstorming ways in which the other animals could encourage Gerald, they created a poster with speech bubbles. 

The attached poster was made by Alexander in Foundation J and Rahul in Year 5. 


BEST Awards

Please click on the link below


School Office News

Term Dates 2019

Term 3 Holidays          Monday 23 September to Friday 4 October

Term 4  commences    Monday 7 October - Wed 18 December

Overdue School Fees

All school fees are now overdue except for Term 4,  Foundation to Year 2 Swimming and Year 4 Camp. If you are on a monthly payment plan disregard this reminder, otherwise to avoid further action we require all school fees to be paid before the end of Term 3.  If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact the office.  We appreciate your co-operation. 

Student Absence Line

When reporting your child's absence please remember to speak  in a clear and audible voice. There were some names this week, that l was not able to hear properly.

Legacy Week - 1st - 7th September

St. Andrew's will be selling Legacy merchandise to raise funds for the vital work it does for families of veterans.  

School Leaders have been visiting the classrooms each morning and will continue selling badges till the 10th September.

Entertainment Book - $70 from Office

Buy and use over the school holidays!   The Entertainment Membership gives you access to hundreds of discounts and offers for the best local restaurants, cafes, attractions, entertainment, hotels, travel, fashion and more!

FOMO? Fear Of Missing Out?

Share our Facebook and Twitter page with your friends, family, & grandparents. We're a proud of out students, teachers and the learning that happens at St Andrew's. 👏🏽 💙🏅 Like, share and comment! 


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents, Friends & Families


Last week, the P & F committee organised multiple activities celebrating Father’s Day for our school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our school community involved in making this event a success. Many thanks to our Father’s Day stall helpers Jacintha, Mina, Ange R, Ange K, Helena, Sonali, Liza, Jules & Katie and first-time helpers Alka and Stephanie. 



The Father’s Day Breakfast and Raffle was another great turn out.  A special thank you to all members involved in our P & F committee (Mina and Ange R for spending hours preparing the croissants!), Nancy from the Tuckshop (as always,we appreciate your help in the tuckshop kitchen), and to our teachers for supporting this event.  Thank you to the generous donations from our local businesses and families who bought raffles for the event. Lastly, congratulations to our five lucky fathers and children who won the raffle.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Angela Koupouzos for serving as P & F Vice President over the years. Ange K will be stepping down from this role, but due to her passion supporting our school community, she will continue to serve as a general member on the P & F.

As we near the end of Term 3, we have one last P & F activity  which is our Social Morning Tea held on Friday on September 13th at 8:45am to 9:30am in the Staff Room. Please enter through the Office.  We would love to catch up with you before we break off for the school term break.


Leanne Ngo

P & F President, St Andrew’s

Term 3 Activities

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

Parent & Friends Meetings

Update to the P&F Meetings for the remainder of the year:
•     Wednesday 9th October 9th  at 7pm, Conference room
•      Tuesday 12th November at 2pm, Conference room

Vision Portraits - 
Saturday 23rd November 2019

Help St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South raise funds this year and book your $15 family photo today! Include your whole family or just the kids in the session. Book now to secure your place.

Your shoot will take place at St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South

Your $15 includes your photo session and a 10" x 13" portrait of your choice with frame. There is a $1 booking fee.


$15 of your booking fee is fundraised for St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South


Booking link:
Use the password fundraise2019 to gain access.

Once in the home page,  scroll down and select St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South  You will then be able to make your booking time.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Is open every Monday between 2.45-3.10pm.

All items $5 each.

If any families would like to donate items please leave them at the school office. Thank you

P & F Reach and Connection

If you want to lend a hand but without the long-term commitment, you can join our casual Parent & Friends email registry of helpers.  Please email us your interest at
We will add you to the email list and notify you of any upcoming opportunities to lend a hand. If one catches your fancy, simply respond back and let us know how you can assist.

Secondary School

Salesian College

Sports Academy Information Evening


School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster


Fri  6 September

Mon 10 Sept Volunteer Needed
Tues 11 Sept Volunteer Needed
Wed 12 Sept Volunteer Needed
Thur 13 Sept Volunteer Needed


Activity Programs

Clayton District Junior Cricket


Football Star Academy Soccer Holiday Camp

Football Star Academy is offering a 25% discount offer to all our students.


Sacred Heart Girls'College Reunions


Kelly Sports - September School Holiday Program


Kingston Libraries School Holiday Program

Kingston Libraries’ September school holiday program has just been released and bookings will open this Friday 6 September. The program offers a range of free activities including craft, robotics, movie screenings, theatrical performances, sports stars and gaming, for ages 3 to 18. Bookings are essential for all events so please promote to your school community and encourage them to book early to avoid missing out.


Tennis Funday

My name is Kelly and I am a final year Neuropsychology doctoral candidate at Monash University. I'm currently organising a school holiday tennis clinic to raise money for young people affected by Huntington's disease (a fatal genetic disorder). 

I've arranged for Clarinda Tennis Club to host the clinic with qualified coaches facilitating the lesson, alongside a BBQ lunch. The clinic is open to all primary school aged children, and there is no need for prior experience with tennis.


Creative Music


Oakleigh Little Athletics

Little Athletics competition for 5 to 15 year olds is held from October to March.

Saturday mornings (8:30am to 11am),

sometimes on Friday evenings (5pm to 7pm)

Orientation & Registration Day Saturday 21st September, 2019


Season starts on Saturday 5th of October, 2019 at 8.30am-11am

Davies Reserve, Oakleigh South


Fete News

St Andrew's Parish Community Fete

Saturday 19th October

Announcing the St Andrew's Parish Community Fete! Saturday 19th October, 10am-4pm. All families have received a booklet of raffle tickets. There are some raffle amazing prizes this year. Please support the Parish community in our efforts to sell the tickets for our raffle and return money and ticket stubs to the School Office.


Music News Aug 15.pdf
Clayton District Junior Flyer 2019-2020 Portrait.pdf
Sacred Heart Girls' College Reunion Invitation.pdf
2019 Sep Holiday Program newsletter.pdf
OLAC Flier_A5 2019-2020 V3.pdf
FINAL FLYER Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families Oct-Nov 2019 (002) (002).pdf 02.08.2019 19-201345.pdf
PIT STOP FLYER OCT-NOV-DEC 2019.pptx HPE-19-202007.pptx
T3 Holiday Camp1.pdf
School Holiday Tennis clinic v2.pdf
Week 7 (1).pdf
Week 8.pdf
2020 Information Night Flyer.pdf