09 May 2019
Term 2 / Week 3
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
Student Wellbeing
BEST Awards
School Office News
Secondary School Information
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Parish News
Community Activities
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Tuesday 14th May & Thursday 16th May

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.

Dear Families,

This week we celebrate the gift of our mothers. On behalf of all staff members, a happy Mother’s day to all of our school mums & special friends! We thank you for your ongoing support of our children and our school.  May you be completely spoilt by your children and loved ones on Sunday, and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday….



A Prayer for all Mother’s 

All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old. We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy. 
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.  
We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.  
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.  We remember mothers. grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.    Amen.


Mother’s Day/Special Friends Fun Afternoon in the School Hall - Friday 10th May - 2.15pm

We warmly invite all mothers and special friends to the Mother’s Day/Special Friends fun afternoon to be held in the School Hall from 2.15pm to 3.15pm on Friday 10th May.  

We have invited Footsteps Dance Company to join with us to lead children and Mums/Special Friends though a fun afternoon of various dance moves.    The focus of the afternoon is for mums and children to simply enjoy a fun afternoon together in the hall.    

Mothers/Special Friends are requested to collect a special envelope from their children when they arrive at the hall.   
Year 6 children will be returning from camp to join in the afternoon activities. 

Mother's Day Stall - Another Shopping Opportunity - (recess) Friday 10th May

The children enjoyed the excitement of shopping for their mums last Friday at the Parents and Friends stall.   The P&F  are providing a second opportunity for some mother's day shopping tomorrow for those children who forgot to bring money last week.   There will be various gifts ranging from $2.00 - $6.00. Please remember to bring a bag for your child to put their gifts in. 
Please place your money in an envelope with your child's name and class on it and give to your classroom teacher.

Thank you Volunteers!

A huge thank you to all of our Parents & Friends volunteers for hosting the Mother’s Day stall as held last Friday.  It is always priceless viewing to see the children so carefully choose what they believe is the most special gift for their mum.  
We thank all volunteers for the time that they give to our school. 

Year 6 Camp - Wednesday 8th May - Friday 10th May - Portsea Camp

Our Year 6 children are currently enjoying fabulous days at Portsea Camp.  The Year 6 children left early Wednesday morning and will return tomorrow afternoon in time for the Mother’s Day celebrations.  
School camp is always spoken of by our graduating students as being one major highlights of their primary school journey.   The camp program provides a valuable opportunity for children to spend time with their peers and the school staff in a less structured environment.  Camps also provide a wonderful learning opportunity to gain the independence in an environment in which the children are away from the comfort of home, away from mum and dad and to be a team member in a cooperative and supportive manner.  We congratulate all children on the manner in which they have supported each other so far, approaching each challenge with a positive outlook and overcoming some of the hurdles associated with being away from home.  
The children are enjoying an exciting 3 days experiencing activities such as working up the courage to take on the Giant Swing and Flying fox, along with other activities included fishing, orienteering, beach activities, team building games and sports games.  The night activities involve participating on the giant swing, trivia fun, stories around the campfire and a disco. 
School Camps, apart from being 3 days of fun, are also great opportunities for learning for both students, parents and staff.   We congratulate all children on the manner in which they have participated on the camp.  
I thank all staff for giving their time, 24 hours a day, to ensure that our children are safe, feel secure, and enjoy this fabulous experience.  I know that all staff will enjoy the warmth, serenity and comforts of home on Friday night!


Year 5 BOSCH Excursion - Friday 10th May

Our Year 5 children look forward to an exciting day at Bosch on Centre Road Clayton tomorrow.  The school has working in partnership with Bosch in 2018 and 2019 to expose the children to the Bosch workplace and the real life demonstration of the STEM curriculum (Science, Technology & Mathematics) in the workplace.   Through visiting BOSCH it is hoped that this is the spark for a number of our children to explore a learning future which takes them into the STEM field of work.  
We are most grateful to Bosch for their partnership with the school.  

Long Service Leave

I will be taking a period of leave with my wife and friends from Monday 20th May through to Friday 14th June.  We look forward to touring through Malta and Sicily enjoying the warmth, food and fabulous sights.  
Kelli Johnston (Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching), supported by the staff team, will most capably lead the school in my absence.

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.


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.

NAPLAN Timetable


Commitment Mass for First Eucharist Candidates - Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May

All families with children celebrating the Sacrament of First Eucharist this year are invited to attend a commitment mass this weekend.   We look forward to all candidates and their families joining us. 

Bentleigh District Cross Country Carnival

Our congratulations extends to all children who participated in the Bentleigh District Cross Country event held at Bald Hill Park on Tuesday.   All credit goes to participants who gave their best on Tuesday along with the hours spent practicing for the event, especially those attending Running Club on a Tuesday morning.   Congratulations to Izabella Rako who made it through to the next round of the Cross Country event representing St Andrew's and the District.  Our thanks to Peter Tyndall for his role as Physical Education leader in preparing the children for the event.  


CECV NCCD Nationally Consistent Collection of Data Information for Parents

 We advise parents to refer to the two links below advising parents of the collection of data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).


Asthma Plans & Medication

We remind parents that all children requiring asthma medication need to provide to the school an Asthma Management Plan as sourced through a doctor.  As we enter the winter months we remind parents to have Asthma medication and plans handed to the school office.    All medication must be housed in the first aid room and not in student bags.  Any medication must be administered under the supervision of a staff member.

Working Bee - Saturday 11th May - 8.30am - 10.30am

Please find attached below a flyer relating to the second working bee for 2019, scheduled for Saturday 11th May.  

The Working Bee will run from 8.30am - 10.30am.



Link Health and Community staff members will be attending St Andrew’s 24th – 28th June 2019

If you would like you child to participate in our Keeping Kids Smiling session and receive a FREE dental check-up, please complete the form sent home with your child and return to your class teacher by 20th May.

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 - 


Wed 8th-10th-      Yr 6 School Camp at Portsea 
Wed 8th -    Education Board Meeting - 6pm 
Fri 10th -      Year 5 Bosch Excursion
Fri 10th -       2.15pm - Mothers/Special Friends Dance Fun in the Hall 
Sat 11th -     Working Bee 8.30am-10.30am 
Sun 12th -   Happy Mother’s Day!  


Tue 14th -    School Open Day 
Thu 16th -    School Open Day 
Thu 16th -    Winter Yr 5/6 Inter-School Sports  
Sat 18th -      Commitment Mass for First Eucharist Candidates 


Mon 20th -    Paul Wakeling on Leave until June 14
Tue 21st -       Year 1/2 Excursion to Scienceworks 
Wed 22nd -    National Simultaneous Storytime activity 
Thu 23rd -      Winter Yr 5/6 Inter-School Sports



Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 1/2DW

In Year 1/2DW, we have been learning how to write an Information Report about the seasons.  In Maths, we have been learning about the days of the week, months of the year and telling time by the hour, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We are using the Chromebook to make our learning more engaging and we started our Religion learning with God’s creation.  We have been working hard in our classroom and we are trying our BEST to be on task and finish our learning on time.  We are off to a good start this term.  

Sarah DeGuzman - Year 1/2DW teacher


Cooking with Year 3/4KC

Year 3/4KC made vegetarian lettuce wraps last week using fresh lettuce picked from our school vegetable garden.  Some student comments were;

"I liked the combination of the lentils, ginger and lettuce".  Scarlett
"I didn’t like the zucchini but everything else was good". Manuel
"I like the lettuce was from our garden and not bought from the shops". Evan

Mrs A San Martin 


Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Room which is located in the Year 5/6 Area, finally has a name worthy of its most important use, which is to promote the physical, social, emotional and cognitive wellness of those within our school community.  
The Wellbeing Room will now be known as ‘THE WELL’ .  This name was very carefully chosen for its symbolic connection to a healthy community.  Metaphorically, the ‘well’ represents the social resources of a community that are needed to survive and flourish, the ‘well’ is a source of water and in turn water is a source of life.  Much like these metaphorical meanings, the Wellbeing Room now known as the ‘The Well’ is a place in which students, teachers and families can gather to enhance their own or the wellbeing of others for the purposes of living a much healthier and happier life. 
Starting from next week ‘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.


Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing Leader

Wellbeing Matters

Social-emotional learning through Story Time



SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL STORYBOOKS are a great way to enjoy time with your child, connect on an emotional level and help build your child’s emotional literacy and social skills.  By building an emotional vocabulary of ‘’feeling words’’ through books, it encourages children to verbally express their feelings, and to understand how they might be feeling as well as their behaviour in relation to different situations or events.  Storybooks that emphasise sharing, taking turns, making friends can also assist your child’s understanding of relationship skills and pro-social values i.e. (kindness, empathy and honesty).
St. Andrew’s has a variety of social-emotional learning books which will be available for parents to borrow afterschool on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm-3.30pm in the Wellbeing Room now known as ‘The Well’ (Located in the Grade 5-6 Area).    



Wellbeing Around the School

Year 3 & 4 Visual display for ‘’Everyone Belongs Week’’ (Term 1), celebrating the diversity of our community at St. Andrew’s Primary School. ‘’Diversity is our Strength’’



Foundation & Grade 5 Students

Buddies in Action (Teddy Bear Picnic) for ‘’Everyone Belongs Week’’



Photo Competition


Games Hub Events


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.


Link Health and Community staff members will be attending St Andrew’s 24th – 28th June 2019

If you would like you child to participate in our Keeping Kids Smiling session and receive a FREE dental check-up, please complete the form sent home with your child and return to your class teacher by 20th May.

Tissue Boxes 

With the sniffly weather upon us, it would be appreciated if each child bring a box of tissues for their class room.  Thank you.

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!!

Term 2 School Fees

Every family should have received their Term 2 Fees.  

Term 2 Fees are due by 17th May.

All Arrears, Subject & Excursion Levies, Swimming for Year 3 & 4, Year 6 Camp and Term 1 Fees should now have been paid.

Secondary School Information

Students going to Government Secondary School in 2020

Application Forms must be returned to the Office by 17th May.




St. James - Term 2 Open days


O.L.S.H. Open Morning


Year 7 / 2021 Enrolments for Sacred Heart

Please click on the link for more information


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents & Friends,

The P & F held our annual Mother’s Day Stall last week on Friday 3rd May for our children to come by and purchase a special gift. We had a wonderful selection of quality gifts ranging from $2 to $6 available from books, socks, candles, water bottles, jewellery and trinkets. It was so lovely to see our children lined up gazing at a selection of beautiful gifts to purchase for their mums, grandma and/or special friend. 
 Special thanks to Angela R for coordinating the Mother’s Day Stall including selection of quality gifts for our lucky mums! Also, sincere thanks to our stall helpers from our parent community including regulars Sonali, Jacintha, Antoinne, Kelly, Christine, Mina, and newbies such as Jules, little Katie and myself. We could not have done this without you. So, THANK YOU!!
Please note that volunteers require a Working With Children’s Check (WWC) if the volunteer activity requires interaction with our children.

See URL for further details 

Here are some happy snaps of our 2019 Mother’s Day Stall:



Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Another round - Mother's Day Stall – Friday 10th May

We are holding another Mother’s Day Stall on Friday 10th May during recess in the Glasshouse for students who missed out last week.  Please place your money in an envelope with your child’s name and class on it and give it to your classroom teacher.
 We are planning for other activities end of term, so please stay tune….soon…

P & F Committee

If you want to know what we do and how we work, please connect with us. All parents and friends are welcomed to sit in our P&F committee meetings. We have our monthly P&F committee meetings held a week before the Education Board. Our P&F committee meetings will alternate between afternoons and evenings through the year.
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. 

Next P & F Meeting

The next meeting for Parents & Friends  is on Tuesday 14th May at 2.00 pm in the Conference room. 

P&F Reach and Connection

Lend a hand - Join our casual P&F email registry of helpers

We know we have such a rich and diverse community of parents and friends at St Andrew’s, and that not everyone will have the time and commitment to actively participate in our P&F Committee and attend our regular monthly meetings. Perhaps you only have a spare couple of hours every so often in a year, have a specific expertise, passionate about a specific cause/project, maybe you’re in between finding work and want to add a fundraising/community activity to your resume to boost your employability? If you want to lend a hand but without the long-term commitment, then we invite you to join our casual P&F email registry of helpers. How it works, email us your interest at  We’ll 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.

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster



Friday 10th May                  Mina Spano

Monday 13th May               Volunteer Needed

Tuesday 14th May               Volunteer Needed

Wednesday 15th May        Volunteer Needed

Thursday 16th May             Angela Koupouzos

Parish News

Mark on your calendar
~ St. Andrew's Community Fete ~

The St. Andrew's Community Fete will be held on Saturday 19th October!



Community Activities

Six Moments in Kingston

Kingston Arts is running an exciting new public art bus tour in May that features six extraordinary local stories drawn from Kingston in the period 1976-1981


City of Kingston Draft Budget

There will be an Information Session on Wednesday 15th May for the City of Kingston Draft 2019/20 Budget. As a valuable part of the community they are extending an invitation to all staff and parents at St Andrew’s Primary School to attend this session and have their say. 



ANZAC Assembly
2019 NAPLAN Timetable.pdf
Working Bee newsletter ad .pdf
Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
Copy of NCCD Letter for Parents, Carers and Guardians.pdf
2019 NCCD Information Sheet parents.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps (1) (002).pdf
Week 2.pdf
Week 3.pdf
School Closure Days.pdf
Photography Competition ‘’Everyone Belongs Week’’ (Term 1) ‘’THE FINALIST’’