15 November 2019
Term 4/week 6
From the Principal
Friendship School in the Philippines
Around the Classrooms
Student Reports
BEST Awards
School Office News
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,     

Working Bee - Thank you!

We thank our band of Working Bee helpers for your support last Saturday!   With a small team available, on what threatened to be a wet morning, many tasks were completed.  Thank you to all involved along with our staff members Michael McDonough, Daniela DalSanto and Kelli Johnston, and Greg LaFontaine.  


Friday Assembly - Thank you!

We thank all families for your attendance at last Friday’s assembly.  Our assemblies throughout the year have illustrated the capacity of our school leaders as they host each assembly and share the many positive stories taking place throughout the week.    We congratulate the numerous children who received their Maths Competition Certificates on Friday.   It was terrific to acknowledge these children and to celebrate their achievements.  

Parents are encouraged to ask their children about the Social Justice campaign as launched by Esther.   Esther is encouraging all families to collect plastic bottle top lids.  We thank Mr McDonough for coordinating our assemblies. 


Foundation 2020 Transition Session 3

The third of the 4 Foundation Transition Sessions will be held next Wednesday 20th November, 9.00am-10.30am.  
●    The final session will take place on Tuesday 26th November.   All sessions run from 9am-10.30am 

School Fee/Levy Payments

Parents would have received final invoices for 2019 Fees and Levies.

We request that any outstanding payments are made at your earliest convenience.  Your attention to this greatly assists with our accounting procedures at this busy time of year.

Library End of Year Audit

In the coming days we will begin the audit of the borrowing records for the library. Our records indicate that there are a number of children with a number of outstanding books. We are asking that you encourage your child to locate all library books and return them to the library. 

Year Foundation to Year 2 Swimming Program - A reminder for your diaries
Term 4 Swimming Program

Our Swimming Program commences on Monday 25th November for all Foundation to Year 2 children.  The program is a 9 day program, the same structure as previous years.   The program concludes on Thursday 5th December.   As advised in the 2019 school fee structure the cost of the swimming program is $110 and is included on your school account. Please make this payment by 15th November.

Family Partnerships - Student  Human Development Education Workshops

We are offering Human Development Workshops for families of Year 3 to 6 students on Monday 25th November.  

The workshops will be held for:
Year 3 & 4 - (6pm-7pm) and Year 5 & 6  (7.15pm-8.15pm) 
at St. Andrew's Primary School - Conference Room

It is our aim to support families to provide an educational approach to family based discussions on Human Development Education.  We aim to:

  • Supporting your child’s level of comfort in discussing ‘Human Development’ related content
  • Maintaining an open dialogue between school and parents about ‘Human Development’ education programs
  • Providing opportunities for positive and supportive learning conversations at home
  • Provide the opportunity for parents to bring into the conversation their own personal family perspective.  

Presentations are sensitive to and respectful of the values and beliefs of parents/carers and families and provide an excellent opportunity for family discussion about human sexuality and respectful relationships.
Parents of Year 3 to 6 students will have further details distributed to them via the CareMonkey App.
For further information on this session you can email our Student Wellbeing Leader Katherine Bedford at

School Literacy/Numeracy Testing 

Parents please note that in the coming week’s staff will be released to work one to one with children to complete the necessary curriculum testing.  This testing fulfils the requirements for our data collection and for the end of year reporting process. This assessment data is also passed on to the 2020 teacher to inform their practice and provide a starting point to each child’s individual learning journey.

Family Carols Evening – Saturday 7th December -
BBQ/Food on Sale & 7.00pm Carols

We invite all families to join us for our end of year Family Carols evening on Saturday 7th December.  The night is a time for all Parish/School families to gather together to sing along to your favourite carols and catch up with friends.  The Parish will lead us throughout the evening. 
We will be encouraging students to dress up in the spirit of Christmas.  
Come along for a relaxed night to celebrate the years’ end along with a touch of Christmas spirit!

Students Departures/Future Numbers

If your children (Grade Prep-5) will not be returning to St Andrew’s in 2020 we ask that you notify us through the CareMonkey form as previously distributed. This information is essential as we plan for 2020 class structures.

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.  

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’ .

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates 


Thurs 14 2020 Foundation Transition Session 2 - 9.00-10.30am
  Learning By Doing - Year 1 & 2 Incursions
Fri 15 P & F School Disco
Wed 20 2020 Foundation Transition Session 3 - 9.00-10.30am
  Education Board Meeting - 7.00 pm
Sat 23 P & F Vision Portraits Fundraiser
Mon 25 Foundation - Year 2 Swimming Program commences
  Lego & Docklands excursion - Year 5 & 6 Excursion
Tues 26 2020 Foundation Book Collection - 9-10.30am
  Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion - Foundation

About Real Life - Year 3 & 4 - 6-7pm

About Real Life - Year 5 & 6 - 7.15-8.15pm

Fri 29

St Andrew's Feast Day - Whole School Mass - 11.45am

School Assembly - 2.30pm

Sat 30 St Andrew's Feast Day Mass - 6.00pm
Mon 2 Foundation - Year 2 Swimming - Week 2
  Advent Prayer - Year 5/6 ~ HOPE
Wed 4 2020 Book collection in the Hall
Thur 5

Anointing of the Sick Mass - 5/6CM

Final day of F - Year 2 Swimming Program

Sat 7 St Andrew's Carols By Candlelight
Wed 11 Year 6 Graduation Excursion
Thur 12 Year 6 Graduation Mass
Fri 13 Parents & Friends Morning Tea


Mr Paul Wakeling



Friendship School in the Philippines

Maghanoy Elementary School 

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.
St Andrew’s has partnered with Maghanoy Elementary school in the Philippines so that we can provide many basic resources for children at the school. 
Our Social Justice Actions for Term 4 are:

  1. To understand the issue of poverty and the rights of all people, and
  2. To share our resources with our friends in the Philippines at Maghanoy School

We are asking students to donate any of the stationery items listed below:

Grey lead pencils
Coloured pencils
Exercise books
Paper (white and coloured)

Pencil cases                            






Once we have collected everything to send to our Friendship School, we will order some balikbayan boxes. These boxes will then be packed by each class and sent to the Philippines. Donations must be in by no later than Tuesday 10th December, 2019. We will receive photos of our donations when they have arrived at the school.
Remember: each box costs $120 for shipment so monetary donations are greatly appreciated! 


Staff visit to the Philippines

We are also excited to announce that two staff members from St Andrew’s will have the opportunity to visit the Philippines next year in February, where they will learn more about our partnership with Maghanoy School and the work of Kadasig.
Callum Mills and Paddy Edwards will depart for the Philippines on Friday 21st February and arrive back in Melbourne on Friday 6th March. They will be travelling with staff from other schools who are also a part of the Friendship School Program.
Part of the trip will involve: a visit to the Kadasig office to learn more about the projects and programs that Kadasig run in Cebu, a visit to Friendship Schools, and opportunities to learn more about some of the communities in the Philippines and the work of Fr Shay.
We are asking for monetary donations so that Callum and Paddy have money available to support any immediate needs within the communities they visit.   Financial donations handed to the school office by Tuesday 10th December, 2019 please. 
Your support is greatly appreciated!

Around the Classrooms

Year 5/6CM

It certainly is “full steam ahead “ and despite the fast approaching term moving forward so quickly, the learning continues to the last day of school. With Year 6 Graduation rehearsals well underway, assessments and reporting to complete and Year 5s setting their sights on upcoming leadership positions for 2020 we are there to support our students to achieve their goals and have a positive mindset in all that they undertake.
During our Literature Circles sessions, students are making terrific progress in their roles to help the development of comprehension, independence and enjoyment of a text that is best suited to their reading ability. Teachers have been facilitators and observers in how group members are propelling the discussion forward through their sharing of roles being Summarizer, Investigator, Connector, Illustrator, Vocabulary Enricher and Discussion Director. It has been wonderful to see and hear the students gaining confidence in putting forth their ideas, opinions and reflections, knowing that their contribution are valued and supported by others.

In Science we have been performing some experiments observing some of the physical,chemical, reversible and irreversible changes that occur. Students are learning how to accurately write up a Science Report using the correct procedure of including an Aim, Materials, Hypothesis, Steps and Results. The challenge in these next few weeks will be to design their own experiment and predict the outcomes.
Here are some of the student’s most memorable experiments in class so far..

My favourite science experiment so far has been the gas balloon because the results were quite enjoyable and l also learnt some new stuff about science. It showed me that when you mix an acid, which was the vinegar, and a base, which was baking soda. It will create a chemical reaction.  I learnt that it creates the gas, carbon dioxide. I also learnt that carbon dioxide is heavier than air and that the balloon will inflate because the gas has no where else to go.
 My favourite experiment was the gas balloon. I like when the two chemicals reacted and made the balloon inflate. 

My favourite science experiment that we've done has been the magic bottle because it was a really interesting experiment. We had to poke holes on the base of the bottle and then we filled it up with water. We then put the lid on to see what would happen. When the cap was on, it actually sucked up all the air in the bottle so then the water was forced to stay inside the bottle because  of the surface tension layer. I realised my hypothesis was wrong which l was very confused about but then l realised that the science was correct and l thought wrong 

My favourite science experiment has been The Lung Experiment because l enjoyed learning about air pressure  and learning the technical terms of it such as the Diaphragm - The unsung hero of breathing using air pressure to suck and push air.

Esophagus - the pipe connected to the lungs (windpipe)

Lungs -muscles  that hang and store air in spongy cavities

My favourite science experiment has been the gas balloon experiment. The reason that this was my favourite experiment is because we first listed the different gases like Hydrogen, Helium and Carbon. I like elements and stuff like that. The experiment intrigued me and made me want to learn how different chemicals react to each other.


My favourite science experiment has been the magic bottle, this experiment was where we filled up a bottle with water, poked holes through the base of the bottle and experimented to find out what would happen when we took the lid off and on. This was my favourite science experiment because l found it very interesting for find that my hypothesis was wrong, and the water didn't leak with the lid on.  I was very confused to how this was happening, but then l found out that it was because the cap was on, it sucked up all the air in the bottle which caused the water to be forced to stay inside of it all because of the layer of surface tension.

  During these experiments we have experienced some amazing outcomes and some not so amazing. So out of all of these the Lung Experiment was my favourite because l learnt the most from it and it was fun to experience. We learnt how our lung breaths and what actually powers it. Now that we have done an experiment like this l have high hopes for experiments in the future.


My favourite science experiment was the magic bottle because it was fun to write it, it was fun to see what happened when the surface tension stayed still and water didn't come out. How when we tried it, it failed  and was funny to watch. It taught me all about the surface tension and air pressure.


My favourite science experiment  has been the gas balloon experiment because it showed me how a solid (baking soda) and a liquid (vinegar) can change into a gas (CO 2)

In the lead up to Jesus’ birth, we are focusing on the Jesse Tree as a symbol of the Advent season. We have been listening to stories about Jesus’ ancestors in the Old Testament and learning about their symbols as we reflect on God’s plan to save the world through the Messiah. Reviewing the story of the Nativity will also be studied as it is written in the Bible ( gospels of Matthew and Luke) with discussions about how this relates to their interpretation of Christmas .

We hope your family’s upcoming preparation for Christmas is filled with a sense of hope and peace.

In writing sessions students have been expressing their thoughts and feelings in a unique way in the form of imaginative writing through the genre of Poetry. Some of the forms of poetry the children have practiced are Haiku, Shape, Cinquain, Song and Nonsense. Learning about the structure of each of these poems and language features have assisted students in writing their own independently or with a partner.


School Choir visit to Chadstone

On Wednesday the school choir was honoured to perform at the launch of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal in conjunction with the Salvation Army.

This experience provided students with an opportunity to give back to our community by sharing the christmas spirit through song.  It also linked in with our social justice values of providing meaningful collaboration with the wider community.

We would like to thank the parents who came and supported us on the day.
Thank you to Mrs Restaino for guiding our school choir. 


Thank you letter from Salesian College

Please read the thank you letter to the Year 4/5 boys from Salesian Principal Mr Brennan 


End of Year In the Library

Dear Parents and Guardians,
It’s that time of the year again when we need to start thinking about returning all our Library books before Christmas is upon us.

The last week of borrowing this year will be the week ending Friday 15th November.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would encourage and remind your children to place their library books in their library bag over the coming weeks, especially all Year 6 students and those not returning to St. Andrews next year.

After this time, I will be printing overdue notices and giving them to each child.  It would be greatly appreciated if all overdue books are returned as soon as possible and all lost books paid for.

Thank you and Happy Reading
Sonia Turco
In the Library

Advent Prayer - December

We will gather each Monday morning during the Season of Advent, in the hall at 8:45am, to reflect on this time of waiting and the coming of Christ at Christmas.
The Liturgies will be run by each year level as follows:
WEEK 1 (HOPE): Monday 2nd December - Year 5/6
WEEK 2 (PEACE): Monday 9th December - Year 3/4
WEEK 3 (JOY): Monday 16th December - Year 1/2
WEEK 4 (LOVE): Monday 16th December - Foundation (straight after the 1/2s)

For Sale - Sacred Heart College


Size 14 winter skirt (worn for one term only). $75

VCE Books: 

Further Maths VCE 3&4 (print & interactive)  $40
Analysing the Russian Revolution (3E)  Richard Malone $30
Analysing the American Revolution Toohey & Butcher $30
Books in excellent condition

Call Marie 0403 699 003

Student Reports

Student Reports

Dear Parent,
This semester the student reports will again be distributed through the Nforma parent portal which was setup  in Semester One. Student reports are one of the valuable links between school and home to allow you to gain an insight of how your child is progressing with their learning at St Andrew’s.
The reports will be accessible from the Parent Portal from Wednesday December 11th at 4.00pm
The online portal has many advantages which include:
-    Easy access to your student’s archived reports from 2018
-    Accessible on multiple devices
-    Environmentally friendlier than printed reports
Forgotten passwords: If you have forgotten your password, please follow the 'forgotten password' link. Please note that your new password needs to be at least 7 characters long and must include at least one non alpha-numeric character, e.g. *, - / or similar. 

If you have requested a password reset and the email does not appear, please look in your junk/spam folder for an email from

If you still have trouble accessing your child’s report you are encouraged to contact one of the below staff for assistance:
Michael McDonough –
Callum Mills –

BEST Awards

Week 6


School Office News

School Disco this Friday!


Football Star Academy - Term 4


Chinese School

The last lesson for 2019 will be on Monday 2nd December 2019

For Sale - Sacred Heart Girls College


Size 14 winter skirt (worn for one term only). $75

VCE Books:

Further Maths VCE 3&4 (print & interactive)  $40
Analysing the Russian Revolution (3E)  Richard Malone $30
Analysing the American Revolution Toohey & Butcher $30
Books in excellent condition


Call Marie 0403 699 003

Parents and Friends

Dear Families,

Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to boogie on the dance floor!

Our popular annual School Disco is on this week,  

Friday 15th November in the School Hall.


We have two dedicated session times: 
Junior – Foundation to Year 2 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Senior – Year 3 to Year 6 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Gold coin entry at the door. Food and drinks will be for sale throughout the evening and children are encouraged to bring their labelled water bottles. 



Term 4 Activities

  • P&F Meeting – Tuesday November 12th 2pm, Conference room
  • School Disco – Friday November 15th 5:30pm – 8:00pm, School Hall
  • Vision Portraits – Saturday November 23rd, St Andrew’s Primary School
  • Social Morning Tea – Friday December 13th 8:45am – 9:30pm, Staff room (We will be organising an afternoon tea soon. Dates TBC shortly and will be outside in the beautiful warmer weather!)

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.

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster

Fri  15 November Oreen Tannen
Mon 18 November Volunteer Needed
Tue  19 November Volunteer Needed
Wed 20  November Volunteer Needed
Thur 21 November Volunteer Needed


CHELTENHAM -NEW Store Flyer 2018.pdf
PSW Uniformpricelist2019-10-24-121123.pdf
FootballStarAcademy Term 4.pdf
Thank you from Salesian.pdf
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Week 5.pdf
Week 6.pdf