27 June 2019
Term 2/week 10
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
School Office News
Secondary School Information
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Activity Programs
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Term 2 concludes 2.30 p.m.
Friday 28th June

Term 3 commences Monday, 15th July


Dear Families,  

Term 2 Concludes - Tomorrow 2.30pm - ‘Thank you’

Term 2 concludes tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm.  We wish all children and families a most relaxing holiday break, a great chance to refresh the batteries for our children and staff after a busy term.  We greatly appreciate all parents who assist so greatly with our school programs. We thank all parents for their participation in programs such as classroom/specialist program helpers, excursion/incursions, canteen helpers, Working Bees, Parents and Friends committee, Education Board, School Banking, Uniform Shop and the list could go on. 

First Communion – Congratulations & Thank You

We congratulate our 43 communion candidates who participated in the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time at the weekend masses.  We thank all families for your support of your children.  We also thank Father Joe, Daniela Dal Santo (REL Leader) and our Year 4 team, Kathy Cunningham, Sue TerKuile, Liana Caligiuri and Netty Howe, for the superb manner in which the children were presented for the weekend masses.  


Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews

Thank you to all parents for your attendance at the two evenings of Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews.  We hope that the interviews gave you a good insight into the progress of your child/ren throughout the first semester.
My thanks to each staff member for the level of care and preparation as provided to each child for the reporting process and throughout the first semester.  


School Fees 

Thank you to all families who are up to date with school fees. This is a reminder to all families who have fallen behind with payments to please make sure to attend to this as soon as possible.

Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys (CEMSIS): 
(2nd-20th September 2019)

Throughout each year, we pause to listen to our students, families and staff to gauge how our learning community is travelling. This feedback is invaluable to our progress as effective school communities and is backed by evidence-based research and best practices.
One of the more important formal ways we engage and gather data is through CEMSIS, the Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys.
CEMSIS is a set of surveys that have been built specifically for Catholic Schools in Melbourne by Learning Services teams at Catholic Education Melbourne in partnership with researchers at Learning First and in wide consultation with Principals in our schools.
In 2019, students, families and staff are invited to participate in CEMSIS using our brand new, secure and purpose-built online platform. The online platform is where our school leaders will access the summary reports that visualise the results of the student, family and staff surveys.
The CEMSIS survey platform is operated by an independent supplier, ORIMA Research Pty Ltd. The platform meets with the very high security and privacy standards for handling student and school data. 
Students at our school will be provided with supervised sessions where teachers are on hand to help and answer any questions. Families and staff can complete the survey anytime over the three-week window throughout September via an emailed link and password. Feedback from last year’s pilot trials indicate many surveys were done across a range of mobile devices and different web browsers. Schools will be providing more information about CEMSIS throughout Term 2 and 3 via newsletters and social media.
Our community’s opinions are critical to understanding how our school is performing – CEMSIS is a key data source for guiding the ongoing work to improve our school.
All participation is invited, welcomed and 100% voluntary. The surveys are not a test; they are an inclusive way to feed the work we are already doing to improve our school. Everyone has the right to refuse to participate, or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey. Please notify the school if your child does not wish to participate.
If you would like more information, please contact the school.

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 

23 August,

4 November 

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’ .

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 


Fri 28th              End of Term 2 - school concludes at 2.30 p.m.

Mon 15th      Term 3 Begins
Tue 23rd        Education Board Meeting

Sat 10th         Working Bee (8.30am-10.30am)
Mon 12th       School Book Fair (Mon-Thu)
Tue 13th/Wed 14th     Senior School District Athletics
Thu 15th       Assumption Mass 
Sat 17th        Year 3 & 4 Level Mass 6pm 
Mon 19th      Celebrating Book Week - ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ 
Mon 19th      Year 5 & 6 Swimming Program 
Friday 23rd   School Closure Day 
Mon 26th       Foundation & Mike Larkin & Channel 10 Weather Report onsite 

Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Foundation J

Welcome to Around The Classrooms with Foundation J!
This semester has been very busy for the Foundation J students! Now that the students have adapted to school life and settled into routines, they are really enjoying learning. Along with the core curriculum subjects, the students have been having weekly Art lessons and Action Based Learning sessions. The introduction of Chromebooks in Foundation has allowed the students to begin to learn new skills in Digital Technologies. 
Recently the students have shared in many wonderful experiences including our walking excursion to Clarinda Library and Woolworths, visits from local kindergarten children to our classroom and the making of dioramas with their Year 5 buddies.
The Foundation J students would like to share these reflections with you:
I like reading books because they are interesting and I learn about lots of different things. (Noah)
I had fun playing Roll a Star with dice in Maths. (Mark)
I like working in my group for Literacy rotations because I learn better. (Wyatt)
It was good fun working on the map of Rosie’s Walk. (Caprice)
I like learning about Addition. (Isabel)
Action Based Learning is lots of fun. (Nimrit)
My favourite thing about school is playing outside with my friends. (Roshan)
I like everything about St Andrew’s. (Joshua F)
Thank you to all parents for supporting your child to develop good reading practices at home and assisting your child to learn the M100W sight words. A special thank you to our parent helpers. Your time in the classroom and assistance with Action Based Learning and our recent excursion has truly enhanced the learning for the students.
The holiday break is a great opportunity for the students to rest and get themselves ready for another great semester of learning. Next semester the Foundation students will be celebrating 100 Days of School. They are counting down the days with great anticipation. 

Jasminka Jalsovec, Foundation J Classroom Teacher   




Australian Mathematics Competition

This year at St Andrew’s we are proud to invite all students in Grades 3-6 to compete in the online Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) to be held on Thursday August 1st.  This is a great opportunity for all students to participate in a National Competition and challenge their Mathematical thinking.   

Below is information from the AMC website in regards to the competition:

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) has been held annually since 1978. 

One of the largest annual events on the Australian education calendar, the AMC was the first competition of its kind in Australia and is now one of the largest of its type in the world. More than 30 countries participate each year. 

The competition aims to be accessible to all students from years 3 to 12, not just the mathematically gifted. There is an emphasis on problem solving, a valuable life skill, and the questions are designed to be fun for the student. The AMC consists of five separate papers, each with 30 questions in the Middle Primary (years 3 and 4), Upper Primary (years 5 and 6), Junior (years 7 and 8), Intermediate (years 9 and 10) and Senior (years 11 and 12) divisions. Time allowed is 60 minutes for the primary papers.
Over 1000 students share the prizes and around 50% of participants qualify to receive a Certificate of High Distinction, Distinction or Credit. All other entrants in the competition receive a Certificate of Participation or a Proficiency Certificate.

The AMC is run by the not-for-profit Australian Maths Trust (AMT). The problems created for AMC papers are set to the highest possible standards by volunteer teams of the most experienced mathematics teachers and academics in the country. 

In order to prepare students for the AMC try our online practice problems. Our website also provides details of other valuable mathematics and informatics enrichment programs offered by the AMT. 

If you would like your child to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition, could you please complete the permission slip already sent home and return by this Friday 28th June. We hope you can encourage your child to participate in this great Maths opportunity!


Michael McDonough and Kelli Johnston

BEST Awards

Please click on the link below


School Office News

School Fees

It would be appreciated if overdue fees could be brought up to date before the end of Term 2.  If you are on a payment plan, please continue to make your regular payments.



Dear parents, we are seeking sponsorship / donations to offset the cost of the 2nd and 3rd prizes for this year's Fete raffle.  The cost of the prizes are approximately $1000 and $500.  If you would like to sponsor one of these prizes (or) contribute towards it (or) have contacts with any of the major retail outlets who can provide a discounted cost,  please contact Ean Brewty on 0457 527 633 or via email or Jenny Conyers on 0417588116 or via email:

More Entertainment Books have arrived!

Get your copy this week to use for the school holidays!

$70 from school office.

Outside of School Care - Winter donations

Please click on link for more information


Term 3 -What's On In Sport


Thank you

A BIG THANK YOU to the students and parents who have been helping me stick on the Woolworths Earn and Learn stickers. I even had my family helping.  I sincerely appreciate all your assistance putting them on the sticker sheets.     Mrs Fullman



Secondary School Information

St. James - Term 3 Open Days


OLSH College Open Morning


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents & Friends,

How time flies… and what a great Term 2 it has been. 
We welcome two new members to our P & F Committee. Introducing Nerida Sibilia, new parent of Rocco in Foundation, and long-time St Andrew’s parent.

Vivienne Papanotas, mother of William in Foundation, Izaac in 1/2, and Jacob 5/6. We thank you for joining  the P & F and very much look forward to your contributions to the school.
 Figures are in. Our recently successful Family Movie Night raised $341.16 on the night. Thank you again to all families and friends for your contributions. Big thanks to our teachers, Nancy from the tuck shop, Justin Thompson (parent to Lachlan and Chloe) for the brilliant poster design, and all P & F members who all willingly volunteered their time to make the Family Movie Night enjoyable for our children. 
 The P & F hosted our first Social Parents and Friends Morning Tea last Friday in the Staff room. I am a new parent here at St Andrew’s, and for me it was great to share a cuppa with other parents and teachers. Feel free to pop by straight after dropping off your children to class and connect with us, other families and teachers. We had a few teachers drop by in between so that was really good to mingle and catch up with them also.  Lastly, thank you to all parents who dropped by and shared a cuppa with us, as well as to Paul and Kelli for making the Staff room available for us to socially connect with our school community.

Our next morning teas are on Friday September 13th and December 13th. 
For now, stay warm and enjoy the next two weeks with your children and loved ones. 


Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

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 attend our P & F  meetings.  Our P & F  meetings will alternate between afternoons and evenings throughout the year and are held one week before the Education Board meeting.
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. 

P & F Reach and Connection

Lend a hand - Join our casual Parent & Friends 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 28 June

Mina and Paula


Mon 15 July Volunteer Needed
Tues 16 July Volunteer Needed
Wed  17 July Volunteer Needed
Thur 18 July Leki


Activity Programs

Kingston Arts Holiday Activities

Please click for more information


Kelly Sports



Creative Music


Want to try Water Polo?

Monash are holding a Come & Try Day for their Junior Water Polo teams on Sunday 30th June from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Doug Ellis Pool, Monash Clayton Campus.
Water Polo is a fun and rewarding sport for kids who enjoy swimming and is also a great companion sport for kids who swim competitively or in squad.
The Come & Try day is completely free and the next season for the u12 and u14 age groups doesn’t start until mid-October so there’s plenty of time for the kids to learn the sport.
For more information click on the link below.


School Holiday Soccer Camp

Please find attached a flyer for all  our students to receive a 25% discount off school holiday soccer camps in July.


Cheltenham Dolphins Netball

Interested in playing Netball? 


Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
Donations for the homeless!.pdf
Term 3 Poster for 2019.pdf
PS Newsletter_14May_InformationEvening.pdf
Open Morning July 31 2019 Flier.pdf
Term 2 Activities-0001.pdf
Week 9 (1).pdf
Week 10.pdf
Julie Corletto Netball Clinic - GESAC.pdf
Monash Junior Come Try Day.pdf
Winter Holiday Program 2019 flyer.pdf
Spring Season 2019 Flyer.pdf
Newsletter Content - Kingston Arts School Holiday Programs.pdf
games day June 11 2019.pdf
Holiday Camp Winter2019.pdf
Clarinda Winter Holiday Program.pdf