08 March 2019
Term 1 / Week6
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
InterSchool Sport
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

Dear Families,
St. Andrew’s Open Days for
2020 Foundation Children
and new Enrolments from Year 1-6

The final St. Andrew's School Open Day
held on:
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 note that Monday 11th March is the Labour Day Public holiday. There will be no school for students on this day.

Foundation Family & Year 5 Buddies evening

Thank you to our many families and buddies who attended last Thursday evening’s Better Buddies evening.   It was terrific to see such positive numbers supporting this event along with the positive interactions between our Foundation and Year 5 buddies.
Thank you to all staff for their support of the evening and the Buddies program.  Please refer below to some photos taken of the evening.  


Brain Food Time

Please find below an article from our Wellbeing Leader, Katherine Bedford, providing details on the importance of Brain Food throughout the school day.
I would highly recommend that parents refer to the Wellbeing section of the newsletter on a regular basis to pick up some great tips from the articles that Katherine publishes each week.   


Brain Food Time

Eating nutritional snacks is essential for the healthy development and wellbeing of the child.  In fact, there is strong evidence to suggest that ‘nibbling’ on healthy snacks throughout the day is vital for the optimal brain functioning, and capacity of a child to learn effectively within the classroom.  Children require regular food breaks at school to increase their cognitive functioning, fuel their bodies, regulate emotions and behaviour, increase mental alertness and support their active engagement in the classroom.  

With this in mind, St. Andrew’s Primary School is taking initiative to implement a ‘brain food time’, which will occur for all children either in the morning (literacy block) at 10am or the middle afternoon (maths block) at 12.40pm, ensuring children are fuelled with the necessary nutrients to achieve optimal academic and behavioural success throughout the day.  As such, Brain Food Time is not a break from learning, it is a time when students will be encouraged to eat a small amount of brain-healthy food that helps maintain the glucose supply to the brain.  It will provide students with the energy boost they need to continue striving for their best in the classroom. 

 The food provided for this healthy snack needs to be separate from what is provided for recess and lunch time and should be appropriately stored (e.g. in a separate container).  The role of parents/caregivers in this new initiative at St. Andrew’s is listed below, along with appropriate foods to provide your child with for ‘brain food time’ during in the classroom. 


Students will:

  • Increase their brain function and cognitive capacity in the classroom
  • Have sustained energy to learn effectively in the classroom
  • Be more engaged in their learning thus reducing behaviour concerns
  • Experience more success with learning
  • Begin to develop lifelong skills around healthy eating and lifestyles

Teachers will:

  • Provide a flexible Brain Food time for students. 
  • Ensure students are seated during brain food breaks and continue with their learning (this is not a play time)

Parents/Caregivers will:

  • Provide children with a small amount of healthy brain food in a separate container.  
  • Foods need to be pre-cut ready for eating.
  • Ensure children have a bottle of water for use in the classroom

Brain Food:

Appropriate Brain Foods are generally unprocessed and ensure a slow release of glucose rather than a quick fix provided by high sugar/fat filled foods.
Examples of appropriate brain foods include; Fresh fruit and vegetables, chopped into easily handled pieces, dried fruit (apricots, prunes, raisins and sultanas), rice cakes, plain unsalted popcorn, cheese sticks/cubes.

Save the Date 1 -  Foundation to Year 6 Twilight Sports - Thursday 28th March

Parents are requested to save the date for our approaching Twilight Sports.   The Sports will take place from 5.00pm on Thursday 28th, March on the School Oval and various areas on the school grounds.   Events will commence at 5.15pm with an approximate closing time of 7.00pm.
(Parents must be in attendance with their child/ren throughout the evening)

Save the Date 2 - Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews - Monday 1st April

We advise parents that Term 1 ‘3 Way Interviews’ will be held on Monday 1st, April.   Staff will be available to meet with parents between 2.10pm and 7.30pm.  Bookings for interview times can be secured through the regular school interview site,    Full details, including the login password will be distributed to parents in the coming days. 
Term 2 interviews will take place on Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th June.   These interviews be over a 15 minute meeting time and will involve the presentation of each child’s Semester 1 Report.  

School Photos - Monday 25th March

School Photos will be taken on Monday 25th March. Please ensure that children are present at school for an 8.45am start so as to avoid your child missing their class photo. Please note that the ordering and payment process is available online.  More information will follow.
Please note that the children are required to wear the normal school uniform on the day, not the sports uniform.
If you do not want your child photographed on this day or included in the class group photo, please contact the school office.

Parents & Friends Update - Welcome Leanne!

In last week’s newsletter parents were made aware that Helena Thompson had stepped down, due to full time work commitments, from her role as Parents and Friends Committee President.   We are delighted to inform the community that Leanne Ngo, a Foundation parent new to our community in 2019, will take on the role as the P&F president. We thank Leanne for accepting this position and look forward to working with her.   We welcome all parents to join the committee and specifically encourage all junior school parents, specifically Foundation families, to jump on board with Leanne and take the opportunity to become further involved in the school as you begin your journey at St Andrew’s.
Parents are encouraged to read the Parents and Friends section of this week’s newsletter for further information on the P&F Committee.  
Thank you Leanne! 

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 & 24 April 

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 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 - 



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' 2.10pm - 7.30pm

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 3/4LC

We have a wonderful start to the new year in 3/4 LC with everyone settling in really well. 

We have been so excited to use our Chrome Books and students have been gradually using them across all subject areas. We are very thrilled about starting swimming lessons this week.

In Religion, our year 3s are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We have all been learning about good and poor choices. We have read the story How full is your bucket? By Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeyer. We have discovered that when we make good choices we are bucket fillers and when we make poor choices we are bucket dippers. We are focusing on the value of forgiveness and our relationships with others and with God.  

In English we are focusing on our comprehension skills and Persuasive writing skills. We have been revising the components of a Persuasive text and studying the language features (nouns, sensing verbs, time and sequence words) of different Persuasive pieces of writing. The students have been learning the skill of planning their writing before beginning their writing.  

In Mathematics students are continuing to work on their numbers skills and mental maths, especially their number skills in partitions to 10 and 20 practicing their rapid recall. We have been consolidating our knowledge in Place Value, Addition and Subtraction.  

In our Inquiry unit ‘Be Internet Awesome’ we are focusing on being respectful and responsible users of the Internet. We are working through five modules helping us to learn to be safe when using the Internet. The 5 modules focus on the following posters of respect and protect and we frequently refer back to them. 


Mrs Caligiuri – Year 3/4 LC teacher


Foundation A 

Foundation A making gingerbread


In the Garden


Box of Tissues and Chux

Could each child please bring a box of tissues and a packet of Chux for their class room.  Thank you.

BEST Awards

B.E.S.T. Awards

Please click on the link to view the awards



Thank you

Dear Parents,
Thank you to all those who attended the Parent Helpers Information Session last week. The feedback was very positive. We were thrilled to see the amount of parental support that is willing to be given and the staff are looking forward to having you in the classroom. As highlighted at the commencement of the evening your child’s learning is a partnership with the school! Studies have shown that there is measurable benefits for children when their parents are actively engaged in their learning. They are more likely to develop positive self-esteem, be motivated to learn and be positive about school.
Please feel free to contact your child/children’s classroom teacher/s to organize a time for you to help out.

Kelli Johnston and Angela Palombi


Parent Feedback

“As a parent supporting in the classroom is a game changer to overcome the fear when your child starts school for the first time and enable parents to learn more about your own child from a different environment which you are not used to. At the same time, parents have the opportunity to relieve their stress from work by teaching the young achievers and see them excel in whatever they do.”



On Monday I was fortunate enough to be able to assist Foundation FA, my son Lachlan's class with making Ginger Bread Men. 

The day started by watching the morning class room routine. We then made the Ginger Bread Men. All the children took part in the process, some got to add an ingredient and each child stirred the biscuit mixture, they then were assisted with cutting out the biscuits and decorating them. Through out the entire process each step was used as a learning opportunity for the children. They spoke about the ingredients, helping the children explore with their senses by smelling some of the spices. They spoke and looked at the different size cookie cutters, small, medium and large, even organising the group in patterns of girl, boy, girl, boy around the cooking table. It was an enriching learning experience for the children; numeracy, team work, communication, patience and listening were just some of the learning that took place. When we returned to the class room the experience was then applied to their literacy learning where together as a group they came up with a sentence about their experience. "Today we made Ginger Bread Men" They then had to write this in their work books and draw a picture of the Ginger Bread Man. At the end of the day during school pick up, I then saw some of the children happily enjoying and eating their Ginger Bread Men including Lachlan.

This experience enabled me to be able to see how the class room ran. I was very impressed how the teachers used making Ginger Bread Men as a teaching tool, with the experience translating to applications of Numeracy, Literacy, communication and social applications, just to name a few. Lachlan and I were both very excited in the lead up to the day. I enjoyed helping all the children in the classroom. 
Both teachers and students made me feel very welcomed. They were all so appreciative of my presence. I got to know a few more children and staff. As the session went on some of the children started to come to me to show me something or to ask for help, which was nice. Lachlan was very excited through out my visit. I want to be engaged with Lachlan's learning and school journey, firstly because I am interested but more importantly in enhancing Lachlan's potential. I look forward to further opportunities to assist in helping in the future.

Kind Regards Julianne Lachan's Mum FA



InterSchool Sport

Summer Sports Rounds 2019

Round                     Date                                         School

6.           Thursday 14 March                       St. Andrew's V St. Peter's - Home

7.           Thursday 21 March                       Oakleigh Gmr V St. Andrew's - Away



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 Photos

School Photo Day is Monday 25th March.

With over 20 years experience in the School Photography industry,  Elite School Photography have designed  package options which are simple, affordable and easy to understand.  They have the  Deluxe, Standard & Basic pack options.

Envelopes with your child's name will be going home to families next week.  On the back of the envelope are easy steps to order online using a credit card or steps on how to order if you are paying by cash or cheque.

  • A separate envelope must be used for each student.
  • The 3rd and subsequent child receive their packs free of charge (Elite Deluxe & Elite Standard packs only)

Please return your envelope on Photo Day.

SIBLING PHOTO ENVELOPES can be collected from the office.

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


Schools Fees & Levies due date

A reminder that payment of your Term 1 Fee/B'Levy is due by 8th March

Subject Levy, Excursion Levy is to be paid before 28th March.

Thank you.

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


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

Dear Parents & Friends of St. Andrew's

My name is Leanne Ngo,  a new parent to St Andrews.
 As you can all see, we have a changing of the guard and I humbly and happily take this opportunity to make my first announcement as the new president of St Andrew’s Parents and Friends Association.
Firstly, I must thank our outgoing president Helena who, after many years of wonderful service, has decided to step down as she juggles the world of full-time employment. I wish Helena all the best and am glad that she is still an integral member of P&F. No doubt, you will have all been used to the insights and updates provided by Helena in the past, which were not only enlightening but engaging. I certainly have big shoes to fill and will do my best to maintain the standards set thus far, although with my own style.
I also give thanks to Lorraine Terceiro our outgoing secretary. Expressions of interest is being sought and further details about the role is provided further below.
 As this is my first contribution to this newsletter, I will keep things simple with a quick introduction of myself, upcoming events and invitation for all parents and friends to connect with us.
A bit about me:
 I am a true local, having lived in Clayton South since arriving in Australia as a refugee at one years old. Since day one with no more than $40 in our pocket, my parents and siblings were welcomed in the community with open arms. We were afforded a network of support, great education and multiple opportunities to immerse in our community. Today, my family and I look back, and we still can’t believe how lucky we were to escape a war-torn country, and call this precious country our home. For me, connecting with the community is really important. I am strong believer of giving back and supporting each other to build a strong, vibrant and inclusive community. Therefore, I invite all parents and friends to connect with me and P&F, to get involved to support our School. Together, we can make an impact to the community we all serve.




The P & F are running another BBQ fundraiser at Bunnings,  Oakleigh South.   We again call for your help and support. We have a couple of volunteers but we need more. This is a great opportunity to help the school, meet other families and have some fun.  A roster will be set up at 2 hour time slots (with flexibility).  

  • 8.30 - 10.30am (Set up)
  • 10am - 12pm  
  • 12pm - 2pm
  • 2pm - 4pm (Clean up)

If you are available to assist, even just for an hour, please contact P&F on We appreciate any help from our families and the community.    


Easter Hot Cross Buns! Easter Raffle! Easter Hat Bonnets!

Easter Hot Cross Buns order forms and envelopes will be distributed in the week of the 18th March, and Easter raffle tickets by the end of the same week for sale on the 25thMarch. Our highly anticipated Easter Bonnet parade for our juniors will be held on the last day during school assembly of Term 1 so keep this time pinned in your diary now. We’ll have more information about these exciting Easter celebrations in our coming newsletter.

2019 P&F Committee Members

Expressions of Interest: Vacant - Secretary role

Do you want to connect with other parents and make a valuable contribution to the school and community? Are you a good listener, a bit assertive, sort of organised, a bit of a wordsmith and have some spare time a couple of hours in a month? If you’ve answered yes to any of these, then you may just be the person we’re looking for to fill in our vacant Secretary role.  Email your interest to P&F at and feel free to speak to me or anyone on our P&F for further details. 

President:                   Leanne Ngo

Vice President:          Angela Koupouzos    

Treasurer:                    Mina Spano

Secretary:                    Vacant

General Members:  

Angela Rako           

Helena Thompson

Julia Ly

Julianne McKernan

Kate Munro           

Laura La Rosa

Leang O’Brien            

Liza Simms     

Lorraine Terceiro       

Nicole Robinson

Natasha Waide      

Next P&F meeting

The P&F meets a week before the Education Board meeting. Our next scheduled meeting is on Tuesday March 12th at 7.30pm at St Andrews. Please meet at the office. All parents and friends are invited to attend the meetings. If you do not have time to be on the committee, but still want to stay connected, we can send the minutes to you. Please email and we’ll be happy to add you to the emailing list.  

We want to connect with you 

Foundation parents and guardians

My husband (Kheang), son (Cooper in Foundation) and I are newbies to St Andrews. As newbies, I know first-hand how tricky it can be navigating your way through first year. Therefore, we are starting a new initiative to help other Foundation parents and guardians to connect with similar parents. We have set up a trusted Whatsapp group for the three Foundation classes.  The purpose of this group is to build a community, socially and connect with other Foundation parents and the school. It is a safe place for parents to ask the silly questions, be reminded of events etc – no question is too small or too big! 


We also started a Whatsapp group for 1&2 composite year levels, and we are on the lookout for reps for the 3 &4 and 5&6 composite levels.  More information about joining these Whatsapp groups or representing a composite, please contact us. 

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.

We Would love to hear from you! Please Contact Us

Our parents (including grandparents and guardians) and friends of our school and community.  We value what you have to say – all questions, feedback and comments. Connect with us via our P&F email , join P&F committee, or catch one of us during our drop-offs, pick-ups or around the school. 


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 8 March -        Volunteer Needed

Mon 11 March - Public Holiday No School

Tue 12 March -    Volunteer Needed

Wed 13 March -  Joanne James

Thur 14 March -  Angela K

Fri 15 March -      Volunteer Needed



2019 Tuckshop price list


Parish News

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

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



Reconciliation Preparation Dates

Thursday 14th March - Reconciliation Reflection Day (Students Only)

Thursday 21st March - Sacrament of Reconciliation - 6.00 p.m.

New Mass Times


Community Activities



City of Kingston Family Support Parenting Program


Kelly Sports Holiday Program


Hoop Smart Basketball Camp


Code Camp


csefflyer (1).pdf
2019 Term dates.pdf
2021 OLSH scholarship A4 flyer_d1.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
Mass times_docx.pdf
TUCKSHOP helpers.pdf
TUCKSHOP Menu List 2019.pdf
Week 6.pdf
Oakleigh Auskick details.pdf
FINAL 2 Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families Flyer 2019.pdf
Clarinda Autumn Holiday Program.pdf
Code Camp Generic Flyer.pdf