12 March 2020
Term 1/week 7
From the Principal
Staff Professional Learning Day
Around the Classrooms
Holy Week
School Office News
Parents and Friends
School Canteen 
Secondary School Information
Community News
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Colour Explosion & Harmony Day Community Day - Thank you!!

We thank all children, staff and families for their involvement in a greatly enjoyed Colour Explosion Run and Harmony Day.  The photos of the day, as published through Social Media and in today’s newsletter, best provide an insight into the fun of the day! 

Thank you to Katherine Bedford (Wellbeing Leader), Daniela Dal Santo (Religious Education Leader) and to all staff for their support of a fabulous day for our children.  It was terrific to see so many families involved in classrooms for the Harmony Day activities and at the P&F afternoon tea and Colour Run. Of course our children enjoyed all of the days offerings but the Colour Explosion Run was always going to be the highlight!  

We will confirm through the Newsletter the amount raised from the Run, with funds going towards improving our school facilities. 



Coronavirus - COVID-19

The coronavirus is certainly a topic of conversation that is dominating our lives at the moment. We advise parents that the health and safety of our school community is at the forefront of our thoughts and planning. We are currently in daily communication with Catholic Education Melbourne to seek their advice on all school related health matters relating to the coronavirus.  

We are being provided the latest advice from the Australian and Victorian Chief Medical Officers and by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd to support our school practices, with the aim to keep our community safe from the outbreak.

Any incidents that may possibly arise will be addressed with consideration from school leadership along with access to resources and support from Catholic Education Melbourne and the Department of Health and Human Services.

 As parents, you have a critical role in helping the school manage this situation:

·        Exercise good judgment by keeping children home if they are feeling unwell for any reason

·     Talk to children about the situation, as they may be feeling anxious or stressed. You have a key role in helping students feel prepared and safe

The Department of Health and Human Services has a number of resources on its website, which explain the virus, detail risk-reduction practices and behaviours, and answer frequently asked questions. These are available at

You can also find information about Catholic education’s response at

This is an evolving situation, but we will keep you updated as things change.

Please find below two attachments relating to maintaining healthy habits for our children. 


Twilight Athletics - Rescheduled

Parents will be advised of future planning for the Athletics Carnival

We advise parents that we will be postponing the Twilight Athletics Carnival as previously scheduled for Thursday 19th March. This decision has been made in light of the health implications of the Coronavirus and reducing the exposure of our children to a large gathering of people.  This is certainly a topic of conversation in the media where future planning of large public events are being questioned.

We are most reluctant to reschedule this event as the Twilight Athletics is a fabulous avenue for our children to display their sporting skills in front of the school community and for a number of our children to shine in the sporting sphere that they so dearly love.  The evening also provides a fabulous avenue for parents to socialise and build stronger community partnerships, often being one of the first opportunities for our Foundation families, and other families new to our community, to gather and develop new friendships.   

We are looking to reschedule the Twilight Athletics to a daytime event with the sole purpose of restricting the event from a mass gathering of family and friends to a daytime event where only our students and staff are onsite.  It is proposed at this time that the Athletics Carnival will take place on Thursday 26th March. We will confirm these details in the coming week. Parents have been advised that we were looking to add a new dimension to the sports by bringing in an external company, Kaboom Kid Sports,  to work alongside the staff. We are pleased to confirm that Kaboom Kid Sports is available on Thursday 26th. At the next meeting of the Education Board we will take into consideration the school’s approach to all future school community gatherings where large numbers can be expected to attend.  

As communicated above, in the newsletter item ‘Coronavirus - COVID-19’, the decision relating to the Twilight Sports and all other decisions relating to the health and safety of our community have been made after consultation with Catholic Education Melbourne. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the change of the Twilight Athletics events and for any future changes to school events and procedures.  We make these changes in light of the constantly changing landscape we experience with the coronavirus and through the recommendations of Australian and Victorian Chief Medical Officers and by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd.

Parent Surveys - Your Support Required

In 2021, the school will undergo an external School Review which will look amongst other things, at our Catholic School Identity.  Staff, senior students and parents are required to complete a survey which will provide data to be used when planning future directions at

St Andrew’s. As part of this process the Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) have asked that parents from our school  complete a survey about their views around faith and Catholic Identity. You do not have to be Catholic to complete the survey but it does need to be

completed on a computer. The survey is completely anonymous. 

Families today will be sent home information providing access and a login code to the survey.  

If  you do not receive a survey and would like to complete one, come to the office and we will provide the instructions for you.


St John Ambulance First Aid in Schools - Free Student Program 

We are delighted to welcome the St John Ambulance First Aid in Schools program to our school.  This is a free educational program offered to schools. The program is scheduled for Years 1 through to 6 classes today and tomorrow delivering insights to our classes on the following learnings: 

Yr 1 & 2 - Students learn how to spot DANGER in an emergency, RESPOND accordingly and SEND for help. They will be guided on what number to call and act out a scenario to get them comfortable calling 000 in real life.

Yr 3 & 4 - Following on from the Prep – Grade 2 modules, students will revise ‘DRS’ which involves assessing for dangers, obtaining a response and calling Triple Zero. The main focus of this module will be demonstrating how to check airway and breathing and how to place a patient into the recovery position. Students will practice placing another person into the recovery position.

Yr 5 & 6 - Reiterates the learning of standard modules 1 & 2, however incorporates a practical CPR component on a manikin. Students will be ready to save lives once they’ve completed this module, as they will know the entire process of how to treat an unconscious patient.


Assembly - Friday 20th March (2.30pm-3.10pm)

Parents please note that our next whole school assembly will take place next Friday 20th March from 2.30pm.

Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews - Monday 23rd March, 2020

Term 1 ‘3 Way Interviews’ will be held on Monday 23rd, March. Term 1 interviews have a 10 minute appointment time.   Staff will be available to meet with parents and students between 2.20pm and 7.30pm.  Bookings for interview times are now open through the regular school interview site,    We remind parents that students are encouraged to be active participants in the interviews.   Should it be necessary to have a private conversation with your child’s class teacher we recommend that parents simply advise the teacher that they would like their child to remove themselves from the interview and return to the seating in the hall.

The login code for the term 1 booking site is   xb4gm.


Optional Child School Attendance – Monday 23rd March – 1.35pm-3.15pm

Teaching staff will be released on the afternoon of Monday 23rd March 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.

Education Board Meeting

Members of the Board are advised that our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th, March from 7pm.

School Closure Days

2020 Closure days - Friday 22 May, Friday 14th August, Friday 30th October and Monday 3rd November (Melbourne Cup Monday)

The Out of Hours Care Program will be open these days to supervise students.  Parents who require this service are asked to enrol their child prior to these dates.


Canteen Opening Days -
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

We remind parents that the canteen will operate on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.   This change to the days of opening has been made as a direct result of the large majority of items being home made.  

Canteen Volunteers

A CareMonkey form has been distributed seeking interest from any parents who may be available to help out in the Canteen.   Parents are invited to be present with Mina, Canteen Coordinator, from 10am through to 12pm.   The tasks on the morning would be assisting with food preparation, sales and cleaning up after the recess bell has sounded.

We are looking for 2 volunteers being available each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.   Volunteers would naturally require a Working With Children Check. 

Canteen Recess Menu


Lunch Orders - Classroom Cuisine

Parents will be required to register with the Classroom Cuisine website   to order lunches.  

Lunches can be ordered weekly on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and paid for through an online portal. 

Orders can be made on days prior to or up to 8.30am on the day required.  No orders will be processed after 8.30am.

Meals are delivered to the school each day in classroom designated containers between 11am-12.30pm.  

Parents can refer to the Classroom Cuisine website -  for full details of the online ordering process and meal options available.

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’.

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 school’s perspective, this information will only be visible by the relevant staff for your child and will be managed in accordance with the Privacy Act. 

Dates for Your Diary


  • Thu 12th -        Class Mass - Foundation Pickering - 9.15am

                                        Yr 5/6 Round Summer Sports

  • Fri 13th -          Cross Country Trials - Yr 3-6 - Bald Hill Park - 11am -                              1.30pm
  • Mon 16th -      Catholic Education Week

                                      Hot Shots Tennis Program Lessons - Yr 5/6

                                      Parents & Friends Meeting 7pm

  • Wed 18th -      Class Mass - Foundation Corio - 9.15am
  • Thu 19th -        Class Mass - 1/2DW - 9.15am

                                        Year 5/6 Round Summer Sports

                                        Year F-6 Twilight Athletics 5pm-7pm

  • Fri 20th -          National Day of Action Against Bullying
  • Sat 21st -         Parents & Friends Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings
  • Mon 23rd -       Hot Shots Tennis Program Lessons - Yr 5/6

                                       Term 1 Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews - 2.30pm-                                                 7.30pm

  • Tue 24th -        Palm Sunday Liturgy as led by Foundation
  • Wed 25th -      The Last Supper Liturgy, Year3/4 - 2.30pm
  • Thu 26th -        Year F-6 Twilight Athletics                                                                                    Garden of Gethsemane Liturgy, Year 1/2 - 2.30pm

                                        Sacrament of Reconciliation - 6pm

  • Fri 27th -          Good Friday Liturgy, Year 5/6 - 9am

                                       P&F Easter Egg Raffle 2pm

                                       Term 1 Concludes at 2.30pm


  • Tue 14th -        Term 2 Classes commence


Paul Wakeling


Staff Professional Learning Day

St Andrew's School Closure

Dear Families,

On Tuesday 10th March the St Andrew’s staff actively participated in professional learning in the areas of Mathematics and Dysregulated Behaviour with consultants from Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM).

The professional learning in Mathematics was the 2nd of our 10 days for 2020 with the CEM Mathematics Consultants - Jo Pringle and Jan Walker.  The focus on Mathematics is directly linked with the School’s School Improvement Plan and Annual Action Plan. Jo and Jan presented another most engaging and productive learning day for the staff.

We were also fortunate to CEM Consultant- Patrice Wiseman work with us in the area of Dysregulated Behaviour.

We thank Jo, Jan and Patrice for their support and work with us.

Kind Regards,

Kelli Johnston

  Foundation - Year 2 Year 3 - 6
8.45    Prayer: Sarah  
9  -      11.00am      

 CEM Maths Consultants-

Jo Pringle

 Jan Walker

Differentiation in Mathematics

CEM Consultant -    Patrice Wiseman

Managing Dysregulated Behaviour

LSOs to attend
  Morning Tea  
11.30 -1.30pm

CEM Consultant -

Patrice Wiseman

Managing Dysregulated Behaviour

Specialists to attend

                                           CEM Maths Consultants -

Jo Pringle

 Jan Walker

Differentiation in Mathematics


Staff break into levels to plan actions and timeline of actions based on the day’s learning


Around the Classrooms

Year 3/4TK 

Year 3/4 children have had a very busy few weeks engaged in Learning, Swimming, Reconciliation commitment Mass/ workshop and Harmony Day. We headed off to Clayton Swim Centre and engaged in a range of activities to develop swimming strokes and water safety. 

During  Saturday night Mass on February 29th the children preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation  were presented to the community and made a commitment. During the month of March they will be committed to learning and reflecting on God's forgiveness through studying Bible stories. On March 3rd the children receiving Reconciliation and their parents participated in a workshop with Steve Lawrence. It was a great session involving singing, dancing and prayer. Steve led us in a reflection of the role of Reconciliation in today's  world and how children will receive the sacrament. Father Joe also came to engage in the session. The children and their parents reflected on their actions and wrote prayers asking God's forgiveness. 

On Friday 6th March the whole school celebrated Harmony Day. They engaged in activities that reflected their cultural background and participated in the much anticipated Colour Explosion Run. I am sure that all children went home very happy on this day. 





Term 1 Sport - What's On


Summer Sport

Summer sport times are 11.30 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.





Thur 12 March

Away V Oakleigh Grammar


Thur 19 March

Away V Murrumbeena

Holy Week

Holy Week

Tuesday 24th March - 2.30pm Foundation Palm Sunday Liturgy
Wednesday 25th March - 2.30pm Year 3 & 4 The Last Supper Liturgy
Thursday 26th March - 2.30pm Year 1 & 2

Garden of Gethsemane Liturgy

Thursday 26th March 6.00 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
Friday 27th March - 9.00am Year 5 & 6 Good Friday Liturgy




St. Andrew's Parish Timetable for
Holy Week and Easter  


School Office News

School Fees

Item  Due date
Year 3 & 4 Swimming Fee Past due
Term 1 Fees and Building Levy Past due
Subject Levy & Excursion Fee Fri 27th March

School Pick up and drop off

This is a friendly reminder to all parents to exercise extreme care
when dropping off or picking up children before or after school times.
 For the safety of everyone, please take care and, follow the instructions of any school signage. I also remind everyone about respecting local parking restrictions and the rights of local residents when you park close
to the school or pull up to drop off or pick up your children. The
local Council does and will continue to do periodic local traffic

Lost Property Cupboard

Our lost property cupboard is overflowing with school jumpers and jackets! If your child has lost an item of school clothing - please come and check here. They are waiting to be claimed.


Please label your child’s items of uniform, clothing and belongings clearly and permanently. Tracing ownership can be an impossible task if articles are not clearly labelled. An identifying sign or mark is not sufficient to trace ownership. Thank you.

Camp,Swimming, Excursion Fund (CSEF)

If you 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 in 2019, you do not need to complete and application form in 2020 unless there has been a change in your family circumstance.


Student School Banking


Parents and Friends

Dear Families,

What a wonderful day it was at St Andrew's on Friday 7th March celebrating Harmony Day!

Members of the P & F committee came together to host a delicious multicultural feast which saw a great turnout with many parents sharing a plate from their country of origin.

There was a delicious variety of sweet and savoury offerings. And of course the most anticipated event of the day, the Colour Explosion, was a great success. Each year level in turn ran through the obstacle course with their teachers, trying to avoid (or enjoying!) being pelted with colourful powder. There were a few students who happily ran shouting "Get me! Get me!" wanting to add more and more colour to their T-shirts. What a memorable experience and a great fundraising event for our school.  A big thankyou to Leang who coordinated the multicultural refreshments and to Mina for inspiring the fundraiser.

Leanne Ngo
St. Andrew's P & F President


Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser –Saturday 21st March, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Oakleigh South Link

If you are able to assist on the day, please get in contact with Leang O’Brien in P&F coordinating this event or email us your availability at


Easter Activities

 Easter Hot Cross Bun Drive 

Hot Cross Buns Baker’s Delight order envelopes have been distributed out to classes to all students. Please return your envelopes and money back to your class teacher by Friday 20th March.

These delicious Hot Cross Buns will be ready to collect on 26th March!

Easter Bonnet Parade and Raffle Draw - Friday 27th March at 2pm to end of school, School front oval.

Easter donation collection buckets and raffle tickets will be distributed to each class start of next week. Students can donate an Easter egg or an Easter related item (non-perishable) for our annual Easter Raffle.

There will be collection tubs in each classroom from Monday 16th March. Please drop off your donation by Wednesday 25th March.  Students will receive ONE raffle ticket for their donation and can purchase more raffle tickets from their classroom teacher at $1.00 each or 3 tickets for $2.

The donated items will then be made up into hampers. Winners will be drawn after the Easter Bonnet Parade on Friday, 27th March, 2020.

Next P & F Meeting

Monday 18th March at 7pm, Staffroom

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. If 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/or 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.

P & F Reach and Connection

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 hold P&F committee meetings twice a term.  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. 


School Canteen 

School Canteen

Morning Recess -

The Canteen is open from next week for recess sales on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am to 11.30am.
The Menu will be advertised on a weekly basis through the Newsletter and Skoolbag App.  The menu will change based on student feedback and on providing a range of choice to our children.

Volunteers are warmly welcome to help Mina on a  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  


Canteen Volunteers

Thursday         12th March     Kym

Friday               13th March     Krystelle

Wednesday     18th March      No volunteer

Thursday         19th March     Rena & Paula

Friday                 20th March     No volunteer

Classroom Cuisine Menu

Parents need to register on the Classroom Cuisine website   to order  lunches

Lunches can be ordered weekly on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and can be  paid for through the online portal. 

Secondary School Information

Key enrolment dates for Year 5 students in 2020 starting Year 7 in 2022


Term 1 - 28 January 2020   Applications for Year 5 students                                                                                      commencing Year 7 in 2022 open

Term 3 - 21 August 2020       Applications close

Term 4 - 15 October 2020     Offers posted to prospective Year 7, 2022                                                                   applicants

Year 6 students going to Government Secondary Schools in 2021

Applications for Government secondary school will be sent home to families in Term 2.

St Bede’s College Bentleigh East Campus


Mentone Girls'Secondary College

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College will hold its annual Open Evening on Tuesday 30 April at 7pm.

Families can learn about the enrolment process, the Enhancement Program, tour our school, and see student performances, displays and presentations. 
Your Year 5 and 6 students and parents are especially invited to attend. 

MGSC also offers College Tours throughout the year. Tour dates are on and attached. Bookings are recommended.


De La Salle


Community News


Each Saturday morning from March - August 2020

Oakleigh Auskick will be making a very early start to season 2020 commencing 9am on Saturday 21st March and finishing on 22nd August. (23 weeks) Oakleigh Auskick is one of the very few Auskicks that operates through the school holidays 

VENUE:  Oakeligh South Primary School

COST:  $100 for the season

You can register now online or anytime during the season at

Boys and Girls 5-12 years of age are eligible to participate. Children must  be at least 5 years of age or turning 5 during the Auskick season.

Parental help with the running of the program is required.

For more information, contact Mr Kerry Ryan (Oakleigh Auskick Co-ordinator) on 0413 691 885

ONLINE school interview letter_wholeschool.pdf
Canteen Menu_11 March.pdf
24th Feb Menu.pdf
Cover your cough and sneeze poster.pdf
Wash your hands regularly poster.pdf
Monster Mash Day .pdf
Storytime 2020..pdf
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Week 6.pdf
Canteen Menu_11 March.pdf
24th Feb Menu.pdf
Term 1 Poster for 2020.pdf
Monster Mash Day .pdf
MGSC Open Night & College Tour dates A4.pdf
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