09 August 2019
Term 3 / Week 4
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

Dear Families,

Future Provision of School Canteen Services 

In August of 2018 the School Leadership Team and Education Board hosted a Parent Feedback Forum aiming to gain parent feedback on the ‘current and past practices at St Andrew’s along with your suggestions for future development.’  The evening provided an avenue for parents to provide feedback on the 5 Spheres of Schooling, incorporating Education in Faith, Teaching and Learning, Wellbeing, Organisational Structures and Community.   Parents were asked to provide feedback on:

  • What are we doing well?
  • What can we improve on?
  • What changes do you suggest to further develop our school?

Parents present at the forum would have been aware that the strongest feedback coming from parents related to the need for a review of the services provided through the school canteen.   Below is a sample of the parent feedback coming from the parent forum:

‘Canteen - No more junk food’, ‘Healthier food options at the canteen’, ‘

Canteen - Food - Get rid of junk food, better healthier options’,

‘Tuckshop has too much junk food. Kids can buy whatever they want.  Needs to be controlled better and healthier options’,

‘Canteen - Food choice improvements, healthier please’, ‘Limit amount of junk food per child, ie. only buy one super dooper at a time’, ‘Healthier options at Canteen’,

‘Canteen menu needs to be reviewed - less packaged/processed food, more freshly made food’, ‘Canteen menu needs a change’,

‘Canteen menu needs a big change - Healthy Food’.   

With this feedback in mind School Leadership and the Education Board have spent the past 9 months looking at options on how we may best structure the setup of the School Canteen from the commencement of Term 1, 2020.   The first and foremost priority of the Board,  as supported by the parent feedback above, was to provide our children with a menu providing healthy dietary options.  Other priorities included providing menu options catering for student dietary needs, including food intolerances, food items catering for cultural diversity,  the option for online payments for canteen orders, an awareness of food packaging modeling environmental sustainability to our children, and an awareness of the financial cost of menu items.   
Throughout the past 9 months the Board have been involved in robust discussions on a variety of issues including, school canteen food guidelines, a review of the current menu as offered to our students, sample menus of 14 schools throughout Melbourne, the management of student access to the canteen where current practice has our children able to access the canteen for 10 canteen opening times per week,  the option of outsourcing the management of the provision of the canteen to outside agencies, and the option of providing online payments for school canteen purchases.  All of these discussions focused on what would be the best fit for the future student population, and for the management of the canteen, at St Andrew’s for the next decade. 
After much deliberation the Board has arrived at a future Canteen structure that would look to provide the following service delivery:

Morning Recess - Canteen open 3 days per week - Mon/Wed/Fri
Canteen recess menu to be reviewed by Education Board sub-committee to provide a healthy balanced morning tea option for all students.   The morning canteen service will be independently hosted by the school as is the current practice.  Throughout term 4 we will look to the employment of a canteen coordinator who will work 3 mornings per week. Time will be factored into this role to allow for preparation of fresh ‘home cooked’ items, along with a selection of packaged retail products. 
Lunchtime -     The canteen will not be open at lunchtimes.   Lunches will be provided by an external provider.   Classroom Cuisine is a locally owned external provider who will provide lunch services to St Andrew’s School.   The Board elected to use Classroom Cuisine as an external provider primarily due to the healthy food options available through their online menu options.   Classroom Cuisine presented to members of the Board the philosophy behind their approach to meal options and provided numerous food options to trial.  
Meals are ordered and paid for through an online portal.  Meals are available 4 days a week on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.   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. 
Classroom Cuisine currently caters for over 120 schools in Melbourne.   A number of principals were contacted to gain a reference on the service as provided by Classroom Cuisine.  

Past and present students at St Andrew’s have been most fortunate to be provided with an outstanding canteen service over many years.   The restructuring of the canteen should in no way be seen as a reflection on the work of both Nancy Daidone and Helen Morris.    They have both over many years been a face of welcome and generosity in their respective roles.  Both Nancy and Helen will remain in their current roles until the end of the school year.  It is at that time that we will thank them fully for what they have offered to the St Andrew’s school community.  

I thank the members of the Board for their consideration and feedback in the restructuring of the provision of canteen services.

Board members will remain active in their monitoring of the delivery of canteen services in 2020.  The Board will continue to review the recess menu and the service as provided by Classroom Cuisine in 2020. 

Parents will be fully advised in Term 4 of the process for the implementation of Classroom Cuisine partnership for 2020.  

Expectations of Acceptable Language Used by our Students

We advise parents that each classroom teacher has made their class aware that we will be acting upon the use of inappropriate language by students within the school.   It has unfortunately become what appears to be acceptable for a number of our children to use inappropriate language when interacting with peers.  This does not meet with our school expectations nor the culture that we aim to embed at St Andrew’s.    To reinforce these expectations that we have for our students we will be hosting a Friday morning recess club for any children who have been identified as using inappropriate language, whether it be in the classroom or on the playground.   
We encourage all families to join with us to have conversations with your children in regards to the use of appropriate language when communicating with peers.   
Please feel free to make contact with me, Paul Wakeling, if you are seeking further clarity on the manner in which we are expressing our school expectations with our children.  

Year 3 & 4 Level Mass

Parents and families are invited to attend the Class Mass for Year 3 & 4 students on Saturday 17th August at 6.00 p.m.

Working Bee - 10th August POSTPONED- 

New Date - Saturday 24th August

The Term 3 Working Bee scheduled for Saturday 10th August has been postponed due to inclement weather.  Please be advised that the Working Bee will take place on Saturday 24th August. 

Parents are encouraged to sign up for the Working Bee via the CareMonkey form previously distributed.  


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 

Friday 1st November and

Monday 4th November (Melbourne Cup Monday)

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 - 

Sat 10th -       Working Bee Postponed
Mon 12th -     School Book Fair (Mon-Thu)
Tue 13th/Wed 14th -     Senior School District Athletics
Thu 15th -      Assumption Mass 

Fri 16th -        P&F Ladies Movie Evening from 7pm

                          Movie - 'I Feel Pretty'   BYO Food & Drinks 

                          (An evening set aside for adults, no children please) 

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 

Sat 24th -        Working Bee (8.30am-10.30am)
Mon 26th -     Foundation & Mike Larkin & Channel 10 Weather Report                                     onsite 

Thurs 29th -   Fathers Day Stall

Fri 30th -          Fathers Day Stall

                            P&F Father's Day Breakfast in Hall - from 8am


Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 5/6D

English - This term we have been put into different Reading groups with the other 5/6 classes, with a focus on Reciprocal Reading and Literature Circles. Reciprocal Reading is when each person in the group takes on a different role including  Predicting, Clarifying,, Questioning, and Summarising.  In Literature Circles, we have one lesson to gather information about the text and another to discuss it in depth. The roles in Literature Circles are Discussion Director, Illustrator, Investigator, Connector, Summariser and Vocabulary Enricher. The students in Literature Circles are reading a book called “Dragonkeeper” and students doing Reciprocal Reading are reading a book called "Two Hands Together".

In class we have also worked on News Reports in Writing. Click the links below to read some of our Australian History news reports!
Irene’s News Report - The Gold Rush                

Simran’s News Report - The Ballarat Times
Kushal’s News Report - Ballarat in Chaos                

Ilona’s News Report - Getting the Gold
Maths - This term, we have been split up into different Maths Groups. Like English, we go into different classes and do different learning tasks. So far, we have learnt about Geometric Reasoning, 3D Shapes and Location and Transformation. Last week, some students from our school competed in an online Maths Competition. We had 30 questions, each worth a different amount of points, and a time limit of an hour to complete the questions. We haven’t received the results yet, but we have all done very well and are brave for trying.

Inquiry - In our Inquiry sessions, the 5s and 6s have been learning about early Australian history such as the Gold Rush and the First Fleet. To express our learning, we have created several timelines about the early Australian generations. Did you know in 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologised to the ‘Stolen Generations’ in the House of Representatives? Mr.Rudd’s way of defining  ‘sorry’ is that it can restore respect. 

Religion - In Religion, some of the year 6s have been preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. In September, quite a few of us will be receiving the sacrament. So far, we have learnt about Pentecost and the birth of the church, the Fruits of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ mission on earth. We can’t wait to receive the Holy Spirit at Confirmation and officially become a part of the church.

Wellbeing - In our recent Wellbeing lessons the year 5s and 6s have been learning about resilience. We tried saying some Tongue Twisters and had to recognise our thoughts and feelings while reading them. Many students discovered that if they said the tongue twister slower then they could have read it more fluently and not become frustrated. Try saying -  ‘pad kid poured curd,  pulled cod” -  ten times fast! Warning: If you make a mistake you got to start all over again! Good Luck! 

Italian -  In Italian class, some of us are participating in the annual Dante Alighieri Italian competition. The theme for the Year 5’s and 6’s this year is “Healthy Eating”. This year Mrs.White got special permission from the society to pick one poster that was drawn in someone’s book that was original and creative to be the “Teacher’s Choice”!!!  The Dante Alighieri competition has different themes every year and encourages students to let their imagination run wild.

Buddies - In the latest buddy session with the Foundation students, we have been making awesome Australian flags! That sounds like so much fun!  Fun fact: Did you know that the Australian flag is thought to symbolise the Union Jack?

OLSH and St James Visit - On Monday the 29th of July, the Year 5 girls went to OLSH Secondary and the Year 5 boys went to St James College. At those schools, students did activities such as sport, art, science, dance and more. On that day, the year 5’s got to experience how it felt to be a highschooler and explore the wide range of subjects you can study in secondary school. It was a great experience as some year fives are looking to go to those schools for highschool!

Below are some reflections about OLSH from Juline and Tracey from 5/6CM!


After visiting OLSH, I enjoyed the dance activity with the Year 10s. It showed me that it doesn’t matter how amazing you are at dancing, it all matters about fun and experiencing new things. Furthermore, I enjoyed doing art with Mrs West. She taught us many different ways to create expanded colours using Primary colours. The science activity was also fun because we got to create our own slimes because it relates to our topic, solid, liquid and gas. Each of the Year 5s got an opportunity to learn and share their knowledge about all the topics we did at OLSH. Personally, I mostly enjoyed Art because I get to share my knowledge with my friends.    I enjoyed Art because it was very unique compared to what we do at school and I learnt a lot about the colour wheel during art. The 'Happy Stone’, that we painted is very helpful for when I am happy or upset about something and it will make me feel better. The second thing I enjoyed was science where we made slime because even though mine turned out to be a bit stiff, I learnt that slime can be very interesting to learn about. Slime can turn out in many different ways and there are lots of different types of slime that you can make. 

District Athletics - Students in Years 3-6 are going to participate in the District Athletics Carnival held on Tuesday, where students will be able to compete in a number of different events against other schools in our district. There have been trainings held before school, after school and during recess and lunch that have had a good turnout. A number of teachers dedicated some time to helping out as well. A big shout out to Mr. Tyndall and all the other teachers that have helped us students improve in the sports we’re in and making training sessions possible!!
There are quite a few things to look forward to this term. We can’t wait for Book Week where we can buy new books! The Year 5s and 6s have swimming lessons very soon which is very exciting; and we have lots of school competitions going on!

Stay tuned for more updates ~ 5/6D


Written by Jaida, Catherine and Irene of 5/6D


Celebrating 100 Days of School

. . . 97 . . . 98 . . . 99 . . . 100!!! The Foundation students along with their teachers have been counting down the days! 
On Thursday, August. 1st, St Andrews Foundation students celebrated the 100th Day of School!
The event, celebrated yearly on the 100th day of the school year, gives students the opportunity to learn about the importance of this large, three-digit figure. It also allows the students and teachers to celebrate 100 days of Reading, Writing, playing and making friendships.

Students spent the day refining their math skills by participating in a variety of games and activities centred around this very important number. 
From hats, necklaces and self-portraits, Students learned that mathematics goes well beyond simply being able to simply count to 20!
On the day the students also visited the Mobile Myuna Farm bringing the excitement of a real farm to school. The children got to hold and feed many animals. They also got to ask farmer Kathleen about life on the farm.
It was also a very special event for our families who celebrated with us cutting the cake and participating in a shared lunch with their child.
We would like to thank all of our families for helping us reach this day. It is with their support and partnership that we can help their child grow into the best people they can be.
Below are some pictures from the celebration.


Scholastic DINO-MITE Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

Great News! St. Andrews is having its bi-annual Book Fair. 

 Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th &

Thursday 15th August.


The theme of our Scholastic Book Fair is Dino-Mite, where we hope you will Stomp, Chomp, and Read! It’s a fun reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Hope to see you all there!

Sonia Turco
Library Technician

Book Fair Volunteers

If you are able to spare some time during these dates, please contact Sonia in the Library or leave your details with the Office – any assistance is greatly appreciated!


Book Fair Times

Before school: 8.15 am - 8.45am
Lunch:                  1.35 pm – 2.15pm
After School:     3.15pm – 4.00pm

Monday 12th, August

Tuesday 13th, August

Wednesday 14th August and

Thursday 15th August

(NOTE: Thursday is a half day only – Not available after school) 


BEST Awards

Please click on the link below


School Office News

Year 5 & 6 Swimming Payment 

A reminder that the Swimming Fee is due before the Swimming Programs begins. Payment of $110 was due by 5th August. This item appears on your school fee statement.

There are 8 families who have not filled in their CareMonkey permission form. If you do not have an email address, please come and see Annette or Marie.

Key dates for Year 5 students in 2019 starting Year 7 in 2021

Term 3 - 23 August 2019: Applications for Year 5 students commencing Year 7 in 2021 close

Term 4 - 25 October 2019: Offers posted to prospective Year 7, 2021 applicants

Scholastic Book Fair has arrived!


Entertainment Books

The office still has Entertainment Books for sale! $70 each


Lost Property Cupboard

There is a huge amount of lost jumpers waiting to be claimed. If you have lost an article of clothing, please check the cupboard! 


We ask that each child bring a box of tissues for use in the classroom.

Secondary School Information

St. James - Term 3 Open Days


OLSH College Open Morning


Sacred Heart Girls'College

Remaining Open Mornings for 2019 


Key dates for Year 5 students in 2019 starting Year 7 in 2021

Term 3 - 23 August 2019: Applications for Year 5 students commencing Year 7 in 2021 close

Term 4 - 25 October 2019: Offers posted to prospective Year 7, 2021 applicants

Parents and Friends

Dear Parents & Friends,

 We have some fun filled activities and events up ahead for your families this term! Our P&F team is working busily in the background planning and coordinating our inaugural Ladies Movie Night, and exciting Father’s Day festivities – stall and breakfast & raffle. We have a spotlight on P&F new member Nerida Sibilia, and lastly, in the lead up to Father’s Day and in the spirit of bad dad jokes, we will be sharing you some jokes each week.

Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Spotlight on P&F member - newcomer Nerida Sibilia

“Hi, I’m Nerida Sibilia. My son is Rocco in foundation FA. 
I have recently joined as a general member of parents and friends. I have joined because it’s a great way to be involved in events and meeting new people.
We chose St Andrew’s because it has a wonderful community feel and felt it would offer a great learning and social experience for our children. 
We enjoy going to the football to watch Carlton play and enjoy family trips to Noosa.”
Here’s Nerida’s family pic:


Ladies Movie Night

Calling all ladies of St. Andrews. We are hosting our inaugural ladies movie night starting 6:30pm and pressing play at 7:00pm. BYO food and drinks. Strictly adults only event. Find a babysitter or lock the dads at home on babysitting duties!


Father's Day Stall

8 to 10 Stall helpers needed for our 2019 Father’s Day stall on Thursday, August 29th 9-1pm. The stall will also be opened during recess on Friday, August 30th. 
You do not need to attend for the entire time. You can help out even if you are only available for an hour.
For those who haven’t attended a stall before, it is heaps of fun and so lovely to see the children’s excited faces as they choose their gifts.
Being a stall helper is really simple.  We assist the children with their gift selection, take their payment and help put their purchases in their BYO bag.
All stall helpers require a Working With children’s check WWC. Please get yours here:
Please check in at the office reception and meet at the Glass House at 8:45am for a 9am start. 


Father's Day Breakfast and Raffle - Friday, August 30th at 8am to 9am in the School Hall 


Please return RSVP slips for catering purposes. Delicious ham & cheese crossaints, and tea & coffee for all special dads, nonno, uncles, pops and special friends. 
Raffle booklets will be distributed to class next week. Raffle prizes will be drawn on the day at around 8:30am during breakfast.
 We have already secured some generous prize donations from our local business community. 
Families - Donations of prizes from businesses in the community are welcome. Please drop off donations to the Office by Monday, August 19th. Please leave your name and contact details as we would love to thank you and acknowledge the local business for it! 


Social Parent and Friends Morning Tea

The next dates are :
o   September 13th 
o   December 13th 
Held in the Staff room between 8:45am to 9:30am.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Is open every Monday between 2.45-3.10pm.

All items $5 each.

If any families would like to donate items please leave them at the school office. Thank you

CommBank School Banking
is available at our school.

For new families who would like to open and account for their child.


Bad Joke of the Week

In the lead up to Father’s Day and in the spirit of bad dad jokes, here is one to cheer you up... 

“Why did the mushroom like to party so much? Because he was a fun-guy.”          Get it...? Fungi as in mushroom 🍄... 

“Why did the bicycle stop running? Because it got tyred.”

 Lol 😂... Alright that’s enough from me. 

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


Term 3

Mon 12 August Volunteer Needed
Tues 13 August Volunteer Needed
Wed 14 August Volunteer Needed
Thur 15 August Volunteer Needed


Activity Programs

Children's Author is coming to Chelsea Library for Book Week


Kelly Sports 

Kelly Sports gives children the opportunity to learn a range of fundamental skills used in the sports. For more information click on the link.


Grasshopper Soccer

Term 3


Football Star Academy
After School Soccer Clinics

Please click on link for more information and a special 20% off for all new players.


Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
Working Bee.pdf
Donations for the homeless!.pdf
Term 3 Poster for 2019.pdf
Book Fair 2019 for Newsletter.pdf
PS Newsletter_14May_InformationEvening.pdf
Open Morning July 31 2019 Flier.pdf
Enrolments at Sacred Heart Girls' College - Year 7 2021 applications closing date 2019.pdf
PS Newsletter_3July_Dimboola.pdf
Dante Alighieri letter to parents and poster information 2019.pdf
Term 2 Activities-0001.pdf
Book fair flyer 2019.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
Clarinda Winter Holiday Program.pdf
St Andrews wacky winter sports.pdf
games day June 11 2019.pdf
St Andrew's Term 3 update.pdf
George Ivanoff.pdf
Week 3.pdf
Week 4.pdf
2019 Orientation Day A5 Flyer.pdf