28 March 2019
Term 1 / Week 9
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
Student Wellbeing
BEST Awards
Twilight House Colour Carnival
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

Term 1 Concludes - Friday 5th April at 2.30 pm

9am: Good Friday Liturgy and

1.40pm: P&F Easter Egg Raffle & Bonnet Parade
School Closure Day - Tuesday 23rd April & Wednesday 24th April


Two days of staff Professional Development as supported by external consultants - Continuing the staff focus on developing our professional practice in the use of Digital Technologies.  This focus aligns to our resourcing of Digital Technologies across the school eg. 1:1 Chromebooks & planned expansion of robotics resources 
ANZAC Day Public Holiday - Thursday 25th April
Term 2 Commences - Friday 26th April

St. Andrew's Holy Week & Easter Program


Holy Thursday 18th April

7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the school hall - followed by Adoration until Midnight.

Good Friday 19th April

Stations of the Cross –10.00am 

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion –3.00pm -  Commemoration of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ in the School Hall. 

Holy Saturday 20th April

Easter Vigil Mass in the School Hall – 7.30pm

Easter Sunday 21st April

9.00am - Mass in the Church

11.00am - Mass in the Church 


St Andrew’s School Holy Week Presentations

Throughout the week beginning Monday 1st April, the final week of the term, school classes will be presenting and attending presentations of the main events of Holy Week.  The times for these presentations are as follows:
Tues  2nd April     2.30pm- 3.10pm    Foundation ‘Palm Sunday’
Wed 3rd April       2.30pm - 3.10pm    Year 3/4 ’Last Supper’
Thurs 4th April    2.30pm - 3.10pm    Year 1/2 ‘Garden of Gethsemane’
Friday 5th April  9.00am - 9.40am   Year 5/6 ‘Good Friday’ & ‘Stations of the Cross’  
These presentations will be held in the hall.  

Dear Families,

Congratulations to all Reconciliation Candidates - Thursday 21st March

We congratulate the children who participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation last Thursday evening.   Our thanks to Fr Joe, parish and school staff and all parents who supported our children through the preparation for the Sacrament.  





'Everyone Belongs' Week Assembly - Friday 29th March at 2.00pm

'Everyone Belongs' Week has been created to celebrate both Harmony Day (21st March) and the National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence.    
The themes covered throughout the week beginning Monday 25th March, will include 

  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Friendship
  • Anti-Bullying

'BEST' - all themes linked to our school 'BEST' focus 
We will be rescheduling the assembly originally set for Friday 22nd March to Friday 29th March (2.00pm).   The Assembly, as scheduled for Friday 29th March, will showcase the learning of the children from the concepts covered throughout 'Everyone Belongs' week.   Parents please note that this assembly will commence at 2.00pm.  

Foundation to Year 6 Twilight Sports - This Evening

Our School Twilight Sports will be held this evening.  The Sports will take place from 5.00pm and Events will commence at 5.15pm with an approximate closing time of 7.00pm.
We thank Peter Tyndall, Physical Education Leader, for his efforts in coordinating this evening's program. 
(Parents must be in attendance with their child/ren throughout the evening)

Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews - Monday 1st April

Thank you to all parents who have already entered their booking times for the April 1st  ‘3 Way Interviews’. 
Parents are invited to make a booking through   using the code -  956gt         

Interviews will run from 2.10pm through to 7.30pm.   

Optional Child School Attendance - Monday 1st April - 1.35pm - 3.15pm

Teaching staff will be released on the afternoon of Monday 1st April 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 - Monday 1st April at 7.00pm

Members of the Board are advised that our next meeting will be held on Monday 1st April from 7pm.

School Fees

As Term 1 is in its final weeks, would you please ensure that the  term 1 fee and building levy payment of your school fees have been made.  School fees  are billed in full and can be paid in full, or in four term instalments by 8 March, 17 May, 10 August and 18 October

If you are experiencing difficulties paying your school fees, please contact the school as soon as possible, so that payment arrangements can be made.

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’ .

Foundation Enrolment Forms- Sibling Enrolments for Foundation 2020

We request that all parents with Foundation enrolments for the 2020 school year submit enrolment forms prior to the end of the term.  This will greatly assist with our planning for student numbers and for our allocation of placements for new families to the school.  If you are aware of friends or family members wishing to enrol at St Andrew’s please advise them that enrol forms need to be submitted in the near future.    Enrolment forms can be found on the school website. 


St. Andrew’s Open Days for 2020 Foundation Children

and new Enrolments from Year 1-6

Let your neighbours, friends and relatives know St. Andrew’s School Open Days are set for May


School Open Days

Tuesday 14th May & Thursday 16th May

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.

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 


Thur 28th-       Twilight Athletics - Foundation to Year 6- School Oval

Fri 29th-            2.00pm - 3.15pm - 'Everyone Belongs' Assembly

                             Dress Up as a Superhero for 'Everyone Belongs Week' 



Mon 1st-             Parent Child Teacher Interviews  2.10pm -  7.30pm- '3 Way                                 Interviews'

Tue 2nd-             Palm Sunday Liturgy (Foundation)

Wed 3rd-            Last Supper Liturgy (Year 3/4)

Thurs 4th-          Garden of Gethsemane (Year 1/2)

Fri 5th-                Good Friday Liturgy (Year 5/6)

                               Year 3-6 Cross Country Trials

                               P&F Easter Egg Raffle & Bonnet Parade at 1.40 pm

                               Term 1 concludes 2.30pm



Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 3/4TK

The children at St Andrew’s are celebrating Harmony Week. They have been sharing how everyone can live in harmony if we RESPECT each other.





Box of Tissues and Chux

Please remember to send a box of tissues and a packet of Chux for each child's  classroom.  Thank you.  Classroom teachers.

Student Wellbeing

‘Everyone Belongs’ Week


(FRIDAY 29th of MARCH)

Dear Parents,
On Friday the students will be participating in a fancy dress day in which they can dress up as a SUPERHERO, or wear something ORANGE.

Costumes must be based around the themes of KINDNESS, INCLUSION, DIVERSITY and FRIENDSHIP.  

Parents DO NOT need to buy expensive costumes or hire them from a costume shop.  Students can use clothes and accessories from home to design and create their superhero outfit.


Each  child is to bring a gold coin donation for Friday’s dress-up day


(25th - 29th of MARCH)

Using IPads, students are invited at recess during this week to capture images around our school which they feel represent the ideas of diversity, inclusion, kindness and friendship.  

These photos will be printed and placed in the hall for our special assembly.  3 Winners will be chosen with their photo to be printed on canvas and placed in a location of the school.

Mrs Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing Leader


Families & Literacy

Building your Child’s Vocabulary  


Talking to and reading with your child are two terrific ways to help your child hear and read new words. Conversations and questions while reading about interesting words are easy, non-threatening ways to get new words into everyday talk. Below are some ideas to get you started.


Beginning readers use knowledge about words to help them make sense of what they're reading. The more words a reader knows, the more they are able to understand what they're reading or listening to.

Conversations and questions about interesting words while reading is a great way to build vocabulary.

For example ("The book says, 'The boy tumbled down the hill,' let’s look at the picture! How do you think he went down the hill?") are easy, non-threatening ways to get new words into everyday talk.

Sharing a new word with your child doesn't have to take a long time: just a few minutes to talk about the word and then focus back on the book or conversation. The best words to explore with your child are ones that are common among adult speakers but are less common to see in the books your child might read.

When introducing new words to your young learner, keep the following four helpful hints in mind:


First, provide a simple, kid-friendly definition for the new word:

Enormous means that something is really, really big.

Second, provide a simple, kid-friendly example that makes sense within their daily life:

Remember that really big watermelon we got at the grocery store? That was an enormous watermelon!

Third, encourage your child to develop their own example:

What enormous thing can you think of? Can you think of something really big that you saw today? That's right! The bulldozer near the park was enormous! Those tires were huge.

Lastly, keep your new words active within your conversations.

Over the next few days and weeks, take advantage of opportunities to use each new vocabulary word in conversation.

Take the time to share new words and build your child's vocabulary. 

It doesn't matter what language you use — a rich language environment creates better readers!





Angela Palombi
Literacy Leader

BEST Awards

Please click on the link to view Week 9



Twilight House Colour Carnival

Twilight House Colour Carnival

Dear Parents/ Guardian,

On Thursday March 28th,  we will be having our first ever Twilight Sports Carnival at St Andrew's Primary school.  Students will be required to attend after school with a parent or guardian. Please meet on the top oval in your  House Colours at 5:00pm.  Activities  will start at 5:15 pm.

The Carnival will finish back on the school oval at 7:15pm.


Parents or guardian must stay in attendance throughout the carnival.  Students are not to be dropped off, or to be by themselves and then picked up later.

Activities will involve Sprints, Relays and fun games for the whole family.

Please indicate on the form sent out from CareMonkey if you are able to attend.

School Office News

Online Interviews 

School '3 Way'Interviews are next Monday 1st April.  Online bookings will close on Friday 29th March.

Please use the Event Code:    956gt


Lost School Clothing

If your child is missing an article of clothing? Please check the lost property cupboard.  There is a lot of un-named clothing waiting to be claimed.

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn is back for 2019!


Between 1 May and 25 June, 2019, collect as many stickers as you can.

Stick them on the posters and sticker sheets

Entertainment Books 2019/2020

The office will be selling the Entertainment Books again this year.  You can reserve your copy with Annette now!

Secondary School Information

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.

St. James - Term 2 Open days


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


Mentone Girls Secondary College - Open Evening


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents & Friends,

We had a glorious sunny Bunnings BBQ fundraising event at South Oakleigh last Sunday 24th March. Our St Andrew’s school community of volunteers had our tongs, aprons, smiles and sausage sizzles going all day. Our sausage sales were slightly slower than last years, but we made just over $553.20 in profit. These proceeds will go towards much needed areas towards the end of year for our school children. 
 Special thanks to Leang O’Brien from our P&F Committee for leading and organising the team for the Bunnings BBQ fundraising event. We really would like to extend our appreciation to our St Andrew’s community of volunteers for their precious time over the weekend. This year, we had a wider cast of volunteers helping and getting involved during our BBQ Fundraising event so thank you to:

Mina Spano
Angela Koupouzos 
Lorraine Terceiro 
Helena Thompson
Tash Graham
Jules & Luke McKernan
Nerida Sibilia
Danielle Knevitt
Kelly Troung 
Jeremy Octogon
Jo & David Eady
Tav Kaing
Kheang Khauv
Leanne Ngo


Here are some happy snaps of our St Andrew’s Bunnings BBQ Fundraising event on Sunday 24th March 2019


We welcome all parents and friends of our St Andrew’s school community to connect with us. Lend a hand, get involved and socially connect – coffee or tea?

Contact us 

All the best, 
Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Easter Bonnet Parade - Friday 5th April

We invite all students from Foundation to Year 2 to participate in the St. Andrew’s Annual Easter Bonnet Parade.  Students from Years 3 - 6 have the option to partake in the event and are encouraged to join in the fun.
The parade will take place at 2.00pm on the soccer pitch on Friday, 5th April so Mums, Dads and students, let’s get the creative juices flowing for the most colourful, boldest and outrageous bonnets we have ever seen!!


Easter Raffle - Friday 5th April

We ask that each student donates an Easter egg or an Easter related item (non-perishable) for our annual Easter Raffle.
There will be a collection tub in each classroom from Monday, 25th March. Please drop off your donation by Wednesday, 3rd April.
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, 5th April.
Special thanks to one of our parents, Isabella Barrett, for yet another awesome Easter Parade and Raffles poster!

Easter Hot Cross Buns  

Order forms are due in to the  office by 28th March.  Your Hot Cross Buns will be ready to collect  on the Wednesday 3rd April!


P & F Reach and Connection

Lend a hand - 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, 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.

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 sit in our P&F committee meetings. We have our monthly P&F committee meetings held a week before the Education Board. Our P&F committee meetings will alternate between afternoons and evenings through the year.


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 Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster


Fri 29 March -        Angela R

Mon 1 April -    Volunteer Needed

Tues 2 April -   Volunteer Needed

Wed 3 April -    Volunteer Needed 

Thur 4 April -   Volunteer Needed

Fri 5 April -        Last day of Term 1

Slushie Machine

The canteen wishes to announce that their NEW Slushie machine is now operational and ready to serve. You can buy Lemonade or Berry in a 250ml cup size for $1.50


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!



Community Activities

Clarinda Art & Craft Market

Clarinda Art & Craft Market is on the first Saturday, every month from 10am – 2pm in the Clarinda Community Centre, cnr Viney & Bourke Roads, Clarinda.  

Free entry & parking with coffee/tea and snacks available.  

Everything hand made, home grown and produced here in Ausralia.

Proceeds to local community.  9544 1161 

Youth Leadership Holiday Program


Creative Music


Body Fit Training


P&F - Easter Hot Cross Bun Drive 2019.pdf
2021 OLSH scholarship A4 flyer_d1.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
MGSC 2019 Open Evening information.pdf
TUCKSHOP Menu List 2019.pdf
Week 8.pdf
Week 9.pdf
FINAL 2 Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families Flyer 2019.pdf