28 February 2019
Term 1 / Week 5
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
Student Wellbeing
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

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

School Open Days will be held on:
Thursday 28th February, Wednesday 6th March & 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.


Foundation Family & Year 5 Buddies evening - This evening at 5.30 p.m.

This evening the Foundation students will take part in a Better Buddies evening with their Year 5 buddies. The evening will commence with a liturgy in the School Hall at 5:30 pm followed by a buddy activity in the Foundation students’ classrooms. A BBQ will be provided by the school for families to enjoy after the buddy activity. It is anticipated that the evening will conclude at 7:00 pm.

Foundation Students

Foundation students are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. However we encourage both parents and siblings to attend. The colour purple is synonymous with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and as such we would like everyone to wear an item of purple clothing or a splash of purple.

Year 5 Students 

Year 5 students are requested to be onsite from 5.30pm for the evening session. Parents are requested to collect Year 5 students at 6.30pm.  


Our Year 5 students may choose to enjoy the BBQ prior to their departure.

Letters have previously been distributed to both Foundation and Year 5 families explaining the evenings events.   
We look forward to sharing this evening with you and your family.

Bentleigh District Swimming Carnival - Tuesday 26th

Congratulations to all members of the swimming squad who were outstanding representatives of St Andrew’s School at the District Swimming Carnival yesterday.    Thank you to all squad members and to the parents who supported them for the early morning trial sessions at Clayton pool. 
Our thanks to Mr Tyndall for preparing and supporting the children throughout the past weeks.


Working Bee - Saturday 23rd February (8.30am-10.30am)

Thank you to the 50 parents who supported our School Working Bee held last Saturday morning.   Our grounds were brought back to pristine condition after the summer holidays and first month of school.   Hopefully our new plantings have survived our warm week.
Thank you to Greg LaFontaine, school maintenance coordinator, for his preparation of the morning and for his role in keeping 50 parents active throughout the morning.  The condition of our school site is testimony to the tireless work of Greg.  
My thanks also to Kelli Johnston, Michael McDonough and Callum Mills for their support on the morning. 

Sacrament of Reconciliation Commitment Mass - This weekend

We invite all families of Reconciliation candidates to this Saturday’s evening Parish Mass (Saturday 2nd March, 6.00pm).  Candidates will be presented to the St Andrew’s community and will make a commitment to their preparation for the Sacrament.   It is preferred that candidates attend the Saturday evening mass but if this is not possible we invite candidates to the Sunday masses at 9.30am and 11.00am. 

Sacrament of Reconciliation Family Night - Monday 4th March (6pm)

Families participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation this year are invited to a Family Reconciliation evening to be held on Monday 4th March (6.00pm).  

We look forward to welcoming all families to join with us as we prepare our children for the celebration of the sacrament.   
Children celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be led through a Reflection day on Thursday 14th March.    We look forward to gathering for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday 21st March beginning at 6.00pm. 


Parents & Friends News

In last Thursday’s Parents and Friends (P&F) section of the newsletter parents were made aware that Helena Thompson, long serving President of the P&F, will be standing down from her role as she commits to a new career opportunity involving full time work. 
On behalf of the St Andrew’s community I thank Helena for the outstanding manner in which she has led the committee in her time as the P&F president.  Helena has given an enormous amount of time and energy so that our children, along with parents, can benefit from the many social activities that are organised throughout the school year.  The committee, along with all members of our community, will greatly miss Helena’s leadership.  We wish her every success as she undertakes her new work role. 

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.

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.  

Have you returned the following Notices and Updated Contact Details?



Student/Family Personal Information - Can we contact you in an emergency? 
We thank all parents who have advised Annette in the office of any changes to family personal details.  This includes changes of email addresses, home/work/mobile phone numbers, emergency contact details/phone numbers etc.
We ask all parents to advise the office of any changes to personal details.  
Student Personal Information Exchange Proforma
A ‘Student Personal Information Exchange Proforma’ has been sent home with every student.  This proforma has been introduced to provide classroom teachers with a further insight into the development of your child/ren. 

Medical Issues - Please contact the school office if there are any medical issues that we should be aware of.   It is most important that all medical forms, asthma and anaphylaxis plans, are updated for the 2019 school year and returned promptly. 

Website Medical Forms – Parents can access Medication Administration Forms, Anaphylaxis Action Plans and Asthma Plans on the Skoolbag App.


ICT Cyber Safety and Acceptable Use Policy  - Year 3-6 - Parent/Student Signature 

We request that all families read through this policy and discuss the content with your child.  Parents are requested to sign the policy and then return the policy to your child’s class teacher by Friday 23rd February. Children in Years 3 to 6 classes are also asked to sign the policy.   Please return the document in full so that it can be referred to by students throughout the school year.   

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’ .

Save the Date

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)
Further details to come.

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 



Thu 28th -     Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport - BYE

                           School Open Tours - 9.00am,  10.00am, 12.00pm,

                           2.00pm, 4.00pm & 5.00pm

                           Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport - BYE

                            2019 Foundation Family Night & Year 5 Buddies activities                                  5.30 - 7.00pm

                            (Year 5 Buddies - 5.30 - 6.30pm pick up)


Sat 2nd-          Reconciliation Commitment Mass

Mon 4th-         Reconciliation Workshop Evening - In Glasshouse

Wed 6th-         School Open Tours - 9.00am,  10.00am, 12.00pm, 

                           2.00pm, 4.00pm & 5.00pm

                            Ash Wednesday Mass - 11.45am

Thurs 7th-      Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport

                             Year 3/4 Swimming Program concludes today

Fri 8th-             School Assembly 2.30pm

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' 2pm - 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 3/4H

Dear Parents,

My name is Netty Howe I welcome you and your child back to the new school year of 2019.
As this will be another positive year for your child I will continue to build on past success and further develop new skills and strategies of your child in Grade 3/4.  With home and school working together, your child’s academic and social strengths will become even stronger throughout the year. 
We have been very busy getting to know each other and revisiting and implementing our BEST values so our working environment is positive and productive. We have also had a very interesting time with our Chromebooks and implementing this fantastic device across the curriculum.

Our Specialist occur every Monday. In Week B specialist timetable starts with Italian, Music and Physical Education. In Week A on the Monday your child will have Physical Education in the afternoon and on every Thursday they have a Library session where they can borrow up to three books. It would be wonderful if you could remind your child that they are required to have a ‘library bag’ to borrow books.

This year your child will be involved in the ‘Keepers of the Garden’. This will involve planting of vegetables and fruit which in turn will be harvested by them to cook and eat with the assistance of Mrs Alej San-Martin. It would be lovely if you could attend these session either in the garden or the kitchen.

Just a friendly reminder that the doors in the Year 3/4H are always open for parents and guardians to come in and help. I look forward to seeing you whenever it is most convenient.

Kind regards 
Netty Howe        


BEST Awards

B.E.S.T. Awards

Please click on the link to view the awards


Student Wellbeing

A Healthy, Happy Child is a Good Learner

SLEEP (School-aged Children 6-13 years)
Recommended: 10-11 hours each night.
A good-quality sleep is vital for children to concentrate, remember things and behave well at school, thus enabling them to be successful within the classroom environment.

•    Having a consistent bedtime routine will assist children to wind down and go to sleep more readily. 
•    It is highly recommended to turn all computers, tablets and TV off at least an hour prior to bedtime.  
•    Excessive screen time before bed can delay children’s bedtime, resulting in less time being available for a quality night’s sleep.  The content watched may also engage the brain more actively, triggering greater emotional and hormonal responses, therefore hindering a child’s ability to fall and stay asleep during the night.  Lastly, the light emissions from electronic devices can disrupt the body’s natural sleep-wake rhythm, increasing alertness and preventing the release of the hormone melatonin, which is vital in regulating our sleep.  



Australia’s National Guidelines for Physical Activity (2017), recommends for health benefits that children between the ages of 5-12 should be accumulating at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity every day.  
•    Physical activity improves brain function and may also improve academic performance within the classroom.  Click on the link below to view a FACT SHEET from the Australian Government Department of Health, outlining the ‘Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for (5 -12 years)’. 






A healthy breakfast is essential to provide children with the energy they need to play, learn and participate actively in the everyday routines of school life.  It is recommended that breakfast needs to have a balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat to maintain energy levels for children throughout the morning.  Some great choices include porridge, oats, muesli, low-sugar wholegrain cereal, boiled eggs, omelettes, wholegrain toast, fruit and yoghurt.


For more breakfast ideas for children who are reluctant breakfast eaters, click on the link below.


  • Children in Australia from the age of 6 to 17 are required to be at school every day.  
  • Children who regularly miss periods of schooling are more likely to need assistance with literacy, numeracy and other areas within the curriculum in the later years of schooling.
  • There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.
  • Some of the best learning happens at the beginning of the school day when children’s energy levels are high, thus being on time for school is paramount to the learning opportunities created for each child.
  • Being ½ hour late everyday equates to nearly 4 weeks of missed school per year!



Self-regulation is the ability to control and manage your feelings and emotions.  It is a learnt skill and some children experience more challenges in this area than others.  Self-regulation is linked to the mental health and well-being of the child.  
It includes being able to:

  • regulate reactions to emotions like frustration or excitement
  • calm down after something exciting or upsetting
  • focus on a task refocus attention on a new task
  • control impulses
  • learn behaviour that helps you get along with other people

Developing a child’s self-regulation will help him or her to:

  • learn at school i.e. (concentration and actively listen in the classroom)
  • behave is a socially acceptable way
  • make friendships – sharing, taking turns and express emotions appropriately during conflict and or challenging social situations.
  • assist in the development of independence & decision-making skills
  • manage stress and develop coping strategies for big emotions and feelings

Tips for helping your child learn self-regulation can be found at:
References; Raising Children Network, Kids matter website, The Australian Government Department of Health website, Every Day Counts – Department of Education and Training Victoria, Berry Street Childhood Institution.     

InterSchool Sport

Summer Sports Rounds 2019

Round                     Date                                         School

5.           Thursday 7 March                         Coatesville V St. Andrew's - Away

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

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



Swimming Timetable for Year 3 and 4

Session Time    Bus Pick Up Time     Swimming Lesson    Classes Attending

ONE                      12.55pm                         1.10 - 1.50pm             3/4TK and 3/4LC

TWO                      1.35pm                           1.50 - 2.30pm             3/4KC and 3/4H

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 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


Salesian College
Information Evening for Future Families


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


In recognition of the diverse needs of our children and the importance of promoting strong social and emotional skills, the P&F committee is donating $300 to the “Game Hub” program located in the Glasshouse during lunchtimes. The “Game Hub” will provide the opportunity for children to play a range of inside games within a structured environment with the support of both teacher and student leaders.  We thank Mrs Bedford for her dedication to Student Wellbeing.



The P&F committee is working with the school to raise money towards the funding of some Sail Shades for the school ground and a Drinking Fountain in the back oval!  It has been determined that our children could benefit from having more shaded areas to play in so P&F has offered our support to help fund this project.

Another P&F initiative that has resulted from student feedback is the need for a drinking fountain in the back oval which would make student access to drinking water a lot more practical than it is currently.  We are committed to achieving these goals and hope that you will support us in our fundraising efforts eg. Bunnings BBQ and Easter Raffle etc. to provide our children with continuously improved facilities



Due to the success of the event last year, we are running another BBQ fundraiser at Bunnings, South Oakleigh.  We again call for your help and support.  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)

f 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.    


(Dates and details to follow)

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.

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 1 March       Volunteer Needed

Mon 4 March   Volunteer Needed

Tue 5 March     Volunteer Needed

Wed 6 March    Volunteer Needed

Thur 7 March    Angela Soriana

Fri 8 March        Volunteer Needed


Mon 11 March - Public Holiday No School



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

Saturday 2nd March - Reconciliation Commitment Mass - 6.00 p.m.

Monday 4th March - Reconciliation Workshop/Parent Evening - 6.00 p.m.

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

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

New Mass Times


Community Activities



csefflyer (1).pdf
2019 Term dates.pdf
Salesian College Chadstone Newsletter_25Jan.pdf
2021 OLSH scholarship A4 flyer_d1.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
St Andrew Fish Chips - flyer.pdf
Mass times_docx.pdf
TUCKSHOP helpers.pdf
TUCKSHOP Menu List 2019.pdf
Oakleigh Auskick details.pdf