St Andrews Christian College

10 June 2016
Issue Six
Beauty and the Beast News
Parents and Friends
Senior School
Middle School
Junior School
Extra Curricular Activities
St Andrews Christian College
03 8847 8300
130 Tyner Road
Wantirna South, Victoria, 3152



Greetings Friends,


The term has flown exceptionally fast.


Our students have achieved and made great progress in the many programs and opportunities at St Andrews this past semester.


I am continually encouraged by the dedication and commitment of our staff who help our students to grow and develop into young adults who understand their purpose and role in God’s kingdom.


Our programs at St Andrews are expanding and are a testimony of a community who understand that education is more than what happens within the four walls of a classroom.  Christian education is not just informational, it is transformational!

Service - serving God by serving others - is part of our growing student leadership program.  We serve in response to our relationship with God and our love for Him and others.


However, growing service and mission activities are not things to boast about or what defines us as Christians and a Christian School.  What ultimately defines us is our personal relationship with the Lord and our desire to glorify Him and serve Him with the gifts, talents and resources He has given us.


“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13


For your information and prayer, these are a few current service/mission activities that are happening at St Andrews Christian College.

  • Coins for Change

We are collecting ‘change’ to help support our mission programs (Vanuatu/Cambodia/Pakistan) at St Andrews Christian College.


  • Mission trips for 2016
  • Our team of students and teachers fly out to Vanuatu at the end of the month to serve and continue to build relationships with our sister school, Tata Presbyterian School in Santo.
  • In December when school finishes, a team of students and teachers are going to Cambodia with Samaritan’s Purse, to participate in development aid activities.
  • Project4Change (Term 3)

This is an activity being led by our Senior student leadership team, who are helping each class focus on serving a particular project.

Thank you St Andrews community for how you have blessed those in need in Fiji after the tragic cyclone in March. 


The Beovich family organised a shipping container of goods to be taken to families in need and so many of you contributed generously to fill this container.


Accompanying photos exhibit the joy and thankfulness of our sisters and brothers in Fiji.  Note the Fijian children in second-hand St Andrews Christian College school uniforms and old hats.

What a joy it is to belong to God’s kingdom and be involved in His ever evolving story and plans.


Be encouraged!


May you know and experience God’s blessings in amazing ways in your life.

Catriona Wansbrough



Photo: Art Show

Mission Cup - Coins for Change

We are collecting ‘change’ to help support our mission programs (Vanuatu/Cambodia/Pakistan) at St Andrews Christian College. 


Keep the cup in an obvious place in you home or car, drop your loose coins into it and if the cup is full send it to school to be added to the collection. The cup will come back to you, so that you can start filling it up again. 


We hope you enjoy collecting funds this way, and we are looking forward to seeing how these small coins will grow into a mountain of help over the coming years.


We would like cups to return between Monday 25 and Friday 29 July. Please bring full cups to reception to pour into the Vanuatu Box and then take the cup home to start again.

Heart or Smiley Face Stickers Needed

The Vanuatu Mission team would like your assistance!


They require “heart or smiley face” stickers for the children in Vanuatu as soon as possible.


Stickers can be delivered to reception, or given to Mr or Mrs Wade.


Thank you!


Andrew and Sally Wade

Vanuatu Mission Trip Coordinators


Art Show

The St Andrews Art show was held on Friday 28 May and Monday 31 May in the new meeting room in the Innovation Centre.  

It was fabulous to see so much colour on display with work from every child from Prep to Year 8 as well as work from students from Years 9 - 10.

There was a great variety of types of art work on display from painting and drawing through to glass work. It was great to see so many students bring their parents to show them the results of their hard work. 


Sally Darlison and Glynis Brown

Art Teachers


Reports will be sent home at the end of the term.

When looking at your child’s report, the most important aspect to look at is their effort and improvement rates.


It is not helpful to compare your child’s report with others. What needs to be asked of your child is, “Did you perform to the best of your ability?”  As in sport, we all just need to do our PB – our personal best.


Catriona Wansbrough


Prayer Group

Wednesdays at 8:45am

This year the St Andrews Parent Prayer Group will be meeting every Wednesday morning at 8:45am in the meeting room next to the school office.


The St Andrews Prayer Group would like to welcome and invite all parents to come along and join in prayer, with other parents, for the needs of the St Andrews school community. 


It is a great opportunity to join in fellowship with other parents.


For specific prayer requests, there is a prayer request box at the front reception desk for you to put your request in if you are unable to join us.


We are greatly blessed at St Andrews to have the opportunity to gather together for prayer. As Christians we are called to pray, and we encourage parents to join us. Be reassured that you don’t have to pray out loud if you are not comfortable in doing so.


Suzy Song

Prayer Group Coordinator

House Community Points

Barton 255

Deakin 267

Parkes 189

Beauty and the Beast News

St Andrews Beauty and the Beast Trivia Night

An evening of games, prizes, entertainment, special character guests, and of course, trivia! 

Saturday 18th June
6:30pm in the Senior Building


BYO snacks and drinks, some available for purchase.

$10 per person OR $70 for a full table of 8.
Book your tickets through



Leonie Williames

Junior School Teacher

Musical Update

We are so excited to let you know how our production Beauty and the Beast has been going! We are extremely happy with the progress our amazing cast has made.

Everyone has been working very hard and everything is really coming together. You can start buying tickets on Friday 17th June.

Last week we had a wonderful meat tasting fundraiser and we have a Trivia Night coming up on Saturday 18th June, where you can see some of our very talented students perform. 


Luke Batty

Music Director

Disney/Superhero Dress Up Day

See photos on the Middle School page (Yr6 Market Day)


Important Coming Events for Term 2 2016:


Week 10A

  • Monday 13th - Queens Birthday Holiday
  • Wednesday 15th - Parent Prayer Meeting 8:45am*
  • Wednesday 15th - ICAS Spelling Competition
  • Wednesday 15th - Yr2 Mont De Lancey Excursion
  • Wednesday 15th - CSSN Yr7/8 Sports Finals
  • Wednesday 15th - PFA Movie Night 6:30pm*
  • Thursday 16th - Yr5/6 Winter Sport Round 2
  • Thursday 16th - Yr7 Winneke Treatment Plant Excursion
  • Friday 17th - Yr12 PE Deakin Uni Excursion
  • Friday 17th - College Tour 9:30am*
  • Friday 17th - Beauty and Beast Full Cast Rehearsal 3:30pm
  • Friday 17th - VCE Formal 7pm
  • Saturday 18th - Kilcunda to San Remo Excursion
  • Saturday 18th - Vanuatu Team Meeting 4pm-8pm
  • Saturday 18th - Trivia Night 7pm*

Week 11B

  • Monday 20th – Whole School Assembly 8:55am*
  • Monday 20th – Deakin Fundraiser
  • Friday 17th - Beauty and Beast Lead Rehearsals 3:30pm
  • Tuesday 21st - 24th – Yr10 Camp
  • Tuesday 21st - VCE University of Melb and ACU Tours
  • Wednesday 22nd - Parent Prayer Meeting 8:45am*
  • Friday 24th - Vanuatu Mission Team Depart
  • Friday 24th - Beauty and Beast Full Cast Rehearsal 3:30pm
  • Friday 24th - Last Day of Term 2




Wednesday 6th - Vanuatu Mission Trip Returns

Monday 11th-15th - OSHC Holiday Program

Monday 11th - Beauty and The Beast Rehearsals

Thursday 14th - Beauty and The Beast Rehearsals

Friday 15th - Beauty and The Beast Rehearsals


Term 3


Week 1B


Monday 18th - Term 3 Begins

Monday 18th – Whole School Assembly 8:55am*

Tuesday 19th - CSSN Combined Cross Country

* Parents welcome


TERM DATES FOR 2016 (These dates are on our website)

Term 2: Tues 12th April – Fri 24th June (11 weeks)

Term 3: Monday 18th July – Friday 16th Sept (9 weeks)

Term 4: Mon 3rd Oct – Tues 6th Dec (10 weeks)



Term 1: Wed 1st Feb– Fri 31st March 

Term 2: Wed 19th April – Fri 30th June 

Term 3: Monday 24th July – Friday 22nd Sept 

Term 4: Mon 9th Oct – Fri 8th Dec 

Parents and Friends

Movie Night at Knox Village
War Room

Hurry, this Monday 13 June is your last chance to buy tickets for our Movie Night. The War Room is a Christian movie focussing on the need for prayer.

Parents, staff and senior students are welcome to attend. Still over 50 seats available.

Date: Wednesday 15 June

Time: 6:30pm

Cost: $15 per ticket

Location: Village Cinemas - Knox Ozone.


Ann Hawthorne

PFA Treasurer

VPC Networking Meeting at St Andrews

On Wednesday we hosted, in the new Innovation Centre, a VPC Networking Meeting. Parents from various independant schools around Melbourne came together to network and listen to speakers.

Our Principal, Catriona Wansbrough opened the meeting and was followed by a representative from the VRQA who presented on the new Child Safety Legislation. We then had opportunity to discuss various issues pertaining to parenting and schooling. To end the morning our Registrar, Suzy Song, conducted a tour of the school for the parents. The next VPC Networking Meeting is in Term 3 on Wednesday 24 August at Ruyton Girls College.


Shaun Beovich

PFA President

Mothers' Day Stall



Entertainment Books

Full of great value savings coupons and now available to purchase. Either purchase online at or at the school office from Ms Hoenen. Only $65 with $13 from each sale going towards the PFA.


Sonia Sires

Entertainment Book Coordinator

2nd Hand Uniform Shop Sale

50% off all winter items for the last two weeks of this term. The 2nd Hand Uniform Shop is open Wednesdays from 8:30am-9:30am in Rembrandts. If you can help on a Wednesday and want to gain Parent Participation Hours please see Liz.


Liz Romney

2nd Hand Uniform Shop Coordinator

Parent Participation Hours

This PDF contains a list of various activities you can do to gain parent hours.


Don't forget Icy Pole Fridays and our Parent Library in the school office.


Next PFA Meeting

Please note a change of date for the next PFA Meeting. It will be held on Thursday  4 August at 7:30pm in the school staffroom.


Lesley Goh

PFA Secretary

PFA Committee 2016

President: Shaun Beovich

Vice-President: Sally Wade

Secretary: Lesley Goh

Treasurer: Ann Hawthorne

email: [email protected]


Senior School

Tasty Yogurts and Posties

The Year 12 Business Management Class was fortunate enough to meet with the operations management team at Chobani and Australia Post Mail Distribution Centre in Dandenong, and enjoyed tours of their production facilities.


We are currently covering the key elements of an operations system (Inputs, Process, and Outputs) in service and manufacturing organisations. The students were able to consolidate their learning and see firsthand how things work in the real world, not just words in a textbook.

They were able to discuss questions about productivity and business competitiveness, strategies to optimise operations in terms of facilities design and layout, quality management and extent and use of technology (Computer Integrated Manufacturing & robotics).


And we managed to squeeze Afghan Kebabs for lunch in Dandenong, which we all were looking forward to.


All in all a rewarding experience.


Homar Pardo

Middle and Senior School Teacher 


Congratulations to St Andrews interschool debating team who defeated Our Lady of Sion College in Monday evening's debate.

Ahdi Satheeshkumar, Yun-Shing Hsieh and Talar Hagobian successfully argued against the proposition that "we should ban online gambling".


Daniel Broadbridge

Middle and Senior School Teacher

Year 12 Community Service

For the past four years Year 12 students as their Community Service have assisted The Salvation Army by collecting for the Red Shield Appeal at Knox Shopping Centre.

Thank you to each student who cheerfully collected during the week. The total collected by St Andrews students was $1,253.50. A great effort and very much appreciated by The Salvation Army.


Darren Waterworth

Business Manager

Careers News

This issue starts with an invitation for Year 10, 11 and 12 students to spend a day at a university during the upcoming school holidays and get a taste of what it is like to be a university student for a day.


The next item of the newsletter provides information about the Winter School, Revision Programs and the Visual Communication Seminar for VCE students.


The issue concludes with a list of Exercise Science & Sport Degrees in Victoria and a snapshot of La Trobe University.


La Trobe offers an Early Entry program called Aspire. This program is designed to acknowledge secondary students who have made . positive changes in their schools and communities through volunteering. The Aspire Early Admissions Program acknowledges the volunteering efforts of students when they apply. Successful applicants receive an offer into their course in September, before they receive their ATAR.


Australian Catholic University has a similar program, Early Achievers' Program (EAP).  The program operates at each of the University's six campuses nationally.  Applications will open in August and close in October, with offers being made by the end of November 2016. Students are encouraged to start gathering their required documentation now to submit with along their application. 


If you have a question about a topic featured in the Careers Newsletter, please contact Careers Coordinator Mrs Irena Yevlahova [email protected]


Irena Yevlahova

Careers Coordinator

Middle School

Photo: Yr6 Market Day

Year 6 Market Day

Year 6 Market Day was a great success this year - in total sales, the Year 6s raised $1720. Profits from the day will be donated to various charities of their choice, such as the Samaritans Purse.

As part of the Year 6 Business curriculum, students were required to form small business groups to come up with a product or service to sell to the Junior and Senior School at St Andrews. Students were taught how to keep a budget sheet, to keep on track of their expenses and have a goal profit in mind as they were designing their products. They also needed to market and advertise their products/services – some business groups even had pre-orders done up, and were making orders on the spot when they ran out!

It was a wonderful day with great atmosphere, as the Year 6s combined with the Music Department to also run a Disney/Superhero Dress up day. It was wonderful to see the school come dressed up at the market- even the teachers clearly had fun!


Charlene Lee and Ben Sheahan

Year 6 Teachers

Junior School

Photo: Yr3 Art

Beautiful letter from Arcare 

We recently received this beautiful letter from a residents daughter:


19th May 2016


Dear Children and Staff of St Andrews Christian College,


My name is Sue. My mother, Betty, lived at Arcare Knox. In January this year Betty passed away. She was 89 years old. Betty always loved children. She was the eldest of ten children so always had younger brothers and sisters to look after.

One of Betty's favourite times at Arcare was when the children from St Andrew' came to visit. She really

enjoyed the singing and especially delighted in games with Charlotte, Sarah C. and Isabella. Their colourful letters really cheered my Mum.


To answer some questions from Isabella: Betty worked in cake shops when she was a teenager. She was a very good cook and even made wedding cakes for her brothers and sisters.


To Sarah C: Betty liked your story about chickens. Betty had chickens too when I was a little girl. She made beautiful sponge cakes from the fresh eggs they laid.


To Charlotte: Betty loved your snowman drawing. Betty was very good at drawing too. When she was at school her art teacher put Betty's snow painting in a frame and hung it in the art room.


I wish to thank you all for the wonderful program that you so happily deliver. It is a credit to your dedicated staff and your delightful students.


Yours sincerely and with thanks,

Sue Garland

Fun in Prep!


The Preps have been learning about the countries where they (and their parents!) were born.


Many of our Prep children were born in Australia so we celebrated with an Australian food morning tea.

We read “Possum Magic” by Mem Fox and then enjoyed eating lamingtons, Anzac biscuits and crackers with Vegemite.


It was lots of fun!


Gaye Jones and Sonia Sires

Prep Teachers

People Who Help Us

The Preps have been learning about the people in our community who help us. Last week they had a visit from a lawyer who taught them about how lawyers help us keep the law and help adults to share. They had great fun acting out a role play with a defendant, a prosecution and a judge. 


Gaye Jones

Prep Teacher


Art Excursions 

In the past 3 weeks both the Year 2s and the  Year 4s enjoyed an excursion to NGV Australia. The Year 2s looked at art that was about landscape as depicted in different ways and the Year 4s were given a tour of the Jan Senbergs exhibition. Both year levels went on to complete a number of different drawing exercises, the Year 2s drew landscape at the Botanic Gardens and the Year 4s focussed on capturing the city buildings. 


Sally Darlison

Art Teacher


Photo: Cross Country

SSV Cross Country

Congratulations to our SSV Cross Country team runners from Years 4-6 who participated in the annual event last week. Almost every runner returning from last year beat their previous best place and time by considerable margins.  As a school, St Andrews had 5 runners qualify to go to the division finals, the most we've ever had!

Special congratulations to the following students who competed at the division finals:


Andrea Chai (yr 6) - 12:50 mins

Chavella Tanubrata (yr 6) - 13:23 mins

Grace Kwon (yr 5) - 13:23 mins

Karen Deng (yr 5) - 13:43 mins

Max Cassidy (yr 5) - absent


Steven Mellody

Head of PE and Sport

Yr5/6 Sport



Extra Curricular Activities

Puzzle Club

On Wednesday lunchtime, students from Prep to Year 4 enjoy time making puzzles in the Prep J classroom.

They have liked the new Australia puzzle and the large, snake puzzle is always a favourite!
It's a lovely, quiet activity that is especially appreciated on these cooler, winter days.

Gaye Jones

Puzzle Club

Lego Club

On Monday lunchtimes, the Year 4V classroom is a busy place with Lego Club!

  • Darian, Gabrielle A and Gabrielle L are busy making "things" that go in a Harry Potter house.
  • Kevin and Layla are making a "kitty house" with a chicken and plants in their house.
  • Vicky is making a pond with people in her pond. Some are working on other projects and keep them on a high shelf to continue building the following week.

Lego  club runs every Monday at lunchtime and there is a lovely buzz with discussion, sharing and chatting.


Gail van Heerden

Lego Club

St Andrews Christian College
War Room Movie Tickets Order Form.pdf
Parent Participation Hours 2016.pdf
Careers News 3 June 2016.pdf
Careers News 3 June 2016.pdf