15 August 2019
Term 3/week 5
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
Student Wellbeing
Sacrament of Confirmation
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,

Congratulations Year 3-6 Athletes!

We congratulate our Year 3-6 Athletes who competed at the Bentleigh District Athletics carnival on Tuesday.  The feedback from all involved was that our children were outstanding, not only in the manner in which they competed on the day but also in their general attitude and behaviour.   Congratulations to all children and thank you for representing St Andrew’s in such a positive manner.
Our thanks to Mr Tyndall and all staff who supported our Athletics program. 

Social Media Site - Have you kept up to date with the many posts?

Have you checked in with our Facebook and Twitter platforms in recent days?   There’s a number of new posts including some great photos of the Yr 3-6 Athletics Day, a video introducing our school leaders who will be active contributors to the St Andrew’s platform, news from our cybersafety captains and hard working maths students posted in the coming days and a new feature of ‘Meet the Teacher’, an insight into the professional and personal side of the school staff.  The most recent 'Meet the Teacher' post was from Kelli Johnston. Stay tuned for more! 


On Tuesday the 13th of August it was the Bentleigh District Athletics Carnival. The Athletics carnival is where all the best athletic people in your school compete, competing against other schools in different events. All the year 3-6 students at St Andrew’s that made it into the Athletics squad went to an athletics track at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve in Murrumbeena. Everyone was sitting on the bleachers and listening to the introduction by the teachers. The first event was called up and it was the 1500 meter run. Following the 1500 event there was also Shot Put and Discuss, High jump, Long jump and Triple jump, 100 meter sprints, 200 meter sprints, 800 meter run and the final event was Relays. Each student displayed their best effort. A lot of ribbons were won in every event. We also have two students going into next division and those two students are Nicholas in the 12/13 200 meter sprint and Charlotte in the 11 year Long jump and the 11 year 100 meter sprint. Overall our school came 6th place in the Athletics but it was a very enjoyable day and that’s all that matters. We are very proud of all the students who represented St Andrew’s with pride.    GO ST.ANDREWS!

Written by Shawnee A


CBCA Book Week 2019
Theme: Reading is My Secret Power
Dates: 17 - 23 August 2019

Each year across Australia, the CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) brings children and books together celebrating Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature.
This year at St Andrew’s we will come together as year level groups to immerse ourselves in the joy of the shortlisted books.  Together we will look at storytelling and illustrations. Some books make us laugh, some make us think and some are just lovely.  During this week, through art and craft activities and writing we can explore these subjects and maybe we can come up with books that we feel are deserved winners of the coveted prize of Children’s Book of the Year.
Our Book Fair, which took place last week, was also part of the Book Week celebrations.  The importance of children having access to reading is central to their development – as highlighted in this year’s theme: Reading is my Secret Power - and I’m happy to say that it was a resounding success!
Although this year we will not have a Book Character Parade, Book Week is still a very special event on our yearly calendar. At the conclusion of this week, I am certain that we will be reflecting on the fabulous weeks of books and reading that we have had and will already be looking forward to next year.    
Sincere Regards
Sonia Turco - In the Library


Thank You!! St Andrew’s Book Fair 

We thank all families for your support of the School Book Fair that was so enthusiastically welcomed by our children.   It was terrific to see so many enthusiastic ‘shoppers’ in the Conference Room throughout the past 4 days. 

We thank all parents for your generous financial support of this event.  Sonia Turco, Library Technician, looks forward to further expanding our resources as a result of the commision received. 

Thank you to Sonia for her organisation of the Book Fair and her band of helpers present  throughout the week. 

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.

Confirmation Candidate Commitment Masses -
Saturday 24th (6pm) & Sunday 25th August (9.30am & 11am)


We invite all Confirmation candidates and their families to a Confirmation Commitment Mass on the weekend of 24th/25th August. Families may attend either the 6pm Saturday evening mass or the 9.30am or 11am Sunday morning masses.  
If you are unable to attend these mass times on the set weekend please contact your child’s class teacher or Father Joe.  

Children attending School after 8.45am Reporting to School Office - Late Passes & Class Roll Completed

We remind families that if children arrive to classes after 8.45am they are to attend the office to have their attendance at school recorded on the class roll.   The failure of children to attend the office may result with parents receiving an automated text message noting that their child is an absentee from school when in fact they are onsite.

Working Bee

New Date - Saturday 24th August

Our Term 3 Working Bee was postponed due to inclement weather last Saturday.  

The Working Bee has been rescheduled to Saturday 24th August. 


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 - 

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 3/4H

We are nearly half way through Semester 2 and all students have been working extremely hard this term. 
During our Religious Education sessions students have been investigating our new unit titled, 
‘Spirit Filled People’. This investigation focuses on further developing the students understanding of:
*What does it mean to be a Spirit-filled person?
*What are the signs of the Holy Spirit in my life and in the life of the Church? 
During our Religious Education sessions students have been learning the meaning surrounding Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit brings us the fruits of goodness to share with all that we meet. They have been investigating people who are Heroes in our world and those in our in our Catholic faith. Students have been developing special prayers to share at the beginning and end of our day to remind and encourage us to show courage, kindness, respect and love for each other just like Jesus showed his disciples through the gift of the Holy Spirit.


In our English sessions, students are further developing individual reading goals aimed at building their comprehension skills in:
*use illustrations to support our understanding text.
*the author uses word choice to improve the text.
*to show meaning by selecting evidence from the text.
*to make generalisations/assumptions based on the information in the text and show evidence.

In our Writing sessions we are further developing knowledge of an Information Report by:
*use ideas to convey a strong message to the reader
* use powerful words to create interesting sentences and a picture that stays in the reader’s mind.
* to create sentences that read smoothly and rhythmically.
* to check and edit for accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation.


In our Maths sessions this term students have been revisiting and consolidating their knowledge in the key learning areas of Mental Strategies. They have further developed strategies to solve a range of equations when investigation;   
*Pattern and Algebra    *Chance     *Angles    *Location     *Mass    *Volume

We have also been ‘fine tuning’ our behaviour both in and out of the classroom this term by always trying our BEST, especially when Striving to do your BEST!! 

Just a friendly reminder the door in the Year 3 / 4 H classrooms is always open for parents and guardians to come in and help or just observe to what is happening. I look forward to seeing you whenever it is most convenient. 

Regards, Netty Howe


In Music

The students are enjoying their music lessons. Click on the link to read more about what they are learning.


BEST Awards

Please click on the link below



Exciting Opportunity for Year 5 Students

This year at St Andrew’s we are excited to present the opportunity for Grade 5 students to participate in a Maths Game Day to be hosted by St Patrick’s Catholic Parish Primary in Mentone on Tuesday 17th September. This day is run in conjunction with the Maths Association of Victoria.
A Maths Games Day is an opportunity for students to:
●    Develop their mathematical talents and thinking skills in a setting where maths is regarded as fun and worthwhile
●    Work with like-minded students from a diverse range of schools
●    Participate in mathematical activities without the usual class room pressures
●    Win prizes and rewards
●    Get excited about maths!
Our school will be represented by two teams of four on the day. Students who wish to represent our school are encouraged to submit individual interest to Mr McDonough and Mrs Johnston by Friday 30th August. 
Students can submit interest in a ‘ way of choice’ , which could include:
-    A video
-    A letter
-    A poster
-    A  maths model
-    Any free choice, be creative!!
A big focus on the day is ‘teamwork’ and this should be a key feature in students submissions as well as having a Maths focus. 
We are very much looking forward to seeing lots of submissions for this great learning opportunity!

Student Wellbeing

What is Self-regulation?

Self-regulation is the ability to manage our emotions, thoughts and behaviour in any given situation.  It is a skill that is fundamental to a child’s development, relationships and capacity to be successful within the classroom environment.  

Self-regulation includes;
•    regulating reactions to emotions like frustration or excitement
•    calming down after something exciting or upsetting
•    focussing on tasks
•    refocussing attention to a new task
•    controlling impulses
•    learning behaviour that helps you get along with others

How can you help your child learn self-regulation?
“We approach self-regulation skills in the same way we approach other skills, academic or social: isolate that skill and provide practice,” “When you think of it as a skill to be taught — rather than, say, just bad behaviour — it changes the tone and content of the feedback you give kids” (Scott Bezsylko, the executive director of the Winston Prep schools for children with learning differences).

Simple Strategies:
•    Model calmness and consistent behaviour in challenging situations, in order to provide a reference point for children
•    Identify and talk about emotions regularly with your child
•    Use visual charts to assist your child to identify and articulate how they are feeling 
•    Devise 2-3 strategies with your child that they can use if they are feeling overwhelmed with emotions
•    Reinforce and praise your child when they display self-regulation emotionally or behaviourally i.e. (able to get off the PlayStation when asked; stays by your side while shopping or calms down quickly after a difficult situation 
•    Break activities and tasks into smaller increments to make them more manageable for your child  
References & Resources:


These Emotional Regulation Visual Charts are available from the Wellbeing Hub OR you can download using the link provide.  

C:\Users\kbedford\Desktop\Self-regulation Chart.docx



Positive Psychology Tip 3: Practice Gratitude Daily! 

Practicing gratitude daily has many psychological and physical benefits E.g.
•    the experience of more positive emotions
•    better sleep
•    expression of qualities such as kindness and compassion that strengthen relationships
•    stronger immune systems
•    and greater life satisfaction and overall wellbeing


Gratitude Activities for the Family: 
•    take photos of the things you are grateful for and reflect on them as a family
•    daily prayer time with your children
•    volunteer as a family and give back to your community
•    share the best part of you day as a family at dinner time
•    using a white board, encourage your children to write things down daily that they are grateful for


Games Hub


Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing

Sacrament of Confirmation

Sacrament of Confirmation

Dear Parents,
The Year 6 students have been preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation as part of their regular Religious Education program.  The children will be learning about the Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the story of Pentecost, and saints who were guided by the Holy Spirit to follow God. They will study the life of a saint whom they would like to emulate in their lives and whose name they will take at Confirmation. 
This program of preparation for Confirmation aims at leading our young Christians towards a closer relationship with Christ. It seeks to awaken in them a sense of belonging to a parish community and the broader Catholic Church. This program aims at preparing the students to accept their responsibility as witnesses to Jesus Christ and encourages them to share more completely in his mission.
To prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation candidates are asked to choose a sponsor.  The role of your child’s sponsor is to guide them through their Christian journey.

The sponsor must be a Catholic, over 16 years of age, and have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. Parents cannot be sponsors.

 A possible choice could be the Baptismal godparent if available. 
We will ask you to provide us with the name of the chosen sponsor and the name of the saint that your child has chosen at a later date.
Please talk to your children about what they are learning and share with them some of your own experiences. This is a lovely way to spend time together.

Dates to Remember

Confirmation Parent/Child Workshop 
This is on Tuesday 3rd September, at 6:00pm in the 5/6 area and will run for approximately one hour. Parents and children are expected to attend. 

Confirmation Reflection Day
On Thursday 12th September, the children will be spending time together in preparation for the Sacrament. The morning will consist of attending the parish mass, Reconciliation and meeting with Fr Brendan Hayes who will celebrate the sacrament. Please do not make any appointments on this day.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be on 
Saturday 14th September at 3.00 p.m.

Other important information: 
Confirmation Name: Your child will be learning about the Saints and will be thinking about choosing a saint’s name to take as their Confirmation name.
Saints are Christians who have followed Jesus Christ and lived extraordinary, or heroic and virtuous lives according to the teachings of Jesus. 
Sponsor: A sponsor needs to be a Catholic, a good role model and at least 16 years old.  If possible the Baptismal Godparent would be ideal.  
The sponsor will sit with the Candidate during the Ceremony and present him/her to the Bishop when receiving the Sacrament.
A card will be sent home for you to complete. You are required to provide the name of the Sponsor.  This card is then presented, by the sponsor, to the Bishop during the ceremony.
Clothing: There is no prescribed clothing to wear, however, Sunday best would be most appropriate. The stole will be worn during the ceremony and later kept as a memento of having received the three Sacraments.

Photos: Professional Photographer

An official photographer will be available to take professional photos in the Year 5/6 area - both individual and group – from 1:00pm. It is encouraged that you arrive earlier rather than later.

The group photo will be taken at 2:40pm

Please enclose the correct amount of money in the envelope that will be provided by the photographer, with your child’s name and pay directly to the photographer on the day. 
(The envelope will be handed out at a later date).

Additional Information

As part of the Confirmation ceremony, the children will wear their white stole which they used for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Please spend time with your child in further decorating the stole together using appropriate symbols of the Holy Spirit.

Add a Confirmation symbol to the stole. You can get some ideas by searching “Google Images”. These can be traced onto the stole or onto felt material, cut out and stitched or glued. Similar symbols can also be purchased from Spotlight and ironed onto your stole. You will also need to add your child’s Confirmation name. Make sure the stole has a piece of fringing at the bottom of each side to stop the ends from fraying.


2 pieces of white fringing or tassels 10cm wide (to cover bottom of stole)

  • On one end of the ribbon - Child’s name – written or embroidered above school emblem  (already on)
  • On the other end of ribbon – Add Confirmation name and symbols – one or two – drawn, stitched, or glued 

Yours Sincerely,
Daniela Dal Santo
Religious Education Leader

School Office News

Swimming Fees - Year 5 & 6

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 3 families who have not filled in their CareMonkey permission form to attend swimming.  If you do not have an email address, please come and see Annette or Marie.

School Fees

Term 3 Fee & Building Levy are now overdue.  Payment is appreciated as soon as possible please. 

A second reminder notice has already been distributed to families this week.  For your convenience you can pay by BPAY.

Entertainment Books

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


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 & Families

Ahoy from afar! This week I’m in very balmy 35 degrees heat in beautiful Hoi An and Da Nang, Vietnam taking a bit of a family holiday from the hustle and bustle of chilly Melbourne work life.  Vietnam is such a beautiful country and the food is fabulous!  
Our Ladies Movie Night is happening this Friday, August 16th at 6:30pm. Calling all ladies – mammas, zie, nonne and special friends. Note this is a strictly adults only event, so lock in the dads, nonni, zii to babysit! We look forward to enjoying a fun-filled night and connecting with all you ladies!
In the last couple of weeks our hard-working P&F team have secured excellent donations from our generous local businesses. These donations will be raffled at our Father’s Day Breakfast and Raffle event on Friday August 30th in the morning between 8am to 9am. We can’t wait to reveal these lovely donated raffle prizes in next week’s newsletter!


Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

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

Bad Joke of the Week

In the lead up to Father’s Day and in the spirit of bad dad jokes, here ‘s another to cheer you up... 
“I was trying to buy a plastic bird on eBay.  It wasn’t going cheap!”
“What do you call a dinosaur with no eyes?  Idontthinkhesaurus.”

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.

Star Fitness

“Star Fitness” has been generous in donating a free gym membership for our Father’s Day Raffle. Check them out.


School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster


Fri  16 August

Romanie & Carol Webb
Mon 19 August Volunteer Needed
Tues 20 August Volunteer Needed
Wed 21 August Volunteer Needed
Thur 22 August Volunteer Needed


Activity Programs

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


Clayton District Junior Cricket


Springvale Indoor Sports

Sports are a great way for kids to create new friendships, as well as keeping physically active!
At Springvale Indoor Sports, we have now introduced Basketball into our After School Sports Program! We now offer Soccer, Cricket and Basketball training sessions for kids ages 5-11.


Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
Have you ever wondered how you can support Reading outside of school .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
Music News 13th Aug 2019.pdf
George Ivanoff.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
Clayton District Junior Flyer 2019-2020 Portrait.pdf
Week 4.pdf
Week 5.pdf
2019 Orientation Day A5 Flyer.pdf