19 June 2019
Term 2/week 9
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

Term 2 concludes 2.30 p.m.
Friday 28th June

Term 3 commences Monday, 15th July


Dear Families,

I returned to chilly Melbourne on the weekend from a greatly enjoyed month of leave in Malta, Sicily and Rome.  My holidays were a great way to escape Melbourne’s chilly days and to enjoy such wonderful holiday destinations and the welcome of such delightful people wherever we travelled.   Reality quickly kicked in on Monday as I returned to work and caught up on the news of the past month!  I thank Kelli Johnston in her role as acting principal, Callum Mills as acting deputy principal and all staff members for their leadership and work throughout my absence.   It is most reassuring that you can take time out from your workplace knowing that the school is in such caring and competent hands.   It was delightful to return on Monday to such a warm welcome and specifically to see such welcoming smiles from the children. 

Sacrament of First Holy Communion

We ask all families to join us in praying for our children who will receive the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time this Saturday evening, 6.00pm Mass, and Sunday morning at the 11.00am Parish Mass.
We thank all families, the Year 3 and 4 team, school staff, Daniela Dal Santo as our Religious Education Leader and Father Joe for working in unison to prepare each child for the Sacrament.

Saturday 22nd June - 6.00 p.m. Mass

Mark D, Andrew H, Georgia K, Rebecca L, Lily K, Dayne Lee, Jacob M, Ava S, Athanasius T, Kaitlin V, Tanisha T, Dante Harbis, Harrison J, Charlotte N, Izabella R, Chloe T and Melanie M

Sunday 23rd June - 11.00 a.m. Mass

Olivia C, Oliver D,  Savannah D, Amara H, Dylan T, Hunter T, Milan Caceres, Kayla H, Amelia V, Ava D, Rio D, Andrew D, Aurelien K, Nachum M, Charlotte O, Myah C, Zoe L, Marcus R, Rhianna T and Erika I

School Leadership Team Professional Learning

Members of the school leadership team have been participating in a number of  professional development programs throughout the school year.   These programs include professional development held each term involving School Wide Improvement forums, Digital Technology clusters, Education in Faith clusters, Principal and Deputy Principal clusters, along with Middle Leadership programs, Emerging Leaders programs, Literacy and Numeracy Action Research programs and Student Services programs to name a few. 
The leadership team yesterday attended the first day of the Enhancing Leadership Team Capabilities program where each team member received 360 degree feedback on their professional practice from their peers along with receiving aggregated Leadership Team feedback.  The team looks forward to using this data to improve our approach and skills as individuals and as an effective team.  Day 2 of this program will take place on Wednesday 24th July.   I thank the members of leadership for taking the leap of faith to be involved in this program as it can be confronting to receive direct feedback from your peers and as a result to reflect on your professional practice.  We have great confidence that our learnings from this program will provide strong reflection and learning in the 12 months in which the program runs for. 

We participate in ongoing professional development with the aim to be exposed to research based high impact programs and strategies that will best develop our professional practice and as a result improve the wellbeing and learning outcomes of our children.    We acknowledge that by participating in these programs staff will be required to be offsite and as a result away from their school and classroom duties.  Where possible we employ relief teachers to replace teachers who are familiar with our school and as a result to our children.  We also attempt to space the professional development of staff so that they are not withdrawn from classes on a number of occasions in quick succession.   As you will note below this cannot always be managed by the school as it can be dependent on when programs are scheduled by Catholic Education Melbourne. 

Future professional development includes:

  • Friday 21st June - Principal Network
  • Wednesday 24th July - Leadership Team - Enhancing Leadership Team Capabilities program
  • Thursday 25th - Leadership Team - School Wide Improvement forum
  • Friday 26th - Michael McDonough & Angela Palombi - CEM Middle Leaders Program 
  • July - Date to be confirmed - Leadership Team working with CEM Southern Office on Annual Action Plan

Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys (CEMSIS) -
2nd - 20th September 2019

Throughout each year, we pause to listen to our students, families and staff to gauge how our learning community is travelling. This feedback is invaluable to our progress as effective school communities and is backed by evidence-based research and best practices.
One of the more important formal ways we engage and gather data is through CEMSIS, the Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys.
CEMSIS is a set of surveys that have been built specifically for Catholic Schools in Melbourne by Learning Services teams at Catholic Education Melbourne in partnership with researchers at Learning First and in wide consultation with Principals in our schools.
In 2019, students, families and staff are invited to participate in CEMSIS using our brand new, secure and purpose-built online platform. The online platform is where our school leaders will access the summary reports that visualise the results of the student, family and staff surveys.
The CEMSIS survey platform is operated by an independent supplier, ORIMA Research Pty Ltd. The platform meets with the very high security and privacy standards for handling student and school data. 
Students at our school will be provided with supervised sessions where teachers are on hand to help and answer any questions. Families and staff can complete the survey anytime over the three-week window throughout September via an emailed link and password. Feedback from last year’s pilot trials indicate many surveys were done across a range of mobile devices and different web browsers. Schools will be providing more information about CEMSIS throughout Term 2 and 3 via newsletters and social media.
Our community’s opinions are critical to understanding how our school is performing – CEMSIS is a key data source for guiding the ongoing work to improve our school.
All participation is invited, welcomed and 100% voluntary. The surveys are not a test; they are an inclusive way to feed the work we are already doing to improve our school. Everyone has the right to refuse to participate, or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey. Please notify the school if your child does not wish to participate.
If you would like more information, please contact the school.

Semester 1 Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews

Semester 1 Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews will take place on Monday 24th June (2.30pm-7.30pm) and Wednesday 26th June (3.45pm-6.30pm).   

To see your child’s class teacher for the 15 minute interview please log onto   The login code is  292e3   

Online bookings will close on Friday 21st June.

Optional Child School Attendance - Monday 24th June – 1.35pm-3.15pm

Teaching staff will be released on the afternoon of Monday 24th June to commence ‘Three Way Interviews’.   Students 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 students 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.

Semester 1 Reports

Semester 1 Reports will be emailed on Thursday 20th June  

Instructions on how to access the nForma Parent Portal will be sent out to the email addresses that have been previously supplied to the school. These emails will be sent out on Thursday June 20th. 


It is highly recommended that you use a computer to access your child’s reports for the first time. Subsequent logins can be made on a mobile device if preferred. 
Once you have followed the instructions, you will be able to view your child’s report online. 
Once in the portal you will need to choose your child (if you have more than one at our school) and then choose 'Assessment and Reporting'. Then select the year/semester. 
Forgotten passwords: If you have forgotten your password, please follow the 'forgotten password' link. Please note that your new password needs to be at least 7 characters long and must include at least one non alpha-numeric character, e.g. *, - / or similar. 
If you have requested a password reset and the email does not appear, please look in your junk/spam folder for an email from
If you have any questions or issues, please contact the school’s nForma administrators: 
Kelli Johnston –
Michael McDonough –
Callum Mills –

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 August,

4 November 

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 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 22nd           Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist 6.00 pm

Sun 23rd           Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist 11.00 am

Mon 24th         Three Way Interviews

Wed 26th         Three Way Interviews

Fri 28th              End of Term 2 - school concludes at 2.30 p.m.


Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 5/6CM

In this edition of Around the Classrooms with 5/6CM we will present to you our learnings in Literacy linked to our Inquiry Topic. The students have been investigating the effect of natural disasters on the Earth. Throughout our Literacy sessions, we have narrowed our investigation to the effect of drought in Australia. Students have been exposed to a range of articles sources from Herald Sun Kids and as a result have decided to embark on a social justice action to support farmers affected by drought.


On Friday June 28th - all Year 5/6 Students are encouraged to wear an item of clothing that identifies with farming (straw hat, flannelette shirt, overalls, gumboots etc) and to bring a gold coin donation.


The letters that you will see below, as well as the money raised will be sent to farmers in the Gippsland region to offer words of encouragement and financial relief. Please find information on this cause via the following link
We hope you enjoy reading about our learning!


Students have been demonstrating their capabilities and growth in the reading and sharing of ideas surrounding the literature of newspaper articles on the topic of drought. Taking on the Reciprocal Reading approach has allowed them to deepen their understanding of chosen texts through taking on the 4 roles of being a Predictor, Clarifier, Questioner and Summariser. It has been wonderful to observe their conversation and deep thoughts and improvement in their cooperative learning which is helping them strengthen these strategies independently. Some of the students below have shared what their favourite strategy is and their reasons for this:
“Because you get to take a guess at what the text is about using the help of the title,images and clues, helping you to understand the meaning of the text” -   Jacob
“It gives me enjoyment to have a guess and try and see if I’m spot on and I get to read the text after predicting” -  Tristan
“Because I learn new words and their meaning” -  Anthony
“It helps my other group members to understand the text better if there is a word they do not know, we discuss our ideas together” -   Tracey
“It helps me to expand my vocabulary which helps me with my writing to make it more interesting” - Angelina
“Because it helps me to think outside the box for inferential questions and has taught me the differences between literal questions and inferential ones” -   Julianna
“I get to explore the topic further and expand my thinking” -  Aidan
“There are so many different ways to state a question such as “What would happen if…, or Why did….”  -  George 
“Because I like to retell the main events in the story, in my own words”  -   Stephanie
“I think this is helping me to get better at understanding the text my way”    - Atika


In recent writing sessions students have been learning to write a letter of support to drought affected farmers by using interesting sentence starters and correct structure.  Using their articles, they have reflected on what living on a drought stricken farm might feel like, look like and sound like. They have strived to do their best to include new learnt vocabulary related to this natural disaster to help plan, draft and publish their letters to show empathy and encouragement. Here are some penned notes of what the students in 5/6CM chose to include in their letter to a farmer:
“We sincerely hope that you continue to soldier on in these conditions and keep going. Your job is one of the greatest jobs in the world, and we  hope to support you on your way to victory“ - Aidan


“I wanted you to know that our school is trying to help your community by scheduling a day of dressing as a farmer. If each of my classmates bring a gold coin, we can easily help you out.” – Julianna 


“My peers and I are very concerned with the situation you and other farmers are in because of drought. I understand that it gets hard to grow crops and feed livestock due to the low amount of water in the ground” - Liam

“I can promise that things will get better. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon it will, I can assure you of that.” - Charlotte

“We send letters to lots of farmers just like you to remind you there is still hope to save your farm!” - Max

“I feel horrible for you farmers trying your hardest going through the worst time of year” - Tristan

“I feel really sorry for you because droughts can affect you a lot.”– Anthony


“I am more than happy, as a consumer, to take on the increased prices of products that we buy at Woolworths as a result of drought” – Costa


“I strongly believe that this drought will end soon and that you can have your crops back and make your farm a better place not just for the crops but also for your livestock too” - Stephanie

“When you have a drought, it can affect our communities and our environment in many different ways” - Thevesha

 “So don’t give up, we all depend on it, we don’t  mind paying extra as long as it's helping you guys out” - Joshua T


“I believe that you can get through this treacherous disaster. All the best to you and your family” - Tyrese


“Droughts are especially awful for farmers because it is their job to provide crops, meat, milk etc. for us. If they cannot provide these things for us they will lose money and it will also affect us because we need food to survive but there will not be much food so the prices will go up” - Angelina


“I feel very saddened because you are experiencing drought and I have heard how bad a drought is to you as a farmer and I wish you that you get through it and I hope it ends soon” - Truc


“I know how it feels to go through a drought when you are a farmer because my dad owns a farm in Wangaratta, Victoria. However the worst thing is that right now we have baby cows, which will be hard to handle because when a drought does come, we won’t be able to send them to the market for someone else to buy as they won’t be strong enough in time” - Tracey

“I feel very empathetic for you and I hope you get a gush of rain in your area so you and your animals can continue doing what you do best” - Atika


“I know drought makes it hard for farmers to grow food and to feed all the animals to keep them alive” - Jacob 

Kind Regards

Mrs Daniella Polites and Mr Callum Mills - Year 5/6CM teachers


Interschool Sports

Fantastic news to report! We have 5 teams who have made it to the Finals on Wednesday 26th June.    Good luck to these teams.

  • Soccer boys and girls
  • Sofcrosse A and B
  • Rounders girls

Mr Peter Tyndall  P.E. Leader

Term 2 Sport Activities

Please click on the link for whats on in sport during Term 2


Sacrament of First Eucharist

(also known as First Holy Communion)

Thursday 20th June   - Students only During school time    
Saturday 22nd June 6.00 p.m.
Sunday 23rd June 11.00 a.m.


BEST Awards

Please click on the link below


School Office News

School Fees

It would be appreciated if overdue fees could be brought up to date before the end of Term 2.  If you are on a payment plan, please continue to make your regular payments.


More Entertainment Books have arrived!

Buy your copy to use for the school holidays! $70 from school office.

No Chinese Language School

on Monday 24th June due to the Parent/Teacher interviews.

Chinese School will resume on Monday 15th July.

Secondary School Information

St. James - Term 3 Open Days


OLSH College Open Morning


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents & Friends,

Wow, what a turn out at last week’s pyjama themed family movie night. Thank you to all parents, friends and children who came along and enjoyed an evening of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ - the movie of choice as voted by our children.  

Special thanks to Nancy at our Tuckshop and teachers Kelli, Michael, Callum and Rosario for staying back and assisting the P & F on the night. We really appreciate your support and making our evening for our children a success.

We value your feedback on our events and activities, so please send through any comments/feedback so we can make it an even better next year. Even better, come and speak to us, we are holding our Social Parents and Friends Morning Tea this Friday in the Staff room between 8:45am to 9:30am in the STAFF room.  Please enter via the Office. 


Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Here are some happy snaps of our cinematic evening:


Social Morning Tea - In Staff Room
hosted by the P & F

 A week before  the end of each Term, the P & F will host a Morning Tea  on Friday mornings between 8:45am and9:30am in the Staff room (please enter via the Office). This informal catch up will be an opportunity to meet up with parents and friends of St. Andrew’s. Come along… coffee and tea will be provided. We would love to meet you. 

Put these dates in your diary:
·      June 21st 
·      September 13th 
·      December 13th 

P & F Meetings

The P & F meets on a monthly basis alternating between afternoons and evenings in the Conference room. 

Tue 16 July 2.00 p.m.
Wed 21 August 7.00 p.m.
Tues 17 Sept 2.00 p.m.
Wed 16 October 7.00 p.m.
Tues 19 November 2.00 p.m.
Wed 18 December 7.00 p.m.                                              

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Second Hand Uniform shop will be closed on 24th June due to the Parent/Child/teacher interviews.


We will reopen in Term 3 on Monday 15th July.  All items $5 each.

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

P & F Meetings

The P & F meets on a monthly basis alternating between afternoons and evenings in the Conference room.

Tue 16 July                  2.00 p.m.
Wed 21 August           7.00 p.m.
Tues 17 Sept                2.00 p.m.
Wed 16 October         7.00 p.m.
Tues 19 November    2.00 p.m.
Wed 18 December     7.00 p.m.         

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 attend our P & F  meetings.  Our P & F  meetings will alternate between afternoons and evenings throughout the year and are held one week before the Education Board meeting.
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. 

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.

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster


Friday 21 June

Volunteer Needed

Monday 24 June Volunteer Needed
Tuesday  25 June Volunteer Needed
Wednesday 26  June Volunteer Needed
Thursday 27 June Volunteer Needed


Activity Programs

Kingston Arts Holiday Activities

Please click for more information


Creative Music


Want to try Water Polo?

Monash are holding a Come & Try Day for their Junior Water Polo teams on Sunday 30th June from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Doug Ellis Pool, Monash Clayton Campus.
Water Polo is a fun and rewarding sport for kids who enjoy swimming and is also a great companion sport for kids who swim competitively or in squad.
The Come & Try day is completely free and the next season for the u12 and u14 age groups doesn’t start until mid-October so there’s plenty of time for the kids to learn the sport.
For more information click on the link below.


School Holiday Soccer Camp

Please find attached a flyer for all  our students to receive a 25% discount off school holiday soccer camps in July.


Cheltenham Dolphins Netball

Interested in playing Netball? 


Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
PS Newsletter_14May_InformationEvening.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
Open Morning July 31 2019 Flier.pdf
May Parish ball.pdf
Term 2 Activities-0001.pdf
Week 8.pdf
Week 9.pdf
Week 9 (1).pdf
Julie Corletto Netball Clinic - GESAC.pdf
Monash Junior Come Try Day.pdf
Winter Holiday Program 2019 flyer.pdf
games day June 11 2019.pdf
Spring Season 2019 Flyer.pdf
Newsletter Content - Kingston Arts School Holiday Programs.pdf
Holiday Camp Winter2019.pdf
Youth Leadership Victoria OSHC parent newsletter Term 2 2019.pdf