14 March 2019
Term 1 / Week 7
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
Cyber Safety
Student Wellbeing
BEST Awards
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

Foundation to Year 6 Twilight Sports - Thursday 28th March

Parents are requested to save the date for our approaching Twilight Sports. Parents must be in attendance with their child/ren throughout the evening.

Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews - Monday 1st April

Bookings Now Open!

As advised through the Skoolbag App, and through notices distributed on Monday, parents of are invited to attend the Term 1, 3 Way Interviews on Monday 1st April.   These interviews will be held in the Hall.
Parents are invited to make a booking through   using the code -  956gt         

Interviews will run from 2.10pm through to 7.30pm.   

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

Teaching staff will be released on the afternoon of Monday 1st April to commence ‘Three Way Interviews’.   Children remaining at school for the afternoon block will be grouped in levels and supervised by staff not required at Interviews.  Parents attending interviews may collect their children from these level gatherings. 
Parents do have the option of collecting their children for a shortened school day from 1.35pm.  Collection of children assists staff by reducing the number of children being present in the afternoon block.  Please inform your child’s class teacher in writing if you plan to collect your child from school at this early time.
Parents do not need to sign out from the school office on this day.  Your written notification will be a record of student early exits. 

Education Board Meeting - Monday 20th March (7pm)

Members of the Board are advised that our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th, March from 7pm.

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. 
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.  

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’ .

St. Andrew’s Open Days for 2020
Foundation Children
and new Enrolments from Year 1-6

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


School Open Days

Tuesday 14th May & Thursday 16th May

Tours will run on the hour at 9am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 5pm.

Tours are also available on any school day throughout the year by appointment.
We request that parents already with children in the school enrol as early as possible.

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 



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

Sun 24th -        Parents & Friends Bunnings BBQ 

Mon 25th-        School Photos - No sports uniform please

                             'Everybody Belongs' Week - Recognising Harmony Week & National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence 

Thur 28th-       Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport

                             Twilight Athletics - Foundation to Year 6- School Oval


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

                               Year 3-6 Cross Country Trials

                               P&F Easter Egg Raffle & Bonnet Parade

                               Term 1 concludes 2.30pm



Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 1/2S

Once again we are reminded that time waits for no man. It’s already Week 7 and our term is past the halfway mark. Level 1/2 students have had a wonderful start to the year, survived the hot weather and have all settled nicely into their respective classes. 

In English we have been working hard at recount writing and learning how to record our experiences in an effective and interesting way. We are moving on to the exciting area of ‘story’. We are studying wonderful narratives, examining their language, characters, messages and of course how they are constructed. We are also learning about using our creative talents to write our own story texts. 

In Mathematics we have explored the area of place value and addition and now we are looking at how to read, create and understand graphs. The students have been working hard at learning from hands on materials and games which assist them to practice their skills. An added bonus is they also learn that maths is fun while they share materials and take turns. Games such as snakes and ladders provide a lot of learning opportunities and fun together as a family at home.

In Religion we are already preparing for Easter. One focus is the  three pillars of Lent and we look at prayer, almsgiving and fasting. We have reflected on the needs of the poor and are encouraging the students to contribute to Caritas by bringing money to school. They might go without a treat in order to give that money to someone in need. Pancake day was great fun and enjoyed by all. Many thanks to our parent helpers! Harmony week is coming up soon. The students will be examining ways that we can further develop friendly and respectful relationships with one another as we celebrate our diversity and our unique cultures. We’ve already enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year and the Awakening of the Dragon parade in Melbourne. 

In Inquiry we  continue to discuss emotions and how we deal with them and the students enjoyed sharing their views on what makes them and their family HAPPY. We also examine ways to stay safe at school and encourage the children to take care in all areas.

Cyber safety is also a important topic that the students will continue to learn about. Respectful communication Is so important and this includes the times when students are using the Internet. The students are now enjoying learning activities on our chrome books as well as making good use of our class iPads.

Homework and nightly reading is supported  by parents participation and monitoring. Listening to your child read, reading to your child and also nightly discussion of the books they bring home is invaluable to their development. We thank you for this very important support and for filling in the yellow Kluwell reading journal. Parent help during school hours is always most welcome and please see your teacher if you have any available times. 

One important last thought is about healthy eating and to remember to ensure your child has plenty of great nutritious snacks in their lunchboxes. Time will be given during class work sessions to fuel up on healthy brain food. 
God bless and enjoy the coming break ! 

Regards Maggie Sproul Year 1/2 S teacher




Photos from Assembly


Holy Week Liturgies - will take place in the School Hall


Tuesday 2nd – Palm Sunday Liturgy - Foundation,  2:30pm
Wednesday 3rd – The Last Supper Liturgy - 3/4, 2:30pm 
Thursday 4th –  Garden of Gethsemane Liturgy -1/2, 2:30pm
Friday 5th – Good Friday Liturgy -5/6, 9:00am

Reconciliation Preparation Dates

Thursday 14th - Reconciliation Reflection Day (students only)
Thursday 21st – Sacrament of Reconciliation, 6:00pm

Box of Tissues and Chux

Could each child please bring a box of tissues and a packet of Chux for their class room.  Thank you.

Cyber Safety

Cyber Safety News

Hello there!

We are the Cyber Safety team for 2019. We are your captains Mikayla and Max and our team members are David, Ilona, Brian, Dantae, Geoffrey and Charbel. As you see, we now have a spot in the newsletter for 2019. 


Hey there’s more!
If you didn't know we are going to make a cyber safety website.The main idea of the new website is to create a unique, fun but smart and safe website. It will make life easier for students and parents/guardian to access a portal that will lead people to not being afraid of the internet. Your safety on the internet is very important. The purpose of this website is to also make a fun experience of learning about cyber safety. It also maximises the user's personal online safety to teach them how to protect their private information, for example banking information. Parents should set certain values and behaviours which will enable them to go online and knowledge to grow into responsible adult.

We will be contributing to the newsletter every fortnight, so keep an eye out for some of the following items:

  • Cyber Safety Trivia
  • Reviews of games and apps
  • Things to look out for online
  • Links to interesting articles for students, teachers and parents
  • Opportunities for recess and lunch time activities

Our goals for the year as a team are:

  • For every student to feel safe online
  • For every student to know how to deal with cyber safety issues
  • For students to use digital technologies to improve their learning
  • To increase the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) profile of St Andrew’s Primary

Since the Chromebooks have arrived we have been working on respect and protect subjects such as respect and protect copyright, respect and protect myself, respect and protect others and respect and protect equipment. These tasks are helping us become responsible digital citizens and are also bringing us closer to our chromebook P-plates.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Wakeling for approving the introduction of the Chromebooks - we love them! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Holohan and Mr McGauran for their fortnightly support in classrooms - you make our learning fun and engaging.

We look forward to hearing from you in regards to our goals and intentions for 2019.


Yours Sincerely

The Cyber Safety Team 2019

Student Wellbeing

Executive Functioning

Lately, I have been interested in finding out about the mental processes or skills that are absolutely essential for us all to become good learners and to reach our full potential.  Some of these mental attributes are known as ‘executive functioning’ skills and include remembering instructions, focusing attention, organising, planning and prioritising.
Below the main executive functioning skills are listed in more detail, and are key to optimal learning throughout the lifespan.  I have also included some relevant links with information on how you can help your child improve these skills at home. Like any parent wanting my child to fully flourish in all areas of life, I too will embark on this journey to assisting my kids to develop these vital life skills.    


Mrs Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing Leader


BEST Awards

Please click on the link to view the awards


InterSchool Sport

Summer Sports Rounds 2019

Round                     Date                                         School

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

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



School Office News

School Photos

School Photo Day is Monday 25th March.

With over 20 years experience in the School Photography industry,  Elite School Photography have designed  package options which are simple, affordable and easy to understand.  They have the  Deluxe, Standard & Basic pack options.

Envelopes with your child's name will be going home to families next week.  On the back of the envelope are easy steps to order online using a credit card or steps on how to order if you are paying by cash or cheque.

  • A separate envelope must be used for each student.
  • The 3rd and subsequent child receive their packs free of charge (Elite Deluxe & Elite Standard packs only)

Please return your envelope on Photo Day.  

Include correct money as change cannot be given on photo day.

SIBLING PHOTO ENVELOPES can be collected from the office and once completed hand back to office PRIOR to photo day.

Schools Fees & Levies due date

A reminder that Term 1 Fee/B'Levy are now overdue.  Payment is appreciated if you have overlooked the date.

Subject Levy, Excursion Levy is to be paid before 28th March.

Thank you.

Secondary School Information

Students going to Government Secondary School in 2020

Transition Packs will be sent home to students who will be attending a Government Secondary school for Year 7 in 2020. 

The Government usually sends these packs out early Term 2. 
Parents are to return the Application Forms to the Office with their placement requests.

St. James - Term 2 Open days


2021 Scholarships for OLSH College

Please click on the link for more information


Year 7 / 2021 Enrolments for Sacred Heart

Please click on the link for more information


Mentone Girls Secondary College - Open Evening


Parents and Friends

Hello Parents & Friends of St. Andrew's

I hope everyone had a relaxed, long labour day weekend and hopefully benefitted from a shorter work/school week. Here at P&F we have been very busy preparing for activities for Term 1 as well as planning our upcoming activities for the year. These activities are only possible with your support and your generosity of time is a vital part in making these activities successful and special. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you.
One of P&F’s key fund raising goals for the year is to help the school raise funds for much needed sunshade sails around key school hotspots. Sunshade sails will protect our children from the harsh sun and provide protected cover to high traffic play areas for our children during outdoor play and activities. We aim to keep you informed every step of the way on our fundraising goals and progress so please stay tuned! 

Also, in this week’s P&F newsletter…  

  • P&F Committee Member Profile – Meet Julianne, Lachlan’s mum in FA 
  • P&F Term 1 Activities and Fundraising
  • P&F Reach and Connection 
  • Lend a hand - Casual P&F email registry of helpers
  • Whatsapp Groups - Foundation and 1&2 year level
  • P&F Committee Meeting

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

P&F Committee Member Profile – Meet Julianne, Lachlan’s mum in FA
Tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Julianne and I am the mum of Lachlan in Foundation FA, to Katie and doting wife to Lukey.
I am an Italian and grew up in country Victoria in Gippsland, Trafalgar. I studied nursing in Gippsland and moved to Melbourne to pursue my Nursing career, initially in Coronary Care and then later in Intensive Care. I then went overseas for two years working in London and travelled throughout Europe and America. On my return to Melbourne, I married Luke, moved to Clarinda, and we started our family. Luke and I share a passion of cycling, wine and food. In a previous life (during my 20's), I decided to try my hand at triathlon but I couldn't swim. I then joined a squad, learnt how to swim and initially completed small distance triathlons. At the pinnacle of my athletic career, I completed the Shepparton 1/2 Ironman in 6 hours which comprised of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run. I am not fast, but it's all about having a go and finishing what you set out to do. As a family we enjoy going to Gippsland Trafalgar to visit my parents, Lachlan and Katelyn's Nonna and Nonno to enjoy country life.
Why did you choose St Andrew’s?

I chose St Andrew’s for Lachlan for a number of reasons.  A part from the obvious, that is, the school being only 300 meters from our house and a catholic school with great facilities, the school offers a range of academic opportunities for our children. These include leadership development activities for all senior students and personalised learning plans to cater for our individual school children. Further, there are extracurricular programs such as a sports and an impressive arts program which I am witness to some beautiful pieces of art work completed by our school children. The teachers are passionate, dedicated and caring and this is shown by Lachlan's Foundation teacher Mrs Palombi who is absolutely amazing. Overall, the school has an overall good reputation that is warm and inviting with strong sense of community connection. 
What  compelled you to join St Andrew’s P&F Committee?
I joined the P&F committee to be part of the school community, make strong connections, establish new friendships and to have fun. I also joined to demonstrate to my children that school is an important part of our lives. The P&F folks are amazing and so dedicated. They work so hard and tirelessly for all our children. Currently with Katie still at home and in kinder, I had some time and flexibility to help out. P&F is an easy-going group. They appreciate any amount of help and support from the community. Everybody has welcomed me and made me feel included. Both Paul (Principal) and Kelli (Vice Principal) attend our monthly P&F meetings, and are very supportive of our ideas and projects, which is wonderful to see such engagement from the school!
I am excited about the future for St Andrew’s school and the P&F Committee. I think both are doing amazing work and working towards achieving excellent outcomes for our children and their futures. With an excellent education comes fantastic opportunities, and from these opportunities comes an enriching, and happy life.
Warm Regards 
Julianne Lachlan's Mum FA 


P&F Term 1 Activities and Fundraising

  • Bunnings fundraising BBQ at South Oakleigh on Sunday 24th March 2019. Thank you to all the volunteers – we really appreciate your support. We still have some spots available during the peak sausage sizzle hours from 10:30am to 2:30pm to lend a helping hand. 
  • Easter Hot Cross Bun drive (see attached Hot Cross Buns Bakers Delight flyer). Order forms and envelopes will be distributed next week. Get your orders by the 28th March and be ready to collect your yummy buns on the 3rd April! 
  • Easter Bonnet Parade and Raffle Draw (see attached Easter celebration flyer) on last day of Term 1 Friday 5th April at 2pm at the Front oval. Raffles will be distributed towards the end of next week. 

Want to lend a hand with any of the above activities? Please get in touch with us and get involved for a good cause.

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.


Whatsapp Groups - Foundation and 1&2 year level

Our newly established Foundation and 1&2 composite year level Whatsapp groups are starting to take off. We have seen some active support, contributions and connections made between parents and guardians of children across the respective classes. The purpose is to build a community of support and socially connect with parents/guardians of children in the respective classes and the school. It is a safe place for parents to ask the silly questions, be reminded of events etc – no question is too small or too big! Please get in touch with us to join.

P&F Committee

If you want to know what we do and how we work, please connect with us. All parents and friends are welcomed to sit in our P&F committee meetings. We have our monthly P&F committee meetings held a week before the Education Board. Our P&F committee meetings will alternate between afternoons and evenings through the year. 


We would love to hear from you – our parents (including grandparents and guardians) and friends of our school and community.  We value what you have to say.  Connect with us via or simply catch one of us during our drop-offs, pick-ups or activities around the school community. 

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop 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


Thur 14 March -  Angela K

Fri 15 March -        Volunteer Needed

Mon 18 March -    Volunteer Needed

Tues 19 March -    Volunteer Needed

Wed 20 March -    Volunteer Needed 

Thur 21 March -   Volunteer Needed



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

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

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

New Mass Times


Community Activities

City of Kingston Family Support Parenting Program


Kelly Sports Holiday Program


Hoop Smart Basketball Camp


Code Camp


Holiday Camp offer


twilight sports day poster.pdf
P&F - Easter Hot Cross Bun Drive 2019.pdf
P&F - Easter Hot Cross Bun Drive 2019.pdf
2021 OLSH scholarship A4 flyer_d1.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
MGSC 2019 Open Evening information.pdf
Mass times_docx.pdf
TUCKSHOP helpers.pdf
TUCKSHOP Menu List 2019.pdf
Week 6.pdf
FINAL 2 Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families Flyer 2019.pdf
Clarinda Autumn Holiday Program.pdf
Code Camp Generic Flyer.pdf
Holiday Camp 2019 - 3.pdf