Newsletter

17 October 2019
Term 4 / Week 2
From the Principal
Level Planning
Around the Classrooms
Year 5/6 Newspaper
Art
School Office News
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Activity Programs
Fete News
Secondary School
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169
AU

From the Principal

Dear Families,
 
St Andrew’s Community Fete 

Saturday 19th October (10.00am - 4.00pm)

3 days to go! 

Rides, food stalls, entertainment, Raffles…..an exciting day awaits!
We look forward to all families, along with friends, neighbours and relatives joining us this Saturday for the St Andrew’s Community Fete.
We look forward to a day in which we are blessed with sunny skies and a happy crowd! Our thanks to all school and parish volunteers for their efforts in coordinating the fete and assisting at the various stalls. 


Pre-Purchased ‘All Day Ride Tickets’ can be collected on Saturday from the Ticket Booth.    If families have yet to purchase a ride pass then they’re certainly still available on the day!  
 

Walk to School Wednesday

It was terrific to see our 3 groups of walkers happily pounding the streets of Clayton South this morning!   We thank all of our walkers for joining us and a special thanks to our staff members.  
Join us on the following two Wednesday’s for a healthy beginning to the day!  Wednesday 23rd and 30th October staff members from the school will be waiting at 8am at  three checkpoints close to the school.

The checkpoints are as follows:

  • Corner of Bunney and Clarinda Roads
  • Corner of Springs and Centre Roads
  • Corner of Bourke and Springs Roads

In the event of inclement weather, please keep an eye on the Skoolbag App for cancellations.

 

Family Partnerships - Sexuality Education Workshops

We are offering Sexuality Workshops for families of Year 3 to 6 students on Monday 25th November.  

The workshops will be held for:

  • Year 3 & 4 - (6pm-7pm) and Year 5 & 6  (7.15pm-8.15pm)                (St. Andrew's Primary School - Conference Room)

It is our aim to support families to provide an educational approach to family based discussions on Sexuality Education.  

We aim to:

●    Supporting your child’s level of comfort in discussing sexulaity related content

●    Maintaining an open dialogue between school and parents about sexuality education programs

●    Providing opportunities for positive and supportive learning conversations at home

●    Provide the opportunity for parents to bring into the conversation their own personal family perspective.  

Presentations are sensitive to and respectful of the values and beliefs of parents/carers and families and provide an excellent opportunity for family discussion about human sexuality and respectful relationships.

Parents of Year 3 to 6 students will have further details distributed to them via the CareMonkey App.
For further information on this session you can email our Student Wellbeing Leader Katherine Bedford at kbedford@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au
 

Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary

We gathered on Wednesday as a school faith community to collectively recite the Rosary.

The month of October is dedicated as the Most Holy Rosary primarily because October 7 is the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.

We thank family members for joining us on this special occasion.

 

Foundation Parish Mass -
Saturday 26th October - 6.00pm

We welcome all Foundation families to the Parish mass to be held on Saturday 26th October. We encourage all families to join us for this special year level celebration.

Foundation 2020 Families ….. Save the Date!!  Wednesday 13th November
Making a Successful Transition into Foundation - Carley McGauran - Psychologist

We are delighted to inform parents that we have booked Carley McGauran to host a workshop for our 2020 Foundation families with a focus on providing a successful and happy Transition to Foundation for children and families.   Carley has 15 years experience as a psychologist in the community and private sector.  Carley works with both children and adults as well as families.  
Many of our parents heard Carley speak at the 2019 Cyber Safety evening when she co-hosted the evening with Marty McGauran.  The feedback from this forum was highly positive which encouraged us to book Carley again as a means of further supporting our families.
Further details will be provided in the weeks ahead. 
 

New Families/Foundation 2020 Parent Information Evening  -  Wednesday 23rd October 

We invite all New Families and 2020 Foundation families to our 2020 Parent Information Evening to be held on Wednesday 23rd October (7.00pm-8.30pm).    Parents should have previously received an invitation to this important evening.  Please contact the school office if you failed to receive this invitation.   

Foundation Transition Session 1

The first of the 4 Foundation Transition Sessions will be held on Thursday 7th November, 9.00pm-10.30am.  
Additional Sessions will be held on:
Thursday 14th November, Wednesday 20th November and Tuesday 26th November.   All sessions run from 9am-10.30am 

2020 Textbook and Stationery Lists

2020 Book Lists were been sent home last week.  Please read the instructions and order collection carefully.

We are supporting local business Link Educational Supplies Pty. Ltd. in Mount Waverley.

  1. You have the option of ordering your stationery online with delivery to home.  The home delivery fee is $13.50 via Australia Post   (prepayment required)  OR
  2. Complete the student details, tick the items you require, and return the book list to school by Thursday 31st October.   You have the option of  prepayment or  payment on book collection day. You will collect your order from the School Hall on Wednesday 4th December between 3 - 5pm.

Are you aware of families looking to enrol at St Andrew’s?

As we continue our planning for the 2020 school year, we ask parents to advise us of any prospective enrolments to St Andrew’s.  Please contact the school at the earliest possible opportunity so as to secure a place at the school and assist with our transition procedures.  

Year Foundation to Year 2 Swimming Program - A reminder for your diaries

Term 4 Swimming Program 
Our Swimming Program commences on Monday 25th November for all Foundation to Year 2 children.  The program is a 9 day program, the same structure as previous years.   The program concludes on Thursday 5th December.   As advised in the 2019 school fee structure the swimming program is $110 per child and needs to be paid prior to the commencement of the program.

Term 4 Level Newsletters

Term 4 Level Newsletters will be distributed to parents next week via email.  We ask that all families take note of the curriculum details to be covered throughout term 4 and to the important dates and events taking place in term 4.

Term 4 School Closure Days

Parents please note that the School Closure Days for Term 4, 2019 are listed below in the school calendar as

Friday 1st November and  Monday 4th 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.

Term 4 Summer Uniform & ‘No Hat - No Play’

Now that we are in Term 4,  we notify parents that children can make the transition to summer uniform.  We also remind parents that term 4 has a ‘No Hat – No Play’ SunSmart policy.   
As a SunSmart registered school all children will have access to Sunscreen.  

Students Departures/Future Numbers

If your child/ren (Foundation - Year 5) will not be returning to St Andrew’s in 2020 we ask that you notify us through the CareMonkey form as previously distributed. This information is essential as we plan for 2020 class structures.

2020 Classes - Placement of Students

Early in Term 4 the staff will begin the process of putting together class lists for the 2020 school year.  The process will be completed with consideration given to:

  • The social and academic distribution of the children within the same level across classes
  • A gender balance in each class
  • Children’s requests for friendship groupings
  • Specific placement of siblings and children with individual needs, inclusive of emotional, learning, physical and behavioural needs
  • The social needs of children including the working relationships of all children and the desired separation of children who do not have a positive social or learning influence on each other
  • An awareness of teachers in the previous academic year

Teachers in term 4 will ask children to name six friends who they work well with.  Children will be reminded to consider children from their current class and from other class settings.  Classes will then be structured with the aim to have at least one nominated friend.  However if the class teacher feels that the choices are not in the best interest of the child then the child will be asked to nominate others.  Parents please note that it is sometimes commented that, ‘My child didn’t get any of their friendship requests from last year’. It is often in this situation that a child’s actual friendship group has slightly or significantly changed from October through to the end of the year and as a result the child feels that their requests weren’t taken into account.  
With approximately 24 children in each class each child is provided with 23 opportunities to either further develop existing friendships or the opportunity to develop new friendships.  To be highly successful participants in our social, school and future working environments it is a most important skill to create new friendships each year.  We make every effort to support our children by providing them with supportive environments but at the same time we wish for some form of challenge so that our children can further develop personal life skills by negotiating new friendships. 
As detailed above there is a significant level of care that goes into establishing the best learning environments for our children.     

Parent Requests - Meeting with Leadership

We are aware that some parents may have valid reasons to have input into the placement of their children for the forthcoming year.  I am always concerned that should there be numerous requests from parents then the ability for staff to make positive and professional judgements for  the best learning environments for our classes is compromised.  Given this if parents have any relevant information that you believe is essential to the grade placement process, I invite you to email me directly via     principal@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au     Should we need to gain greater clarity on the request as made we will make contact with you to make an appointment to share your thoughts or concerns.   Alternatively parents can make a time to meet with Kelli Johnston or Paul Wakeling to share your thoughts for the 2020 year.   Parents are requested to either submit a request via email or make an appointment by Friday 18th, October.  Appointment times can either be negotiated with me via email to principal@saclaytonsth.catholic.edu.au or through Annette or Marie in the school office.  We will evaluate all requests and make a professional judgement on the placement of the child in question. The final decision rests with the school. Please keep in mind the many limitations that are already placed on the staff during this complex process. 
 ‘Teacher Shopping’ -  At St Andrew’s we are blessed with a highly skilled and enthusiastic staff team and we are confident that all teachers will meet the needs of your children. Parents making requests simply as ‘Teacher Shopping’, without any foundation, may not necessarily receive their requests for the new year.  The reference to ‘teacher shopping’ meaning that, for example, parents have heard positive comments about teachers in the school from other parents and think that teacher may be good for their child.  Likewise a sibling may have had a teacher previously and a parent wishes for their next child to also have that teacher.  We would love to meet all requests but there are other elements around class placements, as detailed previously, which may take priority over a request as such.  As stated above, parents are invited to meet with leadership to discuss thoughts that may be pertinent to 2020 class placements but we ask that you take on board all of the above information before making your request.

CareMonkey Registration for New Families -

It is recommended that parents access the site www.caremonkey.com/sign-up .   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.  

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 -

OCTOBER

Fri 18th - School Assembly 2.30pm

Sat 19th -   St. Andrew's Parish Fete

Mon 21st -   Year 4 Camp

Tue 22nd -  Year 4 Camp

Tues 22nd - District Rugby Gala Day Year 5 & 6

Wed 23rd -  2020 Enrolment Information Evening

Thur 24th - Foundation Excursion to Taskworks

                      - Annointing of the Sick Mass - Yr 5/6M

Sat 26th -    Foundation Level Mass - 6pm

Thur 31st -  All Saints Whole School Mass - 11.45am

Thur 31st -  Year 4 & 5 Salesian Be A Kid Program
 

Mr Paul Wakeling

Principal

 

Level Planning

Level Planning

This year from Term 2 onwards, class level teams have been released each week to plan together. There is a great deal of research that outlines when teachers plan collaboratively they further develop their own capacity as teachers and as a result leads to improved student outcomes. When teachers collaborate in their planning and teaching, they are better able to meet the needs of diverse students.

When teachers work together to improve their practice, students learn more. This simple yet powerful idea is at the heart of effective schools. Collaboration builds collective responsibility for constantly improving teaching practice and student learning. (High Impact Teaching Strategies, Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Victorian Department of Education)

There are a number of benefits when teachers plan collaboratively which align with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Standards;
Consistency of the curriculum being delivered across classrooms
Ownership of all students across a level;
Knowing and understanding how students learn;
Knowing the content and how to teach it;
Planning for and implementing effective teaching and learning;
Engaging professionally with colleagues.

During level planning, staff are collaboratively working together to make explicit links between the Victorian Curriculum, student point of need, lesson sequences, learning intentions and success criteria. They develop clear lesson sequences outlining learning intentions and success criteria in order to address students’ point of need.

Further information regarding Learning Intentions and Success Criteria will be outlined in the weeks ahead.  In the meantime we hope that you will see a variety of learning intentions and success criteria displayed around the classrooms. Additionally ask your child/ren to share with you the learning intentions and success criteria that they have been working on in their lessons.
 

Around the Classrooms

Year 3/4LC

We ended Term 3 with a culmination of our learning of the term by participating in a Gallery Viewing with all of the Grade 3/4 classes. The students were a little nervous and excited too. Throughout Term 3 students researched and wrote about various Melbourne Landmarks. Towards the end of the term they worked diligently on creating a 3D model of a Melbourne Landmark and presenting one of those Melbourne Landmarks firstly to their class and classroom teacher and then to all their peers through a Gallery viewing. There were lots of interesting dialogue, questions and answers between students. 

 

This term in our Reading sessions we are continuing to build our skills and knowledge and apply them through a variety of learning tasks. Some of these tasks include working in pairs and small groups with the teacher to further develop student reading and comprehension skills. 

In Writing our focus is on Procedural Writing. We are using the structure of this text type to explore the writing of recipes, instructions for games and investigations in our Science unit. The students are further developing their skills in grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and sentence structure. 

 

In our Mathematics sessions, the students are continuing to consolidate their knowledge in key learning areas. We have started Term 4 with a unit on Money and Financial Mathematics. Some of the learning has included lots of adding and subtracting of money and working out the correct change.  During the term we will cover topics such as Mass, Length, Perimeter and Area. Students will further develop their Mental Mathematics strategies on a daily basis.  I encourage you to support your child to further develop and fine tune their times tables facts.

Financial Mathematics - We enjoyed making and playing a game called 'Claim the Totals’, ask your child about it. 
 

In our Religion unit of work, we are presently focusing on The Annunciation and the Rosary. 
We are focusing on Mary as Jesus’ first disciple. During the term will be building on students' knowledge by investigating and celebrating Advent. The students will be researching and reading scripture and relating their understanding to the symbols of the Jesse Tree.

 

In Inquiry this term the students are investigating a science unit related to Physical and Chemical Science. They will be involved in learning how a change of state between liquids and solids is caused by differing temperatures. Students will be predicting, comparing and explaining results from classroom based experiments. We have begun the term with brainstorming heat sources. 

We are looking forward to a fun, exciting and challenging term in year 3/4LC, where it is okay to make mistakes, because after all that’s how we learn. 

Year 3/4LC teacher Mrs Liana Caligiuri
 

Term 4 Activities

 

Walk to School Wednesday - 23rd October

 

Year 5/6 Newspaper

Year 5/6 Newspaper

In Writing in Semester Two, students explored different aspects of Report writing, specifically newspaper reports. They composed a range of newspaper reports on Australian History and Indigenous affairs which culminated in the production of a year level newsletter.

The students and teachers in Year 5/6 are very proud of their final product. We hope you enjoy! 

 

Art

Moving Vehicle Competition!

Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,

 

The Arts Team are holding a Moving Vehicle Competition. 
Students can build a moving vehicle using any type of material such as:

  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Lego
  • Paper  (etc)

Some ideas of what vehicles you might want to create are:

  • Trucks
  • Cars
  • Buses 
  • Airplanes
  • Boats (etc)

Our aim is to get people involved in art and help them understand how vehicles really work. It is to encourage children to use their imagination. All the money raised will be for the Maghanoy school in the Philippines.
Keep in mind that your vehicle DOES NOT have to move BY ITSELF.  As long as it moves when you push it! 😋

 

You can sign up for the competition at the tuckshop from the 16th of September till the 10th October.  Each entry is $1.00.
Can we get our family/friends involved? Of course you can! It's only $1.00 PER GROUP. Keep a look out for a small sign up table!

 

When your vehicle is complete and is ready to be displayed, please hand it to Madison or Bella in Class 5/6E by the 14th October. You could also hand it into your classroom teacher, to hand to one of us. There will be a week of voting sessions held in the lost property area from the 14th October until the 18th October during lunch time.

VOTING

To vote for your favourite vehicle, you will need to purchase some voting sheets. You could purchase 3 for 50c or 6 for $1.00. One rule is that you CANNOT vote for yourself.

 All the votes will be counted, and the winners will be announced at the next assembly.  

See images of the prizes down below!

 

Your Sincerely,

Arts Team 2019, Mrs Bartlett and Mrs Johnston


 

School Office News

Term 4 School Fees

Term 4 statements were sent home to families last week.  Please contact the office if you did not receive your envelope.

YEAR 4 Camp Fee

Please make sure you have made this payment by Friday 18th October.

Date of camp: Monday 21st October to Tuesday 22nd October, 2019

OSHC

OSHC will only operate on Friday 1st November with a pizza and pyjama themed day. 

 

2020 Book Lists

2020 Book Lists were sent home last week.  Please read the instructions and order collection carefully.

  1. You have the option of ordering your stationery online with delivery to home.  The home delivery fee is $13.50 via Australia Post   (prepayment required)  OR
  2. Complete the student details, tick the items you require, and return the book list to school by Thursday 31st October.   You have the option of  prepayment or  payment on book collection day. You will collect your order from the School Hall on Wednesday 4th December between 3 - 5pm.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

Parents who received CSEF at the school in 2018-2019 do not need to complete a new application form in 2020, providing there has been no change in their family circumstances.

Schools are able to copy parent applications from 2019 to 2020 on the CSEF system to continue providing support for eligible families.

You will only need to submit an application form in 2020 if any of the following changes have occurred:

  • new student enrolments: your child has started or changed schools in 2020 or you did not apply at the same school in a previous year
  • changed family circumstances: such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2020.

Payment amounts are:

  • $125 per year for eligible primary school students
  • $225 per year for eligible secondary school students

CSEF payments are made to schools from March onwards each year.

Term dates for 2020

TERM 1     Tuesday 28 January - Friday 27 March 

                    Students return Thursday 30 January

                    *EASTER 10 - 13 April

TERM 2     Tuesday 28 January - Friday 26 June

TERM 3     Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September

TERM 4     Monday 5 October - Tuesday 17th December

                     Staff conclude Friday 20th December

 

Parents and Friends

Dear Parents,

Just a gentle reminder to families and community to put on their aprons and baking hats on to donate a cake/dessert for the Cake stall at the Fete.  

The P&F is managing the Cake Stall on Saturday 19th October 10am to 4pm.

For all Cake Stall donations please drop-off from 9am on the day of the Fete near the Church Foyer. Please ensure ALL food ingredients are clearly labelled especially if it contains nuts, soy and or eggs.

Leanne Ngo
President, St Andrew’s Parents and Friends

Can you bake for the Fete?

 

Save the Date! 

We can confirm the School Disco will be held on Friday November 15th 5:30pm to 8pm in the School Hall. This is a very popular annual event with our children, so please keep this date blocked in your diary for now. More information to come. 

Lost Property

 We remind parents to regularly check the lost property cupboard  if your child has lost/misplaced any school clothing.  We have quite a few items with no names. Please label your children’s items with their names so  they can be returned.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open each Monday from 2.45 - 3.10pm.  All items are $5.00

Donations to the second hand shop can be left at the Office.

Term 4 Activities

  • P&F Meeting – Tuesday November 12th 2pm, Conference room
  • School Disco – Friday November 15th 5:30pm – 8:00pm, School Hall
  • Vision Portraits – Saturday November 23rd, St Andrew’s Primary School
  • Social Morning Tea – Friday December 13th 8:45am – 9:30pm, Staff room (We will be organising an afternoon tea soon. Dates TBC shortly and will be outside in the beautiful warmer weather!)

Parent & Friends Meeting

Our final P&F Meeting date is:
•      Tuesday 12th November at 2pm, Conference room

Vision Portraits - 
Saturday 23rd November 2019

Help St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South raise funds this year and book your $15 family photo today! Include your whole family or just the kids in the session. Book now to secure your place.

Your shoot will take place at St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South

Your $15 includes your photo session and a 10" x 13" portrait of your choice with frame. There is a $1 booking fee.

$15 of your booking fee is fundraised for St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South

Booking link: https://www.visionportraits.com.au/family
Use the password fundraise2019 to gain access.

Once in the home page,  scroll down and select St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South  You will then be able to make your booking time.

P & F Reach and Connection

If you want to lend a hand but without the long-term commitment, you can join our casual Parent & Friends email registry of helpers.  Please email us your interest at parents.friends.standrews@gmail.com
We will 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

   
 October 18 Benilda
 October 21 Volunteer Needed
 October 22 Volunteer Needed
 October 23 Volunteer Needed
 October 24 Volunteer Needed

 

Activity Programs

Australian Girls Choir

Congratulations to girls who recently took part in the AGC assessment workshop at school. By now you should have received your personalised assessment report - either posted to your home or via the school.  Everyone is welcome to come along to Open Day on Sunday October 27, which will give girls the opportunity to try a complimentary class and attend an information session.  Flyers are available in the Office to any interested girls in the school.

PH 1800 338 142 for more information or visit www.ausgirlschoir.com.au

 

Kelly Sports - Term 4 

New Basketball Program on Thursdays! 

 

Fete News

St Andrew's Parish Community Fete

Saturday 19th October

Announcing the St Andrew's Parish Community Fete! Saturday 19th October, 10am-4pm. All families have received a booklet of raffle tickets. There are some raffle amazing prizes this year. Please support the Parish community in our efforts to sell the tickets for our raffle and return money and ticket stubs to the School Office.

 

 

Fete Ride Wrist Bands

Wristbands entitling you to unlimited rides at the fete are currently on sale until 18th October 2019. To purchase wristbands please complete the reply slip below and return to the School Office with payment in a sealed envelope and child’s name and grade clearly printed on the front.

  • 1 wristband = $30  
  • 2 in one family = $55
  • 3 in one family = $80

(Wristbands purchased after 18th October and on the Fete Day will be $35 each, Individual ride tickets will be $5 each ride on fete day)
 


 

Fete Committee

If you have any queries please feel free to contact us at any time.
Jenny Conyers 0417 588 116
Ean Brewty 0457 527 633

Edwin Braganza 0403 005 962

Secondary School

O.L.S.H. Open Morning

 

  Newsletter
Term 4 Poster for 2019.pdf
Walk to School.pdf
Walk to school dates.pdf
Kelly Sports St Andrews.pdf
St Andrews Fete rides flyer.pdf
Open Morning Flier Oct 25 2019.pdf
56 Newspaper.pdf