05 December 2019
Term 4 / Week 9
From the Principal
BEST Awards
Around the Classrooms
School Office News
Parents and Friends
Friendship School in the Philippines
School Tuckshop 
Community News
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,

St. Andrew's Feast Day

We thank all families who joined us last Saturday evening to celebrate

our St Andrew’s Feast Day mass and dinner.   It was terrific to see many staff and students representing the school at the mass. We were most fortunate to welcome Archbishop Peter Comensoli to this special community celebration.   The Parish community celebrated with a well attended dinner in the hall after mass.     


Staffing for 2020

Planning for 2020 continues with major events and dates being placed on our 2020 calendar, staffing positions are being finalised, class placements are being reviewed by level teams, and budgets and curriculum directions are all being negotiated.

Foundation C Rosario Corio
Foundation D Daniela Dal Santo / Daniella Polites (Friday)
Foundation P Louise Pickering
Year 1/2DW Sarah DeGuzman-Wettenhall
Year 1/2G Rachel Gurvich
Year 1/2M Michael McDonough / Kathy Cunningham (Thursday)
Year 1/2R Natalie Rando
Year 1/2S Maggie Sproul
Year 3/4B Stephanie Barbuto
Year 3/4E Paddy Edwards
Year 3/4P Angela Palombi / Daniella Polites (Thursday)
Year 3/4T Sue terKuile
Year 5/6A Bella Aranda
Year 5/6CM Callum Mills / Netty Howe (Friday)
Year 5/6C Liana Caligiuri
Year 5/6P David Preston / Daniella Polites (Wednesday)
REL Daniela Dal Santo
Literacy Leader Angela Palombi
Maths Leader Michael McDonough



Callum Mills - Year 3 - 6

David Preston - Foundation  - Yr 2



Nella LoPresti - Year 3 - 6

Emma Strom - Foundation - Yr 2



Tony Hyde - Year 3 - 6

Alej San Martin - Foundation - Yr 2

Student Wellbeing

Katherine Bedford  (Mon, Wed & Thurs)
Reading Recovery Nicole Milne
Literacy Intervention   Kathy Cunningham Year 1 - 4
Media/St Andrew's Radio Paddy Edwards 
Occupational Therapist Andrea LaFontaine - (Mon, Tues & Wed)
Music Judith Sivasubranamiam 
Art Cathy Bartlett
Italian Maria White
Phys Ed/Sport Peter Tyndall
Library Technician Sonia Turco
Curriculum Enhancement Netty Howe  - Year 5 - 6
Education Support Staff

Cathy Wise                
Chris Karalis                
Mary Cerra                 
Gora Vulic                
Wendy Scherer                

Violet Tripi                

Rosemary Restaino            
Annette Prete
Anita Arslanian

Administration Annette Fullman
Bursar Marie Bernard
Deputy Principal Kelli Johnston
Principal Paul Wakeling


2020 Student Leadership Roles

We congratulate the children who have recently been appointed as our school leaders for the 2020 school year. We congratulate all children who nominated themselves for leadership roles and specifically those who delivered speeches to their Year 4 and 5 peers, endeavouring to take on the Captain or Vice Captain role.  These two positions were allocated taking into consideration the Year 4 and 5 student voting and after interviews with school leadership.   
Leadership badges will be presented at the 2020 Beginning of School Year Mass.
Leadership badges will be handed to students nominated for the positions as listed above. It is the expectation of all Year 6 children that they will present themselves as leaders and will at all times conduct themselves in a manner that reflects our school vision.


SCHOOL CAPTAINS Esther T and Oscar D
VICE CAPTAINS Irene K and Jacob P


SPORT Erin Amaya Samuel Aimee
HOUSE Stephanie Andrei Annalyn Jasmine


Sustainability Digitech Visual Art Music LOTE Library











Esther M






Term 1 Tuesday 28 January (Staff only)  – Friday 27 March
All Students commence Thursday 30 January
Term 2 Tuesday 14 April – Friday 26 June
Term 3 Monday 13 July – Friday 18 September
Term 4 Monday 5 October – Tuesday 15 December
Staff conclude - Friday 18 December



8.30 a.m. Classrooms are open
8.45 a.m. Classes begin
11.00 - 11.40 a.m. Morning recess
11.40 a.m. Classes resume
1.25 - 2.15 p.m. Lunch play
2.15 p.m. Classes resume
3.15 p.m. Dismissal

Semester 2 Reports and 2020 Class Lists - Wednesday 11th December

Foundation - Year 6 Semester 2 Reports and 2020 Class Lists will be distributed on Wednesday 11th December

Move Up Transition Sessions with 2020 Class Groupings:

The children will gather in their 2020 classes next Wednesday 11th December to meet their 2020 class friends and 2020 class teachers.  The staff have spent time preparing 2020 class groupings with an emphasis on providing a diverse range of skills, personalities and talents in each class, much the same environment as we experience in all of our social and work settings.

The children will gather again in 2020 class groupings on Friday 13th December (11.40am to 1.30pm) and on Monday 16th December (1.00pm-1.40pm).     We have planned these sessions to provide all children with a chance to meet their new class friends for 2020 and time with their new teacher/s. This will hopefully be a supportive format, allowing our children the opportunity to experience their 2020 setting prior to the Christmas holidays.  



As outlined above our children will be taking part in transition sessions which will enable them to engage with students who will be in their class for 2020. It’s during term 4 where all children begin to think about changes and the impacts of transition into a new class, with new children and most often a new teacher. 

Transitions are a normal part of life. We all go through them at some stage in our lives. Sometimes there is great excitement with transitions, sometimes there are unknown feelings, sometimes there is anxiety. This is a good time for parents and teachers to be aware of our children and some of the things they may be thinking, feeling and what we can do to help.  At times such as this we encourage our parents to talk to their children about Growth Mindsets.  Many classes have been working with their children throughout the year on positive mindsets so as to build resilience and realign negative mindsets. 

Some tips for parents during times of transition are listed below

  • Keep talking and develop a supportive family environment ~ Talk about changes with your children and share experiences you’ve had. Normalise the feelings of anxiety that your child might be having. Discuss some strategies for things they may be worrying about or read books to discuss the ideas further.
  • Prepare for the new routine and environment ~ Be prepared for the beginning of the transition - have materials, uniforms ready in advance. Practise new routines for getting to the classroom / school. Lots of sleep and a good diet during transitions is also helpful.
  • Be available when things get tough ~ Transitions can sometimes take a while to settle into. As parents if you are there to hear about how children are transitioning, sharing some of the things that are happening, positive or negative, this can support the process. Plan some strategies with you child around ways they can move forward with things they are worrying about.

Thank You Parents & Friends Committee

Families would have noted in last weeks newsletter letters from our 4 levels across the school voicing their appreciation for all that the Parents and Friends contribute to our school community.    On behalf of the school community I thank all members of the Parents and Friends Committee for their time, energy and contributions throughout the year. We thank the  committee for both their financial contributions along with the highly important building of community for all.    We specifically thank the Committee for their financial contributions supporting the installation of additional drinking taps on the school site along with the installation of the new shade cloths located around the school.   The shade cloths and drinking taps will be warmly welcomed as we now enter the warmer weeks of December. 

Next Friday 13th December (8.45am -9.30am) the Committee welcomes all families to an End of Year Morning Tea outside the Staff room.   We encourage all families to drop in for a cuppa and to acknowledge the contributions of the Committee.  
Please find below excerpts from last weeks newsletter:

‘We have also loved the new drinking taps near our Junior playground and vegie patch, thank you!’   ‘Thank you for the things you do for the school and caring for the school. We all appreciate you and also thanks for all the play equipment and all the shade.’   ‘thanks for helping us at the disco, sausage sizzle, St Andrews day icy-poles, purchasing games, helping out in the classroom and helping to pay for some of the blue shades clothes, Father’s and Mother’s Day stall, brekky(breakfast) and the Easter raffle.’

Stationery for Cebu - Donations of pencils, books, rulers..

We thank families for their continued support for our partnership with our Philippines community. 
As the end of the year quickly draws to a conclusion we ask that families consider donating unwanted stationery to our children at Maghanoy Elementary School.  Donated stationery will be shipped across to the children for use within their classes for next year. Families are encouraged to donate pencils, textas, rulers, basically any unwanted items from home or school.  
A collection bin for stationery will be housed in the school administration area.

Canteen Closure for 2020 - Friday 13th December

We advise families that the School Canteen will close for the school year at the close of lunchtime of Friday 13th December.  As advised in last week’s newsletter, take the time in the coming weeks to drop in and thank Nancy & Helen for their contributions to our community.  

Outstanding Fees & Levies

Thank you to families that have or continue paying their school fees.  Term four is almost over and we would appreciate the finalising of any outstanding monies.

The payment of school fees is a commitment families made at the time of acceptance of a position at St. Andrew’s. Please contact the Office if you are unable to finalise your fee account to discuss options available to help you meet your fee commitment.

Non-Food Sharing at Christmas

Parents please be aware that we are a non-food sharing school.  With the increase in the number of children who have allergic reactions to different food groups we must be vigilant on the non-sharing of food. Whilst it is most generous for children to want to bring lollies/food to share with their classmates we ask that parents prevent this from occurring. 

Swimming – Thank you

The children are to be commended on their behaviour over the past two weeks as they commuted between the school and the pool for their swimming lessons. Many thanks to the staff team for their supervision of the children throughout the 9 day program. Our thanks to Peter Tyndall, our Physical Education teacher, who coordinated the swimming program, along with all staff for their support of our children.


Important Dates for your Diary

It’s that busy time of year where we have many events scheduled.  Please refer below for details on many of the forthcoming events.  


Saturday 7th December (6.45-7.45pm) - Family Carols Evening 
We invite all families to join us for our end of year Family Carols evening on Saturday 7th December, 6.45-7.45pm.  All families are invited to join us for this special evening. 

Semester 2 Reports & 2019 Class Lists – Wednesday 11th December
Foundation-Year 6 Semester 2 reports and 2020 class lists will be distributed on Wednesday 11th December. 

Year 6 Graduation Excursion - Wednesday 11th December (10am-3pm)
Our Year 6 children look forward to a fun day to take place on Wednesday 11th December 

Year 6 Graduation Ceremony – Thursday 12th December (6.00pm)
As Year 6 parents would be aware our Year 6 students look forward to their Graduation evening to be held on Thursday 12th December.    
Families are invited to join us for the 6pm Graduation Mass followed by dinner (pizza) and entertainment from our graduates in the school hall.   It is envisaged that the evening will conclude at approximately 8.30am. 

2020 Transition Sessions
On Friday 13th December the children will gather for a ‘Move Up Session’ in their 2020 classrooms with their 2020 teacher/s.  The children will have an additional ‘Move Up session’ on Monday 16th where the children will gather for a familiarisation session along with having lunch as a 2020 class.  These sessions are planned to provide all children with a chance to meet their new class friends for 2020 and to spend time with their new teacher/s.   This will hopefully be a supportive format, allowing our children the opportunity to experience their 2020 setting prior to the Christmas holidays.  
End of Year Assembly – Monday 16th December (2.30pm-3.10pm)
The end of year assembly will be held on Monday 16th December.  We invite all families to join us for the assembly as we celebrate with the Year  6 children their final assembly, along with celebrating a wonderful year at St Andrew’s.  

End of School Year Thanksgiving MassTuesday 17th December – 
All families are invited to the End of School Year Thanksgiving Mass to be held on Tuesday 17th December at 9.15am.  

Guard of Honour Year 6 Graduates -  Tuesday 17th December - 3pm

We invite all families to join us as we hold our traditional guard of honour for our graduating students.  

End of School Year– Tuesday 17th December – 3.15pm
Students complete the 2019 school year on Tuesday 17th December at 3.15pm.   


Parish Secretary

A new position has become available in the office at the Parish of St Andrew’s to complement the current secretary’s hours.
See the full position description on the Archdiocese of Melbourne website:

2020 Book Lists

Families who have yet to place book orders for 2020 are able to visit Link Book Supplies in Mount Waverley. (Address: 341 Waverley Rd, Mount Waverley VIC 3149)  All stationery and book requirements for the 2020 school year can be purchased from there.

Students Departures/Future Numbers

If your children (Grade Prep-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.

Access to School Reports

This semester the student reports will again be distributed through the Nforma parent portal which was setup  in Semester One.  Student reports are one of the valuable links between school and home to allow you to gain an insight of how your child is progressing with their learning at St Andrew’s.
The reports will be accessible from the Parent Portal from Wednesday 11th December at 4.00pm
The online portal has many advantages which include:
-    Easy access to your student’s archived reports from 2018
-    Accessible on multiple devices
-    Environmentally friendlier than printed reports
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 still have trouble accessing your child’s report you are encouraged to contact one of the below staff for assistance:
Michael McDonough –
Callum Mills –

Family Carols Evening
Saturday 7th December 

BBQ/Food on Sale at 6.45pm
& Carols 7.00pm 

We invite all families to join us for our end of year Family Carols evening on Saturday 7th December.  The night is a time for all Parish/School families to gather together to sing along to your favourite carols and catch up with friends.  The Parish and school choirs will lead us throughout the evening.  We invite parents to pack a picnic dinner or alternatively the parish will be cooking up a storm on the BBQ to sell! 
We will be encouraging students to dress up in the spirit of Christmas.  
Bring a blanket to sit on or bring fold up chairs; simply come along for a relaxed night to celebrate the years’ end along with a touch of Christmas spirit!


Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates 


Thur 5

Anointing of the Sick Mass - 5/6CM

Final day of F - Year 2 Swimming Program

Sat 7

St Andrew's Carols By Candlelight

Wed 11

Year 6 Graduation Excursion

Semester 2 Reports sent home

Thur 12 Year 6 Graduation Mass
Fri 13

Parents & Friends Morning Tea

F - Yr 5 students in 'Move Up Session'

Mon 16

Students in their 2020 Classes

Advent Prayer - Year 1/2 JOY

                              - Foundation LOVE

  End of Year Assembly - 2.30pm
Tues 17

End of School year Thanksgiving Mass - 9.15am

Final day of school for students - 3.15pm

Wed 18 Staff Professional Development Day
Thur 19 Staff Professional Development Day - First Aid 


Mr Paul Wakeling



BEST Awards

Week 9


Around the Classrooms

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an accelerative and short-term evidence based, early literacy intervention. It helps students in Year One to establish effective reading and writing processes.

Students are selected for Reading Recovery based on individual measures of assessment and teacher judgement. Their classroom literacy program is then supplemented with daily one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes. The series of lessons runs for 12-20 weeks with a trained Reading Recovery Teacher.  

Reading Recovery supports the philosophy that every child can experience success and learn to the best of their ability under the right conditions. Reading Recovery teachers and class literacy teachers aim to produce independent readers and writers who use what they know to help learn new information.

Reading Recovery teachers give specific and explicit attention to letters, sounds, and words both while reading and writing extended text and as direct instruction. Both Comprehension and Oral language development is a focus throughout the lesson series also.
Students work towards becoming Independent readers, who monitor for errors and self correct by searching for cues in word sequences, in meaning and in letter sequences. Students begin to develop self-extending processing systems where they learn how to learn.

The programme works in partnership with parents who will hear a take-home book, do some word/letter practise and observe their child complete a sentence re-construction each night. Each of these activities have been part of the lesson, and the home activity is completed to support and reinforce these elements in the child's repertoire of skills.

It is very rewarding to see students grow in self-esteem and engage more effectively in their learning after completing the programme. It is also rewarding for parents to see their child progress and work towards becoming independent life-long learners.

Nicole Milne - Reading Recovery Teacher


Advent Prayer - December

We will gather each Monday morning during the Season of Advent, in the hall at 8:45am, to reflect on this time of waiting and the coming of Christ at Christmas.
The Liturgies will be run by each year level as follows:
WEEK 2 (PEACE): Monday 9th December - Year 3/4
WEEK 3 (JOY): Monday 16th December - Year 1/2
WEEK 4 (LOVE): Monday 16th December - Foundation (straight after the 1/2s)

School Office News

School Office Hours

Tuesday 17 December

8.00am - 4.00pm

Wednesday 18 December

8.30am - 1.30pm

Thursday 19 December Closed 

School Fees

Please contact the office if you are unable to finalise your fee account to discuss options available.

Lost Property

There is a huge amount of lost school clothing waiting to be collected from our Lost Property cupboard. If you have lost an item of clothing, please check here. Named clothing will be returned to owners otherwise items not claimed will be forwarded to charity.

Uniform Price List


Parents and Friends

Dear Families,

The P&F  “Appreciation” social morning tea - is being held next week on Friday 13th December at 8:45am to 9:30am.

Given the warmer summer weather we are planning on holding our appreciation morning tea under our new blue sun shade outside (weather permitting) the staff room.

We would like to personally invite all volunteers who have given their time to P&F activities so generously throughout this year to join us for a cuppa. Further, we encourage all families to join us and share in our appreciation for their time and support for our children, teachers and school community. 

Thank you again to all families who responded to our P&F survey. A summary of key points from the feedback will be provided in next week’s newsletter


Leanne Ngo
St. Andrew's P & F President


Term 4 Activities

  • Social Morning Tea – Friday December 13th 8:45am – 9:30pm

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.

Friendship School in the Philippines

Maghanoy Elementary School 

Kadasig established the Friendship School Program in 2008 in Cebu, Philippines. The Program enables Australian school students to connect with students in disadvantaged schools in the Philippines. This program is one of sharing, caring for others, and developing friendships.
St Andrew’s has partnered with Maghanoy Elementary school in the Philippines so that we can provide many basic resources for children at the school. 
Our Social Justice Actions for Term 4 are:

  1. To understand the issue of poverty and the rights of all people, and
  2. To share our resources with our friends in the Philippines at Maghanoy School

We are asking students to donate any of the stationery items listed below:

Grey lead pencils
Coloured pencils
Exercise books
Paper (white and coloured)

Pencil cases                            






Once we have collected everything to send to our Friendship School, we will order some balikbayan boxes. These boxes will then be packed by each class and sent to the Philippines. Donations must be in by no later than Tuesday 10th December, 2019. We will receive photos of our donations when they have arrived at the school.
Remember: each box costs $120 for shipment so monetary donations are greatly appreciated! 


Staff visit to the Philippines

We are also excited to announce that two staff members from St Andrew’s will have the opportunity to visit the Philippines next year in February, where they will learn more about our partnership with Maghanoy School and the work of Kadasig.
Callum Mills and Paddy Edwards will depart for the Philippines on Friday 21st February and arrive back in Melbourne on Friday 6th March. They will be travelling with staff from other schools who are also a part of the Friendship School Program.
Part of the trip will involve: a visit to the Kadasig office to learn more about the projects and programs that Kadasig run in Cebu, a visit to Friendship Schools, and opportunities to learn more about some of the communities in the Philippines and the work of Fr Shay.
We are asking for monetary donations so that Callum and Paddy have money available to support any immediate needs within the communities they visit.   Financial donations handed to the school office by Tuesday 10th December, 2019 please. 
Your support is greatly appreciated!

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster

Fri   6 November Mina  Spano
Mon  9 December Volunteer Needed
Tue  10 December Volunteer Needed
Wed  11 December Volunteer Needed
Thur 12 December Volunteer Needed


Community News

Carols By Candlelight


Christmas and New Year Mass Times


Parish New Years Dance


Transport Needed

A school family in Melaleuca Drive, Clarinda is requiring transport to pick up and drop off to St. Andrew's each morning and some after school day

Transport is also needed for OLSH, Bentleigh

If you can be of assistance, please call Carol Londy 0423001232


Netball Players Wanted


PSW Uniformpricelist2019-10-24-121123.pdf
Week 8.pdf
Week 9.pdf
CBC 2019_.pdf
New Years Dance Flyer 2019.pdf
Amalgamation flyer.pdf
Registrations Flyer.pdf
Parish Christmas Program 2019.pdf