19 September 2019
Term 3/week 10
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
School Office News
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Activity Programs
Fete News
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,
Term 3 Concludes tomorrow - Friday 20th September (2.30pm) 

Term 4 Commences - Monday 7th October 

A very busy and highly successful Term 3 draws to its conclusion tomorrow.  We thank our children and staff for their contributions to the term.  Many of our initiatives couldn’t take place without the support of our parents so we thank you for your contributions to our learning community.  
Please find below a summary of the some of the activities completed throughout the term - 

  • Parents & Friends Fathers Day Stall & Breakfast and Morning Teas 
  • District Athletics Carnival 
  • Various Cooking Sessions with Mrs San Martin & Parent Helpers
  • Yr 7 Secondary School Transition Partnerships 
  • Foundation 100 Days of School Celebrations
  • Foundation 2020 New Family Interviews
  • Introduction of our Social Media Partnership on Twitter & Facebook 
  • Introduction of Learning App ‘Seesaw’ for Junior Classes
  • Class Excursions
  • Working Bee
  • Yr 3 & 5 NAPLAN
  • Kindergarten Partnership & visits to St Andrew’s 
  • Book Fair & Book Week 
  • Yr 5/6 Swimming Program
  • Channel 10 Weather Report/Mike Larkan visit
  • Sacrament of Confirmation 
  • Footy Colours Day
  • Year 5 Maths Team Challenge at St Patrick’s Mentone
  • ……….Along with our regular Teaching & Learning Programs

Please find below some highlights from our term


Sacrament of Confirmation - Saturday 14th September

We congratulate our Confirmation candidates for the manner in which they presented themselves at last Saturday’s Confirmation mass.   We thank Fr Brendan Hayes, Father Joe, Daniela Dal Santo (REL) and our staff for their support of our children. 


Footy Colours Day -  Thursday 19th September

Thank you to Peter Tyndall for the organisation of a fun Footy Colours Day held today.  A big 'Thanks You' to our school leaders for their successful running of each session.
Please refer below to the fun of the day! 


Parent Child Teacher Interviews

We thank all parents for joining us on Monday evening for the term 3 ‘3 Way Interviews’.  It is important that we continue to join in partnership with parents to share the learning journey of each child.  It is also most important that our children are active in gaining feedback on the progress that they are making in their learning.   
Thank you to each class teacher for leading these conversations.
***A reminder that Interviews for 1/S, 1/2C and 1/2DW will take place on Monday 14th October.    


School Fees

Thank you to all families who are up to date with school fees. This is a reminder to all families who have fallen behind with payments to please make sure to attend to this as soon as possible.  

Thank you Parents & Friends for our Sandpit Play Items

We thank the Parents & Friends Committee for their donation of play equipment for our junior school sandpit.   Our junior children are most excited and our sandpit now a crowded play space!   Thanks P&F!!

Refer to the P&F page for photos of our happy juniors! 

Year 4 Camp

The Year students will be going away to Camp Oasis in Mt. Evelyn on  Monday 21st October to Tuesday, 22nd  October 2019.

The bus will leave at 9.00 a.m.  and return approximately at 3.15 p.m. on Tuesday.      

Students will be involved in various activities - Ropes Course, Archery, Rock Climbing, Candle Making, Initiative games and Eco-centre.

The camp activities will be well supervised, and both challenging and enjoyable.   As the activities will take place outdoors in a bush environment, please make sure that your child takes suitable clothing.   

If you have any reservations or queries, please contact your child's teacher, myself or Mr Tyndall.

The cost of the Year 4 Camp is $120  which includes G.S.T. on food. This cost has been billed on your school account and should be paid before Wednesday 9th October.

Please make sure your Care Monkey form is up to date with medical and dietary  requirements clearly listed. Further information will be sent home at the beginning of Term 4.

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

With term 4 approaching we alert parents that children can make the transition to summer uniform at the beginning of term 4. 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     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 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.

School Interview Bookings - Term 3 Parent/Child/Teacher Interview  - 1/2DW, 1/2S & 1/2C - Interviews Monday 14th October 

Parents of 1/2DW, 1/2S & 1/2C have been advised previously that due to staff leave interview times for these classes will take place in Week 2 of Term 4. 

Interview times will open on Friday 20th September at 8.00 a.m.

The Event Code is: ruyvu

St. Andrew's Community Fete -

Please refer to the Fete News tab.

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.

CareMonkey Registration for New Families -

It is recommended that parents access the site .   By following the instructions you can create your own free CareMonkey account and control all data about your child/children. The CareMonkey system stores the information on your behalf and you will be able to grant (or deny) access to your data with our school. You are also able to share this data with any other group or individual you choose (eg. your child's grandparents, their child-minder, their sports club, etc).

From the schools perspective, this information will only be visible by the relevant staff for your child and will be managed in accordance with the Privacy Act.  

School Closure Days

Closure days 

Friday 1st November and

Monday 4th November (Melbourne Cup Monday)

The Out of Hours Care Program will be open on these days to supervise students.  Parents who require this service are asked to enrol their child prior to these dates.

Skoolbag App - Download

To install the St. Andrew’s School App, just look for our school name "St Andrews Parish Primary School Clayton South" in the Apple App Store (iPhone Users) or Google Play Store (Android Users), and install it on your phone.  Alternatively, once in the App Store or Play Store search ‘skoolbag app st andrews’ .

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 

Thur 19th - Whole School Footy Day activities

                     - Mass 1/2G - 9.15am

                     - Education Board Meeting - 7pm

Fri 20th -     End of Term 3 - Students dismissed at 2.30 pm 



Mon 7th -   Term 4 commences

Wed 9th -   Parents and Friends meeting - 7pm

Mon 14th - Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews Year 1/2S, 1/2C, 1/2DW 

Wed 16th - Whole School Rosary

Sat 19th - St. Andrew's Parish Fete

Mon 21st - Year 4 Camp

Tue 22nd - Year 4 Camp

Wed 23rd -  2020 Enrolment Information Evening

Thur 24th - Foundation Excursions

                     - Annointing of the Sick Mass - Yr 5/6

Sat 26th - Foundation Level Mass - 6pm



Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms


During Term Three, the students have been actively engaged in many learning tasks. The students have written the following reflections about their learning. Wishing all families a restful holiday, enjoy the lovely Spring weather.  
God bless,  Mr. Rosario Corio 
In Mathematics, I enjoyed learning about the Australian Coins because I liked their individual value. Ethan
In Art, we are learning about bugs. We coloured in bugs and made a log out of paper. Scarlett
In music, we have being practising a song which was called Ï wanna be like you” We performed this song last week.  We have also being learning about the music notes and their symbols. Adelyn
This term, we have being learning about fairytales. We read Little Red Riding hood, The Three little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and other stories. We read different versions of each story, we had fun reading and writing about them. Fraser
In P.E. we ran three laps of the oval, in the school hall we ran around cones then we did skipping ropes. In Art, we made paper logs and we glued our insects onto them. Raphi
In Maths we learnt a lot about money and learnt how to add them.

In Music, we learnt a song called Ï wanna be like you” and we preformed it on stage. In Sport, we always ran laps around the oval.

In Italian, we have learnt new words and we have been making a poster about healthy foods. Noah
In Religious Education, we learnt about the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. In writing, we learnt how to write a narrative story. Izaac
In Sports, we all ran three laps around the oval and then we went to the hall and did five activities. Aariya
In Mathematics, I have been learning about division for example: 4 divided by 2 equals 2. I have enjoyed learning about money I now know all the coins have a picture of the Queen on the back. In writing I have been learning to write a narrative story. Xander 
In Mathematics, I liked learning about Australian Coins and Notes. I like English because it is really fun. Vedant
I like R.E. because it makes me think about Jesus what he did for us. I enjoyed learning about the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Haasitha
In Maths we have learnt about Money. In R.E. we learnt about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. In Sports we ran around the oval three times.  Mariam 
Music is very fun And relaxing. In music, we sounded out different tunes. Chanelle
I like doing Sports, Maths and R.E. I like learning new things in these subjects. Alexia
Music is the best and I love music. I have learnt that music makes me clam I learnt that in music we have doh re mi fa so. Ava
In Art, I have learnt how to paint in the right way. Art is fun. Max
I like writing stories with Mr. Corio, I like using Ipads to help my learning. I like playing with my friends outside and helping them. David
In reading, I liked learning about different fairytales and writing about them. Ryan
I liked learning about narrative stories. Eshani
In Sports, we learnt skills to use in basketball and soccer. Mikayla  
In Religious Education I enjoyed learning about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the symbol of the dove. Jairus
I enjoyed learning about safety. I liked reading my group’s storybook. Niranjhan  


In Italian Years 1/2 have created a poster about healthy foods “I cibi sani sono...” 
We drew pictures of fruit and vegetables and then we labelled them in Italian e.g. la mela, la pera, la banana. Many of us have entered our posters in the Dante Alighieri annual competition, hoping to win.
We have also been learning about the important role played by grandparents within the family and about Grandparents’ Day. The purpose of this day is to honour grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love to their children’s children, and to help children became aware of the strength, wisdom and guidance older people can offer. We have also learnt that many other countries celebrate Grandparents’ Day and the elderly. We have learned that Australia celebrates Grandparents’ Day on the 27th of October, whereas Italy celebrates it on the 2nd of October, when the Catholic Church celebrates the Guardian Angels; the official flower chosen for this special day is the forget-me-not. In Italy, la festa dei nonni was introduced on the 31st of July 2005. In class we have decorated a badge and written a special message on it to give to our grandparents on Grandparents' Day. The special messages included “Thank you, grazie /I love you, ti voglio bene/ and you are the best in the world, tu sei il miglior nonno. 
Signora Maria White 



Maths Game Day

Esther T

On Tuesday the 17th of September, eight year fives went to St Patrick’s School in Mentone to compete in the Year Five Mathematics Day. We had three sessions. In the first session we had to try and complete 4 booklets in 1 hour, the booklets were about problem solving. Next, we were split into two teams where we were versing another school in mathematics games. Lastly, we chose a partner and completed a scavenger hunt which took place outside in the courtyard, it involved maths equations. I really enjoyed the day because I got to work in a team with my classmates and learn and practise my maths skills.

Ava L

Tuesday , 17th of September St . Andrews participated in the Maths Day Program held in St. Patricks. Around 15 schools decided to join and came . We were split in 2 teams but still from the same school , it was 2 groups of 4 so 8 people in total . We had 3 sessions , the first session ( in the morning ) we had to complete 4 booklets . So they were based on problem solving . The second part of the day we had to split into pairs to vs another pair from another school. Lastly we had a trail  that we had to solve around the school , and they were mathematical questions. Overall I thought we had an incredible time at St . Patricks and the teamwork and sportsmanship was exceptional!

Tracey  L

On Tuesday the 17th of September, a number or 8 year 5 students participated in a Maths Games Day. We had 3 activities to do and the first one was problem solving. Each group had a booklet with 5 worded problems that needed to be solved. The whole purpose of the activity was to discuss the ideas with our group and work as a team. The second activity was playing math bored games against other schools. The last activity was a trail which we had questions on a paper, front to back and we had to work with a partner to solve the questions. The answers were around the school so we had to go outside and try to find the answers. Overall, I think we all had a great day at St.Patrics even though we didn't win but we still participated and having fun is all it matters.


Mr McDonough

Mrs Restaino and myself were extremely lucky to attend the Year 5 Statewide games day with our Grade 5 students. During the day all our students represented our school with great pride. Students completed problem solving activities in school teams, played Maths games in pairs against other schools and completed a ‘Maths Trail’ in the afternoon. A maths trail is where students identify examples of where Maths can be find in the world around them. A highly enjoyable day for all and one thing I know is that St Andrew’s will be back at other game days in the future! A big thanks to St Patrick’s in Mentone for hosting the amazing day!



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 of 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 of October until the 18th of October during lunch time.


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


BEST Awards

Please click on the link below


School Office News

2019 Term Dates 

Term 4  commences    Monday 7 October - Tues 17 December

2020 Term Dates

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 – Friday 18 December
Easter Break    Friday 10 April – Monday 13 April

Overdue School Fees

All school fees are now overdue except for Term 4,  Foundation to Year 2 Swimming and Year 4 Camp. If you are on a monthly payment plan disregard this reminder, otherwise to avoid further action we require all school fees to be paid before the end of Term 3.  If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact the office.  We appreciate your co-operation. 

Year 4 Camp Fees

The cost of the Year 4 Camp is $120, which includes GST on food. This cost has been billed on your school account and should be paid before Wednesday 9th October.

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

School Office closure

The office will be closed from 3.00 p.m. on Friday 20th September and re-open on Monday 7th October at 8.00 a.m.

If you wish to make any payments during the school holidays, you can do so by using BPAY. 

Enjoy your holidays,  Annette & Marie

Sundowner Preschool Open Day


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents,

What another fabulous Term we’ve had.  As we near the end of Term 3, we look forward to a restful break, and start to gear up for Term 4 activities.  
Thank you to all who came by last week at our Social Morning Tea on Friday. We had a beautiful spread, a lovely catch up and cuppa with everyone. It’s always great to connect with our teachers, existing and new parents and their little ones at our school. Here’s a happy snap of a few of us at the morning tea: 

The P&F will be helping at the Cake Stall at this year's exciting Parish  Community Fete on Saturday 18th October. We will be seeking cake and dessert donations from our families and community in early Term 4 so please watch this space. 
The P&F have donated three new sets of sandpit toys to our school for our junior students. We noticed the sandpit toys were getting a bit old and needed replacing. Special thanks to Jules in our P&F committee for leading the charge and sourcing practical toys/tools for our sandpit. Have a look at these happy faces of our Foundation children playing with the new sandpit toys/tools.

We could not do what we do without the generous support from our parents, families, school, teachers and community. We thank Paul, Kelli, Admin staff and the rest of the teaching team for all their continued support.

Special thanks to all our P&F members and their families for giving so generously your time and unwavering commitment to helping our school. 


Looking forward to Term 4!

Leanne Ngo
President, St Andrew’s Parents and Friends

Parent & Friends Meetings

Update to the P&F Meetings for the remainder of the year:
•     Wednesday 9th October 9th  at 7pm, Conference room
•      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:
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.

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster

TERM 3  

Fri  20 September

Volunteer Needed
TERM 4  
Mon 7 Oct Volunteer Needed
Tue 8 Oct Volunteer Needed
Wed 9 Oct Volunteer Needed
Thur 10 Oct Volunteer Needed


Activity Programs

YLV Vacation Care

Vacation care will be operating 23rd september-4th October.

Forbookings please visit,


Football Star Academy Soccer Holiday Camp

Football Star Academy is offering a 25% discount offer to all our students.


Kelly Sports - September School Holiday Program


Kelly Sports - Term 4 

New Basketball Program on Thursdays! 


Trinity Kids

Trinity Kids is again running our fantastic emotional intelligence programs in your area in term 4.
Please see attached an image for your newsletter as well as a printable PDF for any noticeboards around the school. Thank you for your ongoing support.


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 News from the Parish Bulletin

VOLUNTEERS: As our Fete draws nearer to the date we are still seeking Volunteers to help with the setting up the evening before the Fete and taking down marquees, etc. after the Fete.

We are also seeking some of the Youth to volunteer for our Games Stalls. Do give us some of your time and please put your name down on the list for Volunteers at the back of the Church.

DONATIONS: We need donations for our stalls, these will need to be new items such as glasses, platters, tools or any such thing. If you work in retail or know someone who works in retail perhaps we could get some merchandise from these stores. Please leave your donations at the Parish House, Tuesdays to Fridays 10m-3pm or in the Church foyer.


If you do need additional books please put your name down on the Raffle list at the back of the Church. We will also start selling the Wrist Bands for rides from this weekend.

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

Fete Ride Wrist Bands

Sale will start this weekend as mentioned in the Parish Bulletin.

September School holiday program.pdf
Clayton District Junior Flyer 2019-2020 Portrait.pdf
T3 Holiday Camp1.pdf
2019 Sep Holiday Program newsletter.pdf
Kelly Sports St Andrews.pdf
Courage to Change (community focus) - Flyer - Group 2.pdf
Community Festival.pdf
Week 9.pdf
Week 10.pdf