21 March 2019
Term 1/week 8
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
Student Wellbeing
BEST Awards
Twilight House Colour Carnival
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

Term 1 Concludes - Friday 5th April at (2.30 pm)

(9am Good Friday Liturgy & 1.40pm P&F Easter Egg Raffle & Bonnet Parade)
School Closure Day - Tuesday 23rd April & Wednesday 24th April
Two days of staff Professional Development as supported by external consultants - Continuing the staff focus on developing our professional practice in the use of Digital Technologies.  This focus aligns to our resourcing of Digital Technologies across the school eg. 1:1 Chromebooks & planned expansion of robotics resources 
ANZAC Day Public Holiday - Thursday 25th April
Term 2 Commences - Friday 26th April

St. Andrew's Holy Week & Easter Program


Holy Thursday 18th April

7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the school hall - followed by Adoration until Midnight.

Good Friday 19th April

Stations of the Cross –10.00am 

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion –3.00pm -  Commemoration of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ in the School Hall. 

Holy Saturday 20th April

Easter Vigil Mass in the School Hall – 7.30pm

Easter Sunday 21st April

9.00am - Mass in the Church

11.00am - Mass in the Church 


St Andrew’s School Holy Week Presentations

Throughout the week beginning Monday 1st April, the final week of the term, school classes will be presenting and attending presentations of the main events of Holy Week.  The times for these presentations are as follows:
Tues  2nd April     2.30pm- 3.10pm    Foundation ‘Palm Sunday’
Wed 3rd April       2.30pm - 3.10pm    Year 3/4 ’Last Supper’
Thurs 4th April    2.30pm - 3.10pm    Year 1/2 ‘Garden of Gethsemane’
Friday 5th April  9.00am - 9.40am   Year 5/6 ‘Good Friday’ & ‘Stations of the Cross’  
These presentations will be held in the hall.  

Dear Families,

Sacrament of Reconciliation - Thursday 21st March 

Our school and parish Sacrament of Reconciliation candidates gather this evening to receive the Sacrament for the first time. We ask that all family members pray for our children as they participate in the sacrament. We thank the parents of candidates and members of the parish and school staff for their role in supporting the children throughout the past term of the Sacramental program.

3 Way Interviews

What a busy Term 1 it has been!  

At the commencement of the year all classroom teachers had an opportunity to meet with each individual student. This created an opportunity for teachers and students to build a connection, develop their working relationship and set goals for the term.

As the term has progressed, staff have reflected upon research and the notion of Parent/Teacher Interviews moving towards ‘Three Way Interviews’ (also known as Student Led Conferences). As the title suggests ‘Three Way Interviews,’ students are not only present at the meeting, they are an active participant in the discussion. After all, the discussion is about the student and their learning so who better to discuss their own learning than the child.

Why Student Led Conferences?
Student led conferences put the students in driver seat of their learning.
Students become responsible and accountable for their learning - their successes and challenges.
Students become advocates for themselves, discussing with parents and teachers how they can help them.
Students feel empowered as people and learners.
Student led conferences promotes deeper thinking.

To gain an insight into what a Three Way Interview may look like and preparation for what your child’s discussion may look like please go to the link below.
Please note that students are being prepared by their class teachers for the ‘Three Way Interviews’ and are therefore expected to be present.
Kelli Johnston - Deputy Principal/Learning & Teacher Leader

Parent-Child-Teacher Interviews - Monday 1st April

Thank you to all parents who have already entered their booking times for the April 1st  ‘3 Way Interviews’. 
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. 

'Everyone Belongs' Week Assembly - Friday 29th March (2.00pm)

'Everyone Belongs' Week has been created to celebrate both Harmony Day (21st March) and the National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence.    
The themes covered throughout the week beginning Monday 25th March, will include 

  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Friendship
  • Anti-Bullying

'BEST' - all themes linked to our school 'BEST' focus 
We will be rescheduling the assembly originally set for Friday 22nd March to Friday 29th March (2.00pm).   The Assembly, as scheduled for Friday 29th March, will showcase the learning of the children from the concepts covered throughout 'Everyone Belongs' week.   Parents please note that this assembly will commence at 2.00pm.  

Foundation to Year 6 Twilight Sports - Thursday 28th March 

Our School Twilight Sports are fast approaching.  The Sports will take place from 5.00pm on Thursday 28th, March on the School Oval and various areas on the school grounds.   Events will commence at 5.15pm with an approximate closing time of 7.00pm.
(Parents must be in attendance with their child/ren throughout the evening)

Biennial Catholic Primary School Principal Conference - Tues 26th - Fri 29th March

I will be attending the biennial Catholic Primary School Principal Conference next week from Tuesday 26th through to Friday 29th March.   Kelli Johnston, Deputy Principal, will be in the role as acting principal throughout my absence.    
I look forward to hearing of a most successful Twilight Athletics evening and successful celebration of ‘Everyone Belongs’ Week.   Hopefully we break tradition and have a beautifully sunny Thursday evening for the sports!

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.

School Fees

As Term 1 is in its final weeks, would you please ensure that the  term 1 fee and building levy payment of your school fees have been made.  School fees  are billed in full and can be paid in full, or in four term instalments by 8 March, 17 May, 10 August and 18 October

If you are experiencing difficulties paying your school fees, please contact the school as soon as possible, so that payment arrangements can be made.

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’ .

Foundation Enrolment Forms- Sibling Enrolments for Foundation 2020

We request that all parents with Foundation enrolments for the 2020 school year submit enrolment forms prior to the end of the term.  This will greatly assist with our planning for student numbers and for our allocation of placements for new families to the school.  If you are aware of friends or family members wishing to enrol at St Andrew’s please advise them that enrol forms need to be submitted in the near future.    Enrolment forms can be found on the school website. 


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 - 


Sun 24th -        Parents & Friends Bunnings BBQ 

Mon 25th-        School Photos - No sports uniform             

Thur 28th-       Year 5/6 InterSchool Sport

                             Twilight Athletics - Foundation to Year 6- School Oval

Fri 29th-            2.00pm - 3.15pm - Everyone Belongs Assembly

                             Dress Up as a Superhero for 'Everyone Belongs Week' - (Gold coin donation to support the Alannah & Madeline Foundation) 


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-          Garden of Gethsemane (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 5/6M

As always, it certainly has been a busy Term 1 with lots of events occuring. Some of these events include interschool sport where all the 5/6M students have represented the school with pride, the Year 5/6 Parish Mass which saw an outstanding attendance receive the Year 6 badges and a Buddy BBQ for all Foundation and Year 5 students


Below is an update of our fantastic learning in 5/6M:

Our focus in Reading has been on identifying the skills and qualities it takes to be an effective reader. We began the year with the book ‘ Staying Alive in Year 5’ by John Marsden which looked at transitions into a new school year and the characters you meet on the way. We are now reading the text ‘ Boy Overboard ‘, which raises key themes of inclusion, family, trust and what causes people to become refugees. Each reading session, is guided by a learning intention and success criteria to help students complete the activities with a ‘ growth mindset’.

We have been working hard to improve our writing skills through the genre of Narrative. Students have composed their own Narrative titled ‘ In the Middle of the Night’ day where a character/s face an unexpected surprise in the middle of the night. Students have been working on their individual goals of characterisation, using planning documents to construct paragraphs, creative writing techniques and sizzling starters. A focus has been placed on the self editing and pair editing of a piece of work. It has been a delight to read the stories composed by the students.

During Mathematics, our learning has included Length, Time, Place Value and Addition and Subtraction.  Each session also includes a Mental Mathematics activity where students have been working on individual goals. We are also lucky to have curriculum enhancement teacher Bella Aranda in the Mathematics sessions.

Currently we are on our 40 day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday and have been reflecting on how we can grow more closely to Jesus, God and others. We have been closely studying the parables that Jesus told in the Bible such as the stories of Zacchaeus, The Prodigal Son and The Good Samaritan and what these teach us about building more compassionate relationships through healing and reconciliation. Choosing kind actions and encouraging words all relate well to upholding one’s dignity which can make real changes to people’s lives and show that we have the Spirit working within us.


In Inquiry, we have been busy completing ‘ L Plate’ Logbooks to ensure all students know how to use the new Chrome Books safely and to stay safe online. The 4 units of work in Be Internet Awesome we have completed are:

  • Be Internet Smart
  • Be Internet Alert
  • Be Internet Strong
  • Be Internet Kind

All students have completed the tasks diligently and responsibly and it’s fair to say they are very much looking forward to completing the L Plates and being able to take the ChromeBooks home soon.

All Grade 5/6 M students should be proud of displaying our BEST values as we look forward to an enjoyable and productive year ahead!


Michael McDonough and Daniella Polites - Year 5/6 M teachers

Below are some reflections from Jackson and Patrick on our Reading and Writing Sessions in 5/6M


In reading we have been reading "Boy Overboard"by Morris Gleitzman which has been a great book with a great meaning to the BEST values

and how Afghanistan was a tough country  when the Government were not respecting the Afghanis.


In 5/6M we have been writing narratives on the topic of "In the middle of the night'. 

We were asked to include characters, where the story is set, how will the problem be solved and how will our story end. We have also done some compound words and grammar



Box of Tissues and Chux

Please remember to send a box of tissues and a packet of Chux for each child's  classroom.  Thank you.  Classroom teachers.

Student Wellbeing

‘Everyone Belongs’ Week
(25th - 29th of March 2019)



Dress up as a SUPERHERO!
on FRIDAY 29th of MARCH



Everyone can be a hero at school by being kind and inclusive, and taking a stand against bullying!


‘Everyone Belongs’ Week
(25th - 29th of MARCH)

Using IPads, students are invited at recess during this week to capture images around our school which they feel represent the ideas of diversity, inclusion, kindness and friendship.  

These photos will be printed and placed in the hall for our special assembly.  3 Winners will be chosen with their photo to be printed on canvas and placed in a location of the school.

Mrs Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing Leader

Scholiosis in schoolgirls
The National Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis 2019

The Spine Society of Australia recommends that all schools with girls in Years 5 and 7 read the fact sheet from the Scholiosis Australia web page at  You can download the Self Detection Fact Sheet which provides information on how to self-assess for scoliosis.

Scoliosis(spinal curvature) is an important health problem for adolescent girls. Twenty-five girls per thousand are at risk of developing a significant curve and three girls per thousand require active treatment (spinal brace or surgery).


Oral Language


Oral language lays the foundation for the reading and writing skills children will develop as they enter and progress through school. They will use oral language in all aspects of their education, in the classroom as they connect with their peers and teachers, and throughout their lives as they grow into adulthood. Having a solid foundation in oral language will help children become successful readers and strong communicators as well as build their confidence and overall sense of well-being.
How can I assist in building my child’s Oral Language?
Oral language refers to all aspects of spoken language, including children’s growing vocabularies of new and varied words. When children have strong language models, they develop strong language skills. Dual language learners develop early language and vocabulary skills in two (or more) languages.
Parents play a critical role in a child's language development. Studies have shown that children who are read to and spoken with a great deal during early childhood will have larger vocabularies and better grammar than those who aren't. Here are some simple ways to nurture your child's language development at home-
  • Use lots of different and interesting words to help your children build their vocabularies
  • Intentionally teach what new words mean—especially when the child asks (e.g., “I was concerned. That means I was worried about you when you fell down today.”)
  • Have one-on-one conversations every day, keeping the conversation going by asking and answering questions
  • Help children describe past events or tell stories (e.g., “So you hit a piñata with a bat, and then what happened?”)
  • Explain unfamiliar words when reading (e.g., “The pirate was ‘massive’. That means he was huge! Look how massive he is!”)
  • When on family outings talk to children about what they see, hear, and smell.
  • Model appropriate language without correcting children (e.g., When a child asks for an adult to remove the “banana skin,” the adult might respond with, “Sure! I can take off the banana peel for you.”)
  • Follow your child's lead. If your little one seems interested in a particular picture in a book, keep talking about it. If they seem intrigued by a boat, show them more boats and talk about them, too. 
  • Support pretend play by providing objects, such as boxes of different sizes, blocks, dress-up clothes, and by playing along (e.g., “Oh yes! I’d love to eat at your restaurant. Do you have a menu so I can see what I want to eat?”)
  • Talk with your child about the everyday things you’re doing and seeing together. For example, ‘let’s get the washing now’, ‘Look at the red bird’ or ‘Yum, what a nice lunch we’re having’.
  • Talk about feelings and chat about whether your child is happy or sad. You can help by giving them words to describe their emotions. This can help them understand how others feel too.
  • Repeat mispronounced words with the correct pronunciation. For example, if your child says ‘pasghetti’, you can say, ‘Yes, we’re having spaghetti for dinner’.

Language is integral to all parts of a child’s life, therefore when parents and teachers work together on developing a child’s language, children make the greatest gains in their language development.


Angela Palombi
Literacy Leader

BEST Awards

Please click on the link to view the awards


Twilight House Colour Carnival

Twilight House Colour Carnival

Dear Parents/ Guardian,

On Thursday March 28th,  we will be having our first ever Twilight Sports Carnival at St Andrew's Primary school.  Students will be required to attend after school with a parent or guardian. Please meet on the top oval in your  House Colours at 5:00pm.  Activities  will start at 5:15 pm.

The Carnival will finish back on the school oval at 7:15pm.


Parents or guardian must stay in attendance throughout the carnival.  Students are not to be dropped off, or to be by themselves and then picked up later.

Activities will involve Sprints, Relays and fun games for the whole family.

Please indicate on the form sent out from CareMonkey if you are able to attend.

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.

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn is back for 2019!


Between 1 May and 25 June, 2019, collect as many stickers as you can.

Stick them on the posters and sticker sheets

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

Dear Parents,

* Image source:

In this week's newsletter:

  • Term 1 Activities and Events
  • St Andrew's P & F Reach & Connection

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

P & F Term 1 

Activities and Fundraising

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Bunnings South Oakleigh BBQ - 24th March - ROSTER is FULL! 

Thank you so much to our parents volunteering to be sausage sizzle warriors for a good cause. We’ll keep you posted with plenty for photos and monies raised in the next newsletter.

Easter Hot Cross Buns  

Order forms and envelopes will be distributed this week. Get your orders in by the 28th March and be ready to collect your yummy buns on the Wednesday 3rd April!


Easter Bonnet Parade & Raffle

We ask that each student donates an Easter egg or an Easter related item (non perishable) for our annual Easter Raffle.
There will be a collection tub in each classroom from Monday, 25th March. Please drop off your donation by Wednesday, 3rd April.
Students will receive ONE raffle ticket for their donation and can purchase more raffle tickets from their classroom teacher at:
$1.00 each or 3 tickets for $2
The donated items will then be made up into hampers.
Winners will be drawn after the Easter Bonnet Parade on Friday, 5th April

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.

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 Roster


Fri 22 March -        Lida Joubran

Mon 25 March -    Volunteer Needed

Tues 26 March -   Volunteer Needed

Wed 27 March -    Volunteer Needed 

Thur 27 March -   Volunteer Needed

Fri 28 March-         Volunteer Needed



Coming soon!

Due to popular demand our Tuckshop will soon have a  Slushie machine.

$1.50 for a 250ml cup. Flavours will include natural lemonade and natural berry. 


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!



Community Activities

City of Kingston Family Support Parenting Program


Football Star Academy

Come along and join in the FREE  CLINIC for the pupils on Monday 25th March after school. TIME: 3.15pm - 4.15pm.  Please read the flyer for more information.


Kelly Sports Holiday Program


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
TUCKSHOP Menu List 2019.pdf
Week 8.pdf
FINAL 2 Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families Flyer 2019.pdf
Clarinda Autumn Holiday Program.pdf
St Andrew's Launch Newsletter.pdf