01 February 2019
Term 1/week 1
From the Principal
School Office News
Parents and Friends
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2019 School Year

It has been terrific to welcome our 2019 Foundation class, a class of 59 very eager, confident and enthusiastic children.  We also warmly welcome 10 children enrolling into classes from Grade One through to Grade Six.  We welcome James, Catalina, Tyrese, Nilesh, Annabelle, Bethany, Ruth, Adelyn, Jason and George.   We hope that our new children find great happiness, and many new friendships, as they settle into the St Andrew’s community. Our welcome extends to all new families to the St Andrew’s community.  We currently have enrolment numbers at 390 students for the 2019 school year.
We welcome 5 new staff members to St Andrew’s community in 2019. We welcome Mrs Kelli Johnston (Deputy Principal/Teaching & Learning Leader), Miss Bella Aranda, Miss Stephanie Barbuto, Miss Natalie Rando and Miss Andrea La Fontaine to our team.  We are excited to welcome our 5 new colleagues and friends.  New staff bring new skills, new personalities and new insights into the classrooms and staff room.  We wish each of our new staff members a most enjoyable and fulfilling time at St Andrew’s.
Full details on the roles of our new colleagues are detailed below as published in December, 2018.

●    A copy of the 2019 Staffing allocation can be found below. 


Our 2019 classes will gather briefly in the hall this afternoon (2.45pm) as a welcome to the school year.  Parents are welcome to join us on a fortnightly basis on a Friday afternoon at our school assemblies.   Please note the change in the time of our assembly time.   We hope that the Friday afternoon time provides an optimum opportunity for parents to gather with us.  


2019 Staffing Allocation

Please refer below to a Newsletter excerpt from Term 4, 2018.   The excerpt provides clarity on the allocation of our new staffing resources:


Welcome to our new Staff for 2019 - Exciting Funding News 
We are delighted to inform all families that St Andrew’s has been most fortunate to receive additional funding for our staffing allocation for the 2019 school year.  This staffing allocation has been allocated to the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on School Students with Disability funding.   NCCD funding was previously labeled as funding for Students With Disabilities.  In practice, students with NCCD funding will be receiving learning adjustments from the school so that they are able to participate in education on the same basis as other students.   
This funding will impact directly on the children for whom adjustments need to be made and will also be of great benefit to all students within our school.   Additional staffing, and the resultant presence in classrooms of additional teachers, will make a significant impact to all classrooms. 

2019 Staffing Impact
The staff are delighted to welcome the news of this increased staffing allocation.  It is envisaged that Level teams eg. Foundation to Year 2 will be allocated an additional teacher throughout the week to support their programs, co-teach in their rooms, work with eg. Literacy/Maths Focus groups, or release the actual class teacher to work with targeted groups of individuals. In this latter example the additional teacher could teach the class lesson whilst the regular teacher works in a targeted approach with specific small groups.  Combined with our reduced class sizes across the school we are most fortunate to be adding staffing to make a further impact on student outcomes.  
This additional staffing also provides an opportunity for our newly appointed teachers to release class teachers on a scheduled afternoon.  These afternoon sessions provide an opportunity to meet with one or more of School Leadership, Learning and Teaching leader, Occupational Therapist, Student Services Leader etc, to discuss student progress and to develop targeted plans to improve student outcomes.  Previously these most important conversations were often held in 5 minute conversations in corridors, over a cuppa at recess or whenever 2 or more staff could find time to catch up in a day. 
Welcome - 3 Teachers, Occupational Therapist & Speech Pathologist
As a result of the additional funding we have been fortunate to employ 3 teachers, Miss Bella Aranda, Miss Natalie Rando and Miss Stephanie Barbuto.  In addition to these staff members we welcome Miss Andrea LaFontaine as the school’s Occupational Therapist.  Andrea will be employed weekly on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.   We have also negotiating additional hours to be allocated to the service as provided through the school’s Speech Pathologist, Mrs Anne Corcoran.   Anne will be onsite on a Thursday and Friday. 

2019 Staffing Placements

We are pleased to confirm the following staffing appointments:

FOUNDATION     A    Angela Palombi/Natalie Rando (Wednesday) 
FOUNDATION     J    Jasminka Jalsovec                                                     
FOUNDATION     P    David Preston
YEAR 1/2DW         Sarah De Guzman-Wettenhall
YEAR 1/2G             Rachel Gurvich                                                          
YEAR 1/2P             Louise Pickering
YEAR 1/2C             Rosario Corio                                                            
YEAR 1/2S              Maggie Sproul                                                       
YEAR 3/4LC            Liana Caligiuri                                                                                     YEAR 3/4TK           Sue terKuile                                                                                         YEAR 3/4C              Kathy Cunningham
YEAR 3/4H              Netty Howe                                                              
YEAR 5/6E              Paddy Edwards                                                         
YEAR 5/6CM          Callum Mills/Daniella Polites (Thursday/Friday)                 YEAR 5/6M             Michael McDonough/Daniella Polites (Wednesday)             YEAR 5/6D             Daniela Dal Santo/Peter Tyndall (Thursday)
YEAR 5/6L              Nella LoPresti/Daniella Polites (Monday)



                                Bella Aranda, Stephanie Barbuto, Natalie Rando 
STUDENT SERVICES             Tony Hyde     (Monday - Friday)
STUDENT WELLBEING          Katherine Bedford (Mon, Wed & Thursday)
READING RECOVERY                              Nicole Milne 
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST     Andrea LaFontaine (Mon, Tue & Wed)
SPEECH PATHOLOGIST       Anne Corcoran
MUSIC  & ART                           Tomomi Miyazaki
ITALIAN                                       Maria White
LEADERSHIP RELEASE        Daniella Polites/Peter Tyndall
PHYSICAL EDUCATION        Peter Tyndall

Cathy Wise, Chris Karalis, Mary Cerra, Wendy Scherer,  Violet Tripi, Annette Prete,  Rosemary Restaino, Gora Vulic
LIBRARY TECHNICIAN          Sonia Turco  (Monday to Thursday)                       ADMINISTRATION                  Annette Fullman and Marie Bernard 
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL              Kelli Johnston
PRINCIPAL                                Paul Wakeling

Foundation Student Rest Days

Foundation parents please be aware that Foundation Rest days will be held on the following Wednesdays:  

Wednesday 6 February,

Wednesday 13 February,

Wednesday 20 February and Wednesday 27 February.

Literacy & Numeracy Interviews for Foundation students 
Literacy & Numeracy interviews will be conducted on Foundation Rest days.   Each student will be allocated an interview time and date at the beginning of the year.  This set interview time is also an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s class teacher. 
Both Parent and Student are required to attend these interviews.  Thank you. 

Cyber Safety Evening- Year 5/6

Year 5/6 attendance, along with an open invitation to all 

Parents of Year 5/6 children are requested to attend a Cyber Safety Evening to be held on Thursday 7th February (7.00pm - 8.30pm).    The evening is also an open invitation to all parents from Foundation to Year 4.   We are requesting the attendance of at least one parent of each Year 5/6 child.  With the children accessing the use of one-to-one Chromebooks in 2019 it is essential that both parents, students and staff are aware of the responsible use of technology at home and at school. 


Beginning at 7pm parents will be led through a Cyber Safety presentation by our guest presenters, Martin McGauran and Carley McGauran.  
All classes will be led through cyber safety sessions with their class teachers throughout the first weeks of term 1 and throughout the school year. 


Reporting to Parents/Parent Child Teacher Interviews 

Responding to Feedback from Parents
Throughout 2018 the staff held ongoing discussions on how we may best report to parents on the progress of their children’s personal development.    After consultation with the Education Board it was decided to conduct Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews at the conclusion of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3.  This new schedule provides the opportunity to enable constructive feedback between class teachers, parents and students on a more consistent basis.  Formal Reports will be distributed to at the conclusion of Term 2 and Term 4.  The change of practice will involve a rescheduling of the Term 1 Parent Child Teacher Exchange Session previously held at the beginning of the school year. 
Parent Teacher Interviews dates for the year are detailed below:
Term 1 Interviews: Monday 1st April
Term 2 Interviews: Monday 24th & Wednesday 26th June
Term 3 Interviews: Monday 16th September 

2019 Sacramental Dates

The following Sacraments will be celebrated on these dates.
Reconciliation Liturgy: Thursday, 21st March at 6.00 p.m.
Eucharist Masses - Saturday Mass: 22nd June at 6.00 p.m. 
                                        and Sunday Mass: 23rd June at 11.a.m.
Confirmation Mass: Saturday, 14th September at 3.00 p.m.

Tuckshop Opening Hours

The Tuckshop will open from 11 February, 2019 and continue to operate Monday to Friday. 

School Assemblies - Friday fortnightly

As detailed earlier in the newsletter School Assemblies will take place on a fortnightly basis on a Friday afternoon from 2.45pm.  Parents are most welcome to join us for this weekly gathering.  The general format is prayer, school leaders news and the presentation of awards.    

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’.

Medical Issues

Please contact the school office if there are any medical issues that we should be aware of.   It is most important that all medical forms, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Plans, are updated for the 2019 school year and returned promptly.  We are advised that children may need to be excluded from school if they do not have the required medical information or medication available at the school eg. Epipens, with the correct ‘use by dates’.
Website Medical Forms – Parents can access Medication Administration Forms, Anaphylaxis Action Plans and Asthma Plans on the skoolbag App.  

Do I have to complete an Action Plan, if the child only has seasonal asthma, or asthma symptoms when they have a cold?

Yes, any time asthma medication is prescribed and expected to be taken at school or the children's service, it must by law be accompanied by a medical management plan. If the health professional is concerned about diagnosing the child with asthma, it is recommended that they put a shorter review date on the action plan, and write a covering letter to the school or children's service explaining the expected time frame the child will need reliever medication.

Playground Supervision

Please note that the school grounds are supervised before school from 8.30am through to 3.45pm. Children should not be on the grounds prior to 8.30am or after 3.45pm.  Please remind children that if they have not been collected after school then they must return to the office.

Out Of Hours School Care

We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Wilson back as the schools Out of Hours School Care (Youth Leadership Victoria) coordinator.  Out of Hours School Care runs daily from 6.30am to 8.30am and 3.15pm to 6.30pm. Youth Leadership/After School Care registration details may be accessed through the school office or on the Youth Leadership website -

No Hat - No Play

With term 1 upon us and summer about to warm up we remind parents that children are required to wear school hats to school, at all outdoor sessions and home from school.  The school has a ‘No Hat – No Play’ Sunsmart policy.  

School Timetable for 2019

8.30am -         Teachers in Classrooms
8.45am -    Classes begin, children seated, ready for class prayer and lessons 
11.00am         Recess
11.40am -       Classes resume
1.25pm -          Lunch eaten with teacher supervision
1.35pm -         Lunch Play time
2.15pm -          Classes resume
3.15pm -          Dismissal

2019 Term Dates


Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 


Jan 29th -     Staff Commence the School Year
Jan 31st -     All children begin 2019 School Year
Fri 1st -        School Assembly 2.45pm 
Wed 6th -    Foundation Rest Day
Thu 7th -     Year 5/6 Round 1 of Inter-School Sports 
                       Cyber Safety Parent Evening 7pm -

                        All Parents welcome, Gr 5/6 required 
Mon 11th -   School Canteen Open 
Wed 13th -   Foundation Rest Day 
Fri 15th -       Beginning of Year School Mass 11.30am
Sun 17th -    Mass with families of Foundation & Yr 5 Buddies along with                             Year 6 (11am)
Tue 19th -     Education Board Meeting 7pm 
Wed 20th -    Foundation Rest Day
Sat 23rd -      Working Bee 8.30am-10.30am 
Tue 26th -     District Swimming Carnival - Year 5/6 Inter-School Sports 

Wed 27th -    Foundation Rest Day

Thu 28th -     School Open Day 



Mr Paul Wakeling



School Office News

School Office Hours

The school office is open from 8.a.m. till 3.50 p.m.

You can also email us at should you have any queries or phone us on 9551 5094

Annette & Marie

Primary School Wear

Your uniform is available at the PSW Store in Cheltenham.  Please click above for store hours and price list.

Our Second Hand uniform shop is open on Mondays from 2.45 p.m. till 3.15 p.m.  Limited sizes available.


Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF.

New applicants should contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form.  If you applied for the CSEF in 2018, you do not need to complete and application form in 2019 unless there has been a change in your family circumstance.


Parents and Friends

2019 Term dates.pdf
PSW School Uniform Listpdf.pdf
csefflyer (1).pdf
Year 6 parents info..pdf
Youth Leadership Victoria 2018 Dec program.pdf
2019 January Holiday Program.pdf
Christmas Mass times.pdf