30 May 2019
Term 2 / Week 6
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
School Office News
Secondary School Information
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Parish News
Activity Programs
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Foundation Enrolment Forms for 2020

are now Overdue

We request that all parents with Foundation/Prep enrolments for the 2020 school year submit enrolment forms in the coming days.  If you are aware of friends or family members wishing to enrol at St Andrew’s please advise them that enrolment forms need to be submitted to secure a placement.

A Date for your Dairy - Semester 1 Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews

We advise parents that Semester 1 Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews will take place on Monday 24th June (2.30pm-7.30pm) and Wednesday 26th June (3.45pm-6.30pm).   

Online bookings will open on Monday 3rd June at 8.00 a.m.

To see your child’s class teacher for the 15 minute interview please log onto   The login code is  292e3   

Semester 1 Reports will be distributed on Friday 22nd June.  

 Eucharist Parent Evening - Tuesday 18th June - (6.00pm)

Parents of Eucharist Sacramental Program participants are invited to a Eucharist preparation evening to be held on Tuesday 18th June.  It will promptly begin at 6.00pm till 7.00pm.  
The Sacrament of Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday 22nd June (6pm) and Sunday 23rd June (11am).     

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.  

New Picnic Tables

This week eleven new picnic tables arrived for use around the school. The tables have been placed in three different areas for students to enjoy.  The tables provide students with areas to sit during recess times and may also be used as outdoor learning spaces.  The picnic tables between the church and school also provide a shared space between the parish and school. We look forward to these spaces being used by all and we now await the arrival of shade sails to complete these areas.


School Car Park

Families please be aware that when picking students up from Out of Hours Care that for the safety of staff and students cars are not permitted to drive through the grounds.  Currently it can be quite dark when staff and students are still moving around the grounds by foot.  Safety for all is paramount.

School Closure Days

Closure days 

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 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’ .

Staff Professional 

At St Andrew’s School staff professional learning is highly valued. Research consistently outlines that one of the greatest impacts on students and student outcomes is the teacher. Therefore staff are encouraged and supported to participate in professional learning to develop their knowledge and capacity to provide the best possibly learning opportunities for all students.

Below is an outline of the professional learning that various staff are participating in throughout Week 6:

National Consistency Collection of Data - Tony Hyde, Alej San Martin, Katherine Bedford,   Andrea LaFontaine & Kelli Johnston

Certificate IV Education Support Staff - Violet Tripi, Mary Cerra & Annette Prete
Emerging Leaders Program - Callum Mills
Middle Leaders Webinar - Angela Palombi, Michael McDonough
Religious Education Leaders Network - Daniela Dal Santo & Kelli Johnston
Anaphylaxis Supervisors Course - Peter Tyndall & Katherine Bedford
Annual Action Plan Development - Callum Mills, Daniela Dal Santo, Angela Palombi, Michael McDonough, Katherine Bedford, Tony Hyde & Kelli Johnston

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 


Thurs 30th    Winter Yr 5/6 Inter School Sports - Home 


Tue 4th            Foundation Excursion to Woolworths & Clarinda Library

Thurs 6th        Winter Yr 5/6 Inter-School Sports - Away

Fri 7th               Pentecost Mass - whole school 11.30 am

                            School Assembly 2.30pm

Sun 9th            Pentecost Sunday

Mon 10th         Queen's Birthday Public Holiday - School Closure

Tue 11th          Staff Professional Development Day - School Closure

Thurs 13th      Winter Yr 5/6 Inter-School Sports - Away

Fri 14th             P & F Movie Night in the Hall

Tues 18th         First  Holy Eucharist Workshop evening  for Parents &                                         children  6-7pm

Thurs 20th       First  Holy Eucharist Reflection Day for students only

Sat 22nd           Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist 6.00 pm

Sun 23rd           Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist 11.00 am


Mrs Kelli Johnston

Acting Principal


Around the Classrooms

Year 5/6L

Welcome to Around the Classrooms in 5 / 6 L.

It has been a very busy time with so much to do and learn! It’s hard to believe we are halfway through Term 2!

Let’s begin with Literacy. 
We have been learning about how to improve our reading comprehension through Reciprocal Reading. Wondering what that is? Well keep reading and you’ll soon find out!
We have learnt that there are four strategies to help us understand what we are reading. They are predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarizing. In groups we read a text and use these strategies to discuss what we have understood. At first, we found it really challenging but we are getting used to it. The best part is that we have lots of discussion in our groups.

In Inquiry we have been researching natural disasters and how they affect the Earth’s surface. At the moment, we are working in groups to investigate how natural disasters are caused. We will show our understandings by writing an explanation text ,creating a poster or a diorama of our natural disaster and preparing an oral presentation. It has been a lot of work but really interesting!!

In Math, all the Year 5 & 6 students are in mixed groups and each teacher works with a different group. We have just completed multiplication and division and are beginning to learn about fractions. 

In Religion, we have been learning about justice, dignity and respect. We were shown some photos and we discussed how the images made us feel, think and wonder. We had some really interesting discussions. Next, we looked at the Catholic Social Justice teaching - Preferential Option for the Poor, and how we are all responsible for taking care of each other. We also discussed how we can make a difference to other people’s lives, by just showing kindness.

Lastly, we also have Leadership and Buddies every second Friday. It is so much fun working with our Foundation buddies.They are getting to know us and are excited when they see us at recess or lunch!!
We also look forward to Leadership because in teams, we create goals each term that will help make our school even better.

We hope you enjoyed reading about our learning.

5 / 6 L students




Term 2 Sport Activities

Please click on the link for whats on in sport during Term 2


Winter Sports Rounds

Round Date School


30 May Coatesville - HOME
6 6 June Murrumbeena - AWAY
7 13 June St. Peter's - AWAY
Finals 20 June TBA




Sacrament of First Eucharist

(also known as First Holy Communion)



Tuesday 18th June 6.00 p.m.                         
Thursday 20th June   - Students only During school time    
Saturday 22nd June 6.00 p.m.
Sunday 23rd June 11.00 a.m.




How can I help build my child’s numeracy at home?

Often as a teacher we are asked the question “ How can I help build my child’s numeracy at home?” As a teacher this question is always great to hear from the parents in our community. Whilst, the response will often vary individually depending on the needs of the student; below is some very helpful generic tips released by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.


Here is a snapshot of the article or click here to find the whole article with some video examples as well.


As parents you play a significant role in your child’s learning by setting expectations, nurturing curiosity, and encouraging a love of learning. You can help build your child’s numeracy through doing the following:

  •  be positive about their numeracy experiences and praise effort and perseverance
  • let your child know that everyone can be successful
  • seize everyday opportunities to capitalise on numeracy development
  • involve your child in numeracy-related activities
  • describe what you are doing in situations that involve numeracy
  • explain why you make certain numeracy choices
  • explore numeracy with your child
  • learn alongside your child and encourage a sharing of numeracy ideas and thoughts.

Helping children to become numerate does not need a high level of mathematics. It means:

  • encouraging children to try, then keep trying
  • encouraging children to think (reason)
  • supporting children while they do homework (which means encouraging them and taking an interest, but not doing the thinking for them)
  • modelling numeracy with children (including interpreting data, charts and diagrams)
  • talking aloud when solving problems (every day or mathematical)
  • getting children to check their answers (Does this answer make sense?)
  • encouraging children to help with:
  1. - cooking (especially measuring out ingredients)
  2. - paying bills
  3. - scheduling events in the day
  4. - reading maps and giving directions
  5. - shopping
  6. - measuring –– and thanking them for their support


Numeracy capability is not inherited but attitudes are contagious.

To focus on your child’s problem-solving approaches and their reasoning:

Ask questions and give instructions like

  •   “What do you already know about this problem/question?”
  •  “How might you work it out?”
  • “Explain why you think that is the answer?”

Do not focus only on the correct response, the process/approach is important
Allow your child to experience some confusion. It is an essential aspect of the learning process.


As we approach the end of Term 2 and the next three-way interview, we encourage you to ask your child’s teacher “ How can I help build my child’s numeracy at home?” 


Many thanks,

Michael McDonough
Year 5/6 teacher and Numeracy Leader

BEST Awards

Please click on the link below


School Office News

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

Earn & Learn started  1 May 
With every $10 spent* at Woolworths, one sticker is collected. These can be placed onto the Earn & Learn sticker sheets and dropped into the collection box at St Andrew's School or our local Woolworths in Clarinda.


Lost School Jacket

Aurelien from 3/4LC has lost his school jacket. Size 10 and is clearly labelled with his name.  Please can you check  that your child is wearing their own jacket .  Thank you.

Entertainment Books 2019/2020

The office is selling the Entertainment Books again this year.  You can buy your copy from the Office now!  Still only $70

Come and buy your copy now!!

P & F Morning Tea dates

Friday 21 June    8.45 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
Friday 13 September    8.45 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
Friday 13 December    8.45 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.

Secondary School Information

St. James - Term 2 Open days


Year 7 / 2021 Enrolments for Sacred Heart

Please click on the link for more information


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents & Friends,

The P & F is holding a series of morning teas throughout the year.

The first morning tea coming up will be on June 21st between 8:45am to 9:30am in the Conference room. This is a social and informal event to connect with parents. It also a place to have a cuppa with P & F members to share with you what we do for the school and how you can get in involved to support your school through social and fundraising activities.  We would love to meet you.

Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Morning Tea


Morning Tea dates - put in your diary

Friday 21 June    8.45 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
Friday 13 September    8.45 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
Friday 13 December    8.45 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.

Term 2 Activities 

Family Movie Night –
Friday 14th June

The Family Movie Night event will be held on Friday  14th June.

More details about this fun filled family activity to be provided, so stay tuned!

P & F Meetings

The P & F meets on a monthly basis alternating between afternoons and evenings in the Conference room. 

Wed 19 June 7.00 p.m.
Tue 16 July 2.00 p.m.
Wed 21 August 7.00 p.m.
Tues 17 Sept 2.00 p.m.
Wed 16 October 7.00 p.m.
Tues 19 November 2.00 p.m.
Wed 18 December 7.00 p.m.                                              

Parents & Friends

If you want to know what we do and how we work, please connect with us. All parents and friends are welcomed to attend our P & F  meetings.  Our P & F  meetings will alternate between afternoons and evenings throughout the year and are held one week before the Education Board meeting.
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. 

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.

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster


Friday 31 May

 Oreen Tannen           

Monday 3 June Volunteer Needed
Tuesday 4 June Volunteer Needed
Wednesday 5 June Volunteer Needed
Thursday 6 June Volunteer Needed


Parish News

Celebrating with Joy

A combined liturgical ministry formation day with workshops on Ministry of Communion to the Sick, The reader of God's Word and Ministry of Welcome & Hospitality.


Activity Programs

Dance Struck


Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
PS Newsletter_14May_InformationEvening.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
May Parish ball.pdf
Combined liturgical workshop - 19 June 2019.pdf
Term 2 Activities-0001.pdf
Week 5.pdf
Week 6 (1).pdf
Winter Holiday Program 2019 flyer.pdf
17248 FSA MTFB Term 2 Flyer V2_Cheltenham (1).pdf