06 June 2019
Term 2/week 7
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,

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
                                - Monday 10th June

School Closure Day - Tuesday 11th June

There will be no school for students on these dates.

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 as soon as possible.  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 opened on Monday

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.  


Optional Child School Attendance - Monday 24th June – 1.35pm-3.15pm

Teaching staff will be released on the afternoon of Monday 24th June to commence ‘Three Way Interviews’.   Students 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 students 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.

Semester 1 Reports

This semester we are pleased to announce that you will be receiving your child’s semester report online via the nForma Parent Portal for the first time. 
Instructions on how to access the nForma Parent Portal will be sent out to the email addresses that have been previously supplied to the school. These emails will be sent out on Thursday June 20th. 
It is very important that you have updated your email addresses with the school, as an automated email containing instructions and login details will come from and not the school. Please ensure that you check your junk/spam folder for an email from that address. 
It is highly recommended that you use a computer to access your child’s reports for the first time. Subsequent logins can be made on a mobile device if preferred. 
Once you have followed the instructions, you will be able to view your child’s report online. 
Once in the portal you will need to choose your child (if you have more than one at our school) and then choose 'Assessment and Reporting'. Then select the year/semester. 
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 have any questions or issues, please contact the school’s nForma administrators: 
Kelli Johnston –
Michael McDonough –
Callum Mills –

Year 1/2 Mass

It was terrific to see such wonderful attendance and support from our Year 1/2 students and families at Mass on Saturday evening. Father Joe warmly welcomed and encouraged participation from the students throughout the mass. Thank you to the Year 1/2 staff for their support and in preparing the students for their beautiful singing.


Foundation Excursion

On Tuesday our Foundation students ventured out around the local area in an excursion to Woolworths and the Kingston Library as part of their Inquiry unit. The students thoroughly enjoyed exploring their area and meeting staff in their local community. 


Bey Blades

Dear Parents,

Due to the popularity of Bey Blades, we will be asking all children wishing to participate to gather in the glasshouse at lunchtime on the following days; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

This venue will provide the children with a warmer and more comfortable environment to play during the colder months.  We will also be advising children that they are not permitted to play Bey Blades during snack time, as we need to promote the benefits of physical activity, and ensure all children are meeting their daily physical activity requirements i.e. ( 5–17 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily).

Parents and Friends Movie Night - Friday 14th June

All families are welcome to the P & F Movie Night. This year’s theme is ‘Pyjama Night’. Come along in your pyjamas and enjoy ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’. 
Arrival time - 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start in the school hall          

Entry - Gold coin donation 
Please note: Parent attendance is required.

 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.  

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 Learning

Callum Mills and David Preston - Digital Technology
Callum Mills and  Michael McDonough - Nforma online reporting
Michael McDonough and Angela Palombi - Middle Leaders Webinar

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 


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      School Nurse - Foundation student s

                            Winter Yr 5/6 Inter-School Sports - Away

Fri 14th             P & F Movie Night in the Hall

17th, 19th & 21st       P.S.G. Meetings

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

Mon 24th         Three Way Interviews

Wed 26th         Three Way Interviews


Mrs Kelli Johnston

Acting Principal


Around the Classrooms

Year 5/6E


Hello everyone. My name is Esther and I am in 5/6E.
This semester in reading, my class has been taking part in a Reciprocal Reading Process. This process helps us to go off on our own in our reading groups and run them ourselves. In each reading group there is a Predictor, a Clarifier, a Questioner and a Summariser. 

The Predictor predicts what the text/book will be about using the title, the images and clues that he/she might come across. 
The Clarifier clarifies the meaning of any words that the group might not understand. The  Clarifier also clarifies the meaning of any phrases that doesn’t make sense to the group.
The Questioner asks questions to the group. There are two different types of questions that the Questioner could ask. Literal and Inferential. A literal question is where the  answer is in the text. An inferential question is when the answer is not in the text but there are clues that can help you to find the answer. 
The Summariser summarises the key/main points in the text. A good summariser only puts down the main points and leaves out unimportant details.
Now we are ready to manage the reading groups on our own. 
Esther 5/6E

Inquiry & Digital Technologies

In 5/6E we have been working on a thing called Badge Academy. Badge Academy is a document that we use to assess our understanding of Google Slides, Docs and Classroom. What we had to do was show our understanding of what we already knew about the Google system. We have been using technology whilst recently learning about geological changes.     Seth 

In our Inquiry lessons we have been doing some research on a specific natural disaster that we have individually picked. We are learning about geological changes and what the cause and effect of those changes are. So far, we have been reading books and doing some research online about the natural disaster we have chosen. We have written an explanation text about our natural disaster which fits in with our writing focus as well. In the next couple of weeks we will be using our creativity and research to create a 3D model of our chosen natural disaster. By the end of the term we want to present our work in a 3D model and on a Google slides which includes all of our information. 

Kadence & Alex




Foundation Excursion

Clarinda Community Walk

Yesterday   we went on an excursion. First we went past the church. Then we walked past Bald Hill Park. We stopped at the Clarinda Library. We read some books. Then we went to Woolworths. The man showed us how he cuts up the bread and we had some fruit. We had to wear a special cap and we got a present. It was lots of fun.


Term 2 Sport Activities

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


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.


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.


Entertainment Books 2019/2020





The office is selling the Entertainment Books  You can buy your copy from the Office now!  

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.

Lost Property

Last week l went through all the jumpers in the Lost Property cupboard. I was able to identify at least 20 jumpers with names on them and return them to their owners.   

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,

We are super excited for our up and coming Family Movie Night held next week on Friday 14th June. Ralph Breaks the Internet was by far the most popular with the children. Thank you to Kelli and the teachers for helping us gather the class movie votes. Building on last year’s success, Movie night again will a PYJAMA theme event, so make sure your children come in their PJs and blankets, pillows, toys etc for a fun filled night.

Hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be sold on the night.


Movie night will be entry by gold coin donation.
 Please make sure your child returns the Movie night RSVP slips by Tuesday 11th June. The RSVP slips were distributed in class this week. This will let us know how many people to cater for and set up for the evening. 

Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Family Movie Night

Children must be supervised at all times by their parents. Strictly no drop offs.


Social Morning Tea
hosted by the P & F


Morning Tea dates - put in your diary

A week before the end of each Term on Friday mornings the P & F will host an informal morning catch up. This will be an opportunity for you to meet up with other parents and friends of St. Andrew’s.  Come along… coffee and tea will be provided. We would love to meet you...

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.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Second Hand Uniform shop for remainder of Term 2
·     Monday 10th June closed due to public holiday
·     Monday 17th June open 2.45 - 3.10
·     Monday 24th June closed due to Parent Child Teacher Interviews
All items $5 each.
If any families would like to donate items please leave them at the school office. Thank you

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 7 June


Monday 10 June Public Holiday - No School
Tuesday 11 June School Closure Day - No School
Wednesday 12 June Volunteer Needed
Thursday 13 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



Monash are holding a Come & Try Day for their Junior Water Polo teams on Sunday 30th June from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Doug Ellis Pool, Monash Clayton Campus.
Water Polo is a fun and rewarding sport for kids who enjoy swimming and is also a great companion sport for kids who swim competitively or in squad.
The Come & Try day is completely free and the next season for the u12 and u14 age groups doesn’t start until mid-October so there’s plenty of time for the kids to learn the sport.
For more information click on the link below.


School Closure Day - Tuesday 11th June


Leadership Victoria will be open from 6.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m. for out of school hour care . Children must be registered to attend.


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 6 (1).pdf
Week 7.pdf
Monash Junior Come Try Day.pdf
Winter Holiday Program 2019 flyer.pdf
games day June 11 2019.pdf