23 August 2019
Term 3 / Week 6
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
Student Wellbeing
BEST Awards
Sacrament of Confirmation
School Office News
Secondary School Information
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Fete 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,

Congratulations Mr & Mrs McDonough!  It’s a girl!!
We congratulate Michael and Charlotte McDonough on the arrival on their first child, Joséphine Alice McDonough.   Both Joséphine and Charlotte are well and dad very proud!  On behalf of all at St Andrew’s we wish Michael and Charlotte every happiness in the days, weeks and years ahead! 


End of the 2019 School Year Dates

Parents please note the following end of School Year Dates for your calendars.
Sat 7th -              Carols by Candlelight 
Wed 11th -         Semester 2 Reports Distributed
                               2020 Class Placements distributed 
Thu 12th -          Year 6 Graduation 6.00pm
Mon 16th -         Transition Day for new students - Years 1-6  
Tues 17th -         End of 2019 School Mass (9.15am)
                                3:15pm End of School Year for all students 
Wed 18/19th -   Staff Professional Development - Planning for 2020
Fri 20th -              Staff Conclude School Year 

Confirmation Candidate Commitment Masses -
Saturday 24th (6pm) & Sunday 25th August (9.30am & 11am)

We invite all Confirmation candidates and their families to Confirmation Commitment Masses to be held this weekend, 24th/25th August. Families may attend either the 6pm Saturday evening mass or the 9.30am or 11am Sunday morning masses.  
If you are unable to attend these mass times on the set weekend please contact your child’s class teacher or Father Joe.  

Working Bee - this Saturday 24th August

We look forward to a most productive Working Bee to be held this Saturday morning.
Parents are encouraged to bring wheelbarrows, rakes and brooms as one of the major tasks for the morning will be to top up our garden beds with mulch. 
Please note that we will advise parents through the Skoolbag App if the Working Bee needs to be postponed due to inclement weather.

Father’s Day Celebrations - Parents & Friends Events

Please refer to the Parents & Friends page of today’s newsletter for details on the events planned to celebrate Father's Day.
Father’s Day Shopping - Thursday 29th August (9am-12pm) & Friday 30th (Recess Sales) 
Father’s Day Breakfast & Raffle - Friday 30th August - 8am-9am Breakfast & Raffle for Dad/Special Friends and children in the School Hall. 
**Please note that we alternate major school celebrations for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day year by year.  

Parents and Friends Ladies Movie Evening

We thank members of the Parents and Friends Committee for hosting last Friday evenings Movie evening.  We hope that all attendees enjoyed a fabulous social evening.  

Date for your Diary - Term 3 Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews - 16th September

We advise parents to lock in Monday 16th September as the date for our Term 3 ‘3 Way Interviews’.   Parents will be advised of online booking details in the coming fortnight. 

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’ .

FOMO? Fear Of Missing Out?

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Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 

2019 Key Dates - 
●    Sat 24th  -     Working Bee (8.30am-10.30am)
●    Sat 24th  -     Confirmation Commitment Mass 6pm
●    Sun 25th -     Confirmation Commitment Mass - 9.30am, 11.00am 
●    Mon 26th -    Foundation & Mike Larkin & Channel 10 Weather Report                                     onsite 
■                              Year 5/6 Swimming continues 
●    Tues 27th -    Year 3/4 Excursion 
●    Wed 28th -    Parents & Friends Meeting 7pm - Conference Room 
●    Thu 29th -     Fathers Day Stall
■                              Class Mass 5/6E
●    Fri 30th -        Fathers Day Stall
■                              P&F Father's Day Breakfast from 8am in the Hall
●    Sun 1st -         Happy Father’s Day 
●    Mon 2nd -      Parent/Student/Staff Annual CEMSIS Surveys open 
●    Tues 3rd -      Confirmation Parent/Child Workshop 6.30pm 
●    Wed 4th -       Mass Foundation P 
●    Thu 5th -        Mass 3/4LC
●    Fri 6th -           School Assembly 2.30pm 


Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 5/6E

It has been a busy first six weeks of term for 5/6E! It has been so manic that our teacher Mr Edwards has outsourced the writing of ‘Around the Classrooms’ to the students!
Read on to find out about all the great things happening in our classroom!!

Reading- In Reading, we have been placed into reading groups. One of these groups is called literature circles. In literature circles we develop reading roles that help further discussion and assist us with asking interesting questions when reading a text. Groups give each person in their small group a role for the week. During discussion, group members can ask questions, to keep the discussion going. Roles that are part of the group are Discussion Director, Vocabulary Enhancer, Connector, Illustrator, Investigator and Summariser. After the discussion we complete our reflection and create a new group goal which will help the next discussion to be even better. 

Writing- Recently in Writing we have been writing articles based on our Inquiry topic, Australian History. Articles that our class have written have been about the Gold Rush, the First Fleet and the Stolen Generation. We used our knowledge on the topic to write articles that were set in the time period that these events occurred. Each article is written in an interesting perspective.

Maths- In Mathematics, we have been completing different maths topics in our Maths groups. We use a website called Essential Assessment which gives us tests relating  to the topics that we are learning. A test is taken before the topic and after to see how much growth we have made during the lessons. Now we receive a reflection where we put in our scores from both tests. We include information about what we think we achieved during the lessons and how we could improve. Also what worked best for us when learning, whether it be working with a partner or a certain type of task we completed.

Inquiry- In Inquiry, our topic has been based around Australian history and how the events that occured impacted the country. We have explored and identified why these events happened and the effect they had on Indigenous Australians, using a cause and effect chart. Then using flipgrid (a video recording website) we recorded our understandings of a certain event of our choice to elaborate on what we had learned. We have also used our Chromebooks to create an Australian history timeline, it includes information on each interesting and important moment in Australia’s history. 

Religion- A number of the Grade Six students in our class our currently preparing for their Confirmation. We wish them the best and keep them in our prayers as they embark on the journey of receiving the Holy Spirit.

Wellbeing- Wellbeing is a new topic we are focusing on. Every third Friday we have Wellbeing Fridays. On these days we complete tasks which teach us to be patient and show resilience. In our first lesson we had to try our best to say a tongue twister 10 times very quickly. After a few attempts, as a class we discussed ways to calm down when we failed and how to encourage ourselves to keep going.  We completed a reflection on our thoughts when doing the task and how our thoughts made us feel. 

Paddy Edwards - Year 5/6E teacher

Year 5 & 6 Swimming Timetable

The Year 5 & 6 Swimming Program will run for  2 weeks from Monday 19th August till Friday 30th August.  There is NO SWIMMING on Friday 23rd August.
The lesson times are:
Year 5/6D & 5/6E:  12.30 to 1.10pm
Year 5/6M & 5/6L: 1.10pm to 1.50pm
Year 5/6CM:             1.50pm – 2.30pm
Location: Clayton Aquatics & Health Club, 9/15 Cooke Street, Clayton

In the Library

The Book Fair concluded last week and was again extremely successful with sales reaching just under $5,000 - an incredibly fantastic achievement!  The school will receive a commission from this which will help to keep the library maintained.

My sincere thanks go to all the parents that assisted during the hectic times. Thankyou greatly for all your time, effort and support of me during the frantic opening times.

A big thank you must also go to all the wonderful families and children of this school who have greatly supported this event.  Thank you again and I look forward to making next Fair bigger and better!

Happy reading
Sonia Turco

Student Wellbeing

School Expectations

Over the coming weeks and into Term 4, all classes will be using their morning circle time to focus on activities or guided discussions surrounding our school expectations.  These expectations are positively stated and promote several social-emotional capabilities, values and behaviour’s we wish to cultivate in our students throughout their journey at St. Andrew’s Primary School.  These positive expectations also help to create a positive, supportive and inclusive school environment for all students, as well as enliven everyone in our school community to live out the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.    

Be Respectful
   We will……   

Encourage others
 We will……  
Strive to do your BEST
 We will……     
Think Safety: 
      We will……

respect ourselves and others through our behaviours, actions and words

recognise and appreciate others' contributions

be ready to learn, work well with others and to do our best

keep our hands, feet and objects to ourselves

take care of all property and our environment

invite others to join in and show inclusiveness

know our feelings and take charge of them

use play equipment and playground spaces safely

be responsible and self aware digital citizens

take the initiative to help others 

keep trying even when we make mistakes, and learn from them

tell a teacher if we see or hear something that might be unsafe for others or ourselves


Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing

Year 3/ 4 LC:


During circle time in Grade 3/ 4 LC, students have been focussing on respecting the feelings of others.  In this activity, they each made a brick and wrote a comment about how they could show respect for the feelings of others and essentially build each other up.    


Positive Psychology Tip (Week 6): Encourage a ‘Growth Mindset’

Praise children for hard work and perseverance rather than results, rewarding the effort rather than the outcome.  


Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing

BEST Awards

Please click on the link below


Sacrament of Confirmation

Sacrament of Confirmation

Dear Parents,
The Year 6 students have been preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation as part of their regular Religious Education program.  The children will be learning about the Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the story of Pentecost, and saints who were guided by the Holy Spirit to follow God. They will study the life of a saint whom they would like to emulate in their lives and whose name they will take at Confirmation. 
This program of preparation for Confirmation aims at leading our young Christians towards a closer relationship with Christ. It seeks to awaken in them a sense of belonging to a parish community and the broader Catholic Church. This program aims at preparing the students to accept their responsibility as witnesses to Jesus Christ and encourages them to share more completely in his mission.
To prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation candidates are asked to choose a sponsor.  The role of your child’s sponsor is to guide them through their Christian journey.

The sponsor must be a Catholic, over 16 years of age, and have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. Parents cannot be sponsors.

 A possible choice could be the Baptismal godparent if available. 
We will ask you to provide us with the name of the chosen sponsor and the name of the saint that your child has chosen at a later date.
Please talk to your children about what they are learning and share with them some of your own experiences. This is a lovely way to spend time together.

Dates to Remember

Confirmation Parent/Child Workshop 
Tuesday 3rd September, at 6:00pm in the 5/6 area and will run for approximately one hour. Parents and children are expected to attend. 


Confirmation Reflection Day
Thursday 12th September, the children will be spending time together in preparation for the Sacrament. The morning will consist of attending the parish mass, Reconciliation and meeting with Fr Brendan Hayes who will celebrate the sacrament. Please do not make any appointments on this day.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be on 
Saturday 14th September at 3.00 p.m.

Other important information: 
Confirmation Name: Your child will be learning about the Saints and will be thinking about choosing a saint’s name to take as their Confirmation name.
Saints are Christians who have followed Jesus Christ and lived extraordinary, or heroic and virtuous lives according to the teachings of Jesus. 
Sponsor: A sponsor needs to be a Catholic, a good role model and at least 16 years old.  If possible the Baptismal Godparent would be ideal.  
The sponsor will sit with the Candidate during the Ceremony and present him/her to the Bishop when receiving the Sacrament.
A card will be sent home for you to complete. You are required to provide the name of the Sponsor.  This card is then presented, by the sponsor, to the Bishop during the ceremony.
Clothing: There is no prescribed clothing to wear, however, Sunday best would be most appropriate. The stole will be worn during the ceremony and later kept as a memento of having received the three Sacraments.

Photos: Professional Photographer

An official photographer will be available to take professional photos in the Year 5/6 area - both individual and group – from 1:00pm. It is encouraged that you arrive earlier rather than later.

The group photo will be taken at 2:40pm

Please enclose the correct amount of money in the envelope that will be provided by the photographer, with your child’s name and pay directly to the photographer on the day. 
If you have not received your envelope please see Miss Dal Santo

Additional Information

As part of the Confirmation ceremony, the children will wear their white stole which they used for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Please spend time with your child in further decorating the stole together using appropriate symbols of the Holy Spirit.

Add a Confirmation symbol to the stole. You can get some ideas by searching “Google Images”. These can be traced onto the stole or onto felt material, cut out and stitched or glued. Similar symbols can also be purchased from Spotlight and ironed onto your stole. You will also need to add your child’s Confirmation name. Make sure the stole has a piece of fringing at the bottom of each side to stop the ends from fraying.


2 pieces of white fringing or tassels 10cm wide (to cover bottom of stole)

  • On one end of the ribbon - Child’s name – written or embroidered above school emblem  (already on)
  • On the other end of ribbon – Add Confirmation name and symbols – one or two – drawn, stitched, or glued 

Yours Sincerely,
Daniela Dal Santo
Religious Education Leader

School Office News

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Secondary School Information

St. James - Term 3 Open Days


Sacred Heart Girls'College

Remaining Open Mornings for 2019 


Key dates for Year 5 students in 2019 starting Year 7 in 2021

Term 3 - 23 August 2019: Applications for Year 5 students commencing Year 7 in 2021 close

Term 4 - 25 October 2019: Offers posted to prospective Year 7, 2021 applicants

Parents and Friends

Dear Parents, Friends & Families

Dear Parents, friends and families
The P&F team have secured excellent donations from our generous local businesses and these will be raffled next week on Friday 30th August between 8am to 9am.

Here are some of the generous donations:
•      Bunnings – Firepit
•      Stars Fitness – 3 months membership
•      Clayton Bowls -  $50 Dinner voucher 
•      South Oakleigh Karate  - 2 months membership
•      Clayton Aquatic & Health Club  – 1 month membership and Intro to              PT
•      Eau Triple Makassar Perfume
Ladies Movie night was held last Friday evening. We enjoyed great company, movie, food and drinks with teachers, mums and special friends. Special thanks to Helena Thompson who coordinated the red-carpet evening for us.  Here are some happy snaps of the lovely evening.

Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s


Father's Day Stall 


Parent Helpers, please sign in at the office reception and  we will meet in the Glass House at 8:45am for a 9:00am start. 

All stall helpers require a Working With children’s check WWCC

Father's Day Breakfast and Raffle  


Please return your RSVP slips for catering purposes. Delicious ham & cheese croissants, and tea & coffee.
The raffle will be drawn during breakfast around 8:30am.

Bad Joke of the Week

In the lead up to Father’s Day and in the spirit of bad dad jokes, here ‘s another to cheer you up...  
“Dad jokes are no laughing matter.
I used to work for a soft drink can crushing company.
It was soda pressing.”

Star Fitness

“Star Fitness” has been generous in donating a free gym membership for our Father’s Day Raffle. Check them out.


School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster


Fri  23 August

Oreen Tannan
Mon 26 August Volunteer Needed
Tues 27 August Volunteer Needed
Wed 28 August Angela Koupouzos
Thur 29 August Volunteer Needed


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.


Activity Programs

Clayton District Junior Cricket


Springvale Indoor Sports

Sports are a great way for kids to create new friendships, as well as keeping physically active!
At Springvale Indoor Sports, we have now introduced Basketball into our After School Sports Program! We now offer Soccer, Cricket and Basketball training sessions for kids ages 5-11.


Sacred Heart Girls'College Reunions


Kelly Sports - September School Holiday Program


Have you ever wondered how you can support Reading outside of school .pdf
Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
Working Bee.pdf
Donations for the homeless!.pdf
Term 3 Poster for 2019.pdf
Book Fair 2019 for Newsletter.pdf
PS Newsletter_14May_InformationEvening.pdf
Open Morning July 31 2019 Flier.pdf
Enrolments at Sacred Heart Girls' College - Year 7 2021 applications closing date 2019.pdf
PS Newsletter_3July_Dimboola.pdf
Music News 13th Aug 2019.pdf
Dante Alighieri letter to parents and poster information 2019.pdf
Book fair flyer 2019.pdf
Term 2 Activities-0001.pdf
George Ivanoff.pdf
Julie Corletto Netball Clinic - GESAC.pdf
Monash Junior Come Try Day.pdf
Winter Holiday Program 2019 flyer.pdf
Spring Season 2019 Flyer.pdf
Newsletter Content - Kingston Arts School Holiday Programs.pdf
Clarinda Winter Holiday Program.pdf
Clayton District Junior Flyer 2019-2020 Portrait.pdf
St Andrews wacky winter sports.pdf
games day June 11 2019.pdf
St Andrew's Term 3 update.pdf
Sacred Heart Girls' College Reunion Invitation.pdf
2019 Sep Holiday Program newsletter.pdf
Week 5.pdf
Week 6.pdf
2019 Orientation Day A5 Flyer.pdf