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St Andrews Christian College News

22 September 2017
Issue Nine
Parents and Friends
Junior School
Middle School
Senior School
Duke of Edinburgh
Community Notices
St Andrews Christian College
03 8847 8300
130 Tyner Road
Wantirna South, Victoria, 3152


Dear Friends,


It is our prayer to grow more like Christ in all we do and for us to continue to grow in excellence in all we do – for His glory, not ours.

One of my favourite (it changes all the time) books of the Bible is DANIEL.  Whether we are a parent, child or educator we can all learn much from Daniel.


He was a man of prayer, a man of wisdom and knowledge and he stood firm on his convictions and trusted God.


Daniel and his three friends (most probably all teenagers) were taught well in some little Christian school (synagogue) in Israel.


They were young men from nobility of Judah who had been taken captives to Babylon.  They were chosen for their good looks and talents to serve in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court.


The Babylonians did not observe Jewish food laws, so Daniel and his 3 companions decided not to compromise their religious beliefs by eating the food provided by the King and requested a vegetarian diet (Daniel 1:8).


I love the dignity and good manners of Daniel who asked for permission not to defile himself and then his creativeness and boldness to offer a solution – a 10 day trial where Daniel and his companions would only eat vegetables and others would eat meat.   The purpose was to see who was healthier and wiser after the 10 day trial.


For Daniel there was no compromise on his convictions.  As a man of prayer and courage he did not conform to others when it stood between him and His God.


 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

 Romans 12:2


“Conformity to worldly culture converts the church to the world; it never converts the world to Christ.” (Author unknown)


Daniel and his friends stood by their convictions and God honoured them (Daniel 1:17-20).


Remember the story of Eric Liddell in the 1924 Olympic Games? 

The 100m sprint race was his speciality, yet Eric Liddell stood by his convictions and would not run in the 100m race because the race was on a Sunday.  Imagine the pressure he would have had from his friends, coach, team mates, but also pressure put on him from ‘his country’ to run in this race.


Against public opinion, Liddell stood strong in wanting to honour God.  He did not run on a Sunday and instead ran in the 400m race and won the race in record time (47.6 secs).  Liddell gave all the glory to God.


We must remain strong to honour God in all aspects of our lives and honour God in everything we do at St Andrews.


We give God all, be obedient and faithful and He will do the rest.


Abundant blessings,




Catriona Wansbrough


Photo: School Crossing


Photo: School Crossing


St Andrews Christian College has continued to perform at a high academic level, according to our recent NAPLAN results. The NAPLAN tests provide an individual standard of comparison across the State. These individual results are also presented as an overall performance of the College, along with the comparisons of similar, or like Schools, as well as a comparison against the State.


The tests, this year covered the areas of Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, Numeracy (Mathematics) and Reading. The NAPLAN tests are conducted at Year 3, 5, 7 and 9. If a student has been attending St Andrews from Year 3 to Year 9, analysis also allows us to track relative individual growth, along with growth as a School. There are 5 tests at each year level leaving a total of 15 areas of data that can be analysed.


Some of our improvements are evident in the comparisons of the State averages. Initial analysis of our results reveal that at every year level of the test, and for every subject area covered, our average students are in the top 25% of the State. In at least one third of the 15 areas, our bottom 25% are above the State average.

These are very impressive results and reflect the hard work that is carried out by staff in order to drive a valuable learning experience that is making a positive impact on learning. We continue to thank God for the blessings that He provides, not only in quality staff, but for families who support the vision and values of our College. We are growing well rounded students who will grow to become leaders in their field and who will be able to make a difference in their workplace or chosen vocation.


As we conduct a deeper, more extensive analysis of the data, we will present a more detailed report. Your child’s printed NAPLAN report should now have been sent home. If you missed this, please contact Reception for a replacement.


Merrick Brewer
Head of Learning and Teaching

Operation Christmas Child

The Prep classes have been busy purchasing and packing “Christmas in a Shoebox” goodies to send via Samaritan’s Purse as part of Operation Christmas Child.


We would love to invite all other students and families to join us in buying new items and bringing them to school next term. The postage cost is $10 for each shoebox. Maybe parents could encourage their children to do some “little jobs” over the holidays with the view of earning “pocket money” to contribute to this worthwhile cause as we bless other children and their communities with the love of Jesus in a practical way.


We will be talking to the school community at the first Assembly in Term 4 but some ideas of what to include in each shoebox are:

  • something to wear- t-shirt, polo shirt, shorts, skirt, cap, beanie, sandals etc.
  • something to love- teddy bear, doll, soft toy etc.
  • something special- carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, stickers, necklaces, craft kits, wind up torch etc.
  • something for school- exercise book, pencil case, pens, pencils & sharpener, eraser, chalk etc.
  • something to play with- tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument, yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets etc.
  • something for personal hygiene- soap and face washer, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, scrunchies, hair-clips etc.

Sonia Sires

Prep Teacher

Popcorn Plays

All are invited to the Year 7-9 Drama performance evening on Saturday 28th October at 7pm in Rembrandts.

It's called "Popcorn plays" and will be two comedies performed by Year 7-9 students.


Karen Elbourne

Drama Teacher

Ensembles Extravaganza

On Tuesday the 12th of September the music department hosted the largest ensembles concert in the history of St Andrews. Over 150 students were involved playing across 14 ensembles to a packed out audience in Rembrandts.


 It has been an amazing experience to see the music department grow both in numbers and ability over the past several years. The concert opened with the Grade 5 band giving a wonderful rendition of Largo from a New World Symphony by Dvořák. This was particularly impressive considering these students only picked up their instruments for the first time 8 months ago.


We had some wonderful performances from our Concert Band, Jazz Band, various String Ensembles and Choirs. Particularly impressive was the newly formed Primary Chamber Ensemble who were able to give a very musical performance despite only starting rehearsals several weeks ago.


The final item of the concert was blisteringly fast jazz rendition of Crazy in Love by Beyoncé. This was performed by our VCE vocal ensemble and accompanied by members of our Jazz and Senior Worship Bands.


A huge thank you to all of the staff who helped out on the night and the ensemble directors for preparing the students for performance!​


Luke Batty

Music Director

Missing Trumpet Book

Evan Kong 5F has lost his trumpet book at school. 

He name is written on the inside with pencil. Please hand into the school office if found.

2018 Enrolments

We have commenced our planning for 2018 and are confirming places for new students to start in Term 1, 2018. Unless we have been advised, we are assuming that all current students will be returning to the College in 2018.


If a student is not returning to the College, in line with the enrolment policy, one term’s notice in writing is required. If the notice is not received on time, one term’s tuition fees in lieu of notice will be charged. This requirement is clearly noted in the enrolment Agreement and Declaration which all parents/guardians signed when their child(ren) was enrolled.


To assist with our planning, we ask you to advise the College by Monday 9th October 2017 if a student is not returning to the College in 2018. The notice should be addressed to the College Registrar and can be sent via email to  It will be helpful to receive this notice as soon as possible as it will allow us to offer any vacant places to students on our waiting lists.



If there are siblings of current students wanting to enrol at the College, it is important that parents submit an enrolment application at the commencement of the year prior to their planned entry. This allows the College to provide a priority place for siblings of current students.


Please do not hesitate to speak with the Registrar, Mrs Suzy Song (8847 8309) if you have any concerns regarding this information or if you need clarification in any way.


Darren Waterworth

Business Manager

Prayer Group

Wednesdays at 8:45am

This year the St Andrews Parent Prayer Group will be meeting every Wednesday morning at 8:45am in the meeting room next to the school office. 


The St Andrews Prayer Group would like to welcome and invite all parents to come along and join in prayer, with other parents for the needs of the St Andrews school community. 


It is a great opportunity to join in fellowship with other parents.


For specific prayer requests, there is a prayer request box at the front reception desk for you to put your request in if you are unable to join us.


We are greatly blessed at St Andrews to have the opportunity to gather together for prayer. As Christians we are called to pray, and we encourage parents to join us. Be reassured that you don’t have to pray out loud if you are not comfortable in doing so.


Suzy Song

Prayer Group Coordinator

Language Translation

The newsletter has a new feature where it will translate into a different language. There is a small box at the bottom of every newsletter page where you can select which language you'd like the newsletter to be translated to.

Shaun Beovich

Newsletter Editor


Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15 to 19

In 2017 one free meningococcal ACWY vaccine is offered to Victorian students aged 15 to 19, or in Years 10, 11 12. The vaccine provides protection against four strains of meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is administered as a single dose.


Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease. Although uncommon, it can become life-threatening, very quickly. In recent years, the meningococcal W strain has increased across Australia, it is now the predominant strain in Victoria.


Eligible students who has not received this vaccine can attend either a local council community immunisation session, or a General Practitioner to receive the free vaccine by 31 December 2017. For more information, please contact Knox City Council Immunisation team on 9298 8165 or


Important Coming Events for Term 4 2017:




Week 1A

Monday 9th - Term 4 Commences

Monday 9th - Whole School Assembly 9am*

Monday 9th-13th - Yr6 Camp - Kangaroobie

Wednesday 11th - Parent Prayer Meeting 8:45am*

Wednesday 11th - 12th - Yr3 Camp - Adanac


Week 2B

Monday 16th - Whole School Assembly 9am*

Tuesday 17th - 21st - Yr5 Camp - Sovereign Hill

Wednesday 18th - Parent Prayer Meeting 8:45am*

Wednesday 18th - 20th - Yr4 Camp - Ace Hi

Friday 20th - Yr8 Science GTAC Excursion


Week 9B

Monday 23rd - Yr12 Last Assembly - Whole School Assembly 9am*

Tuesday 24th - Duke of Ed - Commando Course

Wednesday 25th - Community Devotions 8:20am*

Wednesday 25th - CSEN Yr7/8 Rally Day

Wednesday 25th - PFA Staff Appreciation Morning Tea

Thursday 26th - PFA Food Day

Thursday 26th - Yr12s Last Day

Saturday 28th - Yr7-9 Drama Performance 'Popcorn plays' 7pm*


* Parents welcome

Term Dates



Term 4: Monday 9th October – Friday 8th December 



Term 1: Thursday 1st February – Friday 29th March 

*Prep commence Friday 2nd February

Term 2: Tuesday 17th April – Friday 29th June 

Term 3: Monday 23rd July – Friday 21st September 

Term 4: Mon 8th October – Tuesday 11th December 

Photo: PFA Mango Fundraiser

Parents and Friends

Photo: PFA Mango Fundraiser

Movie Night 

Thanks to the many families who braved the cold and wet Friday and came along for our recent Movie Night. The popcorn was a hit, prime bean bag position was jostled for and everyone had a good laugh watching the movie. A special mention to all our wonderful parent helpers who made the night a breeze, especially cleaning up!


Shaun Beovich

PFA President

Mangoes, Mangoes, Mangoes...

Our Term 4 fundraiser is a mango one! You and family/friends can purchase a delicious tray of North Queensland mangoes for $27. Orders are due by Wednesday 18th October and will be delivered to school during the last week of Term 4.

Sally Wade

PFA Vice-President

Entertainment Books

Only a few books are left and are available from the school office for purchase (see Ms Hoenen). They are $70 and crammed with great value. A portion of each sale goes to the PFA. If the hard copy books sell out you can alternatively purchase a digital membership here.


Sonia Sires

Entertainment Book Coordinator

Term 4 PFA Events

School Banking

Every Tuesday


Icy-pole Friday

Every Friday


Mangoes Fundraiser

Orders due by Wednesday 18th October


Staff Appreciation Morning Tea

Wednesday 25th October


Food Day

Thursday 26th October



Thursday 9th November - 7:30pm


Junior School Christmas Concert

Friday 1st December

Photo: One Tree Per Child

Junior School

Photo: One Tree Per Child

Science Works Excursion

The Year 2s enjoyed a wonderful excursion to Scienceworks and Planetarium. We got to see some fantastic technology and how it has developed over the years. It was especially interesting to see the future of technology and how this will impact us one day!

We were able to do a whole range of exciting things including trying to run as fast as Cathy Freeman. We were also able to try a different variety of activities with the different technologies. We got to see a robot that was designed to perform surgery! Which was both scary and exciting. Overall, we really enjoyed our day. We even had perfect weather for a play on the playground! 


Nicole Ng

Year 2 Teacher


“Rock climbing was phenomenal!” - Sera 2N 

“Building the builder wall was so much fun!” - Samuel 2N 

“I was trying to get some diamonds with my new and improved body! I was squirting fire out of my hands! It was a little bit weird and awesome!” - Jim 2N 

“I thought the excursion was amazing because there were lots of cool machines and things that I had not seen before!” - Annabelle 2N 

“I thought the excursion was awesome because I got to do lots of cool things. My favourite thing was pretending to build a wall!” - Emily 2N 

“ I thought the excursion was nice and a bit scary. It was a little creepy seeing the astronauts sleeping! My favourite part was when I went to the Planetarium because we got to watch Tycho and the Moon!” - David 2N 

 “Pretending to sleep like an astronaut! It felt weird!” - Cynthia 2H 

“I enjoyed running away from Jim on the playground! He was the good guy and I was the enemy!” - Sean 2N 

Junior School Spelling Bee

On Friday 8th September, the Junior school held a House Spelling Bee Competition. The students had practiced so hard in their classes some having mini heats to find the best speller for each house in each class. The pressure was on as each student from Prep to Year 4 stood and spelt very difficult words in front of the whole Junior School.

The students were amazing, they rose to the challenge and it was an amazing event. The house scores in the end were only separate by one point each with Barton third, Parkes second and Deakin taking out the event as the winner. The teacher competition was very fierce with Mrs Lepilio and Mrs Sires stand out winners leaving Mr Mellody to return to practicing his phonics!


Thank you to Mrs van Heerden the spelling word master with her able assistant Mrs Das and to all the teachers and students it was a fantastic morning.


Yvonne Hughes

Head of Junior School

Colour and Light Dress Up Day

On Friday 15th September, the Junior School came dressed in amazing colour to celebrate the end of the Arts week. The theme was colour and light and the students were a beautiful rainbow of colour on a grey day.

The students had had a great week of incredible art experiences and Friday was a fun way to finish the week. Thank you to all the parents who created amazing outfits of bright colours to celebrate the day.


Yvonne Hughes

Head of Junior School

Year 4 One Tree Per Child Program

On 31st August 2017, Year 4s walked to Egan Lee Reserve in Knoxfield to do the One Tree Per Child program. This program involves school children volunteering to plant trees and become involved in their local community. 

When we arrived, a man from the Knox City Council welcomed us and took us on a short nature walk. On the nature walk, we learnt about the two main introduced predators in Victoria, foxes and cats, and how they threaten our small wildlife such as lizards, possums and birds.


After the walk, two people from the One Tree Per Child program demonstrated how to plant trees using a Hamilton, or a pogo stick as some students called it. Before we left school, we thought we would be planting one tree each. However, it turned out to our disbelief, that we would be planting 350 trees. We set to work, working in pairs carefully to plant the trees.  Once we got the hang of it, we swiftly got the job done.

Then we played a game using a sticker we each received with either a tree, lizard, possum, owl or bird on it. During the game, when the music stopped, we had to form hollows (two trees holding hands), with one possum or bird, one owl and one lizard inside.  After every round, trees were removed, leaving more and more animals homeless. We learnt how important trees are to providing animals’ homes. It was also interesting to learn that a hollow big enough for an owl to live in takes at least 200 years to form.


We all enjoyed planting trees and learning how important trees are to our wildlife.  It was a wonderful feeling knowing we had made a small difference to our community.


Hannah Chard

Year 4 Student


Traffic and Road Safety Incursion

On Friday 1st September, we were surprised by a visit from “Lottie” at our new, school crossing! Tony was given some extra help from Lottie as St Andrews’ children and parents crossed Tyner Road safely on their way to school.

The Junior School students from Prep-Yr 3 were given lots of important safety information as we listened to Winchelle and Chris in the Multipurpose Hall.


We learnt to:

  • Stop, Look, Listen and Think before we cross the road
  • wait for 2 whistles from Tony before we cross at the School Crossing
  • not distract mum and dad while they’re driving the car
  • remind mum and dad not to be distracted by their mobile phones while they’re driving, especially near school crossings
  • and many other important lessons!

Some children enjoyed showing us the safe way to cross at a School Crossing as we role played this activity.

It was a fun morning where we were able to be reminded of how to keep ourselves safe.


Sonia Sires
Prep Teacher

Photo: French Day

Middle School

Photo: French Day

Stories of Impact

At St Andrews, our staff are passionate about educating to impact young lives for Christ. We love hearing stories about how God is actively at work here at the College and we would like to share with you the stories of one of our Year 7 students:


Before I moved to St Andrews, I was just a normal kid who didn't know my purpose in life. I had no idea what a religion was or what to choose a religion meant. I was bullied at school and moved to St Andrews. Here was a completely different environment.


People prayed to this God and read a book called the Bible. I never went to church and had no idea what they were. I thought Biblical Studies was a waste of time and very boring. My friends kept telling me to go to church and I just said I'd ask my parents, but never did. After Year 4, I went into Middle School. My family started taking me to church to learn about God. But I only went to see my friends. I had a really caring teacher that year, who was intent on helping us all develop on our faith journeys and that's exactly what she did.


That same year, I gave my life to Jesus for the first time. My teacher, Mrs Provis, showed me who Jesus really was and what He could do. I felt so happy when I realised there was always someone I could talk to. The next year, I had her again and I developed into a man of Christ. But I still had questions. Luckily, Mrs Provis was always open. She answered my questions and prayed for me when things got tough. I started reading the Bible more as it was now something I wanted to make part of my daily lifestyle. 


This year, I still talk to Mrs Provis. Jesus has done amazing things in my family and I go to youth group regularly. All this led up to my baptism, on the 1st of September this year. A lot has changed since I began Middle School. Today, I am a unique kid who is loved by God and does everything in the name of the Lord.

Year 7 student


We also like sharing stories about how our students are impacted by their teachers to develop and improve their talents and capacity in different areas. Here is a success story about a teacher inspiring a student to develop in an area that she did not think possible:


At the start of this year, I was not confident at art at all. I would always doubt myself and think that all my 'artworks' weren't good enough. I have always enjoyed art but never could create something amazing like everyone else did.


I always saw so many artworks done by my friends that were so good, as if it had been done by a famous artist! It made me feel like I wasn't good enough and that I didn't match the standards of everyone else. I have always felt that art was one of my weaknesses and I always wanted to improve but my 'artworks' never seemed to be good enough.


Then this year, we were introduced to a new art teacher, Mr Gibbs. At the start, I thought that this year would be the same thing where I would dread art lessons every week, but I was wrong! Mr Gibbs is a wonderful teacher and has helped me in all the art lessons. I have gained more confidence in what I am doing and I am not embarrassed by my artworks.


Now with the help of Mr Gibbs, I am more confident in my drawings and artworks. I also look forward to every art lesson and I'm always having fun!

Year 7 student


What wonderful witnesses of God working in the lives of our students through their teachers!


Christa Cloete

Year 7/8 Coordinator

Thanks Mrs Gaschk!

Dear community,


As you know, Lauren Gaschk will be finishing up at the end of the year with the arrival of her little bub. I want to publicly thank her for all her contributions, particularly in the area of Student Leadership within the Middle School. Well done, Lauren!

I am delighted to inform you that Emily Hill will be taking the role of Student Leadership Coordinator in the Middle School for 2018. In the past, Emily has been involved in developing emerging leaders in a local church setting and I’m so excited to see how she grows and develops our Middle School leaders.


Daniel Lee

Head of Middle School

MS Leadership Excursion

On Wednesday, the 6th September, the Middle School Leaders and select students from Years 5 and 6 went to Hedgend Maze. When we arrived, we were split up into groups of four (2 leaders and 2 grade 5/6’s). We then were given our challenge to complete an amazing race.


The amazing race included, several challenges to see who worked the best together as a team. We had to find hidden clues in the maze to reveal a secret message that got us through to the next stage of the race. These challenges were fun and helped us develop our leadership and team working skills. It was a great day despite the rain, thank you to Mrs Gaschk and Miss Hill for organising the day.


Evan Hughes

Middle School Captain

French Day

On Monday 18 September, the Year 8’s once again ran a French Day for the entire school. There were 10 stalls that sold a variety of food and drinks as well as a few stalls that ran games. The foods that were sold included popcorn, crêpes, fries and truffles. The drinks included soft drinks, milkshakes and chocolate milk, as well as juice. The French Day event was raising money to help a mission group in Malawi, and most of the stalls raised over $100 each. There were prizes awarded for the best dressed students and teachers, with four big prizes given out and many runner-up prizes. (See our photos for the winners!)

As soon as the bell went the queues grew long and it got quite busy at most of the stalls. There was loud music and people everywhere, as well as Year 8s competing with one another to sell their own products. On the basketball court there were a few stalls running games, and these were very popular with the junior students. Over all, French Day was so much fun and a wonderful experience for the Year 8's who were running the day. We hope everyone else enjoyed the day with us - we appreciate the support you gave us!


Natasha Rowley
Year 8 Student

Year 8 Humanities Excursion – Hanging Rock


Photo: Yr11 Chemistry

Senior School

Photo: Yr11 Chemistry

VCE Exams

I have some exciting news to share!


One of the aims for us in Senior School is to see growth and development of our VCE Program. A key step of this initiative was to apply to hold our Written Examinations at St Andrews, as opposed to sending our students to an unfamiliar, offsite location. It is with much excitement that I am pleased to announce we have been successful in our application, and St Andrews students will sit their Unit 3&4 exams at their own school!


Another initiative to help our students with their Unit 3 and 4 VCE exams is to run trial exams during the school holidays. Students will sit in an exam environment—which will be the same location and setup of their actual exams. The exams will be invigilated by staff from St Andrews who are not their own teachers, in order to further simulate test conditions. Feedback from these practice exams will be exceptionally useful to teachers to formulate revision plans, but importantly to students to give them a picture of where they can best focus their personal revision prior to the actual exams.


John Presant

Head of Senior School

Year 9 Geography Field Trip to Phillip Island

On Thursday the 7th of September, the Year 9s went on an excursion to Summerland Peninsula, Phillip Island. In Geography we are studying about ecotourism and sustainability. At our first destination, The Nobbies, we were shown some ways that the rangers and staff at the Nobbies support ecotourism. Some of these were; information about the history of the place, information about looking after the environment and animals who lived there, and also supporting different charities that focused on looking after the environment. They also had many rubbish bins around the place in order to support ecotourism, as well as very strict policies to make sure that the tourists followed the rules to maintain a sustainable environment. At Summerland Peninsula, we also went to the penguin parade. At the penguin parade we came across some ways that the penguin parade provided for ecotourism. They were very strict on the rules concerning the penguins, and were very protective about the penguin's health. Some of their practices were, dim orange lights in order to protect the penguins health and no photography under any circumstances.  The day was great for growing our knowledge in the practices of ecotourism and sustainability.


Isabella Rakers and Emilie Hughes

Year 9 Students

Year 10 Geography Field Trip to Mornington Peninsula

On the 14th of September, class 10Y went on a field trip to Mornington Peninsula, to investigate how their coasts are managed. The trip was separated into 3 main locations; Sorrento Ocean Beach, Weeroona Bay (Portsea) and Sorrento foreshore.

We completed a Fieldwork Booklet that included questions regarding the locations we visited, for example, naming coastal landforms, creating field sketches, finding evidence of human activity and identifying management strategies used to preserve the location. As a follow-up task, each student will create an annotated visual display poster related to these three locations. We will assess the locations and compare the management strategies used and how effective they are. This field trip was very useful for our class to get a better understanding of just how much these places are impacted by the actions we make. Instead of only learning from a textbook, field trips such as these allows one to broaden their perspective on the things learned inside the classroom.


Fiorella Salazar and Hadeel Al Hakeem

Year 10 Students

Year 11 Chemistry Excursion

On the 8th of September, Mr. Fernandes took us to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC).

The facility provided us with a magnitude of opportunities. We engaged in a plethora of experiments, an example being determining the caffeine content present in caffeinated beverages. We utilized chemical analytical techniques such as UV-Visible Spectroscopy, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy and Gas-Liquid Chromatography.

The experience as a whole was fulfilling and has furthered our understanding of chemical analysis.


Year 11 Chemistry Students

Careers News

Items in the Careers News include -


  • Dates to Diarise in Term 4
  • Upcoming Key VTAC Dates
  • Australian Apprenticeships
  • Navitas College of Public Safety (NCPS)
  • ACUcom at the Australian Catholic University
  • Projects Abroad: Alternative Schoolies Program
  • Deakin University ‘Step on Campus’ School Holiday Tours
  • Swinburne University: MathsLink Bridging Program
  • NEXT course at Whitley College

In Term Three, our Senior School students participated in the Australian Taxation Office Schools Education Program and learned about Tax and Superannuation. The upcoming school holidays would be a perfect time to apply for a tax file number (TFN). The application process requires students to complete the online application form, print the online form summary, book an interview at a participating Australia Post outlet and attend an interview. The TFN will be emailed within 28 days of attending the interview.


An important reminder that current Year 12 students cannot enrol in a CSP (Commonwealth Support Place) course at university without a Tax File Number, so it is worthwhile getting an application submitted early.


Please find more information in the attached Careers News:

If you have a question about a topic featured in the Careers Newsletter, please contact Careers Coordinator Mrs Irena Yevlahova


Irena Yevlahova

Careers Coordinator

Photo: Library


Photo: Library

Library News

 Library Staff: Lynne Marks, Joanne Edwards, Wai-Peng Heath


Junior Library

Lunchtime Monday


Middle/ Senior Library:

Monday to Friday: Recess and Lunch


After school:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until 4pm.

Wednesdays until 3.45pm.



Art Space 

Last week, the Senior Library hosted student work on display for Arts week. Library visitors enjoyed viewing and discussing a variety of art, from Prep through to Year 10. This week, some art work remained on show for students to enjoy. Library staff also put out a number of art books from the library collection for all to browse and borrow.

Did you know?

1st October, 1902

The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published 115 years ago. To find out more about the life of Beatrix Potter and her work, visit You can find The Tale of Peter Rabbit in the Junior Library.   


6th October, 1892

This date marks the 125th anniversary of the death of Alfred Lord Tennyson. He was Queen Victoria’s poet laureate.  His poems include The Lady of Shallot and Charge of the Light Brigade.


14th October, 1892

Arthur Conan Doyle introduces the world to Sherlock Holmes. Since this characters first appearance in A Study in Scarlet, Holmes has become one of the world’s most famous fictional detectives. To read more about the author- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, visit


Some Sherlock Holmes stories can be found in the Senior Library in the Crime section.             


15th October, 1952

Charlotte’s Web, the story of the friendship between Wilbur, a pig and Charlotte, a spider was published 65 years ago. Students can find copies of this heart-warming story in Accelerated Readers and in the Junior Library.


Need something to read over the holidays?

Students in Years 4 to 12 may borrow books for the Term 3 holidays. They may do this during their Library lessons, at lunch or after school. Please come and see what is available.




CSEN Athletics Carnival

PRIMARY 2nd place! SECONDARY 1st place!

St Andrews students recently competed in the Primary and Secondary CSEN Athletics Carnivals and both results are outstanding – it was the first time we've ever won an athletics shield! We're super proud of the team for their efforts & fantastic results. We were so close to taking both shields out!


Steve Mellody

Sports Teacher


The CSEN Primary interschool athletics took place last Monday at Doncaster Athletics Track. It was so wonderful to see so many students from years 3 to 6 representing St Andrews in both track and field events on the day.


Students braved the cold weather conditions with a smile and great team spirit. The St Andrews team finished up by winning 5, out of a possible 8 banners for their individual male and female age groups! This placed them in a close second overall. It was a sensational effort by all those involved.


Congratulations to the students who participated and a huge thank you to Mr Mellody and the other teachers who came to help on the day.  A special mention goes to Daniel Lee (Grade 3), who brought home 4 first placing’s and one second, also to Laura Hooi (Grade 5) for her 3 first placing’s during the day. We cannot wait to be back representing our school again next year!

Christina Vemis

PE ​Student Teacher

Last Tuesday, many secondary students went to the Doncaster Athletics Track to represent St Andrews Christian College at the CSEN Secondary Interschool Athletics Carnival. Despite the cold, rainy weather, we came out victorious!


We won 6 out of 10 age groups and had many outstanding performances. Special mention goes to Jack Cassidy (Year 11) who won 6 firsts, Nick Arefta (Year 12) and Daniel Lamperd (Year 10) who each won 5 firsts and Ella Cassidy (Year 9) who won 4 firsts.


Jack Potter (Year 9) displayed an amazing performance, even breaking a few records! Thank you to Mr Mellody, Mrs Gaschk and other teachers who organised for us to compete in this day. This win is our first of hopefully many athletics shields.


Thank you also to all the students who participated to help us win this shield! We hope for many more amazing performances at the Champions Carnival later this year!


Andrea Chai

Year 7 Student

Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Ed – Silver/Gold Award - NZ Expedition 2017

Prayer Points

  • Health and safety for all the team members (Year 10 students - Gio, Chloe, Fiona, Kassandra, Mykaela, Joel, Jerry, Ben, Samuel & Daniel Idrees, Caz Castle)
  • God’s protection
  • Good weather conditions
  • Sound sleep
  • Quality team bonding
  • God’s strength and safety in enabling us to complete skiing, canoeing, bike riding journeys.
  • For God to guide students and me to lead devotions during the expedition which changes lives.
  • Spiritual growth for all the team members as they trust God to come out of their comfort zone and do things they have never done before.
  • Building character.
  • Smooth flying (flights).
  • Creating unforgettable life memories and have loads of fun

Daniel Idrees

Duke Of Edinburgh Coordinator

Duke of Ed New Zealand Expedition

Rotorua, New Zealand

Our first day in New Zealand was a blast, as it was the first time two of our students flew internationally. The day was a chill and relax day as we all were getting used to the climate and the change of weather. The majority of us got little to no sleep on the plane, however we all got our beauty sleep on our 3 hour bus trip to Rotorua. We stopped at a Countdown supermarket which was New Zealand's version of Woolworths. We all bought and prepared our meals for lunch and dinner as we set out our tents at a beautiful campsite. Most of the guys including Mr Idrees decided to spend a relaxing arvo in a sauna whilst the girls enjoyed chilling at the campsite playground. We spent our evening adventuring out and experiencing geothermal hot pools which was a once in a life time opportunity. It was so amazing to view God's creation in a different country and still appreciate His wonderful world around us.


Joel Julien

Year10 Student

Duke of Ed Cross Country Skiing Excursion

Friday, 11th September, the Duke of Edinburgh bronze class of 2017 took a trip up to Lake Mountain. When we arrived to the top of the mountain we were met with 50cm of soft powder snow. We all rugged up and rushed out of the bus to get a glimpse of the picturesque views (the two hour trip up was well rewarded by the conditions!).

Making our way into the ‘ski room’ we strapped on our gear, made the last trips to the toilet and got our first ski lesson. We practiced falling properly (on our back- not our wrist) and how to manoeuvre up hills without slipping. And then we were off!


We started our trip on a fairly flat section at times travelling slightly uphill. Along the sides of the trail were special groomed tracks that our skis fit into perfectly. Along the trip we had many great opportunities to have snowball fights that we certainly didn’t waste.

It wasn’t long before the group reached the highest point of the track (which was when we got to the fun part) and begun the downhill runs. Using the techniques that Paul previously taught us, we skied down with (relative) ease; and was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had!


During the snack breaks we took, two of the students in our class also shared a devotion each: one about courage and the other about trust. Each were equally encouraging and uplifting. If I had to name the best part of the day, it would have to be when we reached the lookout point. It was here that the snow was so deep and soft that when we fell back we literally fell into the snow, creating body imprints. Encased in snow, we did not even feel the cold as we were wearing our warm snow gear. Overall, I will definitely remember this wonderful experience for a long time yet!


Rachael Song

Year 9 Student


“ A fantastic day, loads of fun, developing resilience and 12 km of XC Skiing! To finish off, it was wonderful to hear the students sharing lots of moments from the day of how God helped them in their Skiing.” – Daniel Idrees

Community Notices

Newsletter 9

This section of our newsletter is to give our families information about programs being run by organisations outside of the school which may interest our school families.

These organisations are not endorsed by St Andrews Christian College.

Softball Players Required

Softball players from U12 (7-11yr) to seniors (male and female) are required.


Techno Tennis


Basketball/Dance Clinics


CYC Holiday Camps


Lowes Formal Suits


Holiday Program

September/October School Holidays at Malvern Presbyterian Church

At Mighty Fortress, kids learn that God is their refuge and strength. Friends may fail them. They may not ace their test or make the team, but God promises to be their rock and their salvation—their fortress and sure defense. So raise your banner! In Jesus, the victory is won!


Children will rotate through Bible stories, snack, outdoor games, Bible review and craft centres throughout the day.


Click here for more information.


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