Newsletter

16 May 2019
Term 2 / Week 4
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
Student Wellbeing
BEST Awards
School Office News
Secondary School Information
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Parish News
Local Community News
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169
AU

From the Principal

Dear Families,

We hope that all mums/special friends enjoyed a relaxing Sunday being spoilt by your children!  Our thanks to all mothers and special friends who joined us last Friday for some fun in the hall.  We were delighted to see such a positive attendance from our parents.  Thank you!!
A huge thank you to Kelli Johnston (Deputy Principal), Cathy Bartlett (Art) and Tahlia Holsinger (Music) for their coordination of the afternoons activities.  
Please refer to the attached photos highlighting the fun of the day!  
 

 

Year 6 Camp

Our Year 6 children returned from a wonderful 3 days of Camp at Portsea on Friday afternoon.  No doubt a weekend of rest was needed by both students and staff.   
As expressed in last weeks newsletter we thank the Year 6 children for the manner in which they participated within the 3 days.  My thanks also to the attending staff, for their care for the children, for the time and energy given and for giving up the comforts of home for 3 days.  
Our Year 4 students now look forward to their camp experience in October of this year.    

 

Year 5 BOSCH Excursion - Friday 10th May 

Our Year 5 children enjoyed a terrific day at the BOSCH factory on Centre Rd Clayton last Friday.   The children were involved in a tour of the site looking at robotics in the workplace, automated cars, augmented reality, the production site at BOSCH and a most enjoyable session working on coding.  We were also delighted to receive a 3D Printer from BOSCH.  We thank them for their support for our school and their most generous gift.
Thanks to all staff who supported the children on the day.   

 

St Andrew’s Social Justice News

In Term One, our Social Justice action was to raise money for Project Compassion during the season of Lent.

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.  

 

This year, St Andrew's raised a total of  $510.75. 
Thank you to everyone who donated! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Please refer to the link below to see what our donations can do!
http://www.caritas.org.au/docs/default-source/project-compassion-2019/ca3535-wydcd-poster_no-marks_%C3%A3%C3%A6.pdf?sfvrsn=eed96221_14 

Long Service Leave

As advised in last weeks newsletter I will be taking a period of leave with my wife and friends from Monday 20th May through to Friday 14th June. We look forward to touring through Malta and Sicily enjoying the warmth, food and fabulous sights.  
Kelli Johnston (Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching), supported by the staff team, will most capably lead the school in my absence.

Art Smock Donations

If any families have any old shirts hanging in the wardrobe that are no longer wanted we would love them for a new lease of life as art smocks.   Please send your unwanted shirts to the school office or to Cathy Bartlett in the Art room.   Thank you. 

Foundation Enrolment Forms - Sibling Enrolments for Foundation 2020

We request that all parents with Foundation enrolments for the 2020 school year submit enrolment forms prior to the end of the term.  This will greatly assist with our planning for student numbers and for our allocation of placements for new families to the school.  If you are aware of friends or family members wishing to enrol at St Andrew’s please advise them that enrol forms need to be submitted in the near future.    Enrolment forms can be found on the school website.

NAPLAN Timetable

NAPLAN UPDATES
This week the Year 3 & 5 students have participated in the NAPLAN assessments.
The students have so far completed the Writing, Reading and Language Conventions assessments.  They will conclude with the Numeracy assessment tomorrow.  All assessments apart from the Year 3 Writing have been completed online and we have been most fortunate to have had a smooth run to date. The students have done a wonderful job and have taken the assessments in their stride.  Many thanks to all staff involved in ensuring such a smooth process for everyone.

 

NAPLAN Make Up Sessions
After the completion of tomorrow’s NAPLAN session we will review student absences and will create a timetable for students who were absent to complete the assessments.  Should students have missed multiple assessments we will aim to complete the assessments over different days next week to ensure a similar set up of the assessments this week.       
 

Commitment Mass for First Eucharist Candidates - Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May

All families with children celebrating the Sacrament of First Eucharist this year are invited to attend a Commitment Mass this weekend.   We look forward to all candidates and their families joining us.  We are encouraging students to attend the Saturday evening, 6.00pm mass, however students are welcome to attend other masses this weekend.   For families attending the Sunday masses please let Fr Joe know that you are attending as a First Eucharist candidate prior to the mass. 

Working Bee - Thank you!!

My thanks to all attendees at the working Bee held last Saturday morning.   We had 30 eager participants, along with a number of junior helpers, onsite to work through a list of jobs.   My thanks to Greg, for his role as coordinator, and to all participants.  Our grounds are looking wonderful! 

KEEP KIDS SMILING – FREE DENTAL CHECK UP

Link Health and Community staff members will be attending St Andrew’s 24th – 28th June 2019

If you would like you child to participate in our Keeping Kids Smiling session and receive a FREE dental check-up, please complete the form sent home with your child and return to your class teacher by 20th May.

CareMonkey Registration for New Families -

It is recommended that parents access the site    www.caremonkey.com/sign-up .   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’ .

St Andrew’s Education Board
Nomination for Board Vacancies

The Education Board has vacancies for a two year term, September 2019 to July 2021 inclusive. 
The main duties of the Education Board are to:

  • Support the Catholic ethos of the school.
  • Assist in planning for the future development and direction of the school in consultation with the Parish Priest and Principal.
  • Advise on the setting of priorities through the use of the school's Annual Action Plan and School Improvement Plan.
  • Assist with policy development and review.
  • Assist with the process of School Review which occurs on a four year cycle.  
  • Advise on finance-related matters such as school fees and building/maintenance programs.
  • Assist with activities that promote the school within the parish and the broader community.
  • Assist, in consultation with the Parish Priest, with the employment of the School Principal.

The Board meets on a minimum of 6 occasions per year. 

Your commitment requires:

  • Membership for 2 years.  

Please note that membership on the Education Board ceases once a Board member no longer has children enrolled at the school. 
Attendance at scheduled Education Board meetings for each year

The aim of the Board is to provide advice to the School Leadership and Parish Priest in order for them to provide the optimum educational and spiritual environment for our children. The Board meets at regular intervals during the school year to discuss and address a range of relevant issues pertaining to the school

The Parish Priest and School Principal formally appoint Board members. Careful consideration is given to the formation of Board membership so as to reach the best possible outcome for the school community.

 

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 

MAY
Sat 18th -       Commitment Mass for First Eucharist Candidates 

Mon 20th -     Paul Wakeling on Leave until June 14
Tue 21st -       Year 1/2 Excursion to Scienceworks 
Wed 22nd -    National Simultaneous Storytime activity 
Thu 23rd -      Winter Yr 5/6 Inter-School Sports

Fri 24th -        School Assembly 2.30pm 

Tue 28th -      Congratulations Miss Rando (Yr 1/2) Graduation Ceremony 

Wed 29th -     All 2020 Foundation Enrolment Forms due for return
 

 

Mr Paul Wakeling

Principal

 

Around the Classrooms

Year 1/2P

All students in Year One and Two have been busily working throughout Term 2.

Our writing focus this term has linked with our Inquiry topic and students have been creating Information Reports on the four seasons of the year. 

In Maths, students have just completed a unit on Time and had lots of fun playing interactive games and making flower clocks to enhance their learning. We are now focussing on addition and the students are learning about different strategies they can use to assist them with equations. So far they have used tens frames and number lines to support their learning.

God’s Creation is our current focus in Religion. The students have drawn beautiful pictures to depict their favourite image of God’s creation on earth. They followed this by writing a prayer of Thanks and Praise to God for his creation which the students will use during our morning prayer.

 

All Year One and Two students are very excited to attend Scienceworks next Tuesday. We hope the experiences they have will support them in their continued learning of our focus on the weather, seasons and the phases of the moon. 

Louise Pickering - Year 1/2P teacher

 

Year 5 BOSCH Reflections

I really enjoyed the Bosch excursion. We were invited to take a tour of their amazing factory, where they make home appliances, robots and more! It was very exciting and I got to see how they create models with 3D printers. I learnt about parts inside a car and it’s very interesting how machines actually work from the inside. New technology helps us see inside the actual car which is good for mechanics, so they don’t want to check the whole car for an issue. You can just see a 3D image of the inside of a car, It’s like an X-Ray but for a vehicle! We saw how  autonomous Tesla vehicles drive by themselves and even got to see one in person! I still wouldn’t feel safe driving in a Self-Driving car though. It was one of the best excursions I’ve ever been to at St Andrew’s Primary School. We even got to take a little model home of a Diode, a car part.  The worker at Bosch said that 1 in 5 cars have this and will not run without it. I  really enjoyed the Virtual Reality Handset and after all the activities, all of the grades went into a room with a huge executive table where they host meetings. There we controlled electric LEGO vehicles using laptops. I had a bit of struggle getting mine into the parking spot when asked, but I got there eventually. Then the fun ended, we went back to school.                                    Leon Yr 5 / 6 L

 We went on an excursion to BOSCH and  learnt a lot about mechanics, robotics and how the engineers design  and manufacture them. We learnt things like how to program robots and make them do all sort of different things. Some of the activities were Augmented Reality, Robotics and 3D Printers. We saw how Augmented Reality helps mechanics find problems in cars. It is an app where you can see inside the car. We were shown how robots make different car parts. Some were dangerous to go near (so they put a cage around it) and some were good to work with (they would stop whenever someone came near it). 3D printing was fun because the printers created model racing cars, models and so much more.                  Esther  T.
 

Cooking in Foundation A

Last week the children in Foundation A took part in making Tomato and Bocconcini bites. This linked in well with the story read during our Literacy reading session called “Big Red Tomatoes”and our Maths topic of Pattern. The students also leant many new facts about tomatoes.
Here are few of them below-
•    Tomatoes can be red, yellow or black
•    We can put tomatoes in our sandwich
•    We use tomatoes to make pizza and pasta sauce
•    Our farmers plant tomato seeds which grow into a tomato plant
Thank you Mrs San Martin for helping us organise this cooking experience.


 

Social Justice

In Term One, our Social Justice Action was to raise money for Project Compassion during the season of Lent.

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.  

This year, St Andrew's raised a total of $510.75. 
Thank you to everyone who donated! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Please refer to the link below to see what our donations can do!
http://www.caritas.org.au/docs/default-source/project-compassion-2019/ca3535-wydcd-poster_no-marks_%C3%A3%C3%A6.pdf?sfvrsn=eed96221_14 
 

Term 2 Sport Activities

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

 

Student Wellbeing

Social-Emotional Wellbeing & Learning

Social- emotional wellbeing is a fundamental part of the overall health, development and happiness of a child.  Additionally, there is an abundance of research that shows that children and young people’s learning is influenced by a range of social and emotional factors. 
 
How well your child functions within the classroom environment and at school is affected by a range of social-emotional factors such as how;
•    effectively they’re able to recognise, express, understand and manage a wide range of emotions
•    well they can solve problems and make responsible decisions
•    effectively they establish and maintain positive relationships with their teachers and peers
•    well they can concentrate and organise themselves
•    effectively they can set and achieve positive goals
•    well they demonstrate empathy and consider the needs of others
The learning of these skills or capabilities is critical in developing a child’s capacity to function at an optimal level not only within the school setting, but essentially at home and in the wider community.  The life outcomes of children will improve considerably with the practice of positive social-emotional learning (SEL) both at home with the guidance of parent’s and/or caregivers, and at school with explicit instruction from teachers. Social and emotional learning involves students having opportunities to learn and practice skills such as:
•    recognising emotions, personal interests and strengths
•    regulating emotions, managing stress & anxiety
•    resolving conflict
•    making friends and maintaining friends
•    empathy and understanding diversity
•    resilience and coping strategies
•    decision making
At St. Andrew’s we embed social-emotional learning through our daily interactions with children, as well as explicitly throughout our Religious Education and Inquiry curriculum.  We also use practices such as ‘’Circle Time’’ to build positive teacher-student and peer relationships within the classroom environment.  Subsequently, ‘’Circle Time’’ routines every morning allow for positive discussions surrounding a number of topics related to student wellbeing, as well as promoting the belonging and connectedness of all children within our learning community.         

How can I encourage my child’s social-emotional learning at home?

There are a number of ways you can help your child enhance their social-emotional capacity at home.  Here are few tips that can be incorporated into your family’s daily life.
•    Model the emotions and behaviours you would like your child to show.  You are the first and most important educator of your child.
•    Be responsive to your child’s big emotions and behaviours. This may mean asking ‘’what’s wrong?’’, rather than ‘’stop crying’’ or ‘’you’ll be right’’.  Encourage the expression of emotions.
•    Teach your children ways to manage their emotions.  Whether you listen to music, practice calm breathing exercises, do mindful colouring together, go for a walk around the block or kick a ball.  Showing your child coping strategies and how to deal with their big emotions promotes positive mental health.
•    Establish routines i.e. (meal/bed and homework times).  Routines help to create safe and stable environments for children, and can reduce your child’s anxiety or stress.
•    Ask open ended questions to your child, so as to promote problem solving skills i.e. (‘’what would you do in that situation?”).
•    Play games to teach kids how to take turns, share, win and lose and negotiate.
•    Offer praise and support for your child’s positive behaviours.
•    Offer positive reinforcement when your child try’s something new or takes a positive risk in their learning or in relation to outside school activities. 
•    Help your child to recognise their strengths and set goals for their learning, behaviour and/or activity of interest. 
•    Use stories to talk about different social situations and how each person might be feeling.
 

References: CASEL, BE YOU, Department of Education and Training Victoria 

Social-Emotional Learning Resources for Parents:

The power of parenting with social and emotional learning. Huffington Post, April 15, 2015. 
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-power-of-parenting-wi_b_7071208
Raising caring, confident, capable children: What parents and caregivers need to know about social and emotional learning (SEL) and why it deserves your support in school and at home; 
http://www.casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PDF-22-raising-caring-confident-capable-children.pdf
SEL in the home; 
https://casel.org/in-the-home/
A Parent’s Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning;
 https://www.edutopia.org/SEL-parents-resources
Confident parents confident kids
https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/about-the-blog/
Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2d0da6BZWA&t=289s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72Eptyfncgc
 

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 starts Wednesday 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.

KEEP KIDS SMILING – FREE DENTAL CHECK UP

Link Health and Community staff members will be attending St Andrew’s 24th – 28th June 2019

If you would like you child to participate in our Keeping Kids Smiling session and receive a FREE dental check-up, please complete the form sent home with your child and return to your class teacher by 20th May.
 

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!!

Term 2 School Fees

Term 2 Fees are due for payment by 17th May.

All Arrears, Subject & Excursion Levies, Swimming for Year 3 & 4, Year 6 Camp and Term 1 Fees should now have been paid.

NAPLAN Make Up Sessions

After the completion of tomorrow’s NAPLAN session we will review student absences and will create a timetable for students who were absent to complete the assessments.  Should students have missed multiple assessments we will aim to complete the assessments over different days next week to ensure a similar set up of the assessments this week.

Secondary School Information

Students going to Government Secondary School in 2020

Application Forms must be returned to the Office by 17th May.

 

 

 

 

Salesian College

Information Evening  for future families

 

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,

I hope that everyone had a lovely week, and especially to our Mums, Grandmothers, Aunties and Special Friends who were spoilt last weekend for Mother’s Day. 


The P & F  met this week and many items were discussed including activities for the year, digital presence, reach and connection, fundraising activities etc.  We have many exciting items to report on, stay tune for further updates. 


 We have some changes to members in our P & F Committee. We wish to thank Lorraine Terceiro for her role as P & F secretary over the years, and welcome our newly appointed Julia Ly to the Secretary role. Further, we would also like to acknowledge and give a huge thank you to P & F committee members Kate Munro and Natasha (Tash) Waide for their valuable contributions over the years to P & F activities,  and their support for the school. Kate and Tash are stepping down from official P & F Committee duties, but as passionate supporters of the school, they will continue to stay connected with us. 
 

Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Family Movie NightJune
(date to be confirmed)

Following on from previous years, we will be holding another Family Movie Night event in Term 2. We are currently finalising the date and times, and other activities to make this event a success. More details about this fun filled family activity to be provided, so stay tune!
 

Social Parent and Friends Morning Tea

A week before the end of each term,  the P & F will host an informal catch up.  On a Friday morning  between 8.45a.m. to 9.30a.m. in the Conference room. This will be an opportunity to meet up with other parents /guardians or friends of St. Andrew’s. 

Come along… coffee and tea will be provided. All are welcome. We would love to meet you. 

 

Dates for your Diary

  • June 21st 
  • September 13th 
  • December 13th 

P & F Meetings

The P & F meets on a monthly basis alternating between afternoons and evenings in the Conference Room. 
2019 P&F Meeting dates
June 19th  Wednesday  7:00pm
July 16th Tuesday  2:00pm
August 21st Wednesday  7:00pm
September 17th Tuesday  2:00pm
October 16th Wednesday  7:00pm
November 19th Tuesday  2:00pm
December 18th Wednesday  7:00pm
 

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  parents.friends.standrews@gmail.com or simply catch one of us during our drop-offs, pick-ups or activities around the school community. 

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster

 

MAY

Mon 20     Volunteer Needed

Tue 21      Volunteer Needed

Wed 22     Volunteer Needed

Thur 23    Volunteer Needed

 

 

Parish News

The Grand May Ball

May 25th from 7pm to 12.30am in the  School Hall

 

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.

 

Local Community News

Minding Young Minds

Dear St Andrew’s Primary School
St James College in East Bentleigh is hosting a free public forum on Supporting Young People with Anxiety on Wednesday 5th June 7.30-8.30pm. We would like to invite any parents/ teachers and students (10yo+) from your community to attend.
The guest presenter, is Geoffrey Ahern, a mental health expert and specialist in anxiety.
 
Attached is the flyer to the event with booking details.


 

  Newsletter
2019 NAPLAN Timetable.pdf
Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
Flyer for Priority Parishes and Primary Schools - 2019.pdf
PS Newsletter_14May_InformationEvening.pdf
May Parish ball.pdf
Combined liturgical workshop - 19 June 2019.pdf
Term 2 Activities-0001.pdf
Week 3.pdf
Week 4.pdf
Minding Young Minds A5 Public.pdf