10 October 2019
Term 4/week1
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
School Office News
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Activity Programs
Fete News
Secondary School
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,

We hope that you have all returned well refreshed from the term 3 school holidays and ready for the final busy term of 2019. It’s wonderful that term 4 brings with it some spring sunshine to hopefully rid many of us of the winter illnesses!   Through gritted teeth I say congratulations to all Tigers supporters on the AFL premiership! 

School Interview Bookings - Term 4 Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews-  
Monday 14th October 

Parents of 1/2DW, 1/2S & 1/2C have been advised previously that due to staff leave, interview times for these classes will take place in Week 2 of Term 4. 

If you have not made your interview time, please go to

The Event Code is: ruyvu

Bookings will close on 11th October.

Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary 

Next Wednesday 16th October, at 11:45am in the Church, the staff and students of St Andrew’s will gather together to recite the Rosary.
The month of October is dedicated as the Most Holy Rosary primarily because October 7 is the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. 
All are invited to attend. If you have rosary beads at home, could parents/guardians please encourage students to bring along their rosary beads to school next Wednesday.

New Families/Foundation 2020 Parent Information Evening  -  Wednesday 23rd October 

We invite all New Families and 2020 Foundation families to our 2020 Parent Information Evening to be held on Wednesday 23rd October (7.00pm-8.30pm).    Parents should have previously received an invitation to this important evening.  Please contact the school office if you failed to receive this invitation.   

Foundation Transition Session 1 

The first of the 4 Foundation Transition Sessions will be held on Thursday 7th November, 9.00pm-10.30am.  
Additional Sessions will be held on:
●    Thursday 14th November, Wednesday 20th November and Tuesday 26th November.   All sessions run from 9am-10.230am 

2020 Textbook and Stationery Lists

This week your child/ren would have brought home their book list for 2020.   Please read the instructions and order collection carefully.

We have changed suppliers and are supporting local business Link Educational Supplies Pty. Ltd. in Mount Waverley.

  1. You have the option of ordering your stationery online with delivery to home.  The home delivery fee is $13.50 via Australia Post   (prepayment required)  OR
  2. Complete the student details, tick the items you require, and return the book list to school by Thursday 31st October.  You will collect your order from the School Hall on Wednesday 4th December between 3 - 5pm.

Are you aware of families looking to enrol at St Andrew’s?

We continue our planning for the 2020 school year, and as advertised above, have our New Families evening scheduled within the next month.  We ask parents to advise any prospective enrolments to St Andrew’s to make contact with the school at the earliest possible opportunity so as to secure a place at the school and assist with our transition procedures.  

Year Foundation to Year 2 Swimming Program - A reminder for your diaries

Term 4 Swimming Program 
Our Swimming Program commences on Monday 25th November for all Foundation to Year 2 children.  The program is a 9 day program, the same structure as previous years.   The program concludes on Thursday 5th December.   As advised in the 2019 school fee structure the swimming program is $110 per child and needs to be paid prior to the commencement of the program.

Woolworths Earn and Learn Rewards

This week our Woolworths Earn and Learn rewards arrived. This year the rewards were used to purchase a range of Lego and storage. The Lego will be distributed to classrooms for students to use their imaginations and get creative with building. Thank you to all families who collected reward stickers. The students benefit enormously from such opportunities. 


Term 4 School Closure Days

Parents please note that the School Closure Days for Term 4, 2019 are listed below in the school calendar as

Friday 1st November and  Monday 4th 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.

Term 4 Major Dates for your Diary 


●    Monday 14th -       Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews Year 1/2S, 1/2C,                                                    & 1/2DW
●    Thursday 18th -    School Assembly 2.30pm

●   Saturday 19th -     St. Andrew's Community Fete - 10- 4pm
●    Monday 21st -       Year 4 Camp

●   Tuesday 22nd -      Year 4 Camp

●   Tuesday 22nd -     District Rugby Gala Day Year 5 & 6

● Wednesday 23rd -  2020 Foundation & New Family Information Evening

●   Thursday 24th -     Anointing of the Sick Mass Year 5 & 6M

●   Thursday 24th -     Foundation excursion to Taskworks
●    Saturday 26th -    Foundation Level Mass - 6pm

●   Thursday 31st -     All Saints Whole School Mass - 11.45am

●   Thursday 31st -     Year 4 & 5 Salesian Be A Kid Program

●   Friday 1st -          Staff Professional Development Day (School Closure)

●    Monday 4th -     Assessment & Report Writing Day (School Closure)

●   Tuesday 5th -     Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)
●   Thursday 7th -   District T20 Cricket Day Year 5 & 6

●  Thursday 7th -   2020 Foundation Transition Morning: 9-10.30am                                                    Session 1

●   Friday 8th -         School Assembly 2.30pm

●  Saturday 9th -    Working Bee: 8.30-10.30am
●  Wednesday 13th - 2020 Foundation Parents Transition Evening                                                       with Carley McGauran: 7-8pm

●  Thursday 14th - 2020 Foundation Transition Morning: 9-10.30am                                                    Session 2

●   Wednesday 20th -  School Board Meeting 7pm

●   Wednesday 20th -  2020 Foundation Transition Morning: 9-10.30am                                            Session 3
●   Saturday 23rd -  Vision Portraits: 8am - 2.30pm.
● Monday 25th -    Foundation to Year 2 Swimming 9 day Program                                                     commences

● Tuesday 26th-      2020 Foundation Transition Morning: 9-10.30am                                                   Session 4

●  Tuesday 26th -  Foundation Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion 
● Friday 29th -      St Andrew's Feast Day Whole School Mass: 11.45-12.30pm

●  Friday 29th -       School Assembly 2.30pm
●  Saturday 30th -  St Andrew’s Feast Day 

●  Thursday 5th -     Anointing of the Sick Mass Year 5 & 6CM

●  Thursday 5th -    Final day of Swimming Program
●    Saturday 7th -   St Andrew’s Carols by Candlelight 7.15pm 
●    Wednesday 11th -  Reports Distributed & 2020 Classes published 
●    Graduation Excursion
●    Thursday 12th -   Year 6 Graduation Mass 6pm 
●    Monday 16th -     Children work as a Transition Day in 2020 classes 

●   Monday 16th -       End of Year Assembly 2.30pm

●   Tuesday 17th -      End of School Year Thanksgiving Mass 9.15am
●  Tuesday 17th - Final Day of school year for students - 3.30pm dismissal
●   Wednesday 18th -    Staff Professional Development Day
●   Thursday 19th -        Staff Professional Development Day
●   Friday 20th -               Staff Conclude 2019 Year 

Year 4 Camp

The Year students will be going away to Camp Oasis in Mt. Evelyn on  Monday 21st October to Tuesday, 22nd  October 2019.

The bus will leave at 9.00 a.m.  and return approximately at 3.15 p.m. on Tuesday.      

Students will be involved in various activities - Ropes Course, Archery, Rock Climbing, Candle Making, Initiative games and Eco-centre.

The camp activities will be well supervised, and both challenging and enjoyable.   As the activities will take place outdoors in a bush environment, please make sure that your child takes suitable clothing.   

If you have any reservations or queries, please contact your child's teacher, myself or Mr Tyndall.

The cost of the Year 4 Camp is $120  which includes G.S.T. on food. This cost has been billed on your school account and should be paid before Wednesday 9th October.

Please make sure your Care Monkey form is up to date with medical and dietary  requirements clearly listed. 

Term 4 Summer Uniform & ‘No Hat - No Play’

Now that we are in Term 4,  we notify parents that children can make the transition to summer uniform.  We also remind parents that term 4 has a ‘No Hat – No Play’ SunSmart policy.   
As a SunSmart registered school all children will have access to Sunscreen.  Children without hats will be directed to play in the quadrangle outside the staff room where we now have the new shade cloths/umbrellas.  This area provides children with plenty of room to move whilst being protected from the sun. 

Students Departures/Future Numbers

If your child/ren (Foundation - Year 5) will not be returning to St Andrew’s in 2020 we ask that you notify us through the CareMonkey form as previously distributed. This information is essential as we plan for 2020 class structures.

2020 Classes - Placement of Students

Early in Term 4 the staff will begin the process of putting together class lists for the 2020 school year.  The process will be completed with consideration given to:

  • The social and academic distribution of the children within the same level across classes
  • A gender balance in each class
  • Children’s requests for friendship groupings
  • Specific placement of siblings and children with individual needs, inclusive of emotional, learning, physical and behavioural needs
  • The social needs of children including the working relationships of all children and the desired separation of children who do not have a positive social or learning influence on each other
  • An awareness of teachers in the previous academic year

Teachers in term 4 will ask children to name six friends who they work well with.  Children will be reminded to consider children from their current class and from other class settings.  Classes will then be structured with the aim to have at least one nominated friend.  However if the class teacher feels that the choices are not in the best interest of the child then the child will be asked to nominate others.  Parents please note that it is sometimes commented that, ‘My child didn’t get any of their friendship requests from last year’. It is often in this situation that a child’s actual friendship group has slightly or significantly changed from October through to the end of the year and as a result the child feels that their requests weren’t taken into account.  
With approximately 24 children in each class each child is provided with 23 opportunities to either further develop existing friendships or the opportunity to develop new friendships.  To be highly successful participants in our social, school and future working environments it is a most important skill to create new friendships each year.  We make every effort to support our children by providing them with supportive environments but at the same time we wish for some form of challenge so that our children can further develop personal life skills by negotiating new friendships. 
As detailed above there is a significant level of care that goes into establishing the best learning environments for our children.     

Parent Requests - Meeting with Leadership

We are aware that some parents may have valid reasons to have input into the placement of their children for the forthcoming year.  I am always concerned that should there be numerous requests from parents then the ability for staff to make positive and professional judgements for  the best learning environments for our classes is compromised.  Given this if parents have any relevant information that you believe is essential to the grade placement process, I invite you to email me directly via     Should we need to gain greater clarity on the request as made we will make contact with you to make an appointment to share your thoughts or concerns.   Alternatively parents can make a time to meet with Kelli Johnston or Paul Wakeling to share your thoughts for the 2020 year.   Parents are requested to either submit a request via email or make an appointment by Friday 18th, October.  Appointment times can either be negotiated with me via email to or through Annette or Marie in the school office.  We will evaluate all requests and make a professional judgement on the placement of the child in question. The final decision rests with the school. Please keep in mind the many limitations that are already placed on the staff during this complex process. 
 ‘Teacher Shopping’ -  At St Andrew’s we are blessed with a highly skilled and enthusiastic staff team and we are confident that all teachers will meet the needs of your children. Parents making requests simply as ‘Teacher Shopping’, without any foundation, may not necessarily receive their requests for the new year.  The reference to ‘teacher shopping’ meaning that, for example, parents have heard positive comments about teachers in the school from other parents and think that teacher may be good for their child.  Likewise a sibling may have had a teacher previously and a parent wishes for their next child to also have that teacher.  We would love to meet all requests but there are other elements around class placements, as detailed previously, which may take priority over a request as such.  As stated above, parents are invited to meet with leadership to discuss thoughts that may be pertinent to 2020 class placements but we ask that you take on board all of the above information before making your request.

St. Andrew's Community Fete -

Please refer to the Fete News tab.

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.

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.  

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’ .

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates -


Mon 14th - Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews Year 1/2S, 1/2C, 1/2DW 

Wed 16th - Whole School Rosary

Sat 19th - St. Andrew's Parish Fete

Mon 21st - Year 4 Camp

Tue 22nd - Year 4 Camp

Wed 23rd -  2020 Enrolment Information Evening

Thur 24th - Foundation Excursion to Taskworks

                     - Annointing of the Sick Mass - Yr 5/6

Sat 26th - Foundation Level Mass - 6pm



Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms


It is with great pleasure that we welcome everyone back to Term 4! I hope the holidays have gone well for you all and that the children are rested and ready for the next 10 very busy weeks of learning! 
We are all feeling energised and ready for a productive, positive and rewarding term ahead!
During Term 3 the Foundation students were provided with many opportunities to progress in their learning and to develop as young people. Experiences such as the 100 Days of School Celebration, Myuna Farm incursion, Mike Larkin weather incursion, Book Week and Footy day. These experiences have all provided the Foundation students with opportunities for personal growth. In particular, the visits to our school by various local kindergartens allowed our students to interact and show this growth. 

Our learning this term will once again be exciting and fun. It will allow the Foundation students to consolidate their learning in preparation for the transition to Year One. We look forward to a wonderful Term 4 in Foundation

In English this term, the Foundation students will continue to develop and extend their skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening in a range of fun and interactive activities. 

This term, students will continue to refine their handwriting and will begin to take a closer look at punctuation. In particular, they will focus on using uppercase and lowercase letters correctly in their writing and develop strategies to edit their own writing for the use of full stops. 
We also have been focusing on Procedural texts. The children will be taking part in various cooking and crafty/building activities which will require them to read and follow a number of steps to achieve a completed product.
Below is a small sample of the wonderful recount writing that the children have completed. 

In Reading, the Foundation students will continue to participate in daily Guided Reading sessions with their classroom teacher. Students will be encouraged to monitor their own reading and to make sure that they understand what they have read. Strategies targeted to students’ individual needs will be introduced and practiced including re-reading for understanding, breaking up words into syllables and grouping words together in sentences to improve reading fluency.

Students will continue to improve their Mental Strategies in daily activities. In these activities students will practice their skills in skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, and solving addition and subtraction problems by counting forwards and backwards.

This term Religious Education will cover two main topics: Praying to Jesus the Good Shepherd , and Emmanuel, God is With Us!
In the unit ‘Praying to Jesus the Good Shepherd’ the students will explore prayer as a way of communicating with God. They will investigate examples of Jesus praying in Luke’s Gospel. 
In the unit ‘Emmanuel, God is With Us’ students will learn about the seasons of Advent and Christmas. They will explore the concepts of waiting and joyful anticipation that are expressed through the use of the Advent wreath and the story of John the Baptist. 

Our Inquiry unit this term is called ‘How does it work?’ The children will learn about how things move when they are pushed and pulled.They will be able to list things at home and at school that move, and describe the forces that move them.

Language Experience
The students have also taken part in cooking sessions with Mrs San Martin. They enjoyed making and eating mini pizzas. It was wonderful to have our Foundation A parents present assisting us. 


In Mathematics the students will continue to develop their number knowledge through Place Value. The children will be focusing on numbers that come before and after.
They will also continue to improve their Mental Strategies in daily activities. In these activities students will practise their skills in skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, and solving addition and subtraction problems by counting forwards and backwards.

Our school achievements are always a wonderful reflection on the calibre of the people in the St Andrew’s community and the way we focus and work together as a team. I  would like to thank and congratulate all of you on your contributions to the year so far. Looking forward to a great Term 4.

Angela Palombi
Foundation A Teacher


Term 4 Activities


Walk to School 2019 -
Wednesday 16th October

Walk, ride or scoot and build healthy habits for life
The meeting points are:
•    corner of Centre and Springs Roads
•    corner of Springs and Bourke Roads
•    corner of Bunney and Clarinda Roads

Please ensure you are at the meeting points ready to leave at  8.00a.m.



Moving Vehicle Competition!

Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,


The Arts Team are holding a Moving Vehicle Competition. 
Students can build a moving vehicle using any type of material such as:

  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Lego
  • Paper  (etc)

Some ideas of what vehicles you might want to create are:

  • Trucks
  • Cars
  • Buses 
  • Airplanes
  • Boats (etc)

Our aim is to get people involved in art and help them understand how vehicles really work. It is to encourage children to use their imagination. All the money raised will be for the Maghanoy school in the Philippines.
Keep in mind that your vehicle DOES NOT have to move BY ITSELF.  As long as it moves when you push it! 😋


You can sign up for the competition at the tuckshop from the 16th of September till the 10th October.  Each entry is $1.00.
Can we get our family/friends involved? Of course you can! It's only $1.00 PER GROUP. Keep a look out for a small sign up table!


When your vehicle is complete and is ready to be displayed, please hand it to Madison or Bella in Class 5/6E by the 14th October. You could also hand it into your classroom teacher, to hand to one of us. There will be a week of voting sessions held in the lost property area from the 14th October until the 18th October during lunch time.


To vote for your favourite vehicle, you will need to purchase some voting sheets. You could purchase 3 for 50c or 6 for $1.00. One rule is that you CANNOT vote for yourself.

 All the votes will be counted, and the winners will be announced at the next assembly.  

See images of the prizes down below!


Your Sincerely,

Arts Team 2019, Mrs Bartlett and Mrs Johnston


School Office News

Year 4 Camp Fees

The cost of the Year 4 Camp is $120, which includes GST on food. This cost has been billed on your school account and should be paid before Wednesday 9th October.

Date of camp: Monday 21st October to Tuesday 22nd October, 2019

Term 4 School Fees

Term 4 statements will be going home today. Please check your child's school bag.  Term 4 Fee & Building Levy are due for payment by 18th October along with any outstanding fees.

Walk to School - 16th October

Wednesday 16th October
The meeting points are:
•    corner of Centre and Springs Roads
•    corner of Springs and Bourke Roads
•    corner of Bunney and Clarinda Roads
Please ensure you are at the meeting points and ready to leave at 8.00 a.m.


OSHC will only operate on Friday 1st November with a pizza and pyjama themed day. 


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents,

Welcome back parents, friends, children and teachers of our lovely school community!
The P&F will be helping at the Cake stall at this year's exciting St Andrew’s Parish Community Fete on Saturday 19th October 10am to 4pm. We are requesting again for your generous cake and dessert donations from our families and community.

For all Cake Stall donations please drop-off from 9am on the day of the fete near the Parish Foyer. Please ensure ALL food ingredients are clearly labelled especially if it contains nuts, soy and or eggs. Please see flyer below for further information. 

We are also starting to plan for our key event  which is our annual School Disco. This event is always popular with the children and draws a fabulous crowd across our student year levels. Stay tune for more information.
We have also organised again for Vision Portraits to take beautiful family photos on Saturday 23rd  November  just in time for Christmas and the holidays.  Further details and bookings please see below. 

Leanne Ngo
President, St Andrew’s Parents and Friends

Can you bake for the Fete?


Parent & Friends Meeting

Our final P&F Meeting date is:
•      Tuesday 12th November at 2pm, Conference room

Vision Portraits - 
Saturday 23rd November 2019

Help St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South raise funds this year and book your $15 family photo today! Include your whole family or just the kids in the session. Book now to secure your place.

Your shoot will take place at St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South

Your $15 includes your photo session and a 10" x 13" portrait of your choice with frame. There is a $1 booking fee.

$15 of your booking fee is fundraised for St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South

Booking link:
Use the password fundraise2019 to gain access.

Once in the home page,  scroll down and select St Andrew's Primary School - Clayton South  You will then be able to make your booking time.

P & F Reach and Connection

If you want to lend a hand but without the long-term commitment, you can join our casual Parent & Friends email registry of helpers.  Please email us your interest at
We will 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

TERM 4      
Friday 11 October Volunteer Needed
Monday 14 October Volunteer Needed
Tuesday 15 October Volunteer Needed
Wed 16 October Volunteer Needed
Thur 17 October Volunteer Needed


Activity Programs

Kelly Sports - Term 4 

New Basketball Program on Thursdays! 


Creative Music


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.



Fete Ride Wrist Bands

Wristbands entitling you to unlimited rides at the fete are currently on sale until 18th October 2019. To purchase wristbands please complete the reply slip below and return to the School Office with payment in a sealed envelope and child’s name and grade clearly printed on the front.

  • 1 wristband = $30  
  • 2 in one family = $55
  • 3 in one family = $80

(Wristbands purchased after 18th October and on the Fete Day will be $35 each, Individual ride tickets will be $5 each ride on fete day)


Fete Committee

If you have any queries please feel free to contact us at any time.
Jenny Conyers 0417 588 116
Ean Brewty 0457 527 633

Edwin Braganza 0403 005 962

Secondary School

O.L.S.H. Open Morning


Term 4 Poster for 2019.pdf
754-WTS19CS Poster-blank-A4.pdf
Walk to School.pdf
Walk to School.pdf
September School holiday program.pdf
T3 Holiday Camp1.pdf
2019 Sep Holiday Program newsletter.pdf
Kelly Sports St Andrews.pdf
Week 10.pdf
St Andrews Fete rides flyer.pdf
Open Morning Flier Oct 25 2019.pdf