25 July 2019
Term 3 / Week 2
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
Student Wellbeing
Enviromental News
Game Hub News
School Office News
Secondary School Information
Parents and Friends
School Tuckshop 
Activity Programs
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

From the Principal

Dear Families,
  Congratulations 2019 Foundation Stars!!!! 100 Days of School, Thursday 1st August


Congratulations to our 60 Foundation children who will complete 100 days of school at St Andrew’s next Thursday. We hope that every day has been a wonderful adventure for our Foundation children.  Our thanks to our Foundation team for their efforts in helping our children, along with families new to our school, settle in so comfortably and for making the first half of their year such a positive experience.  


We look forward to all Foundation families joining us for a celebratory lunch in the Glasshouse next Thursday.  Parents are invited to bring a picnic lunch for you and your child.

Lunch celebrations will commence at 12.30pm. 



School Closure Dates 

Changes of Dates for Term 3 & 4
Friday 1st November & Monday 4th November - Closure Days for Term 4 2019 
(No Closure Day throughout Term 3) 

We write to advise parents of a change to the Closure Days as set for the remainder of the year.  We had previously set our School Closure Days as 23rd August, 4 November (Melbourne Cup Monday - Semester 2 Assessment & Reporting) and 22nd November.

Since setting these dates we have been advised that the results of the new annual Parent, Student and Staff School Surveys, referred to as CEMSIS (Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Survey), will be made available from October 14 along with the data being made available from Year 3 & 5 NAPLAN testing.   The resultant feedback coming from these data sources is all important to the future direction of our planning for 2020 and beyond.   
As a result of the timeline associated with this data we wish to reschedule our Closure days, as previously set for 23rd August and 22nd November, and confirm a Closure Day for Friday 1st November as a new date.

On the 1st November the staff will participate in workshops reflecting on the data received from the CEMSIS and NAPLAN data.  We would retain the 4th of November date as an Assessment & Reporting day.


The 1st of November has been chosen as a preferred date as it is the Friday prior to the Melbourne Cup weekend and with early notification this may mean that families can take an extended break for the Melbourne Cup week. 
We apologise for any inconvenience arising from this change in dates.  
Apologies to all parents, as it was stated in last week’s newsletter that a closure day was set for Friday 20 September.  This was an error. 

CareMonkey responses to Social Media Presence -
Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

We advised parents in last weeks newsletter of the school’s new presence on Social Media.  We thank those parents who have already completed the Social Media CareMonkey permission slip as distributed last Thursday.    We ask that all parents complete this permission form by tomorrow, Friday 26th July.  
Below is a snapshot of the newsletter article as published last week: 

We are excited to advise parents that from week 3, term 3 the school will be implementing an active approach on social media.   As of the week beginning 29th July we will be posting regularly to the social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter. At a later stage we will look to access Instagram as a third platform. 

This social media presence will provide us with the opportunity to more actively, and on a more timely basis, share the experiences and learning of our children.   These experiences might include the highlights of the Friday assembly, images of Book Week activities, images of Footy Colours Day, learning within regular classroom activities etc. 

We wish to assure parents that when using images or videos we will not be using student names on any of the social media sites.

iNewsletter Translation to Different Languages

Parents please be aware that the Newsletter platform, INewsletter, has the capacity to translate the newsletter text into a number of differing languages.  Parents simply need to refer to the bottom of the newsletter, as emailed or distributed via the Skoolbag app, to find the tab ‘select language’. By opening this tab and selecting your preferred language all parents/carers will have an option to translate the newsletter into a preferred language.  

School Fees - Term 3

Your school statement for Term 3 was sent home with the eldest child last Friday. If you did not receive an envelope please obtain a copy from the school office.

Term 3 Fee and Building Levy are due by 10th August along with any overdue fees.

Year 5 & 6 Swimming Fee is due by 5th August.  This is itemised on your fee statement.

If you are having difficulties in meeting the fee obligations, please contact the principal.

Working Bee - Saturday 10th August (8.30am-10.30am)

Our Term 3 Working Bee will take place on Saturday 10th August.   Sign up details will be distributed in the coming week for parents intending to participate in this event. 

CareMonkey Registration for New Families -

It is recommended that parents access the site .   By following the instructions you can create your own free CareMonkey account and control all data about your child/children. The CareMonkey system stores the information on your behalf and you will be able to grant (or deny) access to your data with our school. You are also able to share this data with any other group or individual you choose (eg. your child's grandparents, their child-minder, their sports club, etc).

From the schools perspective, this information will only be visible by the relevant staff for your child and will be managed in accordance with the Privacy Act.  

School Closure Days

Closure days 

Friday 1st November and

Monday 4th November (Melbourne Cup Monday)

The Out of Hours Care Program will be open on these days to supervise students.  Parents who require this service are asked to enrol their child prior to these dates.

Skoolbag App - Download

To install the St. Andrew’s School App, just look for our school name "St Andrews Parish Primary School Clayton South" in the Apple App Store (iPhone Users) or Google Play Store (Android Users), and install it on your phone.  Alternatively, once in the App Store or Play Store search ‘skoolbag app st andrews’ .

Dates for Your Diary

2019 Key Dates - 

Fri 26th -         School Assembly 2.30pm 
                           (CEM) Leadership Development Workshop - Mr                                                        McDonough,  Mrs Palombi
Thu 1st -         Celebrating 100 Days of Foundation
Thu 8th -        Whole School Mass - Mary Mackillop Mass 
Sat 10th -       Working Bee (8.30am-10.30am)
Mon 12th -     School Book Fair (Mon-Thu)
Tue 13th/Wed 14th -     Senior School District Athletics
Thu 15th -      Assumption Mass 
Sat 17th -       Year 3 & 4 Level Mass 6pm 
Mon 19th -     Celebrating Book Week - ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ 
Mon 19th -     Year 5 & 6 Swimming Program 
Mon 26th -    Foundation & Mike Larkin & Channel 10 Weather Report                                     onsite 

Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 3/4TK

In Year 3/4 TK we are investigating the History of the area surrounding the Yarra River which later on became Melbourne. We have been learning about the life of the Wurundjeri people that lived on the land. We have used paintings as a primary source of information to establish understandings about their way of life. 

The following slides are by Tia


The children have been independently researching a Melbourne landmark such as Flinders St. Station, The Old Melbourne Gaol, The Shrine of Remembrance, The State Library etc. They have  gathered information and have completed a brief report. 


State Library
By Isabelle 

The State Library is a central library. The Library was built in 1863. Since then they have made a few changes. It is located at  328 Swanston St, Melbourne Vic 3000. 

The State Library also has a mini gallery with  paintings showing the history of Melbourne.. The State Library has two million books over six floors, 

It was built because Sir Redmond Barry believed that everyone should get a chance to read for free.

To design the Library there was a competition. The roof of the dome is made of glass.

The Old Melbourne Gaol
By Hunter

The Old Melbourne Gaol was a secure place to hold some of Melbourne’s most dangerous criminals and gave a home to the homeless 

In 1845 the first cell block was opened but due to the Gold Rush people were stealing and robbing from each other and the gaol was crowded, so in 1859 they built a second cell block.

One of the most famous prisoners to be locked up was Edward Ned Kelly. He was on the run for 18 months and was wanted for theft, robbery and murder. While trying to derail a police train he was shot, captured, locked up  and tried for murder. He was found guilty and was hung on the 11 November and was the 101st person to be hung in Melbourne.
The gaol closed in 1924 and was set aside for educational purposes and part of it is used for R.M.I.T University.


Melbourne Museum 
By Georgia

The Melbourne Museum is a place for education, history and culture. It has many historical items, pictures and old statues.

 The Melbourne Museum is extremely popular for tourists and people that come on holiday in Victoria. 
The Melbourne Museum had finished being built in the year 1854, it was reopened in 2000 after major renovations. The Melbourne Museum is located in Carlton.

The Melbourne Museum is the largest Museum in the Southern hemisphere. 


Flinders Street Station
Written by Andrew H

Flinders St Station is a train station in the city of Melbourne.  It is located on the corner Flinders St and Swanston St.

It was built  so people could get around in the city and it also has a gym, library and a ballroom on special  occasions its open to the public.

The famous station was named after Captain Matthew Flinders and it was designed by James Facett and H.P.C Ashworth.

They started building in 1905 and finished in 1910 the opening day was 12 September 1910.

The building was made out of sandy coloured  bricks, grey concrete, glass and lots of green copper for the dome roof.

It has got LEDs surrounding the whole building so on special occasions the whole thing would light up with colourful lights from top to bottom.


In Art the children have made flowers to be displayed around the school to promote kindness and friendship.


Mathematics we have been learning about Fractions and Decimals. During a recent WIFI disruption ¾ TK went old school with chalk and used the Netball court as our canvas.




Italian Poster Competition

Please click on link for more information


Scholastic DINO-MITE Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

Great News! St. Andrews is having its bi-annual Book Fair next month: Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th &

Thursday 15th August.

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

•    Set the example. Let children see you read.
•    Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
•    Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read. 


The theme of our Scholastic Book Fair is Dino-Mite, where we hope you will Stomp, Chomp, and Read! It’s a fun reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
More details later about the book fair times where you will be able to purchase great books for children to follow.

For now please place these dates in your diary so you won’t forget.

Become a Book Fair Volunteer!
We need your help before and after school and during lunch time to make sure our Fair is a great success.

If you are able to spare some time during these dates, please contact Sonia in the Library or leave your details with the Office – any assistance is greatly appreciated!

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Hope to see you all there!

Sonia Turco
Library Technician

Book Fair Volunteers

We need your help before and after school and during lunch time to make sure our Fair is a great success.

If you are able to spare some time during these dates, please contact Sonia in the Library or leave your details with the Office – any assistance is greatly appreciated!

BEST Awards

This week's BEST Awards are:


Student Wellbeing

Building Gross and Fine Motor Skills at Home

Gross Motor

  1. Play at the park
  • Playing on the playground at a park encourages children to build their strength, coordination and endurance in a fun and engaging way
  • Going on swings encourages children to coordinate their upper and lower body, as well as, engage their core muscles
  • Climbing play equipment promotes building strength in their upper body, as well as, motor planning
  • Hanging on monkey bars is great for developing arm and hand strength, as well as, endurance – all needed for fine motor tasks, such as handwriting
  1. Making a cubby house/fort
  • Encouraging children to create a cubby house or fort at home allows them to use their imagination and improves their motor planning abilities
  • Moving furniture such as chairs, cushions and blankets, is a heavy-work activity that allows children to reorganise and calm themselves
  1. Animal walks
  • Animal walks assist in improving children’s muscle strength, endurance, balance, coordination and body awareness
  • Different animal walks include:



1.    Working on vertical surfaces 
•    Drawing, writing or painting on vertical surfaces such as windows, whiteboards or easels assists in development of upper body strength and endurance 
2.    Lying on stomach 
•    Completing activities, such as puzzles, writing, drawing or crafts, when lying on one’s stomach promotes strength building of the neck and core muscles

Fine Motor 
1.    Play with Playdoh
•    Playdough is considered a resistive and manipulative material, and is great for developing strength in the finger and hand muscles
•    Have your child create characters for stories they’ve developed 
•    Have your child roll the playdough into a snake, pinch along the snake to create a pattern and then scrunch the playdough into a ball 
•    Have your child create letters and words using the playdough, and then trace it with their pointer finger 

1.    Play with Lego 
•    As Lego pieces are small, they are great for developing fine motor skills in dexterity and manipulation 
•    Allowing your child to build things from their imagination also assists in improving their praxis (moving thoughts/ideas to real life) 
2.    Pick up Lego pieces with tongs or tweezers 
•    Using tweezers or tongs to pick up objects builds strength in the fingers and hands, which will ultimately assist in the development of their pencil grip 
•    When finished playing with Lego, have your child pick up loose pieces using tweezers or tongs 
3.    Drawing and writing a story 
•    Allow your child the opportunity to draw a picture of anything they would like, and then have them write a sentence about what they have drawn 
•    As your child becomes more comfortable with writing, gradually extend how much they should write.
For example, if they are able to write 1 sentence with minimal difficulty, have them write 2 sentences next time, and continue to build on this until they can write a short story about their picture





Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing


Australian Mathematics Competition

We have had a fantastic amount of students challenge themselves and sign up for the Australian Mathematics Competition!

The competition is based to promote Problem Solving and Reasoning as key features of Mathematical learning.

The competition will be held on Thursday August 1st and will see 35 Grade 5/6 Students take part and 38 Grade 3/4 Students take part.

Those who have entered are encouraged to click on the link below and complete the practice questions (No login or password are required)

Here are some flyers to promote the competition!


The countdown is on!

Many thanks,

Michael McDonough
Maths Leader



Enviromental News

What’s Going On In The Environmental Team?

Hello! We are the environmental team for 2019, in this letter we are going to inform you on what we are doing at the school. We have nude food day every Friday to encourage kids to bring containers instead of  plastic wrappers. Did you know that rubbish takes up 1000 years to break down? By doing little things such as having nude food days will help the environment in an efficient way even as a small school community.


Our new system:

From each class we have chosen two Environmental leaders that will help us count the rubbish. We feel that the school needs to be more collaborative and work as a team in these matters. As we have a jam packed Friday the leaders will simply count the rubbish and keep track of scores in a google doc. The environmental leaders should have received a badge and must be wearing it every Friday,. The leaders are also going to have a chance of presenting the nude food day results which shows a huge step of leadership.

How you  can help?

If we bring reusable containers instead of plastic wrappers, we can help the environment a lot. This is why, not only does it make our school look untidy; the rubbish we put on the floor can go into the drain, when it goes into the drain it leads to the open sea. This affects sea animals because if they accidentally eat the plastic they can die or get really sick. So let's help them by not littering on the floor and let’s reuse plastic bags and containers.


Kind Regards-Environment Team

Game Hub News

Game Hub News

Games Hub has started off extremely well this Term with an exceptional attendance by students.  We will be trying to incorporate new activities weekly from mindful colouring, to craft activities and lego building.  Next week, we will be having the following activities;


Junior Activity: (Week 3)
Make your own Forky


Senior Activity: (Week 3)
Table Tennis Competition



Positive Psychology Tip:
Week 2 (Term 3)
Smile & Share your happiness

It turns out smiling actually has real benefits for your physical and emotional wellbeing, as it not only increases happiness but also reduces stress and improves relationships.  To harness some of the amazing powers of smiling, all you really have to do is smile more.  Smiling really is contagious, so try spending more time around others who are particularly smiley.  Spend time engaging in fun activities with you children such as jumping on the trampoline or playing a board game which will naturally elicit those positive emotions and of course smiling.


This is a great talk about the benefits of smiling. Enjoy!


Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing

School Office News

School Fees

Your school statement for Term 3 was sent home with the eldest child last Friday. If you did not receive an envelope please obtain a copy from the school office.

Term 3 Fee and Building Levy are due by 10th August along with any overdue fees.

Year 5 & 6 Swimming Fee is due by 5th August.  This is itemised on your fee statement.


If you are having difficulties in meeting the fee obligations, please contact the principal.

Scholastic Book Fair is coming!


Secondary School Information

St. James - Term 3 Open Days


OLSH College Open Morning


Sacred Heart Girls'College

Remaining Open Mornings for 2019 


Dimboola presented by Salesian College & Sacred Heart College 

For tickets please click on link - 


Parents and Friends

Dear Parents & Friends,


Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you all had a lovely break with your children, families and loved ones,  and have settled in well in week 2. 
We held our P&F meeting last week with a packed agenda and we are now focusing on planning our activities for this term. We are gearing up for three main P&F activities including Father’s Day Stall, Father’s Day Breakfast and a Ladies Night for our lovely mothers, grandmothers and special friends to connect and socialise without the children (and partners). Save the dates further down and more info to come.
We are so happy that three Water Fountains have been installed across the School and is now in excellent use for our children. I would like give special thanks to all parents, teachers, the school community and members of the P&F Committee for all your support and hard work in contributing to the fundraising of these Water Fountains. THANK YOU. 

Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Spotlight on P&F Member:
Julia Ly our P&F Secretary 

July Ly - "Tony and I are new parents to St Andrews. Our son Ashton Nguyen is in Foundation A.

Julia joined P&F as I wanted to help out with events, meet other parents and be better informed on school events. I chose St Andrews initially because Ashton's cousins used to study here and it was recommended by friends. We love to travel as a family. Our favourite destination so far has been Japan". 


Term 3 Activities – SAVE the DATE

Please save these dates in your diary.

Father's Day Stall held over 2 days Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August
Father's Day Breakfast Friday 30th August
Ladies Night Evening of Friday 16th August

Social Parent & Friends Morning Tea

  • Friday 13th September
  • Friday 13th December

Where:   Staff room

Time:      8.45 - 9.30am


More information to come shortly in the upcoming newsletter.

Again, we will be calling for volunteers to assist on any of these activities. Feel free to contact us if you can help Please note, that all volunteers helping at the school will require a Working With Children (WWC) check.


Second Hand Uniform Shop

Is open each Monday between 2.45 and 3.10pm. All clothing items are $5.00.

P & F Reach and Connection

Lend a hand - Join our casual Parent & Friends email registry of helpers

We know we have such a rich and diverse community of parents and friends at St Andrew’s, and that not everyone will have the time and commitment to actively participate in our P&F Committee and attend our regular monthly meetings. Perhaps you only have a spare couple of hours every so often in a year, have a specific expertise, passionate about a specific cause/project, maybe you’re in between finding work and want to add a fundraising/community activity to your resume to boost your employability? If you want to lend a hand but without the long-term commitment, then we invite you to join our casual P&F email registry of helpers. How it works, email us your interest at  We’ll add you to the email list and notify you of any upcoming opportunities to lend a hand. If one catches your fancy, simply respond back and let us know how you can assist.

School Tuckshop 

Tuckshop Roster


Term 3  

Fri 26 July

Mon 29 July Volunteer Needed
Tues 30 July Volunteer Needed
Wed 31 July Volunteer Needed
Thur 1 Aug Volunteer Needed


Activity Programs

Kelly Sports 

Kelly Sports gives children the opportunity to learn a range of fundamental skills used in the sports. For more information click on the link.


Grasshopper Soccer

Term 3


Football Star Academy
After School Soccer Clinics

Please click on link for more information and a special 20% off for all new players.


C.K Coaching


Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
Donations for the homeless!.pdf
Term 3 Poster for 2019.pdf
Book Fair 2019 for Newsletter.pdf
PS Newsletter_14May_InformationEvening.pdf
Open Morning July 31 2019 Flier.pdf
Enrolments at Sacred Heart Girls' College - Year 7 2021 applications closing date 2019.pdf
PS Newsletter_3July_Dimboola.pdf
Dante Alighieri letter to parents and poster information 2019.pdf
Term 2 Activities-0001.pdf
Julie Corletto Netball Clinic - GESAC.pdf
Monash Junior Come Try Day.pdf
Winter Holiday Program 2019 flyer.pdf
Spring Season 2019 Flyer.pdf
Newsletter Content - Kingston Arts School Holiday Programs.pdf
Clarinda Winter Holiday Program.pdf
games day June 11 2019.pdf
St Andrews wacky winter sports.pdf
St Andrew's Term 3 update.pdf
Week 9 (1).pdf
Week 2.pdf