01 August 2019
Term 3/week 3
From the Principal
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
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 all of our 60 Foundation children who will completed 100 days of school today. We hope that the children enjoyed a fabulous day.  Our thanks to our Foundation team for providing the children with such an enjoyable day and to all classes for sharing in the fun!
Thank you to those families who joined us for a picnic lunch in the glasshouse this afternoon. We thank all families for their support for their children throughout the first semester and for their support of our school.  



Australian Maths Competition - Congratulations Children! 

Congratulations to our 74 Years 3-6 children who took part in the Australian Mathematics Competition today.  The school based competition is suitable for students from Years 3 to 6.  Children are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes.  
We congratulate all of our children for being willing to have a go at this challenging curriculum experience! 



Teaching & Learning

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have all settled into another busy term!!  
There has been a great deal happening in Teaching and Learning to date.


In Term 1 staff and students participated in goal setting. This enabled students to set goals for their learning with their teachers. Goal Setting is one of 10 High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) and is a fundamental technique for teachers to make learning visible and relevant for their students. Furthermore, Professor John Hattie's extensive research findings demonstrates that establishing challenging goals, rather than 'do your best' goals, is a more effective way of setting expectations for students. Difficult yet achievable goals have an energising effect which motivates students to strive to the highest levels.

At the end of Term 1 students then presented and reflected upon their goals at the Three Way Interviews. Research outlines the benefits of Three Way Interviews as being; 
Students are in the driver seat of their learning;
Students become responsible and accountable for their learning - their successes and challenges;
Students become advocates for themselves, discussing with parents and teachers how they can help them;
Empowers students as people and learners;
Student led conferences promotes deeper thinking.

In Term 2 the students were learning how to use technology to enhance and demonstrate their learning in Literacy and Numeracy. Students were then able to this learning to their families in the Three Way Interviews. This was a terrific way for students to further develop their skills in being active participants in the Three Way Interviews along with taking ownership of their learning.  Furthermore this empowers students and builds school pride, along with promoting inclusion, intellectual engagement and self-awareness.

In Term 3 the staff are working hard in their levels to plan rich learning tasks that incorporate the high impact teaching strategies of structuring lessons, explicit teaching and multiple exposures.

Structuring Lessons:
A lesson structure maps teaching and learning that occurs in class. Sound lesson structures reinforce routines, scaffold learning via specific steps/activities. Planned sequencing of teaching and learning activities stimulates and maintains engagement by linking lesson and unit learning. 

Explicit Teaching:
When teachers adopt explicit teaching practices they clearly show students what to do and how to do it. The teacher decides on learning intentions and success criteria, makes them transparent to students, and demonstrates them by modelling.

Multiple Exposures:
Multiple exposures provide students with multiple opportunities to encounter, engage with, and elaborate on new knowledge and skills. Research demonstrates deep learning develops over time via multiple, spaced interactions with new knowledge and concepts. 

We hope that students and families are looking forward to another term of learning and encourage all families to be active participants in their child/ren’s learning journey.


Kelli Johnston
Deputy Principal & Learning & Teaching Leader



Strategic Planning - Leadership Program, Leadership Coach and Partnership with Catholic Education Melbourne - Southern Team

Leadership team members have been offsite for a number of days in the past few months involved in various planning and feedback forums.  The team has been involved in the 360 Degree feedback module where we analysed our personal and leadership team feedback as gained from our colleagues.   The feedback gained aims to support our forward planning in our personal leadership roles whilst also identifying as a team the areas where we need to best develop our leadership capabilities, leadership styles and work culture.    The team has also been supported by a leadership coach who has worked with the leadership team along with individuals.  Our coach has challenged leaders to identify best forward practice and goals and to add rigour to the St Andrew’s Annual Action Plan. 
The leadership team will be offsite tomorrow working with members of Catholic Education Melbourne, Southern Region Team. We will be looking at current research aimed at developing our leadership and curriculum practice along with refining our strategies for the future development of school programs and staff learning.   Southern Office advisors will facilitate conversations with our leaders on the ‘where to next’ and ‘how are we going to get there’. 
Throughout the coming 12 months we will continue our partnership with the 360 Degree facilitating team, our leadership coach and the Southern Office.   It is anticipated that the learnings taken from these facilitators will impact on our staff practices with an aim to impact directly on student outcomes. 
Parents please note that the following staff will be offsite tomorrow - 
Paul Wakeling, Kelli Johnston, Daniela Dal Santo, Michael McDonough, Angela Palombi and Callum Mills. 

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

Our Term 3 Working Bee will take place on Saturday 10th August.  Parents are encouraged to sign up for the Working Bee via the CareMonkey form previously distributed.  

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 - 
Thu 1st -         Celebrating 100 Days of Foundation

                           Education Board Meetin 7.00pm

Fri 2nd -          School Leadership offsite at Southern Office CEM

                           Review of Annual Action Plan
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 

Fri 16th -        P&F Ladies Movie Evening from 7pm

                          Movie - 'I Feel Pretty'   BYO Food & Drinks 

                          (An evening set aside for adults, no children please) 

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 

Thurs 29th -   Fathers Day Stall

Fri 30th -          Fathers Day Stall

                            P&F Father's Day Breakfast in Hall - from 8am

Mr Paul Wakeling



Around the Classrooms

Year 1/2G

The students in 1/2G have launched into some engaging Learning Tasks after a restful two week break!
We are focussing on Four Pillars of Reading: Fluency, Vocabulary, Oral Language and Comprehension through the evidence based practices of “Repeated Reading” and “Guided Reading”. The students are developing their reading skills through the use of these four pillars and learning to transfer their skills across texts. The class have been learning about different countries including India, Greece and Vietnam and reading specific facts and interesting information about these places in their reading groups. 
Our approach to writing has changed and the students are learning about the Writer’s Traits to enhance their writing. Each session has a different characteristic that encourages children to produce quality writing. These include: Ideas, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency and Writing Conventions. Students have particularly enjoyed adding “sparkly” words in green pencil to make their sentences exciting to read. 
We have opened Term Three with a Unit about Multiplication and have focussed on this for the first two weeks. Students have been organising materials into equal groups and rows and practising familiar counting patterns to calculate totals. This week the children have started learning about the inverse of Multiplication, being Division, where they share a given amount into even rows or groups. A challenge will be to divide an odd number of objects equally! 
The students have been learning about the various stages of their lives including “Baby”, “Toddler”, “Child” and “Adult”. As a class we discussed and wrote about the different things they could do as a Baby and Toddler and where they are now as a Child. We looked into the future and saw what they will be able to do as adults. Some ideas included getting a driver’s licence, being employed and earning money and having a family. The students have thoroughly enjoyed completing a self-portrait depicting features that make them unique. These have included glasses, curly hair and favourite outfits. Students have then completed facts about themselves including “When I grow up I want to be…” We had a variety of responses including a vet, doctor, dentist and a couple of artists! We look forward to discovering more about the cultures and backgrounds of each child over the coming weeks.
The students have been contemplating who God is to them and acknowledging the qualities of God that they see in others. Some have likened God to their parents because they feel protected. Others have compared characteristics of God with those of friends and family members who they turn to in times of need. We have learnt about the importance of belonging to a family and community and in our class there are a wide range of hobbies including soccer, Auskick, gymnastics and dance. As part of these communities students have discovered talents, formed and maintained friendships and enjoyed exercise. We have begun looking at family trees and have started with a very special one, that of Jesus. Students have then moved on to the depiction of their personal family tree.
I am excited about the wonderful learning in 1/2G this term and as usual welcome parent helpers. Your time and assistance is greatly appreciated!
Rachel Gurvich- Year 1/2G Teacher




Scholastic DINO-MITE Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

Great News! St. Andrews is having its bi-annual Book Fair. 

 Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th &

Thursday 15th August.


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.

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

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!


Book Fair Times

Before school: 8.15 am - 8.45am
Lunch:                  1.35 pm – 2.15pm
After School:     3.15pm – 4.00pm

Monday 12th, August

Tuesday 13th, August

Wednesday 14th August and

Thursday 15th August

(NOTE: Thursday is a half day only – Not available after school) 


BEST Awards

Please click on the link below


School Office News

Working Bee #3

Thank you to families who have responded to our Working Bee on Saturday 10th August.  If you can bring brooms, gardening gloves, rakes or any other gardening tools, that would be great!


Year 5 & 6 Swimming Payment 

A reminder that the Swimming Fee is due before the Swimming Programs begins. Payment of $110 is due by 5th August. This item appears on your school fee statement.

There are 11 families who have not filled in their CareMonkey permission form. If you do not have an email address, please come and see Annette.

Scholastic Book Fair is coming!


Year Level Newsletters

Year Level newsletters were emailed  to families on Tuesday.  If you missed it, you can read it here.


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,

I hope you all had a wonderful week and is keeping warm with the chilly weather among us. 

We are gearing up for a fun filled evening - a 'Ladies Movie Night' on Friday August 16th.  We can't wait meet all of you ladies out there and have a relaxing evening. This is a strictly adults only event
We are also busy preparing plans for Father's Day celebrations that is organising the stalls and breakfast. More details to be provided shortly. 

Leanne Ngo
P & F President, St Andrew’s

Term 3 Activities

We will be calling for volunteers to assist with Term 3  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. 

Ladies Movie Night

Will be held in the evening on Friday 16th August in the School Hall

All mothers, grandmothers, aunties and special friends welcome!

We are looking forward to having a great evening and meeting you all!.

Father's Day Stall

Will be held over two days Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August  

More information to come shortly.

Father's Day Breakfast

Will be held on Friday 30th August SAVE THE DATE
More information to come shortly.

Social Parent and Friends Morning Tea

The next dates are :
o   September 13th 
o   December 13th 
Held in the Staff room between 8:45am to 9:30am.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Is open every Monday between 2.45-3.10pm.

All items $5 each.

If any families would like to donate items please leave them at the school office. Thank you

CommBank School Banking
is available at our school.

For new families who would like to open and account for their child.


Next P & F Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 21st August at 7:00pm in the Conference room.

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 2 August

Joanne James
Mon 5 August Volunteer Needed
Tues 6 August Volunteer Needed
Wed 7 August Volunteer Needed
Thur 8 August 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.


Nomination for Board Vacancy.pdf
Donations for the homeless!.pdf
Term 3 Poster for 2019.pdf
Book Fair 2019 for Newsletter.pdf
Working Bee.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
Book fair flyer 2019.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
St Andrews wacky winter sports.pdf
games day June 11 2019.pdf
St Andrew's Term 3 update.pdf
Week 10.pdf
Week 3.pdf
2019 Orientation Day A5 Flyer.pdf
2019 Orientation Day A5 Flyer.pdf