Photo: National Champion Negar Ahmadi - courtesy Knox Leader 22 May

St Andrews Christian College

15 June 2018
Issue Six
Parents and Friends
Senior School
Middle School
Junior School
Community Notices
St Andrews Christian College
03 8847 8300
130 Tyner Road
Wantirna South, Victoria, 3152


Greetings Friends!

Another wonderful term has nearly flown by!


Building and Growth

Next term we look forward to moving into our new Performing Arts Building which will house our music and drama classes, staffroom, storerooms and instrumental teaching studios.


As we move out of the Rembrandts building (by the end of August) you will hear about arrangements for OSHC (Out of School Hours Care) and our Uniform Shop.


The building construction for the new Middle School and Science Block will also be commencing, and hopefully ready for use by Term 3 next year.


A Mindset for the Future

As I talk with educators, parents and students, I am alarmed at the stress that is put on our children to succeed. We all want results and that is good, but what is alarming is that the real point of education becomes truncated and evaluated within a narrow paradigm.


If we really want our children to ‘succeed’ and have a happy future then we must not just measure academic results as a sign of success, but as parents and educators be committed to an education that is based on Christ, brings our children to Christ and allows them to be who they are meant to be in Christ.


For this to happen we all need to daily model Christ in a school that not only teaches the ‘what’ but the ‘why’. When children understand the ‘why’ in their living and learning, this helps lead to real life-long learning and understanding.


Jesus taught his disciples by modelling life to them. He taught in parables and by asking questions, not just giving all the answers, so as his followers would think more deeply and grow in their understanding.


A mindset that our children need is one that is open to want to become more like Christ and to serve Him. We need to daily pray for our children for their hearts and minds, but this mindset is modelled to our children by us all having teachable and humble spirits.


Educationalists state that a ‘growth mindset’ rather than a ‘fixed mindset’ helps our children to be more resilient and may contribute to better outcomes in school and beyond.


I recommend the following article (2014 Transforming Education) for guidance and understanding of how to help our children develop a growth mindset in their lives.


My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3


Blessings on your week everyone,



Many people have asked about my recent trip to Israel. Here is a Leadership Reflection I presented to the Board and our Leadership team.






DONATE second hand READING GLASSES for people in need in the SOLOMON ISLANDS.


Channel 10 Weather

On Monday the 28th May we had a visit from Channel Ten presenter Mike Larkan. The Channel 10 weather was broadcast from our Innovation Centre in the Senior School. Students from Prep, Year 2, Year 6 and Yr 11 were involved and did a wonderful job demonstrating some of the STEM activities we do at the college and displaying our multi age community. Several students were given the opportunity to speak on camera and even give the forecast details. It was a fun experience for our students and Mike was certainly impressed with the calibre of our students and they all did us proud. I want to thank all the parents, staff and students who helped to make this night a success. You were all superstars!

Also you'll notice in the photos and links below the amazing art work of the Year 7 Kinetic Art experiments in the background.


Links to the two segments are on the Ten News Facebook page.


Yvonne Hughes

Head of Junior School

Primary Music Festival

More information on the Primary Music Festival can be found on the Music page.

National Champion Inline Skater: Negar Ahmadi - 10H

Negar will compete for the world title in the inline skating sprint event in Amsterdam in July.

Well done on your achievements so far Negar! Let’s all keep Negar in our prayers as she trains and prepares for this event.


Congratulations Caleb

Congratulations to Caleb Elbourne for being chosen as one of the main characters in the professional production of School of Rock.

Pray for Caleb and the Elbourne family in this wonderful but busy season of their lives.


Catriona Wansbrough


St Andrews Christian College presents our 2018 production of ‘Hot Mikado’, a jazzy adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic ‘The Mikado.’ 

Come see our talented students perform and support them as they display their creativity and hard work for all to see. Rehearsals are a highlight of the students’ week leading up to our performance in August. 
Put the 17th and 18th of August into your calendars for a night of comedic family entertainment. We hope to see you there!

Becky and Amber (Year 10)


Important Coming Events for Term 2 2018:





  • Wednesday 21st June – Year 7/8 CSEN Sport
  • Wednesday 21st June - Interschool Debating (Wesley College)
  • Saturday 23rd June – VCE Formal
  • Monday 25th – Friday 29th June – Year 9 Internal Mock Elections
  • Monday 25th – Friday 29th June – Year 10 Work Experience
  • Wednesday 27th June – Year 9/10 CSEN Sport
  • Thursday 28th June – St Andrews Christian College Board Meeting
  • Friday 29th June – LAST DAY OF TERM 2

* Parents welcome

Term Dates


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

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

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

Parents and Friends

Entertainment Books

The 2018/19 Entertainment Books are now available for purchase from the school office.  The Books are crammed with great value and a portion of each sale goes to the PFA. You can also purchase a digital membership here 


School Banking

School Banking takes place on each Tuesday of the School Term.


Please note that the Commonwealth Bank have advised that they only have limited stock of the Secret Scratch Pad reward item from Term 1. 


The other reward items currently available are:

  • Sparkle Glitter Pens – Term 2
  • Glow Light Torch – Term 2
  • Twister Power Handball – Term 1
  • Cyber Handball – 2017
  • Colour change Markers – 2017
  • Tablet Case – 2017
  • Pencil + Tech Case – 2017
  • Smiley Emoji Keyring – 2017
  • Epic Earphones - 2017

2nd Hand Uniform Shop

The Second Hand Uniform shop will open from 8:30am - 9:30am each Wednesday during the Term.


Its Sale Time

The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be holding a half price sale in the last two weeks of Term.  If you are looking to update your uniform supplies drop in on either Wednesday 20th June or Wednesday 27th June to grab a bargain.


The Second Hand Uniform Shop is located in Rembrandts. We are looking for parent volunteers for 2018 who can commit to assisting in the Uniform Shop. Please contact Liz Romney via

Icy Pole Friday

Every Friday lunchtime.


Andrew O’Brien
PFA President

Parent Participation Hours

Families can participate by being involved in a variety of activities. During the year, notices will be sent out requesting parent help at various events or activities, for example, helping at sports carnivals, covering library books, icy pole Fridays, 2nd Hand Uniform Shop, PFA events, classroom help or attending working bees.


Parents are required to record the hours they have completed in the Parent Hours Book which is kept in the College office. You will be charged a Parent Participation fee of $250 at the commencement of each year and will be credited at the end of the semester for any work done. You will be credited at a rate of $25 per hour of work completed, up to a maximum of $250 for the year. The time requirement for each family is ten hours per year.

Term 2 2018 PFA Events

  • Thursday 21st June - Food Day
  • Entertainment Books Fundraiser

2018 PFA Executive Committee

President:                     Andrew O’Brien

Vice President:            Sally Wade

Secretary:                      Lesley Goh

Treasurer:                     Jean Lee

Assistant Treasurer:   Eric Chen


Photo: National Champion Negar Ahmadi - courtesy Knox Leader 22 May

Senior School

Photo: National Champion Negar Ahmadi - courtesy Knox Leader 22 May

Save the Date!

Senior School Expo to be held Tuesday 31st July, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Keep this evening free to be able to come along and find out all there is to know about senior school at St Andrews. 

Careers News

The latest Careers Newsletter is focused on the University Experience Days during the upcoming school holidays. The universities are inviting senior school students to register and visit their university to find out about their courses and pathways, as well as go on a campus tour and meet current students and lectures. 


Many tertiary providers have prepared informative workshops, seminars and info sessions for the high school students. It is a great opportunity to learn about enrolments and admissions process, requirements, prerequisites and interviews, as well as get a taste of university life and find out about emerging careers and speciality areas.


I’ve also included information about Early Admissions Program at La Trobe and ACU universities. They recognise and reward Year 12 students who make a positive impact on their school and community through leadership and engagement.


Please find attached the recent St Andrews Careers Newsletter.

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


Irena Yevlahova

Careers Coordinator


Year 11 History

Year 11 History students having fun as they participate in reconstruction of "ancient pottery".


Penelope Connolly

History Teacher


Middle School

Year 5-8 MaxiVox Choir

More information on the Year 5-8 MaxiVox Choir can be found on the Music page.

AFL Hawks Visit 

Three Hawthorn AFL players recently visited Year 5. The photos show Year 5 students with the three Hawks players; Jonathon Ceglar, Daniel Howe and Luke Breust. Also, student Josh Bishop with Jonathon Ceglar and one very excited Mrs Provis with all three players. 


Jenny Provis

Year 5 Teacher


Today three of the players from Hawthorn Football Club came to visit Year 6. These players included Daniel Howe, Luke Breust and Jonathon Ceglar. We learned a lot about these three players from being able to ask questions. After questions we did an activity where we had to make a support team, where we chose people who support us in our lives. All in all we had a great time with the players!


Tilly and Ruby 6L


Junior School

Preps and Year 6 Buddies

The Prep students learnt the sound “ar” and had fun learning the word “car”. We have a wonderful time with our Year 6 Buddies every Wednesday afternoon and it made sense to plan, build and “drive” our own cars. With the help of some cardboard boxes, paper plates, string, coloured paper and lots of sticky tape, we loved the finished products. Even the Year 6s enjoyed “driving” the cars around the school playground on a beautiful, sunny afternoon!


Sonia Sires and Emily Law

Prep Teacher and Yr 6 Teacher

Year 1 Helping The Preps

Year 1L students recently had the wonderful opportunity to read to Prep S students.  

Year 1L students created flip books of the story "Jack and the Beanstalk".  Each student put great effort into their own story of Jack and the Beanstalk!


Year 1L students thanked Prep S for being such lovely listeners. 


Melanie Lepileo

Year 1 Teacher

Year 1 Writing

The Year 1 students worked on some procedural writing on how to make a raft. They then enjoyed following their steps on how to make it. 

Chantel Rodger

Junior School Teacher

Year 4 Pilgrims Progress

Year 4 shared the story of Pilgrims Progress in the Junior school assembly. We have been reading the book and the students acted out the amazing story of staying on God’s path to reach eternity. They explored how in life we might get persuaded to turn from God’s way and detour from God’s path. Year 4 shared Proverbs 3:5-6. The classes choreographed their own songs and Mrs Metcalfe put the tune to it. What a lovely message from Year 4.


You can read along to the lyrics for the 2 songs here:


Strong as a Lion by 4C

Little Christian, on a hard journey

Determined to get to the King’s City

But don’t worry, God will never leave you,

He loves you so much that he’ll send Help to help you

Follow your heart and you will find the glory,

Your God will be waiting for you.

God will be with you in all circumstances,

Always be with you.



I am as strong as a lion,

I feel like steel or iron

Because God is with me and I have faith in him

I walk through the dark, until I find your love

And now I have courage, and now I am strong

And I know you love me, and I believe in you.


My heart on God is steadfast

we all know that together

We trust your Holy Spirit and in your Holy Name

But once we enter the Kingdom our sins we be forgiven

And we will have eternal Life


Never give up no matter how hard the journey may be

Stay on the right path, don’t be lured by temptation

Make the right choice

Listen to the Lord




If God is on your side no one can defeat you

And you can walk with pride ‘cause he is by your side

And he can conquer death, and he can conquer death.


Doors open to the light where God is waiting

He was crucified in the name of the Lord

He’s always been there for us and he is here

He’ll never leave us in the dark, but always be the light.





Friends, Monsters and Dragons by 4V

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And admire all of God’s art

God will make your paths straight

So throw away your hate


The Lord will make your paths straight

He will guide you through the toughest of times

He will guide you through the valley

To where you belong


Friends, monsters and dragons as you travel

Friends, monsters and dragons as you travel

Friends, monsters and dragons as you travel all day long


Believe in the Lord with all your soul and mind

And think not of your own understanding

Love him with all your heart

And he will keep your path straight forever


Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

Don’t get filled with hate or sorrow

He created the mountains, he created the sea,

He created the heavens and he created me


Friends, monsters and dragons as you travel

Friends, monsters and dragons as you travel

Friends, monsters and dragons as you travel all day long


Paige Cheung and Gail van Heerden

Year 4 Teachers

Photo: Library


Photo: Library

Library News

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


Junior Library

Lunchtime Monday


Middle/ Senior Library:

Before School:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: Open from 8.15 am

During School:

Monday to Friday: Recess and Lunch

After School:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until 4pm.

Wednesdays until 3.45pm.




Accelerated Reader certificates for this month go to:


Super Reader

Adrian Tan 6L

Dean Weir- Johnson 6L

Emma Courtis 6L

Daniel Wong 6S


Advanced Reader

Angela Sun 6L

Jacqueline Biletskyy 6L

Ethan Hua 6S


Star Reader

Charlotte Chen 6L

Ethan Cassimatis 6L

Michelle Lim 6S


Classic Reader

Aidan Hua 6L

Tilly Russell 6L


Fantastic effort!!

New Acelerated Reader Titles

Year 5 up Non-Fiction (War)   

World War II, October 21, 1942. A B-17 bomber drones high over the Pacific Ocean, sending a desperate SOS into the air. The crew is carrying America's greatest living war hero on a secret mission deep into the battle zone. But the plane is lost, burning through its final gallons of fuel. At 1:30 p.m., there is only one choice left: an emergency landing at sea. If the crew survives the impact, they will be left stranded without food or water hundreds of miles from civilization. Eight men. Three inflatable rafts. Sixty-eight million square miles of ocean.                              


Year 5 up Fiction (Humour) 

In this series, James Patterson relates the adventures of an unusual robot that is enrolled into an ordinary fifth grade class.

The Library staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteer that have spent time helping us this term shelving or covering books. We are grateful for your help. The roster for Term 3 will be sent to parents during the last week of this term.

Just Added

The Senior Library has just added the following titles to the series already available.


Year 7 up Fiction (Crime) 

The latest mystery for the budding detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. This crime takes place in Hong Kong and Hazel Wong finds herself a suspect. This is Book 7 in the series A Murder most unladylike.


Try this if you are a fan of Agatha Christie.


Year 5 up Fiction (Mystery)

In Book 2 of the Ateban Cipher series, Gabe and his friends brave incredible dangers to learn more about the encrypted book they are protecting. In doing so, Gabe will find out more about his own identity.


Year 5 up Non-Fiction (Adventure)

Read the inspiring story of Ben Carson, a famous American neurosurgeon, who overcame poverty, racism and poor grades to achieve his dream. This is part of the Heroes in history series by Janet and Geoff Benge.


Year 5 up Fiction (Humour)

Book 12 in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Getaway, sees Geoff and his family off on vacation, instead of spending Christmas at home. The holiday is not stress-free.


What adventures will befall the family?


Library Staff


Primary Music Festival

We will be holding the very first St Andrews Christian College Primary Music Festival on Wednesday 22 August 2018. All students from Prep to Year 6 who play a musical instrument or sing are encouraged to enter as a solo performer. Although it is a competitive style festival, the emphasis will be on the fun of taking part and performing for enjoyment, not the winning.

To try and reduce our environmental impact, it has been decided that all entries should be made via an online form. Please use the link provided below.

Year 5-8 MaxiVox

As of Term 3 this year we will be establishing a Middle School singing ensemble called MaxiVox for students in Years 5 – 8. This group of singers will NOT be an auditioned choir.

Rehearsals will start ion Terrm 3 and take place on Thursday mornings at 8.10am in the Music Room. A number of performance opportunities in and out of school are already being planned; these include a joint concert with the City of Frankston Brass Band on Sunday 23 September, and a joint singing workshop day with Belgrave Heights Christian School. Singing in MaxiVox will give our middle school students the opportunity to develop their voice before auditioning for the elite vocal ensembles that attend the Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier every year. 


Interested students should return the Commitment Form sent home last week as soon as possible, or see Mrs Metcalfe to get another one if they have misplaced theirs.

Congratulations Gabriel

Gabriel Liu in 2N achieved 3rd place in the Grade 3 and 4 piano section in the Ringwood Eisteddfod at the beginning of June. This is an amazing achievement for a student in Year 2. 


Helen Metcalfe

Music Teacher


Women In Sport

Last Monday, we were grateful to have Maddie Garrick from the Melbourne Boomers come in and talk with our Year 8 girls around women in sport and women in leadership. The girls listened to her personal story in which she discussed many things relevant to girls in the current time. It was encouraging to see our girls participating in discussion and listening intently. After Maddie spoke with the girls she ran through some basketball skills and drills with them. The Year 8 girls were a fantastic representation of our school, with many comments around how amazing and interactive they had been.


Cailyn Holland​

Sports Teacher

Athletic Club

The St Andrews Athletic Club is in training with enthusiastic students under the coaching of Hendrik Dreyer. Here he is taking them through a 'tempo run' session, working towards cross country and athletics season next term.



The Year 5/6 Girls soccer team celebrating after a recent win.

The Year 7/8 Girls team won their last match 10-0 against Chairo Christian School and progress to the final series! The other team photos are from the Year 5/6 Round Robin days where the boys and girls soccer team won two out of three of their pool games and progress to the Wantirna District finals series on Friday June 15. Year 5/6 students played other sports including volley stars, netball and t-ball. The boys t-ball team also progress to their District finals series.


This term I've had some 30 Year 5 and 6 students participating in the  soccer club every Tuesday after school, working with Year 8 coaches and referees. Also on a Thursday morning at 8:15am I've had 25 committed Year 7-10 girls playing soccer in the cold and wet to improve their skills. The results of the tough early morning practices are beginning to show with much better results on the field!

Don’t forget to watch and enjoy the soccer World Cup FROM June 14 to July 15 and cheer on the Socceroos!


Andrew Farmer

PE Teacher


Visual Art

Here are some Year 7s working hard on building their sketching portfolios, observational drawing in the sunshine. Also Year 7 Dale Chihuly installation is in progress and looks amazing!

Year 6s are completing their Synthetic Cubism portraits with gusto. Sometimes it’s hard to be confronted by our own face, but it’s important to see ourselves from God’s perspective - wholly and dearly loved. Photo shown is work by Christian Bligh. 

Year 8 are developing a Jade Oakley Kinetic Mobile. Pouring personal experiences of power, beauty and life into a 3D space- a tapestry of colour. Photo shown is work by Nathan Storie.


Marina Heading

Art Teacher

Community Notices

Newsletter 6

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

These organisations are not endorsed by St Andrews Christian College.

CYC Winter Camps


Knox Youth Services


St Andrews Christian College
Careers Newsletter No 8 11 May 2018.pdf
Careers Newsletter No 9 13 June 2018.pdf
2018 May - Study Tour to Israel with SHIFTm2M.pdf