Year Level Newsletter

24 October 2019
Term 4
Year 1/2
Year 3/4
Year 5/6
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169



Welcome back to Term 4 in Foundation! Thank you to all Foundation families for your support and active participation in our curriculum programs so far this year. The children certainly benefit from your assistance. During a very busy Term 3 the Foundation students covered a lot of learning and certainly earned their break. The Foundation students have returned from their holiday break full of enthusiasm and eager to learn. Our learning this term will once again be exciting and fun. It will allow the Foundation students to consolidate their preparation for the transition to Year One. We look forward to a wonderful Term 4 in Foundation!

Our Learning This Term


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. The focus in English will be on the reading and writing of procedural texts and information reports


Speaking and Listening

Students will participate in activities where they will use language associated with the following of procedures. They will consolidate and extend their knowledge of English letter patterns and sounds in words, as well as use rhymes and strategies to break up words into sounds.



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. 



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 practised including re-reading for understanding, breaking up words into syllables and grouping words together in sentences to improve reading fluency.


Home Reading
Our home reading program will continue throughout Term 4. Students should spend 10-15 minutes each evening reading their take home books and practising reading and spelling their high frequency words. Reading should be a special and enjoyable experience for all family members. It is expected that students record the title of the book read in their Kluwell reading log. Encourage your child to use the strategies we have been working on at school in their home reading such as; using picture clues, stretching out words, looking for small words inside big words, and reading on past a difficult word to see if that helps. Please also use the take home book as an opportunity to practise comprehension by asking questions and talking about the story or book during and after reading.


Literacy Helpers

Literacy groups will continue this term and will run every morning in each class. Thank you to the helpers who have already assisted us during the Literacy block. If you are able to help on any day, please contact your child’s teacher.



This term, our Mathematics learning will cover a range of topics. In Number and Algebra we will learn about Multiplication as repeated addition, Money by using toy money to pay for goods in play situations and the Place Value of numbers beyond the teen numbers. In Measurement and Geometry we will learn about Time including analogue clocks and sequencing days, months and seasons. We will also learn about Capacity by comparing containers. In Data and Statistics we will revisit collecting and displaying data and interpreting graphs. Our Mathematics learning this term will also include a revision of other topics covered throughout the year.

Students will 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.

We encourage you to support your child’s Mathematics learning by practising their Mental Mathematics skills in everyday tasks involving opportunities for Counting, Addition and Subtraction.


This term Religious Education will cover two main topics: Praying To Jesus - The Good Shepherd and Emmanuel, God Is With Us!
In Praying To Jesus - The Good Shepherd, students will explore prayer as a way of communicating with God. They will learn that people pray to God for different reasons. The students will learn the steps we need to take when we pray and explore the special symbols and objects used in prayer spaces. They will investigate examples of Jesus praying in Luke’s Gospel, and reflect on Jesus and the relationship Christians have with God and each other.

Our celebration of the Foundation Parish Mass on October 26th forms an important part of our Religious Education Curriculum and it is encouraged that all Foundation students attend.

In 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. Advent is introduced as a time of preparation that points us towards Jesus Christ. In engaging with aspects of The Christmas Story, students will be presented with the Good News that Jesus Christ is the promised Saviour, the gift of God.


This term, our Inquiry Learning focus is on Physical Sciences and Design and Technologies. In the Inquiry unit, How Does It Work?, students will learn that the way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape. They will also learn about forces and explore how different strengths of pushes and pulls affect the movement of objects. Our excursion to Taskworks will enable the students to further enhance their learning through hands on activities which require them to challenge their body and mind. Through Design and Technologies, the students will design and make an object which moves with either a push or pull force.



Our Swimming  Program commences on Monday 25th November for all Foundation students. This is a nine day program which concludes on Thursday 5th December. Swimming is an important part of the Health and Physical Education component of the curriculum providing students with opportunities to learn a range of water confidence skills. 

Nude Food Lunches

All students at St Andrew’s are encouraged to bring ‘Nude Food’ lunches. Nude Food is simply food that is not wrapped in foil, plastic or commercial packaging. The best type of nude food consists mainly of fresh food, so that it is healthy and nutritious PLUS environmentally friendly. It will also help us reduce the amount of rubbish scattered through our school. 

Walk to School

Throughout October, we will be participating in a series of Walk to School events. On Wednesday 16th October, Wednesday 23rd October, and Wednesday 30th October, students can meet teachers and join a walking school bus at any of the three drop off points for a prompt 8:00 am departure. The starting points are:

●    Corner of Springs and Bourke Rd
●    Corner of Centre and Springs Rd
●    Corner of Bunney and Clarinda Rd

Walking to school is a great way to start the day!


The Foundation students have been developing a deeper understanding of our school BEST values and are continuing to earn tokens for Being Respectful, Encouraging Others, Striving To Do Their Best, and Thinking Safety in the classroom and on the playground. Many students have received their 100 token certificate from Mr Wakeling and others will be receiving theirs in the coming weeks. Our Buddy Program continues to provide opportunities for the Foundation students to practise these values in a variety of activities with their Year 5 friends.

Classroom Organisation

Specialist Teachers and Timetable 

Italian – Signora White 

P.E. – Miss Barbuto

Music - Miss Judith Sivasubramaniam

Art - Mrs Bartlett


Action Based Learning

This Term, the Foundation students will be participating in the Action Based Learning Program on Thursdays with their classroom teacher. In these 30 minute sessions, students will do a range of activities designed to support links between movement and learning and improve their development in task focus, attention, balance and spatial awareness.

All Foundation classes have specialist lessons on Wednesdays, and also Action Based Learning on Thursdays. Please wear sports uniform with runners every Wednesday and Thursday. If you are available to help out in our Action Based Learning on Thursday mornings (9:00-10:30) please contact your classroom teacher.

Students should return their library books in their blue or yellow library bag each Tuesday.


Reader Pouches
Reader pouches must be brought to school each day. Please keep your Kluwell reading log, M100W word cards and nightly reader in your reader pouch. Reader pouches will also be used to bring home completed school work and notices, please check your reader pouch daily.


School Uniform and Hat
Hats are  compulsory during Terms 4.  Our school adopts the SunSmart policy of ‘No Hat - No Play’. As a SunSmart registered school, all children will have access to sunscreen. Students should now be wearing the summer uniform. Please ensure that your child wears the correct St Andrew’s Primary School uniform. Runners are only to be worn on a Wednesday for Physical Education and a Thursday for Action Based Learning.

Specialist Program News

L.O.T.E. Italian with Signora White

Bentornati a scuola.    
Foundation- Primina 
This semester in Foundation, the focus will continue to be on the introduction of the Italian language and on the development of the students’ speaking and listening skills. The students will be introduced to the written text through the Dante Alighieri poster competition where they are asked to label five fruits and/or vegetables and through the story of Pinocchio. They will learn the Italian words for various parts of the body and which part of the body hurts. They will be exposed to some common Italian expressions of surprise. The students will also be introduced to colours. During the lessons the students will be participating in singing songs, playing games and reciting chants. They will learn how to follow simple instructions and understand basic classroom language.
Mi chiamo- my name is
Sto bene /male/ così così- I am well/ unwell/ so-so.

Le parti del corpo:
Il viso- the face.                                  Ho mal di testa –I have a headache.
Gli occhi- eyes.                                   Ho mal di stomaco- I have a stomach ache.
La bocca- the mouth.
Le gambe- the legs.

The students will also be learning some common Italian expressions and instructions.
Mi fai male!- That hurts!                        Sedetevi per favore! –Sit down please!
Guarda un po’!- Wow, look at that!        Silenzio per favore!- Silence please
Smettila! Stop that!
Mamma mia!- Oh my gosh!

To help your child practise his/
her Italian language and grow in confidence and knowledge, please access the following LINKS :

Best wishes

Signora White  



This semester in Physical Education the Foundation children will be focusing on developing their locomotive and fundamental skills further by being introduced to kicking and striking. The students will be participating in a range of individual, partner and small group activities and the focus will be on working together collaboratively.  They will also be involved in a range of tasks that promote health and well being and require them to think about the changes that happen to our body during physical exercise. Another main focus of the semester will be on ‘fair play’ and how the students can demonstrate working together with their peers on a movement task or within a game. Overall the students will be engaged and motivated through fun, energetic and moderate to vigorous activities.

Miss Stephanie Barbuto






In Music, Foundation students will continue to explore the Kodaly system using hand signs and singing on pitch. They will explore the elements of drama to create, rehearse and present a story. They will also be using ideas from story to create dance sequences.

Mrs Judith Sivasubramaniam


Key Dates



  • Wednesday 16th   Walk To School                                                                                                         The Holy Rosary (Whole School)             
  • Friday 18th           Assembly 
  • Saturday 19th     St Andrew’s Parish Community Fete
  • Wednesday 23rd  Walk To School
  • Thursday 24th       Foundation Excursion to Taskworks
  • Saturday 26th        Foundation Parish Mass  6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 30th   8:00 am  Walk To School
  • Thursday 31st      11:45 am   All Saints Day Mass (Whole School)


  • Friday 1st          School Closure Day
  • Monday 4th      School Closure Day
  • Tuesday 5th      Melbourne Cup Public Holiday - No School
  • Friday 8th           Assembly 2:30 pm  
  • Monday 25th     Swimming Program Commences
  • Tuesday 26th     Swimming Program -  Day 2                                                                               Foundation Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion
  • Wednesday 27th  Swimming Program -  Day 3
  • Thursday 28th      Swimming Program -  Day 4
  • Friday 29th             Swimming Program -  Day 5                                                                              St Andrew’s Feast Day Mass (Whole School)                                                11:30 am  

                                                2:30 pm       Assembly


  • Monday 2nd              Swimming Program - Day 6
  • Tuesday 3rd              Swimming Program -  Day 7
  • Wednesday 4th        Swimming Program -  Day 8
  • Thursday 5th             Swimming Program -  Last Day
  • Saturday 7th             St Andrew’s Carols By Candlelight  7:15 pm 
  • Wednesday 11th      Student Semester 2 Reports Distributed
  • Monday 16th             Transition Day 2020 Classes
  •                                          End Of Year Assembly  2:30 pm    
  • Tuesday 17th  -          Final Day Of School For Students

                                                   9:15 am End Of School Year Thanksgiving Mass
                                                   School Concludes 3:15 pm  

Year 1/2


Dear Parents,

We all hope that you had a relaxing Term Three holiday with your children. We are looking forward to a productive and creative term with the students.

Kind regards,

The Level 1 and 2 Team

Our Learning this Term


In Reading and Writing, the students will be learning about Procedural and Persuasive text types. 

During Reading groups, the students will be exploring the areas of sequencing, vocabulary, making connections and literal and inferential thinking.

In Speaking and Listening, the students will be discussing a range of small projects with their peers. They will have the opportunity to discuss and present their developing building projects. They will engage in conversation, reflecting on the effectiveness of their designs and exchange information on possible improvements.


This term we will be enjoying some great hands on activities, exploring Length using a range of materials such as counters, paper clips, hand spans and string. 

While working on the topic of Mass, the students will develop the skill of “hefting”. This is sure to be a lot of fun and engage the students in some exciting lessons.

The students will be revisiting the area of Probability and consolidating their knowledge of Multiplication and Division, Place Value, Addition and Subtraction.


Religious Education

This term, our Religious Education unit is, “Born to be Faithful”. The students will explore the qualities of Mary as a model of Discipleship.

They will further develop their understanding of the Advent Season and the Christmas Story, and how the Christ child renews in us our compassion, love and generosity. 

They will reflect on the journey that Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem filled with God’s loving faith.



This term, our Inquiry unit is:  “Let’s Build It”. The students will be learning about the different types of buildings.

They will be working in teams to design, build, construct and evaluate a building of their own. They will use a range of materials sourced from their everyday life to represent materials used in the building industry.

The students will continue developing their ICT skills by using Chromebooks and iPads. They will participate in a range of teaching and learning activities. They will apply their knowledge and represent their learning in a variety of visual formats.


In Term 4 we continue to focus on the values of our BEST program:
This term, our school focus is “Think Safety”.

Classroom Organisation

We would like to take the opportunity to thank parents for their continued support with reading. We value how you support your child’s learning by listening to home reading, signing the yellow, Kluwell Reading Log each night, and supervising the homework tasks. Please encourage your child to be organised with their school requirements and to be self-sufficient whenever possible. 

A reminder that Year One and Two Specialists’ lessons occur each week on a Monday. Please continue to ensure your child has a library bag, so they will be able to borrow. Books need to be returned to class either on or prior to the library session day. It is important to ring, email or use Skoolbag to notify the office of your child’s absence from school. Thank you for your assistance in these areas.
Friendly Reminder- Please assist your child to  arrive early enough to settle in for class. After 8:50 a.m. students must report to the office for a late pass. 

Key Dates

Wednesday 16th – Whole School Rosary, 11:45am

Friday 1st – All Saints/All Souls Mass, 11:45am
Friday 1st November and Monday 4th November - School Closure Days 
Monday 11th – Remembrance Day Liturgy, 8:45am
Monday 25th November to 5th December - Swimming commences (9 day program)
Friday 29th – St Andrew’s Feast Day Mass, 11:45am
Monday 16th -       Transition Day for students 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 - 3.15pm dismissal

How to Contact Us

Louise Pickering                
Rachel Gurvich                  
Maggie Sproul                   
Rosario Corio                     

Natalie Rando                    

Nicole Milne                      

Specialist Program News

LOTE - Italian 
Year One/Two – Prima/Seconda
 Ciao a tutti e bentornati a scuola.


Dear Parents, welcome back to Semester Two.
 The students will begin the semester by revising previously acquired language. They will talk about family members using the word ‘É……. si chiama…..( he is ….she is.. her name is ..his name is…), and give factual information about themselves as well as their family members. Mamma è alta. Mum is tall. Lei è intelligente.
The focus will be on further developing the students’ speaking and listening skills as they work on the topic of Grandparents and their role in a family. The students will be encouraged to talk about their own grandparents and will be encouraged to reflect and make observations about similarities and differences in family cultural practices. I miei nonni sono….My grandparents are…….The unit will highlight the purpose of grandparents,  that is, the guidance and wisdom grandparents can provide, their show of love for the family, what they do to help. The students will be introduced to the 1st person conjugation of verbs giocare and andare:  Io gioco - I play, io vado - I go. They will then list and share the activities they do with their grandparents. They will also investigate the different ways of saying nonno and nonna in other cultures that are represented in the classroom and observe similarities and differences in the languages.  Nonno Nonna /  Opa  Oma/   Dadu Dadi. They will create posters to display in the classroom.
The focus of the unit will be on the students using their newly-acquired language and grammar knowledge to write a thank you card / letter/ poem or chant to their grandparents with illustrations. During the lessons the students will continue to participate in singing songs, playing games and completing written and oral activities.
I have included some internet links to enable the students to practise their Italian outside the classroom to help them grow in confidence and knowledge.
I also encourage everyone to keep up with Duolingo and Languages Online program in order to increase their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.

Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.  
Best wishes
Signora White          


Physical Education

This Term in Physical Education the Year One/Two students will participate in units of work  continuing on with lessons  involving fitness, body co-ordination and also  body movement.  They will learn the fundamental skills involved in movement with and without objects. Students will use different materials such as bean bags, tennis balls and hoops to practice co-ordination skills. Students will be learning mini game versions of basketball and netball to help develop teamwork and game skills. All students can attend before school activities such as cricket club (Tuesday and Thursday morning), skipping club (Wednesday) and lunchtime activities organised by the year 6 house captains on Thursdays.

Peter Tyndall



In Term 4 Year 1/2 Students in Music classes will be -

●    Using movement and drama elements, the students will create and perform a story based on a day at the beach.
●    They will use movement and dance ideas to explore, improvise and create a dance sequence. 
●    They will continue to explore and perform basic rhythmic patterns using untuned percussion instruments.

Mrs Judith Sivasubramaniam

Year 3/4


Dear Parents, 

Welcome to our fourth and final newsletter for this year. The teachers in the Year 3 /4 area  would once again like to remind you that the doors of each classroom are always open for parents and guardians to come in and help with our learning activities.
 All parent helpers are required to have a current Working with Children Check.
We look forward to seeing you and exchanging ideas during the course of the term.
Please read the school newsletter weekly as there is lots of information regarding news and events about the school.
Netty Howe, Sue ter Kuile, Liana Caligiuri, Kathy Cunningham and Stephanie Barbuto 


Our Learning this Term

In our Reading sessions we are continuing to build our skills and knowledge and apply them through a variety of learning tasks. Some of these tasks include working in pairs and small groups with the teacher to further develop student reading and comprehension skills.
This term our writing  focus is on Procedural Writing. We will use the structure of this text type to explore the writing of recipes, instructions for games and investigations in our Science unit. The students will be further developing their skills in grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and sentence structure.


In our Mathematics sessions , the students will continue to consolidate their knowledge in key learning areas.
We have started the term with Money and Financial Maths. During the term we will cover topics such as Mass, Length, Perimeter and Area. 
Students will further develop their Mental Mathematics strategies on a daily basis.  We encourage you to support your child to further develop and fine tune their times tables facts.  

In our Religion unit of work, we are focussing on 
The Annunciation and the Rosary. 
We are focussing on Mary as Jesus’ first disciple. 
We will also be investigating  and celebrating Advent and building on students' knowledge. The students will be focusing on stories, scripture and symbols of the Jesse Tree.

This term the students will be investigating a unit related to Physical and Chemical Science. They will be involved in learning how a change of state between liquids and solids is caused by differing temperatures. Students will predict, compare and explain results from classroom based experiments. 


Be Respectful

Encourage Others

Strive To Do Your Best

Think Safety

Students will continue to develop their understandings of these values through discussions and daily routines. They will implement these understandings through their daily interactions with teachers and students in the classroom and the playground.


Students are expected to:

  • Be at school before 8.45 each day. We emphasise punctuality each morning, as it allows students the opportunity to organise their work spaces in readiness for the start of the working day.
  • Please ensure all items belonging to students are labelled clearly with their names. 
  • Students in Year 3/4 are expected to read each night and record their reading in their diaries. 

Specialists day is every Wednesdays for all year 3/4s. (Students need to wear their Sports uniform and runners only on Wednesdays.)


Library Days 
3/4 TK - Wednesdays
3/4 H - Wednesdays
3/4 KC - Mondays
3/4LC - Thursdays

Key Dates

Week 2 - Whole School Rosary Mass 9:00am 23rd October
                   Saturday School Fete 10:00am- 4:00pm  
Week 3 - Yr 4 Camp Oasis - Monday and Tuesday 21st and 22nd October
Week 4 - School Closure Day Friday 1st November
Week 5 - School Closure Days Monday and Tuesday 4th November and                          5th November - MELBOURNE CUP WEEKEND
Week 6 - Remembrance Day Liturgy 8:50am
Week 8 - Human Development Parent/Child Information Session 6:00-                         7:00pm Monday 25th November 
 11:45 St Andrew’s Feast Day Mass 29th November
Week 9 - St Andrews Carols by Candlelight 7:15pm Saturday December                      7th 
Week 11 - Monday 16th December Transition Day
                     Tuesday 17th December 9:15 End of Year Thanksgiving Mass
                     Tuesday 17th December - LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS
                     End of Term 4 - School finishes at 3.15 pm. 

How to Contact Us

There are a number of ways that you can contact the Year Three/Four teachers: 
Mrs Caligiuri, Mrs ter Kuile, Mrs Cunningham, Mrs Howe
You may use your child’s diary to send a message however you need to tell your child to bring the note to the teacher’s attention.
Please come to see us between 8:30 - 8:45 am however we will need to commence class at 8:45, or see us at 3:15pm for short meetings please be aware there are staff meetings at 3.25pm on Monday and Tuesday .
If you need to contact us urgently please ring the office and we will call you to make an appointment.

Specialist Program News

LOTE -  Italian

Ciao a tutti e bentornati a scuola.
Dear Parents, welcome back to Semester Two.
Year Three/Four – Terza/Quarta
The students begin this semester by revising, recycling and consolidating previously-acquired language with written and oral activities, one of which is the Dante Alighieri poster competition.
They will continue to develop their skills in Italian and build on their vocabulary knowledge in a unit of work which is centred on Shopping –. Lo shopping. They will learn the names of various shops in Italian and be able to identify the similarities and differences in common types of shops and what they sell : Il bar- the café, il supermercato – the supermarket. Following a model and in pairs, they will write a shopping list in Italian, using the correct amounts for each item and Italian currency to pay for each. Un chilo di mele- a kilo of apples. Dieci euro-10 euro.They will learn how to ask how much an item/items cost.  Quanto costa? -How much does it cost?

 The emphasis will be on oral communication and group work, as they are asked to create and write shopping lists, dialogues and role plays and then present them in front of an audience. The students will learn new topic vocabulary in structured activities thus extending their personal knowledge of grammar and language structures. Che negozio è? È una gelateria.  What sort of shop is it? It’s an ice-cream parlour. The focus will also be on reading for comprehension, by predicting  from clues as they are asked to create a tune for a song.
I have included some internet links to enable the students to practise their Italian outside the classroom and  help them grow in confidence and knowledge.
To help your child practise his/her Italian, please access the following LINKS :

Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.  
Best wishes
Signora White                           

Physical Education 
This Term in Physical Education the Year Three/ Four students will participate in units of work involving  throwing and catching of different balls including tennis balls, basketballs and netballs.  They will continue to work on a fitness and strength unit where they will learn the fundamental skills involved in being prepared for fitness sessions by stretching and warming up correctly. For fitness they will do stretching, running, sit ups, push ups, star jumps and many fun fitness games. They will complete a standard beep test run as part of their fitness testing.  Students can attend before school activities such as cricket club  (Tuesday and Thursday Morning) and skipping club (Wednesday Morning).  Students in Year 4 will also have training during lunchtime every week to prepare for interschool sport in 2020 .

Peter Tyndall



The year 3/4 students are reviewing their study of rhythmic patterns. They will arrange, practice and perform their own rhythmic pattern sequences using untuned percussion instruments.

They will practice and perform movement sequences based on Line Dancing and will explore character and story in drama tableau.

Mrs Judith Sivasubramaniam


Year 5/6


Term Four seems to have arrived very quickly ! We hope that each student reflects on their school year and is able to recognise their own growth and sense of achievement in their academic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical development.  The Year Sixes will be very much in our thoughts as they only have a short amount of time left on their journey before they transition into secondary school. 

Daniela Dal Santo - 5/6 D (Monday - Wednesday, Friday)
Peter Tyndall - 5/6D (Thursday)
Michael McDonough - 5/6 M (Monday, Wed-Friday)
Nella LoPresti - 5/6 L (Tuesday - Friday)
Callum Mills - 5/6 CM (Monday - Wednesday)
Paddy Edwards - 5/6 E (Monday - Friday)
Daniela Polites - 5/6 L (Monday), 5/6 M (Tuesday), 5/6 CM (Thursday, Friday)
Bella Aranda - Curriculum Enhancement Teacher
Rosemary Restaino - Learning Support Officer
Annette Prete - Learning Support Officer

Our Learning this Term



This term in Reading, students will all be engaged in the reading strategy of Literature Circles. Just like Reciprocal Reading last term students will take on different roles to increase their richness of conversations over a set text that they have chosen. Teachers will be close observers and facilitators, looking at the close interactions that take place in their group as they read, reflect and discuss set pages and chapters from their fiction literature.
  The 6  roles of Literature Circles  are:

-    Discussion Director
-    Illustrator
-    Connector
-    Summariser
-    Investigator
-    Vocabulary Enricher
We look forward to having  parents being immersed in this Literacy block from 9 -10 am and thank them for showing their enthusiasm, offering to provide direct support to our students.



Over the term students will create pieces of writing based on:
-    Poetry (Nonsense, Cinquain, Limerick, Haiku, Song)
They will be learning to explore and identify the structure of each of these types of poems as well as ensuring they have included the correct language features when creating their own in class time. 

The Speaking and Listening aspect of the Curriculum is covered during formal and informal sessions. Students will develop their speaking and listening skills in class discussions as well using Chromebook extensions such as screencasting and flipgrid to enable students to explain their learning through voice recording and video.


The topics for Mathematics in Term Four are as follows:

-    Patterns and Algebra
-    Fractions and Decimals
-    Volume and Capacity
-    Mass

Prior to the commencement of each topic, students complete a short online Pre-Test using the website ‘Essential Assessment’. From these results students are allocated different ‘mini lessons’ throughout each topic to address the point of need for each student. The breakdown of these lessons can be found in your child’s Mathematics Google Drive folder prior to the commencement of the unit.

You are encouraged to ask your child daily about the activity they have completed in Maths, feel free to ask them to show you the lesson they have completed!


This term in Religious Education, students will learn  …

-that Prayer connects us with God, how we can create an environment for prayer, styles and formats of prayer,why/when/how/where do people pray .

- how Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for the birth of the Son of God at Christmas.

 - about the symbolism of the Jesse Tree to reveal signs of God’s presence in the lives of the Old Testament people and in their own lives today. 

At the conclusion of the unit the students will be asked to develop a personal action for celebrating Christmas.



Students will be investigating two  branches of Science being Physical and Chemical. They will have the opportunity to discuss their prior knowledge of this area of the curriculum, sharing what questions they may have about the world around them, what they expect to find out and reflect on why Science is important.

Students will be modelled some experiments in class and students will then be encouraged to hypothesise and explore their own findings through small independent experiments.


During the term students will continue to focus on the four aspects of BEST. These are used to help students make good choices at our school.

Students will continue to strive to display our school’s BEST values. Each student is responsible as a ‘ leader’ to enact these values at all times.

Students will continue to work towards earning tokens during Term 4 and the weekly BEST awards will link to a focus for the Grade 5 and 6 students over two weeks. These names can be found in the weekly newsletter.

These values are also reflected on during the Morning Circle time in each class. It is important that all students arrive to school before 8:45 am each day to ensure a smooth start to the day.

Each Friday will also see the morning circle completed a whole 5/6 Group

Classroom Organisation

Specialist lessons are every Tuesday, this is the one day students are required to wear sports shoes unless instructed by classroom teachers.

Homework is distributed on a Monday and collected the following Friday, it is the role of the parent to ensure any homework is completed.

Students are expected to have their Chromebook charged each night and ready for learning the next day. Whilst homework may require the use of the Chromebook it is the responsibility of the parent to monitor the use of the Chromebook at home. As recommended at the Cyber Safety Parent evening, Chromebooks should be stored and charged in a visible place at home.

Hats are required to be worn at all times outside including before and after school. It’s very important that this is modelled correctly by our Senior Students. Sunscreen is also available for students in each classroom.

Key Dates

Important dates to remember for Term Four are:

Wednesday 16th – Whole School Rosary, 11:45am
Saturday 19th - St Andrew’s Community Fete Day ( 10-4pm)
Tuesday 22nd - District Rugby Gala Day - Year 5/6
Thursday 24th – 5/6M Anointing of the Sick Mass, 9:15am
Thursday 31st - All Saints Whole School Mass - 11.45am
Thursday 31st- Salesian Be A Kid Program Year 4 and 5 Boys

Friday 1st – All Saints/All Souls Day
Friday 1st - Student Free Day ( Staff Professional Day)
Monday 4th  - Student Free Day (Assessment and Reporting)
Tuesday 5th - Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)
Thursday 7th - District T20 Cricket Day Yr ⅚
Friday 8th - School Assembly 
Monday 11th – Remembrance Day Liturgy, 8:45am
Friday 29th – St Andrew’s Feast Day Mass, 11:45am

Thursday 5th – 5/6CM Anointing of the Sick Mass, 9:15am
Saturday 7th - St Andrews Carols by Candlelight 7.15pm
Wednesday 11th - Reports Distributed and 2020 Classes published 
Thursday 12th – Year 6 Graduation Mass, 6:00pm
Monday 16th - Transition Days in 2020 classes
Tuesday 17th – End of Year Thanksgiving Mass 9.15 am/End Of Year Assembly 2.30 pm/ Last Day of Term 3.15pm


Year 6 Graduation excursion date to be confirmed.

Please ensure you have downloaded the Skoolbag App to stay up to date with all coming events

How to Contact Us

 Please feel free to contact us by the following:

School Phone: 9551 5094   

Teacher Emails: 

Paddy Edwards:
Michael McDonough:
Daniela Dal Santo:
Nella Lo Presti:
Callum Mills:
Daniella Polites :
Bella Aranda:
Peter Tyndall:
We politely request that there is an understanding that emails may only be responded to during working hours.

Specialist News


Ciao a tutti e bentornati a scuola.
Dear Parents, welcome back to Semester Two.
 Years 5 and 6 - Quinta e Sesta:
In Years Five and Six, the students will begin with revising previously-acquired language through varied activities, games and then completing the poster for the Dante Alighieri Competition which this year focuses on Healthy Eating. As part of our Italian studies we are planning to explore the topic of Food. The students will be encouraged to reflect and make observations about similarities and differences in cultural practices at markets, shops and when going out to eat at a restaurant and they will be asked to complete a mini-project to show their findings. The focus for this unit of work will be on ordering a meal in an Italian restaurant. Thus, they will be introduced to the present tense of the verb to eat –mangiare and its             conjugation : Io mangio -I eat, Tu mangi -you eat, Lei mangia -she eats, and to common Italian expressions associated with giving and taking an order. Vorrei –I would like  Desidera? What would you like? They will also learn how to read an Italian menu : Antipasto Entrée, Pasta Pasta, Primo First course, Secondo Second Course, Dolce Dessert and in groups, create a menu of their own, using their newly-acquired knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
In groups, the students will also be expected to create and present a dialogue /a conversation/ a role play in a restaurant using newly-acquired and familiar language. They will continue to participate in playing games and completing written and oral activities.
To help your child practise his/her Italian, please access the following LINKS :

I also encourage everyone to keep up with the Duolingo and Languages Online programs in order to revise and increase their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.
Buon lavoro e ciao a presto.
Best wishes
Signora White     


Physical Education

This Term in Physical Education the Year Five/Six students will participate in units of work involving fitness and team games  They will learn the fundamental skills involved in being prepared for fitness sessions by stretching and warming up correctly. For fitness they will do stretching, running, sit ups, push ups, star jumps and many fun fitness games. They will complete a standard beep test as part of their fitness testing.  In the games  unit students will continue to develop the basic skills involved in working as a team, game strategy  as well as relevant skills for the different games. Students can attend before school activities such as Cricket Club (Tuesday and Thursday Morning) and skipping club (Wednesday Morning).   Students in Year Five will also have the opportunity to train every week in their chosen interschool sport for 2020.

Peter Tyndall


Year 5
Year 5 students are working in groups on a film project inspired by the work of comic actor and film maker, Charlie Chaplin. They are making a silent movie utilising a musical backing track and sound effects, supported by visual 'titles' or commentary slides. 


Year 6
Year 6 students are preparing for their Grade 6 Graduation performance in December. They are exploring movement in the hip-hop genre of dance, as well as elements of contemporary dance using unison and different forms of canon. Large and small vocal ensembles will be singing in parts and using harmony. The various talents of the group will be featured throughout the performance including vocal, acro, dance and instrumental. 


Mrs Judith Sivasubramaniam

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