Photo: Ensemble Extravaganza

St Andrews Christian College

21 September 2018
Issue Nine
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



The God who Christians worship is a speaking God.  God is not silent!


He is certainly not silent about himself.  He reveals himself in the things that he has made, for example, Psalm 19 begins with the words, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”   And there is a verse in the first chapter of Romans in the Bible that states; “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”


Throughout the Old Testament part of the Bible, God continued to speak through his messengers, like prophets, but the climax of God speaking to us is in the sending of his Son, the Lord Jesus.  The beginning of another letter in the Bible, the letter to the Hebrews, puts it like this; “In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son.”


God’s Son is Jesus – who is fully God and fully man.  His words and his life most clearly reveal God to us. But not just Jesus’ words in the Bible do this. Christians regard the whole Bible as God’s words to us.  Even though the words of the Bible were written down hundreds of years ago, God still uses them today to speak to people and to reveal himself to them.  Another phrase from the Bible says, “…the word of God is alive and active…” (Hebrews 4:12).


So the Bible is, if you like, a dynamic document!  It’s not just “print on a page!”

The apostle Paul, when writing to the young Timothy, reminded him: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.” (2 Tim 3:16, 17)


So the Bible is essential for everyone who follows & trusts in Jesus.  It is the main way that God speaks to us.  That is why we seek at St Andrews Christian College to take God’s Bible seriously, because we know that as we read and study it God will teach us what is true, he will challenge, help and correct us, and teach us the right way to live and equip us for good deeds.


Give God the opportunity to speak to you clearly by reading his Bible.  There are many good resources available to help us read, understand and apply the things God wants us to know from His Bible. 


Feel free to email me and I can suggest where you could get these resources.  I’m also happy to suggest how you can start reading the Bible regularly if this is something that you have not done before.


Warwick Grant


[email protected]





Photo: Cambodia Mission Trip Team 2018


The 2018 NAPLAN results have been released to the College and reports have been sent home to each student who sat the tests. As a general overview, when we consider each of the areas tested at every year level, we have continued to perform at a high level compared to the State average. Students who have continued at St Andrews have achieved growth, confirming that the longer a student journeys through our College, the higher their growth. This is a testament to the quality of our teaching staff and the programs that form a part of our curriculum. From deeper analysis of our current results, we have identified writing as an area that we will continue to strengthen.  


We continue to consider it a privilege to be responsible for sharing the learning journey of your children. We do recognise that academics is only one area that forms that make up of the whole child. These assessments do not account for the spiritual development of each of our students. At St Andrews, we recognise that each student is uniquely made in God’s image and we are committed to helping each child uncover their purpose in Christ. 


A more detailed report will be released once a full analysis has been completed.

Merrick Brewer
Head of Learning and Teaching


On Monday 3rd September students from Years 7 to 11 participated in the CSEN interschool debating championship at Maranatha Christian School. Our students performed exceptionally well and both our junior and senior team have qualified for the finals, which we will be hosting in Term 4. Congratulations to all those who participated.

Daniel Broadbridge

Debating Coordinator



The Cambodia Mission Discovery Trip leaves in December as soon as school is over and the excitement is building. We have booked our tickets, heard about the vaccinations we need, visa applications are in and will soon have an itinerary for the trip. The shoeboxes that classes have been filling look great and we are eager to be able to share them with the children in Cambodia. Here are some comments from team members:


What are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to giving out the Christmas boxes to the kids, and see the kids reactions.


I'm looking forward to being able hand out the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. It's just such a big thing to bring joy to those with so little.


I am looking forward to meeting all the children and helping them as well as handing out the Christmas boxes.


I am most looking forward to experiencing the culture and lifestyle of another country and seeing the differences between the developed country that we live in compared with that of a developing country.


Meeting all of the kids!! And seeing their lifestyle and being able to make relationships with them. Also being able to help and make a difference.


What are you wanting to learn on the trip?

One question I would like answered throughout this trip is why all the children I see on adverts in the papers and on TV look so happy, since they have so little compared to us.


I'd like to find out more about peoples' everyday lives in Cambodia and the challenges they face and how we could possibly help out.


I would like to know what life is like in Cambodia.


I would like to find out the differences in lifestyle and culture that we have in Australia compared with that of Cambodia. I’d like to see what sort of traditions they have and how their day to day lives compare with ours.


I would like to find out about the Christian community in Cambodia, and how they get by.


What are you anxious about?

I think I am most anxious about being so emotional on the trip to seeing all the poverty.


I'm probably most anxious about the possibility of eating spiders... It's something I want to do but also something that absolutely terrifies me.

Who knows, maybe it will help out with my fear of spiders!


I am most anxious about the new culture and the language barrier.


Solomon Islands Mission Trip - Applications NOW OPEN!

All students in Year 8 to 11 this week were given information about our upcoming exciting MISSION TRIP to the Solomon Islands next year. If you want to know more about this opportunity please see the below link. 

Indication of interest forms (if you think you may want to join the team) are due back Friday 21st September 2018 - that is the last day of Term 3.

Application forms are due back Monday 12th November 2018


We have commenced our planning for 2019 and confirming places for new students to start in Term 1, 2019. Unless we have been advised, we are assuming that all current students will be returning to the College in 2019.


If a student is not returning to the College, in line with the enrolment policy, one term’s notice in writing is required. If the notice is not received on time, one term’s tuition fees in lieu of notice will be charged. This requirement is clearly noted in the enrolment Agreement and Declaration which all parents/guardians signed when their child(ren) was enrolled.


To assist with our planning we ask you to advise the College by Monday 8th October 2018 if a student is not returning to the College in 2019. The notice should be addressed to the College Registrar and can be sent via email to [email protected]  It will be helpful to receive this notice as soon as possible as it will allow us to offer any vacant places to students on our waiting lists.


If there are siblings of current students wanting to enrol at the College, it is important that parents submit an enrolment application at the commencement of the year prior to their planned entry. This allows the College to provide a priority place for siblings of current students.


Please do not hesitate to speak with the Registrar, Mrs Suzy Song (8847 8309) if you have any concerns regarding this information or if you need clarification in any way.


Darren Waterworth
Business Manager







  • Monday 8th October – Students Commence for Term 4
  • Monday 8th – Friday 12th October – Year 6 Camp – Kangaroobie
  • Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th October – Year 3 Camp – ADANAC
  • Thursday 11th October – Year 7 & 8 Immunisation
  • Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th October – Year 5 Camp – Sovereign Hill
  • Tuesday 16th October – CSEN Debating Finals @ St Andrews Christian College
  • Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th October – Year 4 Camp – Ace Hi
  • Monday 22nd October – Music Information Night
  • Wednesday 24th October – CSEN Year 7/8 Rally Day
  • Thursday 25th October – Year 12’s Last Day
  • Thursday 25th October – St Andrews Christian College Board Meeting
  • Friday 26th October – CSEN Championships Athletics Carnival
  • Tuesday 30th October – Junior School Grandparents’ & Special Persons’ Afternoon
  • Wednesday 31st October – CSEN Year 9/10 Rally Day
  • Wednesday 31st October – Wednesday 21st November – VCE Exams
  • Friday 2nd November – Junior School Athletics Carnival
  • Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th November – Mid semester break & Melbourne Cup Public Holiday – No School for Staff and Students
  • Wednesday 7th November – PFA AGM & General Meeting
  • Thursday 8th November – 2019 Solomon Islands Mission Trip Information Night
  • Thursday 15th November – Middle School Band & Joint Choir Music Day @ Belgrave Heights Christian School
  • Friday 16th November – Year 2 Stay Late
  • Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd November – Year 7 – 11 Exams
  • Thursday 22nd November - St Andrews Christian College Board Meeting
  • Friday 23rd November – Report Writing day – No School for Students (OHSC program on offer)
  • Friday 23rd November – 2019 Prep Orientation Sessions
  • Friday 23rd November – VCE Valedictory
  • Monday 26th – Friday 30th November – 2019 Senior School Headstart Program
  • Monday 26th - Friday 30th November – Year 7 & 8 Future Focus Program
  • Thursday 29th November – 2019 Transition & New Student Orientation day (Years 1 – 7)
  • Friday 30th November – Junior School Christmas Concert
  • Monday 3rd  – Friday 7th December – 2019 Senior School Headstart Program
  • Monday 3rd  – Friday 7th December – Year 7 & 8 Future Focus Program
  • Monday 10th December – Presentation Night
  • Tuesday 11th December – Last Day of Term 4




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

Parents and Friends


Our Term 4 fundraiser is a mango one! You and family/friends can purchase a delicious tray of North Queensland mangoes for $27. Orders forms will be sent home in the first week of Term 4 and are due by Wednesday 24th October. Orders will be delivered to school during the last week of Term 4.


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 takes place on each Tuesday of the School Term.


Every Friday lunchtime.


We are looking for parent volunteers for 2018 who can commit to assisting in Term 4. Please contact Andrew Musgrove via [email protected]


Andrew O’Brien
PFA President


To support various school events and activities during the year we strongly encourage families to volunteer their time.


Notices will be sent out for activities you can help with, such as school carnivals, covering library books, ice pole Fridays, 2nd Hand Uniform Shop, PFA events, classroom help and 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.



  • School Banking – every Tuesday
  • Icy Pole Friday – every Friday
  • Mangoes Fundraiser – Orders due by 24th October
  • Entertainment Books Fundraiser


President:                     Andrew O’Brien

Vice President:            Sally Wade

Secretary:                      Lesley Goh

Treasurer:                     Jean Lee

Assistant Treasurer:   Eric Chen

Email:                              [email protected]

Senior School

Photo: Ping Pong-A-Thon


On the 14th of September, the Senior School got out their table tennis bats and participated in the 24 hour Ping Pong-A-Thon. The Ping Pong-A-Thon is a fundraising and advocacy movement that aims to raise money and awareness to the issue of human trafficking, slavery and the exploitation of young people in South-East Asia. This is done through 24 hour table tennis events where money is raised and split between 8 partner organisations that aim to care, educate and rescue those who have been affected by human trafficking and slavery.


After last year’s success involving the VCE boys, who beat a $3,000 goal to raise $3,675, we incorporated everyone in Senior School, boys and girls, Years 9-12. Our goal was raised to $10,000 to match the change in participants and awareness of the event. As of the time of writing this, we have raised a total of $11,042, this is over 3 times the amount raised last year! We were the first event of the entire Ping Pong-A-Thon campaign this year, so our efforts really set a standard and a mark to reach for the majority of events that will be held in October.

The 24 hours were split into time-slots from 9am Friday to 9am Saturday. Year 9s and 10s had their own slots while VCE students played from periods 3-6. After school until around 9pm, everyone in senior school was able to play, this was the most action packed time of the day. From 9pm the night shift commenced, a few boys were willing to stay the whole night and keep at least one game going the whole time. Breakfast was selflessly and generously provided by Mrs deMeester and Mr Gibbs which kept us going until 9am. 


A huge thank you for everyone who donated, whether student, parent, staff member or friend, your contribution will go a long way to changing the lives of people who are unfairly treated and deserve a chance to live a life that is free. A very big thank you to Mr Presant, Mr Batty, Mrs deMeester and Mr Gibbs for being willing to take time out of their busy lives to help supervise and look after us. A special thanks to Addison Tucker and Ben Humphreys who added their name to the prestigious list of ‘The 24 Hour Club.’ And a special mention to Zane To, Becky Schenker and Addison Tucker who were our top 3 fundraisers.

I am very thankful for everyone’s efforts this year, organising this has been so much fun and seeing everyone taking a stand and getting involved was a very rewarding experience. 

It is still not too late to donate, our goal was met, but the Ping Pong-A-Thon is aiming to raise $1 million this year. If you wish to donate or learn more about the cause, visit


Hamish Maudlin

College Captain


Please find below the latest careers newsletter. Also a reminder to register, if interested, for these upcoming events:


Deakin University  Step on Campus – ‘join us during Term 3 school holidays and experience Deakin University. You'll be taken on a 45 minute tour of your chosen campus, where you'll find out more about university life, study areas and be able to gain a feel for the campus from your tour guide, a current Deakin student!’


Monash University VCE REVISION LECTURES, Units 3&4, from 24 to 27 September

‘The Faculty of Science is offering VCE exam revision lectures in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Maths Methods and Specialist Maths during the September holidays. All lectures will be held at our Clayton campus.

The lecture is only $10 (non-refundable), which includes a set of comprehensive revision notes to be used throughout the session.’


Monash University Girls Only event -2018 Conquering Code, Registrations are still available.

Coding is the language of the future. At our Conquering Code workshop on Tuesday 25 September at our Clayton campus, girls will be inspired and learn from incredible female role models studying IT at Monash University. Students must register to attend

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

 [email protected]


Irena Yevlahova

Careers Coordinator

Middle School


Last week the Year 6 students visited the Knox Early Learning Centre kinder children, to perform some puppet shows and musical items.


Performing for very small people involves forgetting your performance nerves and focusing on singing preschool songs with lots of energy, volume, sincerity and actions! Our Year 6 performers did a great job. The little children loved watching the puppets dancing, the incy wincy spider puppet climbing, the different musical instruments the students brought to show them (and try out), and singing along with some of their favourite songs. We had a great time, and have been asked to return again.

“Our kinder children would like to say a massive thank you to St Andrews Christian College year 6’s for coming to our centre to perform today. We had such a lovely morning listening and getting involved in their performance. We cannot wait to have them back.”

Karen Elbourne

Drama Teacher

Junior School


On Thursday 13th September, the Junior School came to school dressed in their pyjamas and onesies. This was to raise awareness of Asthma and to fundraise for the asthma foundation. The event was initiated and run by Beatrice Connolly (Year 4) and her amazing committee Elise Leivo and Adina Liang. I am super proud of these amazing students who used their imitative and organisational skills to run such an fun event!

Yvonne Hughes

Head of Junior School

Thankyou everyone for wearing your pyjamas to school on Thursday 13th September. Everyone looked great and we were able to raise $305.90 to help research into finding a cure for asthma. Bea Connolly 4V


It’s always fun in the Prep classrooms but over the last 2 weeks, we have had some extra excitement!

Last Monday, “Farmer Heather” from “Living Eggs” delivered nine eggs (and an incubator, brooder box and other bits and pieces) to each of the Prep classrooms. We watched and waited patiently on Monday and were excited to see a few cracks in a couple of eggs on Tuesday morning. Two chickens hatched in Prep J on Tuesday and after school in Prep S, a few preps and their parents watched a chicken hatch. The excitement continued on Wednesday, with Prep J being the “proud parents” of nine chickens and Prep S enjoying their eight chickens.

The children have enjoyed holding the chickens, completing their own “Chicken Diary” each day and participating in this hands-on experience of life cycles in God’s amazing world.


The chickens will return to the farm on Friday but the children will be left with many happy memories of this special experience to conclude our term, studying some of the wonderful animals God has made.


Sonia Sires and Gaye Jones

Prep Teachers


Last week Year 1s travelled on the bus to the Melbourne Zoo. 
Here are two wonderful recounts of what happened!


I had an adventurous adventure last Thursday to the zoo!

First, we saw meerkats, they were so adorable.

Then we met Jess and Diamond the snake.  Diamond was as scared as I was but I touched her.

Next, we went to play in a small place and we got lots of stuff to do.

After, we had recess and had a break.  We looked at reptiles and got to see lions, lemurs, gorrillas and elephants.

Lastly, we had lunch and played scarecrow tiggy.

We saw a white leopard, we saw animals with sharp teeth and some mammals.

I had an adventurous adventure last Thursday to the zoo!

by David Tan

Last Thursday we went to Melbourne Zoo.

First, we saw Jess and Diamond.

Then, we saw meerkats and went to the habitat garden.

After, we saw platypuses.

Next, we had fruit-snack then we saw the reptiles.

Later; we saw elephants and frogs.

After we had lunch we went to the butterflies.  The butterflies were the best.

I loved the trip to the zoo.

by Zara Lim


Melanie Lepileo

Year 1 Teacher


The Year 2 students enjoyed a wonderful day at Scienceworks. We enjoyed trying out all the various technology and learning about how our world is changing through the use and development of technology!

We also enjoyed learning about space when we watched Tyco To The Moon at the Planetarium! Not only did we enjoy learning, we got to enjoy the beautiful Spring day playing outdoors with our friends! 

What a great way to end the term! 

Nicole Ng

Year 2 Teacher


These are the Year 2 children who received Distinction or High Distinction in English competition!

Congratulations to Joshua Chen who also achieved a High Distinction in the ICAS English competition but wasn’t present for the photo.

Nicole Ng

Year 2 Teacher


The Year 3 students were privileged this term to hear Erica's dad (from 3D) share in a devotional  time about the amazing work that World Vision does across the world. The students were able to pray for Erica's dad as he was about to head off on one of his mission trips to many parts of Africa sharing the gospel and giving in practical ways to the needy.

Mrs Rodger

Year 3 Teacher


In Science this term, the Year 4 students have been looking at weathering and erosion and how it affects God's perfect design. One of the lessons involved looking at five soil samples from school and being able to categories them into silt, sand or clay. The students really enjoyed this hands on activity. 

Mrs Rodger
Year 4 Teacher 

There are photos in the T3 Wk9 Junior School Folder




Binny Park

Graduated in 2009

Currently working in the marketing department at RMIT University


A bit about me

I joined St Andrews at Year 7, having spent the first few years of my schooling in South Korea, then the remainder of the primary years at a Catholic primary school in Melbourne.


The years I spent in Catholic school had confused me. I was surrounded by kids who didn’t attend church regularly, as well as parents and teachers with loose Christian values. God became less important in my life. My interests lay more on things of the world and grew desensitised to sin.


While I grew up in a Christian household, external influences convinced me to doubt and ask questions such as: “Does God exist?”; “How do I know the Bible is real anyway?”; “What has Jesus got to do with me?”; and “How much could I do wrong and still get away with it?”


St Andrews was totally different. Every Monday meant Assembly, where the entire school came together to sing, pray and hear words of wisdom from Mr Speck, our Principal at the time, and sometimes from students and other guests. Every morning meant devotionals and sharing in prayer, led by the homeroom teacher or my peers. I can’t say I enjoyed these at the time, but now I miss being surrounded by God’s people and feeling so protected.


As well as my time at St Andrews, church life and family life really helped me continue in the faith God gave me. It wasn’t always an upward curve though, especially when I started university in 2010, straight after graduating high school.


Life beyond St Andrews

Not knowing what to do next, I accepted an offer from the University of Melbourne to study Media and Communications. It was my first preference, but only because its entry requirement was a high score, higher than any of my other preferences, and I hadn’t thought it likely that I’d get in.


I started the course hoping to emerge as a journalist, but the more I studied, the more I disliked the work, my peers, and the culture of the industry. I found writing to be a joyless exercise. I found my peers competitive, vicious and heartless. I found the lecturers self-absorbed, cryptic and simply unhelpful. I felt like I was learning nothing.


Despite my less-than-positive experience at university, I did learn a lot – mostly from exposure to people so different to me and to the people I had known. I made many Muslim friends and gay friends. I met many atheists. Agnostics. Socialists. Conservatives. This was the first true and confronting picture of the world I saw, outside of high school.


I moved on to study some more, to see if that would give me a direction in life. I did a year of masters in speech pathology, then quit. I completed a certificate in teaching English as a second language, but never became a teacher. I got a casual job at RMIT University in admin, which evolved into many different roles involving marketing and communications, to my role now: Conversion and Customer Engagement Coordinator.


You won’t believe how many different jobs are actually out there. No one at school was able to teach me that. It’s something you must see for yourself. There are also so many ways to get a job. While I was at RMIT, I was headhunted for a Marketing Manager role at La Trobe College, where I worked for a few months, then returned to RMIT.


Relationships, failures, decisions

In the midst of all the studying and working, I had my fair share of partying and failed relationships, all of which were not right for me. I learnt a lot through dating and meeting different people, and felt God’s hand pluck me out of the really unhealthy lifestyles and relationships.


Growing up meant making decisions for yourself. Almost 10 years into my adulthood, I realised that I was always going to make mistakes. I was always going to sin. I was always going to make selfish decisions.


But what kept me hopeful was that Christ died for my sins, and I’m always granted a second chance – multiple chances, even. I’m sure I’ve used up thousands of chances, I’m sure, but thankfully, there’s no limit to God’s grace and mercy.


If there’s any lesson I’ve learnt from life so far, it’d be that God never lets go of His children. No one can snatch you out of His hand. No matter how many dumb decisions you make, no matter how much you repeatedly make the same mistakes, God will bring you out of the mess, and closer to Him. I’ve learnt not to worry about my past, present or future, but to stay content with what I have been given.


The best thing you can do is continue praying and reading God’s word to hear what He has to say to you, and enjoy the fullness of His love.


Any advice?

It’s almost been 10 years since I left high school, and I’ve grown in ways I could never have imagined. I’d never been a person with any clear goals or dreams. Maybe you’re like me. I’d never expected to be working in marketing, or that I’d be working at a university. I might not stay in marketing. I might change my career to try something completely different. I don’t know.


What I do know is that wherever God is leading you, you’re in good hands, in the hands of someone who knows you better than you do, and has plans for you beyond your dreams. Trust Him always. Thank Him, and try to stay content in everything He’s given you. He may defy your will and steer you in an unexpected direction. But He’ll be with you on every journey, the good ones and the bad ones.




Our St Andrews Soccer league concluded on Thursday 6th September after six successful weeks this term. We started from scratch and have built up to over 70 students in twelve 6-a-side teams playing each other from Grades 3-8 from Waverley Christian College, Bayswater South Primary School and St Andrews Christian College. It's great to see girls and boys getting more "engaged" in school through Soccer and building up teamwork, co-operation and social friendships through the game! Thanks to Colin and Sonja Sires for their photos and unwavering support to help grow the League! Go Soccer!

Andrew Farmer
St Andrews PE Teacher


Primary Division B Athletics – Champions!
On Monday 10th September St Andrews won the Primary Division B Athletics Championship at Doncaster! Well done to all involved on a great effort!

Secondary Division A Athletics
On Tuesday 11th September St Andrews won u14, u15 and u16 girls age groups, featuring Julia Pajor (Yr 8), Andrea Chai (Yr 8), Samantha O’Donnell (Yr 8), Charli-Rose Morris (Yr 8), Hannah Collis (Yr 9), Carla Dreyer (Yr 10), Ella Cassidy (Yr 10), Rachael Song (Yr 10), Eunice Lim (Yr 10), Becky Schenker (Yr 10), Felicia Arefta (Yr 10), Audrey Ang (Yr 10), Isabelle Baxter (Yr 9) and Jolie Wong (Yr 10), as well as the u15 boys age group featuring Brendan Lam (Yr 9), Chaz Zeng (Yr 8), Callum Andrew (Yr 9), Tim Chou (Yr 9), Patrick Accadia (Yr 9), Noah Forbes (Yr 9), Jason Lam (Yr 9) and You-Sheng Hsieh (Yr 9).  


Overall St Andrews came 3rd in the Division A Athletics. Special mention goes to Carla Dreyer (Yr10) who won all her events and Chavella Tanubrata (Yr 7), who not only managed to win all her events, she also broke 3 CSEN interschool records on the day in the 200m, 400m and triple jump!



On Tuesday, 18th September members of the ‘Green Team’ participated in the Annual Waste Audit under the supervision of Mrs Sires and Mr Fernandes. It was a process in which students were able to assess the types and amount of waste being generated by our school. The audit greatly helped us to identify and plan waste reduction initiatives.

About 30 students from both Middle and Senior School were also selected to participate in a sustainability survey conducted by Monash University, entitled “The development of a sustainability locus of control scale for use with Australian Adolescents”. The findings of this research tool will help us to improve our team work as we continue to encourage our students and school community towards a sustainable way of life. All participant were awarded a certification of participation.


Louis Fernandes

Sustainability Coordinator




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


Junior Library

Lunchtime Monday


Middle/ Senior Library:

During School:

Monday to Friday: Recess and Lunch

After School:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until 4pm.

Wednesdays until 3.45pm.


 Email:  [email protected]


Theme:  Find your treasure


Last Week, the Junior Library was filled with treasure hunters looking for Golden Tickets. Here are some fortunate students.

The first winners

Look what I found!



Knox Library would like to start up a reading club on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 – 5.30pm. If you love reading and are aged between 12 and 16 years old, this may be for you! Snacks provided!

For further information, please contact: Katie Scott on 9298 8858, visit   or collect a leaflet from the Senior Library.


On Monday, 17 September 2018, Chinese Mid-Autumn Day was celebrated in the St. Andrews Christian College Library. Dozens of staff and students watched with great interest the performances of our Year 12 Students (Chinese FL & SL) and guest dancers.

 A well-known calligrapher, Mr Zhi Hua Cui, demonstrated his skill. Mr Cui donated a master calligraphy work to our school with the words “中秋月夜美,天涯共此时” (meaning: The moon-light is shining beautifully in the Mid-Autumn night being shared by us all at same time, no matter where we are!). The implied meaning is that we are celebrating the Chinese traditional festival at the same time, like family members, no matter who we are.


We sincerely express our warmest thanks for the great support from our school heads, staff, students and parents involved, either as participants or audience! 



 Thank you to Mrs Wang for all her hard work in organising this wonderful event.



Wow!! What a wonderful feast of musical talent we saw tonight at the Ensembles Evening. With students from Year 2 to Year 12 we were treated to outstanding solos and group performances. Congratulations to all the performers and thank you to all the instrumental staff for their work with the students.

Performing at the Ringwood Salvation Army was great opportunity to use a fully equipped venue and both parents and students enjoyed the atmosphere that this created on the night.


Particular congratulations and thanks to Mrs Metcalfe and Mr Batty for all their work and coordination making the evening such a success. These nights keep getting better and better! Well done everyone. 


Tim Farmilo

Deputy Principal


We are delighted to inform you that in 2019 we will be replacing our Year 5 Band Programme with a Concert Band Scholarship Programme for students in Year 2 upwards. This programme is open to applications from any student who will be in Year 3 2019.

The instruments on offer are traditional Concert Band instruments – trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute and clarinet – and students should be starting this instrument as a complete beginner. They will be able to give their instrumental preference but the final decision of instrument allocation will be made by the Head of Music and Instrumental Coordinator. 


Please use the form below to express your interest in this programme, and an Information Pack and Application Form will be sent to you. The closing date for applications will be as shown on the application form.


On Monday 22 October at 7pm we will be holding an information night for parents and students involved in any aspect of the music programme at St Andrews. It will be relevant for the following people:

  • those currently enrolled, or considering enrolment, in our instrumental tuition programme 
  • those involved in, or wishing to know more about, College ensembles
  • those considering applying for our new Concert Band Scholarship programme in 2019

This will take place in the Music Room in the new Performing Arts Building, and will last about an hour. As well as Mr Batty and Mrs Metcalfe, a number of instrumental tutors and Mr Darren Waterworth, Business Manager, will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have following the main presentation.

Helen Metcalfe

Music Teacher



Everyone agrees that the Photo Ark work from Year 8 is outstanding - the small exhibition of student work is displayed in the Innovation Centre.

Year 7 are working hard on their MoMA Masterpieces! Inspiring, innovative work that connects each student’s worldview with a movement of art from the last 130 years in their own choice of medium.

Year 6 have completed their Google Logos, on display on the art room, and are now beginning Term 4 work to hand make a ‘Character Trait Character’ for their Prep Buddy. We are certainly busy!

Please note the beautiful portrait by Jacqueline in Year 6. Let’s celebrate individual achievement. 

Marina Heading

Year 6-8 Art Teacher


Year 10 students have created a variety of portraits inspired by Rubens and Rembrandt. Students have learned the technique of Chiaroscuro, through which artists traditionally depict light shining from the darkness.


Tom Gibbs

Year 9-12 Art Teacher


Community Notices

Newsletter 9

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.

Coder Academy

It's the perfect time to learn new skills these school holidays!
Join Coder Academy for fun and engaging workshops full of codinggamedesignroboticsVirtual Reality (VR) & more!

Date: 24 Sep - 5 Oct 2018
Time: 9am - 4pm, daily
Ages: 8 - 18
Location: Level 13, 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Special Discount: Book two days, get 15% off. Book three or more days, get 25% off! Discount automatically applies at checkout.

Secure your spot today!

Term 4 Softball


Woolworths Junior Blaster School Holiday Program


Girls Cricket


Pathways Beyond School: Learn and Earn with an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Outer Eastern LLEN, in partnership with Swinburne TAFE and Box Hill Institute, is holding two important information sessions for teachers, students and families to increase knowledge of current trends in Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships. The sessions are designed to provide up-to-date information for students to explore career options through industry focused Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships, and help support young people beyond Year 12 looking for alternative pathways to jobs and sustainable careers.


Both sessions are FREE, and available to any teachers, students or families who have an interest in learning more about vocational pathways, projected job growth and skill shortages in our region.


There are two sessions:


Thu 11 October, 6.30-8.30 pm @ Wantirna, Swinburne University (TAFE), Swinburne HUB, WA building.


Thu 25 October, 6.30-8.30 pm @ Lilydale, Box Hill Institute, Lakeside Campus, LA Building.


If you would like more information, please contact the OELLEN on 8578 6844 or [email protected]

'Finding Your First Part Time Job' workshop

Upcoming school holiday workshops for teens held at Swinburne’s Wantirna and Croydon campuses.

The ‘Finding Your First Part Time Job’ workshop covers topics such as:

·         Where to find work

·         How to write your first resume

·         And interview tips.


St Andrews Christian College
2019 Solomon Island Mission Trip Info Pack.pdf
Bluebirds Softball.pdf
A5 School Holiday workshops flyer.pdf
Careers Newsletter No 11 17 August 2018.pdf
Careers Newsletter No 13 14 September 2018.pdf