20 February 2020
Term 1/week4
Harmony Day - Colour Explosion Run
From the Principal
Learning and Teaching
Around the Classrooms
BEST Awards
School Office News
Parents and Friends
School Canteen 
Secondary School Information
Community News
St. Andrew's Primary School Clayton South
03 9551 5094
96 Bunney Road
Clayton South, Victoria, 3169

Harmony Day -
Colour Explosion Run

Harmony Day 2020

Colour Explosion Run

From today, we commence our participation in the School Colour Explosion™ Run initiative. We ask for your support for this as our major fundraiser for this year. The more money we raise the more we can provide for the students through vital school projects, in particular major upgrades to our playground facilities.     


The School Colour Explosion™ Run will be held on Friday 6th March starting at 1:30pm and will form part of our Harmony Day celebrations. We ask that children wear casual clothes on this day, most importantly a plain white t-shirt as the students will be covered in powder from head to toe. The day’s focus is on diversity, inclusion and fun with the added benefit of raising funds for our school.


HOW DOES MY CHILD FUNDRAISE? Students have now received a Sponsorship Form with instructions on how to raise money and order prizes. Students obtain donations in cash using the Sponsorship Form together with online fundraising.


Students who raise as little as $10 or more will receive an incentive prize for their efforts. But why not aim higher? You have the option to choose up to five (5) prizes and this will set your fundraising goal. Family and friends are your greatest supporters, so ask them first for your support. You will reach your fundraising goal in no time.



Create a Student Profile Page at which is unique to you. There are also some great features like creating your own avatar, selecting your prize goal and recording your sponsorships.

You can also register for online fundraising. It’s the easiest way to help your child raise money and to reach your fundraising goal sooner. You can share your fundraising page to family and friends through Facebook, Twitter, email and even text message with a few simple clicks.



For your chance to win a $10,000 Flight Centre Gift Voucher, create a Student Profile Page at and for every $10 raised you will receive one entry into the draw to win. The more you raise the more chances to win.


WIN A CRUISE OF YOUR CHOICE! The highest fundraising student in our school will go into the draw to win a $5,000 cruise of your choice. To enter, you must create a Student Profile Page at and you can view your ranking on our school’s leaderboard.


COLOUR POWDER: The colour powder used in our event has been sourced direct from India, the home of Holi Powder. It is made of high quality corn starch and permitted food colours. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, skin safe and environmentally friendly. Toxicological Risk Assessment and ingredient listings can be obtained from the School Office upon request. Students with asthma are advised to be careful in their decision to participate.


HOW TO ORDER PRIZES? To reward your child for their efforts, they will receive incentive prizes based on the total amount of sponsorship dollars raised in cash and online. You have two options to place your prize order:


1. Login to your Student Profile Page at Once the fundraiser has finished, click the ‘ORDER MY PRIZE’ button via the dashboard, OR

2. Complete the back page of the Sponsorship Form and return to the school for processing.  


Please note, all donations need to be finalised on or before Friday 6th March and student prizes will be delivered shortly after.


Thank you in advance for your participation, and get ready for a BLAST OF COLOUR! Happy fundraising!   


Daniela Dal Santo

(Event Coordinator)



From the Principal

Dear Families

Foundation, Year 5, Year 6 and Staff Mass - Thank you!

Thank you to all families who joined us on Sunday morning for our beginning of the year weekend Mass.  Our Year 6 children were recognised by the parish as being role models for the children from Foundation to Year 5.  Our Foundation children were welcomed to our community most warmly by Fr Joe and the parish.   Our Year 5 children also played their part in welcoming their Foundations buddies to our community. 

We thank all families for your participation in the Mass and for your support of your children. 

We thank Daniela Dal Santo (Religious Education Leader) and all staff for their part in organising the mass and the BBQ.  We thank Fr Joe for the warm welcome that he shows to all members of our community. 


Safe Travels Mr Edwards & Mr Mills- Philippines Friendship School Program

We wish Paddy Edwards (3/4E) and Callum Mills (5/6M) safe and exciting travels as they fly out to be a part of the Philippines Friendship School Program tomorrow, Friday 21st February.   Paddy and Callum will join with seven other colleagues from Melbourne to visit Kadasig Aid Program partnership Schools and agencies in the Philippines.  We look forward to Paddy & Callum visiting our Friendship School, Maghanoy Elementary School, and returning to our community with a greater insight into how we may best support this community.  They will take with them numerous gifts that will be warmly welcomed by those in need in the Philippines.   We sincerely thank families for their support of this program.   We also thank Paddy and Callum for having the courage to embark on this journey that we anticipate will bring significant learning to our Social Justice and Education in Faith programs.  
Callum and Paddy have organised thorough schedules for their time of leave, including a curriculum plan for the replacement teachers, Mrs Jenny Stewart (3/4E) and Mrs Silvia DeFilippis (5/6M).  Both Jenny and Silvia are regular relief teachers at St Andrew’s who will be supported by the respective level teams.  

Philippines Presentation - Monday 17th February - Year 3-6

Our year 3 to 6 children were fortunate on Monday to be presented with an insight into the Philippines Friendship School Program by Anni Miers, Kadasig Program coordinator.  Anni informed our children of the lifestyle and schooling of children in the Philippines and spoke of our responsibilities as global citizens to reach out and make a positive impact.  We encourage families to ask what learnings your children took for this presentation. 


Working Bee - Saturday 22nd February (8.30am-10.30am)

We look forward to welcoming parents to the first Working Bee of the school year on Saturday 22nd February from 8.30am.  

Parents are requested to sign in at the desk outside the school office on arrival and to sign out when you depart.  
Job lists will be provided providing outlines of the various tasks to be covered on the morning. 
Thank you to all participants.  

Reported Case of Chicken Pox

There has been a case of chickenpox reported recently.  An infected person is contagious for 1-2 days (possibly 5 days) before the onset of the rash and remains infectious until the blisters form scabs.

Children with chickenpox should not go to school until the blister has dried.

Further information is available at

School Closure Days 2020

2020 Closure days -

Tuesday 10 March,

Friday 22 May,

Friday 14th August,

Friday 30th October and Monday 2nd November (Melbourne Cup Monday) 
The Out of Hours Care Program will be open these days to supervise students.  Parents who require this service are asked to enrol their child prior to these dates.

World Safer Internet Day

Last Tuesday we celebrated World Safer Internet Day by taking the opportunity to invite Martin and Carley McGauran to the school to share with us their expertise in the area of Cyber Safety and how to 'Thrive Online'. The student sessions were highly engaging and well-received by the students.

Thank you to those parents who attended the information session in the evening. In conjunction with last year's event of the same nature, we feel the large majority of current families in the middle/senior grades have heard a consistent message in regards to our joint approach to creating responsible digital citizens.


Year 3-6 Families - Where to now?

The students in years 3-6 will take part in a targeted program aimed at building upon their prior knowledge of the responsible use of technology and carrying on the great work of Marty & Carley.

In order to prepare students in Year 5 & 6 to take their Chromebooks home as  part of the 1:1 program, students in years 5 & 6 will be working through a Full Licence Logbook which will require the students to prove their proficiency in the following areas:

  • Device Care

  • Cyber Safety

  • ICT Skills

Once students have completed their logbook, Chromebooks can be taken home by the students. We anticipate this process to be completed between Weeks 7-9 of Term One. We look forward to working with you to ensure that this is a safe, healthy and beneficial opportunity for our children.

For any further information, please contact Callum Mills via email:

Student Access to Apple Watches/Fitbits etc

In so many ways the schooling experience of our children is greatly enriched by the advances in technology.  But perhaps not always! IWe are aware that a number of our children have access to Apple Watches and other ‘watch technologies’ eg. Fitbits, which have the capacity to alert children to incoming messages and internet access. We advise parents that children should not be accessing messaging/phone services at any stage throughout the school day.  Any children who would access devices for that purpose are at risk of losing access to these devices during school times. 

We request that parents please advise any children with access to these devices about the expectations around the use of them whilst at school.

Have you returned the following notices & updated contact details?

Year 3/4 Swimming Program participation form


Student/Family Personal Information - Can we contact you in an emergency?

We thank all parents who have advised Annette in the office of any changes to family personal details.  This includes changes of email addresses, home/work/mobile phone numbers, emergency contact details/phone numbers etc.

We ask all parents to advise the office of any changes to personal details. 

Student Personal Information Exchange Proforma

A ‘Student Personal Information Exchange Proforma’ has been sent home with every student.  This proforma has been introduced to provide classroom teachers with a further insight into the development of your child/ren.

Medical Issues - Please contact the school office if there are any medical issues that we should be aware of.   It is most important that all medical forms, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Plans, are updated for the 2020 school year and returned promptly.

Year 6 Hoodies Presentations - 
Friday 28th February (3pm)

Each year in Term 1 our Year 6 students are handed their Year 6 level hoodies which they take great pride in wearing throughout the year, even on days of extreme heat!  

Commencing this year we aim to make the handing over of these Hoodies a very special moment for our Year 6 children.  We therefore welcome all family members to join the school at 3pm on Friday 28th February for the handing over of the year 6 hoodies.  This event will take place in front of the school administration area, the same setting that at the final hour of the year we farewell our Year 6 graduates.  Join us for a bit of fun and what will hopefully be a special moment for our senior students.
We thank Laura LaRosa for her work in coordinating the purchase and distribution of the hoodies.   Given that this is Laura’s last year with children at St Andrew’s she will be handing over the task for 2021.  We thank Laura for her long term role with this project which our children so greatly appreciate. 

St. Andrew’s Open Days for 2021 Foundation Children
and new Enrolments from Year 1-6

Let your neighbours, friends and relatives know St. Andrew’s School Open Days are set for February & March. 
School Open Days will be held on:
Thursday 27th February, Wednesday 4th March &
Wednesday 11th March
Tours will run on the hour at 9am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 5pm.

Tours are also available on any school day throughout the year

by appointment.
We request that parents already with children in the school

enrol as early as possible.

Save the Date - 2020
Foundation - 6 Twilight Athletics Program - Thursday 19th March (5pm-7pm)

Parents please note in your calendars that our Twilight Athletics evening will be held on Thursday 19th March.   More details to come. 

Foundation Students Rest Days

Foundation parents please be aware that  the final Foundation Rest day will be held on Wednesday 26 February

Lunch Orders - Classroom Cuisine

Parents will be required to register with the Classroom Cuisine website   to order lunches.  

Lunches can be ordered weekly on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and paid for through an online portal. 

Orders can be made on days prior to or up to 8.30am on the day required.  No orders will be processed after 8.30am.

Meals are delivered to the school each day in classroom designated containers between 11am-12.30pm.  

Parents can refer to the Classroom Cuisine website -  for full details of the online ordering process and meal options available.

Skoolbag App - Download

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

CareMonkey Registration for New Families

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


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

Dates for Your Diary

2020 Key Dates -

Thu 20th -    Parent Classroom Helpers Session - 9am-10am & 6pm - 7pm 
                         No Year 5/6 Inter-School Sports today 
Fri 21st -       Paddy Edwards & Callum Mills travel to Philippines                                              Friendship School 
Sat 22nd -    Working Bee 8.30am-10.30am 
Mon 24th -   Year 3/4 Swimming Program commences - Clayton Pool 
Tue 25th -    Shrove Tuesday 
                        District Swimming Carnival - Year 5/6 Inter-School Sports -                                Oakleigh Pool
Wed 26th -   Foundation Rest Day
                         Ash Wednesday Mass 11.45am 
Thu 27th -    School Open Day Tours 
                         Year 5/6 Round 3 Summer Sports - St Andrew’s v Coatesville
Sat 29th -     Sacrament of Reconciliation Commitment Mass - 6.00pm 


Tue 3rd -     Reconciliation Workshop Evening  - 6.00pm 
Wed 4th -    School Open Day Tours 

                        Foundation Families & Yr 5 Buddies Activity Evening - 5.30pm - 7.00pm - Yr 5 Buddies collected at 6.30pm - Refer to 'Around the Classrooms' Page
Thu 5th -     Year 5/6 Round Summer Sports - St Peter’s V St Andrew’s 
Fri 6th -        Celebrating Harmony Day & Colour Fun Run 
Mon 9th -     Labour Day Public Holiday 
Tue 10th -     School Closure Day 
Wed 11th -  School Open Day Tours

Learning and Teaching

Dear Parents,

I hope that the holidays were relaxing, restful and rejuvenating.  Hopefully they presented an opportunity to spend quality family time together. It was terrific to see the many excited, smiling faces returning to school.

This year is set to be an exciting year in Learning and Teaching at St Andrew’s.  Our new Learning Outcomes Leaders, Emma Strom (F-2), Nella Lo Presti (Yrs 3-6) and myself are looking forward to working closely with our leaders and staff to create engaging and challenging learning opportunities for all students.

Furthermore, we have been successful in an application to the Catholic Education (CEM) to reflect on and develop the school’s Learning and Teaching in the area of Numeracy. The CEM Southern Region Numeracy Consultants will work with each Level over ten days throughout the year and into 2021. Our aim is to improve student outcomes in the area of Numeracy as outlined in the School’s Annual Action Plan.

At St Andrew’s this year there will be a strong emphasis on the use of student data. Staff will be analysing student data during their planning to direct Learning and Teaching. The analysis of data will be monitored, tracked and analysed at whole school, cohort and individual levels. 

The use of data provides teachers with clarity in regard to where students are at in their learning and where they need to go next.  Data informed curriculum planning ensures that students are being challenged in their learning and working at what is known as their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD).



The ‘Three Way Interviews’ will provide the forum for teachers and students to discuss data and student growth throughout the term.  Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s teacher/s to gain clarity in relation to student data and its use to direct learning and teaching. The Curriculum Leaders, Emma and Nella, and myself are also available to meet to clarify or respond to any questions. Please feel free to make contact to organise a mutually suitable time to meet.


Kelli Johnston
Deputy Principal and Teaching and Learning Leader

Around the Classrooms

Reading Recovery News 

 Reading Recovery supports the philosophy that every child can experience success and learn to the best of their ability under the right conditions.
Reading Recovery teachers and class Literacy teachers aim to produce independent readers and writers who use what they know to help learn new information.
Reading at Home:
 Tips for Problem solving Unknown words at home: 


 It is important to make reading an enjoyable and successful experience at home. Readers brought home are easy texts so that your child can have a deeper comprehension of stories and practise reading with fluency.

Introducing New books at Home:

Front cover: Discuss what they already know about the topic. Predict what the story is about.

Pictures are important to look at so children use meaning to understand the story as they problem solve unknown words.

Picture chats: Talk about the front cover, predicting what the story is about and flip through the pictures in book. Bring up in conversation some of the new vocab words.

e.g .Ask “What can you see in the water? Sharks, turtle

               “What is the queen sitting on?  Wall

When your child attempts the book they will use new/prior knowledge to problem solve.

Problem Solving: encourage lots of attempts. Have second attempts on a word as they monitor and search for information. Good readers may only have to see the first three letters of a word and know the word as they use meaning at the same time.

Reading to your child: Reading to your child books of interest helps foster a love of reading in your child. Children learn so much from your modelling and it can be a rewarding experience to share with your child. Visit the library together so that your child can choose books that engage them. Remember to make reading a fun experience.


Nicole Milne - Reading Recovery Teacher

There is a bear in there, and well another bear there and another one

 Last Friday, the school hall bared many teddy bears in all shapes and sizes and in colour. We could not bear it anymore, and that is the bare truth. 

To launch our St. Andrews Better Buddy Program, the Foundation students along with their Year 5 buddies gathered to have a giant teddy bear picnic. 

Much fun was had by all who were present. There wasn’t a bowl of porridge in sight nor any sightings of Goldilocks, luckily otherwise she would have eaten some of the yummy lunches. 

The better buddy program at St. Andrew’s has many wonderful dimensions to it. It supports the Foundation students to settle into school and it provides them with a network of friends who are there to guide them. For the Year 5 students it reinforces their skills in establishing and maintaining friendships, showing respect, demonstrating positive behaviour and social skills, leadership and responsibility.

Throughout the year, there will be many opportunities where the year 5 students and their Foundation buddy will gather to work together on various activities or just to have lunch. 

Could you please diarise the following evening Wednesday, 4th March commencing at 5.30 p.m. This event will provide the Foundation families and Year 5 families an opportunity to meet each other. The night will begin with a liturgy followed by a classroom activity and concluding with a BBQ. 

More details of this night will be communicated to you all early next week. 

Below are some photos of the teddy bear picnic which took place today.  

Thanking you all,

Mr. Rosario Corio - Foundation C teacher

Summer Sport

Summer sport times are 11.30 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.


Thur 27 February

Home V Coatesville


Thur 5 March

Away V St Peter's


Thur 12 March

Away V Oakleigh Grammar


Thur 19 March

Away V Murrumbeena

Term 1 Sport - What's On


Year 3 & 4 Swimming Timetable

The Year 3/4 Swimming Program will be held on Monday 24th February till Thursday 5th March

Session Time    Bus Pick Up Time Class                        
1.10 - 1.50pm    12.55pm 3/4P & 3/4TK
1.50 - 2.30pm    1.35pm 3/4E & 3/4B                     

BEST Awards

Week 4


School Office News

Late Arrivals and Early Release

Parents can now sign in their child when they arrive late or for early release using the Ipad at the front of the Office.


Camp,Swimming, Excursion Fund (CSEF)

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF.

New applicants should contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form.  If you applied for the CSEF in 2019, you do not need to complete and application form in 2020 unless there has been a change in your family circumstance.



It is recommended that parents access the site

By following the instructions you can create your own free CareMonkey account and control all data about your child/children.

The CareMonkey system stores the information on your behalf and you will be able to grant (or deny) access to your data with our school.

You are also able to share this data with any other group or individual you choose (eg. your child's grandparents, their child-minder, their sports club, etc).

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


Skoolbag App

The SkoolBag school app is the best way for parents to stay up-to-date with the school calendar, last minutes forms, newsletters and all school communications.

Follow the instructions below to download the SkoolBag app and stay connected with what’s happening in your school.

For iPhone and iPad users:
Click on the “Download on the App Store” button above, or go to the Apple App Store, search for “SkoolBag” and download the free SkoolBag app. After opening the app, add your school(s) St. Andrew's Parish Primary Clayton South and you’re ready to go!


For Google Android Users:
Click on the “Get it on Google play” button above, or go to the Google Play Store, search for “SkoolBag” and download the free SkoolBag app. After opening the app, add your school(s) St. Andrew's Parish Primary Clayton South and you’re ready to go!


Uniform Price List

We are working with Primary School Wear to update our school uniform. This winter we will see the introduction of navy tailored pants for boys and girls, along with a winter tunic and white shirt for the girls.  As we work towards transitioning to the new uniform we have made a slight change to the boys summer uniform.  When purchasing boys shorts for this summer PSW will inform families that the shorts are the royal blue track shorts not grey shorts as previous years.

Term 1 School Closure Dates:

Monday 9th March -    School Closure - Labour Day Public holiday

Tuesday 10th March - School Closure - Staff Professional                                                                                Development Day

Parents and Friends

Dear Families,

Parents and Friends held our first meeting for 2020 this week.

We welcomed new members to our P&F family for 2020: Megan Champion, Christine Demicoli, Jenifer Roshni, Sharifa Kalam, Tenille Mutton and Ashani Nethkuvi. 

Key discussions were focused on P&F activities and fundraising goals for the year. I am happy to share P&F’s key fundraising goals for 2020 as aligned with the School for the year are:

-        A Thermomix for our tuckshop to cook healthy and homemade food for our children.

-        Additional outdoor table seatings for our children to be added near the Oak tree under the blue shade sails.

-        Contribution to a new playground and bike rack.


P&F will continue to build strong family and school community connections through with our social activities, morning/afternoon teas and various key events and activities throughout the year.


Key dates for Term 1:

Harmony Colour Explosion Celebrations on Friday 6th  March.

P&F will be supporting the Harmony Day celebrations with multicultural food and nibbles for parents to reflect our beautiful and colourful school community. You are more than welcome to bring a plate that reflects your culture to share. P&F will provide a plentiful please come along to celebrate with us on this day.


Bunnings BBQ at South Oakleigh on Saturday 21st March 9am to 4pm

P&F is organising our popular Bunnings BBQ fundraising day at South Oakleigh Links. We are calling for volunteers to help in 1.5hr time blocks throughout the day to help with sausage sizzle and serving our local community. It is a great opportunity to help the school, meet other families and have some fun.  

If you are able to assist on the day, please get in contact with Leang O’Brien who is coordinating this event or email us your availability at


Easter Celebrations

-        Easter Hot Cross Bun drive - order forms will be distributed in class in early March.

-        Easter Bonnet Parade and Raffle event will be held on the last day Friday March 27th during school assembly of Term 1.  


More information about these exciting Easter celebrations in our coming newsletter.


Next P&F Meeting:

Monday 16th March at 7pm, Staffroom


Leanne Ngo
St. Andrew's P & F President


School Canteen 

School Canteen

Morning Recess -

The Canteen is open for recess sales on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 11.30am.

We are excited to receive highly positive feedback from both parents, children and staff throughout the week in regards to the new Canteen menu.   As posted on the Skoolbag App last Sunday the menu is released with a focus on having home made produce being available to our children.
The Menu will be advertised on a weekly basis through the Newsletter and Skoolbag App.  The menu will change based on student feedback and on providing a range of choice to our children.

Mina will be warmly welcoming parents to jump on board as canteen helpers on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

Classroom Cuisine Menu

Parents need to register on the Classroom Cuisine website   to order  lunches

Lunches can be ordered weekly on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and can be  paid for through the online portal. 

Secondary School Information

Mentone Girls'Secondary College

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College will hold its annual Open Evening on Tuesday 30 April at 7pm.

Families can learn about the enrolment process, the Enhancement Program, tour our school, and see student performances, displays and presentations. 
Your Year 5 and 6 students and parents are especially invited to attend. 

MGSC also offers College Tours throughout the year. Tour dates are on and attached. Bookings are recommended.


De La Salle


Community News


Each Saturday morning from March - August 2020

Oakleigh Auskick will be making a very early start to season 2020 commencing 9am on Saturday 21st March and finishing on 22nd August. (23 weeks) Oakleigh Auskick is one of the very few Auskicks that operates through the school holidays 

VENUE:  Oakeligh South Primary School

COST:  $100 for the season

You can register now online or anytime during the season at

Boys and Girls 5-12 years of age are eligible to participate. Children must  be at least 5 years of age or turning 5 during the Auskick season.

Parental help with the running of the program is required.

For more information, contact Mr Kerry Ryan (Oakleigh Auskick Co-ordinator) on 0413 691 885

Kingston Parenting Programs

Kingston Family Support Service will deliver two parenting programs over April-May-June 2020; Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families Program and Pit Stop Program


PSW Uniformpricelist2019-10-24-121123.pdf
Kelly Sports.pdf
Final Version Flyer-Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families April-June 2020-2020.01.24.pdf
Flyer-Pit Stop April-June 2020 pdf version-2020.01.24.pdf
Week 3.pdf
Week 4.pdf
Canteen menu 17th February.pdf
Menu 24th February is as follows.pdf
school letter.pdf
Term 1 Poster for 2020.pdf
MGSC Open Night & College Tour dates A4.pdf
Paul Wakeling.pdf
PS Newsletter_February_2020_.pdf