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Please Note: Last day of tuckshop for 2015 will be Thursday 26th November. Please remember there will be VERY LIMITED STOCK 2 weeks before we finish for the holidays. I would like to thank everyone for supporting the tuckshop and wish you all a very safe and happy holidays.
Rosetta Di Mauro
Tuckshop Convenor

November 12, 2015: Extravaganza 2015
To all our school families be sure to have Friday night 27th November blocked out in your diaries for our annual Extravaganza.

This year we celebrate St Andrew’s 30th Birthday and this special event will be marked with many ‘blasts from the past.’

The children have begun preparations by learning their presentation songs. We look forward to celebrating the years that have been, before this year swiftly rounds itself up. Look forward to seeing you all there.

November 12, 2015: Remembrance Day
Thank you to everyone involved in the beautiful and reflective liturgy on Wednesday. The Remembrance Day liturgy is one of significance and respect both of which were captured through the readings, prayers, music and placement of wreaths. Thank you to Kylie Murphy, DSTA who has spent many, many, many weeks working on this liturgy and preparing the children. The poppies, made by the students created a spectacular backdrop to our sacred space. Thank you also to the school band, along with Steve McKay who played several songs for the liturgy and to the children who took on special roles including reading and carrying of significant items.

November 5, 2015: World Teachers' Day
A huge thank you to the wonderful parents of St Andrew’s who made our staff feel appreciated for the job that we do.

The kind words within the poem at line up and the morning tea was a lovely way for us to celebrate World Teachers Day.

Thank you for your support.

October 29, 2015: Day for Daniel
Friday 30th October is the National ‘Day for Daniel’. On this day schools are encouraged to focus on safety for children and provide them with many strategies on how to deal with situations that do not feel right. Teachers will also talk to students about the people in their lives that they can talk to if they are feeling unsafe. Students are encouraged to wear red on this day.
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October 29, 2015: Uniform Shop Holiday Trading
The St Andrew’s School Uniform Shop will be open during the Christmas school holidays at the following times:

  • Wednesday 9th December 2015
    10:00am–11:15am (by appointment only)
  • Wednesday 13 January 2016
    10:00am–11:15am (by appointment only)
  • Saturday 16 January 2016
    10:00am–11:15am (by appointment only
  • Wednesday 20 January 2016
    10:00am–11:15am (by appointment only)

To book your 15 minute appointment, click on www.volunteersignup.org/WAFMM or type it into your browser and follow the instructions on the page.

For children starting Prep in 2016, the Uniform Shop will be open every Monday afternoon in November by appointment only for Prep uniform fit outs. For Prep fit out appointments, click on www.volunteersignup.org/8MCLR or type it into your browser and follow the instructions on the page.

October 29, 2015: Year 5 Camp
What a fantastic three days for our Year 5 students to attend Camp Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast. This camp provides activities that enable the students to challenge themselves and grow their strength of character and build stronger relationships between their peers and teachers.

October 22, 2015: Community Association AGM
We Want You! It is time to elect your Community Association members for 2016 at the next CA meeting, 6:30pm Wednesday 11 November 2015. Every year all CA positions are made available. If you are interested in finding out more about the roles or nominating for any of the positions below please Contact Andrew De Zilva on 0423 709 798.

Positions include:
Vice Chair
Community & Grants
Archdiocesan P& F delegate (Shared role between 2)
PCP Coordinators (shared role between 2)
Fair Coordinator and Sub Committee
Events Coordinators and Sub Committee
*The events coordinator role this year is shared by two people but next year we are wanting to form a sub committee which would work as a group to organise up to 8 events next year. This would mean different members of the sub committee would 'lead' particular events with assistance from the sub committee. Each member would not necessarily be involved in organising every event. It would be team effort with knowledge sharing to ensure the longevity of the role.

We would love to hear from you!

Andrew De Zilva
CA chair

October 15, 2015: Year 5 Excursion
The Year 5 students visited Belivah to participate in an excursion focused on the Eureka Stockade.

This hands-on excursion allowed the students to explore goldfield maps, role play situations that occurred during the Australian Gold Rush, construct tents and buy a gold licence.

They all had an amazing day!

September 17, 2015: ALLE Attendance System
All students arriving late or leaving early are required to sign in on their arrival AND sign out on their departure.

There is a new electronic device (ALLE) in Reception that allows parents to scan their child's barcode and complete relevant details on late arrival (or early departure). Once this has been completed by the parents, AND validated by the office, the student will receive a white print out with the date and time of arrival/ departure. For the purpose of ARRIVED LATE - this print out is then taken to the classroom to present to the teacher.

If a child presents to the class without a print out - they will be sent back to the office to complete the ALLE process. This must be done immediately as this system works LIVE and no changes can be made to the date or time of arrival. It is a legal requirement for all class rolls to be marked accurately and having this system will allow all advice regarding Arriving Late or Leaving Early to be immediately reflected on the roll.

September 17, 2015: Justice Walk Success
The fourth annual Justice Walk for St Andrew’s with the theme of “Kiss Poverty Goodbye” was a huge success. We have raised a lot of money for our two charities: St Vincent de Paul and Orange Sky Laundry. These two charities work tirelessly to help the less fortunate in our community. We thank them for the great work they do and are proud to be able to help them both.

We would like to congratulate Year Five Euroa for raising the most amount of funds to help our charities with their class total reaching $1,388.50. So many other classes also did an amazing job at raising much needed funds. We thank each and every one of you who collected donations.

Fortunately the weather for our walk this year was fantastic. We had a great sunny day and it was nice and hot, so it was nice to get wet from the water pistols. All of the stations around the track were enjoyed by all students and many parents.

We appreciate Mr Derek McLean, Mr Andrew Wines and Mr Steven Toomey for coming and sharing our Justice Walk for 2015 with the St Andrew’s School community. We appreciate all parents and students that participated in our walk for this year. As a school community we have raised a grand total of $16,550.35. Great work St Andrew’s!

September 3, 2015: Justice Walk
After a successful Monday morning launch of the 2015 Year 6 Justice Walk, the Year 6 students would like to advise that this year’s fundraising will be for Orange Sky Laundry and St Vincent de Paul.

Orange Sky Laundry is a relatively new, local service to the homeless providing a facility to launder their clothes. It was established by two young 20 year old men who wanted to make a difference. The Year 6 students saw these men making a difference and wanted to assist to ensure that their charity became well established.
» Orange Sky Laundry goes national

Your child will have come home with a donation card to start collecting much needed finds for these charitable organisations. As soon as donations are recorded on the card, students are encouraged to return the card and donation to their class teacher. The donation will then be sent back home with your child for more donations to be collected.

The Justice Walk for this year will be held on the last Tuesday of this term – 15th September, 2015. Parents and friends are encouraged to participate in the walk with their children. After this week’s fantastic launch, we look forward to raising much needed funds for those less fortunate than ourselves and having a great walk in the last week.

Let’s work together to KISS POVERTY GOODBYE!!!

August 27, 2015: Making Our Footprints Count!
>Many of you know that Hollie and Zara have been raising money for the people in Nepal through selling loom band bracelets and keyrings. On Monday the girls presented a cheque for over $700 to Oxfam. Jess from Oxfam explained to our students that thanks to Hollie and Zara and the generous support of everyone buying loom bands, the money raised will make a difference to over 80 people!!

The girls have also made their footprint count at St Andrew’s! Sean from Spotlight presented the girls with a $500 giftcard which will be used for homeware and craft supplies at school. This was the result of the girls entering a competition. We thank Hollie and Zara for the incredible contribution. I know that the girls have inspired many and have taught us that we can all make a difference!!

August 27, 2015: Book Week 2015
What a fantastic Book Week we had. The Book Week winners were announced on Monday at assembly. Children won prizes for voting for the Early Childhood winning book Go to sleep Jessie by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood Once again the search for The Golden Book has been a great success. The children are incredibly excited and this excitement is resounding in the playground! The winners of the colouring in competition were Isabelle in 1B and Ethan in 1P. Congratulations on such wonderful colouring. The Guess the Character competition was also a huge success with Isabella in 5W winning this competition. The Book Parade was a lot of fun with the children (and parents) going to a lot of trouble to dress in character. Thank you to everyone for supporting such a great week and having lots of fun. Our Celebrity Book Reading sessions were a real hit with the children. Mr Leyden, Mr Bird, Mr King, Mr Mac and Mr Rooney all did a wonderful job entertaining the children during play time.

August 13, 2015: Skipping Club
This week the Year 5 students launched the St Andrew's Skipping Club. The year 5 students will have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills as they provide sessions for other year groups, teaching them new skills and tricks. The Year 5 students will promote this healthy fitness choice over the coming weeks for all students.

August 6, 2015: District Athletics
Congratulations to all our District Athletics competitors who did their best last Wednesday and Thursday in the North West competition.

We have a number of children who have made it through to the Regional competition for various events. We wish them well.

July 30, 2015: Catholic Education Week 2015
This week we have been focussing on engaging minds, igniting hearts and serving others as we celebrate being members of a Catholic school. The children have been invited to participate in a variety of activities to highlight the theme for this year. They were asked to create a gratitude flower to place around the gardens of our school, stating something that they are grateful for. Some of our children created a short film depicting life in their catholic school. Our Prep-2 liturgy and Year 3-6 Mass highlighted what it means to be a part of a Catholic school community and that we are a small entity within a bigger community all aiming to be like Jesus. Children were also encouraged to join in creating an artwork that will emphasise that we do our little bit and combined with others it makes a big difference. Take a look at how our Catholic Education Week came to life here at St Andrew’s.

July 30, 2015: 100 Days of Prep
Last week the Prep children and their teachers celebrated 100 days of Prep. The day consisted of them taking part in numerous counting activities to one hundred, making 100 dot crowns, building 100 cup towers and a variety of creating tasks. It was truly a fun day of learning for our Preppies!

July 16, 2015: Woolworths Earn & Learn
In past years St Andrew’s has been involved in Woolworths Earn and Learn and has benefited from many resources that have supported our students. These resources are available to us as a result of our parent community supporting this initiative. When you shop at Woolworths for the next few months you will be offered stickers at the register. These stickers need to be put onto an entry card available in-store and then brought to school to be put into the box at the office or at the OEC. This campaign begins on Wednesday 15th July, so start collecting!

July 16, 2015: Athletics Carnival
On the last day of last term we held our Athletics carnival. The students participated with enthusiasm and determination as they strived to give their best to each of their events. At assembly this week we waited with baited breath as Mr King announced the winning teams. For the novelty events the Monserrat Green team took the trophy and the winning team for the overall carnival was awarded to the Subiaco Blue team. Congratulations to all our students for their efforts and to Mr King for his organisation. A big thank you to the parents who also supported the success of this day.

June 25, 2015: Dreamworld Excursion
On Thursday I had the pleasure of accompanying the Senior Band to Dreamworld! The day, organised by Mr McKay, was an opportunity for the children to perform in a public space to those who were in the park. Student leaders took the time to introduce each piece before it was performed, sharing some information about the history and style of the piece. After the band played several pieces they had the opportunity to explore the park with a parent or teacher. As a whole group we had an awesome time. The children were true WESTIES as they encouraged their friends and showed gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful experience of the day. A big thank you to our students, parent helpers and to Mr McKay for making the day an amazing experience!

June 25, 2015: Twlight Music Concert
On Monday evening the end of semester Twilight Music Concert was held. The children from the junior and senior choirs sang beautifully, mixing it up with some new and old time favourite songs. Some students from the senior choir also performed a rap to ‘The Monster’ which certainly rocked the house. Monday evening was the first time that our strings students have performed in front of an audience and they were nothing short of amazing. The junior and senior bands also performed on the evening showing their talents and working brilliantly as a group to create a great sound. Special acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the music teachers needs to be expressed and we thank them for the work they have done to prepare the children for such an event as well as equipping them with life- long skills in the music arena. Congratulations to all!

June 18, 2015: Ukulele
The recorder is an instrument of the past as it has been superseded by the trendy ukulele. In music classes, Mrs Sitsky has been teaching the students from Year 4 onwards how to play. At line up this week we experienced a live performance by the Year 4 students. It was a delight to hear the sound of the ukuleles supported by the student voices as they performed “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

June 4, 2015: Fair Spectacular
Wow, this community truly made their footprints count at our school Fair last weekend. The children’s performances were nothing short of brilliant. The skills and talents of our students were evident through their artworks, dancing, singing in the choirs and in the band performances. We were certainly very proud of all our students and their teachers for preparing them for this event.

A huge thank you to the Fair Committee who spent many hours organising and preparing for the Fair. The volunteers were greatly appreciated throughout the weekend, helping to set up, working in stalls and helping to restore the school to normal at the conclusion of the Fair. Every year I am impressed by the comradery and friendships that are formed as a result of working together. It was a prime example of “teamwork making the dream work” congratulations to everyone who contributed to make this day a sensational success.
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May 28, 2015: Reader's Cup Finals
The Year 5/6 final for the Readers Cup was held last week. The students were very excited and they all worked very studiously to get a place in the team to represent our school at the regional final. Congratulations to Aiden, Carla, Chiara, Josie and Emily who will now represent St Andrew’s next week in the finals. We wish them all the best as they continue to study for the competition.

May 28, 2015: National Sorry Day
On Tuesday morning the Year 6 senior students lead the older grades in a liturgy to acknowledge the Australian Government ‘saying sorry’ to Aboriginal people for the wrongs that were done in the past. The students have been studying the stolen generation and were able to relay their learning to other students and relate it to our own MJR message of saying sorry when we do something wrong.

May 21, 2015: Zone Cross Country
Congratulations to our school Cross-Country team who participated in their events at the Zones on Wednesday. The teachers were very proud of all competitors who gave their best efforts on the day.

St Andrew’s claimed second place overall which is a great achievement.

May 7, 2015: Mothers' Day Stall
On Tuesday the students were given the opportunity to purchase a small gift for their mums for Mother’s Day. The St Andrew’s Craft group have worked very hard to put together a wide selection of creative gifts. Thank you to this group and we hope that all mum’s enjoy this Sunday with their children in celebration of all the wonderful things that mums do.

April 30, 2015: 2016 Prep Enrolments
We are currently collating the enrolments for Prep for 2016. If families currently here at St Andrew's have a sibling due to start Prep in 2016 could you please forward all the necessary enrolment forms to the office as soon as possible. (Enrolment entry dates: 1/7/10 to 30/6/11.) The enrolment application and other forms can be downloaded from our enrolments page.

April 30, 2015: ANZAC Ceremony
Thank you to Mrs Murphy, Mrs Quilan, Ms Maw and the students who prepared our ANZAC liturgy on Friday morning of last week. It was a good reminder for all of us about the sacrifices that have been made over the years and continue to be made even within our own school community.

April 30, 2015: Cross Country Carnival
We congratulated the Subiaco Blue team for taking out this year’s first place in the annual St Andrew’s Cross-Country event. The day was a very successful one with participants giving their best during the race and cheering on their house team mates. Special thanks to the parents who gave their time to help supervise the course, it was appreciated. Many parents and teachers commented on the superb leadership of the Year 6 students, a job well done!

April 23, 2015: Flourishing Gardens
The gardens around our school are bursting with produce. Take a look at the size of these zucchinis!

A great curriculum lesson for the Preps in regard to big, bigger, biggest. Some zucchinis were too small to pick.

The mint is also growing at a rapid rate, perfect timing for our school Fair mojitos.

April 2, 2015: ANZAC Day March
St Andrew's have been invited to lay a wreath at the Gaythorne RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC day march on Saturday, 25 April 2015. The March will commence at 6.15am in Sid Loder Park, Tel-El-Kebir Street, Mitchelton.

We have been asked if some of our students would like to take part of the ceremony and wave flags of various World War 1 allied nations. The ceremony will be held after the march. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign and the Sub-Branch will be providing activities for the children after the ceremony. (Jumping castle, face painting, BBQ). Please let me know if your child may be interested in being a part of this special occasion.

April 2, 2015: Reader's Cup
The Years 4-6 Reader’s Cup competition was held over the last couple of weeks with great enthusiasm by the children. Congratulations to Year 4 Bundara for their outstanding scores; again this year they were the class with the highest scores in the competition. Congratulations to all the children involved, you all did a fantastic job. The children in Years 5 & 6 who have nominated to go into the second round of the Readers Cup have now been given their list of books for the final in Term 2. The final for Years 5 & 6 will be held on 28th May, Week 6 of Term 2. The five top scoring students will represent our school at the regional final against approximately 20 other schools. This will take place on 10th June, Week 8 of Term 2.

March 19, 2015: Zone Swimming
We Won!

Congratulations to the St Andrew’s zone swimming team for taking out first place at Chandler this week.

We are all very proud of your achievement.

March 19, 2015: St Patrick's Day
Thank you to everyone who got into the spirit of St Patrick on Tuesday with a splash of green and some fun shared treats. There was a sea of green at line up in the morning and the children participated in many activities within their classes. St Patrick’s Day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish people.

March 12, 2015: Nude Food combines with Caritas
On Wednesday we combined our regular nude food initiative with the Caritas appeal. In keeping with our theme of ‘Food for Life’ during Project Compassion, all classes had the opportunity to share a nude food morning tea with their year level. Coin donations were collected for Caritas. Thank you to our very generous community for giving to such a worthy cause.

March 12, 2015: Camp Goodenough
Last week our senior students in Year 6 attended ‘Camp Goodenough’ situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland. This camp offers many opportunities for the students and their teachers to challenge themselves in a variety of activities. The camp also focuses on developing, friendships, problem solving and leadership skills which will be needed as the year progresses.

March 3, 2015: School Swimming Carnival
Last Friday was a superb day at the Ferny Hills pool where the children from St Andrew’s demonstrated team spirit and supported their colour teams by entering events and cheering. We thank Mr King and all the staff for their hard work along with the parent volunteers. Thank you also to the parents who were able to join us and enjoy the community spirit throughout the day. Teamwork makes the dream work! Congratulations to the Amalfi Yellow team for taking out first place in this year’s carnival.

February 26, 2015: 2016 Prep Enrolments
We are currently collating the enrolments for Prep for 2016. If families currently here at St Andrew's have a sibling due to start Prep in 2016 could you please forward all the necessary enrolment forms to the office as soon as possible. (Enrolment entry dates: 1/7/10 to 31/7/11.) The Qld Government amended the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 in December 2015, to allow children born after the 30th of June, and only up to 31st July,to be considered for enrolment in the 2016 Prep year. This is only after an interview with the parents and if the principal is satisfied that the child is ready for education in the year of schooling, considering the child's attributes.

The enrolment application and other forms can be downloaded from our enrolments page.

February 19, 2015: Parent Information Evening
Last week we held our PIE. John took the opportunity to talk about how there is a need for education to change from the traditional settings. As adults, there are indeed many systems and processes that have changed from our own experiences of classroom life and there will continue to be changes as research dictates the necessity. For those who would like to revisit the YouTube clip presented on the night the link is below.

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=relmfu

We thank the volunteers from the Community Association who organised a social opportunity for parents and staff to have a drink and chat with one another. Thank you for helping to build community.

February 12, 2015: Opening School Mass
On Tuesday we celebrated our Opening School Mass. It was a wonderful way to start the year with all our students, staff and parents. Thank you to those who were able to join us on this great occasion.

February 12, 2015: Musical Instrument Grant
It was announced in August 2014 that the QLD Government had awarded the St Andrews Instrumental Music Program a generous donation of $10,000 towards the purchase of instruments. St Andrew's would like to officially thank the State Government for their generous donation towards our music program. Below are some pictures of the instruments that were purchased in use with some of our music students. I would also like to formally thank Andrew De Zilva for his guidance and help in gaining a successful outcome with this grant.

February 5, 2015: Hot Shots School Tennis Challenge
This week we acknowledged the children who participated in the Hot Shots School Challenge tennis tournament over the holiday period. Max, Renee, Amy and Josh represented St Andrew’s and were awarded a certificate of participation for playing against other schools. Well done to you all.

January 25, 2015: Welcome to the 2015 School Year
The St Andrew's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2015 school year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year!

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