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Note: Last day of Tuckshop for 2016 is Thursday, November 24.

November 17, 2016: End of Year Mass
Our end of Year mass will be held on the Tuesday of the last week of school at 11:30.

It is our last opportunity to gather as a school community together and we will also be farewelling Father Frank at that mass.

November 17, 2016: Remembrance Day Liturgy
The students of St Andrew’s joined together last Friday for a Remembrance Day liturgy. It was a very special service, during which our students learnt about the significance of the poppy and had time to reflect on the efforts of those past and present who have served.

A huge thank-you to Kylie Murphy our DTSA who once again dedicated her time to make Remembrance Day meaningful for our students and community.

November 10, 2016: New Uniform
At Monday morning assembly we had a parade of the new sports shirts and the option for a girl’s formal shirt to wear with the current skort. All items are now available at the uniform shop and can be purchased online. Please refer to the Parent Portal for the online link or the school website. Thanks you to our models who did a fantastic job displaying our new wears! Sport shirts will be worn as of next year with the girl’s shirt being worn at the present time.

November 10, 2016: Christmas Appeal
Each year St Andrew’s School supports the parishes of Grovely and Samford through the annual Christmas Hamper Appeal.  The Christmas hampers provide food and Christmas cheer to families who are struggling financially.  In previous years, the support and generosity of St Andrew’s families has been immense and it is hoped that this generosity will continue through the 2016 campaign.

Each class will be assigned one family food hamper to prepare.  The staff of St Andrew’s will take on the responsibility of purchasing gifts which will be added to the food hampers from each class.  A note about Hampers will be emailed to families via your PCP’s. Please choose an item/items from the suggested hamper list and deliver to your child’s classroom during weeks 7 and 8 (Monday 14th- Thursday 24th). 

November 3, 2016: Melbourne Cup
Each year the staff at St Andrew’s join in the festivities of the race that stops the Nation. An early morning shared breakfast and a fashions on the field parade at line up are becoming annual events. This year Mrs Bell took out first placed dressed as one of the stable hands. There is always a creative approach taken by our deserving winner. The Year 5 teachers also focused their learning experiences around the Melbourne Cup fever with students participating in maths activities relating to probability, discussing and preparing a well-balanced luncheon within small groups, designing and making hats to mention but a few. That is what you call making curriculum learning experiences relevant to students.

October 27, 2016: Sports Equipment from Amart All Sports
A big thank you needs to go out to the parents who have registered at Amart Sports Mitchelton as part of their community kickback program. This means when families buy sporting equipment or clothing from the store the school is given credit for a percentage of the sale. Last week I was able to purchase over $1400 worth of equipment for the school. Programs like this certainly help the schools sport budget to further maintain and update our equipment for both sports teams and playtime / HPE activities. I would like to encourage as many of our school families to register as part of this program as possible.

October 27, 2016: Year 5 Adaptations
This week an invitation was given to Year 5 parents and classes within the school to visit the Year 5 classrooms to view their animal adaptations. As part of the Science curriculum the students learnt many interesting facts about selected animals from around the world. The work was very impressive and their oral presentations were engaging.

October 20, 2016: Gold at MusicFest 2016
On Thursday the 13th October the Senior Band performed for MusicFest 2016 at the Ferny Grove S.S Hall. The adjudicator commented on the many strengths (and some weaknesses) of the band and awarded them a GOLD trophy. The Senior Band is no stranger to GOLD awards at these festivals and once again I commend the students on their diligence and enthusiasm throughout the year.

October 13, 2016: Character Day Monday
What a wonderful day we had Monday. There were so many creative outfits reflecting personalities with extraordinary character traits.

We had nurses, firemen, athletes ,teachers and even a couple of Mr Leydens  who were persistent, caring, curious, patient, brave, determined, forgiving and energetic.

The school also raised money for the Kids’ Cancer Project, a worthwhile cause and one close to our hearts.

October 6, 2016: Justice Walk Wrap Up
What a sensational way to end last term! We were thrilled to have Fr Frank open our walk with Steve Toomey who joined in the festivities including the cooling down by the water pistols. Next Monday at assembly we will present our cheque to a representative from Eddies Van and St Vinnies.

September 15, 2016: Prep Pirate Day
Who doesn’t enjoy a good pirate dress up day? The Prep children were treated to a fun learning day that evolved around the sound – ar. Of course this is the sound a pirate makes “ar, ar I’m a pirate.” I managed to take a photo whilst they were on their treasure hunt looking for words that were pasted around the school with the spelling pattern -ar.

Prep you - ar amazing!

September 8, 2016: Prep Father's Day Breakfast
Last Friday the Prep dads were treated to a Father’s Day breakfast. The sausages were freely flowing as was the fresh fruit and juices. It was a lovely way for the dads to gather have a chat and introduce themselves to others they didn’t know, a real MJR experience. The children certainly enjoyed the free reign of the OEC with some equipment before heading into the hall from some reading time with their dads.

September 8, 2016: Volunteers Needed for Tuckshop
For parent convenience we have taken the tuckshop to an online format and this ordering has proven to be very popular for our families. To assure the continuation of this service we are in need of parent support on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have already established a roster with our Year 6 leaders to attach the stickers to the bags in the morning time before school. Tuckshop parent help is needed after line up, through to 1:30pm. It is a perfect opportunity to meet new people and give back to the school community.  Please, this is a plea for help and we would really appreciate any time that you could spare. You can contact the front office or Rosetta directly if you can help.

September 1, 2016: Visit from Archbishop Coleridge
Last Friday Archbishop Coleridge visited our school. He was informed during his morning tea with staff that he had indeed visited the best school in the Diocese. He enjoyed chatting with staff and students. Our Year 3s asked him some interesting and insightful questions. We learnt that the best part of his job was meeting interesting people and hearing their stories and that he did not really have a favourite church out of all the hundreds of churches he had visited as they all had their own character and beauty. He commented on our well behaved students and beautiful school grounds. We let him know he was welcome back anytime.

August 25, 2016: Fathers' Day Stall
Father’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday, 3 September) and once again the Craft Group have lots of goodies available for purchase at the Father’s Day Stall being held at school on Tuesday, 30 August.

The children will be given an opportunity to come to the stall with their class to purchase something just for Dad, or granddad – their own special choice.   Prices range from 50c to $6.00.  If you would like your child to select that special gift at the stall, please send in the money with your child on the day (Tuesday 30th August).

However, the Craft Group is desperately in need of some parent-help to ensure the smooth running of the day. If anyone can spare an hour or so between 8.45am and 1pm that would be wonderful – as we don’t have any helpers yet.

August 25, 2016: Book Week Parade
Each year we celebrate and find ways to encourage students to read more. There have been many competitions held over the week, the Book Fair has been very well supported, the male staff members have been reading to groups of children during the break times, classes have been reading with buddies on blankets, art displays, published authors have been visiting and the highlight has been the whole school dress up parade. The teachers were not to be left out with the appearance of the Book Roar dance. Take a look at the fun here!

August 25, 2016: Eddies Van
Paul and Charles from Gregory Terrace came and spoke about Eddies Van, one of the charities our Justice Walk will be supporting this year. They explained to our students that the staff and students of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace conduct a Big Brekkie for homeless people in and around the gardens of the inner city each weekday morning. This aims to develop a ‘Relational Spirituality’ between the staff and students and the poor and marginalised people in the greater Brisbane area and while serving, helping them to develop a deeper understanding of the people with whom they work. Our St Andrew’s students really benefitted from seeing and hearing the stories behind the charity they will be supporting.

Later Brother Damien Price spoke to Year 6. Damien is a Christian Brother who has amongst other achievements, been involved in establishing Eddies Van and has a gift for communicating to students how they can really “Live Jesus in their Hearts” and make a difference to others in their world. The reflections and responses of the Year 6 students after Br Damien had spoken indicated how much his talk touched them. Students spoke of their new insights, empathy and passion for social justice. It was a wonderful morning to be a part of. Truly EXTRAORDINARY.

August 18, 2016: Queensland Catholic Music Festival
Last Friday close to half our student population attended the QCMF at Villanova and St Peters at Coorparoo. It was an opportunity for our bands and choirs to perform and be judged by a panel of adjudicators. Although there were some nerves, understandably, our students performed brilliantly and were awarded the following: Junior choir – Silver, Senior Choir – Gold, Junior Band – Gold, Senior Band – Silver.

Congratulations to all students and their teachers Mrs Sitsky and Mr McKay for preparing our students for this performance. A thank you to the teachers who helped supervise and to the parents for their support. A great result for all!

August 18, 2016: Year 6 Community Visits
On Monday the 8th and 16th August, the Year 6 Ellimatta and Koninderie Welfare Committees went to visit the residents at the Keperra Retirement Sanctuary for their Parliament Bill.  The aim of our bill was to spend more time with the local community and to engage with the residents.

When we got there, two ladies greeted us and showed us around the complex. It was a lovely place and had recently been renovated. There were many activities to keep the residents busy; a heated pool, a veggie garden, lawn bowls, a gym, an activities centre and even a bar and more. There was amazing vegetation and wildlife also. 

We met with all of the lovely ladies of the craft group and we kept each other entertained by telling them about our schooling and our interests. This was then followed with a beautiful morning tea which we provided.  We thought this was a great experience and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

August 18, 2016: Bin ball competition
This week the students in Year 6 attended to their Parliament Bill with the teachers versing the students in a game of Bin Ball. It felt like the Olympic Games had come to Ferny Grove, the hype and excitement was astounding along with the prowess of the staff team members. The students put up a good fight, even in the round that had all Year 6 students against the staff. In the end the staff took the championship 5 zip. A big thank you goes out to the Parliament members for arranging the games and to the student supporters who cheered each team on.

August 11, 2016: Prekka
On Tuesday Prep held their annual PREKKA which simply means the EKKA comes to Prep.

They had a glorious morning participating in side show alley, getting their passports stamped and winning little prizes along the way.

There is nothing quite like the PREKKA!

August 11, 2016: Extraordinary Choir
This term, four of our Year Six Leaders, Isabelle, Hannah, Emily and Charlotte have been preparing to be part of the Combined Primary Schools Choir singing at St Mary Mackillop's Feast Day mass at St Stephens Cathedral. On Monday Isabelle, Hannah and Emily travelled into the Cathedral and sang beautifully alongside 200 other students from various schools in the Diocese. Unfortunately, Charlotte was unwell and despite all her preparation was unable to come along. The girls represented themselves, their families and their school well and had a wonderful time being a part of such an enormous event.

July 28, 2016: Teacher Awards
Monday we presented the teachers with weekly awards written by the students in their classes. Words such as helpful, kind, happy, caring, beautiful and EXTARORDINARY appeared on many certificates. Students mentioned how their teachers put in extra effort, explained things well, made learning fun, had a sense of humour, gave great hugs, presented learning in different ways, are fair and supportive, encourage them to have a go and do their best. When the students can so easily and clearly articulate what it is that makes their teachers amazing, it speaks volumes about the wonderful job our teachers are doing. Well done.

July 21, 2016: Catholic Education Week
During Catholic Education Week 2016, Catholic education communities across Queensland are invited to celebrate and share how their communities are Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy.

At St Andrew's we do this by seeing the extraordinary that exists in each and every individual, reaching out to others, listening to their story, and respecting and valuing all those within our community and beyond.
» Catholic Education Week Activities

July 14, 2016: Athletics Carnival
What an extraordinary athletics carnival. The weather was perfect, the students gave their best efforts in events and on the cheering front, the parents were in abundance supporting, cheering and enjoying the conversations. Thank you to the Community Association for their organising of the coffee machine and canteen. To the Year 6 leaders and their teachers for a sensational round of ball games that involved all children. To Mr King we thank you for the smooth running of the day. Take a look at the fun times and great efforts!

June 22, 2016: Music Twilight
Another very impressive night of musical entertainment was seen at our twilight concert on Monday. It is wonderful to see the skills that the children are developing by being a member of these musical groups.

Each year keeps getting bigger and better. Well done to our musicians, singers and their amazing their teachers.

June 15, 2016: Year 2 Literacy Groups
The Year Two literacy block session has 7 adults within the Learning Space supporting children in small groups to complete a variety of learning tasks. All children were engaged in their learning and when questioned were able to talk about what they were learning. This is one way in which a student can display that they are a visible learner. Awesome work Year Two very impressive!

June 8, 2016: St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal
Our school has had a long association with St Vincent De Paul and this year we would like to extend our assistance beyond financial support to the local Vinnies Conference. With the weather turning much cooler, the Community Association are asking for assistance in providing support to those less fortunate in our community.

If you have any spare blankets/doonas/throws or winter jackets/coats lying around could you please consider donating them to St Vinnies. Any donated goods must be in good condition and clean. Donations can either be sent to your child’s classroom or alternatively you can take your donated goods directly to the Vinnies Op Shop at 141 Dawson Parade, Grovely.

Many thanks for your time in considering this request. Any queries can be directed to Louise Bennett (lou.bennett@yahoo.co.uk)

June 8, 2016: Laptop Donated to Nepal
Last year the school donated its redundant mini laptops to Nepal. Apparently they have been a big hit over there. Peter Mac received a thank-you letter and photos from the community showing what a big difference small actions can make in the lives of others. EXTRAORDINARY!

June 1, 2016: Extraordinary Fair Success
What an exceptional day we had at our school fair last Sunday. The ARTS is alive at St Andrew’s and the students certainly demonstrated their skills musically, creatively and artistically.

Congratulations and thank you to the Fair Committee who have worked tirelessly to make this day such and success and to all our EXTRAORDINARY volunteers we say THANK YOU! Take a look at our fun day.
» Fair Photos

May 25, 2016: State of Origin - It's on again
On Wednesday the 1st of June the children are invited to wear Maroon or Blue to show support for QLD or NSW in the first State of Origin game. (The red prep shirt will also be fine!) This is optional and children can wear anything from their usual uniform with a ribbon to full free dress. Closed in shoes and hats are compulsory. No donation requested. So show your colours and join in the friendly rivalry.

May 18, 2016: Poetry Webinar
The Year 4 students recently participated in a Poetry webinar. There were 33 other schools also involved in this session. Two of our students were able to read the poetry they had constructed to the other participants from other schools. A great learning opportunity for our students and certainly provided an example of how learning and teaching can be flexible with the use of technology.

May 11, 2016: Cyber Safety
Please join us in the hall at 6:30pm Wednesday 18th May as we have a guest speaker presenting to parents and staff a session on Cyber Safety.

It is essential that as parents we educate ourselves on the dangers that children can be exposed to when they are interacting with technology and in particular social media.

May 4, 2016: NAPLAN Testing
As NAPLAN approaches it is important to ensure that the children in Year 3 and Year 5 do not experience unnecessary pressure due to sitting ‘a test.’ These National tests are a one off assessment taken at a period in time as a snapshot. Teachers conduct many assessments throughout the year and these assessments combined with NAPLAN results create a rounded picture of your child as a learner. Michael Grose from “Parenting Insights” has some very pertinent points to make in regard to how parents can support their children at this time. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the NAPLAN tests please see the classroom teacher.
» Michael Grose NAPLAN Insights

April 27, 2016: ANZAC Commemorations
ANZAC Day. We remembered.

On Thursday several Year 6 students accompanied Mrs Kylie Murphy and myself to the Anzac day service at Anzac square in the city. We were joined by students from schools throughout Brisbane and beyond, to pray, sing, listen, reflect and most of all remember. Our students laid a wreath on behalf of our school community. We thank Kerri Hetherington and Kylie Murphy for making a beautiful wreath from our very own St Andrews garden.

The following day our entire school community gathered in our annual Anzac Day liturgy. Students from Year 5 and 6 lead us in prayer. Our choir and band accompanied us in song and wreaths were laid by representatives from each class. As always, our students were respectful and thoughtful throughout the liturgy. We would like to thank the large number of family and friends who came to join us. Your presence in such sacred events helps support the values and messages we send to our students during liturgies and speaks volume to our sense of community.

We would especially like to thank Mrs Kylie Murphy who, as our Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA), is an integral part of such events, as well as someone who provides ongoing support to our defence students and families.

April 21, 2016: Year 1 STEM Lessons
You will remember that we participated in the Woolies Earn & Learn Program last year and that many of you supported us in accumulating the points we needed to exchange for resources. Our focus was to purchase items to support the introduction of the new Technologies curriculum with its deep focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) related learning activities and skill building including the latest ‘buzz’ word in education - coding.

As part of our goal to create STEM ‘MakerSpace’ learning environments we are accumulating a variety of STEM resources and I will be supporting the teachers in using these as we steadily implement the curriculum in each year level. Year 1 started some Lego WeDo coding this week and the atmosphere was electric! As an introductory activity they were challenged to collaboratively envisage, create, build and program a fan that would cool Mr Mac down on a hot day! The results were awesome with not one product being the same the other.

April 14, 2016: Tuckshop Online
As of this Tuesday 19th April St Andrew's Tuckshop will be online. A set of instructions were sent home with the eldest child in each family on Wednesday. Instructions will also be on the website by the end of this week. This term will see the Preps ordering for the first time. Preps will have their tuckshop food delivered to their rooms. Preps will not be able to purchase over the counter items which include slushies, lollies and ice blocks, as Preps will not have access to the Tuckshop area. As usual, for students in Years 1-6, lunches as well as over the counter items will be collected by individuals. Remember that orders need to be made by 9:00am on the day off purchases.

This term, the tuckshop will be providing Sushi as an option for THURSDAYS only. Orders need to be made via bags, however, all orders must be received by Tuesday morning. We will not be able to fill any late orders! In addition, it is IMPERATIVE that all sushi ordered is eaten immediately. In line with food safety practices, Sushi ordered at first break cannot be left until 2nd break. Options include, tuna and avacado, chicken teriyaki and beef teriyaki. Each roll is $3.00, please ask for soy sauce if required.

March 24, 2016: Holy Week Celebrations
Our whole school joined together to share in the story and message of Christ’s journey through Holy Week from Palm Sunday to his death. The students of St Andrew’s sung, read, acted, watched and listened as they connected with the events of Holy Week. It was a moving reminder of what this season is truly all about. We look forward to celebrating the resurrection on Tuesday of the first week back.

March 24, 2016: Easter Raffle
Thank you to the families who bought tickets in this year’s Easter Raffle.

The Year 6 leaders have been very proactive in advertising their raffle to raise funds for their end of year festivities. Thank you for supporting their cause.

March 18, 2016: Helping Hands Working Bee
A very special thanks to the HUGE number of mums, dads and kids who attended the "Helping Hands" working bee last Saturday. It was a great afternoon. A huge amount of work was achieved, which is very important, however, the most important thing that happened and was very evident, was the fact that people were happy to be there working for each other and doing it with a smile on the dial. New networks were established, jokes were told, light hearted sledging happened and overall, a good time was had by all!! Just DOING THEIR JOB!!

March 11, 2016: Orange Sky Van Blessing
Last Friday four students from Year 6 Kieran Tran, Grace Baker, Jacob Voll and Hailey Phillips travelled with Mrs Natalie Ceola and myself into St Stephens Cathedral for the blessing of a new Orange Sky Laundry van.

Last year our school community joined with other Brisbane Catholic Education schools to fundraise for this incredibly worthy cause. Together we raised over 80 000 dollars which has enabled a new van called “Cathy” ( short for Catholic Education) to travel throughout suburbs of Brisbane, providing a mobile free laundry service for homeless on our streets.

The students were lucky enough to meet and speak with Nicholas and Lucas co-founders of the Orange Sky Laundry and also 2016 Young Australians of the Year.

Nicholas spoke very personally about how his experience as a student in a Catholic school helped him understand his responsibility to serve others. He also reminded everyone that although Orange Sky Laundry is primarily a free laundry facility which allows the homeless to look and feel clean, it is actually far greater than that. The service communicates to all it helps, that they are worthy. It allows the homeless to spend time talking and connecting to others in positive, non-judgemental and friendly way. He reminded our students that we all have the capacity to facilitate change.

We listened to Archbishop Coleridge speak about the importance of not just thinking or understanding what it means to help others but actually DOING. He reminded us that that is precisely what the “Year of Mercy” is all about. He said the Orange Sky Laundry have shown us that sometimes the simplest ideas, when they come from a place of understanding and compassion, can be the most powerful.

March 3, 2016: Enrolments for Prep 2017
We are currently processing enrolment applications for Prep 2017. Any existing families at St Andrew's who will have a sibling enrolling in Prep in 2017 (DOB 1/7/11 - 30/6/12) will need to download all the necessary enrolment forms and send them to the School Office by the beginning of March, 2016.
» Enrolment Forms
Please don't hesitate to contact the office if you have any queries.

March 3, 2016: Swimming Carnival
Last Friday the annual school swimming carnival was held at the Ferny Hills Pool. This year the trophy was taken out by the Amalfi Gold team, well done to you all. All students did an awesome job of cheering and participating in the numerous events that were available to them.

While there is a competitive component to the day, there is also the camaraderie of being a member of a team and the determination of those for whom swimming does not come naturally, to be involved . We congratulate all participants on the way they conducted themselves and appreciate the wonderful support of our St Andrew’s parents and friends.

To Mr King and the early morning swim coaches on staff, we thank you for the time and effort that has been put into additional swimming sessions before school in preparation for the day. We also congratulate Mr King on his attention to detail in making the carnival a very enjoyable and successful day for all.

March 3, 2016: Year 5 Mass
On Tuesday the Year Five students gathered together to celebrate mass with Father Frank Lourigan. It was a beautiful mass, woven around the theme of being ‘extraordinary’ in Lent through forgiveness. Thank-you to the Year Five teachers Miss Ellen Locke, Mrs Gayle Wilkinson and Mr Mark MacDonald for creating such a meaningful mass and preparing the students so beautifully. We thank those parents too who were able to make the time to join us.

February 25, 2016: Germ Rangers
Last Friday 3 Elouera and the Year 6 students were visited by the Germ Rangers. The students held their hands beneath an ultraviolet light that illuminated the germs that were already present on their hands. The students could visibly see the importance of washing their hands well. The Germ Rangers instructed the students on how to wash their hands thoroughly so that germs would not be present. Students tested their hands after washing to see how successful they had been with the cleaning process. A great lesson on hygiene and how easily germs can be picked up from many sources. Thanks Germ Rangers a fun interactive way to learn an important message!

February 18, 2016: Parent Infomration Evening
Thank you to all the parents who were able to make it to the Parent Information Evening last week. It was a great opportunity to meet the teachers and hear about the expectations for the year ahead. It was also an opportune time for parents to gather over a drink and have a chat, particularly new families to St Andrew’s School. Thank you to members of the Community Association Executive Committee for organising this social time. Teamwork makes the dream work!

February 4, 2016: School Choir
Choir is fantastic opportunity for your child to further develop their music education. It does require hard work and commitment but is very rewarding, engaging and a lot of fun!

At St Andrew's there is a Junior Choir and a Senior Choir. The Junior Choir is made up of students from Grades 1 & 2. Rehearsals take place every Wednesday morning from 7.45am to 8.15am in the Hall. The Senior Choir is made up of students from Grades 3-6. Rehearsals take place every Friday morning from 7.45am to 8.15am in the Hall.

If your child is interested in joining one of the choirs and has not received a permission note, please contact the music teacher: Petra Sitsky -psitsky@bne.catholic.edu.au

February 4, 2016: Opening Mass
The children, staff and parents joined together with Father Frank Lourigan to celebrate our opening mass. It was a warm day, and the students demonstrated wonderful behaviour and presence. As mentioned in the mass, our theme this year is 'see the extraordinary'.

We will be teaching, challenging and supporting our students to open their hearts to the beauty that lies within people they connect with, the world in which they live and importantly in themselves. Our school theme sits beautifully within the Catholic Churches 2016 “Year of Mercy” where we are invited to look for what is 'of God’ in others and place ourselves in another person’s heart and mind.

January 25, 2016: Welcome to the 2016 School Year
The St Andrew's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2016 school year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year!

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