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October 16, 2014: PREP 2015 Parent Orientation
This Wednesday 22nd October we have invited parents of all children starting in 2015 to our orientation morning. The leadership team and Prep team will address parents providing information about the St Andrew's community and offering tours of the school for those who are unfamiliar with it. This session will commence at 9:30am in the Nicola McGovern Centre. We look forward to seeing you there.

September 18, 2014: Go-Mad-Athon Justice Walk
It never ceases to amaze me the generosity of spirit within this community. The support that has been shown for the Justice Walk proves that people are true ‘givers’ in both a financial sense and in giving of their time to help others. Congratulations to the Year 6 students and their teachers for the exceptional leadership that was shown at this event and during the weeks of preparation. Thank you to all you have made a difference in the lives of others.

» More Justice Walk

September 11, 2014: Prep Father's Day Breakfast
Last Friday morning the preppies and their dads had an early morning start in the Prep playground. The smell of sausages wafted over the school as the children celebrated the gift of their dads. It was wonderful to see the children excitedly playing soccer with their dads, showing them how they can climb the equipment and introducing dads to their friends. Thank you to the dads who were able to make it to this celebration, we hope that you felt special on this day dedicated to you.

September 11, 2014: St Andrew's Golf Day

Last year we held the inaugural St Andrews Parent Golf Day and it was a small but extremely successful day. This year our Aim is to once again hold a similar event and to make it bigger and better than last year. The details for the event are as follows:

When: Sunday 19 October 2014
Where: Keperra Country Golf Club Duggan Street Keperra (at the end of the street)
Tee-Off: First Group to tee-off at 10.30am on the West Course (Course map to be provided)
Event: Ambrose
Price: $65 per person includes golf, cart and some refreshments in the club house after the round.
Meeting Place: 10.00am in the Cart/Buggy area outside the pro-shop (under the tree).
Other:
Bring a hat and sunscreen
Men without a handicap – 27 handicap (honour system here!)
Ladies without a handicap – 36 handicap (honour system here!)
Further rules on the day

The Convenor will determine team handicap (ie 4 person team – aggregate handicap divided by 8, 3 person team – aggregate handicap divided by 6)

What you need to do is to sort out a team of four (can be mixed) and hand the names into the Directors of the First Impression along with the money for the event. If you do not have the money as yet, that is OK. We know where you live and what class your child is in!! It is important to note that if you are unable to field a team and would still like to be a part of the day, the convenor can arrange a team for you on the morning or hopefully prior to the day so that you will be able to talk tactics!

September 4, 2014: Jump Off Day
Thank you to the Year 5 team for a brilliant end to our skipping fun. The Jump Off day was well organised and had the hearts racing from all participants. Many students took the opportunity to display their new skills and get involved and have fun along the way. A wonderful way to lift the fitness levels and enthused people into some active leisure time. A big thank you for bringing in your gold coin donations to support the Heart Foundation.

August 28, 2014: Glow Rhythm is coming!
Keep Saturday 13th September free in your diaries. It's an event for the whole family. We had a taste of what is install at assembly this week.

It is going to be awesome!

» Glow Rhythm Flyer

August 21, 2014: Book Week: Connect to Reading
Welcome to Book Week there has certainly been plenty of excitement around as the students have been immersed in the 'book week fever.' There have been ample activities organised for children to participate in this week including competitions, a visit from a well accomplished author as well as a hunt for the ‘golden book.’ As I move around the school I am filled with joy as I see mums and dads sitting on blankets sharing books with children. If you haven’t been into the library this week be sure to do so as you will see wonderful artistic displays by each year level with the inspiration coming from a Book Week shortlisted book. The book fair continues in the library until the end of the week. A huge thank you to the Library Team who have worked so hard to provide these opportunities for our students.

August 21, 2014: Queensland Catholic Music Festival
GOLD for Senior Band and SILVER for Junior Band. What a fantastic result for both bands at Villanova on Friday.

Congratulations to all the students and the hard work they have been putting in to their music studies this year. A big thank you to Mrs Lynelle Davis who assisted me with crowd control and logistics for the day. Finally a shout out to all the parents who also assisted with crowd control and general support on the day. The bands still have another 3 competitions to perform at in Term 4 - Brisbane Bands Festival, St Columban's Concert Band Spectacular and MusicFest.

August 14, 2014: Justice Walk
The time is soon approaching for the St Andrew’s Justice Walk. The Year Six children are already planning the walk and are getting excited about the challenge ahead. The Justice Walk is the biggest fundraiser on the St Andrew’s calendar, last year raising more than $15 000 for St Vincent De Paul and The Romero Centre. This year the money raised will again be donated to Vinnies to support the excellent work they do in our local community. The other money will be going to Street Swag, a company that donates swag style begging to homeless people around Brisbane. We are looking forward to a bigger and better Justice Walk this year but that cannot happen without your support! Get ready to go MAD and Make A Difference at St Andrew’s during the 2014 Justice Walk!

August 14, 2014: EKKA vs PREKKA
We hope you all enjoyed your EKKA show holiday on Wednesday and made the most of a sleep in and some rest time. The Prep children and staff certainly deserved a god rest after they spent their Tuesday at the PREKKA. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they participated in side- show-alley complete with number games, leapfrogging and basketball shooting to mention just a few. All the children had their faces painted which made them totally unrecognizable. Of course the PREKKA would not be complete without a strawberry ice-cream or a show bag. A huge thank you to the amazing Prep teachers who spent hours preparing this event for the children. Also to the parents who were so generous in their donations towards the success of the day. ‘Team work is making the dream work!’ Take a look at the excitement that goes along with this learning.

August 7, 2014: Trivia Night Success
It was wonderful to see the number of parents who came along to enjoy a night of trivia on Saturday. The tables were decorated and loaded with drinks and food goodies. The thrift shop theme was creatively adapted across each of the tables, with some people being totally unrecognizable. Many prizes were given away through raffles along with a lucky door prize and games to keep everyone entertained. A big thank you goes out to Tracey and Andrew De Zilva for their organisation of the evening and to the parents who helped along the way. It was a terrific community event.

July 31, 2014: Catholic Education Week celebrations
This week we acknowledge and celebrate how privileged we are to attend a Catholic school each day. The liturgies were certainly an opportunity for us all to be joyful, prayerful and reflective of the opportunities we are given daily to be Christ like people. We count our blessings for being a part of such a thriving community that is filled with spirit and genuine care and concern for one another. The students reflected upon the idea that to truly be alive they needed to work to fulfil Jesus’ mission on earth by being witness to the teaching of Jesus. The richness and fullness of our community has continued to be highlighted with classes doing ‘random acts of kindness’ for others.

July 31, 2014: School Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to the girls and boys for a successful athletics carnival last Friday. The weather was perfect and the children participated in the events with energetic enthusiasm, which is truly a credit to them. At assembly on Monday we congratulated the Amalfi Yellow team for taking out the 2014 first place position. A big thank you to Mr King and Mrs Lugowski who were instrumental in organising such a wonderful event. To the parents who were involved in the sausage sizzle, raffle, home baking and lollies thank you for creating the team work that makes the dream work!

July 24, 2014: Catholic Education Week
Next week we will be celebrating Catholic Education Week. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. During Catholic Education Week 2014, Catholic education communities across Queensland are invited to celebrate and share how their communities are encouraging and providing opportunities for their members to “Come, live life in all its fullness”. There are 296 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 143,000 students and employ almost 17,000 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way. St Andrew’s is planning a number of activities during the week and we hope you are able to join in the celebrations with us.

What’s Happening?

  • Catholic Education Week Mass- Sunday 27th July- St Stephens Cathedral 2:30pm. All Welcome
  • Prep to Year Two liturgy- Tuesday 29th July 9:30am.
  • Year Three to Seven liturgy – Tuesday 29th July 11:30am.
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  • Senior students combined schools social justice night- Friday 1st August 5:30pm- Our Lady of Dolours Mitchelton.
  • Basic Bags initiative will run for two weeks, please give generously.
  • Random Acts of Kindness will be carried out by different classes throughout the course of the week.

June 26, 2014: Prep Liturgy
On Tuesday the Prep students celebrated their first liturgy as a part of the St Andrew’s school family. The liturgy celebrated all the MJR learning that has been happening throughout the semester. The Prep children then received their very own UBUNTU and WESTIE bands which can now be worn with pride!

June 19, 2014: Year 3 Mass
On Tuesday the Year Three children celebrated their first Mass as a part of the St Andrew’s school family. It was a privilege to be there to celebrate with the Year Three students, their teachers and their families as they take the next step on their faith journey. By participating in the Eucharist the children have come fully into the church community. Father Frank gave a thought provoking homily, highlighting the fact that every one, be they nurses, mechanics, sports stars, mums and dads and Year Three students have the power to make a difference in the world.

June 12, 2014: Power Rangers lead World Environment Day
Last Thursday we celebrated world Environment Day. We were visited by the Power Rangers who delivered a very important message to our community about reducing our power consumption. Each week each class will have a Power Ranger who will be responsible for reminding the teachers and class members to turn their lights and fans off when they are not in the room and to power down any electrical devices that are not in use. We do have the power to work together and Make A Difference! Get on board with our power saving ideas and help to reduce power usage in your home.

May 29, 2014: Cross Country
What a sensational day we had for our school-cross country carnival last Thursday. The skies were blue the children were mostly excited, some were a little nervous as they anticipated the long run ahead. It was fantastic to see the amount of parent support on the day. I would like to specifically acknowledge the parents who gave some of their time to supervise the stations along the track. Thank you for volunteering to do this job, teamwork makes the dream work. The day was a great success due to the hard work and organisation from Gary King and to the staff who assisted in early morning training sessions to help prepare the children. Congratulations to the Almafi Gold team who took out this year’s trophy.

May 22, 2014: Oh what a Fair!
On Monday at assembly we were awe struck by the brilliance of Michael Theo, the goal keeper for the Brisbane Roar who took out the 2014 Premiership. He spoke about the joy and excitement that he experiences through playing soccer and encouraged our students to start playing as soon as possible. He provided students with an opportunity to attend his own soccer coaching clinic. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Jeffries for organising this for our students.
WOW! What an awesome Fair. The weather was absolutely glorious, the dances were extremely entertaining with plenty of variety from across the grade levels. The rides were a big hit with the older students, the pace of spinning and twirling looked insane for someone of my vintage. It didn’t stop a few of our fearless teachers. The school choir and school bands did a fabulous job performing on the green at Toogoolawa. There was an abundance of tasty food and delightful treats, games and activities. The arts and crafts on sale and student artwork was creative and inspiring. The 2015 Fair was an enjoyable day filled with community spirit and loads of fun. A huge thank you to all those who had a hand in its success. We are truly grateful!

May 15, 2014: Michael Theo Visit
On Monday at assembly we were awe struck by the brilliance of Michael Theo, the goal keeper for the Brisbane Roar who took out the 2014 Premiership. He spoke about the joy and excitement that he experiences through playing soccer and encouraged our students to start playing as soon as possible. He provided students with an opportunity to attend his own soccer coaching clinic. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Jeffries for organising this for our students.
» Michael Theo Soccer Academy

May 8, 2014: Bin Ball Competition
Wow! What an amazing few weeks of Bin Ball competition we have had across the school. Last week the Year 6 and Year 7 teams competed against one another. It was impressive to see the Year 7 Parliament group organise so many students at once and for the students to respond to the instructions positively and with exemplary sportsmanship.

The same can be said for the Staff v Year Seven games that were held on Tuesday. A huge crowd gathered to watch the expertise of the St Andrew’s staff and the cheering could be heard for miles. The atmosphere was very competitive from both sides and the staff took an early lead but were pipped at the post in the deciding round. Congratulations to the Year 7 team and the organisers of this fun event! We look forward to the volleyball season.

May 1, 2014: Mother's Day Stall
The Craft Group's Mother's Day Stall will be held on Tuesday 6th May. Children in years One to Seven will be invited to come to the stall to select a special gift just for Mum (or Grandma/Nana) up to the value of about $6.00. These children should bring in their money on the day of the stall. There will be lots of beautiful gifts to purchase.

The Prep children will not be coming to the stall on the Tuesday, but will be asked to send in $2 in an envelope to their teacher so they can "purchase" a special gift just for Mum. This process for the Prep children will be taking place sometime during the week leading up to Mother's Day on Sunday 10th May.

May 1, 2014: Nude Food Wednesday
This week we saw the introduction of Nude Food to Wednesdays. Our Sustainability group has a goal to reduce the amount of waste that is accumulating within the school grounds. Our first step is to reduce rubbish bin waste. Students and staff have been encouraged to keep food nude by not wrapping it in cling, alfoil or other wrappings. We are asking that children bring their food in reusable containers. The children were very enthusiastic about this on Wednesday. I saw many proud lunch box carries with their containers full of food. Thank you to the mums and dads who are helping to support us in this endeavour. It is a little more time consuming but the results mean that we are aiding a bigger environmental cause and setting children up with good habits as well as arming them with knowledge of sustainable practices. Keep up the good work!

May 1, 2014: ANZAC Commemorations
On Wednesday the Year Six and Seven Defence students participated in the Student Anzac Commemoration Ceremony which was held in Anzac Square. The children laid a beautiful wreath around the Shrine of Remembrance.

School Liturgy
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Anzac Day Liturgy, especially Brayden Drought who played the Last Post and Reveille, Mr Bruce Garbutt who played out the poem with his grandson Austin Downey, Mrs Jodie Johnston for a lovely prayer, the Band and Choir and all the staff and children who played a special part in the liturgy.

RSL Service
On Friday morning families from St Andrew’s attended the Anzac Day Service at the Gaythorne RSL where the children laid a wreath.

April 3, 2014: Project Compassion soccer ball
Last week classes were encouraged to engage with Project Compassion in a different way, rather than just donating money they were challenged to create a soccer ball out of plastic bags.

The reason for this was so the students could experience how children in poorer countries have to make do with what they have in order to play simple games such as soccer.

Through this activity children were able to understand how lucky we are in Australia and at St Andrew’s and to appreciate the resources that we have at our disposal.

Lots of classes engaged in this activity with excitement and enthusiasm and many great discussion and understandings resulted from this awareness raising activity.

April 3, 2014: Purple Day
On Wednesday the Year Six Koninderie Welfare committee held a purple day to support Project Compassion and to support epilepsy awareness. Fingernails were painted purple, purple moustaches adorned faces and purple badges were worn with pride. Lots of fun was had by all and with lots of money being donated to Project Compassion. A huge thank you to all the parents and children who participated. St Andrew’s is indeed a generous, supportive and thoughtful community, one of which we should all be proud!

March 27, 2014: Say No to Bullying for Project Compassion
Last Friday St Andrew’s students threw their support behind ‘say no to bullying’ by wearing orange. As part of the awareness raising Year Six children sold orange ribbons before assembly that could be worn on the day. All monies raised from the sale of the ribbons were donated to Caritas. Their efforts raised over $250 for Project Compassion. A huge congratulations to the Year Six children and their families whose initiative and drive made this possible.

March 27, 2014: Zone 4 Swimming Success
Congratulations to our Zone swimming team who brought home the first place trophy from Chandler swimming pool last Tuesday. It has been 10 years since the school has claimed the trophy and we are extremely proud of all students who were a part of that team. Their hard work and dedication to training has paid off for them. We also congratulated Isla Watson who broke a record in the 50 butterfly with an amazing time of 36 seconds. A big thank you was extended to the staff who have given their time to training sessions and preparing for the day. The Year 7 students showed true leadership in assisting with the success of this day. Well done to all!

March 20, 2014: Caritas Just Leadership day
Last Thursday 4 energetic and enthusiastic Year 6 leaders attended the Caritas Just Leadership day at St Pius Banyo. Here they met with Year 6 and 7 students from all over Brisbane to learn more about the work of Caritas and Project Compassion.

The goal of the day was to give student leaders the opportunity to learn more about and become engaged in social justice issues in our global community. The children displayed maturity and confidence to mix with the other students and to put their opinions forward about how we can all become more ‘just leaders’ in our communities.

March 20, 2014: St Patrick's Day
St Patrick’s Day would have to be one of our most enjoyable feast days.

There is always an air of fun and frivolity on this day with an injection of Irish humour and stories to be shared. Many classes had different activities happening to highlight the day.

March 20, 2014: Senior Leaders Camp
The Senior Leaders were challenged with their outdoor education activities at “Camp Good-enough” situated in the Tweed Heads hinterland. The days started early and were packed with physical activities designed to challenge them and take them out of their comfort zones. These activities allowed them to realise that they can achieve beyond what they themselves believe they are capable of. They were also designed to encourage them to extend themselves in all aspects of their life. The night time sessions were filled with team building activities, reflection and prayer. Even the adults were given an opportunity to participate in all activities.

March 13, 2014: Project Compassion
Project Compassion coincides with the season of Lent. Project compassion is run by the Catholic aid organisation Caritas.

During Project Compassion we show solidarity with and give to the most marginalised people in our global community. There will be many opportunities for St Andrew’s families to give to project compassion this Lent. Please give generously.
» Project Compassion Website

March 7, 2014: Swimming Carnival
This year’s swimming carnival was a tremendous day. The rain kept at bay as competitors gave all events their best effort. The cheering was loud and proud as the Senior Leaders led their house teams with enthusiasm. As with each carnival there can only be one winning team and at assembly on Monday morning we congratulated the Amalfi Gold team. The captains graciously accepted the trophy and thanked all people who were involved in the day.

March 7, 2014: Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden project
Last week some members of the Sustainability Committee visited Ashgrove state school for a presentation on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden project. The program is aimed at changing the way children approach and think about food. Growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing the food we grow as a school are all part of the program.

Curriculum resources were also shown at the presentation and we even got to meet Stephanie Alexander herself! It was great to obtain some more information about how this program can be implemented into a school effectively. Our committee will meet in the coming week to discuss plans for the year ahead.

February 20, 2014: 2014 Opening of Parliament
We congratulate our Senior Students on their opening of Parliament ritual held on Tuesday evening. They pledged to do their best for the service of others. We look forward to them putting their initiatives into action and showing strong leadership as we move into the year ahead. At Assembly on Monday morning we presented the Senior Leaders with their badges for positions of Sports Captains and students nominated for specific roles in Parliament.

February 20, 2014: New Playground
Most of you would be aware that we have a new playground being bult in the area across from the library. The old playground has been removed and preparations have been made to the vacant space. Stay tuned as the landscape here will be changing in the coming week!

February 13, 2014: 2014 Class Covenants
It has been a terrific start to the year with teachers and students becoming more familiar with each other as they work to establish new classroom routines and expectations. Each class has spent many hours over the past weeks discussing and negotiating a class covenant that will provide the basis for their year together as a class family. You will notice that the school theme for the year, “Go MAD” is a focal point of discussions along with the practical ways of making this theme a reality. Each teacher shared the process of how they developed their class covenant with each other this week and then imparted this information with you at the parent teacher night. This process enables staff, students and parents to have a good understanding of the expectations for the year ahead within each classroom and wider school community.

February 6, 2014: Before School Swimming Program
Swim squad will begin Wednesday the 5th of February and continue every Wednesday and Friday from then. The cost of entry is $3.60 payable on entry and training commences at 7.25am until 8.00. These sessions are to provide the children the chance to improve their swimming fitness leading into our school carnival on the 28th of February 5 and then the Zone Swimming Carnival on the 18th of March. We will also work to improve the children’s swimming technique across all strokes as well as starts and finishes. The squad is open to all children, we do ask that they are able to swim multiple laps of at least 25 metres.

We look forward to seeing you at the pool.
Gary, John and Katie
The St Andrew’s Coaching team.

January 25, 2014: Welcome to the 2014 School Year
The St Andrew's school community would like to welcome new and existing families to the 2014 school year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year!

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