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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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