St Andrews PS Newsletter

28th of June 2019

Upcoming Events

Term Three Dates

  • Friday July 19th - Pet Day from 9am
  • Monday July 22nd - 4/5/6 Tiger Paws Incursion
  • 2/3 Swimming - Each Wednesday from 31/7 - 28/8
  • Thursday August 1 - School Council
  • Monday August 5th - Thurs 8th - 4/5/6 Camp to Sovereign Hill
  • Sunday August 18th - Whole School Working Bee and BBQ
  • Monday Aug 19th - 23th - Book Week.
  • Friday Aug 23rd - Book Week Dress Up, Grandparents Day and Activities 
  • Thursday Aug 29th - 30th - 2/3 Camp 
  • Thursday Aug 29th - P/1 Kaboom Sports
  • Monday Sept 2nd - Author Visit
  • Thursday Sept 5th - School Council
  • Friday Sept 6th - District Athletics
  • Saturday Sept 7th - Big Night Out
  • Friday Sept 13th - Zoo Excursion TBC
  • Friday Sept 20th -  End of Term Three  - 2:30 finish
  • Curriculum Day - TBA

Principal News

Staffing News

It is with sadness today that we farewell one of our brilliant teachers, Hayden Williams. He has taught in a variety of roles here since 2015, most recently, the 4/5/6 class with Nat Stock. His comedic and positive nature has been adored by all who he has taught and his hardworking attitude and caring outlook has been a joy for our staff to work alongside. We wish him all the best in his future venture. We're so happy to welcome Kristie Gatanios onto our staff for the duration of the year. She will be working with Nat and myself in the 4/5/6 room. We're really excited for her to join the team and share her expertise with us all. 

Next term the students will start learning their new language, Japanese, with our new teacher Kerry. Kerry's coming over to us from Mernda P-12 and we're really excited for her to join the team as well!

Felicity will be absent for the first three weeks of Term Three as she will be away on medical leave. A full time relief teacher will teach in the Prep/1 classroom in her absence. We thank Sarah Padbury for working in our school with staff, parents and students over the past term. She has been an absolute blessing to have with us, has offered great insight and supported our whole community. We wish her all the bast on her travels and with her move. I am currently looking for a visiting psychologist to take her place and I will communicate this to the community as soon as I have found someone. 

School Council

Our School Council has had a very busy week, completing Governance Training at Arthurs Creek on Wednesday night and meeting on Thursday. Some of the key discussion points from our meeting were around:

- School Policy Updates

- Upcoming Working Bee and Jobs

- Big Night Out planning and preparation

- Term 3 Staffing updates

We have a newly vacant position on our school council. If you are passionate about the well being of our school and students, and have time to meet after school twice a term, please come and have a chat with myself or Mel Bartlett. 


We've had some last minute developments over the last two days and it looks like we're going to be able to invite the entire 2-6 students to join us for swimming this year. While we don't have final details available quite yet, the swimming will occur in a week block and we hope the cost will be about $50 per student. As swimming is a compulsory component of the curriculum, we are very excited to be able to provide it to so many of our students, and access a grant to reduce the cost. For parents who have already paid, reimbursements will be made once payments are finalised. 


It was a proud moment for the community of STAPS last Saturday as we watched our students run on to Panton Hill Footy Oval for the Annual CFA Cup. Whilst we had a significantly younger and shorter team, noone could doubt the effort, energy and tenacity that was seen from our side. I was so proud to be there to cheer you on and I thank Mel Bartlett and Mark Pallini greatly for their efforts with organising and coaching.  


As you may be aware, Liv, our amazing Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) Teacher will be finishing up soon and we're on the hunt to find someone brilliant to take her place. We're currently advertising online. If you know of anyone who may be suitable and interested, please encourage them to apply through Recruitment Online. 

Lastly, just a few thank you's to end my spiel. A huge thank you to everyone who put in time and effort to keep our beautiful school safe, positive and running each day. From our fantastic staff, school council to our brilliant classroom helpers, I cannot thank you enough for the time and effort that you all put in! We could do it without you!

Classroom News

Well done to our Students of the Week


Ever wondered what Tinkercad is? Well we learned all about it in S.T.E.M. this week, check out the blog to see what it is about:

Art News

Sonja Parkinson has been creating some amazing mosaics with our senior students this term. Across the year, Sonja has volunteered to come in as our Artist in Residence, working with each class to create a whole school mosaic mural! We are so excited to have her sharing her wonderful skills with our students. Thank you Sonja! We can't wait for the big reveal!!! 


Hot Shots Tennis with Katie

Thanks to all the St Andrews children for participating in the tennis program at school.  We had a great time delivering the program and introducing TENNIS to your children.

 We are offering a special for term 3 for any new clients wanting to do tennis lessons at St Andrews Tennis Club after school.  The cost is $154.00 for a 10 week program and includes a FREE racquet valued at $24.99.  This offer is valid for all new clients that sign up prior to term 3.

 Please contact Katie McGregor on email: or mobile 0407 071 599. 


Thank you to all of the parents who gave up their time to allow their kids to play in the CFA Cup on Saturday and to those who came to cheer on the team.  I hope all of your kids enjoyed it.  It was great to see so much support for a community event that honours our CFA.  I hope the tradition stays alive for many more years to come.  Unfortunately, we didn't retain the Cup but there's always next year!  I would also like to say an extra big thank you to Nat, Hayden, Sam, Hayley and Regan for giving up their personal time to support our kids (and for boosting our team numbers).  We are so lucky at STAPS to have such dedicated staff.  

Mel Bartlett - School Council President

Clothes Swap

We would like to congratulate and thank all who attended the Clothes Swap on Friday night. $84.50 was kindly donated to the school. A very special thank you to Carla and Jodyann for all your hard work.

Well done everyone!