St Andrew's Primary Marayong Newsletter

Term 3 Week 4 - 13th August, 2020

From the Principal - Mrs Baird

Last week we witnessed a disaster that occurred in Lebanon that caused many deaths and injuries.  The explosion was seen for kilometres and could be heard in other nations bordering Lebanon.  We pray for the families who  have lost loved ones and that the Holy Spirit will continue to give them the strength and courage to heal from such a devastating accident. May God be with you always. 

Let us also keep in our prayers our friends across the borders in our own land, who are experiencing a different way of life in this COVID time. Let us ask God to fill us with patience, strength and compassion so that we may journey through this time together.

Continuing our Protective Procedures 

Since returning from our Term 2 student vacation break, we have continued to follow all recommendations from NSW Health and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.  Included in this was additional areas around the school that will be cleaned throughout the day.  All handrails, staff areas, photocopiers, and touchable surfaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the day as well as continuing to clean toilets that commenced earlier in the year.  We are also looking into safety screens in the front office to protect our office staff from close contact with visitors. 

However our biggest safety measure is our community protecting each other. 

I thank the parents who continue to support our protective procedures especially in not gathering in groups on school grounds, keeping your children at home if they are unwell or if a member of your family is awaiting a COVID19 test result.

 I just wish to stress this point if I may, if you or a member of your immediate family is awaiting a COVID  test result, please keep your children at home until you have a negative result. I ask that parents do not enter the school grounds if you have had a COVID test and you are awaiting a result.  If you need to communicate with a teacher please use the email or the phone.  The recommendation is that following a test you return home and isolate until your results return. 

Mrs Baird on Leave

I will be on leave starting the 12th of August. I wish to congratulate Ms McDonald for her appointment as Acting Principal and to Mr Haynes on his appointment as Acting Assistant Principal. I will be returning to school on the 31st of August. 

Fund Raising by the P&F

This year, events that we would have normally enjoyed have been put on hold.  We have been able to have the Mothers’ Day stall and in September we will also hold our Fathers’ Day stall.  Information regarding this event will be shared via a letter to families in the near future.  I have had an opportunity to chat with the P&F President this term and the suggestion was made to install a water bottle filling station for the children to use while at school. I thought this was a great idea.   The money that has been raised this year from our stalls will go towards this water bottle filling station; any additional funds will be paid for by the school.

St Andrew’s Awards

On Friday we celebrated the talents and great work of our students.  As you are aware, our St Andrew’s Award ceremony needs to be held without a parent audience.  To commemorate the event, the class teachers will send home to parents a photo of your child receiving the award.  Congratulations to students on such outstanding learning and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus. 

Our next Awards will be celebrated after week 6. 

Enrolments for 2021

We are now at the tail end of our enrolment process for Kindergarten 2021.  If you are a current St Andrew’s family member, that means you already have a child attending our school and you have a child ready to start Kindergarten in 2021, please lodge your application ASAP.  There may be a possibility that we will not have a position for your child if you delay your application. 

We also have a few positions available for 2021 across other grades. If you have any questions please contact the school office. 

COVID Procedures

A reminder that only one parent / carer / older sibling is to pick children up from the classrooms in the afternoon.  Parents and carers are also reminded to remain behind the signs or other directives reminding us about the social distancing requirements.

Student Of The Week Term 3 Week 1 & 2

Kindergarten Students

  • Vivienne V
  • Kayla L
  • Ava S
  • Skylar H
  • Rhys S
  • Cleo S
  • Halim U
  • Eva B

Year 1 Students

  • Riley A
  • Gabrial A
  • Hithishi D
  • Samaira M
  • Chase C
  • Alice T

Year 2 Students

  • Winter T
  • Jerome B
  • Harry B
  • Zion V
  • Jacob L
  • Name Withheld

Year 3 Students

  • Jonathan X
  • Padraig K
  • Ella M
  • Jacob L
  • Christian I
  • Arman P

Year 4 Students

  • Justine W
  • Hayden S
  • Leo D
  • Roxeanne W
  • Hannah M
  • Nayana D

Year 5 Students

  • Taylah C
  • Machol M
  • Neil R
  • Liam G
  • Emma J
  • Annastasia R

Year 6 Students

  • Andrei C
  • Kyle L
  • Tanisha A
  • Taran M
  • Dane A
  • Lara C

This Week's News Update

Tell Them From Me


In the coming weeks we will be inviting our Year 5 and Year 6 students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.

 We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St. Andrew's Primary.


The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:

Building Child Safe Communities - Volunteer Undertaking

In Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta (CEDP), we see parents and carers as partners in your child's learning journey. Parents and carers are encouraged to become involved in our schools in many important ways such as supporting classroom learning, being part of advisory groups, mentoring programs, coaching sporting teams and supporting other extra-curricular activities, canteen support and other kinds of help.

 A range of checks and undertakings are required for people who work for or provide services to CEDP. These checks reduce potential risk and form part of our strategy to build child safe communities.

 CEDP has launched a new Building Child Safe Communities form and online training module that all volunteers are required to complete. 

The purpose of this training is to inform you of the standards of behaviour and other requirements that must be adhered to when volunteering for CEDP.

The undertaking should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and the training module      approximately 10 minutes. Once the form and training modules are submitted, an automated email will be sent to you within two business days to confirm the status of your submission.

The undertaking form will expire within two years or when your Working With Children Check expires (if applicable), whichever is sooner. At that time you will need to complete the undertaking form and training module again. You will receive an automatic reminder email when this occurs. 

Further information on the new online form and training module can be found at and clicking on about us/building child safe communities. Within the form you will also find help sheets and a video tutorial to assist you. 

Thank you in advance for your support.

ACARA Collection Student Background Data Notice

ACARA Collection Student Background Data Notice: 

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW. Data collected is de-identified of personal information​​.

 Parents and caregivers must advise their school if they don’t want their child's data included in this report by 28 August 2020.

Copies of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) Standard Collection Notice and Privacy Policy can be obtained from the school office.

eSafety Webinars for Parents/Carers

Dear Parents/Carers 

At Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta (CEDP) we see parents and carers as partners in your child's learning journey.  In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, CEDP would like to invite you to join one of the following free webinars for parents and carers:

 1. Helping Kids Thrive Online (5-12 yrs) - Thursday 20 August 2020, 12:00   - 1.00pm

2. Tech, teens and time online (secondary schools) - 7 September 2020,            7.00 - 8.00 pm 

These live webinars explore the latest research and they are a great way to learn how you can help your child develop the skills to be safer online. All sessions are delivered by the eSafety Commission’s expert educators.

About the webinars

1. Helping kids thrive online: is a one hour live webinar suitable for parents and carers of young people aged  5-12 years old.

2. Tech, teens and time online: is a one hour live webinar suitable for parents and carers of young people aged 12-18 years old.

Both sessions will cover topics including:

  • ideas to start the chat about harmful content, contact with strangers and online bullying/harassment

  • strategies for addressing common digital parenting challenges

  • skills that young people need to protect themselves online

  • how to get help if things go wrong.

What you need to do

1) Please register for the course on the secondary site via the following link: 

If you have any further enquiries please email

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