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NEWSLETTER Number 15 - 16th November 2012 Glory To God


FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear Parents and Friends, I am excited to announce that we now have a College Chaplain – Mr Chris Littlechild, who will be working at the College 2 days a week. His main focus is of course the students, but he is also available for staff and parents. If you would like to meet the Chaplain or desire him to particularly connect with your child, please contact Mrs Tamie Dekker, my PA. You will have received an invitation to our formal end of year function, “Celebration and Thanksgiving Night” on Monday 3rd December at 7:00pm in Rembrandts. (Last year this was called Presentation Night). All students are required to be at this College function, dressed in full summer uniform. Secondary students are required to wear their College blazer. This will be a wonderful evening for us all to celebrate with thanksgiving all that God is doing at St Andrews Christian College. It is a night where we also formally recognize particular achievements of students; say goodbye to staff who are leaving; outline significant achievements of the year and herald what is to come in 2013. I look forward to seeing you all at this important event.

Most of society base their ‘happiness’ on good circumstances, whether that be in ‘relationships’ or in ‘things’. As Christians our joy is found in Christ. It is a contentment that goes far deeper than a surface ‘happiness’ and is a state that reflects our relationship with the Lord, not in earthly circumstances. It is our desire at St Andrews Christian College to support you in the education of your child that goes beyond the ‘academic’. We do aim for excellence academically, but just being a brilliant academic will not guarantee a happy or fulfilled life. Only in a relationship with Christ and living the life He has for us, can we be truly fulfilled and content, and live a victorious life in all circumstances. Ephesians 1:15-19 (NIV) For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Blessings on your week. Yours for the kingdom,

Catriona Wansbrough Share the Joy Knox Christmas Appeal This year St Andrews Christian College is collecting nonperishable* food items to support local families “doing it tough”. Parents are encouraged to drop items into the school office by Friday 30th November. *puddings, tinned food, long life milk, tea/coffee, chocolate/lollies, soft drink, biscuits, napkins, fruit juice (before use by date)

Prayer Group Interesting cartoon isn’t it?


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With end of school year activities upon us and holidays fast approaching parents are encouraged to come join the St Andrews Christian College Prayer Group which meets in the very comfortable Library after school drop off every Friday morning.

NOTICES Diary Dates

End Of Year Information Pack* Thank you to the 255 Families that have returned their End of Year Information Packs. Unfortunately this means there are

156 Packs still to

November Thu

2-20 VCE Exams


19-23 Yr10-11 Orientation Week



No Assembly



Whole School Choir Rehearsal



PFA AGM 7:30pm*



Valedictory Dinner



Yr1 Asian Afternoon



Yr6 Graduation Dinner

Medical Action Plans



Yr4 Reptile Incursion

A lot of Packs that have been returned have not included their child’s Medical Action Plans. If you received an action plan in your pack, please make sure you have it completed & returned to school as soon as possible.


26-28 Yr5 Sovereign Hill Camp



No Assembly



Whole School Choir Rehearsal



Prep-Yr6 Food Day



Yr7-9 Food Day



Yr2 Stay Late 3:15-6:15pm



PFA Picnic and Carols Night 6pm*

be returned. It is essential that you return these forms signed and dated as soon as possible. The Admin staff at St Andrews have worked very hard to make these Packs user friendly. All you have to do is: Check the information that we currently have for your family, Make any changes in RED PEN & Sign at the bottom of each page! Please help the Admin staff as they endeavour to create a safe and smooth running school for students, parents and staff alike.

If you have any questions regarding the Packs, or the information we require for allergies, asthma & other medical conditions, please do not hesitate to contact Zoe in the office. Mrs Watson - School Office nd

*End of Year Information Packs were posted home Friday 2 November, to all families that will be attending St Andrews in 2013.

2013 College Calendar The St Andrews Christian College’s Block Calendar is a great asset to have. The 2013 Calendar will be in full colour. It contains term dates, non-student days, sporting events, PFA meeting dates and other College events and useful information. Presented in a monthly block format, it allows you to add your own appointments and special events. The cost of the calendar is $10.00 (GST inclusive). Order forms will be sent out shortly. Mrs Dekker - PA to the Principal

December Mon


Celebration and Thanksgiving Night 6pm-9:30pm (compulsory for all students)*



Yr9 Camp



Last Day of Term



Semester 2 Reports Go Home

January 2013 Wed


First Day Term 1



Prep First Day

* parents welcome to attend

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NOTICES A Big Thank you from the Library

House Community Points

The Library staff would like to thank all parents who offered to help cover textbooks. We now have them all done. Thank you very much,

Cumulative Totals

The Library Staff

Lost Property Parents are urged to check the lost property cupboard in the school office before the end of term. Any items that remain after 7th December 2012 will be discarded, including mobile phones, USB Memory Sticks, glasses and wallets (ask Mrs Watson to view these items).







Mrs Watson - School Office

OSHC Holiday Program Monday 10th December to Friday 14th December If there is sufficient interest it may be possible to operate a Holiday Program during the first week of the school holidays. Please register your interest by contacting Mrs Sally Wade via email or on the registration sheet near the OSHC attendance book. Let us know the number of children and days you are interested in using the service if it was available. (Please note that the OSHC is not an approved service for Child Care Rebates for the Holiday Program). Mrs Wade OSHC Coordinator

Exiting from Drop Off/Pick Up area A No Right Turn sign has been installed at the exit of the drop off/pick up area. Your cooperation in obeying this sign will assist vehicles clearing the area and limit the ‘grid lock’ that occurs at peak times.

Alumni News

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To mark 30 years of St Andrews Christian College in 2013, the school is gearing up for a celebration. To keep in touch with what is going on past students are encouraged to check the ‘St Andrews Christian College Alumni’ facebook page. Go to:


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School Magazine The first planning meeting for PARENTS/STAFF/STUDENTS who are part of the magazine committee for next year will be held on Friday 23rd November at 1pm. Shaun Beovich - Magazine Editor

Mr Waterworth Business Manager

Notices of Interest Notices of Interest can be found via this link on the school website: * This section of our newsletter is to give our families information about programs being run by organizations outside of the school which we consider may be of benefit/interest to our school families.


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Christmas Carols

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 20th November 7:30pm in Rembrandts. All parents are encouraged to attend.

Come join us for our end of year celebration. On Friday 30th November all families are invited to come along for an informal BYO picnic dinner on the school grounds and singing of carols as we celebrate a great year and prepare to celebrate the birth of our Saviour. If you have a singing voice and would like to be involved in the Carols please contact Seonaid Chio ( who is coordinating the night .

On this night Office Bearers for 2013 will be elected. I’m pleased to say we have nominations for Vice President and Secretary, being Lesley Goh and Elisa O’Donnell. However we have no nomination for Treasurer. At the General Meeting immediately following the AGM we will need to appoint a temporary Treasurer. A background in finance or knowledge of basic accounting would be of benefit. If we do not have someone willing to take this on then we will need to scale down/cancel events next year eg. fun run, Mothers’/Fathers’ Day stalls, Bunnings BBQ etc At the General Meeting following the AGM we’ll be looking at the PFA calendar. We will also look at the Delegation of Authority Policy. As directed by the new constitution this allows us to form and manage various subcommittees. Shaun Beovich PFA President

Parenting Library The Parenting Library has now closed for the year. Thanks to the many parents who have utilised this resource. Look out for it being bigger and better next year! All books need to be returned to the Parenting Library by Friday 23rd November.

Target: $10,000

Seonaid Chio— Parenting Subcommittee

Orientation Thanks Thanks to the many parents who supplied food or helped cook at the recent Orientation Days.

Next PFA Meeting The next PFA meeting is the AGM and a General Meeting on Tuesday 20th November starting at 7:30pm in Rembrandts.

Term 4 Events    

Tue 20th Nov - AGM and General Meeting Thu 29th Nov - Food Day Prep-Yr6 Fri 30th Nov - Food Day Yr7 - 9 Fri 30th Nov - Christmas Carols Picnic

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PRIMARY Prep Ricketts Point Excursion My Day at the Beach I saw two sea anemones. I splashed in the water. I found seaweed in the water. We collected pipis. I found a piece of jellyfish. It was slippery and smooth. I saw a fish. It looked like a tadpole. It was fast. In one part of the water it was deeper than the other. When I was cold I came out of the water. We went to where the lifeguards had lunch. We made sandcastles. We found lots of shells. We played beach bingo. That was the most fun thing. Do you know, I found the most beautiful shell. I was amazed. Did I see a shark? No, not in the water. We watched a DVD. It showed us a Port Jackson shark and a stingray. The beach was protected. The water we saw was not the sea, it was the bay. We took buckets and spades. We had lots and lots of fun. I wish I was still there. The beach is a great place to go.

Yr2 Scienceworks and Planeterium Excursion Scienceworks and the Planetarium were our destination, and we couldn’t contain the Yr2’s excited exclamation… When into space we blasted off with Tycho, a howling dog, learning why on the moon they wouldn’t be able to walk or jog; Seeing Jupiter, Venus, Mars and the Sun’s solar flares, was much more thrilling when relaxing in the Planetarium’s reclining chairs. Then off we went to check out Scienceworks, to find out what type of germ in a mattress lurks; some were saving penalties, others ran races, we learnt about dust mites living in our homes without leaving traces. Little legs cycling vigorously to generate electricity; It all ended too soon… Oh, what a pity! As we headed back to St Andrews, we were noisier than ever, having learnt so many new things, we felt so very clever!! Mrs Hendricks - Yr2 Teacher

By Daniel Farmer

Fishtastic When I was at the beach I saw sea anemones. We collected pipis. We watched a video about fish. Ten years ago there were no fish but now there are lots of fish. I liked eating and playing in the water and with a bucket and spade. I was resting on the water as if I was laying on a paddock. I found an island. I dried off on the island. We were girt by rocks. We built a sandcastle. It had lots of beautiful shells. I love to go to the beach. The beach is a place with the most water of every lake. By Max Demunck


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Yr1 “Under the Sea” Imax Excursion Year 1’s enjoyed the treasures of the ocean and seeing “Under the Sea” at Imax. I – interesting M- Moving creatures under the Sea A – Amazing X - Exit Mrs Van Heerden - Yr1 Teacher

PRIMARY Yr4 Camp - Ace Hi Ranch “I loved the horse-riding most. Having good cabin friends was tremendously great! “ “ We did a horse awareness session and then a horse trail ride. I loved the experience!” “We had a pyjama parade in our cabin on the first night and I loved the running commentary!” “The camp was awesome. I liked the Trivia Night most and I enjoyed the flying fox.” “Year 4 camp was awesome and I really liked it because I got to spend a lot of time with my friends and do things I thought I would never do.” “Year 4 camp was exquisite ! Magnificent! Fabulous! Amazing! To put it simply, it was really (x1000) fun.” “I liked the Ace Hi Camp mainly because of the horses, drinks, food, cabins and of course the talking cockatoos and definitely the people whom we met there.” “I loved the food at the camp. It was scrumptious!” “There were so many fun activities like the giant swing, horse rides and flying fox.” “The concert on the second night was great! I did not know that that we had so much talent in our grade!” Mrs Das & Kentler - Yr4 Teachers

Yr5 Art Excursion On Thursday 8 November Year 5 went to the National Gallery of Victoria -International. There the students had a lesson called "Every Picture Tells A Story" . The students viewed a number of art pieces from different eras and gained a deeper understanding of these through learning the background story of them. After this we walked to Federation Square to view a sculpture made from twisted willow branches by the artist Patrick Dougherty, this structure is like a building and was fun to explore as well as particularly interesting to draw. We then caught a tram to exhibition gardens to eat, play and draw before heading down to Lygon Street, where we were privileged to hear Marco Luccio speak about his paintings. It was a great day and the students were fabulous participants in all the activities. Sally Darlison - Primary Art Teacher

SSV 5/6 Inter-school Sports Day Recently Grade 5 & 6 students headed to various locations and competed against other local schools in their chosen sport. Mr Wade & Mrs Heckathorn coached the girls & boys bat tennis teams. Both teams played well and had a great day out. Mr Ferguson coached the boys & girls softball teams. Both the teams competed really hard & special congratulations go to the boys team for being undefeated through out the day. Mr Lee took on the challenge to coach boys & girls volleyball teams. Students had fun playing volleyball and managed to pull in a few wins. I was with the boys & girls cricket teams for the day & we had a fun day. The boys fought hard & learned to not give up even when the going gets tough. I am well pleased with the effort the girls showed on the day. Our girls remained undefeated for the whole day. Overall it was a great day of physical activity for all the Grade 5 and 6 students. Thank you to all the coaches & parent helpers for making it a successful day. Mr Daniel Idrees - PE Teacher

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MIDDLE SCHOOL The Middle School Goals Yr5-8 2013 At St Andrews Christian College we aim to help you understand: 1. Your place in God’s Creation We pray that you will see that you are made in God’s image and that your are unique (wonderfully and fearfully made – Psalm 139:14) 2. Your place in the School Community Our school desires to be an extension of your home, to help your parents raise you to love the Lord. In the Middle School we endeavour to create an atmosphere in which every student, regardless of his or her academic ability, is treated with respect. We want our students to learn to care for each other. 3. The abilities God has given you and how to develop them We try to provide a wide range of activities so that you can discover what you are good at, what your passions and interests are and how e can help you to develop those abilities. A lot of our effort goes into developing your literacy and numeracy skills because these are the foundations of which other things are built. 4. What it means to a be a follower (disciple) of Jesus Christ Jesus claims all aspects of life (Col 1:15-20) and so a Christian school is a place to see that the Bible applies to all things. We endeavour to provide opportunities for you to serve one another within the College as well as to serve people outside the school community.

SECONDARY & VCE Inter-School Athletics St Andrews competed against the 7 other schools in the SEISS on November 9. I was very pleased with the way our students behaved, competed and helped, (St Andrews was convening). It was great to see St Andrews students pushing themselves to the max giving their all no matter where they were positioned. Of the 8 individual champions St Andrews had three. Congratulations go to; Nicholas AREFTA (13Yr Male Champion), Junwon JANG (14Yr Male Champion) and Emily MERRIGAN (16Yr Female Champion). There were 10 new records set on the day. Amongst the record breakers were Nicholas AREFTA for the M 13Yr 100m and Emily Merrigan for the F 16Yr 200m. Mr Storie - Head of Junior Secondary

Term Four Career News Items in the Career News this week include: RSPCA Animal Career Discovery Day, Work Experience at the Royal Women's & St Vincent's hospitals next year, Science Experience at RMIT University, Aeroskills Apprenticeship at Boeing, the New Biomedical Engineering Specialisation The University of Tasmania, Projects Abroad Information Evening, Camp America Information Session and The University of Canberra Degrees available at Holmesglen in 2013. Farewell to the graduating Year 12 class of 2012. May all your tomorrows be filled with success! Remember to choose a job you love; that way you will never have to work a day in your life (Anonymous). Irena Yevlahova - Careers Coordinator

5. God’s Word (the Bible) and how it is a Handbook for the right living The Bible can help you to understand why the world is at it is and how you can be an instrument of change. It instructs, corrects, rebukes, encourages, challenges and blesses. It is your life’s “handbook”.

Years 7-10 SEISS Inter-school Basketball Over the last few weeks 4 boys & 4 girls teams represented St Andrews Christian College across Years 7 – 10 SEISS inter -school basketball. Out of these 8 teams, 6 of them reached the Grand Final & 2 of the teams were crowned champions – Year 7 Girls & Year 9 Girls. There were some outstanding performances by various players. Emma Moody had a huge improvement in her skills in a short space of time; Sophie Wade was very accurate with her lay ups; Alastair Hutton was strong in defence & Emily Merrigan showed good improvement in shooting with the right technique. Overall it’s a huge improvement from the results from last year. Well Done!! Mr Daniel Idrees - PE Teacher


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SECONDARY & VCE Orienteering Excursion

The Solar Boat Project

On Wednesday, the 7th of November the Year 9/10 Survival class visited Cardinia Reservoir State Park. They spent two hours enjoying the orienteering course there, then made a fire, with which they cooked damper.

This year we had twenty-one students from Year 6 to Year 8 who participated in the Solar Boat Project. Since the beginning of Term Two, every Friday at lunchtime students were creatively engaged in the Science Lab to design and construct the solar boats. Students worked in teams to research science and engineering principles relating to hull shapes, solar panels, material strength, and the functions of motors and propellers. They subsequently practised these principles by constructing and testing their solar boats. We also invited a mechanical engineer to run a workshop to give students valuable advice on this project.

"It was really fun and enjoyable... different from anything I've ever done before." - Noah "It was very enjoyable and nice to be out of the classroom and experience nature." - Brodie "It was fun walking through spiders' webs, going off-track in the bush, and getting [slightly] lost." - William

On October 20th and 21st, two junior teams and four senior teams participated in the annual Victorian Model Solar Vehicle Challenge, where our students competed with teams from other schools. The competition was the climax of the project. The weather on the race days was beautiful and many parents came to support us. The students had a great time racing their boats with each other.

Mr Broadbridge - Secondary Teacher

Yr9-10 Survival Excursion

Map Reading


Gathering Firewood Making Dough


Cooking the Damper

As a result of the outstanding performance of our teams, our school has been invited to enter one team for the Australian International Model Solar Challenge where the top performance teams from all states and some teams from overseas will compete. This year, it will be held on 25th November at Scienceworks. More information on this event can be found on the website Through participating in this project, students have learned not only some science and engineering principles, but also team work, commitment and perseverance. Mrs Ting Zhao - Secondary Teacher


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LEARNING ASSISTANCE Catering for Individual Needs at St Andrews God created us all unique with different abilities and needs and at St Andrews we are working hard to help our students with additional learning needs to achieve their God-given potential. Additional needs may include learning difficulties, giftedness, physical impairment, behavioural or emotional issues, or a different style of learning. For many students, the Learning Assistance Department becomes the vehicle for helping the family, student and classroom teacher to work together to maximise the student’s school experience. Mrs Jenny Prendergast has been working hard with selected students in Years 1 and 2 on learning and using phonograms in reading and spelling. There has been great improvement in the recall and knowledge of the phonograms among these students, so they now are much better equipped to tackle their literacy lessons. She has also taken new students from years 1-4 to give them an introductory ‘boost’ in learning the phonograms. Another exciting development is the fact that we have changed the way that we do Individual Educational Planners (IEPs) for students with additional learning needs who work with Mrs Swank and Mrs Terrington. In the past these have been very broad and general, but this year, the Learning Assistance Team, along with the classroom teachers, have set specific short term goals

which work towards addressing the broader needs of the child. Our Learning Assistants Mrs Swank and Mrs Terrington report that these are working well, with the students being able to identify what they are working towards and to track their achievements. Being able to tick off each goal as it is achieved is very motivating for the students and gives them a sense of pride in their success. GIFTED WORKSHOPS Some of our gifted writers in Years 1 & 2 will headed off to Mountain Gate Primary school on Friday November 2 to attend a GATEWAYS workshop called ‘What a Great Adventure’. This is a great opportunity for these students to work with other children of similar interests and abilities. The children who go generally return to school saying ‘can we do GATEWAYS everyday?’ In Year 5 & 6, a small selection of children have been involved in Future Problem Solving, a program designed to foster creative, futuristic thinking and hone problem solving and analysis skills. They are currently researching the area of human rights, in order to create an action plan to improve the lives of future ‘starroamers’. Although the scenario they are working on is futuristic, the skills that they are learning are very much of the real world and practical. Our Learning Assistants work very hard with their students, so make sure you say ‘hi’ when you see them around! Allyson Evans - Learning Assistance Coordinator

Chess Victoria Primary Open Final 5 students recently participated in the Chess Victoria Primary Open Final. They were Emily Lin, Stephen Tie, Liangdi Wang, Nicholas Wu and Hewett Ng. This was the first time the students had participated in a competition of this type where participants from each team were ranked 1 - 5 and played 7 matches against students from other schools who were also ranked in the same way. Matches were only played against competitors with the same ranking. The St Andrews team came 13th out of 22 schools participating. Particular congratulations go to Stephen Tie and Emily Lin who won 6 out of their 7 matches. Emily also won the trophy for the best girl competitor on the day. The students are all looking forward to further experience and competition next year.


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SCHOOL CHAPLAIN This week we are introducing Chris Littlechild, our new School Chaplain .

Introducing... Chris Littlechild

I‘m really excited for what God has in store for me at St Andrews Christian College. I feel really blessed to be appointed as School Chaplain at a school where I can be an influence in young people’s lives. I have lived in Knox for 20 years with my wife and now with our 3 children. I have been in ministry for 10 years the last five as a school chaplain. My favourite sport is basketball - I’m currently the Chaplain for Knox Raiders and the coach of several teams; I also play and referee every week. I am looking forward to working closely together with staff & parents to help students achieve their full potential in God.

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(Article written by Wendy Berry ~Member of the St Andrews India Mission Team)

India is a land filled with spectacular monuments and palaces. Below are some of the beautiful places that the India Team visited recently when we were on our Mission Trip. The Taj Mahal , a white marble mausoleum , is situated in Agra and was constructed between 1631 A.D and 1654 A.D. The Mughal Emperor , Shah Jahan commissioned its construction as a symbol of love, in memory of his wife , Mumtaz . The Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture and it is one of the universally admired masterpieces in the world.

Mysore Palace or the Mysore Maharaja Palace is located in the heart of the city. Mysore Palace is one of the most visited monuments in India. And it’s one of the largest palaces in the country, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, was the residence of the Wodeyar Maharaja's of the Mysore state.

The Red Fort is situated in Agra, on the banks of Yamuna River. It is known as Red Fort because it is built of a kind of red sandstone. Agra Red Fort was designed and built by the great Mughal ruler, Akbar, in about 1565 A.D. It was initially built as a military establishment but later on his successors made many additions to the main structure.

Henna Art: For centuries, mehndi — the art of henna painting on the body — has been practised in India, Africa, and the Middle East, where the henna plant is believed to bring love and good fortune, and to protect against evil. Mehndi is traditionally done at wedding ceremonies, during important rites of passage, and in times of joyous celebration. A paste made from the crushed leaves of the henna plant is applied to the skin, and when removed several hours later, it leaves beautiful markings on the skin that fade naturally over 1 to 3 weeks. ASIA CHALLENGE 5: INDIA 1. 2. 3.

Which building was initially a military establishment? What is the Indian name for Henna Art? Which famous landmark in India is known to be a “symbol of love”?

The first email with all correct answers to the above quiz questions will be awarded 50 community points. Your email should have your name, class and community colour. Write the question number and the correct answer next to it for each of the three quiz questions. Hurry and send your emails to Mrs Krishnan at:

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