Term 3 Week 1 Newsletter

NAIDOC Week Prayer

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year, to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about  First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

God of all creation, as we journey together in this Great Southern Land, We pray for healing, forgiveness, and unity, Creating a path of good will, with justice and compassion. Jesus, through the power of your love, You have given us the courage, wisdom, and strength To share our gifts and talents in humility. In peace and understanding we reconcile with each other. Creator Spirit, we come together in prayer and thanksgiving For the many blessings we have received. Allow your Spirit to wash over us and give us strength to walk together as one.

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents & Carers,

Welcome to Term 3,

Week 1 of term has already been very busy as it has included 3 way conversations, the Book Fair and the Silly Socks drive. It was great fun to see most of the children and the staff wearing their silly socks to school today.

Thank you for prioritising the 3 way conversations, they were very well attended. Many teachers reported that they had most, if not all families make an appointment. These discussions about children’s learning are crucial events in the family school partnership, and give an opportunity to enhance the information contained in the report.

Thank you to the members of our Parent Association who supported Ms Josie Briffa in offering this year’s book fair. At this morning’s assembly Ms Briffa was able to confirm that $4,500 of books had been sold. As a result, there will be an injection of much needed resources into the library.

The Parent Association is holding the next meeting in the school staffroom on Monday 18 July at 7.00pm. New members are always welcome.

Congratulations to Nicole Sciberras, who returned from her recent leave with news of her engagement. We offer her and her partner best wishes for a happy and successful life together.

Kind regards

Michael Gavaghan

Catholic Identity News

Teaching & Learning

Our Year 6s have been learning to explain scripture through culture, history and author’s purpose. Students shared that The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus, was written for all people, then and now, to help us understand that Jesus’ is recognised through blessing, breaking & sharing the bread.

Catholic Social Justice in Action

Our Mini-Vinnies Team’s Term 2 action was to contribute to the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. Thankyou to everyone who donated woolen scarves, and beanies (and tinned food). On the right is our acknowledgement from the St Andrew’s St Vincent de Paul Society.

Exciting first visit for Ardoch Literacy Buddies

After a disruptive two years due to COVID-19 we were excited to see our first Literacy Buddies program for the year kick off at Saint Andrews Primary School in Melbourne’s west. This was the first chance for the “big buddies” to meet their “little buddies” in person since their letter exchanges began at the start of the year.

Ardoch’s Literacy Buddies® is a unique program that pairs volunteer professionals with students in our partner schools to engage in a letter writing exchange that helps boost literacy and communication skills while gaining insight into the professions and experiences of their big buddies.

The feedback from everyone involved was that the visit was a great success. The grade 6 students met up with their big buddies in the school gym where they created a big circle and introduced themselves before going on a tour around the school grounds. No school visit would be complete without ‘play lunch’ and all buddies thoroughly enjoyed sitting down together and eating packets of chips, fruit cups and juice.

Both the students and workplace volunteers overcame initial shyness to participate in ‘Q and A’ sessions where the children had the chance to learn more about their buddies and what they do for a living.

Ardoch Education Partnerships Coordinator, Nick, says the visit was extra special after two years of interruptions and lockdowns where in-person visits had to be replaced with online meet-ups.

“The big buddies were just so happy to be there. I had time to talk to some of them and they were really excited by the program and really happy to meet their little buddies, so they’ve got more of an idea of who they are writing to,” says Nick.

St Andrews school teacher Anne Marie shared how thrilled she was that the students had the opportunity to engage with adults and have the experience of having conversations, learning from others and building their confidence.

The students are now super excited for their end of year visit when they get to go to the city and visit the offices of their big buddies.

“A lot of the kids haven’t been to the city for a long time or even go to the city, it’s not something they do. A lot of the students we know stay in their area so that’s another exciting opportunity that Literacy Buddies gives. It is about literacy and practicing writing letters, but it’s also got these other components like social and wellbeing,” says Nick.

The positive relationships formed in these programs allow students to practice their social skills, be exposed to adult role models and build aspirations for their futures.

Once the initial barriers are broken down the conversation starts to flow and by the end children are chatting excitedly with a newfound confidence speaking with adults.

Nick says simply doing something as normal as chatting freely and in-person after two years of isolation was a positive step for all.

We look forward to more meetings with our other partner schools and workplace volunteers very soon as both children and adults experience the benefits of connecting in-person.

If you would like to get involved in this unique and inspiring Ardoch program, head to our website to learn more.

Italian News

Buongiorno St. Andrew’s School families,

Are you willing to challenge yourselves with a little bit of ITALIAN language which your children are learning at school?

It can be fun to say something in Italian at home together with your children…and do not forget to ask them to show the gestures!


Vieni qua Come here
Fermo! Stop!
Attenzione! Attention!  (Beware)

Click here for a link to pronunciation.


Preghiamo We pray, let’s pray
Andate avanti Go ahead
Sei d’accordo? Do you agree?
Amico / amici Friend / friends

Click here for a link to pronunciation.

Hope you enjoy it!

St Andrew’s Mini Vinnies – Winter Appeal

Calling all knitters!

More information is on the attached regarding our Mini Vinnies team looking for hand made knitted items for the Vinnies Winter Appeal.


School Website

Our School Website is currently undergoing review and an update.  We have implemented Google Translator onto our site.  We are also implementing pincode access to a school photo gallery to ensure that our community can view school photos more securely.

The pincode is:  sawb3030

Click here to view the photo gallery.

You may also wish to leave a review of the school by clicking here.


Operoo is coming soon to St Andrews!

Be on the lookout for further information. Operoo is a digital forms and communication platform for connecting schools and parents.

School Advisory Council News

The School Advisory Council provides a forum for discussion and discernment, where parent voice and community perspective are available to influence and support the decisions made by the principal and parish priest for the good of school and parish where students’ wellbeing and outcomes are paramount.

At the most recent meeting of the School Advisory Council, Kearan Gibaldi was elected as the Chairperson. I thank Kearan for her willingness to take on this additional responsibility and look forward to working positively with her and the council.

There are still vacancies for more parent representatives. If you have an interest in being a member of the School Advisory Council please email principal@sawerribee.catholic.edu.au. Please briefly outline your interest and reason for joining the council. All new members would be expected to be able to commit through to the end of the 2023.

Silly Socks Drive ends

Please return all unsold socks or outstanding money to the school by Monday please.

Upcoming Dates

Monday 18 July 7.00pm  Parent Association Meeting
Friday 22 July SUBWAY Lunch
Tuesday 26 July 5 & 6 Hoop Time
Thursday 28 July Foundation – 100 Days of School
Thursday 28 July MacKillop College Grade 5 Information Evening (Year 7 2024)
Friday 29 July Assembly & Newsletter
Tuesday 2 August 6.30pm School Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday 4 & Friday 5 August 2022 Staff Conference

Student Free Days (school closed)

Monday 8 August Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
Tuesday 9 August  11.15am  Whole School Mass
Friday 12 August Assembly & Newsletter
Saturday 13 August MacKillop College Grade 6 Testing (Year 7 2023)
Monday 15 August  Feast of the Assumption of Mary
Friday 19 August SUBWAY Lunch
Applications close for MacKillop College Year 7 2024
St Andrew’s Trivia Night
Saturday 20 August CBCA Book Week begins
Monday 22 August Fulldome Planetarium Incursion (5&6)
7.00pm Parent Association Meeting
Wed 24 August Werribee District Athletics Carnival
Friday 26 August Assembly & Newsletter
Monday 29 August MACS-SIS Surveys open
Wed 31 August Father’s Day Stalls
Thursday 1 Sept Father’s Day Stalls
Friday 2 Sept 7.30pm Father’s Day Breakfast
Sunday 4 Sept  Father’s Day
Tuesday 6 Sept  School Advisory Council Meeting
Friday 9 Sept Assembly & Newsletter
Tuesday 13 Sept Gr. 4 Excursion to Mary Mackillop Heritage Centre
Fri 16 Sept 1.00pm Term 3 Ends
Monday 3 October  Term 4 Begins
Tuesday 25 October MacKillop College Year 7 2023 Parent Information Evening
Wednesday 30 Nov MacKillop College Open Day

4pm – 6:30pm

Monday 5 Dec MacKillop College Orientation Day Year 7 2023


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