St Andrews Public School

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89 Ballantrae Drive St Andrews NSW 2566


(02) 9603 1333


(02) 9820 3127


Mr Richard Batty


[email protected]



St Andrews Public School

Office Hours:

8.30am – 3.30pm Monday – Friday

March 2020

History of St Andrews
St Andrews was chosen as a name because the western extent of the new suburb stood on the old St Andrews property of Andrew Thompson, one of the most prominent citizens of the early colony.
Thompson was transported to NSW as a convict in 1792 for burglary. On his arrival he was ironically made a constable on the Hawkesbury River and won a pardon. During the floods of 1806 and 1809 he personally saved over 100 lives and drew high praise from Governors King and Bligh.
By the time he was 37 years old, the canny Scotsman had extensive land, stock, ship and business interests. From 1809, he developed a close friendship with fellow Scotsman, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and named his St Andrews farm after the patron saint of their home country.
When Thompson died in 1810 due to health problems caused by the flood rescues, he had bequeathed a quarter of his estate to Macquarie. Although of high rank, the governor was not a wealthy man.
Macquarie later visited St Andrews to inspect his sizeable inheritance, noting its fine rich soils, farmhouse and paddocks stocked with sheep and cattle.
Given this tartan-clad history, Campbelltown Council decided in 1976 to name all streets in the suburb after Scottish place names. This was to honour a Highland township which Council had been forging close links with - the Burgh of Campbelltown.
St Andrews Public School opened in 1978.
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Term dates 2020

Term 1

Tuesday 28th January – Thursday 9th April, 2020

Term 2

Monday 27th April – Friday 3rd July, 2020

Term 3

Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September, 2020

Term 4

Monday 12th October – Friday 18th December, 2020

* DEC School Development
(Pupil Free)

First day of Term 1. First day of Term 2. First day of Term 3. Last two days of Term 4.

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4 * DEC School Development
Days (Pupil Free)

Term dates 2021
Wednesday 27th January – Thursday 1st April, 2021 Monday 19th April – Friday 25th June, 2021
Monday 12th July – Friday 17th September, 2021 Tuesday 5th October – Friday 17th December, 2021
First day of Term 1. First day of Term 2. First day of Term 3. Last two days of Term 4.

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Live to Learn
Children, First & Foremost
To live with dignity and pride We strive from age to age McGregor, Wallace Bruce and James Our Scottish heritage
To grow in courage, honesty and strength Our hearts do burn,
Our loyalty we give to you St Andrews - Live to Learn
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9:10am 11.20 – 11:30am 11:30 – 12.10pm 1:50 – 2:10pm
3.00pm 3:10pm

School Daily Timetable
School Commences Lunch Eating time
Lunch Break Recess
Kindergarten Dismissal Years 1 – 6 Dismissal

Lessons commence each day at 9.10 a.m. and conclude at 3.10 p.m. Parents are asked to make arrangements to meet children promptly at dismissal time. Please remember that there is no supervision before 8.40 a.m. each day and parents are requested not to send children to school before that time.
After 8.40 a.m. children proceed to morning play areas: Primary - Canteen quadrangle and courtyard area in front of Primary Classroom block. Infants - Cement area in Infants courtyard.
The assembly bell will ring at 9.10 a.m. each morning.
Wet weather: Children move to covered areas closest to rooms. Teachers will begin classroom supervision from 8.40 a.m. If your child arrives at school before 8.40 a.m., they are ALL to proceed straight to the Primary COLA area and remain seated until the teacher begins supervision at 8.40 a.m.
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Each class will be dismissed by their teacher at their designated area. Kindergarten classes are dismissed from their rooms at 3.00 p.m. Years 1 and 2 proceed to the front of the hall for dismissal at 3.10pm. If wet weather occurs on dismissal, an announcement will be made for Years 1 and 2 students to be collected from their classroom. Years 3 to 6 are dismissed from their classrooms at 3.10pm. Please arrange a meeting spot for you to meet your child/ren if they are in Years 3 to 6. Before the 3:10pm bell, parents or guardians should wait behind on the front grass or under the Primary COLA. Once the bell rings, parents may move to other areas to collect their child/ren. This will assist in the safety of your children and in minimising disruptions to learning and instructions for pack up. Please leave all paths free for the children leaving our school grounds. The school does not provide supervision for students after 3.10 p.m.
A number of students in the Support Unit require taxi transport. Taxi students are supervised by staff members in the primary cola from 2.40pm. Children who go home with parents/ carers, wait at the classroom for their parents to collect them. Children going home independently wait with the classroom teacher until the dismissal bell rings.
Although the school facilities are used extensively after school by organised groups,
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Uniforms can be purchased through the School Office during the following hours:
Mondays 8.30 – 10.00am & 2.30 – 3.30pm Wednesdays 8.30 – 10.00am & 2.30 – 3.30pm
Fridays 8.30 – 10.00am & 2.30 – 3.30pm
Summer Uniform – Term 1 and Term 4 Winter Uniform – Term 2 and Term 3
Uniforms are also available from The Uniform Patch – Spotlight Plaza, Shop 405/147 Queen Street Campbelltown. Phone 46276277
Our uniform is currently being updated to a new look. Details of when the uniform will be available for purchase will be communicated in the near future.
Students are allowed to wear a watch and stud or sleeper earrings. Gloves, scarves, hair ties etc. should be in school colours. Students are not permitted to wear make-up, acrylic nails, perfume, nail polish, necklaces or bracelets. It is a Work, Health & Safety requirement that students do not wear jewellery that can cause themselves or other students harm.
Thongs are definitely not permitted
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As parents and caregivers you will need to bring these documents to the school:
For children already enrolled in a NSW public school we require:
 proof of your child's address - originals of different documents such as your council rates notice or residential lease and electricity bill, family law or other relevant court orders (if applicable)
Starting Kindergarten Your child can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five on or before 31st July in that year. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. Because students start new work in their new class at the beginning of the school year, it would be an advantage for your child, both socially and educationally, to start school as soon as possible in the new year.
If your child has not been previously enrolled in a NSW public school, you will need to bring these documents with you:
 your child's birth certificate or identity documents  proof of your child's address - originals of different documents such as your
council rates notice or residential lease and electricity bill, letter from a solicitor if just moving in  New regulations by the New South Wales Health Department require an Immunisation Certificate to be completed and presented at school before enrolment can be completed. Your local doctor, Community Health staff and Local Council or Medicare offices can issue these certificates.  family law or other relevant court orders (if applicable)
If your child is not a permanent resident you will also need to provide:
 passport or travel documents  current visa and previous visas (if applicable)
It's important that you tell the principal if your child has any special circumstances, allergies, health or medical conditions, before your child starts school. These circumstances may require that you provide additional documents.
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The following documentation needs to be completed:  a school enrolment form
Custody Matters The Principal or Deputy Principal should be made aware of any legal custody matters relating to the well-being of your child. We can only act on legal documentation.
Transfers If you have to move schools, the procedure is to write a letter that includes a forwarding address and the name of the new school your child will be attending.
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Regular attendance at school is expected for all students attending St Andrews PS. The Home School Liaison Officer monitors the attendance of all students at school. Students are expected to be at school by 9.10 a.m. Late arrivals must be signed in at the School Administration Office. Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds from the time of arrival until 3.10 p.m. without written parental authority. This must be signed by the Principal. Children will not be released during the day’s lessons unless you have received a release slip from the School Administration Office. If you are going to be late in picking up your child / children, please ring the school so that we may convey the message to the child’s teacher. If you know that you cannot pick up your child / children at 3.10pm, please make alternate arrangements as supervision is not provided after 3.10pm.
For any absences from school parents are asked to send a written explanation promptly upon the child’s return to school. This note must be signed and dated by the parent / caregiver. For a long term absence please contact the school by telephone and send a written explanation upon return. If your child is absent due to a contagious childhood illness e.g. chicken pox, measles etc. the school must be informed immediately. An exemption of a long term absence can be approved by the Principal. Please contact the office for the correct form.
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St Andrews Public School