Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 18 – June 15th


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167   T: 03 9570 1016   F: 03 9579 0363

E: oakleigh.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au   W: oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au


Issue 18 15th June 2017

Mon 19th June
SMR Cross Country

Tues 20th June
Yr 5 Ice Skating

Wed 21st June
Wacky Wednesday Dress Up Day for Yr 1 & 2
Parade in the Hall at 9.15am

Thurs 22nd June
Bentleigh Winter Winter Sports Finals

Fri 23rd June
Mid Year Reports go home
Yr 6 Trivia Night


Today we hosted the Monash/ Waverley Assistant Principal Network meeting. Twenty-six assistant principals from surrounding schools met to discuss the latest news and ideas that affect our schools. There were guest speakers from the region, DET representatives speaking about Respectful Relationships, Sarah Asome sharing her knowledge about Multi-sensory learning and all AP’s spoke of the initiatives in their schools in relation to Student Wellbeing. It was a great way for schools to collaborate and share with each other.

The year 4 production rehearsals are in full swing and after our snapshot of the children, performing at Tuesday’s assembly it is already looking amazing. Remember to save the dates in your diary. Cast 1 on August 1st and Cast 2 on August 2nd.

Next Friday your children’s mid-year report will sent home in preparation for the parent/teacher meetings to be held the following Wednesday, 28th June. Booking for these meetings can be made through School Interviews. Follow the link: https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/login?z=giQzqz

I would like to wish the children representing our division at the Southern Metro Region Cross Country at Ballam Park in Frankston on Monday the very best. Their hard work and dedication has certainly paid off to get them this far. Good luck everyone!

Have a great weekend.

Ron Cantlon


Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start) 31 January (school students start) to 31 March

Term 2: 18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 21 December (2.30pm school students finish) 22 December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish


Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 28th June from 2pm – 7pm.

This year we will again use the online booking system for Parent Teacher Interviews, and online bookings will be opened at 10am Wednesday, 14th June.

Please arrive 5 min before your scheduled time, as each interview is only for 10min.

Follow this link and use the code for access

https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code          Code: vpk66

Whole School Assembly Update 

As of Term 3, week 2, our whole school assembly will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2.40pm

This allows us to have important learning time at the beginning of the day, and to accommodate groups, English and Mathematics.

All parents are still welcome to attend.

Supporting the Community

Thank you to the families who have donated to our Warm Winter Coats and the ReBoot Program.

Donations are still being accepted until Friday 16th June, and are very gratefully received

Please bring your jackets and footy boots and put in the tubs outside the office.

Thank you

Healthy Skills for Life

Session 7 – Courage

During session 7, students from Prep to Year 4 were taught the value of courage and they differentiated between inner and outer strength. Students were asked to think about the strength of their outer physical bodies as well as their inner strength. Students chose inspiring words such as confidence, resilience, perseverance, and determination to explain what inner strength is.

Why is it crucial to teach kids how to cultivate inner strength? We, at Life Skills Group believe it is important to learn so students can draw upon their inner strength at various times in life when things do not always go their way, a challenging situation presents itself or disappointment sets in. Students gave specific times they would call upon their inner strength – before a big test, when angry or upset or overwhelmed by a task. The breath activity this week encouraged breathing in a positive emotion and shooting out a negative one.

Students were able to define times when they could be courageous such as standing up for a friend in a responsible way or walking away from a negative situation in the playground and telling an appropriate adult. Students put courage into action by thinking up new and challenging movements with their bodies for longer periods of time, trying new games, and working in pairs with someone they may have never worked with before. Through partner work, the children developed their confidence and an appreciation for diversity. Students were able to recognise each other’s strengths and weaknesses and accept the differences.

Parents: Ask your child to explain to you how the breath of the week is done and how it can be helpful.

Session 7 (Year 5 & 6) – Positive Self-Talk, Strong, Determined

How we see ourselves is a reflection of how we talk to ourselves. This week during session 7, students were taught to focus on positive self-talk and how to shift negative self-talk. Life Skills Group believes that students should have a strong understanding of how our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs influence our feelings, emotions and behaviour. In this lesson, students were taught that through positive thinking we can alter negative self-talk. Managing our self-talk is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced, just like learning a new math skill or sports skill. Mindfulness is a practice that is strongly linked to positive self-talk and positive feelings towards the self and others.

A mindfulness technique that students were taught allowed them to use their senses and observe things that are seen, heard and felt. Students had the chance to apply then describe how positive-thinking assists in developing and maintaining positive relationships. Through various games and exercises, students put positive thinking into practice by using self-talk to reach a common goal. What an amazing idea it is to teach students how to be responsible for their own positive thinking and how it can replace negative feelings.

Parents: Ask your child if they can identify a consistent negative thought that appears in their mind. Then ask what positive thinking they can use to replace that thought.




The Year 2 Excursion to Taskworks

On Friday 2nd and Tuesday 6th June all the Grade 2 students had the opportunity to attend an excursion to Taskworks.

Taskworks is an incredibly fun and unique activity centre where our children got to participate in 6 different “Task Centres”. They included Cable Maze, Stomp-a-Stump, Build It, Create A Scene, Puzzle Room and Pegfast. These   activities have been designed to promote creativity, coordination and problem solving skills.

All the children had an amazing amount of fun and it was very difficult to wipe the smiles off their faces. All the students have been learning about Simple Machines as part of their Integrated Studies and returned to school with a greater knowledge and understanding of how Simple Machines work.



As part of their ‘We are Family’ unit of work, the Prep children celebrated Multicultural Day. Students came to school wearing traditional clothing to represent a country of their choice. All classes enjoyed a delicious lunch and students thoroughly enjoyed trying different dishes from around the world. What a fantastic day!




OSPS families & friend are invited to a VIP “One Time Shop” event is an occasion. Non Costco members are able to experience a shopping trip without paying the $60 membership fee prior to coming in and if you are interested deciding if Costco Moorabbin is “right” for you.

When: Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of June 2017.

Time: It will be an all day event starting from when we open to close. Our warehouse trading hours are (Friday 10am-8:30pm, Saturday 9:30am-6:30pm and Sunday 10am-6pm

Please click on the link for further information. OSPS INVITE – COSTCO VIP Shopping Event Informaiton


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