Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 33 – October 26th


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 33 – 26th October 2017

Monday, 30th Oct
– State Athletics

Tuesday, 31st Oct
– Bentleigh District Rugby League Gala Day

Thursday, 1st Nov
– Yr 6 Family Life

Friday, 2nd Nov
– Yr 6 Family Life
– Prep Orientation
Group B 1.30—3pm





As many of you will know our school, through the Year 3 Village, and an ex student and parent, has established a connection with a small impoverished village school in Tigray , Ethiopia.   Ex- student Haftu Strintzos was adopted by a local family and attended O.S.P.S.  in 2011 and 2012.

For several years  the Year 3 Jump Rope for Heart initiative has enabled us, not only to support the Heart Foundation, but to send funds to enable all 420 children from the Hawzien village to attend the village school  – $3.50 per child per year is all it takes! This covers the exercise books and supplies for a child for the whole school year!

With the help of the whole school community the Year 3’s  have also raised enough funds  to provide much needed sporting  equipment and to pipe water from the new well in the village to the school for drinking and educational activities. The plan is for us to continue to develop and extend this relationship into the future. This year, aside from the year’s school supplies, monies raised will be used to begin to set up a library.
Maria Strintzos has worked and volunteered for an Ethiopian local organization the Relief Society of Tigray (REST) for over 25 years. REST has an office in Hawzien which is the district where Haftu comes from so everything donated can be facilitated and tracked by Maria through the office.
Teacher – Sean Alston spent two weeks working and teaching – for 2 weeks in Tsefah Primary School in Dec/Jan 2015/16.  This was a life changing experience for Sean and a chance to see the  impact of our donations first hand.

Please consider sponsoring a Year 3 child for their Jump Off Day on Wednesday November 15th  November and /or donating generously on the Dress up for Tigray Day for the whole  school on Wednesday 23rd November.
Principal, Ron Cantlon

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



The new school year in Tigray began in September and as a result of our 2016 Year 3 Village kid’s efforts and the generous donations of their sponsors – every child – all 420 Tsefah Primary School students –  were issued with exercise books, pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners for the 2016 – 2017 school year. The cost to send a child to school in Tigray for a year is $3.50, less than the cost of a cup of coffee!

Ex-student Haftu and his mother Maria visit Tigray each year and continue to raise funds for the Haftu’s former school.

Whole School Dress up for Tigray  Day – Wednesday November 23rd

Wear either casual clothes with one or more of Tigray’s flag colours – red, green or yellow or your school uniform with a touch of colour –  red or yellow in any way you can – armband , headband etc.

And donate what you can – $2.00 or more – “Together We Achieve”


Help the Village and earn house points at the same time

The Village needs:
• One litre ice-cream containers with lids.
• Ceramic or terracotta pots or dishes suitable for succulents.
• Wooden or plastic playpens or playpen panels.
• Foodscraps for chooks – no onion , meat or dairy.

These items can be taken directly to the Village and given to a year 3 teacher!

Thank you from
The Village Team

Grade 2 Production – The Colour Factory

Tickets are now open for Grade 2 families only to purchase via Trybooking.


Additional tickets for Grade 2 families can be purchased when ticket sales are open to the school community the following week. Tickets will be available to the whole community 2 weeks before the show.

Prices are as follows:
Adult:  $10
Child:  $5 (4-12yo only)

Cast 1 – 2NM, 2RE, 2VO
will perform on Tues, 21st November

Cast 2 – 2KH, 2JD, 2MR
will perform on Wed, 22nd November

Cast 3 – 2GZ, 2SI, 2NC
will perform on Thurs, 23rd November

Use of Student Toilets

A reminder to parents and carers that for the safety and security of our students, we ask that you please do not use the student toilets.


Grade 6 Production – Peter Pan Jr

The Year 6 production was a huge blast. I was Vidia, one of the fairies, in Cast 1 and my costume was amazing. I was sweating and shaking in the wings while I was waiting for the lights to dim and the show to start. I peered through the curtain and that made me even more nervous. When I turned around for my first singing part at the start of the show, I was overwhelmed by the huge crowd but slowly I started to enjoy the crowd and I wasn’t as nervous. I will never forget the experience I had.

Mr Meyer and Mrs Wilkinson were great help with the singing, Mrs Meyer’s choreography was spectacular and Mr Alston and Mr Rowe’s set changing was remarkable. Mrs Roth and Mrs Sangster were quick with the microphone changes whilst during rehearsals. Ms Wells’ directing was what made our acting so good. James and Ms Wells in the sound room had a hard job; I tried to do it once but failed with the difficulty of the job. The parents who made our costumes put a lot of hard work and dedication into it. I would like to say a massive thank you to the production team for your time and effort.

Kelly 6SA

My hands were trembling, my face was pale; I was about to go on when I heard the music start. I stepped on the stairs and face my back to the audience. I could hear the wrappers opening as the children started to giggle. I could feel it in my bones – I was ready! As the other music started to play, I turned around and saw the audience. Staring back at me, as I started to sing the first line of the show, I felt amazing!
I was Iridessa, a fairy. I had a remarkable time doing it and I wish I could do it all over again! It was an astounding performance. Good job everyone for the effort that was put into this production to make it how it was.

Lihee 6SA

This year’s Grade 6 production was amazing. So much time and effort was put into it and it definitely paid off! ‘Peter Pan Jr’ 2017 was a complete hit! More than 500 people came to see us over the 4 performances, which I think was a huge motivator! To be in a production where so many staff, parents and students work together, making costumes, sets and choreographing dances. Everyone was trying their absolute best, and it made me realise even more, how proud I was to be have been a part of this year’s production. It was such an amazing experience for us, and a night to remember for all.

Krystal 6SA


The lights dimmed, the crowd silenced; the music started. It was time. Cast members waited in the wings for the night of their lives to begin. We all took small breaths, in an effort to calm our nerves, trying to process the enormity of the situation in front of us. The audience listened with intent, as Wendy and her brothers opened our show. Standing there watching our friends and class mates put their all in to each and every performance after practising for what seemed like ages, made us feel extremely proud and giddy.
The smiles of our parents as we walked down the steps of the stage to get photos made our stomachs churn with glee. Overall we think that both casts should be very proud of themselves and of everyone who helped with sets; behind the stage, in the sound room and those who helped with costumes. We both know for a fact that our characters will always stay with us. Thank you for making it an unforgettable experience!

By Sophie and Alexandra 6CR (Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell)


Palms sweaty, I hear the intro of the opening song, Fly to Your Heart Part 1. In approximately 15 seconds, I’d have to walk through the curtains, and announce the first line of the show. These were my thoughts as I prepared for my role as Tinkerbell in the production of ‘Peter Pan Jr.’
In the lead up to the production, we had 4 rehearsals a week! But in the end, it all paid off. I was thrilled to be cast as Tinkerbell. It was my dream role, and everyone put in so much effort. I’d like to say a huge thanks to all the people behind the scenes. The production wouldn’t have been possible without them. I’d also like to thank the parents and staff that helped make the costumes. All in all, the production was a great experience, and I will never forget it!

Isabella L 6CR

The Peter Pan Jr year 6 production was a great experience for all. It was a great privilege for me to be cast as Wendy. I adapted to the character and quite enjoyed myself in the rehearsals and the performances. I felt as if I became a different person. Not just including the costume. I had no idea I could tell stories, or liked mermaids, or I could sew. I even had no idea I loved acting so much. This experience has enabled me to break out of my shell and be more open to the world. Being a quiet person myself, I became more confident in everything I did. I appreciate that my peers and even students in younger year levels were being so supportive of me, and without all that, what would I have done?

The first, actual, Matinee performance was nerve-racking and exhilarating. As the lights shine on the fairies opening the show, I kept my cool and played my part, pretending no one was staring at me. Overall, it was an exciting night. All that nerve escaped my body as we take the last breath of our finale songs at the end. “I will no doubt be fine on Tuesday.” I thought.

Ivy 6FW





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‘A Day For All’ is a fun-filled event celebrating and catering for people of all abilities!

The day is jam packed with awesome activities including sporting clinics, food trucks, raffles and prizes, luxury car ride around the athletics track, petting zoo, face painting and a performance by BAM All Stars dance group!

All proceeds raised through ticket sales, raffle tickets and donations will go to Able Australia.

Able Australia specialises in the delivery of high quality, person-centred services to people living with multiple disabilities (including deaf/blindness) and those in need of community support throughout the country.

Be sure to write this event in your calendars at home, it’s sure to be a great day for great cause!

For Sale

Variety of Baby’s & Toddler’s Toys & Furniture
at give-away prices

2 x rocking horses (with sound)  $25 each

ride-on toys (2 x cars & jet ski)   $ 5  each

baby’s large play mat   $10

2 x large toy tents    $10 each

doll’s pram/stroller    $10

sit-on musical chair    $10

sit-on musical rocking turtle  $10

2 x white Ikea high chairs  $10 each

white cot (including mattress)  $50

baby’s bouncer    $15

and more…….

All in Excellent Condition

You’re welcome to come over (South Oakleigh) to have a look!!!

Please call Jenni on 0414 823 639


Salesian College

  • Blazer – Size 90.  Excellent condition.  $100.00
  • Pullover – Size 14.  Small paint mark on cuff.  $40.00
  • Shorts – Size 82 x 2, Size 87 x 1.  $25.00 each
  • Long Trousers (Winter) –  Size 82 x 1, Size 87 x 2.  $30.00 each
  • Sports Shorts – Size XS. $12.50
  • Sports Tops – Annecy House (Yellow). Size S x 1, Size M x 1  $25.00 each
  • Sports Track pant – Size S.  $18.00 (small hole in knee, easily mended)

Sports Track Top (aka Spray Jacket) – Size XS. $55.00  These are quite large fitting.

Sacred Heart Girls College

  • Blazer – Can’t read the size.  Fit 12-14.  $120.00
  • Winter Skirt – Size 12.  Only worn a couple of times.  Hem taken up professionally.  $80.00
  • Sport Track Pants – Size M. $25.00
  • Sport Shorts – Size M. $13.50
  • Sports Polo Tops – not house colours (White). Size M x 1 $20.00, Size M x 1 with a couple of marks on front $10.00

Please contact Jackie on 0408 551 437