Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 40 – December 14th


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 40 – 14th December 2017

Monday, 18th Dec
Leadership Assembly

Tuesday, 19th Dec
– Yr 5 Leadership Day at South Oakleigh Secondary College
– Yr 6 Graduation

Wednesday, 20th Dec
– House Swimming Carnival

Thursday, 21st Dec
– Final Day Assembly at 1.45pm
– Children dismissed at 2.30pm


As we move quickly towards the end of another exceptional year at OSPS I’d like to remind parents of some important times for next week.

Firstly we have our whole school assembly on Monday (in place of Tuesday due to the setting up of the hall for Year 6 Graduation). This will begin at the special time of 2.15pm.

We will be going through our normal procedures first followed by the announcements of our 2018 school leaders starting at 2.40pm. We hope to see lots of parents there.

The final assembly will be held on Thursday 21st December at 1.45pm. The children will be dismissed at 2.30pm from their classrooms.

All classes and teachers will be announced to the children next Thursday morning.

On a final note, last night our school council approved the building of a magnificent new playground for the senior students. This playground will hopefully be built early next term. It will be situated at the carpark end of the Learning Centre near the running track.

Have a great weekend

Ron Cantlon


2017 Dates

2017 Term 1:
30 January (school teachers start)
31 January (school students start) to 31 March

2017 Term 2:
18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

2017 Term 3:
17 July to 22 September

2017 Term 4:
9 October to 21 December (school students finish)
22 December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish

2018 Dates

2018 Term 1:

29 January (school teachers start)
30 January (school students start) to 29 March

2018 Term 2:
16 April to 29 June

2018 Term 3:
16 July to 21 September

2018 Term 4:
8 October to 20 December (2.30pm school students finish)
21 December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish



We ask that all parents please make sure they have the Flexibuzz App on their phones or tablets.

This is our primary communication method – with reminders, weekly newsletters, camp/excursion return times and any other required alerts – it is disappointing that so many parent have still not signed up.

This form of communication provides you with the most up to date information, and saves you having to contact the school.

Please make sure you have selected the “All Parents” option, as well as your child’s current “Year Level” tab.

Thank you



A reminder that all books are returned by tomorrow, Friday, 15th December.

Please check all those sneaky little nooks and crannies where books like to hide – book shelves, under beds, in sport’s bags, grandparent’s homes even under the seats in cars – as we still have a large amount of overdue books which need to be returned to the library before the end year.

Victorian State Schools Spectacular

A reminder that the Victorian State Schools Spectacular will be broadcast on Channel 7 this Saturday 16 December 2017 at 7pm.

The two-hour broadcast will feature highlights from the live performances as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.  Tune in from 7pm to 9pm to catch all the action and relive the Spectacular memories.

The show will also be simulcast via live streaming on the PLUS7 app and be available on the PLUS7 catch-up website for 30 days from the broadcast date.

Mark it in your diary and share it with all of your family, friends and school community!

School Banking

Thank you to all the boys and girls who have banked their dollars and coins with us in 2017.  We are now closed for the year, but will continue to distribute last week’s reward orders as they come in.  They come from Sydney so can take up to three weeks.

Watch this space for news of the 2018 banking theme and rewards!

Keep saving over the school holidays.  Banking will resume Monday 12th of February, 2018.


School Banking Parent Volunteers
Katrina Jones, Julie Whiteside McNess, Caryn Vincent, Michelle Englund


Hosting a Japanese language assistant teacher in February 2018

Our school has been selected to host a female Japanese university student as part of the Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (TJFL) program managed by the Department of Education & Training. She will be with us for 4 weeks from Saturday February 17 – Saturday March 17 2018.

We are looking for a host family with no pets as she has an allergy to cats and dogs. The host family will also be expected to provide 3 meals per day, daily transport to and from school as well as some weekend activities. A contribution of $200/week will be paid to you by the TJFL participant via our school to assist with expenses.

If you would like to be a host family, please complete the following EXPRESSION OF INTEREST information and return it to the office by Tuesday 5th December.



Year 1 Incursion – “The Messenger Dogs”

Wow, what a busy term for the Year 1s. To tie in with Remembrance Day, on Tuesday 21st November students participated in the incursion ‘The Messenger Dogs – Tales of WWI’.
The puppet show followed the journey of Nell, Trick and Bullet, three dogs responsible for carrying messages between headquarters and the front line.
The show was tailored to junior children and addressed tales of courage, determination and mateship in a child-friendly manner.

Year 1 Multicultural Day

To end our Term 4 topic ‘Around the World’, on Thursday 30th November we celebrated Multicultural Day.

All of the students and teachers dressed up in costumes from around the globe and brought in yummy foods from their respective counties. We feasted on croissants from France, dumplings from China, lamingtons from Australia, sushi from Japan, jalebi from India and all sorts of other goodies!
During the day we got to do a range of activities, including cooking and designing and creating our own Around the World pinball machine.

Year 1 Excursion – “PenPal Lunch”

Last Friday the 8th of December, the Year 1’s had their long awaited pen pals excursion with Berwick Fields Primary school. We were so lucky the sun came out for our day at Braeside Park.

After writing back and forth all year, it was so exciting to finally put a face to our pen pal names. We had tonnes of fun playing on the enormous playground and oval and were a bit sad when it was time to leave!

This week we will be writing our Christmas cards and sending off our last batch of mail for the year.

Year 6 Camp

On the 27th November Year 6 travelled to the beautiful surrounds of Halls Gap for a 5 day camp at Norval House and Lodge. While the weather was a little dubious as we boarded the buses it soon cleared up and the next 4 days were very, very warm.

Norval organised some wonderful activities for the children. These included Abseiling, high ropes, a trip to the zoo, team building and innovation exercises, orienteering, a visit to Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, bush cooking, hut building and a favourite: a hike to Venus Baths.

Venus Baths is nestled between a barren, sloping rock face on one side and thick Aussie bushland on the other. The children enjoyed climbing rocks, paddling in the shallow stream and eventually bathing in the deeper pools.

The camp provided some great outdoor experiences for the children along with the opportunity to see several species of Australia’s native animals in the wild.

When the children had some down time, they quickly took advantage of the warm weather and the on-site swimming pool.

Norval staff were very accommodating to our needs and provided excellent meals throughout the five days. All in all the camp was fun, adventurous and a great educational experience for all involved.



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