Accelerated Reader (AR) drives the practice component of a comprehensive reading program. It promotes personalised practice whilst providing teachers with the data they need to move students toward success. At its heart, AR is simple. Students read a book, take an AR Quiz, and get immediate feedback. Students become excited and motivated when they see their progress. Teachers can easily monitor and manage students’ independent reading practice. Teachers at OSPS will set AR levels and reading goals for students from Year’s 3-6. Students will borrow books from the AR section of the library.
A handy link is the AR book finder, www.arbookfind.com.au
Students can search whether books they have at home are an AR book. Please ensure your teacher is aware that you are reading an extra AR book.
Oakleigh South Primary School are pleased to offer school banking through the Commonwealth Bank Youth Saver Account. School Banking day is Monday. Each week children need to bring their completed bankbook and correct money to their class and hand it to their teacher. Getting involved in School Banking is easy! All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. To open an account for your child, go online at www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking/dollarmites. The alternative is to visit your local branch – all you need to bring is your current personal identification as well as your child’s birth certificate.
Katrina Jones and Julie McNess School Banking Coordinators (parent volunteers)
Book Club is a service we offer to make purchasing books, games and learning resources easy. Twice a term your child’s classroom teacher will send home a Book Club catalogue. You’ll find a great selection of books on offer, with award-winning titles and bestsellers, as well as some old and new favourites. The books span a wide range of children’s reading levels and interests, with prices starting from as little as $1.00. There are also a number of games and learning resources to reinforce your child’s enthusiasm for learning. If you and your child see any items of interest, ordering is easy! The Book Club LOOP platform for parents allows you to pay by credit card. Your child’s order is submitted directly to school safe and sound and the books will be delivered to class. You can place your child’s order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Refer to the procedure page below for more information.
Please take the time to look through the catalogue each time one comes home. Encouraging your child to read and have a love of good books can excel their learning. Each order also helps earn free books and teaching resources for our school. The return date for each issue will be included in our school newsletter and posted on our school calendar. Happy reading! Anthony Savva, Jessica Gray, Jade Freeman & Sarah Rayment OSPS Book Club Coordinators
What is Cyber Smart? Cyber Smart is a national cyber safety and cyber security education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to cyber safety. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.
Oakleigh South Primary School is an accredited e-smart school. A component of e-smart is Cyber Smart and below is useful information for parents. Cyber Smart aims to:
- Inform children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff about cyber safety issues
- Educate audiences through information, resources and practical advice
- Empower children and young people to be safe online.
Dress Up Days
OSPS hold several dress up days throughout the year.
Easter Hat Parade P-2 The children delight in wearing an Easter hat to school and proudly showcase their creations and millinary skills at the P-2 Easter Hat Parade. Parent Group organise an Easter raffle that is drawn at this special event. It is usually on the Thursday of the last week of Term 1, check the calendar for details.
Fairy Tale / Book Week Dress Up Day P – 2. Depending on the unit of work, prep – 2 will dress up in thier favourite characters from a fairy tale or book. Classroom actiivites will be completed to suppor tthe dress up day.
Farmer Day Year 3. Children in year 3 all dress up as farmers or something that belongs on a farm! Link to their year long unit on Sustainability, children participate in farming activities for the whole day.
Harmony Day P – 6. The children wear orange to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. The day is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Held every year on 21 March. The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’, the Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster sense of belonging for everyone.
Japanese Day P – 6. All children are encouraged to wear something that is related to the country of Japan. Even the teachers get involved. You’ll see traditional kimono, pokemon, martial arts, samurai, sumo, Mario Brothers characters, Dragon Z ball and even childrne dressed as sushi to name a few.
Footy Day P – 6. Held in the last week of term 3 and children are asked to wear their favourite sporting team colours, predominantly AFL, although it can be any team from and sport, including sports the children participate in. The day is celebrated by a parade, followed by kicking competitions and a feature football match between Mr Alstons All Stars and Mr Rowes Renegades.
Fete Dress Up Days. The Fete holds a casual clothes day and a crazy hair day to raise funds or gather donations for a few of the stalls we hold at the Fete.
Extra School Activities
A variety of extra curricular activities are offered by OSPS before school, at play and lunch time and after school. They are organised and supervised by teachers before school, during play and lunch times or after school. Thank you teachers!
Our school choir is made up of students from grades four, five and six. No audition is required to join….just a love of music, especially singing. The group meet every Wednesday after school from 3.30 till 4.30. Our song choices are influenced by the students themselves as well as the teachers involved but we try to incorporate a wide spectrum of genres. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in harmony, melody and choral choreography as well as opportunities to sing solo. Performances of the choir are an integral part of school assemblies. The choir is often invited to perform at the school fete and a variety of community functions.
Running Club begins in February training twice a week to prepare all children interested in improving their general fitness, house cross country conditioning and middle distance training for school athletics. Running Club is initially open to any child in Grades 4-6 and then a squad is formed to train specifically for cross country. Running Club continues to support these children through their successful stages leading into State finals. Running Club also trains students who are competing in middle distance events for athletics. Cross Country Season (February – June) Training times: Monday & Friday 7:30am at school and Bald Hill Park. Athletics Season (July-October) Training times: Monday & Friday 7:30am at school. Focus areas include; dynamic range of motion warm ups, agility, activation and balance exercises, specific interval training for the event, fun interactive aerobic games, training on the District, Division and State course, breakfast club after each session. The school supplies all exercise equipment, running uniform and staff. We do ask for a gold coin donation to cover breakfast club at the end of each session.
Once a week, a group of the Year 5 students are involved in a new program called Code Club. Run by Year 5 teachers and industry leaders, the program enables students to engage in projects aimed at developing their knowledge of the systems used to make computer games, animations and websites, through programs such as Scratch and HTML. The students also participate in activities focussed on coding M-Bots to move and react, using the M-Block program. Year 5’s receive a notice with information about Coding Club during Term 1.
Every year level has a weekly library session to borrow books of their choice. Outside of school times, the library is open every day (except Tuesday assembly days) before school 8.45am – 9.00am and every day after school from 3.30pm – 3.45pm for the 3 – 6 senior grades to change their accelerated readers. Prep – 2 change their reader books in their classrooms every day and change their library books once a week in their class library time. OSPS is exceptionally lucky to have such a large library filled with lovely books and resources.
The Art Club is open to all grade 5 and 6 students every Tuesday lunchtime from the second week back. Art Captains are always in attendance to assist. Students are encouraged to continue working on artworks relating to the year 6 school production however they may also colour and draw independently if they so choose. It is an enriched and productive fun opportunity offered to all students that appreciate the Visual Arts who are able to use their time to create and make in a fun and productive cooperative learning environment. The school also offers ‘Wool Club’ on a Wednesday lunch time for grade 3s to work on their textile skills. Older students are welcome to come and assist grade 3s at this time.
Congratulations to the following students who have been elected as Captains this year.
School Vice Captains
ICT Multimedia Captains
S La Fortezza
Every child in the school is enrolled in the Mathletics Maths program and each child has an individual username and password. The Mathletics Maths program is internet based and can be accessed form school and home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Teachers from time to time may set specific maths tasks for students to complete, these tasks will appear for children to complete first when they log in. Children can complete other maths tasks at their level and work through the program at their own pace. Children who obtain a Bronze or Silver Mathletics Certificate are presented with these at their year level assemblies. Children who obtain a Gold Mathletics Certificate are presented with these at the whole school assembly on Tuesday. www.au.mathletics.com
NSW Uni Competitions
Oakleigh South P.S. has been offering its Yr 3 -6 students the opportunity to participate in the University of NSW Competitions for over 10 years. The school offers tests in English, Spelling, Writing, Mathematics and Science. Our results are outstanding.
ABC Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning. Children in Prep – 2 are provided with a username and password early term 1, they may log in at home and complete games and activities.
Student Voice is a team of year 4-6 representatives.
In student voice we promote student attendance by presenting the ‘It’s Not Ok to Be Away’ awards fortnightly.
We talk about things that are going on in the school, voice any concerns that come up around the school yard and brainstorm ideas to solve them. For example, we are looking at ways to keep our school yard cleaner.
We all thoroughly enjoy being involved in Student Voice.
Why is OSPS helping the Tsefah Primary School?
- More than half the population of Ethipoia do not have access to clean water
- The main health problems are disease and malnutrition
- Access to primary school is limited in urban locations, however this is increasing with help from other countries
- 90% of 7 year olds enrol in primary schools but only about half finish the first year
- An increase in educated people, will help the communities of Ethipoia
Ethiopia in Africa
Ethiopia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south.
The population is nearly 100 million inhabitants and Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world. It is the second most populous nation on the African continent after Nigeria.
It is a land of natural contrasts, with its vast fertile West, jungles, and numerous rivers.
The capital and largest city is Addis Ababa. Over 90 languages are spoken in Ethiopia and the ancient Ge’ez script, also known as Ethiopic, is one of the oldest alphabets still in use in the world.
- Tigray is a region in the north of Ethiopia, Tsefah is a town in Tigray
- Coffee originated in Ethiopia
- A town called Dallon in Ethiopia is the world’s hottest settlement
- Wild animals that live in Ethiopia include the black rhinoceros, lions, African Elephant, African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Gazele and mouse
- Ethiopia mainly sells cattle, a plant called khat, gold, leather products and oilseeds to other countries
- The most popular meals are various types of thick meat stews, known as ‘wat’ in Ethiopian culture, and vegetable side dishes.
The colours of the Ethiopian flag all have meaning. The OSPS Dress up for Tigray day, we ask all children to dress in all or some of the colours from the Ethiopian flag.
- Green represents the land
- Yellow stands for peace and hope
- Red is symbolic of strength
- Blue represents peace
- The star represents diversity and unity, and the sun’s rays symbolise prosperity
Flag of Tigray
The Tigray flag is yellow and red. The main language is Tigrinya, although most urban people are also able to speak Amharic, which was taught in schools.
Dress up for Tigray
Proud that our Year 3s in particular and the whole school in general continue to support Tsefah Primary School in Tigray, Ethiopia. $3.50 – the cost of a cup of coffee is all that it takes to send a child to school for a year.
It’s great to see the money we raise reaches the children. Maria Strintzos arranges and delivers the goods, you are an inspiration. OSPS raises around $6000 each year.
Farming in Tigray
Farming is an important part of life. Tigray has about:
- 2,713,750 cattle
- 72,640 sheep
- 208,970 goats
- 1,200 horses
- 9,190 mules
- 386,600 donkeys
- 32,650 camels
- 3,180,240 poultry of all species
- 20,480 beehives (0.47%
Money reaches Tsefah Primary School
It’s great to see the money we raise reaches the children of Tsefah Primary School. Maria Strintzos arranged and delivered the goods, you are an inspiration.
Wellbeing & Life Skills Programs
At OSPS we engage with several programs that enhance our wellbeing and life skills we teach in our everyday classrooms.
OSPS students will all participate in a Life Skills 5 week program delivered by Life Skills educators. The Life Skills student programs have been specifically developed for each year level in primary school. Using movement, games, yoga, mindfulness, creative activities, exercise and play, the Life Skill’s experienced teachers support students to:
- Build resilience
- Develop self regulation
- Increase self awareness
- Practice positive relationship skills
- Strengthen problem solving skills
Every class is progressive and age appropriate, and Life Skills use a focus and value each week that is the thread through all activities.
For further information, please click here www.lifeskillsgroup.com.au
You Can Do It
Prep – 2 undertake lessons from the ‘You Can Do It’ program. YCDI’s focus is on building social, emotional, and motivational capacity of young people rather than on their problems and deficits. Its aim is to build the social and emotional strengths of young people.
The core value is instilling in children the following 4 foundations:
- Getting Along
Its unique contribution is in identifying the social and emotional capabilities that all young people need to acquire in order to be successful in school, experience wellbeing, and have positive relationships including making contributions to others and the community (good citizenship).
For further information, please click here www.youcandoiteducation.com
Years 3 – 6 undertake lessons from the NED program.
NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for
- Never give up
- Encourage others
- Do your best.
NED is simple, relatable and kid-focused. Every child can be a Champion if they remember the message of NED and apply it to their lives. We give as many opportunities to incorporate NED’s positive message into our school culture as possible!
For further information, please click here www.thenedshow.com