Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 4 – February 22nd


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 4 – 22nd February 2018

Monday, 26th Feb
–  Prep Healthy Skills for Life

Wednesday, 28th Feb
Bentleigh District Swimming Carnival

Friday, 2nd March
–  Icy Pole Day



Last week the School Council nominations closed. There were 5 vacancies and they will be filled by the 5 nominations that were received. There was no need to hold an election.

Congratulations and thank you to Lindsay Guy, Andrew Holman, Kate Rawlinson, Kate Liu and Marg Floros on your successful positions

Have a great weekend

Ron Cantlon




2018 Term Dates

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


Parking Problems

Staff and parents have notice a lot of people using the drop off zone for carparking, leaving their cars to walk their children into school/wait in the school grounds and parking well beyond the 2 minute limit. It is proving to be difficult to use the drop off zone as it is intended and results in a big back-up of traffic.
Parents are illegally/dangerously dropping their children off at random places along Farm Road and Riley Street. It is your includes your civic duty to follow the road laws and rules. This includes completing 3 point turns in the middle in the intersection!

The 2 minute drop off zone is just that… a 2 minute drop off zone. Parents are not to leave their vehicles. Children should be waiting inside the school grounds next to the 2 minute zone for their parents to arrive.

If you live beyond walking distance from the school, consider parking at Bunnings and walking to school – a healthy and stress free alternative.

Parents are NOT to use the Staff Car Park, or the disabled parks, regardless of the time of day. It is NOT to be used as a quick drop off or collection point.

This includes after Choir on a Wednesday

Please click here for further parking information oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/about-us/#parking

We need to work together as a community to make these areas safe for our children.

Supervision Before School

Children who arrive before 8.30am on school days MUST be supervised by a parent or guardian. We allow 15 minutes for children and parents to make their way to the classrooms before doors open at 8.45am. Children are not to play games or on equipment before school. There have been several children arriving well before 8.30am without parents or guardians.

Camp Australia runs our Out of School Hours Care from 7.00am so if your family requires care before 8.30am, please feel free to contact this service. Please click here for Camp Australia Information

School Payments

This year we will continue to use QKR as our preferred payment method.  We ask that you use QKR when making payments for all your school accounts – this includes Essential Learning Fees, Excursion, Incursions and any other charges to come up through the year.

Charges are child specific, so please make sure you select the correct child and year level when making payments. If the incorrect child is showing, tap their name at the top, and select the correct child from the pop up box.

Family Statements will be sent home via the classroom by mid February.

Library Fund Donations can now be made via Qkr, under the Specialist Charges tab, and can also be made at the Office or via Bpay. Please contact Jo Chapple if you use the Bpay option. chapple.joanne.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

Please click here for further information QKR! Information

If you have any questions regarding QKR, please contact the office.


Library News

Bad Dad by David Walliams is now on AR. Level 4.2 and 6 points.

Tower of Dawn is now on AR. Level 5.8 and 30 points.


Coles Sports for Schools

Coles Sports for Schools is back to help Aussie kids stay fit and healthy. When you shop at Coles, you’ll receive Sports for Schools vouchers that your local school can exchange for sports gear. The more vouchers you collect, the more sports gear they’ll receive. Start collecting today because the race is on!

Here’s what to do:

Step 1
For every $10 spent at Coles, you will receive one Sports for Schools voucher.

Step 2
You then bring vouchers to your school, placing them in the collection bin outside the office.

Step 3
Every voucher you donate to your school can be redeemed for leading brand sports equipment.


CSEF Information

The Victorian Government offer a Sports, Camps and Excursions Fund for families who hold a valid means-tested concession card or are temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. A speci​​al consideration eligibility category also exists. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students. Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student.

Click here for further information CSEF Website

Please click here to apply CSEF Application Form


Classroom Cuisine

Classroom Cuisine lunches are now being offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please make sure you have updated your child’s class for 2018 and that orders are placed before 8.30am.

Japan Study Tour 2018

Like the previous 2 years, this exchange provided our students with life-changing experience they will never forget. It was fantastic. I would like to thank Ron and school council for supporting this exchange and making it happen. Without this support the exchange would not have occurred. I would like to thank my fellow teachers on tour, Sumiko Sensei, Evert Sensei and husband Rob Martin, who gave up all gave holidays to work 24/7 for 2 weeks to care for 14 students. The job was so much easier with such a great team, and your humour and professionalism made it all the more enjoyable. Thank you. (Mami Sensei)

Here are some quotes from Mikayla & Anthea’s wonderful speech at this week’s assembly.

On the 18th January 2018, 14 kids and 2 teachers flew to Japan for a 14 day exchange. This study tour was an unforgettable experience that left us with memories that we will cherish forever.

When we first arrived at Narita airport in Tokyo, a buzz of excitement filled the air as we met Mami Sensei and Mr Martin who were already in Japan. After seeing stunning sights and shopping at wonderful places like Kiddy Land, it was time to stay the night at a hotel in Shibuya.

The next day we boarded a bullet train. Some of us ate bento boxes and we all saw the breathtaking view of Mount Fuji while speeding past at over 250kms per hour. In the 2 ½ days we did a wide range of activities from visiting the Golden Temple, shopping and to the most worthwhile experience of Kyoto was the day visit to Hiroshima. It was confronting but taught us a lot about the history of Japan, although I’m sure lots of people wish it wasn’t part of their history. Next up was a giant local market we visited the morning before we left Kyoto which we both thought was AMAZING. It was a great finale to our stay in this beautiful city. (Mikayla)

We had a lot of fun at school with our new friends. Some of the best things we did for our last couple of days were riding unicycles with our classmates, climbing the mountain and having snow ball fights. One of those two nights we also had the farewell party. Everybody’s speeches were amazing and we couldn’t help but getting teary eyed. This just reminded us more of leaving our host family. Unfortunately after those two days it was time to say goodbye. Tears rolled down our cheeks again while we walked through the human tunnel they made for us. Then it was time to go through another one of these tunnels to get onto the bus. This was the moment when no one could hold it back. We were told only five more minutes until we left. Five minutes was up, we boarded the bus still crying and slowly waved goodbye as we turned the corner. (Anthea)

Swim Squad

The school swimming squad is currently training two mornings a week at Oakleigh pools. Everyone involved is trying their hardest to achieve their personal best. It is a very fun and exciting time for all swimmers to compete individually and as part of a team.

There are many hungry kids enjoying a very yummy breakfast back at school afterwards with thanks to Woolworths Clarinda + Bakers Delight + Clarinda Bakery.

The new swimming captains for 2018 are Aeon B and Alexander L

Good luck to all swimmers!!!


Beau Warren                      1ML       For his big improvement in handwriting. Keep up the hard work.

Belinda Hou                        1NM      For trying her best in all classroom activities. You have a tremendous attitude Belinda!

Lucas Zhang                        1MV      For being a fantastic listener, always showing a positive attitude towards his learning and being a helpful friend!

Hayley Blair                         1JG         For starting each day with a huge smile and showing a brilliant attitude towards her learning. Way to go Hayley!

Yuri  Shin                             2KH        For her fantastic engagement in all classroom activities and producing excellent work.

Ethan D’Souza                    2CS         For settling in to a new school and demonstrating the O.S.P.S. school values.

Mitchell Nham                    2SM       For displaying resilience, respect and a positive attitude towards his learning. You’re a star Mitchell!

Jethro Whittaker                 2SI          For having a positive attitude towards his learning and for being an excellent helper around the classroom. Keep it up, Jethro!

Hazel Doyle                         2NM      For being an amazing, helpful and positive role model to 2JD. Keep it up, Hazel!


What’s Been Going on in Year 6?

Integrated Studies:
‘No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.’ Many quotes like this have sunk into our heads as we develop and learn about our mindsets in Term1. The Year 6’s have explored the differences between people with a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. We have been encouraged to adopt a growth mindset as it embraces challenges and views life as an exciting journey with endless opportunities. We were given the task of choosing 6 goals we can depend upon and live by to improve our learning.
– Mishka & Jessica

This year has been a blast so far with the introduction to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Students have been generating mazes on a word or paint document. Days later students started making the mazes with playdoh and aluminium foil. When we completed our mazes we tried to navigate through them with magnets. This is only the start of our journey through STEM and there are still many things to learn and create.
– Alex & Jake

Of course, even Grade 6s have to recount their holidays! Our first classroom activity of the year was to write “postcards” to friends and family. Students got the chance to design their own stamps and postcards, as well as shortening our holiday into one small passage.

The Cube:
Making cubes has continued throughout all the years at school. But this time, it comes with a twist. The whole of Grade 6 has participated in creating a cube with four truths and one lie. With our beautiful faces plastered on the front of the cube, they are now up on display near the windows of most grade 6 classrooms.

Rugby Tops:
Our tops have seized all the attention as soon as the cardboard box arrived into our classrooms. Currently, you can spot many Grade 6 students showing off their new uniform, with our unique design for 2018. Unfortunately, some are big. The Year 6s however are looking forward to growing into their new Rugby Tops!
– Alena & Nicole






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