Oakleigh South Primary School


3rd February 2021


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167

T: 03 9570 1016  

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

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.’ – Albert Einstein


Issue 1 – 3rd February 2021


Thursday 4th February 

– Bentleigh District inter-school sport begins (OSPS bye)
– Prep & Year 1 Parent Information Night 6pm

Friday 5th February

– OSPS Swimming Training 7:30 – 8:30am

Tuesday 9th February

– OSPS Swimming Training 7:30 – 8:30am
– Year 2 & Year 3 Parent Information Night 6pm

Wednesday 10th February

– Years 4,5 & 6 Parent Information Night 6pm
– Second Hand Uniform Sale (Hall Foyer) 8.30am to 9.00am and 3.15pm to 3.45pm

Friday 12th February

– OSPS Swimming Training 7:30 – 8:30am
– Second Hand Uniform Sale (Hall Foyer) 8.30am to 9.00am and 3.15pm to 3.45pm

Tuesday 16th February

– OSPS Swimming Training 7:30 – 8:30am
– Special Assembly Leadership Badges Presented on OSPStv

Friday 19th February

– OSPS Swimming Training 7:30 – 8:30am


Dear Parents,

The Prep children are settling very well into their classroom routines with their individual assessments taking place each Wednesday until the end of February. All other year levels are in full swing and have transitioned to their new year level without any issues.

Our annual Parent Information Nights will begin tomorrow night with the Prep and Year 1 levels having theirs. Years 2 & 3 will be held on Tuesday February 9th with Years 4, 5 & 6 being held on Wednesday February 10th. We are slightly restricted to numbers due to density levels within the school and there will be NO child-minding available this year.

During the holiday break the library was opened for children who wanted to change their AR books. Well done to the children who did come in and change their books over and a huge thank you to Sally Bahnsen and Dawn Charles who came in during their holidays to assist with this. We also had a terrific response to our myON holiday challenge. Results will be posted in the newsletter shortly and those students celebrated during assembly.

As you may be aware the Victorian Government is investing $250 million in the Tutor Learning Initiative to enable schools across Victoria to engage teachers as tutors in 2021 to support students who need extra assistance with their learning. We have engaged additional teachers who are now supporting children with intensive learning so that classroom teachers have greater capacity to ensure that all other students’ achievement, engagement and well-being needs are met, so that all students receive the support they need in 2021. Further information will be forwarded to relevant families soon about the Tutor Learning Initiative and how it will be implemented for students.

Enjoy the rest of your week.



2021 Term Dates

Term 1
January 28th – 1st April

Term 2
19th April – 25th June

Term 3
12th July – 17th September

Term 4
4th October – 17th December

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish


Payments Due

Healthy Skills $52 – overdue (Year 4 & 6)

Swimming Training $50 – due Wednesday 17th February (Years 4-6)

School Fee Statements

School fee statements will be sent out shortly. Further information regarding them will be in next week’s newsletter.


Parent Information Nights

Prep & 1 – Thursday Feb 4th 6pm
Year 2 & 3 – Tuesday Feb 9th 6pm
Years 4,5,6 – Wednesday 10th February 6pm


A reminder to please sign your child/ren in at the office should you arrive at school after 9am.


The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund is available for families who have received a Health Care Card from the Australian Government.

Please access the link below to access the Camps, Sports and Excursions form (CSEF).

Library Times

Students are welcome to borrow from the library in the morning from 8:45am and after school from 3:30pm.

A reminder to also return any books to the library borrowed in 2020.


A reminder to all parents to ensure you’ve activated your Operoo accounts, acknowledge messages and ensure all medical information is up to date and has been uploaded. 2021 medication and action plans must be provided to the office and match the information in Operoo. Action plans for for Anaphylaxis, Allergies, Asthma and Hayfever/Thunderstorm Asthma are available on the website, and must include a clear current photo. If you are having any issues with Operoo, please e-mail operoo@oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au

Any changes to addresses or emails, please e-mail the office to update student records.


Please ensure that you change your account so it lists your child’s 2021 class.
A reminder that Qkr! payments close at 4.30pm on a Wednesday and to only pay for items you have received. Please pay for each child separately.

OSPS Choir

OSPS choir will be on every Thursday in the senior music room from 3.45pm. A start date will be communicated shortly.

Classroom Cuisine

Classroom cuisine is now servicing OSPS with orders available for Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information please see the menu below and access the website.


Primary School Information for Parents and Carers

During the ordinary course of your child’s attendance at our school, school staff will collect your child’s personal and health information when necessary to educate your child, or to support your child’s social and emotional wellbeing or health in the school context. Such information will also be collected when required to fulfil a legal obligation, including duty of care, anti-discrimination law and occupational health and safety law. If that information is not collected, the school may be unable to provide optimal education or support to your child, or fulfil those legal obligations.

For example, health information may be collected through the school nurse, primary welfare officer or wellbeing staff member. If your child is referred to a specific health service at school, such as a Student Support Services officer, the required consent will be obtained. Our school also collects information provided by parents and carers through the School Entrance Health Questionnaire (SEHQ) and the Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECIS) Transition Form.

Our school may use online tools, such as apps and other software, to effectively collect and manage information about your child for teaching and learning purposes, parent communication and engagement; student administration; and school management purposes. When our school uses these online tools, we take steps to ensure that your child’s information is secure. If you have any concerns about the use of these online tools, please contact us.

School staff will only share your child’s personal or health information with other staff who need to know to enable the school to educate or support your child, or fulfil a legal obligation.

When our students transfer to another Victorian government school, personal and health information about that student will be transferred to that next school. Transferring this information is in the best interests of our students and assists that next school to provide optimal education and support to students.

In some limited circumstances, information may be disclosed outside of the school (and outside of the Department of Education and Training). The school will seek your consent for such disclosures unless the disclosure is allowed or mandated by law.

Our school values the privacy of every person. When collecting and managing personal and health information, all school staff must comply with Victorian privacy law. For more information about privacy including about how to access personal and health information held by the school about you or your child, see our school’s privacy policy: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/schoolsprivacypolicy.aspx 

Throughout this notice, ‘staff’ includes principals, teachers, Student Support Service officers, youth workers, social workers, nurses and any other allied health practitioners and all other staff at our school. This includes employees, agents and service providers (contractors) of the Department, whether paid or unpaid.


A second hand uniform sale will be held in the hall foyer. Cash only. Please remember to socially distance 1.5m from other parents and please wear a mask inside the hall foyer.

Wednesday 10th February
8.30am – 9.00am
3.15pm – 3.45pm

Friday 12th February
8.30am – 9.00am
3.15pm – 3.45pm

Thank you to Nikki Kaur and her team of helpers for all the work with the second hand uniform shop.



The OSPS Parent Online Community Private Facebook Group was created during the 2020 year when remote learning commenced as a forum for OSPS parents to engage as a school community and connect. There was overwhelming support to keep this page going in 2021while we hopefully enter a COVID normal year of school and education.

Rules: Positive, respectful and appropriate posts, comments, photos and engagement most welcomed.

We understand social media is an important community tool that parents like to engage with, however please keep in mind that the school website, Operoo, e-mailing your teacher, team leader or principal class staff are still the key and official channels of communication between school and home and visa versa. If you have any concerns or issues at any time, please contact the school directly.

Feel free to ask questions, post helpful tips, links, sell your second hand uniform, share your success stories and have a laugh memes, as long as they follow the group rules.

This site will be sporadically monitored by staff in an official capacity at OSPS under the profile Admina Oaksouth. You may find Admina posting important reminders, pointing parents in the right direction and collecting the good news stories and photos that have parent permission to use for the official OSPS facebook page and website.

Please note parents requesting to join must answer 2 questions before being approved to join the page.


The Early Pick Up Form Link can be found on the front page of our website. Or CLICK HERE

Please use this form to notify the school that you will be picking your child up early. You are required to fill out a new form for each child.

Once received:
– A notification will be sent to the teacher to notify them of the child and time for pick up.
– Your child will be sent to the office just before the noted time and will wait for your arrival.
– Please contact the office if there are any changes to these arrangements.

Upon arrival at the school, please follow the below instructions.
1. If you are driving, please use either street or the oval car parking to park your car. Do not use the staff car park.
2. Your child should be waiting in the office foyer for you at your designated pick up time.
3. Parents please go to the office and sign your child out on the IPAD.

PLEASE NOTE – For security purposes, the nominated email address must be from either parent A or B as indicated on our school database.


Back – Miss Giabardo, Mrs Martyn, Miss Freeman, Miss Reed
Front – Miss Collins, Mrs Marsh, Miss Bonham

Naomi Marsh
Naomi enjoys spending time surrounded by nature. During the Summer months, Naomi loves snorkelling with her family. Her favourite snorkelling experiences include swimming with the dolphins and seals in Port Phillip Bay and snorkelling with the rays at Mordialloc. During the colder months of the year, Naomi loves heading down to the ocean beaches to look out for whales and migrating birds. When not out in nature observing animals, Naomi loves hanging out at home in the backyard with her kids surrounded by chickens, magpies, guinea pigs and her tiny pet dog called Butterscotch.

Jade Freeman
Jade enjoys watching and playing sport, her favourite sport to watch is AFL – go Blues! She has a puppy called Cleo who she loves playing with and taking for walks. Jade is looking forward to becoming an aunty this year and travelling in Australia. She is also looking forward to another fun-filled year in Prep.

Nikita Collins
When Nikita isn’t at school, she enjoys walking her sausage dog called Ziggy and going out for brunch with her friends. She loves going to Lorne where she enjoys going on nature walks and visiting the many waterfalls. Nikita barracks for the Essendon Bombers and will watch them play when she can.

Megan Reed
Megan enjoys spending her free time seeing friends and family, watching the footy (Go Bombers!) and going for walks. She is getting married at the end of the year and is enjoying all the planning and preparations that goes into it (most of the time!). Megan loves teaching Prep and is looking forward to another exciting year ahead.

Angie Martyn
Angie loves dogs and has finally realised her dream of having two!!! Winston her new dog (nearly 12 months old) is a walking nightmare. He barks at everything he sees and gets so over excited, she gets pulled around the streets. But oh how she adores him!!! Angie also enjoys working in her garden (full of holes from Winston), reading, drinking coffee and eating cake and camping. She has 2 adult children – both studying at Uni in 2021.

Stephanie Giabardo
Stephanie enjoys many sports and outdoor adventures, especially snowboarding and roller skating. She spends a lot of time playing with her Cavoodle, Luna, and loves going on lots of walks at the beach. Stephanie’s favourite places to travel to are Cook Islands and America. She was born in the United States and is looking forward to being able to travel there again so she can visit her friends and family.

Bethany Bonham
Bethany enjoys hiking and dancing on the weekend. Bethany loves sport such as soccer and supports a team called Newcastle United FC. She spends a lot of time reading in her beautiful garden and spending time with her family/friends. Bethany is looking forward the fun year ahead with the Prep students.


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