Oakleigh South Primary School
NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 1
2nd February 2022
Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167
T: 03 9570 1016
E: email@example.com W: oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au
Issue 1 – 2nd February 2022
February 8th – 2022 School Captains Assembly.
February 9th – Swim Squad Practice @ Oakleigh Recreation Centre
February 24th – Resilience Project Parent Presentation
Welcome back to O.S.P.S. for 2022 and a very big welcome the new families who have joined our school community for the first time.
It was wonderful to see the students walking back through the gates on Monday. As you are probably aware, we are allowing the new Preps and the Year 1 students to walk onsite with their parents to their classrooms. At this stage we are unable to have parents indoors, but we are hopeful that this will change in the future.
All year levels have settled in well including our new Prep students. The school is running like we haven’t even been away!
We have a number of new staff who have started with us this year too. I’d like to welcome Alyssa Godino, Liam Whittaker, Matthew Gordon, Sean Alston, Melissa Nguyen and Asami Yonezawa. They too have settled in and are looking forward to a fantastic year.
I’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we complete the transition into using Compass. You have all been amazing and we will keep updating you as we keep learning.
In relation to Covid news, you will be notified by Compass when there is information to pass on.
Our weekly newsletter will be available via Compass every Wednesday.
I’m looking forward to a fantastic 2022!
TERM DATES / QR CODE
2022 TERM DATES
Term 1 – 31st January – 8th April
Term 2 – 26th April – 24th June
Term 3 – 11th July – 16th September
Term 4 – 3rd October – 20th December
Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish
COMPASS FOR PARENTS
Thank you to all the parents who have logged in and are using Compass. If you have not yet logged in, please do so, as this is our primary communication platform.
What can Compass do for you?
Using Compass allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child’s progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:
- Monitor your child’s attendance, and enter an explanation for absence or lateness
- Communicate with your child’s teachers, and update your family contact details
- View your child’s timetable and the school calendar
- Monitor your child’s homework and assessment tasks
- Download and view your child’s progress and semester reports
- Book parent-teacher conferences
- Pay and provide consent for events and school fees Our school will advise parents when each of these features becomes available for parent use.
The following link will take you to the Compass Parent Guide which has step by step instructions and useful navigation tools for you to refer to.
If you have any questions of issues with Compass – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL and PROCEDURE WHEN SICK STUDENTS ARE SENT HOME
For the health and wellbeing of all our students, staff and community please do NOT send your child to school unwell.
Parents will be called for an immediate pick up for any child displaying symptoms and a recommendation will be for your child to have a COVID test before returning to school. Please e-mail your classroom teacher the negative test results before returning to school.
Runny nose, cough, sore throat, ear ache, temperature, headache, tummy ache, lethargy are all reasons to keep your child at home. Even the slightest of these symptoms.
If your child needs Nurofen or Panadol – they are too sick to come to school.
Those students with asthma, hayfever or allergies must have current plans in place from your doctor. OSPS will work together with families to manage symptoms of these conditions in line with current health advice.
As a friendly reminder, it is mandated that all students Yr 3 – 6 wear a mask whilst indoors at school, unless a mask exemption has been granted. All applications for exemption must be forwarded to Nikki Virtuoso to be processed. Please ensure your child is wearing a mask that is fitted properly over their nose and mouth, and that spares are carried in their bag should they drop, lose, or break their mask. We thank you for your support in keeping all staff, students and families in our community safe.
GATES & CARPARK
Gates 2, 3 and 4 are rostered to be staffed at 8.45am and closed at 9.00am. Gate 1 is open throughout the day to allow for late arrivals and early pickups.
All late arrivals must come through Gate 1 after 9.00am.
All 4 gates are rostered to be staffed 3.30pm – 3.45pm, then locked at 3.45pm.
A reminder to parents and carers 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.
Please use in the oval car park or on Riley street if you are dropping off or collecting your child throughout the day.
We also urge parents to please remember to be patient and polite when using the Oval Carpark, and be good role models for all the children witnessing their behaviour. With over 900 families, drop off and collection times will be busy and you will need to plan your time accordingly.
MEDICATIONS & ACTION PLANS
An urgent reminder to parents that students with medical conditions are required to provide new ASCIA Action Plans and medication to the Office. All Action Plans must be reviewed and signed off by your doctor and have a clear, current photo of the student.
They are a legal requirement, and it is our school policy that they be updated every 12 months.
Having all plans with photos, and medication correctly labelled ensures we comply with the regulations and supports us to administer the correct medication at all times. Your support with this is very important.
If you have any queries, please contact your classroom teacher or the Office.
For copies of ASCIA and Asthma Plans can be found on the school website in under Forms, Event and Year Level Information https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/news-events/
PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT
Parent Information Nights for each year level are happening very soon.
Further information will be sent to parents via Compass.
CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF)
The Victorian Government offer a Sports, Camps and Excursions Fund for families who hold a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply. A special consideration category also exists.
A payment of $125 for eligible primary school students and $225 for eligible secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used toward camps, sports and excursion costs for the student’s benefit.
CSEF payments to schools will commence from 1 March onwards. Schools are able to continue processing applications until the end of Term 2.
Click here for further information CSEF Website
Please click here to apply – https://www.education.vic.gov.au/PAL/csef-application-form.pdf
Classroom Cuisine is a lunch order service offered at OSPS for students on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
For more information please visit Classroom Cuisine and view their menu below.
Now the 2022 School Year has begun, we ask that any school library books from 2021 are please returned to the library as soon as possible.
You will be able to re borrow them if required.
This week, all students in Years 3-6 have visited the library to borrow books. P-2 classes have enjoyed library sessions with their teacher also.
Moving forward, the click and collect system will be available for Years 4-6 from next week and the following week for Year 3s. Year 3s will be visiting the library next week to borrow books.
Prep – Year 2 sessions will continue to commence in the library as normal.
ANNUAL PRIVACY REMINDER FOR 2022
The school’s privacy collection notice can be found here on our school website –
MUSIC LESSON AT OAKLEIGH SOUTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Music School is again pleased to offer guitar (Friday) and keyboard (Wednesday) lessons after school hours at Oakleigh South Primary School for students in years 1– 6. Please indicate if your child is a continuing student from last year or a new student beginning lessons for the first time in Term 1. Keyboard may also be offered Fridays if Wednesdays book out.
It’s extremely important that you give us your three (3) preferred times in order of most, to least preferred. Sessions will be at 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm or 5:30pm. Earliest times will be filled first.
Preference for times is given to continuing students from last year, on a first come first served basis – so please return forms ASAP. Guitar students need their own guitar (we can recommend a suitable instrument), but keyboard students can use the school keyboards. Cost is $17.60 per lesson for all.
Guitar lessons will begin on Friday 11th Feb.
Keyboard lessons will begin Wednesday 9th Feb.
There are 9 lessons in Term 1 and the total cost per student is $158.40. There is a discount for cash and cost is reduced to $150 for this term.
Payment of fees is required within 14 days of the student’s first lesson. As in previous years, fees paid late incur an administration fee of $20.
Please Note: Some students from last year may have lessons owing due COVID-19. Provision for that will be made on an individual basis. Please let us know if that is the case for your child.
Please access the form below and return to email@example.com
If you have any questions regarding these music lessons, please contact Perry via email or on 0412 365 515, not the OSPS Office.
2022 OSPS CAPTAINS
Congratulations to all our current Year 6 students who were elected as captains for 2022. Please click on the link below to see a full summary.
An assembly will be held at school next Tuesday the 8th of February to recognise such an amazing achievement. Unfortunately parents are still not able to attend onsite, but you are most welcome to view the assembly on our OSPStv channel which can be found here – https://sites.google.com/education.vic.gov.au/ospstv/home%20
RIYA – HEART AND SOUL
Riya from OSPS has written and published her very own book called Heart & Soul! With permission from her parents, we may celebrate this achievement in the newsletter. It’s a collection of 20 poems on love, friendship, nature and other beautiful elements. It is her first published book and her aim is to write many more.
The book will be featured in the World Book Fair this year. The fair was supposed to take place in January, however due to restrictions and lockdowns has been postponed to a later date.
Riya was invited on a radio show to talk about her book.
These summer holidays Riya has been keeping herself super busy and has invested her time wisely which has helped her move in a positive direction
If you’d like to purchase Heart & Soul please click on the link below.
After recently participating in Kids Fashion Week, the organiser of the event has advised they would like to organise a book launch for Riya .
The book will soon be available to borrow from the OSPS school library.
ParentZone are delighted to share their newsletter for this term sharing their groups and those of others in the eastern area.
There is also a set of Podcasts which are useful for those parents who are waiting for groups to start, unable to attend or just want another source of parenting support.
Please access the link below to read the Parent Zone Eastern Newsletter and listen to the Podcasts for Term 1 2022.
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