Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 11 – Apr 27th


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


Thusday 4th May – Year 5/6 Winter Sport
– Round 1  vs St Paul’s (Away)

Saturday 6th May – OSPS School Fete 10 – 4pm

Week 4 – NAPLAN Yrs 3 and 5



We are on the countdown to fete day. There is plenty happening around the school with the wonderful fete committee working very hard and the teachers putting the finishing touches to their stalls. Please remember to sign up for an hour or two to help on your children’s class stall. Many hands makes light work!

The long-range weather forecast for fete day is looking excellent, with sunny skies and 18 degrees. Don’t forget to purchase your Early Bird ride tickets so your children can have endless rides on the day. You cannot purchase the wristbands on the day. Go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=263881 and follow the fete link.

The Healthy Life Skills program began this week with lots of positive feedback from teachers and students. The children were engaged and enthusiastic about the session and they are looking forward to the rest of the program.

Congratulations to Aeon from 5EE who swam in the School Sport Victoria State Swimming Championships yesterday. Aeon won two gold medals in the 50 metre butterfly and the 50 metre freestyle events. On her performance, she will be eligible to represent Victoria at the School Sport Australia Pacific School Games in Adelaide later in the year. Well done Aeon!


Ron Cantlon



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

Term 2:
18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

Term 3:
17 July to 22 September

Term 4:
9 October to 21 December (2.30pm school students finish)
22 December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish


School Council Update

Meeting: 26 April 2017

Classroom Phones
SC commended the implementation of the new intraschool phone system connecting classrooms with the office and each other. The installation of this system is a great initiative to ensure the ongoing safety of students and staff. Benefits of the system include:
– Lockdown button for automatically advising the office a room has been emptied for any reason including fire drills.
– Phone messages delivered to classroom phone messagebank and forwarded to teacher email for quick message retrieval.
– Duress button capable of covertly advising the office of potential issues requiring attention.

School Camps
SC approved the recommendation to hold school camps at two new locations from 2017.
Grade 5 Camp will be held at Sovereign Hill from 2017 and Grade 6 Camp will be held at Norval House Hall’s Gap in 2017 and 2018.

The SC commended the administration on its diligent research and sourcing of such enriching local camps that can accommodate the growing student numbers attending camp in coming years.

Healthy Life Skills
This week saw the implementation of the 8-week Healthy Life Skills program. The SC applauds this initiative that focuses on further developing our students’ physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Students and teachers have provided terrificly positive feedback so far and the SC asks parents to provide any additional feedback following their child’s participation in the program to the SC or to staff.

Soap in toilets
Some parents had asked SC to raise the issue of soap in bathrooms around the school and duly did so. The SC was assured the cleaning program is extremely rigorous and toilets cleaned daily. Cleaners will be reminded to fill soap dispensers daily and any further concerns parents pay have should be directed to office staff.

Golf Road Speed Limits
The SC supported the schools’ action to back a community push to have speed limits on Golf Rd reduced to 40 km/h between the hours of 8:00-9:30am and 2:30-4:00pm. SC reminds parents to please obey speed limits around the school for the safety of all pedestrians, particularly at the busy drop-off and pick-up times when more children and parents are in the immediate vicinity.



Early Bird Wrist Band Ride Tickets

Rides: Cyclone, Super Slide, Trackless Train, Ball Crawl, Cup & Saucer, Chair-o-Plane, Seaworld Castle, Pirate Ship, Star Scream, Dodgem Cars

Order your tickets from www.trybooking.com Click ‘buy tickets’, search OSPS OR Click on this link https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=263881

This entitles the wearer to unlimited rides between 10am and 3pm. Wristbands ARE NOT available on the day. Ride tickets are available for purchase on the day at a higher price. There is something for everyone so, don’t let your children be disappointed on the day.

10 DAYS TO GO to the Autumn Family Fete. Here is our sensational sponsor list so far and it is still growing!!! Thank you so much to all our terrific contributors. If you’d like to sponsor the Fete, it is not too late, please contact Nikki Virtuoso: virtuoso.nicole.b@edumail.vic.gov.au


Enrolments for Prep 2018 are now being accepted.
To help with our planning and numbers, if you have a child starting in 2018, please complete and return Prep Enrolment forms as soon as possible.
If you know of other new families thinking of applying, please encourage them to submit their forms as well.

For more information about enrolments, please visit our school website



It can be difficult for families to know when their child is sick enough to need to stay home from school. For safety’s sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice.

Families can experience problems when trying to take time off to care for an ill child at home. However, it is important that parents focus not only on the wellbeing of their own child but also upon the wellbeing of other children and the staff.

If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, they must be completely well for 24 hours before returning to school.


Village Mall at the Fete

The Year 3 Village Mall is a fete highlight. As last year, we are hoping for donations from the whole school. Are you able to help?

Produce Stall : We need your LEMONS. Earn house points for your house – 50 points a lemon!
We are collecting: lemons, limes, feijoas or any other excess produce you may have or can get for us.
We are desperate for CANS – from the small 70 gm to the 825gm size. 50 points a can. Only the ring pull type so as no sharp edges. Do you have any pottery pots or fancy planters you no longer need?
Perhaps you have some succulents or other saleable plants you could donate.
Do you have anything suitable to sell on our Mothers’ Day Plants & Gifts stall?

Please send all donations to THE VILLAGE

Thank you from the Year 3 Village People

No Smoking

Parents or caregivers please do not smoke on the school grounds, it is a department regulation that school grounds are completely smoke free.

This includes the car park.

Please notify any caregivers who drop off or pick up your child.

Thank you.

Car Parking

With over 1100 staff and students in our school community the start and end of our school days are very busy times, with cars, bicycles and pedestrians sharing our space. In order to ensure student safety and respect for our neighbours we ask that you refrain from the following actions at drop off and pick up times.

Entering the staff carpark via the driveway:
These carparks are strictly for staff use only. It is extremely dangerous to have students walking through the car park spaces. The safest option for collecting your child is to use the oval carpark or to park on the street and following the parking signage.

Parking in No Stopping Zones:
Means no stopping at all.
Stopping to let someone out of or into a car regardless of whether you leave the engine running or stay in the vehicle is not allowed.
These zones ensure our students and crossing supervisor has clear vision of oncoming traffic when crossing the road.
It is also illegal to double park.

Doing U-Turns in front of the school:
This is illegal and highly dangerous to our students who are walking and riding bicycles.

Crossing with the Crossing Supervisor:
Please ensure you ALWAYS cross at the crossing with our Crossing Supervisor, even if you are not with your child. The extra few steps to do this teaches our children to follow the road rules and is for everyone’s safety.

Oval Carpark:
Please follow the arrows, use the correct exits and park considerately. This is your child’s community, so be patient and respectful.

Parking over neighbours driveways:
We have built strong community relationships with our neighbours and need to respect their rights to access their driveways at all times.

If you have concerns with parking in our local streets, please contact Monash Council.

School Payments

This year we will continue to use QKR (pronounced Quicker) as our preferred payment method.

It is a FREE app which enables parents to use their smartphone, tablet or computer to make payments for school fees, excursions and DVDs without having to give their children cash or fill in credit card details.

Qkr! is a Mastercard initiative, however it allows payment from most financial institutions and major credit cards with Safe and Secure MasterCard Technology and has been developed for use in schools, in partnership with the Department of Education.

We ask that you use QKR when making payments for all your school accounts – this includes the Essential Learning Fees, Excursions, 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. To select the correct student, tap the name at the top of the screen, and select the correct child from the pop up box.

Library Fund Donations cannot be made via Qkr, but they can be made at the Office or via Bpay.

Please contact Karen Hall if you use the Bpay option. hall.karen.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

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


Sports Report

The 2017 Grade 5 / 6 Winter Sports Program is under way. Training has begun and next week, children involved in Inter (Football, Soccer, Netball, Softcrosse and Rounders) will be playing away at St Pauls.

The Intra program will involve children participating in a 7 a side Soccer tournament. These children will also have a day out at GESAC playing Table Tennis and Badminton.

Cross Country Training is held every Monday morning and lunchtime at school and Friday mornings at Bald Hill Park. Mr Rowe and Mr Barker are the teachers leading these sessions and they receive great assistance from Mr Crane (jnr) and Miss Hainsworth.

Aeon Beau competed on Wednesday 26th April at the State Swimming Championships at MSAC. She participated in the 11 Year Girls 50 m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle. She won Gold in both events !! Last year Aeon won Gold at state in the 50 m Freestyle. The School is very proud of Aeons achievements.


Marcus Mooney




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