Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 12 – 7th May 2019


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 12   –  7th May 2019



Tuesday, 7th May
– Bentleigh District Cross Country

Friday, 10th May
– Healthy Skills   Yr 1

Monday, 13th May
– Healthy Skills   Prep

Tuesday, 14th May

Thursday, 16th May

Thursday, 16th May



Another wonderful OSPS Fete was held last Saturday!! Even the on and off showers couldn’t dampen everyone’s spirits.

The enjoyment on the children’s faces and the way everyone pulled together to make the fete happen is an amazing achievement.

I cannot thank the staff, parents and children enough who worked so tirelessly up to and on the day. At the end of the day, you would never had known a monstrous fete had been held only hours before!


Just a reminder that the Year 3 and 5 children will be participating in NAPLAN testing next Tuesday (Language Conventions & Writing), Wednesday (Reading) and Thursday (Mathematics).

Lastly, a big congratulations to Kirsten Whitworth, who gave birth to a healthy boy on Saturday.

I am also excited to announce that we have located suitable portables so the ‘Pick My Project’ Robotics lab can get underway!

The area where the Robotics lab will be placed, is where our new playground is currently…so while these works are taking place, we will have the playground dismantled, stored then relocated to the other end of the Year 5 building.

We look forward to our amazing new Robotics Lab progressing for all the children to enjoy. Thank you

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Ron Cantlon


2019 Term Dates


2019 – Term 1

Tuesday 29th January (Staff start)
Wednesday 30th January (Yr 1 – 6 start)
Thursday 31st January (Preps start 9.30 – 12.30)
End of Term –  5th April
Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish

Term 2:

Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 28th June



Term 3:

Monday 15th July – Friday 20th September

Term 4:

Monday 7th October – Thursday 19th December (2.30pm school students finish)
Friday 20th December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish


2019 Payments Due


School Fees – Under School Payments

Library Fund – Under Specialist Charges

Healthy Skills for Life, for  Prep Overdue

Healthy Skills for Life, for Year 1 Overdue

Sports Levy, Year 5 (Selected Students Only)  – Under Specialist Charges – Due by Wednesday, 8th May

Swimming Program, Year 3 – 6 – Year Level Tab – by Monday, 27th May



School Council



Dear Parents,

Due to an administration error on my part, the recent School Council elections did not run as smoothly as we had hoped. Some inconsistencies between our records and the Department of Education’s records meant the exact number of positions posted for election was incorrect and as you will recall we required a second vote for the final three positions that were indeed up for renewal.

On 2nd of April, two members of the School Council met with a representative of the Department to discuss the election process and to develop a plan for the council structure. The Region has provided a recommendation to the Department and we expect to hear the results of that review in coming weeks. We have been advised, however, to proceed with the council recently elected until further notice.

Upon receipt of the department’s recommendations, we will communicate any changes to the council structure and any further actions that will be required.


Woolworths Earn and Learn is Back!!



Let’s stick together and make this year our biggest yet!

From Wednesday 1st May to Tuesday 25th June 2019 or while stock lasts, when you shop at Woolworths you can collect Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers from the checkout operator, via team members at the self service checkout or through an online order and place them on a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet.

There will be one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco, and gift cards). Once completed, simply place the Sticker Sheet in the Collection Box, either at your school or at your local Woolworths.

So, let’s collect and stick so we can get lots of fantastic resources for our school!

Qkr Payments



Qkr! continues to be our preferred method of payment for school accounts, and to make things easier for parents, class teachers and the Office, we have some changes to the Qkr! proccess this year.

Qkr will now open on a Wednesday, and after a 2 week payment window, close at 4.30pm on a Wednesday.
If you miss this payment window, or pay using BPAY, Credit Card or CSEF, you will need to complete the orange form, available from your Classroom Teacher, for processing via the Classroom Cash Book.

Please ensure you have registered your children for this year, checking you have selected the correct year level and class.

If you have any queries or any issues accessing your Qkr account please email Sarah Van Deursen   vandeursen.sarah.e@edumail.vic.gov.au with the following details, so we can follow up with our Qkr account mananger:

*  User’s email address registered with Qkr
*  User’s mobile number in Qkr
*  First name and surname of one or more of the user’s children.

Car Parking



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 make sure you do your civic duty to follow the road laws and rules. This includes parking correctly in the signed areas, and completing 3 point turns in the middle in the intersection!

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 800 families, drop off and collection times will be busy and you will need to plan your time accordingly.

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

Living Gifts for Mothers Day



The Village is open before and after school, and for classes during the day for children to purchase a gift for Mothers’ Day.

Prices from $2.50 – $20

Mandarins, apples, onions and lemons.

50c each or 3 for $1

We also have a selection of jams, relishes and chutneys still available.


The Art Room


The Art Room has been a buzz so far this term with the Year Six children starting off with ‘Stained Glass Cardboard Panels’ which will feature “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stories to coincide with the year six production. The drawings have been enlarged with an old fashioned overhead projector and traced onto the board to help the children with space and perspective. Children are working in groups for this and are revisiting understandings of tone and blending using dry brush techniques.

Students in Year Five have carefully rendered ‘Still Life Vintage Toy’. Cross hatching and blending techniques will be applied. The children have learnt how to create a 3D effect by colouring things tonally.

Year Four children have completed an amazing Aboriginal Papunya Tula themed mural for the office. It took weeks of planning and dotting. Now they are designing ‘Name Hangers’ which is a design embracing their production of “The Music Man”. These will be coloured in texta and watercolour. Children consider the design and layout within the hanger shape, which is called positive space. They select a lettering style for their names, which are coloured, cut out and attached to the bottom in a mobile like design. It’s a great activity for students to get to know each other better and communicate their ideas visually,

Papier-Mache forms the basis of the Year Three chickens this year. This is a school tradition started by Mrs. Orchard many years ago and their children look forward to it. The chickens will sit on display outside the library. Please visit them and have a good look at the childrens creativity.
The year three children have made good use of the art room during our Wednesday lunch time ‘Wool Club’ sessions stating again this term. It is usually a full house on many occasions with many busy hands creating pom-poms and weaving from our donated wool supply.

Chinese lanterns and their important role in Chinese New Year celebrations have been the focus for Year Two earlier this year. They then moved onto scratch art and have made a Mothers Day gift as well as a drawing for the foyer later this year.

The Year One children have looked at their understanding of colour after reading ‘The Day the Crayons Quit.’ They have drawn various objects in a colour they wouldn’t normally be associated with. The children will create mosaic borders for their pictures in matching tones of their chosen colour. They are a wealth of information about Claude Monet and are now working on a tickle Monster. Their creativity is amazing!

The Prep children have drawn ‘Self-Portraits’. They are honing their skills in order to create a special Art Work which will be framed and made available at the school fete and in the weeks after, from the classrooms. Please collect your work from the teachers if you have not already. It’s all a big surprise but these little masterpieces will be available for sale on fete day.

Congratulations to our Art Captains this year, Olivia, Marina, Jordan, Cleo and Helen. They have been selected for their interest in The Arts and the proactive way they have assisted in the art room thus far.



Mums Supporting Families In Need



MSFIN (Mums Supporting Families In Need) are in need of winter coats.

If you have any adult or kids coats and they are still in good condition, please drop them off to the office when we return to school.

This is an amazing agency who does incredible things for people in need. We would love to continue to support them.

Mother’s Day Raffle



Tickets $2 ea or 3 for $5.

Tickets for sale at the office

Drawn 17th May at Ladies Night In

All proceeds go to Mothers Supporting Families in Need.


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