Oakleigh South Primary School



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


Tuesday 9th May – NAPLAN Yrs 3 and 5

Wednesday 9th May – NAPLAN Yrs 3 and 5

Thusday 11th May – Year 5/6 Winter Sport
Round 2 – vs Murrumbeena (Away)

– NAPLAN Yrs 3 and 5

Friday 12th May – Year 5 RACV Street Scene Program



And ready, set….FETE!

The whole school is a buzz with Fete activity, the children are very excited and engaged in what’s on offer for them and their families on Fete day.

Thank you so much in advance to all the parent helpers who are helping on stalls on the day. If you can help or spare an hour, please check in with your child’s teacher to see where help is required.

A huge thank you also goes to the parents helping prior to the Fete, grade coordinators, set up helpers and to the amazing Fete Team.

Don’t forget, every class is contributing in some way, some classes have been asked for donations of milk, tomatoes, chocolate blocks, bananas, lettuce, onions, cheese and asked to bake for cakes/scones/café or cupcake decorating etc. Notes have been sent home with further details.

There are 12 rides this year, 1 extra exciting high capacity ride from last year. Make sure you purchase your wristbands from the office by 4.30pm today Thursday 4th May. Online orders close 11.59pm today 4th May.

Children will receive a ticket Friday (tomorrow) and they need to bring this ticket to the ticket booth from 9.30am on Saturday morning to have their wristband applied by staff. These are excellent value and I recommend arriving early to make use of the wristband

No ticket = No Wristband!

These are excellent value and I recommend arriving early to make use of the wristband.

Our sponsors and supporting businesses have again been extremely generous, we have 60+ Silent Auction items in the Hall so please venture in, take a look and have a bid!


Next week all children in Years 3 and 5 will be involved in NAPLAN tests in literacy and numeracy. The testing will take place in the mornings on the following days:

 Tuesday 9 May Year 3 and 5 – language conventions for 40 minutes and writing for 40 minutes

Wednesday 10 May Year 3 – reading for 45 minutes, Year 5 – reading for 50 minutes

 Thursday 11 May Year 3 – numeracy for 45 minutes and Year 5 – numeracy for 50 minutes

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and  numeracy. Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia. At the classroom level, it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress.

Information specifically for parents and carers will be distributed this week or can be found in the 2017 NAPLAN information brochure for parents and carers on the Department of Education and Training website.

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


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

Don’t miss out!

Early Bird Wrist Bands orders close tonight! 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.

Tickets, sample shown, will be sent home with students tomorrow afternoon. These are to be taken to the ticket box at the Fete and exchanged for the wrist bands.




Tiqbiz is now Flexibuzz

Last week Tiqbiz was formally rebranded to

FlexiBuzz. You will begin to see the new FlexiBuzz logo appear on the app, website and information materials. When the app is ready with the new logo, you will be prompted to update your app to the latest version. To ensure that you are receiving all the features and benefits of FlexiBuzz, we recommend that you update the app whenever prompted.

This is a great reminder to make sure that you are registered and have notifications set for the correct year levels.



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

ReBoot Program

The ReBoot campaign is a community activity that involves schools, football clubs and other community organisations collecting football boots and runners for Indigenous children in rural and remote areas in Australia.

The donations will be distributed by the Port Adelaide Aboriginal Programs and members of Port Adelaide Football Club.

In 2016 we raised a total of 545 pairs of boots, and this year we hope to raise at least 750. We would really appreciate any donations, and a box for donations will be placed at the Office.

Thank you




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.

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.


Prep News

It’s hard to believe that the Prep students have already been at school for a whole term!

On 31st January, the Prep students and their families eagerly awaited meeting their teachers and get into their classrooms. Everyone was feeling excited and nervous as our first day at school was such a big milestone, but what a great day we had!

We had a very busy term with Silly Sock Day, meeting our Grade 4 buddies, Prep welcome BBQ, Harmony Day and a special visit from the Easter Bunny during our Easter Hat Parade!

This term we are looking forward to exploring the wonderful characters in the Dr. Seuss books and learning about our families and where they originated. We have begun to understand why we are all unique and things that make each of us special. We are very excited to welcome our Mums and special people into our classrooms to celebrate Mother’s Day next week!

Keep an eye out for many more exciting events to come this term!




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