Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE  14 – 17th May, 2018


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 14  –  17th May 2018

Friday 18th May
– Ladies Night In 7pm

Monday 21st May

– Year 1 Healthy Life Skills

Friday 25th May
– Year 2 Healthy Life Skills



Congratulations to the Year 3 and 5 children who sat their NAPLAN tests this week. Everyone did a fantastic job. The results of these will be available later in the year.

Save the Date!! Our next Curriculum Day will be held on Monday 18th June. Children will not be required at school on this day.

The staff will be involved in a whole day program on VCOP. VCOP is a fun approach to writing aiming to improve the areas of Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. All year levels have implemented the VCOP approach in their classrooms and everyone is looking forward to learning more strategies in their writing lessons.

Enjoy the weekend.

Ron Cantlon


2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

29 January (school teachers start) 30 January (school students start) to 29 March 2018

Term 2:

16 April to 29 June 2018

2018 Term Dates

Term 3:

16 July to 21 September 2018

Term 4:

8 October to 20 December (2.30pm school students finish) 21 December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish


Information Update


Please be advised in the coming days you will receive a flexibuzz regarding Parental Occupation Group Codes.
It is imperative that you respond to this flexibuzz and update your details accordingly.

Thank you



Curriculum Day

Please be aware that Monday, 18th June is a Curriculum Day.

No students will be required at school on this day


School Sport Victoria – Regional Football

Ricky and Oliver ( Gr 6 students ) made the Beachside Division Football team. Both boys played on Monday in the SSV South Metro Football Championships.

Well done to both boys. They played 3 games and performed at a very high level. Do yourself a favour and come and watch both boys when they play footy for the school on Thursdays.

Marcus Mooney



Grade 2/3 Choir News

What a wonderful start we have had this term with the formation of our new OSPS Junior Choir for Year 2 and 3 students.  Each week our choir welcomes an enthusiastic group of children meeting Friday lunchtimes to sing a range of songs. We are all having great fun and we are looking forward to our first public performance very soon.

Do you or someone you know have large white buckets that the Performing Arts Department can utilize as Bucket Drums? Please contact Mrs Marsh if you can assist: marsh.naomi.j@edumail.vic.gov.au



The Village

Donations of egg cartons & newspapers.

At this point in time we no longer require any donations – many thanks to the families who have donated in the past.

Food Allergy Week, 13-19 May 2018


Food Allergy Week, 13-19 May 2018, is an important initiative that aims to increase awareness of food allergy in the community in an effort to promote understanding and help protect those at risk, whilst allowing them to have a good quality of life.


A food allergy is an immune system response to a food protein that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. When the individual eats food containing that protein, the immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals, triggering symptoms that can affect a person’s breathing, gastrointestinal tract, skin and/or heart.

  • Symptoms of food allergy can include: hives, swelling of the lips, face and eyes, abdominal pain, vomiting, swelling of the tongue and/or throat, breathing difficulty, or a sudden drop in blood pressure. If left untreated, these symptoms can be fatal.
  • It is estimated that up to 2% of Australians, including 1 in 10 infants suffer from food allergies and some of them will experience a life-threatening (anaphylactic) reaction.
  • There are more than 170 foods known to have triggered severe allergic reactions. Examples include nuts, eggs, cow’s milk, wheat, seafood, kiwi fruit, banana, chicken, mustard and celery.
  • Currently, there is no cure for food allergy. Avoidance of the food is the only way to prevent a reaction.
  • Adrenaline is the first line treatment for severe allergic reactions and can be administered via an autoinjector called the EpiPen®.


The school is supporting children at risk of anaphylaxis by:

  • training staff,
  • encouraging children to wash their hands before and after eating; and
  • educating children about food allergies.



We ask you to support children at risk of anaphylaxis by:

  • teaching your child not to share food with friends,
  • encouraging your child to wash their hands before and after eating, and
  • asking your child to get help immediately if their allergic schoolmate gets sick.

With your help we can provide a safe environment that meets the needs of all our children.

It is imperative that parents provide current ASICA Plans and medications, and let us know if there has been an incident, so that we can take the best care of students while they are at school.



The Performing Arts at Oakleigh South Primary School

Oakleigh South PS is a school that prides them self on having high academic achievement results, amazing sports results, great school culture and community and a Performing Arts program where we aim to instil a love and appreciation of Performing Arts in students. We encourage each student to experience the joy of the Performig Arts regardless of age or ability and we do this by offering broad experiences that is made up of three main pillars, Music, Dance and Drama. Our Grade 2, 4 and 6 productions do a great job at covering all three at once.

Learning about the Performing Arts promotes creative thinking, imaginative problem solving, concentration, focused listening and the ability to work cooperatively with others (amongst many other things) – All of which are skills that are vital for success in the 21st century workplace. There has been a lot of research and a lot of studies done on the benefits of Performing Arts education, and it is no longer anecdotal but a matter of scientifically proven fact that children who have good, strong Performing Arts education have advantages in all other areas of learning.

This brings me to Education Week. Education Week 2018 is all about celebrating the arts and is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools, and early childhood services to showcase the work they are doing for students in arts subjects including dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts.

Oakleigh South will be hosting performances from Opera Australia. They will be performing By The Light of the Moon on Monday, 4th June.

The students will learn about the elements of opera in their Music classes leading up to the incursion. They will also be familiar with the characters and story of the opera, which is based on the poem The Owl and the Pussycat. By The Light of the Moon seeks to answer the question of why this odd couple goes to sea in a pea green boat and what they get up to in their voyage of a year and a day.

Our Performing Arts team at OSPS consists of Elaine Wilkinson, Stacey Lolas, Naomi Marsh, Jenny Barnard, Meg Corbett, Sue Thompson and Lemone Meyer. We hope your children have enjoyed their lessons with us thus far and will enjoy what is yet to come.

Lemone Meyer


Ladies Movie Night In – Supporting MSFIN

Treat yourself to a $10 movie with friends, which includes bubbles, popcorn and chocolate.

MSFIN, Mums Supporting Families In Need provides quality second hand material aid such as Cots, Bassinets, Car Seats and Prams for Babies; Clothing, Shoes, Linen and New Toiletries for all ages as well as Toys, Books, New Nappies & Wipes and other baby essentials to families in circumstantial crisis.

So even if u can’t make it on the night, we are still selling raffle tickets at the office today between 3.00 – 3:30.

Tickets close tonight at 6pm

Limited tickets available at the door.

Don’t forget movie will now be in the staff room.

Entertainment Book

The 2018 / 2019 Entertainment Book is now available for purchase from the office. It is available in hard copy or digital for the price of $70.00 – Just in time for the school holidays! A copy is on display at the office.


Disclaimer – The organisations advertised in this newsletter are not affiliated with and have no relationship to Oakleigh South Primary School. The publishing of these advertisements does not imply endorsement or recommendation of these products or services by the school. They are provided as a community service.

Winter Cricket training with ESOCC

Even in the depths of winter there is an opportunity for budding cricketers from the age of 8 to 11 with the Emmanuel South Oakleigh Cricket Club running training throughout the Winter months from 3pm on Saturdays.

Our Coach, Isuru Gunawardana, is Certified Level 1 and carries the WWC, and is more than happy to continue on through the winter to offer off-season net sessions with a focus on all aspects of the game.

For more information, contact Isuru via email juniors@krushers.com


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