Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 15 – May 25th


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 15
25th May 2017
Important Dates:
Tues 30th May
UNSW Science Comp
Yr 5 Ice Skating
Beachside Division Cross Country

Wed 31st May
Yr 1 Excursion – Scienceworks
Prep Multicultural Day
School Council Mtg

Thurs 1st June
Year 5/6 Winter Sport – Round 5
– Oakleigh Grammar

Fri 2nd June
Yr 2 Taskworks Excursion
for 2GZ, 2JD, 2NM, 2NC, 2SI


We had the great pleasure of hosting our first girls’ inter school AFL match against St. Peters on Tuesday. A team of very enthusiastic year 5 and 6 girls took to the field and showed incredible skills. Unfortunately, they didn’t get the win but they had lots of fun. The girls will be able to continue to gain AFL experience when they participate in the girls OSPS footy league next term.

This week is Education Week with the focus being, Healthy Mind, Healthy Body. This theme fits very well with our current program we are running at school, Healthy Skills for Life. We are half way through this program that is teaching our children valuable skills in in areas of  resilience, sportsmanship, fairness and friendships, just to name a few.

This week also saw the Commonwealth Bank conclude their free school program, Start Smart. Each class in Year 1 to Year 6, were involved in an interactive, informative and engaging lesson taught by energetic and fun presenters, where they learnt about financial literacy and money management.

Have a great weekend.

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


Healthy Skills for Life

Session 4 – Fairness/Sharing

As we grow up, we are forced to work with all different types of people and personalities. Learning to work together in a healthy manner is an important skill in life. This week’s value lies in fair play fairness, sharing and seeing different perspectives. Students learnt how to identify rules, demonstrate ethical behaviour and play fairly when participating in a range of physical activities.

During session 4, students from Prep to Year 4 learned a new mindfulness technique that allowed students to connect emotions and physical sensations such as, tingling, heaviness, lightness, temperature and many more. Additionally to become aware of breath and this particular breath was a very energizing, yet relaxing to do! Students were able to pair up with different partners and learn the value and benefit in working with different people. Together partners worked together to achieve the same result. The children shared ideas and discussions about how they could best work together. Students showed their understanding of each person’s ability and how each partner could contribute something different to achieve the goal or finishing a game. This truly required concentration and focus from students to practice specialised movement skills and apply them in different movement situations. It was amazing to see how students really showed compassion and a gentle, caring nature towards various partners in the games.

Parents: Ask your child to show you the mindful/breathing activity and practise it together.

Session 4 (Year 5 & 6) – Inclusivity, teamwork and fair play

This week during session 4, the students in Year 5 & 6 focused on body awareness and fairness through inclusivity and partner work. Students were encouraged to listen to their own bodies. Body awareness helps students identify how they are feeling mentally, emotionally and physically. It can be particularly useful for students to notice when they are starting to feel tense, agitated or over excited so they can choose a healthy response. These are steps to strengthening self-regulation.

Through games, students explored inclusivity. Inclusivity brings students the comforting feeling of belonging and feeling important and valued. The games had elements of fun mixed with challenging movements that created trust, connection and community. Students successfully asked and answered questions, took turns in conversation, explained instructions and stayed on task. The students demonstrated strong teamwork skills as they participated in the games. Throughout the lesson, students were guided to listen to their body and notice if they were feeling over excited or if they were pushing their bodies too far. This allowed them to take responsibility for their own learning.

Parents: Ask your child to tell you about body awareness or ask them what they achieved through including others and playing fairly.

  • Please Note: Some classes did not participate in session 4 as the instructor for Healthy Life Skills was unwell and could not attend. The session will be rescheduled.



This week the Prep and Year 1 students participated in a basketball clinic provided by Hoopsmart.
They had lots of practise bouncing, passing and catching.
Everyone had a great time and the Hoopsmart coaches complimented the OSPS students on their enthusiasm and wonderful manners.

Well done Preps!  



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