Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 16 – 4th June 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 16   –  4th June 2019



Wednesday, 5th June
– Parent Group Meeting @ 7.30pm

Thursday, 6th June
– Yr 5 Science Rotations @ SOSC

Friday, 7th June
– Healthy Skills   Prep

Monday, 10 June
– Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend
Student not required at school




The Fete is done and dusted, although the Fete team are busy printing Thank You packs to be sent to all our generous donors and sponsors, and the final figure has arrived……

Over $75,000

A tremendous effort considering the weather and rainy periods throughout the day. Post Fete we held a Mother’s Day stall to sell off the plants and a post Fete silent auction to offload the last of the spinning wheel prizes. The Year 4’s had a Hot Dog Day, and Year 1’s a Milkshake Day to ensure the leftover food and milk did not go to waste.
Thank you to the Village, Fete Team, teachers, children and families for organising those post Fete activities and the support.

Recently the school continued to invest into our very successful reading program. We already have 7,000 digital titles available on myON and in the near future we will have a further 1,500 e-books available in our library to help complement our existing programs. These extra resources provide unlimited access to a broad collection of authentic digital texts that are available for online reading as well as offline through the use of free mobile apps. All students from P-6 have access to myON at school and at home.

Our Swimming Program for students from Years 3-6 has begun this week. Students will learn aquatic water safety, swimming techniques and survival skills over the 8 day program.

I’d also like to congratulate and welcome Anthony Rowe into the position left vacant while Sue Jackson is on long service leave. Anthony will be undertaking the role of Acting Assistant Principal for the remainder of Term 2, we wish him all the best.

Enjoy the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.

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

Taskworks, Year 2Overdue

Zoo Excursion, for Prep – Under Prep Tab –by Wednesday, 5th June



A Child without an education is like a bird without wings’




The Year 3’s skip to raise funds for Tigray each year and we invite the whole school to take part in a DRESS IN THE COLOURS OF TIGRAY day in Term 4 .

Not only do we provide the supplies to enable all 450 village children to attend school each year, we have helped to bring the gift of fresh drinking water to the village and extra OSPS funds in the last few years, have helped to build and stock a SCHOOL LIBRARY. As with the water well, the building of a modern school library was a mammoth task all overseen by the amazing Maria Strintzos, who has worked tirelessly for Tigray for the past 27 years.

Many of you will have seen the post and photos on the school’s Facebook page but for those who haven’t we have included it again in this newsletter.

Thank you to the parents, students and staff for your ongoing support of this most worthy cause and to the Year 3 staff and children who continue to drive this global fundraising through their term four focus on VOLUNTEERS & HELPING OTHERS.

Together we Achieve – our gift of education to the children of Tigray


– the Tsefah School Library in Hawzien, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia has been officially opened! We, as a school, are proud to have made an ongoing commitment to the schooling of these village children and are now thrilled to see where our extra funds, raised over the last few years, have been used.  We have actually helped, through the amazing Maria Strintzos, not only to build but also to stock a school library, which was officially opened on April 25th.

Please read Maria’s words below … (For those of you who don’t know – Haftu was adopted by Maria, and was a student at Oakleigh South) before going on to complete his secondary education on a full scholarship to Haileybury College.

From Maria …
My dream of a library where students for the first time in their lives can sit, read a book and learn has finally come true!! The Tsefah School Library is located in Haftu’s old village school, in one of the most inaccessible, food insecure and disadvantaged parts of rural Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. This dream could not have come true without the help and generosity of YOU – my many amazing friends and family. My biggest thanks go to the students and teachers of HAILEYBURY COLLEGE KEYSBOROUGH, OAKLEIGH SOUTH PRIMARY SCHOOL & OLIVIA CHRISTIE of SHHH SILK who fundraised tirelessly and donated the bulk of the funds. More books will be purchased to fill all the shelves (we have funds for this), and then we will look at rebuilding some of the classrooms (4 classrooms for 450 students in two shifts) that are rather dilapidated and hardly conducive for learning. Thanks also to my REST FAMILY who are both my left and right arms; and to the PEOPLE OF HAWZIEN AND ALL OF TIGRAY WHO ARE MY INSPIRATION! As I was leaving the library, one little boy told me “thanks to the library and having books to read, I now want to learn and become a doctor”. That is my reward as I celebrate 27 years of mostly voluntary service to the people of Tigray.
Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart

Long Weekend




A reminder that this weekend is a long weekend, and there is no school on Monday, 10th June


Parent Teacher Interviews




This year we will again use the online booking system for Parent Teacher Interviews, which will be held at the end of term.

Years 3 – 6, 2JD & 2NC will be held on Tuesday 25th June

Prep – Year 2  will be held on Wednesday 26th June

Bookings will open on Tuesday, 18th June at 4pm.
To book your time please go to School Interviews www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter the event code 2ad6u




Places for Prep 2020 are filling fast and we have an incredible number of applications.

If you have a child starting in 2020, please complete and return Prep Enrolment forms with the supporting documents 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    http://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/enrolments/


Lost Property



There is an incredible amount of lost property outside the Library! Please check there for any lost items.

As the weather turns much colder, and more layers are being worn to school, please make sure you check that all your child’s items are clearly named, especially if you have second hand clothing.

If you are in need of replacement jumpers and jackets – please visit the Second Hand Shop – open on Wednesday and Friday mornings, or PSW in Mills St, Cheltenham, and do not take items that do not belong to your child from Lost Property.






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.

Clearly we want children to be resilient and learn to put up with minor health matters, however it is important that students do not return to school before they are completely over illness. Apart from the fact that our facilities are limited, it is problematic if children return to school too soon and infect others.

We have confirmed cases of the highly contagious Influenza B at school.

If you think your child may have influenza, you should see a GP who may want to do a test to confirm if your child has influenza. Influenza is highly contagious and children need to stay away from school, usually for at least 5 days (they need to be well with no symptoms for at least 48 hours before returning and your doctor must advise once they are well enough to return).

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 you have to administer Panadol / Nurofen before school – then your child isn’t school ready.

Antibiotics that are to be administered three times per day can be done at home. The first dose can be administered between 7am – 8.30am, the following dose can be administered between 3.45 – 4.30pm. Then the last dose can be given at 8pm or before bed.

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

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


Year 3 – Bees



The Village was buzzing on Monday.

The Year 3’s learnt about bees, hives and honey! We even took yummy samples of honey home to enjoy. Our junior bee-keepers looked the part too. We learnt lots of facts.

Did you know?
• The queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs each day.

• Male bees are called drones.

• Worker bees guard the hive.

• Male bees hang around and eat the honey.

• Bees communicate by dancing, buzzing and scents.

• Drones can’t sting.

• If you mix water and pure honey the honeycomb shape will appear.  – Great to try at home to test if your honey is pure or not!

• Honey lasts forever … no use by date!



Parent Group Meeting


Next Parent Group meeting will be on Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm in the Staffroom.

All parents are welcome to attend.


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