Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 17 – June 8th


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 17 8th June 2017

Mon 12th June
Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
– no school

Tues 13th June
Yr 5 Ice Skating

Wed 14th June
UNSW Spelling Competition

Thurs 15th June
UNSW Writing Competition
Yr 5/6 Winter Sport – Round 7
– vs Coatesville (Away)


It is certainly hard to believe that we are nearing the end of term 2. With three weeks to go, the teachers are finalising the children’s midyear reports in readiness for the parent / teacher meetings that will be held on Wednesday 28th June. Look for further details about these meetings in this newsletter.

Just a reminder to those children who ride their bikes to school. Please have regular chats with your child about road safety and remind them where they should be crossing roads on their way to school. While we promote being healthy and fit and riding your bike to school, our paramount concern is for the safety of our children at all times.

Finally, congratulations to all the children who competed last Friday in the Beachside District Cross Country. The children’s dedication to training and determination on the day was accredit to each and every one of them. Ten children now progress to the Southern Metropolitan Regional Cross Country, which will be held on Monday 19th June.

Enjoy your long 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


Whole School Assembly Update 

As of Term 3, week 2, our whole school assembly will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2.40pm

This allows us to have important learning time at the beginning of the day, and to accommodate groups, English and Mathematics.

All parents are still welcome to attend.


I have been asked why the sport bus charge is $10.00 per child, per away sporting event.
Unfortunately, due to the increased cost of buses and to cover some of our equipment costs, it amounts to this charge.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 28th June from 2pm – 7pm.

This year we will again use the online booking system for Parent Teacher Interviews, and online bookings will be opened at 10am Wednesday, 14th June.

Please arrive 5 min before your scheduled time, as each interview is only for 10min.

Follow this link and use the code for access

https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code          Code: vpk66

Supporting the Community

Thank you to the families who have donated to our Warm Winter Coats and the ReBoot Program.

Donations are still being accepted until Friday 16th June, and are very gratefully received

Please bring your jackets and footy boots and put in the tubs outside the office.

Thank you

Healthy Skills for Life

Session 6 – Confidence/Self-esteem

During session 5, students from Prep to Year 4 developed their confidence and self-esteem through creation.

The mindfulness activity this week allowed students to focus on spatial awareness, balance, and flexibility through movement. This activity taught students not only to understand movement, but gave our students an avenue to identify and describe how their body moves in relation to effort, space, time, objects and people.

Children were asked to look at situations from different perspectives. Peers worked in pairs to play a game, taking turns to either perform movements or observe. This game allowed students to apply innovative and creative thinking in solving movement challenges.

Students discovered that both viewing and exploring poses in more ways than just one could be fun and interesting. They revealed their confidence in games with positive self-talk and realised how to apply critical and creative thinking processes in order to generate and assess solutions to movement challenges.

Parents: Ask your child how looking at things from a different perspective could be helpful in other areas of our lives such as, considering someone else’s perspective or looking at negative situations with a positive light.

Session 6 (Year 5 & 6) – Managing Big Emotions, Gentle, Generous

This week during session 6, the focus was managing big emotions and transitions. Students learnt how to apply healthy coping strategies as a means of handling anger. Through mindfulness techniques, discussions and cooperative games, students now understand anger is a natural human emotion that can be dealt with in a healthy way.

A mindfulness technique, checking our internal weather allowed students to examine what was going on inside of them emotionally and check in with their feelings, building upon their self-awareness. Students learned through various games that success happens when we work together in a gentle and generous way. Also, working with a variety of different people allows us to gain different skills and strategies and hear different ideas. As a school community, we are happy to see this program covering topics as important as dealing with big emotions and giving students an outlet that they otherwise might not have.

Parents: Ask your child what makes them angry. Ask them one healthy coping strategy they have learnt by participating in Life Skills Group.



The Year 1 Excursion to Scienceworks

On Wednesday the 31st of May 2017 all of the Year 1’s were lucky enough to go to Scienceworks to further explore their Integrated Studies Topic for the Term, “Science”. This is 1NC student, Kavya’s recount of the experience.

WOW! I had an epic time at Scienceworks.

First, we went to the big Planetarium. We saw a funny movie called Tycho Goes to Space. After we saw the Melbourne city. On top of the Melbourne city there were stars which can join together and make amazing pictures. The planets we saw were Jupiter and Saturn.

Next, we went to the free viewing area. In there we got to build different things on interactive screens, we played sports and played different games.

Finally, we went to Nitty Gritty Super City. We went to the mirror and   music area first, some of the mirrors showed yourself taller, I looked very funny. The next area we went to was the building area. After I went to the bike, it looked weird and it was too big to put my foot down onto the   pedals. Next, I went to the boat, when I pulled the rope the flag went up, when I let go the flag went back down. The last thing we did in Nitty Gritty Super City was go to the Café, I didn’t serve any food because I didn’t have time.

My favourite area was Nitty Gritty Super City, it was so incredible. Scienceworks was an amazing experience.

Kavya G (1NC)



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