Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 17 – 11th 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 17   –  11th June 2019



Wednesday, 12 June
– Prep Excursion- Melbourne Zoo

Friday, 14 June
– Prep Healthy Skills

Monday, 17 June
– The Ridiculous Rhyme Show Incursion (Whole School)
– Yr 1 Healthy Skills

Tuesday, 18 June
– Parent Teacher Interview Bookings Open 4pm

Thursday, 20 June
– Regional Cross Country

Friday, 21 June
– Yr 1 Planetarium Incursion
– Yr 4- 6 House Athletics
– Prep Healthy Skills

Monday, 17 June
– Yr 1 Healthy Skills

Tuesday, 25 June
– Yr 3 – 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews

Wednesday, 26 June
– Bentleigh District Winter Sport Finals
– Prep to Yr 2 Parent/Teacher Interviews




Our swimming program has continued this week for students in Years 3-6. Students have been learning the importance of aquatic water safety, swimming techniques and survival skills. The program has been invaluable to our students and we’d like to thank the staff at GESAC for running another successful program.

Our Year 5 students have begun their very exciting Science rotations at South Oakleigh College. This is an exciting opportunity for them to experience Science in a different environment while visiting one of our fantastic local schools.

Last Friday our Year 2 team enjoyed their excursion to Taskworks. They enjoyed hand-on activities in the educational activity centre. Students were immersed in activities about the body and mind for the duration of their stay.

We also wish the Preps a safe and fun excursion to the Melbourne Zoo tomorrow, and a reminder that on June 17th we have The Ridiculous Rhyme Show coming to school.

Have a great week.


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

Ridiculous Rhymes – Under Year Level Tab



Student Family Information Forms




Dear Parents,

A reminder that all Student Family Information Update Forms are due back by this Friday, 14th June.

If you have not received this form, please contact the Office.

To access the funding that your child/ren are entitled to it is necessary to keep our database updated. We ask for your assistance by completing this form with your current details and current employment category, and returning this form to your class teacher. We apologise if you have already provided this information and your situation has not changed, but it is a Department requirement.

We are requesting confirmation of parent/guardian occupations and education levels as this directly affects the funding the school will receive for 2020. Like all government schools, a component of our government funding is based on parent education and occupation. This information is strictly confidential and used only to collect aggregate data, nothing is reported personally.

We have also included the contact information in case that needs to be updated. This is important for illness or emergencies.

Thank you for your cooperation, and do not hesitate to contact the Office on 9570 1016 and speak to our admin staff if your require any assistance completing the form or if you have queries.

Victorian State School Spectacular

We are proud and excited to have some of our students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.
We do suggest you purchase tickets to the 6.30pm show to save you from coming back to collect your child at 10pm. This way, you’re already there!
Attached is also a floor plan to show you where OSPS will be performing. We suggest you purchase tickets for the best viewing of Quadrant 1.

Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience.

The Spectacular is a creative vision of industry professionals including Creative Director Neill Gladwin, Musical Director Chong Lim AM, Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge) and Associate Dance Director Yvette Lee, (Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor Australia, Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance).

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June via www.ticketek.com.au/spectacular

Adult:                           $40
Child Under 15:           $20
Concession:                $30

Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Kind Regards,

Lemone Meyer and Claire Stevenson

Victorian State School Spectacular Holiday Rehearsals




Dear Spectacular Parents,

Claire and I will be running a rehearsal these coming holidays. We still need a bit of practice and it’s great for the students to refresh their memories.

Rehearsal will be on Wednesday 3rd July, 10am-1pm, in the music room at the front of the school.

Please provide your child with lunch and bottle of water to bring with them.

The excitement is starting to kick in with only one massed dance rehearsal left.

Please let us know either way if you child will or will not be attending the rehearsal these holidays.






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


Performing Arts



The Grade 4s are busy rehearsing for their production, The Music Man Kids, and we’re almost ready for the show! Our helpers are busily fitting the costumes and our dances are almost all choreographed.
The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organise, but he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.
If you want to know what happens next, come to one of our performances on 23rd, 24th and 25th July. Stay tuned for details on tickets.

The Grade 5s are continuing to consolidate their knowledge on beat, rhythm, dynamics and pitch. They have been working on their own melodic compositions using musical notation and the staff, and playing tuned percussion instruments to perform to their peers.

There are 36 Grade 5 students involved in the Victorian State School Spectacular massed dance and. Along with 2000 other Victorian state schools, they have 2 performances on the 14th September at Melbourne Arena. These children have already been rehearsing weekly, working hard learning songs with Mrs Barnard and Mrs Wilkinson, and dances with Miss Stephenson and Mrs Meyer.
A lot of commitment and dedication is required to take part in the Victorian State School Spectacular and it is a fantastic opportunity for these students.

The Grade 6s have just found out their parts for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. and they are excited! A flying car, musical candy and evil Vulgarian spies…what more could you ask for in a show.
It promises to be colourful, hilarious and good fun for all ages. Look out for details for performance dates and tickets!



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