Oakleigh South Primary School
NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 17
8th June 2022
“We know what we are but know not what we maybe.” – Shakespeare
Issue 17 – 8th June 2022
Thursday 9th June
– State School Spectacular Rehearsal @ OSPS
– Year 5 Interschool Sport @ OSPS
– Year 6 Interschool Sport @ OSPS
Friday 10th June
– Year 5 Oz Harvest FEAST Program
Tuesday 14th June
– Whole School Assembly on OSPStv
Wednesday 15th June
– Prep Melbourne Zoo Excursion
– Southern Metro X-Country
We have certainly begun to feel winter creeping in with very cold, chilly days and with that it brings lots of sickness in the form of colds, viruses, and flu. Just a reminder if your child is at all unwell in the morning, please do not send them to school.
You may have heard through the media, there is a huge teacher shortage cross the state to replace sick teachers. Just letting you know we are doing our best to manage this situation.
I would like to remind you to enrol any siblings of current students if they are starting school in 2023 as soon as possible. There is a new enrolment timeline this year. All enrolments must be received by Friday August 12th so the places can be allocated. Successful applicants will be notified by August 26th.
Due to the demand, we have added an extra School Tour on Thursday 23rd June at 9.30am. This will be the last opportunity to tour the school this year.
Enjoy your week and long weekend.
TERM DATES / QR CODE
2022 TERM DATES
Term 2 – 26th April – 24th June
Term 3 – 11th July – 16th September
Term 4 – 3rd October – 20th December (3:30pm finish)
Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish
Oakleigh South Primary School is pleased to announce that the Student Eyecare Program will be running at the school next term.
An optometrist will be onsite during school hours to provide students with a free comprehensive eye examination that is covered through Medicare Australia.
1 in 6 students have eye conditions that go undetected. This is due to the high level of visual demand on their eyes from books, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Every student will receive a full report about their eye health and a prescription will be provided if glasses are required. The prescription can be taken to any optical store to get the glasses made.
Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.
Parent consent forms (green) have been sent home this week. Please return them your classroom teacher by Monday 20th June.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Parent Teacher interviews will be held in person in the classroom, on Wednesday 22nd June between 2pm and 7pm.
Bookings open on Wednesday 8th June and must be finalised before the Monday, 20th June at 4pm, when bookings for this event will close. Bookings are best accessed by using a desktop or laptop computer.
Interviews are strictly 10 mins and spaces are limited. If you require more time, please contact your teacher directly to make alternative arrangements.
Please go to your child’s profile, and you will see an option under their photo to “Book Parent Student Teacher Conference” – which will take you to the booking sheet.
With the current wet weather, it is advised that children have a spare set of clothes, including socks in their bag.
Reminder to parents that if your child has been provided with spare clothes from sick bay – please wash and return to school ASAP.
If we do not have spare clothing you will be contacted to bring items and for you to change your child.
PREP ENROLMENTS FOR 2022
This year, the Department of Education have made some changes to the Prep Enrolment process and timeline, applications need to be submitted by 12th August, 2022.
Places are filling fast, so if you have a child starting in 2023 or if you know of any new families thinking of applying, please complete the Enrolment Forms and submit with the supporting documentation as soon as possible.
All places for Prep 2023 will be confirmed by 26th August, 2022, as per the new timeline.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, enrolments will only be accepted in digital form.
Enrolment forms are available on the website http://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/enrolments/
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.
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 need to administer Panadol/Nurofen before school, then your child should not be at school.
If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, they must be completely well for 24 hours before returning to school.
CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF)
The Victorian Government offer a Sports, Camps and Excursions Fund for families who hold a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply. A special consideration category also exists.
A payment of $125 for eligible primary school students and $225 for eligible secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used toward camps, sports and excursion costs for the student’s benefit.
CSEF payments to schools will commence from 1 March onwards. Schools are able to continue processing applications until the end of Term 2.
Click here for further information CSEF Website
Please click here to apply – https://www.education.vic.gov.au/PAL/csef-application-form.pdf
YEAR 3 STUDENT SHOWCASE
The Year 3 students have been extremely busy this term and here is a snap shot of what has been happening.
CLASSROOM MOVEMENTS– With the school refurbishment up and running the Village has certainly been changing daily. The old classrooms were relocated during the last school holidays and gradually piece by piece have been renewed and given a real facelift! With new carpet and freshly painted walls they look fantastic and the Year 3 students can’t wait to move back in. I’m sure that our chickens will also be pleased to have the students back living next door to them! The Village has seen lots of work in the construction of the new shade sails over the past couple of weeks. They will provide valuable shade during the warmer months.
NAPLAN – During Week 3 and 4 of term the students completed their Naplan assessments and did a great job. They were all quite relaxed, and after completing tests in writing, spelling and grammar, reading and numeracy across the two weeks, walked away with smiles on their faces and happy with the work that they had done. The results of these will be available for parents later in the year.
SWIMMING – We have just completed an intensive swimming program over five days. The students were all grouped according to their competency in the water and during the lessons learned lots of new skills and refined those they already had. Everyone was so excited to be back on a bus travelling to the venue after two long years of no excursions and the time in the water was lots of fun. Many thanks to the parents who came along to help and support the students.
PREPS DISCOVERING THEIR SENSES
Our amazing and engaged prep students are using their detective senses to describe different mystery objects.
Also they are identifying the body parts associated with the different senses!!
CURIOUS YEAR 1’S LEARNING ABOUT OUR PLANET!
Our eccentric Year 1 students are making connections with the different natural resource we have on our planet.
Questioning and discussing,
‘What is the difference between natural resources and man – made?’
Izzy says that, “houses, buildings, tables & clothes are Man-Made!”
Pranshi thinks that, the sun, water and trees are natural resources because they are made by the Earth!
Michael also thinks, oil, coal and wind mills are natural resources from our planet!
Sam knows that, water, forests, fossil fuels, minerals, plants, animals and even air are also come from our beautiful planet!
Our lovely clever scientists are discussing and questioning what about humans?
Mmm? Good Question???
YEAR 2s MEET ‘MILO THE ROVER’
When you think of Milo, most kids immediately connect with the yummy, chocolate milk drink, but not in Digital Technology classes!
This term, students have used the Lego We-Do equipment and software to create their own robot ‘Milo’ and code it to move, sing and light up.
On top of this, students have used a motion sensor to make Milo stop at an object and even a tilt sensor to make it send a message.
We then talked about messages and how through technology, we can send messages in many different ways.
Again with Lego We-Do, we built and coded a Morse Code machine to send messages to each other and discussed many other ways we can send a message including braille and sign language.
M-BOT AND THE YEAR 3s
Our Year 3 students were introduced to one of the first ever robots introduced to Oakleigh South Primary School, ‘M-Bot’. Over 5 years ago, M-Bot was purchased to teach coding and robotics to our Year 5 students. Through the development of our Digital Technology program, our year 3s are now learning coding concepts such as sequences and loops in a 1 to 1 manner. That’s right! Every student works with their own M-Bot at their own pace, making it an extremely fun and hands on experience.
Students learnt about the ultrasonic sensor, and how through scientific ideas such as Echolocation, engineers used sound as a measure to recognise the distance between the robot and an object. Just like the reverse sensors in a car!
CLEVER YEAR 4s INVESTIGATING ABOUT DAY & NIGHT AND SOIL (ERISOION)!
Our Year 4’s are investigating, ‘Why it is dark at night?’
Through predictions, explorations, questioning and collaborations, our students are learning how night and day happens.
Here are some photos investigating their understandings how a rainbow is made and where are all these colours come from!
Here are the Year 4’s exploring our Earth understanding the layers, how landforms are made and investigating what is soil and the different types of soil on our planet.
YEAR 5s MASTERCHEF OZHARVERST UNIT!
Grade 5s sharing some thoughts after a few sessions of their FEAST class!
Millie said, “She enjoyed turning healthy things into a yummy special treat!”
Michael was horrified to think that some food travels for thousands of kilometres gaining “food miles”…yet ends up just being thrown out!
Eli loved making fruit skewers and felt proud of himself as he doesn’t normally cook at home, yet now he would like to give things like this a try.
Ruby was scandalised to hear that to produce a burger takes up the same amount of water as a 90 minute shower!
Michelle said, “She loved making yummy snacks out of such healthy ingredients!”
Liyah found the skewers delicious and would like to make them for her mum for Mother’s Day this weekend.
Our year 5’s, have been busy engaging, predicting, exploring, collaborating, questioning, measuring, reading, cooking and evaluating amazing recipes! They are also learning helpful hints and information of how to STOP WASTING FOOD and life skills!
Here are some photos of our busy Year 5’s cooking!
DANCING ROBOTS AND DAZZLING WEBSITES
What is more fun than turning on your favourite tune and dancing around in your living room? Building a Lego Robot to make it dance to your favourite tune!
This term, our year 6 students have been using the Lego Spike Education kit to learn about coding, engineering and design. Students used colour sensors to create a robotic piano, playing simple songs like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb”, and then moved on to coding motors to play a game of ‘Robo Hockey’. Our final lesson involved students building and coding a dancing robot, resulting in an extremely hilarious and fun dance party to conclude.
To finish off the term, our year 6 students designed and developed a website to complement their Business Expo project. Using the Google Sites program, students developed strategies to assist in the design of their site using the Design Thinking strategy. Program based skills such as inserting pages and photos, and creating hyperlinks were complimented with marketing concepts such as brand recognition (logos and slogans) as well as some legalities such as copyright. We can’t wait to see the final products!!
LITERACY 3 CORNER
POETRY – In our Writing Groups we are beginning to look at poetry as a genre of writing we are beginning with acrostic poems which everyone thoroughly enjoys and we will move onto other styles in the coming weeks.
Some samples of our work is included in this newsletter.
Christ is born!
Happy families sing songs.
Rich golden ornaments.
It’s the most wonderful time!
Silly elves move around.
Tender chicken for dinner and pudding.
Many lights up on the streets.
Angels sing carols in the sky!
Santa is coming. Get to bed everyone!
Amazing to be back in classrooms.
Dazzling start to the term.
Very big classroom.
Among the mess.
Yet he will go home.
Joyful when respected.
Absolutely when I get treated kindly.
You can be my friend.
Love to spread happiness
And I will do anything to finish my work on time.
THE RESILIENCE PROJECT – YEAR 3
Over the past term Year 3 have been looking at character strengths. Firstly what strengths we each have and the strengths that we recognise in people around us. We decided that some great strengths to possess are being: responsible, kind, patient, caring and mindful. If we can all take a couple of these on board we will be doing a great job!
G – We are grateful for heating and warm clothes during this cold weather.
E – We empathise with the homeless people who are living on the streets.
M – By being mindful we can relax and focus on the moment.
OSPS TOP MATHLETICS STUDENTS & CLASSES
Congratulations to the following Prep – Year 6 students and classes who achieved some great scores in week 6 of Term 2.
It’s very important to understand that even though getting 1,000 points a week is great it’s more important that students are challenging themselves at their own level and completing work that supports their learning at school.
Congratulations to those students who completed their Mathletics in week 6. Well done!
|Top Students – Week 6 Term 2||Total Points|
|Prep – Isaac M PNC||2500|
|Year 1 – Bianca F 1MT||4940|
|Year 2 – Matthew T 2JR||11150|
|Year 3 – Oliver M 3JS||10350|
|Year 4 – Lilly L 4CW||12190|
|Year 5 – Revan P 5LG||4860|
|Year 6 – Ksenia 6CR||33000|
|Top Classes For Each Year in Week 6||Activity Points in Week 6|
Year 3-6 Reading Goals
You can see your child’s target and reading progress by using the Renaissance Home Connect function. Just use your child’s school AR log in details.
You can access the link here – https://Auhosted2.renlearn.com.au/1478818/HomeConnect
Our school goal this year is to read 1 billion quality words. So far this year we have read over 300 million quality words. What a fantastic achievement! Congratulations to the following students who have read the most words in during Term 2.
VALUED STUDENT AWARDS
VALUED STUDENT AWARDS YEAR 4
Karlow – 4DK
Neriah – 4DK
Tristan – 4CW
Thomas – 4CW
Maks – 4AS
Jett – 4AS
Michael – 4LD
Rani – 4EW
Finn – 4EW
Mabel – 4KH
Prayag – 4KH
VALUED STUDENT AWARDS YEAR 5
|Athan – 5LG
For always pushing himself to achieve his very best. Great work Athan!
|Aryan – 5LG
For his enthusiasm for all learning and for always striving for excellence in everything he does.
|Stefanie – 5HP
For making amazing improvements in mathematics this semester. Well done!
|Jayden – 5HP
Displaying respect towards his teachers and friends at school every day.
|Kai – 5NK
For being such a caring and focused student and an absolute gem to have in the classroom!
|Jeremy – 5NK
For having such an amazingly positive attitude in and out of the classroom, giving anything a go!
|Alex – 5SA
For showing great determination to reach his AR reading target. I am so proud of you!
|Olivia – 5SA
For being a kind, respectful and caring member of 5SA. We are all so lucky to have you in our class!
|Aditya – 5KP
For taking his learning to the next level and showing initiative by asking questions.
|Amelia – 5KP
For showing wonderful resilience and settling back to school routines with enthusiasm and big smile.
|Robbie – 5WS
For always being respectful of his teachers and peers. Keep up the great work, Robbie!
|Michael – 5WS
For working hard to smash his AR goal this term. Awesome work, Michael!
VALUED STUDENT AWARDS YEAR 6
Angela – 6CM
Dinali – 6NM
Michael – 6NM
Mikayla – 6FW
Thomas – 6FW
Mika – 6SM
Meryl – 6SM
Luka – 6CR
Josie – 6CR
VALUED STUDENT AWARDS SPECIALISTS
Dasha – 4KH
Kyryl – 5SA
Charlene – 6SM
Mia – 4DK
Gemma – 5KP
Aiden – 5KP
Niharika – 6SM
Aly – 6FW
YEAR 6 INTERSCHOOL SPORT WINTER RESULTS
|Sport||Result vs. St Peters|
|AFL||vs St peters (Practice Match)|
|Tennis Boys White||vs St Peters|
|Tennis Girls White||vs St Peters|
|Tennis Boys Green||Bye|
|Tennis Boys Green||Bye|
PARENT GROUP NEWS
Dear OSPS families,
Parent Group would like to welcome all our new and existing families to a successful year of onsite learning at school in 2022.
An important part of the school community are the parent & carer volunteers that make Parent Group. The role of Parent Group is to assist the school with organising and hosting functions and events throughout the year. Parent Group is a great way to get involved with the school and contribute ideas you may have along with assisting with ideas on how to best spend money raised to help benefit the school, teachers and students.
This year, we would also like to introduce Nicole Stenton and Tina Tzanopoulos who are the President and Vice President respectively, however they will share the major coordination of Parent Group activities as a team. Nelsie Fernandes has taken on the dual role of secretary and treasurer. There are several other parents who make up Parent Group that attend meetings and form a part of the organising team, then we have several parents who participate in a more casual role and when there are calls from Parent Group to help – they put their hand up when they can. Regardless of the level of contribution, we truly do value everyone’s participation.
Some of the events we have already held this year are the Easter Raffle, Mother’s Day Stall and Election Day Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall. There are plenty more events on the calendar for the remainder of the year which we are sure the kids will be excited to participate in. Some of these include the Footy Day Sausage Sizzle, Year 6 Hot Chocolate and Father’s Day Stall.
Our next meeting will be held on 20 July 2022, and we invite any interested parents or carers to come along to our next meeting or please do let us know if you would just like to be a helper when you can email@example.com
For those that can’t attend in person, we can arrange for zoom access closer to the day, please use the email address below to express your interest.
If you have any questions or would like further information Parent Group can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole & Tina
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