Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE  17 – 8th June, 2018


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 2018


Monday 11th June
– Queen’s Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 12th June
– Year 3 – 6 Swimming Program

Wednesday 13th June
– Year 3 – 6 Swimming Program
– Prep Zoo Excursion
– UNSW Science Competition Testing

Thursday 14th June
– Bentleigh District Winter Sport Finals
– UNSW Writing Competition Testing

Friday 15th June
– Year 3 – 6 Swimming Program




On Monday and Tuesday this week I attended the Principal’s Regional Conference along with Mr Albers and Mrs Virtuoso. The focus was Leading Excellence in Teaching and Learning- Unleashing Greatness Together. The conference was an opportunity for all school leaders to collaborate through expert practitioner workshops and peer learning labs, Communities of Practice, partnerships, networks, and with peers about student learning growth and their own leadership journey.

It was a very worthwhile professional learning experience for us all.

On Monday the children from Prep to 6 were entertained by a wonderful performance of ‘By the Light of the Moon’ from Opera Australia. Congratulations to all the children who attended as the opera performers were very impressed with how attentive our students were in each of the three shows. Thank you to Miss Lolas for organising this fantastic Incursion to celebrate Education Week.

Thank you to the parents who organised the sausage sizzle yesterday for the year 6 students. The money raised goes towards their year 6 production t-shirts and Graduation at the end of the year.

Monday is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday – no children are required at school.

Have a great long weekend.

Ron Cantlon


Important Information Update


Please be advised that your child should have received a hard copy Parental Occupation Code form.

It is imperative for our record keeping that you complete this form for each child and return it to your classroom teacher, who will mark it off their class list. Spare forms are available at the office.

Parents who fail to return this form will be followed up by the office.

Thank you


2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

29 January (school teachers start) 30 January (school students start) to 29 March 2018

Term 2:

16 April to 29 June 2018

2018 Term Dates

Term 3:

16 July to 21 September 2018

Term 4:

8 October to 20 December (2.30pm school students finish) 21 December (staff finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish


Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday 27th June Year 3 – 6 & Wednesday, 28th June Prep – Year 2  from 2pm – 7pm. Online bookings will open at 4pm Friday 1st June.

Please follow this link and use the following code.

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

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

Enrolments for Prep 2019

Places for Prep 2019 are filling fast and we have an incredible number of applications.

If you have a child starting in 2019, please complete and return Prep Enrolment forms and 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 https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/enrolments/

Lost Property

We currently have an abundance of lost property items.

Please take the time to check to see if any of these items belong at your home.

Any items of clothing that have not been re-claimed by the end of this term will be placed in our second hand uniform shop for sale

Car Park on the Oval

Each week we receive complaints about the oval carpark. As it has been recommended on every occasion when this issue is addressed, we ask for your patience when using this carpark. This space is clearly marked for entering and exiting but it seems these signs are continually being ignored.

Once again I ask you to follow the signs and respect each other when using this shared space.

The following is a letter from a parent highlighting the dangers of not using the carpark properly.

“Hello, I am writing in about the large car park next to the oval. Each morning there are many parents/guardians who elect to not only ignore signs, but rush like crazy during drop off.

This morning a car almost hit my son and I as we were returning to our vehicle, I was then abused by the female driver when I asked her to slow down. Also, over the past three weeks I have noticed that parents are entering via exits and vice versa. This is also a hazard and I have witnessed many annoyed parents react angrily to this disregard for all children’s safety.

I do not hold the school responsible for this in any way but could you please publish an update to the newsletter/Facebook or any other means of communication?

Apologies for even sending this! I would hope people would use common sense and courtesy but here we are…”

Thank you

Car Parking, Traffic Flow and Child Safety

I have received some reports from parents regarding people taking photographs of cars parked incorrectly around the school.

These people are utilising an app called ‘SNAP, SEND AND SOLVE’ on their own initiative to improve the safety of all the children at OSPS.

Snap, Send and Solve functions for the local council and allows you to report issues to your local council instantly, from parking issues to abandoned shopping trolleys, potholes and animals, just to name a few.

These pictures are being sent to Monash City Council to follow up


Curriculum Day

Please be aware that Monday, 18th June is a Curriculum Day.

No students will be required at school on this day

Please be aware that there will be no banking for the next 2 weeks due to the public holiday on the 11th and curriculum day on the 18th

School Fees

A friendly reminder to parents that the Essential Learning Fees and school expenses are due. Before the end of this term, we will be emailing out our first run of statements.  If you do not receive an email by the start of next term, please contact Jo Chapple.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding payment, please

contact Jo Chapple on chapple.joanne.j@edumail.vic.gov.au



As of June 6th some of the older versions of the Qkr app will no longer work, and families must update their app. Most people have auto update enabled in their phone settings so this will happen seamlessly for them.  If you have any parents saying the app has stopped working, they simply have to download the current version from the app store. We can track who is using a new version and the overwhelming majority of Qkr users have already updated, so the number of impacted families should be very very small, but you may get a few over the coming weeks, especially the infrequent users of Qkr.


And if they still have any issues, there is always the website to offer as a backup to people with really old phones that may not be able to upgrade.



Dear parent,

These school holidays we are hosting a very special school holiday program called Code Camp where your child can learn to code and build their very own iPhone or Android app!

Code Camp has already taught more than 35,000 students in Australia and is a great way to spend time over the holidays as kids have lots of fun with friends while learning important new skills such as logic, creativity, problem solving, app development and game building in a fun and engaging way, ready to take on the digital world of the future.

Every child attending a holiday camp will build incredible games on our software platform ‘’Code Camp World’’ and walk away with their very own app, playable via the Code Camp App store that they can take home to share with family and friends!

Here is the code camp we’re running:

Spark (School Grades 2-6)

Beginners + Intermediate

Fun, engaging and challenging… and are our most known Code Camp that over 12,000 students have completed. Code Camp Spark is where every student in years 2-6 should start their Code Camp journey.

Enrol today and help your child become a coding superstar! For more information, visit https://www.codecamp.com.au or contact us at hello@codecamp.com.au.

Thank you



Japanese News!!!

Best-practice in Languages Education in Victorian Schools Digital Stories

Recently, Oakleigh South Primary School was selected by the Department of Education and Training as one of a small number of schools who have shown ‘Best-practice in Languages Education in Victorian Schools’. A film crew from the Education Department came last term, allowing us to showcase our innovative, whole-school approaches to the high quality Languages program we run at OSPS.

Thank you to Mr Cantlon and the leadership team for investing in our language program and all the classroom teachers who have been involved in daily Japanese lessons especially with the ILPIC program. A special thanks to Mr Albers who worked with me to initiate and implement ILPIC program since 2012.

Well done also to our language team for working so hard and making our program one of the best in Victoria.

The below link will take you the amazing video the Department made while visiting our school. Feel free to share the news of our wonderful Language program with friends and family. Enjoy!


Mami Sensei

Year 4 Production: The Knight at Dawn Kids

The year 4’s have been very busy preparing for their production of ‘The Knight at Dawn Kids’ which is a show adapted from the ‘Magic Tree House Collection’.

The shows will be performed on
7pm Wed 25th July
7pm Thu 26th July

Tickets will be going on sale to YEAR 4 PARENTS ONLY for the next 2 weeks.

Tickets will be open for the WHOLE SCHOOL to purchase 10am Monday 25th June via trybooking.com

Year 4 Production Team

Year 6 Production: Seussical Jnr

This term the Year 6’s have been very excited because ‘Seussical Jnr’, our school production has started. We have been working very hard with the music teachers, aiming to make this production the best one yet. Time has gone so fast, and it won’t be long before you see the Year 6’s walking around the school wearing their amazing Seussical t-shirts!

We have all been cast our roles and are very excited for the upcoming event.

The dates you need to lock in are: Mon 17th, Tues 18th, Wed 19th and Thu 20th September.

Jessica 6CR

 Opera Performance

On the 4th of June our school attended an opera performance by ‘Opera Australia’ for Education week. The play was called ‘By the Light of the Moon’.

What is ‘By the Light of the Moon’? The play is based on the poem The Owl and The Pussycat. In the poem, Cedric the owl and Agatha the pussycat go to sea in a boat for a year and a day. They are trying to find the meaning of love. Along their journey, they meet the Queen of Hearts, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Little Miss Muffet’s spider, Old King Cole and the Three Blind Mice.

Keep an ear out for the music that is played before recess and lunch bells next week, it might just sound familiar. You might also recognise the music that is playing as you come into assembly.

It was a great performance and something we will remember forever!

Alexander 6AR


Mothers Supporting Families in Need Coat Drive

We need your coats, scarves and beanies to help keep local families warm throughout the winter.

Please dig out outgrown and no longer wanted kids and adult items and kindly deposit them in the MSFIN box outside the office at school

The coat drive started on Wednesday 6th June and will run until the end of term.

Thank you so much for helping our local families in need.

Parent Group



Entertainment Book

The 2018 / 2019 Entertainment Book is now available for purchase from the office. It is available in hard copy or digital for the price of $70.00  A copy is on display at the office.


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Winter Cricket training with ESOCC

Even in the depths of winter there is an opportunity for budding cricketers from the age of 8 to 11 with the Emmanuel South Oakleigh Cricket Club running training throughout the Winter months from 3pm on Saturdays.

Our Coach, Isuru Gunawardana, is Certified Level 1 and carries the WWC, and is more than happy to continue on through the winter to offer off-season net sessions with a focus on all aspects of the game.

For more information, contact Isuru via email juniors@krushers.com


Or Mobile: 0450668359