Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 18 – 18th 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 18   –  19th June 2019



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

Wednesday, 19th June
– Prep – Yr 1 Wacky Wednesday

Thursday, 20 June
– Regional Cross Country
– VSSS Mass Rehearsal

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

Monday, 24 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




Yesterday the whole school enjoyed the ‘Ridiculous Rhyme’ incursion held in the Hall. The Ridiculous Rhyme show was engaging using interactive performance and comedy. It encouraged children to enjoy literacy through creative word play, which will be carried back into the classroom.

During Term 2, Year 6 students have been investigating differences in the demographic, economic, social and cultural characteristics of countries across the world. Students chose a country and have produced a travel booklet, landmark model and Geography website on their chosen country.
These are now displayed in the Year 6 corridor, and near the Library. Everyone is most welcome to respectfully view these remarkable dioramas and read the travel booklets.
Please admire, but do not touch them.

Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday for our Preps and Year 1 students. Students will dress up in relation to their current Literature theme – Dr. Seuss. We encourage parents to come along and watch the parade in the Hall from 9:15am.

From 4pm today parents will be able to log in and book a time to meet with teachers for interviews. Thank you to our wonderful staff who have invested a lot of time writing reports and finalizing the process.

This Friday we have House Athletics at Duncan McKinnon Athletics Track. Parents are most welcome to attend and show their support. We hope to see you there.

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

District Girls Footy Finals – Under Specialist Charges – Overdue

House Athletics – Year 4 – 6 Year Tabs – Due – by Wednesday, 19th June
Year 3 Selected Students – Under Specialist Charges

Swimming Program, Prep – Year 2 – Under Year Level Tab – by Friday, 19th July



Student Family Information Forms



Dear Parents,

ALL families must return their completed Student Family Information Update Forms by this Wednesday, 19th June.

This is a Department requirement and must be returned to your Classroom teacher, even if your details haven’t changed.

Thank you to the families who had theirs back by the due date, your cooperation is appreciated.


House TShirts



House Tshirts are available to purchase from the Office, before or after school.

They are $20 each, in sizes 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16.

Eftpos is available, or please send the correct money with your child.

Parent Teacher Interviews



Parent Teacher Interviews bookings are now open.

Years 3 – 6, 1NM, 2JD, 2NC will be held on Tuesday 25th June

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

To book your time please go to School Interviews www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter the event code 2ad6u

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





In 2018 Oakleigh South Primary School was successful in its application to participate in, The Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists (PMSS) program. It is a highly successful, evidence-based program that has been running for a number of years and focuses on improving the delivery of science in Government schools. The initiative aims to: increase student engagement and achievement in science, increase teacher confidence and capability in teaching science, increase understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and have a sustainable impact in our school beyond the life of the two year initiative. As part of the program, two Science Specialists (Evert Eykman and Maria Sakellaris) are appointed to drive the initiative through planning, research, teaching and undertaking professional learning (including over 20 days of scheduled professional development with other PMSS within our region).

This year will see our specialists deliver lessons alongside teachers across all year levels. These programs are closely aligned to the respective areas of the Victorian Curriculum under Science Understanding and Inquiry Skills. Already in Term one, our Year 2 students were engaged in a 5 week long program on ‘Living and Non-Living things. The focus of the activities were predominantly around understanding the characteristics of a living thing as well as exploring many of the science capabilities such as questioning and predicting, planning and conducting and recording and processing. Students did hands on activities including using digital microscopes/tablets to help analyse and draw plants and insects, through to exploring through the village for the plethora of plants and animals that live in The Village.

Term 2 has seen our Year 5 and 2 students spend time with our Science Specialists. The Year 5 students have also been exploring the biological sciences and have been investigating how plants and animals adapt in their environment through behaviour and structure. Activities have been focused around developing students’ understanding of the structural features of living things and their adaptations to help them survive in their environment.  The students have been involved in testing, predicting, gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events. Furthermore, they have been investigating the behavioural and structural adaptations in animals and plants, in a new environment in order to live in the new habitat and why.

The focus for our Year 1’s this term has been around the Earth Sciences, in particular, developing their understanding of ‘Day and Night’. Students have been exploring the different changes that happen to our environment as humans and also the different behaviours of other animals, dependant on the time of day. Some fantastic misconceptions are being explored and the Year 1 children are coming up with some incredible questions and wonderings as to how it all happens. Students have been using a light box to help understand the effect of the sun on the earth, and are using their Science Inquiry Skills to help develop their inquisitive minds!

Whilst we are half way through the year, there is still more to come in Semester 2. Evert Eykman and Maria Sakellaris are looking forward to working with the Year 3’s and 6’s in Term 3 and Preps and Year 4’s in Term 4 on their curriculum aligned programs.



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