Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 19 – June 22nd


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 19 22nd June 2017

Mon 26th June
House Athletics

Wed 28th June
Parent Teacher Meetings
(2.00pm – 7.00pm)

Fri 30th June
End of Term 2
Early dismissal at 2.30pm


What a wonderful Wacky Wednesday we had at school yesterday as the Prep and Year 1 children celebrated their unit of literature on Dr. Seuss with a spectacular parade in the hall. The children arrived excitedly to school to find their classrooms very wacky indeed, with everything out of its usual place. Then it was time for another fun-filled parade where the children showed off their fantastic Dr. Seuss costumes. From the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Horton, Sam I Am, the Once-ler and lots of extremely mixed up and wacky outfits, everyone looked amazing.

Thank you to the teachers who became fully involved in the wackiness and really made the children’s day. A big thank you to the parents who came along to celebrate another fun school activity with your child.

Your child’s report will be going home tomorrow so please look out for that. There have been some changes to the reporting ratings now that we are reporting against the Victorian Curriculum. You will find a comprehensive letter outlining these changes in the envelope with the report.

Congratulations to our competitors who ran in the Southern Metro Region Cross Country on Monday. Every child ran their absolute best and we are very proud to be sending four of those children to the State Cross Country Championships nest term. Fantastic effort!

Enjoy the 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


Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews will be closed and finalised on Monday, 26th June. If you wish to make a booking, please follow this link and use the following code

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


Grade 4 Production – The AristoCats Kids

With the Production fast approaching , Grade 4 families will get the first option of tickets with bookings open to them next week.
Ticket sales are open to the whole school community next term.

Prices are as follows:
Adult:  $12
Child:  $7

Cast 1 will perform on Tues, 1st August, and Cast 2 will be the chorus.
Cast 2 will perform on Wed, 2nd August, and Cast 1 will be the chorus.

A link will be sent to parents via Tiqbiz when tickets are available for their year level.

School Fees

A friendly reminder to parents that the Essential Learning Fees and school expenses are due.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding payment, please contact Jo Chapple on 9570 1016.


Beautifying our School Day

On Sunday 23rd of July we will be having a morning planting the front of our school and generally making our grounds better. We would love to see as many families as possible involved. The day will start at 9.00 and run at least until 12.00.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute a donation towards materials would be greatly received. This is a great way to meet new families and children are encouraged to get involved.

Please bring any general gardening tools gloves etc.


Healthy Skills for Life

Session 8 – Gratitude and Leadership

During session 8, most students from Prep to Year 4 finished their Life Skills Group program. In their final session they learnt about leadership and gratitude.

Students were excited to recreate their favourite movement sequences, construct new ones and perform their sequences for the class to follow. Not only was recreating movements fun, but the exercise allowed students to take on a leadership role in the class and become accountable for their own learning.

Together, students revisited what they had learnt during the program and discussed which tools could be applied to their own lives. In particular, they focused on a range of breathing techniques. They recalled the feelings of calm, happy and relaxed after engaging in the various exercises and considered times when they could be used. Students suggested utilising the exercises anytime feelings of anxiousness or worry creep in, when a dispute with a friend or sibling arises or sleeplessness takes over. Through collaborative team games students worked with partners to put their positive self – talk into practice.

Parents: Ask your child what they are grateful for each day.

Session 8 (Year 5 & 6) – Acceptance, leadership and gratitude

This was the final week of our Tools for Transition program for most of our classes in Year 5 & 6. Students were excited to have a celebration to acknowledge all the hard work they have done and all of the values they have learned. In this final week, students delved into the values of leadership and gratitude by focusing on acceptance. What does it take to be a good leader? Who are the leaders in our lives and how do we know they are good leaders?

Students were taught the word acceptance and how we have to accept many things both good and bad on many different levels. Students learned that self-acceptance leads to a healthy self-image because when we practice self-acceptance we are not always looking for someone else to tell us we did a good job. We begin to tell ourselves what we believe we did well and what we feel we need to improve on. This idea helps students develop a healthy autonomy, as well. Students shared some things they have had to accept ranging from a bad mark to not getting into the same class as one of their friends to breaking a bone.

The Life Skills instructor discussed gratitude and why it is beneficial for us to practice every day. Students learned that practicing gratitude increases the happiness in our brains – imagine that! As this week was about leadership, students were invited to take on leadership roles in the class. The leaders were all sensible and gave clear instructions, just like a leader would. The lesson ended with a relaxation, again highlighting the importance of taking time to be present and calm in our busy world.

Parents: Ask your child what they can practice being more accepting of.


The Year 5 Excursion to Scienceworks

On Friday 26th May as part of our Term 2 Integrated Studies theme ‘Space and Beyond’ Year 5 students attended an excursion to the science museum ‘Scienceworks’.
Students explored a range of themed exhibitions and interactive displays, as well as watching two shows in the spectacular domed Planetarium.


On Spring

Daisies blooming in the light,
daffodils shinning oh so bright.
Playing about all day long,
after we play, we sing a song.


After a long day, time for bed,
after writing with our led.
So tired, So tired, So tired after school,
tomorrow I hope its very cool.

Because it’s been a sunny day,
finally some darkness as I lay.
Covered in quilts, all snuggly and warm,
like in your mum’s tummy about it born.

by Sapphire





The Bird

A bird soars above,
gliding, swiftly and soaring.
An image of grace.

Majestic, peaceful and proud,
Flying into the distance.

By Ruby


Mr Anthony Rowe

Interests/Hobbies:  Outside of school I enjoy water sports; fishing, paddle boarding and snorkelling.

Favourite Food/Music/Sport:  Japanese food is my favourite cuisine, in particular sashimi. I have an eclectic taste in music and love playing vinyl records. I was born into a mad Richmond family (sigh!)

Mr Sean Alston

Interests/Hobbies: Playing sport (footy, cricket, running) reading, travelling, riding, hiking, dancing and listening to live acoustic music, meeting interesting people and anything adventurous!

Favourite Food/Music/Sport:

Food: Anything I haven’t cooked! Mum’s home-made lasagne or Ms Marsden’s Panini!

Music: soul, reggae, salsa, live acoustic covers.

Sport: cricket, footy, running, cycling, darts!


Mrs Chris Roth

Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with my family, dinner parties with friends, baking cakes and cookies for my kids.

Favourite Food/Music/Sport:  Vietnamese and Thai food. I love all 70s and 80s music. I am an enthusiastic and often loud spectator at my children’s basketball, netball, karate and football games.


Ms Catherine Sangster

Interests/Hobbies: Doing crazy fundraisers like Tough Mudder and the Fred     Hollows Coastrek, triathlons, travelling, reading Sherlock Holmes, and just hanging out with my gorgeous kids.

Favourite Food/Music/Sport: Any sport where Australia is playing (Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!!), and  AFL (Port Power!!)

Food: Pancakes

Music: Deb Conway at the Caravan Club

Sport: Running, swimming, cycling, indoor rock climbing


Miss Fiona Wells

Interests/Hobbies: I love the theatre, sport, cooking and travelling.

Favourite Food/Music/Sport: My favourite foods are seafood and Japanese cuisine. I also enjoy Rugby League and softball.


Mrs Joan Healy

Interests/Hobbies: Travelling, entertaining grandchildren, reading and growing orchids are things I love to do.

Favourite Food/Music/Sport: I like Asian food, music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, swimming, fishing and footy.


Ms Mary Howe

Interests/Hobbies: I love to spend time with my family. I have been a karate practitioner for over 10 years and achieved my black belt a few years. I also take a keen interest in Australian and international politics.

Favourite Food/Music/Sport: I love spicy food, blues/rock music and am a mad Essendon supporter (GO BOMBERS!)




OSPS families & friend are invited to a VIP “One Time Shop” event is an occasion. Non Costco members are able to experience a shopping trip without paying the $60 membership fee prior to coming in and if you are interested deciding if Costco Moorabbin is “right” for you.

When: Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of June 2017.

Time: It will be an all day event starting from when we open to close. Our warehouse trading hours are (Friday 10am-8:30pm, Saturday 9:30am-6:30pm and Sunday 10am-6pm

Please click on the link for further information. OSPS INVITE – COSTCO VIP Shopping Event Informaiton


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