Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 2 – 12th February 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 2  –  12th February 2019



Tuesday, 12th February
– Prep BBQ   5.30 – 7.30pm
– Swimming Squad Training  7.30am

Wednesday, 13th February
– Year 3 – 6 Information Nights   6 – 7pm

Thursday, 14th February
– Inter School Sports

Friday, 15th February
– Swimming Squad Training  7.30am

Monday, 18th February
– Yr 2  Healthy Skills for Life 

Tuesday, 19th February
– Swimming Squad Training  7.30am
– Captaincy Badge Presentation   2.40pm

Friday, 22nd February
– Book Club Issue 1 Orders Close
– Swimming Squad Training  7.30am

Friday, 1st March
– Curriculum Day
   Students not required at school


The Prep children are well settled into their classroom routines with their individual assessments taking place each Wednesday until the end of February.

Unfortunately, due to the change in weather, and concern from parents, we have had to postpone the Prep Welcome BBQ put on by the OSPS Parent Group. The BBQ will now be held nest Tuesday, 19th February at 5.30pm.

Please diarise the Fete date…Saturday 4th May. This is our school’s major fundraiser for the year and is always a fantastic community day. Stay tuned for lots more information.

Lastly, remember that the whole school assembly is held on Tuesday afternoons from 2.40pm. The assembly is an opportunity to celebrate children’s achievements, remind the school community about upcoming events and showcase our senior and junior choirs. Our new prep parents are very welcome.

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


Healthy Skills for Life, for Year 2 – Under Year 2 Tab – Due by 4.30pm on Wednesday, 13th February

Year 6 Graduation & Rugby Tops Balance Payments – Under Year 6 Tab – Due by 4.30pm on Wednesday, 13th February

OSPS Swimming Squad – Under Specialist Charges Tab – Due by 4.30pm on Wednesday, 13th February 

Sports Levy, Year 6 – Under Year 6 Tab – Due by 4.30pm on Wednesday, 27th February 


Medication and Action Plans 


We still have a large number of students who have not returned Action Plans and/or Medication for 2019 –
This is URGENT as we are unable to adequately support children without the correct information and medication
Please ensure that you have provided the school with the information required by Friday, 15th February.

It is vital that you work with us, all Action Plans must be reviewed and signed off by your doctor and have a clear, current photo of the student. They are  a legal requirement, and it is our school policy that they be updated every 12 months.

If you have any queries, please contact the Office or email oakleigh.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

For copies of ASCIA and Asthma Plans can be found on the school website in under Forms, Event and Year Level Information https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/news-events/

School Fees and Statements  

Statements will be sent home to families by the beginning of next week, please look out for the envelope in your child’s bag.

Qkr! continues to be our preferred method of payment for school accounts, and to make things easier for parents, class teachers and the Office, we have some changes to the Qkr! proccess this year.

Qkr will now open on a Wednesday, and after a 2 week payment window, close at 4.30pm on a Wednesday. 
If you miss this payment window, or pay using BPAY, Credit Card or CSEF, you will need to complete the orange form, available from your Classroom Teacher, for processing via the Classroom Cash Book.   

Please ensure you have registered your children for this year, checking you have selected the correct year level and class.

If you have any queries or any issues accessing your Qkr account please email Sarah Van Deursen   vandeursen.sarah.e@edumail.vic.gov.au with the following details, so we can follow up with our Qkr account mamanger:

*  User’s email address registered with Qkr
*  User’s mobile number in Qkr
*  First name and surname of one or more of the user’s children.

CSEF Information


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.

Parents that received funding under the program at the school in 2018 do not need to complete an application form in 2019, providing there has been no change in their family circumstances. Schools are able to copy parent applications from 2018 to 2019 on the CSEF system.

Where a family or sibling is new to the school in 2019, an application form must be completed.

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 CSEF Application Form

Captaincy Badges


Captaincy Badges for our 2019 Leadership Positions will be presented at Assembly on Tuesday, 19th February.

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

Parking Congestion Petition 


Child Safety. Traffic congestion at drop off & pick up times at OSPS presents a clear and obvious danger to the students of OSPS and the local community.

There is increasing concern about the clear and present danger to the students of OSPS and the local community. The roads and parking congestion create unnecessary risk to child safety.

If you agree to make it safer to get to and from Oakleigh South Primary School, please sign this petition to request action be taken by Vic Roads, local and state government and lobby for funding for school car park improvements. A copy of the petition is available at the office for signing.

Thanks in anticipation of your support.
Shona Elford & concerned parents



Curriculum Day


Please note that Friday, 1st March is a Curriculum Day, and no students are required at school.

Camp Australia will offer an all day program. Please register your child if you need this service


Supervision Before and After School


Our classrooms open at 8.45am and children who arrive before then MUST be supervised by a parent or guardian. We allow 15 minutes for children and parents to make their way to the classrooms before doors open at 8.45am. Children are not to play games or on equipment before school. There have been several children arriving well before 8.30am without parents or guardians.

If you are delayed and cannot be at school for 3.30pm pick up, please contact the Office as soon as you are aware of this delay, so the classroom teacher can be notified, and appropriate arrangements for your child’s care can be made. Any child requiring supervised care beyond 3.40pm must be booked into aftercare.

Camp Australia runs our Out of School Hours Care from 7.00am so if your family requires care before 8.30am, please feel free to contact this service. Please click here for Camp Australia Information


OSPS Desks

OSPS is selling the old style desks for $50 each (they usually go for around $100 on sell sites). We would like to extend the opportunity for OSPS parents to purchase them first, before going to the wider community.

Parents will have from Monday 4th February until Friday 8th February to purchase.

You may select a desk from the Year 5 Building, pay for it at the office (EFTPOS available) and put it aside. 
However it must be picked up by Friday 8th February.

Any queries please contact Nikki Virtuoso virtuoso.nicole.b@edumail.vic.gov.au

The Importance of Quality Sleep


As technology and social media play a larger role in our every day lives, especially those of our children, parents may find the following article insightful.

Herald Sun Article:  Sleep Experts to help students with sleep issues


Prep and Year 1 Japanese


First term Japanese for Preps and Grade 1’s has got off to a flying start!

Grade 1’s quickly settled back into the class routine and impressed with their recall of all the material learned during the previous year. The next few weeks will be very exciting as we begin exploring Japanese Hiragana script, extending on conversational language and exploring the many arts and crafts offered by Japanese culture.


Japanese Exchange


Sunday 20th January 2019 saw 14 students accompanied by teachers, Sumiko Ranjitkumar, Rob Martin, former assistant principal at OSPS, and me Mami Martin, arrive at Melbourne Airport for the adventure of a lifetime; a fifteen day study tour in Japan.

This is now the fourth time OSPS have sent students to Japan, starting with just 6 students and two staff in 2016. The children were excited, the parents a little nervous and the teachers a mix of both. It is a big thing to take 14 children away, but we believed that the rigorous selection process had given us 14 children who would cope very well with this tour.

As we approached Tokyo, we could see Mt. Fuji as the sun was beginning to set. What a welcome!

Our first five days were spent touring three of the major cities in Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. All, as you can imagine, were wonderful and the children loved every minute. Highlights were the Shinkansen (bullet train to Kyoto and Hiroshima), the Hiroshima Peace Park, Shibuya intersection and The Golden Temple in Kyoto. There were many other brilliant highlights and humorous incidents but too numerous to mention here.

At the end of Day 5, a Thursday, we left Kyoto for Tamba, where we would do our home stay. Tamba is one of the most beautiful country towns in Japan. The school itself is nestled into the foot of a mountain, which when covered with snow is absolutely stunning.

A welcome party was held for our students and their host families. Although they had already contacted each other through email or Skype, there was some initial nervousness from both sides. However, smiles did not take long to appear on faces and when the children left they looked excited and happy.

Our kids had one day at school on Friday before spending the weekend with their host family. The weekend saw snow fall for the first time this winter, allowing our kids to do some brilliant things like tobogganing, snowball fights, building a snowman, sitting in an outdoor onsen (natural hot spring) while snow is falling. All this as well as visits to Kobe and Osaka and everyday activities like shopping at the supermarket or watching family members play sport. Our kids loved it and had very generous hosts who did so much with and for them.

The Tamba International Association, who do a lot of the Japanese organisation for this tour also provided some wonderful highlights. These included our children doing Taiko drumming, meeting the Mayor of Tamba, two students and I being interviewed on radio, a bus tour of Tamba which included numerous brilliant activities, one of which was a visit to a dinosaur museum. They are a brilliant group of philanthropic business people and parents of students at Tamba Higashi P.S.

When our time in Japan was nearly over, some kids were ready for home but others wanted to stay. One student commented “I love Japan but I also want to see my family. I wish I could bring my family here to live.” I think that summed up what many of our children thought.

Its time to talk about our kids. To go to a country nearly 10,000km from home, where they speak a different language and to have no direct contact with family while away, is a huge ask. I can say in all honesty, this group of fourteen children were simply outstanding. They are without doubt as a group the most adventurous eaters we have taken. Eight or nine of them even tried natto, fermented sticky beans, which smell like old socks! In food courts they went for Japanese food every time, with some really ‘out there’ selections.

They were willing, after some encouragement, to engage with Japanese strangers at bus stops, restaurants, food courts and all forms of public transport. They got by with limited Japanese and the usually limited English of the person they were talking to, as well as hand gestures and facial expressions. We were so proud of them.

They were independent, resilient, well mannered and respectful and we witnessed through their tears and those of their host parents at the farewell party how strong the bonds had grown in such a short time. As one of the International Association members commented at the farewell, as he watched our students and host families in tearful embraces, “This is why we do this. This is our reward.”

Lastly, I would like to thank Ron and School Council for allowing this program to grow and flourish as it has. Our Japanese Exchange program is a rarity in primary schools and is credit to the adventurous initiatives that are a hallmark of our school.

Mami Martin




Pippa R PAM For being such a friendly and kind member of our class. What a super start to school Pippa!!
Jessica T 1CG For always giving 100% and completing all tasks to the best of her ability. Keep up the great work, Jessica!
Ruby D 1JG For always showing kindness towards others and using beautiful manners with the residents at Sapphire Care!
Nilaani E 1ML For her excellent start to Year 1 and always having beautifully presented work. Keep up the great efforts!
Yashika D 1NC For putting in 100% effort in everything she does and consistently using excellelent manners! Keep it up, Yashika!
Divyam S 1NM You have made a terrific start at OSPS Divyam. Keep up the good work and positive attitude!
Kai W 2AP For always completing his work to an amazing standard. Keep up the super work, Kai!
Alessia V 2AS For producing work to an outstanding standard and for being an amazing classroom helper. Well done Alessia!
Alisha A 2CS For making a positive start at Oakleigh South PS and completing all work to a high standard. Keep it up, Alisha!
Kristian P 2NC For setting exceptional behavioural standards for 2NC! Awesome work Krisitian, keep it up!
Rose C 2SI For making a fantastic start at Oakleigh South PS and always coming to school with a positive attitude. Keep smiling, Rose!
Patrick W 2VO For coming to school with a positive attitude! Keep up the fabulous effort Patrick!
Fansu L 3DD Fansu’s positive and hard working attitude cannot be surpassed. 
Tom C 3MW Tom has made a great start at OSPS. He has been a great Village farmer and is working hard in class. Well done Tom.
Nyah T 4AS For an excellent ‘Values Shield’ presented artistically and neatly. Great work Nyah.
Samuel K 4DK For a brilliant start to the year and always putting in 110% effort into his work. Keep shooting for the stars!
Griffin D 4KH For smashing his AR goal in the first week. Well done Griffin, Keep up the great work.
Luka Tr 4KP For trying his personal best and asking lots of relevant questions.
Bella M 4NH For approaching all lessons with enthusiasm and a he smile.
Josh G 5EE For demonstrating excellent effort in all areas and always offering assistance in the classroom. Well done Josh!
Adam S 5HP For making a fantastic start at Oakleigh South PS. Welcome to our school Adam!
Kate I 5LG For her outstanding active listening skills and the amazing effort she puts into everything she does.
Andrew M 5NK Smashing his first week at OSPS! Fabulous commitment to your learning and being such a valuable member of 5NK
Delisha B 6CS Congratulations on a great start to Year 6! Your high standards and work ethic are very impressive. Well done.
Ishika S 6SM For her mature and diligent approach to all classroom tasks and strong commitment to her role as library captain.



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