Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 20 – June 29nd


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 20 – 29th June 2017

Mon 17th July
Term 3 Commences

Thurs 20th July
State Cross Country Championships


A big thank you to all the parents who attended the Parent/Teacher meetings yesterday with their child’s teacher. It was a great opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s report and to touch base with what’s happening in the classroom. The response to these meetings was once again excellent and they certainly help us in providing the best learning experience for every child.

This week sees the Healthy Skills for Life program come to an end. We have had nothing but positive feedback from parents, teachers and most importantly from the children. They have learnt many skills and strategies to help them if they encounter uncertain situations. This has definitely been and extremely worthwhile program for all.

A great day was held at the annual House Athletics Carnival on Monday. All of the children tried their best and supported their houses with great team spirit. The athletic team for the District Carnival will be selected from the house results. Thank you to all the staff for the effort they put into this event—coaching, organising and supervising.

Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a restful and safe holiday break. We will see you back at school on Monday 17th July, ready for the second half of the year.

Enjoy the holidays!

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


End of Term

A reminder that tomorrow is the last day of term, and we have our final assembly at 1.50pm and early dismissal at 2.30pm.

Emergency SMS Alert

On Tuesday we sent an Emergency SMS Alert as a trial for the Department of Education. Thank you to the parents who let us know they had/hadn’t received the SMS.

We will be providing lots of feedback to the Department on the system.


Enrolments for Prep 2018

Places for Prep 2018 are filling fast and we have an incredible number of applications.

If you have a child starting in 2018, 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

 Miss Di Siervi

Miss Di Siervi, of 2JD, has been selected to play with the Australian’s Women’s Softball Team!

During the coming holidays, Jackie and the team will travel to North America in July, to compete in two prestigious tournaments, the World Cup of Softball and the Canada Cup.

The World Cup of Softball will be played in Oklahoma, and feature eight teams, including Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Philippines and the USA junior Women’s National Team.

The Canada Cup will be played in Surrey, just outside of Vancouver, and will also feature some of the world’s top national teams. Australia’s participation in these two tournaments, focus on getting the Australian Softball team to the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

We wish them every success!


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.

Exchange Students 2017

As most of you would already be aware, nine of our students travelled to Japan earlier this year to tour around Japan and also do a home stay visit with our sister school, Tamba Higashi Primary School.

It is now our turn to host 12 students from Tamba Higashi PS. This year, they will be arriving on Tuesday August 1st and leaving on Tuesday 8th August. The 12   students comprise of 1 boy & 11 girls whose ages range from 10- 12 years. Thank you to all those who offered to host our Japanese visitors, we have selected 6 host families.

I truly believe having Japanese students at our school is a unique opportunity to broaden OSPS students’ horizons and give us a wonderful opportunity to share our knowledge and passion for Australian culture and in return, learn about Japanese culture from our guests. I am looking forward to sharing this wonderful experience with the OSPS community.

Program for Japanese Exchange Students and Host Families

Tuesday 1st August
The Japanese students will arrive at Melbourne airport 11:15am. A Special School Assembly in the afternoon /Japanese students will be introduced to the school.

Wednesday 2nd August
School all day: Join classes.

Welcome BBQ: A BBQ party with all host families and students.

Thursday 3rd August
City Excursion for Japanese students and teachers.

Friday 4th August
School all day: Join classes.

Monday 7th August
School all day: Join classes.
Afternoon Tea with all host families from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

Tuesday 8th August
School all day: Join classes. School Farewell Assembly.
Fly out from Melbourne Airport 11:40pm.


When I walked in the hall my tummy was fluttering with butterflies. What should I start with; the lights, the food, the dress ups, pictures, smoke machine, the lights. It was amazing. The questions were awesome. They were so well written. I couldn’t forget the air guitar game they were all so funny especially Zhengie. WHAT A NIGHT! Lihee 6SA

The deafening noise of music filled my ears on that Friday night. Questions about many subjects where answer in hope to win this grade 6 trivia night. Smoke clouded nearly everyone’s vision till’ you could barely see. The food and sweets brought by team-mates. Ethan C 6SA

Cheers echoed all around. Laughter boomed off the walls as the trivia questions came on the screen. Coins were flicked in attempt of winning a chocolate jar, and cameras flashed as we posed, smiling deviously. Food was demolished as we all watched, nearly crying from laughter as Max, Zhengie, Dylan, Ilana and Erin rocked their air guitars! Sliding, spinning jumping! What could top this fantastic night? Krystal M 6SA

The moment you’ve been waiting for…. Brace yourself for the most random questions you’ll ever encounter! Work your way through many obstacles of questions based on many subjects; movies general knowledge, music, sport and you guessed it – even about our school! That’s not it; challenge yourself with the ‘guess the number of chocolates’, or the coin toss. You’ll even get to take pictures with your friends, where you can start dressing up into funky costumes. But that’s not the best part. There’s even a disco waiting for you later on in the night. Grade 5’s, get your brains rolling and working because you’ll have to use it next year! Jae 6SA

The highlight of the year for me could easily have been the year 6 trivia night. The lights, disco, games, prizes and competitions everything was so well thought out and was just an incredible amount of fun. The questions were very well designed they weren’t too easy or too hard along with being very fun to answer the Eykmaster did an excellent job at DJ and the lights and the lights and smoke machine created an amazing atmosphere for the disco portion of the night. All together a spectacular night! Alex H 6SA

As soon as I walked into the hall I could tell it was going to be a great night! I’ll never forget the excitement around our table when they announced the ‘Crazy Smarties’ were winning. After 15 minutes of dancing and shouting it was unfortunately time to go home. The trivia night was by far the highlight of the year. Questions, food, dancing, games and smoke what more could you want? Samantha M 6SA

Last Friday I had the best time of my life. There was lots of fun as well as hard trivia questions. There was epic music and cool but unusual games in which some of us participated. I was a little disappointed our team came second last out of 15 teams. Well done to the winners ‘Turtle Squad’. Thanks to Mr Alston and the Year 6 teachers for organising and preparing a wonderful trivia night for us. Ilias 6CR


Laughter is what welcomed me as soon as the hall doors opened. Even though I had arrived late, l could already feel the excitement. Walking across the foyer I glanced to my right and saw the remains of a photo shoot, feathers. Sunglasses and hats! I continued walking until I reached my table, the sign of our team name stared straight me back at me, ‘Turtle Squad’. The smiles from the rest of my table made my face light up. “Round 4!” Mr Alston cheered through the mic. We all waited in silence, watching the overhead projector, getting ready to write our answers to the questions that would appear. “Round 5, Round 6!” continuously the rounds kept coming. When it neared the end of the ‘trivia’ section of our night, we all gathered around Mr Alston as he announced the year 6 trivia night champions. ‘And the winners of the 2017 are… Turtle Squad!”   Sophie L 6CR

When the Air guitar competition came around, all the tables stood up where they were and let loose! Much to my surprise I was chosen for the top ten guitarists! Rocking like there was no tomorrow, I finished equal third. Did I want a spring roll, my friends asked? No thank you, just water and sympathy for me! Ilana 6CR

As soon as the hall doors opened, kids ran inside; it was going to be a fabulous night. The year 6 Trivia night was a great night answering questions and just chilling out with friends trying to win the trivia night shield. I’m very thankful to the parents and teachers who organised this wonderful night and I hope that they continue the year 6 trivia because I had a fantastic time. Katherine 6CR

The first year 6 trivia night was awesome. Consisting of amazing bonus point rounds e.g. air guitar and the questions were well thought out and some of them were quite challenging. I was part of the Extreme 8. My friends and I had a great time. We also had a disco which was a great way to finish off the night! Eleni 6CR

Did you go to trivia night last Friday? I did and it was spectacular! We had many challenging questions, lots of photos and heaps of dancing. The highlight of   trivia night for me was the photos. We had a photo booth with crazy dress ups. Then there was a disco with lots of lights, machines and our special D.J the   Eykmaster AKA Mr Eykman. Sadly 10:30pm had come which meant it was time to go. We were sad but we all had a fantastic night! Isabella P 6CR

Tension had been building for the days that led up to the trivia night but… when we stepped in through the front door all expectations were beaten. From the moment you walked in and saw everyone taking photos in dress ups and all the teams chattering and getting ready for the night you knew it was going to be spectacular and it was. Zavier K   6SA


Regional Cross Country

The Regional Cross Country championships are an annual event that is run at Ballam Park late in the third term. It is the final step before children reach State and an extremely competitive level.

Oakleigh South qualified an amazing nine children to Regionals, with at least one child representing our school in each of the six age group/gender categories.

The course itself has a very challenging start, which narrows down very quickly and goes over a large drop before coming up a steep incline; all of this happens in the first kilometre. Even our most experienced runners find this start difficult.

We had some fantastic results, with three children qualifying for the State Championships, which will be held in Bundoora in the first week of Term 3. Well done to Jessica 5MB, Ori 5MB and Louisa 6FW who will be representing our school in a little under three weeks. A massive well done to all the children who worked so hard over the last few months to prepare themselves for the Cross Country Season, you are a credit to yourselves.
Thank you also to the staff and parents who have been involved with the extra out of hours training and encouraging the children.

9/10 Girls: Emily R 15th

9/10 Boys: Jake A 47th

11 Girls: Jessica I 4th   & Tansha S 16th

11 Boys: Ethan G 30th

13/13 Girls: Louisa L 9th  & Sam M 17th

12/13 Boys: Ben C 19th  &  Lachie M 43rd

AWD Boys: Ori D 1st



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