Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 23 – 6th August 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 23   –  6th August 2019




Monday, 5 – Wednesday, 7 August
– Year 4 Camp Group 1
(4KH, 4GZ, 4AS,4KP)
– Yr 3 Healthy Skills for Life
– Junior Swim Program  P-2

Tuesday, 6 August
– Junior Swim Program  P-2

Wednesday, 7 – Friday, 9 August
– Year 4 Camp Group 2
(4DK, 4NH, 4TM)
– Junior Swim Program  P-2

Thursday, 10 August
– Junior Swim Program  P-2

Friday, 11 August
– Year 5 Healthy Skills for Life
– Junior Swim Program finishes P-2

Monday, 12 August
– Healthy Life Skills
– NED Show- Whole School

Tuesday, 13 August
-Bentleigh District Athletics

Wednesday, 14 August
– CURRICULUM DAY (no children at school)

Thursday, 15 August
– Girls Tag Rugby

Friday, 16 August
– Healthy Life Skills
– Year 5 to see South Oakleigh College Production



Congratulations to the following parents who were successful in being voted as our new school councillors.

Samantha Diplaris

Campbell Davies

Katie Parr

Kate Liu

I would like to thank Eva McMaster from the Department, who we invited to overview the whole process as an independent observer. There will be a School Council meeting tomorrow evening with our new council, in the staff room at 6pm.

Yesterday we farewelled our first group of Year 4 children who went to Philip Island for their camp. Tomorrow the second group leaves, and spends the day with group one before they travel home in the afternoon. From all reports they are having ball.

Today we said our goodbyes to the visiting students and teachers from Tamba Higashi PS. Their week was filled with lots of activities at school and with their host families. I would like to thank our Japanese team for their hard work and organisation in making this experience such a memorable one and a huge thank you to our host families for looking after the children so well. I’m sure the children will return to Japan with very fond memories of their visit to Australia.

Next Wednesday the staff will be involved in a whole school Curriculum Day. No children will be required at school on this day. Out of school hours care will be available.

Lastly, today the prep children entertained everyone at the assembly with their fun filled songs that they had learnt to celebrate their 100 days of school. All the children looked fabulous in their colourful crowns as they proudly sang their songs to the school and their families. A big thank you to the staff involved in making this a very memorable moment in their lives.

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 Athletics – Selected Student Only  – Under Specialist Charges Tab – by Wednesday, 6th August



Curriculum Day


A reminder to all parents that next Wednesday, 14th August is a Curriculum Day.

Students are not required at school, however Camp Australia will operating a program. 

Thank you

No Children Drop Offs in the Staff Carpark


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

Early Arrivals, Yard Duty and Late Pick Ups




Yard duty before school commences at 8:45 am.

After school teachers are in the grounds until 3:45 pm. Students on school grounds outside these times will not be supervised (unless they attending a before or after school care program or supervised extracurricular activity).

Parents/carers are requested to ensure that students do not arrive early or stay late after school unless they are attending before or after school care, or a pre-arranged supervised activity (i.e. running club). 



It can be difficult for families to know when their child is sick enough to need to stay home from school. For safety’s sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice.

Clearly we want children to be resilient and learn to put up with minor health matters, however it is important that students do not return to school before they are completely over illness. Apart from the fact that our facilities are limited, it is problematic if children return to school too soon and infect others.

We have confirmed cases of the highly contagious Influenza B at school.

If you think your child may have influenza, you should see a GP who may want to do a test to confirm if your child has influenza. Influenza is highly contagious and children need to stay away from school, usually for at least 5 days (they need to be well with no symptoms for at least 48 hours before returning and your doctor must advise once they are well enough to return).

Families can experience problems when trying to take time off to care for an ill child at home. However, it is important that parents focus not only on the wellbeing of their own child, but also upon the wellbeing of other children and the staff. If you have to administer Panadol / Nurofen before school – then your child isn’t school ready.

Antibiotics that are to be administered three times per day can be done at home. The first dose can be administered between 7am – 8.30am, the following dose can be administered between 3.45 – 4.30pm. Then the last dose can be given at 8pm or before bed.

If your child has a temperature, has vomited or had diarrhoea, they must be completely well for 24 hours before returning to school.


Performing Arts and Music




This term in the Performing Arts/Music (Junior school) we have been learning about the Music concepts of Tone Colour and Texture in music through singing, instrumental play and dance.

The students in Grades Prep have been learning songs such as ‘Flying Man’, ‘Fiddle Diddle Dee’, ‘Let’s Celebrate 100 Days of Prep’, ‘The Farmer in the Dell’ and other songs. They have learnt about the sounds that their classroom instruments make and different ways of playing them. Grades One students have explored instruments found in Jazz bands, Rock bands and Orchestras.

The students in Grade 1 have been learning songs, such as, ‘I am a Fine Musician’, ‘Old MacDonald had a Rock Band’ and ‘The Seven Steps’. They will be learning about dances from different countries and cultures.

The students in Grades Prep and One have explored instruments found in Jazz bands, Rock bands and Orchestras. They have learned about instruments from other cultures as well as their classroom percussion instruments.

The Grades 2 students have been learning songs from countries, such as, Greece, Japan, Israel, China and Australia. They have been learning dances from different cultures, such as, the Zorbo, Oseh Shalom and Mexican Hat Dance. They have commenced work on their Musical Production.

The Grades 3 students have learnt about the science of sound (how various instruments create sounds). They have learned songs, such as, ‘Count Us In 2019’, ‘We Are’ and ‘Wet Day Blues’. They have continued learning to play their recorders whilst learning notation. They also use tuned percussion instruments in class.

Victorian State Schools Spectacular




On the 24th of July, 20 very excited Grade 5 students caught the train into the city to the Melbourne Town Hall for our first Mass Choir rehearsal for the Victorian State School Spectacular. Oakleigh South Primary School has been involved in the VSSS in Mass Dance for the last 8 years which has always been a highlight for those participating Grade 5 students. This is the first year that OSPS has had a group involved in the Mass Choir as well.

Our 20 students had a fantastic day at the first Mass rehearsal with approximately 1,200 other students from state schools all over Victoria, some coming from as far as Bairnsdale, Sale and Shepparton. It was amazing to hear all the parts come together and we learnt a lot that day. We are all looking forward to our next Mass Choir rehearsal on the 21st of August and the dress rehearsals in September!

Tickets still available at www.ticketek.com.au/spectacular for the 2 shows on the 14th of September at Melbourne Arena. Come and cheer on our fabulous Grade 5 Mass Dance and Choir students!

Jenny Barnard and Elaine Wilkinson





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