Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 24 – 13th 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 24  –  13th August 2019




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

Monday, 19 August
– Healthy Life Skills

Wednesday, 21 August
– School Council Meeting

Thursday, 22 August
– Year 1 Drumming Incursion

Friday, 23 August
– Healthy Life Skills

Monday, 26 August
– Father’s Day Breakfast – Final day for orders

Friday, 30 August
– Father’s Day Breakfast 
– Healthy Life Skills


The Year 4’s returned from Philip Island last week – Camp 1 and Camp 2 by all reports had a wonderful time. They viewed the penguins, visited the wildlife park, did a beach walk, braved the giant swing and many other exciting activities. Thank you to all the staff who attended and organised such a terrific experience for our students.

Last week our Year 6 parents received confirmation of their child’s secondary school for next year. Our first round of Preps for 2020 have also received information about transition.

Preps to Year 6’s participated in the NED Show incursion yesterday. The clear messages of the show reached all the children who eagerly watched and enjoyed the show. N = Never Give Up, E = Encourage Others, D = Do your best.

Today children in the District Athletics team from Years 3 – 6 have ventured to Duncan McKinnon Reserve. We wish all competitors the best in their events and look forward to hearing the results.

The newly elected school council met on Wednesday 7th August for the first time. Please see the link below in School Matters of the School Council report from this meeting. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st August 6pm in the staffroom.

A reminder that tomorrow (Wednesday 14th August) is a Curriculum Day, parents are to organise care for their children on this day. Out of School Hours program is running tomorrow in the aftercare building. Staff will be undertaking professional development, analysing our whole school data and providing input into the next 4 Year Strategic Plan. Parents will have the same opportunity to provide feedback in an up and coming Strategic Plan Parent Forum and a Strategic Plan Parent survey link, watch this space for further information.

Lastly we farewelled the Japanese exchange students from Tamba Higashi Primary School in Japan last week. They had an amazing 8 days in Melbourne. Thank you to everyone who welcomed the students and staff and spent time with them. Particular thanks to the host families and staff who organised the program. Check the Japan Tour article below under student showcase.

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

Year 1 Drumming Incursion – Under Year 1 Tab – by Wednesday, 21st August

Father’s Day Breakfast – Under Special Events Tab – by Monday, 26th August



Curriculum Day


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

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

Thank you



We have confirmed cases of the highly contagious Influenza A and 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).

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.

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.

Father’s Day Breakfast


Dear Parents,

A reminder to please make sure that you are purchasing for the adult and each child attending the breakfast.

You will find the order form on Qkr! under the “Special Events”

Please return your completed RSVP form, with your child’s name and class included, to your class teacher by Monday, 26th August.

For catering purposes, this is a prepaid event, and there are NO DOOR SALES.

All proceeds will be donated to “Australian Men’s Shed Association”

Thank you for your support

Parent Group

Prep 2020


We have sent letters to 2020 Preps who live in the Designated Neighbourhood Area and who have a sibling at OSPS.  After these places have been confirmed, we will be offering some places to children outside the zoned area.

These letters of offer will be sent out at the end of this term.

Working Bee


We will be holding a working bee on Sunday, 25th August from 9am

The main task will be to plant some new Banksia trees across the front of our school.

Anyone who is unable to attend, but would still like to contribute can make a donation at the Office towards the cost of the trees.

Please bring gloves and and relevant equipment if you have it.

School Council


School Council held their first meeting on 7th August.

Please click on the link below for the School Council Update.

OSPS School Council Update 13th August 2019

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). 


Japanese News



Hosting Japanese Students

8 Days went so fast, however the Japanese students had a wonderful experience and took home many happy memories. Thanks to all host families for their generosity, kindness and hospitality. You were brilliant hosts!! I would like to thank all teachers and students who made our visitors feel so welcome and a big thank you to Mr Cantlon for his continuous support for the Japanese program at OSPS  On behalf of the Japanese Team, I would also like to thank everyone who helped make this exchange the outstanding success that it was. Special thanks to Andrew Robinson for driving the mini bus to and from the airport!! Arigatou gozaimasu.

Japanese Dress-Up day

On Tuesday 30th July, students and staff had the opportunity to have some fun dressing up in Japanese costumes to celebrate our awesome Japanese Language Education Program at Oakleigh South Primary School, as well as welcoming our Japanese exchange students!! Students dressed up in kimono’s, ninja suits, karate uniforms and as various Japanese characters. Fantastic effort!!

During the week, Year 5 and 6 teachers planned special activities such as cooking, art, craft, calligraphy, sports, music, computing and robotics, for the Japanese students! The Japanese students had lots of fun and enjoyed meeting lots of kids! Thank you, teachers!

Black Belt Club with Japanese Students

Every second Monday, we have Black Belt Club for all students who have learned more than 40 of the 46 Hiragana characters. Hiragana is one of three Japanese alphabets in use in Japan, the others being Katakana and Kanji. Last week, we had a very special session with our visiting Japanese exchange students as we all enjoyed learning a Japanese Dance! Both Japanese students and Black belt kids loved it!!

In closing, I would like to say from a personal point of view how rewarding this program has become, with host families now visiting and hosting each other in Japan and Australia. The building of the relationship between Tamba and Oakleigh South is truly heart-warming and has exceeded all my expectations. Thank you to all who have helped make this exchange program such an outstanding international success.

Thank you.

Mami, Sumiko and Wintersea sensei





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