Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 26 – 27th 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 26  –  27th August 2019




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

Monday, 2 September
– Camp Quality Free Incursion-whole school
– Scholastics Book Fair 
– Healthy Skills for Life 
– UNSW Competitions

Tuesday, 3 September
– UNSW Competitions
– Scholastics Book Fair 

Wednesday, 4 September
– UNSW Competitions
– Scholastics Book Fair 

Thursday, 5 September
– UNSW Competitions

Friday, 6 September
– UNSW Competitions



The Year 6 children are in full production mode with only three weeks until their production, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jnr’. There will be four performances, with one of those being a matinee show on Tuesday 17th September at 4pm. This was a very popular time option last year for the younger students, siblings, parents and friends to enjoy the show at an earlier time. Tickets can be purchased at www.trybooking.com 
We are hoping to see lots of our Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 children at this performance. This show is sure to delight the imaginations of children and adults alike.

With the warmer weather just around the corner (hopefully!) works to continue installing the robotics lab will start very soon. The concrete is due to be poured shortly with the building scheduled for arrival in the first week of the holidays. We are very excited to get this project up and running as quickly as we can.

After our recent NED show, the response to the Yo-yos has been overwhelming. Thank you for supporting this program which promotes the values of, Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. The entertaining program delivers the message of being kind-hearted and caring and having an awesome mindset for learning.

Last Wednesday we had a School Council meeting to review and update the school policies of the School’s Philosophy, the Sunsmart Policy, the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy, the Bullying Prevention and Harassment Policy, the Visitors Policy and the Volunteers Policy. These policies were all approved by the School Council.

Have a fantastic week and enjoy the weekend.

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 5 Scienceworks/Planetarium Excursion – Under Year 5 Tab – by Wednesday,  11th September




A reminder to parents and carers 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




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).


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

Year 6 Production – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Tickets for the Year 6 Production “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” will be on sale to the whole school community tomorrow morning, Wednesday 28th August from 10am on TryBooking, and Year 6 families can purchase additional tickets then.


Red Cast – Monday 16th (7pm) and Tuesday 17th (4pm) September
Yellow Cast – Wednesday 18th (7pm) and Thursday 19th (7pm) September

Until tomorrow, it is still only for Year 6 families to purchase tickets, with the same ticket restrictions.



Thank you



The UNSW Competitions will be held over the next 3 weeks.

Year level specific timetables have been sent via Flexibuzz.

Good luck to all the students who are taking part.

School Banking


If your child has lost their Dollarmites deposit wallet, they can bring their money to school in a sealed envelope with a note including your child’s name and School Banking student ID no. on the next School Banking day. We will issue them with a replacement.

Your high school age child can continue to bank with us if they still have siblings at OSPS.

Ten (10) silver tokens or one (1) gold token are required to claim a reward.  Send in your tokens and a note advising which reward you would like.

It’s never to late to open a Dollarmite account and join in.

If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2019 School Banking program information pack from your teacher or visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking

Reminder regarding Deposit slips

Despite our many pleas for parents to complete deposit slips and receipt tabs, many of you are not doing so which is adding to our workload and can lead to errors.
PLEASE complete all fields on your slips, making sure the TOTAL is the total of your deposit, not your bank balance!

From now on, if deposit slips are not completed, we will not process the deposit and it will be returned without your money being banked.  We regret this action, but we are now in Term 3 and should not have to keep asking.

Please help us to help you and complete your books correctly.

New School Banking rewards now available!

Exciting new Term 3 Polar Savers rewards are now available, while stocks last!

For every deposit made at school students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for exclusive School Banking reward items in recognition of their regular savings habits. There are two new items released each term so be sure to keep an eye out for them!

Thank you for supporting the School Banking program and remember, School Banking day is every MONDAY.

Thank you to our School Banking Co-ordinators

Our School Banking volunteers are vital in helping teach students the importance of saving regularly.  They volunteer their time each week to process your child’s deposit and without them, the program could not run.  All deposits are processed at school.

We have 4 volunteers at present:

      • Katrina Jones,
      • Michelle Englund,
      • Adeline Raymer and
      • Caryn Vincent

There’s always room for more!

We’d like to make a special mention to Caryn, who continues to process our banking even though her children have finished at OSPS.  Thank you so much Caryn – we REALLY appreciate your continued assistance.

We would also like to thank our outgoing Volunteer JULIE McNESS who has been a  School Banking Co-ordinator since 2007.   Julie continued to assist us while working full-time at Bunnings and we have appreciated her support.  We wish you well Julie and please know you are welcome back any time!


– The OSPS School Banking Volunteers

Multicultural Day

The Preps and Year 1’s will soon be holding their annual Multicultural Day on Thursday 12th of September.

Students are asked to come to school dressed in the traditional clothing of
a country of their choice (think flag colours, cultural dress, “stereotypical” clothing) and to bring along a platter of finger food that the country is famous for.

There will be a parade in the hall at 9.15am. Parents are most welcome at attend!

We look forward to seeing a variety of outfits and feasting on yummy foods!

The Prep and Year 1 Teams

Japanese Exchange 


Today I want to tell you a wonderful story of how our Japanese exchange program has blossomed into something much more than just a student exchange. In reality it has developed lasting friendships between the families in both Japan and Australia, with the result being that families who have hosted or had their children hosted have maintained regular contact and built lasting friendships.

Today we welcome two examples of these international friendships. Keito visited us in 2018 and I vividly remember him crying on the bus all the way to the airport because he felt he had not made the most of his time with Tom and his family. He made up for this when he and his family acted as host parents to Tom and Lucius earlier this year, and now he’s back to visit both families and has brought his mother and sister with him. Please welcome Keito and his family.

We also have Yumeka, who was hosted by Mikayla’s family in 2018. She also has brought her mother with her to visit, not only Mikayla’s family, but also the families of Nanoha and Sienna who were hosted by her family earlier this year. Please welcome Yumeka and her mother to OSPS.

Keito and Yumeka are not the only ones visiting during their holidays. During our holidays we had two of OSPS students, Azusa and Alicia and one former student, Mikayla and their families visit Tamba. All families were welcomed by their host families and the school and they were thrilled with the reception and hospitality shown toward them. They all had a great time and would love to go back.

The building of the strong relationship between Tamba and Oakleigh South is truly heart-warming and has exceeded all my expectations.

Although we are working to increase the number of students we take to Japan, we are currently only able to take 14 students each year.  However, hosting opportunities are open to all families of Year 5 & 6 students, so hopefully more families get the chance to build similar relationships with their host students, with the possibility of visiting.

Thank you to all who have helped to make this program such an outstanding international success.

Mami Sensei



Year 1 – Feel the rhythm, Feel the rhyme, Year 1’s – it’s African Drumming Time!




On Thursday the 22nd of August, the Year 1 students arrived at school to hear the sound of a kora (a Senegalese string instrument that he actually made himself) playing in the background by our special guest Bouba.

Students enthusiastically peeked through the window to get a glimpse of Bouba jamming solo as he prepared for a big day of African drumming.

As part of our Term 3 integrated studies unit ‘Around the World’, each Year 1 class participated in an interactive dance and drumming workshop. Our 45-minute sessions brought so much life and energy into the classroom and the time went far too quickly!

Bouba taught us how music has the power to break down barriers as it is a universal language that can bring everyone together with a big smile. Students excitedly played their djembe drums throughout the workshop where they learned how to follow a beat and keep to the rhythm ‘DuDu – KiKi’. We also had the opportunity to have a dance and sing along to the rhythm of the drums.

Thank you Bouba from the company ‘African Drumming’ for such an incredible musical and cultural experience. The Year 1 students and teachers all had a blast!!




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