Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 34 – 12th November 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 34 – 12th November 2019



Wednesday, 13th November
– Yr 3 Tigray Skip Off
– Yr 6 Family Life Incursion
– Prep Fire Education Incursion

Thursday, 14th November
– Yr 6 Family Life Incursion

Friday, 15th November
– Healthy Skills Yr 6
– Prep Transition  Group B
1.30 – 3pm

Monday 18th November
– Healthy Skills Yr 4
– School Review Fieldwork Day

Tuesday, 19th November
– Yr 2 Production @ 7pm

Wednesday, 20th November
– Yr 2 Production @ 7pm
– Dress Up for Tigray Day
– Yr 6 Family Life Incursion
– Prep Fire Education Incursion

Thursday 21st November
– Yr 2 Production @ 7pm
– Yr 6 Tigray Business Expo
– Yr 6 Family Life Incursion

Friday 22nd November
– Healthy Skills Yr 6



Our Sister Village School in Tigray – Ethiopia.

Village to Village  “Together we Achieve”



Dear Parents

For those of you who are new to the school  – Haftu is a former student.  His mother Maria Strintzos has worked and volunteered for an Ethiopian local organization the Relief Society of Tigray (REST) for over 26 years. Through Maria and Haftu we have continued to support the children of his village.

From Maria  and Haftu Strintzos – in Maria’s  latest report/ thank you letter 

We have no words to express how grateful and overwhelmed we are by the generosity and love shown to us and the children at the Tsefah School, by the OSPS community.

Every single dollar has impacted the lives of poor children in a very meaningful way.  You can’t imagine the joy OSPS has given to the Tsefah school students – they can now go to school with all the learning materials they need, they have access to clean drinking water, and will soon have access to a proper library where they can study, read and learn new things every day.  This is what we call “empowerment” and “resilience building”. Remoteness, poverty, lack of resources are real challenges, however nothing will get in the way of making the Tsefah School a model education centre in Tigray.

Please help us to support our adopted sister school  by dressing your children  in one or more of the colours of Tigray on Wednesday 20th of November and by sending along a $2.00 coin.  Please consider sponsoring a child to attend school for another year at a cost per family of  $5.50.



In other school news, last Wednesday we were involved in the whole day validation process as part of our school review. The panel was involved in many discussions about our school and its performance, data as well as classroom observations and a student forum. The next step involves two fieldwork days (next Monday and Tuesday) where more in depth classroom observations will take place as well as further discussions with children from all year levels and the leadership team. The final day will be at the end of November where the findings will take place and the Strategic Plan vision for the next four years will be decided.

This week sees the Year 2 children taking part in in their full dress rehearsals in preparation for their production of ‘A Small Part of the World’, next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night at 7pm. They are all very excited and can’t wait to perform for their family and friends. Everyone is invited to come along and support our Year 2 children, so please log on to Trybooking.com to buy your tickets. Tickets will be available for purchase on the night. The show runs for approximately 45 minutes.

For your information, the 2020 school term dates are published in this newsletter.

Enjoy the rest of your 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


2020 Term Dates


2020 – Term 1

Tuesday 28th January (Staff start)
Wednesday 29th January (Yr 1 – 6 start)
Thursday 30th January (Preps start 9.30 – 12.30)
End of Term –  27th March
Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish

Term 2:

Tuesday 14th April – Friday 26th June



Term 3:

Monday 13th July – Friday 18th September

Term 4:

Monday 5th October – Thursday 18th December (2.30pm school students finish)
Friday 19th 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 6 Camp Installment – Under Year 6 tab – Overdue
Year 6 Family LifeUnder Year 6 tab -Overdue
Year 6 Camp Balance – Under Year 6 tab – Wednesday, 13th November

Year 5 Camp Deposit – Under Year 5 tab – Overdue
Year 5 Camp Installment – Under Year 5 tab – Wednesday, 13th November
Year 5 Camp Balance – Under Year 5 tab – Wednesday, 27th November




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).


OSPS Disco



The wintery weather didn’t stop the children from having a fantastic night at the disco.

Big thanks to Mr Morrey and Mr Eykman for their DJ skills, and James Melbourne for sound and lighting. Also, to the teachers that attended and helped with crowd control.






This term, students from Grade 4 and 6 prepared and did a short presentation to kids in Japan via Skype. Through these skype sessions, students had the opportunity to introduce themselves including their name, age, hobbies and their favourite things in Japanese. They also practiced how to introduce other people and challenged themselves to use new phrases such as, “I am (nationality) and my father and my mother is from (country)” in Japanese. After the skype sessions, students gained better understanding of the language and confidence in speaking Japanese.





Our Prep students have made remarkable progress in their exploration of Japanese culture and language.  beginning with simple greetings and then onto exploring vocabulary relating to colours, seasons, family, animals, food and numbers. Students have also observed some of the many Japanese cultural celebrations and festivals and interpreted these events through variety of arts and crafts and songs. All our Prep students have worked wonderfully in their class groups, with Year 1 just around the corner, we know they are set for another fabulous year.

Year 1

Our Year 1 students arrived with a solid foundation of Japanese language skills, their collective enthusiasm and determination has enabled them to rapidly build on their existing knowledge base. Throughout this year students learned to extend their counting, used simple sentences to identify objects, as well as exploring the words for days of the week, seasons, family, planets, animals and fruit. One of the more challenging learning areas has involved learning about the 46 characters of hiragana script. This has required students to immerse themselves in the process of matching characters to Japanese words. None of this has been easy and the Year 1 cohort of students deserves to be thoroughly commended for their efforts, really well done!



Volunteer Assistant Language Teachers


Since 2012, we have been actively looking for volunteer assistant language teachers in the community, so that students can get more opportunities to interact using Japanese in their lessons. We now have partnerships with two English language schools in the city, who are sending us volunteer assistant language teachers regularly. All classes have received the great benefit of hosting a consistent stream of visiting Japanese volunteers. Their presence within the classroom has provided our students with unique and rich learning opportunities, usually only experienced within Japanese classrooms.

I would like to thank, Maki, Miku, Takumi, Kiyo, Tomoko, Chihiro, Mayuri, Haruka and Kento for their kind assistance throughout the year.

Art – Term 4





During semester two, students in Prep have been learning about composition and have been focused on shapes, primarily Teddy Bears for the teddy bear sleep over. They learnt about focal point and experimented with line and colour. They have explored a range of 2D media including painting with forks to create texture. It was very exciting. We have just started a new task for Christmas that involved the children taking off shoes and socks and painting their feet with cold tickly paint. They just loved it.

The students in Year 1 have been learning about layering with handmade papers and collage techniques. They have also been learning about shape and how to construct in layers. They’ve explored the world of Mem Fox and ‘Possum Magic’ and each class is currently completing a copy for their classroom.

Students in Year 2 have explored the basic conventions of construction. They have looked at composition and symmetry as well as the formal and informal arrangement of form. They also explored the works of Gustav Klimt and ‘The Tree of Life’ and these will be on display in the foyer next week for their production.

During semester two, students in Year 3 have continued their work using recycled and sustainable art materials. The learning focus this semester has been construction and students have learnt how weave and are now beginning to sew. Students also made a library/beach bag that they decorated with fabric crayons.

The students in Year 4 have learned how to use water-colours. They created an Australian bird painting reminiscent of the artwork of traditional Australian Painters in the 1800s. These were of an exceptionally high standard and I really look forward to what these children produce in the future.

Our Year 5s have explored drawing and painting. They designed a foam print and are learning traditional printing techniques. They also painted on canvas last term, many for the first time, which they really enjoyed.

The Year 6s worked on the sculptural component of the curriculum for the Year 6 production but have now moved their focus to the principles of balance, distortion, harmony, pattern and repetition in a ‘zentangle’ (line and pattern work) street art artwork for their graduation dinner.

The Art Room staff would like to remind the parents that we accept donations of unwanted art materials such as ribbon, wool, paper, buttons and other craft materials and appreciate your unwanted items. If any parents have access to bulk materials we would love to discuss this with you.

Thank you to the parents that give up their time and drop materials to the art room. Nothing goes to waste.

Miss Hunt, Miss Cato & Mrs Wilkin.




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