Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE  38 – 30th November 2018


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167   T: 03 9570 1016   F: 03 9579 0363

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Issue 38  –  30th November 2018



Tuesday 4th December
– Christmas Stall

Wednesday 5th December
–  Christmas Stall

Friday 7th December
– 2019 Preps Meet the Teacher
9.30 – 10.30am


OSPS Statements – please pay outstanding items or return marked statement as per the enclosed instructions to the office

– Qkr! Year 5 Camp Full Payment Overdue
Year 5 Camp Medical Forms Overdue

Year 4 Craft Power Incursion Due Monday, 10th December

Year 2 Production DVD Orders Due Sunday, 2nd December






2018 – Term 4

8 October to 20 December
(2.30pm school students finish)
21 December (staff finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish

2019 – Term 1

29 January (staff start)
30 January (1 – 6 start)
31 January (Preps start 9.30 – 12.30)
End of Term – 5 April

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish



The last three nights this week have seen the Year 2 children thoroughly enjoying themselves up on stage performing their production of, ‘The Night the Reindeer Rocked’ to their family and friends. The show was full of colour, smiles and fun. Well done Year 2 children and thank you to everyone who was involved to make this such an enjoyable memory for the children.


Yesterday the Year 1 children spent the day at Braeside Park finally meeting their pen pals from Berwick Fields Primary School. The Year 1s at both schools have been exchanging letters throughout the year so it was a day to spend some real time with their pen pal friends. Thank you to the teachers for organising this very worthwhile activity for the children.


Congratulations to our Girl’s Touch Football team who competed at the state championship. I am very happy to announce that they won the tournament and are now the state champions. Well done girls!


Enjoy the weekend.

Ron Cantlon





Hi Sue,

My four months in the role and the end of the year have gone by so quickly, that unfortunately I have run out of time to organise an end of year event for your beautiful Grade 1 children and teachers, as I was hoping! Sorry, but definitely a rain check for next year!

I would like to take the opportunity to highly compliment your Teachers – they are all so professional and lovely during their visits – I am very impressed, and most importantly so too are our ex-teacher Residents, who often comment on this!!!

Also, the parent helpers are wonderful and really seem to enjoy the experience. I have chatted to quite a few now and the consensus is they love the program and watching how nicely/easily their children/grand-children interact with our Residents – great feedback!!

And of course, the children – wow, they are a real highlight to our week. I can’t tell you how many lovely comments I hear/overhear throughout the whole day about the program!! At Sapphire Care, one of our driving principles is to “make their day” and this program helps us to do exactly that.

So a huge thanks from myself, Sapphire Care and all of our Residents!!!!


Karen Barrie
Lifestyle Coordinator



Overdue Library Books


We are fast approaching the end of the year and there are still a large number of books that are overdue.

We will be sending lists home with children who have outstanding books that need to be returned. It would be greatly appreciated if parents could help their children find the books and bring them back to the library.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Night The Reindeer Rocked


Our Year 2 students have worked incredibly hard over many weeks to learn their lines, positioning on stage, songs and actions. Students have worked beautifully together, and have come so far since the beginning of rehearsals. It has been an exciting process, resulting in the magical production this week.

We are super proud of the students, how they’ve conducted themselves and of the passion that they have put into their characters.

Congratulations to all Year Two students for putting on such wonderful performance. Well done!


Thank you to all the teachers, parents, and staff who helped make 3 magical nights of The Night the Reindeer Rocked!

And to our Year 2 students’ smiles show how much fun they’ve had too!

VEX Expo


After the huge success of the Monash University Engineering Expos last week, families may find the following event of interest.

VEX Robotics VRC (high school) and VIQC (primary school) Competitions will consist of 45 VRC teams and 30 VIQC teams competing in a series of back to back matches each vying for one of the 5 spots available to Australia to compete at VEX Worlds Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky USA, April 2019.

Opening ceremonies will occur on Saturday, December 1 st at 9:00AM with an opening from the host of Channel Network 10 science show, SCOPE’S, new science guru, TV host, science wiz Lee Constable. Each week Scope explores themes from across the STEMM spectrum, from robotics to sustainability to health to chemistry! In each episode the audience is inspired to get hands-on with DIY activities and gets to meets scientists and other experts who give an insight into their work. Lee loves engaging young people in STEMM and puts her science background to good use to make the show accessible and entertaining for her young audience.

Saturday we will be hosting a GirlPowered workshop in partnership with Ford Australia. At this event, female students will have the opportunity to connect and engage with industry female leaders from Ford. This workshop will allow students to understand the opportunities of real world industry that result from their interest and success within their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math studies.

SMC Pneumatics will also be on site, showing how their pneumatic systems work in parallel with our VRC platform.

Ford and SMC Pneumatics bring an awareness to students. “It’s experiences like this that prepare students with the skills necessary to meet the needs of tomorrow’s workforce.” Dan Mantz, CEO and chairman of the board of the REC Foundation.

Monash University’s Nova Rover Team, the first Australian student group in the Southern Hemisphere to ever qualify to compete in University Rover Challenge finals, will be showcasing Rovey, the Mars Rover, inspiring students to continue their robotics journey through University and beyond

About VEX Worlds

Now in its 11th year, the VEX Robotics World Championship is the largest and fastest growing robotics program on earth. The annual championship consists of five individual programs that these student-led teams qualify for and compete in through a series of challenges catered to each program’s age and skill level. World Champions will be crowned in the following five programs: the VEX IQ Challenge Elementary School World Championship, the VEX IQ Challenge Middle School World Championship, the VEX Robotics Competition Middle School World Championship, the VEX Robotics Competition High School World Championship, and the VEX U World Championship – the university-level program.

“The VEX Robotics World Championship is a thrilling experience for everyone involved, from students competing to teachers, mentors, volunteers and spectators. Year-over-year we continue to see students from around the world raise the bar not only in their STEM capabilities, but also their teamwork and energy during the competition,” said Dan Mantz, CEO and chairman of the board of the REC Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.RoboticsEducation.org or for details on upcoming events, please visit www.RobotEvents.com.


Related Links






Year 6 Camp


Last week, the Grade 6s went to the Grampians for our 5 day camp. Camp Norval was filled with many fun activities. At first, it was a bit scary to be away from your family for a whole week, but it went by pretty quickly. Every student had lots of fun, especially during free time, when we were allowed to do almost anything, including swimming in the pool and going down to the shops to buy snacks.

For every single second at camp, we were never bored. The activities especially, were a blast! Everybody had a great time going to the zoo and seeing all the animals. I personally enjoyed the High Ropes course the most, especially doing the leap of faith! Many others thoroughly enjoyed abseiling, and while doing so conquered their fear of heights.

Visiting the Venus Baths was also one of the highlights, but sadly my group couldn’t go because it was cancelled due to the rain. We also got to build huts, using the leftover branches, piling them on rocks to build a shelter. After that we cooked some bush tucker on the fire. Cinnamon Apples, they were delicious!
– Jessica

Zoo and Animals
In the Grampians, plenty of native Australian wildlife could be witnessed. Kangaroos and Cockatoos roamed our camp with utter freedom, as well as several other species of birds. Some students even saw an emu!
The Grade 6’s also got the opportunity to visit the Hall’s Gap Zoo as one of the group activities. We had the option to purchase a bag of animal feed to give to deer, wallabies and other animals that were allowed to roam freely around the zoo.
– Alena

The local shops were only a short walk away from Norval Camp. We were permitted to purchase items such as ice cream, baked goods, and anything from the general store. The teachers would accompany the students to go to the shops either after an activity or in the evening during free time.
– Alena

There was no way we would starve; the food was amazing! Breakfast, lunch and dinner were fantastic, we never had less than we wanted. Don’t get me started on supper. On almost every night we had a birthday. The wonderful kitchen staff made a cake every night. It wasn’t just the kitchen staff working, all the kids helped out with washing the dishes.
– Jake

With the amazing activities, delicious food, abundant animals, friendly staff and exquisite rooms, there’s no denying that our Grade 6 camp was FANTASTIC and we all had a GREAT time!




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