Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 38 – November 30th


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 38 – 30th November 2017

Tuesday, 5th Dec
– Japanese Dress Up Day

Thursday, 7th Dec
– Icy Pole Day

Friday, 8th Dec
– Yr 5 Excursion Sovereign Hill
– Prep Meet the Teacher Day
– Yr 1 Excursion Pen Pals



I received a phone call this week from the owner of the Australia Post premises on Centre Road. He is concerned that parents from our school are using the carpark for school drop off and pickups and he’s very concerned for the safety of the children. Please observe that this is private property and cannot be used for car parking.

We are having some more improvements being made at our school at the moment. The area between the main building and the hall is being updated with seating under the beautiful shady trees. I’m sure the children will love to relax here during their recesses and lunchtimes. The front of the hall has been given a facelift, being rendered and painted to make it fresh and new.


Thank you all for your amazing support for our sister school in Tigray.

Two weeks ago the Year 3’s raised an amazing $6847.50 through their Jump Rope for Heart skipping effort.  The money will be sent to the Heart Foundation who will then send us back 50% plus an extra 10% rebate for Tigray. Well done once again to the Year 3’s and to all their generous sponsors – what a sensational effort from one year level.

Everyone in the school was then given the opportunity to support our sister school on the dress up day last Thursday AND support it you did! We had hundreds of dollars collected in classrooms and in online donations.  $3811.00 was collected on the day.

A special thank you to those children and families who were able to donate $50 or more. There were many. Grace in Year 5 for example, brought along $87.00 this year. For her, the year in grade 3 had a big impact and she has continued   the fund raising herself each year,

A total of $10,658.50 was raised.


Special thanks must also be made of the Christie family, who separate to our school fund raising, support Tigray through their online pillow slip business  shhhsilk.com.au  with a  percentage of all sales going to Tigray. Since November 2015 this has amounted to $7105! Another $5000 is soon to be transferred across.

THANK YOU to you all

Have a great weekend

Ron Cantlon



2017 Dates

Term 1: 30 January (school teachers start)

31 January (school students start) to 31 March

Term 2: 18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June


2018 Dates

Term 1: 29 January (school teachers start)

30 January (school students start) to 31 March

Term 2: 16 April (Tuesday) to 29 June

2017 Dates

Term 3: 17 July to 22 September

Term 4: 9 October to 21 December (2.30pm school students finish) 22 December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish



Term 3: 16 July to 21 September

Term 4: 8 October to 20 December (2.30pm school students finish) 21 December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish



Sports and Capatincy Photos

Sports and Captaincy photos are available for viewing and ordering at the Office.

Please look through the green display book and complete an order forms in the back of the book.

Photos are $12 each.

Orders close on Friday, 8th December

Japanese Dress Up Day

On Tuesday 5th December students and staff have the opportunity to have some fun dressing up in Japanese costume to celebrate our awesome Japanese Language Education Program at Oakleigh South Primary School. There is no cost involved for this celebration.

Please also consider the potential of hot weather when deciding on your costumes.

Some dress-up suggestions:

Obvious ones
Karate/Judo outfit, Kimono Dress (No Chinese dress, please).

Funky ones
Characters such as Pikachu or other Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Nintendo characters such as Mario Brothers, Ninja & Samurai, Japanese street fashion (Harajyuku & Gothic)

Odd ones
Cherry blossom, Bullet Train, Sumo, Mount Fuji, Sushi, Iron chef, Asimo.

Easy ones
White T-shirt with a red circle (Flag)

Hosting a Japanese language assistant teacher in February 2018

Our school has been selected to host a female Japanese university student as part of the Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (TJFL) program managed by the Department of Education & Training. She will be with us for 4 weeks from Saturday February 17 – Saturday March 17 2018.

We are looking for a host family with no pets as she has an allergy to cats and dogs. The host family will also be expected to provide 3 meals per day, daily transport to and from school as well as some weekend activities. A contribution of $200/week will be paid to you by the TJFL participant via our school to assist with expenses.

If you would like to be a host family, please complete the following EXPRESSION OF INTEREST information and return it to the office by Tuesday 5th December.


School Banking

Dear Parents,

Please be aware that next Monday, 4th December is the final week of School Banking for the year.

It is also the last day to order rewards if you have 10+ tokens. Any tokens not used will be carried over for 2018 rewards.

Thank you for you support during 2017.

The School Banking Volunteer Team


From the Village

Happenings & Highlights in Term Four

Volunteers and Helping Others

Chessie was picked up at the end of term 3, Amsden went back to GDV in Kew early this term and is currently being trained and assessed as to her suitability to become a guide dog.  She is 5 weeks into her 8 week testing period and if successful she will then move into 3 months of intense training.

Our beautiful ‘kid friendly’ hens are about to be permanently re-homed with school families.  Our six guinea pigs will be looked after at an old people’s home over the holidays BUT, if you able to help, we are still looking for a “free range” holiday home for out gorgeous rabbits Stormy and Harry Potter.

The Year 3’s commitment to fundraising in term 4 has once again seen us raise an amazing amount of money.  Supported by our school families and friends, as their very generous sponsors, we have raised $6666 on the Jump off Day alone. See the front page of the newsletter for the total raised.

Our efforts will help the Heart Foundation with funds for much needed research and also enable us to send all the children at Tsefah Primary School in Tigray, Ethiopia for another year. Our funds will also go along way to setting up the infrastructure for the much anticipated school library,

The actual Jump Off skipping morning was organised by Mrs Presnell and Miss Smith.  Armed with skipping ropes and drink bottles the Year 3’s headed to the undercover area on a very hot November morning the week before last. The children moved through ten activity stations through the morning to demonstrate a wide variety of skipping skills and stamina. Much fun was had by all.  Please see the accompanying photos.

Homework for the week was to plan a special JUMP OFF DAY lunch – with lots of healthy food. The homework plan was brought back and checked to see if it matched the actual lunch! Well done Year3’s.

Gardening with Mr Wilde, Mr Kerr, Mrs D and Mrs K

A wide variety of vegetables has been harvested and either eaten fresh or cooked throughout the term.  There has been an abundance of strawberries, snow peas and broad beans  – generally just eaten on the spot!

The children have planted out tomatoes, capsicims and cucumbers.

Farmers are progressively “planting” a pumpkin seed in a snap lock bag to observe the growth.  As these sprout and become plants they will be transplanted  into pots and then into the garden – to become the 2018 Pumpkin Patch .

Class Cooking Sessions with Miss Smith and Mrs Wilkin – Egg Breakfasts

This term the children have made egg breakfasts in their timetabled cooking sessions using our own village eggs. They have learnt that eggs are nature’s fast food and of the various ways eggs can be cooked and used in cooking.

Outdoor Cooking with Mrs Dwyer  and Mrs K   –   the farmers have cooked up various stir fries using cabbages, cauliflowers, silverbeet and carrot, veggie fritters – with available veggies and village eggs as well as roast pumpkin, potatoes and broadbeans.

Still  to come this term…… apart from lots of school work

Swimming sports – last week of term for those who can swim at least 25 metres

Camp Out Day – also last week of term where:

Instead of a class party the Year 3’s bring beach shelters, tents or just picnic rugs and set themselves up in groups around the oval. They bring along food to share, games to play and have a lovely relaxing day outside.

A little touch of holiday fun

From December 1st the Year 3’s are encouraged to wear a little touch of Christmas – whether it be a Santa hat, reindeer ears or a piece of tinsel. This is entirely optional.

Thank you to you all for your help and support with village requests and special days this year.

The Year 3 Team



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