Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE  39 – 7th December 2018


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 39  –  7th December 2018



Monday 10th December
– Year 3-6 Sport Photos

Tuesday 11th December
– Prep Performance at Assembly
– Whole School Transition (P-5)
– Year 6 Transition Day (Public Secondary Schools)

Wednesday 12th December
–  Year 5 Camp leaves

Thursday 13th December
– Year 4 Craft Power Incursion

Friday 14th December
– Year 4 Craft Power Incursion
– Year 5 Camp returns

Monday 17th December
–  Special Leadership Assembly 2.40pm


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

– Year 6  Graduation RSVPs Due today

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

Year 4 Craft Power Incursion Due Monday, 10th 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


Thank you to all of our school families for so generously supporting our sister school in Tigray last week. Monies raised on the dress up day alone amount to $5224.75. To this will be added a $2000 donation from Parent Group.  We will then add to this the money raised by the 5s and 6s for the Year 6 children’s expo. Final total next week. There are some photos of the day included in this newsletter.

We are quickly moving towards the end of the year and that means the Year 6 children are busily organising themselves for their graduation. This year it will be held on Tuesday 18th December.

We are currently putting cooling in the hall in time for the graduation. Funds that have been raised recently is helping to fund this project. I’m sure it will be much appreciated on graduation night and other events such as assemblies and production in the future.

A big thank you to Parent Group who organised the Christmas stall which was held this week. This gave the children an opportunity to by special gifts for their family by themselves for Christmas Day.

This morning we hosted the 2019 Preps as they came to meet their teacher and classmates for next year. Their parents were invited to the hall for some refreshments provided by Parent Group, while they waited for their children. OSPS wish all our new Prep children a great start to our school next year.

Have a great weekend.

Ron Cantlon




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.

Tune in for the 2018 Victorian State Schools Spectacular


The 2018 Victorian State Schools Spectacular will be broadcast this Saturday (8 December) at 7pm on Channel 7.

The two-hour broadcast will feature highlights from this year’s live performances at Melbourne Arena in September, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

The show will be simulcast via live streaming on the 7plus app, and 7plus website.

There will be a special extended version of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular available to watch nationally on 7plus for 30 days following the December 8 broadcast.

The event brings together 3000 students from 200 schools throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria. The program provides an engaging performing arts opportunity with hands-on industry training experience both onstage and behind the scenes.

`The broadcast will shine a spotlight on the unique stories and talent of our students,’ said Performing Arts Unit Manager Susan Ure.

`There will be a lot of family and school community pride as these young people show themselves and the nation what they are capable of.’

To visit the website, see: 7plus website

For information about the annual event, see: Victorian State Schools Spectacular 


End of Year Medication Collection

A reminder to parents that medication needs to be collected from the Office on the last day of school, after final assembly.

For the safety of all children we are unable to hand any medication directly to children, unless the permission slip is filled out and returned to the office or emailed to hall.karen.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

If the permission slip is not filled out & returned or the medication collected by a parent, then the medication will be stored at school, at the risk of the parents.

Please make time during the holiday break to have all Action Plans reviewed and signed off by your doctor, so you are covered for the whole school year.

School Banking Update


School Banking has now finished for 2018. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this program.

Reward orders that are outstanding come from Sydney, so if you are still waiting, we will continue to distribute them when they come in.

Any unused tokens automatically roll over to next year when we will be debuting new rewards for 2019.

Thank you to my fellow volunteers Caryn, Julie, Michelle and Adeline for their dedication this year. It’s such a big job which I could not do without you.

We will resume school banking on Monday the 11th of February. Please remember to change the grade on your child’s bank wallet when you find out your new teachers! Grade 6 students can continue to bank with us if they have a younger sibling at the school – just send your books along with them.

Glad tidings for a happy holiday season

– Katrina Jones
School Banking Parent Volunteer


Oakleigh South Primary, dressed in the colours of Tigray

Photos by: Eetane Yong

Year 6 Business & Economics

This term, as part of our Business and Economics unit of work, Year 6 students are participating in a business expo on Thursday, 6th and Friday 7th December. In small groups students have created their own business and will sell their product/s at the expo.

They have been learning about philanthropy, consumerism, goods and services, and the workplace. During this unit students have been learning about a range of effective marketing techniques to influence consumers.

All funds raised go will towards our whole school Tigray fundraiser. Students from Years 5 and 6 have been asked to bring in $5 which has been converted to Ethiopian currency ($5 = 100 Ethiopian Birr). The anticipation has been building in the lead up to the expo, with staff and students very much excited about the impending exhibition!



Despite the extreme heat and winds, all the students did a fantastic job designing and making their stalls a success.

Thank you to all the visitors who came and both supported their entrepreneurship!

Year 6 Transition Program

As we rapidly approach the end of Year 6, the students are naturally becoming more curious and concerned about life in secondary school. In order to help prepare them for this change we will be running our own ‘transition program’ to give them a taste of Year 7.

For the next two weeks all students will be assigned to one of five groups (not corresponding to their usual class groups) and given high school-style timetables. Important aspects of the program will include: variety of subjects run by subject-teachers (eg: Ms Wells teaching Maths, Mr Alston teaching English), punctuality to classes (including morning ‘home room’), and personal organisation of timetables and stationery. These high school-style classes will run on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday of both weeks.

We have discussed the program and the timetables with the students today in our year level assembly and all students have received their timetables ready for next week. It would be wonderful if you could take a moment to discuss the program further with your child and get them to practise explaining the timetable to you over the weekend.

We look forward to seeing all our Year 7 students on Monday morning!



Christmas Stall and the Giving Tree


Thank you to all the families who supported the Christmas Stall, the children all put a lot of thought into purchasing their gifts.

For those families wishing to contribute to the Giving Tree, you have 1 week. All food and gifts are being collected on the morning of Friday, 14th December.
Suggestions of items to donate are shown below.

Thank you for your generosity.



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