Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 39 – 17th December 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 39 – 17th December 2019



Wednesday, 29th January 2020
– Yr 1 – 6 commence school
9am – 3.30pm

Thursday 30th January 2020
– Preps commence school
9.30am – 12.30pm



As the year comes to a close, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to make it another exceptional year at our school. A big THANK YOU must go out to our hardworking children, our dedicated staff and to our amazing families.

We have a number staff that will be leaving us, whether it be to a new school or for other adventures. John Crane, Joan Healy and Lyne Barge have all retired and are heading off to enjoy the next stage in their lives. I’d like to thank them for their wonderful service to our school and wish them all the best for their futures. They will be missed. Anita Salems, Rita Charalambous and Fiona Ciliberto will not be returning next year. We will also be welcoming a number of new staff starting next year.

As part of the launch of our Digital Learning Centre last Tuesday, over 75 parents gathered and listened to presenter, Gail Collins from ThinkUknow. Gail talked about how young people are using the online space. A student focussed session is in planned for first term in 2020 for senior students.

Last week, the official opening and naming of the new robotics laboratory was well received by the school community – students, staff, families and friends together with Councillor Stuart James and local MP Heng Tek. I’m very proud to announce that the building will be known as ‘The Ron Cantlon Digital Technologies Centre’. A multitude of activities were on display including the 3D printer, Code Mouse, Lego EV3, Lego Wedo, digital music with Walkband, Minecraft Education and Scratch.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our OSPS community a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Enjoy the holiday period, stay safe and I look forward to seeing everyone back in 2020.

Thank you

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




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).




Thank you to all the parents who have logged in and set up profiles in CareMonkey.

A number of notifications have been sent to families this week, so please ensure you have complete and verified the set up of your student profile. It is imperative that this is done, as vital information will be communicated during the holidays.

For those who haven’t yet, please take the time to do so, as this will be the schools’ method of communication with permission forms, notifications and reminders all being sent through CareMonkey in 2020.
Flexibuzz will no longer be used at OSPS.

* Please ensure you follow the email link sent from CareMonkey on Thursday, 21st November and Wednesday, 4th December or your profile will not be linked with the school.
If you do not believe you have received this email, please contact the school at caremonkey@oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au

The link below will take you to the CareMonkey help page, and has lots of useful information.

CareMonkey Parents Help  

Thank you


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 vandeursen.sarah.e@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.

Lost Property


Lost property will be checked by our wonderful team of volunteers daily. All clearly names items will be returned to their owners.

A reminder that all unnamed lost property or property that can not be identified will be given to the 2nd hand uniform shop.

Please check lost property for any items that may belong to your child.

Earn and Learn


We recently received our Earn & Learn products from Modern Teaching Aids that were earnt through the Woolworths promotion from earlier in the year. Each year level created a ‘Wish List’ and now they can use these fantastic resources to enhance their learning.

Thank you once again to all the families who contributed and sent along their stickers. We ended up with over 64,000 stickers which was phenomenal!!


Year 5 Camp



Sovereign Hill Reflection

The bus was bubbling with excitement; it had just started turning its wheels.

Sovereign Hill was so near, in just two hours we would be in our cabins laughing with our soon to be revealed roommates.

I was so excited I couldn’t wait much longer; Sovereign Hill is one of my favourite places in Australia!

We arrived very quickly. Everyone was yelling, “We are here! Yes! We are!”

On the first day my highlight was the Gold Fever education session. We all had different jobs; I was a policeman. Yelling and ripping people off was my specialty. We sold a licence for 3 pounds, instead of 1 pound.

The highlight of the night was definitely the AURA Lightshow. The AURA Lightshow, was a show about the history of the Gold Rush and The Eureka Stockade.

First was a 3-D theatre explaining the big bang and where gold came from. Then we moved to an outdoor theatre, explaining the Aboriginals’ beliefs on how people were created. Then we moved to what we thought was an indoor theatre. Then the screens opened up to reveal an outdoor setting of The Eureka Stockade.

The next day, I adored The Eureka Stockade story. I dressed up as a fair lady in a lilac dress. We took pictures explaining the stockade. At night we watched two pantomimes: one called Great Alchemist and the other was Beauty and the Beast!

 I had so much fun at Sovereign Hill!

-Written by Paz 5MS

ACE Dance Academy



OSPS students from Ace Dance studio competed at Australian AASCF National Championsips in Exhibition Centre in Melbourne.

They competed in Mini Cheer, Youth Hip Hop, Junior Hip Hop, Junior Cheer Level 2 and Junior Cheer Level 3 and Junior Pom and Youth Pom.
They received many accolades and trophies. Youth Hop Hop, Junior Hip Hop and Cheer 3 came 2nd. Mini Cheer came 5th.

Well done Noah, Curbie, Cooper, Olive, Ella and Jazmyn.


Bollywood Dancers



These wonderful students age between 5 and 10 performed Bollywood dancing at assembly. They performed 2 dances called Lamboirgini and the second dance was Laung Lachi and Gudnaal Ishq.

You can join Bollywood dancing run by parent Nikki Kaur in 2020 at OSPS, after school.
More information will be available in 2020.




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