Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 5 – 5th March 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 5  –  5th March 2019



Friday, 8th March
– Division Swimming

Monday, 11th March
– Labour Day Long Weekend
  Students not required at school

Tuesday, 12th March
– Yr 1 Grandparents Day

Thursday, 14th March
– School Photos

Friday, 15th March
– School Photos
– National Day Against Bullying


School Council Elections


Thank you to those people who have already voted in the school council election.

The schedule 4 should have read as follows, 3 parent member positions and 4 DET Employee positions. 
This means that you can now vote for 3 of the nominated candidates. For the small group of parents that have already voted, thank you.  The office will send new ballot papers home in the coming days so that you can re cast your vote.  

For those who have not done so, you may now vote for up to 3 of the nominated candidates.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


Congratulations to the children that represented our school at the Bentleigh District Swimming carnival last Tuesday. Many of these children will be swimming again this Friday in the Beachside Division Carnival. I wish them good luck.

On Friday March 15th our school will be recognising the National Day of Action Against Bullying. This is a federal government initiative to highlight that bullying is not okay! There is more information in this newsletter. Each class will be making a pledge to state how they will support this initiative, which will then be displayed on the ‘Pledge Wall’.

Just a reminder that there will be no school on Monday as it is the Labour Day public holiday.

Enjoy your week and your long weekend.

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



2019 Payments Due


School Fees – Under School Payments 

Library Fund – Under Specialist Charges

City Excursion, Year 4 – Under Year 4 Tab – Due by Wednesday, 20th March

IMAX and Melbourne Museum Excursion, Year 5 – Under Year 5 Tab – Due by Wednesday, 13th March

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Script
– Under Year 6 Tab – Due by Wednesday, 6th March

Sports Levy, Year 5 (Selected Students Only) – Overdue

Sports Levy, Year 6 – Overdue

Healthy Skills for Life, for Year 2 – Overdue

OSPS Swimming Squad – Overdue


School Council Elections


For the small group of parents that have already voted, thank you.  The office will send new ballot papers home in the coming days so that you can re cast your vote.  

For those who are yet to cast your vote you may now vote for up to 3 of the nominated candidates.

As per the instructions on the Ballot Paper – Please ensure you have written your name and address on the back of your envelope, or the vote is invalid.

Student Banking


Parents please be aware that there will be no school banking next week due to the Labour Day public holiday on Monday. Please do not bring any bank books in next week.

Also, can parents please make sure they do not combine tokens from different children when asking for rewards. Rewards are based on individual children’s deposits.

Many thanks

The School Banking Parent Volunteers


Village News



Anything pottery – pots, planters  or mugs  – suitable for potting up succulents;  these pate bowls ideal but we would love anything you have or may be able to collect for us.

Preparations are underway for The Village Mall Mother’s Day stall.

Car Parking


Parents 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

Sports Report


Swim Team

It’s been a really busy start to 2019 with the School’s Swimming team training twice a week before school. The school is so lucky to have the great support from the parents at the pool and back at school preparing breakfast for the children, thank you to Bakers Delight for their generous donations towards breakfasts each week.
The children competed at the Bentleigh District Swimming championships on Tuesday 26th of February at Oakleigh Rec Centre.

For the 4th year in a row Oakleigh South has won the Swimming Shield. Special thanks to Head Coach – Fiona Wells, and her assistants – Natalie Cancino and Catherine Sangster.

All individual performances will be in the next newsletter, after the results from the Friday’s Division Swimming Championships.

Inter School sport

Interschool sport has begun for the Grade 6 children, who compete in a home and away season for their chosen summer sport, each Thursday morning.  We are home this week against St Paul’s. Sports include Volleyball, Softball, Flag Rugby, Cricket and Basketball. Come along and support the children.

Beep Test

All children in Grades 3 – 6 will participate in the Beep Test next week during their normal PE classes. It will be conducted in the undercover courts. Children may complete the Beep Test is sporting clothes. The will need to change back into their school uniform afterwards A towel and deodorant is highly recommended!

House Cross Country

All children in Grades 3 – 6 will participate in House Cross Country in the final week of Term 1.

The 11 and 12/13 Age Group will run 3km on Tuesday 2nd of April on the school oval between recess and lunch ), up the laneway and finish back on the oval. Children will practice the course in the 2 weeks leading up to the last week.

The 8 / 9 / 10 Year Age Group (Mainly Gr 3 & 4) will run 2km on Wednesday 3rd of April between recess and lunch.

If any parents can assist on the day/s please let me know.

Marcus Mooney

Parent Group AGM


Our Parent Group AGM will be held on Wednesday 3rd April at 7pm, in the school staffroom.

Anyone wishing to be involved or just hear what we are about, please feel free to join us.

Oakleigh South Parent Group

Early Bird Ride Wrist Bands


Early Bird Ride Wrist Bands will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, 6th March at 4pm.

Notices will go home with instructions on how to pay using Qkr. If you have friends who are not attending OSPS who wish to buy tickets, they can purchase using TryBooking.


Enrolments for 2020


Enrolments for Prep 2020 are now open.

Please visit the school website for enrolment forms, school tour dates and times, and information about our enrolment process.

If you have a student or have friends with Preps in 2020, we encourage to submit forms as soon as possible.

Thank you


Tony Muir

Tony is one of the longest serving staff members at Oakleigh South Primary school and has taught in Years 3 – 5. Prior to that he has taught at 5 other schools and has had every grade level from Prep to Year 6.
His first ever class was at a small rural school and was a Year 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 composite of 25 children. He has taught over 800 children in his career and is especially pleased to learn about the lives and careers of past students.

He is a keen supporter of Melbourne Demons AFL club and loves to see them win.

Tony is addicted to spicy food and can’t go for more than a few days without a curry or stir fry. Regular trips to Bali are necessary for Tony – to eat even more spicy food.

Anita Salems

Anita Salems may still be remembered by some students as Ms Broomhall as she only got married 3 years ago, which was when she changed her name to Mrs Salems.

She has been teaching in total for 20 years and this will be her 5th year at Oakleigh South. Anita grew up wanting to be a teacher so needless to say, she loves her job. She especially enjoys teaching year 4’s as you really get to see a lot of growth in their independence and personality.

When Anita is not working, she enjoys cooking and walking her two dogs, Roxy and Esther.
She also loves getting to the beach and enjoys any type of water sports. She tries to stay fit, and attends boot camp 3-4 mornings a week and goes to yoga once a week.

Di Kassiotis

This is Di’s 10th year teaching, how lucky is she?
Though she looks forward to venturing to the Aegean Sea.

On weeknights you’ll find her instructing Pilates,
And spare time is for family, friends and finding some peace.

Di also loves sports, dancing and having lots of fun,
And finds it pleasant relaxing under the hot summery sun.

Geoff Zielin

A keen and competitive cyclist, Geoff Zielin has now been at OSPS for 8 years.

He’s a mad Collingwood fan and if he’s not riding up and down Beach Road or out climbing mountains then he can be found at the MCG watching his beloved Magpies.

Music and productions are a big part of Geoff’s life at OSPS. He’s often found strumming his guitar or beating the drums in the Music Room. He is also a member of the school choir team.

Kelly Hall

Kelly Hall has been a member of the teaching staff at Oakleigh South for 12 years. Before that, she taught at a Jewish day school in Elsternwick.

At school she is heavily involved in everything musical such as junior and senior choir and productions. When not at school she loves to spend time with her 2 beautiful granddaughters, Ava and Kaylee. She also loves to read and go to see different Musicals.

On the weekends you will generally find her in the car very early, taking her 2 dogs Samson and Maisie to an agility trial. They all work very hard during the day and come home exhausted. Family is very important to her and every moment spent together is special.

Nigel Hooley

New to Grade 4 this year, Nigel is originally from Manchester. He has taught in a range of schools from Prep to Year 12, both as a classroom teacher and as a Mathematics specialist and STEM coordinator.

He moved to Australia in 2014 to complete a Masters Degree in Education and is now an Australian permanent resident.

In his spare time, Nigel is a sports fan and follows Hawthorn, Melbourne City and Manchester City.

He is also an annual participant in the CrossFit Masters League Games as part of Team Victoria and trains out of a local CrossFit gym most mornings.

Welcome Nigel!

Kirwan Peluso

This is her first year at Oakleigh South Primary School. She has been teaching for 20 years and has loved every minute here so far – sharing the learning journey with all her students in 4KP.

She has two teenagers who keep her on her toes but still like hanging out with their mum (luckily) at the beach, at sporting games or at a café.

They have an energetic pet dog ‘Apache’ who although big, is cuddly and affectionate.

She follows Hawthorn in the AFL and enjoys spectating a few games during the season but not as much as watching her son playing football and cricket or her daughter playing basketball.

Welcome Kirwan!


Year 4 Meet their Buddies


Recently, Year 4 students met up with their prep buddy. The Year 4 students were extremely excited and whilst some of the Preps were initially quite shy, they soon warmed up.

Year 4’s catch up with their Prep buddy every 2-3 weeks for a class activity, once a week for lunch and play together at lunch time once a week.

The Buddy Program is fabulous as it enhances leadership skills amongst the older students and can develop lovely friendships between the two year levels.

It’s fun being with our buddies especially teaching them things and following the school values. My buddy is really good at colouring and has a lot of confidence. He likes talking to me too. 
Joseph 4KP

So let’s get started by saying I am so excited! My amazing Prep buddy was so cute. His name is Lachlan and he is energetic, fun, fast and adorable.
My buddy is absolutely amazing! 
Shaun 4TM

When I first met my buddy she was very quiet. Aanika and I kept talking to her and eventually Pippa starting talking back to us. We did a buddy activity and showed her how to write neatly. We wrote on the poster and Pippa traced over it. At lunch time we played with Pippa and her friends. I love having a prep buddy.
Vandana 4AS

“Are you ready to meet your Prep buddies?” Mr Muir said as he opened the door to Mrs Marsh’s grade. We went in and met our buddies. My buddy’s name is Shehzeen.
At first sight, we hit it off and became instant friends. The room filled with laughter as we started making our ‘silly socks.’ There was glitter, stickers and feathers everywhere! It was such fun! The next time we saw our Prep Buddies was for lunch. Everyone instantly smiled and had the best lunch ever!
Isabella 4TM

My buddy’s name is Oliver and he is very sensible. He doesn’t talk that much but that didn’t stop us getting to know him. Oliver always listens to the teacher. I really enjoyed working with him on our Buddy poster and look forward to our next activity.
Imeth 4AS

I was super excited when I got to meet my buddy. The funny thing is my buddy’s name is Patrick just like my dad.  We have a lot in common as we play the same video games and like to do challenging stuff.  
Oliver 4KP

I was super excited to meet my buddy as I have been waiting since the start of last year. I was surprised to see how small they were and we had fun colouring in the ‘My Year 4 Buddy’ activity. She also liked colouring in using brown and yellow.
Keisha 4KP

Earlier this term the year fours got to meet our prep buddies. We did a worksheet to show our hobbies and personalities. The year 4’s also got to read books with them. A week later, we got to play with our buddies for half of lunch. The preps were so cute. Everyone had fun. It was an incredible day meeting our buddies.
Samuel 4DK

Getting our buddies was great. Even though it was a big responsibility we were ready for it! It was very exciting for us and all the year 4’s were happy. The preps were very kind and it was a good experience.
Reeva 4DK

On the first day of meeting my buddy I was nervous as I was worried that my buddy might be very sensitive. Luckily I was put with a really kind and very talkative prep. I tried to let my buddy do as much work as I could and she had really good hand writing so the poster turned out great. 
Hannah 4AS





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Join us in time to get your children ready for Purim and Pesach this year.  

We will be celebrating these holidays with fun,educational and creative activities.

It’s not too late to register at https://www.ujeb.org.au/enrol/primary_school_program_enrolment_form/

For more information contact Riva on 9523 6844 or re@ujeb.org.au