Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 5 – 26th February 2020


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 – 26th February 2020




Thursday, 27th February 2020
-Yr 6 Summer Sports St Peters vs OSPS

Thursday, 5th March 2020
-Yr 6 Summer Sports St Pauls vs OSPS

Friday, 6th March 2020
– Beachside Division Swimming

Monday, 9th March 2020
–  Public Holiday Long Weekend – No school



Last Friday night the Parent Group hosted the movie night on the oval. It was wonderful to see many families enjoying picnic dinners together while watching The Addams Family. Thank you to all the families who supported this event and a big thank you the Parent Group for organising it.

The ballot papers for the upcoming School Council election were sent home yesterday to the eldest child in each family. Inside the envelope there are instructions on how to fill out the ballot paper. Please return this to the school office by Wednesday the 4th March at 4:00pm.

Running Club started this week with an impressive turnout of children on Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning before school. If your child would like to join this group they are more than welcome. The aim of the training is to improve the children’s running skills for the upcoming House Cross Country event (Thursday 26th March) and also for general fitness and wellbeing. Thank you to the teachers who have given up their time to train the children and to the teachers and parents who are making breakfast for the morning session.

Have a great week.

Ron Cantlon



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


2020 Payments Due

Essential Learning FeesUnder School Payments
Voluntary Contributions – Library, ICT, Working BeeUnder Specialist Charges


Yr 5 Sport Levy  – Under Year 5 tab – Wednesday, 26th February 4.30pm

Selected students ONLY – District Swimming Under Specialist Charges tab – Overdue





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).




Enrolments for Prep 2021 are now open.

Please visit the school website for enrolment forms and school tour dates, or click the link below. We encourage you to submit your applications as soon as possible.

Enrolment Form

School Council


Ballot papers were sent home with the eldest child in each family yesterday,  and must be returned to the Office by 4pm on Wednesday, 4th March.

Please take the time to read the “How to Vote” instructions carefully.

Thank you

School Photos


School photos envelopes have been sent home to all students. Please return to your class teacher, ensuring you have included your child’s name and the pack you have ordered.

Sibling photo envelopes are available at the Office.

Photos will be taken on Thursday, 12th and Friday, 13th March.


Japanese News



Welcome Ayaka Sensei.

Ayaka Sensei is a part of The Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (TJFL) Program, which places Japanese university students in Victorian schools to assist with their Japanese Language programs!

Ayaka Sensei will be with us for next 3 weeks! Please make her welcome!


Year 5 Families OSPS Japan Trip 2021 Information Session

Japanese teachers are inviting any interested Year 5 students and parents to come along to the preliminary information session on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 6.00pm, in the Staffroom at OSPS.
At this meeting we will explain our selection criteria, costs, itinerary and proposed dates for the 2021 exchange. We will also answer any queries you may have regarding the exchange and have some parents and children from the 2020 exchange present to share their experiences.
At the end of the meeting, we will hand out application forms for all students who are keen to be a part of this exciting program. It is therefore vital that a representative from families wanting to be a part of the program be in attendance at this meeting.


Parent Group Meeting


Parent Group’s first meeting for the year will be held on Wednesday 4th March in the Staffroom at 7pm

If you would like to get to know other parents and be involved with activities around the school like Father’s Day Breakfast, Mum’s Night In, School Disco and many more please come along. If you can’t make the meeting but would still like to be involved, please email to osparentgroup67@gmail.com.


Stephanie Cash
Parent Group President


Parking Issues



Car Parking
With over 1150 staff and students in our school community the start and end of our school days are very busy times, with cars, bicycles and pedestrians sharing our space. In order to ensure student safety and respect for our neighbours we ask that you refrain from the following actions at drop off and pick up times.

Entering the staff carpark via the driveway:
These carparks are strictly for staff use only. This also includes days when it may be wet or hot or windy – parents are not to use the staff carpark to drop off or collect the or students.
It is extremely dangerous to have students walking through the car park spaces. The safest option for collecting your child is to use the oval carpark or to park on the street and following the parking signage.

Parking in No Stopping Zones:
Means no stopping at all.
Stopping to let someone out of or into a car regardless of whether you leave the engine running or stay in the vehicle is not allowed.
These zones ensure our students and crossing supervisor has clear vision of oncoming traffic when crossing the road. It is also illegal to double park.

Doing U-Turns in front of the school:
This is illegal and highly dangerous to our students who are walking and riding bicycles.

Crossing with the Crossing Supervisor:
Please ensure you ALWAYS cross at the crossing with our Crossing Supervisor, even if you are not with your child. The extra few steps to do this teaches our children to follow the road rules and is for everyone’s safety.

Oval Carpark:
Please follow the arrows, use the correct exits and park considerately. This is your child’s community, so be patient and respectful.

Parking over neighbours driveways:
We have built strong community relationships with our neighbours and need to respect their rights to access their driveways at all times.



If you have concerns with parking in our local streets, please contact Monash Council.

Camps, Sports, Excursions Fund (CSEF)


The Victorian Government offer a Sports, Camps and Excursions Fund for families who hold a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply. A special consideration category also exists.

A payment of $125 for eligible primary school students and $225 for eligible secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used toward camps, sports and excursion costs for the student’s benefit.

CSEF payments to schools will commence from 1 March onwards. Schools are able to continue processing applications until the end of Term 2.

Click here for further information CSEF Website

CSEF Application Form 2020





Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup


The final of the women’s T20 Cricket World Cup is at the MCG on International Women’s Day.

It’s the Sunday, March 8th and Katy Perry is playing at the MCG before and after the match

Let’s fill the MCG and set a world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event.  That said, the occasion is bigger than a cricket match or a major sporting event.  We can aim to set a world record that helps accelerate the pursuit of gender equality in Australia and around the world.

A great day out, watching women’s cricket, and Katy Perry and hopefully setting a world record!!

Adults tickets are starting at $20 and kids’ tickets are just $5.

Please click here to book tickets and share this message with others in our local community.

Thanks so much for your support and let’s be part of setting a world record with our families and friends on International Women’s Day.


Year 1 Team

Alice MacDonald
Mrs MacDonald got married in Jan looking like a beautiful princess,
Mr MacDonald wore a kilt while she wore her white dress.
She loves dancing to Whitney Houston on the dance floor,
And cuddling her puppy Sadie who she absolutely adores!


Cheyanne Gunning

With her long luscious locks is our bubbly Miss Gunning,
On Wednesdays you’ll see her on the oval helping with running.
She loves to do pilates and relax in the sun,
Eating Italian food with her best friends is her idea of fun!


Sarah Rayment

Miss Rayment has followed the students from Prep to Year 1,
1SR are sure going to have lots of fun.
Her classroom displays are as colourful as confetti,
On weekends she loves to go shopping and walk her dog Betty!

Back Row: Alice MacDonald, Cheyanne Gunning, Lauren Di Maio, Nick Mason- Parker
Front Row: Sarah Rayment, Jessica Gray, Cassie Furst

Jessica Gray
Miss Gray is our amazing team leader,
You may spot her wearing something leopard or cheetah.
Cheering on the Tigers, going to brunch or relaxing at the beach,
1JG sure are lucky she knows how to teach!



Lauren Di Maio
Miss Di Maio is one of our cheerful first-year recruit,
Lasagne is her favourite dinner and strawberries her favourite fruit.
At home she loves watching Married at First Sight,
Although her favourite colour is blue, her classroom is very bright!


Nick Mason-Parker
Mr Mason-Parker has taken over the 1NM title and is so delighted,
He loves to watch soccer and barracks for Manchester United.
Can you guess where he is from? His accent is a mystery,
His never-ending supply of chocolate bars will go down in history!


Cassie Furst
Another first-year addition is our friendly Miss Furst,
Anything sports related really gives her a burst!
One more Bombers fan added to the OSPS staff,
Her favourite movie is Happy Gilmore because it always makes her laugh!


Summer Sports


Year 6 Interschool Sport is off to a great start. We have already played 2 fantastic games against St Andrews and Oakleigh Grammar. All Year 6 students are enjoying their chosen sport and displaying good sportsmanship. Some students have already rotated as a substitute and enjoyed playing Murrumbeena with Mr Rowe’s rounders team. This week we are playing St Peters at home who always prove to be very challenging.

Year 5 students are also enjoying a variety of activities during Thursday mornings. Students have been actively participating in ice-skating and lawn bowls utilising our strong community partnerships. Each student will have the opportunity to do both activities and also learn soccer and basketball skills back at school.

Thanks to Mr Mooney, the PE department and all our teachers who tirelessly coach and supervise our students.



Parent Group Meeting


Parent Group’s first meeting for the year will be held on Wednesday 4th March in the Staffroom at 7pm

If you would like to get to know other parents and be involved with activities around the school like Father’s Day Breakfast, Mum’s Night In, School Disco and many more please come along. If you can’t make the meeting but would still like to be involved, please email to osparentgroup67@gmail.com.


Stephanie Cash
Parent Group President 




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