Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 7 – 19th 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 7  –  19th March 2019



Thursday, 21st March
– Yr 4 – 6 Youth Awareness of Anti Bullying

Friday, 22nd March
– Icy Pole Day     $1ea
– SOSC Cultural Evening
– Running Club     7.30am

Monday, 25th March
– Healthy Skills   Yr 2

Tuesday, 26th March
– Harmony Day    Please wear orange
– Running Club     7.30am
– School Tour     5.30pm

Wednesday, 27th March
– Crazy Hair Day     $2 or small toy donation

Thursday, 28th March
– Region Swimming

Friday, 29th March
– Yr 4 MCG Eureka Skydeck Excursion

Monday, 1st April
– Healthy Skills   Yr 2

Tuesday, 2nd April
– Cross Country  Yr 3 – 4

Wednesday, 3rd April
– Yr 5 IMAX & Melbourne Museum Excursion
– Parent Group AGM   7pm

Thursday, 4th April
– Prep – 2 Easter Hat Parade
– Cross Country   Yr 5 – 6

Friday, 5th April
– Yr 6 Only Sausage Sizzle
– Last Day of Term 1    2.30pm Finish



Last Friday, our school supported the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Each class made a pledge to say how they would take action against bullying. These pledges are now displayed on the Pledge Wall near the Library.
This talk and action is not about one day, but to be recognised every day. Let’s stand by the words…Bullying. No Way!!

Fete organisation is ramping up. Some important reminders

*    Return your Stall Helper Note
*    Purchase your Early Bird Ride Tickets
*    General Helpers Note – we are looking for more parent volunteers to follow up with a small number of local businesses for donations
*    Toys, Book donations to the Office
*    Crazy Hair Day
*    Tell your family and friends to come along on Saturday, 4th May

If you have any new or unused items to be donated to the Spinning Wheel, or new contacts for donations – please contact Nikki Virtuoso   virtuoso.nicole.b@edumail.vic.gov.au   

As we get close to the end of term one, it means Easter is also getting close. Our terrific Parent Group are organising the annual Easter raffle again. The tickets have been sent home and the donations of Easter eggs and chocolate are slowly coming to school. Can you please kindly donate some Easter eggs so there can be many prizes shared amongst the children. There will be prizes for each class, so the goodies are shared around. Thank you.

Enjoy the wonderful weather this week.

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 – Overdue

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


Crazy Hair Day


Wednesday, 27th March is Crazy Hair Day

Please send your child with crazy hair (wearing regular school uniform) and bring an item of at least $2 value to go into our Lucky Jar’s stall.  If you can, please send your item in a clean glass or plastic jar. If every child comes with crazy hair the “Lucky Jars” stall will be well on its way to being fully stocked.

Some suggestions: hair accessories, toys, pencils, craft items, lollies (must be in packaging and within the use by date), bubble bath, stationary, head bands, kids jewellery, lip gloss, knick knacks, activity books, play doh, marbles …
anything a school age child would love! There will be a boys and girls lucky jars section.

If you are having difficulty bring in in an item, please bring a $2 donation.

Early Bird Ride Wrist Bands


Early Bird Ride Wrist Bands are now on sale.

Please complete and return your orange “Early Bird Wrist Band” form to your class teacher.
Tickets will go home with your nominated student on the Friday before Fete.

If you have friends who are not OSPS students but would like to order wristbands, they can order tickets via Trybooking.


Smart Watches


It has just been brought to my attention that some children are wearing smart watches that have internet access, use apps, can take photos, make phone calls and/or send messages.

Photos can be downloaded to a computer.

Obviously we cannot let this continue because of the ability to misuse these watches and connect to the internet.

Please tell your children that they are not allowed at school.

Cross Country


Age Group – 8/9/10 Boys and Girls

Date – Tuesday 2nd of April
Time – 11 . 20 am – 12 .30 pm

Venue – School laneway and Windsor Ave laneway

Distance  – 2km

Please Note – As this Age Group consists of close to 175 boys and 175 Girls, we will split the group, for safety, on the day so Gr 4 & 5 Boys run.
(Top 8 into Squad) and then the Gr 3 boys run – (Top 5 into Squad)
Girls to follow with same scenario. Only 9 will represent the school.
There will be 2 timed trials at Bald Hill Park.

Age Group – 11 & 12/13 Boys and Girls

Date – Thursday 4th of April
Time – 11 . 20 am – 12 .30 pm

Venue – School laneway and Windsor Ave laneway

Distance  – 3km

Top 12 to make squad. Only 9 will represent the school.
There will be 2 timed trials at Bald Hill Park.

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

Tummy Bugs


There seems to be a “Gastric Bug” going around our school at present.  Please be mindful if your child complains of tummy pains.

Symptoms may include:

stomach cramps / pains increasing in severity over a few days
low appetite or no appetite
loss of energy
vomiting – but not always
not feeling right – but can’t say why

These symptoms could last up to five days.  Please keep your child at home and notify the school of their absence. You will need to keep your child at home until 24 hours after your child last stopped vomiting, had diarrhea or their appetite and energy levels have increased.
If a sibling has these symptoms – please keep an eye on other siblings as it is highly contagious.

This is a timely reminder that washing hands and not sharing cutlery, glasses / cups or towels in the household is very important in stopping the spread of viruses.

School Photos


Thank you to all the parents and returned envelopes to their class teacher before photo day.

If you would like to place a late order for Class or Portrait photos, please go to Elite School Photography

www.eliteschoolphotography.com.au and use the login ESP202515

Late orders must be finalised by Friday, 22nd March

Thank you

Easter Raffle Donation


Please donate Easter Eggs for the OS Parent Group Easter raffle, to the Office, as soon as you can.

You should now have Easter raffle tickets on a flyer, sent home with each child.

Please return raffle tickets and money to your teacher by 1st April.

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

Lucky Jars


Preparations are underway for the ‘Lucky Jars’ fete stall and we’re in need of jars. Please help us collect some empty, clean, glass jars!

Big, medium or small sized jars. Think jam jars, pasata jars, coffee jars etc.

Please take the labels off them and give them a good clean before bringing them to school.

Please send directly to 1NC

Past Student Success – Aeon B

Aeon was awarded School Sport Victoria’s Swimmer of the Year for 2018 at a Ceremony held last week at the MCC.

She was the State’s best Freestyle and Butterfly swimmer for 3 years in a row.

Well done Aeon, who is now attending Firbank Grammar.


Year 1 Grandparent’s Day


What a fabulous morning we all had with our grandparents. The children were very excited to welcome their grandparents into their classrooms and show them all their wonderful work displayed around the Year 1 area.

To begin the celebrations, our grandparents engaged in many fun activities in our classrooms. Some played grandparents bingo, others completed craft activities such as making ‘best grandparents ever’ medals, while others learnt about what school life was like for their grandparents by completing a questionnaire together.

As the day followed on, we went into the hall and performed some songs that the children had been practising over a number of weeks. Some grandparents became emotional listening to the meaningful lyrics sung by their gorgeous grandchildren on stage. After performing, our grandparents enjoyed a nice lunch together with their grandchildren. What a wonderful time we all had!

Thank you to Mrs Barnard for helping us learn our different songs and the OSPS Parent Group for setting up and preparing the food. Thank you to our Year 1 teachers for all of their organising.

Last but not least, a ginormous THANK YOU to our much-loved grandparents, who travelled from near and far, for making our day with you so memorable and special.


Melanie Van Delft


Arriving in 2018 was Melanie van Delft and what an impression she did make,
Instantly popular amongst the team because she likes to bring in cake.

She had a wonderful first year here, many reading this will agree,
By far the most organised of us all- how lucky are 1MV!

A soup connoisseur, she taste-tests from a ladle,
And come early July she will have her very first baby to cradle!

Yes, it’s not breaking news now as tears of joy have been had,
We are all eagerly awaiting a mini-Mel, or could it be a mini-Brad?

Although she has not been here very long she has already proven her worth,
If you have any new born questions Mrs Van Delft – just ask Mrs Whitworth!

Rita Charalambous


Down in Year 1 Miss Charalambous is a new recruit,
If you want to get her talking just mention Harry her nephew, he’s so cute!

Just because she is new doesn’t mean she is shy to speak,
If you check out her last name you can probably tell she is fluent in Greek.

She’s a sucker for reality shows, the Kardashians and especially Married at First Sight,
But don’t hold that against her, she’s actually quite bright!

Always busy on the weekend, spending time with her family and friends,
Imagine how impressed we were when we saw her car- a Mercedes Benz!

We’re thrilled to welcome Rita to OSPS- say hi if you see her, don’t be rude,
If we all play our cards right, she might bring us in some Greek food!

Jess Gray


Miss Gray has become one of OSPS’ most loved teachers,
This is because she has many unique and endearing features.

Respected and admired, there’s no doubting her passion,
That’s not to mention her love for leopard-print fashion.

Her classrooms have become iconic with absolutely nothing out of kilter,
And when taking photos she loves to use a Snapchat filter.

On weekends she relaxes with friends- with who it doesn’t really matter,
The only guarantee is that there will be a well-presented cheese platter.

Miss Gray is our team leader, always full of wise advice,
There really aren’t many flaws in her… except maybe she’s too nice!

Nick Morrey


Like Charlie and his angels finally there is Mr Morrey,
Always having a chuckle, not much causes him a worry.

Shy, timid and never, ever the centre of attention,
His enthusiasm for life is on another dimension.

Throw him a mic in level assemblies and he’s in absolute heaven,
Belting out tracks from the early 2000s by his beloved ‘S Club 7’.

An awesome classroom teacher, though self-proclaimed “not arty”,
He always throws 1NM the best Mathletics party!

Cricket is his sporting passion, and boy does he get wickets,
Don’t believe us? Ask Mr Morrey yourself, aka “tickets”.

Natalie Cancino


Well if you were excited about Mrs van Delft and her upcoming ‘babychino’,
Then how about we move on to 1NC and the lovely Mrs Cancino.

She is always prepared and organised, rarely do her plans unravel,
And oh my goodness, does this girl love to travel!!

On the weekends she loves hanging out with friends down by the beach,
She helps out with our school swimmers too, before she has to teach.

She was happily married on the hottest day ever back in January 2018,
Nat was, without question, the happiest bride we’ve ever seen!

There’s no doubt that Nat is a genuine, kind and supportive team member,
She gives her absolute all and is a teacher that her students will definitely remember.

Cheyanne Gunning


Our freshest teacher in Year 1 is the bright-eyed Miss Gunning,
Boy oh boy isn’t she great and her classroom is stunning!

She is already a pro teacher even though she has just begun,
Can you believe she is the baby of the team at the ripe young age of 21?

A former OSPS student who has now made a historic return,
It just shows that this is the most wonderful place to have fun and learn.

Always first to lend a hand and happy to do any favour,
On hot summer days, cookies and cream is her favourite ice-cream flavour.

From a preservice teacher to having her own class, her kindness is clear to see,
There is no doubt you’ve hit the jackpot if your child is in 1CG.

Melissa Lenehan


In 1ML, you will find the teacher that the kids call Miss Lenehan,
Who when, not at school, can usually be found running laps around the Tan!

Arriving halfway through 2014 this makes it year #6 at OSPS for Mel,
She’s quiet and humble, almost like a turtle in a shell.

Earlier in life she was a ballerina and she still loves to dance,
When the music plays to end lunchtime try and spot her if you get the chance!

She is always cool, calm and collected with a smile on her face,
Her students absolutely adore her, coming to school is like a race!

If Miss Lenehan is your teacher you will certainly learn heaps and have lots of fun,
That’s why we’re greedy and keep her in Year One!




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


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