Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 8 – 26th 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 8  –  26th March 2019



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



Today the whole school celebrated Harmony Day. It was a fabulous sight at this afternoon’s assembly to see our school join together as one, dressed in many shades of orange to show support for cultural diversity and inclusiveness in Australia. What a wonderful way to celebrate and recognise our multicultural school.

Next week is the final week of term one. There will be two assemblies, one Tuesday (2/4) and the final one on Friday (5/4) at 1.45pm. The Prep, 1 and 2 children will have their annual Easter Hat Parade on Thursday at 9.15am. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Easter raffle for Prep to Year 2 will be announced at the parade. The senior school raffle will be announced at Friday’s assembly.

There will be a school tour held this evening at 5.30pm.

Have a great 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

UNSW Competitions – Under Specialist Charges for Yr 2 – 6 – Due by Wed 3rd April

City Excursion, Year 4 – Under Year 4 Tab – Overdue

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.

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.

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.


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

Year 3 Village Requests

Are you able to help ?

Please help the year 3 villagers and earn mega points for your house at the same time.

What do we need:

    • lemons preferably with stalks left on – to make into lemon butter
    • 250 ml jars suitable for lemon butter and jam (labels off if possible)
    • 2 litre ice-cream containers to make up worm kits
    • small succulent cuttings or any saleable plants
    • any unwanted pottery pots or dishes suitable for a succulent or a whole succulent garden
    • anyone willing to have a go at making lemon butter for the produce stall
    • donations of any small items suitable to sell on our Mother’s Day stall at the fete.

Mother’s Day Stall


Come to the VILLAGE MALL ON FETE DAY to make your selections for the perfect Mother’s Day  living gift.

We will also be selling plants in the week following the fete in the lead up to Mother’s Day.

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

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


Year 2


In Year Two this term, we have been focusing on healthy minds and healthy bodies.

We have learnt various values in Healthy Skills for Life including respect, honesty, teamwork, confidence and resilience. We have been relating the values to our own lives and implementing them in the classroom. It was lovely to see some parents joining in this week during the ‘Open Session’.

Our Integrated Studies topic this term has been Healthy Eating and Healthy Living. In Science we have been focusing on living and non-living things, and how to categorise them.

We have loved our hands-on learning with Mr Eykman, and particularly growing our very own plants. We are excited about our Woolworths Discovery Tour at the end of this term, where we’ll learn about how fruit and vegetables help our bodies to function and grow.


Year 2 Team

Jackie Di Siervi


Jackie is now in her sixth year of teaching. She started off teaching various year levels in London, and has since taught Prep and Year 2 at Oakleigh South.

She has a passion for all sports and loves coaching! This year she has been coaching the Oakleigh South Softball team and has been blown away by the student’s passion and dedication to improving their skills. Outside of school she enjoys playing softball and more recently, women’s AFL. In AFL she follows St Kilda, and thoroughly enjoys watching Melbourne Storm in the NRL.

If she isn’t playing sport or attending a wedding, she enjoys dining out with friends and travelling. Some of her favourite travel spots are Italy, Spain and Hawaii.

Jackie is looking forward to seeing what great things 2019 has in store for her.

Anthony Savva


Anthony has been teaching for 8 years. His first love of teaching was in Prep and has given countless children a wonderful start to their first year of school.

In 2019, he moved to Year 2 to continue his teaching and leadership skills. Anthony has also been a dedicated Greek school teacher for over 10 years. Outside his working life, he is a dedicated Essendon Bombers fan and attends as many games as he can.

Anthony enjoys travelling, some of his favourite holiday destinations are Europe, America and Asia. He is currently a fitness and pilates enthusiast, crunching out a staggering 6 sessions per week.

Siobhan Ilsley


Siobhan has been teaching at Oakleigh South Primary School for 9 years, including 1 year as a Japanese teacher. She loves all things Japanese, so she enjoys teaching her class extra Japanese phrases and how to make origami.

Outside of the classroom, Siobhan loves spending time with her fabulous family, friends and fiancé. She is an avid traveller, having visited over 20 countries.

Siobhan is a lover of cats and is hoping to get a gorgeous Russian Blue later this year.

On the weekends you will often find her going on walks, eating a delicious finger bun, barracking for the Saints and catching Pokemon – gotta catch ‘em all!

Claire Stevenson


This is Claire’s second year of teaching at Oakleigh South Primary School. Claire has loved being in Year 2 and is looking forward to working on the production with her class.

Before starting at Oakleigh South, Claire taught dance at various performing art schools in Melbourne, specialising in Lyrical Jazz and VCE dance.

This year Claire is excited to share her love of dance at Oakleigh South Primary School, assisting with the State School Spectacular program for the Year 5’s. Claire also continues teaching at Pacific Elite Dance and choreographing for their Lyrical team for the Australian All Star Competitions.

Outside her working life, Claire enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her friends, family, and cat Archie. Claire loves going on holidays, with some of her favourite holiday destinations being Torquay, Bali, and Italy!”.

Vanessa O’Connor


Vanessa has been teaching Year 2 for three years. She loves teaching this age group as the students are enthusiastic, becoming more independent and she adores watching their social, emotional and educational growth.

Vanessa has two French Bulldogs, Clive and Phil, who are her pride and joy! She follows Essendon Football Club and enjoys socialising on the weekend with friends.

Vanessa lived in Kobe, Japan, from the ages 12-18, where she attended an international school. These formative years helped shape Vanessa’s love for diversity and education.

Amy Philipsen


This is Amy’s 5th year teaching at Oakleigh South Primary School. When she is not at school, Amy enjoys baking, coaching Calisthenics to participants of all ages and visiting the Zoo.

Amy loves animals and her adorable pet rabbit Buster is one of the most spoilt rabbits that we know…he loves to watch TV with her on the couch and she even visits her local farmers market on Sundays to purchase organic vegies for him!

Exciting news for Amy this year, will be when her new house is completed and she can move in!

Nick Crane


Nick has been teaching for 4 years. For his first 2 years at Oakleigh South he taught the wonderful Year 1’s. In 2018 he moved to England for the year and had a taste of teaching Year 4 students in a different environment. It was very challenging, but he enjoyed every moment.

This year he has moved to Year 2 and has also continued his involvement with the Oakleigh South sport programs such as Running Club and Football.

Outside of his working life Nick loves sport, travel and of course family and friends. Most weekends you will see him at his beloved Essendon Bombers or Melbourne Storm and he plays for the mighty Glen Eira Gryphons.

He has travelled to over 30 countries, mainly in Europe, and has enjoyed all of the different cultures he experienced. If not at a sporting event or in a different country you will probably find Nick at a Thai or Italian restaurant as he loves those foods.




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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