Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE  9 – 29th March


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 9 – 29th March 2018


Monday 23rd April
– Year 1 Life Skills

Tuesday 24th April
– Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday 25th April
– Anzac Day Public Holiday

Friday 27th April
– Year 2 Life Skills


The P-2 Easter Hat Parade was a terrific event, filled with colour, excitement and songs. Thank you to the teachers for making it a wonderful experience and Parent Group for making coffees and hot chocolates for the parents. Thank you to Parent Group who organised the Easter raffle donations and prizes and congratulations to all the recipients and winners.

The OSPS Family Fete is coming up in Term 2, hope this date is in your calendars and you are inviting all of your extended family and friends to attend. Don’t forget to purchase your Early Bird Wrist Band Ride Tickets via QKR if you have not done so already. It entitles the wearer to unlimited rides from 10am – 3pm on Fete day.

We have a team of parents on the Fete team, assisting Nikki Virtuoso with the main organisational aspects of the Fete. Thank you to the parents hitting the pavement and chasing up donations from local businesses, contacting all the kinders and schools to promote our Fete, graphic design, printing of posters and flyers, errands and sorting Fete stock. The Fete would not be possible without your contributions.

There is a lot of interest in the Fete Sponsorship opportunities so far and hundreds of local businesses have committed to donating. Please show our support to those businesses if you can and remember to let them know you are from OSPS. Thank you to all the families who will be dropping off Fete flyers into letter boxes over the holidays. We received more volunteer offers than areas to allocate, so thank you to for your offer to help.

We hope all families have placed their name on their child’s stall roster to help on the day, please check in with your teacher about filling remaining spots.

Wishing all our families and friends a very safe and happy holidays and we’ll see you in Term 2.

Ron Cantlon


2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

29 January (school teachers start) 30 January (school students start) to 29 March 2018

Term 2:
16 April to 29 June 2018


Term 3:

16 July to 21 September 2018

Term 4:
8 October to 20 December (2.30pm school students finish) 21 December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish


From the Village

Lemons Wanted

The year 3’s would love your lemons to make into lemon butter to sell at the fete.

Please start collecting for us from your backyard, friends and family.

Take them to the year 3 teachers.

50 house points for each lemon!

Please keep the stems on the lemons as they last longer.

The produce stall thanks you very much.

Recipe Book

Don’t forget to submit your favourite recipe – instructions below



Year 3 The Village Update

Year 3 students had a ‘crack’ing start to the year with 40 eggs arriving in the classrooms. Over the course of two weeks, the chicks hatched and we all watched them grow with great excitement! Here’s what some of our chicken enthusiasts had to say:

“Chickens only need to stay in an egg for 21 days” Amelia 3JP

“For eggs to hatch, they have to be warm. We kept them in an incubator, then when they hatched we put them in a brooder box” Akshadha 3MM

“The chickens were clumsy when they hatched. They were climbing all over each other and falling over. Mr Kerr had to help them!” Maddison 3KK

“The chicks were yellow to start but now they are brown” Jonathan 3KB

“The chicks started fluffy, but now they are covered in feathers” Audrey 3MW

“Chickens start laying eggs when they are about 20 weeks old” Sam 3JS

“Chickens are fun to play with – but sometimes they run around and are really hard to catch!” Alvin 3DD

Year 3 students have also been very busy in the garden. All children have now had the opportunity to be a farmer. The farmers arrive at school early to complete many jobs and activities, including learning about how to care for the village animals, learning about the plants growing in the garden, talking about seeds and how things grow and change, learning about succulents, how to take and nurture cuttings to make new plants, plus lots more! Children have also been using the village tomatoes to make delicious bruschetta.

Each Tuesday, one lucky class has been cooking scrumptious pizzas using produce from the garden. The teachers have loved taste-testing the pizzas – just to make sure they aren’t poisonous of course!

Students have been trying to reduce their footprint on our Earth by bringing minimal wrappers and by celebrating Waste Free Wednesday each week.

What a busy start to the year it has been! Year 3 sure is the place to be!

Sport’s Desk

Summer Sport Home and Away has concluded for this year. Most of the teams look as though they have made finals. These will be played in Week 1 of Term 4.

Last Friday all children in Grades 3, 4 5 & 6 competed in the House Cross Country. Run under blue skies, the day was a success. Many parents helped at the finish line. Thank you to Vanessa, Rose, Carlyn, Adele and Rebecca. Apologies if I have forgotten to add your name.

Congratulations to the children who have made the OSPS Cross Country Squad.

Aeon in Grade 6 competed yesterday at the Southern Metro Swimming Championships at MSAC

12/ 13 Girls – 50 m Freestyle – GOLD MEDAL
– 50m Butterfly – GOLD MEDAL

Aeon will now be competing at State Swimming Championships for the third year in a row.

Congratulations, Aeon

Marcus Mooney
Phys Ed & Sports Coordinator


David Morris Newsletter Report

Walking into the hall, both year fives and sixes were chatting amongst each other, unaware that a famous Olympic aerial skier was standing in amongst the crowd of teachers.

After entertaining us with an inspirational speech about his journey to being a famous aerial skier, David Morris has inspired us all to persist and challenge ourselves in everything we do. He relayed 3 important messages:

  1. The first message is to keep persisting and pursuing what you want to do, no matter what anyone says
  2. The second message is to learn from failures.
  3. The third message is that you’re not remembered for your results, you’re remembered for your dignity.

He spoke about his journey and all the difficulties he faced along the way to becoming an Olympic aerial skier. Most Olympic athletes get 8-10 years to train for the Olympics, but David Morris only had 4 years to train.

Overall, David Morris has motivated us to follow our dreams and to never give up. Everyone has learnt a lot.


Entertainment Book

The 2018 / 2019 Entertainment Book is now available for purchase from the office. It is available in hard copy or digital for the price of $70.00 – Just in time for the school holidays! A copy is on display at the office.


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