Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 9 – 2nd April 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 9  –  2nd April 2019




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

Thursday, 4th April
– Prep – 2 Easter Hat Parade (P-2)   9.15am
– Cross Country   Yr 5 – 6  11, 12,13yo

Friday, 5th April
– Yr 6 Only Sausage Sizzle
– Assembly   1.45pm
– Last Day of Term 1    2.30pm Finish

Tuesday, 23rd April
– Term 2 resumes

Monday, 29th April
– Healthy Skills   Yr 1

Tuesday, 30th April
– School Tour   11.30am

Friday, 3rd May
– Healthy Skills   Prep



In a blink of an eye and term one is over!

I’d like to wish everyone a happy Easter and a restful break. It’s been an extremely busy term as usual and next term is sure to be even busier with our annual Autumn Fete two weeks into the new term.

I’d like to remind everyone to stay safe go on to Mathletics and read over the holidays as much as they can. For those families travelling overseas or interstate, enjoy your family time.

Don’t forget we have our annual Easter Hat Parade this Thursday the 4th at 9.15am in the hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and see some of the amazing creations proudly paraded by the children.
The junior Easter raffle winners will be announced after the parade.

There will be a final whole school assembly on Friday at 1.45pm. The senior Easter raffle winners will be announced then.

We’ll see everyone back at school on Tuesday 23rd April.

Enjoy the holidays

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

Healthy Skills for Life, for  Prep – Due by Wed 3rd April

Healthy Skills for Life, for Year 1 – Due by Wed 3rd April

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


UNSW Competitions


A reminder that UNSW Competition orders must be placed by 4.30pm tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd April.

If your child wishes to participate, please ensure you have ordered on Qkr, under the Specialist Charges tabs.

Please also return the order form to the classroom teacher.

Late orders cannot be processed after this time.

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.


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

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.


Year 5 – Natural Disasters



So far in Term 1, all the Grade 5’s have been working on a major poster project on ‘Natural Disasters’. We have learnt what causes the disasters and where the tectonic plate boundaries are. Some students have studied Tsunamis, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, etc.

Some interesting facts that we learnt are:

  •           *   That Earthquakes can cause other natural disasters with it such as Volcanic Eruptions and Tsunamis.
  •           *   Tsunamis are caused by meteorites (rarely), volcanic eruptions, underwater earthquakes and normal earthquakes.

Last week the projects were due and most people brought optional models or experiments to show (e.g. volcanic eruptions, tsunamis etc.). All aspects of the natural disaster were covered by most of the students.
Each model will be presented to the class soon.

Sapphire and Roaa

IMAX Excursion



Tomorrow, all of the Year 5’s will be going on an excursion to IMAX which is a museum in Melbourne city. We are excited to see movies about Natural Disasters.
We all hope this excursion will be phenomenal and full of interesting facts!


Year 5 Team

Enis Wintersea


Over the past five years, Enis has had the opportunity of teaching in a number of primary and high schools throughout Melbourne.

He is very pleased to have commenced his first year at OSPS in 2019 and is currently teaching P-1 Japanese and Year 5 general.
Enis has also been assisting with cross country running and is very interested in contributing to the extra curricular robotics program.

Outside of school, Enis enjoys, kayaking, hiking and bushwalking.

He is inspired by the natural environment and visits our great national parks as often as he can. His family and friends tend to be the same and their social gatherings are always a bit of an adventure.

Evert Eykman


This is Evert’s sixth year teaching at Oakleigh South Primary School. Before teaching he spent several years in the corporate world working in Sponsorship and Marketing, though his love for teaching and helping kids started through coaching basketball at a local and representative level.

He’s a happily married father with two boys and loves spending time with them, whether it is going to sports on Saturday or caravanning to different parts of the state. Evert enjoys many sports including surfing, basketball, football (a.k.a soccer), AFL and motor sports. He is an avid supporter of the Essendon Football Club, and has quickly jumped onto the ‘Ben Simmons bandwagon’ to support the 76ers in the NBA.

Evert is a bit of a handyman, renovating most parts of the family home and is an avid lover of classic cars and owns a restored 1964 EH Holden.


Kate Mallett


Over the past 5 years Kate has scored the sought after role of Groups Teacher in Grades 5 and 6. In 2018 & 2019 she increased her hours to take on a team teaching role in 5EE, with the supportive Grade 5 team. Truely the best of both worlds. Working part time at OSPS has been a wonderful opportunity that Kate has cherished and the job share role has luckily given her a good work/family balance.

Kate is very proud of her family, husband Robbie and two children Gracie (8) and Billy (6). All her family are very tall and very talkative.

Weekends are full of kids sports, beach time and trips down the coast to Anglesea. Along with spending time with friends and family, Kate doesn’t mind a ‘coffee break’ without the kids 🙂

Some of her favourite memories are holidays to Bali and Thailand, and camping with friends. School holidays mean car trips home to visit family in Warrnambool and Port Fairy, and to slow down and enjoy time in the country.

Kate’s interests include ocean swimming, bike riding, netball, reading, and a wee bit of shopping. After 20 years in education, teaching remains her number 1 passion.

Back Row:  Enis Wintersea, Evert Eykman, Kate Mallett    Front Row:  Nadine Kngsley, Helen Paroukas, Maria Sakellaris, Lisa Goudie

Nadine Kingsley


Nadine Kingsley has three children and lives in the local community. This is Nadine’s third year in Grade 5 and has been teaching for a long time in both the Primary and Secondary sectors.

She loves to go on holidays with her family or go to the movies and eat plenty of popcorn!

She is currently a Richmond supporter, however that does change from time to time. Nadine loves all sports and is a taxi and avid watcher to her children who also like to play numerous sports throughout the week – She has become an expert in recent weeks to the sand bunkers that her sons like to practice on and a choreographer to her daughters dance performances.

Nadine has a passion for education and enjoys learning and developing with each ‘next’ generation!

Lisa Goudie


Lisa is relatively new to OSPS, having started with casual work in 2017, moving to part-time in 2018 and now full-time. She has, however, been teaching for over 20 years!

Lisa started her career in London, before coming home and working for many years at a local bayside school. When she became a mum, she took family leave so she could be home with her family. During this time, Lisa (along with a friend) started her own business, providing home-delivered educational activities to travelling families and home-schoolers.

When her children were both in school (at OSPS) she decided to transition back into the classroom – and she’s loving it!

In her spare time, Lisa loves to read and spend time caravanning with her husband, kids and dog. Give her a good book and a fire-pit and she’s happy!

Helen Paroukas


Helen has been teaching for over 20 years in the Independent and State School Education System. This year is her 10th Year Anniversary in Year Five at Oakleigh South.  She has also worked in Corporate Recruitment, Adult Education and has recently graduated as a Flight Attendant for Jetstar. Her passion for teaching has always bought her back into the classroom where she can ignite the imagination and instill the love of learning on to her students.

Helen has two teenage children, 18 and 17 years of age. She finds herself being an UBER driver for them over the weekends. They have a beautiful Tibetan dog called Gypsy that they love to bits. Outside her working life, Helen is a dedicated Magpies fan and attends as many games as she can.

Helen enjoys her trips to Bali and tries to get over there at least once a year where she indulges herself with daily massages and yummy food.  She enjoys spending time with her close friends and family. Helen has a weakness for chocolate and delicious desserts. She is a chocoholic.

Maria Sakellaris


Maria has been teaching for 22 years. Wow! How the years fly when you’re having fun!!

She has been teaching at Oakleigh South for 12 of those years and has had the experience working in public and private schools.  Maria grew up wanting to be a teacher and loves her job. She has had the opportunity to teach Prep to Year 6.

When Maria is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, cooking and walking her gorgeous dog Bella.

She also loves going to the beach and loves to travel from interstate to overseas! She tries to stay fit and eat healthy.




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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