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Child Safe Standards
Oakleigh South Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, there is a new regulatory landscape (Ministerial Order No. 870) surrounding child safety, underpinned by new Child Safe Standards. This order came into operation on the 1st of August 2016.
In response to this legislation, Oakleigh South Primary School has developed policies and procedures that aim to keep children and young people safe. The school achieves this by developing a culture of safety through risk management to identify and remove risks of child abuse, policy development and implementation, code of conduct screening, supervision and training, processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse and strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children. The school’s policies can be viewed on-line.
To ensure that everyone is well informed about all relevant information please read the attached documents:
Further information about Child Safe Standards can be found at:
Oakleigh South Primary School’s commitment to child safety
Oakleigh South Primary School is committed to child safety.
- We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.
- We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.
- We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
- We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
- Oakleigh South Primary School is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
- Oakleigh South Primary School has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers.
- Oakleigh South Primary School is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
- We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability, and children who are vulnerable.
- We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.
Operoo & Qkr!
OSPS uses Operoo so that parents can receive school information, fill in permission forms, view academic reports and school communications. You can choose to read our notifications in your “preferred language”. From the top right toolbar select “My Account” and then “Preferred Language” and then choose from the drop down list.
Qkr! for online payments for camps/excursions/purchasing etc. At the beginning of each school year, it is vital that each family accurately register the correct students and the correct class and year level to ensure they are receiving timely information, and making payments for the correct student.
Please only pay for items you have received a notice for via Operoo. If you are unsure whether you have made a payment for an event, please check your receipts or contact the Office before you make the payment.
Every OSPS family will need to download Operoo (formerly CareMonkey) & Qkr! onto their phones, tablets, laptops or PCs.
Any queries please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
OSHC Camp Australia
Oakleigh South Primary School Council have engaged CAMP AUSTRALIA to manage all aspects of the school’s OSHC, including Before, After and Holiday Care.
Camp Australia Outside School Hours Care and Holiday Club
We are proud to partner with Camp Australia to provide our Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) and Holiday Club programs.
As the most experienced OSHC provider in Australia, Camp Australia provides a safe, reliable, engaging and affordable program at our school, to help families balance time and responsibilities in the crucial times outside school hours – and between terms too.
Camp Australia’s OSHC and Holiday Club programs build on our school values to further your child’s experience and interests, providing time for homework, time to relax, educational activities and a healthy snack.
Click here to find out more about the programs at our school, including hours of operation and fees.
To attend care, you must register your child. Register now for free.
Out of Hours Services
Oakleigh South Primary School venue is host to a variety of service providers. Please note that service providers are not managed or run by Oakleigh South Primary School, they hire our venue. Please use the link to find out further information to get in touch with their service.
Auskick – Oakleigh
Calisthenics – Balmoral
Cricket – Clayton District
Fit for Kids – Tennis & Golf
Football – Oakleigh Dragons
Karate – G.K.R
Japanese – Melbourne International School of Japanese
Jewish R.E – United Jewish Education Board
Oakleigh South Netball Club Oakleigh Jets
Pilates – Ricki Eckhous
Purple Dog Mosaics
Sikh Religious Education
Soccer – Grasshopper Soccer
The Music School – Keyboard & Guitar
All parents are welcome to be involved with their children’s education and the Parent Group provides an opportunity for members to work together to further the interests of their children by:
- Encouraging social interaction among parents and families.
- Providing resources and facilities for the pupils through fundraising activities
Examples of the wonderful social events and fundraising events organised by parent group are:
- Prep Welcome BBQ
- Outdoor Movie Night
- Easter Hamper Raffle
- Fete Craft / Mother’s Day Stall
- Family Night Out – i.e Inflatable World
- Father’s Day Breakfast (proceeds donated to charity)
- Trivia Night
- School Disco
- Giving Tree (donated to Salvation Army)
- Christmas Stall
Meetings are advertised in the school newsletter, however we also have a large team of helpers that assist during events and fundraisers who do not attend meetings. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to find out further information.
Parent Facebook Group – OSPS Parent Community
This group was created during the 2020 year when remote learning commenced as a forum for OSPS parents to engage as a school community and connect. There was overwhelming support to keep this page going while we hopefully enter a COVID normal year of school and education.
Only OSPS parents are able to join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1597982180354198
Parent Opinion Survey
The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst all parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, student engagement and this year, experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school uses the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
The survey is conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. All responses to the survey are anonymous. The online survey is available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.
Oakleigh South Primary School has developed policies in line with department regulations. They have all been approved by School Council. The following policies are available for your perusal at the office: External Providers Policy, Duty of Care Policy & Procedures, Administration of Medication Policy, Critical incident Plan Policy, Accidents & Incidental Reporting Policy, Working with Children Check Policy. The following policies are available via the links below:
Acceptable Use Agreement
Administration Of Medication And Care of Ill Students Policy
Anaphylaxis Management Policy
Bullying Prevention And Harassment Policy
Bushfire Preparedness Policy
Camps And Excursions Policy
Child Safe Code Of Conduct
Child Safe Policy
Child Safety Reporting Obligations Policy And Procedures
Communication Procedures And Schedule
COVID 19 Policy
Critical Incident Plan Policy And Procedures
Curriculum Framework Policy
Digital Technologies Policy
Dress Code Policy
Duty of Care Policy And Procedures
External Providers Policy
First Aid Policy And Procedures
Health Care Needs Policy
Inclusion And Diversity Policy
Medication Administration Log
Medication Authority Form
Mobile Device Policy
Privacy Information For Parents
Statement Of Commitment To Child Safe HR Management And Recruitment Practices
Statement Of Values And School Philosophy
Student Health Support Plan
Student Wellbeing And Engagement Policy
Working With Children Check Policy And Procedures
Working With Children’s Check Flowchart
Yard Duty And Supervision Policy
Contact School Council
Please e-mail: Attention: School Council
OSPS School Council generally meet 6pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at OSPS staffroom.
17th March (Closed meeting)
20th April (Closed meeting)
18th May (Closed meeting)
15th June (Open meeting)
20th July (Open meeting)
17th August (Open meeting)
19th October (Open meeting)
16th November (Closed meeting)
We ask that any parents wishing to attend, please notify Ron or the School Council President of their intention, 24 hours notice at the laterst prior to the meeting time and date, and that they familiarise themselves with the legislation around visitors to School Council meetings. This can be found in the governance handbook located at https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/governance/governanceph.pdf.
School Council Membership 2021
The first meeting for the new “School Council Year” was conducted on 17th March.
A Schedule 7: School Council Members has been published here.
School Council Election Results 2021
The PARENT successful candidates (in surname alphabetical order) are:
The DET successful candidates (in surname alphabetical order) are:
TOTAL MEMBERS AS OF 20th April 2021 (Parents 8, DET 5, Community 2)
Maria Gaitan (Secretary)
Ron Cantlon (Principal)
Nikki Virtuoso (Minutes Secretary)
Parent Group Rep: Steph Cash (Treasurer)
Nadia Beauchamp (President)
Term Dates & Bells
Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish
27 January (teachers start)
28 January Year 1 – 6 students start
29 January Preps 9.30 – 12.30 (No Wednesdays during February)
Last day of Term 1 is Thursday 1st April (2.30pm finish)
19 April to 25 June
12 July to 17 September
4 October to 16 December (2.30pm students finish)
17 December (teachers finish)
Bell Session & Times
8.45am Bag bell
9.00am Start of day bell
9.00am Session 1
9.50am Session 2
10.40am Start of recess bell
11.10am End of recess bell
11.10am Session 3
12.00pm Session 4
12.50pm Lunch eating time bell
1.00pm Start of lunch
1.50pm End of lunch bell
1.50pm Session 5
2.40pm Session 6
3.30pm End of day bell
School Uniforms are provided by Primary School Wear (PSW)
New uniforms can be purchased form their outlet store at 1 Age St, Cheltenham or online.
Uniforms Second Hand
Oakleigh South Primary School parent volunteers run Second Hand Uniform Shop which is located in the junior wing.
If you’d like to volunteer to assist please contact the office. Washed and suitable donations of uniform can be handed in at the office.
Opening hours are: 8.45am to 9.00am on Wednesdays and Fridays.