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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.
Contact E-mail for Staff
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Staff E-mail Contacts
Oakleigh South Primary School email@example.com
Ron Cantlon firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Jackson email@example.com
Erik Albers firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikki Virtuoso email@example.com
Jo Chapple firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Van Deursen email@example.com
Carlyn Backers firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Leader:Jade Freeman email@example.com
Nikita Collins firstname.lastname@example.org
Tess Farry email@example.com
Naomi Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie Martyn email@example.com
Sarah Rayment firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Reed email@example.com
Team Leader: Jess Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Cancino email@example.com
Rita Charalambous firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheyenne Gunning email@example.com
Melissa Lenehan firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Morrey email@example.com
Nicholas Mason-Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Leader: Anthony Savva email@example.com
Nick Crane firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Di Siervi email@example.com
Siobhan Ilsley Ilsley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Stevenson email@example.com
Team Leader: Juli Kearney firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Benson email@example.com
Jan Presnell firstname.lastname@example.org
John Rice email@example.com
Jenny Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Murray Wilde email@example.com
Team Leader: Tony Muir firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Hall email@example.com
Nigel Hooley firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Kassiotis email@example.com
Kirwan Peluso firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Salems email@example.com
Geoff Zielin firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Leader: Evert Eykman email@example.com
Lisa Goudie firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadine Kingsley email@example.com
Kate Mallet firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Paroukas email@example.com
Maria Sakellaris firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Leader: Anthony Rowe email@example.com
Simonne Marsden firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Roth email@example.com
Catherine Sangster firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyne Barge email@example.com
Fiona Wells firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerryn Pinkus email@example.com
Years 4 – 6 Lemone Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Years 4 – 6 Elaine Wilkinson email@example.com
Prep – Year 3 Jenny Barnard firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 2-6 Marcus Mooney email@example.com
Prep, Year 1 Mick McMahon firstname.lastname@example.org
Rochelle Hunt email@example.com
Mami Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
Sumika Ranjitkumar email@example.com
Emis Wintersea firstname.lastname@example.org
Trina Crimmins email@example.com
John Crane firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Kerr email@example.com
Kate Mallett firstname.lastname@example.org
Enis Wintersea email@example.com
Sally Bahnsen firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Cantlon email@example.com
Penelope Cato firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Charles email@example.com
Joan Healy firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen James email@example.com
Janet Wilkin firstname.lastname@example.org
Hayley McAlinden email@example.com
Flexibuzz & QKR!
OSPS uses Flexibuzz for important school announcements and Qkr! for online payments for camps/excursions/purchasing etc. Every OSPS family will need to download Flexibuzz & Qkr! onto their phones, tablets, laptops or PCs.
At the beginning of each school year, it is vital that each famiy 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.
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.
Oakleigh South Netball Club Oakleigh Jets U11’s
Pilates – Ricki Eckhous
Purple Dog Mosaics
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.
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:
Contact School Council
Please e-mail: Attention: School Council firstname.lastname@example.org
School Council Membership 2018
The first meeting for the new “School Council Year” was conducted on Wednesday 25th April. All Office Bearers have been elected and all 15 positions filled. Carlyn Backers is on School Council as a Parent Group Delegate. She will be able to attend all meetings and report on the Parent Group operations. A Schedule 7: School Council Members has been published here.
School Council Elections
School Council Election Results 2019
The PARENT NOMINEES (in alphabetical order) are:
TO BE ANNOUNCED
The DET NOMINEES and successful candidates are:
TO BE ANNOUNCED
TOTAL MEMBERS 2018 15 (Parents 8, DET 5, Community 2)
Sam Diplaris (President)
Kate Liu (Treasurer)
Kate Rawlinson (Secretary)
Carlyn Backers (Parent Group)
Ron Cantlon (Principal)
Appendix A: School Council Elections Information for Parents
School Council Elections 2019
WHAT IS A SCHOOL COUNCIL AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Who is on the school council?
For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
- A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
- An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. Department employees are not eligible to be Community members.
Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
WHY IS PARENT MEMBERSHIP SO IMPORTANT?
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.
Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.
DO I NEED SPECIAL EXPERIENCE TO BE ON SCHOOL COUNCIL?
Each member brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role. Councilors may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that are unfamiliar to them. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED?
The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term one each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.
In view of this, you might consider
- standing for election as a member of the school council
- encouraging another person to stand for election.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO STAND FOR ELECTION?
The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term one each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.
If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.
Department employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school.
Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.
Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.
- Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
- Consider standing for election to council this year
- Be sure to vote in the elections.
Contact the principal for further information.
SCHEDULE 4: NOTICE OF ELECTION AND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
An election is to be conducted for members of the school council of Oakleigh South Primary School
Nomination forms may be obtained from the school and must be lodged by 4.00 pm on 25/2/2019 (insert date and year).
The ballot will close at 4.00 pm on 12/3/2019 (insert date and year)
Following the closing of nominations a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school.
The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:
TERM OF OFFICE
NUMBER OF POSITIONS
From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2019, to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2021.
DET employee member
From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2019, to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2021.
If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the school.
Term Dates & Bells
Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish
29 January (teachers start)
30 January Year 1 – 6 students start
31 January Preps 9.30 – 12.30 (No Wednesdays during February)
Last day of Term 1 is Friday 5 April (2.30pm finish)
23 April to 28 June
15 July to 20 September
7 October to 19 December (2.30pm students finish)
20 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 in Mills Street, 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.