Sports and Extra Curricula Photos

November 23rd, 2017 | Posted by Slavica Markovski

The School Photographer has delivered the sports and extra curricula photos to the school today. There are two attachments explaining the ordering process and a list of the different group photos.

Photos will be available for viewing online or at the school office. All orders are to be made by 4th December 2017.




Making Community Connections

November 19th, 2017 | Posted by Slavica Markovski

Our school leaders spend some time getting to know Claire Willet, who with her husband owns Mortgage Choice at Oatley and is currently a Platinum Sponsor of the school. The students asked her some inquiring questions about the business, the benefits of sponsorship and future tips.

  1. We have been developing our leadership skills this year. How does your company develop its co-operation and communication skills?

We are a small franchise and ongoing communication is important. Our clients can vary so we need to adapt our communication style to meet their needs. We take the clients through the entire process of buying a property especially if it’s their first time.

  1. How did you get started up in your business?

Mortgage Choice has been our business since 2006, after working as a business development manager in other companies my husband decided to complete a finance course and buy the business. I then joined him a couple of years later.

  1. What was your educational journey? Did you have to go to university?

Yes, I had an interest in the health industry, so I did a Bachelor of Science after high school. Then I decided to do a business course at university through Distant Education while I was working full-time. I have had various jobs in marketing which has led me to this point.

  1. How do you think we benefit each other, by your company being a sponsor for the school?

That’s a good question, I think it’s important for local business to take an interest in local schools and that’s why we got involved. As a company we had to look at our marketing and see how we can support the school.

  1. What experience do you need for the work you are involved in?

I think people skills is everything in a job, although you need to do research and have attention to detail it’s important to relate to people at the end of the day.

  1. What tips do you have for us as we head to high school?

From my point of view and buying a property, start saving it’s never too early to start!

And going into high school, choose subjects that you like and things that you can be good at and enjoy.

It has taken me a long time to find what I enjoy doing as a career, but I feel that is most importan

  1. How was your company involved with the school in our Centenary year?

As the major sponsor of the school we had a display at the Centenary Fair and made connections with the community. Being the Centenary year, we thought it was a special time for the school and that’s another reason we became sponsors, we also attended the Centenary dinner.

  1. What is your personal, if any connection to the school?

Oatley is a great school and my three children attend the school. Being a local business is important to get behind the school and provide some support. 

We appreciate the insight Mrs Willet gave us and the support we receive from Mortgage Choice.

School Leaders’ Report

2017 Performing Arts Showcase Night – Wednesday 29th November

November 18th, 2017 | Posted by Sarah Kennedy

This year’s performing arts showcase night will be on Wednesday 29th November in the school hall at 5 pm.  This concert showcases the talents of our students in the various extra-curricular performing arts programs running at OPS.  Students will be required to be at school at 4:30pm on the afternoon of the concert and bring the various costumes and items required for their group. The concert should conclude by 6:30 pm.
The groups that are performing are:
  • Concert Band
  • Intermediate Band
  • Training Band
  • Senior Choir (Year 3 – 6)
  • Junior Choir (Stage 1)
  • Senior Music Theatre
  • Junior Music Theatre
  • Stage 1 Dance Group
  • Stage 2 Dance Group
  • Stage 3 Dance Group
  • Boys Dance group
There will be a dress rehearsal during the day but students will not be required to bring and wear their costumes during this rehearsal.
Band Students will wear their band uniforms (black trousers/jeans/skirt, black band shirt OR black t-shirt, black shoes and socks).
Choir students will wear blue jeans and a white t-shirt with white shoes.
Music theatre and dance students will wear various costumes as outlined by their program directors.
We look forward to celebrating the talents of our students with you at this exciting evening.
Mrs Hewitt & Mr Wheatley.

School Leadership by the River Conference

November 17th, 2017 | Posted by Slavica Markovski

The school’s leadership team had an amazing day at the conference on Thursday 16th November at The Kyle Bay function centre. All the schools participating in this initiative gathered again to share their stories and discuss the challenges and triumphs they experienced. Our students presented their Mural and Aged Care initiatives with confidence and also showcased the Student Voice Filmpond they created to support their hard work this year.

The guest speaker was Melissa Abu-Gazaleh the Founder and CEO of Top Blokes Foundation and NSW Young Australian of the year 2016. The students were inspired and left the day with many thoughts to consider-

-Strive for progress, not for perfection

-The best way to predict the future is to create it

-Step outside your comfort zone

– You’ve got to believe in yourself and never give up

The leadership team agreed that they really enjoyed the experience as it taught them valuable lessons in group activities and leadership skills. It was a really engaging conference that improved team work skills for the better.

Please visit to school website and click on the Filmpond icon to view the film Student Voice-Young leaders  

or click on the link below.



Student Achievements

November 14th, 2017 | Posted by Slavica Markovski

Oatley Public School is proud to announce great achievements from two of our students in the past week.

Congratulation to Lena from 4P, who won the Premier’s Spelling Bee competition on Wednesday 8th November 2017.

The Premier’s Spelling Bee was introduced in 2004 as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling. The program includes activities that encourage all students to engage with spelling and promotes improved literacy in combination with the English K-6 Syllabus.

This year, there were over 3,700 students competing in 89 finals. 950 schools registered to participate in the 2017 Premier’s Spelling Bee, with an astounding 154 000 students involved in the competition! 

We applaud Lena’s achievement as she has worked hard and shown great commitment to her learning.

Lily from 6H, competed in the Ultimo Operational Directorate Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition on Wednesday 8th November 2017.

The Public Speaking competition aims to develop the speaking and listening skills of students K-6 and draws the best speakers from schools and network finals to a grand final, thereby providing talented speakers with an opportunity to compete at an elite level.

There were almost 300 schools across the 15 networks participating in this competition, Lily represented the Georges River Network and won the overall competition for her stage.

We are very proud of Lily and her achievement in this area.

The students at Oatley Public School have many opportunities to engage in academic, sporting and creative curricula activities as they are continually supported by the dedicated staff, parents and other students.

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