Oakleigh South Primary School


1st February 2023

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss


Issue 1  – 1st February 2023


Thursday 2nd February
– OSPS Swim Squad Training

Tuesday 7th February
– Parent Information Evening 6pm – 7pm
– OSPS Swim Squad Training

Thursday 9th February
– Year 6 Summer Interschool Sport
(Oakleigh South – Bye)


Welcome back everyone to another jam-packed year at Oakleigh South. I would like to extend a special welcome our new families who have joined our school community. I hope you all have had a fantastic break full of family time and lots of rest!

Our new prep children started on Monday and have settled in extremely well which is fantastic. All the other year levels have settled in well to their programs too.

We have several new staff who have started with us this year. I’d like to welcome Hayley McAlinden (Prep), Kate Shanahan (Year 1), Cynthia Dunkley and Mairead Judge (Year 2), Rhiannon Hill and Manny Le (Year 3) and Siouxsan-Claire Major (Year 6). They too have settled in and are looking forward to a fantastic year.

The building works are coming along with the new Year 6 area taking shape. As you would’ve noticed, preparation has begun on the administration end of the building. This will fully begin when the Year 6 end is complete.

Just a reminder that all relevant information, notices, and payments etc will be sent to you through the COMPASS platform, including our weekly newsletter which will be available every Wednesday.

At O.S.P.S. we are all looking forward to a fantastic 2023!




Term 1
27th January – 6th April
(Students begin 30th January)

Term 2
24th April – 23rd June

Term 3
10th July – 15th September

Term 4
2nd October – 20th December





The administration wing, which houses the front office, sick bay, staff room and two year 6 classrooms, has had the old grey bricks and garden beds removed over the holidays in readiness for the new externals.

It will temporarily be covered with iron sheeting until new materials arrive to complete the entire south wing.

Medication and Action Plans


An urgent reminder to parents that students with medical conditionas are required to provide new ASCIA Action Plans and medication to their class teachers. All Action Plans must be reviewed and signed off by your doctor and have a clear, current photo of the student.

They are a legal requirement, and it is our school policy that they be updated every 12 months.

Having all plans with photos, and medication correctly labelled ensures we comply with the regulations and supports us to administer the correct medication. Your support with this is very important.

If you have any queries, please contact your classroom teacher or the Office.

For copies of ASCIA and Asthma Plans can be found on the school website in under Forms, Event and Year Level Information https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/news-events/




The Victorian Government offer a Sports, Camps and Excursions Fund for families who hold a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply. A special consideration category also exists.

A payment of $125 for eligible primary school students and $225 for eligible secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used toward camps, sports and excursion costs for the student’s benefit.

CSEF payments to schools will commence from 1 March onwards. Schools are able to continue processing applications until the end of Term 2.

Please click here to apply – https://www.vic.gov.au/camps-sports-and-excursions-fund

Those families that were eligible in 2022 will be rolled over, you do not need to reapply.

If you have any issues please contact Carlyn carlyn.backers@education.vic.gov.au

2nd Hand Uniform Shop


We are looking for volunteers to help in the 2nd hand uniform shop which will be re-opening next week. Any time you can spare to help is appreciated, whether it’s 15 mins a term or 30 mins a week.

The uniform shop is open twice a week, Wednesday & Friday from 8.45am – 9am. If you have availability or would like further information please send an email to osparentgroup67@gmail.com and the Uniform Shop co – ordinator will be in touch.



Over the holidays all 2023 students in Years 1-6 had the opportunity to join in our fun myON and Mathletics challenge.

Our myON challenge was hotly contested with 130 student joining and reading a combined 4091 digital books with 103,00 pages read! Congratulation to the following students who completed the most books.


OSPS myON Champions 

Year 1 – Issac M, Chetana D

Year 2  – Alisha T, Edward C

Year 3 – Bella L, Atticus I

Year 4 – Sushant K, Catherine P

Year 5 – Shabad W, Victoria L

Year 6  -Zarah S, Yuto N


A huge congratulation to the following students who completed the most Live Mathletics points during the holidays.


OSPS Mathletics Champions 

Year 2 Reyyansh V

Year 4 Laurence C, Reyansh K

Year 5 Edward B

Year 6 Yuto N



Remember that it’s an expectation to complete 100 minutes of reading a week in Years 3-6 and 1,000 Mathletics points in Years 1 -6 each week. Finding a good balance of exercise, outdoor play, music, art and language also supports wellbeing and learning.





The library is open for all Year 3 – 6 students to borrow AR books. Students can borrow between 8:45am – 9am and after school until 3:45pm.

We also have a number of students who have not returned books they borrowed from 2022. Please check at home if you have any OSPS library books and remind your children to return them to the library. Thank you.





School Sport Victoria conducts State Team Trials for the sports listed (below) along with other sports that can be found on their website; Cricket, Basketball, AFL, Netball and Soccer nominations are due to open on December 1st, 2022 and close on various dates depending on the sport. There will not be District trials, instead elite and outstanding performers in each specific sport only can apply via the School Sport Victoria website if they have been approved by their school. The expectation is that students nominating would have won at least a Best & Fairest or MVP in their chosen sport at the highest level of competition offered at their club, preferably finished high in League voting, along with being very fit, most likely in Cross Country and Athletics teams as well as being outstanding players in our Inter-school Sport Program. Any parent considering nominating should consult Marcus Mooney – email: Marcus.mooney@education.vic.gov.au prior to paying the nomination fee to assess the student’s suitability.

Should your child ultimately be successful, there may be multiple days of trials and camps requiring parents to transport / attend with their child in order to be involved. There are also significant monies required if selected.  Parents must be committed to the entire process and understand this is not a come and try activity. Sending students without the necessary skills / talent could not only undermine their confidence but will also increase numbers at the trial making the selectors job a lot more difficult. If there are more than 3 students nominated in a chosen sport a school-based trial may be required. Generally, these trials are for Year 6 students or exceptional Year 5’s. (Top 3 in League B&F standard)



After consideration and consultation, if you think your child is ready for State Team selection trials, parents can then Google School Sport Victoria or go to:


For more information and should monitor this website for closing dates and relevant information as it is updated. There is also a link to the SSV home page on our Bentleigh District web page.

12 Years and Under Sports Sports include but not limited to:

Australian Football (Boys / Mixed & Girls), Softball, Basketball, Football (Soccer), Hockey, Golf, Netball, Rugby League,  Touch Football and Cricket (see SSV site for more details).

Check the website for all other sports noting some years State Swimming, Cross Country and Athletic Teams can be chosen via external competitions rather than through school-based District / Division/ Region/State Competitions, When nominating your child for more than one sport you should also note that trials for AFL, Soccer, Netball and Basketball may be on the same day eliminating the possibility of going through for more than one mainstream sport.


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