Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 10 – 21st October  2020


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167

T: 03 9570 1016  

E: oakleigh.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au   W: oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au 


Issue 10 – 21st October 2020



Monday 19th October – Friday 13th November
UNSW Assessments

Wednesday 21st of October 
2021 Prep Information night

Thursday 22nd October
Footy Colours Day

Friday 23rd October (Grand Final Eve)
Thank You Day Public Holiday

Thursday 29th October 
Prep Teddy Bear Sleepover

Friday 30th of October 
2021 Prep Transition Session 1

Friday 30th of October 
World Teacher’s Day

Monday 2nd of November – Friday 6th of November
ATOSS Survey

Tuesday 3rd November
Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Friday 6th of November
2021 Prep Transition Session 2
(red, orange & yellow groups)

Friday 13th of November
2021 Prep Transition Session 2
(green, blue & purple groups)




Dear Parents and Carers,


The children have settled back so well and are very engaged and eager to learn. As we try to put some normality back into their lives, they are all so respectful of our new rules which are now our new normal. Well done everyone for using the correct gates for your year level, leaving quickly in the afternoons, sanitizing your hands regularly and helping your younger siblings and cousins by getting them to their classrooms.

Our main communication platform is Operoo. When you receive a new notification, please make sure you read and acknowledge the message. If you do not, you will continue to receive reminder emails. Many parents are missing key messages sent by the school, and it is important that parents take the time to read all Operoo communications.

The staggered starts and finishes are certainly working like clockwork from our end but I’d like to remind you of two points. The government guidelines state that parents are not to be on the school premises. I understand that you are all complying by the rules of staying behind the gates and fences, but that also means leaving the school grounds as soon as you have met your child/children and not playing on the playgrounds during this time. Secondly, I ask if you are parking in the streets surrounding the school, please be respectful of the residents and their needs. I have had reports from our neighbours that cars are being parked across their driveways morning and afternoon. This is causing concern for those people in these streets, and they have contacted Monash City Council. The council has often sent out parking officers in the past, so please be warned.

Lastly, this Friday is a public holiday. Enjoy your long weekend, enjoy the slight easing of lockdown restrictions and if your footy team is in the AFL or NRL Grand Final…good luck!


Ron Cantlon



2020 Term Dates

Term 4

Monday 5th October – Thursday 18th December (2.30pm school students finish)
Friday 19th December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish


Parents are encouraged to drop their children at the front of school and not to enter the school grounds. The Department of Education has stated:

‘Parents should enter the school grounds only when absolutely necessary’ 

Parents who do wish to wait and walk their child to the gates are reminded to social distance on the oval and continue to move on once they’ve dropped their child off at the gate. Students shouldn’t be playing on the playground after dismissal.

Early pickups: Parents must sign the google form and follow the instructions regarding collection –

https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/  and click on the ‘Early Pick Up Form’ link https://forms.gle/TZvthWXKEkg9eBnc8

Late Arrivals: If your student is a Late Arrival, please bring your child to Gate 1 and call the Office so they can let the teacher know the child is on their way to the classroom.


Hygiene Practices

  • All staff and students will undertake regular hand hygiene on arrival at school, before and after eating, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, using the toilet or shared equipment.
  • Where soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitiser will be provided in every occupied room and hallway entrances and exits. This will be administered by staff.
  • Please bring another box of tissues to help restock our supply.
  • Depending on weather conditions, doors and windows may be open to maximise fresh air flow indoors where practical.
  • All students must ensure they bring their own pencil case and do not share stationery.
  • Staff will use gloves and may use a mask when first aid care is provided to students.
  • Students must ensure they have their own water bottle at school every day. Water bottles can be refilled at the taps but there will be NO direct drinking from the water fountains.

To help protect the broader school community we request all families observe the health and safety guidelines. In order to minimise the spread of infection, you MUST keep your child at home if they are unwell and they must not return to school until all symptoms have ceased.

If your child becomes unwell whilst at school, they must go home. You will be called and required to pick up your child within an hour of being notified. You will need to ring the school 9570 1016 on arrival and then wait just past Gate 1 at the ‘Early Pick Up From School Meeting Point’ and wait for your child.

For more information about Managing illness in schools and early childhood services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please refer to the link below:




OSPS beanies and scarves were distributed last week.

They look terrific and we are super excited to see students wearing them to school. Parents please make sure you name these items clearly with your child’s name.



OSPS staff are committed to returning lost property to students every Thursday.

Parents and carers please ensure that all your child’s clothing and belongings are labelled clearly with a first name and surname so that it can be re-united with your child with ease if it makes its way to the lost preperty tubs!



Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. 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 experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

All parents have been invited to participate in this year’s survey (one survey per family). All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Friday 16th October to Friday 13th November. A parent invitation email has been sent with details on how to complete the survey with a personalised PIN. Please note: only one parent (Parent A) will receive this email.

The survey will be 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. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

This year we have been provided with translation guides for parents to assist them with completing the English survey online. Please click on the following link https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/parents/#survey  to direct you to the available translation guides.


Please contact Erik Albers erik.albers@education.vic.gov.au if you would like more information.



Please use the following pathways to enter and exit the school (if you have children in multiple year levels please try and use the pathway for your youngest child).

Yellow GATE 1 (Robotics Room)
Prep & Year 5

Blue GATE 2 (Hall)
Year 2, 3 & 6

Green GATE 3 (Art Room)
Year 1 & 4

GATE 4 (Laneway)
All year levels




After Blasting Back to School on Monday, the Preps had an amazing celebration on Friday, 16th October.

100 Days of school/learning FINALLY arrived at OSPS!

We did have to wait, but golly, was it worth waiting for!

Gorgeous 100 Days smarter crowns, 100 Days necklaces, 100 days Monsters were made, and had SO MUCH FUN!!!

Children were asked questions such as: If you had $100 what would you buy? Or What is something you would like to do before you turn 100?

Each grade celebrated in their own individual way, but the unanimous opinion was…

“That was the Best Day Ever!!!”

The Preps AND their teachers sure know how to party!!!


FOOTY DAY – Thursday, 22nd October


In some positive news it is great to announce that Footy Colours’ Day will still be going ahead! It will be held this Thursday 22nd of October which is the week of the AFL and NRL Grand Final and hot on the heels of the Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final and NBA Championship Finals too!

Obviously, we can’t all be together like normal but we are still going to find a way to make things fun for the OSPS students. Students are encouraged to wear the colours of their favourite sporting team as we normally would. It is always great to see the variety of sports and colours that are on show!

We will still be doing the popular kicking contests however there will be no mixing of cohorts which is in line with COVID-19 protocols. Prizes for the winners of course! There are also heaps of online resources which are being made available to staff to use in the classroom on Footy Colours Day as well.

With no staff vs students or boys and girls footy league we have been very creative and are having a school-wide Padlet for students and staff to post a video or picture of in the lead up to Footy Day. It might be a video of you kicking a goal or shooting a 3 pointer like one of your heroes… Or it might just be a picture of you in your football attire. It’s up to you!!! It will be so cool to see the whole school connected- albeit virtually!


As always, we are doing Footy Colours Day for the Fight Cancer Foundation. They provide care, treatment and support for young cancer patients and their families as well as funding vital research into cancer treatment and cures. Normally it is a gold coin donation and last year as a school we were able to raise $1455. This year donations can be made online and although it is optional, I think it would be great if we could at least get to $1000.

Donations can be made via this link: https://footy-colours-day-2020.raisely.com/ospsfootyday

I know that the students will be incredibly excited to know that Footy Colours Day is still happening. Yes, it’s different, but I’m determined to make the best of the situation and hopefully deliver some much needed enjoyment!!!

A link to a Footy Day Video Promotion can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/oakleighsouthps/videos/888438174896589 

Thanks in advance for your support!

Mr Nick Morrey




Congratulations to all our ‘Valued Student Award’ recipients for week 3.


Aiden   Prep JF
For completing all of his work to an excellent standard and being a caring classmate. Well done!

Scarlett   Prep JF
For approaching all tasks with a positive attitude and producing excellent work. Well done Scarlett!

Chiraag   Prep JF
For demonstrating excellence and striving to achieve his best in all of his school work. Well done!

William   Prep JF
For modelling each of our school values with his impeccable manners and positive attitude!

Katherine   Prep MR
For being a respectful student who continually listens to instructions and does her best. Well done!

Ryan Charlestio Prep MR
For continually producing his best work and for being a highly valued class member. Well done!

Theo   Prep NC
For being a caring member of Prep NC by always looking out for his friends.

Kosta   Prep NC
For having a big smile on his face as he walks through the door each morning.

Marcus   Prep NM
For always showing respect when other people are talking. You have excellent manners Marcus!

Safaa   Prep SG
For always being respectful, polite, and kind to all her peers and teachers.

Aaron   Prep SG
For always doing his best work and striving for excellence.

Leo   Prep TF
For his amazing start to Term 4! Leo you’re a star, keep up the impressive work!

Angela   Prep TF
For her positivity towards all classroom tasks and approaching everything with a smile. Well done!

Chris   1AM
For trying his hardest and doing his best during remote learning! I am so proud of you superstar!

Noam   1AM
For settling back into the classroom happily and producing his best work! Keep it up superstar!

Thomas   1CG
For including lots of awesome sound effects and action words in his writing!

Mikayla   1CG
For retelling the stories she reads with amazing details and enthusiasm.

Nathan   1JG
For his super dooper sounding out and ninja number skills!

Nancy Fu 1JG
For blowing Miss Gray’s socks off with her incredible punctuation during journal writing!

Laurence   1LD
For settling back into the classroom really well and completing his work to the best of his ability.

Alice   1LD
Working Together
For settling back into the classroom nicely and helping out her fellow classmates. Well done Alice!

Luca   1SR
For returning back to school with such an amazing attitude and working well. You have blown me away!

Emma   1SR
For displaying resilience when returning back to school. I am so proud of you Emma!

Michael   2AP
For his positive attitude and hard work during all tasks. Keep up the super work Michael!

Nilaani   2AP
For her outstanding approach to all tasks during remote learning. You’re a star, Nilaani!

Chloe   2AP
For her beautiful presentation of all work during remote learning. You’re a star, Chloe!

Zack   2AS
For making a wonderful return back to school! Mr. Savva and 2AS are so proud of you!

Mairah   2GL
For making a great start in term 4 by completing all her work on time!

Ryan   2JD
For his outstanding effort to complete all learning tasks to a high standard during remote learning.

Mary   2JD
For her excellent effort in the classroom since returning from remote learning. Keep it up!



Ayman   3DD
For being a very trustworthy and honest student.

Jorja   3DD
For being polite and courteous with others.

Gemma   3DD
For being able to bounce back when things get tough.

Ryan   3DD
For always being polite and thoughtful.

Alfred   3JR
For consistently demonstrating excellence in his school work, both in remote learning and at school.

Leah   3JR
For submitting all work during remote learning – excellent effort Leah!

Zach   3JS
For happily attending onsite lessons throughout the remote learning period.

Rose   3JS
For happily attending onsite lessons throughout the remote learning period.

Gracie   3JS
For happily attending onsite lessons throughout the remote learning period.

Raf   3JS
For happily attending onsite lessons throughout part of the remote learning period.

Amelia   3JS
For happily attending onsite lessons throughout part of the remote learning period.

Amelia   3MT
For being dedicated with remote learning and striving to do her best.

Hugo Le 3MT
For adapting brilliantly to remote learning and striving to achieve his best.

Ellie   3MT
For being committed to remote learning and being the first to achieve her term 3 AR goal.

Vanessa   3MW
Working Together
For a great improvement in your tables and writing Vanessa.

Summer   3MW
For a great improvement in your writing Summer.

A.J.   3MW
Working Together
Well done A.J. for a big improvement.

Beau   3MW
Beau for very good behaviour and improving your reading.

Mikayla   4CW
For building her confidence and becoming more and more willing to share her work with the class. Amazing!

Cooper   4CW
For his amazing start to Term 4 in the classroom. You’ve settled in really nicely Cooper!

Andrew   4CW
Congratulations Andrew on all the hard work you have done since starting back at school. Amazing effort!

Christina   4KH
For her determination and hard work during Remote Learning.

Alessia   4KH
For showing great resilience during Remote Learning.

Dulara   4KH
For her consistency and fantastic effort during Remote Learning.

Harshul   4KH
For his hard work and determination during Remote Learning.

Dean  5HP
For striving to achieve his best in everything he does. Well done Dean!

George   5HP
For displaying respect towards his classmates and teachers. Well done George!

Shaun   5HP
For presenting an excellent talk to his peers on his ancestry. Well done Shaun!

Sanika   5KP
For ALWAYS striving to do her best in ALL areas of her learning and responding to teacher feedback.

Pedro   5KP
For showing persistence with his ‘101 Things About Me’ writing activity. What an interesting read!

Bella   5KP
For showing persistence with her ‘101 Things About Me’ writing activity. What an interesting read!

Mason Villella 5LG
For continuously striving for excellence and putting careful consideration into all you do.

Tricia   5LG
For being an all-round amazing human who displays all our school values at all times. Great work!

Shin Ichi  5MS
For doing his best during Remote Learning.

Maya   5MS
For staying so positive, during challenging situations.

Amy   5MS
For being an exceptional writer all year. Wonderful work!

Mikul   5NC
For completing an amazing letter from the 1700s as a convict.

Amelia   5NC
Completing all of her work during remote learning to a high standard. Well done!

Aryan   5NK
For showing such positivity each day, along with your strong dedication to your learning!

Hannah   5NK
For showing kindness and compassion with each GEM journal you wrote – you are a valued member of 5NK

Angelina   6CR
For her excellent work ethics and maintaining a positive mindset throughout this challenging time.


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