Oakleigh South Primary School

4th May 2022


The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. – Sydney J. Harris


Issue 12  – 4th May 2022

Monday 2nd May – 6th May
– Year 1 & 2 Swimming Program

Wednesday 4th May
– District Cross Country Running Squad Training @ Bald Hill Park

Thursday 5th May
– Year 6 Interschool Sport s. St Pauls (away)
– Senior Choir (Years 4-6 in hall)

Friday 6th May
– Year 5 Oz Harvest Feast






This week saw the start of our swimming programs for the year. Very excited year 1 and 2 students have been making their way to GESAC each day this week. Not only is this an opportunity for the children to take part in vital swim lessons, but it helps them to develop their independence skills with organising themselves at the pool in terms of looking after their belongings and getting themselves dried, dressed and ready to get on the bus to return to school. They absolutely love the social aspect of travelling on the bus, as well as learning and having fun in their lessons.

Yesterday, we held our first whole school assembly for the term. The noticeable difference was that we had Year 1, 3, 5 and 6 children as an audience, while the other year levels watched the assembly through the OSPStv livestream in their classrooms.

This week we will be having a whole school assembly, where the Mathletics certificates will be distributed. The following week there will be a Junior Assembly (Years Prep – 3) and the week after a Senior Assembly (Years 4-6) where the Valued Student Awards will be given out to the students.

Next week, at our junior assembly we will welcome parents back as an audience, the first time since the COVID restrictions were imposed 2 years ago. Information about this was sent out on Monday through Compass.

Enjoy the rest of your week.




Term 2 – 26th April – 24th June

Term 3 – 11th July – 16th September

Term 4 – 3rd October – 20th December  (3:30pm finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish



OSPS has again been ranked as one of Victoria’s top performing schools with a perfect score of 100 as determined by The Better Education analysis of 2020 academic outcomes. This is again a massive achievement and testament to the hard work of all our staff and leadership at the school.

Whilst this is reflective of our academic results, it does not highlight the wonderful programs that also run alongside our strong literacy and numeracy programs including, but not limited, our other core curriculum subjects, P.E & sporting programs, performing arts & productions, sustainable village, STEM & digital technologies, science, visual arts, Japanese and the various special days and clubs we run.

Our high expectations of student behaviour and emphasis in the wellbeing, school values and student voice space is recognised as a contributing factor. We have a sensational parent community, Parent Group and School Council who continue to show their support and volunteerism. OSPS would not be so successful without that strong relationship between parents and the school.

Keep up the great work OSPS.

Herald Sun Article: Better Education analysis reveals LGA breakdown of Melbourne’s best primary schools





Smile Squad is still at our school for a few weeks in Term 2!

All children deserve a healthy smile and Smile Squad are continuing with dental check-ups for students in Grade 1 and Prep during Term 2.

Smile Squad is a Victorian Government program that provides free dental care to all Victorian public primary and secondary school students.

The friendly Smile Squad dental team has been at Oakleigh South PS since 2021 conducting free oral health check ups for students who consented. The Smile Squad dental van will be coming in Term 2 to provide free follow up treatment as needed.

What do parents need to do?

Many of you have already returned the consent forms that were sent home last year in 2021 and we ask that you advise us if:

–          you have changed your mind or no longer consent for any services;

–          there are any changes to your child’s medical history.

Please advise Smile Squad of any changes by calling Link Health Smile Squad on 0419 249 158.

Who is Smile Squad?

The bright orange Smile Squad vans are staffed by experienced oral health therapists, dental therapists, dental assistants and dentists. They all have lots of experience treating children and a passion for improving their oral health – for life.

Learn more about the Smile Squad by visiting www.smilesquad.vic.gov.au or contact the team at smilesquad@dhsv.org.au.



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.

Click here for further information CSEF Website

Please click here to apply – https://www.education.vic.gov.au/PAL/csef-application-form.pdf




Congratulations to the following students who achieved some great scores in week 1 of Term 2.


It’s very important to understand that even though getting 1,000 points a week is great it’s more important that students are challenging themselves at their own level and completing work that supports their learning at school.


Top Students Total Points
Lucas H – 6CM 46690
Mia Z – 6CM 10500
Shiven K – 4CW 9990
Shane W – 2MG 7490
Nina X – 2MG 7210
Khwahish C – 4KH 7200
Marcus L – 2JR 6320
Jonathan H – 3CF 6240
Reyansh K – 3NH 5580
Annabella D – 2TM 5190


Oz Harvest FEAST Program


In Term 2, the Year 5 students will be participating in an exciting new program called FEAST. During this unit of work the students will learn about food waste, nutrition and develop basic cooking skills as they work together to write a school cookbook!

The program has been developed by Oz Harvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, to help raise awareness about reducing food waste, food insecurity and the importance of healthy eating. The program forms part of our STEM and English curriculum this term as students learn problem solving, design and production skills, collaboration, communication, procedural texts, and important life skills.

Our school is lucky to have been provided with a whole suite of resources for this program including cooking equipment and teaching resources through philanthropic donation to Oz Harvest valued at over $1500.

We are all so excited!!

Here are some delicious recipes that the students will be cooking!!

Banana Pikelets 

Chickpea and Lentil Kofta Pita Pockets

Fruit Skewers with Natural Yoghurt

Crunchy Noodle Salad and so many more!


Let’s all work together to save our planet!!




Mindfulness is our ability to be calm and present at any given moment. We practice this by slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time.

Thousands of studies have proven benefits include reduced stress, reduced rumination, increased memory, increased cognitive function and physical health benefits through improved immunity.

Mindfulness link –  https://theresilienceproject.com.au/parent-and-carer-hub-hugh/

Mindfulness can be practised through meditation, yoga and daily activities such as cooking, colouring in, walking, listening to music or a podcast, journal writing or in a more informal way by being mindfully engaged in your daily activities.




During the first few weeks of Term 2, students in Years 3-6 (including some in Year 2) will be conferencing with teachers to agree on their reading targets for Term 2. Students are expected to read a minimum of 100 supervised minutes across the week and have their diary signed to reflect their reading.

You can see your child’s target and reading progress by using the Renaissance Home Connect function. Just use your child’s school AR log in details.

You can access the link here – https://Auhosted2.renlearn.com.au/1478818/HomeConnect

Our school goal this year is to read 1 billion quality words. Over the course of Term 1 we read 172 million quality words as a school. What a fantastic achievement! Congratulations to the following students in each year level that read the most words in Term 1.

Student Words
Atharv H – 5NK 1,613,795
Erika T – 4KH 1,072,195
Alexander Z – 6JD 939,651
Michelle L – 5HP 739,170
Vinuki I – 5LG 645,328
Derek Z – 4AS 642,062
Ethan D – 6SM 586,325
Aaron Z – 6CM 566,223




Sport Result vs. St Andrews
Netball A 19-0
Netball B 19-2
Netball C 0-2
AFL 32-14 vs. Murrumbeena
Tennis Boys (white) 6-2 vs. Murrumbeen
Tennis Girls (white) 3-4 vs. Murrumbeena
Tennis Boys (green) 13-4
Tennis Girls (green) 14-4
Soccer Boys 2-6
Soccer Girls 6-2
Sofcrosse A 0-10
Sofcrosse B 0-10




The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and active recreation activities. Eligible children may receive up to $200 to cover the costs for membership and registration fees. Families can now apply for vouchers for expenses incurred from January 1st 2022.


For more information on the Kids Voucher Program and how to apply for them please visit the website here – https://www.getactive.vic.gov.au/vouchers/





Parent Group is pleased to have arranged a Mother’s Day Stall this Friday 6th May.


  • Price range between 50c and $10.00.
  • Kids to bring own shopping bags.
  • Senior Performing Arts Room.
  • Teachers will bring their classes throughout the day.

Thank you Parent Group!




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