Oakleigh South Primary School

25th May 2022


“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman


Issue 15  – 25th May 2022


Monday 23rd May – Friday 27th May
– Year 3 & 4 Swimming

Wednesday 25th May
– Consulate General of Japan Excursion

Thursday 26th May
– Year 6 Interschool Sport (home vs. Oakleigh Grammar)

Friday 27th May
– Year 5 Oz Harvest FEAST

Tuesday 31st May
– Beachside X-Country @ Bald Hill Park
– Prep – Year 3 Assembly

Wednesday 1st June
– Student Free Day – Staff Professional Practice Day





Oakleigh South Primary School was certainly buzzing last Saturday as we provided the space for the polling booth for the Federal Election. It was a wonderful opportunity for our amazing Parent Group to get back to what they do best, bring our school community together and fundraise for our school.

So, with the sausages sizzling on the barbecue all day, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the scrumptious cakes being sold, it was reminiscent of a mini fete day. A huge thank you to the Parent Group and volunteers who worked on this day and to the families who made cakes or sent monetary support to make this a very successful fundraising day.

It was great to see former parents and students at the school who were amazed at our facilities and excited about our building project and refurbishment.

Mr Albers has been administering the NAPLAN catch ups for students who were unable to attend on their specified day. The extra week extension to do this has provided the time needed to for the children in years 3 and 5 to complete their tasks.

We are currently installing the shade sails from our last successful grant application to increase the outside shaded learning areas. They are being installed in the robitocs courtyard and between the hall and the year 3 portables. OSPS is currently applying for the next round of shade sail grants for the new sustainable area.

We are presently waiting on the Department of Education to issue us with information that can be released to the school community on the building refurbishment project and can’t wait to share the latest with our community. Once approved, we expect the works to start in June.

Next Wednesday 1st June, the teachers will be taking part in a professional development day. This means that it will be a pupil free day at Oakleigh South PS.

Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine.




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



School Council has had a busy start to the year with the approval of the school budget and annual report. Keep an eye out for the Principal’s Report with news regarding exciting school projects coming soon.

In the meantime, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome to the School Council new parent members Nadia Beauchamp, Sri Chinnareddy, Melissa Clubb, Jon Couston and Tina Tzanopoulos and DET members Nikki Virtuoso and Anthony Rowe. They join Alex Koulaouzos, Anushi Rajapaska, Sarah Tilsley, Steph Cash, Ron Cantlon, Erik Albers, Helen Paroukas and myself to form the 15 members of School Council. I extend a warm welcome to our new members and look forward to working together over the course of the year.

Parents may attend School Council meetings as visitors, the dates of the meetings are on the Compass Calendar and on the school website ‘Parent Tab’, ‘School Council’. We ask that any parents wishing to attend, please notify Ron or the School Council President of their intention, 24 hours notice at the latest prior to the meeting time and date schoolcouncil@oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au. Please familiarise yourselves with the legislation around visitors to School Council meetings. This can be found in the governance handbook located at https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/governance/governanceph.pdf

A big thank you to all those parents who contributed to the school’s election fundraiser on the weekend. From baking goodies, cooking sausages, making coffees and everything in between – the efforts of all those who volunteered their time and effort have been greatly appreciated. A special thank you to those Parent Group members who spent a lot of time organising and setting up the event. Everyone’s effort contributed to a very successful event.

Finally, I know a lot of families (including my own) who have been very busy making plans, cancelling plans and then remaking plans, trying to balance the competing demands of their health and their social lives. So over the coming months, I wish everyone good health and a little extra patience as we work our way through these interesting times.

Kind regards,

Maria Gaitan
School Council President




The team from Smile Squad have finished the dental check-ups of the children who participated in the program.

The mobile treatment van should be arriving onsite at the end of next week. The Oral Health Therapist will be seeing any students who still need to be seen for dental check-ups (mostly in Grade Prep) and she will also provide treatment to a handful of students where parents have consented. The majority of students have already been to our base clinic in Clayton to have their treatment done.

Thank you to every family who utilised this service. It has been a fantastic government initiative and very well supported by our community.



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




Flash! Bang! WOW! This term we have become inquisitive scientists and have spent a lot of time doing some pretty exciting experiments. We have learnt all about predicting, observing and explaining what has happened in the experiments. We have delved into chemical sciences and learnt all about how different chemicals react with one another. We saw elephant toothpaste blast before our eyes, milk dance in colour and we even made zip-lock bags explode!

Ice, ice baby! We have been learning about the 3 states of matter – liquids, solids and gases. This week we experimented with the process of ‘melting’ and raced to find the quickest way to melt ice cubes. We knew we had to apply heat so we put our thinking caps on and came up with a few different strategies, such as, rubbing the ice between our hands to create friction, sucking on the ice, holding it in front of the heater, adding water to the cup of ice to dilute it, blowing on it with warm breath and wrapping it in tissues!

Next, we’ll be learning about the changes of day and night, and all about the solar system. We can’t wait! It sure has been an exciting term down in Grade 1 and we have even bigger and better things in store for when we learn about physical sciences in Term 4!




This term we have been learning about persuasive writing. The students have been learning how to convince the reader by using sizzling starts, using three influencing reasons with examples and concluding with their opinion powerfully stated again! We have been convinced that Summer is better than Winter, that being a dragon would be better than being a mermaid, and that a cow would make an awesome pet!


Surely they will convince you with these amazing persuasive writing pieces:

OMG! Are you crazy!? Summer is the best!
Firstly, you can go to the beach! You can jump over the waves.
Secondly, you can can’t eat ice-cream when it’s cold. In Summer you can eat ice-cream every day.
Finally, you can get sick in Winter. When it’s cool in Summer you won’t get sick.
That is why Summer is the best!
Nina 1AM





I agree that dogs are better than cats because they are really playful and cute.
Cats don’t like to play with you. Dogs are also trained to help people guard their houses, do tricks and some, not bite. Cats can’t do any of those.
Small dogs are cuter than cats because small dogs have floppy ears, cute eyes, don’t bark too much and have soft fluffy fur. But, cats don’t have floppy ears and cute eyes.
You can tell if a dog is happy or not because if a dog wags its tail it is happy. If not, the dog is sad. You can’t tell if a cat is happy or not. If you train a dog, it will do what you tell it to do. But a cat won’t.
Dogs can play racing with you. But cats won’t.
Dogs have 10 to 12 lives and cats have 9 lives.
Dogs have excellent sense of smell. Cats don’t have a very good sense of smell.
Dogs can run a long way. Cats can’t run a long way.
That is why dogs are way better than cats.
Ria 1NM


It is clear that the beach is better than the park, you wait and see.
Firstly, you can play in the water. The water is cool on hot hot days.
Secondly, there is so much sand to play in. You can even put sand all over you.
Lastly, you can eat ice-cream on the hot days. Imagine eating ice-cream on the sand.
Don’t you agree that the beach is better than the park?
Janaya 1MT






We have been learning about gratitude and how to be grateful for all of the people and things we have in The Resilience Project.

Students have been able to verbalise and discuss people they are grateful for, toys they are lucky to have and even share special things in their life that make them happy.

One of our TRP lessons was creating leaves and writing on them different things we are grateful for. It was beautiful to see students really engage and understand how to show gratefulness; they took their time with their leaves and shared with their classmates the people and things in their lives that they are thankful for.

1AM was able to then transform all of their gratitude leaves into a gratitude tree, which now shines brightly outside their classroom!



G- I feel grateful for my family because we do fun things together like watch the footy.

E- I feel empathy for others if they don’t have someone to play with. I would help them find a friend on the playground or play with them. I’m lucky I always have my friends around me.

M- I like to lay in bed and listen to all of the different sounds that I can hear. It helps me feel relaxed.

Reyan, 1JG



Congratulations to the following students who received GEM awards recently.

Manasa 5NK Gratitude For supporting a new student in 5KP showing gratitude towards teachers.
Sam 1CL Empathy

For staying inside with a friend who was hurt when no one else would.

Even though going outside would be fun, he knew how his friend was feeling so decided to keep him company!

What a star friend you are Sam!

Dasha 4KH Empathy

For showing kindness and empathy to everyone,

always looking out for those around her and showing others how to be in the moment. Well done!

Kosta 3DD Empathy

Kosta has demonstrated all of the GEM ideologies, especially empathy,

where he consistently asks others if they need any help.

Clarion PNM Mindfulness For always being thoughtful towards others and listening well in class.
Ryder 2TM Empathy

For always checking in on his school friends and teacher by asking how they are.

Your thoughtfulness and kindness does not go unnoticed. Well done Ryder 🙂

Zoe 6CR Gratitude For consistently verbalising her gratitude to her teachers for the work they do and striving to maintain a positive environment for all in her classroom.







Congratulations to the following Prep – Year 6 students and classes who achieved some great scores in week 4 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.

Congratulations to those students who completed their Mathletics in week 4. Well done!


Top Prep Classes – Week 4 Term 2 Total Points
PNC 27,781
PSG 17,423
PAM 17,018
PMR 14,776
PLM 13,090
PNM 10,245
PBB 9,860


Top Classes For Each Year in Week 4 Activity Points in Week 4
Year 6 – 6JD 134,998
Year 5 – 5KP 55,300
Year 4 – 4KH 48,253
Year 3 – 3CF 61,698
Year 2 – 2MG 79,170
Year 1 – 1CL 22,770
Prep – PNC 27,781





The school library is once again open for all Year 3-6 students to borrow before and after school. Students can have a maximum of 4 books borrowed at any one time. It’s strongly recommended that students use their reading range number as a guide when borrowing books. This will assist students to experience reading growth.




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. So far this year we have read 259,658,226 quality words. What a fantastic achievement! Congratulations to the following students who have read the most words in Term 2.

Student Words
Atharv H – 5NK 1,761,391
Alexander Z – 6JD 1,712,614
Erika T – 4KH 1,704,353
Lily Weiss – 4AS 1,400,282
Ethan D – 6SM 1,206,391
Derek Z – 4AS 1,170,794
Vinuki I – 5LG 1,147,942
Matthew S – 6SM 1,131,766
Vaika R – 4KH 1,119,041
Leah J – 4CW 974,248




Sport Result vs. St. Peter’s
Netball A 28-1
Netball B 17-2
Netball C 5-6
AFL 32-40
Tennis Boys White 9-3 (vs. St Andrews)
Tennis Girls White 7-5 (vs. St Andrews)
Tennis Boys Green 9-3
Tennis Boys Green 9-7
Soccer Boys 3-6
Soccer Girls 2-6
Sofcrosse A 0-0
Sofcrosse B 1-8





Wednesday 1st June at 7pm – Staff Room 

This meeting will be a great opportunity for new parents to meet the existing committee members. It will give you the opportunity to ask questions and get more information about Parent Group and different ways that you could contribute positively to our school. A great way to meet new parents and get involved in the school community. 

We also welcome parents who may not be able to commit to being a member to still come along if you are available and interested and we can reach out to you as a Helper from time to time. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone who is available and interested in joining. 

Please email- osparentgroup67@gmail.com for more information.



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