Oakleigh South Primary School

8th June 2022


“We know what we are but know not what we maybe.” – Shakespeare


Issue 17  – 8th June 2022


Thursday 9th June
– State School Spectacular Rehearsal @ OSPS
– Year 5 Interschool Sport @ OSPS
– Year 6 Interschool Sport @ OSPS

Friday 10th June
– Year 5 Oz Harvest FEAST Program

Tuesday 14th June
– Whole School Assembly on OSPStv

Wednesday 15th June
– Prep Melbourne Zoo Excursion
– Southern Metro X-Country


We have certainly begun to feel winter creeping in with very cold, chilly days and with that it brings lots of sickness in the form of colds, viruses, and flu. Just a reminder if your child is at all unwell in the morning, please do not send them to school.

You may have heard through the media, there is a huge teacher shortage cross the state to replace sick teachers. Just letting you know we are doing our best to manage this situation.

I would like to remind you to enrol any siblings of current students if they are starting school in 2023 as soon as possible. There is a new enrolment timeline this year. All enrolments must be received by Friday August 12th so the places can be allocated. Successful applicants will be notified by August 26th.

Due to the demand, we have added an extra School Tour on Thursday 23rd June at 9.30am. This will be the last opportunity to tour the school this year.

Enjoy your week and long weekend.




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




Oakleigh South Primary School is pleased to announce that the Student Eyecare Program will be running at the school next term. 

An optometrist will be onsite during school hours to provide students with a free comprehensive eye examination that is covered through Medicare Australia.

1 in 6 students have eye conditions that go undetected. This is due to the high level of visual demand on their eyes from books, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Every student will receive a full report about their eye health and a prescription will be provided if glasses are required. The prescription can be taken to any optical store to get the glasses made.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.

Parent consent forms (green) have been sent home this week. Please return them your classroom teacher by Monday 20th June.



Parent Teacher interviews will be held in person in the classroom, on Wednesday 22nd June between 2pm and 7pm.

Bookings open on Wednesday 8th June and must be finalised before the Monday, 20th June at 4pm, when bookings for this event will close. Bookings are best accessed by using a desktop or laptop computer.

Interviews are strictly 10 mins and spaces are limited.  If you require more time, please contact your teacher directly to make alternative arrangements.

Please go to your child’s profile, and you will see an option under their photo to “Book Parent Student Teacher Conference” – which will take you to the booking sheet.



With the current wet weather, it is advised that children have a spare set of clothes, including socks in their bag.

Reminder to parents that if your child has been provided with spare clothes from sick bay  – please wash and return to school ASAP.

If we do not have spare clothing you will be contacted to bring items and for you to change your child.



This year, the Department of Education have made some changes to the Prep Enrolment process and timeline, applications need to be submitted by 12th August, 2022.

Places are filling fast, so if you have a child starting in 2023 or if you know of any new families thinking of applying, please complete the Enrolment Forms and submit with the supporting documentation as soon as possible.

All places for Prep 2023 will be confirmed by 26th August, 2022, as per the new timeline.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, enrolments will only be accepted in digital form.

Enrolment forms are available on the website http://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/enrolments/



It can be difficult for families to know when their child is sick enough to need to stay home from school. For safety’s sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice.

Families can experience problems when trying to take time off to care for an ill child at home. However, it is important that parents focus not only on the wellbeing of their own child, but also upon the wellbeing of other children and the staff. If you need to administer Panadol/Nurofen before school, then your child should not be at school.

 If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, they must be completely well for 24 hours before returning to school.



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




The Year 3 students have been extremely busy this term and here is a snap shot of what has been happening.

CLASSROOM MOVEMENTS– With the school refurbishment up and running the Village has certainly been changing daily. The old classrooms were relocated during the last school holidays and gradually piece by piece have been renewed and given a real facelift! With new carpet and freshly painted walls they look fantastic and the Year 3 students can’t wait to move back in. I’m sure that our chickens will also be pleased to have the students back living next door to them! The Village has seen lots of work in the construction of the new shade sails over the past couple of weeks. They will provide valuable shade during the warmer months.

NAPLAN – During Week 3 and 4 of term the students completed their Naplan assessments and did a great job. They were all quite relaxed, and after completing tests in writing, spelling and grammar, reading and numeracy across the two weeks, walked away with smiles on their faces and happy with the work that they had done. The results of these will be available for parents later in the year.

SWIMMING – We have just completed an intensive swimming program over five days. The students were all grouped according to their competency in the water and during the lessons learned lots of new skills and refined those they already had. Everyone was so excited to be back on a bus travelling to the venue after two long years of no excursions and the time in the water was lots of fun. Many thanks to the parents who came along to help and support the students.




Our amazing and engaged prep students are using their detective senses to describe different mystery objects.

Also they are identifying the body parts associated with the different senses!!



Our eccentric Year 1 students are making connections with the different natural resource we have on our planet.

Questioning and discussing,

‘What is the difference between natural resources and man – made?’


Izzy says that, “houses, buildings, tables & clothes are Man-Made!”

Pranshi thinks that, the sun, water and trees are natural resources because they are made by the Earth!

Michael also thinks, oil, coal and wind mills are natural resources from our planet!

Sam knows that, water, forests, fossil fuels, minerals, plants, animals and even air are also come from our beautiful planet!

Our lovely clever scientists are discussing and questioning what about humans?

Mmm? Good Question???



When you think of Milo, most kids immediately connect with the yummy, chocolate milk drink, but not in Digital Technology classes!

This term, students have used the Lego We-Do equipment and software to create their own robot ‘Milo’ and code it to move, sing and light up.

On top of this, students have used a motion sensor to make Milo stop at an object and even a tilt sensor to make it send a message.

We then talked about messages and how through technology, we can send messages in many different ways.

Again with Lego We-Do, we built and coded a Morse Code machine to send messages to each other and discussed many other ways we can send a message including braille and sign language.



Our Year 3 students were introduced to one of the first ever robots introduced to Oakleigh South Primary School, ‘M-Bot’. Over 5 years ago, M-Bot was purchased to teach coding and robotics to our Year 5 students. Through the development of our Digital Technology program, our year 3s are now learning coding concepts such as sequences and loops in a 1 to 1 manner. That’s right! Every student works with their own M-Bot at their own pace, making it an extremely fun and hands on experience.

Students learnt about the ultrasonic sensor, and how through scientific ideas such as Echolocation, engineers used sound as a measure to recognise the distance between the robot and an object. Just like the reverse sensors in a car!



Our Year 4’s are investigating, ‘Why it is dark at night?’

Through predictions, explorations, questioning and collaborations, our students are learning how night and day happens.

Here are some photos investigating their understandings how a rainbow is made and where are all these colours come from!

Here are the Year 4’s exploring our Earth understanding the layers, how landforms are made and investigating what is soil and the different types of soil on our planet.



Grade 5s sharing some thoughts after a few sessions of their FEAST class!

Millie said, “She enjoyed turning healthy things into a yummy special treat!”

Michael was horrified to think that some food travels for thousands of kilometres gaining “food miles”…yet ends up just being thrown out!

Eli loved making fruit skewers and felt proud of himself as he doesn’t normally cook at home, yet now he would like to give things like this a try.

Ruby was scandalised to hear that to produce a burger takes up the same amount of water as a 90 minute shower!

Michelle said, “She loved making yummy snacks out of such healthy ingredients!”

Liyah found the skewers delicious and would like to make them for her mum for Mother’s Day this weekend.

Our year 5’s, have been busy engaging, predicting, exploring, collaborating, questioning, measuring, reading, cooking and evaluating amazing recipes! They are also learning helpful hints and information of how to STOP WASTING FOOD and life skills!

Here are some photos of our busy Year 5’s cooking!



What is more fun than turning on your favourite tune and dancing around in your living room? Building a Lego Robot to make it dance to your favourite tune!

This term, our year 6 students have been using the Lego Spike Education kit to learn about coding, engineering and design. Students used colour sensors to create a robotic piano, playing simple songs like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb”, and then moved on to coding motors to play a game of ‘Robo Hockey’. Our final lesson involved students building and coding a dancing robot, resulting in an extremely hilarious and fun dance party to conclude.

To finish off the term, our year 6 students designed and developed a website to complement their Business Expo project. Using the Google Sites program, students developed strategies to assist in the design of their site using the Design Thinking strategy. Program based skills such as inserting pages and photos, and creating hyperlinks were complimented with marketing concepts such as brand recognition (logos and slogans) as well as some legalities such as copyright. We can’t wait to see the final products!!





POETRY – In our Writing Groups we are beginning to look at poetry as a genre of writing we are beginning with acrostic poems which everyone thoroughly enjoys and we will move onto other styles in the coming weeks.


Some samples of our work is included in this newsletter.


Christ is born!

Happy families sing songs.

Rich golden ornaments.

It’s the most wonderful time!

Silly elves move around.

Tender chicken for dinner and pudding.

Many lights up on the streets.

Angels sing carols in the sky!

Santa is coming. Get to bed everyone!

Maggie 3CF

Amazing to be back in classrooms.

Dazzling start to the term.

Very big classroom.

Among the mess.

Yet he will go home.

Advay 3DD


Joyful when respected.

Absolutely when I get treated kindly.

You can be my friend.

Love to spread happiness

And I will do anything to finish my work on time.

Jayla 3DD




Over the past term Year 3 have been looking at  character strengths. Firstly what strengths we each have and the strengths that we recognise in people around us. We decided that some great strengths to possess are being: responsible, kind, patient, caring and mindful. If we can all take a couple of these on board we will be doing a great job!

G – We are grateful for heating and warm clothes during this cold weather.

E – We empathise with the homeless people who are living on the streets.

M – By being mindful we can relax and focus on the moment.




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


Top Students – Week 6 Term 2 Total Points
Prep – Isaac M PNC 2500
Year 1 – Bianca F 1MT 4940
Year 2 – Matthew T 2JR 11150
Year 3 – Oliver M 3JS 10350
Year 4 – Lilly L 4CW 12190
Year 5 – Revan P 5LG 4860
Year 6 – Ksenia 6CR 33000


Top Classes For Each Year in Week 6 Activity Points in Week 6
4KH 106550
6CR 101340
2TM 93300
3MW 92190
3JS 73400
6FW 69750
6CM 62100





Year 3-6 Reading Goals

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 over 300 million quality words. What a fantastic achievement! Congratulations to the following students who have read the most words in during Term 2.

Student Words
Lily W 4,405,857
Alexander Z 4,355,506
Ethan D 4,024,528
Atharv H 3,823,907
Erika T 3,722,971



Karlow – 4DK
For his sensational efforts in both curricular and extracurricular activities. What a superstar! 

Neriah – 4DK
For being an amazing role model with her excellent work ethic and thirst for knowledge. Well done! 

Tristan – 4CW
For working so hard and already reaching his AR goal. Amazing Tristan. 

Thomas – 4CW
For working so hard to complete all of his work to the best of his abilities. You’re awesome Thomas. 

Maks – 4AS
For showing great improvement in his reading this term. Well done, Maks! 

Jett – 4AS
For working hard during class time and showing wonderful improvement in his spelling skills. 

Michael – 4LD
For consistently reading and doing well on all his AR quizzes. Great job! 

Rani – 4EW
For being able to reliably perform a range of important tasks in and out of the classroom.

Finn – 4EW
For his polite and respectful manner and ability to complete tasks at a high standard.

Mabel – 4KH
For always trying her best even when things are challenging. Well Done Mabel!

Prayag – 4KH
For always giving 100% to everything he does and displaying the school values.


Athan – 5LG


For always pushing himself to achieve his very best. Great work Athan!

Aryan – 5LG
For his enthusiasm for all learning and for always striving for excellence in everything he does.
Stefanie – 5HP
For making amazing improvements in mathematics this semester. Well done!
Jayden – 5HP
Displaying respect towards his teachers and friends at school every day.
Kai – 5NK
For being such a caring and focused student and an absolute gem to have in the classroom!
Jeremy – 5NK
For having such an amazingly positive attitude in and out of the classroom, giving anything a go!
Alex – 5SA
For showing great determination to reach his AR reading target. I am so proud of you!
Olivia – 5SA
For being a kind, respectful and caring member of 5SA. We are all so lucky to have you in our class!
Aditya – 5KP
For taking his learning to the next level and showing initiative by asking questions.
Amelia – 5KP
For showing wonderful resilience and settling back to school routines with enthusiasm and big smile.
Robbie – 5WS
For always being respectful of his teachers and peers. Keep up the great work, Robbie!
Michael – 5WS
For working hard to smash his AR goal this term. Awesome work, Michael!


Angela – 6CM
For striving to achieve her best in classroom tasks and her AR goals. Excellent work, Angela! 

Dinali – 6NM
For coming to school every day with a smile on her face and for striving for excellence.

Michael – 6NM
For his hard work in the classroom in all areas of the curriculum. Well done Michael!

Mikayla – 6FW
For consistently putting in 100% effort into all that she does. Well done, Mikayla!

Thomas – 6FW
For always treating people with kindness and courtesy. Thank you, Thomas!

Mika – 6SM
For bouncing back from disappointment and displaying courage in tough situations.

Meryl – 6SM
For consistently displaying respect towards her peers and teachers.

Luka – 6CR
Working Together
For always being very helpful with technology issues in class. 

Josie – 6CR
For always having a consistent work and cooperative ethic in class. 


Dasha – 4KH
Performing Arts
For striving to do her personal best during dance rehearsals for production. 

Kyryl – 5SA
Performing Arts
Working Together
For setting a great example and cooperating with his classmates in group musical performances.

Charlene – 6SM
Performing Arts
For overcoming obstacles and persevering during auditions so she can share her beautiful singing.

Mia – 4DK
For always trying your best in Japanese!

Gemma – 5KP
For her positive attitude and the consistent effort that she has put into all tasks in Japanese!

Aiden – 5KP
For his thoughtful contributions to class discussions. Good work!

Niharika – 6SM
For working hard in Japanese and practising Hiragana. Well done!

Aly – 6FW
For passing Hiragana test! Now you are in Black Belt. Fantastic effort, Aly!




Sport Result vs. St Peters
Netball A Bye
Netball B Bye
Netball C Bye
AFL vs St peters (Practice Match)
Tennis Boys White vs St Peters
Tennis Girls White vs St Peters
Tennis Boys Green Bye
Tennis Boys Green Bye
Soccer Boys Bye
Soccer Girls Bye
Sofcrosse A Bye
Sofcrosse B Bye





Dear OSPS families,

Parent Group would like to welcome all our new and existing families to a successful year of onsite learning at school in 2022.

An important part of the school community are the parent & carer volunteers that make Parent Group. The role of Parent Group is to assist the school with organising and hosting functions and events throughout the year. Parent Group is a great way to get involved with the school and contribute ideas you may have along with assisting with ideas on how to best spend money raised to help benefit the school, teachers and students.

This year, we would also like to introduce Nicole Stenton and Tina Tzanopoulos who are the President and Vice President respectively, however they will share the major coordination of Parent Group activities as a team. Nelsie Fernandes has taken on the dual role of secretary and treasurer. There are several other parents who make up Parent Group that attend meetings and form a part of the organising team, then we have several parents who participate in a more casual role and when there are calls from Parent Group to help – they put their hand up when they can. Regardless of the level of contribution, we truly do value everyone’s participation.

Some of the events we have already held this year are the Easter Raffle, Mother’s Day Stall and Election Day Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall. There are plenty more events on the calendar for the remainder of the year which we are sure the kids will be excited to participate in. Some of these include the Footy Day Sausage Sizzle, Year 6 Hot Chocolate and Father’s Day Stall.

Our next meeting will be held on 20 July 2022, and we invite any interested parents or carers to come along to our next meeting or please do let us know if you would just like to be a helper when you can osparentgroup67@gmail.com

For those that can’t attend in person, we can arrange for zoom access closer to the day, please use the email address below to express your interest.

If you have any questions or would like further information Parent Group can be contacted on osparentgroup67@gmail.com

Nicole & Tina


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