Oakleigh South Primary School


8th  February, 2024

“Respect your parents. They passed school without Google.” — Anonymous


Issue 2  – 8th February 2024


February 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 20th & 22nd.
– Swim Squad Training @ Oakleigh Rec

Thursday 8th February
– Senior Choir @ Hall (4 – 6) 3.30pm – 4.30pm
– Bentleigh District Summer Fixture Begins. (OSPS BYE)

Tuesday 13th February
– Senior School Assembly (Presentaion of Leadership Badges) 2.40pm

Friday 16th February
– 1st Instalment due for Parent Payment Plans

Tuesday 20th February
– Prep Welcome BBQ 5.00pm – 7.00pm






On Tuesday evening we held our annual Parent Information Nights for every year level. Thank you to the parents who were able to attend. As always, these nights are a great opportunity for you to be made aware of what will be happening in your child’s year level for the year. If you couldn’t attend, please read the information booklet that was sent to you via Compass and as usual, if you have any questions or concerns, please email your classroom teacher.

The Prep children have settled very well into their classroom routines. Each prep child will be doing their individual assessments on a Wednesday until the first week in March. These assessments are vital so the teachers can understand the needs and capabilities of each child. It’s also an opportunity for the parents to have a quick chat face to face about their child.

Year 1 students will be involved in mandatory English Online Testing this year. This is an extension of the testing the children did at the start of Preps. This data will be very helpful for each classroom teacher as well as the Education Department to assess the needs of this cohort of children across Victoria. These assessments will be done during normal school hours.

The OSPS Swim Squad has begun their training at Oakleigh Recreation Centre. A big thank you to the staff who give up their time to train the squad before school. The children come back to school to enjoy a yummy breakfast, ready to start their day.

Yesterday we had our first whole school assembly for the year. Next week, there will be a senior assembly where our year 6 leaders will be receiving their badges. Parents are very welcome to attend this assembly.

Have a great week everyone.

Ron Cantlon



Our school collects and uses student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy and the Schools’ Privacy Collection Notice.

Our Photographing, Filming and Recording Students Policy https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/parents/#policies  describes how we collect and use photographs, video and recordings of students. The policy also explains when parent consent is required and how it can be provided and withdrawn.

We ask parents to also review the guidance that we will  provide shortly via Compass on how we use Google safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using, please contact the school.

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents. This information is also available in ten community languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Dari
  • Gujarati
  • Mandarin
  • Somali
  • Sudanese
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese


The Victorian Government offer a Camps, Sports 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 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 below for the form  https://www.education.vic.gov.au/PAL/CSEF-application-form.docx

Please email or send in your application form and a copy of your concession card as soon as possible.
Those families that were eligible in 2023 will be rolled over, you do not need to reapply.
If you have any issues please contact Carlyn carlyn.backers@education.vic.gov.au



Parent Group along with our leadership team and prep teachers would like to invite you to the OSPS Welcome BBQ for our 2024 prep families. This has always been a great event for our families to meet in a casual environment while the kids can enjoy the playground and entertainment. The BBQ will be held on Tuesday, 20 February from 5 – 7pm.

We ask that you RSVP via the TryBooking link below so we can ensure there is adequate catering. The RSVP link will expire at 10am on Friday, 16 February. Please refer to the attached flyer for further details.

If you have any questions with regards to this event please email Parent Group on osparentgroup67@gmail.com or alternatively you can speak with your class teacher.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Parent Group is pleased to announce that Cinema Under the Stars is back for 2024!!

We will be showing Wonka on the front oval on Friday, 1 March.

Gates open at 5.30pm with the movie starting at dusk.

Please BYO picnic rugs, chairs, pillows, blankets etc to make it an enjoyable and comfortable night. Light refreshments & glow products will be for sale in the hall prior to the movie starting. Please note sales on the night will be cash only, there will be a chance to pre-order online prior to the event.

Tickets can be purchased through the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/CPANU. Online tickets are available at a discounted price until 12 noon, Friday, 1 March.

If you have any questions or would like to help in the canteen prior to the movie, please feel free to contact Parent Group on osparentgroup67@gmail.com.


AFL Victoria will be running a 5-week Auskick and Superkick program at the school!


Auskick (Ages 4-8): An intro to Australian Football and invaluable life skills. With game-based activities kids love, learning is disguised as playing. You don’t need Aussie Rules experience — children can start Auskick in the calendar year they turn 5!

The total price for this program is $50. You will receive a size 1 football and pump as part of your Auskick registration.


REGISTER HERE – https://www.playhq.com/afl/register/0ff7f6 or scan the QR code in the flyer


Superkick: Ages (8-12): NAB AFL Superkick is for anyone 8-12 wanting to get a feel for footy without the pressure. It’s a great next step after Auskick or a good way to start fresh in footy, as you’ll learn new skills through skill-based activities in weekly sessions, then show them off in games straight after.

The total price for this program is $50. You will receive a size 2 football as part of your Auskick registration.


REGISTER HERE – https://www.playhq.com/afl/register/7f0eb0


Oakleigh South Primary School Auskick & Superkick Centre will run from Wednesday 21st of February from 3:45pm – 4:45pm on the school oval. For more information, please contact Aslyn at aslyn.witney@afl.com.au or Sam sam.howell@afl.com.au



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 now open and close on various dates depending on the sport ( 1st of March for AFL, Basketball, cricket and Netball ). There will be no 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 Mr Mooney by emailing Marcus.mooney@education.vic.gov.au prior to paying the nomination fee to assess the student’s suitability. If nominating for AFL, Basketball, Cricket and Netball – please contact me by Tuesday 20th of February.

Should your child ultimately be successful, there may be multiple days of trials and camps requiring parents to transport / attend with their child. 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 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.



There are still places fpr keyboard and guitar lessons to start the program in week 3. Fees will be adjusted.

The Music School is again pleased to offer guitar (Friday) and keyboard (Wednesday) lessons after school hours at Oakleigh South Primary School for students in years 1– 6. Please indicate if your child is a continuing student from last year or a new student beginning lessons for the first time in Term1. Keyboard may also be offered Fridays if Wednesdays book out.

It’s extremely important that you give us your three (3) preferred times in order of most, to least preferred. Sessions will be at 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm or 5:30pm. Earliest times will be filled first.

Preference for times is given to continuing students from last year, on a first come first served basis – so please return forms ASAP. Guitar students need their own guitar (we can recommend a suitable instrument), but keyboard students can use the school keyboards. Cost is $19.80 per lesson for all.

Guitar lessons will begin on Friday 2nd Feb. Keyboard lessons will begin Wednesday 7th Feb. There are 8 lessons in Term 1 and the total cost per student is $158.40. There is a discount for cash and the cost is thus reduced to $150 for this term.

As in previous years, fees paid late incur an administration fee of $20.

Please fill in the following form and e-mail the details to Perry Vlahos perryv@optusnet.com.au

The Music School Guitar and Keyboard Lessons at OSPS



Dear Parents and Carers,

Classroom Cuisine – Every Monday, Wendesday, Fridays.

Subway – Every day.

Thank you

Oakleigh South Primary School




Please find below memo from school council that was sent last week via Compass to the school community.

School Council Memo: Year 3 & 4 Camp

 Dear OSPS Parent/Guardian Community,

As some of you may be aware, in November of 2023 the OSPS School Council made the difficult decision to suspend the year 3 and 4 camps for 2024. This decision came reluctantly, after lengthy discussions and much deliberation.

We acknowledge that the result may come with disappointment from families and children. These feelings are valid, are shared by the leadership team and staff of OSPS and we empathise with those families affected.

The major factor which led to the need for the discussions was the much-publicised enterprise agreement (called the Victorian Government Schools Agreement) and the impact of new time-in-lieu and out-of-hours employment conditions.

It is important to mention that prior to bringing the issue to School Council, Ron Cantlon (Principal) and the Leadership Team investigated alternative ‘out of the box thinking’ options which would have made keeping all camps a possibility. I would like to thank all our staff for their willingness to continue providing these experiences for our children, should that have remained an option.

Before reaching our decision, we took into consideration the social, emotional, developmental, and educational benefits of all camps and activities at OSPS which require out-of-hours commitments from staff. We considered the educational disruption that would be caused by maintaining these experiences, while adhering to the required legislation, and we discussed the possibility of alternative opportunities we could provide for the children which could create similar benefits.

Ultimately, it was decided that the developmental benefits of the year 3 & 4 camp experiences were the ones most easily replicated through alternate activities. We are investigating what activity opportunities they may be. We appreciate your understanding and hope that the children will find these experiences equally rewarding.

Please feel free to contact the Education Department, Education Minister or your local member for parliament should you wish to share any grievances or thoughts on this topic. There are many school parent communities who are putting the pressure back onto the decision makers to increase funding so that schools can provide camp experiences to the year levels they would like to send to camp.

Please note the year 5 and 6 camps are still going ahead.

Should you wish to learn more on the impact of the enterprise agreement discussed above, a link to a free, independent, news article can be found here:

Kind Regards,
Nadia Beauchamp
School Council President



G: We are grateful that we have started school. We are having so much fun!

E: Have empathy for our families helping us to get ready for school.

M: Take a brain break and go outside and exercise.


The Resilience Project 2024 @ OSPS

Since 2022, Oakleigh South Primary has been implementing The Resilience Project as our primary social and emotional learning program.

The Resilience Project supports our school to provide practical, evidence-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.

Through presentations, wellbeing journals, school curriculum, and The Resilience Project app, The Resilience Project seeks to teach positive mental health strategies to help our kids be happy.




The year ones have started off the year working well and getting to know each other.

We have used our creativity to make our first day of grade one crowns.

We took a photo of ourselves wearing them and have added it to our ‘All about me’ posters- you’ll be able to see these hanging up in our classroom soon.

During Literacy, we have been talking about all the fun things we did on our holidays.

It was great to hear about the children getting out and about. Lots of children were lucky enough to visit relatives overseas.

Some children did some fun local activities too, like visiting Rollerama, camping, movies, BMX bike tracks and Gumbaya World.




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