Oakleigh South Primary School

13th  July 2022


“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden


Issue 20  – 13th July 2022


Monday July 11th – Friday 15th July
– Year 5 & 6 Swimming

Wednesday July 20th
– Victoria State School Spectacular Mass Choir

Tuesday July 26th & Wednesday July 27th
– Year 4 Production – The X Factory
(7.00pm in school hall)


Welcome back to everyone, including our new families to Oakleigh South. I hope that you all had a restful break. Term 3 is sure to be another exciting and action-packed term. Everyone has settled in well, refreshed from the break, ready for productions, sporting activities and lots of learning.

As you would have noticed there have been a few changes in preparation for the extensive demolition and refurbishment of the year 6 wing. The outside cladding has been removed with the next step being the demolition of the internal classrooms. The five year 6 classrooms have been relocated around the school. The staff have been fantastic and very adaptable to this situation, I am very pleased to say everyone has adjusted immediately.

Please take note of the details of the entry into the school while the building works are happening. The map clearly shows you these entry points. Please allow a little extra time to move to your classrooms in the morning due to higher volume of foot traffic.

We are all very excited about the upcoming Year 4 production of ‘The X Factory’. The children and all staff involved have been practising very hard and cannot wait to showcase their work to family and friends. The two shows will be held on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th July at 7.00pm in the school hall. Tickets will be available for sale to the school community from 10.00am Monday 18th July. Information on how to purchase tickets will be distributed soon.

Last week it was announced that all government schools will be provided with free Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) until the end of the year. Covid is very widespread across Melbourne at the moment so please continue to test regularly. We recommend to test twice a week.

Have a great week.




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




Due to recent demolition and construction works being expedited over the school holidays, the new pedestrian access gate 4 (laneway gate) has not yet been installed adjacent to the existing gate 4 (laneway gate) as was planned.

Until this gets completed, the construction company has agreed to alter the security fencing around gate 4 (laneway gate) so this can be temporarily used by our school community. 

Once the new pedestrian access gate is installed, this will become the new gate 4 entry/exit into the school from the laneway Windsor Ave.

Attached is a map of the school that shows the entry points, the building site and compound and the relocation of several rooms across the school. Any students and parents may use any gate to enter or exit the school.

Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we navigate through this substantial building project.

Ron Cantlon



A week before Term 2 ended, we were advised by the VSBA the building project would commence during the holidays. The staff relocated 5 year 6 classrooms, the year 6 computer lab and the senior performing arts room to empty the Year 6 wing as it is going to be a building site for the next 6 or so months. This involved all the furniture, equipment, computers and interactive whiteboards. The willingness of the staff to re-locate in exisiting spaces has saved the budget a considerable amount of money that can be invested back into the project. A fabulous accomplishment and the flexibility and effort from our staff has been inspirational.

The senior performing arts program will be taken in the school hall moving forward as the performing arts room is now housing two year 6 classrooms. The builders have removed the masonry from the Year 6 wing and set up their work site over late last week and over the weekend.

The boys and girl’s hall toilets have been upgraded ready for use over the next semester by the senior school with access from external doors.

Demolition will begin this week. The Year 6’s and Performing Arts teams have settled very well into their new spaces. All the senior students have been very adapatable to the new toilet location, new travel paths and how to get around the school with a building site in the middle of it all!

Whilst there are some short term inconveniences and impacts to playgrounds, gates and travel paths etc, the long term gain will be a terrific asset to the school community.

Please be patient and flexible as we navigate the building project stages, we will provide updates to the school community as quickly as possible. Thank you to the parents who have responded so positively and enthusiastically to the start of works.



The Year 4’s have been very busy preparing for their Year 4 Production of The X Factory. An exciting performance about a school in trouble and about to close down so they decide to run a talent quest in a school to find students who are the ‘super stars’.
They bring in Will.I.Was, Cherri Cola, Dusty Barrel, Bruno Macaroni and Craig Rebel-Cardboard as new celebrities as teachers – what could go wrong?
When the staff and pupils decide to fight back, fun and frolics ensue making this an extremely entertaining show.
Lock in 7.00pm Tuesday 26th and or Wednesday 27th July (in the school hall) into your calendars and be sure to come along to our first show with a live audience for over 2 years! Show goes for about an hour!
Tickets will be available for sale to the school community from 10.00am Monday 18th July, information on how to purchase tickets will be distributed soon.


Over the next few weeks, students at Oakleigh South Primary School will have the opportunity to come together and learn and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and the achievements of Australia’s First Nations People.

NAIDOC week was held on July 3rd – 10th over the school holidays, so as a school community, we will be celebrating NAIDOC Week on 18th – 22nd during the second week of Term 3. 

A fun fact is that Oakleigh South Primary School is situated on the land of two tribes, representing both the Bunurong and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung tribes.

In support of NAIDOC Week, we will be selling wristbands for $3 during the second week of Term 3. Should you wish for your child to purchase a wristband, please send them to school with $3 during week 2. A Student Voice representative will be selling them to each class throughout the week.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.



You can now pay for ICAS online! To confirm your child’s participation, visit https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps and enter our unique school code EXO419 to make a direct payment to ICAS Assessments.

Online payment closing dates available at icasassessments.com.

Please note all payments and orders must be made directly through ICAS. Oakleigh South Primary School will not be processing any school orders in 2022.

Please also look out for the Compass notice relating to ICAS and accept or reject the event notices for each assessment accordingly.

If you require any further information please contact our ICAS coordinator Nigel Hooley.




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/



We have been cleaning out our costume room and are cleaning out costumes that we no longer use (because we have more up to date productions that have mermaid costumes).

Available for $15 per costume, we have 15 mermaid costume tails, 15 mermaid costume tops, 15 mermaid matching headbands with tulle.

Made of fluoro lycra material (purple, blue, orange & coral) with glitter and sequin detail.

Worn approx. 6 times for a 2 hour show for Year 6 students.

Costumes have been hand-washed after each show. Sizing range from kids 8 to 14 with most around size 10-12.

If you are interested in purchasing one or more mermaid costumes, please contact nikki.virtuoso@education.vic.gov.au

If you know anyone who might like to purchase them, please feel free to forward on the details.



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.


Top 10 Mathletes During Winter Holidays Total Points
Mia Z – 6GZ 33560
Shiven K – 4CW 20060
Shane W – 2MG 18120
Tyler J – 5SA 17030
Javin G – 2MG 15400
Anusha K – 5WS 14640
Ashley G – 5KP 12890
Reyansh K – 3NH 9800
Lucas H – 6GZ 2390
Edward M – 3AG 1910





This week our year 3-6 students will again be taking the STAR Reading Assessment to support their growth and reading targets for Term 3. Students will have their new reading range and targets in their diaries for parents to view. You can also follow your child’s reading progress at home by clicking on the link found here – https://Auhosted2.renlearn.com.au/1478818/HomeConnect

To log in please enter your child’s Accelerated Reader username and password.

If you’d like to receive emails showing your student’s quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add homeconnectautodelivery@renlearnrp.com to your address book.







On the last day of term 2, the year 6 students had a busy day moving classrooms ready for the upcoming renovations so it was nice for them to all take a well deserved break with their class for the annual Hot Chocolate Day.

Each year this event raises funds which contributes towards the Year 6 graduation. We would like to thank Parent Group who organised the supplies, and along with members of the Year 6 Committee, volunteered their time to make in excess of 100 hot chocolates.

Nicole & Tina


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