Oakleigh South Primary School


  10th August 2022


“The more you give away the happier you become.”


Issue 24  – 10th August 2022

Monday 8th August – Friday 2nd September
– ICAS Exams

Thursday 11th August
– Senior Choir (Years 4-6) in hall

Friday 12th August
– Prep – Year 6 Muffin Day

Saturday 13th August
– RoboCup 2022

Tuesday 16th August
– Prep – Year 3 Assembly
– School Council Meeting

Wednesday 17th August
– VSSA Mass Choir Rehearsal





This week saw the beginning of the ICAS assessments for students in years 2-6. ICAS stands for International Competitions and Assessments for Schools. The online competitions are designed specifically for primary and secondary students. ICAS is an opportunity for students to voluntarily take these assessments in the areas of Digital Technology, Writing, English, Spelling, Science and Mathematics. The competition questions are set in modern, real-world scenarios where the students are assessed on their ability to apply classroom learning to new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Yesterday our whole school assembly was jam packed with wonderful presentations. A huge amount of Mathletics Gold Certificates were awarded as well as GEM Certificates and Student Voice awards. We had presentations for Japanese, RoboCup and Book Club as well as the ever-popular House points segment. The assembly ended with the senior choir performing. All our assemblies have an amazing team of staff led by Mr Eykman, who organises and runs them each week. I would like to thank everyone who is involved, from organising certificates for the children to the production on the day. Our assemblies are amazing and very much appreciated by the students, staff and parents.

Enjoy your 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




On Monday September 5th, staff at Oakleigh South Primary School will be released from their scheduled duties to focus on the improved delivery of teaching and learning.


This is a professional practice day for staff and a pupil free day at school which was endorsed by School Council.


Regular before and after school care will be operating on that day.



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.



Did you know?

In Australia, only 18% of plastic packaging is recycled.

Our School is participating in the Wonder Recycling Rewards program.

Send along to your child’s teacher EMPTY bread bags, so they can be recycled and earn the school some sports equipment.

We need to collect 25kg of empty bread bags (any brand of bread bags), up until 9th September.

Start collecting now!



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/



OSPS branded scarves & beanies are again available for purchase in the 2nd hand uniform shop.

The beanies are $18 and scarves are $20.

The second hand uniform shop is open Wednesday and Friday from 8.45am – 9.15am.





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.




Konnichiwa! We have a couple of news items to share with you!

Grade 5 ILPIC Program

Grade 5 students have started ILPIC (the Innovative Language Provision in Clusters initiative) program this term. They learn Japanese for 100 minutes a week, and it aims to increase student engagement in learning Japanese as well as developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of cultural diversity.

The theme for this term is Food and Manners. Students will learn about a variety of Japanese dishes, how to order food at a Japanese restaurant, and the importance of politeness and etiquette in Japanese culture. Through discussions, students can share their own cultural experiences, and understand and appreciate differing cultural values and perspectives.

Student feedback has already shown the students are already working towards their personal goals whether it be pronouncing Japanese words correctly or increasing their Hiragana literacy skills. They are a very self-motivated group of students and we are looking forward to providing a lot of hands on learning opportunities to assist them in achieving their personal goals for this term.

Oakleigh Education Plan – Learning Walk

The leadership teams and teachers of Huntingdale Primary School and South Oakleigh College will be visiting OSPS next week to observe the Grade 5 ILPIC program. The purpose of this project is to further strengthen the collaboration between the two schools and also familiarise students who are planning to attend South Oakleigh College, to ensure a smooth transition from primary to high school.

Grade1 Singing

Grade 1 students have been practising a Japanese nursery song called ‘Chu-rippu (Tulip)’ since Term 2. They finally got to perform the song at the junior assembly in Week 3. They did such an amazing job and we were very proud of them! Thank you to all the Grade 1 teachers for the support!

Japanese Dress-up Day

We will be having our annual Japanese Dress-up Day on Tuesday the 11th of October (Week 2, Term 4).

Students and staff will have the opportunity to have fun dressing up in a Japanese costume to celebrate our amazing Japanese Language Education Program at Oakleigh South Primary School.

Here are some ideas of what you could wear or dress up as on the day.

  • White and/or red T-shirt
  • Kimono/Yukata
  • Karate/Judo-gi
  • Mario Brothers costume
  • Ninja/Samurai
  • Characters from Pokémon/Anime or
  • Any Japanese-themed costume and be creative!

Please keep in mind that the weather in October can be unpredictable. Be prepared for both hot and cold weather when dressing up. There is no cost involved in this celebration.

Let’s make this Dress-up Day our best celebration ever!



Last week our Year 5 students had the privilege of walking over to South Oakleigh Secondary College to take part in Science based activities.

This will continue over the next five weeks where the Year 5’s will have the pleasure of being immersed in 5 mini- science lessons taught by one of their classroom teachers. This will be a chance for our students to become familiar with the setting of Secondary School and furthermore it is a great way to learn Science.

Our Year 5’s participated in joining in with some fitness regimes. They entered and explored the College’s Small Lab, dissected a cow’s eye in the Science Lab, had fun in the Art room creating Onomatopoeia Pop Art.
The electrifying Science Buzz is in the air in Year 5!




In Year 5, both in the classroom and in Writing Groups, the students have been learning about and practising various poetry styles. We are all having so much fun thinking creatively and up-levelling our vocabulary in order to express our emotions and senses. Here are some examples of our Haikus, Acrostic Poems and Cinquains.

Under the Sea

Coral sways gently

Showing off it’s great beauty

Home sweet home to fish.

Riya 5LG



Fear floods my scared brain

Always creeping behind me.

Ready to jump out.

Vinuki 5LG


Under the Sea

Below crashing waves,

Live countless creatures and plants.

Colouring the sea.

Benjamin, 5KP

Acrostic Poems

M elodic as it chimes

O n the big oak tree

C leans its cobalt wings

K now its cry, let it sing

I never knew such a thing

N ow it’s symbolic to all

G osh it’s more than a bird

J olly tunes, harmonic chirps along.

A nd if this bird goes unknown,

Y ou will never know.

Leah, 5NK


S swimming on the ocean floor,

H unting is usually such a bore.

A always finding an easy prey,

R regretting going hunting today.

K illing is their greatest delight.

S adly there is nothing nice in sight.

Panagiotis, 5LG



Majestic, proud

Stalking, boasting, bristling

Deadly jaws snapping open


Evia, 5KP



Majestic, unique

Flying, calming, landing

Bringing peace to eyes


Sarah, 5LG



The discussions in class over the last couple of weeks has been, ‘Thinking before we speak’.

“How can we have mindful speech?” “What do we mean by mindful speech?”

Learning the notion of T.H.I.N.K..    Is what I want to say True?    Is what I want to say Helpful?    Am I the best one to say it?   Is it necessary to say it Now?  Is it Kind to this person and others?

We had the opportunity to role-play using T.H.I.N.K..   In small groups, students created a scenario and performed it twice; once where a person was not using the T.H.I.N.K. method, and the same scenario where a person was using the T.H.I.N.K. method.

We were able to identify mindful speech strategies and the effectiveness it has on our everyday interactions with others.




GEM Recipients for week 5.

Amelia 4AS Empathy For showing empathy towards her friends and classmates especially when they are feeling upset or worried.
Sofia Prep BB Empathy For showing empathy towards her peers when they are upset. Well done Sofia!
Chloe 2MG Empathy For being a kind and caring friend, always including others.
Reyan 1JG Empathy For showing empathy during our Commonwealth Games fitness rotations and reminding everyone that looking out for others is more important than winning! Well done Reyan!
Jeremy 5NK Empathy For being such a kind and compassionate student who shines in our classrooms and encourages others to shine too.
Rheanne 3DD Empathy If it was possible, Rheanne would receive this award for all 3 GEM values. She is a kind, considerate, grateful student, who also concentrates on tasks that need to be done. I am grateful to have her in grade 3DD.
Mia 6JD Empathy For being kind and inclusive towards her peers. You’re awesome, Mia!




Last Wednesday, 3 August, Parent Group along with the Wellbeing Team hosted a luncheon for teachers and staff to celebrate Victorian Principals Day.

This wasn’t just a day to give thanks to the leadership team but also a way of saying thanks to all teachers and staff.

It was a way to show appreciation and give thanks for all their work, especially through these somewhat trying times.

We would also like to give thanks to Ms. Helen Paroukas for being the driving force behind organizing the event.






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During this session one of our product experts will walk you through the key areas of Reading Eggs, and how it can help foster your child’s love of reading!

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