Oakleigh South Primary School


16th August , 2023


Issue 25  – 16th August 2023


Friday August 18th
–  National Day of Action against Bullying

Monday August 21st – Friday August 25th
– Book Week
– ICAS Science & ICAS Spelling

Friday 25th August
– Book Week Dress Up Day
– Junior Book Parade 9.00am
– Senior Book Parade 10.50am









This Friday 18th August the whole school will be recognising the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence by dressing up as their favourite Superhero. We will be promoting and instilling once again, the importance of being an UPSTANDER and being kind and inclusive of everyone. The children will participate in relevant activities on the day.

Congratulations to all the students who recently participated in the House Athletics Day. Mr Mooney has now finalised the team of 61 students who will go on to the Bentleigh District Athletics Carnival. This will be held on Thursday 31st August at Duncan McKinnon Reserve.

Congratulations to Mr Eykman, Mr Davey, Ms Philipsen, Ms Nasiou, Mr Wintersea and Mr Le and all the students who represented OSPS at the recent ROBO Cup. OSPS came first place in Riley Rover and Primary Rescue categories.  Well done to everyone involved.

As we look forward to book week next week, the children will be visited by Heath McKenzie, author, and illustrator on Friday 18th August to speak to the children about his books. As part of our book week celebration their will be a Junior and Senior Parade next Friday 25th August. Don’t forget, tomorrow is the official day of Action Against Bullying and Violence for 2023. Students can dress up as their favourite school Superhero.

Junior will be 9:00am

Senior will be  9:50am

More details to follow in next week newsletter.

Have a great week.





On Friday 18 August 2023, OSPS will officially be taking part in NDA Day 2023. We will be promoting and instilling once again, the importance of being an UPSTANDER and being kind and inclusive of everyone. To recognise this, there will be a whole school Superhero Dress Up event on this day. Students can dress up as Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, truck drivers, emergency service people, mum or dad, or grandma to celebrate who their hero is. The options are endless!!

If your child prefers to not dress up, they can wear something orange.

The theme for the 2023 NDA is Growing Connections.  Help us to create positive action by growing connections with all our students, school staff and our communities for Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative by joining our school community to say … Bullying. No Way! Oakleigh South Primary will be taking a united stand with more than 6,500 other Australian schools in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). The NDA promotes the importance of school, family, and community connections in building safe and supportive learning environments where all students can belong, feel accepted and respected.



With the cooler weather upon us, we are starting to see an increase in numbers of children becoming unwell with sniffles, cough, and sore throat.

Influenza vaccination is an effective measure which can be taken to help prevent or reduce the severity of serious illness.

If your child is displaying symptoms of being unwell (fever – above 37.9, sore throat, cough,

Runny or stuffy nose, stomach-ache, nausea) please consider if they are well enough to come to school.

Please consider the health and wellbeing of other students and staff.

If your child develops any sign of illness whilst at school, we will request that you or an

adult nominated by you, collect your child from school as soon as possible.

It is also timely to remind your child about hygiene.  Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue.  Cough into your elbow, dispose of tissues into a bin, and wash hands regularly with soap and water, or use sanitizer.

Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.

Let’s work together to stay safe and healthy.



OSPS Year 5 students for Mass Dance and Mass Choir have been rehearsing very hard over several months! We can’t wait for them to perform!

The 2023 Victorian State Schools Spectacular will be held on Saturday 9 September. The performance times are 1:00pm and 6:30pm at John Cain Arena, Melbourne Park (show time 2 hours 45 mins)

Tickets are on sale from 11am on Wednesday 7 June. Adult: $40, Concession: $30, Child (U15): $20 (a $6.30 service fee per transaction applies on all purchases)

Tickets are available through Ticketek: www.ticketek.com.au/spectacular or 132 849.

OSPS Mass Dance Seating Recommendations:Quadrant Four (North East) Sections 7, 8, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 52, 53

OSPS Mass Choir Seating Recommendations:Section 17, 18, 44, 45, 46, 66, 67, 68





Last week, 26 Oakleigh South Primary School students participated in the RoboCup Junior Australia Outer East Regional Competition. It was an amazing experience that showcased the talents and creativity of our young students who are passionate about robotics and technology. Our school participated in the rescue sections of the competition against several other schools in the outer eastern region. Each category had its own set of challenges, and the students worked tirelessly to come up with innovative solutions to the problems presented.

One of the most impressive aspects of the competition was the level of collaboration and teamwork displayed by the students. It was clear that we had spent countless hours working together to design, build, and program our robots. The rescue category, for example, required us to build a robot that could navigate to a simulated disaster zone and transport objects out of a designated area. Our Primary competitors had additional obstacles including a see-saw, short cuts and debris to navigate. It was fascinating to see the different approaches that teams took to tackle the challenges.

We are proud to say that we won a gold medal in both the Riley Rover section and the Primary Line Following section. A big congratulations to Year 6 students Dhruv, Olivia, Charlie and Liyah for finishing first in Riley Rover, and Alexa, Jeremy, Raf and Alicia for winning the Primary section. Further congratulations to all of the teams for their efforts and they should all be proud of their accomplishments.

A big thank you to our teachers and mentors Mr Eykman, Mr Davey, Miss Philipsen, Mr Wintersea, Mr Mason-Parker, Miss Nasiou and Mr Le for giving up their time before school, at recess and lunch. Thanks also to parent Nir Drabkin for volunteering to help on the day as well.

We all look forward to our next challenge, State Finals, next month in September. Good luck teams!





This term our Year 4 students have begun sport training under the careful eye of the Year 6 students and teachers.

Year 4 students are enjoying a taste of what sports they will do when they compete in interschool sport in Year 6. Year 4 students are learning specific sport skills, strategy and teamwork.

It’s also a great opportunity for the Year 6 students to support others through coaching, organising games and understanding the complexities when teaching others. a great lesson in empathy!


The Year 5 students continue to participate in their chosen 2024 sports while being coached by the P.E and Year 5 teachers.

This wonderful program help students transition smoothly into interschool sport as students have a greater understanding of the program and sport, whilst developing the necessary skills to play and compete.

It’s also a great way for students to make new friendships or build on existing ones. Some of them are also learning from a new teacher!



On Thursday the 31st of August, OSPS will be taking a squad of 44 students to the Bentleigh District Athletics carnival to be held at Duncan McKinnon reserve.

These students have qualified to represent OSPS as they performed extremely well at the recent House athletics Day at school.

We wish our students all the best and would love to see strong support from our parent community on the day. If you can help in any way, please contact Marcus Mooney via email.

A Compass event has been to sent to families today for those who have qualified.




We would like to advise that the OSPS branded scarves and beanies can now be purchased online as well as in the 2nd hand uniform shop.

Please click on the link below if you’d like to order. Once ordered, your items will be delivered to your child’s classroom. The scarves are $20, and beanies are $18. Please contact Parent Group on osparentgroup67@gmail.com if you have any questions.




For the month of August, Parent Group will be accepting donations as part of the Dignity Drive run twice yearly by Share the Dignity.

Share the Dignity is a women’s charity in Australia, that works to make a real difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or doing it tough. They distribute period products to women, girls, and anyone who menstruates who needs support. When someone is doing it tough, the last thing on their mind should be dealing with their period.

If you would like to donate to those in need, all products in original packaging, including pads, tampons, reusable pads, period undies, menstrual cups and incontinence products will be accepted and appreciated. All donations can be placed at the office in the donation bin.

Thank you for your support and for supporting those in need.



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