Oakleigh South Primary School


  24th August 2022


“You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney



Issue 26  – 24th August 2022


Thursday 25th August
– Year 4 Government House Excursion
– Senior Choir (Years 4-6)

Friday 26th August
– Book Week Dress Up Day (Prep-Year 6)
– Book Club Orders Due

Monday 29th August – Friday 2nd September
– Prep Swimming Program

Tuesday 30th August
– Whole School Assembly (live on OSPStv)

Wednesday 31st August
– Bentleigh District Athletics

Thursday 1st September
– Senior Choir (Years 4-6)

Friday 2nd September
– Father’s Day Stall




The students who have qualified for the district athletics carnival are practising each lunchtime preparing for Wednesday 31st August. Thank you to the staff who assist Mr Mooney training the students to be their best.

O.S.P.S. is celebrating a very exciting whole school event this Friday. It’s the Book Week Dress up day! Our staff literacy team have organised a fun day for all year levels, including a costume parade, buddy reading across the whole school and Coral Vass who is an author, will be our guest speaker. It will be fantastic to see the whole school come together celebrating books and reading!

Our school swimming program continues next week with our prep students heading off to GESAC for their 5-day program. There has been wonderful support of this program from the preps, with some classes having the whole class attending. Not only is it so important for children to learn swimming skills and water safety, but the experience of travelling on a bus and organising themselves with drying and dressing is an important learning activity too. I’m sure the preps and their teachers will have a fun time.

Enjoy the week ahead.






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




After a two year break due to lockdowns, the OSPS Scholastic Bookfair has returned. The Bookfair will take place from Tuesday 6th September to Thursday 8th September. The books will be on display in the school library, but ordering and payments will take place online on the scholastic website.

Your child will receive a brochure the week before Bookfair with the order form and a place to write your receipt number on the back.  Children will be given time to come into the library, browse the books then make a ‘wish list’. They will have help from staff to write down the name of the books they are interested in on the wish list. I will be taking photos of the display and they will be uploaded to the OSPS Facebook page and distributed via Compass and the newsletter so parents can also view the books for sale.

Once you have made your purchase, please fill out the order form with your child’s name, class, the item number, title of the book and the price and the completed payment receipt form. It is very important you write down the name of the book and the price, as often more than one item can have the same price. Once your child returns the completed forms to their teacher, they will be given the books from the display in the library. Should we sellout, it is possible for me to reorder certain items. Please allow 2 weeks for the orders to come in.

Sally – Librarian



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.



We are very excited to be celebrating book week with a dress up day for prep to year 6 students packed with fun activities on Friday 26th August!
There is a costume parade for junior and senior school, author Caral Vass will be presenting and book week activities.
Please bring a gold coin donation, proceeds to the author presentation and purchasing lots of extra books for the library.
Coral Vass is our guest author who will be speaking to all students in a book author presentation on Book Week Dress Up Day.
If families wish to peruse and purchase her books, head to the website below www.lamontauthors.com.au



The 2022 Victorian State Schools Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria to produce a 3-hour live show including music, dance, circus arts, puppetry and skating.

This year’s show will be performed to an audience of about 12,000 people at John Cain Arena on Saturday 10 September, over 2 shows at 1 pm and 6:30 pm.

Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience.

A very dedicated group of OSPS year 5 students are performing on stage in dance and choir.

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets through Ticketek.


Adult tickets cost $40; children aged under 15, $20; and concession, $30.

Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.



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!



The uniform shop will be closed this Friday the 26th August due to the OSPS Book Week celebrations.









Nǐn hǎo! Hola! Bonjour! This term in Year One we have been lucky enough to travel around the seven continents! We have been learning all about each continent’s size, weather, countries, animals, cultures, cuisines and famous landmarks. We did some cooking in Asia, making rice paper rolls, and we made amazing drums in Africa, learning all about Djembe Drumming! In North America, we weaved wool around icy-pole sticks to make Ojo De Dios (which means God’s eye) and in South America we made beautiful masks, just like the carnivals in Brazil! Last week we had to put our beanies and gloves on as we went to Antarctica, which is the biggest and coldest desert in the world!



Last week was also Science Week; in Year One we were able to learn about the different types of science and we had fun experimenting and exploring. At the start of Science Week, we all joined a webinar with Parks Victoria, learning all about marine science and the wonderful animals, plants and creatures living in Victorian waters. We also learnt how we can do our part to help protect them! On Friday, we did science rotations within the Year One classes. We learnt about air forces, doing an experiment with balloons, straws, string and sticky tape, and an experiment about sound vibrations, using paper cups, scissors, tape and string. It was awesome!



We even integrated our continents subject and did an experiment linked to Antarctica, learning how blubber works on animals to keep them warm. We put our hands in a zip-lock bag with butter covering the outside (just like the fat on whales, seals and some penguins) and put our hand in icy water. Strangely enough we couldn’t feel the cold! How ‘cool’ is that!




In the last few weeks we have been learning about narrative writing. The students have learnt about the structure of a narrative, including an engaging sizzling start, describing their own characters and settings, and coming up with mind blowing problems and clever solutions! Last week we completed our Big Write about ‘The Magical Chalk’. Students got creative and wrote stories about what happens when their characters found a magical piece of chalk- we had chalk drawings of dragons, unicorns, aliens and all sorts of crazy ideas come to life! We even got to draw our chalk drawings outside of our classrooms!

Enjoy some of our Year One students’ stories about ‘The Magical Chalk’:


One sunny day, a cool, nice and good king called Ran was happy! He wasn’t rude. He was very kind! He gave people ice-cream! It was at the beach! Everyone was having fun with the king. The king was having fun too! Suddenly… he had found a piece of chalk. “I wonder where that came from!” said the king. “I think it is magical chalk!” he said. Then, he picked it up and drew a hungry dragon! Then… it came to life! “HELP! HELP!” Everyone screamed, including Ran! The dragon chased the king, everyone tried to save him, but the king was trapped in jail! Phew, it was just a dream.

Ran, 1CG



One scary Halloween evening, I opened my cupboard to change into my spooky and scary Halloween costume and I saw a blue and red chalk under my shirt! I was very excited to pick it up and draw with it! I drew a dangerous monster and suddenly… the monster came to life! I screamed, “AAAHHHH A MONSTER!” Everyone was scared and ran out of the house! I was courageous to fight the monster so I punched him and he went flying into outer space! I had saved the day. The end.

Saahir, 1CG


BOOM!!! “What was that?” said Aria. I ran to see what was that, it was some chalk! I picked it up and I went to try it out on my chalk board and whatever I drew came to life! Well I thought that so I tried that and guess what? It actually does! So I drew a puppy and it came to life! Then I drew some puppy food and it also came to life! So next, I drew two little puppy bowls connected together and it also came to life! I fed him but when I came back the chalk colour had gone! “What should we do?” I said. I thought if I put it back in its spot will its colour come back? No it didn’t work, so then I tried washing it and it worked. “YAY!” I said. Now I want to go to sleep. The next day I hid the chalk so nobody will find it. The end.

Aria, 1AM





In The Resilience Project we have been learning to have an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’. This means taking a step back and being mindful and grateful for all of the wonderful things we have in our lives. Our Year One students were able to look at different scenarios of times when things didn’t go so well and how to change our outlooks to Attitude of Gratitude!


For example, if it was a rainy day and you couldn’t go out to play with your friends, don’t be sad, think about all the plants getting a good drink of water (and all of the puddles you will get to play in later!). We have also looked at different reactions to problems. The Years Ones understood that it’s okay to get upset but it’s not okay to have a bad reaction that could then hurt someone else.


The Resilience Project taught us some calming down strategies, like bubble breathing or yoga, to help us make a good reaction in those tricky times. These are all parts of what makes a good friend! We even came up with our own friendship recipes- with a pinch of kindness, a cup of patience and a sprinkle of understanding we have some pretty delicious friendships in the making!





Danny – 4CW
For always being such a kind and caring classmate and using his manners at every opportunity.

Lilly – 4CW
For always having outstanding Mathletics results each week. You’re a superstar Lilly.

Kate – 4LD
For working diligently to complete her AR goal this term. You have improved every term this year!

Adam – 4LD
Working Together
For always being inclusive of others and embracing collaboration with your peers.

Heidi – 4DK
For being an amazing role model to all students by always being an upstander and helping others 🙂

Micko – 4DK
For gaining confidence by speaking up and trying his best by putting in 100% effort into his work.

Haimi – 4KH
For producing such a high quality performance in the Year 4 production. A great effort!

Yohan – 4KH
Working Together
For working hard to help produce a wonderful Year 4 production. Well done Yohan!

Arielle – 4EW
For the creativity and attention to detail that goes into making every work task outstanding.

Arnav – 4EW
For consistently completing all his tasks on time and to a high standard.

Charlie – 4AS
For writing a brilliant recount about the Year 4 Production and working hard to achieve his AR goal.

Liad – 4AS
For making a great start at his new school & demonstrating all 5 of our school values beautifully.



Jiho – 5HP
For always displaying our school values every day. Well done Jiho!

Gracie – 5HP
For always striving to achieve her best every day! Always smiling too, well done Gracie!

Dhruv – 5NK
For sharing his amazing ideas in class and striving for his absolute best in everything he does!

Jessie – 5NK
For being a super poet and writing such amazingly creative and vivid words, forming fabulous poems!

Anushka – 5NK
For being so creative when writing poetry and a super athlete when we are on the running track!

Panagiotis – 5LG
For consistently putting a unique and creative spin on all classroom tasks. Great work!

Patrick – 5LG
Working Together
For always being ready to give his own time to help others. Well done Patrick!

Sarah – 5LG
For treating all classmates and teachers with respect and kindness, at all times. Great work Sarah!

Thomas – 5SA
For making polite and constructive choices. A positive role model and a pleasure to teach.

Kyryl – 5SA
For demonstrating an assertive positive ‘Can Do’ attitude and reaching his academic learning goals.

Dylan – 5KP
For showing determination during maths sessions and always trying her personal best.

Alessia – 5KP
For showing such compassion and empathy for others during our reading focus groups. You are a GEM!

Nick – 5KP
Working Together
For sharing his diverse knowledge and helping others to work through tricky maths problems.

Jason – 5WS
For settling in so well into a new school this term. We love having you in 5WS!

Chloe – 5WS
For working so diligently in class and showing respect to all around her. You are a star, Chloe!

Meghna – 5WS
Working Together
For being an amazing team player. You have a super ability to make all feel included and valued!


Ewan – 6NM
For his willingness to improve his work and to not rush through things quickly.

Alessia – 6NM
For being a responsible class member and giving 100% effort in the classroom.

Josh – 6JD
For always listening to instructions and assisting others. Keep it up, Josh!

Elian – 6JD
For always trying her best and presenting work neatly. You’re a star!

Kingsley – 6FW
For always performing classroom duties diligently, and being a responsible team member.

Elise – 6FW
Working Together
For being a diligent Library captain, and for fulfilling all morning and afternoon duties.

Millie – 6SM
For consistently displaying respect to all teachers and being a super helper! Go Mil!

Oskar – 6SM
For displaying resilience, compassion and persistence resulting in great personal growth.

Jai – 6CR
For the incredible tenacity he showed when working through challenging algebraic equations.

Dhruv – 6CR
For always carrying out his role as Class Clerk, efficiently and responsibly. Keep it up, Dhruv!

Tom – 6CM
For excellence in writing, particularly a brilliant A-Z writing piece using beautiful imagery.

Sameeha – 6CM
For demonstrating high standards in all her work, across all curriculum areas. Outstanding work!



Amelia – 4AS
Performing Arts
For an excellent performance in the grade 4 production X Factory.

Milla – 5HP
Performing Arts
For being trustworthy and leading by example during the VSSS choir excursion to the city.

Martin – 6SM
Performing Arts
For striving to improve his performance skills during rehearsals for Moana.

Georgie – 4LD
For sharing personal experiences and opinions with peers!

Kyryl – 5SA
For being a hardworking student in Japanese! You did amazing work in ILPIC, well done!

Martin – 6SM
For showing respect to teachers and peers!

Spatika – 6CM
For always trying her best and asking lots of questions in class!




G – I am grateful for my parents because they can look after me and I am grateful for my iPad because I can access Reading Eggs and Mathletics easily.

E – I show empathy by stepping into other people’s shoes and I always ask others if they are ‘okay’ when they get hurt.

M – When I get a wrong answer in Mathletics, I always keep a positive attitude and say, “It’s okay to make mistakes. I can do better next time.”

Shreeya, 1NM




Below is a list of upcoming resources that parents might find useful, as well as information regarding upcoming parenting webinars, including an online gaming support webinar.


KIDS HOPE AUS and KidsMatter


KidsMatter and KIDS HOPE AUS. share the overall aim of improved quality of life and mental health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and families and are working together to support access for children and families at KidsMatter schools to the KIDS HOPE AUS. mentoring program for primary school children.  KidsMatter is a mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative especially developed for primary schools and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. The KidsMatter website offers schools, ECEC services, families, and health and community professionals access to a wide range of free information sheets and resources for families and other resources that benefit those working with parents, families, schools and ECEC services to optimise children’s mental health and development.


Meridian Youth and Family Therapy

Anglicare Box Hill Therapy for people aged 10-23 and their families to address conflict from issues such as violence, anxiety, bullying, depression, eating disorders, family breakdown, gaming or internet misuse, grief, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, sexual or physical abuse, sexual identity & gender issues, school refusal, and social isolation.

Phone: Meridian Intake on 03 9896 6322

Email: meridian@anglicarevic.org.au




It takes a Village – Safety Net
25th August – 7:00 – 8:30pm
Feel empowered to recognise and respond to bullying behaviours – with Bully Zero.


Body Confident Children and Teens
1st September – 7:00 – 8:15pm
A seminar for parents and community members providing practical knowledge and tips on promoting positive body image in the home with the Butterfly Foundation


Online Gaming – support your child to respond to risks
14th September 7:00 – 8:00pm
Understand the connection between online gaming and the risk of gambling and addiction.








So, your school uses Reading Eggs - Join our Parent session to find out more about the program & how you can support your child at home.

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!

Host: Brendan Colley
Date and Time options: Monday, 19 September (8.00 pm – 8.30 pm)
Click here to register


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