Oakleigh South Primary School


1st  September 2021


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167

T: 03 9570 1016  

E: oakleigh.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au   W: oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au 

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X


Issue 27  – 1st September 2021

Tue 31st August
– Japanese Dress Up Day (postponed – new date TBA)

Tue 12th October
– District Athletics

Thur 21st October
– Beachside Athletics



As Term 3 moves along very quickly, we keep hoping for an end to lockdown. Unfortunately, we have all been told there will be an extension to our lockdown, and when we have more details on this you will be advised. Meanwhile, the students are doing so well with their remote learning as are the students who are working onsite each day. Although some days bring challenges to parents and students, the resilience shown by everyone is commendable and for that I thank you very much.

Last Wednesday the children both onsite and at home, celebrated Book Week by dressing up as their favourite book character or bringing along their favourite book. From all reports the children had lots of fun and I also hear that the teachers and onsite staff had just as much fun as the children. This day gave some relief and excitement to those who joined in. This Friday we will be having a “Hero Day” – In light of the Paralympics, the children are asked to dress up or bring a picture of someone they think is a hero in their eyes. It may be a sportsperson, a family member or someone special in their lives.

Yesterday I received the results of the NAPLAN testing that took place back in May with our Year 3 & 5 levels. Our results were once again very pleasing, even after our change in learning in 2020. Congratulations to all the students and their teachers. Your child will receive their results in the coming weeks.

Lastly a reminder to take time to make family time. What has become evident throughout these lockdowns is that children are missing the normal socialisation with other children that they automatically get by coming to school. Maybe set up a Zoom meeting with their friends so they can have a chat, a nice walk or bike ride around the neighbourhood or a family picnic in your backyard can certainly make life a little more fun for everyone.

Enjoy the sunshine this week, stay safe and stay happy.

Ron Cantlon




Term 3
12th July – 17th September

Term 4
4th October – 17th December

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish





Enrolments for Prep 2022 are now being processed and allocated to families for the 2022 school year.


We encourage parents of students starting in 2022 to complete forms as soon as possible and email to enrolments@oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au


Forms can found here – 2022 enrolments.







This OSPS Parent Community Facebook Group was created during the 2020 year when remote learning commenced as a forum for OSPS parents to engage as a school community and connect. There was strong parent support at the end of the 2020 year to keep this Facebook group going and is valued as a safe space for positive parent engagement. Parents of OSPS students are welcome to join, please ensure you answer the questions when you request to join and read the guidelines below.
Page Guidelines
Rules: Positive, respectful and appropriate posts, comments, photos and engagement most welcomed.
We understand social media is an important community tool that parents like to engage with, however please keep in mind that the school website, Operoo, e-mailing your teacher, team leader or principal class staff are still the key and official channels of communication between school and home and visa versa. If you have any concerns or issues at any time, please contact the school directly.
Feel free to ask questions, post helpful tips, links, sell your second hand uniform, share your success stories and post a funny meme, as long as they follow the group rules.
This site will be sporadically monitored by staff in an official capacity at OSPS under the profile Admina Oaksouth. You may find Admina posting important reminders, pointing parents in the right direction and collecting the good news stories and photos that have parent permission to use for the official OSPS facebook page and website.



This Friday the 3rd of September, OSPS will be celebrating all of those people within our communities that we might refer to as a HERO. That’s right, it’s “Hero Day!” In light of the Paralympics, and the many extraordinary things that are happening in the world around us, we encourage students to come along to their Friday Zoom sessions dressed up (or even bring along a picture/photo) as someone they think is a Hero or shows Hero qualities. It could be a scientist, a sports person, a mum or dad, or even a super hero. Students will be able to share with their classes and post on our Hero Day Padlet.

Need some inspiration? Watch this video of Shae Graham, Australia’s first female wheelchair rugby representative –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VQhovlqpIY





Reading and Comprehension

Last week, through our year level Book study on ‘Paper Planes’, students were asked to consider the question, ‘Do people deserve a second chance?’ These were some of the comments made by Year 5 students:

Oskar 5KP
I think most people deserve a second chance because no human is perfect. We all make mistakes and eventually we need to learn from them. Just because most of us make mistakes, doesn’t mean that this is a true expression of our personality, feelings, and life. Therefore, I believe most people deserve a second chance.

Theodore 5LG
I think everyone deserves a second chance in life because they might have things in their personal life that you don’t know about. Just like the saying don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t judge someone by their first impression that they make.

Geet 5HP
Being human means you make mistakes. NO ONE is perfect. Plus, if people didn’t get second chances, then no one would be titled as ‘good’. Giving a second chance makes people realise what they did wrong. People can then learn from their mistakes and be better people!

Oliver 5FF
Pretty much everyone should deserve a second chance, right? People do make mistakes but that doesn’t mean it’ll be like that forever. Everyone will learn at some point like that saying ‘making mistakes is part of learning’. Second chances can pretty much help you learn, and stop making mistakes which could have lost a privilege or something of the sort. That’s why second chances are so important to us and why everybody deserves it.

Jacob 5NK
I think that everyone deserves a second chance, because if you have not made a single mistake in your life, I would not believe you. Everyone deserves a second chance, because if you condemn someone for a mistake, then you will not take the time to see who they are inside. Just the one thing that they did. 

Stella 5NC
Everyone deserves a second chance.
This saying means that everyone should have a second chance to show that they are not what others think they are, but someone who is just a dissimilar seedling, able to sprout into a flower just as stunning as the others.
In my opinion, everyone should have as many chances as they need to prove who they are.
Defining humans, we all make mistakes! That is just the way we are. But that doesn’t mean we don’t learn from them. Some people judge others by their gender, skin colour or where they’re from. But the key to giving second chances is to not judge but let them show who they really are.



‘The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.’ – Paul Halmos.

During lockdown, Year 5 students have had the opportunity to participate in a maths challenge each week. The students have been able to incorporate student voice and agency by choosing an open-ended problem or problem solving question to solve, and share with their peers on Padlet. It has been outstanding to see the wide range of responses and the positive feedback received with this task. The engagement that all students have shown towards mathematics throughout this task has been phenomenal. Well done to all the Year 5 students for their wonderful work. Some examples of the incredible work we have been receiving can be seen below.



It’s Book Week Wednesday at OSPS’ Onsite Program! To celebrate bringing children and books together for the Children’s Book Council Australia (CBCA) book week, OSPS’s onsite students and teachers dressed up as their favourite book characters and personalities.

After their daily Zoom meeting with their classmates and teachers, onsite students completed a Wellbeing Activity to encourage strategies to support their mental health. For example, Year 4s developed and created resilience statements and posted to Padlet. The Year 6s explored how doing nice things for other people made them feel, and created plans to provide acts of kindness for their family and friends.

After recess, we completed a rotation of our five specialist subjects offered at OSPS: STEM, Music, Art, Sport and Japanese. Each grade level had a chance to engage with a popular children’s book and participate in a co-curricular activity based on that book.

In Art, the Year 5&6s read ‘Our Home, Our Heartbeat’ by Adam Briggs and learned how to draw portraits with the theme ‘Indigenous Role Models’.

In Japanese, students learned onomatopoeia used in Japanese Manga comics. With almost 4,500 examples of onomatopoeia used in the Japanese language, students were tasked with learning how to say ‘I am excited’ in Japaenese.

In STEM, students read ‘Frog and Toad are Friends’ by Arnold Lobel and learned about how Design Thinking can help in the process of creating a model/prototype to solve complex problems.

In Music, the Preps explored Disney’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’, learning about the different tone colours of the instruments used and identifying the instruments used.

In what was an enthusiastic celebration of Literacy in Education, OSPS thanks all those involved in the creation of such an exciting day and gives a big thumbs up to all the amazing costumes worn by the students!


Mondays at snack time is usually when our Student Voice representatives meet with Mr Morrey and Miss Kassiotis to discuss a variety of things in regards to life at OSPS. This has obviously been a challenge with remote learning however today they made it happen online!
The students willingly shared some of the things that they have been up to during lockdown as well as some ways that their own classroom teacher has made remote learning interesting. It was great for students to catch up and voice some of the things that they have been feeling.
Hopefully we can get back to face to face Student Voice meetings soon!





Built on the success of the 2020 Virtual Cross Country event, SSV is delighted to provide this great opportunity again in 2021. Victorian primary and secondary students can take part in any way they would like – they can run or walk.

he main aim is for students to get out and give it a go.

Every meter run by a student will earn virtual points for their school. Students will be given the option to submit their performance, but if they wish they also now have the additional option to not have their performance made public.


Students should make sure they have parent/guardians permission before heading out for a run or walk or even better take them along and maybe also a friend. Find a suitable park, recreation reserve, oval, athletics track, green space, trails, the footpaths of the street on the block that you live to make a circuit (be safe out there if crossing streets) or even a treadmill.

There are three simple steps for students to participate in the SSV Virtual Cross Country:

  1. Find a suitable route
  2. Go for a run or walk
  3. Record the time and distance
  4. Click on the SSV link found here and enter your details. Be sure to use Mr.Rowe’s email address when prompted for a sport coordinator.

Entries close on the 1st of October.




During remote learning, the Year 5 students have been busy writing narratives and poems.


Here is a selection of pieces for you to read.


Enjoy – Year 5 Team

Buoyancy and Scientists  – by Ayushmaan 5KP


Buoyant rocks on a river,
Ice cubes in a drink.
Test objects in your bath now,
Is there water coming up to the brink?

If something is way denser than the water it will sink,
If something is less dense than water . . .
Well, what do you think?

Here is Benjamin Franklin who flew a metal rod attached to a kite.
He caught lightning while it was in flight and certainly got a big fright!
He proved that lightning was a form of static electricity,
Rub your socks on the carpet and you’ll see!

Yep, Thomas Edison the next guy,
He failed badly a thousand times but he never did cry.
He invented a light bulb so bright,
And yet we still use it at night!

Buoyant rocks on a river,
Ice cubes in a drink.
Test objects in your bath now,
Is there water coming up to the brink?

If something is way denser than the water it will sink,
If something is less dense than water . . .
Well, what do you think?

Here is Benjamin Franklin who flew a metal rod attached to a kite.
He caught lightning while it was in flight and certainly got a big fright!
He proved that lightning was a form of static electricity,
Rub your socks on the carpet and you’ll see!

Yep, Thomas Edison the next guy,
He failed badly a thousand times but he never did cry.
He invented a light bulb so bright,
And yet we still use it at night!


WHAT IF? – by Aarav 5KP


As the tragic feel of the recent events filled my body, I looked around the forbidden chamber. A vibration came from above me. I gulped as I thought about those humongous robots now taking over the world. What if everyone was finished by now?
What if I was the last human standing?
The thoughts swirled around my head, all I had was a few sticks, a small camping bag, and an apple my mum had packed for me.

My eyes welled up as I thought about my family. They were gone, forever. Then there was the anger. It tensed up inside me.
A serious look came over my face, ‘’Don’t worry guys I’ll get revenge’’ It echoed around the chamber, revenge, revenge, revenge.

I picked up my sticks and opened the door right above me, I climbed out with all my strength. What I saw was even worse than I had imagined. Buildings were lit in flames, the deserted homes looked as if they had been struck by lightning. And worst of all, a large cyclone seemed to be coming my way. My eyes widened, no this couldn’t be true.

I blocked myself with my sticks prepared to face ultimate doom. But when my sticks touched the cyclone they didn’t snap in half or shatter to a million pieces, the cyclone just bounced right off them and crashed into at least 100 robots. I looked at these sticks as surprised as ever. What had I just witnessed?

I had just defeated all the robots. Just at that moment a green ooze started coming out of the robots. And I saw my dad. Was I dreaming? The next thing I knew thousands of people started forming from the ooze. Happy tears dripped down my cheeks. Everyone who had been killed by the robots were coming back to life. I didn’t even think about how I had managed it, I just ran into the crowd to hug my family.

2 weeks later:

As I watched the earth being remade bit by bit I thought about the miracle two weeks before. I must have been dreaming. I laughed.


What If? – by Dulara 5FF


“Ugh. Scraps? Porridge leftovers?! Is this how you treat me, a fairly handsome, decent gentle dog -” grunted a gruff, raspy voice hidden with the light red and white, slightly stained tablecloth draped over the table.

“What was that?! I heard a voice under the table… but Rufus is under there!” I squeaked. Dad rolled his eyes and smoothed the creases out of his business suit with a ‘really-Samantha-I-don’t-believe-you-is-this-a-prank-cause-I’m-not-buying-it’ look. Pretty soon I was waving goodbye to the shiny, slightly rusted rear of Dad’s bulky SUV as it rolled away.

“AHEM!” yelled a deep, growling voice that sounded like it had swallowed lumps of gravel.

I stared, eyes bulging at my dog, Rufus, sitting upright in front of me, who barked, “Snap out of it, human! Don’t you know it’s rude to stare?”

I grinned sheepishly, and murmured to myself, “Oh, boy, aren’t we gonna have some fun.” I glanced at Rufus lying obediently on the floor, tongue lolling. He was immaculately groomed, slick, light brown, caramel coloured, copper tinged fur, huge, wet black nose with flaring nostrils, rough pink tongue in between slightly blunt, ivory white teeth. He had brassy, copper fur on his ears, with an ebony, raven black tip on the left ear. His big, black eyes were alert, ears perked, ready to pounce.

“Hey, Sam, yes you, Samantha Lilac Wilikins, come here.”  growled Rufus.

“No ‘please’, huh?” I raised an eyebrow.

“Please” He grunted as an afterthought, pawing the floor impatiently. I strode over, flopping onto the couch beside him.

“You, Samantha, are an ungrateful little brat, ya know that? So, you better be thankful, ‘cuz I’m gonna teach ya some manners! Rightio, it’s high time someone took you down a peg or two!”

Gone was the imperial tone; the grandeur and perfection of posture.

“First, drop the tomboy act, second, no speaking when your mouths full, no elbows on the table, wear more appropriate attire, fix your hair, at least braid it into a neat plait with a ribbon, stand upright girl, don’t slouch, don’t eat those greasy leftover pizza slices without using cutlery, don’t-”


I plugged my ears with my fingers. This is gonna be a long, long day.



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