Oakleigh South Primary School


  26th August 2022


“Teachers can open the door, but you must enter it yourself.”


Issue 27  – 26th August 2022


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

Friday 2nd September
– Father’s Day Stall

Monday 5th September
– Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 6th September
– Year 6 Production Dress Rehearsal

Tuesday 6th – 8th September
– OSPS Book Fair

Wednesday 7th September
– Year 6 Production Dress Rehearsal

Thursday 8th September
– R U OKAY? Day

Monday September 12th –  Thursday 15th September
– Year 6 Production Nights


Last week saw the whole school community come together to celebrate Book Week. This culminated in many fantastic literacy activities, buddy reading across the school and a very fanciful costume parade. It was great to see the whole school community back together again, connecting with one another and enjoying this special occasion.

Stage 1 tickets for Year 6 families are now on sale for our upcoming Year 6 PRODUCTION – Moana. The production team and students are very excited to perform the show which will be held across 4 nights in September. Be sure to grab your tickets before they’re sold out! Show dates are: September 12th, 13th (Matinee) 14th and 15th. We look forward to seeing you there!

Today our OSPS Athletics Squad competed at the District Athletics Carnival held at Duncan McKinnon. OSPS had over 70 students representing the school and by all reports, it was a very successful day. A huge thank you to our staff who supported lunchtime training, supervision of the event and to our P.E teachers who organised the day.

Lastly, this week is Teacher Aide Appreciation week. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our ES staff on the wonderful job they do at our school to support or students, teachers and families. They have a very positive impact on the students and are highly appreciated for all the hard work they do.


Ron Cantlon



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




The year 6 students and production team are very excited for their upcoming shows in September. Stage 1 tickets are now on sale for year 6 families unti the 31st of August. Please refer to your compass news item for more information.

Stage 2 tickets will be released shortly to the whole school community with information sent via Compass.

Production nights

Monday 12th September – 7pm (Cast 2)
Tuesday 13th September – 4pm (Matinee, Cast 1)
Wednesday 14th September – 7pm (Cast 2)
Thursday 15th September – 7pm (Cast 1)

Tickets go on sale 10am Wednesday 31st August – Open to whole school community, parents, friends, neighbours and everyone!

Please note all children in attendance must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be purchased via www.trybooking.com.au and search ‘OSPS Moana’

Here is the direct link

Ticket Prices:             
Adult $15.00
Child: $10.00

Children under the age of 4 can sit on the knee of an adult in the seated area.

Any questions other please contact Assistant Principal Nikki Virtuoso nikki.virtuoso@education.vic.gov.au







This week is Australian Teacher Aide Appreciation Week. The leadership, students and staff would like to thank all our ES staff for the wonderful work they do on a daily basis.

They have such a positive impact on the lives of students, teachers and families and we would be lost without them!

If you see a member of the ES team, don’t hesitate to thank them for their hard work and effort around the school.


R U OK? Be an OSPS Upstander!

Our school community will be ‘Celebrating all SUPERHEROES’. From our amazing parents, emergency front line workers, our friends, teachers and the list goes on and on. Our school will officially take part in R U OK DAY? Thursday 8th September. Promoting and instilling once again in our students the importance of being UPSTANDERS and supporting our friends when they are in need. Asking the very important question R U OK? And the important questions and support that come straight after.

The whole school is encouraged to dress up.

Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman or Superwoman.Students can also dress up as doctors, teachers, supermarket workers, truck drivers, their mum or dad. The options are endless for superheros in our lives. If students prefer to not dress up they can just wear something yellow which nationally represents – R U OK Day?



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



This Friday 2nd September, Parent Group are holding a Father’s Day Stall during school hours in the Junior Performing Arts Room. Each grade will be rostered a time to visit the stall on the day. Items cost between $1 and $8.

Parent Group are looking for helpers to assist setting up the stall Thursday 1st Sep from 9am on wards and for lots of helpers on Friday 2nd Sep at the stall.

Please check your Compass for the link for helpers to sign up and a full price list of items for sale.

Thank you Parent Group.



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.



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!




Last Friday the whole school spent a day celebrating books and the joy of reading! We dressed up and paraded, listened to an author talk about writing, read books with our Buddies and enjoyed lots of other book-related activities.

We also had two competitions on the day: a Best Dressed competition and a Book Cover Design competition (see photos for the winning Book Covers from each year level).

It was wonderful seeing everyone’s creativity and enthusiasm and we thank all OSPS parents, students and staff for helping to create an amazing Book Day!




On Thursday 25th August, 37 children embarked on a journey to Government house for a book making session. When we arrived at Government house we were met by the staff and representatives of Kids Own publishing, who had organised the day.

We were introduced to our leader for the day and then split into 2 groups. We were given a tour of some rooms at Government house including the dining room, reception room and drawing room. There were many beautiful features in each room.

Next we were escorted into the ballroom where they instructed the children on the task that they were to complete that day.

This included folding an 8 page book, creating a story, making the book and publishing it. We were also given a talk by 2 Illustrators who were there to support the children in their book making.

The children worked diligently on their books which were many different topics and varied in complexity. It was a pleasure to see the children working and chatting to different staff.

While the children were working, the Governor and her husband came into the ball room and spoke to the children individually about their books. They interacted with the stories that were being written and enjoyed seeing what the children had produced.

Once the books were finished they were published using special paper. This made the books look amazing. Each child’s book was copied 4 times. Once for Kids Own Publishing, once for The Governor and they got to keep their original and one published copy. Each child was celebrated as they presented their finished book.

This was a once in a lifetime experience that I’m sure all the children will remember for many years to come.




Dear Mother,

Travelling over on the Prince of Wales during the First Fleet was horrifying. Moreover, I have been in this dark, damp prison like hut for months. It is fairly similar to the ship I was on. It had 200 other inmates. There were uncomfortable dry hay bedding and they gave us sewer water! Once we arrived at Australia I felt hopeless. There is a scorching sun and blistering sands. We were thrown in the huts I mentioned, each inmate had to share a hut, my fellow inmate already died.

To add to it the food is rotten and I can’t even begin to describe how disgusting it is. They give us rotten green slop [Is it oatmeal?]  They don’t add sugar or salt, it tastes like a rotting carcass combined with sewer water. The only way to add salt is to steal saltwater but they give you punishments for that.

I feel extra hopeless seeing the state of my fellow inmates during work. They are all cranky, grumpy and possibly going insane. They hit and kick people like me. It is putrid to see them spit at each other.

All this torture, cruelty and misery for a loaf of bread! I had to feed Gaia, she was starving! All this injustice and unfairness is shocking. But don’t worry mother I have a brilliant escape plan. Every night I track the sewers, and update my map. In exactly three months there will be an eclipse, I will leave then. Please take care of Gaia until I come back.

Love From,





G: Be grateful for our ability to learn, as it helps us to become empowered. 


E: Show empathy, try and find both sides of a story when searching for a cause. 


M: Being mindful of how things happen, help us to react positively and work together for better outcomes. 

Paul M 4 EW




Prep SG


For being mindful of her surroundings and the environment, and picking up rubbish in the school yard.




For always using her manners and showing appreciation towards others. Amazing effort, Elena!




For showing empathy towards his classmates, helping them to understand and make better choices, all while staying cool, calm and collected! You truly are a ‘gem’ Michael!




For quickly responding to a student in distress and offering her shoulder to lean on and her ear to listen. Thank you Yuri, for your care and compassion. It did not go unnoticed.




Kayra shows a great depth of empathy towards her friends and myself on a daily basis. She should be proud of this character trait she shows kindness to all around her.




For sharing her AMAZING Origami skills to the class – Her Dragon was unbelievable!




For showing empathy to all students in the classroom and making sure everyone has someone to play with at lunch!




Parent Group are organising a Pizza Day for the Year 5 & 6 students on Thursday 8th September. Orders close 4pm 1st September and no late orders can be accepted. There are 3 topping options to choose from and please head to your Compass for the link to order.

If you are able you help on the day please e-mail osparentgroup67@gmail.com

Thank you Parent Group




Parent Group are organising a Milkshake Day for the Year 3 & 4’s on Friday 9th September. Orders close 4pm 1st September and no late orders can be accepted. There are 3 flavours to choose from and please head to your Compass for the link to order.

If you are able you help on the day please e-mail osparentgroup67@gmail.com

Thank you Parent Group




Get all these dates into your calendars or diaries so you don’t miss out on the amazing events and special days. Parent Group are delivering to our parents and students for the rest of Term 3 and 4.

We have a wonderful Parent Group, they are always looking for more helpers. If you can spare any time please e-mail osparentgroup67@gmail.com

Thank you Parent Group




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


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


Disclaimer – The organisations advertised in this newsletter are not affiliated with and have no relationship to Oakleigh South Primary School. The publishing of these advertisements does not imply endorsement or recommendation of these products or services by the school. They are provided as a community service.