Oakleigh South Primary School


8th  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 

“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” Dr. Seuss


Issue 29  – 8th September 2021

Thu 9th September
– ‘RUOK Day’

Fri 10th September
– OSPS ‘Virtual Disco’

Fri 17th September
– Footy Colours Day

Tue 12th October
– District Athletics

Thu 21st October
– Beachside Athletics



I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic Father’s Day last Sunday and got to enjoy some special family time together.

It’s hard to believe that we have nearly finished the term and we are approaching a much-needed break for students, parents and staff over the 2 weeks holiday period.

As we continue our remote learning program, the feedback from the children and parents has been so positive in relation to the special activity days. Last weeks ‘Hero’ day gave the children the opportunity to dress up as their hero or talk about why their hero is special to them. It certainly lifts the vibe of the onsite program and the children working from home. The children loved showing of their dress ups and telling the rest of the class who their hero was and why.

Tomorrow we carry on this idea and will celebrate RUOK? Day. The children have been asked to come dressed in yellow, check-in on each other in their class and participate in some fun activities. Friday afternoon will see the children involved in a ‘virtual disco’ from 2.45-3.45pm. Thank you to the teachers who have organised this and the Parent Group for their support. What a great way to end the week!

We received our NAPLAN results this week and I am very pleased to announce, despite a disrupted 2020, our results were once again excellent. The individual reports for each child will be available for pick up tomorrow and Friday at the school. (Please see Operoo for details). Congratulations to our wonderful Year 3 & 5 students and staff.

OSPS has featured in a Herald Sun article announcing that we are again ranked in the top 10 schools in Victoria, I can not describe how incredibly proud I am of the achievements of all our students supported by our incredible staff. The full article is discplayed below.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful week.







Term 3
12th July – 17th September

Term 4
4th October – 17th December

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish



Another mammoth achievement with OSPS again being named in the top 10 schools in Victoria with the highest ranking of 100. We are so very proud of our academic achievements in English and Mathematics, however this goes alongside our whole child approach with high achievements in other areas such as the Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Sport & P.E, STEM, Sustainability, Japanese and all the Integrated Units.
This would not have been achieved without our school values being embedded in everything we do – Excellence, Respect, Working Together, Integrity and Resilience, including high expectations on student behaviour.
It is a credit to every single staff member in the school; the leadership team Principal Ron Cantlon, Assistant Principals Sue Jackson, Nikki Virtuoso, Erik Albers and Anthony Rowe. All the classroom teachers, specialist teachers and education support staff.
To our extremely supportive and dedicated families, we cannot thank you enough for everything you do for your children, the volunteerism at school and the community.
Lastly to our students, who have been given the opportunity to shine, and shine they have. You are all phenomenal and we are immensely proud of your achievements.
Congratulations Oakleigh South Primary School!



A reminder to all our students to recognise R U OK day, we are wearing yellow to our zooms tomorrow Thursday 9th September.

If you do not have any clothing that is yellow, perhaps bring some yellow items to your zoom to show.

Thank you for your support of this day!



OSPS Footy Colours Day is normally a much anticipated event on our school calendar. This year, we will be celebrating from home and we are encouraging all students on Friday 17th September to dress up in the colours of their favourite sports team. It doesn’t have to be AFL. Last year we saw a variety of sports and teams represented. Basketball, soccer, hockey, netball, rugby and baseball were just some and it was great to see both elite and local sports teams represented.

We will be raising money again for the Fight Cancer Foundation who are incredibly grateful for the support that they have received from OSPS over the last couple of years. We are encouraging everyone to donate. Normally we ask for a gold coin donation and this year is no different but you are more than welcome to donate more if you wish. Last year we raised $1882 and our goal is to do that again, please follow the link to donate.


On Friday, we encourage all students and staff to post a picture of themselves in their team colours on a special Footy Week Padlet. From Monday, we are also encouraging students and staff to post a video of themselves either kicking a goal or doing something cool from their specific sport. It might be a basketball 3 pointer or maybe even a soccer crossbar challenge. It’s up to you! Let’s see what skills OSPS have! https://padlet.com/nicholasmorrey/3wtd0xrln1gxyqif 

It should be a great week and I look forward to seeing the donations page and padlet fill up!


Enrolments for Prep 2022 have been processed and a confirmation letter and transition pack have been posted to families for the 2022 school year. Please look out for these in the coming days.


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.


We are saddened to announce that the public health team has recommended the 2021 Victorian State Schools Spectacular be cancelled due to current COVID-19 restrictions and ongoing uncertainty as a result of the pandemic.

Our hearts go out to our talented and committed OSPS Year 5 students in Mass Dance and Mass Choir who have been rehearsing for months to put on a fantastic show. We are so proud of you and look forward to coming together to celebrate your efforts in the near future.

We are also grateful for the support of the Year 5 teachers, families and OSPS leadership team who enable us to support our selected Year 5 students to participate in this performing arts program every year.

Plans for the 2022 Spectacular performing arts program are already underway and we encourage all students keen to be involved again in 2022 to register and get ready for what we hope is a much more Spectacular year.

Lemone Meyer, Meg Corbett, Elaine Wilkinson, Jenny Barnard and Michael Mietzcke




This term has been a challenging term for everyone due to the lockdown. However, students did extremely well in learning Japanese and we are very proud of them. Huge congratulations and thank you to all the parents who assisted the students with their Japanese remote learning.

This term, students focused on learning about Japanese culture and vocabulary. All the activities and tasks were done via online programs such as Google Form, Flipgrid, Padlet and Wordwall.

Prep to Grade 2 learnt about colours, numbers and Japanese words for family members. Grade 3 to 4 learnt about Japanese names for fruit, currency and how to introduce themselves (Favourite colours/hobbies) in Japanese. Grade 5 focused on learning about Japanese food/drink and how to describe ‘taste.’ Grade 6 learnt how to introduce themselves (nationality and place they live) and Japanese onomatopoeia words through the topic of Anime/Manga.

All students enjoyed the book week lesson as they got a chance to listen to a Japanese story and did a drawing activity on cherry blossom, the national flower of Japan.

Although we could not have Japanese Dress Up Day this term, it has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, the 16th of November.

We cannot wait to go back onsite to continue with our Japanese learning program and teach students face to face. We are also looking forward to whole school dress up event next term!

Take care and stay safe.

Sumiko, Mami and Nikky Sensei



Last Friday OSPS celebrated all the heroes within our community! In light of the Paralympics and the many extraordinary things that are happening in the world around us, students and teachers came dressed up as someone who they think is a hero.

This included sports people, scientists, celebrities, nurses, teachers and their own parents!

To celebrate the day, various activities were included to celebrate our community heroes and highlight the impact that they have on all of our lives. This included taking a photo and uploading an explanation of their community hero to the online platform Padlet.

Onsite, the Preps and Year 1s presented to the class and came up with three words to describe their hero. The Year 2s decorated cookies with icing, sprinkles, chocolate chips and other fun things! Continuing with this culinary theme, the Year 6s made cupcakes and participated in facilitating the online Zoom session for their off-site friends.

With Father’s Day just around the corner, the Year 3s and 4s made Fathers’ Day and Special Person cards for their heroes back at home.

Here at Oakleigh South Primary School, we believe that everyone is a hero operating within and outside of our strong school community. We thank all the parents for their continuing efforts and strong enthusiasm for celebrating the heroes in our community!





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.




By Riya 4AS

Poem 1 –Love

A rose is a symbol of Love,

Love is something you should never shove,

This fondness can be seen in someone’s eyes

Always listen to your heart it never Lies,

Have some patience it always takes Time

Love is worth every dime.



Poem 2 -Love Conquers Anger

Love dances in someone’s eyes

There is a beat in your heart which never dies

Love talks peacefully to you at first sight

If you truly love someone,

Love will always defeat anger with a good fight



Poem 3- Spring

My favourite season is Spring

This season is always fit for a King

The flowers blossoming are amazing

I just can’t stop Gazing

The only problem is the bees always Sting


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