Oakleigh South Primary School


15th  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 

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Issue 29  – 15th September 2021


Fri 17th September
– Footy Colours Day
– Term 3 finishes @ 2:30pm





After a very challenging term of remote learning, I would like to thank you once again all for your support of our remote learning program.

To the children who have shown great resilience, well done!

To our teachers who have shown excellence in the programs they have delivered and the support to the students, well done!

And to you, the parents, who have shown that working together is so important, well done.

Our school values have certainly shone through this period of remote learning and lockdown, so congratulations to everyone!

RUOK? Day was a great success last Thursday as was the school disco on Friday afternoon. We will be finishing off the week by celebrating with the Footy Colours Day. It’s great to see the children being so involved on these days.

Finally, I would like to thank Nadia Beauchamp for her services to School Council as our president. We all wish Nadia good luck with her future endeavours. We would like to congratulate Maria Gaitan who is our newly elected School Council president.

We will keep you updated if there are changes with a return to face-to-face learning in term 4.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful, well deserved holiday break.







Term 3
12th July – 17th September

Term 4
4th October – 17th December

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish




Dear Parents/Caregivers,

My name is Maria Gaitan and I am the newly elected School Council President. For those of you who do not know me, I am a working parent of three boys – one in year 3, one in prep and another who is 15 months old.  I am honoured to be in this role and I look forward to working with my fellow council members in supporting positive educational and wellbeing outcomes for our children.

Many thanks to previous President Nadia Beauchamp for all her hard work over the last few years. In particular, her work on improving student safety and wellbeing and issues including the car park have been great appreciated. I wish her all the best in her new endeavours.

Congratulations to the students, staff and school community on being awarded a Top 10 school in the recent Herald Sun Newspaper article. It is testament to the hard work of everyone involved and thank you to Ron and all the staff.

Fortunately, School Council has been able to conduct meetings online during lockdown and recently we received positive feedback regarding remote learning. I thank everyone who makes remote learning possible, especially our teachers, support staff and leaders, including those onsite working with the children of essential workers and vulnerable children. I send many thanks for all the hard work in not only doing a fantastic job providing well organised lessons, but also providing support to students and families by way of phone calls, Zoom meetings, emails and other means, all of which have helped us get through this difficult time. Their efforts have been greatly appreciated.

I would also like to congratulate the Year 4 students on holding their production in between lockdowns. What an incredible effort from all those involved. As a former drama student myself, I know a production requires an enormous amount of work- so well done! And how fun was the disco last Friday? What a wonderful way for the school community come together with over 500 families joining the fun.

Also in our most recent meeting we were able to see draft plans for the refurbishment of our school buildings. This is an exciting project that will bring great benefits to the school and its students and we look forward to sharing more details once plans have been through the necessary processes. So watch this space!

On another topic of interest – the carpark. In this regard, I can advise that Monash City Council and the Victorian School Building Authority are in communications and are progressing the matter. We hope to hear further news by the end of the year.

Finally, some of you may recall that in previous updates it was noted that School Council had received concerns regarding the nature and quantity of treats being brought to school for birthday celebrations. Since this time School Council has consulted with teachers and students and next term we will be consulting with parents and caregivers and engaging their opinion on how birthdays should be celebrated at school by way of a survey through Operoo.

So here we are at the end of term 3 – we made it! We will get through this time together and brighter days are coming – literally! So I wish you all a relaxing and well deserved school holidays. Take care and stay safe.

Kind regards,


Maria Gaitan

School Council President








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 week we say good bye and good luck to Mrs Van Delft who is leaving to go on maternity leave. We can’t wait to meet her new bundle of joy soon!


In preparation for Fathers’ Day/special persons day, the students participated in a fun biscuit decorating zoom. The students spread the icing and choose lots of lollies to create their yummy biscuits to share with their families. We hope the students and their families enjoyed a delicious treat to end their week!



The Year 2 students have been working hard to develop their narrative writing skills throughout remote learning. They have been focusing on including a wider variety of vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation (V.C.O.P.) and also creating more engaging and exciting sizzling starts to their writing. We are so proud of all of the Year 2 students on their determination to improve their writing and for taking on feedback throughout our explicit Writing Zoom lessons.


It was a stormy night. The wind was blowing fast. It was raining heavily. It was midnight and I was in a deep sleep. Suddenly my window opened. I woke up and saw a bat with huge wings. He looked scary and his yellow eyes were shining. With his creepy smile he spoke to me, “Will you come with me to the haunted house?” I started shivering…

  • Aarna 2JR

A gust of wind filled Winter’s room as a large beady eyed bat flew in. When he landed on the open window sill he morphed into a human. “Hello Winter,” he said. Winter turned around as fast as lightning. “Who are you and how did you get into my room?” he snapped.

  • Maddie 2SL

The night was warm, the moon was full, my bedroom window was wide open, and FLAP! A bat flew inside and said, “I’m Alphonso and this isn’t Hotel Transylvania. Where am I?” I grabbed a fly swatter and tried to swat him. “Don’t let my size fool you, I’m the mighty vampire and I’ll suck your blood.” Reaching for my tennis racquet, I swung and hit him for a 6! Flying through the air, he screamed, “My army of vampire clones are coming for you.” I quickly called my Yiayia and demanded, “COME OVER WITH ALL THE GARLIC AND HOLY WATER YOU HAVE!!!”

  • George 2SC

“I’m supposed to drop you here!” told the pilot to James Hutton, a famous geologist. “Thank you” he replied, before popping on his scuba diving mask and he also grabbed hit kit. He walked over to the slide, which also took a long time because he had flippers on and he jumped and dove in. “Splash!” went the water in the middled of the ocean.

  • Catherine 2TM

In next to no time I found Destroyer in the rundown factory creating a gigantic robot to destroy the city. Instantly I called Strike who came immediately to help. In a flash, Strike fought and destroyed Destroyer and his robot! “Well done Ryan and bat!” I cheered.

  • Ryan 2LV

It was a warm spring day. The flowers were blooming and hibernating animals woke up from their silent sleeping spots. I peered through my window feeling relaxed in the perfect weather. The sun shone on my face as I smiled from ear to ear, day dreaming of sweet pink blossoms that would be growing this season.

  • Catherine AP

Soon it will be nightfall so we could see the stars. The sky looked so bright as it twinkled, it was so pretty! Within seconds I started to moan “my head hurts!”. I just got hit with a ball, the pain was worse than a broken leg!

  • Olivia 2GL




Here are the winners of the book reviews done for Book Week. The winners were drawn out of a hat.

Congratulations to the following students

PREP Devam P & Alina C

YEAR 1 Trisha S & Aiden L

YEAR 2 Mihiki I & Saar T

YEAR 3 Marco A & Mia C

YEAR 4 Anjali P & Aryan K

YEAR 5 Jacob G & Mia Z

YEAR 6 Ariel K & Melanie L

Congratulations to all students who participated and those that won a prize!






Well done to all those students who have participated in the SSV Virtual Cross Country. Remember you have until the 1st of October to upload any results you have.

Here are the current school rankings.


Rank School Points
1 Lysterfield PS 3,002,000
2 Waverley Christian C 2,368,000
3 Truganina P-9 C 1,409,000
4 Columba PS 368,600
5 Mt Eliza North PS 286,000
6 Frankston HS 280,000
7 Oakleigh South PS 262,000
8 Glen Waverley SC 212,000
9 Mooroolbark East PS 195,000
10 Viewbank C 169,000




What a special R U OK? Day we had at OSPS! On Thursday the 9th of September, the Year Ones and Year Fives wrote to their buddies and shared their work on the ‘Hello my Buddy R U OK?’ Padlet.

It was a wonderful way for the buddies to communicate to each other and ask the important question, R U OK? The letters that students wrote to each other were all positive and kind; asking if their buddy was okay, sharing what they have been up to, sending well wishes, writing words of encouragement and even giving tips of what to do if their buddy was having a bad day!

The Padlet was a happy reminder for students to know that they had someone to talk to and listen to and to not feel alone. The Padlet was a great success and the letters and pictures were a joy for everyone to read and see – we’ll definitely be doing it again soon!


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