Oakleigh South Primary School

16th February 2022


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167

T: 03 9570 1016  

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

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Andy McIntyre


Issue 3  – 16th February 2022


February 17th
– Year 6 Interschool Sport vs. St. Andrews (Away)

February 18th
– OSPS Swim Squad Training

February 22nd
– Bentleigh District Swimming
– Senior School assembly

February 24th
– Resilience Project Parent Presentation
– Senior Choir


Yesterday we held our first whole school assembly for the year. It was such an important one as this year’s leaders were presented with their badges and certificates. Congratulations to our 2022 school leaders, I wish them all the best for a big year ahead. A big thank to Mr Eykman and his ICT team who organized our first live stream of the first assembly this year to our OSPS families. I hope many of you logged on to share this event with us.

Last night the year’s 2, 4 and 5 had their parent information sessions via Zoom. Thank you to all the families who joined in. We finish off these sessions with Year 3 tonight.

Yesterday afternoon the whole staff joined a presentation with Elias from the Resilience Project. This was the introduction to our launch of the program which starts next week. The staff will have their presentation Monday afternoon with Hugh van Cuylenburg. Martin Heppell will launch the program with the students on Tuesday morning and with the parent community on Thursday night in the school hall at 6.30pm. If you would like to attend, please reserve your seat by clicking on this link.


We are looking forward to having this renowned program introduced to our school to support our children’s wellbeing.

Enjoy the rest of your week.




Term 1 – 31st January – 8th April

Term 2 – 26th April – 24th June

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




It’s been really fantastic to see such excitement around the return to school and we want to keep it that way. A crucial part of that is getting as many students vaccinated as possible. Alongside ventilation and other vital COVIDSafe steps such as regular rapid antigen testing, supporting as many students as possible to be vaccinated will help make our school as safe as possible. A letter from the Department of Education can be found here – Department Letter outlining the importance of getting your child vaccinated.


Bookings for children aged 5 to 11 to receive the paediatric Pfizer vaccine are open and we encourage parents and carers to get your child vaccinated, if you haven’t already done so. The Pfizer vaccine is safe and recommended for children. The vaccine will help protect your child from getting sick from COVID-19, help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and help ensure kids can have more time at school and playing with their friends.

Vaccinations for children aged 5-11 years old are delivered at 2 appointments, 8 weeks apart. Children with specific medical vulnerabilities can access their second dose 3 weeks after their first dose. If you’d like more information about this, you can read a recent statement from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI): https://www.health.gov.au/news/atagi-update-following-weekly-covid-19-meeting-19-january-2022


To book an appointment

You can book at your local GP or pharmacy: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking

You can also book at a family-friendly vaccination centre by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

You can also make vaccination centre bookings for your children online, though you will need to use an email address that has not been used in the system before: https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/

Helping children to get their vaccination

Vaccination centres understand that children may feel anxious about vaccination or have other support needs. A range of options are available to help children get vaccinated. Please discuss your child’s needs with the vaccination centre when you book an appointment.

Appointments are also available at Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations.

👉 Find out more about vaccination for kids: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccination-information-children-and-teenagers



Today we have sent out via Compass our Parent Payments for 2022, (previously known as your Essential Learning Fees) these can be found on your home page under Course Confirmation/School Payments.


The online learning component is your child’s school based online subscriptions. These include: Mathletics, myON, Essential Assessment, Reading Eggs, Accelerated Reader etc.


We have also sent out our Compass Guide for Parents #3 which may assist you with any questions that you may have when making these payments.



For the health and wellbeing of all our students, staff and community please do NOT send your child to school unwell.

Parents will be called for an immediate pick up for any child displaying symptoms and a recommendation will be for your child to have a COVID test before returning to school. Please e-mail your classroom teacher the negative test results before returning to school.

Runny nose, cough, sore throat, ear ache, temperature, headache, tummy ache, lethargy are all reasons to keep your child at home. Even the slightest of these symptoms.

If your child needs Nurofen or Panadol – they are too sick to come to school.

Those students with asthma, hayfever or allergies must have current plans in place from your doctor. OSPS will work together with families to manage symptoms of these conditions in line with current health advice.

As a friendly reminder, it is mandated that all students Yr 3 – 6 wear a mask whilst indoors at school, unless a mask exemption has been granted. All applications for exemption must be forwarded to Nikki Virtuoso to be processed. Please ensure your child is wearing a mask that is fitted properly over their nose and mouth, and that spares are carried in their bag should they drop, lose, or break their mask. We thank you for your support in keeping all staff, students and families in our community safe.



An urgent reminder to parents that students with medical conditions are required to provide new ASCIA Action Plans and medication to the Office. All Action Plans must be reviewed and signed off by your doctor and have a clear, current photo of the student.

They are a legal requirement, and it is our school policy that they be updated every 12 months.

Having all plans with photos, and medication correctly labelled ensures we comply with the regulations and supports us to administer the correct medication at all times. Your support with this is very important.

If you have any queries, please contact your classroom teacher or the Office.

For copies of ASCIA and Asthma Plans can be found on the school website in under Forms, Event and Year Level Information https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/news-events/



Gates 2, 3 and 4 are rostered to be staffed at 8.45am and closed at 9.00am. Gate 1 is open throughout the day to allow for late arrivals and early pickups.

All late arrivals must come through Gate 1 after 9.00am.

All 4 gates are rostered to be staffed 3.30pm – 3.45pm, then locked at 3.45pm.

A reminder to parents and carers are NOT to use the Staff Car Park, or the disabled parks, regardless of the time of day. It is NOT to be used as a quick drop off or collection point.
Please use in the oval car park or on Riley street if you are dropping off or collecting your child throughout the day.

We also urge parents to please remember to be patient and polite when using the Oval Carpark, and be good role models for all the children witnessing their behaviour. With over 900 families, drop off and collection times will be busy and you will need to plan your time accordingly.





Tutor Learning Initiative to continue at Oakleigh South Primary School in 2022

Oakleigh South Primary School is delighted to share the news that the Victorian Government is continuing the Tutor Learning Initiative (TLI) in 2022. This initiative is designed to address the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on student learning and engagement in Victoria.

The extension of the initiative will allow our school to continue to provide our students who need it most with targeted TLI learning support in the 2022 school year.

Despite the continued challenges Oakleigh South Primary School and schools across Victoria faced in 2021, the TLI has ensured that students, who may have fallen behind or become disengaged, receive the help they need. In 2021, the TLI enabled Victorian government schools, and qualifying non-government schools, to engage over 6,400 teachers as tutors.

Oakleigh South Primary School would like to thank all the tutors, teachers and families who were involved in supporting our TLI program in 2021. This year, Oakleigh South Primary School is able to offer small group learning for students in Years 1-6 during Semester 1 and Prep in Semester 2 in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.

We look forward to continuing our successful TLI program in 2022 to provide small group learning support that will enable our students to flourish now and in the future.



The Victorian Government offer a Sports, Camps and Excursions Fund for families who hold a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply. A special consideration category also exists.

A payment of $125 for eligible primary school students and $225 for eligible secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used toward camps, sports and excursion costs for the student’s benefit.

CSEF payments to schools will commence from 1 March onwards. Schools are able to continue processing applications until the end of Term 2.

Click here for further information CSEF Website

Please click here to apply – https://www.education.vic.gov.au/PAL/csef-application-form.pdf




We are so excited to be working with The Resilience Project in 2022. To support and foster the Mental Health and Wellbeing of our students and whole school community we are thrilled to announce the following important dates;

  • Student Presentation 1 – (Years F-3) (60 minutes, Face to face): Tuesday 22nd February, 2022: 10am-11am. Presenter, Martin Heppell.
  • Student Presentation 2 – (Years 4-6) (60 minutes, Face to face): Tuesday 22nd February, 2022: 11:30pm-12:30pm. Presenter, Martin Heppell.
  • Parent Night (90 minutes, Face to face): Thursday 24th February, 2022 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Presenter, Martin Heppell. BOOK YOUR TICKETS ON COMPASS

Parents please book your tickets now on COMPASS to be a part of Martin Heppell’s presentation from The Resilience Project.

Our students and staff will be participating in presentations by Martin Heppell during schools hours.




Natalie Cancino
Mrs Cancino has returned to co-teach 1CL this year,
We were so excited we let out a BIG cheer!
She loves to go travelling and swim in the sea,
She can also speak Spanish and loves a cup of tea!


Alice MacDonald
Mrs MacDonald is full of sweetness and charm,
She lives near the beach- no, not on a farm!
She loves dancing to Whitney Houston on the dance floor,
And cuddling her puppy Sadie who she absolutely adores!

Jessica Gray
In the middle is Miss Gray, our amazing team leader,
You may spot her wearing something leopard or cheetah.
Cheering on the Tigers, going to brunch or relaxing at the beach,
1JG sure are lucky that Miss Gray loves to teach!

Cheyanne Gunning
With her long luscious locks is our bubbly Miss Gunning,
During the week you’ll see her on the oval helping with running.
She loves to do pilates and relax in the sun,
Eating Italian food with her best friends is her idea of fun!

Nick Mason-Parker
Mr Mason-Parker teaches 1NM and is so excited,
He loves to watch soccer and barracks for Manchester United.
Can you guess where he is from? His accent is a mystery,
His never-ending supply of chocolates will go down in history! 


Melissa Lenehan
Miss Lenehan teaches 1CL on Monday and Tuesday,
Did you know that she used to dance with the Australian ballet?
Her favourite sport is tennis and her favourite fruit is mango,
She loves to read Paddington Bear and also The Gruffalo!

Lauren Di Maio
Miss Di Maio is Italian with long, brown curly hair,
She absolutely loves chocolate but her 3 sisters always make her share!
Her favourite TV show is Friends and her favourite colour is blue,
If you see her out on yard duty she’s sure to smile at you!

Melissa Toth
Miss Toth loves to travel and has lived overseas,
Her favourite colour is green so she must love peas.
This year we stole her from the village where she taught Year 3,
In Summer she likes to sail and in Winter she likes to ski!



What an amazing first few weeks of Year One we have had! We’ve had so much fun getting to know our new classmates and teachers, learning fun new things and making new friends.


The Year One students have started a new topic in Integrated Studies called, ‘Knowing me, Knowing you’. In this topic we have learnt all about each other by creating ‘All About Me’ posters and identifying our personal strengths. Some students say they are a whizz at mathematics, others are superstar UNO players!


Our biggest focus this week was learning how to treat others appropriately and being a good friend. This can be tricky to understand so we learnt about being a ‘Bucket Filler.’ A bucket filler is someone who treats someone else with kindness and fills their bucket up, and we don’t want to be a bucket dipper; that is someone who treats someone poorly and dips into someone’s bucket.


The Year One students were able to identify how they could be a bucket filler by giving someone a hug, helping someone when they are hurt or even just giving someone a big smile! We are all going to work hard this year at being bucket fillers!



This year, Sumiko Sensei is teaching Year 1-6 and Nicky Sensei is teaching Prep Japanese. Mami Sensei is in Japan and she will come back in Term 3. So, Melissa Sensei will be teaching Year 2, 4 and 6 while Mami Sensei is away.

Asami Sensei is our Local Native Language Assistant Teacher and will be working with us this year!

Welcome to OSPS Melissa Sensei and Asami Sensei!.



School Sport Victoria conducts State Team Trials for the sports listed below.There will not be District trials, instead elite and outstanding performers in each specific sport only can apply via the School Sport Victoria website if they have been approved by their school. The expectation is that students nominating would have won at least a Best & Fairest or MVP in their chosen sport at the highest level of competition offered at their club, preferably finished high in League voting, along with being very fit, most likely in Cross Country and Athletics teams as well as being outstanding players in our Inter-school Sport Program. Any parent considering nominating should consult Mr Mooney by emailing Marcus.Mooney@education.vic.gov.au prior to paying the nomination fee to assess the student’s suitability. The closing date for initial school (not SSV) nominations to ensure your child’s participation is Friday, 18th of February.

Should your child ultimately be successful, there may be multiple days of trials and camps requiring parents to transport / attend with their child in order to be involved. There are also significant monies required if selected.  Parents must be committed to the entire process and understand this is not a come and try activity. Sending students without the necessary skills / talent could not only undermine their confidence but will also increase numbers at the trial making the selectors job a lot more difficult. If there are more than 3 students nominated in a chosen sport a school-based trial may be required. Generally, these trials are for Year 6 students or exceptional Year 5’s. (Top 3 in League B&F standard)

After consideration and consultation, if you think your child is ready for State Team selection trials, parents can then Google School Sport Victoria or go to-  http://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/team-vic for more information and should monitor this website for closing dates and relevant information as it is updated. There is also a link to the SSV home page on our Bentleigh District web page.


12 Years and Under Sports Sports include but not limited to:

Australian Football (Boys / Mixed & Girls), Softball, Basketball, Football (Soccer), Hockey, Golf, Netball, Rugby League, Touch Football and Cricket (see SSV site for more details). 

Check the website for all other sports noting some years State Swimming, Cross Country and Athletic Teams can be chosen via external competitions rather than through school-based District / Division/ Region/State Competitions. When nominating your child for more than one sport you should also note that trials for AFL, Soccer, Netball and Basketball may be on the same day eliminating the possibility of going through for more than one mainstream sport.

Marcus Mooney



  OSPS Oakleigh Grammar
Cricket OSPS Green 3/95 OSPS White 8/95
Softball Girls OSPS 13 OG 8
Softball Boys OSPS 6 OG 2
Basketball Girls OSPS 40 OG 2
Basketball Boys OSPS 22 OG 11
Basketball Mixed OSPS 13 OG 10
Flag Rugby Girls OSPS Green 5 OSPS White 3
Flag Rugby Boys OSPS Green 7 OSPS White 2
Volleyball Boys OSPS 7/18 OG 25/25
Volleyball Girls OSPS 25/25 OG 14/21
Volleyball Mixed OSPS 8/15/21 OSPS 15/13/19





During the summer holidays all 2022 students in years 1-6 were invited to participate in our school’s myON reading challenge. Students were asked to read at their appropriate year level and enjoy a good balance of learning and play throughout the holidays. Congratulations to all students who participated in the challenge and to those students in each year level who were the top readers.

Overall, OSPS read an amazing 9,160 books and 212,000 pages during the challenge! wow, what an achievement!

Year Level Reading Champions

Year 1 Rophe C (1CL) Methsandie P (1LD)
Year 2 Isaac G (2JR) Bella L (2GL)
Year 3 Marvin L (3AG) Eva M (3DD)
Year 4 Shabad W (4LD) Lilly L (4CW)
Year 5 Akshaj R (5LG) Meghna S (5WS)
Year 6 Lucas H (6GZ) Athulya S (6GZ)



This term the Year One’s have been busy little bees and have been learning all about recount writing. Recount writing is a retell of events or experiences that you have had in the past and includes the 5w’s – who, what, where, when and why.  Here are some examples of the wonderful recounts the Year One’s have been writing.

On my epic weekend my friends came to my house for a sleepover. We had loads of fun. We played with play dough and played the game ‘sisters’. Ria – 1NM

On Sunday I celebrated my brothers birthday! First we went to the park then we went to eat lunch at our old neighbour Chris’ house. We lit the candles and my brother Itai and I ate the cake. Ella – 1LD

On the weekend I played with my baby brother and I did my homework and my mummy helped me to do my homework. On Sunday I watched a movie called The Croods. It was amazing. Bella – 1CG



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