Oakleigh South Primary School


15th February 2023

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye


Issue 3  – 15th February 2023


Thursday 16th February
– Year 6 inter school sport
– Senior Choir

Friday 17th February
– OSPS Swim Squad Training

Monday 20th February
– Book club edition 1 orders close

Tuesday 21st February
– OSPS Swim Squad Training
– Year 1-3 assembly



Term 1
27th January – 6th April
(Students begin 30th January)

Term 2
24th April – 23rd June

Term 3
10th July – 15th September

Term 4
2nd October – 20th December


Yesterday at the senior school assembly this year’s leaders were presented with their badges and certificates. Congratulations to our 2023 school leaders, I wish them all the best for a big year ahead. The students will have various roles over the year which are teacher led. It was great to see many parents attend this assembly.

A Compass notification was sent earlier in the week outlining details of the upcoming School Council election. Please refer to this notice for the process of the election and important dates.

This week the Student Voice group held their first meeting with Mr Morrey and Miss Kassiotis running it. The children in this group have been elected by their peers to represent the year levels 3-6. They meet regularly to discuss school issues and ideas and showcase their work at school assemblies.

The O.S.P.S. Parent Group held their first meeting last week. There was lots to discuss with a very comprehensive calendar of events proposed for the whole school. Thank you to the members of this group who work hard to bring events for the children, parents, and staff to enjoy.

With the weather warming this week, please check that your child has their sun protective hat to wear at school when outside and a big drink bottle of cold water.

Have a great week.






Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.

Please take time to read our school’s collection notice, found in our privacy policy on our website https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Privacy-Policy.pdf

We ask parents to also review the guidance we provide on how we use Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education, please contact the school.

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents. This information is also available in ten community languages: Amharic, Arabic, Dari, Gujarati, Mandarin, Somali, Sudanese, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese

Should you have any questions regarding our privacy policies and procedures please contact a member of the school leadership team.



To support the safety of students, staff and families at OSPS here are some friendly reminders to speak to your children about.

  • Students who ride their bikes to school are to place their bike racks in the designated bike racks please. We want to avoid bikes blocking pathways and toilets and eliminating trip hazards around the school.
  • Please ensure students walk their bike in and out of school and are not riding it on the oval and pathways around school buildings.
  • A reminder that parents are not to use the staff car park or walk up the driveway. The side gate near the Robotics lab is open for families to use everyday.
  • The gravel laneway between the school and the golf course it not to be used to pick up or drop off children from Gate 4.
  • When parking in the family car park, please walk across to the oval and pick your child up. No child is to walk through the car park on their own.

Thank you for your understanding.



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.

Please click here to apply – CSEF Application Form.

Those families that were eligible in 2022 will be rolled over, you do not need to reapply.

If you have any issues please contact Carlyn carlyn.backers@education.vic.gov.au



We are looking for volunteers to help in the 2nd hand uniform shop which will be re-opening next week. Any time you can spare to help is appreciated, whether it’s 15 mins a term or 30 mins a week.

The uniform shop is open twice a week, Wednesday & Friday from 8.45am – 9am. If you have availability or would like further information please send an email to osparentgroup67@gmail.com and the Uniform Shop co – ordinator will be in touch.




On Monday 30th January, it was time for a group of children to have their very first day of school. Our preps entered their new building with enthusiasm and confidence.

They spent the morning meeting their new classmates and teacher with lots of getting to know you activities. First day of school crowns were made and they even attempted some writing.

It’s safe to say, everyone went home exhausted and happy, ready for day 2.

Congratulations on an absolutely wonderful start to school Preps and parents, and to the first time families at OSPS, welcome to our school!




Gratitude: We are grateful to be making new friends

Empathy: We are learning to think about others

Mindfulness: We are being mindful of our new environment, learning to look after our belongings and tidying up after ourselves.




– YEAR 4

Rheanne – 4OL
For a fantastic start to year 4 and setting excellent learning goals. Keep up the wonderful work!
Ethan – 4OL
For taking care of his work space and using lovely manners. Keep up the wonderful efforts!
Jayla – 4AS
For making a wonderful start to Year 4 and always listening and respecting her teachers and peers.
Rayaan – 4AS
For making an awesome start to Year 4 and displaying outstanding classroom behaviour.
Jiajun – 4CR
For the wonderful start he has made in all areas of the Year 4 Curriculum. Keep it up, Jiajun!
To the students in 4CR
Working Together
For the way in which they all worked to make a wonderful first impression. 4CR, You are all AWESOME!
John – 4LD
For an outstanding start to the year and demonstrating an exceptional work ethic.
Chelsea – 4LD
For having an excellent start to her AR goal this term. You truly have a love for reading.
Tilda – 4WW
For making a positive start to Year 4 and always putting in 100% into everything that you do!
Joseph – 4WW
For always showing kindness and respect to all around you. We love having you in 4WW!
Mikayla – 4DK
For trying her best, working hard and challenging herself. Well done!
Thomas – 4DK
For being a responsible classmate and doing the right thing, even when no one is watching! Well done!

– YEAR 5

Adonia – 5HP
For making a great start at OSPS! Welcome to our school Adonia.
Rory – 5HP
For being voted in by his peers as 5HP’s Student Voice Representative.
Saanvi – 5LG
For her divine manners and the positive attitude she brings to class, each day. Great start Saanvi!
Michael – 5LG
Working Together
For approaching all classroom tasks with enthusiasm and working well with others. Amazing effort
Zara – 5MS
For being organised by presenting a well-rehearsed Student Voice speech to the class.
Khwahish – 5MS
For showing confidence in front of her peers when giving a Student Voice speech to the class. Well done.
Mitali – 5CC
For her positive energy and excellent attitude towards learning. It’s a pleasure to have you in 5CC!
Hannah – 5CC
For a smooth and wonderful transition to a new school. You’re a star and we’re so lucky to have you!
Samaira – 5KP
For beginning and settling into Year 5 with such enthusiasm and endeavour. You are a superstar!
Max – 5KP
For settling into Year 5 at OSPS so quickly and showing us his extraordinary talent for drawing.
Armaan – 5EW
For completing all tasks in an enthusiastic and consistent manner. Keep up the great work Armaan!

– YEAR 6


Racshna – 6SC
For exceptional book work and handwriting.
Aurora – 6SC
For always using manners and showing respect to everyone in the class.
Isabelle – 6JD
For participating in classroom discussions and working diligently. Keep it up!
Indeevar – 6JD
For working hard to complete tasks efficiently and to a high standard. You’re a star!
Gemma – 6SM
For working diligently, being a great participant and taking pride in all she does. Go Gem!
Jackson – 6SM
For committing to his reading goal and working hard during class time. Excellent effort Jackson!
Khaldoon – 6NM
For starting the year strongly by demonstrating respect to his teachers and classmates.
Riya – 6NM
For being voted as our Student Voice Rep Riya. You deserve it!
Jeremy – 6CM
For noticing when a job needs to be done and doing it, without being asked. Very honest and helpful!
Jamyang – 6CM
For excellent postcard writing, which demonstrated perfect use of tenses, and interesting details.
Rocco – 6FW
Working Together
For enthusiastically doing his duties and actively participating in a range of school activities!




The Preps have begun their Literacy journey at school with the 3 letters S, M and A.

We focus on the sounds the letters make and begin matching words that start with these letters.

The children also look at some sight words – I can, see, and a.

These are used to write sentence beginnings with lots of oral practise. 

To celebrate the letter ‘s’ we wore Silly Socks and made snakes. “M monsters” and “A for astronauts” crafts also assist with developing fine motor skills, so our young learners can control pencils when writing.




This week our year 6 students continued their training for the upcoming summer sport fixture.

Our flag white team enjoyed a competitive game against St. Peters while the cricket team had a practice game also. All teams showed great sportsmanship and were very eager to support their fellow peers.


Flag Rugby White Team (girls) 5 vs St. Peters 4

Flag Rugby White Team (boys) 0 vs St.Peters 6

Next week all our Year 6 sporting teams play away against St. peters (round 2) Parents are welcome to watch



School Sport Victoria conducts State Team Trials for the sports listed (below) along with other sports that can be found on their website; Cricket, Basketball, AFL, Netball and Soccer nominations are due to open on December 1st, 2022 and close on various dates depending on the sport. 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 Marcus Mooney – email: Marcus.mooney@education.vic.gov.au prior to paying the nomination fee to assess the student’s suitability.

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:


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.




Camp Australia use the OSPS facilities to deliver before and after school care to families. They also offer care on curriculum days and school holidays.

The building is situated adjacent to the staff car park and they have access to our junior school playground and junior oval for outside play.

Check out their flyer for information and head to their website to register.




Parent Group along with the Prep teachers are pleased to announce the Welcome BBQ for the 2023 Prep students and their immediate families.

This will be held on Thursday, 2 March from 5 – 7pm. This has always been a great event for our families to meet in a casual environment while the kids can enjoy the playground and entertainment.

We ask that you RSVP via the TryBooking link sent to families in Compass so we can ensure there is adequate catering.

It is great to see the Prep Welcome BBQ come back in 2023 after several years unable to hold the valued event. Thank you to Parent Group!



Parent Group is pleased to announce that Cinema Under the Stars is back for 2023.

We will be showing Puss in Boots on the front oval, on Friday, 3 March.

Gates open at 6.30pm with the movie starting at dusk Please BYO picnic rugs, chairs, pillows, blankets etc to make it an enjoyable and comfortable night. Light refreshments & glow products will be for sale in the hall prior to the movie starting.

Tickets can be purchased through the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/events/events/landing/1016197

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Parent Group on osparentgroup67@gmail.com




We are so excited to be working with The Resilience Project (TRP) this year again to support and foster the Mental Health and Wellbeing of our students and whole school community.


The Resilience Project is committed to teaching positive mental health strategies to prevent mental ill-health and build young people’s capacity to deal with adversity and challenges in everyday life.


Check out the link below ‘Introducing TRP to Parents and School Community’



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