Oakleigh South Primary School


15th  February, 2024

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” —Richard Branson


Issue 3  – 15th February 2024


February 20th & 22nd
– Swim Squad Training @ Oakleigh Rec

Thursday 15th February
– Year 6 Sport OSPS vs. St Paul’s (home)

Friday 16th February
– 1st Instalment due for Parent Payment Plans

Tuesday 20th February
– Prep Welcome BBQ 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Wednesday 21st February
– Year 5 IMAX Excursion






Our 2024 student leaders were presented with their leadership badges and certificates at the senior assembly which was held yesterday. Congratulations to our new school leaders, I wish them all the best for the 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.

Very soon we have our upcoming School Council elections. Keep your eye out for more information from Compass.

Next Tuesday, 20th February, the parent group will be hosting the annual ‘Prep Welcome BBQ’. The evening is a chance for new and old families to meet each other in a casual environment while the children can play together, enjoy a BBQ and be entertained by Charlie Sillypants. We’d love to see lots of prep families attend this great social night.

Year 6 interschool sport kicks off this week. OSPS will be hosting St. Pauls Primary School. Parents are most welcome to come along during sessions 3 and 4 to support their child’s team.

As we are aware, the weather this week has been extremely hot. Although there has been a cool change, please remember to check that your child has their SunSmart hat to wear at school when outside and a big drink bottle of cold water.

Enjoy the week ahead.






Dear Parents & Carers,

OSPS would like to remind parents and students of the critical importance of road safety, particularly during their journey to and from school. Inattention when crossing roads can result in a serious accident.  We stress the dangers of being distracted by devices, such as phones and headphones while walking to and from school.

 Please remember the following:

Stay Alert: Always be aware of your surroundings, including traffic and pedestrian crossings.

Avoid Distractions: Refrain from using electronic devices such as smartphones or headphones while walking near roads.

Look Both Ways: Before crossing any road, ensure you look left, right and left again to check for oncoming vehicles.

Use Designated Crossings: Whenever possible, use marked crossings and obey traffic lights.

Walk with Caution: Walk, don’t run, cross streets with care and be mindful of your speed.

Take care everyone.



The Victorian Government offer a Camps, Sports 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 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 below for the form  https://www.education.vic.gov.au/PAL/CSEF-application-form.docx

Please email or send in your application form and a copy of your concession card as soon as possible.
Those families that were eligible in 2023 will be rolled over, you do not need to reapply.
If you have any issues please contact Carlyn carlyn.backers@education.vic.gov.au



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

Our Photographing, Filming and Recording Students Policy https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/parents/#policies  describes how we collect and use photographs, video and recordings of students. The policy also explains when parent consent is required and how it can be provided and withdrawn.

We ask parents to also review the guidance that we will  provide shortly via Compass on how we use Google 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, 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
  • Vietnamese


We wish to advise that beginning next week, Tuesday, 20 February, lunch orders from Subway will revert back to online orders only being available on Tuesday and Thursday. Unfortunately, our trial of offering Subway from Monday to Friday wasn’t sustainable with low numbers ordered.


Link to register for Subway: app.canteenhub.com.au/register-customer


Please note Classroom Cuisine will continue to be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Link to register for Classroom Cuisine: www.classroomcuisine.com.au



AFL Victoria will be running a 5-week Auskick and Superkick program at the school!

Auskick (Ages 4-8): An intro to Australian Football and invaluable life skills. With game-based activities kids love, learning is disguised as playing. You don’t need Aussie Rules experience — children can start Auskick in the calendar year they turn 5!

The total price for this program is $50. You will receive a size 1 football and pump as part of your Auskick registration.

REGISTER HERE – https://www.playhq.com/afl/register/0ff7f6 or scan the QR code in the flyer

Superkick: Ages (8-12): NAB AFL Superkick is for anyone 8-12 wanting to get a feel for footy without the pressure. It’s a great next step after Auskick or a good way to start fresh in footy, as you’ll learn new skills through skill-based activities in weekly sessions, then show them off in games straight after.

The total price for this program is $50. You will receive a size 2 football as part of your Auskick registration.

REGISTER HERE – https://www.playhq.com/afl/register/7f0eb0

Oakleigh South Primary School Auskick & Superkick Centre will run from Wednesday 21st of February from 3:45pm – 4:45pm on the school oval. For more information, please contact Aslyn at aslyn.witney@afl.com.au or Sam sam.howell@afl.com.au



There are still places fpr keyboard and guitar lessons to start the program in week 4. Fees will be adjusted.

The Music School is again pleased to offer guitar (Friday) and keyboard (Wednesday) lessons after school hours at Oakleigh South Primary School for students in years 1– 6. Please indicate if your child is a continuing student from last year or a new student beginning lessons for the first time in Term1. Keyboard may also be offered Fridays if Wednesdays book out.

It’s extremely important that you give us your three (3) preferred times in order of most, to least preferred. Sessions will be at 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm or 5:30pm. Earliest times will be filled first.

Preference for times is given to continuing students from last year, on a first come first served basis – so please return forms ASAP. Guitar students need their own guitar (we can recommend a suitable instrument), but keyboard students can use the school keyboards. Cost is $19.80 per lesson for all.

Guitar lessons will begin on Friday 2nd Feb. Keyboard lessons will begin Wednesday 7th Feb. There are 8 lessons in Term 1 and the total cost per student is $158.40. There is a discount for cash and the cost is thus reduced to $150 for this term.

As in previous years, fees paid late incur an administration fee of $20.

Please fill in the following form and e-mail the details to Perry Vlahos perryv@optusnet.com.au

The Music School Guitar and Keyboard Lessons at OSPS




Parent Group along with our leadership team and prep teachers would like to invite you to the OSPS Welcome BBQ for our 2024 prep families. 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. The BBQ will be held on Tuesday, 20 February from 5 – 7pm.

We ask that you RSVP via the TryBooking link below so we can ensure there is adequate catering. The RSVP link will expire at 10am on Friday, 16 February. Please refer to the attached flyer for further details.

If you have any questions with regards to this event please email Parent Group on osparentgroup67@gmail.com or alternatively you can speak with your class teacher.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Parent Group is pleased to announce that Cinema Under the Stars is back for 2024!!

We will be showing Wonka on the front oval, on Friday, 1 March.

Gates open at 5.30pm 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. Please note sales on the night will be cash only, there will be a chance to pre-order online prior to the event.

Tickets can be purchased through the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/CPANU. Online tickets are available at a discounted price until 12 noon, Friday, 1 March.

If you have any questions or would like to help in the canteen prior to the movie, please feel free to contact Parent Group on osparentgroup67@gmail.com.



Ada – 4CR
For using detailed and ambitious vocabulary in her writing.

Mason – 4CR
Working Together
For listening to and respecting his partner’s opinions during a group work activity.

Leni – 4LW
Working Together
For being a great classroom helper and displaying kindness towards her friends.

Hanoch – 4LW
For always persevering through challenges to complete his best work. Awesome efforts Hanoch!

Winston – 4AS
For being nominated by his peers as 4AS’ Student Voice Representative. Congratulations, Winston!

Aiden – 4AS
Working Together
For making a wonderful start to Year 4 and for being an amazing classroom helper.

Katie – 4LD
Working Together
For being a positive role model in the first few weeks for 4LD. You are a superstar!

Liam – 4LD
For being a respectful and safe student in our class to being the year.

Levi – 4CG
For showing great respect and inclusivity, making all of his 4CG peers feel welcome. Great job Levi!

Nadia – 4CG
For writing a terrific recount of her holiday, including brilliant vocabulary and detail. Great job!

Jasmine – 4WW
For making a wonderful start to Year 4. You are a superstar!

Lakshya – 4WW
For reading over the holidays and making a great start on your AR goal. Awesome work!


Amelie – 5PG
For always showing respect and kindness to all her friends and teachers.

Harry – 5PG
For always working hard in class and striving to achieve his personal best at all times.

Georgia – 5EW
For her detailed and creative efforts in completing her Integrated Studies tasks. Well done Georgia!

Rayaan – 5EW
Working Together
For generously offering to help others out during computer sessions. Well done Rayaan!

Max – 5DR
For starting the year with an excellent attitude, ready to learn and displaying the school values!

Chelsea – 5DR
For demonstrating excellence and diligence, as well as making a positive start to the academic year!

Patrick – 5LG
Working Together
For the dedication he shows to helping others and always putting his best foot, forward.

Maggie – 5LG
For putting her best effort into all activities and producing an excellent standard of work.

Yvonne – 5MM
For presenting a confident, original and humorous Student Voice speech. You’re a rock star Evie!

Taylani – 5MM
Working Together
For settling in so well to a new school in 2024. We love having you in 5MM, you’re a star!

Paige – 5KP
For settling so well into 5KP and trying her personal best to complete ALL learning activities.

Tommy – 5KP
For responding to teacher feedback and improving his writing. Superstar in the making!


Edward – 6SM
Working Together
For displaying initiative in the classroom and completing jobs without having to be asked.

Jett – 6SM
For working hard in Maths Groups and assisting his classmates. Well done Jett!

Hayden – 6LJ
For being an honest student who is supportive in class as well as positive and respectful to all.

Paul – 6LJ
For being courteous and respectful at all times. Paul has had a fantastic start to Year 6.

Dasha – 6SC
For an excellent speech, towards the role of Student Voice Representative.

Mia – 6SC
For her beautiful bookwork- a great start to year 6!!

Liad – 6CM
For being actively engaged in every lesson, and asking thoughtful questions.

Esther – 6CM
Working Together
For constantly being a helpful, reliable and committed class member. Thank you Esther!

Leni – 6NM
For making a positive start to life in Year 6 and becoming our Student Voice Representative.

Tanvika – 6NM
For getting into her work quickly and settling into Year 6 life.

Caleb – 4CR
Performing Arts
For singing with enthusiasm while learning the production songs.

Oliver – 5EW
Performing Arts
For working hard, trying his best and being respectful to the class while learning Ukulele.

Deanna – 6CM
Performing Arts
For working hard and singing enthusiastically while learning the production songs.




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.



Since 2022, Oakleigh South Primary has been implementing The Resilience Project as our primary social and emotional learning program.

The Resilience Project supports our school to provide practical, evidence-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.

Through presentations, wellbeing journals, school curriculum, and The Resilience Project app, The Resilience Project seeks to teach positive mental health strategies to help our kids be happy.




On Tuesday 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. 1st 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 their first full day on Thursday.

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



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.




Year 5 Sport

Last week our Year 5 students began learning how to play T-Ball with their classroom teachers and the P.E team.

Year 5 students will learn the basic rules and skills required to lay the game over the next two weeks and then play against houses for the remainder of the term.


Year 6 Sport

Training continued during lunchtimes last week for all or Year 6 students. This term students will be following the summer fixture and playing sports such as: basketball, volleyball, softball, cricket and flag rugby. Games occur on Thursdays from 11:15am – 12:30pm, parents are welcome to attend home games at OSPS and watch teams who play at community venues.This week our cricket team played their first match at home against St Peters, they were lucky enough to win!

This week all teams play at home against St. Paul’s. A reminder that all Year 6 students require consent to play in the program by this coming Wednesday 14th of February and first payment is due Wednesday 21st February.




Thanks to feedback from our families, children and educators, Big Art is back and bigger than ever. It’s not just here for a week or two, but it’s here to stay – giving your child the chance to explore their creative individuality every week. Big Art is all about providing the ultimate platform for your child to unlock their potential and showcase their artistic talents.

In 2024, we are expanding our Big Art program to feature weekly Big Art Fridays in After School Care, as well as Big Art Days every holiday season and a termly Big Art Competition, creating unmatched opportunities for children to shine, grow, and be recognised in their communities.

Unlock your child’s creative potential and add a splash of colour to their days with Big Art. Register with Camp Australia to stay up to date with everything happening in Big Art 2024!



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