Oakleigh South Primary School


20th  October 2021


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167

T: 03 9570 1016  

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

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle


Issue 32  – 20th October 2021


Mon 11th Oct – Fri 29th Oct
– UNSW Competitions (Online) (Year 2 – 6 nominated students)

Fri 15th Oct
– Civics and Citizenship Incursion (Online) Year 5’s

Mon 18th Oct
– Prep return to face to face learning (Mon-Wed)

Tue 19th Oct
– School Council Meeting

Thu 21st Oct
– Years 1 & 2 return to face to face learning (Thur-Fri)

Fri 22nd Oct
– Years 5 & 6 return to face to face learning

Tue 26th Oct
– Year 3 & 4 return to face to face learning (Tues-Wed)

Thu 28th Oct
– Year 5 & 6 continue face to face learning (Thur-Fri)






At long last, we welcomed our Prep children back to school on Monday after an extensive period of remote learning. The children’s happy faces as they saw their teachers and friends was a wonderful sight. Amazingly, the children settled in very well to their classroom routine very quickly and all had a perfect first day back. Tomorrow they will be celebrating their long overdue ‘100 Days of School’, which they are very excited about.

Just as exciting will be the Year 1 & 2 children returning Thursday and the Year 5 & 6 children returning to school Friday. Our once empty school will be full of happy and enthusiastic children ready to get back to learning in a normal environment once again!! Next week we see the return of the Year 3 & 4 children with everyone returning on Friday 5th November.

Thank you for all your hard work in supporting your children during this most difficult time. We understand the enormous pressure this put on many families, but we only have a few more days to go until the children will be with us full-time. You’ve all done an amazing job supporting the teachers but most of all your children. THANK YOU!

Have a great week and an even better weekend out of lockdown!!






Term 4
4th October – 16th December

Last day of each term is a 3.30pm finish




It is going to be a very hectic time of year at PSW coming out of lockdown and servicing the whole community needs for school uniform.

PSW are encouraging families to book fitting times in January to avoid up to 3 hour wait times. Or order online if you know your sizing.

Please see link below to the OSPS catalogue.

Oakleigh South Primary School PSW Flyer



Next week, the 2022 Prep transition program will begin. Unfortunately, due to the current DET restrictions for people coming onsite, these have to be virtual sessions.

The children will take part in two online sessions. Each prep teacher will conduct a Zoom meeting where the new preps will engage in a prep activity booklet, stories, games, singing and dancing. The aim is to give the children the best experience online, making it fun where they can experience interacting with new children and teachers.

If there is an opportunity to bring the kinder children onsite in small groups later in the year, we will try to incorporate this. However due to our large number for 2022 preps this may be logistically impossible with restrictions. We will however, endeavour to get the children onsite to ‘Meet the Teacher’ on Friday 3rd December.

The two virtual transition sessions for both groups will be on Friday 29th October and Thursday 4th November, both at 2pm.



This group was created by OSPS during the 2020 year when remote learning commenced as a forum for OSPS parents to engage as a school community and connect. This is the only facebook group for parents supported by the school as it ensurs the vibe is positive, respectful and appropriate.
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. Social media platforms are not the right forum to be able to address or provide the attention to care that concerns and issues deserve.
Feel free to ask questions, post helpful tips, links, sell your second hand uniform, share your success stories and have a laugh memes, 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.

Only current parents of OSPS students are able to join. Please click this link if you would like to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1597982180354198



The Department of Education has advised us to notify the OSPS school community that Box Hill High School is hosting a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic where the local community can get vaccinated.

Pfizer will be offered to people getting their first-dose vaccination. Those getting their second dose will get the same vaccine as their first dose.

You can get your second-dose Pfizer vaccine at this clinic, if it’s been three weeks since your first.

Box Hill High School is located at 1180, Whitehorse Road, Box Hill.

Parking is available at Whitehorse Reserve, on Whitehorse Road. Walk ins are permitted.

The clinic is operating on:

  • Saturday, 23 October (10am – 6pm)
  • Sunday, 24 October (10am – 5pm)



Enrolments for Prep 2022 have now been offered and confirmed.

We look forward to meeting our 2022 families in the near future.







Oakleigh South Primary School has successfully applied for a grant from the Department of Education and Training to employ a Local Native-speaker Language Assistant in 2022. The Local Native-speaker Language Assistants Program (LNLAP) places local native-like speakers of Japanese, German, Indonesian, Spanish, Chinese and French in selected Victorian government schools to enrich their provision of languages education over the course of one academic year.

The Oakleigh Education Plan (OEP) is a collaborative partnership between Oakleigh South Primary School, South Oakleigh College and Huntingdale Primary School. Together, our three schools form a Learning Precinct where the diversity of our community, inclusion, student engagement, achievement, wellbeing and high-quality teaching and learning across our three schools are shared and celebrated. The LNLAP initiative is one example of the learning opportunities being offered to our students as part of the Oakleigh Education Plan.

The LNLAP initiative presents a wonderful opportunity for students to expand their language learning and interest in the program from schools has been high. We are now seeking the help of our community to identify potential candidates to fill this role in 2022. If you know of anyone who may be suitable and interested in taking on this exciting opportunity, please encourage them to contact Sumiko Ranjitkumar, Language Assistants Program (LNLAP) Coordinator at Oakleigh South Primary School for more information, including a role description and selection criteria (email preferred).

For a more detailed outline of the program please click on the link here – LNLAP Document

Email: Sumiko.Ranjitkumar@education.vic.gov.au

Phone: 03 9570 1016

Applications close: 4pm, Friday 5 November 2021

Commencement date: 28 January 2022


Amelia – 3MT



The years have done a tremendous job with remote learning during the end of Term 3 and the beginning of Term 4.  The end of term 3 saw the Year 3s take part in an incursion with Ecolinc focusing on turtles and conservation in line with our sustainability learning.  The incursion was fantastic and the student engagement was wonderful.  Students investigated elements of the turtle’s life-cycle, learned about the interdependence of turtles living on the reef and most importantly developed awareness of the greatest conservation threats facing our turtles today.

The Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital provides facility where sick and injured marine turtles can be cared for and stay there until they get better. Since opening over ten years ago, the hospital has cared for 255 patients and inspired more than 270,000 guests who visited through our premier talk and tour program. – Rani 3DD

The Year 3s were then given a project where they were asked to create and present their understandings in any form they like.  Student’s projects came in the form of posters, PowerPoint presentations, models and even an interpretive dance.

Jarrah – 3MW

Zara – 3JP




A friendly reminder for all families to ensure you’re returning school library books when back at school. Please take a good look around your house for those books you may have had for quite some time.

If you’ve forgotten the books you’re borrowed, please access the link below.


Username: (AR student number)

Password: Library

A reminder to all students that you can only request a maximum of 2 books per week.

Thank you – The Library team.





Victorian primary and secondary students are encouraged to take part in this great opportunity. There are several ways they can be involved. SSV is not looking for the best performance, we are looking for students to give it a try.

By taking part in this great event, students will not only score points for their school, but they will also be improving themselves every time they try. There is nothing better than self-improvement and personal bests

Why not give it a shot?

There are several ways that students can be involved. They can take part in one or all of the events. SSV is offering a limited range of Track and Field events (disciplines). Why not give each one a go? Students have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

For more information and to upload your results please visit the SSV page here.

In submitting Virtual Track and Field performances the parent or guardian consents to their child’s results being published with the following identifiers: first name, school, gender and age category. There is an option to enter the performance results and have the performance count toward the Virtual Points for the school, but not have the results made public. 

Entrant’s information will be used in accordance with SSV’s Privacy Policy.





Literacy has been a big focus for the Year 3s this semester with students having daily VCOP lessons loomed by Mrs Dwyer.  Each day the students have a focused activity to complete with Friday being the day they can put all their knowledge together and come up with some great writing.  Here are a few examples.

The great Hawaiian sea’s waves tumbled and rolled as the aqua water glistened in the shining sun. Seagulls waddled on the hot sand barely noticing the heat burning under their webbed feet. Rushing to the tide like an excited puppy I splashed carelessly in the waves hoping to find sea treasure like a shark eye seashell. Sand tickled my feet as I started shivering slightly. The sea was cold, but I didn’t mind because I was having the time of my life!
– Myra 3DD

Waves rose up behind me, splashing me in the face. The barren sea was deadly even worse, a storm brewed. I didn’t know if our boat would make it. The treacherous ocean was freezing cold. I braced myself for the impact of hitting one of those jagged spikes. It never came.
– Morgan 3JP

“EEEEEH!” I squealed, as the freezing cold water splashed on my feet and I stepped away. I had never felt water this cold before, so I decided I would play on the sand.
– Khwahish 3JS


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