Oakleigh South Primary School


9th November 2022


“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”— C.S Lewis


Issue 35  – 9th November 2022



Friday 11th November
– Year 5 Incursion
– Year 6 Trivia Night
– Prep Transition (Group B)

Monday November 14th
– Curriculum Day (Pupil Free Day)

Tuesday November 15th
– Year 4-6 Assembly
– School Council Meeting

Friday November 18th
– Year 5 Incursion
– School Disco



Last Wednesday, we had 16 students represent Oakleigh South at the SSV State Athletics Championships. I am very pleased to announce the students had amazing success and we are so proud of their performances.

  • Lucia S won gold in the 200 metres
  • Michael K won silver in the 100 metres
  • 12 y.o. girls relay won gold
  • 11 y.o. boys relay won gold
  • 10 y.o. girls relay won bronze

Congratulations to all these students, what an outstanding achievement! Also, congratulations to every student from OSPS who performed on the day. It is a fantastic accomplishment to qualify at state level.

A huge thank you to the staff who have supported these students with lunchtime training sessions. More details in the newsletter.

From all reports the year 4 students are having a great time at Arrabri Lodge in Warburton in beautiful warm, sunny weather enjoying lots of fun activities. They will arrive back to school this afternoon and I’m sure they’ll all sleep well tonight.

Just a reminder that Monday 14th November will be a pupil free day at school.

Enjoy your week






Term 4
3rd October – 19th December  (3:30pm finish)
Curriculum Day 14th November & 20th December





Parent Group will be holding a sausage sizzle on the upcoming election day, Saturday, 26 November from 8.30am – 4.00pm.

We are looking for volunteers to help on the day to ensure it is a successful event. On the day, we need helpers to cook, serve and collect money.

If you can spare at least 90 minutes we ask that you please enter your details on the google sheet:


Any help given on the day will be greatly appreciated.




We will be hosting the Disco on Friday 18th November with times for students as follows:

Prep – Year 2:  5.00 – 6.00pm
Year 3 – Year 6:  6.30 – 8.00pm

Wristbands will be delivered to your child before the event together with any glow products that have been pre-purchased. We ask that parents ensure your child wears the wrist band to gain entry to the hall and brings their glow products.

Tickets for entry to the Disco, can be purchased on the night, however all the glow products must be pre-purchased via Trybooking.

Prep to Year 2 Parents may attend and wait in the school foyer, however only students will be allowed in the hall.

Year 3 – 6 will be dismissed from the foyer.

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

Thank you,
OSPS Parent Group

LINK – https://www.trybooking.com/CDUPC



It’s that time of the year where we are looking ahead to 2023 in terms of student numbers and staffing.

If you know you will NOT be returning to Oakleigh South in 2023 can you please advise me ASAP on the following email.


This does not include the Year 6 students who will be leaving for secondary schooling next year.



A FREE event for makers, families, and curious minds. Come and be amazed by the talents of the exhibitors and get involved in activities.

Title: Monash Maker Faire  

Start Date: 5th of October 

Expiry: 3rd of December 

Come along to the Monash Maker Faire this December for a family-friendly showcase of passion, invention and creativity.

Bring your family, explore exhibits, attend hands-on workshops and learn all about the amazing things people in our community can make!

As part of our STEM – Science Program this term, our year 4 students will have the opportunity to be involved in an innovated project ‘Mission to Mars’ which involves the students to learn the skills of Critical and Design Thinking process that includes Empathise, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test with hands-on activities. It’s a brilliant opportunity to share their creations, learn from each other’s, and meet like-minded innovators. 

Register here for a free ticket to attend one of the largest shows and tells Melbourne has ever seen!  

When – Sunday, December 4, 10 am – 4 pm.   

Where – College Walk, Monash University, Clayton.  

Cost – No cost, tickets are FREE!  

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/monash-maker-faire-tickets-418329584047?aff=Schools



Special “Arigatou” to the wonderful supporters of Japanese Day!

Jyu Jyu Japanese Take Away: Address: 339 Clayton Rd, Clayton VIC 3168 Phone (03) 9562 6269

Great local Japanese restaurant. Food is great and reasonably priced. We love ordering bento from Jyu Jyu on special occasions.

Two ladies demonstrated Tea Ceremony to Year 5 students

Eiko, a trained teacher of tea ceremony and Japanese flower arrangement.

Madoka, former parent of OSPS, who is now a representative of Cha Haus Pty Ltd. (https://chahaus.com/) She works as Charista (Tea barista) and passionate about spreading love for Matcha and Japanese tea culture.




What a fun and exciting term it has been for our Year 2, 5 & 6s in STEM-Digital Technologies.

Our Year 2s have started the term by learning with Ozobot as well as some word processing basics through Microsoft PowerPoint. Ozobot is a unique robot that can not only follow lines, it can be coded through colour and block coding.

So far students have practised navigating the Ozobot through mazes and using the colour codes to direct it on the correct path.

Further to this, the year 2s have been learning about the key functions of Microsoft PowerPoint. From inserting and formatting pictures, shapes and text boxes, through to using animations and transitions, students have used their creativity to develop their own slideshows.

Next we look to combine the Ozobot and PowerPoint, as we guide students into creating their own colour coded maze.


In Year 5 and 6, we began the term by exploring the Scratch 3 block coding software. Students were introduced to some of the basics of the program and followed a tutorial to help them make their sprites move both through controls and automatically. The task for students was to redesign their own version of the infamous platform game ‘Flappy Bird’. From Hippos chasing cheesy puffs, through to dinosaurs eating tacos, the creativity and team work to make these games was fantastic!

Following this, our Year 5s linked some technologies with science to build a scaled model of the solar system in a Minecraft World. Students worked in groups to identify and use a workable scale ratio and apply it to the size of their planets in Minecraft. They then had to work out a separate scale ratio to further represent the relative distance each planet was from the sun. Students showed outstanding group work skills to define rolls and responsibilities, and worked feverishly to complete their builds including their giant 350 x 350 block representation of the sun.

Finally, after years of waiting, our Year 6s students were introduced to the 3D printers. They used a unique software called BlocksCAD which integrates block coding with a basic version of the CAD design software. Students learnt to use coordinates and the Cartsesian Plane, to position letters and shapes to create a 3D bug and a personalised key chain. Their objects were printed and students were able to take them home.




Last Wednesday, OSPS took a very strong squad of 16 athletes to the SSV State Athletics Championships at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park.

The day was a great success with the squad coming away with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.

Results are as follows:

Individual Events 

Lucia – 200m – Gold Medal, Long Jump – 4th

Michael K  – 100m – Silver Medal

4 x 100 Relays

9/10 Girls  -Bronze Medal – Lilly, Sherissa, Kathleen and Lidia

11 Girls – DQ – Millie, Laura, Sonia and Ariel

11 Boys – Gold Medal –  Michael L, Michael K, Athan and Eli

12/13 Girls – Gold Medal – Christina, Lucia, Misaki and Elise


Congratulations to all the children. They were a great group to coach.

Big thank-you to Mr Mooney, Miss. Gunning, Mr Albers, Ms. Martinez, Miss. Di Siervi, Miss. Wells, Ms. Marsden, and Mr. Morrey for training the children.




On Wednesday the 8th of November, OSPS took a squad of 16 tennis players to Division Tennis which was held at MACCABI Tennis Club Bentleigh.

It was a very successful day for our students with both the boys and girls’ teams progressing to the Regional Finals next Wednesday in Pakenham.

We wish them all the best. Well done!




Get all these dates into your calendars or diaries so you don’t miss out on the amazing events and special days. Parent Group are delivering to our parents and students for the rest of Term 4.


Important Dates

Disco – 18th November

Colour/Slime Run – 2nd December

Christmas Stall – 8th & 9th of December


We have a wonderful Parent Group, they are always looking for more helpers. If you can spare any time please e-mail osparentgroup67@gmail.com

*** Note the next Parent Group meeting will be on Wednesday, November 2nd. Anyone wanting to attend can email osparentgroup67@gmail.com for further information.

Thank you Parent Group



Parent Group are hosting a popcorn day for the year 5’s. Bags will be $3 and orders close at 3pm on Tuesday, 22 November.

Please check your Compass for link to order and further information.

Thank you Parent Group for organising.



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