Oakleigh South Primary School

24th  November 2021


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167

T: 03 9570 1016  

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

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the COURAGE TO CONTINUE that counts.” – Winston Churchill


Issue 37  – 24th November 2021


Mon 22nd – Fri 26th Nov
Yr 6 Camp – Halls Gap

Smile Squad Dental Health Services Onsite

Tues 30th Nov
Japanese Dress Up Day
Presentation of 2020 Annual Report – via Zoom  at 5.30pm

Wed 1st Dec
Year 4-6 Forensic Science Incursion

Thur 2nd Dec
Year 1 Indigenous Studies Incursion

Fri 3rd Dec
2nd Hand Uniform Sale
Sugar Free Icy Pole Day
Year 4 Craft Power Incursion
2022 Preps – Meet the Teacher


Our Year 6 children were very excited on Monday morning as they left on their camp to the Grampians. From all reports they are having a fantastic time and enjoying the fun activities and the company of their friends.

This week we welcomed the Smile Squad to our school. This government initiative is finally here after being postponed due to the lockdowns this year. Many of you filled out the consent form to have the free dental health check-up earlier in the year. You will be sent a report after your child has had their turn with the dental therapist. After the check-ups have been completed, the children that need actual dental work will see the dentist in a specially equipped dental van. This program will continue into next year.

With only just over three weeks left in our school year I am so pleased to see our happy children working hard and back to their normal school and classroom routines. I just wish we had more time this term but at least I know they have finished the year off strongly, ready for an amazing 2022.

Have a fantastic week everyone.




Term 4

4th October – 16th December

Last day of Term 4 finish is 3.30pm 




Dear Ron,

Thank you for your leadership in response to recent positive cases of COVID-19 in your school community.

We appreciate your flexibility and commitment to following the Department’s processes to support the safety of your students, staff and families during these challenging and difficult circumstances. We would like to acknowledge you and your staff for all the work you have done.  Please pass on to your staff our sincere appreciation of all your support and assistance.

We recognise that your students, staff and families have shown great resilience and adaptability in these uncertain times, and may be experiencing heightened stress and anxiety. To assist your continued focus on supporting affected families, please find attached some resources that may be shared with your staff and school community.

Helping Children Cope With Stress During The Coronavirus (COVID 19) Outbreak

Helping Children Transition Back To School In The COVID 19 Era

Impacts Of The COVID Lockdown Experience

Supporing Children Returning To School After The Lockdown

Once again, we would like to acknowledge the continued efforts of your school community and the support you have shown to each other.


On behalf of the NEVR COVID Schools Support and Response Team.



After the fortnight OSPS has just experienced, 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, lethargic 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.




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.

Parents are not to use the staff car park. Please use in the oval car park or on Riley street if you are dropping off or collecting your child throughout the day.





Dear Parents

Qkr! has been closed, and any outstanding payments must be made via BPay.

Your family specific BPay code can be found on the bottom left hand corner of your family statement. Please contact the Office if you need to make a payment, or do not have your BPay details.

Thank you



We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Sugar Free-zies Icy Stix Day on Friday 3rd December to raise money for our school!

We will be selling The No Nasties Project Sugar FREE-zies Icy Stix for a Gold Coin Donation.

This year the No Nasties Project is donating over 1 million Icy Stix to raise $1 million.

Please see the letter from The No Nasties Project for more information.

Classroom teachers will collect money and orders leading up to the event.

Students will then be given their Free-zies Icy Stix at Lunch eating time for them to enjoy!

To view more information please click here –  Sugar Free-zies Day



We are happy to inform you that classroom Cuisine will resume next Monday 29 November!

Families are welcome to place an order for lunches on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Please find below the link on how to order and the menu.




We understand that family situations change, and families move from our area.

We will soon be planning for our 2022 classes, so if your child will not be returning to Oakleigh South Primary School in 2022 please email enrolments@oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au and their classroom teacher ASAP.



Dear Grade 3 Parents,

We have this year’s Isa Brown hens, (that were hatched in our classrooms), available to adopt. There is an adoption fee of $15 each. They will need to be picked up in the second last week of school, (week beginning 6th December). The hens will be sold on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis to Year 3 parents initially.

To have your adoption approved you will need to meet the criteria below:

  • You must complete the Google Form below.
  • You must have a suitable cage or be prepared to provide receipt for the purchase of a cage if approved.
  • You must not have any dogs in the household.

Our chickens have been free ranging and fed on a diet of mixed grains. They lay beautiful eggs daily and are very tame, making them very good pets.

Each family who adopts one of our hens will receive a care sheet to help you understand how to care for your new pet. We will also provide you with some grain to get you started.

Google Form Link:  https://forms.gle/S6WghzpHtjrFdKcu6



Sending Christmas Cards to Tamba Higashi Primary School

Year 5 students made a Christmas card and we are going to send them to Tamba Higashi Primary School. In return, Japanese students will send us a New Year Card, called Nengajo. Nengajo is a fun and easy way to show your appreciation to everyone you care about over the holidays. They’re also a great way to send cool Japanese well-wishes to your friends and family back home. New Year is a very special holiday in Japan, it’s the biggest item on the calendar of annual events. We will share their Nengajo once we receive them next year!


Zoom Sessions with Japanese Schools

Grade 4 classes had a chance to conduct Zoom sessions with Japanese students during Week 6 and 7 this term. OSPS students did a tremendous job  preparing and presenting an introduction speech in Japanese. They also had a fabulous time meeting Japanese students over Zoom and listening to their presentations. The students from Japan do not wear a uniform. Therefore, they were curious to know why students from Australia are wearing a ‘ green’ uniform to school and they wanted to learn more about our school model. The students also had a virtual boxing match over Zoom and we all had a good laugh despite having a language barrier to communicate with each other. It was a great way to stay connected with the Japanese students, learn about their culture and share our Australian culture during this pandemic. We are very proud of our Grade 4 students and looking forward to doing more ‘virtual cultural exchange sessions’ with Japanese schools.


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