Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 38 30th November 2022


“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus


Issue 38  – 30th November 2022


Wednesday November 30th
– Year 2 Production (Green Cast)

Thursday December 1st
– Year 2 Production (Blue Cast)

Friday December 2nd
– Prep 2023 meet the Teacher Day
– OSPS Colour Run

Tuesday December 6th
– Assembly (years 4-6)

Thursday December 8th
– OSPS House Swimming Carnival


As principal of our wonderful school, I am very proud to announce that Oakleigh South is Victoria’s top academic government primary school. The analysis of five years’ worth of NAPLAN results from 2017 to 2021 shows our school, is number 3 in the state overall, after two private schools.

These outstanding results are only possible from the excellent teaching from our wonderful teachers, our enthusiastic students, and the support we all receive from you, our parent community. Thank you to everyone at O.S.P.S. for your contributions towards making our school NUMBER ONE!!!

Last Friday the Year 6 students arrived back from their 5 day camp to the Grampians. Everyone had a great time and the students set a great example of the school with excellent behaviour. Thank you to the staff who organised this experience for our students and to the staff who gave up their time to go to the camp for the week.

Lastly, our very excited and talented Year 2 students will be performing the first production of ‘Goin Buggy’ tonight. If what we saw at yesterday’s assembly is anything to go by, then we are in for a treat. The second show will be performed on Thursday night. I wish all our year 2 performers good luck!


Enjoy the weekend ahead,





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





Well done to the entire Oakleigh South Primary School community, past and present!

Today we featured in a Herald Sun article outlining Victoria’s top-performing NAPLAN schools over the past five years.

This fantastic achievement is the culmination of our very hardworking staff, students and families.

Please click ion the link below for the full article.

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The Year 2 students have been rehearsing extremely hard for our amazing production of Goin Buggy

The performances will be on:

7pm Wednesday 30th November

7pm Thursday 1st December

Tickets can be purchased via www.trybooking.com.au and search ‘OSPS Goin Buggy’

Here is the direct link


Ticket Prices:

Adult $10.00

Child: $7.00

Children under the age of 4 can sit on the knee of an adult in the seated area.





We will be hosting our 2nd Colour Run for students in prep to year 6 at 1.30pm on 2nd December! Head to Compass to pay the entry fee for your child.


It’s going to be a fabolous day of excitement, fitness, adventure and colour! Parents are welcome to attend.


If you are able to help for the afternoon please contact osparentgroup67@gmail.com


Thank you to Parent Group for your organisation!





2023 OSPS uniforms are now available to order from the PSW Cheltenham retail outlet.

Please click on the link to view a PDF of our uniform items, sizes and costs.

Back To School Flyer 2023 Oakleigh South Primary School








After floods and heavy rainfall, mosquitoes can grow and spread in the pools of water left behind.

While the overall risk is low, some mosquitoes carry diseases that are spread through mosquito bites. Mosquitoes are more active at dusk and dawn, but some will also bite during the day.

The best way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid mosquito bites.

Families can protect against mosquito bites by:

  • covering up as much as possible with long, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing
  • applying insect repellent that contains picaridin or DEET on exposed skin when leaving home
  • limiting outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are active.

Further information



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.




As part of our Term 4 unit ‘Fling it, Bop it, Spin it, Drop it’ the Year 1’s have been learning about different physical forces and motions.

We learnt about balance, elasticity, slopes/inclines, gravity and push/pull. The Year 1’s learnt what each of these forces meant and got to conduct some experiments in the classroom to see the effect each force and motion had on an object.

We were then lucky enough to go to Scienceworks and really see these forces in action! Now that the Year 1’s knew all about physical forces and motions, it was time for them to think outside of the box and create their own… cardboard arcade game!

It may sound impossible but a boy names Caine in America designed his very own arcade using recycled materials, mainly cardboard boxes. The last few weeks we have been asking students to bring in cardboard boxes from home (our classroom corners have been looking like a recycling centre!) and they have begun planning and building their very own arcade games in small groups!

We have some marvellous ideas happening; their own interpretations of whack-a-mole, air hockey, basketball shoot, as well as their own creations; monster munch, fire ball, zombie attack and many more! The students have a few more lessons to finish building and painting their arcade games before presenting their games and playing them with their friends.

We sure know the Year 1’s are not bored with so much cardboard!



ROLL UP, ROLL UP! The Year 2 Production of Goin Buggy is this week!!

We are so proud of all of the students for their hard work with learning the dances, songs and their talking parts. We have had lots of practices and are super ready to put on a great show.

Our 2 performances are on Wednesday and Thursday this week, both starting at 7.00pm. We would love it if we had lots of OSPS family and friends join us on these evenings to support us on stage!

A big thank you goes to everyone who has helped us to get ready for our performances!



It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like fairy bread, unless they haven’t had the pleasure of trying it! Last Thursday, The Year 2 and 5 students all enjoyed a slice of rainbow coloured fun (fairy bread) to celebrate Fairy Bread Day.

The students gathered together in the hall to learn about kindness, empathy and resilience from Miss Chris & Miss Lema.

Fairy Bread Day is an Australian National day to raise awareness and funds for the youth mental health organisation, ReachOut.

We were so excited to see the students already sprinkling kindness as they patiently and respectfully waited to decorate their slices of bread. Thank you to the teachers who helped us organise and celebrate this fun and tasty day!




G – I am grateful for my toys and for my brother.

E – I show empathy by helping someone who is crying.

M – I am mindful when I complete my work.




G: the people who have helped us get ready for production.

E: for the people in floods.

M: mindful colouring or reading a book in a quiet space.



The Year 2 students have been busy completing all of their Resilience Project Lessons for the year. We have spent a lot of time developing our emotional literacy by creating comic strips with the characters from ‘Inside Out’, identifying our emotional thermometers and understanding that it’s ok to be alone – and what we could do to find someone to play with when outside.

We enjoyed creating kindness trees and kindness letters and took time to really articulate what made our peers special. We also loved receiving these from our peers and discussed how they made us feel.

We are grateful for the opportunity to complete The Resilience Project lessons this year to help us verbalise our feelings and understand the non-verbal emotional cues of others.  We hope everyone spends the last few weeks of term spreading kindness to everyone around them!



Myra 4CW Empathy Myra, you are such a kind, caring, valued and respected member of our class. You always look out for people and make sure everyone is ok. You are a superstar.
Marques 3CF Empathy For showing empathy towards his classmates and making sure that children who feel left out have someone to play with.
Jorja 5WS Empathy For always treating others with compassion and kindness. You are an amazing human being!
Hunter 1CL Mindfulness For displaying mindfulness in the way he carries himself and his kind hearted nature towards others! You truly are a gem Hunter!
Korina 2JR Empathy for always being kind and thoughtful towards her classmates.
Angelo 6JD Empathy For assisting other students in various activities while on camp.



In The Resilience Project we have been making our very own gratitude poems!

This came at the perfect time as we had just learnt about poems in Writing.

The Year 1’s learnt what an acrostic poem was and made one using the word ‘GRATEFUL’.

We made sure we used each line to either define what gratitude means to us or what we are grateful for. We even made a whole Year 1 poem in Year 1 assembly! Here are examples of two of the students’ poems:


Giving hugs.                                                                          

Remembering my Nono.

A Solider.

Thank my parents.

Empathy for others.

For the planet.

Until the seasons end.


(Indiana 1AM)



Random acts of kindness.


Thankful for my baby sister.



Understanding other people’s feelings.


(Jash 1AM)




The Year 2s have been busy working on their persuasive and narrative writing this term.

In persuasive writing, we have been focusing on creating a clear and persuasive sizzling start, three reasons in paragraphs to support our opinion and then a conclusion to make sure that the reader agrees with us!

For narrative writing, we have been adding backfill paragraphs after our sizzling starts to include more detail and make the reader more interested.

Here are some of our writing examples:




Last Friday, the year 5’s popped on over to the hall to grab their bags of freshly cooked popcorn.

The popcorn smelt delicious and tasted even better.

Consensus amongst those that had ordered was that it was delicious.

There isn’t much that beats the taste of freshly cooked buttered popcorn.




Parent Group would like to thank all of the parent volunteers that came out on Saturday to help with the sausage sizzle fundraiser.

While the crowds were lower than expected, it was still nice to see members of the community helping, whether it was at the stall itself or coming past to buy a snag and say hello.




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

Colour/Slime Run – 2nd December

Christmas Stall – 8th & 9th of December

Christmas Raffle & Inflatable World – 16th 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


Thank you Parent Group


Oakleigh South Primary Parent Group are pleased to announce tickets for the OSPS Christmas Raffle are now on sale. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. The link to purchase tickets is: https://www.trybooking.com/CDTUQ
We would like to thank our amazing sponsors for making this raffle possible.
Ticket sales will close at 10:00am, Thursday, 15 December 2022, with the winners will be drawn at the final assembly for 2022, on Friday 16 December. Winners will be contacted via phone or email shortly after the draw.
We would again sincerely like to thank all our sponsors and wish families luck in the draw!



Let’s celebrate the end of a successful year! Parent Group is pleased to announce they’ll be hosting an end of year function for the prep to year 3 students at Oakleigh Inflatable World on Friday, 16 December. The cost is $5.50 per child over 4 with siblings welcome to attend.


Please note the following information:

– The event runs from 5.oopm – 8.oopm

– Socks must be worn by all attendees using the inflatables

– Drinks will be available for purchase at the venue

– The venue is licensed

– Outside food may be brought into the venue

– We will advise closer to the event if tickets will be available at the door


Check Compass for further details and thank you Parent Group!


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