Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 39 7th December 2022


“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” – Chinese Proverb


Issue 39  – 7th December 2022


Thursday December 8th
– OSPS House Swimming Carnival

Monday December 12th – Wednesday December 14th
– Year 5 Camp

Monday December 12th
– Year 2 Legoland Discovery Excursion

Tuesday December 13th
– Year 6-7 Government High School Transition Day

Thursday December 15th
– Year 6 Graduation Lunch @OSPS
– Year 6 Graduation Ceremony

Monday December 19th
– Final day for students

Tuesday December 20th
– Curriculum Day (Student free day)



Congratulations to all our wonderful Year 2 students who performed their production of ‘Goin Buggy’ brilliantly last Wednesday and Thursday nights to packed houses. It’s hard to comprehend that these children are only 8 years old on a stage singing and performing like they did! The hall was full of very proud parents and grandparents and the engagement of the children sitting at the front was wonderful to see. A big thank you and congratulations to all the staff and parents who were involved in making this show happen, I know the children appreciate you very much.

Last Friday, our 2023 prep children met their teachers for next year in their classrooms. Their parents were invited to have a latte in the hall and shop for second hand uniforms while they waited for the session to end. All the children were extremely settled and loved being at ‘school’! Thank you to the parent group for making the coffees and helping at the uniform stall.

Next Monday the Year 5 students will travel to Sovereign Hill for their 3-day camp. This is always a fun camp, and the children learn so much about the rich history of the Victorian Gold era. We can’t wait to hear all about it.

For your information, the children will be put into their 2023 grades and spend time with their teacher on Friday 16th December. There will be a whole school assembly that afternoon.


Have a great week






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





An exciting day for 5HP today as they were invited to take part in the official opening of Cameron Avenue Pocket Reserve which was funded through the Local Parks Program – ‘the vision is to create new parks and revitalise existing local parks to provide much needed space and green our suburbs in built up urban areas of Melbourne’.

The event 5HP attended was a fun and exciting time to take part in the official opening and have a play on the bright, new colourful playground.





The annual Year 6 Trivia Night was a roaring success with a huge amount of fun had by all.

Four rounds of intense questions was then broken up by bonus rounds which included heads or tails, air guitar contest, hula hoop, beat the teacher and a paper airplane challenge.

there was something for everyone! The lead chopped and changed all night but congratulations to the winners ‘Who Asked?’ who were delighted when they were revealed to be the victors. A night that everyone will remember!

A special thanks to all the Year 6 teachers and in particular Ms Marsden for all of the effort that was put in and to the Year 6 parent helpers as well.



Excited and in high spirits for their first ever school camp, students arrived at school at 6:40am full of energy to head to Norval Lodge, Halls Gap, Grampians.

For the next five days, we were kept busy hiking, scaling boulders in abseiling, swimming in rock pools and climbing great heights.

There was plenty of food to enjoy and an ice cream shop with thirty-two different flavours which we visited daily.

It was fantastic to see students enjoying some downtime with friends, playing volleyball, basketball, card games and being up close and personal with nature.

At the end of the five days, we were all exhausted and grateful for such a memorable experience.



During Term 4, the Year 6 students worked through an Integrated Studies unit on Civics and Citizenship.

This thorough and immersive unit covered all aspects of Law, Government, Voting and Democracy and culminated in the students forming political parties, writing policies and presenting campaign speeches.

Candidates for the states of Marsden, Martinez, Morrey, Roth, Di Siervi and Wells battled it out for the title of Premier. The final round of voting was decided by The Great Debate, where the top two candidates and their parties debated on a current issue.

Well done to the Premiers of 2022: Ethan for the State of Marsden, Satyam for the State of Martinez, Andrew for the State of Morrey, Jai for the State of Roth, Cameron for the State of Di Siervi and Sasha for the State of Wells.

The children’s comments at the conclusion of the unit included: ‘that was way better than learning from a sheet of paper’, ‘totally awesome’, ‘a great way to learn about a boring subject’, ‘I thought politics was boring’, ‘the best Integrated unit ever’, ‘that was so much FUN!’, and more…




Preps have sung, danced and learnt a variety of Orff tunes on the xylophones, metallophones, resonator bells and Marimbas, learning about Form and Styles of music, and songs and dances used in Celebrations.

Year One students have learnt about texture and form in music. They have learnt dances and songs from other countries and cultures, and music used in celebrations. They have responded to music through singing, dancing, movement and playing a variety of percussion.

Year Two students have been working on their production ‘Goin’ Buggy’. They have been learning their lines and practising their songs and dances. The result was two fabulous performances in front of great audiences.

Year Three students have been continuing to learn the Ukulele. They’ve been learning chords and practising different songs during class time.



This term the year 4 and 5 students have been exploring dance in their Performing Arts classes. They have been learning different dance styles, rehearsing choreography, and analysing dance works. Over the last few weeks the Year 4 & 5 students have used the elements of dance to choreograph their own dance pieces in small groups and used their technical and expressive skills to perform their dances to the class.

Year 6 students have been preparing for their graduation by rehearsing songs and dances to perform at the event. They will surely be a highlight of the night.

OSPS has begun a School Band this term, with over one hundred students expressing interest in joining. Already they are making wonderful music together and we are looking forward to being in full swing in 2023.



G: Gratitude to our Year 6 teachers for spending a week away from their families to provide us with an incredible camp experience.

E: Empathy for our Year 6 friends who may be nervous heading off to secondary school.

M: Mindfulness – Taking time out of our day to reflect on all the wonderful experiences and opportunities we have had during our primary school journey.




We have continued our work with The Resilience Project but looking at how we can identify and control our emotions.


There have been some wonderful and thoughtful contributions from all students that have contributed some purposeful and enlightening sessions.





Here are a couple of passages from our recent Cold Writes that were done in week 4.

“Memories are something we treasure; that we hold close to our heart and think about fondly, with a reminiscent smile gracing our features.

They are often abstract, surreal- tales of daring and longing, of dreaming and wishing. But mine are different. When I think of the word memory, I think of Year 6, my last year in primary school. These memories are full of laughter and joy and I relish in my thoughts of the past in Year 6 at OSPS, knowing that I will most likely never get to experience the same things again, never go through those halcyon days that have occurred so far.”

“As I stepped cautiously into the classroom, I was instantly filled with an uplifting sense of joy. Every speck of nervousness that had previously gripped me was gently plucked from my mind. I knew the moment I saw my new teacher and class that I would spend my last year at O.S.P.S. with a happiness that would never leave. Ms Marsden, my cheerful, supportive and positive prep teacher, would also be with me for Year 6. As it began, it ends. I smiled and strode in the classroom with my friends by my side.” Hazel D 6SM




Friday was a very exciting day for the OSPS community as the school held its second colour run.

The oval was a buzz with screams and laughter while coloured powder was in the air and all over the staff and students.

It really was a sight to see. From the moment the students were hosed down until they ran past the last colour station, you could feel the sense of excitement. It was also great seeing so many parents and friends on the oval to join in the excitement of it all.

A lot of work went into making this event successful and we would like to thank Parent Group for all their work for making it happen. We would also like to thank the volunteers that helped on the day. We are hopeful this can become an annual event and look forward to hosting again next year.



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

Parent Group Meeting – Wednesday 7th December. Anyone is welcome to join. Please email osparentgroup67@gmail.com for details.

Christmas Stall – 8th & 9th of December (Uniform Shop closed 9th December)

Christmas Raffle & Inflatable World – 16th December


We have a wonderful Parent Group, they are always looking for more helpers.

Thank you Parent Group



Uniform Shop Newsletter

As we approach the end of the school year, if you have any unused uniforms, you are welcome to leave them in the office for the 2nd hand uniform shop.

We would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers that gave up their time this year, to keep the uniform shop open, organized and running. the Uniform Shop is closed this coming Friday 9th of December.


Pizza Day

Parent Group were pleased to hold their last ‘special lunch’ day of the year last Friday. It was a pizza day for the grade ones and twos, which was a nice treat before the colour run. The children excitedly lined up outside the library to get their delicious pizza and fruit juice. With over 400 slices of pizza served it was a very successful event!

We look forward to holding more days like this next year!



We are pleased to advise that our annual Christmas stall will be taking place next week on Thursday, 8th and Friday 9th in the junior music room.

Thursday 8th Dec – Year 1 & 2
Friday 9th Dec – Preps, 3, 4, 5 & 6

On your child’s allocated day, please send them to school with their money in a sealed zip lock bag that has their name and class clearly written. As no bags are provided, we also ask that you send your child with a bag for their shopping.

Price range of the Christmas Stall items are between $1 and $12

We are also looking for volunteers to help across both days as well.

Thursday 8th     9.00am – 12.00pm – set up.
Thursday 8th       12.00pm – 3.30pm will be sales
Friday 9th             9.00am – 3.30pm will be sales

If you have availability to help please add your details to the google sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yy3oOwI3Nz1lt6Jx44FlhIUrawvkxLHlOdxnaaNAGns/edit#gid=0

Happy shopping & Merry Christmas!



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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