Oakleigh South Primary School

23rd February 2022


An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin


Issue 4  – 23rd February 2022

February 24th
– Resilience Project Parent Presentation
– Senior Choir
– Year 6 interschool Sport – bye (Flag White & Cricket White vs St. Peters)

March 1st
– Prep – Year 3 Assembly

March 3rd
– Year 6 Interschool Sport – vs. St Peters (home)
– Senior Choir

March 4th
– Issue 1 Book Club orders due.



This week has seen the launch of the Resilience Project in the school, with the whole staff having a presentation with the founder, Hugh van Cuylenburg and the children thoroughly enjoying their presentation with Martin Heppell yesterday.

Martin will present to the parent community on Thursday night in the school hall at 6.30pm. It’s not too late to book your free ticket to this event. If you would like to attend, please reserve your seat by clicking on this link. https://compasstix.com/e/w9fflk51ck 

Yesterday our O.S.P.S. swimming squad represented the school at the Bentleigh District Swimming Carnival. Congratulations to the whole team on their wonderful performances. Overall, Oakleigh South placed second which was an outstanding result. Many of the squad will now compete at the next level, the Beachside Division Carnival on March 11th. A big thank you to the staff and parents who trained and supported the children with this program.

With this very warm and sunny weather we are having, I’d like to remind everyone once again, to stay safe by wearing a school hat and using sunscreen at school and at home.

Have a great week.




Term 1 – 31st January – 8th April

Term 2 – 26th April – 24th June

Term 3 – 11th July – 16th September

Term 4 – 3rd October – 20th December 3:30pm finish

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish



The Oakleigh South Primary School Council Election process is now open.

Membership of School Council is rewarding and ensures parents contribute to and have a close understanding of the direction and strategic planning of the school.

Please see the Compass sent to families on Tuesday 22nd March with infomration on the school council election process and timeline.

Thank you

Ron Cantlon



The week has finally arrived- OSPS and The Resilience Project came to life this week!  All of our students from Prep to Year 6 had an awesome presentation by Martin Heppell yesterday.  He shared valuable information by story- telling to all of our students about GEM- Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness.

We are so excited to be working with The Resilience Project in 2022. To support and foster the Mental Health and Wellbeing of our students and whole school community we are thrilled to announce the following important dates;

  • Parent Night (90 minutes, Face to face): Thursday 24th February, 2022 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Presenter, Martin Heppell. BOOK YOUR TICKETS ON COMPASS


Parents can still book tickets to attend our Parent Session which will provide you with vital information navigating and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of your family. Thursday 24th February at 6:30pm-8pm in our school hall. Tickets are free of charge. Book on COMPASS.


For more information please watch the video here – https://youtu.be/i2RFkx0-aEk-



The Victorian Government offer a Sports, Camps and Excursions Fund for families who hold a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply. A special consideration category also exists.

A payment of $125 for eligible primary school students and $225 for eligible secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used toward camps, sports and excursion costs for the student’s benefit.

CSEF payments to schools will commence from 1 March onwards. Schools are able to continue processing applications until the end of Term 2.

Click here for further information CSEF Website

Please click here to apply – https://www.education.vic.gov.au/PAL/csef-application-form.pdf


Gabriella Lema

Miss Lema is a huge Richmond Tigers supporter and loves to go to the footy! Her hobbies include running, rollerblading, shopping and spending time with her family and friends! She loves trying new restaurants and is always excited to try new cuisines. Her dream is to travel and visit new parts of the globe! She loves to embrace her Greek and Uruguayan culture and take part in lots of traditional events. Her weaknesses are chocolate and puppies!!!!


Matthew Gordon

Mr Gordon loves spending time in nature, playing guitar and coaching soccer. He also has two cute doggies! Luca, the adorable cavoodle and Olga the pug – whose tongue always sticks out! Before becoming a primary school teacher, Mr Gordon was a professional soccer coach. Another fun fact, is that Mr Gordon finished Year 10, 11 & 12 in southern India – a place where he often returns to, seeing friends and eating lots of yummy food.



Amy Philipsen

You will often find Miss Philipsen smiling and that is because she just loves being at school! Miss Philipsen is an avid baker and loves trying out new recipes and baking techniques…and then sharing the sweet treats with her family and friends. Miss Philipsen has a whippet puppy, Archie who is turning 1 year old this weekend! She loves playing with him, teaching him new tricks and meeting up with her friends and their puppies for play dates! Miss Philipsen loves going to musicals and live theatre and also enjoys spending her weekends at the Zoo.

Stephanie Chris

Our friendly and smiley Miss Chris is excited for a new year filled with lots of laughs and learning. Outside of work, Miss Chris loves spending time with her family and friends. You will either find at the beach, the movies or out for brunch. Miss Chris barracks for the mighty Tigers and enjoys going to as many games as she can throughout the season. Her favourite number must surely be two because she is teaching Year 2 for the second year, with 22 bubbly students AND she is also a twin! A coincidence? Definitely not!

Tayla McArtney

Miss McArtney grew up in Chelsea with her mum, dad and brother. Tayla has been teaching for 8 years and 2 of those years were spent teaching in London where she loved travelling to and exploring many different cities. While she is missing overseas travel, she’s swapping it for exploring Australia and she has even started going camping (wish her luck!). She has a huge sweet tooth and loves anything sugary, especially cupcakes. Her hobbies include playing netball, running and reading. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.

Alexandra Nasiou

Miss Nasiou enjoys spending time with family, friends and her two dogs Beezy and Teddy. She loves gardening, playing board games, painting, hiking and powerlifting. Her favourite colour is green and her favourite sport is swimming. Miss Nasiou definitely enjoys eating cookies and cream ice-cream while going for walks on the beach. 2JR are very lucky to have Miss Nasiou looking after them!

Liam Whittaker

Mr Whittaker is a brand-new teacher at OSPS and has been having a wonderful time getting to know his new school and amazing Grade 2 class! He loves creating music and can play the drums, guitar, bass and piano. Mr Whittaker also likes to cook lots at home and his favourite food is pizza. Mr Whittaker is very excited for our Year 2 production later this year – we can’t wait for him to share his musical talents with us!



Tremendous, terrific, thrilling…these adjectives describe the fun and excitement that was Twos-Day!

The year 2 students had a blast this week celebrating being in Year 2 on the day of ‘2’, 22/2/22. To make it even more memorable, the day fell on a Twosday! Ties and tutus were the dress up theme and we loved seeing the students so enthusiastic to come to school and show off the new additions to their uniforms.

We completed lots of fun ‘two’ themed activities, with the very best being the two minute challenges. Students had to see how many star jumps they could complete, how many times they could write their name, blink their eyes and many more fun things all within two minutes. Two of the highlights were how many fruit loops the students could stack on top of a spoon that was in their mouth and if they could keep a balloon in the air for 2 minutes using only one hand!

We were so happy to be able to celebrate this palindrome and ambigram date with our amazing Year 2 students!




The Year 2s thoroughly enjoyed their Resilience Project incursion this week and we are all looking forward to starting our classroom lessons soon! Prior to the incursion session, we have been thinking about what gratitude is and what makes us feel happy. Each class has also signed a classroom commitment poster, signifying that they will work towards gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.

G: We are grateful for the amazing start to the year we have had, and all of the fun and learning that is happening in our classrooms.

E: Thinking of those who are stuck at home with family who are unwell.

M: put your favourite piece of music on and have a dance party!




A wonderful day was experienced yesterday at Oakleigh Recreation Centre with our OSPS District Swimming Squad competing against other schools in the Bentleigh District Carnival.

Our squad of 43 students swam across many disciplines and relays representing the school with pride and great sportsmanship.

Overall, OSPS placed second, a great result for all our students and staff who worked very hard during the swim season. A big thank you to Mr. Mooney and Miss Wells who coordinated practice and the carnival.


Those students fortunate enough to qualify for Beachside Division will represent the school again on March 11th. More details will follow regarding the vent shortly.



  OSPS St. Andrews
Cricket (White) 4/69 2/98 (St. Pauls)
Cricket (Green) 4/41 4/40
Softball Girls 15 11
Softball Boys 14 8
Basketball Girls 34 6
Basketball Boys 30 2
Basketball Mixed Bye Bye
Flag Rugby Girls (White) 0 7 (St. Pauls)
Flag Rugby Girls (Green) 8 2
Flag Rugby Boys (Green) 8 2
Flag Rugby Boys (White) 1 3 (St. Pauls)
Volleyball Boys 1/25 0/23
Volleyball Girls 1/25 0/5
Volleyball Mixed 2/27 0/22





The past few weeks the Year 2s have been focusing on recount writing, in particular time adverbial words to sort the information. We are so pleased to see so many students extending their writing to include more information and detail about their events, and even some paragraphs!


We have also begun our informative writing focus where we have been learning information about different animals and even our peers, to include in our information reports.


My first day of school was amazing. First, we lined up at the Year 2 building. When we got inside I met my teacher and classmates. After that, I made a poster about myself…

Matthew T, 2JR


“Wake up, wake up” said my Mum. “Today is the race!” I woke up and gasped. I rushed to brush my teeth, then changed into my racing clothes then I rushed downstairs. I ate breakfast “only ten more minutes” said my Mum, then I ran to the car…

Vivaan, 2TM

Information report:

Gorilla classification – A group of gorillas are called a troop. They are mammals and belong to the family Hominidae.

Gwen, 2GL


Gorilla Size & appearance and Habitat & lifestyle – Gorillas can grow to over 5 feet tall. They can live up to 35 years. Gorillas live in the jungle in Wester Africa. They can sometimes jump up trees, but they mainly stay on the ground.

Lucy, 2AP



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