Oakleigh South Primary School


22nd  February 2023

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.” – Allan Bloom


Issue 4  – 22nd February 2023


Thursday 23rd February
– Senior Choir

Friday 24th February
– OSPS Swim Squad Training
– Year 5 IMAX Excursion

Tuesday 28th February 
– District Swimming Carnival @ Oakleigh Rec.


Term 1
27th January – 6th April
(Students begin 30th January)

Term 2
24th April – 23rd June

Term 3
10th July – 15th September

Term 4
2nd October – 20th December


The junior school held its first assembly for the year yesterday. The prep children will join the assembly soon, but the year 1-3 children enjoyed a wonderful singalong together and the first lot of valued student awards were given out. Once again, the Junior Joke segment didn’t disappoint!

Last week the year 6 students began their interschool sport season. It was an extremely warm day, but all students were sun smart and kept hydrated. This week we venture over to Oakleigh Grammar school, with the weather being very warm again. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and cold-water bottle.

Last night we held the first School Council meeting for 2023. As you would be aware from the Compass that has been sent, we did not have to have an election as we had four nominations for the four positions available. Congratulations to our new members, Nicole Stenton, Jordan Argiriou, Brendon Wood, Jennie Kim-Ross. In the DET category there were 2 vacant positions and 2 nominations received. Congratulations to Erik Albers and Helen Paroukas who have been elected to school council for the 2023 – 2024 year.

I would also like to thank Maria Gaitan, Sarah Tilsley, Alex Koulaouzos and Anushi Rajapaksa, who are leaving school council, for their service they have given to the school over the past two years.

Finally, the end of the week will once again very warm. Please make sure your children have their hat, dress appropriately and bring a large cold-water bottle.

Enjoy the rest of the week.






Our School Photos have been confirmed for Thursday the 9th and Friday the 10th of March in the school hall. Our School Photos will be taken by Elite School Photography.
Details have been sent to parents via Compass
All orders are to be completed online, via the Elite School Photography website, prior to the day.

A timetable will be sent next week when your child’s class photo will be taken as well as family photos.



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.

Please click here to apply – CSEF Application Form.

Those families that were eligible in 2022 will be rolled over, you do not need to reapply.

If you have any issues please contact Carlyn carlyn.backers@education.vic.gov.au



There are still some places available for keyboard lessons. One space at 4:30pm on Wednesdays and 2 places available at 5pm on Wednesdays.

If you’re interested please contact Perry at – perryv@optusnet.com.au




There are still over 100 books which are on loan from 2022 and need to be returned to the school library.

Please check your child’s book shelf, sibling’s book shelves, under the bed, in the wardrobe, and all those other sneaky places books like to hide.

Overdue notices have been sent home with your child if they still have a book from last year.

If your child thinks they have returned a book, please tell them to come and see Mrs. Bahnsen or Mrs. Charles in the library. Thank you.


By Rayaan

My body shuddered as I walked into my year four classroom, I saw all my classmates. I even found out that I’m sitting opposite my best friend, Luca and next to him was my other best friend, Alwyn. So far so good!

On the first day we had word searches and a colouring in bookmark with our names on them waiting at our tables. The best day just got even better. Little did I know this wasn’t the best… yet, this is going to be the BEST!

I know memories are definitely going to be made here.



By Rutva

As I walked into the classroom on the first day of Year 4, I saw the welcoming faces of the students and my teacher. We unpacked our bags and then got introduced to everything new.

Everything was perfect. In the first week of school, we got told our production in Performing Arts, made bookmarks in Art, and learned things about the past in Japan in Japanese In the past few weeks in maths we have been learning about 3D shapes, and in Writing, we have been doing all sorts of things, right now we are writing a pretend newspaper report about a nursery rhyme

I can’t wait to see what happens next in school, I hope we continue to learn amazing new things.

By Christian

As I walk into the beautiful fresh air-conditioned classroom I hear a voice and I realise it is my amazing teacher. Already I felt excited because all these years I have had female teachers so it would be nice to have a teacher of my own gender and Greek like me as well.

We get into the first activity which is a Get to Know Me game and learned about where my new classmates went for their holidays. Rayaan and Rutva went to New Zealand for their exquisite vacation! Personally, I went spearfishing which was really fun because you get to see the fish, it’s like you’re in a whole new world of creatures from big to small.

Anyway back to my classroom subjects, we did a word search and my classmates stated that my name was the easiest name to find. I don’t blame them it was literally the first thing you saw. We did some writing which was recounts and I wrote about all the wonderful things I did.

We have also been told that we will be going on camp on the last week of Term 1 and in Term 2 we will be going to Eureka Tower and the MCG. So, I am really looking forward to that. Last year’s camp was 2 and a half hours away this camp is only an hour and twenty minutes. So that will be better. This is my year 4 experience so far!

Junior Performing Arts News Term 1


In Term 1 the junior Performing Arts students are learning about Beat and Rhythm in Music.

The Preps have been keeping the beat on percussion instruments, and in movement and dance. They have learnt a variety of songs including some Japanese songs.

Grade 1 and 2 are learning about the music concepts of beat and rhythm. The students demonstrate their understanding of beat and rhythm through their singing, movement, and playing percussion instruments. We have had fun singing silly songs, Japanese songs, and songs for Grandparents Day.

The Grade 3 students are learning about the music concepts of beat & rhythm and time signatures. They have been playing percussion instruments, doing movement activities, and learning new songs.

Junior Choir has commenced and students from Grades 2 and 3 are welcome to attend. It is held in the Junior Music room on Tuesdays from 1:00pm till 1:25pm.

Senior Performing Arts News Term 1


Grade 4 students have been quickly learning the songs from our production this year called Splash! They are very enthusiastic and auditions for singing roles are beginning this week.

Grade 5 have begun learning the basics of ukulele playing, playing chords and notes along to songs they are familiar with. So far we have unearthed some more very talented musicians.

Grade 6 have begun to familiarise themselves with the songs from their production this year of The Wizard Of Oz. Hopefully we will have some great competition when auditions begin in a few more weeks.

VSSS CHOIR & DANCE – 46 Grade 5 students have been selected to participate in this years’ amazing Victorian State School Spectacular. Rehearsals will begin soon once our materials have been received for what will be a fantastic experience for all.

OSPS BAND – School band begun last week and we have already learnt our first piece called March of the Metro Gnomes. These clever and passionate musicians will get together each Wednesday lunch and grow together for some performances in the very near future.

SENIOR CHOIR – What a great show of participants so far to our senior choir rehearsals after school on Thursdays. After only 2 weeks we have 3 songs close to performance stage. Any students in Grade 4, 5 or 6 are most welcome to join this brilliant group of singers.




4LD are grateful for having a fantastic school with a range of technology to help us with our learning.

4LD empathise with the preps who are getting used to a new school environment and routine.

4LD are mindful to include new students who have started at our school this year.




Toprak – 1MT
For always striving to complete school work to your best ability.

Eliya – 1MT
For always helping to keep the classroom clean and tidy.

Hanna – 1AM
Working Together
For being so understanding of her classmates and looking out for their needs! You’re a star Hanna!

Ryan – 1AM
For settling into year one comfortably and trying his best in every subject! Go Ryan!

Penelope – 1KS
For always producing beautiful work and helping others! You’re a star!

James – 1KS
For settling in well to the classroom and always being kind and caring to others. You’re a star!

Alba – 1LD
For her positive start at OSPS; confidently adding to class discussions and giving everything a go!

Ari – 1LD
For starting the year off with a bang; producing amazing work and having sensational manners always!

Zephan – 1CG
For always producing outstanding work and settling into 1CG beautifully. You rock Zephan!

Queenie – 1CG
For demonstrating wonderful manners and always being the first to help others. You’re a superstar!

Eleni – 1JG
Working Together
For being one of 1JG’s best bucket fillers & always lending a helping hand to others. Thank you Len!

Ethan – 1JG
For being a responsible and caring classmate who uses magnificent manners! What a fab start to Yr 1!

Neera – 1NM
For being a kind and mindful classmate helping others who are in need. Well done!

Hunter – 1NM
For always giving his 100% effort in class and having a ‘never give up’ attitude!




Methsi – 2GL
For demonstrating the school values at all times and putting her best effort into her learning.
Lewis – 2GL
For being a fantastic role model at all times and showing the school values to a high standard.
Theo – 2MJ
For being a helpful student who shows respect to his classmates, teachers and school.
Nora – 2MJ
For her efforts in completing all of her work to a high standard.
Max – 2TM
Working Together
For being super helpful around the classroom and helping his peers when he is finished! 😀
Jiyana – 2TM
For being such a kind and friendly class mate and for always using her manners.
Jordan – 2CD
For settling into Grade 2 beautifully and for not giving up on working to improve your handwriting.
Aria – 2CD
For producing high quality work and being an excellent helper in the classroom.
Marcus – 2LW
Working Together
For showing kindness and helpfulness to everyone in 2LW during our first weeks of Grade 2.
Zoe – 2LW
For her neat and wonderful work in writing!
Joseph – 2SC
For settling in to Year 2 with ease and always showing magnificent manners.
Shaan – 2SC
For settling in to OSPS with ease and always displaying a positive attitude.
Kimaya – 2AP
For making an excellent start at O.S.P.S! You’re a great addition to our class, Kimaya!


Jordan – 3AN
For the great start he has made to the term, in all aspects of his learning. Keep it up, Jordan!

Nadia – 3AN
For being an amazing listener and always trying to do the right thing. Great work, Nadia!

Mason – 3DD
Displaying amazing resilience in class and persisting with challenging new things! Terrific Mason.

Amy – 3NH
For making a fantastic start to year 3 and being the first to complete an AR quiz this year!

Eiji – 3RH
Working Together
For showing initiative and helping those around him.

Araiya – 3ML
For displaying resilience, persistence and self-belief in the classroom and on the playground.

Matthew – 3ML
For helping others and consistently displaying respect, courtesy and good manners.

Sam – 3MW
For helping others and consistently displaying respect, courtesy and good manners.





As part of Year 4 Class Writing, students were asked to write an engaging recount in postcard format, on activities they wished they had taken part in, while on holidays.

The students enjoyed writing about some of their wild, made up, adventures.

Saar and Olivia, from 4CR wrote the following postcards to their classmates, Max and Ayelet:

Dear Max,

Just got back from fighting a dingo after skydiving. Parachute got ripped (and clothes) but I’m not dead.

(Luckily!) I’m covered in scratches, but you should have seen the dingo!

Yesterday I rode a kangaroo at a nature reserve. Kept trying to buck me off but I held on tight.  Got to change clothes now!

See you soon, Saar.       

Dear Ayelet,

Nothing interesting really happened on my holiday… other than jumping down a 10-foot-high rock! I’m now going to carry an electric eel for the rest of the day!  

Forgot to mention, I bought a jetpack and now I can fly!        

Hope to see you in class.

From, Olivia




Sport results vs St. Peters


Sport Girls Boys Mixed
Flag Rugby Green Girls
Green Boys
White Boys
0-2 vs. Murrumbeena


White Girls
1-2 vs. Murrumbeena

Softball 10-12 24-19  
Basketball 6-36 25-28 30-30

20/25/11 = 56

St. Peters – 25/20/9 = 54

18/20 = 38

St Peters –
25/25 = 50


11/10 = 21

St. Peters – 15/15 = 30




Camp Australia use the OSPS facilities to deliver before and after school care to families. They also offer care on curriculum days and school holidays.

The building is situated adjacent to the staff car park and they have access to our junior school playground and junior oval for outside play.

Check out their flyer for information and head to their website to register.




Parent Group along with the Prep teachers are pleased to announce the Welcome BBQ for the 2023 Prep students and their immediate families.

This will be held on Thursday, 2 March from 5 – 7pm. This has always been a great event for our families to meet in a casual environment while the kids can enjoy the playground and entertainment.

We ask that you RSVP via the TryBooking link sent to families in Compass so we can ensure there is adequate catering.

It is great to see the Prep Welcome BBQ come back in 2023 after several years unable to hold the valued event. Thank you to Parent Group!



Parent Group is pleased to announce that Cinema Under the Stars is back for 2023.

We will be showing Puss in Boots on the front oval, on Friday, 3 March.

Gates open at 6.30pm with the movie starting at dusk Please BYO picnic rugs, chairs, pillows, blankets etc to make it an enjoyable and comfortable night.

Light refreshments & glow products will be for sale in the hall prior to the movie starting.

Tickets can be purchased through the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/events/events/landing/1016197

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




We are so excited to be working with The Resilience Project (TRP) this year again to support and foster the Mental Health and Wellbeing of our students and whole school community.


The Resilience Project is committed to teaching positive mental health strategies to prevent mental ill-health and build young people’s capacity to deal with adversity and challenges in everyday life.


Check out the link below ‘Introducing TRP to Parents and School Community’



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