Oakleigh South Primary School

16th March 2022


“Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.“ – W. E. B. Du Bois


Issue 7  – 16th March 2022

March 17th
– State School Spectacular Rehearsal
– Year 6 ‘Play to your Strengths’ Program
– Year 5 Interschool Sport (away vs. Coatesville)
– Year 6 Interschool Sport (home vs. St. Pauls)

March 18th
– National Day Against Bullying
– Year 5 IMAX Excursion
– Year 6 ‘Play to your Strengths’ Program

March 22nd
– Harmony Day

March 23rd
– World Maths Day



What an amazing weekend of sunny weather we had to enjoy the extra day. I hope everyone got to enjoy some family time outdoors.

Well done to the children that represented our school at the Bentleigh Division Swimming carnival last Friday. Our swimming team swam very well and should be congratulated on their performances and great sportsmanship.

This Friday the school will be recognising the National Day of Action Against Bullying. The theme for this year is KINDNESS CULTURE, which is a theme that OSPS instils in our students every day. The whole school will be involved in activities and a display of kindness quotes will be exhibited in the school hallway.

Next Tuesday, we will be celebrating Harmony Day. The message is Everyone Belongs! It is a day to celebrate our country’s diversity and a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. OSPS welcomes families from over 40 different backgrounds, so to celebrate and recognise this, we are inviting all students to either dress in orange or wear their culture’s traditional outfit. It will be a day to show pride for your culture and show support for cultural diversity and inclusiveness in our school.

Have a fantastic week ahead.





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




On Friday 18 March 2022, Oakleigh South Primary is participating in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). The NDA is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to prevent bullying.

The theme for the 2022 NDA is Kindness Culture. Oakleigh South Primary will demonstrate Kindness Culture by getting involved in whole school activities promoting inclusiveness, respect and community belonging for all students.

Planning for a safe and supportive school community requires a whole-school community approach. Whole-school responses to bullying prevention build positive and supportive school environments by incorporating strategies for intervention at all levels, inclusive of students, teachers, parents and carers.

Three key characteristics outlined in the national definition of bullying distinguish bullying behaviours from other forms of peer aggression behaviours, which do not constitute bullying. The key characteristics of bullying include:

  1. power imbalance
  2. deliberate intent to cause harm, and
  3. ongoing and repeated behaviour.

While the following behaviours of peer aggression do not constitute bullying, these behaviours may still be serious and require intervention at home and at school:

  • arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
  • single acts of social rejection or meanness, or
  • isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.

It is important for our entire school community, including our staff, parents, carers and students to have a clear understanding of the definition of bullying to be able to distinguish these behaviours from peer aggression, and correctly identify and respond to incidents of bullying.

Knowing the types of bullying behaviour can also help you identify if the incident is bullying, or peer aggression. While neither of these behaviours are tolerated at Oakleigh South Primary, they do require different management strategies, and the first step for responding is to correctly identify the behaviour.

If you have concerns that your child is being bullied, please contact the classroom teacher in the first instance. You will be referred to the Assistant Principal of your year level, if a satisfactory outcome is not achieved. If you believe the behaviour constitutes a crime, or is a serious incident of cyberbullying, please refer to the Bullying. No Way! website for information on how to report to other authorities and gaining further help.

You can read the Oakleigh South Primary School’s Bullying policy at https://oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Bullying-Prevention-and-Harrassment-Policy.pdf

For more information, please visit the Bullying. No Way! website for additional resources or visit the official website at https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/



World Maths Day is one of the world’s largest global educational events and this year it will kick off on Wednesday 23rd March! This day aims to get primary and secondary school students excited and enthusiastic about learning maths. We are constantly using maths in our everyday lives, from telling the time, counting and adding, to measuring and using money – maths is everywhere!

At Oakleigh South Primary School, we love to provide engaging and challenging maths lessons at every level. We also use Mathletics to help complement our learning. This year the “World’s Largest Online Maths Competition” is back! You can join millions of students across the globe as they celebrate World Maths Day and compete in Live Mathletics challenges. There will be 20 x one-minute challenges available.

The goal is simple: get as many questions correct as you can within one minute and be crowned the winning Mathlete! You can earn 1 point for each correct answer that goes towards your score. Winners will progress through to the global finals, which will take place two weeks after World Maths Day. They’ll go head to head with three peers from around the world in a live-streamed knockout tournament, with prizes for the champions. You might make it onto the World Maths Day Hall of Fame just like Alexander Z did last year, achieving 3rd place in the world! Go Alexander!

This event runs for 48 hours to cover all time zones. Your child will automatically be able to take part using their school subscription- just log in on the day and let the games begin! We encourage all students to take part, try their best and most importantly have fun. May the best Mathlete win!



Congratulations to the following students and classes who scored the most Mathletics points in week 6.


It’s very important to understand that even though getting 1,000 points a week is great it’s more important that students are challenging themselves at their own level and completing work that supports their learning at school.


Top Students Activity Points
Ksenia Z – 6CR 18033
Marvin L – 3AG 16383
Prayag P – 4KH 10137
Sushant G – 3MW 10000
Ela R – 5SA 9591
Lilly L – 4CW 8040
Shiven K – 4CW 7513
Marcus L – 2JR 6738
Panagiotis Y – 5LG 6110
Adith J – 2GL 6089


Top 5 Classes Activity Points
4KH 63230
3MW 62540
6FW 58930
6CR 50400
3AG 48510



Celebrate our cultural diversity by living the Harmony Week message – everyone belongs in your workplace, community, school, sporting group, local councils and state governments.

At OSPS, we value the importance of cultural diversity – encourage the values of respect, equality and freedom and promote participation and provide some fun ways to learn.

Our Harmony Day at OSPs will be on Tuesday March 22nd. All students are invited to dress in orange or war their culture’s traditional outfit.



Primary School Wear (PSW) have released a new micromesh polo shirts for OSPS.

They are available in long sleeve ($39.95) and short sleeve ($37.95) and School Council have approved these garments to form a part of our official school uniform.

The new polo shirts are optional and can be purchased in store. Soon they will be available to order online via their website.

PSW – 1 Age St, Cheltenham VIC 3192



Parents are reminded to ensure that students are wearing SPF 30+ (or higher) broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen to school during September through to April or whenever UV levels reach 3 and above.

We would also like to remind Parents and Students, that students are to bring their own SPF 30+ (or higher) broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen to school, sporting events and other times students may leave the school where they will be spending significant time outdoors where appropriate.

Students will given an opportunity at school before lunch and recess to apply their own sunscreen. This is in conjunction with wearing a SunSmart hat and using shaded areas around the school when possible.




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




There lives a wonderful team down in Year Five,

Hard work and fun in total hyperdrive!

Practising GEM and emotional literacy is our thing-

To prepare our students for what life may bring.

We’re ready for 2022, excited to ensure our Year Fives not only survive, but also THRIVE!




To get to know us and what this team brings,

Here are a few of our favourite things:

Ms Helen Paroukas:
Favourite holiday destination: Bali
Favourite food: Thai
Favourite book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Favourite footy team: Collingwood
Favourite subject to teach: Emotional Literacy


Mrs Nadine Kingsley:
Favourite holiday destination: Los Angeles
Favourite food: Lasagne
Favourite book: Hunger Games
Favourite footy team: Tigers
Favourite subject to teach: Writing


Ms Kirwan Peluso:
Favourite holiday destination: The tropics
Favourite food: Thai
Favourite book: The Outsiders
Favourite footy team: Hawthorn
Favourite subject to teach: Maths

Mrs Lisa Goudie:
Favourite holiday destination: Sandon, Victoria
Favourite food: Avocado
Favourite book: The Book Thief
Favourite footy team: The Mighty Saints!
Favourite subject to teach: Grammar


Ms Claire Stevenson:
Favourite holiday destination: Italy
Favourite food: Pizza
Favourite book: All the Light We Cannot See
Favourite footy team: Melbourne. Go the Dees!
Favourite subject to teach: Writing and Dance


Mrs Elaine Wilkinson:
Favourite holiday destination: Vietnam and India
Favourite food: Japanese
Favourite book: When Breath Becomes Air
Favourite footy team: Geelong. Go Cats!
Favourite subject to teach: Reading and Spelling


Mr Sean Alston:
Favourite holiday destination: Rwanda and Nepal
Favourite food: Tacos
Favourite book: The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Favourite footy team: The Saints!
Favourite subject to teach: Maths and Geography



The mathematics program in Grade 5 consists of two number groups sessions, one class number session and two applied sessions.

So far this term the applied sessions have focussed on 24 hour time, length, volume, capacity and interpreting data with graphs. The applied sessions have included a hands-on focus where students use the skills they’ve been taught in a in a real life sense.

For example:


Creating a daily timetable in a 24 hour format.

Understanding why the use of 24 hour time is essential in certain industries like aviation and the military.

Calculating elapsed time using a range of units of measurement.



Estimating lengths of objects using known lengths as a benchmark. For example, “I know Mr Alston is 1.85 metres tall so I’m estimating the height of the door is 2.4metres.”

Using measuring tape and rulers to measure a range of objects and convert into different units of measurement (mm to cm).

Calculating the area and perimeter of shapes and discussing different contexts it is used in everyday life, for example the construction industry.


Volume and Capacity:

Calculating the volume of a range of boxes by measuring its length, width and height then multiplying.

Estimating, ordering and measuring the capacity of particular objects.


Year 5 GEM


Gratitude- thankful that our school term hasn’t been disrupted with lockdowns.

Empathy- towards Shane Warne’s family and friends who are grieving the loss of their hero, Shane Warne at the young age of 52.

Mindfulness- take time out to reflect on our day, three things that went well for me.



Ella Haney   5HP Gratitude For always showing gratitude towards her friends and teachers every single day. You are awesome Ella.
Patrick Pantelidis   3NH Gratitude For always beginning the day with positivity and thanking the Grade 3 teachers at the end of each day. Well done, Patrick!
Tvishaa Viswanathan   6GZ Empathy For displaying empathy towards her peers and teachers by displaying compassion and initiative.
Alisha Toura   1LD Empathy For showing kindness to another classmate by offering to play with them because they were sad that they had no one to play with is! You’re a star Alisha!
Eli Chea   2JR Empathy For always being thoughtful and offering help to others. Well done Eli!
Indigo Pierzchalski   4DK Empathy Indigo always shows kindness and empathy, helping others whenever she can. Well done, Indigo!
Ella Haney   5HP Gratitude For always being such a beautiful friend and student. Always being grateful for the kindness Ella shows others every single day at school.
Sia Tzanopoulos   PNC Gratitude For appreciating the friendships she’s made at school.




All of our students in Years 3-6 have made terrific start towards their reading goals. Students on the Accelerated Reading program should be at approximately 50% of their reading goal. You can support your child’s progress by using the Renissance Home Connect function. Just use your child’s school AR log in details.

You can access the link here – https://Auhosted2.renlearn.com.au/1478818/HomeConnect

Our school goal this year is to read 1 billion quality words. Student’s should be reading at their agreed reading range to develop skills and show growth over time. it is recommended that students are reading for a minimum of 20 minutes a night and 100 minutes across the week. Congratulations to our top quizzers in week 6.

Student Points 
Lily W – 4AS 49.1
Alexander Z – 6JD 45.0
Ayush S – 4LD 42.2
Indeevar T – 5KP 39.0
Atharv H – 5NK 38.4
Sophie T – 4EW 37.4
Mitali P – 4LD 35.4
Luka B – 6CR 33.5
Oliver G – 6GZ 32.1
Anvita R – 4LD 31.0




Cricket & Flag Rugby teams (white) played away against St. Peters.

  OSPS Coatesville
Cricket (White) (bye)  
Cricket (Green) 5/42 3/36
Softball Girls 12 13
Softball Boys 11 17
Basketball Girls 6 48
Basketball Boys 18 32
Basketball Mixed 9 28
Flag Rugby Girls (White) (bye)  
Flag Rugby Girls (Green) 3 4
Flag Rugby Boys (Green) 5 3
Flag Rugby Boys (White) (bye)  
Volleyball Boys 0 2
Volleyball Girls 2 0
Volleyball Mixed 2 1




Mr. Mooney

Hello my name is Mr Mooney and I’m the Gr 2 – 6 PE teacher. I also run the Sport Program – Swimming, Cross- Country, Athletics and Gr 5 & 6 Inter School Sport.

Most people regard me as the brains of the PE/Sport Dept and when you meet my other PE colleagues you’ll understand why!

I support Collingwood, Leeds United, LA Rams and LA Dodgers.

My favourite band is the Rolling Stones.

My favourite movie is The Marathon Man.

I have 2 adult sons and both attend University.

Mr. Downey

Hi, my name is Mr Downey.

I help both Mr Mooney and Mr McMahon in the PE department.

My favourite sport is basketball and football. I support the Miami Heat and the Western Bulldogs.

In my spare time I like to listen to records, my favourite artists are Cosmos Midnight and Childish Gambino.

Mr. McMahon

Some facts about me-

*I am the oldest of 9 children

*I grew up in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea

*I played and love watching Rugby Union

*I have not played AFL but I love watching the Sydney Swans

*My hobbies are cartooning and cycling

*I am not 99 years old (as some Preps say I am)

Mr. Cantlon Junior

I’ve been working in the PE department for 9 years. I’m currently the Year 6 volleyball coach and use to play football.

On my days off I love spending time with my 5 y.o daughter Mia, cooking baked beans on toast and eating ice-cream.

My favourite movie is Predator and I love telling ‘dad jokes’ to anyone who will listen.




The Great Holiday Writing Challenge!

The Year 5s had a challenge to write descriptively about an event or a few different activities in their school holidays using exactly 100 words! No easy feat! The students then had to creatively present their recount with a portrait of themselves.

Meghna 5WS

Aurora 5LG

Alessia 5KP

Xander 5NK

Alfred 5HP

Angelene 5SA




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