Oakleigh South Primary School


24th March 2021


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167

T: 03 9570 1016  

E: oakleigh.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au   W: oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au 

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn …and change.”
Carl Rogers


Issue  – 24th March 2021


Thursday 25th March
– School Tour 9.30am-10:30am (Fully Booked)
– Year 6 Summer Sport Finals
– Year 6 Art Incursion

Friday 26th March
– Year 4 MCG & Eureka Tower Excursion

Monday 29th March
– Year 2 Dinosaur Incursion & Dress Up Day

Wednesday 31st March
– Year 3 – 6 House Cross Country

Thursday 1st April
– Final Day Term 1 (2.30pm dismissal)
– Junior Easter Hat Parade 9.30am & Junior Easter Raffle Drawn
– Final Assembly 1.50pm & Senior Easter Raffle Drawn


Oh what a day!! On Monday O.S.P.S. was tinged with orange as children and staff dressed to celebrate Harmony Day and the National Day of Action Against Bullying. The whole school gathered on the oval for an amazing drone picture of everyone together with the school in the background. Thank you to Miss Paroukas and everyone involved in the organisation of the day and to Mr Hooley for his terrific ‘drone’ skills. Please visit our website to see the photo!

A big thank you to all the families who have already donated Easter eggs for the Easter raffle. If you haven’t already donated there is still time so please send the donations to school with your child or drop them to the front office. The more eggs, the more prizes the Parent Group can make up to share amongst the children. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased through QKR.

The first school council meeting of 2021 was held last week. We welcome Steph Cash elected in the two year vacant community position. Congratulations to the following school councillors who were elected in office bearing positions. I look forward to working with the new 2021 school council.

President – Nadia Beauchamp
Vice President – Andrew Holman
Secretary – Maria Gaitan
Minutes Secretary – Nikki Virtuoso

Today the whole staff have been involved in a very comprehensive First Aid, CPR and Anaphylaxis training course. All staff are required to renew their first aid qualifications every 3 years in line with the department guidelines. We’ll see everyone back to school tomorrow.




Term 1
January 28th – 1st April

Term 2
19th April – 25th June

Term 3
12th July – 17th September

Term 4
4th October – 17th December
Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish




OSPS Parent Group is super excited to be able to hold their Easter Raffle this year, although it will be a little different with the winners announced at an assembly filmed and streamed via OSPStv.

We are sure it will be still thrilling for the students to hold the raffle.
Raffle tickets can be purchased on Qkr! and can be found under the ‘Special Events Tab’.
Donations of Easter Eggs can still be taken to the office!
Please see the flyer for all information.

Any questions please email osparentgroup67@gmail.com



Children in Year’s 3 – 6 participate in the House Cross Country. It is held at school (Oval & Windsor Ave) on Wednesday 31st of March.


Children born in 2013, 2012, 2011 are in the 8/9/10 Year Age Group and run 2km – 11.30am (Time of Race)

Children born in 2010 are in the 11 Year Age Group and run 3km – 9.50am (Time of Race)

Children born in 2009 and 2010 are in the 12/13 Year Age Group and run 3km  – 2.00pm ( Time of Race ).

Sunsmart measures will be enforced for this event and will include:

  • time for students to apply sunscreen
  • all students to be wearing hats to and from the event
  • adequate shade set up in the form of school marquees
  • all staff to be role-modelling Sunsmart measures

All students participating are required to come to school wearing their house colours, a full bottle of water, asthma puffer if needed and are highly encouraged to bring sunscreen. Students may purchase a house t-shirt in red Gould, yellow Curthbert, green Fraser and blue Landy T-shirt for $20 from the office.

The safety of the children is paramount and with such large numbers there will be 2 starting lines (School Sport Victoria – guidelines). This is to ease congestion at the start. These starting lines are 3 metres apart. Children that have been attending Mr Crane’s morning running sessions and those children that can run the distance without stopping will start on the front line. Children who know they will walk for some of the distance will start on the second line.

The House Cross Country Shield is awarded to the House that accumulates the most points on the day. The top 9 boys and top 9 girls in each age group will then represent the school at the District Cross Country Championships on May 18. Only these children, along with 1 or 2 emergencies will be asked to train in Mr Crane’s Running Club.

Parents are welcome to attend as spectators on the day and if you’d like to assist on the day, please contact marcus.mooney@education.vic.gov.au

Marcus Mooney



Dear Parents /Caregivers,

Welcome to a new school year. Can you believe we are already nearing the end of term 1?

Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the newly elected President of the Oakleigh South School Council. My name is Nadia Beauchamp, and this will be my second year on the School Council in what is my third year of association with the School.  Those that know me, generally do so through my two boys, who attend the school in years 2 and 5 (or my three year old who likes to think he does). I look forward to being able to get to know many more of you as time goes on.

I would like to thank the returning members of the Council and extend a very warm welcome to our newly elected members Alex, Anushi, Helen, Steph and Sarah. Welcome to the team and thank you for volunteering your valuable time to serve this community.  I look forward to a productive year in these new, different, and sometimes challenging ‘Covid normal’ circumstances.

Congratulations to Andrew Holman who was elected Vice President, Steph Cash – Treasurer, Maria Gaitan – Secretary and Nikki Virtuoso – Minutes Secretary. I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank outgoing long term school councillors Campbell Davies and Sam Diplaris. Both have contributed to the School Council for many years, and taken on the role of President, leading the School Council through both wonderful and challenging periods. Their efforts and dedication are sincerely appreciated by students, parents, staff, and the community, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Our first meeting has occurred, and during it we were able to discuss the highly anticipated topic of the School Fete. It brings me great sadness to inform you that due to the copious number of regulations currently in place when holding an event, the scale of our typical fete, the School Council has made the decision not to go ahead with it in its usual fashion, this year. The School Council, Parent Group and school staff have all expressed a strong desire to hold more community events in its place and bring back the feelings of togetherness missed by so many of us in 2020. Please know this is an ongoing discussion and more information will be on its way. We welcome any innovative ideas you many have to offer and should you wish to contribute to the conversation, please email the school council at schoolcouncil@oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au.

I am pleased to finally be able to announce that following on from more than twelve months of discussions with the Victorian School Building Authority, we have received notification from that OSPS will be getting a Car Park. The final configuration is still yet to be finalised, however plans have been presented to School Council and a decision was made to support the action. Although a car park does not improve the ability of more consistently releasing cars onto Centre Road and will therefore still require the co-operation of the community, policy and structural changes will increase the safety aspect. The safety for our children has always been the number one concern for all involved.

School Council also approved the formation of a policy sub-committee, with their first task being to review the Sunsmart and Dress Code policies. We look forward to hearing their ideas and recommendations at the next meeting.

I look forward to being able to provide you with further updates throughout the year, and I greatly appreciate your time to read this through fully.

Kind Regards,

SC President.



Recently the school has been made aware of instances where some students were sunburnt at a recent swimming sports carnival. A school policy council sub-committee has been formed to review our Sunsmart and Dress Code policies and we look forward to advising the community of the review. Numerous actions have been implemented to improve sunsmart measures at school. We sincerely apologise to the families affected and will ensure that an instance like this will never happen again.

The measures include but are not limited to:

  • Sunsmart messaging on classroom Interactive White Boards and/or on the white board
  • UV Index displayed daily on office TV with direct live feed from the Bureau of Meteorology
  • School Council Policy Sub-committee formed to review the Sunsmart and Dress Code Policy
  • School Council Policy Sub-committee investigating a PSW (Primary School Wear) light weight summer long sleeve top for school council approval
  • Personal suncreen, clearly labelled and kept in a sunscreen tub in classrooms
  • Arrangements in classroom for students to be reminded and have time to apply their personal sunscreen
  • Improvements in teachers role modelling Sunsmart measures
  • All staff have been involved in discussions and again received infomration round Sunsmart policy and practices



Our amazing students and staff all gathered as a community to take ACTION against bullying and to recognise all the diverse cultures for that we have within our school for Harmony Day.
All dressed in orange, we took a whole school photo via a drone on the oval to show our support and recognition of both of these very important days in our school calendar.




Year 5 Blurb

The Year 5 Team is a special one
We work really hard and have lots of fun
To get to know us and what this team brings,
Here are a few of our favourite things:

Ms Paroukas:
Favourite holiday destination: Bali
Favourite food: Chocolate
Favourite book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Favourite footy team: Collingwood
Favourite subject to teach: Well-Being

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

Mr Crane:
Favourite holiday destination: Switzerland
Favourite food: Thai
Favourite book: Cameron Smith: The Storm Within
Favourite footy team: Essendon
Favourite subject to teach: Maths

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

Ms Freeman:
Favourite holiday destination: Paris
Favourite food: Lemon Chicken
Favourite book: House of Sand and Fog
Favourite footy team: Carlton
Favourite subject to teach: Maths

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




Last week on Friday, the Year 5’s went on an excursion to the Melbourne Museum. I enjoyed looking at the interesting fossils and crystals. We also watched two IMAX movies. One was about volcanoes and was 3D. The other one was about climate change. The Year 5’s had a great time. This excursion was by far the best one I have had at OSPS.
– Leenoy 5HP

On Friday 18th of March, the year 5 students went to IMAX. We watched two movies on natural disasters on a gigantic screen. I liked how we got to watch it in 3D. We also got to play on a huge playground outside.
– Maddy 5NK

Maya & Mika

Maya & Josie



Anthony Savva
Anthony has been teaching for 10 years. Outside his working life, he is a dedicated Essendon Bombers fan and attends as many games as he can. On the weekend you’ll find him running The Tan Track and brunching with friends. He also enjoys working out at the gym and going on hikes. Mr. Savva recently became an uncle; his sister gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Mikaela. He can’t wait to spend more time with her and spoil her rotten.

Kelly Hall
Kelly Hall has been a member of the teaching staff at Oakleigh South for 14 years. Before that she taught at a Jewish day school in Elsternwick. At school she is heavily involved in everything musical such as junior and senior choir and productions. When not at school she loves to spend time with family including her 2 beautiful granddaughters, Ava and Kaylee. She also loves to read and go to see different Musicals. On the weekends you will generally find her spending time with her 2 dogs Samson and Maisie. Family is very important to her and every moment spent together is special.

Meg Corbett
My name is Meg Corbett and I started working at OSPS in 2006. I’ve taught Prep, One, Two and Four as well as Performing Arts. I have two beautiful children aged 7 and 4 who keep me very busy. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family. We are often at the beach and we also enjoy going for bushwalks, riding bikes and camping. My hobbies include photography and cake decorating and I enjoy attending Pilates classes and going for long walks to stay healthy.

Kirsten Whitworth
My name is Kirsten Whitworth and I have been working at OSPS for over 10 years. This year I am working part time with Meg. On the days I am not working I am enjoying (mostly) the chaos of having two young boys. I love the footy and play netball at Jells Park each week.

Diane Kassiotis
Miss K’s passions are: teaching, keeping fit, and spending time with her family and friends (including her amazing nephews and nieces, and Herky, her puppy!). She also loves the beach and dressing up! She believes we should all show kindness and smile at every opportunity, and that laughter is the best medicine 🙂

Enis Wintersea
Mr W’s passions are: Teaching, bushwalking and spending time with his family and friends. He also loves learning about how things around us work. He believes we should always make time to take on a new challenge and surprise ourselves with what we are able to achieve.

Nick Morrey
Nick is in his sixth year at OSPS and second in Year 4. He enjoys spending time with friends, especially when he gets the chance to hang out with Mr Eykman, Mrs Kingsley and Miss Gunning. He is going to miss Mrs Farry when she goes on maternity leave although their footy tipping competition is still expected to continue. Nick likes footy, soccer and cricket and is very keen to get back to the footy to watch the mighty Bombers in 2021. Married in 2018, he has a one year old daughter called Lucy who lights up his day when he gets home from work.




The Year 4s have had a very busy start to 2021. The core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths have kept everyone busy in the mornings, while we have loved getting back into our specialist subjects. Work is well underway for the Production which is on its way in Term 2 so keep your eyes peeled for tickets! Pirates Past Noon Kids is sure to be a hit! It has been great to see so many students be brave and have a go at auditioning for a part. The resilience on show has been terrific.

Something the Year 4s only get to do for one term a year is the Healthy Skills for Life Program. After such a disrupted 2020, it has been wonderful to be able to engage in a program that is designed to empower students with the social, emotional and physical skills to enable them to be their best self. Seeing students immerse themselves in this has been wonderful and it has definitely helped all students make a positive start to 2021. Check out some of the cool poses that we have learned so far! They’re just part of the fun!

This Friday we have an excursion to the Eureka Tower and the MCG. This is always a highlight on the Year 4 calendar. It’s fair to say that there is a lot of excitement around the Year 4 area and we can’t wait to get on the bus and get into it!




On Wednesday 17th  March, two members from the St.Kilda football club visited OSPS to talk to the Year six children about one of their successful ‘connecting with schools’ programs.

The ‘Play to Your Strengths’ program is aimed at helping kids discover and work to their individual character strengths.

It celebrates differences and helps kids overcome problems, improve their relationships and get a greater sense of wellbeing.

The children were encouraged to focus on their strengths in a positive and fun way and to recognise the character strengths of their friends and classmates.

Through interactive exercises, the students learnt about the 24 universal strengths and the way they can draw on these in all aspects of their life.

Photo: Dean 6SM holding pledge

Photo: Maya, Zeke, Oscar and Sanika with the presenters


Valued Student Awards

Prep – Year 2

Irini Prep AM
For making excellent choices about her behaviour, even when no-one is watching! Awesome Irini!!
Jiyana Prep JF
For striving for excellence and being a caring friend. You are a superstar Jiyana!
Aria Prep MR
For always completing her best work and for her positive attitude. You’re a star Aria!
Miller Prep NC
For always trying his hardest and never giving up, even when tasks are challenging.
Hunter Prep NM
For always displaying respect towards others with his excellent manners and behaviour. You’re a star!
Aiden 1AM
Working Together
For always working well with his classmates and being the first to lend a hand! You’re a star Aiden!
Daniel 1CF
For showing incredible understanding of money and solving hard questions! Well done 
Anshul 1CG
For demonstrating excellent subtraction skills particularly with 4 digit numbers. You’re a star!


Scarlett 1JG
Working Together
For excitedly sharing when her classmates are being bucket fillers and for filling theirs in return!
Vivaan 1LD
For demonstrating amazing respect by always doing the right thing and showing his 5L’s.
Ajith 1SR
Working Together
For always having a giant smile as he enters the room and working well with his friends!
Louis 2LV
Working Together
For his positive attitude in writing groups and continuing to put in 100% effort at all times.
Roman 2SC
For working incredibly hard to improve his handwriting, and showing resilience when doing so.
Noam 2SL
For striving for excellence as well as being a thoughtful and caring friend. Keep it up, Noam!

Valued Student Awards

Years 3-4

Paul 3DD
Working Together
For speaking very well, on behalf of the grade 3s at assembly last week. Well done Paul!

Tiyah 3DD
Working Together
For speaking very well, on behalf of the grade 3s at assembly last week. Terrific job Tiyah!


Heidi 3MT
Working Together
For being a great team member and working well in brainstorming sessions.

Shenara 3MW
For showing respect and great team work both in class and when farming  in the village.

Michael 4AS
For always being a friendly, helpful and respectful member of 4AS. Keep it up, Michael!

Dylan 4CW
For always being so kind to her friends and classmates and having compassion for everyone.

Namandeep 4DK
Working Together
For making a wonderful start to OSPS and working well with his classmates. Keep it up, Naman!

Jeremy 4EW
For his honest and hardworking approach in reaching all his learning goals.

Hannah 4NM
For being an honest & trustworthy member of 4NM. Hannah you are a superstar!!!

Valued Student Awards

Years 5-6

Mikayla 5HP
For being such a beautiful and caring member of 5HP. Love your work Mikayla


Seona 5LG
For always working and listening diligently, and consistently displaying thoughtfulness. Well done!

Eamon 5NK
For showing mature learning and making good choices in and out of the classroom – keep it up!

Seoyoung 6GZ
For always showing excellence through being organised and juggling many different aspects. Super!

5NC Japanese
For demonstrating a mature and focused attitude towards learning Japanese




Our Year 5 students enjoyed their 5th round of sport rotations during Term 1. These include: tennis, lawn bowls and competitive games. All students will participate in each sport twice to learn and experience a variety of skills and ways to play the games.

With two sessions remaining please ensure you child has a SunSmart hat at school and packs sunscreen in their bag.

Thank you to the PE and Year 5 teachers who organised and ran the activities.

Vemica & Jayla – 5NC

Dean – 5NC




Last week our Year 6 students enjoyed playing at home against St.Paul’s. All students had a wonderful time competing in various sports and displayed wonderful sportsmanship. Thank you to St.Paul’s for your wonderful sportsmanship. Next week we welcome Murrumbeena which will be our last round for Summer Sport. Please ensure your child has packed sunscreen in their bag to be applied at school.



Year 6 OSPS students not participating in summer interschool sport enjoyed their final session away against Coatesville Primary School last week.  All students enjoyed several structured games of Mat Ball against various teams while applying their newly learnt skills in the sport.
Thank you to our wonderful .E and Year 6 teachers who ran the program and gave our Year 6 students an opportunity to enjoy different activities. Next week Year 6 students involved with Intraschool sport will be travelling to GESAC to enjoy badminton and table tennis.

Please refer to the Operoo for more information and don’t forget to ensure your child has packed sunscreen in their bag.





Boys Volleyball OSPS- 2/50 def Murrumbeena- 0/34
Girls Volleyball OSPS- 0/36 lsot to Murrumbeena- 2/50
Volleystars OSPS- 0/21 lost to Murrumbeena- 2/30
Boys Softball OSPS- 8 def Murrumbeena- 3
Girls Softball OSPS- 16 def Murrumbeena- 8
Boys Flag Rugby OSPS- 6 def Murrumbeena- 0
Girls Flag Rugby OSPS- 4 lost to Murrumbeena- 5
Cricket OSPS “Pickles”- 3/104 def St Andrews- 3/54
Cricket OSPS “Eagles”- 29/4 lost to Murrumbeena- 53/8
Mixed Basketball OSPS- 12 lost to Murrumbeena- 18
Boys Basketball OSPS- 37 def Murrumbeena- 20
Girls Basketball OSPS- 16 lost to Murrumbeena- 18





Each Saturday morning from April 2021- August 2021

Oakleigh Auskick commences the 2021 season on 24th April and finishes on the 21st August (18 weeks). Cost for this entire season is $100 and you can register now on line or anytime during the season at www.aflauskick.com.au Auskickers receive a backpack including a football and other great footy stuff.  Memento’s of the season in the form of trophies and medals are presented to all Auskickers. Boys and girls 5-12 years are eligible to participate. Children must be 5 years of age or turn 5 years in the season.

Venue – Oakleigh South Primary School Riley Street, South Oakleigh.

When held – Each Saturday morning .

Time – Kinder, Preps and Grade 1  (9-10.30am) Grades 2-6  (9-11am)

Experienced coaches oversee the weekly program. Some parental help is required to assist these coaches with the running of the program no experience necessary.

For more information contact the Oakleigh Auskick Coordinator
Mr Kerry Ryan 0413 691 885




AR 4.5 (16.0 POINTS)

The series Warriors, written by Erin Hunter is about cats surviving in the forest. Bluestar’s Prophecy is about the life of Bluestar, and how she became leader of her clan. Bluestar has been prophesised to lead and protect her clan from all the dangers at stake. What I loved about this book was all the twists and suspense that kept me hanging onto every word. I would recommend this book for grade 3’s and up.

Bluestar’s Prophecy is on level 4.5 and is worth 16 points. If you like animals and a touch of suspense and action, I would definitely recommend this book to you. Bluestar’s Prophecy is one of my favourite books in the Warriors series and I could not put it down.

Anika 6JD



AR – 4.7 – 6.3 (3 points)

Hi, I’m Arshpreet and I’m going to tell you about a wonderful series of books called Horrible Histories. The books are written by Terry Deary, a very good author of many books. The books from the outside might look like a waste of time but, when you start reading them, they are like eating a triple cheesecake for free! I mean how good is that? The books range from 4.7 to 6.3 and we have loads and loads of the books in the library. Read them as fast as you can!

The books are about communities, people and times in history with bits that teachers don’t usually tell you because they think they are nasty bits which, let’s face the facts… they are, (but are also fun to learn about!). The books do have some very funny illustrations inside them so you won’t get bored at all! So, come and read them now at the library. That’ll help prevent you from getting scolded by your teacher and will get you some points for your goal.

Arshpreet 6FW



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