Oakleigh South Primary School

30th March 2022


 Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.- Abigail Adams


Issue 9  – 30th March 2022

Thursday March 31st
– Year 6 Interschool Sport Finals

Friday April 1st
– Second Hand Uniform Shop Open
– Year 2 Dinosaur Day

Monday April 4th
– School Curriculum Day (No school for students)

Wednesday April 6th
– Second Hand Uniform Shop Open

Thursday April 7th
– Easter Hat Parade (P-2)
– House Cross country (3-6)

Friday April 8th
– End of Term 1




Yesterday we had a whole school assembly where we celebrated many Mathletics Gold certificate recipients. Well done to everyone that has worked very hard to achieve their gold certificate. Another highlight was the senior choir performing two songs. It’s great to see our assemblies getting back to normal this year.

Once again, the OSPS parent group are organising the annual Easter raffle. We are asking all families to donate easter eggs, characters, big and small and drop them off at the office. All prizes will be announced at the final assembly on Friday the 8th April.

We are in the final stages of the pre-construction stage for our building refurbishment. Preliminary works have begun in the Village to facilitate the relocation of two portables. It is expected that construction work will begin early in term 2.

Finally, next Monday the 4th April is a Curriculum Day. All staff will be involved in a professional learning day at school. The children are not required at school on this day.

Enjoy your 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




There will be a whole school curriculum day, Monday April 4th.


No students are required to attend school on this day.




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




What’s that sound of early morning chirping outside Mrs Dwyer’s window? Why it’s simply the singing of the grade 3 chicks.

We now have nine happy glee club members enjoying their new compound and being adored by the children. Cuddles all around each lunch time and familiarisation with humans and the outside elements see our beloved animals comfortable in all situations.

They have lost their down and are starting to grow their forever feathers. The change is remarkable in the short time since their hatching. Our caring grade 3 students are learning how important it is to look after animals and the responsibilities that are involved to keep them safe.

We are looking forward to gathering eggs when they get older. Chickens are so smart. Did you know that they can recognise up to one hundred faces?



How well do you know our Year 6 staff?

Give it a go – just for a laugh!

1.            I have lived in America and London in years past,

                I really love my puppy Harvey; and travelling’s a blast!

                In regards to sport, I love to watch and to play;

                When it comes to dining, I prefer the Italian way.

2.            Shopping for shoes is my part time crime;

                I love to bake in my limited free time.

                My weakness is definitely ice-cream,

                And beautiful writing is my ultimate dream!

3.            I went to MacRob, and love travelling overseas,

                I’ve parachuted, scuba dived, and zip-lined through the trees.

                I’ve lived in 4 states of Australia, and visited all,

                I love most sports, but my favourite is softball.

4.            At 26, I had my tonsils removed,

                I have a brother who DJs, and gets into the groove.

                On my 21st birthday, I jumped out of a plane – true;

                I’m a qualified secondary dance and drama teacher too.

5.            I’ve worked in the US on their summer vacations,

                Playing guitar and drums are some of my recreations.

                I went to school with one of the Prep teachers,

                Bike riding and “Bruce” are definitely life’s features.

6.            I’ve been here seven years now and I like to think I’m funny

                However, my wife says I’m a terrible cook and make pudding that’s way too runny.

                I’m the new one to Year 6 and loving it as you can probably see

                I love footy and the Bombers and most of all my little daughter Lucy!

ANSWERS: 1. Ms Di Siervi   2. Mrs Roth   3. Miss Wells   4. Ms Marsden   5. Mr Zielin   6. Mr Morrey



The Art Room has been a buzz so far this term with the Year six children starting off with ‘zentangle and ink blowing work’ which will feature “Moana” inspired stencil designs to coincide with the year six production. The drawings have been coloured with markers and fine-liners onto A3 cartridge. The children are working independently for this and are revisiting their understandings of tone and blending using colour pencils and cross hatching techniques to complete the work. The year sixes are also allowed to come into the art room on a Friday at lunchtime if they wish to continue with this activity.

The Year Five children have carefully rendered ‘Still Life rainbow monster leaves’. Cross hatching and blending techniques have been applied. The children have learnt how to create a 3D effect by colouring things tonally. The year fives are invited to come draw at lunchtimes on a Wednesday.

Year Four children have done some drawing, a gel pen book-mark and are currently having a great time making pom poms. Its taken weeks of wrapping wool so far and these will become either a pig, clown fish or chicken. This is a school tradition started by Mrs. Orchard many years ago and the children look forward to it.

Weaving a semi-circle to make a turtle forms the basis of the Year Three textile unit this semester. The year three and four children have made good use of the art room during our Monday lunch time ‘Wool Club’ sessions starting up again this term. It is usually a full house on many occasions with many busy hands creating pom-poms and weaving from our donated wool supply.

Chinese lanterns and their important role in Chinese New Year celebrations have been the focus for Year Two earlier this year. They then moved onto scratch art and have made a fish book-mark as well as a drawing for the foyer later this year.

The Year One children have looked at their understanding of colour after reading ‘The Day the Crayons Quit.’ They have drawn various objects in a colour they would normally be associated with. The children created mosaic borders for their pictures in matching tones of their chosen colour. It’s a great activity for students to get to know each other better and communicate their ideas visually. They are also a wealth of information about Claude Monet and are now working on their interpretation of his famous Japanese bridge and waterlilies. Their creativity is amazing!

The Prep children have drawn ‘Self-Portraits’. They are honing their skills in order to create a special Art Work which will be framed and made available from the school by the middle of term 2. It’s all a big surprise at the moment but these little masterpieces will be available for sale for $20 and delivered to your child’s’classroom from the art-room. They have also explored circle work and looked at the famous painting by Wassily Kandinsky of his Concentric Circles.

Congratulations to our Art Captains this year, Tamsyn, Maddy, Yuri, Justin, Amber and Deeva. They have been selected for their interest in The Arts and the proactive way they have assisted in the art room thus far.

Look out for displays of your children’s work around the school. They are constantly changing.

From The Art Team: Miss Hunt, Miss Cato Miss B and Miss D.



On the 17th and 18th of March, Year 6s participated in the Play To Your Strengths Program run by James Hammond, Community Engagement Coordinator at St Kilda Football Club.

True to its name, the program helped us all identify our character strengths using knowledge of ourselves, with classmates also pinpointing each others’ assets. Every student received a Play To Your Strengths workbook and stress ball and we worked through some activities together. We learnt that by being aware of our strengths we are more likely to flourish personally, build better relationships and improve academically.

Overall, the program was a great learning opportunity and we all came out of it with a more positive attitude and self-image.

Ethan 6SM



To compliment our Geography unit,  Year 6 students have been working extremely hard on their Geography Project over the last five weeks at home. The corridor currently looks spectacular with some incredible 3D models of famous landmarks from around the world and professional looking travel brochures enticing us to some spectacular destinations.

The Year 6 students are to be congratulated on their organisation, effort and creativity. Here are a few fabulous examples but all are worthy of high praise!




G – Gratitude for all the hard work being done by students, parents and teachers throughout a hectic term.

E – Empathy for those around us who are isolating to help look after our community.

M – Ditch the devices and take some time to be mindful and appreciate your surroundings.



Sienna 6FW Gratitude Sienna shows gratitude towards her peers and teachers at all times, and displays a positive outlook in everything she pursues. teachers for assistance in
Anika 5NK Empathy For your gentle and kind nature. Always willing to support your class mates. You are a GEM !
Olivia 1AM Empathy For showing kindness to her friends when they are sad- giving them a big cuddle and comforting them! You’re too sweet Olivia!
Max 3DD Mindfulness For practising mindfulness by focussing carefully on his school tasks.
Eric 2GL Empathy For always being such a fantastic classroom helper to both your teacher and classmates! Your kind and funny nature brings happiness to everyone!
Fletcher PBB Empathy For always helping and supporting your classmates! Well done, Fletcher!
Keon 4AS Mindfulness For using a range of mindfulness techniques during our class activity this week.




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

  OSPS Murrumbeena
Cricket (White) 2/77 3/43
Cricket (Green) 6/44 3/68
Softball Girls 10 5
Softball Boys 14 16
Basketball Girls 38 8
Basketball Boys 50 5
Basketball Mixed 18 16
Flag Rugby Girls (White) 2 4 (St. Andrews)
Flag Rugby Girls (Green) 6
Flag Rugby Boys (Green) 5 2
Flag Rugby Boys (White) 6 12 (St. Andrews)
Volleyball Boys 20/25/19 25/14/25
Volleyball Girls 21/25/19 25/11/10
Volleyball Mixed 10/17/15 15/15/17



Parent Group AGM


Parent Group will be holding their AGM on Wednesday 27th April starting at 7.30pm.
This meeting will be held via Zoom this is due to COVID restrictions.
If you would like to become a part of the Parent Group and meet new parents from different grades, be a part of this wonderful school community and help raise money for the school.
Please click on the below link
Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/98285985831?pwd=SUNPMFMxOEkvRlBtWWFqQVNDUXZ3UT09Meeting ID: 982 8598 5831Passcode: GKfXd0




In preparation for our Year 6 Production of Moana later in the year, we took a closer look at the main characters. The writing challenge was to use descriptive language to represent the characters’ appearance and personality and maintain interest for the reader. Enjoy!


Moana had curly, brown hair which flowed freely and brown eyes. She had a dull red shirt laced with white fabric. The red clothes had a pattern on them and her beautiful dress was both creamy white and the same colour has her shirt. She had a blue necklace with a black string wrapping it around her neck with specks of white on it. Her flawlessly tanned skin a proud posture made her leader-worthy.                                                                                                    Hannah 6NM

Moana had a slight build but was bursting with passionate determination. Her wavy black hair flowed behind her like the ocean she had befriended. She held herself high and had a courageous twinkle in her eye. A glowing blue pendant connected to a necklace of twine and seashells glistened around her neck and bumped against her chest as she moved. Strips of slightly frayed red fabric wrapped around her torso exposing her light brown skin to the sun. She also wore a long patterned skirt with tassels that brushed her knees and was tightened around her waist with a thick strip of ruby cloth.
Hazel 6SM


He’s powerful, he’s bold… and somewhat self-obsessed.

A fine demigod in size and strength, Maui is a ‘coconut’; tough on the outside with a soft and humorous personality. The big puffed out chest matches the huge chunky toes and dense, wild hair. Maui always shows off his tapestry of tattoos and necklace made of teeth. His leafy green skirt and menacingly large hook give him the ‘strong’ feel of a shapeshifter.
Oliver 6JD

The demigod of land and sea was a boulder of strength, power and confidence. His giant mass of muscle matched the giant fishhook and smug facial expression. Maui wore tattoos from head to toe with a palm leaf skirt. A necklace of teeth shrouded his neck giving the impression of one-who-was-not-to-be-messed-with. Who would have guessed that beneath the layers of this unbreakable warrior was the scar of loneliness and longing?                                Josie 6CR



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