Welcome to Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten

Principal’s Message

Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten is recognised for our commitment to academic success, complemented by an holistic approach to the needs of each child. Inherently we understand that an individual’s wellbeing is the foundation on which success in life is built. If students are able to develop healthy levels of personal wellbeing then they will be more likely to achieve academic potential; more likely to establish supportive relationships; more likely to make a meaningful contribution to their community and more likely to lead a fulfilling life. Our focus on Positive Education is a crucial aspect of every aspect of our school.

Inspiring our school community to lead meaningful and engaged lives.

Student Learning  

Positive Education at Oakleigh Primary School & Kindergarten


Positive Education at our school is not seen as a program to be taught but as a school culture. By applying a positive lens to our educational setting, through a range of tools and approaches based on the science of positive psychology, our students will be more likely to engage their strengths for personal and community goals and develop a growth mindset that sustains lifelong learning.

We encourage and support our students so that they can flourish. Flourishing is a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’.  Positive Education at Oakleigh Primary School focuses on the explicit teaching of skills that assist students to build mutually respectful relationships, promote positive emotions and mindfulness, enhance personal resilience and grit, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. We also aim to foster engagement, encourage them to achieve, be grateful for the good things in their life and ultimately, equip them with the qualities to enable them to reach their full potential.

The PERMA Model

We have a strong belief that if we can nurture our staff and students’ personal wellbeing there will be a flow on effect in the classroom performance. Martin Seligman’s book, Flourish (2011), has been the catalyst for a staff wellbeing project based on the PERMA principles (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment). The success of this project has ensured a comprehensive implementation of Positive Education in every classroom.

Each of these elements is essential to our wellbeing and satisfaction with life. Together, they form the foundation upon which we can build a happy and flourishing life.

Positive Emotion

Training your mind to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.

Positive Emotions are an essential part of our wellbeing. Happy people look back on the past with gladness; look into the future with hope; and enjoy and cherish the present.


Using and improving your personal strengths to carry out each task to the best of your ability.

When we focus on doing the things we truly enjoy and care about, we can begin to engage completely with the present moment and enter the state of being known as ‘flow’.  In Positive Psychology, ‘flow’ describes a state of utter, blissful immersion in the present moment.


Creating and maintaining harmonious, fulfilling relationships.

Everyone needs someone. We enhance our wellbeing and share it with others by building strong relationships with the people around us – family, friends, classmates and neighbours.


Belonging to and serving something bigger than one’s self.

We are at our best when we dedicate our time to something greater than ourselves. This could be religious faith, community work, family, a political cause, a charity, a professional or creative goal.


Striving for and achieving success.

Everyone needs to win or achieve sometimes. To achieve wellbeing and happiness we must be able to look back on our lives with a sense of accomplishment: ‘I did it, and I did it well’.

Interesting articles that may be of interest to families (click on links)

Anxious parents are ruining childhood for their little over-achievers. It’s time to slow down theage.com.au http://m.theage.com.au/comment/comment-tosca-looby–on-slow-parenting-20150810-givjzv.html

Were you to ask a random selection of individuals whether young people with high self-esteem perform better academically than young people with low self-esteem, the majority would probably respond in the affirmative. But they’d be wrong.





If you wish to enrol your child at Oakleigh PS in 2018 please call the school on 9568 0558.

The following School Tours have been organised for Prep 2019 .

  • Tuesday, 27th March at 6.30pm
  • Thursday, 3rd May at 9.30am
  • Tuesday, 22nd May at 2.00pm
  • Wednesday, June 6th at 9.30am

Please also contact the school if require a tour outside of these times and we will try to accommodate your request.

For further information about our enrolment process, please refer to the Enrolment section of this website.

News & Events

Oakleigh PS Newsletter – Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS The result of the School Council Elections that closed recently are as follows:

Oakleigh PS Newsletter – Tuesday, 27th February, 2018

Nominations open today for a two year position on the Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten School Council. There are currently 3 vacancies for the Parent Member category and 2 vacancies for the DET (Dept Education and Training) category. There will also be a Casual Vacancy for a parent member due to the resignation of Janine McBurnie whose daughter left the school at the end of last year. I would like to publicly thank Janine for her many contributions over the years including her membership of the Council.
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Our Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten

We believe a strong partnership between the home, kindergarten and local community fosters and enriches learning. We value input from family and the children into the curriculum and planning, as well as in the assessment of learning. We see the children, their family and staff as a community of learners all working together.

Our Early Childhood Educators use a range of assessments, for building up a picture of each child’s learning, to understand what children know and can do. We record the information in many ways such as observations, learning stories, reflections, documentation, digital documentation, learning journals and portfolios. This information is then used to make decisions and build on each individual child’s strengths, interests and knowledge.
Our modern facilities and our outdoor garden space provide for an ever changing learning environment. Most importantly we aim to stimulate your child’s creativity and imagination, to build on their natural curiosity and develop a lifelong love of learning.


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Oakleigh Primary School Choir

Children from Years 3-6 are encouraged to join the School Choir. Our choir has performed at a range of venues, from the OPS Community Market, our school Christmas Carols and the Annual Oakleigh Carols in the Park.


Performing Arts