Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
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March 10th 2022
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Public Holiday Monday 14th March – School Closed
The school will be closed next Monday 14th March for the annual Labour Day holiday. We sincerely hope that this three-day weekend affords all families a short ‘midterm mini break’!
Cool News – Terrible Pun Intended
This week we also had air conditioners installed in four classrooms (5, 8, 15 and 16) to improve the conditions during hot days. This ensures that all classrooms have adequate air-conditioning and avoids the use of aging evaporative cooling. These new units are more energy efficient to reduce our power consumption and ensure we’re getting the most from our two solar power systems.
Student Agency – Student Representative Council
Our Student Representative Council’s (SRC) first meeting is this Friday, supported by our School Captains. We look forward to hearing the short term and long-term goals from our SRC for 2022. More information will come in future newsletters about the valuable contribution SRC makes to Oak Park. Thanks to all the students that presented to their class and congratulations to all the elected representatives listed below.
5C - Zara
5M - Enes
3/4T - 3: Indie and 4: Ruby
3/4H - 3: Mac and 4: Grace
3/4S - 3: Leo and 4: Ava
3/4P - 3: Scarlett and 4: Adam
3/4W - 3: Matthew and 4: Evelyn
Met for the first time with week it was great to work with our new council members for 2022. It is an exciting year, with an upcoming school review, a new strategic plan and hopefully, far less disruption and a return to strong community engagement. Thank you in advance to all our school council members for your time and motivation to further enhance Oak Park Primary School.
The council also endorsed the possible creation of two new subcommittees supporting the following areas:
Joining a subcommittee is a great way to support the school and provide feedback to school council. If we have enough interested parents we’ll establish these subcommittees, there’s a minimum of three members required. If you’re interested in joining, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’m happy to chat further about the opportunities these subcommittees present.
Thank you to those families who have completed their childs absence regarding letters sent home. You may go into Compass and edit the unexplained absence with a reason.
We have had some queries come back with regards to students arriving to school late but an unexplained absence has been noted for the whole morning. Just a reminder to parents/guardians: If your child is late to school they must be bought in via the office and parents must sign them in. This will then mark a time of arrival on their attendance. This is also the case if you have advised the teacher that your child will be late due to an appointment. Your child needs to be signed in by the parent on arrival at school
Thanks for your attention to this.
Visitors to School
When coming on to the school grounds as a visitor, we remind you of the need to sign in via the compass Kiosk at the front desk. Please note you must also sign out when leaving the school.
We ask that parents/guardians please advise the school if your child will be attending the Breakfast Club, as this will assist us with catering. You may email email@example.com
Visual Arts News
National Gallery Victoria
If you have some spare time on your hands this long weekend, do yourself and your kids a favour and visit the Gecko and the Mermaid exhibition at NGV. Entry is free via the Ground Level Children’s Gallery from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibition has some fantastic hands on activities for kids to have a go at and will keep them entertained for a morning or afternoon visit.
For more information please click on the link to the NGV website https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/the-gecko-and-the-mermaid/.
The Oak Park Primary School Concert will be held over 2 nights, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th September 2022. All students are required to attend both nights. Further information will be forthcoming closer to time.
Good afternoon soccer enthusiasts,
Next term, we will have soccer teams competing in Interschool Sports. These teams will be made up of a mixture of Grade 5s and 6s who enjoy the thrill of fancy footwork and heroic headers.
As Martha and Kate are currently training the Matildas (Australian Women’s Soccer Team), it is a conflict of interest for them to also train the Oak Park Primary Interschool Sports Team.
We are looking for some enthusiastic care-givers, who know a thing or two about soccer, to volunteer their services on Friday afternoons from 12pm at home and away games. You will be assisting in coaching and umpiring.
Of course, Kate and Martha will be able to assist you, without giving away too many of the elite strategies employed by our national professionals!
Please contact us with your interest and availability. Our Oak Park Soccer kids need you!
Martha and Kate
Whilst we understand how difficult it can be to get a park around the school when dropping off or picking up your child, we would ask that unless you are entitled to, please do not park in the disabled parking zone in the staff car park. There are families who are entitled to park here and it is very disappointing to see others parking there to pick up their child after school.
We have also observed parents and children walking through the staff car park before and after school. There is a footpath that runs alongside the car park, please utilise that as there are cars driving in and out at this time and it is just so dangerous to enter and exit the school via the car park.
Year 6-7 Transition
2022 to 2023 application/placement information pack for parents/carers with Year 6 students at government schools will be sent home to parents from the primary school. They are not available via the Secondary Colleges.
The information pack will include an Application and information regarding the process. There is a timeline which will be included in our newsletter as well as any open days and information received from the Secondary Colleges. Most secondary Colleges are strictly zoned, parents/guardians will need to be aware of which schools this refers to, and that you will need to reside within the zone to attend those schools.
Those families applying to Private or Catholic Schools will still need to complete the form as there is a section if your child has been confirmed at one of these schools
The Victorian Department of Health is seeking parent and carer views in relation to COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11. The Department of Health recognises that there are many reasons that influence parent or carer decisions regarding vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11.
COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 is voluntary. By completing the survey, you will help the Department of Health to:
* understand the range of perspectives on vaccination
* design useful resources on COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination services for parents and carers.
Who should complete the survey?
The survey is designed for parents or carers of children aged 5 to 11 years old in Victoria. All people whose children aged 5 to 11 have and have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the survey.
What is involved?
The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please click on the link to complete the online survey. Translated surveys are available. The survey closes at 5pm AEDST Thursday 17 March 2022.
How will the information I provide be used?
Your response to the survey is confidential and will remain anonymous. No identifiable responses will be shared with your child/ren’s school or any other party.
We will summarise survey results. Victorian Government departments will use this summary to inform COVID-19 vaccination program planning and improvements. We may also use summary level data for presentations and reports / publications.
Further information about how the Department of Health handles your personal information is set out in Department of Health’s Privacy Statement.
What if I need help completing the survey?
Please call 03 8850 7293 if you need help on completing the survey or technical support.
Thank you for your support.
Department of Health