Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: email@example.com
August 11th 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
Sustainability Area – Refresh!
We’ve opened by the area to the Year 3/4 students and had our first volunteer (Rosa) support this week. The garden beds were overgrown with grass, so we’ve begun by removing this grass and preparing the beds for planting.
The students in attendance had a great time, and in the coming weeks we’ll enhance this space with planting some succulents and begin with some seasonal vegetables shortly. Watering the beds will also become part of the Year 3/4 role currently supporting our chickens.
We would also like more volunteers from the community to assist with tending to the garden beds and planting new seasonal fruits and vegetables. A Working with Children check is required to volunteer at school, more information is available here.
If any parent, carer or grandparent is keen to assist, please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 9306 9182.
Upcoming Curriculum Day – Friday August 12th
Just a reminder that on Friday August 12th we have a Curriculum Day. Students are not required to attend school on this day. The day will support teachers in developing an updated Inquiry Scope and Sequence to plan for 2023 and beyond. This plan encompasses all the learning areas outside the core allocation of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and Mathematics.
This plan will allow teachers to develop our Inquiry units using our agreed inquiry planner and consider the stages of ‘immersion’, ‘explicit teaching & research’ and the ‘demonstrate and exhibit’ phases to inquiry.
2023 Foundation Enrolments – Reminder
If you have a young one in your family that is due to commence their school journey with us in 2023, we ask that you please call or visit our office to arrange a time to meet and obtain enrolment forms, as soon as possible.
We are at a time in the year where we are set to commence workforce planning for 2023. With an accurate enrolment forecast, we will be able to best plan for the year ahead to support all our students and staff.
Winter Mask Recommendation
The Victorian Department of Health and Department of Education strongly recommends that face masks are worn in indoor settings at present.
As a result, we are recommending all students aged 8 and over and all staff in all schools across Victoria to wear masks when in class (except where removing a mask is necessary for clear communication) from now to the end of winter.
Students won’t be required or expected to wear masks when outdoors, and this expectation won’t stop student participation in the full range of school activities, including music, sport and performances.
We are asking for your support in explaining to your child or children the importance of this simple step that will help keep our schools as safe as possible.
We also ask that you make sure your child (or children) takes a mask to school (and wears it if they are travelling on public transport) or collects a mask when they arrive at school.
Testing Requirement Change
The period of time when someone is considered a recently confirmed case and therefore exempt from testing and isolation requirements has been reduced from the previous 12 weeks to 4 weeks.
This means that staff and children who are household contacts of people with COVID-19 are now required to undertake the testing and isolation requirements from 4 weeks after completing isolation with COVID-19.
After the 4-week exemption period, students and staff members who are a household contact of a new COVID-19 case, must follow the rules for household contacts, including reporting this to their school.
We all appreciate how important it is for students to be back at school. This action will help make sure as many students and staff as possible are protected from COVID and other winter illness.
Thank for your help with this collective effort to keep our communities safe and healthy.
Late Arrival Notifications
We still have students not coming in via the Office and parents are being messaged that their child is absent even though they were dropped at school: Please note below:
If students are running late for school they are to be signed in by parent/guardian through the Kiosk in the administration office.
(Class begins at 9am, if not in class at this time they will be marked absent and need a late pass)
Please note that when students are signed in this way a late pass is printed for them to take to class and automatically updates any class rolls already marked, this will stop text messages going to you advising student not at school when in fact they arrived late.
We understand at times emergencies may happen in which parents/guardians cannot come into administration or some students may travel to school without you.
In these cases, students are still required to come to front office prior to going to class and where possible we request parents/guardians please contact us on 9306 9182 to advise and we can then assist in signing students in and provide them with a late pass to take to class.
Thanks in advance for your assistance
Great Book Swap
The Indigenous Education CoP are excited to run the ‘Great Book Swap’ again this year to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Students can bring in book donations during Week 5 and 6 this term. Marina and the students from 34S will be kindly collecting the books, so please leave any donations in your childs class.
We will kick off Book Week with the swap during lunchtime and after school on Monday the 22nd of August (and potentially on Tuesday too depending on the amount of books we have). Students will be advised to bring in some cash on the day so they can purchase a book for a gold coin donation. Staff are also welcome to bring in and purchase books.
Hopefully we get some great donations and the students have fun looking through the books!
We thanks the community in advance.
Our lost property cupboard is full of bomber jackets. We ask parents to check if their child has lost their jacket and to retrieve it from the lost property cupboard. There are also many drink bottles and lunch boxes. All these items will be discarded if they remain unclaimed at the end of term.
A parent has also lost a precious ring (see photo). It was lost just outside the school grounds. It is gold with red/pink stones shaped as a flower. If anyone has found the ring can it be returned to the school office.
School Concert - Costume List
The school is busily preparing for our school concert that will be held at the Clocktower Theatre on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of September. For new parents to the school, you will be relieved to know that most costumes will be provided by the school. We do however require your help with basic essentials such as black shoes and plain t-shirts or pants. Please carefully read the attached file that has the list of all items required for each grade. Please pay particular attention to the “Parents to Provide” column so you know what you need to supply.
Black school shoes are part of our school uniform but if your child does not have black shoes K- mart have affordable pairs which are perfect for the school concert, such as black canvas lace up shoe or black canvas slip on shoe both are $3.50.
Kmart also has a large variety of plain t-shirts for approx. $4 each if your child requires a plain t- shirt for the concert item.
If you already know your child/ren will be absent from school on these concert dates, please email your class teacher ASAP.
If you have any other questions regarding costumes, please come and talk to Sheryl Hamilton (5/6 Resource Room) or email at Sheryl.Hamilton@education.vic.gov.au
Thank you and please save the concert date in your calendars!
There is a copy of the complete costume list at the end of the newsletter or the Compass note provided.
Athletics Carnival Update
Dear Families, the date for our athletics carnival is fast approaching! Next Friday the 19th August we will relaunch our Annual Athletics Carnival after the long break from covid.
The students in grades 3-6 have been very busy learning about throwing, jumping and running events that athletics has to offer. This is by far the biggest logistical effort on the PE calendar and relies on many hands making for easy work. Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who have offered to help. I still have about 4-5 spots left for age group supervision and event adjudicators. If you are interested in being a part of the exciting day, please get in touch with me!
This week in Visual Arts at OPPS, students in Grade 5 and 6 are working on creating an Australian animal or plant, using a technique called dry needling or dry felting. The process involves thousands of needle pokes where spun wool or wool roving become one with a piece of felt. The result is quite awesome and the students are highly engaged in creating their pieces. I will share some of the creative artworks being created in a future newsletter..
Rubbish Free Lunch
Daniel from FA
Congratulations to Daniel from FA! That looks like a delicious lunch!
Call-out for donations for Father’s Day Stall
This year the PFA’s Father’s Day Stall is scheduled for Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September. We are looking for donations from the school community to augment the stock for the stall. Gifts are usually sold for between $1 and $5, so items such as key rings, socks or other small, simple handmade goodies are ideal.
If you are able to make, or otherwise have something to donate, please email us at:
4721-PFAOPPS@schools.vic.edu.au to let us know what you would like to give and to organise drop-off details. We will need to receive items by Friday 26 August.
Thank you for your support!
Result of Term 2's Shoe Recycling Drive
Thank you to all the families who dropped off their old sports shoes and helped make the shoe recycling drive extremely successful and worthwhile.
The final tally saw a grand total of around 120 pairs of shoes collected, which is a huge number of shoes saved from going into landfill! The amazing team at Fast Time Skateboarding in Broadmeadows Shopping Centre very kindly accepted this massive donation.
Term 4 Chess Club forms are attached to this weeks newsletter. If you would like your child to attend chess class during term 4 we ask that forms are completed and emailed along with proof of payment to email@example.com PRIOR TO THE START OF TERM 4.
We require enrolment form and payment before your child may attend the lunchtime class.
$50 is the term payment, this is not a week by week payment.
MORELAND SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM
Bookings for the September 2022 School Holiday Program will open by 5pm, Friday 5 August 2022 and will remain open until full capacity has been reached.Glenroy Widford Street (Corpus Christi), will also be available for bookings.
Please ensure to book early so as not to miss out on places. Once bookings open you will be able to make a booking via our online booking system using the casual booking option. For further information including how to log on please visit council’s website on https://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/community-health/children-and-families/primary-school-holiday-program/
The Primary School Holiday Program Activity Brochure attached is also available on Council’s website (www.moreland.vic.gov.au)
Parent List - Concert
Please click here to download a copy of the costume list.
NOTE ABOUT T.SHIRTS THAT ARE TO BE PURCHASED BY PARENTS.
These t-shirts will be having items added to them. Sewn on by hand very carefully.
Decorations will be removed by us following the completion of the concert.
T-shirts will be returned to students, however this may not be until the start of term 4.
If you choose to donate this t-shirt to the school costume property, please place a note advising of this in with the t-shirt. We thank you for your donation.
MAIN CHARACTERS- Will have their costumes tried on during their rehearsal session on FRIDAY the 12th of AUGUST.
An individual notice will be sent home the following week with items that the students will need to provide to add to their costume.
We are aiming to provide as much of the costume as possible.