Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
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May 5th 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
Food Waste Challenge
Just a reminder regarding our Food Waste Challenge from School Council (below).
Please follow the directions below to enter, we look forward to sharing some entries via the newsletter shortly.
Our school continues to process green waste on-site to reduce wasted produced by the school, currently supported by our Year 3/4 students and composting bins.
Please find below an exciting challenge for students from our School Council considering how you can come up with creative ways to reduce food waste at home. Further prizes and information will be ‘dropped’ during the term to promote this great cause.
Oak Park Primary School
School Council and PFA Sustainability Challenge Term 2 2022
Food waste Challenge
Step 1. Research! Find out about food waste. How does it impact our environment? What we can do about it? See the links below to get you started
Step 2. Use your research to come up with creative ways to reduce food waste at home
Step 3. Record your ideas (Photograph, Journal, Draw, Video) and put it into practice!
Step 4. Submit your entry to School council (you can enter as many times as you like)
Via email (Jo.Pleban@education.vic.gov.au) or in the competition drop box at the office. Be sure to put your name and class on your entry
Step 5. Prizes and Expo! Prizes will be given out at an Expo of all the entries at the end of term! There will also be a class prize for the most student entries from a single class!
Places to start………
Professional Practice Day (Student Free) - Monday May 23rd
Just a reminder regarding our Professional Practice Day (Student Free) is scheduled for Monday May 23rd. Students are not be required to attend school on this day, but we are hoping that families can book a timeslot via the Compass App to complete reading benchmark assessments. This will assist teachers to prepare for school reports later in the term, please note it is not a meeting or process to seek feedback from teachers on the day.
We appreciate not all families are able to bring students into school during a student free day or fit into the limited timeslots, so any student not assessed on the Monday will complete their assessment during the usual school schedule.
Outside Hours School Care will be available during the day between 7:30am – 5:30 pm, but students must enrol in the program with bookings required. The cost will be $70 before the Childcare Subsidy, with parents booking a week in advance to allow for staffing considerations.
Thanks to all the students, classroom teachers, Sally Morath and David Lu for all their efforts toward the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) this week. The results from these assessments will be available later in the year. They provide feedback into the capability of our students, but not the complete picture of all the wonderful learning that occurs at Oak Park Primary School.
For the first time ever, the majority of these assessments have been completed digitally using iPads. We are an inclusive school and support students completing the assessment using appropriate processes to support any disability. For any student that has missed an assessment due to absence, we will schedule the opportunity for make-up tests next week wherever possible.
Mother’s Day Stall – Thank you!
I just wanted to express a sincere thank you to the Parents and Friends Association (PFA) and parent volunteers that supported our Mother’s Day stall. The gift offerings were wonderful and surely brought a smile too many mothers and carers in our community. Thank you for your time and amazing effort toward a really successful stall.
School photos may now be ordered via the Compass portal. School photo day is on Monday 16th May and students are to wear correct uniform on the day. Should families have any queries regarding the ordering process, please don’t hesitate to contact MSP Photography
Oak Park Primary School will be offering school tours on the following dates at 10am:
If you are looking at enrolling your child at Oak Park Primary school in 2023, or know of anyone in this position, please also email Fran to organise an enrolment form.
We have some lost property in the office that must be very precious to those students who have lost pieces of jewellery.
Foundation S teacher Kathy and her husband Milan are delighted to share with the OPPS community the birth of their daughter Sasha Elizabeth Seator-Orgad. Born May 2nd, a little early but completely healthy at 3.265kgs. Sasha is home and she and Kathy are doing well.
Last week the Foundation students were surprised to find our class ostriches Olivia, Octavia and Oscar had gone missing! We went on an ‘Ostrich Hunt’ and found them in the office!
It was great to practise using the sound /o/ in our writing this week.
This week, the 3/4 SRC Representatives along with some wonderful friends helped co-ordinate the first lunchtime Art Club for the Foundation students.The students developed their own art activities and supported the Foundation students in completing these.
Well done to Grace, Lily, Maisie, Nicky, Keira, April and Aiden on the success of their first student led Art Club.
Art Club for Foundation students runs during the first half of lunchtime every Monday. The club will run in Kira’s Classroom on Monday 16th May due to the Book Fair and will return to the Library from Monday 30th May onwards.
We have the Glenroy District Cross Country event on Thursday 19th of May. Thank you to all the students in Grades 3 to 6 who tried out for the team, we had a massive turnout from students in grades 3 to 4 and I am so proud of you all for challenging yourselves in a very demanding event. Selections have been finalised for all students in Grades 5 to 6, while the final selection of students in Grades 3-4 will happen after this Thursday’s final lunchtime qualifying race. I will have a compass event ready for all students who make the team by this Friday afternoon (an added bonus being that there will be no fee needed for this event!).
Also, Female Futsal started this week Wednesday at lunchtimes. Stay tuned for some action shots next week!
Sustainability-Rubbish free lunches
Check out Chloe from FM’S delicious rubbish free lunch this week! Chloe says that her favourite snack is the crackers. Well done Chloe for bringing a healthy, rubbish free lunch to school every day.
In Visual Arts classes over the past few weeks students in all year levels worked hard to create an artwork/gift to give to their Mum’s on Mother’s Day. Time was a little limited due to the holiday period and ANZAC Day, but most students completed the gifts in time for the celebration of their mums.
Here’s hoping all of the Mums of our students had a wonderful day last Sunday and enjoyed some quality time with their families. Below is a sample of the gifts made by the students.
This week Junior classes are retelling traditional Indigenous stories through movement and dance. Foundation students retold the story ‘When the Snake bites the Sun’ using fabric as costumes to enhance the characters in the story. Students will be exploring Dreamtime stories over the next few weeks and also practising the Australian Anthem using Auslan.
It’s that time of year again…….
If you would like a copy of the Chess Rules, Grant has left some copies in the office. Please email Fran or call the office on 9306-9182 and we will forward you a copy.
TERM 1 CHESS NEWS: The Term 1 tournament from our Wednesday lunchtime chess class finished in an exciting three player tie for First Prize between Cagan 6D, Adem 5M and Lewis 3/4P, who all finished the event with 5.5/7!
A three way tie is unusual in this type of tournament, and shows how even and how competitive the field of players were. All three winners won five games and lost one each, with Cagan losing to Louis early in the tournament but defeating Adem in the final round to tie the scores. The only loss Louis had was to Georgia 3/4P in Round 4, which brought Georgia to 4/4 at the time.
Two new players shared the 'Best New Player' prize: Charvi FH and Parker 5C. Both won an engraved medal (as all prize winners do). Both Charvi and Parker finished the tournament on 5/7 - only half a point off the winners!
Benjamin Argent had a particularly good tournament finishing on 4.5 points, while newcomers Stephanie 1/2H and Alfie 1/2A were also very impressive both scoring 3.5 points in their first tournament!
5.5: Cagan 6D, Adem 5M, Lewis 3/4P
5: Charvi FH, Parker 5C
4.5: Kiran 3/4P, Georgia 3/4P, Evelyn 3/4W, Benjamin 3/4P
4: Leo 3/4S, Saraansh 6D
3.5: Sampanna 1/2A, Roman 3/4T, Alfie 1/2A, Stephanie 1/2H, Henry 3/4W
3: Lachlan 6D, Santiago 1/2A, Hayden 1/2M
2.5: Eleni 3/4S, Samuel 1/2H, Fletcher 1/2A
2: Joshua 3/4W, Luke 1/2F,
1.5: Eva 1/2A, Metka FH
1: Zoha 3/4W, Gabriela FM, Max FS, Arwin 1/2F
Our Term 2 tournament has begun, with most of the top seeds winning their first round game. It is not too late to join chess though and new players are always welcome!
FIDE Master, Grant Szuveges, chess coach
On election day, Saturday 21 May, there will be a polling booth at Oak Park Primary School, and the PFA and Grade 6 Fundraising Team will be running a sausage sizzle. This is a great fundraising opportunity, and the PFA and Grade 6s need your help!
We are looking for parent volunteers to help with 2-hour shifts at the sausage sizzle between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm. If you can help out, please email 4721-PFAOPPS@schools.vic.edu.au indicating the time you are available.
If any families have business contacts (for example, butchers or bakers) that would allow us to purchase items at a discounted rate, please let us know by emailing the address above.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Lost Dogs Home
If anyone can assist with donations of towels/blankets to the Lost Dogs Home, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Year 6-7 Transition
A reminder for parents/carers of Year 6 students that this Friday 13th May is the final day for all Secondary College Applications to be returned. We also require Applications to be returned if your child is attending Catholic or Private schools. At this stage we have received less than half of all Applications.
Auskick Starts this Saturday 7th May 9-10.30 at the Oak Park pool oval.
Register via this link: https://www.playhq.com/afl/org/oak-park-central-auskick-centre/7e75b611/register
NEWS FOR THE RESIDENT
We wish to advise that the intersection of Willett Ave and Summit Ave are to be reconstructed commencing the week of 17th may. To allow for the construction of a new raised pedestrian threshold. Works will continue for approximately 3 weeks.
The works include new kerb and channel, new footpath, new pedestrian crossing and asphalt pavement works. Willett Ave will be closed at the intersection of Summit Ave. Summit Ave will be open to all traffic. Road closures and detours will be in place. If possible, please use alternate routes during construction work. Working hours will be Monday to Friday 7am-4pm and Saturday 8am-3pm
MORELAND SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM
Bookings for the June/July 2022 School Holiday Program will open by 5pm, Friday 13 May 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 will also be available on Council’s website (www.moreland.vic.gov.au) by 5pm, Friday 13 May 2022.
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