Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: Michael.Gill@education.vic.gov.au
August 13th 2021
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Lock Extension, another week of Remote Learning
Thank you all so much for your cooperation over the last week. We are providing direct on-site supervision for up to 43 students throughout the week, employing CRTs, Education Support Staff and our Specialist teachers. This allows our classroom teachers the ability to provide our in-depth remote learning program with feedback to students.
We appreciate as the lockdown has been extended another week, this can increase anxiety for some students and parents. Please promote both daily opportunities to engage via WebEx with the classroom teacher and enjoy the Specialist Day provided on Wednesday to break up the remote learning routine.
We continue to support families that meet the criteria for on-site support. Our resources at school are available only to:
1. Children where both parents and/or carers are authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:
Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision
For single parents/carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
2. Children experiencing vulnerability, including:
children in out-of-home care
children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and is assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
children identified by the school as vulnerable, including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service.
Where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing support, we hope that this is the only extension to lockdown and allows us to welcome all students back onsite, next Friday 20th August.
Assemblies and Student Leadership
If you haven’t yet watched our online assembly, please engage via the link below. This week’s assembly is full of student work samples, our own potato Olympics and a shout out from a real Olympian. Thanks to Mel and the Student Leaders for putting it together.
Our Student Leaders have receiving many suggestions for names to further develop our school houses. They will soon develop a process for student feedback to determine names and mascots to represent our school houses. We look forward to seeing this real student agency continue, even in a remote learning period.
Indigenous Bottle Top Mural
Hello OPPS community! As you are aware, David (Visual Arts Teacher) and John (Sustainability STACS Teacher) have been working on an Indigenous Bottle Top Mural with volunteer students during lunchtimes on Thursdays. We are in desperate need of orange bottle tops such as those found on orange juice bottles. We are in good shape for all of the other colours used for the mural, but for some reason we are low on orange lids.
As yet, we have not received any donations to complete the orange section of the mural.
Please help! Your assistance with this will mean we can complete and install the mural.
WORKING HARD IN STACS/SUSTAINABILITY!
At the moment all classes from grade 1 – 6 are working hard in STACS!
The 1/2's are learning about classifying animals using their features. We have learnt about vertebrates and invertebrates and now classifying the different types of vertebrates. The students are doing a great job looking for the cues and remembering what the technical terms mean – great job everyone!
The 3/4's are learning about how to program simple robots and having a heap of fun in the process. The most fun part was making the robots sumo wrestle! In the coming weeks we will get into some more complex coding using the ‘Scratch’ coding language.
The 5/6’s are working through the ‘Fighting Extinction’ program and learning about many of Australia’s endangered species. We will soon begin working out which animal we will focus on and how we can help it survive. Participation rate has been very high!
In accordance with the announcements today, it looks as though we will have to postpone our upcoming athletics carnival (Fri 20th Aug).
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help out, I truly appreciate it.
In the meantime, I will try to find an alternative date for us to compete at the track. However, if worse comes to worse and we can't perform the event at the track, we will be forced to run the events at school.
If this is the case, all payments can be stored as credit for future incursions/excursions.
If you have any of the following items at home we would love to borrow them for the school concert-
Also, if you have any of the following to donate-
2021 Moreland Awards
From sports people to artists, volunteers, to people looking after the environment, Moreland is lucky to have amazing people and groups working passionately to enrich our community.
Do you know someone who deserves a Moreland Award? Take 10 minutes to nominate them today.
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Moreland Awards, with 10 categories recognising services to arts and culture, sport, youth contribution, environmental sustainability, access and inclusion, collaborative partnerships, honoring women, reconciliation activities, community events and volunteerism.
Nominate online here. Nominations close on Friday 3 September 2021.
Alternatively, complete the attached form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post your application to
Moreland City Council,
Locked Bag 10,
MORELAND VIC 3058
Who do you know who should be recognised?