Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
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July 14th 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
Unfortunately, COVID finally got the Gill household and I was the last to catch it. Due to the required isolation, I haven’t been able to attend school on-site this week but have been available on email or phone and attended online meetings where possible. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and a big thank you to Sally, Alex and Meagan for their support this week to step up and assist where required.
New Canteen begins this Friday
Our new canteen begins operation this week, from our kitchen in the gym by the parent run company Sweet Karma. Orders are collected on Thursday at the office using the usual bags and lunches provided on Friday.
School Council was keen to engage a new local service to promote healthier food options and also engage with a provider that will respond to feedback. At present this trial is setup for Term 3. We’ll seek feedback from the school community after a few weeks of operation to ensure this new service is successful as possible.
Welcome Naomi as new Business Manager
Welcome officially to Naomi Di Pasquale as our new Business Manager to Oak Park. Naomi visited last term for handover with Brinley and is excited to begin at Oak Park. Naomi comes with years of experience working in schools, most recently in Bundoora. Please give Naomi a warm welcome if you see her at the front office.
We farewelled Brinley last term with a beautiful quilt, thanks to staff and Sheryl for their generous contributions. Brinley accepted a position closer to home in a school she’d worked at previously, we wish all the best and a much shorter commute.
We would like to welcome our new grade 1/2 teacher, Maree Musarra to our school.
You may also have noticed a new face in the Office, our new business Manager is Naomi Di Pasquale.
Welcome to both Naomi and Maree.
Late Arrival Notifications
Students who arrive late to school must be signed in by a parent at the front office. We ask parents to not advise via Compass that their child will be late prior to arriving to school.
Please note our new locally based canteen service begins operating this week, with orders now delivered to classrooms on Fridays.
The new service focusses on homemade, fresh food and makes use of our school kitchen.
To order, please follow the usual process of sending orders to classrooms each Thursday by 9:30.
Please find attached the new menu of delicious homemade items.
Grade 1/2 News
The Grade 1/2s have been learning all about the biological sciences (science!) in our Inquiry Topic this term. 1/2F made some posters to show what we know about certain animals. Here are just a few of the amazing work done in class. These are on display in our classroom - come past and check them out! We would love to show you all we have learned!
By Rishi, Year 1
By Kaleb, Year 1
By Anya, Year 1
By Hunter, Year 2
Grade 3/4 News
Penola Secondary College have kindly invited our Grade 4 students to their school production of High School Musical Jnr. There is no cost for the event and Penola are also covering the cost of bus travel. Please provide permission for your child to attend the performance on Compass.
Date of performance:
Wednesday July 20th – students to be seated by 12.00pm. Students will leave OPPS by bus at 11.45am
The performance will take place at Penola Catholic College, Mary MacKillop Auditorium (Senior Campus.)
This show runs for approximately 60 minutes. Please be assured that the show will not run overtime and students will return to school before their dismissal time.
Please refer to Compass Note for further information
We all so excited that the concert term has arrived! Classes are working on their songs and dances, we are playing songs over the loud speakers before the bell and students are beginning to understand that every person/character helps bring the story to life!
We are beginning to create costumes so if you know your child will be absent on September 14th and 15th please let me know ASAP- Melanie.Schirmer@education.vic.gov.au
Please read the school newsletter each week to keep up to date with concert news.
The school concert is such a highlight for the school year, I hope your family enjoys this special experience! Let the fun begin! :)
Over the next few weeks, students from Grades 3-6 will be involved in creating an advertising poster/DVD cover for the school concert production “The Lion King Junior” in September.
Students will participate in two art classes to make a start on their artwork, in which information and feedback with regard to the concert and their artwork will be provided. Students will then be bringing their artwork home to complete for the next two weeks (art supplies required to complete the competition entries will not be provided by the school).
Please note: If students do not wish for their design to be submitted for competition purposes, they must still return their artwork as a part of their regular art assessment.
Artwork for the competition is to be returned to the art room no later than Friday the 5th of August. We will be selecting the winning piece of artwork shortly after receiving all entries, and the winner and 9 other finalists will be announced at a future assembly and the concert nights. The student selected as the winner will receive two free concert tickets, a poster of their artwork as well as an art stationary prize.
Good luck to all of the students from Grades 3 to 6!
Book Club Issue 5 will be out on Friday. The last day for orders is Monday 25th July. See below for a fantastic offer from Scholastic for this issue when ordering online.
Place your Issue 5 order on LOOP to select up to 3 FREE BOOKS. To qualify all you have to do is spend over $30 and you can select 1 FREE book or spend over $50 and you can select 2 FREE books or over $70 and you can select 3 FREE titles from a special online list. The list will display after you create your order and head to the checkout. See www.scholastic.com.au/LOOP for more information.
The PFA are excited to announce that the Student Disco is back for the first time since 2019. The disco will be held in the school gym on Friday 22nd July with tunes spun by DJ Joe from Weddings Parties Anything
Entry is $5 per student and there will be two sessions of dancing.
Foundation – Grade 3: 6 – 7.30pm
Grades 4 – 6: 8 – 9.30pm
Medals were handed out to students at Chess class today. Congratulations to all winners, well done.
With regards to chess, if you would like your child to attend chess class on a Wednesday at lunchtime, an enrolment form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian, and payment is to be made into the school bank account. Please email the signed form to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of proof of payment.
Year 6-7 Transition
On Wednesday 20th July Parents/Carers will be notified in writing of their childs Year 7 placement offer for the 2023 school year. The letter will also include a Placement Acceptance Slip for parents/carers to complete, which will need to be returned to school by Wednesday 10th August.
Should your residence not be in the zone of the school you have applied for, and that school is strictly zoned, you may need to go through an appeal process. This notification will include a rationale for any non-placement if applicable. If this occurs and your child is not placed at their preference schools, your Application will be sent to your designated Neighbourhood school.