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November 14th 2019
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
I remember listening to a student read a story that had the beach as the setting. The student really struggled when he came across the word ‘wave’. It didn’t matter what prompts I provided; he just couldn’t work out the word. I was frustrated – this was a word he should have known. After a brief chat, I learned that he had never been to the beach, and to him a wave was something you did with your hands. Other children with different experiences would have ‘got’ the word easily even if they had not come across it before. Our experiences and backgrounds count for a lot.
There is a great picture story book I came across years ago called ‘Fish is Fish’ by Leo Lionni that illustrates this really well. The book tells the story of a minnow and a tadpole that lived together in a pond. The tadpole eventually grows into a frog and leaves the pond. After a while, the frog returns and tells the fish all about the amazing things he has seen. He gives descriptions of birds, cows and people but the fish imagines in his own mind strange fish-like creatures with feathers, udders and legs – totally different to what the frog was trying to describe.
The story illustrates how we all construct our own, often unique meanings from the personal experiences we have had. It is a reminder to teachers that we shouldn’t always just automatically expect all kids to ‘get’ our meaning and all in the same way.
Compass have introduced new functionality which will allow parents/guardians to streamline their child’s events and excursions:
If you have a child already attending OPPS and you will be enrolling a sibling for 2020 Foundation, we ask that an enrolment form is completed as soon as possible. Please email or call into the Office to get an enrolment form.
We would love to see more students utilising the school banking. Our school banking is done through the Bendigo Bank Strathmore and is such a great initiative to get students saving up throughout their Primary School years.
Forms can be collected from the Office, or you can go direct to the Bendigo Bank to complete a form. Banking is collected on Tuesdays each week.
Great to see our regular students building up their savings
For those interested, here are some other local events happening that involves Japanese culture.
Exhibition: "Collecting Comme" (31 Oct 2019 – 26 Jul 2020)
Rei Kawakubo is one of the most famous Japanese fashion designers.
When: Thursday 31 October 2019 – Sunday 26 July 2020 Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Where: NGV International, Level 3, Contemporary Art & Design, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Japanese Film Festival 2019 in Melbourne (21 Nov – 1 Dec)
When: Thursday 21 November – Sunday 1 December
Where: Capitol Theatre (113 Swanston Street, Melbourne)
Treasury Theatre (Lower Plaza, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne)
Astor Theatre (Corner Chapel Street & Dandenong Road, St Kilda)
Cost: $18.50 adult, $16.50 concession, 5 film pass available for $75 (+ online booking fee, if booking online), discounts available for JPF Members.
Exhibition: “Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World” (24 May – 6 Oct 2019)
When: Friday 24 May – Sunday 6 October 2019 - 10:00am – 5:00pm daily
Where: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC
Cost: Included with museum entry - $15 adult, free for concession, children, and members
Japanese Language Teacher
CASEA Program Update - Week 4
During Week Four of the CASEA Program the focus of the group is on introducing STOP. THINK, DO. This group session aims to help children learn the problem solving strategy called STOP, THINK, DO using a traffic light symbol. In this session children will talk about ways to STOP, calm down, and identify the problem they are faced with.
All children in Grades Prep to Three will participate in classroom activities that help them to develop an understanding of STOP, THINK, DO. The activities will focus on learning the first step of the process - practical ways to STOP when these warning signs emerge will be discussed.
Next week: Social Problem Solving using THINK and DO
School Fees, Extras and Contributions 2020
Please click here for the school fees for 2020. These fees support the school in providing resources for the students. Can you please organise payment of the fees before the 11th February, 2020.
The Oak Park Primary School Parent Payment Policy is located on our website if you wish to review.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or wish to setup a payment plan.
Family Portrait Fundraiser – Christmas gift opportunity
There are still sessions available for the Aver and Line Family Portrait Fundraiser on Saturday 23rd November. It's only $20 for a 20 minute session, you get a free 8" x 12" print, and part of the proceeds get donated to the school. You are also welcome to bring the family dog/relatives/friends to be in the photos.
Please tell your family and friends, as anyone can take advantage of this great offer and we would love to fill all the sessions. Bookings need to be made by 16th November, and the prints will be delivered before Christmas - great for gifts!
Please refer to the booking form at the end of this newsletter.
Final Book Club for 2019!
Issue 8 of Book Club has been distributed to students today (5/6 Grades will receive them after camp).
Christmas is just around the corner and this issue is full of wonderful books perfect for gifting or stocking your home libraries, ready for reading over the long summer break.
If you are purchasing items as gifts, please let me know so I can keep them for collection.
If ordering online via LOOP please use the GIFT function, cash orders you will need to email me so I can keep orders aside.
Last day for orders is - 28th November
Book Club has been extremely popular and successful this year and has allowed the school to purchase over $2000 worth of books!
Thank you for your continued support.
Student Fundraising Initiative
Orange-bellied parrot fundraiser – amazing result!
A huge congratulations to Ola, Ruby, Tahlia and Donika from 4P for the incredible success of their orange-bellied parrot fundraiser. The casual day and the raffle raised $500! This money will be donated to Zoos Victoria to help fund their conservation projects for the orange-bellied parrot, which is one of the most critically endangered birds in the world, with less than 100 left in the wild. Amazing job girls! They will get to present a giant cheque to Zoos Victoria when they attend the Fighting Extinction Conference on Friday 22nd November.
Meanwhile, a huge thank you to Tahlia’s family, who donated amazing palm oil free chocolate prizes for the raffle – super generosity! Also, to David Lu, our resident tech guru, who is creating our giant cheque to present to Zoos Victoria.
Ruby, Ola, Tahlia and Donika are holding high the $500 raised for their conservation program to help the critically endangered orange bellied parrot
Fighting Extinction Conference
Due to our involvement in the Fighting Extinction Program throughout the year, we were invited to bring 10 students to represent the school at the Fighting Extinction Conference, to be held at the Melbourne Zoo on Friday 22nd November. The students representing OPPS are: Isaac, Leo, Hugo, Peyton, Charli, Ella (5/6) and Ruby, Donika, Tahlia and Ola (4). It should be a great event and an opportunity for students to showcase what they’ve done to raise an amazing $1300+ for Fighting Extinction during the year. We know these students will do the school proud.
This is one of many Sustainability-based events for students going on this term, with the excursion to Serendip Sanctuary (Foundation) now re-scheduled to Thursday 12th December and the Frog Census excursions (1/2) taking place over Thursday 14th/Friday 15th December. BirdLife Australia is visiting to work with the 3/4’s for their action plan on creating a more bird-friendly environment in our school.
Don’t forget we have electronics and clothing recycling hubs in our drop-off area, and in the office foyer we have collection points for batteries, toothbrushes/toothpaste tubes, bread tags, mobile phones, CFL light globes etc. so please keep these valuable resources out of landfill and allow us to pass them on to recyclers.
PLEASE NOTE NEW EMAIL FOR OUR O.S.H.C. PROGRAM