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December 18th 2019
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Calendar of Events
Welcome to the final newsletter of 2019!
Much has been accomplished this year and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone associated with Oak Park Primary School for contributing to our many successes as a school in 2019.
Our academic results continued to be very encouraging again this year, as has the continued strengthening of our student leadership program. Our performances in Performing and Visual Arts, sports teams, and many other areas have been exemplary. Many thanks to the whole Oak Park PS community for their work and assistance in these pursuits.
Whilst we have faced many challenges throughout the year, I really have loved working with the kids, parents and staff. I firmly believe we are on the right track in most areas, and as long as we all team together, I am certain we will continue to achieve ongoing success.
Goodbye to Brenda Jamieson who will be retiring at the end of the year – thanks Brenda for all your hard work over many years; it was great working with you!
It’s also goodbye to Kathy Seator and Livio Coreno who will be travelling, broadening their horizons and generally having a great time – thank you and best wishes to you both!
To our Grade 6 students who leave us at the end of the year – thank you for your contributions to our school throughout your time here, but particularly this year. You have been a FANTASTIC bunch of kids and we are very proud of you. We will miss you! Good luck!
To those families who will no longer be at Oak Park Primary School next year – we wish you well.
Several families have been associated with the school for many years and it is something of an end of an era, in many ways, for the family and the school. Good luck too, to those children who are moving house and transferring to new schools in 2020.
Finally, a Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year to you and your families. I hope you get the opportunity to spend time with people close to you - and have a very relaxing break!
Grade 6 Graduation
Last Thursday, the students of Grade 6 had their Graduation ceremony. It was a fantastic way to celebrate our graduating students and we hope that students and families enjoyed the event.
To assist with the event, we had a group of Grade 5 students working behind the scenes to get everything ready for the night. The 'Service Team' were wonderful hosts and helpers during the event as well. A big thank you to these students: Abigail, Alyssa, Artemis, Andreas, Bejna, Ella, James, Liya, Samuel and William.
Also, the Fundraising Committee played a major role in funding the Graduation event. A big thank you to these students for their efforts: Alessio, Arda, Ella, Hannah, Kelly, Naia and Noah
And finally, to the Grade 6 students, we say thank you and farewell. We wish you all the best for 2020 as you begin your High School journeys. We will miss you!
The 5/6 Team
Christine, Emily, Greer, June, Kirsty, Lacey-Rae and Livio
The Market Stall
This term, the Grade 5/6's looked into economics and business. Their projects aimed to make a profitable business. They made business plans, worked in teams and generated budgets to assist their business.
The final product was the Market Stall. This took place at lunchtime on the 17th December, where the whole school could purchase available items. There were a range products that were produced by the grade 5/6's such as hydro dipped pet rocks, slime, jelly bean bracelets, lucky dips, basketball slam dunks to name but a few.
The most successful were scrunchies, slime, glitter globes and earings. The students were to use the money attained to cover the costs of the materials and then any profit made were to go to a charity of their choice. Some of the charities chosen were The Royal Children Hospital, Country Fire Authority and Cancer Council.
After the Market Stall, the students reflected on whether they made a profit/loss and what they would do differently next time. The Market Stalls were a huge success and all the students did a great job with their presentation and product development. Massive pat on the back to all the grade 5/6's and thank you to all the students who bought from the stalls
Serendip Sanctuary – Foundation Excursion, Thursday 12th December
The Foundation students took the bus to Lara to visit Serendip Sanctuary. If you don’t know of this place, it is a great weekend adventure, and free entry – well worth a look!
The students enjoyed a wildlife walk, waterbugging and other adventures and had a wonderful time exploring the environment and having close up experiences with native animals. They had a great time, but it certainly took it out of them, as can be evidenced by the photos!
Thank you to Kira, Kathy and Alex (Foundation teachers) and their wonderful parent helpers for taking the students out for the day. Also thanks to Serendip Sanctuary and Ranger Ebonee for looking after students on the day!
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
Exhibition: “Temari” (2 Dec 2019 – 31 Jan 2020)
This exhibition features handmade temari by a Japanese hobby artist, Mrs Kiyo Kamiya. Temari are colourful balls made of thread which are then embroidered with various patterns.
When: 2-12- 2019 to 31- 1-2020
Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm weekdays (closed 1:00pm – 2:00pm)
Where: Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne, Level 25, 570 Bourke St, Melbourne
Exhibition: “Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World” (24 May 2019 – 2 Feb 2020)
This photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck and Takahiro Kitamura explores traditional Japanese tattoo culture and its influence on modern tattoo practice.
When: Friday 24 May 2019 – Sunday 2 February 2020
Times: 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
Holiday Pet and Garden Care
The holidays are nearly upon us and as a result, I’m looking for people who would be willing to look after our school pets over the holidays.
The procedures are generally very easy, but do need daily care, so would not suit those who are going away for more than a day or two. We are looking for carers for our blue tongue lizards, turtles, stick insects, fish and mealworms.
If you think you would be able to help, even for a week or two, please email me to let me know of your interest. Also, it would be great to be able to keep some of our recent tree plantings alive through their first summer so they can thrive through next winter. If you think you can help by coming in and doing some watering every now and again that would also be super.
Any questions, or if you’re keen to help, please email me (email@example.com).
Book Club orders have finally been delivered to classrooms, if you did not receive your order please contact me immediately.
Thank you to all families who supported Book Club and Book Fair this year, without this support it would be difficult to maintain a current library collection.
Due to your support we have received a total of approximately $4000 to be used to purchase books and resources for the Library, which is amazing.
There are still a number of Library books that have not been returned, please return them next year if you locate them over the holidays.
Once again thank you all for the support of the Library.
Happy reading over the holidays.
School Fees, Extras and Contributions 2020
Thanks to all our parents who’ve paid their fees for 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.
Christmas Countdown and a time for giving
Our school community loves giving and we have a couple of tubs in the entrance to the office for you to give some more.
Our school community is collecting goods via a Reverse Advent Calendar for the Ascot Vale Little Free Pantry so if you have any items that you have as surplus in your pantry or want to grab an extra item while you’re at the supermarket, please just add them to the tub.
We still have out Lost Dogs Home box in the entrance so if you’re in a ‘clean out’ mood, you can drop off old towels, sheets etc too.
Jacana Football Club Call for Junior Players
A Friendly Atmosphere, team spirit, and exercise?
Please get in touch: Phillip Di Biase 0406042576
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