Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: Loren.Peavey@education.vic.gov.au
June 18th 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
Dear OPPS families,
Student Led Conferences
The 2 week lockdown has interfered with the assessment cycle and as such we will not be ready for student led conferences that usually take place at end of Term 2. School Council have given permission for us to have student led conferences on the first Wednesday of Term 3, the 14th of July.
Details will be sent out tomorrow on how to book in for the conferences.
Please put Wednesday the 14th July into your calendars, children will only attend school with their parents on this day for the conference.
Reports will be opened to you on Monday 12th July in the Compass Parent Portal.
Last day of school Term 2
Friday the 25th June is the last day of this term, just a reminder that school finishes at 2pm on this day.
This week we will be running a virtual assembly for the classes as we are unable to meet as a whole school. Parents unfortunately will need to wait until next term to attend assemblies, we will notify you when this can occur.
As many of you will be aware Lacey-Rae in Yr 5/6 and her partner are expecting the arrival of their first child next term. Lacey-Rae’s last day with her class will be on Friday 25th June. I know you all join with me in wishing them all the best for this new and exciting part of their life. We look forward to meeting the new baby later this year. We will be announcing the name of the new teacher in the next couple of days, and they will meet their class next week.
The principal selection process has come to an end and there has been a no appointment. This means that the process will need to take place again next term. This sometimes happens in the selection process and though it may feel disruptive for the school, Oak Park Primary is such an organised and supportive school that the student learning will not be impacted by this result. Currently an expression of interest is out for an Acting Principal to lead the school for Term 3.
I would also like to inform you that I have been appointed as the Substantive Principal of Keelonith PS in Greenvale and I will commence this position on Day 1 of Term 3. I have thoroughly loved my time at Oak Park and want to thank you all again, students, staff, families and especially the leadership team for making me feel so welcome. I will take very fond memories of Oak Park away with me, and I wish you all the best for the future. You have a beautiful and high performing school, you should all be very proud.
Keep on learning and growing.
How fabulous do our SRC students look in their new tops?
The Great Book Swap
The Great Book Swap is fast approaching! It will now be held this Friday, June 18th, during lunchtime.
Thank you to everyone who has donated books so far - we have plenty to go around!
During lunchtime on Friday, students will be called by year level over the loud speaker, when it is their turn to attend the Book Swap.
Students are encouraged to bring a gold coin donation for each book that they choose.
Thank you again for supporting The Indigenous Literacy Foundation!
Due to the current restriction, numerous Incursions or excursions have had to be cancelled. Advice has been given to parents & carers via Compass. This is very unfortunate, but we hope to reschedule these once restrictions ease.
Thank you to the parents who responded to the compass post earlier in the week.
This is the last call for any orders that have been paid for online. I will be finalising the fair on Friday.
Please contact me if you have questions.
S.T.A.C.S. IN LOCKDOWN
It’s been fantastic to see so many students have a go at the tasks set for remote learning – well done everyone on getting involved and giving it a go!
In one of the responses Chloe from grade 6 sent in she found an interesting website she was keen to let me know about and with so many students interested in the leatherback turtle, I thought it would be a great thing to share with you, so with Chloe’s permission I have placed the website below. Check it out and see if it is something you’d like to be involved with: https://seaturtles.org/campaigns/save-leatherbacks-from-extinction/
I want to thank the students who have been looking after the school pets in lockdown time – Tia, Harper, Maya, Ola and Ella have been great helpers in this regard – thank you and well done!
Visual Arts Remote Learning
Unfortunately, the students haven’t been able to visit the art room for their weekly art lessons over the past two weeks, but this hasn’t stopped them from using their wonderful creativity. Below are only a few of the imaginative creations produced by the students for the ‘Anything Goes Recycling Visual Arts Challenge’.
Keep up the great work OPPS students! Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
Unfortunately our students have not been able to participate in our regular PE program over the past two weeks. However, it has been pleasing to see all of the workout videos that have been uploaded online from Specialist Wednesday last week! It is really important that we try to achieve at least 30-60 minutes of physical activity each day to promote our physical health and mental wellbeing. I am looking forward to seeing all your faces again soon!
I’d also like to give a big shout out to the following students who finished in the top 7 of District Cross Country at Boeing Reserve from two weeks ago:
Have you got any time to help out for the school concert?
We require help with sewing, handheld props, occasional woodwork task and art/craft type projects. If you have any experience that you believe may help the school concert please don’t hesitate to email me and list the types of jobs you are willing to help with. Also please watch this space as many teachers will be asking for random items for the concert. Thank you!
Needed- 2 foam mattresses- minimum 10cm thick (thicker than this is ok)
If you have this type of mattress and you don’t mind it getting used for the concert please email me, here is a photo of what we are hoping for-
Grade 4 News
Shout out to Grade 4 who have been working independently at home, engaged with their learning and being resilient problem solvers! This week, students have been reading about animal adaptations and were asked to design their own hybrid animal. Here are some examples of great work!
The Jargu is a deadly amphibian. It has sharp teeth that inject very powerful venom into it’s victims. The Jargu has long tentacles that can sting you. They also have skin as tough as diamonds – nothing can go through it’s skin. The Jargu has sabre-teeth and is green and brown.
By Liam 4T
Owl Tigers are mammals, which means their young grow inside them and they give birth. They resemble a tiger with black stripy markings on their body so they can camouflage with the trees. They have long tails to communicate with others and to balance. The most admirable thing on their body is their talons to grip onto objects. Another thing that is admirable is their padded paws to silently stalk prey. Their eyes are super big so during the night they can see. Wondering why they have spots on tehri head? Well they use their spots to thwart off any predator that attacks from behind. Asking why their beaks are short and rounded as well as their ears? Well, their beaks are used to grip prey when eating and their ears and used to hear and stalk prey.
By Rahael 4T