Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 18th 2023
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Attitudes to School Survey (AtoSS) – Year 4-6 Students.
We recognize the importance of student input in enhancing student engagement, well-being, and the quality of instruction. To gain insight into your child's perspective on their school, we are organizing a survey. The Department of Education offers the AtoSS, an annual student survey, which helps schools understand students' perceptions and experiences.
During the survey, students will be asked about various aspects such as their school, learning, relationships with peers, resilience, bullying, health and well-being, physical activity, and overall life. This year, the AtoSS will take place at our school from May 19th to May 31st.
If you prefer for your child not to participate, please send an email to email@example.com to opt out of the survey.
Tag On – Tags coming home. Begins Monday 22nd May
We are excited to introduce ‘Tag On’ to support healthier and happier journeys to our school. Today and Friday students will receive their very own coloured Tag On tag!
Tag On is a sign-in system (near the library) that registers how and when students arrive at school every day. Each day your child will be able to use their tag to ‘tag on’ and select how they travelled to school via a touch screen kiosk. They will earn house points every time they tag on, and an a point towards their personal active travel tally if they walk, ride, scoot or catch public transport. Through collecting points, students are motivated to travel in healthier, happier ways by participating in friendly house and class competitions.
Please note, the system does not interact with our school sign in or roll system. If students arrive late they still need to sign in via the office.
Assembly Schedule - Term 2
If you are enrolling your child next year at Oak Park Primary School, or you know of someone wanting to enrol their child, please email Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an enrolment form.
Premier's Reading Challenge
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2023
We thank you for your patience and apologise for the delay in getting our school registered for the Premier’s Reading Challenge 2023!
The reading challenge is a great way to motivate your child to push themselves with their reading and a wonderful project to participate in alongside your child. There really is nothing better than getting stuck into a great book.
To find out more about the challenge, visit the website:
If you'd like to register your child, please email their full name and grade to either:
Don’t forget each week to place your lunch orders before 11am each Thursday or the order will automatically roll over until the next week.
Book Club orders have been delivered to classes.
Please contact me ASAP if you have not received your order.
As a result of your orders, the school now has $250 to purchase new books for the Library.
Your continued support of Book Club is greatly appreciated.
Interschool Chess Tournament
A reminder that Interschool Chess Tournament is filling up- please bring in your form ASAP.
Term 3 Chess
Enrolments for Term 3 chess are open from now until the start of Term 3.
You must have completed the attached chess form before your child can attend chess classes each Wednesday. Please email completed form and proof or payment to email@example.com
Is your child in Grade 4-6 and interested in dancing at the Clocktower in an optional dance performance?
Please read on!
What is Wakakirri? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sD8Ea0IcqM
Melanie and Kate held an information meeting with students this week about this wonderful opportunity yet we still need more students for this experience to go forward. Melanie will be handing out EXPRESSION OF INTEREST forms to Grade 4-6 next week! It is an excellent opportunity for a stage performance for those students who are interested.
Great stories can open hearts and minds and inspire change. Wakakirri is a national Story Dance festival where schools aim to do just that!
Wakakirri is Australia’s Largest Performing Arts Event for Schools with separate events for Primary, Secondary, Dance schools and schools in remote areas. Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect student’s thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’.
A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, acting, music, sets, props and costumes.
Performing in Wakakirri is an experience students never forget. Schools spend Show Day rehearsing and meeting other schools and that same night walk the Red Carpet with the Panel Reps and perform on the big stage. Every schools’ story is filmed for Wakakirri TV as part of the search for ‘Story of the Year’.
Wakakirri is for every School in Australia and has categories for all levels of experience. Emphasis is on creativity not expensive and extravagant productions. An emphasis is also placed on creative movement and drama not on technical dance meaning every student can participate.
Wakakirri encourages schools to minimise their footprint when creating props and costumes for their performance and offers special awards for schools that excel in this area.
The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to the Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar NSW. It was chosen to give the event a distinctly Australian feel.
You can find out more at www.wakakirri.com.
Expression of Interest forms will be handed out next week to students in Grade 4-6.
Can’t wait to begin rehearsals!
Melanie and Kate
In Japanese this week we have been focusing on family, learning to name our family members and also how to count people. Students have learnt the names for various family members and have been practicing writing them in Hiragana. Each student has created their own family tree to help them remember this week’s new language.
This Sunday 21st May the Japan Festival will take place in Box Hill. The festival will have a range of demonstrations, exhibits and performances including Japanese Taiko drumming, bonsai, origami and Kendo. If you are interested you can have a look at the website here:
This week in the science room we have been learning about controlling the parameters of our experiments, attempting to test one variable at a time. This is a very important part of the scientific process. The junior students did really well and completed the ‘Dancing Raisins’ experiment. This involved exploring the difference between carbonated and non-carbonated liquids. They made informed predictions based on our previous sinking and floating experiments and were pleased to see their learning in action. It has been fantastic to see the junior students become confident in using different lab report templates to record and reflect on their results.
Grade 1/2 students have begun their unit on Indigenous Dreamtime stories. As a whole class each student has an opportunity to be part of the drama and develop a deeper understanding of these essential stories.
This week our focus was on the story ‘The Rainbow Serpent’ and students became part of the story; either being the Rainbow Serpent or animals that followed The Rainbow Serpant. Some animals followed the Rainbow Serpants laws and were rewarded as humans and some animals disobeyed the laws and became mountins and hills. Students made the connections between this story and Tiddalick, noting that the frogs in both stories held the water and released it when tickled.
Well done Grade 1/2 students!
Hope all of the wonderful Mums in our school community (and beyond) had a wonderful Mother’s Day last Sunday! Hopefully you all got to spend some quality time with your family and they made you feel very special.
All students created a piece of art to give to their Mums during their art classes to help celebrate the day. I hope you all enjoyed receiving some artwork as a gift from the hands and hearts of your wonderful children. Below is a small sample of some of the artworks created by the students at OPPS for Mother’s Day.
In sport this week we have the Glenroy District Cross Country at Boeing Reserve on Thursday 18th May. In preparation for this event, the kids have had a glimpse into the gruelling event of cross country as part of our warmups during our invasion games unit of work. A large cohort of brave students also tried out for the cross-country team. Well done to all of you who competed! Under 9–11-year-old students will be racing through a 2km (under 12s= 3km) course of tricky terrain including hills, thick grass, mud and puddles as they battle out in a very challenging competition. All the best to our competitors!
We also face off against Westbreen this week in our weekly inter school sport competition. Netball teams are looking to secure their first win of the season, while footy and soccer are looking to keep the momentum going following on from two big wins. Good luck!
In other news, Foundation to Grade 2 students have been making significant strides in our Gymnastics unit. We are beginning to wrap up our unit in the following weeks with some performances highlighting all the balances, jumps, rolls and spins that we have been practicing. Can’t wait for you all to see it!
Jump Rope for Heart
Friday Sport Parent Helpers
I am hoping to find a few parent helpers who can help out with our footy or soccer teams.
For footy, I will most likely be umpiring most games. I would need someone to help walk the kids to and from the grounds and to assist with supervision on the bench.
Same for soccer- Maree will be in charge of 19 students. This means there will be a large number of students on the bench.
Thankfully we do not need to book any buses this term. Which means all of our matches are either home or a short walk away.
If you are able to help out in anyway, please let me know :)
Walk Safely to School Day
Year 6-7 Transition
WEDNESDAY 19th July: Oak Park Primary will notify parents/carers of placement outcomes
Should you need any further information please email Fran at firstname.lastname@example.orgShould you require any information once this is received, please don’t hesitate to contact Fran at email@example.com
Local Secondary Colleges are now advertising their Open Days, Information Nights and School Tours. We suggest that families make the most of these availabilities.
Please go to www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au to check if you are within their school zone. Many Secondary Colleges are strictly zoned.
AIRPORT WEST SWIMMING ACADEMY…. Saving Lives, LEARN TO SWIN
OAK PARK SAINTS BASKETBALL
Keep active, have fun and learn about basketball. For enquiries or interest for the upcoming season, please contact Bron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Park Football Club
PENOLA SAINTS NETBALL CLUB
ACE FUN TENNIS SCHOOL
OAK PARK SCOUNT GROUP