Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
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September 19th 2019
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
As parents, we sometimes get tired of our children asking those incessant questions. But really, deep down we know it’s great when kids are thinking and asking questions. It displays a natural curiosity that we should always encourage.
It was the stated aim of the old northern region (of the education department) for our students to be ‘Literate, Numerate and Curious’ and having them ask questions of themselves and of others was a good start. Being curious was seen as just as important as being able to read or add up.
Teachers often talk to their class about the difference between good questions and not so good questions. They sometimes use the terms, ‘fat questions’ and ‘skinny questions’ – one set requires deeper answers, while the other can be answered with a simple yes or no.
Do you know the game, ‘Celebrity Heads’ - where the players are trying to guess the famous person? They can ask questions, but the others can only answer with a yes or a no. Sometimes kids will fall into the trap of just guessing – ‘Is it Albert Einstein?’ - rather than thinking of good questions that will narrow the field much more quickly.
As teachers, and as parents we also have to be curious. If our child, or a student is not understanding, we have to ask questions. ‘Why?’ is usually a good place to start, or ‘What am I doing that is not helping?’
My dad used to tell a story about an old man who had lost his ring somewhere in his house. His wife saw him looking for the ring in the garden. “You lost the ring inside the house, so why are you looking for it in the garden?” she asked.
“Because the light is better out here,” he said.
You can ask a million questions, but if they are not focussed or relevant, we can be wasting a lot of time, just like in ‘Celebrity Heads’.
Or just like the old man looking in the garden for the ring he lost in the house.
2020 Classes – Parent Input
Often during this time of year the school begins to get questions about how class lists for the next school year are developed. Basically, we begin working on this early in Term 4. The following criteria are considered as the staff creates a recommendation to the principal for class composition that includes:
Please note that parent requests are considered when the request is based on the learning style of the student or other known factors that may have a positive or negative influence on the child. We do not place children based on simple choice. As noted above many factors are taken into consideration.
Here are the steps to the process:
Last Day of Term 3
A reminder that school will finish on Friday 20th September at 2pm. There will be a final assembly at 1.30pm
The PFA will be selling cinnamon donuts on Friday the 20th September
Parents, we still have an unbelievable amount of uniforms in our lost property area. There are also many drink bottles, lunch boxes etc. If your child has lost an item of uniform, please come and check if it’s in lost property.
Fete Discussion Meeting
30th October at 7pm.
The purpose of this meeting is to simply talk about how people feel about a fete for 2020, how many volunteers we may have and how keen people are to go ahead. If not enough volunteers we will discuss what would people be prepared to do in place of a fete all ideas will be welcome. So please considering attending, even if you do not want to assist with a Fete, bring along your ideas for a new plan.
Don't forget to put the schools Annual Comedy Night into your diaries!! Get a group of friends together for a table or just come along on the night and meet some new friends!
BYO snacks and drinks. Tickets are now available from office for $25 or can be purchased for $30 at the door on the night.