Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 1st 2022
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Book Parade and Book Swap – Thanks for attending
Thank you to all the parents and carers that attended our Book Parade last Friday. It was wonderful to host an event with such strong costume commitment from students and staff. Thank you to teachers and ES staff for their organisation for the event. Additional shout-outs to Michelle for her preparation and advertisement of the ‘Wanted Wolf’ and to Melanie for her ‘Hippo on the Roof’ that furthered the fun and theatrics on the day.
Our Book Swap earlier in the week was really successful with around $500 raised. These funds contribute to purchasing books by Indigenous authors and mentor texts for use in classrooms. Thank you to Lauren and Indigenous Education Community of Practice for their continued commitment and thanks to everyone that donated and purchased a book.
Parent, Caregiver and Guardians Opinion Survey
The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, and student engagement.
We encourage all families to participate in this survey. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies. A random sample of 110 families have been selected to participate in this year’s survey. The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 15th August to Friday 16th September.
If you received the link and physical note in your child’s bag, please complete the survey as we really want to hear our community thoughts on our school and how we can improve it and to celebrate our successes.
OSHC Price Increase – From August 29th 2022
At our most recent School Council meeting, our council analysed the attendance and staffing costs of our current Outside School Hours Care service. The recent Victorian Government School Agreement has provided wage increases for Education Support Staff working in classrooms and care services, which results in an increased cost to maintain the current program. We value the care and consideration our program provides to the community requiring supervision before and after school.
Our council considered the Childcare Subsidy provided to families, with 86% of our families receiving a government subsidy to further reduce the actual cost. Our new daily rates are in-line with the cheapest equivalent service in the area, without any additional cost for casual bookings. The new pricing structure is provided below:
Before School Care - $19.00 per session – before Childcare Subsidy
After School Care - $23.00 per session – before Childcare Subsidy
Final Day of Term – PPD – Students not required to attend school. Friday September 16th
You may be aware that the Victorian Government Schools Agreement has recently been approved.
This agreement outlines the working conditions for staff working in government schools. The agreement states that teachers will be entitled to 2 further professional practice days in 2022, 2 professional practice days in 2023 and one professional practice day in 2024.
For Semester 2, 2022 (Term 3&4) the Department of Education and Training has provided schools with the option to hold each teacher’s allocated professional practice day on the same day for all staff. Students will therefore not be required to attend school on these Professional Practice Days.
This arrangement is to enable the most effective and efficient use of this day and responds to the lack of Casual Replacement Teachers (CRTs) available at present. To ensure the least disruption to learning and families our Consultative Committee has endorsed the date of Friday September 16th, the day after the final school concert.
Students will not be required to attend school on Friday 16th September. This day will enable teachers to plan and further prepare for Term 4. If you need supervision support on this day, please email the school at email@example.com or call on 9306 9182 by September 9th.
The school will collate this information and arrange an option to support families requiring supervision for their children on September 16th.
ALL STUDENTS NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN BOTH NIGHTS
Concert Dates- Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of September
5 days left to buy your 4 tickets before tickets are unlimited to buy on Monday 10am.
Both nights stalls sections have already sold out (dress circle/upstairs still available).
Some grades had t-shirts that had to be handed into school by August 19th so additional items could be sewn onto the garment. We desperately need these t-shirts so sewers can sew over the weekend.
The costume list is at the end of the newsletter, thank you!
Concert night drop off
Drop off students at 6pm (foyers doors will open for sign up at 6pm sharp- please wait outside the theatre if you arrive before 6pm).
All students must be signed in. At the conclusion of the concert students will be signed out by their classroom teacher. Younger year levels will be signed out first, parents attending the show will wait in theatre seats and will be called to the foyer to pick up children.
If parents are not attending both nights of the concert please be mindful that we are relying on all students to attend both nights. Please drop off your child or organise a car pooling system with another family!
Students LOVE watching their performances! Why not have a copy of the concert to show family and friends?
DVD forms were handed out this week, please ask the office if you did not receive one.
Due - last day of term
School Concert - Costume List
The school is busily preparing for our school concert that will be held at the Clocktower Theatre on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of September. For new parents to the school, you will be relieved to know that most costumes will be provided by the school. We do however require your help with basic essentials such as black shoes and plain t-shirts or pants. Please carefully read the attached file that has the list of all items required for each grade. Please pay particular attention to the “Parents to Provide” column so you know what you need to supply.
Black school shoes are part of our school uniform but if your child does not have black shoes K- mart have affordable pairs which are perfect for the school concert, such as black canvas lace up shoe or black canvas slip on shoe both are $3.50.
Kmart also has a large variety of plain t-shirts for approx. $4 each if your child requires a plain t- shirt for the concert item.
If you already know your child/ren will be absent from school on these concert dates, please email your class teacher ASAP.
If you have any other questions regarding costumes, please come and talk to Sheryl Hamilton (5/6 Resource Room) or email at Sheryl.Hamilton@education.vic.gov.au
Thank you and please save the concert date in your calendars!
There is a copy of the complete costume list at the end of the newsletter or the Compass note provided.
Late Arrival Notifications
If you are bringing your child late to school or picking them up early due to an appointment or similar, we ask that you do not sign them in or out from home, prior to this time. They must be signed in (or out) from the Compass iPad at the front office at the actual time.
Grade 6 Students for 2023
A representative from A PLUS SCHOOLWEAR will be at Oak Park Primary School on MONDAY the 17th of OCTOBER to size students for the GRADE 6 POLO TOPS and HOODED WINDCHEATERS. To enable the students to receive their garments by the end of 2022, order forms and payment must be received by FRIDAY the 28th of OCTOBER 2022.
Attached is a 2023 Graduation Garment Order Form for your information. This form will be sent home with your child on the 17th of October listing items and sizes that A representative from A PLUS SCHOOLWEAR will be at Oak Park Primary School on MONDAY the 17th of OCTOBER to size students for the GRADE 6 POLO TOPS and HOODED WINDCHEATERS. To enable the students to receive their garments by the end of 2022, order forms and payment must be received by FRIDAY the 28th of OCTOBER 2022.
Attached is a 2023 Graduation Garment Order Form for your information. This form will be sent home with your child on the 17th of October listing items and sizes that have been tried on.
NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.
The Great Book Swap
Thank you students, teachers and families for your amazing contributions to the Great Book Swap during Book Week. It was wonderful to see the students flicking through books, finding gems and donating money for a worthwhile cause. We have raised $675 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, who provide books in First Languages, and learning resources to children and families living in remote Communities across Australia. We have also donated extra books to Books n’ Boots, a local group who will send books to First Nations rural and remote communities and schools.
Thank you so much for your support of this event!
Indigenous Education Committee
Book Week Parade
On Tuesday, a large group of our students travelled to Epping to compete in our Glenroy District Athletics carnival. It is fair to say we had an incredibly successful day! From initial counts, we have had 23 students finish in 1st place. We are also awaiting confirmation on whether or not our 2nd place getters also qualify for the next round. Unfortunately rain suspended the final event of the day, so some students missed out on their 1500m events. Thank you to all the parents that came and helped on the day, your ongoing support has been crucial for allowing the students to have these wonderful opportunities. Without you, these events just could not happen! Stay tuned for next week’s update.
The big announcement of the top ten finalists, and the winner of the school concert advertising and DVD competition will be announced this Friday at the school assembly. Please come along and show your support for the wonderful artwork created by students.
The finalists will be introduced at the assembly, and they will display their artworks to the audience members. The winner of the competition will be announced and presented with a poster size colour copy of their artwork, along with two free concert tickets and an art stationery prize.
Thank you to all of those students that took the time to enter the competition. It was a difficult task for all of the staff at OPPS to select the finalists and indeed the winner of the competition.
Who will the finalists and winner be? It will all be announced this week at the school assembly!
Save the Date: The school is having an Aver and Line Family Portrait Fundraiser on Saturday 15th October. 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. Also, the prints will be delivered before Christmas - great for gifts!
Term 4 Chess Club forms are attached to this weeks newsletter. If you would like your child to attend chess class during term 4 we ask that forms are completed and emailed along with proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org PRIOR TO THE START OF TERM 4.
We require enrolment form and payment before your child may attend the lunchtime class.
$50 is the term payment, this is not a week by week payment.
Canteen - New Menu
Parent List - Concert
NOTE ABOUT T.SHIRTS THAT ARE TO BE PURCHASED BY PARENTS.
These t-shirts will be having items added to them. Sewn on by hand very carefully.
Decorations will be removed by us following the completion of the concert.
T-shirts will be returned to students, however this may not be until the start of term 4.
If you choose to donate this t-shirt to the school costume property, please place a note advising of this in with the t-shirt. We thank you for your donation.