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July 20th 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
Open Streets : Great but chilly start!
We had a cold but really successful start to our Open Streets at Oak Park. Thanks to all the students that braved the windy weather. We hope the next two weeks are a little warmer and even more students come to enjoy the activities and opportunity to own the streets before and after school. Some pictures from this morning below.
As I will be on Long Service Leave for Week 3 and 4, Zoe has gone on her own holiday to her grandma’s until I return. She will be spending her time in Swan Hill, in a huge yard, with 24/7 company. The house is also next to a pre-school, so she will continue to hear the comforting noises of children playing all day long.
Zoe will start at OPPS 3 days per week when she returns. Below is an example of how her average day is structured
Day in the life of Zoe…
8:30-8:50am…………. Zoe has a run on the oval before school to get out excess energy and have a toilet break before class
8:50-10:00am……….. Zoe enters the classroom with students to start her day (she often does a perimeter check of the classroom and likes to ensure everything is in its place)
10:00-11:10am……… Class time (Zoe can roam in the room once the class is settled and working at their tables. She often finds a spot near the heater on cold mornings)
11:10-11:40am……… Walk outside (sometimes around the block) for a toilet break and some fresh air
11:40-12:10pm……… Rest (sometimes in Sally’s office or in an empty classroom – with supervision)
12:10-1:05pm……….. Class time
1:05-2:00pm…………. Class time (usually sleeps/rests)
2:00-2:30pm…………. Toilet break and rest (sometimes in Sally’s office or in an empty classroom – with supervision)
2:30-3:30pm…………. Classroom/Rest (depending on how Zoe is feeling)
3:30-4:50pm…………. Staff Meetings (Zoe walks freely during meetings, often visiting teachers for a pat or cuddle. Sometimes she just likes to play with her toys or relax).
Finding the right balance between, work, play and rest can be challenging in a busy environment. Some days can be quite chaotic, and Zoe picks up on the busy energy within the school. There are a lot of noises and new people coming and going, which can be overwhelming for her. We have noticed she is particularly protective of the environment and that’s why it’s important that you notify the office before bringing other dogs on site.
Assembly Timetable - Term 3
Dental Health Visit
Forms were sent home to all students today with information regarding the Dental Van visit to our school.
Please complete the form and return to school by Friday 28th July.
Thank you so much
Ride and Stride
In 2023, Oak Park Primary School is participating in Council’s Ride & Stride program. This means we are looking for ways to make walk and riding to school a fun and safe option for the school run.
With 91% of our families living within a 10min ride or 20min walk from school, we’ve decided to trial the Open Streets initiative as part of Ride & Stride and Bicycle Network’s Ride2School program to make the streets around our school gates safer for children, families and residents and encourage active travel to school.
Walking or riding to school is a great way to build healthy habits and prepare to focus on the school day ahead. Open Streets will compliment Ride & Stride initiatives, like Tag On, which we will be participating in this year to address other barriers to active travel.
On Thursday 20th, Thursday 27th of July, and Thursday 3rd of August, we will be opening Summit Avenue outside the school grounds to walking and cycling only during drop off (8.10-9.10am) and pick up (3:10-4:10pm) times to create safe and healthy space for families arriving at the school gates. There will be fun activities held on the street for children to play, ride and scoot around before and after school.
More information will be provided
You can also watch this video to see how Open Streets operates.
Dear OPPS Community.
Your child would have received a flyer regarding our phonics books fundraiser 'Jolly Soles Sock Fundraiser'. We hope to see as many families get involved and purchase some socks to support our school in purchasing phonics (decodable) home reading books! The family that purchases the most pairs will receive a $100 Coles Myer Voucher! All information required to purchase the socks is on the flyer that was sent home yesterday and attached to this note. Please use the QR code on the flyer to ensure your socks are delivered to our school and our school receives the profits from the sale. The QR code is live from today until July 31st so you can get in early and make sure you child gets the pick of the sock designs before designs/sizes sell out!
We will be hosting a Silly Socks Day on Tuesday August 15th 2023 where all students can wear their socks to school for the day and show off their chosen funky design!
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!
One of our students Shardya in Year 5 has recently completed his Grey Wolf with the Tullapark Scout Group.
The Grey Wolf award is the highest award in the Cub section and not all youth members achieve this, so it's a big deal. The youth member has to work within the community, independently and with fellow Scouting members. He has to learn new skills and then teach these to the upcoming younger members. He also learns leadership skills and how to plan events and activities.
Shardya will be awarded and celebrating this achievement on the 29th of July at the Tullapark Scout Group
Well done Shardy, great achievement
Weekend Footy Report
Hello Oak Park Footy Fans! This week we played our first night game on Wednesday at Jacana’s Ground. It was Oak Park vs West Coburg. We all decided it was our best game all season. We won 60 to 0. Xavier and Mac had precise positioning. Alessandro, was back after going on a big holiday to Europe and kicked 3 goals and 6 behinds on his first game back! Lachie, kicked a ripper in the first quarter and Luke did an accurate torpedo leading to a team goal. Hamish’s clearances out of the center was outstanding! That wraps it for this week’s report.
Karaoke Club Update
Our Karaoke Club is back, and it's stronger than ever! 🎤🎶
Missed those Taylor Swift tickets? While we can’t help you get any tickets! Students could join us every Tuesday for a lunchtime singing session that'll make them feel like you're at a live concert! 🎉🤩
From "Blank Space" to "You Belong With Me," our students have been rocking the stage with their incredible voices.
Don't take our word for it, watch for yourself! 📹✨
It's not just about singing; it's about building friendships, boosting confidence, and having a blast! 🌟
So, come sing along, and let's make unforgettable memories together at our Karaoke Club!
See you every Tuesday! 🎵🎶
Rachel and Jane Cheng
Book Week Parade
It is with great pride that I can announce Jesse in grade 5 is the 46th fastest (under 11 year old) boy in Victoria!
Jesse competed in the Victorian State Cross Country trials last week in Yarra Valley against the best of the best and finished with a time of 13 minutes and 14 seconds over 3 km. This is a tremendous achievement for a truly talented young athlete. We have not had a student represent Oak Park in Cross Country for over 10 years!
Congratulations Jesse, we look forward to seeing what you can achieve during athletics this term.
I am also excited to announce our Grade 3-6 Athletics carnival will once again take place on Friday 11th August at Harold Stevens athletics track in Coburg. The day will start at 9:30 and aim to finish before 2 pm.
In the lead up to the event I will require some extra hands to assist with the field events during the day. I will need about 2 parents on each event to assist. I will provide you with all the instructions and you will need on the day. But I will plan to keep it as simple as possible.
The field events to choose from include:
Helping run the events is also a good way to get a good glimpse of the action and a good opportunity to watch your child compete.
If you are able to assist with anything on the day please get back to me and with which event you would prefer to be a part of.
Thank you and kind regards,
Grade 3/4 students are grabbing their passports and dancing their way around the world! Cultural dance is an excellent way for our students to gain an understanding of different cultures and why and how people dance.
This week Grade 3/4 Dance students have been learning about the history of Bush Dancing from the earliest colonisation of Australia. The dances are mainly based on the traditional folk dances of the UK, Ireland and central Europe.
Students learnt the history of the dance and worked together to complete the dance sequences to the well-known Australian song ‘Bound for South Australia’. Can you remember how to Do Si Do? Perhaps your child can show you this week!
In Science this week the grade 5 and 6 students have engaged in some hand on science activities. Our learning objectives focused around working collaboratively and safely in the science room. Students worked in small groups to complete two practical experiments – ‘Walking the Water Bridge’ and ‘Mesmerising Milk’. Students were challenged to work semi independently to collect equipment, follow procedural steps, record their observations and respond to prompt questions.
It was great to see our senior scientists working well together, sharing resources as well as their knowledge and thinking throughout our lessons.
In Visual Arts this week, Foundation students stepped outside the art room to engage their senses and do some drawing of things that they could hear, see, small and touch (we didn’t want students tasting anything outside so that sense wasn’t on the agenda!).
Each of the senses were looked at in the art room using some visual stimulus and discussion held regarding each of the senses before we headed outside to do some sketching of things we could use four of our five senses to draw. We went to the amphitheatre area and used clipboards to work on our drawings.
The students in all Foundation classes were really engaged in being outdoors to do some artwork. Students heard, saw, smelt and touched a variety of objects or things in the school environment, drawing these things to use in creating an artwork of their senses in the next lesson. Lesson two will see them use their sketches to incorporate some watercolour paint to add some life to their artwork.
Year 6-7 Transition
Year 7 Secondary College Parent acceptance letters were sent home to parents yesterday (Wednesday).
If your child was not accepted at their preferred school, you will have been supplied with an appeal letter which needs to be completed.
Oak Park Primary School is unable to assist if you have not been accepted at your preferred school, this can only be done by appeal.
All families will receive an acceptance slip, please complete that as soon as possible and return to our office.
ST COLUMBA’S ENROLMENT 2025
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