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June 23rd 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
Enjoy the holiday break!
It’s been a busy term full of learning, sports success, assessment, reporting, discos, lunchtime clubs, increased riding and striding and student-led conferences. I wish every family an enjoyable holiday break to recharge and see friends and loved ones. Look forward to seeing everyone back for Term 3 on Monday July 10th.
Open Streets in Term 3 – Before and After School Activities
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 in week 1 next term, a video link is provided if you’re keen to see an Open Street in action!
Chess Tournament Success!
110 players from different schools in our area competed in the tournament, which required each player to complete 7 games using a points-based system to determine the winner. We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Grant, our Chess Coach, for hosting such a wonderful event. It's truly amazing to see the support for one of our lunchtime clubs extend to a greater audience, we were happy to provide site access and support to host the community event and bringing people together.
This term, Zoe has been visiting both the 5/6S classroom and more recently, the 2F classroom. She is now used to the range of noises and the movements of students and teachers. Being only 9 months old, we are still seeing puppy behaviours and she finds her school days exhausting.
In Term 3, Zoe will be attending Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. She will slowly start to visit more classrooms, but please understand that this is a slow process.
Lunch Time Clubs
This term, Lunch time Clubs started, with a great range of options available. Below is the Clubs Timetable. We hope that they provide plenty of variety and opportunities for students during their break times. Clubs will continue into Term 3.
Premier's Reading Challenge
It’s still not too late to sign up for the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The holidays are a great time to catch up on some reading. If you need log in details, please email: Sally.Morath@education.vic.gov.au
Over the last week at Oak Park Primary we have had our Girl’s netball and mixed footy team narrowly miss out on grand final glory. The netball team were defeated by 1 goal against St. Marks while the footy team also lost by 1 goal against a very talented St. Thomas More outfit. It has been wonderful being able to witness these students compete together against some incredible teams. A big shoutout to all the parents who helped out along the way! Without you none of this could have happened. Next term we ditch the team comradery in place of individual glory as we shift our focus towards athletics. Students in grades f-2 can look forward to Kaboom sports day on Friday 4th August, while the senior students in grades 3-6 will compete in the annual OPPS athletics carnival in Coburg with the chance to represent our school in District competition.
Also, I’d like to do a quick shout out to Jesse and Adem in the 5/6 area. Jesse has qualified for State Cross Country in term 3 and we are so proud to finally have a student reach this stage after 10 years without an Oak Park student advancing to state level. Jesse is a special athlete and expect to see more of this from him in the future.
Adem has demonstrated immense success on the basketball court after walking away with 3rd place at National Junior Classic while representing the Broadmeadows Broncos. In addition to 3rd place, Adem was also a major contributor on the court walking away with MVP against the best in the country. We are so proud of you!
To celebrate a wonderful semester in Japanese, the grade 3/4’s and 5/6’s have been enjoying trying a range of maki rolls while they create their own Pokémon and anime characters. Students have loved trying the different varieties of maki rolls and learning how to say their names in Japanese. The Pokémon and anime characters are looking fantastic with students showing their amazing imaginations and creativity. It has been lots of fun celebrating and creating together!
We have come to the end of a spectacular semester of Science! The Foundation to Grade 2 students have all worked extremely hard to understand the scientific process, build their capacity to work in small teams and complete experiments by following step and instructions. They should all feel proud of their efforts. Thank you all for having fun, being brave and trying your best!
While it is sad to think that they won’t be back in the Science room until next year, I believe that they will continue to be curious and enthusiastic scientists and apply what they have learned across all areas of the curriculum. I am also excited to be welcoming the Grade 3-6 students next term! For any students keen to keep expanding their scientific knowledge these school holidays, check out ‘Crash Course Kids’ on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids) which is a great way to learn about different science topics in manageably short chunks.
What a whirlwind of a term! Lots of creativity happening in the art room with a few less weeks to get projects completed. Students in all year levels worked very well to get their artworks completed, or at least near completed.
One of the activities that will require a couple of lessons to complete in Term 3, will be the stop motion projects being created by the Grade 5/6 students. Unfortunately we ran out of time to complete these animations in full, but there were still some really great scenes created that we could watch at the conclusion of lessons. The students worked very well with a partner to create storyboards and their own backgrounds, as well as characters using plasticine. Stop Motion Studio was used to capture photos and add audio to the animations.
Below are some photos of students busy at work creating their stop motion animations.
Chess Club Term 3
Term 3 Friday afternoons from 3.30pm – 4.40 pm for Grades Foundation to 3.
Kelly Sports Wicked Winter Sports give children skills and confidence in a fun and enjoyable environment. Program runs from 14th July – 15th September
See attached brochure to book your child in next term.
TeamKids have another amazing Winter Holiday program planned!
Come along and experience the TeamKids difference:
• Learn new skills and make new friends
• Qualified and REMARKABLE Educators
• Digital detox with our no screens policy
• Delicious and nutritious morning and afternoon snacks
• CCS-approved care
Head to teamkids.com.au to secure your spot!
Year 6-7 Transition
WEDNESDAY 19th July: Oak Park Primary will notify parents/carers of placement outcomes
Year 7, 2025 Information
GLENROY WEST KINDERGARTEN
GLENROY NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE