Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 25th 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
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.
The school will collate this information and arrange an option to support families requiring supervision for their children on September 16th.
2023 Foundation Enrolments – Reminder
If you have a young one in your family that is due to commence their school journey with us in 2023, we ask that you please call or visit our office to arrange a time to meet and obtain enrolment forms, as soon as possible.
We are at a time in the year where we are set to commence workforce planning for 2023. With an accurate enrolment forecast, we will be able to best plan for the year ahead to support all our students and staff.
The concert is fast approaching! Make sure you know what is required from all families, please carefully read the following information-
ALL STUDENTS NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN BOTH NIGHTS
Concert Dates- Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of September-
Tickets on sale now via the Clocktower website, 4 ticket limit per family until Sept 5th (after this date the limit lifts and you can purchase as many tickets as you like)
Wednesday night- stalls section has already sold out (dress circle/upstairs still available)
The restricted limit of four tickets per family can be booked via the Clocktower website (see below) or you can physically visit the theatre and purchase tickets from the Box Office. No tickets can be purchased via the School Office.
Please read the costume list at the end of the school newsletter for clothes items your child will need to wear on concert night. Some grades already have needed to hand in t-shirts, please check your child’s list for this requirement.
Concert night drop off
Drop off students at 6pm (Foyer 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 all students will then be signed out. 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.
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.
Winter Mask Recommendation
The Victorian Department of Health and Department of Education strongly recommends that face masks are worn in indoor settings at present.
As a result, we are recommending all students aged 8 and over and all staff in all schools across Victoria to wear masks when in class (except where removing a mask is necessary for clear communication) from now to the end of winter.
Students won’t be required or expected to wear masks when outdoors, and this expectation won’t stop student participation in the full range of school activities, including music, sport and performances.
We are asking for your support in explaining to your child or children the importance of this simple step that will help keep our schools as safe as possible.
We also ask that you make sure your child (or children) takes a mask to school (and wears it if they are travelling on public transport) or collects a mask when they arrive at school.
Testing Requirement Change
The period of time when someone is considered a recently confirmed case and therefore exempt from testing and isolation requirements has been reduced from the previous 12 weeks to 4 weeks.
This means that staff and children who are household contacts of people with COVID-19 are now required to undertake the testing and isolation requirements from 4 weeks after completing isolation with COVID-19.
After the 4-week exemption period, students and staff members who are a household contact of a new COVID-19 case, must follow the rules for household contacts, including reporting this to their school.
We all appreciate how important it is for students to be back at school. This action will help make sure as many students and staff as possible are protected from COVID and other winter illness.
Thank for your help with this collective effort to keep our communities safe and healthy.
Late Arrival Notifications
We still have students not coming in via the Office and parents are being messaged that their child is absent even though they were dropped at school: Please note below:
If students are running late for school they are to be signed in by parent/guardian through the Kiosk in the administration office.
(Class begins at 9am, if not in class at this time they will be marked absent and need a late pass)
Please note that when students are signed in this way a late pass is printed for them to take to class and automatically updates any class rolls already marked, this will stop text messages going to you advising student not at school when in fact they arrived late.
We understand at times emergencies may happen in which parents/guardians cannot come into administration or some students may travel to school without you.
In these cases, students are still required to come to front office prior to going to class and where possible we request parents/guardians please contact us on 9306 9182 to advise and we can then assist in signing students in and provide them with a late pass to take to class.
Thanks in advance for your assistance
Our lost property cupboard is full of bomber jackets. We ask parents to check if their child has lost their jacket and to retrieve it from the lost property cupboard. There are also many drink bottles and lunch boxes. All these items will be discarded if they remain unclaimed at the end of term.
A student has also lost a digital ‘Wobl Watch’ with a blue strap which was in the pocket of his bomber jacket that is also lost. Please check your bomber jackets that they belong to you. If either of these items are found please bring them to the school office.
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 have been tried on.
NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.
Grade 3 /4 Mt Evelyn Camp Reminders – Monday 5th – 7th September
A reminder that all yellow medical forms are due back to your classroom teacher ASAP. If your child has any special dietary requirements eg: (vegetarian, halal) please write them on the yellow form under the heading allergies, food.
Camp payments are due prior to attending camp via the Compass app.
All medication is to be bought to school on the day of the camp and given to your classroom teacher.
Grade 3/4 Writing
The Grade 3/4 students have turned up the volume on the writing traits ‘Word Choice’ and ‘Voice’ this term as a means to support their documentary creations on climates. Not only have they exercised these traits in their documentary scripts, they have applied them to personal pieces in their Writer’s Notebook. Here is one example of a writing sample that shows accurate word choice and voice. Please enjoy, ‘The Race’.
Last Friday students in Grades 3-6 had the opportunity to compete in our annual Athletic Carnival in Coburg. All winners from under 10’s to under 12’s have qualified for the Glenroy District Carnival at Meadowglen International Athletics Stadium which will take place next Tuesday 30th August. It was a magnificent day full of friendly competition and I was so proud of each student for giving it their best go! I would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful parent helpers who assisted with running events on the day. Without you, none of this would have been possible! Your time and service was greatly appreciated. Same to the staff on the day, especially Melanie who ensured each event ran smoothly. Overall it was a huge success and I cannot wait to do it all again next year.
In other news, I am in desperate need of some parent helpers to assist with the District carnival next Tuesday. We have been tasked with helping to run the discus event as well as a finish line marshal. On top of supervising the students and ensuring they turn up to their events on time, this is a very busy day. If you are able to assist me on the day, it would be tremendous! If you are interested, please get in contact with me!
Father’s Day Surprises
Students in all year levels have started working on their Father’s Day (or a special person) surprises this week in Visual Arts classes. The students have been highly engaged in making their gifts and can’t wait to complete them in their next art lesson.
What the students have been working on will remain top secret until Sunday the 4th of September. We hope you enjoy receiving the greatest gift of all….something made from the heart!
School Concert Designs
The school concert advertising and DVD competition finalists have been selected after much deliberation. There were ten designs selected for the teachers at OPPS to vote on for the winning entry.
The voting system used was a three, two and one point system. Teachers were asked to add corresponding points to the top three designs they thought were the most inspiring and represented this year’s concert most in their opinion.
We will announce the winner of the competition shortly at an assembly and the school newsletter. The student that is selected as the winner of the competition will receive two concert tickets, a poster size replica of their winning entry and an art prize consisting of drawing tools and equipment.
Please note: All students in Grades 3-6 were expected to complete the DVD/poster design for the school concert even if they did not wish to enter the competition. This artwork will be used as part of student assessment in Visual Arts for the second semester reports.
Keep an eye out for the winner of this competition in the not too distant future!
Rubbish Free Lunch
Leo FM !
Congratulations to Leo from FM! Your lunch looks amazing! Good work helping to keep our environment rubbish free!
Volunteers needed for Father’s Day Stall, 1st Sept
The PFA’s Father’s Day Stall is scheduled for Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September. We currently have enough volunteers to help with sales at the stall on the Friday but are short of volunteers on the Thursday. All volunteers at the school must have a current Working with Children Check.
If you are able to lend a hand between 8.50 and 11 am, please email Eugenie at 4721-PFAOPPS@schools.vic.edu.au indicating what time you are available. Even if you are only able to come along for an hour, it will be a big help!
Thank you for your support!
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
MORELAND SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM
Bookings for the September 2022 School Holiday Program will open by 5pm, Friday 5 August 2022 and will remain open until full capacity has been reached.Glenroy Widford Street (Corpus Christi), will also be available for bookings.
Please ensure to book early so as not to miss out on places. Once bookings open you will be able to make a booking via our online booking system using the casual booking option. For further information including how to log on please visit council’s website on https://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/community-health/children-and-families/primary-school-holiday-program/
The Primary School Holiday Program Activity Brochure attached is also available on Council’s website (www.moreland.vic.gov.au)
Parent List - Concert
Please click here to download a copy of the costume list.
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.