Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: email@example.com
May 25th 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
Tag On – Off to a great start
Thanks to all the students and families that have support a really positive start to the Tag On system. We’ve had up to 113 students tag on each morning to record their travel to school each day. At assembly we’ll present some prizes to students that have supported their house this week.
Really appreciate all the patience when there’s queue – please note students can tag-on at any stage of the day to receive points for their house.
Tag On is a sign-in system (near the library) that registers how and when students arrive at school every day. Each day your child will be able to use their tag to ‘tag on’ and select how they travelled to school via a touch screen kiosk. They will earn house points every time they tag on, and an a point towards their personal active travel tally if they walk, ride, scoot or catch public transport. Through collecting points, students are motivated to travel in healthier, happier ways by participating in friendly house and class competitions.
Please note, the system does not interact with our school sign in or roll system. If students arrive late they still need to sign in via the office.
COVID Cases and Replacement Teacher Shortage
COVID-19 has once again made its presence felt in our community, affecting several staff members and students. We kindly request families to remain vigilant and monitor their children for any signs of COVID symptoms. It is important to maintain good hand hygiene, wear masks when necessary, and perform Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) if symptoms are present. Alongside COVID, we are also witnessing an increase in common colds and illnesses. We would like to remind families that when students are unwell, the best remedy is to rest at home.
We understand that arranging substitute teachers (CRTs) has become increasingly challenging when regular staff members are absent. Relief teaching agencies (we use multiple) have been informing us well in advance, sometimes up to a week, that there will be no substitute teachers available for the upcoming weeks. We are immensely grateful for the support and flexibility of our local CRTs, school leaders and tutors who have been assisting in covering classes during staff absences.
School Council News
Due to the ongoing staffing difficulties facing our current Outside School Hours Care service, School Council has
voted and accepted the recommendation from the current service to seek an out-sourced provider via the Department of Education's tender process. We appreciate the long standing efforts of our staff and care shown toward our students for many years. Further information will be available from School Council over the coming months, due to the length of required process.
Assembly Schedule - Term 2
If you are enrolling your child next year at Oak Park Primary School, or you know of someone wanting to enrol their child, please email Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an enrolment form. We would appreciate enrolments being submitted by end of Term 2, Friday 23rd June.
We have availability for school tours for prospective families on Friday 16th June from 10am – 11am
Please email Fran at email@example.com
School tours will also operate after the school holidays on the following dates:
Friday 14th & 29th July 10-11am
Friday 11th September 10-11am
If your child will be leaving Oak Park Primary School at the end of 2023 (year levels other than Grade 6), please advise the office and your classroom teacher.
Visitor sign in/Sign Out
When visiting the school, please ensure you sign in at the Compass Kiosk in the foyer. We ask that you also sign out upon leaving the school.
Working With Children Check
The office requires a copy of your Working with Children Check if you are a Parent Helper, either in class or on excursions. Please call 9306-9182 or email the school if you are unsure whether we have a copy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Chips Day
Dear Teachers, Parents and Guardians of the 5/6 students,
We will be selling hot chips on Thursday next week 1st June. Please place money into a bag, on the bag
please write the name, grade, order and total of order.
Your child will then place it into the lunch order bag in their classroom, make sure your child hands it in before this Friday 26th May.
It costs $3 per serve ,they will then receive their chips hot and fresh next week on Thursday. The money from this fundraiser will be going towards school camps. It would be great for our school as a community, so please buy some delicious crispy hot CHIPS!
By - Elaa, Maya, Pyper and Roza
Credits to Naida and Selin
Premier's Reading Challenge
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2023
We thank you for your patience and apologise for the delay in getting our school registered for the Premier’s Reading Challenge 2023!
The reading challenge is a great way to motivate your child to push themselves with their reading and a wonderful project to participate in alongside your child. There really is nothing better than getting stuck into a great book.
To find out more about the challenge, visit the website:
If you'd like to register your child, please email their full name and grade to either:
Unfortunately we still have students missing out on their lunch orders as the orders are placed after 11am on the Thursday. Please remember to place your lunch orders before this time or the order will automatically roll over until the next week. We are unable to supply a lunch order if you complete the order after 11am on Thursday
Last Chance to Sign up for the Electric Cargo Bike Free Trial
It was wonderful to see so many keen faces at our pop-up Test Rides last week - thank you for coming along. It’s been exciting watching the registrations pour in.
We do have a handful of slots left, so if you’ve been thinking of giving e-cargo bikes a try, or hoping to change up your morning school run, you can still sign up using this link https://lug-carrie.com/rideandstride_trial/
We’ll be contacting all participants soon and will start getting bikes out next week. Enjoy the holidays, and we can’t wait to get you riding!
Michael Gill and Rory Dickson
Principal and Ride and Stride Champion
Interschool Chess Tournament
A reminder that Interschool Chess Tournament is filling up- please bring in your form ASAP.
Term 3 Chess
Enrolments for Term 3 chess are open from now until the start of Term 3.
You must have completed the attached chess form before your child can attend chess classes each Wednesday. Please email completed form and proof or payment to email@example.com
Did you know there is no single word in the Japanese language for ‘gift’. Instead, every type of gift giving has its own name. This week in Japanese we have been exploring the art of gift giving in Japan and we have discovered how important a tradition the presenting and receiving of gifts is in Japanese culture. Students have been surprised and interested by the many customs associated with gift giving. Ask your children to share something they have discovered about Japanese gift giving and see what they found most interesting.
Students have also built on their Japanese vocabulary focusing on animals and are able to say which animals they like. We have also continued to explore origami, with students following instructions to make animals of their own.
This week in the science room we did some reflecting on our learning and revisited some of our favourite experiments. The junior scientists all loved making slime and so this week I thought I would share a similar experiments that you may like to try at home.
Soap Silly Putty
This science experiment comes together so quickly you will be playing with your putty in less than 5 minutes. The smooth texture of this putty satisfies any sensory-seeking scientist in your home. It’s a simple experiment that uses only dish soap and cornstarch.
You Will Need:
Step 1: Scoop 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into a bowl.
Step 2: Add 1½ tablespoons of dish soap to the cornstarch.
Step 3: Start mixing the cornstarch and dish soap until it turns into a putty-like texture.
If your mixture is too runny, simply add more cornstarch. If your mixture is too dry, add more dish soap.
The putty lasts for a few hours. Enjoy your Soapy Silly Putty!
Grade 5/6 student are busy with a Tournament of the Minds inspired challenge. All groups are working independently to create a 3-7 minute play based loosely on an Australian version of the Wizard of Oz (in our case ‘The Wizard of Aus’). The teams are script writing, creating original music/songs and have their own personal drama goals for the final performance. Some teams are committing to create costumes for the final performance. I can’t wait for the students to share their final work in a few weeks time!
In sport this week we have the Glenroy District Cross Country at Boeing Reserve on Thursday 18th May. In preparation for this event, the kids have had a glimpse into the gruelling event of cross country as part of our warmups during our invasion games unit of work. A large cohort of brave students also tried out for the cross-country team. Well done to all of you who competed! Under 9–11-year-old students will be racing through a 2km (under 12s= 3km) course of tricky terrain including hills, thick grass, mud and puddles as they battle out in a very challenging competition. All the best to our competitors!
We also face off against Westbreen this week in our weekly inter school sport competition. Netball teams are looking to secure their first win of the season, while footy and soccer are looking to keep the momentum going following on from two big wins. Good luck!
In other news, Foundation to Grade 2 students have been making significant strides in our Gymnastics unit. We are beginning to wrap up our unit in the following weeks with some performances highlighting all the balances, jumps, rolls and spins that we have been practicing. Can’t wait for you all to see it!
All Grade 5/6 students are required to have an app called Stop Motion Studio (free from the App Store) installed on their iPads, that will be used to create stop motion animations over the coming weeks in their Visual Arts classes. Students will be creating a storyboard first to come up with an idea and will be working with a partner to complete this project. The energy in the art room was buzzing this week as the students are really looking forward to creating an animation.
When the videos are complete I hope to share some of them on the school website (or another forum), so Oak Park families can enjoy viewing the animations from any device. Keep an eye on this space for more information in the coming weeks.
Healthy Rubbish Free Lunches
We have some healthy rubbish free lunches today from Grade 2A. Well done on bringing no rubbish to school.
Grade 1/2 News
Year 6-7 Transition
WEDNESDAY 19th July: Oak Park Primary will notify parents/carers of placement outcomes
AIRPORT WEST SWIMMING ACADEMY…. Saving Lives, LEARN TO SWIN
OAK PARK SAINTS BASKETBALL
Keep active, have fun and learn about basketball. For enquiries or interest for the upcoming season, please contact Bron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Park Football Club
PENOLA SAINTS NETBALL CLUB
OAK PARK GIRLS GUIDES
OAK PARK SCOUNT GROUP
GLENROY WEST KINDERGARDEN