Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: Michael.Gill@education.vic.gov.au
August 26th 2021
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Upcoming Fun Friday and Strong Student Attendance.
Thank you for your continued support during the current remote learning period. We have had strong engagement with students online, with very high attendance rates for students in remote learning; an average of 98.16% across the last 8 days of attendance data. Thanks to Sally and David so tracking is data so closely and all the ongoing check-ins and support from teaching and ES staff.
I’ve included a link below from Headspace in this week’s newsletter, to provide a few tips for
parents & carers during this current period of lockdown. No doubt this short clip will reinforce
many things that you currently have in place, but there might also be a few new pointers for you to
To help further maintain and support student wellbeing, Friday the 27th August will be a Fun Friday. Teachers have been promoting this day with students during the week. The day will begin with their usual WebEx and a regular learning activity, but most of the day will focus on some fun activities to break up the routine of remote learning. Teachers will ensure the activities won’t require additional resources and students will be asked to share a photo of their favourite activity with their teacher.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.
Thanks for everyone’s engagement in Book Week. We appreciate the efforts of teachers, organising amazing activities and videos during this week and thanks to families for engaging with the community activity posted on Compass. Sally and I really enjoyed reading some books to share with the community and we’re glad we could continue to celebrate the joy of reading in remote learning.
Michael's Book: A Very Noisy Bear
Sally's Book: Here We Are
Sally- 'The Unwilling Twin'
Michael- 'No! Never!'
Student Leadership – House Names and Mascots
A great outcome from our student leaders who successfully ran a suggestion process to name our school houses. With support, leaders developed a survey for students to select the house names from a shortlist. The survey had 195 responses and using that feedback, students chose to name the houses after elements (Air, Earth, Water, Fire) and select native animals as mascots (Orange bellied Parrot, Corroboree Frog, Eastern Barn Bandicoot and Tasmanian Devil).
An amazing outcome for the school and some brilliant native animals to represent the houses. Watch out for the next assembly where students will outline the next steps in further developing house pride.
These are some of the wonderful artworks created by OPPS students in remote Visual Arts classes during Week 6 Term 3. There were plenty of wonderful artworks submitted. Thanks to all of those students that participated in the online learning for Art in Week 6. I look forward to seeing your submissions for Week 7!
Last week in Performing Arts, Grade 3/4 students enjoyed experiencing the life as passengers on the First Fleet heading to Australia. Students dressed up and portrayed the emotions of those on board, expressing their feelings before boarding the boats and then showing the change of emotions after many months on the ship.
Here are some passenger stories-
The day boarding the ship
6 months into the journey
This term, Oak Park PS held its very own Olympics- The POTATO OLYMPICS! The Potato Olympics, developed by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, is an amusing and engaging way for students to explore the numeracy in Olympic events through their potato athlete. Students explored how Mathematics is used in a variety of Olympic events and sport overall. Oak Park students thoroughly enjoyed creating potato athletes and explored a wide range of mathematical concepts over a two-week period. Some year levels were lucky enough to commence their Potato Olympics at school whilst others recreated their own Olympic stage at home during remote learning. It was great to see students so excited and enthusiastic about Maths and the Olympics!
The Foundation classes enjoyed learning about measurement and ordinal numbers by having a potato car race! We put our potatoes in a car and pushed them as far as they could go. We then marked out the distances using chalk and spoke about the order in which we all came.
Max K: I loved pushing my car in the race!
Mahsun: It was fun using chalk to measure how far we went.
The Grade 1/ 2 students loved decorating their Potato athletes at school. They used all sorts of decorations ranging from feathers, pipe cleaners and even matchsticks for hair! As our Potato Olympics were held remotely, students showed great enthusiasm, engagement and creativity when participating in each event. Students explored many mathematical concepts throughout the Potato Olympics events ranging from Weightlifting (mass), Potato Spinning (time) and Long-Distance Rolling (measurement).
Holly Gigliotti: The best thing about the Potato Olympics was that it was really fun to see potatoes and fruits roll then measure how far they went!
Ava Saxon: My favourite event was the Potato Weightlifting because I liked using the kitchen scales to measure mass.
Khushi 1/ 2 M
Thank you to all students and teachers for making the Oak Park Potato Olympics 2021 such a successful event. Oak Park looks forward to hosting the next Potato Olympics in 2024! Keep training those Potato Athletes!
Marina Plesa- Saffar,
Grade 3 News
As part of our Inquiry unit on Discovery, the Grade 3s participated in ‘Convict Week’. They worked on designing and making their own First Fleet ships, continued writing their own diary entries based on the experiences of the First Fleet voyagers and even had the opportunity to dress up as convicts!
Have a look at some of their amazing creations and costumes!
Grade 4 News
To celebrate Book Week this year, the Grade 4s spent time drafting, revising, editing and publishing a ‘Digital Storybook’ about their very own fictitious navigator.
Having spent their time researching the many great explorers to set sail during ‘The Age of Discovery’, they were well-versed in all things ‘Navigation’.
We would love to welcome families of Oak Park to sit back and enjoy their stories on our Padlet: https://padlet.com/tarolloaprila/grade4narratives
The Grade 4s have recorded themselves reading their story so that students of all ages can enjoy!
To view their wonderful stories, click on the ‘open in new window button’
Grade 4 Zoos Victoria Webinar
Next Tuesday 31st of August, the Grade 4 program will be inspired by Zoos Victoria’s Fighting Extinction digital program ‘Aussie Animal Adventures’. Students will be asked to join a free 30-minute online workshop on Zoom from 10:45 - 11:15. In this workshop, we will hear from an expert sanctuary teacher and learn about different kinds of animals, their features, habitats and life cycles. We ask that students download the Zoom app in order to access the workshop before Tuesday. Please see the Compass Newsfeed for further information. We look forward to an exciting day!
Book Week - 2F