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October 27th 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
Curriculum Day Reminder – Monday October 31st
Please note that a curriculum day is scheduled for Monday 31st October (the day prior to Melbourne Cup day). This will result in students having an extra long four-day weekend. School will resume as usual on Wednesday 2nd November.
Year 3/4 Swimming Program – Free in 2022
Over the last two weeks our Year 3/4 students have participated in a swimming education program at the Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre. Each day students have completed 45-minute swimming lessons to improve their technique and ensure that every student has the opportunity to learn to swim and be safe around water.
We were able to provide a free program this year, due to unspent government funding from 2021 and the ability to walk to the centre (sadly with some rainy weather this week). Thanks to all the parent volunteers that supported classes to walk safely to the pool and teachers for their commitment to the program. Swimming is a vital and potentially life saving skill, we’ll seek feedback from teachers, students and parents to plan for a 2023 program.
We have really exciting news and want everyone to hear about it! We encourage you to please read the letter that will come home tonight (and attached to this newsletter) as it outlines Oak Park Primary School’s partnership with Dogs Connect. Included in that letter is a 4-question multiple choice survey that you can access here https://forms.gle/zazLG7613ymRzp3G7 (it’s anonymous). The survey will help us address any of your concerns in the coming weeks. The survey is also attached to the information letter.
All the best,
The Core Wellbeing Dog Group
(Sally, Michael, Kirsty, Fran, Naomi and Lisa)
2023 Foundation Transition
A second-hand Uniform stall will be held for new 2023 FOUNDATION parents only, on Meet the Teacher day Wednesday 14th December from 9.30 to 10.30
Grade 6 Graduation
Grade 6 Graduation will be happening on Thursday 15th December. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
Breaking news from the 5/6 cohort!
On Friday the 28th of October, the school is having a pyjama day!
So, get out your onesies, eye masks, slippers and teddies because everyone can wear their pyjamas to school.
Make sure you bring a gold cold donation if you dress up. All the money raised from this event will go towards building the school’s Gaga ball pit!
We can’t wait to see you all dressed up on Friday with lots of pyjamas!
Oliver, Lachlan B, Alessio & Ruben (6J).
GRADE 3/4 PYJAMA DAY: Due to our current swimming program and the challenges with bringing uniforms and swimming materials, 3/4 students will not be participating in Pyjama Day this Friday.
Instead, we invite our students to wear their PJs to school NEXT FRIDAY 4TH NOVEMBER. A gold coin donation is still required and money raised from this event will go towards building the school’s Gaga Ball Pit.
Meagan, Kira, Marina, Julia & April
Carols Picnic Night
SAVE THE DATE!
On the 1st of December you are invited to our annual Christmas Picnic Night. It’s been a few years since we have been able to have this event (last year we ended up filming the songs due to COVID). It’s a lovely night to bring a picnic, meet other families from our community and watch students sing some Christmas themed songs in the glorious summer sunshine. It’s always a fun night!
Grade 6 Tops
A REMINDER, that all orders along with payment, for the Grade 6 polo tops and hoodies for 2023 must be received at the school by Friday the 28th of OCTOBER.
NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.
NOTE NEW DATE: Grade 5/6 sports students will be having their photos taken on Thursday 27th October.
We would ask those students to please bring their sports tops to wear for the photos.
Grade 3/4 News
On Monday, Grade 3/4 students enjoyed the hands-on and interactive experience of design solutions in the CREATE IT Miniboss Incursion. The enthusiastic facilitators assisted groups through team-building exercises like the Human Machine, which then allowed them to work smoothly together when facing their next task of building a marble run.
Students had to create a plan prior to opening their ‘mystery bag’ of materials, embracing the opportunity to make changes and adapt when they saw what exactly it was they were working with! The sign of great engineers!
Well done to all students for working so respectfully and cooperatively with one another. We now have the skills and experience to create our own design solution for a real world problem this term. Stay tuned…
Grade 5/6 News
All 5/6 students will be participating in swimming lessons during Week 5 & 6.
Please ensure you have provided consent on Compass and read the below information carefully.
Our swimming program will run from Wednesday, 2nd November until Thursday 10th November. Each class will walk down to Oak Park Pool for a 45-minute swimming lesson before changing at the pool and returning to school.
Many thanks for your ongoing support,
Literacy in Drama
Literacy in Drama refers to the literate practices and strategies that enable students to-
In Drama Grade 1/2 students have continued to deepened their understanding of Traditional Japanese Children’s Stories by participating in a range of drama devices. Students have worked together as a whole group and are becoming familiar with vocabulary used in the drama classroom. Ask your child about these three following activities-
This week we see the Grade 3/4 students wrap up their swimming lessons. From all accounts it seems that a lot of students have enjoyed the challenge! If you are interested in signing your child up for more lessons, you can always contact Oak Park Aquatic Centre for more information. Next week we have the Grade 5/6 students begin swimming after Cup Day. We also have the All-Star Boy & Girls Hoop Time teams travel to Mill Park for their Regional Championship tournament. If you some of the basketballers around the school, be sure to wish them luck!
All students from Foundation to Grade 2 have started creating some Aboriginal inspired artworks, and have been learning about some of the reasons why these artworks are created in this very important culture. Aboriginal stories such as “How the Turtle Got It’s Shell” and “How the Koala Lost It’s Tail” have been viewed by the students as a part of their learning journey. A sample of the artworks created by the students will be on display in the art room windows in the coming weeks.
Students from Grades 3 to 6 have started an Australian artist focus. Artworks from Sir Sidney Nolan and Pro Hart are being examined and discussed and the students will be trying to replicate some of the techniques used by the artists in their original paintings. The students will be bringing some of their own creativity into these paintings by choosing different mediums to work with, as well as adding a unique twist of their own to make the artwork more personal to them. Keep an eye out for these in the art room windows over the coming weeks too!
2023 Graduation Garment Order Form