Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 28th 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
Upcoming Curriculum Day – Friday August 12th
Just a reminder that on Friday August 12th we have a Curriculum Day. Students are not required to attend school on this day.
2023 Foundation Enrolments
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.
After two weeks of operation, it’s great to see our new on-site canteen increase in use and being enjoyed by students. Gabby is looking to add more hot menu items shortly, and seek a supplier for Halal mince for the lasanga.
If you have any further constructive feedback or ideas to support our on-site canteen please send an email to email@example.com with ‘Canteen Feedback’ as the subject. We’ll ensure this information is provided to make this great new initiative even better.
Calling all Gardeners!
The school is beginning to open up the Sustainability Orchard on Monday lunchtimes (11:10 – 12:10) to students, with supervision provided by school staff. This enables cohorts of children access to a new area of the school and opportunities to garden, understand more about our school chickens and learn about sustainable use of water.
We would also like volunteers from the community to assist with tending to the garden beds and planting new seasonal fruits and vegetables. A Working with Children check is required to volunteer at school, more information is available here.
If any parent, carer or grandparent is keen to assist, please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 9306 9182.
A reminder that all schools in Victoria and across the whole of Australia, are experiencing a chronic teacher shortages at the moment. We continue to do our best to ensure the continuity of the learning program for our students when a staff member is absent and we will continue utilising Casual Replacement Teachers (CRTs) when, and if we can secure a CRT to ensure learning is maintained. Class splits within year levels will occur when CRTs are not available.
We thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding with this matter.
Face 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.
Staff Car Park
We are noting that families are still parking in the staff car park, particularly in the mornings when staff are arriving at school. We ask again that do not park in the staff car park when dropping students off in the morning (including when dropping off for the OSCH program).
Please do not park in the Disabled car park at any time unless you are authorised to do so, this includes dropping off and picking up your child.
Late Arrival Notifications
Just a friendly reminder that 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
This ball has been picked up by someone on Tuesday during lunchtime and the owner of the ball would like it back. If it made it's way home to the wrong house, could it please be returned to the front office?
Foundation Discovery Learning
We have begun exploring the question “What do I need to know to be healthy?” during our Discovery Learning sessions.
First, we looked at how exercise is fun and gives us energy. Last week we loved moving our bodies at Bounce on our excursion. A big thank you to our helpers Michelle, Kylie, John, Bree and David for accompanying us and making it such a fun day.
Check out some of our jumps:
This week we started exploring how to nourish our bodies by eating a rainbow. We chose different fruits and vegetables for each colour of the rainbow and then got to try them. The Foundation teachers were all surprised when the students kept coming back for more until the platters were empty.
Here are some of our fruit rainbows:
We can’t wait to learn more about being healthy.
Grade 5/6 News
The Grade 5/6s are back for Term 3 with a BANG! We’ve already had an incursion and an excursion. We’re gearing up for a big term of sport, with Athletics practise in full swing and Hoop Time coming up. The lead roles for our Lion King Jr. production have been rehearsing hard at lunchtimes and are sounding great. See below to see what we’ve been up to so far…
Smoothie Bar Incursion
In Week 1, students participated in a full day incursion to kick off our Inquiry topic of ‘Buying, Budgeting and Business Savvy.’ The students worked in groups to create a smoothie company, thinking about their brand and signature smoothie names. Then, they designed their blends, tasted them, made adjustments for blend two and pitched their companies. It was a great fun, hands-on way to learn about important concepts like expenses, revenue, and profit. Thank you to Lolly, Jess and Miles for running such an exciting incursion.
In Week 2, the 5/6 students went on a writing inspiration excursion into the city. They caught the train in and visited Queen Victoria Markets, the State Library and Bourke St Mall to make observations and take notes. These notes will be their inspiration for character development and setting description for our Narrative writing this term. Students were most excited about visiting Melbourne Central Food Court for lunch. McDonald’s made an absolute killing that day! Thank you to our wonderful parent helpers Ayse, Barathy, Jenni and Lisa for accompanying us.
Needed- Roarsome Props helpers!
Some teachers may like some assistance creating or sourcing some handheld props for their class acts. If you are crafty please email your child’s teacher and see if they need help!
For those parents who emailed me regarding helping with sewing, I am giving your details to Sheryl Hamilton who is in charge of costumes and she will be in touch with sewing jobs. :)
If you have talents in any other areas and wish to donate some time to the school production please don’t hesitate to contact me-
Thanks families- Let’s get this show on the road!
This week in PE we are excited to have Kaboom Sports come and run a fun-filled Olympic event day on Thursday. Each student will be placed into a nation group and will try their best to achieve fame and glory on the big stage! There will be a lot of fun games prepared and we are so keen to see how the event goes! Furthermore, students in grades 3-6 are deep in their preparation for their athletics carnival on August 19th. This week we have been focusing on throwing events- shot put and discus. It has been great seeing everyone challenge themselves in these events. Keep working hard!
As you may already be aware, students from Grades 3-6 have been involved in creating an advertising poster/DVD cover for the school concert production “The Lion King Junior” in September.
Students should have brought their artwork home to complete, and this is required to be returned to the art room no later than Friday the 5th of August.
Please note: It is not compulsory for students to enter the competition, but they will have to still return their completed artwork for assessment purposes in the Visual Arts Program.
We look forward to seeing the wonderful imagination and creativity used in the artworks that the students produce for this concert project!