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November 28th 2019
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Over the past two years, we have had a focus on enhancing Student Agency across the school. Oak Park Primary School has worked collaboratively with seven other schools in our network to develop strategies that help build independence and empowerment. I have written before about the PIVOT survey, which is the instrument we use to measure how successful we have been in achieving our goals in this area. And in 2019 we were very successful.
Moving into 2020, these ideas are evolving and we are looking more towards a focus on the development of positive mindsets and resilience in our students. To build on the idea that yes, we can work to improve things but we can also deal with stuff that might not be the way we want it to be.
I’m particularly interested in the work of Martin Seligman (the founder of ‘positive psychology’) and building non-cognitive strengths without compromising the traditional goals of our school.
There’s research that shows student mindsets, such as motivation and self-belief, have greater impact on student performance than any other factor—and double the effect of socioeconomic background.
So this is some of the work for next year, while continually striving to improve student outcomes in the key areas of literacy, numeracy and inquiry.
PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE
Congratulations once again to all those who successfully completed the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge this year. The challenge encourages children and students to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online.
Since the challenge first began in 2005, more than 2.8 million students have read nearly 48 million books. Oak Park continues to be involved in the initiative, acknowledging that literacy and numeracy skills lay the foundation for success in learning and in life. The challenge is a practical and fun way for children and students to build these life skills.
Well done to the following students:
Maya Krzton, Scarlett Ellis Di Martino, Santiago Acosta Clark, Ekaa Raghubanshi, Maya Lindgren, Gracie Lowry, Elaa Raghubanshi, Ada Cavdar, Varsha Senthil, Ola Krzton, Jaskirat Singh, Manasaa Raghubanshi, Syed Shahzaib Haider, Leo Acosta Clark, Jasmine Ellis Martino, Arvin Lindgren, Syeda Hania Haider.
The State Member for Pascoe Vale, Lizzie Blandthorn will present our students with their certificates at our assembly this Friday afternoon.
Choosing a secondary school? Please tell us what is important to you
As you may be aware the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) which is part of the Department of Education and Training (DET), is currently conducting research in the local area to understand what is important to parents and carers when choosing a secondary school. Your feedback will be used by the DET and the VSBA to help us create excellent schools in your area. Thank you for your help.
Two ways to have your say:
Fill in this quick online survey by visiting engage.vic.gov.au/secondary-school-choice
Complete a postcard and return it to the collection box in our school’s reception or ask us if you would like one.
For further information contact the VSBA on 1800 896 950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Compass have introduced new functionality which will allow parents/guardians to streamline their child’s events and excursions:
If you have a child already attending OPPS and you will be enrolling a sibling for 2020 Foundation, we ask that an enrolment form is completed as soon as possible. Please email or call into the Office to get an enrolment form.
We would love to see more students utilising the school banking. Our school banking is done through the Bendigo Bank Strathmore and is such a great initiative to get students saving up throughout their Primary School years.
Forms can be collected from the Office, or you can go direct to the Bendigo Bank to complete a form. Banking is collected on Tuesdays each week.
Great to see our regular students building up their savings
Congratulations to Robbie O’Brien
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great pleasure that I can mention the huge achievement of Robbie O'Brien in Grade 6, who was selected for the School Sports Victoria (SSV) Under 12 State Team in Adelaide last week. Robbie describes himself as an all-rounder. Bat, ball or fielding, this young man has had the opportunity to compete and showcase his talent at the highest level possible for his age. It is important to mention that there were only 13 other boys chosen in the entire state! Robbie has earned this accolade through years of practice, hard work and determination to achieve his goals. Congratulations Robbie, I can see great success in your future.
Foundation Billy Cart Incursion
As part of our Discovery Learning topic centred on forces and how objects move, the Foundation students participated in a Billy Cart Incursion on Friday 22nd November. The students worked together to create their own vehicles/objects using real tools and materials. They then experimented with length, weight and shape and tested them against different criteria. Finally, they got to drive a variety of different Billy Carts around our school gym and their teachers even joined in too! We had such a wonderful time!
Olden School Day
As part of our Inquiry topic 'Then and Now' we will be having an 'Olden School Day' on Wednesday 11th December. On the day we will be giving the students experiences of how schools were then and the classroom will be set up to resemble one from the past. Activities will include learning by rote, writing on blackboards, marching into school, knitting, games from the past etc. We would like students to come dressed like they would've in the early days. We also encourage you to send them to school with a typical lunch that would've been brought to school then. (e.g sandwich, fruit, homemade goodies and no prepackaged foods.)
In 3JW, we have been learning about change. One of things we want to change is how much we exercise.
If you go on technology too much here are some benefits of exercise. You will sleep better and you’ll have a fit and healthy heart.
If this sounds like a good idea, join us on our mission to do 30 minutes of exercise a day.
By Lily and Rahni 3JW
CASEA Program Update - Week 6
During Week Six of the CASEA Program the focus of the group is on Assertiveness. Children will be assisted in learning the differences between being assertive, passive, and aggressive using the concepts COOL, WEAK, and AGGRO. Children are encouraged to consider COOL (assertive) solutions as alternatives to WEAK (passive) and AGGRO (aggressive) solutions.
All children in Grades Prep to Three will participate in classroom activities that focus on understanding and applying COOL, WEAK, and AGGRO.
Next week: Negotiation & Cooperation
As the Japanese Captains for 2019 we have accomplished many things. These include; Cooking Club, Origami Club, setting up for Japanese Day and speaking at assembly on numerous occasions. One thing we really enjoyed was the Cooking Club because of the delicious onigiri (rice balls) we made and ate with other students from across the school. We hope the students involved really enjoyed it too.
Thank you to all the people who came to enjoy the session, or helped us with our clubs and we hope you learned something new and most importantly had fun.
Alana Roolker and Artemis Rezaei Mirghaed Japanese Captains 2019
School Fees, Extras and Contributions 2020
Please click here for the school fees for 2020. These fees support the school in providing resources for the students. Can you please organise payment of the fees before the 11th February, 2020.
The Oak Park Primary School Parent Payment Policy is located on our website if you wish to review.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or wish to setup a payment plan.
Donation Request for Christmas Raffle
The PFA will be running a Christmas raffle on Carols night on December 5th.
If you have anything that you can donate towards raffle prices, please bring it to the school office by Wednesday December 4.
Thanks for your support.
Stalls and Unifom Swap
Reminder about second hand uniform sale/swap, and stalls on Carols night.
The PFA will be running a second hand uniform swap meet and sale on Carols night, on December 5. It will commence at 5.45.
We will also be having a range of fabulous stalls, run by some of our Oak Park Primary School community. So don't forget to bring along some cash for some Christmas shopping, teacher's gifts or just something nice for yourself.
Hope to see you there!
Final Book Club for 2019!
Issue 8 of Book Club has been distributed to students today (5/6 Grades will receive them after camp).
Christmas is just around the corner and this issue is full of wonderful books perfect for gifting or stocking your home libraries, ready for reading over the long summer break.
If you are purchasing items as gifts, please let me know so I can keep them for collection.
If ordering online via LOOP please use the GIFT function, cash orders you will need to email me so I can keep orders aside.
Last day for orders is - 28th November
Book Club has been extremely popular and successful this year and has allowed the school to purchase over $2000 worth of books!
Thank you for your continued support.
Fighting Extinction Showcase
On Friday 22nd November, ten students represented Oak Park Primary School at the Fighting Extinction Showcase at Melbourne Zoo. This was on the back of students having raised more than $1350 for the Fighting Extinction program in 2019, having visited the Melbourne Zoo earlier in the year (grade 5/6) and researched their conservation programs through Sustainability classes.
The day was informative, entertaining and exciting to be a part of. We got to hear from members of parliament, the CEO of Zoos Victoria and be entertained by two life-size Eastern Barred Bandicoots, have our faces painted as well as see all the wonderful work schools around the state are doing for animal conservation. On top of this we got to present a cheque for $500 to Melbourne Zoo and give out temporary tattoos and bookmarks that we had made. The students thoroughly enjoyed their time at the event and I must say were impeccably behaved throughout – it was a joy to take them.
Several students were inspired by the work of young activist; Luke Eaton, who presented at the event, so don’t be surprised if you hear of more of our students working to raise money and awareness for our threatened species. Also, both students and myself were interviewed so we may find our 15 minutes of fame somewhere soon!
Weekly Lost Property Quiz – who’s the mystery owner?
Nobody has a story from last weeks items. Here’s some treasures that surely have a story behind them.
Remember, these items are separate from the overflowing lost property cupboard.
Bracelets, silver chains, reading glass and more….
From the Front Office
Oak Park Family Carols Night
Thursday 5th December is the Family Carols Night. The kids have been rehearsing songs, the teachers have their tongs and aprons ready to BBQ, and we will have cold drinks and zooper doopers for sale, to help you cool down.
We have lots of stalls, so bring some change and you might be able to get some Christmas shopping done.
Carols are from 6:30pm-7:30pm, but the stalls and BBQ will be ready from 5.45pm. If you don't want to buy a sausage or burger, BYO picnic. It's going to be warm and outdoors, so bring a picnic rug, sunscreen and a hat.
If all the children are good, they'll be in for a real treat when Santa arrives
PLEASE NOTE NEW EMAIL FOR OUR O.S.H.C. PROGRAM