Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: Loren.Peavey@education.vic.gov.au
April 22nd 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
Yesterday we said farewell to Christine Crivelli who is now awaiting the birth of her third baby. We wish Christine and her family all the best with their impending new arrival. Lacey-Rae will be taking the class fulltime until the end of the term. We will be advertising the teaching position for the Yr 5/6 class for Semester 2 after Lacey-Rae leaves to have her baby.
I would like to remind parents and carers that the PFA is running coffee and tea sessions over this term on Wed 5th May 3:30pm – 4pm, Tues 18th May 9am – 9:30am, Wed 2nd June 3:30pm – 4pm and Tues 15th June 9am – 9:30am. We hope you can make some time to attend these sessions, it is a great way to get to know other families in the school community. I am hoping to attend as many of these sessions as I can.
On Friday the whole school commemorated the ANZAC spirit with our own ANZAC service. The children were very respectful as we acknowledged the sacrifices of our service personnel to enable us to live with the freedoms we enjoy here in Australia.
Just a reminder to families to abide by parking and road rules around the school, especially in the drop off zone. Please only turn left into the zone, entering from the opposite side of the road blocks the traffic completely. We do not want the community to be annoyed with our school so please be mindful of the needs of everybody.
This morning as I walked around the school before 9am and I was so impressed by the before school engagement of the children as they prepared themselves for learning. I would like to congratulate the majority of families who make sure their children are in school around 8:45am. A calm morning sets the scene for a successful day of learning.
Model being a learner to your children, as you are your child’s most important teacher.
Oak Park Primary School Enrolments 2022
Oak Park Primary is accepting enrolments for 2022. If you know of families within the local area who are wanting to enrol their child at our school, please ask them to call the office on 9306-9182, or email Fran on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you already have a child attending our school, and would like to enrol a sibling, we ask that you complete an enrolment form as soon as possible.
For those families who do not already have a child here, to check your local school zone, please go to www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au
Each year we have many families on our waitlist who are outside our school zone, so we do appreciate enrolments being confirmed as early as we can.
Grade 3/4 News
The Grade 3 / 4 students are learning about Rules in the Community. Last Friday we walked to Boeing Reserve so we could take a look at signs and rules. We saw signs like, speed limits, no smoking signs, Covid safe rules and a school crossing.
We also had a fabulous picnic at the park and some of the parents came to meet us there too. On the walk we followed rules like, cross at the children’s crossing and we listened to our teachers and followed the school rules such as stick together and wear a school hat.
By 3W – Scarlett and Sarah
On Friday 23rd April we went on an excursion to Boeing Reserve. We went there with the Grade 4s.
On the way we had to look for rules and signs we had to follow. It was quite a long walk but we got there eventually. When we got there, we sat down and ate our lunch. Some of us sat down with our parents and some sat down with friends. We all enjoyed the time together.
By Amy 3C
Grade 1 & 2 News
On the second day of Term 2, the Grade ½’s launched into their Inquiry topic head first by participating in a Healthy Minds and Body Day. The students thoroughly enjoyed their day of coming to school in their PJs and participating in 5, 45-minute workshops that covered different areas of Healthy Minds and Bodies. The students did Healthy Eating with Caity, Sleep routines with Sophie, Hygiene with Mrs Anderson and Marina, Yoga with Kirsty and Mindfulness with Amy. By all accounts, the students went away feeling healthy, happy and buzzing with knowledge and questions setting them up for the next part of their inquiry learning… we all wonder where we go next on our learning journey. If anyone who wants a copy of the Bruschetta recipe the children made during their cooking lesson, see below.
Tomato Bruschetta Serves 4
Specialist Corner News
Welcome to The Specialist Corner. We have created this section in the newsletter to keep the community informed of the great learning happening in the Specialist classrooms. We hope you enjoy the weekly updates.
DOJO Certificates: Congratulations to Kyle Richardson from 6HL who also received a Top 5 DOJO certificate. Well done 😊
DO YOU HAVE WORMS??? Not quite as personal question as you might think! We are trying to get our worm farms going again at school but have found we have very low numbers of worms currently in them. If you have a garden that might have a few extra we invite you to bring some along and place them in our worm farms (just behind the Multi-Purpose (After Care) Room. Keeping them moist is important so if they have some mud or squelchy soil to go in a container whilst they’re transported that would be wonderful.
We are also looking for snails to keep our blue tongue lizards fed (this is their favourite food!). If you would like to rid your garden of these lettuce munching beasts we would be very happy to take them off your hands. They can be brought to the STACS (Sustainability room) – I’m here Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
What’s on in STACS (Sustainability) this term?
1/2: Students are investigating apps and how these can help us learn about sustainability and the environment. We will focus on three apps; Worm World (which teaches about composting and worm farming), Wilderquest (Australian animals and their environments) and WWF Together (endangered animals and environments around the world). Students will learn to use the apps but also expected to make discoveries based on the focus of the app and communicate these. We will make recommendations for the apps in terms of who may like to use them and how good they are in terms of fun and learning.
3/4: This term is all about water. Water seems like something “run of the mill” but without it life would be impossible and with water needing to be shared between an ever increasing population, it is important we learn about how water can be managed effectively. We will learn about the natural water cycle, the urban water cycle, waste water treatment, the path from drains to oceans and ways we can use water efficiently so there is enough to go round. This will involve some special events including local water organisations; Yarra Valley Water and WaterWatch.
5/6: This term students will be learning about and constructing Goldberg machines (check them out on YouTube – very cool!). Combining science, technically and engineering, as well as the ethos of re-using and recycling, students will learn about the six simple machines that most bigger machines consist of and will employ this knowledge to plan and build their own Goldberg machine. This will, in turn, be joined to others’ machines until a much larger machine results – should be fun! Start saving up things like cardboard tubes as these will be really useful when we begin building.
Green Team: A team of around a dozen interested students will be making weekly visits to Moonee Ponds Creek on Wednesday lunch times over the next month to get involved with WaterWatch activities with facilitator; Julia Cirillo. We will be involved in a frog census, water bug audit, litter audit, water quality testing etc. Should be a great experience!
P.E. (Physical Education):
It is with great honor that I can announce Ruolan in 56GC came 2nd place in her Backstroke event at the State Swimming Championships!
Congratulations on such a wonderful achievement! We don't get to see many students make it to the state level and earn a medal very often, so when we do, it is a cause to celebrate! If you see Ruolan around, please be sure to join me in congratulating her. She is a humble young lady who embodies the combination of grace, talent and sportsmanship.
As a combined Sustainability and Visual Arts project, students have been volunteering one lunchtime per week to assist with the creation of an Indigenous bottle top mural. It has been pleasing to see so many students wanting to be involved in contributing to the assembly of the mural, and it is coming along beautifully.
David (Visual Arts teacher) and John (Sustainability teacher) are extremely excited about the progress being made each week and look forward to the unveiling of the mural later in the year. We have a plentiful amount of bottle tops to complete this project.
A big thank you to everyone that donated.
The highly anticipated concert theme is being revealed in Performing Arts classes this week! All will be revealed in next week’s newsletter once all classes have been told. Grade 5 and 6 classes are working together to give their ideas for class acts, music and songs that work with the theme. Class rehearsals will begin in Week 5. There is definitely a buzz in the air!
Concert dates are Monday 13th September and Tuesday 14th September at ClockTower theatre. All students are required to attend both nights so please put these dates in your family diary!
This week in Maths Club we played card games with the 3-6’s. We played Rows and Columns, and Pair Up – both games involved addition and subtraction. Next week we will be doing the Rubik’s Cube Challenge, so please come along and join us during the first half of lunch on Tuesday.
From Ruby and Kyle – your 2021 Maths Captains.
School Photos will be taken on Monday 24th May. We would ask that all students wear the correct school uniform
We are always working at streamlining our processes to improve your time at school and have installed at the office a Compass KioskLite arrivals/departures system.
This is only required for pick up and drop offs (arrivals and departures) once the school day has commenced and not a requirement for every day drop.
Steps – Parent Drop-Off
Steps – Parent Pick-Up
Sick Bay Pick-Ups
The Compass KioskLite information will be available on the school website.
I am sure that most parents/guardians would be shocked to see the photos of our lost property! Not only are there many expensive Bomber jackets and other uniform pieces, but the number of lunch containers and drink bottles are rising rapidly. These are quality items and would cost a lot of money to replace.
We’d love parents to make their way to the Tiger Turf area before/after school to see if any of the items are their childs. We just don’t have the space to continue to keep these items, so they will have to be disposed of if not claimed.
Mother’s Day Stall
The Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th May, and the PFA needs volunteers to help out with sales at the stall between 8.50 and 11 am.
If you are able to lend a hand, please email Eugenie at 4721-PFAOPPS@schools.vic.edu.au indicating which day and time you are available. Even if you are only able to come along for an hour, it will be a big help!
The PFA are also working on some great craft projects for the stall – if anyone has any small plastic bottles with caps (the kind often used as containers for single-serve smoothies or juices) or empty bottled water bottles that they are happy to donate, please drop them off at the office.
The next craft group is on Thursday April 29 at 3.30pm, in the library.
We have lots of fabulous projects to complete for the upcoming Mother’s Day stall, and all skill levels are welcome.
Thanks from the PFA
The 1/2 and 3/4 classes would like to thank Evan and Sumie McFeeters, Luca Destito and John Hughes for putting together the shelving for classroom libraries. We all appreciate you giving up your time over the holidays. We are rapt with the result!
Year 6-7 Secondary College Transition Timeline
GLENROY SECONDARY COLLEGE: Come along and have a tour of our new facilities, meet some of our Junior School staff and hear from students about our learning, wellbeing and extra curricular programs Session Times: Thursday 29th April 1.30pm-2.30pm OR Monday 3 May 9.30am-10.30am
COBURG HIGH SCHOOL: Parents are invited to visit Coburg High School to learn more about the school. For more information including dates & times of school tours please visit www.coburg.vic.gov.au or call 93531700. Open evening Thursday 6th May 2021
Please note many Secondary Colleges are zoned and no longer have the Seal or Accelerated Program, which means you must reside within their zone to attend the school.
Please find details for after school Autumn Sports on offer through Kelly Sports