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January 29th 2020
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Welcome back to school everyone! I’m sure the children will agree with me that the holidays seemed to fly past very, very quickly.
A special welcome to all of the families new this year to Oak Park Primary School. This of course includes our Foundation families – many of whom have already formed a relationship with the school via older brothers and sisters – and families of children who enrolled just this year.
This year we welcomed back Jodie Sperling and Tess Haycox and we welcomed Sophie Bowler (Grade 2), Lauren Heard (Foundation) and Tet Corso who will be teaching Sustainability for two days a week during John’s secondment with Melbourne University. I’m sure you will all enjoy your time at Oak Park Primary School and we all look forward to working closely with you!
It has been a great start to the new school year, with a really positive tone in classrooms and in the schoolyard. Even the Foundation classes were very settled – speaking volumes for the work put in by our teachers and our fantastic transition program.
I heard the Education Minister on the radio last week talking about the first day of school for Foundation students. He said that he’d been through that first time several times with his own children and it was always a little sad to be sending your child off to school for the first time. I understand what he was saying, and the tinge of sadness in seeing kids grow up so quickly, but I also think it’s great as a parent to see your children achieve these milestones. When we see our kids moving from crawling to walking, we don’t usually feel sad about that – we are happy that they are demonstrating growth.
As primary teachers, we are really lucky that we get to see all of students grow – physically, academically and socially in such a short time.
As most of you know already, we are a Compass school and strongly encourage everyone to ensure they connect. This has become a major form of communication for us and it is partly a parent’s responsibility to ensure they make use of all the forms of communication that are available.
All the best for a great 2020!
Ashleigh Barty and Craig Tyzzer
It’s been great to see the success of the world’s number one tennis player, Ashleigh Barty over the past few years. Everyone knows what a wonderful player and ambassador for the game that Ashleigh is and all Australians can feel very proud of the way she conducts herself – on and off the court.
I wonder how many people also knew that her coach, Craig Tyzzer is an ex Oak Park Primary School student?
A former professional player himself, Tyzzer was recognised by his professional peers for his excellence in steering Ash Barty to the world’s top ranking last year when he won the WTA Coach of the Year honours.
In thanking Tyzzer for his support of her, Ashleigh said, "You're the captain of our ship. You make sure that we tick along every single day. There wouldn't be another person that I would want to spend this journey with. You're an incredible person, an amazing friend."
Tyzzer has been with Barty every step of the way since her return to tennis nearly four years ago. “A lot of people talk about her talent and her tennis but talent only gets you so far. It's really her character that has taken her to where she is right now," Tyzzer said. "I'm lucky enough on a daily basis to see what sort of person she is and she's a much better person than she is a tennis player.
"For me, that's been the key."
A great illustration of the importance of our values and staying true to them.
Billy Cart Grand Prix
A new event on the Oak Park calendar in 2020 will be our first ever Billy Cart Grand Prix which will coincide with the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in March.
Teams of two students will have the opportunity to compete against other students from the same area of the school (Foundation, Grades1 and 2, Grades 3 and 4 and Grades 5 and 6.
Students and their families are asked to get together and build a billy cart between now and the big event on Friday March 13th when a course will be set up within the school grounds.
We hope to have a few spare billy carts available to us on the day for students who may not be able to organise one of their own.
Trophies will be awarded to the winners from each area of the school.
Our initial Parent/Teacher Meetings for 2020 are scheduled for Wednesday February 12th. We will use a similar online booking system for meetings that we have used the past few years. More information about this will be going home soon.
Please note that the main purpose of the meetings is for parents to provide information to teachers about their children that may be important for them to know. Teachers will only be able to provide basic information on how children have settled into school and routines but will outline classroom expectations and programs.
Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.
Please note the Department of Education and Training (DET) does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it will generally not pay for any loss or damage to such property.
Principals have been requested to remind staff, students and parents/guardians of this at the beginning of this academic year. Both staff and students are discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.
2020 School Fees
Just a reminder that the School Fees 2020 were due to be paid by 1st February 2020 but it is not too late. Please organize payment via direct deposit to Oak Park Primary School bank account.
Thank you very much to the families who have already paid the Book List 2020.
If you require a payment plan please do not hesitate to contact the office or email me direct. firstname.lastname@example.org
School Council Elections
Next week, I will call for nominations for both the Parent and DET categories for school council. There are five vacancies on council for parent representatives and two vacancies for DET (staff) representatives.
School Councillors whose terms expire at this election are as follows:
Jo Pleban (Parent Rep)
Cherie Marnell (Parent Rep)
Fitret Corso (Parent Rep)
Kane Miller (Parent Rep)
Marta Kawinska (Parent Rep)
Kira Hannah (DET Rep)
Tanis Haimon (DET Rep)
If you decide to stand for election, you can either nominate yourself or be nominated by someone who is eligible for the same category as you wish to stand for.
Nomination forms need to be in by Monday 17th February 2020.
If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted in the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.
The School Council Election Timeline is as follows:
Notice of election
& call for nominations Feb 10
Close of nominations Feb 17
Ballot papers distributed Feb 24
Close of ballot March 3
Count votes March 4
& declare ballot
Mobile Phones Policy
Please note, the following is a draft of our school’s mobile phone policy. It has been discussed at school council but has not yet been ratified. If you would like input, please don’t hesitate to email your suggestions to the principal.
Please click here for the draft moblie phone policy.
Oak Park Primary School - Privacy Information for parents and carers
During the ordinary course of your child’s attendance at our school, school staff will collect your child’s personal and health information when necessary to educate your child, or to support your child’s social and emotional wellbeing or health in the school context. Such information will also be collected when required to fulfil a legal obligation, including duty of care, anti-discrimination law and occupational health and safety law. If that information is not collected, the school may be unable to provide optimal education or support to your child, or fulfil those legal obligations.
For example, health information may be collected through the school nurse, primary welfare officer or wellbeing staff member. If your child is referred to a specific health service at school, such as a Student Support Services officer, the required consent will be obtained. Our school also collects information provided by parents and carers through the School Entrance Health Questionnaire (SEHQ) and the Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECIS) Transition Form.
Our school may use online tools, such as apps and other software, to effectively collect and manage information about your child for teaching and learning purposes, parent communication and engagement; student administration; and school management purposes. When our school uses these online tools, we take steps to ensure that your child’s information is secure. If you have any concerns about the use of these online tools, please contact us.
School staff will only share your child’s personal or health information with other staff who need to know to enable the school to educate or support your child, or fulfil a legal obligation.
When our students transfer to another Victorian government school, personal and health information about that student will be transferred to that next school. Transferring this information is in the best interests of our students and assists that next school to provide optimal education and support to students.
In some limited circumstances, information may be disclosed outside of the school (and outside of the Department of Education and Training). The school will seek your consent for such disclosures unless the disclosure is allowed or mandated by law.
Throughout this notice, ‘staff’ includes principals, teachers, Student Support Service officers, youth workers, social workers, nurses and any other allied health practitioners and all other staff at our school. This includes employees, agents and service providers (contractors) of the Department, whether paid or unpaid.
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