Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
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October 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
Just about every day, I am reminded of things that my dad used to say. Funny expressions he had, beliefs, and silly sayings. ‘If a man can’t put his own pants on, he’s not a man’. Like, what?
And it often causes me to wonder. Why do I remember those things and maybe not some of the other, maybe more important things he told me?
There was a time many years ago when I was in my ‘middle stages’ of teaching and I had a Grade 4, 5 and 6. It was one of the best times I ever had as a teacher. The kids were great and I was exploring new ideas and ways of doing things which made it a really interesting year on many levels.
We got a new kid from another school in to the class about mid way through the year. Funnily enough, the new kid came from my previous school and I had taught him there when he was in Grade 1. It was a very nice reunion.
He asked me if I still did the joke of the day. I had no idea what he was talking about. ‘Yeah, you remember, you used to start every morning with a joke. I used to love that’. I had forgotten all about it, but then remembered those days scrambling around each morning for a joke that I could tell the class.
It was one of those things that happened for a while and just fizzled out. But this kid remembered. He didn’t actually remember the jokes, just the fact that I did that, he liked it and felt good about it.
And it made me think again about the importance of each little transaction you have with kids. They are all important, because you never know which one will speak to them and they’ll carry with them.
Pick up & Drop off zone
A reminder to all families regarding the drive through drop-off and pick-up zone……
If your child is not waiting for you when you arrive at the pick-up zone, please do not leave your car or park in this area. You must exit the area by turning left, go around the block and return to the queue of cars doing the right thing.
We would also ask parents when you collect your child from the school grounds, that you make a quick exit and not utilise the play equipment or wait around the school grounds.
We thank all those families who are picking up their children in a safe way and following the safety rules.
Sustainability – Term 4
As you would know, we have broadened the Sustainability experience to include many more elements this year including Science (a big part of Sustainability anyway!), Technology and Indigenous Culture. Here is a brief rundown of what students will be experiencing in Term 4, 2020.
Students are looking at classifying materials and items. They will look at the features of these and determine how their differences and similarities allow them to be organised into groups. This will lead into an investigation of how scientists classify animals and we will look at classifying vertebrates and invertebrates, and then the five main classes of vertebrates (reptiles, birds, fish, mammals and amphibians).
The 1/2's will be heavily involved in organising our vegetable gardens and preparing them for plantings. Later, they will investigate Edison robots and how these can be programmed using bar codes and possibly simple coding apps.
The 3/4’s are focusing on re-using. We will look at what this means, and why it sits in between ‘Reduce’ and ‘Recycle’ in the waste hierarchy. Students will use common household packaging products such as milk cartons and cardboard tubes to make useful products and see the value of making the most of resources used to construct these products, as well as reducing our landfill.
The 5/6’s are also using the Edison robots, beginning with learning their features and using bar codes for simple movements, then moving on to coding apps to program the robots for more complex instructions.
We will also observe National Recycling Week and National Water Week during Term 4, so there is plenty of interesting learning to be had!
Foundation 2021 Transition session
Parents have been advised via email, the group sessions their child will attend. Should there be any issues or you know of families who have not received this information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org