Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
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June 2nd 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
As part of planning for 2023 and beyond we're seeking feedback from our community in separate surveys (parent, students and teacher) regarding the creation of a fourth Specialist subject at Oak Park Primary School. The addition of this subject aims to ensure clarity between the curriculum taught by specialist teachers and our inquiry learning units (classroom teachers).
This will also allow for upcoming industrial requirements around the allocation of face to face teaching hours.
We need to ensure we select a learning area (subject) from the Victorian Curriculum.
Further information here: https://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/
We also aim to ensure that the selected learning area (subject) is best taught as a specialist program and prepares our students for learning in secondary school.
Schools in Victoria are required to offer a language program. The school plans to continue Japanese in 2023, during the best format available - ideally taught by on-site teacher. Currently (2022) the school is providing a Japanese program using classroom teachers and video driven lessons developed by our previous Japanese teacher.
A big thanks to the Parent Education Subcommittee and community members that attending our annual general meeting to help develop and fine tune this short survey,
Curriculum Days for Term 3 and 4
For future reference, please note the following curriculum days recently approved by School Council.
Term 3 – Friday, August 12th – Staff Professional Learning
Term 4 – Monday, October 31st – Staff Time in Lieu, supporting completed online courses
Term 4 – Tuesday, December 20th – Additional Planning Day in preparation for 2023.
Oak Park Primary School will be offering school tours on the following dates at 10am:
If you are looking at enrolling your child at Oak Park Primary school in 2023, or know of anyone in this position, please also email Fran to organise an enrolment form.
Grade 5 Penola Visit
This is to inform you that the Grade 5 students will visit Penola Catholic College Junior Campus for the morning on Thursday, 16th June. The purpose of this visit is to introduce prospective students to Penola and provide students with an insight into secondary education. We will walk to Penola and will return to school in the early afternoon. This visit is a local excursion and thus consent has already been provided.
In order to visit Penola, we will require one parent helper to accompany us for the morning. If you are available to accompany us, please email your child's teacher at your earliest convenience. Please also email your child's teacher if you have any questions regarding this visit.
Many thanks for your ongoing support,
Lion King Jnr is coming to Oak Park Primary!
The announcement has happened, and all the students are excited to be given the opportunity to perform Disney’s Lion King Jnr for our school concert this year!
Rehearsals will begin over the next few weeks and I will be in contact with all those families who are willing to lend a hand on the sewing machines and glue guns to make this amazing musical come to life! It is not too late to lend a hand and it’s a great way to be part of our school community so if you are interested in helping in anyway please email Melanie.Schirmer@education.vic.gov.au
Also thanks to all the teachers who helped announce the concert theme at assembly, the senior students loved seeing their teachers dance and sing their way down the middle of assembly, it was fun for everyone! The junior grades with also get this experience at Fridays assembly, it should be roarsome!
Senior students have been celebrating dance from cultures around the world and last week we focussed on indigenous dance. Art, music and dance play a significant part in Indigenous culture and students had the opportunity to watch the Indigenous dance of the Kangaroo and Emu. Indigenous fathers look to the teachings of the emu as the male sits on the eggs and raises it’s young, one of the few male birds that do, if you ever see an emu with young chicks you know the adult is male.
Indigenous peoples believe strongly in the kangaroo and emu as both these native animals can only move forward and with Reconciliation Week it is a good message that we can move forward as a nation and as one.
Senior students had the opportunity to learn the movements of the Kangaroo and Emu and enjoyed working together in the process.
This week in PE we are beginning to complete our gymnastics unit for F to 2 students. All the little ones have been busy practicing to create a basic routine which utilises the key skills learnt over the last 5 weeks. It has been great to see everyone giving it a go and embracing this unit and I have seen a lot of very impressive combinations! From unique balances to head-spinning turns, high-flying jumps and dizzying rolls, the students have done it all!
As for our older students, cross country has been postponed until Tuesday 7th June due to the miserable weather. Updates for this event will be in next week’s newsletter.
And as for inter-school sport, we are entering our final game of the home and away season before finals start next week. A look at the current standings: the footy team remains undefeated and on top of the ladder, the soccer team has crept up to second spot and will need a big win this week against 3rd placed Corpus Christi to retain a finals birth. Our girls netball team also remains undefeated and sits on top, with the mixed netball team currently in 2nd. Both netball teams play against 3rd placed Corpus Christi this week, with a finals appearance relying on victories this week.
As you may know, we have been working on a bottle top mural for quite a while in the Visual Arts Program. It’s been very difficult to get our hands on orange bottle tops for some reason, and we haven’t had many donated except for a few odd ones here and there.
A few weeks ago we reached out to Nudie Juice and asked them if they would donate some orange bottle tops to assist with completing the mural. Very kindly, Nudie did say that they could assist with providing the lids and they sent them the same week via courier. So, a massive thank you to Nudie! OPPS really appreciates the support you have provided!
The Indigenous Bottle Top Mural will be completed very shortly and will be installed on an exterior wall of the school (TBA). Keep an eye on this space for details about when the mural will be visible for everyone to see and enjoy.
Rubbish Free Lunch of the Week
Rubbish-Free Lunch of the Week:
Good on you, Esmeralda from Foundation H!
Year 6-7 Transition
Each Wednesday after school, netball is happening in our school gym. It’s a fabulous opportunity for kids to get out and about and be active again.