Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: email@example.com
March 31st 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
Japanese returns to Oak Park!
I’m pleased to announce we have developed a great plan for including Japanese within classrooms for Term 2 and 3 in 2022. Our previous Japanese Teacher Melissa Ly will develop weekly lessons with supporting presentations for Junior School, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 – which will be delivered by classroom teachers. It is a great opportunity for our classroom teaching staff to further understand the language and a wonderful continuation of the program – considering the difficulty faced when advertising for language teachers. We have also established a Japanese Community of Practice to continue links with our sister school (Ritsumeikan) and develop some events during 2022.
Our final day of our school review was Wednesday March 30th and was a positive look at all the wonderful achievements across the last strategic plan. Our external reviewer and challenge partners assisted with setting new targets and considering the best sources of data to track further improvement at Oak Park. We look forward to sharing our new targets and goals for the next Strategic Plan in around a month, once we receive the written report which outlines the goal and Key Improvement Strategies for the next four years at Oak Park.
Daylight Savings Reminder
Daylight Savings Usually daylight savings ends while we are on holidays, however this year it occurs next weekend before the term break. Remember to put your clocks back an hour Saturday night so that you are on time for Sunday. Enjoy the extra hour sleep in.
Last Day of Term – Friday 8th April
It has been wonderful having our students back onsite this term. Term 1 has been a slightly longer term than previous years and we break for the term vacation on Friday 8th April at 2:00pm.
You’ve got to be in it to win it:
Don't forget to return your tickets for the PFA’s Easter raffle by this Friday 1 April!
1st Prize – $300 Bunnings voucher and an Easter egg
2nd Prize – $100 Bunnings voucher, a mystery voucher and an Easter egg
3rd Prize – $100 Bunnings voucher and an Easter egg
And more great prizes from local businesses to be won, including Francis Winifred, Beautiology and Oak Park Aquatic Centre. The raffle will be drawn at the end-of-term assembly on Friday 8 April.
Additional tickets are available at the office.
Thank you for your support!
Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge 2022 has arrived!
The reading challenge is a great way to motivate your child to push themselves with their reading and a wonderful project to participate in alongside your child. There really is nothing better than getting stuck into a great book.
To find out more about the challenge, visit the website: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/prc/Pages/default.aspx
If you'd like to register your child, please email their full name and grade to firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking at School
A reminder for parents/Guardians to ensure you park legally around the school when picking up and dropping off your child.
We received a call from a neighbour advising us that families are actually parking in her driveway (in Ash Gve, continuation of Willett Ave). Please ensure you do not park across, or in neighbours driveways, and always note parking restrictions
Thank you to all families that placed an order for Book Club Issue 2. As a result, the school was able to purchase $350 worth of books for the school library.
Book Club will not run next term but have no fear…something more exciting will be happening!
Get ready to ‘Dive into Reading’ at the annual Book Fair. The Book Fair will arrive at the school on Tuesday 17th May and will run for a week.
In the meantime, get excited and keep reading!
Please find attached, Term 2 Chess payment form. Class sizes are limited so ensure form is completed and handed to the office or emailed to email@example.com.
Payment is to be made via EFT to Oak Park Primary School
BSB: 063450 Account: 109002492
Please add your child's surname and chess in the details/description and provide payment method on chess form.
These glasses were found recently in the boys toilets. If they are yours, please collect from the office.
Grade 1/2 News
Grade 1/2s have been busy identifying and making patterns in Maths. Have a look at our beautiful pattern designs!
1/2F have been busy writing recounts! Last week 1/2F went outside with 1/2B and played with a big parachute on the school oval. This was so much fun we then wrote about it, to try to capture these special memories of school. Students then spent the week revising their recount – drafting, editing and publishing their writing! Here are some published pieces from 1/2F – and more are on display in our window, feel free to come past and take a look! We hope you enjoy hearing about all the great things we did at school!
Grade 3/4 Life Skills Program - Term 2, Week 1-8
Throughout Term 2, Grade 3 /4 students will have the opportunity to attend a Life Skills course which be held at school. The program will involve the Year 3/4 students in a weekly 45 minute session (8 week program), on a Thursday.
The program that students will be participating in is called ‘Mindfulness in Action.’ Each week Life Skills teachers facilitate classes aligning lifelong values, fundamental movement and positive psychology through various games, breathing exercises, guided stories and relaxation.
The Life Skills program teaches students how to:
Please refer to the Compass Notification for further information, payments of $30.00 and permission is to be provided through Compass.
Grade 3/4 Team
Meagan, April, Kira, Julia and Marina
Physical Education News
This Friday will mark the conclusion of the 2022 Summer inter school sport fixture for the Glenroy District. Oak Park’s cricket team were lucky enough to qualify for the grand final against a very strong opponent in St. Thomas More. The game is scheduled to take place this Friday at 9:30am at Martin Reserve. We are the reigning champions and are hoping to go back to back!
Also a special shoutout to all students who participated in interschool sport this term, it has been a pleasure witnessing you compete with such enthusiasm and sportsmanship. I am excited to see where our Winter season will take us! I will hopefully have some positive news to update you all with next week.
Go Oak Park!
Over the last few weeks Grade 3/4 students have been creating group dances. Each class voted for their own music and as a grade created movements for the chorus. Small groups then created their own dance sequences during the verses. Groups focussed on dance formations, timing and most importantly working as team! Groups shared their dance sequences with their peers and celebrated the successes of the group.
Dance Club: Dance Club is touring the school! Keeping in mind that the playgrounds are still in separate cohorts during lunchtime Dance Club is getting creative and turning up at different areas each Friday. So far, we have visited the Grade 1/2’s on the Tiger Turf, the Grade 3/4 and 5/6’s on the oval and this week we will be seeing Foundation students near the sandpit!
Students can request a dance song from DJ Crayon (AKA Cagan-Performing Arts) or learn the dance moves from Isla (Performing Arts Captain).
See you on Friday!
Students from Grade 1-6 have been participating in Art lessons with a Japanese focus to assist the students in learning some new Japanese words (Sakura – Cherry Blossom, Nishikigoi – Carp or Koi and Uchiwa – Fan). Kanji symbols have also been studied in these classes for each of the new Japanese words introduced. The students have also shown their creativity when producing some amazing artworks. Below are examples of what the students have been working on during their art classes in Weeks 9 and 10. I’m looking forward to seeing the final product from each year level involved by the end of Term 1. Sayonara!
CSEF Application Form
Please find below, Camps, Sports & Excursion Fund Application Form. This form will detail eligibility and guide you on how to apply.
Please email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or return to the front office with a copy of your healthcare card.
2022 Applications will close on June 24th 2022
Year 6-7 Transition
2022 to 2023 application/placement information pack for parents/carers with Year 6 students at government schools will be sent home in the first few weeks of Term 2. They are not available via the Secondary Colleges.
The information pack will include an Application and information regarding the process. There will also be a timeline which will be included in our newsletter, as well as applicable dates. Information received from the Secondary Colleges will include dates of Open days, Information nights, guided tours and the STEP program if applicable. Visiting local Secondary Colleges is an important part of the transition process.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Fran in the office should you require further information email@example.com
ESSENDON KEILOR COLLEGE
Weekly School Tours are held every Wednesday during term 1.
Niddrie Campus 9.30 – 10am
East Keilor Campus 10.15 – 10.45
Essendon Campus 11.15 – 11.45
Bookings are essential
ROSEHILL SECONDARY COLLEGE
Application, Portfolios and References due Thursday 28th July.
Testing: Thursday 4th August.
Open Day: Thursday 28th April 9.15am – 2.15pm
Open Evening: Thursday 5th May 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Guided Tours every Thursday 9.30am.
Bookings are essential for all of the above
There is a book available outside the Office with Rosehill Secondary College information, please feel free to take one.
COBURG HIGH SCHOOL Open Day
Wednesday 27th April
Bookings are essential
PASCOE VALE GIRLS SECONDARY COLLEGE SEAL PROGRAM
Applications close Friday 29th July, Testing will be conducted Saturday 6th August.
Brunswick Neighbourhood House
Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Team Kids Holiday Program