Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: email@example.com
August 4th 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
COVID and Flu Safety Measures
With a number of students and staff being absent and/or sent home, we encourage masks to be worn in all indoor settings, as the health and safety of all students, staff and parents/carers are our priority.
Although masks have not been mandated to be worn, we strongly encourage staff and students aged 8 and above to wear a mask to help support the stop of COVID-19 and influenza, until the end of the winter season. To ensure that we do absolutely everything possible to support our health and safety, please speak with your child/ren about the importance of these COVIDsafe/influenza safe steps, by:
Air purifiers remain on at all times in classrooms, hallways and office spaces, as well as all classrooms having ample supply of hand sanitiser. We appreciate your support and understanding with this matter.
Upcoming Curriculum Day – Friday August 12th
Just a reminder that on Friday August 12th we have a Curriculum Day. Students are not required to attend school on this day.
2023 Foundation Enrolments
If you have a young one in your family that is due to commence their school journey with us in 2023, we ask that you please call or visit our office to arrange a time to meet and obtain enrolment forms, as soon as possible.
We are at a time in the year where we are set to commence workforce planning for 2023. With an accurate enrolment forecast, we will be able to best plan for the year ahead to support all our students and staff.
Winter Mask Recommendation
The Victorian Department of Health and Department of Education strongly recommends that face masks are worn in indoor settings at present.
As a result, we are recommending all students aged 8 and over and all staff in all schools across Victoria to wear masks when in class (except where removing a mask is necessary for clear communication) from now to the end of winter.
Students won’t be required or expected to wear masks when outdoors, and this expectation won’t stop student participation in the full range of school activities, including music, sport and performances.
We are asking for your support in explaining to your child or children the importance of this simple step that will help keep our schools as safe as possible.
We also ask that you make sure your child (or children) takes a mask to school (and wears it if they are travelling on public transport) or collects a mask when they arrive at school.
Testing Requirement Change
The period of time when someone is considered a recently confirmed case and therefore exempt from testing and isolation requirements has been reduced from the previous 12 weeks to 4 weeks.
This means that staff and children who are household contacts of people with COVID-19 are now required to undertake the testing and isolation requirements from 4 weeks after completing isolation with COVID-19.
After the 4-week exemption period, students and staff members who are a household contact of a new COVID-19 case, must follow the rules for household contacts, including reporting this to their school.
We all appreciate how important it is for students to be back at school. This action will help make sure as many students and staff as possible are protected from COVID and other winter illness.
Thank for your help with this collective effort to keep our communities safe and healthy.
Late Arrival Notifications
We still have students not coming in via the Office and parents are being messaged that their child is absent even though they were dropped at school: Please note below:
If students are running late for school they are to be signed in by parent/guardian through the Kiosk in the administration office.
(Class begins at 9am, if not in class at this time they will be marked absent and need a late pass)
Please note that when students are signed in this way a late pass is printed for them to take to class and automatically updates any class rolls already marked, this will stop text messages going to you advising student not at school when in fact they arrived late.
We understand at times emergencies may happen in which parents/guardians cannot come into administration or some students may travel to school without you.
In these cases, students are still required to come to front office prior to going to class and where possible we request parents/guardians please contact us on 9306 9182 to advise and we can then assist in signing students in and provide them with a late pass to take to class.
Thanks in advance for your assistance
Great Book Swap
The Indigenous Education CoP are excited to run the ‘Great Book Swap’ again this year to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Students can bring in book donations during Week 5 and 6 this term. Marina and the students from 34S will be kindly collecting the books, so please leave any donations in your childs class.
We will kick off Book Week with the swap during lunchtime and after school on Monday the 22nd of August (and potentially on Tuesday too depending on the amount of books we have). Students will be advised to bring in some cash on the day so they can purchase a book for a gold coin donation. Staff are also welcome to bring in and purchase books.
Hopefully we get some great donations and the students have fun looking through the books!
We thanks the community in advance.
Attached are photos of reading & sunglasses that have been found in the school yard. If these belong to your child please come and collect them from the office.
Our lost property cupboard is also full of bomber jackets. We ask parents to check if their childs lost property in in here.
I have attached photos of the many drink bottles, lunch boxes and plastic wear that is also unclaimed in our lost property.
All these items will be discarded if they remain unclaimed at the end of term.
100 Days at School
On Friday the 29th of July, the Foundation students celebrated their 100th day of school. It was fantastic to see what everybody thought they would look like at 100 years old – even the Grade 6 buddies dressed up this year! The day was filled with so many fun activities – a parade, counting, painting, drawing, crown making, hot chip eating, dancing – what a day! There were some very exhausted Grandmas and Grandpas at 3:30pm. Thank you to all of the families who created costumes for their children, it really does make the day extra special.
Grade 1/2B & 1/2F News
1/2B and 1/2F went on a walk on Friday. We walked down to the creek and looked for landmarks in our local area using a map for our Inquiry.
Physical Education - Kaboom Sports
This week in PE we are excited to have Kaboom Sports come and run a fun-filled Olympic event day on Thursday. Each student will be placed into a nation group and will try their best to achieve fame and glory on the big stage! There will be a lot of fun games prepared and we are so keen to see how the event goes! Furthermore, students in grades 3-6 are deep in their preparation for their athletics carnival on August 19th. This week we have been focusing on throwing events- shot put and discus. It has been great seeing everyone challenge themselves in these events. Keep working hard!
We need newspapers to create paper mache for Pride Rock! If you have a lovely pile of old newspapers at home, please bring them into the Multipurpose Room and I will gladly pass them on to be reused.
At Oak Park Primary School, we have an extensive costume collection and we strive to reuse as many costumes as possible. However, we often require students to wear a certain colour t-shirt or pants as a ‘base’ to the costumes.
The costume information will be coming out early next week so families have 6 weeks to source any additional item needed.
Visual Arts School Concert Advertising & DVD Competition
Grades 3-6 students are required to return their advertising poster/DVD cover design for the school concert production “The Lion King Junior” by this Friday the 5th of August.
Please note: It is not compulsory for students to enter the concert competition, but they will still have to return their completed artwork as a part of their assessment in the Visual Arts Program for Term 3.
We look forward to seeing the wonderful imagination and creativity used in the artworks that the students produce for this concert project! Finalists and the winning entry will be announced at a future assembly prior to the school concert.
Rubbish Free Lunch
Jayden from 1/2B
Well done Jayden for always having a rubbish free lunch. Those strawberries look delicious!
5M Recycling News
Term 4 Chess Club forms are attached to this weeks newsletter. If you would like your child to attend chess class during term 4 we ask that forms are completed and emailed along with proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org PRIOR TO THE START OF TERM 4.
We require enrolment form and payment before your child may attend the lunchtime class.
$50 is the term payment, this is not a week by week payment.
MORELAND SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM
Bookings for the September 2022 School Holiday Program will open by 5pm, Friday 5 August 2022 and will remain open until full capacity has been reached.Glenroy Widford Street (Corpus Christi), will also be available for bookings.
Please ensure to book early so as not to miss out on places. Once bookings open you will be able to make a booking via our online booking system using the casual booking option. For further information including how to log on please visit council’s website on https://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/community-health/children-and-families/primary-school-holiday-program/
The Primary School Holiday Program Activity Brochure attached is also available on Council’s website (www.moreland.vic.gov.au)