Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: Loren.Peavey@education.vic.gov.au
June 4th 2021
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Headspace have also developed two short clips, that have some practical strategies for promoting mental health and wellbeing during this time.
Please all stay positive and well.
Remote Learning - Week 8
Next week, we are now offering extra support in Mathematics at 12:10pm each day. Students can get back onto Webex with their teacher at this time for further explanations and question time. Teams have sent out their updated arrangements for next week via Compass. Please ensure you have read these carefully.
Amy Devlin and Jodie Sperling will be scheduling an intervention session with their groups next week. Families will be notified of the scheduled Webex session via email for Jodie’s sessions and via the classroom teacher for Amy’s sessions.
Dave Lu is available for IT support daily and is online from 8:45am each day. If you are having any difficulty, please contact him via email (David.Lu@education.vic.gov.au) and he will schedule a call with you.
Sally Morath and Loren Peavey are both available to support students and families over the coming week. Please reach out if we can help with anything.
What work classroom teachers have set is what we expect students to complete. The specialist program is also not optional as it was in 2020 remote learning. It is expected all students complete the assigned work and activities set by specialist teachers.
All teachers will be expecting students to be online every day to “check in,” say good morning and mark attendance. Teachers will also use this time to answer any questions that students may have about the day ahead. At the end of the “check in,” teachers will stay online with a group of students for a Reading group. Students will be notified via Seesaw (F-4) and Google Classroom of their group time.
Teachers will also be available at 12:10pm to begin a mathematics lesson.
This year Reconciliation Week was held from Wednesday 27th May – Thursday 3rd June. Before action can occur, National Sorry Day (on Wednesday 26th May) acknowledges the impacts of colonisation and the many events that affects our First Nations people. Although, overshadowed by Lockdown 4.0, students still managed to learn about the historical and current significance of the week. They also learnt about the importance of understanding how these events impacted Australia and contemplate our actions moving forward into Australia’s future.
This Reconciliation Week and moving into the future, Oak Park Primary School takes action by telling Indigenous stories that are told with an Indigenous perspective or by Indigenous people. Thus, teacher’s helped students understand the day through stories such as Sorry Day by Coral Vass; Found by Bruce Pascoe; Say Yes by Jennifer Castles; Blackfella Whitefella by Neil Murray (song by Warumpi Band), Respect by Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson, Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to name a few. Students acknowledged that our school is on Wurundjeri country, recognised the historical misgivings and thought about actions such as a treaty, that would make a difference to Australia’s future (see pictures).
To further help with Oak Park Primary School’s commitment to taking action, Oak Park is extremely grateful to Lola Grech, for going through the process to win our school library a donation of Indigenous books provided by Australia Post. Thanks so much, Lola.
Talking about how books help us take action, unfortunately, our Great Indigenous Book Swap has been postponed until further notice. However, all donated books will be taken care of until the swap occurs.
There is still another day to think about how to take action to reconcile. If you would like to engage further with the week, I suggest clicking on this link about how you can take action in 2021.
Thank you to the parents who responded to the compass post earlier in the week.
This is the last call for any orders that have been paid for online. I will be finalising the fair on Friday.
Please contact me if you have questions.
Wild at Art Competition
To highlight our endangered species and the plights they face, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) are holding a competition for students that can involve a range of art styles and formats. There are a range of details, previous entry examples and tips on here: Wild at Art Competition
The explanation of how to enter is also contained on this page. Good luck to anyone who has a go and feel free to share your entries with me – would love to see what you come up with!
On Thursday the 27th of May the Foundation Students were lucky enough to go on their very first local excursion out of school before the Melbourne lockdown. As part of our unit on keeping our bodies healthy and active, we rugged up warm and walked down to the Byrant Family Reserve near JP Fawkner Park.
When we got there, we had a healthy fruit snack before doing some aerobic exercise to one of our favourite counting songs. We got to have a quick play on the playground before it started to rain. The students were really responsible walking back up the hill with some light drizzle coming down on their heads, and Kathy, Lauren and Alex were really impressed.
Thanks to the parent helpers Tashan and Cassie who made it possible and to Michelle and Sue our education support workers who came along for the fun. It was a wonderful morning and we were so thankful to spend that time together before remote learning started.