Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
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May 5th 2023
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Curriculum Day Reminder
We have an upcoming curriculum day on Friday May 12th, where our teachers will learn and work together to further enhance their knowledge around Mathematics instruction with our ongoing consultant Pete Sanders from the Love Maths organisation.
Students are not required to attend school on this day. We had hoped to offer support via our Outside Hours School Care for the curriculum day, but unfortunately staff shortages have made this impossible.
Upcoming Launch – Ride and Stride - Tag on!
We are thrilled to introduce the Tag On program shortly and can’t wait for our students to participate. Tag On is a sign-in system that registers how and when students arrive at school every day. Each day your child will be able to use their tag to ‘tag on’ and select how they travelled to school via a touch screen kiosk. They will earn house points every time they tag on, and an extra point towards their personal active travel tally if they walk, ride, scoot or catch public transport. Through collecting points, students are motivated to travel in healthier, happier ways by participating in friendly house and class competitions.
We understand that some families are not able to walk, ride or scoot to school regularly. Remember Part Way is OK – to create a safer environment for children directly outside the school gates, try to park in the surrounding streets and walk or ride the rest of the way. You can be sure your child has arrived by receiving the email notification, and your child can gain both house and active travel points.
Watch out for more communications and the tags coming home soon!
Assembly Schedule - Term 2
If you are enrolling your child next year at Oak Park Primary School, or you know of someone wanting to enrol their child, please email Fran at email@example.com to request an enrolment form.
School photos will be taken on Monday 15th May. Photos may only be ordered via Compass. Online ordering has now been activated.
Orders must be placed by 11:59pm the day before photo day. Orders cannot be placed at school or on the day. We remind students to please wear the correct uniform on the day.
We would also ask families to not bring your child to school just for the school photos if they are unwell and absent on the day.
PFA Mothers Day Stall
This year the PFA’s Mother’s Day Stall is scheduled for Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th May, and we are asking for donations from the school community to augment the stock for the stall. Gifts are usually sold for between $1 and $5, so items such as bath salts, candles or other small, simple handmade goodies are ideal.
If you are able to make or otherwise have something to donate,
please email us at 4721-PFAOPPS@schools.vic.edu.au to let us know what you would like to give and to organise drop-off details. We will need to receive donations by Friday 5 May.
Thank you for your support!
These keys were handed in this yesterday morning. If these are your keys please come to the front office to collect.
Interschool Chess Tournament
The Chess Interschool Tournament will be held at Oak Park Primary School on Wednesday 21st June starting at 9am until 2.45pm. Entries close Wednesday 7th June.
Please see attached brochure
On Wednesday, the Foundation students went on their first excursion to Bounce! Excitement was high as we went on the bus (some students thought that that was even more exciting than the bouncing!). The teachers were so proud of everyone for having a go at the cliff jumps, attempting forward rolls and doing awesome spin jumps on the trampolines. Thank you very much to our helpers Michelle, Stephanie and Mark for making sure we had a safe and fun day
Welcome back to Term 2 in Japanese!
This term we will be focusing on language needed to be able to share and exchange information about ourselves and family such as sharing our favourite things and likes and dislikes.
Students will be learning how to express their age and birthday as well as their favourite colours, animals, and foods. Students will also describe their family, learning language such as mum, dad, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa and creating a family tree.
Students will continue to build on their knowledge of the Japanese numbering system when describing their age, birth month and how many people are in their family.
As always we will continue to practise new Japanese language through a range of activities including games, role play, jingles, drawing, craft and sharing with peers.
It has been exciting to welcome back our junior student to the Science room this term. They have been enthusiastic and positive about their learning and seem eager to get into some new topics. In term two the junior students will be introduced to the scientific method of conducting experiments and will be given many opportunities to practise using the method by completing different experiments every week. Our lessons this term will focus on chemical sciences - learning about materials and matter. We investigate how materials can be combined and mixed and how new materials can be made. Students will be encouraged to make predictions, based on what they know, as well as recording their ideas and findings, and sharing their discoveries.
Welcome back to Term 2! All year levels are gearing up for a very busy and short nine week term in the Visual Arts Program. Below is an outline of what each year level will be doing during their weekly art lessons.
Foundation students will continue to experiment with painting, construction and drawing techniques. ANZAC day will be acknowledged by making blot painted poppies. Mother’s Day will see the Foundation students crating a piece of artwork to assist in celebrating all f the Mums at OPPS. Mr Squiggle will be introduced to the students and they will create their very own squiggles to create an artwork combining continuous lines and use complimentary colours to complete it. A focus on Aboriginal art will take place with a dreamtime story viewed and some Aboriginal themed artworks created. The first celebration of the King’s birthday will be acknowledged and the students will make and design their very own crown.
Grade 1/2 students will create a construction paper poppies artwork to acknowledge ANZAC Day. To help celebrate Mother’s Day, an artwork will be created to give to student mums on this special day. May the 4th (be with you) will also be acknowledged by learning to draw a Stormtrooper. Some construction/modelling will take place where the students will create a figure of a person using foil, with an accompanying shadow. Finally a Chinese style dragon will be created using drawing and watercolour painting techniques.
Grade 3/4 students will create a silhouette/outline free expression based artwork to acknowledge ANZAC Day. To help celebrate Mother’s Day, a watercolour based artwork will be created to give to student mums on this special day. May the 4th (be with you) will also be acknowledged by learning to draw R2D2 for a bit of droid fun. Students will also be learning to create an artwork using wool to weave a design, where a paper plate is utilised to assist with the weaving process.
Grade 5/6 students will create an acrylic poppy painting to acknowledge ANZAC Day. To help celebrate Mother’s Day, a Vincent Van Gogh inspired artwork will be created to give to student mums on this special day. May the 4th (be with you) will also be acknowledged by the students learning to draw one of the villains (Kylo Ren). For the remainder of the term, the students will be working on creating some stop motion (Claymation) short animations. Characters will be created and a short script used to create an entertaining short animation using the Stop Motion Studio app on student iPads (please ensure this is downloaded no later than the 21st of May).
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Following a successful Summer sport season, students in grades 5 & 6 will commence Round 1 of our Winter sport season this Friday. We will be taking on our arch rivals St. Francis in netball, soccer and football in what is set to be a blockbuster start to Term 2.
In other news, students in grades 3-6 will have the opportunity to try out for the cross country team next Monday 8th May at school during lunchtime. We will be holding sets of races to determine who will qualify in the top 10 for each age group. Students aged 9-11 years will run 2000m while students aged 12-13 will cover 3000m. Those who qualify for their age groups will travel to Boeing Reserve on Thursday 18th May to compete in the Glenroy District cross country event. I will need some parent helpers to assist me on the day. If you are interested, please reach out to me.
District Cross Country
District Cross Country will be held at Boeing reserve on Thursday 18th May.
In the lead up to this, we will be holding tryouts next Monday 8th of May for students aged 9-12 years old (grade 3-4 students). Please remember this is not compulsory. I suggest your child only enter cross country if they are comfortable running long distances as this event can be very physically demanding.
The tryouts will be held on the oval at lunchtime (if weather is bad, we may postpone). Students will need to complete the following distances:
9/10 year olds - 2000m
11-12 year olds - 3000m
Students who place in the top 10 will qualify for the District event. If for any reason your child cannot attend the tryouts but wishes to give it a go, please get in contact with me.
Friday Sport Parent Helpers
With the start of inter school sport this Friday, I am hoping to find a few parent helpers who can help out with our footy or soccer teams.
For footy, I will most likely be umpiring most games. I would need someone to help walk the kids to and from the grounds and to assist with supervision on the bench.
Same for soccer- Maree will be in charge of 19 students. This means there will be a large number of students on the bench.
Thankfully we do not need to book any buses this term. Which means all of our matches are either home or a short walk away.
If you are able to help out in anyway, please let me know :)
Is your child in Grade 4-6 and interested in dancing at the Clocktower in an optional dance performance? Please read on!
What is Wakakirri? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sD8Ea0IcqM
Melanie and Kate held an information meeting with students this week about this wonderful opportunity yet we still need more students for this experience to go forward. Melanie will be handing out EXPRESSION OF INTEREST forms to Grade 4-6 next week! It is an excellent opportunity for a stage performance for those students who are interested.
Great stories can open hearts and minds and inspire change. Wakakirri is a national Story Dance festival where schools aim to do just that!
Wakakirri is Australia’s Largest Performing Arts Event for Schools with separate events for Primary, Secondary, Dance schools and schools in remote areas. Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect student’s thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’.
A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, acting, music, sets, props and costumes.
Performing in Wakakirri is an experience students never forget. Schools spend Show Day rehearsing and meeting other schools and that same night walk the Red Carpet with the Panel Reps and perform on the big stage. Every schools’ story is filmed for Wakakirri TV as part of the search for ‘Story of the Year’.
Wakakirri is for every School in Australia and has categories for all levels of experience. Emphasis is on creativity not expensive and extravagant productions. An emphasis is also placed on creative movement and drama not on technical dance meaning every student can participate.
Wakakirri encourages schools to minimise their footprint when creating props and costumes for their performance and offers special awards for schools that excel in this area.
The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to the Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar NSW. It was chosen to give the event a distinctly Australian feel.
You can find out more at www.wakakirri.com
Expression of Interest forms will be handed out next week to students in Grade 4-6.
Can’t wait to begin rehearsals!
Melanie and Kate
Year 6-7 Transition
FRIDAY 12TH May: Parents/Carers to return forms to Oak Park Primary School
WEDNESDAY 19th July: Oak Park Primary will notify parents/carers of placement outcomes
Should you need any further information please email Fran at firstname.lastname@example.orgShould you require any information once this is received, please don’t hesitate to contact Fran at email@example.com
Local Secondary Colleges are now advertising their Open Days, Information Nights and School Tours. We suggest that families make the most of these availabilities.
Please go to www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au to check if you are within their school zone. Many Secondary Colleges are strictly zoned.
ROSEHILL SECONDARY COLLEGE have an Open Day on Thursday 4th May from 9.15am – 2.15pm.
Open Evening Tuesday 9th May. Tours 4-6pm, Principals address 6.45pm. Guided Tours are available on Tuesdays at 9.30am. Bookings are essential.
Rosehill Secondary College have a STEP Program, which is a Selective Talent Enrichment Program. The STEP 2024 Information Evening is Tuesday 28th March from 6.30-7.30pm in the Library.
There are information booklets about Rosehill on the table outside our Office.
PENOLA CATHOLIC COLLEGE: Applications for Year 5 students starting Year 7 in 2025 are now open. Applications for Year 7 in 2025 will close on the 18th August. Offers will be posted to prospective Year 7 applicants on October 20th
Limited places are available for Year 7 in 2024. Visit penola.vic.edu.au to book a Principals tour or to complete an enrolment form.
AIRPORT WEST SWIMMING ACADEMY…. Saving Lives, LEARN TO SWIN
OAK PARK SAINTS BASKETBALL
Keep active, have fun and learn about basketball. For enquiries or interest for the upcoming season, please contact Bron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Park Football Club
PENOLA SAINTS NETBALL CLUB
ACE FUN TENNIS SCHOOL