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October 6th 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
Holiday Grounds Work
A big thank you to all the trades that assisted with some ground works during the holiday break. We had our grass verti-drained and fertilised to ensure strong growth during Spring and increased resilience over Summer. We’ve also had concrete replaced in the vehicle loop and around a storm drain, as well as some restoration to our adventure garden with re-mulching, new synthetic turf and tyre stairs. Our contractor took great care to keep all the vegetation and maintain a great loop with increased safety. An additional thank you to Trevor and Alison German for their help with moving and spreading additional donated mulch.
Just a reminder that the Spring weather brings beautiful sunshine but also increased UV radiation. Students require a hat at school every day. If students are outside without a hat, teachers will direct them to play in the shade for their safety. So please support students’ ability to play freely by packing a hat (or two) in school bags, with names on the inside to assist the return of any lost hat.
Cycling Fundraiser – Go Shardy!
One of our wonderful Year 4 students is participating in the Great Cycle Challenge for the fourth year in a row. A message below from Shardy about his participation supporting a very worthy cause. If you’re interested in donating please use the link below.
This October, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!
Because right now, cancer is the largest single killer of children from disease in Australia – over 600 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week.
Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.
And so I am riding and raising funds to support the Children's Medical Research Institute to continue their work into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and finding a cure for childhood cancer.
Please support my challenge by making a donation through my fundraising page to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.
Together, we can save little lives.
Thanks for your support.
Late Arrival to School
We would ask parents/guardians to not mark a students late arrival on Compass BEFORE they actually come to school.
If your child will be late to school, they need to be brought in via the office and signed in with the exact time of arrival at school.
If you are picking your child up early, please come in via the office and sign them out. Do not mark them on Compass as leaving early prior to picking them up.
CSEF 2023 Application Form
Parents/carers wishing to apply for CSEF payments for 2023 must submit their application form to our administration office.
Please note, parent/carers will only be required to submit an application form to the school in the following circumstances:
Form attached, or may be collected from the Office
Grade 4 Penola Visit
Grade 4 - Penola Visit Monday 17 October
Junior Campus Glenroy 35 William Street Glenroy
The Year 4 students have been invited to attend Penola's Junior Campus on Monday 17th October. The visit will acquaint students with the school and provide insights into secondary education. The school will be offering your child the opportunity to explore a range of activities from various subject areas including: Science, Maths, Humanities, Food, Wood and Languages. We expect all students to attend and look forward to taking them along for wonderful experience.
Important: Students will need to be at school in their classrooms at 8:30am for a 8:40am departure. Year 4 students and staff will be due back at school by 12:30pm
There is no cost for this excursion however permission is required asap. Please provide permission for your child to attend on the Compass App.
Kind regards, 3/4 Team.
Next Wednesday the 12th October, Grade 5/6 sports students will be having their photos taken. We would ask those students to please bring their sports tops to wear for the photos.
Grade 1/2 Parent Helpers
We are looking for Parent Helpers with a Working With Children Check to assist us at the following times:
Thursday 13th October 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Cutting up fruit, serving pizza and cleaning up afterwards at the Fun Night - 3 helpers needed
Friday 14th October 10:00am - 12:30pm
Attending the Bounce Excursion including travel to and from the venue on the bus - 3 helpers needed
Please let your classroom teacher know if you are available to help by 11:00am on Friday 7th October.
Grade 1/2 Teachers
Grade 1/2 Fun Night & Grade 2 Sleepover
Thank you so much to all families for the amazing feedback from the concert. The students have learnt so much from the experience, not only singing and dancing yet challenging themselves to step outside their comfort zone. This week the students are reflecting on their performances, sharing their experiences and discussing how the theatre (lighting, projectors, props) truly enhance the story we send to the audience.
I would also like to thank all the staff and parents who helped make the concert a success. A lot of time and effort went into the show and it could never happen without our amazing community efforts.
My Concert Experience
The school concert was a great experience for me because I got to learn all of the tips and tricks for performing. I played the role of young Simba and loved going to rehearsal to practise my part and interact with others. From that experience I was able to make incredible friendships from the cast. I was also a lioness and performed in ‘Shadowland’ and the Lioness Hunt. Being a lioness was a great learning experience because I got to learn a sharp and fierce dance and also a soft and more technical dance. Before the concert I was really nervous but also excited to showcase what I have learned in the past 10 weeks. I loved the experience and would do it again as many times as I could. The experience of acting and performing was incredible and I loved it. It was really sad when I had to give my script book back because I had worked so hard and it was all over.
By Isla 6J
It was the night of our lives. Upstairs everybody was getting their face painted or having their hair crimped. Main characters were in the backstage dressing rooms getting ready or waiting and listening for their cues. On both nights I played a lioness and the role of the older Simba. The preps had just come off and I was placed in a line for our Lioness Hunt song. Our Rafiki had belted out her last words as we went backstage and into the wings I thought, “finally tonight my hard work would pay off”. The first three notes of our song played, time to sing! I gave it my all and once we went off it was time for me to become Simba!
By Mia L 6J
My Concert Experience
I was a hyena. The night of the concert I was in a big rush to get out the door and the nerves then kicked in. Before I arrived I knew I had to worked tirelessly and it was now or never. I was excited. First I slipped on my costume then got my hair crimped which made my hair really weird and crazy. After that we were escorted backstage and all the memories flooded back from Grade One and Grade Three concerts which put a smile on my face. We did Be Prepared and Lachy did one too many Can Cans. After that I did the “Mourning Scene” and it felt like such a privilege to be on stage. Finally we went on stage for the bows and it was the best feeling ever to see the crowd loving it but best of all I finished my challenge to High 5 every main character.
By Ruben 6J
The concert was really fun, it will be an everlasting memory for me. On the Wednesday night of the concert I was a lioness and the Thursday night I was Zazu. I'll take you back to the Wednesday night as a lioness… it was my first concert in three years! I had butterflies in my stomach (I get that from my mother) I had not the slightest clue what to expect from us dancing. It was time to go to the sidestage, I could tell everyone waiting was more nervous than I was, the Grasslands Chant was literally right before our Lioness Hunt. Once it was time to go onstage I thought I would regret every single bit of this but then I started...it was great fun, I had a blast!
By Millie-Rose 6J
I was selected as a hyena and I had two major scenes, the Battle scene and Be Prepared. We started 10 weeks before the concert so we had lots of time to prepare costumes, scripts and dances. I personally thought ten weeks was more than enough time to practise for two dancers but maybe in that time we could have improved more. Anyway, on Wednesday we got to the Clocktower at 6pm and the concert started at 7pm. I was really excited to do my third and last concert of my primary school years. It was really fun, I enjoyed it. It finished at 9pm and the when went home. I thought it was a good way to end the term before the holidays.
By Roman G
My Concert Experience
When I found out that we were performing The Lion King Junior I was really excited. I re watched the movie and thought about the role I wanted to go for before I settled on Zazu. I was somewhat reluctant at first but went for it. The next day was my audition I was worried at first but after the audition I felt proud of how I went. A couple of days later I was told I got the role! Well… most of the role at least, I was sharing the role with Milly Rose, Aanya and Diya. I had about two or three practises a week and I was improving quite a bit. Once the dress rehearsal at the Clock Tower started I was getting super nervous. I have massive stage fright and the practise was the same day as the concert. On opening night I was freaking out but once I was on stage I felt great! My fear drained away and when it was over I was sad that it was over. It was by far my favourite concert.
By Toby 6J
Reflections from 3/4P Students
Welcome back for Term 4! The weather is heating up and the students will be focusing on a Net/wall games unit with a main emphasis on volleyball. Students will explore skills such as court movement, digging, setting and spiking.
In other news, we have our regional athletics carnival next week at Epping. We have Makayla, Jayda, Millie and Ruolan representing Oak Park primary. If you see them around the school, please be sure to wish them luck.
Hi OPPS Families,
Your child(ren) will be bringing some artwork home next week that they have started in art classes in Week 1 of Term 4. The artwork is being created for the annual PFA Kids Art Works fundraiser. Student artworks can be scanned and printed onto items such as calendars, diaries, greeting cards, mousepads and sketchbooks.
Artworks created by the students will need to be completed and returned to David Flint in the Art Room by Thursday October 20th. Order forms will be distributed to the students and will also need to be returned to classroom teachers by the same date.
The PFA will provide more information about how to order and make payment via Compass.
This is a fundraising initiative and has been quite successful in the past. A portion of the money generated by orders will be reimbursed to the school to assist with funding programs for next year.
Thank you for your continued support.
(Visual Arts Teacher)
Term 4 Canteen Menu
2023 Graduation Garment Order Form