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November 7th 2019
Oak Park Primary School will work collaboratively to provide a stimulating, safe and challenging learning environment that promotes resilient, innovative thinkers.
Calendar of Events
Next week our Grades 5 and 6 students will be going on a 5 day camp to Forest Edge in Neerim East. For some of our students, this will be their last camp at primary school. For some it will be their first.
At Oak Park, we have generally received great support over many years for the camps that we have organised. Our whole school camping program encompasses an early morning breakfast for our Foundation students, a one night sleepover for students in Grade 2, a two night camp for students in grades 3 and 4 and culminates in the week long Grade 5/6 camp.
The camping experience is a hugely positive one for the vast majority of students. No doubt there are significant challenges too; some students can become very anxious when moving outside their comfort zone. But we support them in this, and they often come to realise that they were far more resilient than they realised.
But often it is the parents who need to be convinced of their child’s resilience and some find it difficult to allow their children to attend a camp. They worry about letting go and how their child will cope with a whole range of things. It’s that thing about getting the balance right between supporting our kids through the experiences they have, knowing they are learning and growing as they go and letting go of our own responsibility to keep them safe.
We occasionally debate the merits of holding our camps at different times of the year. Camps are a great way to get to know children better, so the earlier we do that, the better it is in developing positive relationships with and among students. You often see strengths on a camp that may not be demonstrated in a classroom situation – and it is important that teachers learn what the strengths of their students are as soon as possible.
Having a camp at the end of the year provides something to look forward to and is a positive way to finish off. And the weather is usually better.
I’m a huge fan of camps. I know our staff work hard when away and give up their time with their own families, but enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to be part of the experience. Thank you to them for all their work to come!
Compass have introduced new functionality which will allow parents/guardians to streamline their child’s events and excursions:
2020 Foundation Transition
Transition Session 2 (Foundation Classroom Activities and Parent Information Session):
Date: Thursday 31st October, 9.15am – 10.45am Session Outline:
During our second transition session, future Foundation students are invited to participate in a variety of fun activities within the Foundation classrooms. The session will give your child an opportunity to familiarise themselves with our Foundation classrooms and current Foundation teachers. While your child is participating in these activities, parents are invited to our ‘Foundation 2020 Information Session’ which will take place in our school’s Multi-Purpose Room. The session is designed to provide parents with a detailed insight into Oak Park Primary and general requirements before your child commences school. A ‘Friends Form’ will be distributed during this session which will allow parents to indicate any current friendships your child may have that you would like us to consider when forming grades for 2020. This form can either be returned on the day or at the third transition session. (Please note that we aim to place your child with at least one friend or familiar face within their 2020 grade). During this session, our PFA (Parents and Friends Association) will also have a second-hand uniform stall set up where parents will be able to purchase pre-owned uniforms.
Please note: Parents and children are both required to attend on this day.
If you have a child already attending OPPS and you will be enrolling a sibling for 2020 Foundation, we ask that an enrolment form is completed as soon as possible. Please email Fran or call into the Office to get an enrolment form.
School Fees, Extras and Contributions 2020
Please click here for the school fees for 2020. These fees support the school in providing resources for the students. Can you please organise payment of the fees before the 11th February, 2020.
The Oak Park Primary School Parent Payment Policy is located on our website if you wish to review.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or wish to setup a payment plan.
We would love to see more students utilising the school banking. Our school banking is done through the Bendigo Bank Strathmore and is such a great initiative to get students saving up throughout their Primary School years.
Forms can be collected from the Office, or you can go direct to the Bendigo Bank to complete a form. Banking is collected on Tuesdays each week.
Great to see our regular students building up their savings
Student Fundraising Initiative
Save the OBP
What’s the OBP? The orange bellied parrot! A critically endangered species under Zoos Victoria’s ‘Fighting Extinction’ program.
Four students from 4P found out about the OBP and asked if I would help them raise money for conservation programs. I’m very keen to reward student initiative and especially for such a great cause. The students; Ruby, Ola, Tahlia and Donika are holding a casual dress day on Friday 8th November (Foundation has an excursion this day and must attend in full uniform). A gold coin donation is required and all money raised will go to the ‘Fighting Extinction’ program. The girls will also be running a raffle, with palm oil free chocolate prizes. $1 per ticket and they will be on sale at lunchtimes during the week from 4th-8th November, with the winners announced at assembly on Friday 8th November.
PLEASE NOTE NEW EMAIL FOR OUR O.S.H.C. PROGRAM