Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
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December 8th 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
Carols – Thanks for attending!
Thanks to all families and community members for attending our carols event last night. The weather, singing, sausages and people were all wonderful. Thanks to all that attended, staff that supported the event and a special thanks to Melanie for being the lead organiser for another successful carols.
Meet the Teacher – Wednesday December 13th
Just a reminder to families that on the morning of Wednesday December 13th, students will meet their teacher for 2024 and complete some welcome activities with the 2024 classroom. As Christmas approaches, we know calendars get busy, but this is a vital transition opportunity and a really important date to ensure students enter 2024 with confidence.
Upcoming changes to the staff car park gate
Please note in the final week of school, our staff car park gate will undergo some upgrades to be automated and accessed by staff and closed by default. Despite numerous requests and reminders to not walk through the car park, families have continued to enter and exit through the car park in the busyness of school drop off, posing an ongoing safety risk. School Council considered and approved these works to further enhance the safety of our students and community.
Assembly Timetable - Term 4
Term 4 Clubs Timetable
This term, we are excited for the return of Oak Park’s Got Talent!!! Every Thursday lunch time, year levels will be provided with the opportunity to share their talent and compete for a chance to perform at Friday’s assembly. We look forward to seeing what the students present!
School Leaders 2024
All students in Years 1-6 will return to school on Tuesday 30th January.
Foundation students will start school on Thursday 1st February.
The Foundation students will receive letters at the final Transition session giving their staggered start times on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd February. They will also be notified then of the date and time of their assessments. Foundation students do not attend school on a Wednesday for the first 4 weeks of school so these assessments may be completed.
Book Packs, including Stationery items will be delivered to school and placed into your child’s classroom in time for their first day.
Information will be placed on Compass with regards to the stationery supplies and Curriculum Contributions. We ask that families ensure they have access to Compass for all information. Should you need your password reset or are unable to logon please contact the office.
If your child will be leaving Oak Park Primary School at the end of 2023 and not returning next year, we ask that you advise your teacher, as well as Fran in the office. email@example.com
Foundation 2025 Timeline
2024 CSEF Application
2024 Application forms for 2024 are now available.
All families who hold a current Centrelink Concession card i.e. health care Card, Pension card, Veterans gold card etc are eligible to apply. These funds can be used for payment for school Camps, Sport & Excursions.
Your concession card must be validated by Centrelink as at 29th Jan 2024, or 15th April 2024.
Application forms may be collected from the school office, or are located on the table in the Administration foyer. Should you wish a copy to be emailed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is that time of year, time for all library resources to be returned to the library.
We would ask families and students to check at home to ensure all library books are returned to school
As you can appreciate this is a big job and Michelle would appreciate this be done at your earliest convenience.
Each Wednesday we have Grant Szuveges, FIDE Master at Chess, come in to teach students Chess at lunchtime. If you would like your child to learn chess, please complete the attached form.
Once payment is made, please return the form and a copy of the payment to email@example.com
Graduation Parent Supper
The Grade 6 Graduation will be held on Thursday 14 December, and the PFA is organising a supper for Grade 6 parents that will be served after the ceremony.
We need parent volunteers to prepare and serve the supper between 6.30 and 8.30 pm. Traditionally the parents of grade 5 students help as a way of paying it forward for the following year, but parents from all year levels are welcome.
Volunteers will need to have a current Working with Children Check.
If you can help out, please email 4721-PFAOPPS@schools.vic.edu.au with your WWCC details.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Unfortunately, there are still many unexplained absences on Compass. We would like to remind families to note their childs unexplained absence/s on Compass.
Once you sign into Compass, you will see the following on the right-hand side.
When you click on the blue link, you will be taken to a screen that will show all unexplained absences. Click on the square on the left-hand side of each absence and complete the notification.
We appreciate your prompt action
One of our students has lost an Apple brand pen in the 5/6 area. If anyone has accidently picked this up or has seen it, please advise the Office.
Mobile Phones at School
A reminder that the Department of Education has in place a mobile phone ban that requires students who bring mobiles phones to school to have them switched off and securely put away during school hours.
Students who bring mobile phones to school are asked to hand them in to the office at the start of the day where they are kept safely locked away. Students may then collect them from the office after school.
The department is requiring all schools to ensure this ban is in place and enforced from the start of the 2024 school year.
The ban applies equally to all government schools right across the state.
This helps ensure that school is a learning environment free from unnecessary distractions and disruptions.
By ensuring mobile phones are kept away at recess and lunch times, students can interact with each other face-to-face, without the distractions and social pressures that mobile phones can cause.
I ask for the support of all our families, staff and students in continuing to support the implementation of this policy in our school.
Exceptions: For a small number of students with particular health needs, an exception to the policy may be granted. Please contact the Principal Michael Gill, if you would like to discuss this.
Emergencies: In the event of an emergency or if you need to immediately contact your child, I ask that families contact the school office who will pass on a message as required.
Parent support: The Mobile phones in schools webpage provides links to resources for families to help them balance their children’s time using mobile phones.
If you have further questions, please contact the administration office.
On Tuesday the Foundation students enjoyed their end of year celebration, the Pyjama Breakfast. We loved wearing our PJS, eating lots of pancakes with syrup and some yummy fruit and spending time with our class.
Thank you to our lovely parent helpers for all your work serving and cooking for the event.
We are so proud of the Foundation students and their amazing effort in their first year of school!
Grade 1/2 Inquiry Expo
Well done to all the Grade 1/2 students for doing a wonderful job of showing their families around our Inquiry Expo. We have all learnt so much about celebrations from around the world and it was fantastic to share our work with the community. Thanks to everyone for coming!
Grade 5/6 Camp Report
By Grace and Keira 5/6S
In Week 9, all grade 5/6’s went to Forest Edge for camp this year. There were many fun activities and nights such as when we did a trivia night, movie night and having a nice hot chocolate after a big day! We had many activities! The most popular ones were zip lining, archery, raft boarding, river sledding and rock climbing. We also had a talent show with Abdul singing for the win and telling a joke. Even though the weather was a bit wild and rainy, the Grade 5/6s can all agree we all had a great time there at Forest Edge. Thank you so much for the teachers and parents that came to camp and sacrificed their sleep for Oak Park’s 5/6 students!
Our Time at Camp!
By Xander 5/6J and Curtis 5/6S
On the 27th of November, the Grade 5/6s headed out to camp Forest Edge for a big 5 days, and they loved it! It was lots of fun. Some of the activities included a bush walk, a flying fox, and a movie night. Let’s go through the highlight reel.
One of our favourite activities was river sledding. It was where you laid on an inflatable river sled (which looked like an inflatable lounge) in the river and floated downstream. It was exiting floating down the rapids! Another one of our favourite activities was the flying fox. It was three hundred metres long, the second longest in Victoria! There was also a night where the whole camp did a talent show. There was Aiden telling jokes, Abdul singing, Alice, Amy and Sheree dancing, and Sophie and Maeve singing. Abdul won in the tiebreaker, where you had to tell the best joke. We got a lot of treats on camp too including jam donuts, hot chocolate, cookies, ice cream and apple crumble with ice cream. Yum! The favourite treat was apple crumble with ice cream. One of the best meals was wraps and Butter chicken. Since this was a camp in the bush, we saw lots of kangaroos. They were very tall!
In short, we had the best time on camp. We hope we can do it all again next year!
This week in the Science room our Senior Scientists have worked on completing their major research assignment for the term. All students have chosen to research a type of irreversible or reversible chemical change. They have worked hard to show their understanding of changing states of matter, applying their scientific knowledge to the real world and communicating scientific information. Students have been able to select their own format for presenting their work and it has been amazing to watch them demonstrate their creativity and knowledge of different media. Congratulations to all those students who pushed hard this week to complete their assignment and I’m excited to look forward to a final fun science experiment next week!
Information regarding the Team Kids School Holiday Program or how to register for team Kids before & After School Care at Oak Park Primary School for 2024, is available on the table in the Administration foyer.
Information is also attached here
Kelly Sports Holiday Program
The Big Summer Read is taking place at Merri-Bek Libraries these summer holidays.
The Big Summer Read aims to arrest the ‘summer slide’ by engaging children and their families in a fun and dynamic campaign through public libraries, supported with resources such as a user-friendly website, posters, reading logs and milestone incentives. A competitive element with a statewide prize provides added incentive for participation. At Merri-bek Libraries, we are also offering some fantastic LEGO® sets as prizes for randomly drawn participants. Distinctive state-wide branding encourages participation in the program, whether children are at home or on holidays elsewhere in Victoria.
The Big Summer Read runs from 1 December 2023 until 31 January 2024. To register and for terms and conditions please see https://www.plv.org.au/projects/big-summer-read/
Oak Park Football Club
Oak Park Football Club is now recruiting for 2024: Under 8s, Under 10s, Under 12s
Open training and BBQ December 12th 5pm – 6pm
If you are interested, please complete the form - https://forms.gle/XwbjQDZkYF8xS3dC8
Glenroy Secondary College Transition
Please find below, Glenroy Secondary College Grade 6-7 Transition Information Evening
St Columba's College