Address: Willett Avenue, Oak Park VIC 3046
T:(03) 9306 9182 E: Michael.Gill@education.vic.gov.au
September 9th 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
Thanks for the welcome messages
Thanks to families for reaching out in congratulations on my recent Principal appointment. Term 3 has been full of surprises and challenges, but I’m so happy and grateful for the opportunity and excited for the future at Oak Park. We’ll shortly begin our pre-review self-evaluation in Term 4 to begin a journey toward our school review in 2022 and new strategic plan. I’m looking forward to consulting closely with students, parents and staff to plan the next four years of further improvement to an already great school.
Confirmation of Enrolments for 2022
Recently our confirmations of enrolment have been forwarded to families in next year’s Foundation classes. At this stage, we are anticipating approximately 60 foundation students in 2022, which will be structured across three classrooms. Details regarding the transition program for foundation students next term will be forwarded at a later date when students return to face to face teaching and we have more information about future restrictions.
As part of our involvement in eSmart week, students will participate in a webinar developed for their age group to provide an additional learning opportunity and a chance to ask questions to cybersafety presenters. Here is a link to a guide that offers online safety advice from the Government eSafety Commissioner and provides helpful ideas and links regarding areas such as screentime, parental controls for inappropriate online content, online gaming and cyberbullying. We hope the guide is supportive during period of remote learning.
These are some of the wonderful artworks created by OPPS students in remote Visual Arts classes during Week 8 for Father’s Day. There were plenty of wonderful artworks submitted this week. Thanks to all of those students that participated in the online learning for Art in Week 8. Hope all of your Dads had a wonderful day! I look forward to seeing your artwork submissions for Week 9!
Last Friday the Foundation grades participated in a virtual disco. The students pulled out their party clothes, and came along to boogie on a rainy afternoon. We received some great song requests in advance. Some notable bangers included ‘Come Together Now’ from the Lego Movie, ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra, ‘I got this feeling’ by Justin Timberlake and ‘Old Town Road by Lil Nas. We also had requests for some 80s classics such as ‘TNT’ by ACDC, ‘Walk of Life’ by Dire Straits and ‘Cherri Cherri Lady’ by Modern Talking, which were well received by the teachers! DJ Lauren put together the play list, and made sure to include disco favourites such as ‘The Chicken Dance’ and ‘Baby Shark’. We had an air guitar battle and finished the event shaking our thangs to ‘I like to Move it’ from Madagascar. Thanks to Melanie for coming along to join in, and to all the parents for helping to make it a fun and exciting event for the Foundation grades by whipping out glow sticks, balloons, streamers and at times, dancing along with their kids!
Grade 3 News
Over the past two weeks, the Grade 3s have been working on drafting, revising and publishing their own historical narratives based on the experiences of the convicts who arrived at Botany Bay.
The students created their first drafts and learned how to improve their pieces by focusing on word choice (e.g., powerful adjectives and emotive words) to really capture the audience’s attention and create vivid images in their minds.
They used the app ‘Book Creator’ to publish their final stories. The students then drew and sourced relevant photos from the internet to illustrate their narratives.
Well done to all the Grade 3s on the wonderful stories they developed. We hope you enjoy reading a handful of pieces from some of our students.
Please click on the student's name below to read their stories.
Lily M 3H
Library School Holiday Activities
Looking for something to do over the holidays? Your local library has you covered!
Check what’s on and where, then drop in to your local Moreland City Library and pick up a craft pack. You can also reserve the newest books, graphic novels and DVD’s from home, and collect them when you come past. 📚
😊 Hope to see you soon at Brunswick, Brunswick West, Coburg, Fawkner or Glenroy 😊