Oatlands Primary School Newsletter

30 May 2018
  week 7 - Term 2 2018
From the Principal Team
Specialist Review
Classroom Review
Dates to Remember
PFA News
Oatlands Primary School
(03) 9705 6055
79 - 93 Kurrajong Road
Narre Warren, Victoria, 3805

From the Principal Team

Wes Holloway - Principal

Welcome to our updated newsletter format. We hope that this format will provide the Oatlands PS community with a different insight into our great school. Our newsletter will continue to be published on a fortnightly basis and will include pages from our Principal Team, Specialist Team, Year Level Teachers, along with a calendar and notices.


The relationship between home and school is a crucial one and the closer that we can work with parents the more our students (your children) will benefit. Many of you will have gone along to the information sessions about Compass, which will soon be operational and we believe Compass will further strengthen our partnership with you.


Last Monday we had a Beanie for Brain Cancer fundraising day where students were able to wear a beanie to school for a gold coin donation, with the money going towards brain cancer research. It would be great as a school if our contribution is able to help find a cure for brain cancer sometime in the future. As some of you may be aware one of our staff members, Jessie Mammino, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Our thoughts are with Jessie, Anthony and family as they bravely fight this battle. The support from our staff and parent community has been significant and it reinforces the strength of the caring community culture that we have at Oatlands.

Specialist Review


By Joanna Crowther - Leading Teacher of Digital Technology

This term in Technology, all students have begun to explore Design and Technologies, looking specifically at the Design Process. 


Our Foundation - Year 2 students are exploring the use of technology in the community and are working towards creating a miniature Lego city consisting of community buildings and people.  

Our Year 3-4 students are using the Design Process to design and construct their own innovative piece of playground equipment.  Students will be using Strawbees and cardboard to bring their designs to life.

Our Year 5-6 students are investing the Design Process by discussing their ideal classroom. Students will be using a range of materials to bring their designs to life.


Next week we look forward to opening our Technology space up for visitors to view our Foundation - Year 2 Lego Community Exhibition. The Technology room will be open the following days and times:

Tuesday 5th June - 3.30-4.00pm

Wednesday 6th June - 3.30-4.00pm

Thursday 7th June - 3.30-4.00pm

This term we also launched our very own Instagram page for the Technology Classroom, you can find us by searching the handle @oatlandstech. We don't use any images of student faces, only images sharing the fantastic learning and work produced by our students from Foundation - Year 6. Please click on the gallery below to have a look at what our students have been working on in Digital and Design Technology over the last two weeks. Click on the image to see a clearer view.



Classroom Review

Foundation News

By Teagan Leathem - Foundation Team Leader


Students have been participating in Reading Groups, SMART Spelling, Handwriting and Story Writing.  

Our previously learnt SMART Spelling words for the term are as follows:

  • LEG

  • BED

  • DOG

  • JAM

  • HAND

  • FROG

This week's word is ZIP.  We always complete a craft activity and writing task based around our word of the week.  Each day we revise these words through songs and flash cards.  Students love taking part in their Literacy Groups and enjoy being able to complete a task relating to their book. We have also been practising our typing on the Chromebooks which is helping the students learn to spell our weekly blue words.


Each day our numeracy block is filled with oral counting, singing counting songs on the interactive television, playing whole class and partner games, as well as completing hands on problem solving tasks. The students have freedom to choose their own strategy and materials to help them solve problems individually or within a group.

Our previous topics for this term are outlined below:

  • Mapping

  • Length

  • Graphing

  • Money

  • Capacity

  • Time

This weeks Mathematics concept is Time and we will be focusing on Days of the Week, Months of the Year and Seasons. We will also be using the language of ‘today is’, ‘yesterday was’ and ‘tomorrow will be’.


This term our Inquiry concept has focused on the people who can help us in the community and the ways in which we can also help others. The children have participated in a range of creative hands on tasks as well as role plays. We were extremely lucky to have a visit from Brad the Police Officer and his Police Dog named Kevin. We also had Sam the Paramedic come in with his ambulance.  Over the next few weeks, all prep grades will be bringing their Community Helper unit to an end by using a range of boxes and craft materials to create their own community within the classroom.


Year 1

By Hannah Roche - Year 1 Team Leader

All Year One students have been working very hard so far this year. Here is a snapshot of what we have been doing!



Throughout Semester One, our students have been working extremely hard in all areas of Literacy. We have celebrated National Simultaneous Reading Day and our students have been reading lots in class! Students have been practising their reading strategies when reading independently, to a partner and during reading conferences with their teacher. We have also been doing lots of work in writing where we have been focusing on planning and creating stories that have a clear start, middle and end. Students have been extremely enthusiastic during Literacy times and we all look forward to watching this continue throughout Semester Two.



Numeracy has brought a lot of excitement to our classrooms so far this year. We have been exploring open ended tasks which has resulted in richer learning and students’ confidence flourishing. These open ended tasks have allowed students of all ability levels to make valuable contributions to class discussions and explore maths confidently with their peers. Students have enjoyed playing maths games and completing Mathletics tasks to further develop their Numeracy skills. Overall it has been a wonderful start to the year in maths!



This term we have been exploring Science concepts based around change in our Inquiry sessions. Students participated in a provocation lesson at the start of the term where they were exposed to four areas of science – physics as well as natural, chemical and biological science. Students have thoroughly enjoyed learning about these concepts through hands on activities and in-depth conversations with their peers. It has been fabulous watching our students engaging in this topic with such enthusiasm and genuine interest. 

Year 2 

By Jacqui Taranto- Year 2 Teacher



During our Literacy block we focus on reading, writing, spelling and speaking and listening. Students have been enjoying our weekly big book rotations in which they participate in a range of meaningful tasks that include how to structure a sentence, punctuation and grammar and comparing texts. Our SMART Spelling program continues to be a vibrant and successful approach to teaching spelling. Talk Write/Build Write sessions provide our students with a platform to explore a topic before writing about it and also allows students to be provided with immediate feedback during the writing process.



So far this term we have covered the concepts of time and money and we are discovering some areas of measurement. During the topic of time, students were exposed to digital and analogue clocks and the concepts relating to time in our daily lives and the seasons. Students have been counting collections of coins and notes and have been exposed to strategies for giving change. Over the next couple of weeks we will be introducing the topic of measurement which will include length, area and mass. Students will be provided with hands on opportunities to explore different ways of measuring.



Year 2 students and teachers have enjoyed exploring the concept of Change this term. We immersed ourselves into the four areas of science in week one and have since investigated different aspects of biology, chemical science, physical science and natural science. Some of our favourite experiences and experiments have involved volcanoes, mixing different materials/ingredients, discovering life cycles of plants and animals. We also created bath bombs for Mother’s Day - we hope you liked them!

In the upcoming weeks we will inquiring further into the interests of individual classes.


Dates to Remember


Monday 4th - Casey North Division Cross Country

Monday 4th - PFA meeting 7.30pm

Tuesday 5th - Lego Community Exhibition in Technology room 3.30-4.00pm

Wednesday 6th - Lego Community Exhibition in Technology room 3.30-4.00pm

Thursday 7th - Lego Community Exhibition in Technology room 3.30-4.00pm

Monday 11th - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Wednesday 13th - Girls District Football

Thursday 14th - Resilience Project Parent Information Night 7.30pm

Thursday 21st - Southern Metropolitan Girls Football


Monday 16th July - First day of Term 3


Thursday 9th - Oatlands Athletics Trials

Saturday 25th - Trivia Night

Wednesday 29th - District Athletics Trials


Welcome to Compass!

If you were unable to attend a Compass information session last week, please see the presentation notes below to familiarise yourself with the introduction of Compass to Oatlands Primary School.


At Oatlands Primary School, we are endeavoring to make Compass a more central platform of communication between home and school. Compass is a whole school management tool that allows us to streamline almost all school functions and processes including:

- Roll marking and student attendance

- Student absence and lateness

- Parent/teacher communication

- Online payments

- Online calendar and newsfeed


The initial introduction of Compass to Oatlands Primary School will see the use of the Attendance module, which will enable any parent/family member that downloads the Compass app, to note or approve a student absence.  This will also allow our administration staff to push direct notifications to your device notifying you of your child's absence, or any other important messages that need to be sent urgently. 


Compass modules will be introduced gradually and information will be provided to ensure all families are well equipped with using the app.  If you have any further questions, please see your child's classroom teacher or speak to a staff member in the front office. 

You can access the Compass parent portal by clicking here 

PFA News

Cadbury Chocolate Drive

Dear Parents/Families,

The PFA’s major fundraising event this year will be a Cadbury chocolate drive. A Cadbury Fundraiser Fun Pack has been sent home today with the eldest student in each family. This year’s mixture consists of an assortment of Freddo Frogs and Caramello Koalas. Each chocolate costs $1.00 and the Fun Pack contains 50 chocolates. This makes a total of $50.00 per box.


In each Fun Pack is a pre-labelled envelope to place your money in. We suggest you sell the chocolates to family members and friends. You can also ask family members to sell the chocolates at their workplace. An adult should accompany any students who choose to sell chocolates door to door.


The return date for money is Wednesday 20th of June. 


Each family who sells a complete Cadbury Fundraiser Fun Pack and returns the $50 to school prior to 20/6/18, will be entered into a draw. 1st Prize is a $50 Coles Group & Myer Gift Card.


The PFA are very appreciative of families who wish to sell more than one Cadbury Fundraiser Fun Pack. To obtain additional Fun Packs please send an email to the PFA at [email protected] or send a note with your returned money requesting an additional box. Please note only one box can be outstanding at any time.


The family that sells the most chocolates will win a $100.00 Coles Group & Myer Gift Card. If more than one family sell an equal number of boxes the prize will be divided. This competition will finish on Thursday 27th of July 2018.


The PFA fundraising activities provide vital funds for the improvement of school facilities and help enhance our children’s learning experience.


Thank you once again for your continued support.

PFA Committee

School Banking

Please see attachment for updates to School Banking.


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