OGPS Newsletter

01 November 2019
Issue Seventeen
Key Dates
Principal's Message
Principal Awards
Whole School News
Foundation News
Year 3 News
Art News
Library News
 
Parent's Fundraising Committee News
Canteen/Uniform Shop News
  
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Orchard Grove Primary School
(03) 9894 3400
101 Orchard Grove
Blackburn South, Victoria, 3130
AU

Key Dates

NOVEMBER

Friday 1st November

Assembly 2.40pm

 

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day holiday

 

Friday 8th November

2020 Foundation Transition 2.30-3.15pm

Assembly 2.40pm

Whole school disco 

    Foundation – Year 2       5.00 - 6.00pm

    Year 3 – Year 6                   6.30 - 7.45pm

 

Wednesday 13th November

6AJ Zooper Dooper day

 

Wednesday 13th November
Dreamer Puppets incursion - Foundation

 

Friday 15th November

Assembly 2.40pm

 

Sunday 17th November

Working Bee   9.00am - 12.00pm

 

Monday 18th November

Planks Incursion - Year 4

 

Wednesday 20th November
Spanish Incursion - whole school

 

Thursday 21st November

Year 1 Afternoon tea

 

Friday 22nd November

Assembly 2.40pm

 

Wednesday 27th November

Year 6 Zooper Dooper day

 

Thursday 28th November

Parent Helper Morning Tea 11.00 - 11.30am

 

Friday 29th November

Assembly 2.40pm

DECEMBER

Monday 2nd – 13th December (not on Tuesday 10th)

Swimming (Foundation - Year 5)

 

Tuesday 10th December

No swimming

 

Tuesday 17th December

Year 6 Graduation

 

Wednesday 18th December

Year 6 Funfields Excursion

 

Thursday 19th December

Last Day Term 4

Assembly  11.15am

Dismissal 1.00pm 

 

Friday 20th December

Curriculum Day

2019 Term Dates

Term 4   7th October – 20th December

        (20th December - curriculum day)

2020 Term Dates

Term 1   30th January – 27th March

        (28th & 29th January - curriculum days)

Term 2   14th April – 26th June

Term 3   13th July – 18th September

Term 4   5th October – 18th December

2020 Camp Dates

Year 3       12th – 14th August

Year 4       13th – 15th May

Year 5       1st – 5th June

Year 6       20th – 24th April &  27th April – 1st May

Principal's Message

School Philosophy

Orchard Grove Primary School is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that engages curiosity, promotes learning, personal growth and wellbeing for all students. We strive to develop adaptability and resilience so students can become valued members of the local and global communities and be prepared for future life experiences.

From the Principal

What a great night we had last Friday for our Fiesta. Even though the weather didn't look too promising, we need not have worried, with the skies clearing and fine weather prevailing. The crowd numbers were the highest ever and to see everyone enjoying themselves was a real treat. To end the night with the amazing fireworks was again a highlight and a marvelous  celebration of a great event.  I would like to give a huge 'shout out' to the Fiesta Committee that have worked tirelessly behind the scenes for well over a year. Headed up by Rowena Garrett and ably supported by: 

Rachael Speedie, Suzie Coleman, Amanda Muhleisen, Sasha Hansen, Bec Field, Shaun Waring Jones, 

Jane Edwards, Helen Clyne, Elizabeth Warren, Mel Scarfe, Yogi Patel, Sabine Stoecker, Andrea Stanning, Newell Richards, Craig Williams and Deidree Taylor.  Of course there were many more parents and grandparents that helped on the day and the Saturday morning clean up. All in all, an amazing community effort. We are still finalising the amount raised and will let you know when we have a final figure of how much we raised.

Thank you one and all for your support on the day!

Chess Championships

As you know, we have been much more active this year with some of our students entering Chess Competitions supported by Miss Emily Dean and we have some exciting news about Matthew W in Yr 4.

Matthew won the championship  of the  2019 Victorian Junior Master Chess Tournament.  This was held at the Melbourne Chess Club from 2nd to 6th of October during school holidays. This event invited the top 10 chess players (by ACF rating) in each age group in Victoria. Matthew finished the tournament with 7 out of 9 points and was placed 1st after playing  each of the other 9 players. (see attached photo - Peter Tsai who is the director of Chess Victoria presented the trophy and prize to Matthew)

In addition I would  like to congratulate the OGPS chess team on their achievement  at the State Chess Final Tournament. They finished  9th place (out of 40 schools), which is a great improvement from last year when they were placed 26th. They should be very proud of their achievements.

Whitehorse Active Safe Schools Program

It was very exciting to hear the news that OGPS' submission to be considered to be part of this program had been successful.  We are the only school in Whitehorse to have this privilege and our school will now become an active travel ambassador  and we will be developing and implementing our own Active and Safe School Travel Plan for our students.  This is very exciting , as I know you will agree that we have a real issue with our car parks and need to encourage our students to ride or walk to school more frequently.

This term we will begin to work with the Whitehorse City Council on the Active and Safe Schools program and will create a safer travel environment for students and families walking and riding to school.

We will work with Council through road safety education, increasing the number of students walking and cycling to school and identifying potential traffic infrastructure improvements.

Our school will be visited a number of times by Council and this is an opportunity for you to take part in helping our school to be a safer, healthier and pleasant environment for everyone.

  • Whole-of-school Travel Surveys for students and parents – Monday 18th November.
  • Pop-Up Stall your chance to share any concerns and ideas on road safety – Wednesday 20th November.  We will provide more information about these closer to the date.

We look forward to your input and involvement in working together to create an active and safe school.

 

TRAVEL SURVEY – WHOLE-OF-SCHOOL PARTICIPATION:

This is an opportunity for students and parents to have a say in travel to school

As part of the program our school will be participating in a school-wide travel survey. This is for all classes, students and parents / guardians.

This travel survey is important to help us to better understand how we are currently travelling to and from school. We can then plan to improve options for student travel.

Please take a few minutes to complete it. This will be a great opportunity for all families to have an input into our school active travel plan.

All students will complete their survey part in class and parents are asked to return their completed section by the Tuesday 19th November. All entries returned by Tuesday will go into a draw to win a prize.

ROAD SAFETY POP- UP STALL – Wednesday 20th November, 3:15 pm

This will be an opportunity to share your ideas on safe travel to school and the Whitehorse 

Council will be holding a pop-up stall just outside our library on the Orchard Grove side. This is an opportunity for parents and students to hear more information about the road safety program. It’s also an opportunity to highlight any traffic and travel concerns as well as provide your ideas to help encourage walking, cycling and improved public transport.

 

Well that's all from me this week. I hope you have a lovely long weekend with the family.

 

Glenda Harry

Principal

Principal Awards

18th October

Eloise

FAC

James

3/4W

Jemma

5MA

Harvey

FCM

Mackenzie

4AQ

Charlotte

5SW

Annabelle

FCM

Jasmin

4JM

Lyla

5SW

Abbey

FED

Fletcher

4JM

Justine

5SW

Stella

FGS

Reyaan

4JM

Ethan

5SW

Daniel

FSK

Ferlyn

4HJ

Peter

5SW

Joshua

1CP

Owen

4HJ

Ramin

5SW

Liam

1CP

Abbey

5BB

Simon

6AJ

Penny

1KG

Alyssa

5BB

Jaden

6AJ

Sena

1LC

Ashley

5BB

Isaac

6AJ

Eleni

1ND

Bohdan

5BB

Jasper

6GT

Remy

1TK

Thomas

5BB

Charlie

6GT

Rohan

2CB

Miles

5BB

Kelly

6GT

Alexia

2TR

Alex

5KH

Isabella

6KM

Nate

2TC

Zoe

5KH

 

Riley

3/4W

Regan

5MA

 

Whole School News

Forms/Payments Due

  • Planks Incursion - Year 4 - $7.50 due 28th October - OVERDUE

  • Year 6 Camp (2020) deposit - $100.00 due 1st November

  • Dreamer Puppets - Foundation - $4.00 due 1st November

  • Year 1 afternoon tea - $5.00 due 7th November

  • Mango Order Forms - due 8th November

  • Swimming Program - Foundation to Year 5 - due 15th November

  • Year 6 Graduation & Funfields - $70.00 due 27th November

Walk to School Month

In the month of October we will be doing Walk to School Month.

Everyday students will be documenting whether they walked, rode or scootered to school. 

Last year Victorian students walked 1.7 million kilometres, the equivalent of walking around Australia 112 times or two return trips to the moon!

Walk to School is a VicHealth community initiative designed to get more students and their families up and moving by walking, riding or scooting to and from school. The program aims to inspire kids and their families about active travel by challenging Victorians to develop healthy habits by walking to school during the month of October.

As an incentive to participate, Council and VicHealth are offering schools $300 worth of sporting equipment. We will also be in the draw to win one of two mobile coffee cart experiences for a morning to reward parents for helping their children travel actively to school. Council will present the ‘Golden Shoe’ trophy to the school with the highest percentage of students who walk, cycle, skate or scoot to school during October 2019.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone being active in the month of October! 

Sun Smart Policy

Just a reminder that hats must be worn in Term 4. All students must wear a hat during recess, lunchtime and when involved in any outside activities.

Cleaning Up with Competition Cash

OMO are running a competition at the moment which gives schools the chance to win a cool $20,000!

All you need to do to enter and nominate Orchard Grove for the prize, is buy 1 OMO product from Coles, Woolworths or IGA and head to to omo.com.au to enter your details.

You will need to provide a copy of your receipt if you are drawn a winner, so don't forget to put it in a safe spot!  Good luck!!

Pre-Loved OGPS Uniform

GREAT NEWS! We have sourced a School in the Northern Territory to wear our Pre-loved Orchard Grove Primary School Blue and Gold Uniforms.

We are going to accept donations during the month of November in a Collection Box outside the Library.

Please ensure your Donated uniform meets the criteria below. 

Donated School Apparel must be in VERY GOOD condition: NO STAINS,  NO CUTS OR TEARS,  NO FADED COLOURS or STRETCHED OUT OF SHAPE  and it must be PSW OGPS SCHOOLWEAR  ONLY.  Ie. Logo jackets, Polo Shirts, PSW SHORTS, SKORTS AND DRESSES.

Medical Plans for excursions/events

If your child has Anaphylaxis or Asthma, we will now be using the consent in Compass for approval of medical/first aid treatment required by your child at the event.

If there is any change to your child’s treatment plan please provide updated information to the office as soon as possible.

Foundation News

Foundation Melbourne Zoo excursion

"Yesterday I went to the zoo. I went with Jayden and Ezra. I liked seeing the prowling tiger. I felt happy because a tiger is my favourite animal"

-Hugh FCM

 

 

"Yesterday I went to the zoo. I went with FCM. I loved when I got to touch a squishy snake. I felt happy when I saw my third animal."

-Jeehan FCM

Year 3 News

 

 

Art News

The Foundation students have been to the Zoo and in Art we have been enjoying Meerkat Mayhem! Wonderful meerkat portraits fill our office area and the Foundation space as well. There's soon to be Meerkat finger puppets and sock puppets leaving the art room! In many ways meerkats remind me of our fabulous Foundation students...they're inquisitive, friendly, like to play in groups and quickly know if something's not right! The sock puppet making will lead beautifully to the Dreamer puppet show that's visiting in the coming weeks. There's something quite magical about live theatre and I'm sure our 'meerkats', woops our Foundation students will be engrossed in the performance.

In Years One and Two we've been imagining dragons and in Year Three students are busy making echidna 'puggle pals'. Our Year Fours have the ultimate challenge with spaghetti bridges soon to be constructed. Will they feature trusses, suspension lines?? Let's wait and see. Great to see tomorrow's engineers today! The PLANKS incursion in mid November will further test their construction skills.

Year Fives are busy exploring the solar system as seen through the eyes of indigenous Australians and indigenous Aztecs in Mexico.

Our Year Six students will be hosting a visit from the National Gallery Of Victoria on the 8th November and then will find themselves busy creating their Visual Diaries. This 'keep-sake' of all the art created this year heralds the end of seven years of Primary school Art and I am always moved by the way the students assemble their diaries. From the innocent stick figure drawings I've seen in their Foundation year to the sophisticated ideas and skills I see in the final year, it's been quite a journey. Year Six, as always I salute you!!

The Foundation students have been to the Zoo and in Art we have been enjoying Meerkat Mayhem! Wonderful meerkat portraits fill our office area and the Foundation space as well. There's soon to be Meerkat finger puppets and sock puppets leaving the art room! In many ways meerkats remind me of our fabulous Foundation students...they're inquisitive, friendly, like to play in groups and quickly know if something's not right! The sock puppet making will lead beautifully to the Dreamer puppet show that's visiting in the coming weeks. There's something quite magical about live theatre and I'm sure our 'meerkats', woops our Foundation students will be engrossed in the performance.

In Years One and Two we've been imagining dragons and in Year Three students are busy making echidna 'puggle pals'. Our Year Fours have the ultimate challenge with spaghetti bridges soon to be constructed. Will they feature trusses, suspension lines?? Let's wait and see. Great to see tomorrow's engineers today! The PLANKS incursion in mid November will further test their construction skills.

Year Fives are busy exploring the solar system as seen through the eyes of indigenous Australians and indigenous Aztecs in Mexico.

Our Year Six students will be hosting a visit from the National Gallery Of Victoria on the 8th November and then will find themselves busy creating their Visual Diaries. This 'keep-sake' of all the art created this year heralds the end of seven years of Primary school Art and I am always moved by the way the students assemble their diaries. From the innocent stick figure drawings I've seen in their Foundation year to the sophisticated ideas and skills I see in the final year, it's been quite a journey. Year Six, as always I salute you!!

Library News

Foundation and Year 5/6 Night Library

The library was buzzing with students, activity and parents, grandparents and guardians, during last week’s Night Library sessions on Thursday.  The Foundation students enjoyed hearing “Slinky Malinki OPEN THE DOOR” and all the mischief he got up to with his rainbow lorikeet friend, Stickybeak Syd. They also sang about that kookaburra that sits in the old gumtree!  After a short time there were handmade Slinky Malinki stick puppets everywhere!

As the night progressed the Year 5/6 students filled the library with laughter as they busily tried to solve book related puzzles and secret codes of many types. Our Library Captains attended and on Friday at assembly, they announced and gave out many prizes to the Foundation and Year 5/6 Quiz winners.

A great night was had by all.

 

Spooky Stories Night Library

What a fabulous Spooky Stories Night Library we had this year! The kids were sooooooo quiet during the story, and we enjoyed seeing Nicki Greenbergs wonderful illustrations. Lots of spooky fun and great creepy music by Chris! Thank you!
Thank you Sandra, Sue and Amanda! Your support and help tonight was wonderful and much appreciated.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this the BEST FIESTA EVER!

    

 

Colouring Competition

A huge congratulations for Georgia and Charlie, our winners of the Kenner Electrics Colouring In Competition! Straight to the pool room for those pieces of art 🎨🎨🎨
They both took home a 'Build-It-Yourself' Electronics kit to learn how to create basic circuits and self-propelled vehicles 🚗💡
Well done to everyone who entered, it was a tough decision and everyone did a great job! 

 

The winners of the Fiesta raffle are:

1st prize: Fanco Eco Breeze DC Ceiling Fan with Remote & Professional Installation by Kenner Electrics - valued at $620 - Mel Firth
2nd prize: Deluxe hamper donated by Jellis Craig Whitehorse valued at $200 - Rowena Garrett
3rd prize: Deluxe hamper donated by Jellis Craig Whitehorse valued at $200 - Jordan
4th prize: Deluxe hamper donated by Jellis Craig Whitehorse valued at $140 - Ashleigh Lynch

5th prize: Cadbury’s Chocolate hamper donated by Neil Angus MP - Nadine Berry

Thank you to Kenner Electrics - Local ElectriciansJellis Craig Whitehorse and Neil Angus MP for their generous donations!

Parent's Fundraising Committee News

Volunteers needed

If you would like to help with any events we have coming up, please either leave your details with Kathy in the office or email us at ogpspa@gmail.com 

Mango Fundraiser

We are running the highly successful Mango Fundraiser again this year and order forms were sent home yesterday.

Orders are due back Friday 8th November - no late orders will be accepted.

Mangoes should be ready for collection after 9th December. We will confirm pick up date via Compass in early December.

Entertainment Books 

This is a great fundraiser for OGPS, with the school receiving $14.00 from each book sold. 

We have no more books in stock but you can order the online memberships  at http://www.entbook.com.au/187r730. 

 

Toy World Forest Hill

Just a reminder to nominate Orchard Grove as your school when shopping at Toy World in Forest Hill.
They generously provide us with a voucher at the end of year, which we will use to buy items for the Christmas Raffle.

Canteen/Uniform Shop News

CANTEEN

Canteen is not open on the first day and last day of each Term.

Summer Menu

The new Summer Menu is starting in Term 4. Please find menu attached below.

Volunteers needed 

The Canteen operates 3 days per week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

I would love to have some new parents join our friendly team of dedicated helpers. No experience is necessary. This is an excellent way to meet other parents and to be involved in the school.  Students love having Mum, Dad or grandparents coming and helping at school. 

Volunteering in the Canteen involves working with myself, and 2 to 4 other parents to help prepare the lunch orders.  Your assistance would be required from 9.00am – 1.30pm for lunch duty.  Rosters can be arranged so that you can volunteer with friends, and toddlers are welcome to come along as well and play in the Community Room. 

Morning tea and lunch is provided for you and your toddler.

All volunteers must have a Working with Children Check.  Forms are available at Australia Post outlets or can be done online.  There is no cost to get a WWCC.

If you are able to volunteer please contact the school office or myself on sophiep62@hotmail.com or 0407 853 812.

I am looking forward to meeting you all.

Many thanks

Sophie Polites

Canteen Manager

Canteen Menu - Summer Menu

 

UNIFORM SHOP

The Uniform Shop is open Thursday mornings from 9.00am - 9.30pm.  

Uniform orders can also be placed at the school office and they will be processed and sent home with students on Thursdays.

Uniform Order Form

 

  

A big thank you to all our sponsors 

Nortan Air Conditioning & Heating

Kenner Electrics 

Bendigo Community Bank Blackburn

Fletchers - Blackburn

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Genesis Fitness Box Hill

Jellis Craig Blackburn

Neil Angus MP

FirstClass Coolrooms  

D.A.A.M. School of Dance

Lee & Sara’s Hair Studio 

Back in Motion Blackburn

East Burwood Junior Football Club

Evodia Beauty Care

Bunnings Warehouse Box Hill

Top Tic Pizza

G J Rush Butchers

Coles Burwood East

Woolworths Blackburn South

Spotlight Box Hill

Melbourne Polytechnic   

 

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OGPS Newsletter
Canteen Summer Menu Term 4 2019.pdf
2019 Uniform Price List May.pdf