From the Principal’s Desk

Performing Arts Week

August 4th, 2018 | Posted by Debbie Hunter

What a great past week we had with our Book Character Parade and Open Day for Education Week. Such a pleasure to watch all our students dance on stage having had the experience to connect their learning to Indigenous culture. We continue the opportunities for our students this week in the St George Performing Arts Festival. Our choir and band will perform at their best. Our dance teams will showcase their talents and our musical theatre group will dazzle. Many teachers are involved in this festival as item teachers so there will be some classes join others next week back at school on the Wednesday and Thursday performance days.

We are asking for 2019 Kinder enrolments please and students not in Year 6 who will be leaving Oatley Public School this year and not returning in 2019. Our staffing depends on this information.

Swim scheme is now being opened to all students 3-6. A valuable opportunity to become water safe.



Welcome back into Term 3.

July 27th, 2018 | Posted by Debbie Hunter

We are in a very busy term with many events for students to be involved so please parents make sure you check our calendar, website and school stream for dates. Along with notes home.

Next week is our K-6 Athletics carnival at Barden Ridge Athletics Track and a reminder note has gone home. Education week follows and a flyer with details are in this newsletter following our save the date notices last term. We will be celebrating book week and open day events. The St George performing Arts festival follows  culminating in our illuminate evening on Friday 17 August 2018. A huge 3 weeks of events. Notes have gone home with all this information as well as on our electronic communication channels.

Another grant successful

June 3rd, 2018 | Posted by Debbie Hunter

Through the P&C and school the Yates grant to beautify the existing playground for students has been co9mplketed. This area will allow children to walk through on the stepping stones a planted area and learn the scientific name of individual flowery plants along with a variety of different herbs that can be used for cooking. This garden attracts butterflies so it is very colourful. It is found in between the new landscaping and vegetable garden. Thank you to Claudia and Sueanne for actioning the grant and for Claudia & Ross our GA for getting the plants garden complete.

Oatley SPAF auditions were successful last week and now we proceed to the concerts in August this year. Further details will be given to the items/choir/band groups.

Our teacher quality teacher rounds begin this week where our teachers share their teaching practices among their peers with a focus on formative feedback. The collaboration of this practice and the feedback to teachers provides professional growth in their practice. All teachers are now aligned to accreditation as from this year so professional learning must be an integral component of this accreditation.

PSSA Season 2 begins this week so please ensure notes are returned as this can be a contact sport and we will not allow travel by bus or participation without this note. Some teams will be training across on Memorial Park so coaches will notify parents of this.

We are now officially in Winter uniform as from 1 June 2018.

Meet the Teacher

February 16th, 2018 | Posted by Debbie Hunter

Wednesday 21 February is our Meet The Teacher evening. We have changed the format of this evening so that parents can meet the Stage teams and their executive leaders together. Information in regards to the collaborative planning and implementation of programs to your child will be covered. Following each team introduction some stage teams will invite parents back into classrooms to elaborate on some of the specific management processes they wish to deliver to parents.

Year 6 parents the school will be handing out the information guide and expression of interest forms to parents in their stage session for your child to make choices for their Year 7 enrolling school for 2019. I will be available to answer any questions for completing out this form. We are providing these forms early for you but please remember many high schools are still providing open evening /days for parents to attend. The due date for all forms to be back at school is 16 march, 2018. It is important that these are returned as the following week choices are sent off to high schools.

Our swimming carnival is a great school event and I know the teachers have worked very hard to ensure safety of your child. Children must have a permission note to attend showing their level of swimming ability.

Our scripture/non scripture and ethics classes also begin this Wednesday. Children are allocated into their groups according to the enrolment information. Kindergarten have been given an ethics note if no religion or non scripture was¬†documented on their enrolment. Kinder ethics won’t be starting unless a volunteer can be found. The new time for this scripture time is K-2 9.20am – 9.50am. Followed by 3-6 9.50am – 10.20am. Please make sure your child is here by 9.15am in the morning as many programs running in the school from morning lines is not necessarily in your child’s normal classroom and it can be difficult for them as they get upset in remembering where to go. This is inclusive of Library, Technology room, scripture, sports programs and living skills program.

Thank you parents for supporting the first two weeks of 2018

February 11th, 2018 | Posted by Debbie Hunter

  • All our programs have now begun. The life skills program has started to have great success. Dance with Pulse Studios will have one more week only for junior and senior and boys dance to enrol.
  • We are attaching professional reading articles on our website now so parents have a clear direction of the direction Oatley PS is heading. Our school plan directions are collaboration, effective feedback and knowledge construction. Read the articles as we embark on consolidating these competencies.¬† (more…)