Oatlands Travels the World 2017 Dance Production

WOW! What a huge success our 2017 Oatlands Travels the World School Production turned out to be. Firstly we would like to thank and congratulate our fantastic students on their efforts during the past five weeks of dance rehearsals. Our students have given up their own time to rehearse with their respective grades and the commitment and dedication shown was definitely evident in the outstanding performance by all students on the production day. We would like to thank parents for your continued support and for sourcing various costumes for your child’s/children’s routines.

We would also like to give a special mention to the following people whose contributions helped make our production such a successful and memorable day.

-Marg De Jong and Nat Salerno for your help with putting together the production programs and backdrop pictures.

-Tanya Shave and Terry Saundry for taking photos during the dress rehearsal and main production day.

-Gina and the specialist teachers who helped set up and pack up on the Monday and Wednesday.

-Class teachers for co-ordinating additional rehearsals outside of their P.E classes, organising costumes and for your enthusiasm and support throughout the past five weeks.

-James Penden for providing the surround sound system and for being in charge of the music playlist for both days.

-Ben and Joel from Forever Digital for filming our dance production and editing each dance for our production DVD. (Parents, you are still able to purchase a copy of the dance production DVD. Please see our friendly office staff to fill in an order form and to make a payment)

-Christopher O’Rourke and his team from CMOR signs for providing an outstanding stage back drop for our concert.

-And last of all we would like to give a huge thank you to our dance choreographers, Gulcan Gulen and Jess Clipsham. Without their expertise, patience and dedication our production would never have come together so well. I think those that attended our production will attest to how fantastic our 2017 Oatlands Travels the World Production really was. Back to the drawing board for next year’s production!!

Here are some action shots from the day:

Oatlands Travels the World 2017

Dance rehearsals are well under way for our annual Oatlands Dance Production. This year’s theme is Oatlands Travels the World. We are very excited about introducing songs from different countries/cultures from all around the world. Most teachers have sent home notes outlining costumes/props for parents and students to source. We appreciate your support and are confident that this years production will be a fun celebration for all involved. On Tuesday the 14th of November we will hold a full dress rehearsal (only for students to attend) and then Wednesday the 15th students will perform before the wider school community ( parents are invited to watch).

Congratulations Harvey!

A huge congratulations to Harvey Anderson in 6JS for his performance yesterday in the State School Athletics Championships. He competed against the best 800 and 1500m runners from around Victoria and placed an incredible 2nd place in the 800m final and 3rd in the 1500m final which means he has now been selected to represent Victoria in both of these events in the National Athletics Championships in early December. The Oatlands community are vey proud of his achievements and wish him the best of luck whilst competing in Adelaide. Way to go Harvey!


Oatlands Athletics Carnival

Last Tuesday the 1st of August students in grades 3-6 participated in our annual Oatland’s Athletics Carnival at the Casey Fields Athletics Track. We were incredibly lucky to have such perfect weather conditions. The sun shone upon us all day and there wasn’t so much as a hint of a breeze. The day ran very smoothly and it was a pleasure to watch all of our students thoroughly enjoying themselves and behaving in a positive manner throughout the day. Students who qualified to represent Oatlands in the Edwin Flack District competition later this month (August 30th also to be held at Casey Fields Athletics Track) will have received permission forms last week and training has commenced for each event. We have a team consisting of close to 60 students. Students are eagerly awaiting their opportunity to compete against the best athletes from our local district. We wish them all the best for the up and coming event. Here are some photos of the day. Some talked about highlights of the day included the sausage sizzle and teacher relay race.

Regional Cross Country Results

Last Monday the 19th of June we had a team consisting of 12 athletes taking part in a Regional Cross Country event. Students competed against over a hundred talented students in their respective age group. All of our students ran extremely well and enjoyed challenging themselves against the strongest long distance runners in the Southern Metropolitan Region. We are delighted to announce that two of our students qualified to represent our school and region at the State Cross Country Championships to be held early next term. Congratulations Harvey Anderson and Ebony Code!!

Senior Girls Football Team

Yesterday we had a senior girls (Grade 5 and 6) AFL football team represent Oatlands in an inaugural local district competition. Our girls played in 3 matches. They won two matches and tied a third, narrowly missing out on a spot in the grand final. A fun day was had by all. A big thank you to Mrs. Gamble, Mr. Kenny, Mr. Werner and Brooke Struylaart for their help with coaching and organising the team on the day.

Walk to School Day

Last Friday morning Oatlands students took part in a walk to school day.

The key objectives of this initiative are to get our children walking/exercising and to raise awareness of the physical, environmental and social benefits of walking amongst all ages.

Students were dropped off at various meeting points in the Oatlands Estate and walked to school with staff members and fellow students. It was great to see the amount of parents also joining in.

Here are some snaps of the day:

Edwin Flack District Cross Country

On Monday the 1st of May we had more than 60 students represent Oatlands Primary School and compete against schools from all around our local district. Mrs Gamble was delighted with the manner in which students represented our school and the high level of sportsmanship shown especially at the finish line where our students stood and cheered ALL students across the finish line both Oatlands and non-Oatlands students. Our school won the overall amount of points on the day, making us the strongest team in our district. A huge congratulations to the following students who have qualified to represent the Edwin Flack District at the Casey North Division Cross Country Trials to be held on the 29th of May, 2017:

Harvey Anderson, Ebony Code, Ethan Kennedy, James Rowe, Christian Wood, Charlotte Coad, Sahar Mhezai, Zoe Papasavva, Meg Robertson, Anuk Jayamanne, Zac Argentaro, Samara Perryman, Diesel De Santis, Jed Robertson, Ella Robbins, Rachel Booth and Tanaya Kumbara.

We wish them the best of luck on the day.

Active April Celebrations

Thank you so much to all of the students, parents and staff who took part in our annual Active April lapathon challenge. Everyday we observed hundreds of our school community members walking/jogging around the soccer ovals and in doing so increased their daily activity levels and reaped the social, physical and mental benefits of daily exercise. Congratulations to all of those students who reached milestone lap certificates (20,50,75,100,125,150). Also a big congratulations to Grade 6JS who won the overall amount of laps and to Harvey Anderson who reached over 160 laps for the 5 week period (80km!).