Ormond Primary School

30 October 2019
Issue Seventeen
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report 
Whole School News
Parents, Friends & Community 
Ormond Primary School
03 9578 1327
Wheatley Rd
Ormond, Vic, 3204

Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember 

Please also refer to the Compass Calendar for further details of events


Thursday 31st - Yr 4 Camp Returns 



Friday 1st - Interschool Sport Yr 6


Thursday 7th - Icy Pole day $2

Friday 8th - Interschool Sport Yr 6

                      - Student Disco Fright Night

Monday 11th - Collingwood Children's Farm Yr 1

Tuesday 12th - 2020 Foundation Transition & Parent Info #4

Wednesday 13th - Melbourne Museum Year 3

                                      - Stars of The Sea Foundation


Friday 22nd - Interschool Sport Yr 6

                         - Whole School Transition #1

Tuesday 26th - Little Woodworkers Yr 1

Wednesday 27th - F to Yr 2 Soiree

Thursday 28th - 2020 Foundation Transition #5

Friday 29th - Food Talks incursion Yr 1

                            - P&F Whole School Event 5-8pm



Monday 2nd - F to Yr 2 Swimming 

Tuesday 3rd - Scienceworks Excursion  Yr 2

Thursday 5th - Icy Pole Day $2

                               - F to Yr 2 Swimming

Friday 6th      - F to Yr 2 Swimming

Monday 9th  - F to Yr 2 Swimming

Tuesday 10th - 2020 Foundation transition #6

                               - Whole School Transition #2

Wednesday 11th - F to Yr 2 Swimming

Thursday 12th - F to Yr 2 Swimming 

                                   - Bounce Yr 3

Friday 13th -  F to Yr 2 Swimming

                            - Bookworm Christmas Performance

                            - 2020 Booklist orders due

Monday 16th - Bounce Yr 6

Wednesday 18th  - Yr 6 Graduation TBC

Friday 20th - End of Term 4 School Dismissed at 1:30pm

2019 Term Dates

TERM 1  -  29th January to 5th April

*Tuesday 29th January is a Curriculum Day - students in Year 1-6 will commence school for 2018 on Wednesday 30th January. Foundation students will commence on Thursday 31st January.*

TERM 2  -  23rd April to 28th June

TERM 3  -  15th July to 20th September

TERM 4  -  7th October to 20th December


Term 1, 2 and 3 students are dismissed early at 2:30pm on the last day of each term.  Term 4 students are dismissed at 1:30pm on the last day.  The After School Care Program will open early on these days.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1 - 28th January (teachers start) to 27th March  ** student start dates TBC **

Term 2 - 14th April to 26th June

Term 3 - 13th July to 18th September

Term 4 - 5th October to 18th December

2019 Curriculum Days 

  • Tuesday 29th January
  • Monday 13th May
  • Friday 9th August
  • Friday 15th November

2019 Public Holidays

Monday 11th March - Labour Day

Friday 19th April - Good Friday

Monday 22nd April - Easter Monday 

Thursday 25th April - ANZAC Day

Monday 10th June - Queens Birthday

Tuesday 5th November - Melbourne Cup

School Council Meetings

2019 School Council Meeting will be held in the staff room at  7:00pm.  

  • November - Wednesday 20th 
  • December - TBC

Student Absences - Parent Procedures

Is your child going to be...

Absent all day?   

Parent approval entered into compass by 9:15am (this can also be done in advance) OR phone the school office on 9578 1327 and leave a message on option # 1.


Arriving late? 

When you arrive to school, the student must be signed IN at the school office by the parent/carer prior to going to class.


Leaving early?

Parent/Carer must sign the student OUT at the school office prior to picking them up from class


*Automated text messages are now sent daily to parents of all students who have been marked absent without parent approval.


Please Note - Students must be signed in or out by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18 years. 

Students are not permitted to sign themselves in/out of school. 

Parent Contact Information

Have your contact details changed? If so please let the office know in writing so we can update our records. This includes changes to emergency contacts or additional numbers to call if needed.

School Communication Channels

School Office Hours

Monday to Friday

8:15am to 4:15pm 

Ph: 03 9578 1327                

Fax: 03 9578 4540





Compass Parent Portal



Do you have the free Compass App yet? If not - go to your Applications Store on your smart phone and download today! Apple and Android versions available.  Make sure you have your Pop notifications activated.



Lunch Order Menus

Lunch Orders are available 5 days a week. 

  • Online Orders only - Monday, Wednesday  & Thursday
  • Cash Orders only - Tuesday
  • BOTH online OR cash orders - Friday


Medication at School Form

If your child requires medication to be administered during school hours, please complete this form and hand it to the Front Office with the required medication.

Our Vision

We believe:

  • All children should be stimulated, engaged, challenged and supported in their learning.
  • The school environment must have a safe and nurturing quality which allows all children the opportunity to learn.
  • The school community promotes and values diversity in interests, beliefs and perspectives.             
  • Students can be effective global citizens with a sense of belonging and responsibility to our world.

Our Values


  • Treating one another with consideration and courtesy
  • For self and others
  • For property and the environment


  • Gaining knowledge and skills through educational experiences
  • Seeking knowledge through study and investigation
  • Displaying a positive aƫtude towards learning
  • Utilise critical and strategic thinking


  • Never give up
  • Remain committed to achieving our goals
  • Excellence
  • Take pride in what we do
  •  Strive to always do our best

The Ormond Team 2019

Principal  -  Kerri McLeod                          Assistant Principal   - Lorrie Dell


Executive Committee

Kerri McLeod - Lorrie Dell - Sally Berryman (Learning Specialist F-2) - Courtney Mason (Learning Specialist 3-6)



Jacinda Hocking - Lorraine Bell - Laura Cecil


Year 1 & 2

Effie Liarakos - Elani Gibney - Laura Bainbridge - Sally Berryman  - 

Amelia Delaney


Year 3 

Rae Galvin - Kim Stewart - Jack Capicchiano 


Year 4

Gregg Workman - Margot Hudson - Dorothy Markou


Year 5 

Courtney Mason - Melisa Kah - Michael Pannam


Year 6 

Sandra Johnson - Mary Thanos - Simon Brown


Specialist Teachers

Emma Milliken - PE /Sport

Helen Kupfer & Helene Ioannou - Visual Arts

Anna Park - Korean Language

Margot Hudson - Performing Arts 

Zach McMahon -  Multimedia Technician


Welfare/Education Support

Lorrie Dell - Wellbeing & Welfare Coordinator

Michelle De Silva - Sue Rimmer - Belinda Van Kessel - Lina Sidiropoulos -  Bianca Borsi - Amanda Davis



Jan Cassidy - Business Manager

Brodie Thomson - Administration


Out of School Hours Care

April Kopitz - Program Coordinator 

Sharelle Davis - Assistant Coordinator

Principal's Report 

From the Principal...

Term 4 is well under way with many exciting events already held or scheduled for the next month or so. The Ormond Oscars was a true highlight for students, staff and parents alike. The children loved walking the red carpet, being interviewed by our school leaders and then they went on to enjoy the tasty popcorn before hitting the cinemas with family and friends. The short films were entertaining and technically impressive. We thank Zach and the staff for their work with the students on script writing, filming and editing. I am still perplexed at just exactly when they had access to my car and office! Overall, the night was a huge success and the decorations and planning for the event must have required additional time and efforts from the staff involved.


Other significant dates to be aware of throughout this term include the school disco on November 8th and our next Curriculum Day on Friday November 15th. This will be a pupil free day and staff will be working through sessions related to wellbeing and positive behaviour management strategies. The afternoon is dedicated to moderation and reporting in teams with a focus on student outcomes and learning growth.


On Sunday November 24th, there will be a final working bee for 2019. I encourage students, families and staff to attend. Further information will be provided but please lock in this date. There will be a number of tasks to complete, which will also link in with capital works and support classes that may need decanting for the 2020 school year. Please remember that Tuesday November 5th is Melbourne Cup Day and again students are not required at school.



Just a reminder it is compulsory to wear a hat in Term 4, especially as temperatures begin to rise. Children are encouraged to also apply sunscreen and drink water on a regular basis. Please encourage your children to look after their belongings, particularly hats and jackets if they are removed. The amount of lost property continues to be an area of concern at our school.



In Term 4 every year, students from Foundation to Year 5 take part in a whole school transition session. The opportunity to step up to the next level helps to prepare each student for the next stage in their educational journey. The school recognizes that a successful school transition is vital to a child’s educational, social and emotional development. Students will participate in a range of activities to familiarise themselves with some of the changes that will be taking place in their new grade level in 2020. Students will work in a variety of groups with different teachers during these sessions. You can support your child through the transition process by asking positive questions such as:

  • What are you looking forward to the most next year?
  • What things are you really good at?
  • How can you make new friends?

Our first session will take place on November 22nd and then students will meet their 2020 teacher on December 17th. The next Foundation Transition including the Parent Information session is scheduled for Tuesday November 12th and last week our Year 6 cohort participated in ‘Moving Up’ workshops to prepare them for life in secondary schools.


Planning for 2020

When parents put in requests for teachers, it can make our class planning extremely difficult, and the reality can be that teachers are not yet in place when classes are made up. Teachers do put much time and effort into arranging children into appropriate groups, taking into consideration their academic, social and emotional needs. If you have any particular concerns about your child’s placement due to individual issues, in terms of social, emotional or academic needs, please email the the office by Friday November 8th.


As the number of children attending the school is crucial in our planning, urgent notice of student transfers and exits is also important. This determines our ability to staff our school and plan for the required number of classes. If you have any plans to relocate from our area and/or enrol your children at another school, please email the office as soon as possible.

** This is not necessary for departing Year 6 students. 


Community Service Announcement

The school is aware of an increased activity of trespassing and the loitering of individuals and groups on the school grounds after hours, including weekends.
Apart from the mess that is left behind after their visits, these individuals are apparently being loud and disruptive and disturbing our neighbours. 
We also have concerns regarding their safety as it has been observed that underage drinking and climbing on the school’s roof and entering the construction site is occurring.
We ask for your assistance in this matter and request that you do not confront these individuals but contact the Caulfield Police on 9524 9500 or Moorabbin Police on 9556 6565 and report this situation.  We have alerted the police of these incidences and have assured that they will increase their patrols.

** Please do not call 000 unless urgent medical, fire or police assistance is required. ** 


Lunch Order Providers

Just a reminder of the change to the days lunch orders are available. 

Now available FIVE days a week!

  • Taste Galore (cash only) will  be available Tuesday & Friday 
  • Classroom Cuisine (online) will be available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (orders to be placed by 8:30am)

Kerri McLeod


Curriculum Day - No School 

There will be a Curriculum Day on Friday 15th November. Students are not required at school for this day. 

Out of School Hours Care will be available on this day for those who require care. Please contact the program directly on 9578 1327 or see April or Sharelle in the Hall during program hours. 

Working Bee - Save the Date

The final Working Bee for the year will be on Sunday 24th November

More details to follow in the coming weeks. 

Student Acheivments 

Congratulations to Scarlett H and her team, who were crowned 2019 Victorian State Gymnastic Champions in Level 2 (under 9's) when they won the State Pennant. This is a particularly special achievement because over half of the team (including Scarlett) are only 7 years old. 

Out of School Hours Care


Please ensure you contact the program by 9am if your child is sick or not attending the program that day so you will not incur the late cancellation fee. 


Holiday Program Lost Property

Last chance to check, lost property from Holiday Program. Lost property items can be found in the lost property box under the sign In table.


After School Care Activities

Thursday 31st Oct                     Halloween Craft Trick or Treat Bags

Friday 1st Nov                              Mia Russian Pancakes

Monday 4th Nov                         Paper Horse

Tuesday 5th Nov                        Public Holiday Melbourne Cup

Wednesday 6th Nov                Spinners

Thursday 7th Nov                      Bird Seed Wreath

Friday 8th Nov                             Minute to win it.

Monday 11th Nov                      Face Masks

Tuesday 12th Nov                     Friendship Bracelets

Wednesday 13th Nov            Foot prints


Sharelle Davis

Assistant Coordinator

Out of School Hours Program

Whole School News

Curriculum Day - No School 

There will be a Curriculum Day on Friday 15th November. Students are not required at school for this day. 

Out of School Hours Care will be available on this day for those who require care. Please contact the program directly on 9578 1327 or see April or Sharelle in the Hall during program hours. 

Working Bee - Save the Date

The final Working Bee for the year will be on Sunday 24th November

More details to follow in the coming weeks. 

Library News

The end of year is fast approaching and all library books are required to be returned. 


Currently we have over 300 overdue library books across the school 

We ask that all households please have a really good look for any outstanding books and return them to the library asap.  

Lunch Order Providers

Just a reminder of the change to the days lunch orders are available. 

Now available FIVE days a week!

  • Taste Galore (cash only) will  be available Tuesday & Friday 
  • Classroom Cuisine (online) will be available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (orders to be placed by 8:30am)


Icy Pole Day Revamp

Icy pole day is having a costume change and returning in Term 4 with an exciting, new, higher quality product.


Student survey results showed a desire for ice-cream to be available on our menu, so this means that instead of weekly icy-poles, we will be offering  tropical icy-pole or ice-cream as an alternative twice per term.


The 2018 lunch order survey and 2019 trial of new lunch order provider is part of Ormond Primary School's review of its Healthy Eating Policy, to ensure we are meeting the Victorian Government’s Health & Physical Education Standards. Healthy eating and physical activity are associated with improved learning, better mood, behaviour and healthy growth. To promote the health of OPS students,  food supplied by the school aims to be consistent with these guidelines. OPS will therefore offer a treat day or two each term. As always, these events will contribute to the school fundraising.

When:            Thursday November 7th (lunchtime)

                          Thursday December 5th (lunchtime)

Products:     Paloma Pops http://www.palomapops.com.au

Cost:               $2.00 each.


The Balanced Box - Free Parent Information Session 


Ormond PS is excited to be hosting an evening session, The Balanced Box - A dynamic and interactive session about children’s nutrition, with a focus on building a healthy lunch box.

Come along to this FREE event for practical tips, ideas and simple swaps to support your child’s growth, learning and play.

  • Tuesday 12th November 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm
  • OPS Hall
  • Reserve your seat through Trybooking 

Foundation to Year 2 Soiree News

Our Soiree this year will be performed on Wednesday 27th November with both a matinee and evening performances, - times TBC. 

Costumes will differ between grades, please refer to the class note that will be sent out. 

Foundation News

This fortnight in English we are learning to spell words with the trigraphs tch and igh, and the digraph ai. We are working on new personal writing goals, and as Halloween approaches we are adding exciting words to our stories.


Thank you to the parents who come in each morning to listen to the children read. Some strategies to help young readers when they come across unfamiliar words are to use picture cues, and to look at the starting and ending sounds or letter blends within words.

In Mathematics, the students are consolidating their understanding of place value by learning about two digit numbers. They will be investigating various containers and their capacity to hold liquids and small solids.


In science, each student has selected an animal to learn more about, including why it has particular features, its basic needs, and where the animal best lives and grows.


Persistence is Ormond Primary’s whole school value for Term 4. The Foundation students constantly encourage each other to persist with tasks which might seem too hard at first. In Respectful Relationships we hold restorative circles to share ideas and help each other with solving issues.


Last fortnight we were lucky enough to be visited by Jack the dog from the Responsible Pets program. He helped us learn how to be careful and kind around pets in the home and street. Please enjoy some photos from the visit.


There are some upcoming events for the Foundation students including the Swimming Program. Please ensure consent/payments are processed on Compass prior to the due date to ensure your child can attend these events. 


Students also spent time with their buddies recently - see Year 5 News for some photos.


Have a lovely fortnight!

Lorraine, Jacinda and Laura


Year 2 News

The students have settled very well into Term 4. They are back into classroom routine and working hard towards achieving their goals.


Excursion to Scienceworks

We will be attending an excursion to Scienceworks on Tuesday 3rd December. This excursion will support our physical science unit of work.

All students are required to wear full school uniform on the day of the excursion. Please ensure drink bottles and morning snacks are clearly labelled. We will return to school for lunch. Please ensure consent/payments are processed on Compass prior to the due date to ensure your child can attend. 


Swimming Program

Swimming lessons will be held once again this year at Waves. Parents who are able to assist are welcome to meet us at the Waves Leisure Centre. All parent helpers will require a Working with Children Check.

Please check Compass Events and/or Compass Calendar for the session times. Please ensure consent/payments are processed on Compass prior to the due date to ensure your child can attend. 



Writing: We will be studying persuasive writing, narrative and letter writing this term. We will continue to work on improving students’ handwriting as we believe it is important to instill the importance of neat presentation of work.

Reading: The focus will continue to be on comprehension. Students will read daily and be given opportunities to read in front of an audience. When reading aloud at home, focus should be placed on expression and fluency. After book or pages have been read aloud, students should be encouraged to provide a retell of what they have read as well as answering any comprehension questions in relation to the book.


SMART Spelling Program

The following is a timetable of the spelling focuses for term 4.

07/10  -  Plurals adding es
14/10  -  The digraph /ay/ making the sound ‘A’ as in tray
21/10  -  The digraph /ll/ making the sound ‘ll’ as in bull
28/10  -  The spelling rule: drop the e, add vowel suffix
04/11  -  The spelling rule: drop the e, add vowel suffix
11/11  -  The spelling rule: double the last letter, add vowel suffix
18/11  -  The spelling rule: double the last letter, add vowel suffix
25/11  -  The spelling rule: change y to I, add suffix
02/11  -  The spelling rule: change y to I, add suffix
09/11  -  Revision



Students will continue to work in differentiated Mathematic groups, with tasks designed to cater to their individual needs. Students will focus on problem solving, four operations, shapes, transformation, measurement and data.

We encourage you to support them at home by asking them to tell time on analogue clocks, playing board and card games, reading calendars, taking note of how the weather changes during seasons. Year 2’s can learn their 2, 3 and 5 multiplication facts.


Physical Science – Toys and Forces

During Science, students will explore the push and pull forces and work towards designing and constructing a toy at school.

Year 5 News

Foundation and Year 5 Buddy Program

On Thursday 17th October the Foundation students came to visit their Year 5 buddies for the morning. Everyone had a fantastic time and it was fabulous to see the connection and friendship between the younger and older students. The Year 5’s assisted in three activities. They made crafty spiders with lots of eyes and creepy legs, spent some time writing sentences on the school laptops and played some maths games to reinforce their number skills. Everyone looks forward to our next session together in week 4.


Year 5 Virtual Reality Space Incursion

On Monday 21st October the Year 5 students ‘blasted off’ into space with a virtual reality space incursion. This was to support and engage the students in this terms science topic about space. We traveled around the solar system exploring venus, mars and mercury. It was a truly 3D experience that is hard to describe or explain in pictures!



Year 6 2020 Graduation Wear & Sports Tops

Year 6 hoodies, polo’s and sports tops are now open for processing through Course Confirmation/Payments on your Compass parent Portal. Children have tried on sample sizes and slips sent home to parents. If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s teacher.

Ormond Oscars

On Thursday 24th October the Year Five and Six students (along with their families and teachers) had their annual Ormond Oscars. All the students looked magnificent wearing their best Hollywood outfits. Students (as well as some parents and teachers) walked the red carpet, had their photos taken and were interviewed by our school leaders. There was popcorn, a large polaroid frame and a lot of glitz and glam. Then it was time to enter our cinemas for the night to watch the movies demonstrating all the skills they have learnt related to media and movie making. Well done to all involved, it was a spectacular night. Special thanks to Zach for all his work with the students and Mrs. Kah and Mrs. Thanos for their organisation. We hope everyone had a great night!


PE & Sport News

Walk to School

Remind all students that their walking tickets must be handed into the box outside the Art Room by 3:30pm on Friday 8 November to be in the competition to win a Fitbit or similar device.


Emma Milliken

PE/Sports Specialist

Parents, Friends & Community 


You are welcome to come and join the next Parents & Friends Meeting on Tuesday 12th November 7.30pm in the staff room. 


2019 Mango Drive Fundraiser - Orders close TONIGHT

Mangoes are on sale now until 9pm TONIGHT - Wednesday 30th November.
$26 a box of Mangoes

Orders to be made via Trybooking 

Collection dates and times will be advised  late November.


End of Year Celebration - Friday 29th November

Spring is in the air and the summer holidays are around the corner and now its time for our End of Year Celebration.


Parents & Friends invites all OPS families to join us on

  • Friday 29th November
  • 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
  • OPS grounds
  • BYO picnic party (with a BBQ on the side run by P&F more details to come)

Please book through Trybooking, so we can confirm numbers.


Student Disco 
The OPS 'Fright Night' student disco is being held on the 8th November in the Spooky School Hall. 

  • Foundation - Year 3 is from 6-7pm
  • Year 4 - 6 is  from 7.15-8.30pm

Tickets are $5 each and are available via Trybooking 
 Entry also includes a sweet treat.

Dress up in your spookiest Halloween costume and please BYO water bottle so you can bop & spook until you drop!
A reminder for parents/guardians that this is a 'student only' event and you will not have access to the hall whilst the disco is running. 


We're always contactable!!

Do you have a question, suggestion, offer of help? There is no need to wait for an invitation to contribute, as you can always contact P&F via our central email address. Simply write to p.and.f.ormond@gmail.com


Community Events & Adverts

Disclaimer:  Community Events & Adverts that appear in this newsletter are paid advertisements  or are deemed a Community announcement. Ormond Primary School is not affiliated with these organisations.

Ormond Primary School
COMPASS Parent Guide update 2018-19.pdf
Parent-Teacher bookings using a MOBILE 2019.pdf
Parent-Teacher bookings usuing BROWSER MODE.pdf
Taste Galore Menu (Tues & Fri) as at 15th October 2019.pdf
Classroom Cuisine Menu (Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri).pdf
Parent Medication Authority Form.pdf
Taste Galore Menu (Tues & Fri) as at 15th October 2019.pdf
Classroom Cuisine Menu (Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri).pdf
Taste Galore Menu (Tues & Fri) as at 15th October 2019.pdf
Classroom Cuisine Menu (Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri).pdf
Walk to School 2019 FactSheet-Parent-Carer-.pdf