Ormond Primary School

29 March 2017
Issue Five
Page 2
School News
Ormond Primary School
03 9578 1327
Wheatley Rd
Ormond, Vic, 3204

Upcoming Events &  Principal's Report 

Dates to Remember


Wednesday 29th  -  Prep - Yr 2 Special Friends Day

Friday 31st - Term 1 Ends 2:30pm Dismissal

                                 (no lunch orders today)


Friday 14th  -  Good Friday Public Holiday

Monday 17th  -  Easter Monday Public Holiday

Tuesday 18th  -  Term 2 Begins

Wednesday 19th  -  Yr 3-5 Swimming 

Thursday 20th  -  Yr 3-5 Swimming 

Monday 24th  -  Curriculum Day

Tuesday 25th  -  Public Holiday

Wednesday 26th  -  Yr 3-5 Swimming 

Thursday 27th  -  Yr 3-5 Swimming 

Friday 28th  -  Yr 5/6 Winter Lightning Premireship

                          -  Yr 3 Melbourne Museum Excursion



Monday 1st  -  Yr 3-5 Swimming 

Tuesday 2nd  -  Yr 3-5 Swimming 

Wednesday 3rd  -  Yr 3-5 Swimming

                                 -  Yr 2 Shrine of Remembrance

Thursday 4th  -  School Photos

Tuesday 9th     -  Naplan

Wednesday 10th  -  Naplan

Thursday 11th  -  Naplan

Friday 12th  -  Mothers Day Evening (P&F Event)

Sunday 14th  -  Mother's Day

Tuesday 23rd  -  Yr 5 Camp Departs 7am

Friday 26th  -  Yr 5 Camp Returns approx 3:15pm



Monday 5th  -  Yr 6 Camp Depart

Friday 9th  -  Yr 6 Camp Return 

Monday 12th  -  Public Holiday

Wednesday 21st  -  Yr 3/4 Soiree TBC

Friday 30th  -  Term 2 Ends: 2:30pm Dismissal

2017 Term Dates


31st January to 31st March - 2:30pm finish


18th April to 30th June - 2:30pm finish


17th July to 22nd September - 2:30pm finish


9th October to 22nd December-1:30pm finish

2017 Curriculum Days

  • Monday 30th of January
  • Monday 24th of April
  • Friday 2nd of June
  • Monday 6th of November

Students are not required to attend school on these days. The Out of School Hours Care Program will be available, please contact April  on 03 9578 5826 to discuss boookings.

2017 School Council Meetings

  • Wednesday 15th March 7:00pm
  • April  - no meeting TBC
  • Wednesday 17th May 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 21st June 7:00pm
  • July  -  no meeting TBC
  • Wednesday 16th  August 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 20th September 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 25th October 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 15th Nvember 7:00pm
  • December meeting TBC

2017 Education Sub Committee Meetings

  • Tuesday March 7th 6:30pm
  • April - no meeting
  • Tuesday May 9th - 'Bullying Prevention Parent Forum'  6:30pm
  • Tuesday June 13th 6:30pm
  • July - no meeting
  • Tuesday August 8th 6:30pm
  • Tuesday September 12th 6:30pm
  • Tuesday October 24th 6:30pm
  • November - no meeting 

2017 Public Holidays

  • Thursday 26th January - Australia Day
  • Monday 13th March - Labour Day
  • Friday 14th April - Good Friday
  • Monday 17th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25th April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 12th June - Queens Birthday
  • Friday 29th September - AFL Grand Final Friday
  • Tuesday 7th November - Melbourne Cup Day
  • Monday 25th December - Christmas Day

Prep 2018 Enrolment School Tours

School Tours are conducted on a regular basis by the Principal. Tours begin at 9:30 am and last approximately one hour. The tour dates for 2017 are:

  • Friday 21st April
  • Friday 19th of May         
  • Tuesday 6th of June
  • Monday 17th of July       
  • Tuesday 8th of August    
  • Monday 4th of September
  • Monday 16th of October  
  • Friday 10th of November

Enrolment Packs for 2018 will be available from Term 2 at the School Office between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday, or if you are attending a school tour. For further enquiries please contact the school office on 03 9578 1327.

2018 Term Dates


30th January to 29th March


16th April to 29th June


16th JULY to 21st September


8th October to 21st December

Principal's Report

School Council Election 2017

The School Council Election process for 2017 has now been concluded. I would like to note the very high response rate from the community which indicated great interest in the school and the School Council. Parent category members elected this year were Kit Vati, Kylie Cockle, Tara McCallum and Adam Gibson. The DET category member elected this year was Lorrie Dell. These School Councilors join the returning parent members Anita Campbell, Damien Sherman, Ben Clark, Robyn Gallagher and the DET employee members Sally Berryman and Felicity Hall-Shulman.


School Council Annual General Meeting

The School Council Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, 15th of March. The School Annual Report 2017 was presented by the Principal to those at the meeting. The School Annual Report 2017 can be found on the website at www.ormondps.vic.edu.au 


The election of office bearers saw the following positions filled for 2017.

  • School Council President  -  Kit Vati
  • School Council Vice President  -  Kylie Cockle
  • Treasurer  -  Damien Sherman
  • Minute Secretary  -  Tara McCallum

On behalf of the Ormond school community I would like to acknowledge the work of the previous School Council President, Adam Gibson. Throughout 2016 Adam supported the school in this leadership role and I am pleased that he is continuing his contribution to the school in 2017. He will continue to be an active school councilor.


School Councilor Training

On Tuesday last week Ormond hosted a School Councilor Training session conducted by Synergistiq on behalf of the Department of Education and Training. School Councilors representing Ormond, Glen Eira College, Valkstone Primary School, Glen Iris Primary School and Brighton Secondary College participated actively in the two hour session. The key focus was on the responsibilities of School Council, the role of the Principal and governance, probity and procedural practices. Thank you to all of the Ormond representatives for the considered input on the night.


Cross Country

Yesterday all students in Years 3 – 6 competed in the House Cross Country Championships at Allnutt Park. This was a fabulous event, well supported by the school community and capped off with a beautiful day. Congratulations to all competitors who each put in a great effort for their House Teams. Well done to all of the top eight place getters in each age category. All forty-eight students will now be able to go forward represent Ormond at the Moorabbin District Cross Country Championships in Term 2. A very big thank you must go to teachers Julie Nield and Melissa Kah for planning and carrying out such a successful event. Thanks you to all teachers and the student leaders for the roles they played on the day. We all agree that the Cross Country was a triumph!


Parent Volunteers

As Term 1 concludes I would also like to thank the parents who have volunteered to assist the teachers on excursions and sporting events. The energy provided by the parent volunteers is greatly appreciated by the teachers and the students. Additionally, participation in the life of the school as a volunteer allows parents an insight into student learning in a range of settings.


Holiday Works

A full range of works will be carried out around the school during the forthcoming holidays. These works include:

  1. Painting of the Hall, Art Room and the four classrooms in the 2000 Building at a cost of around $30,000.
  2. Removal of the concrete and telegraph poles from around the Oak Tree and Gum Tree playgrounds. Cost around $3,000.
  3. Installation of a new sleeper retaining wall and low seating around the Oak Tree and Gum Tree playgrounds. Cost around $12,000.
  4. Cyclic maintenance work on the oak trees by the arborist, Stump Busters.
  5. Repairs to the court surfaces and feature areas by Grass Sports Australia.
  6. Vinyl laying in the staffroom.

Debbie Coath Retires

Earlier this term Debbie Coath, our hard working and dedicated Library Technician, announced to the staff that she would be retiring at the end of this first term. Debbie first joined Ormond as our Front Office person in 2002. Since taking on the Library Technician role in about 2006, Debbie has relocated the Library from a classroom, to a portable and finally to its present, central location. Debbie has been responsible for refining our collection, streamlining borrowing and promoting a love of reading in all students. Debbie can be truly proud of her achievement in creating a Library that is a hallmark of a great school. It is space that is accessible to all and enjoyed by everyone. We all wish Debbie every happiness in her retirement and we share with her the great memories of our time together at Ormond.


No Lunch Orders - Friday 31st March 

The lunch order shop will be closed on Friday 31st March therefore there will be no lunch orders on the last day of Term 1.


Information Session Year 7 2018 McKinnon Secondary College

An information session for prospective parents regarding enrolling Year 6 students into Year 7 for 2018 at McKinnon Seconadary College will be held on Tuesday 2nd May at 7:00pm in the McKinnon SC Assembly Hall. 

School Tours will also be held on Thursday 4th May and Monday 8th May from 9:15am to 10:15am. Please contact McKinnon Secondary College for further information on 03 8520 9000.


A message from Sue Morris (Whealtey Rd Crossing)

Thank you to the school community for your support against the moving of the Wheatley rd school crossing. As crossing supervisors, we apprecaite your input and support to keep your children safe on both crossings, and the impact on parking and the safety of your children this would have had. So on behalf of your crossing supervisors Sue, Roz and Gwen a huge thank you to the OPS community.


End of Term Assembly

The End of Term Assembly will begin at 2 pm this Friday. The school finish time at the end of term is 2:30 pm.


Glenn Butler



A Message from the Assistant Principal

School Council Education Sub Commitee

School Council’s Education subcommittee comprises of not only school councillors but also interested parents and teachers.

This committee meets on a regular basis to :-

  • develop and review curriculum policies to ensure that they remain consistent and relevant with current school needs and DET Policies.
  • monitor the implementation of the Strategic Plan
  • monitor the findings from student performance data and school surveys
  • discuss initiatives and changes e.g. Victorian Curriculum, eSmart & Council of International  Schools (CIS)
  • to engage parents in their child’s learning through curriculum showcases and  parent forums.

The dates of these meetings are listed in the school’s newsletter and all parents are welcome to attend.


To comply with the implementation of the Child Safe Standards in Victorian Schools a review of our practices and protocols was undertaken this month.   As part of this review a Working With Children Volunteer Check register  for our Parent Helpers has been introduced. If parents or family members would like to assist in classrooms, swimming or on excursions, a current Working With Children Check will be required. Applications for Working With Children Volunteer Checks are available on www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au and must be lodged with Australia Post. There is no fee payable for Volunteers. 


If you currently have a Working With Children Check and would like to be added to the school’s register please present your card at the Office for copying.


We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Tuesday 9th May at 6.30pm.

This meeting will be a free presentation on Bullying Prevention   from the Bully Zero Australia Foundation who will also be running sessions with the Years 4 to 6 students and the teaching staff.


If you have any queries regarding this committee or are interested in attending please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Lorrie Dell

Convenor Education Subcommittee

A Message from the School Council President

I am honoured to accept the role of School Council President for 2017.  I am looking forward to working with School Council members to support the school’s strategic direction, Glenn and the teaching staff; getting the best outcomes we can for the children; and planning for the future of Ormond Primary School. 


How is School Council structured?

Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, school councils have particular functions in setting and monitoring a school’s direction.  Ormond’s School Council plays a key role in the school: it operates with 8 elected parent members and 4 teaching staff, and a structure of 4 sub-committees:

  • Finance and Trading Operations
  • Education and Policy
  • Facilities and Major Projects
  • Communications (new committee being established in 2017 – come and join us!)
  • The Parents & Friends group is also represented on School Council by the Convenor.

What does School Council do?

The School Council is responsible for governance of Ormond Primary, in co-operation with Glenn as Principal.  We have developed a strategic plan which captures the purpose, targets and actions for each sub-committee.  When developing the plan, we used these guiding principles:

  • “It’s all about the children”
  • Improving student achievement for all students – not some, but all
  • Decisions are guided by the health and welfare needs of the students

Our meetings run to a planned agenda which covers the work of each sub-committee, plus items of general business.  Detailed discussions happen at sub-committee level, which ensures that School Council meetings are largely strategic, and allow more in-depth discussion on items which need it.


What is on the agenda for 2017?

We have several priorities this year as a School Council: Playground and maintenance works, renewing policies per legislation and community expectations, curriculum and co-curricula programs, budget decisions, Council of International Schools accreditation, optimising community engagement through P&F, and renewed focus on communications – to name a few. 


How can you contribute or learn more about the work of School Council?

To be as effective as we can be, our School Council wants to have input from, and communicate back to, the whole school community.  This means we want to be connected with you, and you can be involved directly with School Council in the following ways:

  • Join our new Communications Committee to enhance communications across the school through a variety of channels and media.  We welcome all interested parents, with or without expertise in communications, our first meeting will be early in term 2.  Please contact me if you are interested.
  • Attend a sub-committee meeting – this could be on a regular basis or as a one-off. 
  • Attend a School Council meeting
  • Speak with a School Council member or send an email to the School Council President

A strong School Council group

I would like to acknowledge and thank Adam Gibson for his leadership as President in 2016 and the many roles he has held over several years on School Council. 


Our School Council has representation from many parts of the community: teaching staff, parents from across year levels, “veterans” and “newbies” at OPS, a mix of men and women.  This diversity is a strength, and means that School Council operates with continuity and wisdom, and also benefits from new contributions and perspectives. 


We are here to represent the school community in the governance of our school, and we are open to your suggestions or questions.  If you do not know anyone on School Council, please do reach out to me in the first instance: [email protected]


Have a great mid-semester holiday.

Kit Vati

School Council President



School News

Events Now on Compass Awaiting Parent Approval

Year 2

Shrine of Remembrance

Year 3

Melbourne Museum

Yr 3-5 Swimming

Year 4

Yr 3-5 Swimming

Year 5

2017 Camp Curumbene

Yr 3-5 Swimming


Upcoming Events to look out for

Term 2 Sport & Lightning Premireship - Year 5/6

Year 6 Camp

Scienceworks - Year 3

District Cross Country


COMPASS Parent Portal


*please note that once the 'due by' date has passed the online consent function is no longer available.


No Lunch Orders this Friday

No Lunch Orders - Friday 31st March 

The lunch order shop will be closed on Friday 31st March therefore there will be no lunch orders on the last day of Term 1.

Student Banking

A reminder that there is no Student Banking tomorrow. Banking will resume in Term 2 on Thursday 27th April.

Anaphylaxis, Asthma and Allergy letters

Last week letters were sent home to all parents of students with Asthma, Anaphylaxis and Allergies regarding the status of your child's Action Management Plans and any medication we have on hand. If you are required to provide updated Action Plans and /or Medication for your child please do so as soon as possible. 


If you have not recieved your letter, please check with your child or contact Brodie in the Front Office. 



It has been bought to our attention that there has been a recall on some batches of Epipens, particularly those with an expiry date of April 2017

For any families who may be affected, please contact your chemist or medical professional for further information. While you are advised to return an affected EpiPen as soon as possible, you should keep your current auto-injector until you get the replacement, and use it if required (being mindful that you may need to apply more force than normal to activate it).
Please see the below link for further infomation.

Please ensure that if your child's Epipen has been recalled to update the one at school and Out of School Hours Care (if you attend) as soon as possible.

Anzac Badges

Anzac Badges will be available for purchase over the coming weeks. Prices range from $1 to $5. JSC Representatives will visit classes so students will have an opportunity to purchase items. If you would like to purchase any Aznac badges please ensure you have your coins ready.

Junior School Choir

The Junior School Choir have been practicing during lunch on Tuesdays. They will be performing the song 'Friends' in Assembly on Friday 31st March at 2:15pm.


Premier's Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge opened just last week and Ormond Primary School is excited to be participating again.


The Challenge is open to all students in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is a personal challenge for each child to read a set number of books by 8 September 2017.


Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 are challenged to read 15 books.


All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll.


More information and book lists will follow early in Term 2. In the meantime, the holiday period provides a fantastic opportunity to get started on your reading. Every book read from 21st March, counts towards achieving your own personal reading goal within the Premier’s Reading Challenge.


So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started! And remember, reading rocks!


Lorraine Bell

PRC Coordinator

Young Leaders Day

On Monday morning, the Year 6 School Leaders went to the Hallogen Foundation's National Young Leaders Day at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Many inspiring speeches were presented to all 4,000 of the schools who particiapted in the day. The speakers were Sam Skinner, Judith Grayely, Matt Cosgrave, Jade Hameister, Anirudh (the first winner of Australian Spelling Bee) and Josh Richards. Overall the leaders had a great day and had a blast. 

Ella P & Oscar W


Grand Prix Excursion

On Friday 24th March, the Year 6 Students went to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park Lake. 


It was an exciting day starting off with the RAAF Roulettes Air Show when we arrived. Next we watched the GT3 race which got everyone on the edge of their seats. After that we walked to the Supercar Village and saw all the GT3 Supercars up close and got the chance to sit inside a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. Some students were luck enough to meet the drivers and get posters and autograpghs. 


We walked back to the race track and watched the Formula 1 practice race, which was the highlight of the day. Overall it was an amazing day and everyone had a great time. 

Jasmine & Tyler


House Cross Country

On Tuesday 28th March, Ormond PS hosted its inaugural House Cross Country Championships at Allnutt Park.


It was a beautiful, clear and calm day, perfect for cross country running. After a vibrant and noisy ‘House Parade’ on the oval, where the competitors sang their newly written house ‘chants’ in front of an excited group of Prep-2 students, we headed off to Allnutt Park.


Approximately 240 students participated in a challenging 2km or 3km course with twists and turns, climbs and descents and terrain varying from grass, path and mulch! The park looked wonderful decorated with the colourful House pennants and the Ormond PS marquee.


There were fantastic feats of athleticism as well as heroic endeavours of resilience and persistence displayed. The crowd cheered and parents and teachers alike roared on all the athletes. Students competed with enthusiasm and supported all the runners to complete the course.


Many thanks to everyone who participated, marshalled and supported this event. It was a great success. The students had a wonderful experience and many discovered a ‘hidden’ talent they may well nurture in the future! The winning House will be announced at the Final Term Assembly on Friday in addition to the School team for the District Championship on the 25th May.


Pyjama Day

What a great day it was last Thursday when we all got to wear our Pyjama's to school. Thank you to the Junior School Council for organising the day.



Black, White & Bling Disco

On Friday night at 6pm, the Prep – Year 3 disco was in the school hall. The disco was to celebrate the end of Footsteps and to have fun.

When we first entered the hall, we heard all the noise of the music. The first dance we heard was the Chicken Dance.

Then we found our friends and began to dance with them. We really liked the We Will Rock You dance.

After that, we all danced The Conga. We still danced The Conga even though they said not to.

We loved the disco, it was great fun being with our friends. I hope we have it next year.

Written by 2B


Year 4 Enterprize Sailing

Last Friday, the Year 4 students had an amazing experience on the the replica of John Pascoe Fawkner's Schooner Enterprize - the ship that sailed from Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in 1835 with the first permanent white settlers that started what has become the City of Melbourne.​


"I really enjoyed going on the ship and pretending to save a man overboard (named bob)" - Zack T


"The coolest part was going under the ship and seeing the beds and kitchen" - Max S


Parents & Friends News

P&F Meetings - Everyone is Welcome 7:30pm in the Staffroom

  • Tuesday 18th April 
  • Tuesday 9th May 
  • Tuesday 6th June 

Back to School Social

Thanks to everyone who attended our first social event of the year. We had a fun group of parents attend, and was a great way to welcome new parents to the school. Thanks to all the Grade 6 parents who helped put the event on.


Black White & Bling Disco

Last Friday night, over 300 students attended the annual disco. As always huge amounts of fun was had by all. Kids in both groups had a ball showing off their 'footsteps' move as well as leaving behind quite a layer of sparkles. Many thanks to all the Grade 3 parents volunteers in setting up and running the night. 


Save the Dates

  • Friday 12th May: Mother's Day Evening (Mums & Kids) - Grade 1 organising
  • Friday 23rd June: Winter Warmer (Adults only) - Grade 2
  • Saturday 19th August: Trivia Night (Adults only) - Grade 5 
  • Friday 1st September: Father's Day Breakfast (Dad's & Kids) - Grade 4
  • Saturday 25th November - End of Year Party (Families & Staff) - P&F 


4th Annual Mother's Day Lunch 

The annual Mother's Day lunch & fashion parade will be held on Thursday 11th May from 12:00 at Fabulous Fine foods. More details to follow early Term 2.

Proud Sponsors of Ormond Primary School

Hockingstuart Bentleigh have organise an Easter Colouring competition. Download the colouring sheet  here http://bit.ly/2my5ru9 and enter the competition for a chance to win an amazing hamper!


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