Ormond Primary School

22 June 2016
Issue Ten
Upcoming Events &  Principal's Report 
School News
Ormond Primary School
03 9578 1327
Wheatley Rd
Ormond, Vic, 3204

Upcoming Events &  Principal's Report 

Dates to Remember


Wednesday 22nd  Level 3 Soiree 6:30pm

Thursday 23rd  Yr 5 History Box Incursion

                   NO STUDENT BANKING TODAY 

Friday 24th     Yr 3 Cultural Infusion Incursion          LAST DAY OF TERM 2 - 2:30pm FINISH



Monday 11th        TERM 3 BEGINS

Tuesday 12th  Education Sub Committee                                                                Meeting TBC

Wednesday 13th  Yr 2 Science Incursion

Friday 15th  CURRICULUM DAY - NO                                                                                 SCHOOL



Saturday 6th   P&F Trivia Night

Tuesday 9th    Education Sub Committee                                                              Meeting

Thursday 11th   Yr 3 Camp Depart

Friday 12th       Yr 3 Camp Return

Tuesday 16th   Level 4 Soiree TBC

Monday 29th CURRICULUM DAY - NO                                                                            SCHOOL

Tuesday 30th          Book Fair TBC

Wednesday 31st    Book Fair TBC



Thursday 1st          Book Fair TBC

Curicculum Days 2016

  • Friday 15th July
  • Monday 29th August
  • Monday 31st October

Public Holidays 2016

  • Tuesday 26th January - Australia Day
  • Monday 14th March - Labour Day
  • Friday 25th March - Good Friday
  • Monday 28th March - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25th April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 13th June - Queens Birthday
  • Tuesday 1st November - Melbourne Cup Day
  • Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day

Prep Enrolments 2017 - School Tours

  • Monday 18th July
  • Friday 29th July
  • Monday 8th August
  • Monday 22nd August

All School Tours begin at 9:30am. Please meet at the School Office off Murray Road no earlier than 5 minutes prior to the tour. 

Principal's Report

Korean Conference

On Tuesday Year 6C participated in a Korean conference where we spoke to a Year 6 class from Jimyo Elementary School at Daegu in Korea. Everyone in our class introduced themselves in Korean and then the captains in our class introduced our school. We listened to what their school is like and what subjects they have and then they asked us some questions about our school and we asked them questions about their school. It was an interesting experience and it gave us the opportunity to think about what other countries are like in comparison to ours.

The conference was held online under the name of Global LYNKs project by using a program called Zoom. 


By Georgia, School Captain

Facebook Policy

I have recently spoken with a number of parents about the news that Facebook groups are being established by parents. These Facebook groups are associated with either Year-levels or individual classes. It is vital that we work together as an Ormond community to establish protocols around Facebook so that the benefits can be maximized and any pitfalls can be avoided in order that everyone’s welfare and identities can be protected.


I have created a discussion draft Facebook Policy which seeks to encapsulate the responsibilities, concerns and best practices required for the management of this emerging issue. Please the draft policy attached below.


I invite all parents to contribute to the discussions at an Education & Policy Sub-committee Meeting to be held at 3:45 pm on Tuesday, 12th of July. I believe that parents wanting to set up Year-level or class-based Facebook pages should attend so that they can illustrate the issues and security strategies from their perspective.


Alternatively, I encouraged parents to email me their views and recommendations about the draft policy on [email protected]

Bicycle Helmets

Some children have been seen riding scooters to and from school without adequate head protection. I remind everyone of our school Bicycles and Scooters Policy which highlights the need for all riders to wear a helmet. Please find the Bicycles and Scooters Policy attached below.


Curriculum Day

Parents are reminded to plan for the upcoming Curriculum Day to be held on

Friday, 15th of July. This will be a Student Free Day.


Election Day Events

Ormond Primary School will be a voting place for the Federal Election to be held on Saturday, 2nd of July. A BBQ conducted by the 1st McKinnon Scouts will be held in the school grounds on that day. Please support this community event.


End of Term

The End of Term Assembly in the Hall will begin at 2:15 pm on Friday 24th of June. and will be dismissed at the conclusion of this assembly at 2:30pm. Student and teachers return for the start of Term 3 on Monday, 11th of July. I wish everyone a restful school holiday.


Glenn Butler


School News

Upcoming Excursions & Events

Year 2

Hands on Science  - 13th July

Year 3

Cultural Infusion  -  24th June

Camp Briars           -  11th August

Year 4

Bike Education   -   12th, 19th and 26th July


Year 5

History Box Incursion  -  23rd June

Bike Education  -  13th, 20th, 27th July

                                     3rd, 10th and 17th August

Year 6 

Bike Education  -  13th, 20th, 27th July

                                     3rd, 10th and 17th August

Office Hours - End of Term

Any cash/cheque payments needing to be paid to the office must be done by 4:00pm Thursday 23rd June  so End of Term procedures can take place. 

All Efpos or Credit card payments will still be accepted at the office until 2:00pm Friday 24th June. 


The school office will be closed for the duration of the school holidays and re-open at 8:15am Monday 11th July.

Payments to Office


Essential Education Contributions Term 2

Term 2 Instalment $50.00 - due now


Year 3 Camp Payment Schedule

Deposit $83.00 - due 22nd June

2nd and final instalment - due 3rd August


Payments can be made by cash or cheque and sent via your child's classroom cash bag in an envelope clearly labelled with your child's Name, Class and name of payment. If paying in cash please send correct amount as limited change is available.


Alternatively, payments of cash, cheque or EFTPOS can be made in person at the office between the hours of 8:15am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Phone payments or manual credit card payments will not be accepted. Limited change is available if making cash payments.


If you have any questions, please contact Jan or Brodie in the office on 9578 1327.

No Student Banking this week.

Student banking will resume for Term 3 on Thursday 21st July.

Change for Change

Thanks to everyone for donating all those  

five- cent coins. We have raised $658.24. 

This is an amazing and generous effort. The money will go towards youth education and leadership projects in Malawi, Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Australia. You can find out more about the organization at 5cent.com.au. Thank-you also to the team of students who helped with the counting of the coins.

Well done everyone. Thanks for your support.


Junior School Council Team.

Buddy Program

For as long as we can remember, new Preps have been greeted by loving Year 5 buddies. Buddies show the Prep students around, teach them the rules and most importantly, care for them in their first few weeks of school.

Tom P in Year 5 said "The Buddy Program is really good, it teaches the
Preps how to be responsible and make friends."

Louis in Prep told us "It was really good having a buddy. He was very nice to me and taught me lots of things."


The buddy program is valued highly among students and is likely to continue for many years to come.


By Sam & Nat with some help from Seamus.

Year 1 News

Year 1 students have been busy exploring new topics throughout the past couple of weeks.

In Literacy, we are extending our understanding of information reports, speech marks, adverbs and adjectives. We have linked our inquiry topic with information reports which has led the students to recall some great facts about sound, light, reversible and irreversible changes.

In Mathematics we have begun to explore fractions and time. For fractions, we are learning that one half is one of two equal parts. Students are being extended to investigate quarters and eighths. For time, we explored what we already know by making our own clocks and discussing their components. We are focusing on telling time to the hour and half hour on both digital and analogue clocks.

We are looking forward to seeing all the students bright eyed and bushy tailed for term 3!

Year 4 News

Last Wednesday morning, 16th June, Year 4 paid Melbourne Zoo a visit to learn more about tropical rainforest species, their habitats, food chains and life cycles.


Some of the things we learned were:

"The tropical butterflies need their enclosure warmed to 26 degrees." Isabella

"Green Tree frogs drink and breathe through their skin!" Aiden

"Hunters are killing the Philippines crocodiles by fishing with dynamite." Elliot

"If turtle’s eggs are warm they hatch boys, and if they are cold they hatch girls." Soo

"The Lord Howe Island stick insect was saved from extinction by the Melbourne Zoo." Morgan

"Green Tree frogs do not have a rib cage." Paddy

"There is a fungi growing on the green tree frogs’ backs which stops them from drinking and breathing, causing them to be endangered." Loui & Kate

"The Corrobboree frog is very poisonous." Maris

"At the Zoo there is an exhibit that will tell you if your favourite products use and label palm oil as an ingredient."  Rowen

"Corrobboree frogs do not hop like other frogs, they crawl instead" Jason

"The Corrobboree frog is about the size of your thumbnail." Alice


Year 5 News

Camp Curumbene

Early in the morning, Year 5 students and teachers got on a bus to go to camp Curumbene. After a long four hours we happily arrived at camp. We were excited to do the activities which were; the awesome flying fox, the thrilling abseiling, canoeing, initiatives (working in groups to complete activities and orienteering (when you go around camp looking for items). We also had a games room with a ping pong table, foosball and a pool table. Even though it was raining most of the time, we still enjoyed our exciting activities.


On the second day we went to Echuca, to the Echuca Port Discovery Centre, where we learnt some interesting facts. We went to the border and put one foot in N.W.S and one foot in VIC! We also went on a steam boat. The steam boat called The Adelaide recently had her 150th birthday (The Adelaide is the oldest steam boat in the world!)


The following day we went to the Twisted Science Museum where we learnt about light. We wore special glasses that separated the different colours in white light. They had fun, scientific games and activities we could play with.


That evening we did astronomy. We could see the Milky Way stretching across the sky, through the telescopes. We also saw Jupiter, Saturn and a bunch of stars. Our astronomy guide had a cool laser pointer which he would shine up to the sky. He explained that in a couple years the light would reach the planets and stars he was talking about.

Camp was awesome!


Claudia and Zareef 

History Box Incursion

On the 16th of June, Year 5 had their amazing history box incursion. We learnt about some interesting information on the founding of Australia, such as the first fleet, Captain Arthur Phillip, the convicts and famous people who helped shape Australia to what it is today.


While learning about Australian history, some people got to dress up as important people from Australia’s history like Arthur Phillip and Matthew Flinders. We learnt lots of interesting facts that we did not know at all before, really cool and funny facts such as:

  • Convicts had to wear special outfits that made them look silly.
  • There were many different convicts, like the very bad convicts who had to wear red-hot iron handcuffs around their ankles all the time, the normal convicts who had to labor for free settlers and really good convicts were pardoned and were allowed to become free settlers.
  • Convicts, before going to Australia, would get a coin and rub it on the ground until the markings came off then they would write a message on the coin and give it to their loved ones. These were called love tokens.
  • The English, to appease the Aboriginals, would give breast plates to particular Aboriginals that said King or Queen on them. Little did the they realise, the plates meant nothing to the English.

We did four different activities on the incursion and they were making your own breast plate out of tin, writing with quilts and ink, making love tokens out of clay and Naka-Naka, a game Aboriginal children played with pebbles.


Overall we think that the incursion was a fantastic experience we’ll never forget.

By Genevieve and Tom

Visual Arts News

What a fabulous semester it has been with the Alice In Wonderland installation almost complete and a rich and varied Art Curriculum taking place across the school. The Alice Project will be finalised over the Term 2 break - what an exciting sight to come back to school with in Term 3! Make sure you also keep your eyes peeled for new displays being put up of the students' artworks.

The Prep students have explored colour and chemical reactions with Mrs Ioannou, to create Fiery Salt Dragons. Take a safari to the Library to find Year 3 and 4's jungle of Felt snakes and flowers, created in small workshops with Mrs Coath!

Year 1 and 2 have been learning about Claude Monet's Garden - take a stroll indoors and look out for their delightful Impressionistic landscapes! Year 3 students have been exploring dry needle felting to create imagery of their own choice. Year 4 students have been getting to know Henri Rousseau, as they recreate his animal landscaped paintings. Year 5 classes have started their sewing projects of 'Ugly' Dolls which will be completed during Term 3.  Year 6 have been exploring pattern and colour to create Animal Portraits and have been using Gutta to paint wonderful famous landmarks on silk.  Looking forward to another packed semester of creativity!

Helen Kupfer

Visual Arts

PE & Sports News

District Athletics

District Athletics will take place on September 5th at Duncan McKinnon Reserve. Training for squad members will be on Tuesday mornings beginning at 8.10am. Please don’t send your child if conditions are not suitable for outdoor training.


Tennis Coaching - Term 3 Enrolments

Limited positions are available for before school and after school tennis coaching. If you are wanting to continue into third term from second term please let Mr P. know as soon as possible.  See Mr.Pannam for availability, enrolment notice and further details.


Michael Pannam

Sports Coordinator

Out of School Hours Care

Pupil Free Day

The Out of School Hours Program will be providing care on the pupil free day scheduled for Friday 15th July. For bookings please see the program diary or contact the program Ph: 9578 5826. 


End of Term Celebration

The program is celebrating the end of term on the last day of school, Friday 24th June

If your child attending After School Care on Friday please nominate a party food donation on the party food list in the program diary located in the hall. Please deliver your party food donation to the Program by Thursday 23rd June.


After School Care Activities

Wednesday 22nd               Knitted Head Bands

Thursday 23rd                    Cooking

Friday 24th                          End of Term Party

April Kopitz

Out of School Hours Coordinator

Parents & Friends Update

Trivia Night

The theme this years Parents & Friends Trivia Night is “Big Book Bash”. This will be held on Saturday 6th August.  All tables are now booked out. Any enquiries about bookings or waiting lists, please email Parents & Friends.


Twilight Market

Save the date for the Ormond Primary Twilight Market 2016!  It will be running on Friday 25th November from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

This event is the main fundraiser for the year and planning will commence shortly. The market is a great way to support your local school community.  Please watch the newsletter for more details. 


Father's Day Breakfast

Save the Date to the P&F section for the Fathers' Day Breakfast on the morning of Friday 9th September.


Entertainment Book

2015/2016's Entertainment Book has now expired!

Never Fear - the new edition is still available to purchase for $65 from Brodie in the office or online at https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/186r356

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