Ormond Primary School

01 February 2018
Issue One
School Dates
Principal's Report
Ormond Primary School
03 9578 1327
Wheatley Rd
Ormond, Vic, 3204

School Dates

Dates to Remember


Thurday 8th - Foundation & Student       

                                Leaders Photo Day

Friday 9th - Yr 5/6 Lightning Premireship 

Monday 12th - Info Evening Yr 1, 2 5 & 6

Tuesday 13th - Info Evening Yr F, 3 & 4

Wednesday 14th - Yr 6 Swimming

Thursday 15th - Yr 6 Parliament Excursion

                                  - Student Banking Resumes

                                  - Icy Pole Day

Monday 19th - You Tell Us Interviews Yr 1-6

Tuesday 20th - Yr 5 Camp Depart 6:45am

Wednesday 21st - Yr 6 Swimming

                                        - School Council Meeting 7pm

Thursday 22nd - Yr 6 Swimming

Friday 23rd - Yr 5 Camp Return approx 3:15pm



Tuesday 6th - District Swimming Carnival 

Monday 12th - PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Wednesday 21st - School Council meeting 7pm

Friday 23rd - Yr 6 Grand Prix Excursion TBC

Thursday 29th - Term 1 Ends

                                         school dismissed at 2:30pm

Friday 30th - Good Friday (Public Holiday)



Monday 16th - Term 3 Starts

Wednesday 25th - PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Events on Compass awaiting Parent Approval

Year 5

2018 Year 5 Camp 

Inter school Sport Term 1

Year 6

2018 Yr 6 Parliament Excursion

Inter school Sport Term 1

Yr 6 Swimming

Whole School

Dance Program - coming soon

Selected Students

District Swimming Carnival


COMPASS Parent Portal


*Please note that once the 'due by' date has passed the online consent function is no longer available. Please contact the office for further information.


2018 Term Dates


29th January to 29th March

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


16th April to 29th June


16th July to 21st September


8th October to 21st 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.

2018 Curriculum Days

  • Monday 29th January
  • Monday 16th April
  • Friday 3rd August 
  • Monday 5th November

School Coucil

School Council Meetings are held in the Staff room at 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month unless otherwise stated. 

  • 21st February 
  •  21st March 
  •  16th May 
  • further dates TBC

School Office Hours

Monday to Friday

8:15am to 4:15pm 

Ph: 03 9578 1327                

Fax: 03 9578 4540

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


  • Displaying fairness in our words and actions
  • Accepting of other people’s beliefs
  • Accepying of other people’s differences
  • Accepting of other people’s perspectives


  • 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 2017

Principal  -  Kerri McLeod

Assistant Principal   - Lorrie Dell

Executive Committee

Kerri McLeod

Lorrie Dell,

Sally Berryman


Jacinda Hocking

Lorraine Bell

Year 1 

Amelia Delaney

 Andrea Durward 

Elani Gibney

Year 2 

Sally Berryman - Learning Specialist

Effie Liarakos - Foundation to Yr 2 Team Leader Laura Bainbridge

Year 3 

Julie Nield - Year 3-4 Team Leader

Jade Zajonc

Year 4

Gregg Workman

Margot Hudson

Helene Ioannou & Dorothy Markou

Year 5 

Felicity Hall-Shulman

Melisa Kah

Marika Evans

Year 6 

Sandra Johnson - Year 5-6 Team Leader

Chris Cheverton

Specialist Teachers

Michael Pannam - PE & Foundation Visual Art

Helen Kupfer - Visual Arts

Kim Stewart - ICT & Foundation Support

Anna Park - Korean Language

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 - Communications

Out of School Hours Care

April Kopitz - Program Coordinator 

Sharelle Davis - Assistant Coordinator

Tristan Kopitz



Principal's Report

From the Principal...


Can I begin by saying how delighted and proud I feel to be leading such a wonderful school. I could not have wished for a more enjoyable start. Your children are incredibly polite and welcoming which is a huge credit to the way they are brought up. Likewise, the staff have been supportive and I have appreciated their guidance and understanding during this first part of my Principal-ship.


Change of any sort can be unsettling for some and I want to reassure the entire community of my commitment to this role and my intention is to continue to build on the high performing results of previous years. Developing relationships is also a key part of this and therefore you will see or hear about my regular visits to your child/children’s classrooms. From what I can see so far – the children have settled in incredibly well and the staff have worked tirelessly to create vibrant and engaging learning spaces for them.


Looking ahead, effective and ongoing communication will be paramount. I encourage parents to access as many different channels of communication on offer, particularly Compass. I consider myself a very approachable person and welcome feedback and suggestions from the community.


I understand the school has new families starting in 2018 and I extend a warm welcome to them as well. I am also looking forward to working collaboratively with the School Council and Parent and Friend’s Association. There is much to look forward to throughout the coming year including a range of extra-curricular activities. For now our focus is on settling the children in to their learning and providing them with a sense of safety, wellbeing and anticipation. I wish all the Foundation students who have started their school life at Ormond PS every happiness and success.


Healthy Food Choices & Sunsmart Policy

I am sure every parent is aware of the need for healthy food choices and plenty of rest, particularly our younger students who tire easily. Can I also remind families that our school follows a Sunsmart policy and all children are required to bring and wear their school hats.


School Yard Supervision

Yard supervision commences from 8:45 am and families should refrain from dropping their children far too early regardless of staff in attendance. 


School Crossing  and Road Safety

Returning to school unfortunately equates to greater traffic congestion and general busyness around the school. The safety of our community remains paramount. Some drivers are less patient and therefore I encourage everyone to take care on the roads, particularly if riding bikes, scooters or walking to school. 


All parents who drive their children to school should be aware of the need for safe driving and parking practices near school crossings. Two key requirements are:

  1. Avoid parking close to the crossing in order to maintain clear visibility for all users.
  2. Cross at the marked crossings on Wheatley Road and Murray Roads.

Reporting any concerning behaviours of motorists to police ensures incidences can be promptly followed up. 


Curriculum Days & Term  Dates 2018

Curriculum Days in 2018 are as follows. 

Please lock these into your diaries, these dates will be will be visible on our website, COMPASS Calendar and in our newsletters as reminders.

  • Monday 29th January
  • Monday 16th April
  • Friday 3rd August
  • Monday 5th November

Term Dates 

  • Term 1: 29th January (teachers start) to 29th March (Thursday) *
  • Term 2: 16th April to 29th June
  • Term 3: 16th July to 21st September
  • Term 4: 8th October to 21st December

Curriculum Information Evenings & 'You Tell Us' Interviews

Over the next few weeks will consist of opportunities for parents to attend curriculum evenings and if required a meeting with the classroom teacher with any pertinent information to share. I have included a staff list as a reminder of grades and class teachers.


Curriculum Information Evenings

Monday 12th February: 

  • Year 1 - 6:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Year 2 - 6:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Year 5 & 6 - 7:15 to 8:00 pm

Tuesday 13th February:

  • Foundation - 6:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Year 3 -  7:15 to 8:00 pm
  • Year 4 - 7:15 to 8:00 pm

'You Tell Us Interviews'

Monday 19th February 

The “You Tell Us” Interviews provide an opportunity for parents to come and discuss any social, emotional or medical concerns that they have regarding their child settling in at the beginning of the year.
Please note that this is not an academic progress interview. Parent / Teacher Interviews for student progress are held in June. If you have concerns regarding your child’s progress please arrange another time to meet with the class teacher. 

Bookings will be made available via the Compass Parent Portal in the coming days. Please note that bookings are limited to one 10 minute session with your child's teacher. Please be mindful that it may not be possible to book consecutive appointments for siblings. 

If you have any questions or technical issues regarding Compass please contact Brodie in the Office. 

Class Teacher List

00A - Jacinda Hocking

00B -  Lorraine Bell

01A  -  Amelia Delaney

01B  -  Andrea Durward

01C  -  Elani Gibney

02A  -  Sally Berryman - Learning Specialist

02B  -  Effie Liarakos (Yr F- 2 Team Leader) 

02C  -  Laura Bainbridge

03A  -  Julie Nield - Yr 3-4 Team Leader

03B  -  Jade Zajonc

04A  -  Gregg Workman

04B  -  Margot Hudson

04C  -  Helene Ioannou & Dorothy Markou

05A  -  Felicity Hall-Shulman

05B  -  Melisa Kah 

05C  -  Marika Evans

06A  -  Sandra Johnson - Yr 5-6 Team Leader

06B  -  Chris Cheverton

Specialist Teachers

Michael Pannam - PE & Foundation Visual Art

Helen Kupfer - Visual Arts

Kim Stewart - ICT & Foundation Support

Anna Park - Korean Language


Below is also  a site map of for 2018 class locations.


Student Leaders

Below is a list also of our school leaders and their titles. I wish them well with their leadership responsibilities and I truly look forward to working with them throughout the year. I am sure they will be wonderful roles models to all our younger students.


School Captains

Hannah F & Jasper B

Vice Captains

Alice J & Charlie McL

Environment Captains

Jesse S & Tali R

Community Captains

Kate N & Rowen H

Arts Captains

Benji M & Lani H

Multimedia Captains

Ewan B, Delfin T & William E

Student Voice

Grace S & Austin H

Mackillop House Captains

Eleni B & Aidan J

Chisolm House Captains

Ian K & Carla C

Hollows House Captains

Senin S & Harry A

Flynn House Captains

Toby T & Lizzie W


2018 Student Leaders will be presented with their badges at assembly in the coming weeks. 


Change of Assembly Time

In 2018, we are trialing whole school assemblies on a Friday at 3:00pm. This decision was based on maximising morning learning times and for timetabling purposes. I look forward to our school captains playing a pivotal role in leading these assemblies as the school continues to promote student agency. We will commence Friday assemblies this week and I encourage as many of you as possible to come along. I look forward to seeing you then or at drop off and pickups. 


With Warm Regards,

Kerri McLeod

Whole School News


Excursion Payment Scheme

Any families who have not yet paid for the Excursion Payment Scheme and wish to do so are asked to make payment to the office (or via classroom cashbags) no later than Friday 9th February. Your option to make payment online through Compass is no longer available at this time. 


Please contact the office on 9578 1327 as soon as possible if you have any questions regarding CSEF Applications or Excursion Payment Scheme payments.


Payments and Consents of Events

To secure your child's participation in any organised school activity such as excursions, incursions, sports events or camps please ensure that all consents and associated payments are completed via the Compass Parent Portal before the due date. Once the due date has past, Compass access to consent/pay for the event is automatically disabled and will no longer be extended. Should consent/payments not be received your child will not be able to take part in the scheduled activity. 


Due dates are typically set for a week prior to the event, to ensure that there is time to confirm numbers and final costs with outside companies and allow  time for teachers to prepare for the activity. 

Permissions & Agreements - COMPASS

Parents are asked to please complete all the Permissions & Agreements on Compass for their child/ren, if they have not already done so to ensure their child's participation in activities and the use of technologies and devices throughout the school year.    These can be found in the the Course Confirmation/School Payments section on your Parent Portal. 


Student Banking

Student Banking will recommence on Thursday 15th February.


The School Student Banking program provides a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good saving habits. If you would like your child to participate in Student Banking  all you’ll need to do is open a Youthsaver account for your child or they can use their existing one. If you have any questions, please call 13 2221 anytime or visit your nearest Commonwealth Bank branch. 


Icy Pole Day

Icy Pole Day will recommence in 2018 on Thursday 15th February.


Students will be able to purchase an Icy Pole for 50c each Thursday lunchtime during Term 1. 


Year 5/6 Interschool Sport Term 1

Year 5/6 Interschool sport is now on Compass for parents to make payment and give consent. Participating sports are; cricket, T20 cricket, softball, lawn bowls, rounders, hotshots tennis and skills squad (held at Ormond P.S.) 


All teams will play in a Lightning Premiership on Friday 9th February and various venues in the district (to be announced later).  They participate in a weekly competition for 7 weeks in term 1 and 7 weeks in term 4.  Students can’t change teams from term 1 to term 4.


Students who didn’t make the team for their chosen sport still may play in that team if team members are absent for a match on the Friday. Reserve replacements are up to the coach of each sport.


If any parents are willing to help out with training sessions or even the matches on Fridays, please speak to Mr. Pannam.

Ormond Primary School
'How To' - Make Parent Payments.pdf
'How To' Give Parent Consent.pdf
COMPASS Parent Guide update 2018.pdf
2018 Site Map.pdf