Ormond Primary School

29 November 2018
Issue Nineteen
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


Thursday 29th - Whole School Transition



Monday 3rd - F to Yr 2 Swimming Program

Tuesday 4th - F to Yr 2 Swimming Program

Thursday 6th - F to Yr 2 Swimming Program

                               - Yr 4 Excursion TBC

Friday 7th - F to Yr 2 Swimming Program

Monday 10th - F to Yr 2 Swimming Program

                                - Yr 3 Science Expo 2:45pm

Tuesday 11th - Whole School Transition

Wednesday 12th - F to Yr 2 Swimming Program

Thursday 13th - F to Yr 2 Swimming Program

Thursday 13th - Yr 3 'Up Unlimited'

Wednesday 19th - Yr 6 Graduation

Friday 21st - Last day of  2018 all students dismissed at 1:30pm


Events on Compass awaiting Parent Approval


Swimming Program - by 30th November

World of Maths - by 11th December

Year 1 

Swimming Program - by 30th November

Year 2

Swimming Program - by 30th November

Year 3

Up Unlimited - by 6th December

Year 4

CERES Cultural program - by 22nd November

The Big issue - by 19th November


COMPASS Parent Portal


*Please note that once the 'due by' date has passed the consent function is no longer available. If consent and/or payment has not been received, we can only assume that you do not wish for your child to participate in that scheduled activity. Please ensure all consents/payments are received by the nominated due date to avoid disappointment. 


2019 School Payments Payment Plan Dates

If you have signed up to a payment plan for the 2019 School Payments the dates of your automatically deducted installments are below. Please mark them in your diary. Dates will also be in the Compass Calendar. 


Should any payments fail to be processed, you will receive an email from Compass. Please contact the office should this occur to have the issue rectified. It is the card holders responsibility to ensure any changes to card details are updated with the office to avoid missed or unprocessed installments. 

  • 14th December 2018
  • 1st February 2019
  • 15th March 2019
  • 25th April 2019
  • 7th June 2019 

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.

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.*


23rd April to 28th June


15th July to 20th September


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.


Parents & Friends Committee Meetings

Upcoming parents & Friends Meeting Dates - 7:30pm in staffroom

  • Tuesday 4th December

2019 Whole School Transition Dates

  • Tuesday 11th December 2:00 - 3:30pm

Please contact the office to register for the program. Students must be enrolled for 2019 to be able to attend.


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. 

School Communication Channels


Monday to Friday

8:15am to 4:15pm 

Ph: 03 9578 1327                

Fax: 03 9578 4540


[email protected]



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. 


Lunch Order Menu


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


  • 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 2018

Principal  -  Kerri McLeod

Assistant Principal   - Lorrie Dell

Executive Committee

Kerri McLeod

Lorrie Dell,

Sally Berryman


Jacinda Hocking

Lorraine Bell

Year 1 

Amelia Delaney

Katie Airey

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 

Rae Galvin & Courtney Mason - Learning Specialist

Melisa Kah

Marika Evans

Year 6 

Sandra Johnson - Year 5-6 Team Leader

Mary Thanos

Specialist Teachers

Michael Pannam - PE & Foundation Visual Art

Emma Milliken - PE Assistant

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...

The pace has certainly kicked in as we race to the end of the school year. I am very aware of the hours staff have spent assessing students, writing reports and preparing class lists for next year. I am eternally grateful for their knowledge and insight in to what best meets the needs of the students in our care. Friday this week is the final day we can accommodate any requests for 2019 as the process of creating new grades is carefully considered and often time consuming. Please email [email protected] or Kerri McLeod


The school considers both academic needs, as well as social and emotional developmental needs. Teaching teams are created based on a spread of experience levels, skills and strengths across the staff. In 2019, we welcome three new enthusiastic staff members who have already visited the school and will definitely be present at our whole school transition session on December 11th.  Jack Capicchiano, Laura Cecil and Simon Brown will be terrific assets to the new teaching profile of Ormond PS.


Building Update

The reality of building works has certainly been on our mind as leadership and the staff plan for 2019. We are excited by new learning spaces that are far more flexible and accommodating of individual student needs. We appreciate the effort and time of our key architect – Francesca as she carefully considers a staged approach to these works with minimal disruption to classes. The transformation to the school will be incredible and clearly evident to past families and our new families showing interest in 2020. At times the engineering and structural lingo goes way beyond my comprehension but when it comes down to the vision and expectations for student learning spaces, the school has had significant input and our direction is encouraged and well received.


2019 - Planning

We are currently completing the school review self-evaluation which has thankfully linked in well with our assessment of our annual implementation plan for the school and how well we have addressed targets and goals. The school is in a great position for 2019 with 60 new foundation students commencing which allows us to create three small classes. It was terrific watching the 2019 Foundation students ease in to the latest transition activities with less anxiety and with an enormous sense of excitement and anticipation.


Our enrolment trend data appears really stable for 2019 and we also welcome our international students who join us throughout the year. Class placements for next year have been tricky but the school has allocated grades to certain areas based on inclusiveness and accessibility.


In an ideal situation, the school would always keep closely linked cohorts together in one area of the school but again building works and other factors have not allowed for this in 2019. I do ask parents and families to understand and respect decisions made by leadership and school council at this time and of course I am available to discuss any issues or concerns if you need further clarification.



Successful transition and settling students in to new classes and teachers is paramount for the school. We have a very strong values, wellbeing and mindfulness focus across the school which will have a huge impact on transitioning students to new levels. The whole school transition days and opportunities to meet their new teacher are all part of the settling in process. As a smaller school in the Ormond community we have an advantage of students knowing and connecting with staff prior to working with them.


Yard duty, first aid, camps, excursions, sporting and fundraising events are where students from across the school connect with all staff. My teaching team and support staff are very excited about the journey ahead and 2019 promises to be the year of positive change and transformation for our wonderful school. Student voice and agency will be encouraged and instrumental in this cultural and symbolic change to the school!



Outstanding Absences requiring Parent Approval for Semester Reports

So that the most accurate data can be uploaded into your child's Semester 2 Reports, could all parents please ensure that they approve any outstanding absences for their child on Compass by Wednesday 12th December 2018.


Thank you so much to Kylie Cockle and Ben Clarke and all families who participated in the working bee on the 17th November. It was a tremendous turnout and the school was looking fabulous at the start of the week. We were able to achieve all of the following:

  • Spreading mulch under our play equipment
  • Filling up our sand pit with sand
  • Clearing drains
  • Raking leaves around the entire school especially those near the school boundaries
  • Sweeping and Clearing
  • Pruning of plants near fence lines
  • General clean of the art room and bench areas
  • Removing dirt and cobwebs from the exterior of portables
  • Refreshing outdoor display space and communication boards
  • Student helpers sorted art resources, served sausages and drinks and helped with all the jobs listed above

The facilities and grounds team are now looking in to new external seating to beautify the outdoor environment and to create more passive play spaces for students at Ormond PS.


Gallery: Some wonderful year 3 writing work


Kerri McLeod


Out of School Hours

Out of School Hours Enrolment 2019

For new families and families currently using the BASC program

Enrolment forms for 2019 can be found attached below and will be sent out on Compass. Alternatively you can pick one up  in person from the program. Please return the Pink and Purple forms. 

An immunisation certificate must be attached to the enrolment form for new children attending the service for the first time. Incomplete enrolment forms, without a booking commencement date or forms stating (To be announced or confirmed) will not be accepted and will be returned.


Families requiring Before & After School Care or Vacation Care for 2019 must submit an enrolment form by Tuesday 11th December.

Families will be informed of their Before & After School Care placements by Friday 21st December. Families requiring care during the January Holiday Program please submit your enrolment form with your holiday booking form.


January School Holiday Program 2019

School Holiday Program Dates Monday 14th January to Tuesday 29th January. Bookings close Friday 14th December 2018 unless places 


After School Care Excursion Wednesday 14th December

Due to the Year 6 Graduation children attending the After School Care Program on Wednesday 19th December will be attending a local excursion to Alnutt Park. If your children usually attend the After School Care Program on a Wednesday they will be required to attend the excursion as there will be no child care provided at the school. It is essential, parents authorise their children to attend the excursion by signing the permission form. Permission forms will be available from the sign out desk in the hall.


After School Care Activities

Thursday 29th Nov                         Contact Paper Art

Friday 30th Nov                                Fun Day Friday

Monday 3rd Dec                               Xmas Activity

Tuesday 4th Dec                                Xmas Activity

Wednesday 5th Dec                        Xmas Activity

Thursday 6th Dec                              Xmas Activity

Friday 8th Dec                                     Xmas Activity

Monday 10th Dec                              Xmas Activity

Tuesday 11th Dec                              Xmas Activity

Wednesday 12th Dec Nov            Xmas Activity


April Kopitz

Out of School Hours Coordinator

Whole School News

2019 School Payments & Contributions

2019 School Payments and Contributions will be available for processing on Compass from tomorrow afternoon, Friday 16th November. 


Full payment and booklist information will be sent out via compass once it has been made live.


It is the school’s preference that all payments are made via the Compass Parent Portal as you will be able to complete all annual school agreements required at the same time. Compass accepts Visa Debit and Credit cards. 


Payment plans are also available if you pay via Compass. This is the recommended option if you intend to pay for all essential and voluntary contributions, but perhaps cannot do so right now. 


Manual payments can be made at the office by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS.  If you choose this option you must still access Compass to complete the annual school agreements.

Manual payments will not be accepted over the phone or by writing credit card details on the bottom of the payment slip.

Payment Plan Dates

If you have signed up to a payment plan for the 2019 School Payments the dates of your automatically deducted installments are below. Please mark them in your diary. Dates will also be in the Compass Calendar. 


Should any payments fail to be processed, you will receive an email from Compass. Please contact the office should this occur to have the issue rectified. It is the card holders responsibility to ensure any changes to card details are updated with the office to avoid missed or unprocessed installments. 

  • 14th December 2018
  • 1st February 2019
  • 15th March 2019
  • 25th April 2019
  • 7th June 2019 


Student Banking 2019

After great discussion and consultation, School Council has decided that Ormond Primary will not be continuing the Commonwealth Bank Student Banking Program in 2019. 

Student Banking will continue as per normal for the remainder of 2018, with the last day of banking taking place on Thursday 13th December. 

For all those students who currently have 10 or more Dollarmites tokens and wish to order their rewards, please do so in this week's banking (Thursday 29th). Orders will be accepted up until the final day of banking, however these rewards will not be delivered until Term 1 2019, so we suggest ordering them this week. 

If you are unsure of how many tokens you have, please check out the CommBank Youth App, or see Brodie.

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club order forms are going home tomorrow, Friday 16th November. Orders/payments are due by TODAY Thursday 29th November 2018. Payments are to be made directly to Scholastic using the payment options on the brochure. No late orders will be accepted to ensure delivery by the end of the school year. If your orders are for Christmas and you do not want your children to see, please contact the office to arrange a parent pick up. 

Christmas Toy & Food Appeal

The SRC team has teamed up with Anglicare Victoria to help vulnerable families or out-of-home care individuals to ensure they receive toys and nutritional meals this Christmas.


Each year level is asked to kindly donate different items, so we have a variety to give.

Anglicare has asked that donations are new and unwrapped.


All items are to be kept in the classroom until collection which will be on Friday 30th November.



Dolls, action figures, super heroes or barbies

Year  1


Baby toys (0-5 years)

Year  2 (non-perishable)

Jelly (packet)



Year 3



Year 4 (non-perishable)

Canned fruit



Year  5

Board games (5-13 years)

Year  6

Sports equipment




We thank you in advance and know that every donation counts.

The SRC Team


Foundation News

The last fortnight in Foundation has been one of our busiest yet! It all started with our long awaited Foundation Concert, titled First Year of School.


The children danced and sang their way through the evening reflecting on, and singing songs about their first school year. From listening to the children, the biggest feeling shared from the experience was… excitement!


Last week, to supplement our inquiry learning of ‘living things - animals’, the children visited the Royal Melbourne Zoo. We stopped at all our favourite animals, taking particular notice of each animal’s surroundings and habitat, and what natural coverings and markings the animals had, whilst continuing to ask inquiring questions to find out more about our living world.


The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see so many mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and even some fish!


This term, in Inquiry we continue to find out about ‘living things’ and the requirements needed for them to stay alive. Now that we have accumulated so much information, we will commence making our dioramas from next week.

We are looking forward to two weeks of the swimming program which commences this Monday, 3rd December. Volunteers to assist are most welcome. Please see the recent email sent to all parents last Tuesday.


PE & Sports News

Foundation PMP-

This term in PE classes the Foundation students have been busy refining their gross motor skills in a variety of activities. It was fantastic to see the improvement in coordination, balance, fitness and strength during the 6 sessions. Thank you to all the parent helpers and grade 6 leaders who assisted with these sessions.


Interschool Sport Results

Cricket- Had an excellent season and finished a close third.

Hot shots tennis- Did very well and finished third.

Kanga cricket- Great season finished in fourth place.

Lawn Bowls- Finished in second place. Playing Tucker Rd Primary in the Grand Final on Friday December 7th at Bentleigh Bowls Club. Wishing the lawn bowls team good luck.

Rounders- Finished in seventh place and had a few exciting wins this Term.

Softball- Solid season, finished in a very close fourth place.

Well done to all the students and thank you to the coaches!


Swimming Trials

The Swimming trials are on Thursday 6th December from 4:00pm-5:00pm at Carnegie Swimming Centre. Students in Years 3 to 6 in 2019 who are able to swim 50m confidently without stopping, are invited to try out for the 2019 swimming team. The compass consent has expired, however please contact me directly to to confirm is there is still room.  Students need to organise their own way to and from the pool. Any parents who can assist with the trials please contact Ms Milliken.


Emma Milliken

PE Teacher, Sports Coordinator

Student Achievemnets

We are pleased to let you know that Artur in Foundation and Eric in Year 3 has passed a Judo practical and knowledge test called a grading at the Bentleigh-Southern Judo Club.

This is no easy task and requires a great deal of practice.  The grade is awarded by the presentation of a coloured Judo belt.

Junior Judo belts are in varying colours signifying age and expertise.  Both Artur and Eric have been awarded a Yellow belt.

Well done boys!

Parents, Friends & Community 




Class Rep Communication

If you wish to receive information from your Class Rep and you haven't already given your details to them, please contact Debbie Hammon and she will let you know who your Class Rep is to contact.


Class Rep Volunteers for 2019

If you are interested in becoming a class rep for 2019, please contact Parents & Friends at [email protected] 

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.


Global Citizen Award Certificates will be presented at assembly on...

Friday 30th November 3:00pm


Noah C  -  Quality Learning

Since starting with us 1 term ago, Noah has shown great improvement in his confidence and ability in his writing. Well done Noah!

Clementine A  -  Respect

Clementine is a beautiful and attentive listener in Prep A. She too is helpful within our class team. Keep it up Clementine!

Ivy G  -  Excellence

Ivy loves to volunteer her time for additional classroom responsibilities and takes initiative in helping her classmates to achieve.

Sophie P  -  Quality Learning

The independence and interest Sophie shows in her learning has enabled her to substantially increase her reading and writing skills.

Year 1

Zack S  -  Excellence

Zack demonstrates initiative in the classroom. He strives for continual improvement in all curriculum areas. Keep it up, Zack!

Mitchell W  -  Persistence

Mitch displays a ‘never give up’ attitude in Maths. He enjoys learning new concepts and works hard to master these. Well done, Mitch!

Indigo G  -  Quality learning

Indigo shows great independence in all areas of her learning, including writing. She works hard to create interesting and creative pieces of work to hook in the reader. Well done, Indigo.

Archer Gilmore  -  Persistence

Archer has demonstrated persistence in the classroom by striving to always display positive behaviours. He has become a role model to his peers and works hard to be the best that he can be. Keep it up!

Coco H  -  Acceptance

Coco has been demonstrating acceptance by remembering to treat everyone kindly.

Kingsley Q  -  Respect

Kingsley demonstrates respect towards his teachers and peers by raising his hand before speaking.

Year 2

Zhenni R  -  Excellence

Zhenni has worked impressively with her draft of a narrative. Her ideas are original and creative.

Kirven R  -  Excellence

Kirven has worked carefully during the lessons on place value. He always does his best with all mathematical tasks.

Milta L  -  Quality Learning

Milta has displayed a positive attitude towards learning, especially with mathematics.

Claudia H  -  Excellence

Claudia has been persistent when drafting and editing her narrative. As a result she produced a very entertaining story.

Audrey P  -  Persistence

Audrey has shown excellent persistence to draft, edit and publish her narrative. She has learnt about the importance of proofreading to improve her work for spelling, punctuation and meaning. Excellent effort Audrey!

Adrian A  -  Quality learning

Adrian has applied his newly learnt knowledge of a number of strategies to solve a range of addition and subtraction problems. Fantastic focus and determination Adrian!

Year 3

Luca L  -  Respect

Luca always shows respect for other opinions even though he may not agree with them. Well done Luca on your respectful conduct during discussions.

Luckshya M  -  Acceptance

Luckshya joined our school recently and has demonstrated acceptance of the differences with her previous school. Well done Luckshya on readily accepting our school values.

Sophie L  -  Excellence

Sophie always takes pride in the work she completes. Her handwriting is always beautiful and she is even beginning to use joined handwriting which will hold her in great stead for next year. Well done!

Johnathan D  -  Quality Learning

Johnathan has been passionate about how we can save the endangered bilby species. He has conducted extensive research and created a strong persuasive piece to support his argument. Well done!

Year 4

Lachlan T  -  Quality learner

Lachlan has been extremely determined to grow as a Mathematician in semester two. He Listens carefully,  asks question and works hard to build his knowledge. Well done.

Lucinda L  -  Acceptance

At the preschooler’s and grade four’s transition afternoon Lucinda proved to be an outstanding role model and support for her young team members. Thank you for welcoming them with such care and energy.

Bessie M  -  Quality Learning

Bessie wrote a stunningly beautiful, complex sentence full of descriptive sentences about a little girl skipping away from a world of adults and rules. Keep up the great writing, Bessie.

Alexander S  -  Quality Learning

Alexander has been working hard on editing and upleveling his writing. This week Alex wrote a beautifully complex sentence with multiple clauses and punctuated his sentences perfectly! Keep up those commas, Alex!

Annabelle T  -  Excellence

Annabelle displays excellence in all areas of her school work. She takes pride in producing creative stories with rich language.

Connor R  -  Persistence

This year Connor has shown great persistence in all areas of his school work. He asks for help and takes on teacher and peer feedback.

Year 5

Amy M  -  Persistence and Quality Learning

Amy constantly displays a mature attitude to all learning tasks. She reflects, inquires about how to improve, practises and always applies maximum effort.

Thomas W  -  Quality Learning

Thomas is a keen and confident learner who displays a positive attitude during all learning experiences, particularly Maths. He is interested in acquiring knowledge and works independently to achieve learning objectives.

Mia S  -  Quality Learning

Mia is a creative and mature learner. Her speech for a school leadership position was well- structured and highly engaging.

Kim P  -  Quality Learning

Kim is an independent learner that produces work to her own high standards and extends herself in all academic areas. Her animation projects are quite exceptional.

Louie M  -  Persistence

Louie demonstrated great persistence when writing and reciting his leadership speech. He was able to deliver his speech in an engaging manner that held the audience's attention.

Sophie M  -  Quality Learner

Sophie has continued to demonstrate her quality learner attributes. She continues to take on teacher and peer feedback to improve in all learning areas.

Year 6

Elliot L  -  Respect

Elliot has gained respect from his peers and teachers because of his thoughtful and mature manner throughout the day. He also entertains us with his sense of humour!

Joo J  -  Persistence

Joo has worked consistently hard this term in maths to display her understandings of Cartesian Planes using all four quadrants.

Morgan J  -  Excellence

Morgan demonstrates excellence across all areas of the curriculum. He consistently strives to go beyond set goals.

Isabella O’B  -  Excellence

Isabella has demonstrated excellence in Mathematics. She remained determined in our unit on Percentages and achieved outstanding results.

Previous Recipients ...


Ormond Primary School
'How To' - Make Parent Payments.pdf
'How To' Give Parent Consent.pdf
COMPASS Parent Guide update 2018.pdf
2018 Lunch Order Menu as at JULY 2018.pdf
Parent Medication Authority Form.pdf
OSHC Forms 2019.pdf
OSHC Enrolment Forms 2019.pdf
Holiday Program January 2019.pdf
Booking-Conformation Holiday Prgm Jan 2019.pdf