Ormond Primary School

13 April 2016
Issue Five
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


Thursday 14th   School Photo Day

Friday 15th   Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport Rnd 7

Monday 18th      Yr 3-5 Swimming

Tuesday 19th      Yr 3-5 Swimming

                                  Yr 1 Olden Day Dress Up

Wednesday 20th   Yr 3-5 Swimming

                                School Council Meeting 7pm

Thurday 21st       Yr 3-5 Swimming


Tuesday 26th      Yr 3-5 Swimming

                                  Yr 2 - Shrine Excursion

Wednesday 17th   Yr 3-5 Swimming

Thursday 28th       Yr 3-5 Swimming

               Family Life Program - Family Sessions Friday 29th      Yr 5/6 Lightning Premireship



Monday 2nd   Worlds Greatest Shave

                             Yr 3 Science Incursion

                   Yr 5/6 Family Life Student Session 1 

Wednesday 4th    Yr 5 ACMI Excursion

Thursday 5th    Mothers Day Stall

           (Sunday 8th - Mother's Day)

Monday 9th       Yr 5/6 Family Life Student                                        Session 2

Tuesday 10th  Family Maths Evening 

                              6:30 - 7:20pm

Wednesday 11th   Yr 1 Science Incursion

Monday 16th     Yr 5/6 Family Life Student                                         Session 3

Tuesday 24th    Yr 5 Camp Departs

Wednesday 25th   District Cross Country

Friday 27th       Yr 5 Camp Returns

Curriculum Days 2016

Curriculum Days for 2016 are yet to be finalised.

Term Dates 2016

Term 1

28th January to 24th March - 2:30pm finish

Term 2

11th April to 24th June - 2:30pm finish

Term 3

11th July to 16th September - 2:30pm finish

Term 4

3rd October to 20th December-1:30pm finish

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

Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day

Prep Enrolment 2017 School Tours

  • Friday 15th April
  • Tuesday 26th April
  • Monday 9th May
  • Monday 23rd May
  • Friday 17th June
  • 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

Term 2 Begins

The second term heralds a period of increased confidence in learning as all students resume their studies in the company of their peers and teachers. The new term allows the students to apply themselves to new learning challenges within a familiar and supportive learning environment. I encourage all students to apply themselves to their learning in order to make the greatest gains.



On behalf of the Ormond community I would like to welcome Ruth Evans who has been appointed as the third Prep teacher. Ruth will be working in the Prep classes alongside Helene Ioannou and Jade Lipson providing support and encouragement to all students in both classrooms. Ruth is a very experienced teacher who has developed great skills in a broad range of settings.



A number of significant maintenance tasks were completed during the two week break. These included:

  • The twice yearly tree inspection and maintenance program for the Oak trees and Gum trees. This was completed by the arborists at Stumpbusters.
  • Ant eradication. This was a significant problem at school in Term 1.
  • Vinyl flooring. The carpet in the Atrium on the first floor of the 2011 Building was replaced with vinyl in order to remove a trip hazard.

Korean Study Tour

Assistant Principal, Lorrie Dell and Korean Cultural Aide, Anna Park are currently in Korea as part of an educational leadership delegation. The trip is sponsored by the Republic of Korea’s Consulate in Sydney and will entail a busy schedule of school visits, formal events and meetings with Korean dignitaries and officials. While in Korea, Lorrie and Anna will meet with a number of school and system leaders and teachers to establish further collaboration and initiatives between our schools.


School Council

The April Meeting of School Council will be held on Wednesday, 20th of April at 7 pm. The March Meeting was the first of the new School Council and the first items of business were the election of office bearers and formation of the various sub-committees.

School Council President

Adam Gibson

School Council Vice-President       

Kylie Cockle


Jo Harty

Finance & Trading Operations:

Jo Harty (Convenor)

Jan Cassidy

Lorrie Dell

Damien Sherman

Robyn Gallagher

Glenn Butler

Education & Policy Development:

Lorrie Dell (Convenor)

Sally Berryman

Kitty Vati

Ben Clarke

Felicity Hall-Shulman

Tara McCallum

Glenn Butler

Facilities & Environment:

Adam Gibson (Convenor)

Glenn Butler

Kylie Cockle

Parents & Friends:

Anita Campbell (Convenor)

Glenn Butler


Footy Cards

During the footy season many children will begin to collect footy cards and they will want to bring them along to school. I like to remind everyone, especially younger students and their parents, about our ‘Footy Card Protocols’ so that all children can enjoy this activity throughout the season. Collecting cards and trading them with friends is a wonderful pastime which helps to promote an understanding of value as well as providing experience in trading and negotiating. However, the enjoyment of these activities needs structure and a few simple rules.

1. Children need to trade cards only with children of a similar age.

It would be unfair for a child in Year 3 to attempt to trade cards with a Prep or Year 1 student as they would often have a different understanding of the relative value of various cards. This is a potential source of conflict which can easily be avoided by trading only with age group peers.

2. Cards should not become a distraction in class. Children who bring cards to school must put them in their tub, locker or bag during class time.

3. Responsibility for the cards rests with child who owns them. If a child drops their cards in the yard, puts them down or misplaces them it is their responsibility. Do not leave your album or pile of cards unattended in the yard as they are valuable and you need to look after them.

4. Keep your special cards separate from your trading cards. Your special cards are mementos that you will want to keep. Your trading cards are ones showing players from your least favourite teams or cards which you already have.

5. Cards that are found in the yard need to be handed in at the Office. If you find cards in the yard or around the school they have been lost by someone else. Hand the card in at the Office so that the rightful owner can collect it.

Parents could discuss these rules with their children so that they enter into collecting and trading with a clear idea about how best to enjoy the activity.


Glenn Butler


School News

School Photo Day

School Photo day is tomorrow, Thursday 14th April. 


All students should have recieved an order envelope on the last day of Term 1. If you did not recieve this envelope or have mis placed it over the holidays spare ones are available at the office. (Please note that the office will close briefly the morning of photo day while staff have their picture taken). Family/Sibling photo forms are also available form the office.


Please ensure that all envelopes have been filled out with the correct credit card details or correct cash amount as change may not available. Cheques are to be made payable to 'Focus Photo'. Unfortuantely at this stage there is no online payment option. All envelopes must be bought to school on photo day and handed directly to the photographer when students have their photo taken.

Student Banking

Student Banking will resume for Term 2 on Thursday 21st April.

Anzac Badges

Anzac Badges will be available for purchase up until Anzac Day, unless sold out beforehand. Prices range between $2 and $5. Please bring exact change as change may not be available. JSC Leadeers will visit classes over the next two weeks to sel the badges. 

Upcoming Events & Excursions

Below is a list of the upcoming excursions or events for each Year level. Notices have been sent home if consent was required. All event information is available for viewing through the Compass Parent Portal. If you have lost or misplaced any consent forms please contact the office.


Year 1

Olden Day's Dress Up - Tuesday 19th April

Hands on Science Incursion - Wednesday 11th May

Year 2

Shrine of Rememberance Excursion - Tuesday 26th April

Year 3

Swimming Program - 18th to 28th April

Year 4

Swimming Program - 18th to 28th April

Year 5

Interschool Sport - Winter

Swimming Program - 18th to 28th April

ACMI & Arts Centre - Wednesday 4th May

Family Life Student Program - Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th May

Year 5 Camp Curumbene - 24th to 27th May

 Year 6

Interschool Sport - Winter

Family Life Student Program - Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th May

Year 6 Camp Coonawarra - 6th to 10th June

Payments to Office

A reminder to those families opting to pay for the Year 5 Camp by instalments that your second payment is now due. This is also a courtesy reminder for families of the payments that are required for upcoming events. If you have recently spoken to Jan or have made payment please disregard this reminder.


Year 5 Camp Payment Schedule

2nd Instalment $122.50 - 13th April *now due

3rd Instalment $122.50 - 18th May


Year 6 Camp Payment Schedule

Deposit $120.00 - 15th April

2nd Instalment $150.00 - 6th May

3rd Instalment $150.00 - 27th May


Year 3 - 5 Swimming

$90.00 due by 14th April


Year 5/6 Interschool Sport

$75.00 due by 20th April (* no payment required for those students participating in Skills Squad)


Year 5/6 Family Life Program

$16.00 due by 22nd April


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.

Family Life Program Family Sessions

Family Life Victoria will conduct a Sexuality Education Program on Thursday 28th April in the Library.

These programs support parents to help their children learn about aspects of human sexuality.

These entertaining and valuable sessions are not to be missed and are for both parents/carers as well as students.


Family Session 1 -  5:45pm to 6:45pm 

Body Basics Years 1-2

Family Session 2 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Where Did I Come From? Years 3-4

Family Session 3 - 8:15pm to 9:15pm 

Preparing for Puberty Years 5-6


Find out more details via www.trybooking.com.au/KVWB


**Year 5/6 Parents please note that these sessions differ from the class based program that students are also undertaking.


Education Sub Committee - Family Maths Evening

The Ormond Primary community is warmly invited to attend an evening showcase of Mathematics on Tuesday 10th May 6:30pm to 7:20pm.


Every classroom will be set up with games, hands-on activities and learning tasks for families to experience and enjoy. It is also an opportunity for Ormond Primary School to showcase some of the ways in which Mathematics is learnt at our school. We would love to see as many families as possible to help make our evening a great success.


Lorraine Bell

Mathematics Co-ordinator

World's Greatest Shave

Every day, about 34 Australians will be given the devestating news that they have Leukaemia, Lymphoma or Myeloma and they will turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help. 


Several brave students will be participating in the World's Greatest Shave again this year and you too can help raise money to donate.  

When - 1:00pm (lunchtime) Monday 2nd May

Where - The Hall

How - Donate a gold coin when you come to the Hall to watch 

Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Ormond Primary School is excited to be participating.


The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to 16 years in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by the closing date of the challenge.


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 10 are challenged to read 15 books.


If you would like your child to participate, please return the attached privacy and consent form.


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.


For more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge and to view the booklists, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc


Maths Olympiad

All Year 5 and 6 students will be building their mathematical skills through challenging activities conducted throughout Term 2 and 3. Thirty students have been selected on merit from an initial group of seventy students to compete in the ‘Maths Olympiad’.


This is an Australasia-wide contest which requires participants to apply high level mathematical strategies, critical thinking and problem solving skills. A particular feature is understanding mathematical language to build concepts, skills and knowledge in this area of learning.


Training sessions are well underway for this contest. The ‘Maths Games’ activities will involve all Year 5 and 6 students to build these same skills within the Ormond school setting. We wish all learning great enjoyment in these challenging events.


The Maths Olympiad Team 2016 

Mia V                Jack A                Andrew M              Barath B         Otto C-M          Georgia F              Jonah R          Ethan W           Rebecca M             Lewis S            Clancy W          Anisha R

Nathan T        Thomas S        Casandra S           Josh L              Laura G            Nicholas J             Sam P              Philbert Z        Hyun C                  Derrick H        Jett R                 Liam O

Zareef Z           Sue W              Jasmine A             Caitlin L           Liana L             Ella P       

Year 1 Olden Days Dress Up

As we complete our 'Back in Time' unit, we will be having an 'Olden Days' Dress up Day to celebrate. Students will experience what learning may have been like for their parents and grandparents through 'olden day' lessons and outside games. 


Students will share a special morning tea, so are asked to bring a small plate of 'Olden Day' food to share. Please check with your class teacher for any allergy restrictions.


Some suggestions of 'Olden Day' fashions can include 
Boys - Long pants/shorts and long socks. Hats, suspenders, vests or blazers. 
Girls - Knee high socks, stockings, dresses, pinafores/tunics, bonnets. within your child's class.

Library News

Scholastic Book Club Orders

Scholastic Australia brochures have been sent home today. Please place your orders using LOOP system on the Scholastic website. It is very easy to use and each order is packed and labelled with the students name on it.


All orders need to be returned by Wednesday 4th May. The school receives 10% in award points from sales allowing me to purchase books for the library and the literacy program at the school. If you have any questions please contact me at school on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.


Adam Wallace Visit

Adam Wallace will be revisiting the school on Wednesday 18th May to showcase his new series of books, Accidentally Awesome.  Orders can be placed for his new and older series of books on the day.



Many thanks to the many families who have donated books already this year. Your contribution allows others to enjoy books that you loved reading.


Student Borrowing

Any students borrowing books must remember to bring a library bag to their lesson to keep the library books clean and safe. Sadly a few of books have been ruined by leaking drink bottles which have had to be thrown out.


Silent Reading

Silent reading is open to all students from Prep to Year 6, every day at lunchtime from 1:15pm to 1:45pm. It is proving very popular and is great to see Preps and their buddies sitting quietly and reading books to each other.

Happy reading everyone.


Debbie Coath

Library Coordinator

PE & Sport News

Yr 5/6 Winter Interschool Sports and Lightning Premireship

First round of Winter sport will be on Friday 6th May with the Lightning Premiership being held on Friday 29th April.  Ormond have matches carrying over from Summer season on Friday 15th and 22nd of April. We play Bentleigh West Friday 15th April and Valkstone on Friday 22nd April.


Hockey and soccer players must have shin guards and mouth guards for matches and practice sessions.  Basketballers will be provided with a team singlet.


Year 5/6 Sports Training - Wet Weather Arrangements

Teachers schedule sports training before school on set days. Occasionally, training may be cancelled due to adverse weather. 


Where possible, an email will be sent to the students via their school email (Google Mail) notifying them of the cancellation of sports training. 


Parents are to be reassured that if a student arrives at school to find that it has been cancelled, that they will be supervised by teachers. Children will not be required to go back home,  as if the weather improves and conditons are safe training may recommence.

Visual Arts News

What an exciting start to the year in the Art Room. 

During Term 1, Artist Debbie Qadri had been working with all the children across the school, to create and decorate fabulous clay pieces and tiles for a major art installation in the Junior School Building. 


Lewis Carrol’s ‘ Alice In Wonderland’ has been around for 150 years and was chosen as our theme to commemorate and celebrate Ormond Primary School’s 125th year anniversary!  Stay tuned for more updates, as we begin to attach the pieces to the wall.


Out of School Hours Care

Jumper Rule

During the colder weather in term two and three, we require children to wear a jumper outside. Children will be allowed to remove their jumper/jacket, if they are participating in sport or physical activity . Parents can exclude their children from this requirement by providing a note stating their child is not required to wear a jumper outside during cold weather.


After School Care Activities

Thursday 14th             Raindrop Sun Catches

Friday 15th                   Wind Mills

Monday 18th               Cooking

Tuesday 19th              Mermaid Peg People

Wednesday 20th        Buggles                      

Thursday 21st             Koi Fish

Friday 22nd                 Painted Rocks

Tuesday 26th               Cooking

Wednesday 27th        Wire Art


April Kopitz

Out of School Hours Coordinator

Parents & Friends

Mother's Day Stall

The Mother's Day stall will be held on Thursday 5th May. in the hall. Students will be bought down a class at a time and have the opportunity to buy their mother or special carer a gift.


There is a beautiful range of treats to buy and every item is priced at $5. If there are any remaining items, the stall will be open after school on Friday 6th May


Pattern Party Disco

The Pattern Party Disco on Friday 18th March was a great success, with around 320 students attending.  The children were really well behaved and seemed to have a fabulous time showing off their new dance moves.  The event could not have been run without the help of parent and teacher volunteers on the night.  Particular thanks go to the Grade 3 Class Conveners Helen Merry, Rowena Kelly, Diana Morris and Nicole Sharp, plus Nazley Hannie and Heather Hosken for helping to make the event such a success.


Trivia Night

Save the Date!  The Parents and Friends Trivia Night has been booked for Saturday 6th August.  More details to follow soon!


2016 Entertainment Book

Ormond Primary School is pleased to offer the 2016|17 Entertainment Book to friends and family.  The book is filled with offers including restaurants, hotel accommodation and activities which is especially good with the school holidays coming up.  Books are $65 with 20% from every book sold going towards Ormond Primary School’s fundraising efforts.  Digital membership are available now and the traditional books will be available for collection from the front office from Tuesday 12th April.  To order your copy of the book click here https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/186r356


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