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.
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
School Council Vice-President
Finance & Trading Operations:
Jo Harty (Convenor)
Education & Policy Development:
Lorrie Dell (Convenor)
Facilities & Environment:
Adam Gibson (Convenor)
Parents & Friends:
Anita Campbell (Convenor)
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.