A Working Bee is scheduled for Sunday, 20th of November between 9:30 am and 12 noon. I encourage all parents to come along with wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels and brooms to give the grounds the once over treatment. I will be manning the BBQ so come along for a snag.
All is in readiness for the Twilight Market to be held on Friday evening, 25th of November. Congratulations to the large band of parents who have worked so hard over a long period to make the Twilight Market a success. The wide range of stalls and activities will appeal to a diverse crowd of children and adults. The Twilight Market is always a great ’village‘ event with many current and past Ormond families joining together to have fun.
Council of International Schools
As part of the continuous improvement of the school we have embarked on the journey to achieve membership of the Council of International Schools. Felicity Hall-Shulman has led the teaching and support staff in preliminary stages of this process. We are now at Stage 3 of a year-long quest and so next week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the school will host CIS official, Ray Davis. The purpose of Ray’s visit is to examine whether Ormond is ready to pursue full membership.
A close examination of our practices, procedures, documentation, values and attention to student well-being are key elements of the focus. I look forward to giving regular updates regarding CIS throughout the coming year.
Student Placements 2017
I have received a number of emails from parents regarding consideration of the social and emotional needs of students when we are forming class groups for next year. As I don’t retain notes from one year to the next parents will need to submit fresh correspondence even if we have spoken about the issues in previous years. I believe that issues raised in earlier times are often resolved as children mature and build a broader range of friends. Please email me on [email protected]
Students not returning to Ormond in 2017
Any students in Year 5-Prep that will not be returning to Ormond Primary School in 2017 are asked to notify the school office in writing by Friday 25th November so the organisation of the 2017 classes can be finalised. Please include the school you will be attending in 2017 in the email/letter so appropriate transfer information can be sent.
All staffing arrangements for 2017 have been completed allowing teaching roles to be assigned and transitional arrangements to support students are underway. A number of teachers have been reappointed to Ormond for next year. Congratulations to Joshua Kamoen, Jade Lipson and Margot Hudson who have been reappointed for a further twelve months. Congratulations to Julie Nield who has been appointed in an ongoing capacity at Ormond.
A number of new teachers have been appointed for 2017. These include Joshua Hewett, who is currently teaching Year 1 at Montrose PS and Andrea Durward, who comes to us from Moorabbin PS. Both these new teachers bring experience to their roles at Ormond. Paul Bratt and Stephanie Halliday, who have both been student teachers at Ormond, have completed their studies and will take up their first teaching assignments at Ormond.
Some teachers will be leaving Ormond at the end of the current year. Jodie Fernandez will take up a position at Dingley PS in 2017. Jodie will be familiar to most Ormond families having taught at our school for the last fifteen years. Jodie can be very proud of her contributions over the years and she leaves with our admiration and best wishes.
Carrie Tunnock and her husband, Andrew are expecting their second child and so Carrie will be on Family Leave through 2017.
Allyce Cash, Elani Gibney and Renee Hood are each planning to teach and travel overseas in 2017. Allyce is off to Scotland while Elani will teach in Japan. Renee is off to Canada and the United States. On behalf of the Ormond community I would like acknowledge these committed and energetic young teachers and wish them well as they broaden their experiences in the teaching profession.
With the creation of the eighteenth class in 2017 I have made the decision to reduce the number of support teachers in favour of a full-time teacher. As a consequence both Ruth Evans and Kylie Fitzgerald will finish at Ormond at the end of this year. I would like to thank them both for their contributions this year and I wish them every success into the future.
Transition and Teaching Roles 2017
Our student transition program began last week with all students attending 2017 classrooms and working with the team of teachers responsible for each year level. While specific classes are yet to be formulated, the transition program allows student to build rapport and understanding with their teachers in preparation for a smooth and productive start to the new school year.
Prep x 3 Helene Iaonnou, Stephanie Halliday, Jacinda Hocking
Year 1 x 3 Joshua Hewett, Paul Bratt, Andrea Durward
Year 2 x 2 Effie Liarakos, Sally Berryman
Year 3 x 3 Joshua Kamoen, Jade Lipson, Julie Nield
Year 4 x 3 Gregg Workman, Lorraine Bell,
Year 5 x 2 Felicity Hall-Shulman, Siobhan Hosking
Year 6 x 2 Sandra Johnson, Chris Cheverton
PE Michael Pannam
ICT Kim Stewart
Visual Arts Helen Kupfer
Korean Anna Park (ES)
Library Technician Debbie Coath (ES)
Multimedia Technician Zac McMahon (ES)
Year 1 14,15,16
Year 2 1, 11
Year 3 3, 4/5, 6
Year 4 2, 7, 8
Year 5 18, 19
Year 6 20, 21
A new school website is currently under construction by Class Focus. Look forward to the launch in December.
Student Report & Classes for 2017
All students’ End of Year Reports and the classes for 2017 will be released on Friday, 16th of December.