Twilight Market Report
The recent Twilight Market was a wonderful community event which highlighted the great support provided to Ormond Primary School by this community. The broad range of events and activities were enjoyed by children, past students, parents, teachers and the community members. So far the profit generated by the Twilight Market stands at $27,093.24 Well done to all those who volunteered their time and energy in the preparation and implementation stages and thank you also to all those who contributed financially through sponsorship, donations and purchases.
Fundraising Outcomes and Action
School Councillors have been involved in discussions about the best use of the funds raised for the school through the Twilight Market. Consideration has been given to purchasing school assets which will be of enduring benefit to all Ormond students. There is general consensus that the funds raised through the Twilight Market will go towards the installation of a significant piece of playground equipment near the oval. This vacant area will be ideal for a substantial piece of modern climbing or play equipment. By directing $25,000 of fundraising towards this project, and with the addition of other school funds, the students will see the benefit of this new equipment by the end of Term 2.
In order that this project can be undertaken, some considerable preparatory work will be completed during Term 1. These preliminary works will include:
- The removal of broken concrete and old telegraph poles from around the existing playground equipment.
- Installation of new timber edging/casual seating around the existing playground equipment.
- Removal of some obsolete playground equipment.
- Installation of a retaining wall next to the shed.
All of these preliminary works have been funded in our 2017 School Annual Program Budget.
The remaining $2,000 raised through fundraising will support the installation of stage lighting in the Hall. Some school funds have also been tagged for this project which will be completed in Term 1 next year. Stage lighting will be built up over time to improve the performance space on stage for our many soirees and school social events.
Council of International Schools
Parents will be aware that the school has been pursuing membership of the Council of International Schools. A few weeks ago the school presented for membership to Ray Davis, Executive Director of CIS. Following his two-day visit, where he spoke with the school leadership team, student leaders and a number of teachers he prepared a report.
The result of the report indicates that Ormond has been granted membership of the CIS! This achievement is due to the fine work of all Ormond Teachers over the course of 2016. Guided by Felicity Hall-Shulman, as our CIS Accreditation Coordinator, we have been successful in our endeavors. Throughout 2017 and early 2018 we will be working on the recommendations outlined in the report in order to achieve full accreditation with CIS.
It is worth noting some of the strengths already identified in the Ormond application including:
- The school’s commitment to continuous improvement;
- The extent to which the school is focussed on high quality teaching and learning;
- The strong commitment to developing traits and dispositions of global citizenship in students; and
- The extent to which students’ achievement data are used to improve students’ learning.
Year 6 Graduation
The Year 6 Graduation will be held tonight Wednesday, 14th of December. The event involves a semi-formal dinner for the Year 6 students in the Atrium near their classrooms. Teachers will be waiting on tables.
All parents of Year 6 students will be able to view the students’ Memories Albums at a small cocktail party to be held in the Library. Parents, teachers and students will then meet in the Hall for student performances, speeches and presentations.
Student Report & Classes for 2017
All students’ End of Year Reports and the classes for 2017 will be released on Friday, 16th of December. Students will meet their new class teachers on Friday, 16th of December.
End of Year Assembly
The End of Year Assembly will begin at 1:00pm on Tuesday, 20th of December. The program will be lively!
As the school year draws to a close, I would like to wish everyone in the Ormond community all the very best of times. At Christmas, and at Hanukah, we all enjoy the company of those so dear – a time to reflect on the value of family and friends and the achievements that have been shared. On behalf of Ormond Primary School I wish everyone a joyful time. We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.