Ormond Primary School

14 December 2016
Issue Twenty-one
Page 2
School News
Ormond Primary School
03 9578 1327
Wheatley Rd
Ormond, Vic, 3204

Upcoming Events &  Principal's Report 

Dates to Remember


Wednesday 14th  Yr 6 Graduation Night

Tuesday 20th LAST DAY OF SCHOOL -                                                            1:30pm Dismissal




Tuesday 31st TERM 1 BEGINS  for  Yr 1-6



Thursday 2nd TERM 1 BEGINS for Preps

Tuesday 7th      Parent Session 6:30pm

                                  Asthma Management

Thursday 9th  Prep/Student Leaders Photos

Wednesday 15th   School Council Meeting 7pm

2017 Term Dates


31st January to 31st March - 2:30pm finish

*Preps will commence Thursday 2nd Feb*


18th April to 30th June - 2:30pm finish


17th July to 22nd September - 2:30pm finish


9th October to 22nd December-1:30pm finish

Public Holidays 2017

  • Thursday 26th January - Australia Day
  • Monday 13th March - Labour Day
  • Friday 14th April - Good Friday
  • Monday 17th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25th April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 12th June - Queens Birthday
  • Friday 29th September - AFL Grand Final Friday
  • Tuesday 7th November - Melbourne Cup Day
  • Monday 25th December - Christmas Day



Principal's Report

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:

  1. The removal of broken concrete and old telegraph poles from around the existing playground equipment.
  2. Installation of new timber edging/casual seating around the existing playground equipment.
  3. Removal of some obsolete playground equipment.
  4. 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!


Season’s Greetings

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.


Glenn Butler


School News

2017 Booklists & Essential Edcuation Contributions

Payment for booklists are due today, Wednesday 14th December 2016.


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/mastercard) Debit and Credit cards. Payment Plans are are also available if you pay via Compass, just select the 'Pay by Instalments' option after entering your card details.


Manual payments can be made at the office by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS. Due to End of Year banking procedures - cash and cheque payments made directly to the office will be accepted until 4:00pm Monday 19th December. EFTPOS/Credit card payments made directly at the office will be accepted until 1:00pm on Tuesday 20th December.


Families who  have already made payments directly to the office are still required to go onto Compass to sign the annual Agreements for your child/children. These are a part of the 'Course Confirmation/Payments  > 2017 School Payments' section on you Compass. Just follow the prompts until you reach the payment section and then exit out.


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


Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductable and a seperate tax deductable reciept will be issued. These donations no longer need to be made sperately and are also available to be made via Compass


The State Government now provides a CSEF payment of $125.00 per child to go towards Camps, Swimming, Interschool Sports and Excursions. To be eligible for this Fund you must be in possession of a Health Care Card which will be valid as at 30th January 2017. If you believe you are eligible for this payment, please come to the office to collect an application form. Please do not pay any contributions for 2017 until you have completed this form and spoken to our Business Manager, Jan Cassidy.


If you have any questions regarding Compass or Contributions please contact Jan or Brodie in the office on 9578 1327.

Student Banking 

The first day of Student banking for 2017 will be Thursday 9th Februrary. 


If your child would like to join up and participate in Student Banking next year, please visit you local branch of the Commonwealth Bank and open a Youth Saver Account in your child's name. If you are unsure, just ask one of the friendly staff and they will be able to assist you. 

Library News

Lost Books

Thank you to all those parents and students who have returned Library Books over the past couple of weeks as a result of my emails. There are still quite a number of books outstanding.  I am requesting that parents keep a look out over the holidays for any stray books when cleaning rooms, and return them to school in January 2017.


Thank you

Many thanks for your support with the Book Fair, Scholastic Book Club and Book Week dress up day.  I hope you all enjoyed these events as much I did. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday break and Happy reading.


Debbie Coath

Library Technician

Parents & Friends News

The Parents and Friends Committee would like to thank all the amazing volunteers who helped run a range of fun, community events over the year, including the School Disco, the Mother’s Day Stall, the Trivia Night, the Father’s Day Breakfast and of course, the Twilight Market. 


What a huge year we have had!!  We hope you enjoyed the events and that you might consider volunteering to help out in 2017.  It is a great way to help the school and to make some amazing friends.


A final reminder, If you haven’t completed the Twilight Market survey yet, or didn't receive the email and would like to provide feedback, please email [email protected] for a copy.  

Finally, we would like to wish you all a happy and safe holidays and look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.



P&F Committee

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