We hope you’ve all enjoyed the long weekend and had the opportunity to celebrate the Melbourne Cup or simply catch up on all things that start to pile up at this busy time of the year.
Appointment of New Principal
Lorrie and I would like to officially congratulate Kerri McLeod on her appointment as the substantive Principal of our wonderful school. I’m sure that everyone will welcome Kerri, when she visits in a few weeks’ time to introduce herself to staff, students and parents.
Kerri and I will be corresponding regularly to keep her informed of all future planning and preparation. In the meantime, the Leadership team and I will be working extremely hard to ensure we finish 2017 in the most successful way and prepare the students and school for the 2018 school year.
In case you were not aware of this, I have listed the names of the current Leadership Team at Ormond Primary School and what they lead at the whole school level.
- Lorrie Dell – Student Wellbeing
- Sally Berryman – English Curriculum Development
- Lorraine Bell – Mathematics Curriculum Development
- Felicity Hall – Shulman – CIS & Humanities Curriculum Development
Planning Updates for 2018
At the moment we are preparing to interview staff for a number of positions. On Friday 17th November from 2:00pm to 3:00pm, we will be running our first Whole School Transition program. We welcome our 2018 Foundation students and all of our current students will move up into the next year level to spend time together and learn about the interesting things that happen in that relevant year.
Please note the teachers they meet or the classrooms they will visit, are not the finalised staffing or classroom locations. In 2018 we anticipate an enrolment of 403 students. At this stage we will have the following number of home groups in each year level.
- 2 x Foundation Home groups
- 3 x Year 1 Home groups
- 3 x Year 2 Home groups
- 2 x Year 3 Home groups
- 3 x Year 4 Home groups
- 3 x Year 5 Home groups
- 2 x Year 6 Home groups
On Monday our staff worked with presenter James Pinnuck from Ticking Minds. James is a VCE and Naplan marker and a passionate English teacher. James led a powerful professional learning session on how we can continue to improve student outcomes in writing.
James provided staff with many practical strategies and resources to engage students in the writing process. He particularly focused on building student’s banks of words, understanding the meaning of these, teaching them to make rich connections between words and vocabulary pre-planning.
He identified that to be successful in writing you need to really understand how to construct effective sentences. He referred to this as sentence study. Teaching students where to put punctuation and word order and what impact they make, including sentence openers and adds on that make a real difference to your paragraphs.
James believes many students can be very successful in the writing process and have the skills already, but sometimes it about breaking some poor habits that students revert to. We hope to invite James back next year to continue our focus in this area.
Year 4 Camp
On Monday our Year 4 students are off on a camping adventure to Lady Northcote Camp in Rowsley. This is an Outdoor Education program that supports group participation and co-operation.
Activities include the Giant Swing, Archery, Canoeing, Raft Building, Low Ropes and Flying Fox. All activities are taken by fully qualified YMCA and Ormond Primary School Staff. Staff attending will include – Gregg Workman, Margot Hudson, Lorraine Bell, Joshua Kamoen, Zach McMahon, Sue Rimmer and Tristan Kopitz. I hope all students have a wonderful experience and I look forward to joining our campers on Tuesday.
Parent Opinion Survey Results
This year the Department of Education & Training introduced the new online parent opinion survey. This refreshed survey sought parent opinion on measures of school climate, student engagement and effective teaching practice known to influence student engagement and student outcomes.
It was very pleasing to see some of our results this year with majority of domains scoring over 80% positive parent satisfaction. Below I have highlighted some of the areas rated highly overall by our parent community and the highest response by each question.
- Domain: Parent Community Engagement
Parent participation and involvement 80%
I feel this school values parents' contributions 85%
School support 86%
I am able to get the information I need through the school's regular communication channels 94%
I feel comfortable about approaching this school with any concerns I might have 90%
- Domain: School Ethos and Environment
General satisfaction 94%
Overall, I am satisﬁed with the education my child receives from this school 94%
- Domain: Student Cognitive Engagement
High expectation for success 86%
Teachers are enthusiastic and positive about teaching 95%
- Domain: Student Development
Conﬁdence and resiliency skills 89%
The school provides my child with opportunities to build his/her conﬁdence 92%
Managing bullying 81%
My child feels safe at school 97%
Respect for diversity 88%
This school treats my child with respect 95%
- Domain: Connection & Progression
School connectedness 92%
My child enjoys the learning they do at school 94%
- Possible Areas for Future Consideration:
- Parents would like more diversity in the school’s programs where possible
- Increased communication with teachers about their child’s progress
- For the school to continue to be focussed on a range of improvement strategies
- A possibility to increase the teaching of organisational skills to help students manage homework and schoolwork.
Be Allergy Aware and Show You Care
At Ormond Primary School we have many students who experience mild to severe allergic reactions to a range of allergens. The most common allergens in school aged children are peanuts, eggs, tree nuts such as cashews, cow’s milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, sesame, insect stings and bites (bees, wasps, jumper jack ant) some medications such as antibiotics or anaesthetics and latex (rubber).
Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and medical attention. Adrenaline given through an EpiPen auto injector to the muscle of the outer mid -thigh is the most effective first aid treatment.
We encourage all members of the community to have an awareness of this, and understand what we can all do to support students and members of our community with these allergies. To familiarise yourself with the school’s preventative measures, management and procedures, please refer to the school’s Anaphylaxis Policies A & B.
Have a wonderful fortnight!
Natalie Rose Lorrie Dell
Acting Principal Assistant Principal