Ormond Primary School

11 May 2016
Issue Seven
Upcoming Events &  Principal's Report 
School News
Ormond Primary School
03 9578 1327
Wheatley Rd
Ormond, Vic, 3204

Upcoming Events &  Principal's Report 

Dates to Remember


TONIGHT - P&F Meeting 7:30pm Staff Rm

Thursday 12th     NAPLAN  -  Year 3 & 5

Monday 16th      Yr 5/6 Family Life

                                  Student Session 3

Wedneday 18th   Adam Wallace Visits

Tuesday 24th    Yr 5 Camp Departs

Wednesday 25th   District Cross Country

Friday 27th       Yr 5 Camp Returns



Monday 6th    Yr 6 Camp Departs

Friday 10th     Yr 6 Camp Returns

Monday 13th    QUEENS BIRTHDAY PUBLIC                                   HOLIDAY  -  NO SCHOOL

Friday 24th     Yr 3 Cultural Infusion Incursion

          LAST DAY OF TERM 2 - 2:30pm FINISH

Curriculum Days 2016

  • Friday 15th July
  • Monday 29th August
  • Monday 31st October

Term Dates 2016

Term 1

28th January to 24th March - 2:30pm finish

Term 2

11th April to 24th June - 2:30pm finish

Term 3

11th July to 16th September - 2:30pm finish

Term 4

3rd October to 20th December-1:30pm finish

Public Holidays 2016

  • Tuesday 26th January - Australia Day
  • Monday 14th March - Labour Day
  • Friday 25th March - Good Friday
  • Monday 28th March - Easter Monday
  • Monday 25th April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 13th June - Queens Birthday
  • Tuesday 1st November - Melbourne Cup
  • Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day

Prep Enrolment 2017 School Tours

  • Monday 9th May
  • Monday 23rd May
  • Friday 17th June
  • Monday 18th July
  • Friday 29th July
  • Monday 8th August
  • Monday 22nd August

All School Tours begin at 9:30am. Please meet at the School Office off Murray Road no earlier than 5 minutes prior to the tour. 

Principal's Report

Volunteers Needed

Timber Surrounds for the Play Equipment Areas  -  A Facilities Development Project

Following the notification of plans for this outdoor project I was pleased be contacted by a small number of parents with skills and energy to contribute to this initiative. A few more people are needed to assist and make this project a reality.


The ongoing improvement of the school grounds is a key focus of the School Council and the Facilities & Environment Sub-committee. This year the Facilities & Environment Sub-committee is seeking the involvement and support of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers from within the Ormond community. It is envisaged that trade-focussed parents would lead, advise and work with a project work force comprised of parents and the principal. This project is aimed at creating timber edging/low seating around the existing play areas under the oak trees and gum trees. As well as creating some much needed passive seating areas, the edging will more effectively contain the soft, under equipment playground mulch. This will mean that all future working bees will not be totally taken up with shovelling the mulch back under the equipment. If you are interested in being involved in these works please let me know by email at: [email protected]


Mathematics Evening Success

Thank you to Lorraine Bell and all of the teachers for conducting such a wonderful Family Mathematics Evening as part of our Education Week celebrations. The engaging activities were a real hit with students and their parents and exemplify our approach to teaching mathematics. Education Week across Victoria will be from the 15th – 21st of May with a focus on Technology in Schools.


NAPLAN Testing

This week Year 3 and 5 students are involved in NAPLAN testing. So far students have completed the Writing, Language Conventions and Reading papers. The Numeracy test will take place on Thursday 12th of May. I congratulate all students for the manner in which they have accepted the challenge of these formalised tests.


Reports on Compass

Many Year 6 parents will find that a copy of their child's Year 5 reports will be required for their secondary school applications. These reports are available for you to download/print and save at home through the Compass Parent Portal.


As Semester One reports for 2016 will be completed in the coming weeks it is a timely reminder for all parents to ensure that they take the time to save & print all of their child's reports for their own records once they are made available on Compass. This is strongly recommended, particulary for Year 6 parents as once a student has exited or completed their schooling at Ormond Primary School, parents will no longer have access to Compass to obtain them at a later date.


Parent Teacher Interviews - Booked through Compass

End of Semester 1 Parent/Teacher interviews will held on Monday 20th June 3:40 - 7:00pm and Tuesday 21st June 3:40 - 6:00pm. Bookings with your child's teacher for these interviews can only be done through the Compass Parent Portal. Access to the bookings will be made available as of Monday 13th June. 


Healthy Children

Now we are heading into the cooler months of the year, illness's will inevitably be on the increase. I would like to take this opportunity to ask parents to promote healthy hygiene practices at home and at school to minimize the spread of infections. If your child has any illness or complains of symptoms of being unwell, please keep them at home and inform the office of their absence, or enter the absence directly into the Compass Parent Portal.


Students are also encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather conditions each day.  It is recommended that all students bring a school jumper with them to allow for changing weather conditions. 


Free Carpet Available

The school has replaced some high quality carpet with vinyl in Atrium upstairs in the 2011 Building. We have four pieces of carpet that would be suitable for a home or holiday house. Each of the pieces is approximately 2.6 metres by 3 metres and all are currently awaiting pickup by the first person to accept them. Please contact Brodie at the front office or on 9578 1327.


Glenn Butler


School News

Upcoming Events & Excursions

Whole School

Adam Wallace Visit - 18th May

Basic 1st Aid Training - 30th May to 2nd June (timetable can be downloaded from the event resource tab on Compass)

Selected Participants

District Cross Country - Wednesday 25th May

Year 3

Silly Science Incursion - 7th June

Year 4

Cultural Infusion -24th June

Year 5

Family Life Student Program - Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th May

Year 5 Camp Curumbene - 24th to 27th May

History Box Incursion - 17th June

Year 6

Family Life Student Program - Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th May

Year 6 Camp Coonawarra - 6th to 10th June

Payments to Office

A reminder to those families opting to pay for the Year 6 Camp or Essential Education Contributions by instalments that your second payment is now due. This is also a courtesy reminder for families of the payments that are required for upcoming events. If you have recently spoken to Jan or have made payment please disregard this reminder. 


Essential Education Contributions - Term 2

Term 2 Instalment $50.00 - due now


Year 5 Camp Payment Schedule

3rd and final Instalment $122.50 - 18th May


Year 6 Camp Payment Schedule

2nd Instalment $150.00 - 6th May* due now

3rd and final Instalment $150.00 -  27th May


Payments can be made by cash or cheque and sent via your child's classroom cash bag in an envelope clearly labelled with your child's Name, Class and name of payment. If paying in cash please send correct amount as limited change is available.


Alternatively, payments of cash, cheque or EFTPOS can be made in person at the office between the hours of 8:15am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Phone payments or manual credit card payments will not be accepted. Limited change is available if making cash payments.


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

Ormonds Got Talent

Ormond's Got Talent is an annual talent quest exhibiting the exception skills of our students. It is open for all students in Year 3 to 6 to audition in the areas of Dance, Magic, Music, Singing or Drama. The acts are then performed for the remaining students of the school. 

Auditions were held on Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th of May.
All acts will be announced on Friday 13th May.
Rehearsals will be held on Monday 30th May (and Tuesday if required).

Main Performance Friday 3rd June 2:00pm.


This is an event for students from all year levels so our hall will be very full. For this reason we ask that if parents wish to attend, it is only those of the students performing. 

Scouts 'Our School Raffle'

It is almost that time of year for the Scout's Victoria annual raffle. Each Ormond Primary School family recieves a book of raffle tickets to sell. If you do not wish to recieve a raffle book, please contact Brodie in the office. 


The Scouts Victoria 'Our School Raffle' is one of the schools biggest fundrasiers of the year with $1.50 of each $2.00 ticket sold goes directly to Ormond Primary School. Each year we have increased the amount we have raised more and more with last year raising nearly $2,500. Lets aim to crack the $3,000 mark this year!


More details to follow once they have been released.

Library News

Adam Wallace

Adam Wallace will be visiting the Students in Year 1 - 6 next Wednesday 18th May. Please ensure the permission form has been returned to your child's teacher.


Adam will be promoting his new book series 'Accidentally Awesome'.  These books will be availble to order at $12 each. Adam's other book, 'Rhymes with Cartooning' is available for $15 or there will be a special deal - three books for $30.00. Adam's previous publications will also be availble to order.  Each book ordered will be signed by Adam.



On several occasions over the last couple of weeks, while I have been out of the library I have returned to a surprise box or bag of anonymously donated books.  Many thanks to those students, family or community members who have left books over the last couple of weeks. Your contribution to the Library is much appreciated.


Lunchtime Reading

The library is open every day at lunchtime from 1:15pm to 1:45pm for silent reading. This continues to be a popular activity for students from all year levels and as the weather gets colder I am sure the warm space will become even more so.


Schoolastic Bookclub

Thank you to everyone who purchased books using Scholastic LOOP online ordering system. Your books arrived today and will be distributed later in the week. The school received $400 from the proceeds of your purchases to buy new books for the library and for that i thank you very much.


Debbie Coath

Library Technician 

Family Maths Evening

Thank you to our wonderful school community for making Ormond’s Mathematics Showcase evening a great success.


It was terrific to see families together, involved and enjoying all kinds of mathematics. Our aim was to provide you with an insight into some of the maths learning that occurs at school through hands-on tasks, problems and games. From reports I’ve received this morning it was lots of fun.


Thank you all for coming along. Congratulations to our raffle winners, the Hull, Marsden and the Johnson families.


Lorraine Bell

Mathematics Coordinator



Year 5 ACMI Excursion

On Wednesday the 4th of May, Year 5 set off to ACMI. 5B started off with a train film, it was like we were on a train travelling through dimensions of abandoned places. It was mysterious and a little bit creepy. We then went through and watched some old films. We saw some original star wars and some of the first television sets. We have much better TVs now!


We had fun doing some interactive activities in the sensation area. We watched a cool display that had mice doing amazing circus tricks. In the voice area we got to meet the robot Dexter from Perfect Match. We also got to see some black and white Mickey Mouse cartoons. 5A also got to see the video games area.


Overall we had a great time at ACMI exploring the museum and learning more about the history of TV and film.


By Abi 5B


After having a great start to the day at ACMI, 5B and 5A now go on to something even cooler, it was called the Channel. It was a place where children get to experience what professional movie maker’s experience.


A lady waiting in the channel showed 5B a range of different music videos, some with bands putting Go Pros on their heads and some bands putting cameras on carts and putting those carts on a track, making a perfect pan shot. We started off getting into partners and picking a computer to work at. Then we put on headphones and scrolled through a range of different backgrounds, sound effects and music.


First off we picked music and put images to go over the music, then we added in voiceovers and overlapped the video. After about 50 minutes, we came down to the floor and the lady showed us some things on how to add in transitions. After that we got our work stations and scrolled through different transitions.


We raced through finding the transitions because there was only 5 minutes to go. My partner and I raced through so quickly that we even got time to try the microphone! After that we came to the floor very sadly because we had to delete our masterpieces.

We all said “thanks” to the lady and went out of the building. We collected our bags and continued the walk to the bus. We got on and went back to good ol’ school.

By Jed 5B


Worlds Greatest Shave

On Monday 2nd May, Ormond Primary held ‘The World’s Greatest Shave’ it was a huge success thanks to a number of people.


Firstly, we would like to thank the students who were brave enough to shave their heads. Well done boys!

  • Year 4: Kieran, Samuel, Patrick, Morgan, Noah, Alex
  • Year 5: Zareef, Harley, Toby
  • Year 6: Kosta, Tim, Seamus, Jack, Sam

We also would like to thank Mr Butler and the hairdressers Vanessa Zaknich, Stephanie and LJ for their time and super shaving. By coming to watch and support ‘The Great Shave’ our school raised $407.75 and the team of boys raised $2783 through sponsors.


This an outstanding achievement and all money will be going towards the Leukaemia Foundation.


Many Thanks,

The Junior School Council Team


On the 2nd of May the ‘World's Greatest Shave’ took place. Thirteen students put their hands up and volunteered to shave their heads for the Leukemia Foundation. We interviewed 4 students that shaved their heads, Sam, Ben, Noah and Harley.



Q. Why did you volunteer for the World's Greatest Shave

An. To raise money for the cause, I was also influenced by others, since I am the community captain.

Q. How does it feel now you have shave?

An. It's Cold, Cold, Cold, Cold, Cold!!



Q. Why did you volunteer for the World’s Greatest Shave?

An. Because my hair was going out of control, and I thought it would be nice to donate to a foundation.

Q. How does it feel now you have shaved?

An. My head feels lighter, and it's kinda cold.



Q. Why did you volunteer for the World's Greatest Shave?

An. Because of the cause

Q. How does it feel now you have shaved?

An. I don't really feel different, only a little bit cold on my head.



Q. Why did you volunteer for the World’s Greatest Shave?

An. Because I wanted to donate to the Leukemia foundation. I saw the ads when I was little and always wanted to do it.

Q. How does it feel now you have shaved?

An. I don't really feel different, but I feel good for donating


Article by

Holly 6A and Rose 6C

Year 1 News

Year 1 students have now begun their new inquiry unit. It is an investigation on light and sound. We are learning about the sources, changes in light and sound and how our visual and hearing system receives light and sound. Today we will have had an incursion with Hand on Science to learn more about this unit. Later in the term our focus will be on changing materials through heating and cooling. So far the students have explored light and sound in our classroom and around the school.


In Maths, the students have been practising measuring with both formal and informal units. They had a lot of fun learning to use rulers, measuring tapes and seeing how long they were with hands, feet and unfix blocks. In the number strand, we have been learning about addition and subtraction. Students are learning various strategies to assist number problems including using number lines, tens and ones and other hands on materials.


This term in literacy students have been introduced to Readers Theatre which is them having a script that they have to read out aloud as part of a team. The children have been improving each week and learning the speaking and listening skills both as an audience and readers. Their confidence in reading is improving and they are encouraged to attempt reading with greater expression and fluency whilst working as a team.


Year 3 News

In Year 3, the students have been sharpening their addition fluency skills by playing a variety of maths games including addition war and 100 or bust. They are fun games that can be easily played at home if you want to challenge your children to a game.

Pen Pals

This year, Year 3 have connected with Moe (South Street Primary School) through a pen pal program. Each Ormond Primary School student was assigned to a Moe (South Street Primary School) student. Students were taught how to structure and plan a letter before writing their first one at the end of Term 1.


The students were over the moon this week when they received their first return letter from their pen pals. Throughout the year, students will share information about their family, hobbies and what they like to do in their free time. There has been an enthusiastic start to the pen pal program from students of both schools.


PE & Sports News

Moorabbin District Cross Country

The annual Moorabbin District Cross Country Competition for progression to the Divisional Cross Country Competition will take place on Wednesday 25th May. First race will commence at 12:30 sharp. 

Permission notices for those students selected to represent Ormond PS have been sent home this week, please ensure that they are returned to school along with the required payment by the due date. 


Good luck to all those students participating!


Round 2 - Year 5/6 Inter school Winter Sport

Hockey & Skills Squad will be played at Ormond PS

Soccer will be played at Bailey Reserve

All other teams are playing Valkstone PS at Valkstone. 


Michael Pannam

PE & Sports Coordinator

Out of School Hours Care

Jumper Rule

During the colder weather in term two and three, we require children to wear a jumper outside if they are not participating in sport or physical activity. Parents can exclude their children from this requirement by providing a note stating their child is not required to wear a jumper.


After School Care Activities

Thursday 12th           Cork Mice

Friday 13th                 Yarn Painting

Monday 16th              Pinecone Flowers

Tuesday17th              Wooden Spoon Puppets

Wednesday 18th      Cooking

Thursday 19th           Magnetic Flowers

Friday 20th                 Cooking

Monday 23rd             Cooking

Tuesday 24th            Scratch & Colour

Wednesday 25th      Wire Fish Hanging


April Kopitz

Out of School Hours Coordinator


Parents & Friends Update

P & F Meeting - TONIGHT! 7:30pm in the Staffroom. Everyone welcome!


Mother’s Day Stall

Thanks to Lara Tinkler, Anita Campbell, Emma Windebank, Lisa Hanley and the parent volunteers for organising another great Mother’s Day Stall!  It was an “all hands on deck” affair with parent volunteers helping on the “wrapping” night, on the day of the stall and at the “second chance” stall on Friday.  We were really impressed with how parents offered their time to help – it really was a team effort.  We hope you enjoyed your gifts!  A couple of mums have asked for more details on the plants that were used.   They were all succulents that should cope with being planted in a range of conditions.


Trivia Night

The Parents and Friends Trivia Night is locked in for 6th August.  Each year there is an overall theme, with each table of 10 parents interpreting the theme in their own way.   The theme this year is “Big Book Bash” (more details to come).   Bookings for tables can be made on 20th June via a booking sheet at the school.  There will be room for 16 tables of 10 people so start organising your table lists now!  This is a great event that always sells out so start your planning now!  We hope to see you there!


Twilight Market

Planning will shortly commence for the 2016 Ormond Primary School Twilight Market.  We will be running some meetings at different times of the day (both daytime and evening) to outline how you can help.  This event is the main fundraiser for the year and is a great way to support your local school community.  Please watch the newsletter for more details.


2016 Entertainment Book

Ormond Primary School is pleased to offer the 2016|17 Entertainment Book to friends and family.  The book is filled with offers including restaurants, hotel accommodation and activities which is especially good with the school holidays coming up.  Books are $65 with 20% from every book sold going towards Ormond Primary School’s fundraising efforts.  Digital membership are available now and the traditional books will be available for collection from the front office from Tuesday 12th April.  To order your copy of the book click here


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