Term 2 Begins
Welcome back to all members of the Ormond community. I trust that everyone has had a great break over the Easter and/or the school holiday period. I could tell by the enthusiasm in the playground that the students were keen to be back with all of their friends and classmates.
This provides an opportunity for families to get back into a routine – a great relief for parents!
Welcome to those families who are beginning their time at Ormond. We look forward to working with you to help you settle in and enjoy being part of our community. Welcome back to all teaching and educational support staff, especially Michael Pannam who returns after a period on crutches. Michael will take over the Library Technician role vacated through Debbie Coath’s retirement.
Thank you to April Kopitz and the OoSHC team for the fantastic holiday program which was enjoyed by a large group of students. The flexibility of the team was most appreciated at a time of significant work on the school facilities.
Over the two week holiday period we were able to have the professionals come in and repaint the Hall, Art Room, foyer, wet area and four classrooms of the 2000 Building. This was the first paint in seventeen years. It was decided that the Hall needed to be recoated in the existing colours while all other areas were painted in Antique White. The change has really brightened the rooms accenting posters, displays and students’ work. Painting has been a School Council priority project to compliment the new carpets laid in the classrooms last year. Total cost of the painting was around $30,000. The painting has been funded through the Ormond Building Fund which has held the accumulated deposits by parents over the last few years. It is worth noting that over the last twelve years the exterior and interior of the 1927 Building and the interior of 2000 Building have all been painted through funds held in the Building Fund. Parents are reminded that donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible.
Those parents who are regular attendees at the working bees will be relieved that the timber playground surrounds have been installed. That’s the last of heavy rain washing away the softfall material. Removal of the broken concrete and the splintering lampposts cost $3,000 while the installation of the new H-steel posts, pine sleepers and tops totalled $12,000. These works have been planned as ‘preliminary’ prior to the installation of any new playground facilities between the shed and the bin enclosure. The playground surrounds had been identified as a Parents & Friends Priority and was partially financed through the fundraising efforts of the community in 2016.
Rock Retaining Wall
Landscaping work is underway on the reinstatement of the rock retaining wall adjacent to the shed. The rocks, removed by young and industrious students over the years, and recently gathered from around the school yard by working bee volunteers will be used to rebuild the wall.
‘Brighton Tree Man’ have completed their twice yearly inspections and maintenance of the iconic oak and gum trees. Ongoing attention ensures both the safety and enjoyment of these trees.
School Council have engaged Jim’s Mowing to undertake regular maintenance of the all grassed arears around the school.
Artificial Playground Surfaces
Repairs to the vandal damage of the Bike Ed markings have been completed by Grass Sports Australia at a cost of $1,600.
I would like to encourage local families who are concerned about people misusing the school grounds and property to report these concerns directly to Caulfield Police at the time.
School Council News - Communications
At the March meeting of School Council it was recommended that the school establish a Communications Sub-committee. This will be a great opportunity for the School Council and the broader parent community to come together to build a comprehensive approach to communication between the school and the community. The first meeting of the Communications Sub-committee will be in the Library on Tuesday, 2nd of May at 6:30 pm. I encourage all interested parents to contact me by email on [email protected]
Prep Parents Forum
A Prep Parents Forum is planned for late May/early June in order to gain feedback and insight into about first experiences at Ormond. The forum will be held in a relaxed manner involving conversations around:
- Transition to school
- The role of School Council
- The role of Parents & Friends
- Getting involved in school life
- A Q&A involving the Principal and teachers and School Councillors