Ormond Primary School

26 November 2015
Issue Twenty
Upcoming Events & Principal's Report 
Ormond Primary School
03 9578 1327
Wheatley Rd
Ormond, Vic, 3204

Upcoming Events & Principal's Report 

Dates to Remember


Friday 27th    2016 Prep Transition 2-3:15pm

Saturday 28th  P&F Mexican Fiesta 

Monday 30th   Prep - Yr 2 Swimming


Tuesday 1st   Prep - Yr 2 Swimming

Thursday 3rd  Prep - Yr 2 Swimming

                       Whole School Photo 9am

Friday 4th   Prep - Yr 2 Swimming

Monday 7th  Prep - Yr 2 Swimming

Tuesday 8th  Whole School Transition

                 2016 Prep Transition 11:15am-1pm

Wednesday 9th Prep - Yr 2 Swimming

Thursday 10th  Yr 6 Ice Skating

Wednesday 16th  Year 6 Graduation Evening 

2015 Term Dates

Term 1  -  29th January to 27th March

Term 2  -  13th April to 26th June

Term 3  -  13th July to 18th September

Term 4  -  5th October to 18th December

2016 Term Dates

Term 1  -  28th January to 24th March

Term 2  -  11th April to 24th June

Term 3  -  11th July to 16th September

Term 4  -  3rd October to 20th December

* 2016 Curriculum Days are not yet confirmed.


Level 1  -  Prep

Level 2  -  Year 1 & 2

Level 3  -  Year 3 & 4

Level 4  -  Year 5 & 6

Principal's Reports

Dimi Sfetsas

Congratulations to Dimi Sfetsas who has been appointed to a teaching position at Gardenvale Primary School. Dimi has undertaken a significant leadership role at Ormond over the last two years and I am sure that Gardenvale will benefit from her knowledge, expertise and energy. We wish her every success in her teaching and school leadership pursuits.

Marian Naidoo

Marian Naidoo, our Reading Recovery teacher, has announced that she will be retiring from teaching at the end of 2015. Marian first trained at Melbourne Teachers College before beginning her teaching career in 1972 at Altona Primary School. This was followed by Moorabbin West Special School, West Melbourne PS, Altona Gate PS and then Hawksburn PS. Marian came to Ormond PS at the beginning of the 1987 school year. Marian’s twenty-nine year’s service at Ormond Primary School has seen her be a highly effective classroom teacher who has focussed on the Reading Recovery Program over the last nine years. On behalf of the Ormond community I thank Marian for her great work and wish her well in her retirement.

Book lists and Essential Education Contributions for 2016 went home last week. If you have not received one for your child please contact the office as soon as possible. 

Payment for booklists are due no later than Monday 14th December 2015If you wish to take advantage of the early bird discount on the Essential Education Contribution, please make payment for these also by Monday 14th December 2015. 

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.

Did you know we have a Building Fund?

Thank you to those families who have already made donations to the Ormond Primary School Building Fund as a part of the 2015 and 2016 Contributions. 

We are aiming to raise $35,000 through donations to the Building Fund which will be put towards the painting of the Junior School building, the Hall and the Portable Classroom wing. 

Tax deductible donations for any families wishing to make a donation are still welcome.

Please note that any Building Fund Donations must be paid in cash or a Cheque made out to 'Ormond Primary School Building Fund'. 

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

Working Bee

Thank you to the following families who attended the working bee last weekend in preparation of the upcoming Mexican Fiesta. 

  • Malcolmson, Merry, Smushkov, Mason, Hamilton, Hatch, Whitney, Hunnisett, Morris, Alvis, Arrigo, Gibson, Hanley. 

Your hard work and time giving is very much appreciated.

Mexican Fiesta 

The Mexican Fiesta is on Saturday 28th November 5:00pm to 8:30pm. This will be P&F’s end-of-year celebration for the whole school community. Every family is warmly invited to come and participate.

Buy your dinner from one of the food vans or bring your own picnic. Please see attached menu

The Terry Cole Band will be playing Mexican music and calling the moves to Mexican dances so kids and parents can have a dance together.

Our favourite DJ, Squishy Pig, will be back again with lots of disco tunes for all the kids.High-striker, sombrero toss and other fun activities.

Dress-up in Mexican-themed costumes. Prizes for best-dressed family, adult and child.

Tickets on sale now from www.trybooking.com/JCZV


The parent access has now been expanded to be able to report student absences and approve these absences online through the COMPASS Parent Portal. So we can have the most accurate attendance data for your child's report, I encourage all parents to log on to COMPASS and approve any outstanding absences that may be visible.Please see the attached Parent Guide for directions on how to process and approve absences.

Parents are also now able to email teachers directly through COMPASS for easy communication. Please contact Brodie in the school office if you have any questions regarding COMPASS.


Each year I provide an opportunity for parents to email or write to me regarding social and educational issues relating to their children which I would need to consider in the creation of class groups for 2016. Please email me on [email protected] if you would like to raise relevant issues.Do not request certain teachers as this is beyond the purpose of the opportunity. Parents are also advised not to assume that teachers will be teaching the same year level in 2016. I routinely move teachers so they can have varied teaching responsibilities in order to continuously build their professional capacities and experiences. The correspondence period starts now and closes on Friday, 27th of November.

Uniform Sales

Over many years we have relied on parent volunteers to run the school-based uniform shop. Due to the growing lack of available space and the school’s financial liability the School Council has approved the transfer of the Uniform Shop to PSW Pty. Ltd.  PSW Pty Ltd is the current supplier of our school uniform and has recently opened a shop at 1/596 North Road in Ormond.

School uniform will no longer be able to be purchased at the school from Wednesday 4th November.  A stocktake will then be undertaken and all stock at the school will be collected by PSW Pty Ltd. 

There will be a transition period of 4 weeks which will enable PSW to fully stock the North Road Store.  A full range of our uniform including school bags will be available for purchase from the PSW store and online from Tuesday 1st December.  You will also be able to have uniforms delivered to your home but this will incur an extra fee. The Summer Trading Hours are:

  • Monday – Friday     8.30am – 5.00pm
  • Saturday                 9.00am – 5.00pm

Ormond Primary School parents will receive a 5% discount off the ticketed prices when they pay for their uniforms. 

The 2nd hand uniform stall will continue to be run once a term.

School Council Membership

I encourage all Ormond parents to consider nominating to join School Council in March next year. All appointments to School Council are for two years and provide an opportunity for interested parents to be involved in planning and achieving improvements in many aspects at Ormond. The School Council Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of every month with the meeting beginning at 7 pm and concluding by 8:30 pm. The Sub-committees include:

  • Finance and Trading Operations
  • Parents and Friends
  • Education and Policy
  • Facilities and Environment
Students not returning to Ormond in 2016
Any students in Year 5-Prep that will not be returning to Ormond Primary School in 2016 are asked to notify the school office in writing by Friday 20th November so the organisation of the 2016 classes can be finalised. Please include the school you will be attending in 2016 in the letter so appropriate transfer information can be sent. 

Whole School Photo

The whole school photo will be on Thursday 3rd December at 9:00am. I encourage all students to be at school on time and neatly presentable so this process runs smoothly and on schedule.

Christmas Tree Fundraiser - Scouts Australia

Glenn Butler


Ormond Primary School
Mexican Menu.pdf
COMPASS Parent Guide 2015.pdf
PSW Uniform.pdf