Global Citizen Awards
Congratulations to all students who have been awarded the very first of our ‘Global Citizen Awards’. Two students from each class have been nominated by their teacher because they have demonstrated that they can put our school values into practice. Global Citizen Award Certificates will be presented at the Monday morning assembly.
Our students are part of an emerging world community, they respect and value diversity, understand their responsibilities to each other and to the Earth itself. As an integral part of our learning we will be focussing on the following values:
- Treating one another with consideration and courtesy
- For self and others
- For property and the environment
- Displaying fairness in our words and actions
- Accepting of other people’s beliefs
- Accepting of other people’s differences
- Accepting of other people’s perspectives
- Gaining knowledge and skills through educational experiences
- Seeking knowledge through study and investigation
- Displaying a positive attitude towards learning
- Utilise critical and strategic thinking
- Never give up
- Remain committed to achieving our goals
- Take pride in what we do
- Strive to always do our best
Ormond Primary School is very pleased to welcome our new Year 6 teacher, Joshua Kamoen. Following a period of teaching in a range of schools in the UK, Joshua brings skill and enthusiasm to his classroom practice. I am sure that the students of Year 6 will benefit from these qualities and energy.
The Parents & Friends will be conducting the annual Trivia Night on Saturday, 6th of August. This is always a fabulous community event which provides an opportunity for all Ormond parents to mix in a very relaxed, local atmosphere. Thank you to Andy and Marcus Guss, who have Charli in Year 4, for donating the trestle tables for the night through their business: Melbourne Table and Chair Hire.
Last week the Ormond community was saddened with news of the death of past School Council President, Stewart Somerville. As an active member of our community, Stewart brought a sense of camaraderie to School Council and particularly the Facilities & Environment Sub-committee. His humour and wise counsel was an asset to our school governance ensuring that the school leadership and parent representatives were able to establish a clear vision for the improvements around our school. A legacy of Stewart’s contribution to the improvements to the outdoor school environment are the ‘mop top’ robinia trees planted a few years ago along the embankment adjacent to the school oval. They serve as a living symbol of Stewart’s time amongst us. Our thoughts are with Sam, Charlie and Poppy at this sad time.
Thank you to parents, teachers and School Councillors who provided feedback and input in the development of the Facebook Policy. This policy sets out to provide guidance for the effective use of Facebook as an adjunct to the school’s communication strategies. The final draft of the policy will be presented at the Education & Policy Sub-committee meeting in two weeks’ time before being ratified by School Council on the 17th of August.
Parent Opinion Survey
2016 Parent Opinion Surveys have been sent home this week to randomly selected Ormond Families. If you have been selected by the computer please send in your responses by Friday 29th July.
Parent Opinion Surveys are completely confidential and the survey is conducted anonymously. Feedback received from these surveys contribute greatly to the future management and organisation of the school.
Parent Occupation Data Updates - Mid Year Cencus
In preparation for the Mid Year Census Parent Occupation Data Update forms were sent home last week.
In order that each school receives the appropriate level of funding to support student learning, the data must provide an accurate record of the current occupations of all parents and guardians.
Please ensure that you do not overstate your occupation. While you may be qualified to do a range of occupations it is extremely important you only state the occupation that you have undergone for the last 12 months. If a parent has not been in paid work for the last 12 months please compete the form with 'N'
All information is strictly confidential and only aggregated data will be used. Individual parents or guardians will not be identifiable.
Please ensure you read through these forms thoroughly making any necessary changes. Please return these forms to the office as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
Year 3 Camp
The Year 3 Camp is, once again, being held at ‘The Briars’ on the Mornington Peninsula. Year 3 students and their teachers will attend this two-day camp on the 11th & 12th of August. The range of outdoor challenge tasks and the opportunity spend overnight with their peers is a great introduction to outdoor education.
The use of multimedia resources to allow real-time virtual classrooms experiences is being trialled in our Korean room. Year 6C use a flat screen TV and a Zoom webcam to communicate with a Year 6 class in Daegu, South Korea. Last weeks’ lesson allowed the Korean students to teach the Ormond students K-Pop dancing. These sorts of age-appropriate cultural exchanges add an authenticity and purpose to language and cultural studies.
On Tuesday, 2nd of August Ormond will host a small delegation of educators from Korea. The focus will be on observation of a Victorian school involved in regular, day to day learning activities. I am sure that our visitors will be very impressed with how Ormond students work with their teachers to set specific learning goals and work in both standards-based and flexible groupings to achieve against appropriate educational challenges. I know that the ability of Ormond students, at all year levels, to articulate their learning to adults will be of great interest to our visitors.
Long Service Leave
I would like to inform the community that will be taking a short period of Long Service Leave from the 8th -16th of August. During this time Lorrie Dell will be the Acting Principal.