Ormond Primary School

02 March 2016
Issue Three
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


Wednesday 2nd     Young Leaders Excursion

Friday 4th    Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport rnd 4

Monday 7th    District Swimming - Carnegie

Tuesday 8th   Footsteps

                           Education Sub Committee                                      Meeting  -  6:30pm

Wednesday 9th   Yr 4 Botanical Gardens                                             Yr 1 Rippon Lea House

Thursday 10th   Teddy Bears Picnic Prep &                                         Yr 5

Friday 11th   Yr 5/6 Inter school Sport Rnd 5


Tuesday 15th   Footsteps

Wednesday 16th   Yr 2 Drama Incursion

                             School Council Meeting

Friday 18th   Yr 5/6 Inter school Sport Rnd 6

                           Yr 6 Grand Prix Excursion

                           Yr 3 Cultural Infusion Incursion

                            2nd Hand Uniform Sale

                            Footsteps Disco - P&F

Monday 21st  Whole School House Athletics

Wednesday 23rd   Headlice Checks

                                 Grandparents Day Prep - Yr 2

Thursday 24th   LAST DAY OF TERM 1 


Monday 11th    TERM 2 BEGINS

Thursday 14th   School Photo Day

Friday 15th   Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport Rnd 7


Curriculumn Days 2016

Curriculum Days for 2016 are yet to be finalised.

2016 Term Dates

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

Prep 2017 School Tours

  • Tuesday 22nd March  
  • Friday 15th April
  • Tuesday 26th April
  • 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 ealier than 5 minutes prior to the tour. 

Principal's Report

Preps Start School Full Time

Now that it is March the Prep students will be attending school five days a week just like the bigger students. Throughout February all the Preps have shown that they have quickly adapted to the routines of school and as I visit each Prep classroom I am able to talk with confident learners who are very proud of their learning achievements. This is indeed a wonderful way to begin their formal school education.


School Council Elections 2016

The Annual School Council Election process is about to begin. Nominations for School Council will open on Wednesday, 17th of February and they will close on Friday, 11th of March.


Nomination forms are attached below and also available at the office. At this election there will be five parent vacancies and two DET employee vacancies. Please follow the link below for information regarding the role of School Council. Please return completed Nomination Forms to the Office as soon as possible. If you would like to discuss the role and time commitment associated with being a School Councillor please contact me for a chat.



On behalf of the Ormond Primary School community I would like to thank those Parent Category councillors whose current terms will be completed at the March meeting:

      Parent Category:

Dianne Wiseman, Leanne Berryman, Joanne Harty

      DET Employee Category:


      Co-opted Category:

Kylie Cockle     


I would also like to acknowledge the work of all the current School Councillors Frank Arrigo, Cath Shaw, Adam Gibson, Tara McCallum, Lorrie Dell and Felicity Hall-Shulman.


All parents of Ormond students are eligible to nominate for election in the Parent Category. DET employees have the opportunity to nominate for a two positions this year. Continuing DET employees are Lorrie Dell and Felicity Hall-Shulman.


Now that the school year is well underway, it is an appropriate time to remind parents of the correct school uniform. Our uniform supplier, Primary School Wear, has been instructed to supply only uniform items that are on the list attached below.

The following items are not School Council approved school uniform items, therefore are not to be worn.

  • Netball skirts
  • Skorts
  • Leggings other than bottle green
  • Nail polish
  • Jewellery – other than simple stud or sleeper earrings
  • Sticker transfers/stick on tattoos
  • Coloured hair accessories other than school colours or neutral black/brown

Parents are asked to ensure that all items of clothing are clearly named. Please encourage your child to look neat and tidy and to look after his/her belongings.


Rail Crossing Safety

The Level Crossing Removal Program is well underway and it is most important that all students and adults who cross the rail lines do so with caution. I was very pleased to receive a phone call from one of the supervising staff complementing Ormond students on their care and attention around this temporary hazard. However, it was concerning to hear the adults were not always setting the best example. Please encourage children to continue to exercise sound judgements at all times while the works are in progress.


Bike/Scooter Safety

I would like to also remind parents and students riding their bikes and scooters to and from school to do so with caution. Please remember to use school crossings where possible, stop at intersections until safe to cross and avoid riding out between parked cars. Parents are asked to reiterate road safety with their children at home.


District Swimming

Twenty-nine students will be representing Ormond Primary School at this year’s Moorabbin District Swimming Carnival which will be held at the Carnegie Swim Centre in Carnegie on Monday 7th March.  We wish them well in their individual and team events.


Glenn Butler



Education Sub Committee

Ormond Primary School’s Education Subcommittee of School Council meets monthly and comprises of teachers and interested parents.


The role of this subcommittee is to:

  • develop policies for school council in areas of curriculum
  • develop school wide policies such as Occupational Health and Safety, Equal Opportunity, Student Engagement and Wellbeing
  • monitor the implementation of the Strategic Plan
  • review school data such as NAPLAN, school surveys
  • discuss initiatives and changes e.g. Victorian Curriculum, eSmart  and Council of International Schools (CIS)

As this year’s convenor I would like to invite you to attend our first meeting which will be on March 8th at 6.30pm in the Staffroom. The purpose of this meeting is to review our current Mathematics and Staff Induction Policies.


All are welcome and your feedback will be appreciated.


Lorrie Dell

Assistant Principal

School News

Payments to Office

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.


OPS Building Fund

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.

Headlice Checks

The first of the three Headlice checks for the year will be taking place on Thursday 23rd March for those families who have paid the 2016 Headlice Levy. 

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Friday 18th March there will be a Second Hand Uniform Stall.

The stall will be held in the Korean Room between 3:15pm to 3:45pm.

Cash only, and please avoid large denominations as limited change will be available.

Student Banking

In 2016, we're taking students on an outback adventure through the Canyon of Savings and have eight new reward items to choose from our Outback Savers range!


2016 reward items

Flying Snake Tail (Released Term 1)

Wildlife Writer Set (Released Term 1)

Mud Splat Handball (Released Term 2)

Outback Pat Bag Tag (Released Term 2)

Backtrack Eraser Pen (Released Term 3)

Jump and Skip Rope (Released Term 3)

Bush Fly Fan (Released Term 4)

Wriggly Glow Worm (Released Term 4)

Outback Savers can go wild at Australia Zoo

The School Banking program can help put young Australians on the path to good savings habits. And with this year’s Grand Prize Competition it might even put them on a path to Australia Zoo, where they’ll meet Bindi and Robert Irwin (not to mention koalas, wombats and wallabies) as part of the wildest family adventure you can imagine.


How to Enter...

Every student who makes 15 or more School Banking deposits by the end of Term 3, 2016 will automatically go into the draw to win a family trip for two adults and three children to meet the Irwins at Australia Zoo.


The Grand Prize

Full day Platinum Zoo Adventure Tour at Australia Zoo, Qld where one lucky winner will:

Travel around the zoo in style with their own personal zoo guide

Get up close with the animals

Meet Bindi and Robert Irwin on part of their tour

Enjoy morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea while watching crocodiles and koalas in the open-air Feeding Frenzy Food Court

Have their own personal photographer to capture every moment with Bindi, Robert and the animals.

Plus, the prize includes:

Return domestic flights to Brisbane or Sunshine Coast, Qld (airport destination subject to flight availability)

4 nights’ accommodation at the Oaks Oasis, Sunshine Coast in a two bedroom villa with breakfast included

5 days’ car hire

$1,000 spending money

Full details of the competition and terms and conditions will be available at commbank.com.au/schoolbanking.

Upcoming Excursions & Events

Below is a list of the upcoming excursions or events for each Year level. Notices have been sent home if consent was required. All event information is available for viewing through the Compass Parent Portal. If you have lost or misplaced any consent forms please contact the office.


Whole School Events

Whole School Athlectics - 21st March


Teddy Bears Picinic  - 10th March

Grandparent/Special Friend Day - 23rd March

Year 1

Rippon Lea House - 9th March

Grandparent/Special Friend Day - 23rd March

Year 2

Drama Workshop Incursion - 16th March

Grandparent/Special Friend Day - 23rd March

Year 3

Cultural Infusion Incursion - 18th March

Year 4

Connecting to Country - 9th March

Year 5

Teddy Bears Picnic - 10th March

Year 6

Grand Prix - 18th March

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Students in Prep to Year 2 are learning about themselves and what life was like for their parents and grandparents as children and to celebrate, will be holding a Grandparents/Special Friends Day. Students and their Grandparent or Special Friend will be able to share each others school experiences and find out how school has changed over the years. 


Invitations will be sent home with your child. Please ensure that they are passed on to the grandparent or special friend.


We are also in need of a few parent volunteers to helpon the day as there will be a Morning Tea. Please contact your child's teacher or return the slip sent home or attached below if you are able to assist on the day. The program will run on Wednesday 23rd March from  9:15am, with morning tea concluding at 10:40am. Further details regarding this event are on the Compass Parent Portal.


Teaddy Bears Picnic Preps & Year 5 Buddies

As part of our buddies program the Preps and their Year 5 buddies will be going to Allnutt Park for a ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ on Thursday the 10th of March. All children are asked to bring their favourite teddy and a small snack to share with their buddy on this day. Please be aware that there are children with allergies in these classes so we ask that you check with your childs teacher if this will affect you.

Year 1 News

Year 1 students have had a great time learning many new skills in all areas. We have begun our Footsteps program and they have all been enjoying practicing many new dance moves, both individually and with partners. They have learnt routines to new songs as well as old favourites like ‘Ghostbusters’. 

In literacy, the students have been practicing their short vowel sounds. The sounds for the last couple of weeks have been the short E and O. We have also been leaning what nouns and verbs are. This will be continuous learning over the year. Have them discuss at home, even locate nouns, verbs or sounds in their readers.


In maths there has been lots of learning happening. We have been practising skip counting by, 2s, 5s and 10s and have begun revising what we know about place value.  We too have discussed and explored 2D and 3D shapes, I’m sure they can find plenty at home.


We are looking forward to visiting Rippon Lea House on 9th of March and seeing more about daily life in the past.

Year 6 News

Year 6 Swimming

On the 17th, 23rd and 24th February, the Year 6 students participated in a Life Saving program at Lysterfield Lake and Sandridge Beach, Port Melbourne. We learnt how to save people using different objects, such as boards, life saver tubes and other beach equipment. We also learnt about beach conditions, such as sandbars and drop offs, and how they can affect us in the water. We completed a range of sand activities, like ironman/woman and acted out emergency situations. We all had a fantastic time and leant valuable skills that will keep us safe in the water.

By Jenny and Thomas

Parliament House

On Monday 29th February, Year 6 students boarded a train to Parliament. When we arrived, we had a quick bite to eat on the steps of Parliament and then split into 3 groups. We visited St. Patricks Cathedral, which is the tallest catherdral in Australia, and learnt all about Gothic revival style churches of the 1800s. The stained glass windows were amazing.


We then moved across to Parliament house and had a guided tour of the library, legislative council and legislative assembly. We learnt about how laws are made and passed and were able to act out roles as Ministers and even got to sit in the Ministers chairs! We then went past Old Treasury Building, Cook’s Cottage and finished our tour at Fitzroy gardens for lunch. It was a brilliant day learning about Parliament and the history of some of Melbourne’s most famous landmarks.

By Jett and Laura Gong


Sports News

Out Of School Hours Tennis Lessons

A reminder to parents that these lessons are run on a private basis and are not connected to the school.  These lessons are run each Monday and Wednesday both in the morning and afternoon.  All payments for these lessons are to be given to Michael Pannam directly.


Payments will not be accepted at the school office or by teachers.  If you have any queries please contact Michael Pannam directly on 0456 401 000

Out of School Hours Care

After School Care Waiting List

We have a daily waiting list for After School Care from Monday to Thursday. If your require a casual one off place please note your childs name on the waiting list on the day you require in the Program Diary. Please contact the program the night before or the morning of the care is required to confirm your child’s place.


After School Care Cancellation

Parents please remember to cancel your child’s Before & After School Care booking; If your child is not attending school due to illness or you don’t require the session.

You can conveniently leave a message on the voice mail at any time. Ph: 9578 5826


Autumn School Holiday Program Dates: Tuesday 29th March to Friday 8th April

The Autumn School Holiday Program time table will be available from Wednesday 9th March. Holiday Program Bookings will close Tuesday 22nd March.


After School Care Activities

Thursday 3rd March               Craft Stick Snake

Friday 4th March                     Print Making

Monday 7th March                 Crowns

Tuesday 8th March                 Cooking

Wednesday 9th March             Foil Art

Thursday 10th March               Felt Broaches

Friday 11th March                   No Sew Owl

Monday 14th March                Public Holiday

Tuesday 15th March                Paper Plate Dinosaur

Wednesday 16th March           Cooking


April Kopitz

Out of School Hours Co Ordinator

Parents & Firends

Footsteps Disco - Pattern Party!

You’re invited to come and join the fun and show off your new dance moves at the Ormond Primary 2016 footsteps disco!


When:        Friday 18th March, 2016

Where:      Ormond Primary School Hall

Times:       Prep - Year 3   6:00pm - 7:00pm

                      Year 4 -6            7:15pm - 8:30pm

Theme:     Wear the craziest combinations of patterns you can find!  Think stripes, spots, camo and geometrics.

Booking:    $5 per student (including icy pole).  Book at www.trybooking.com/KPHL

**Please remember to bring your printed Trybooking ticket on the night**

P&F Emailing List

This year, P&F are going to be using 'mailchimp' to send out emails, as it allows recipients to easily unsubscribe or change their contact details. 


We have several emails out on various things since the start of the school year. If you have not received all or some of them, please check your junk email boxes and mark them (and our email address) as 'not junk'. 


If you are still not recieving emails from Parents & Friends and would like to please email Parents & Friends.

Community News & Adverts


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