On behalf of the Ormond School Community I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of Lorrie Dell in her leadership of the school during my period of long service leave. The care and dedication shown by Lorrie to the students, staff and community of Ormond ensured that the 2016 school has commenced in a harmonious and purposeful fashion. Under Lorrie’s leadership, the orientation of new staff and all students for the start of the year has been expertly handled and this is evidenced by the productive nature of the learning in all areas of the school.
Student Leadership Presentations
Congratulations to our 2016 Student Leaderswho were presented with their badges by Member for Bentleigh Mr Nick Staikos at Mondays assembly.
Georgia F & Jonah R
Rebecca M & Philbert Z
Alyssa N & Emma S
Community & Junior School Council Captains
Kate B & Sam P
Mia V & Elise C
Joshua L, Rose McC & Barath B
McKillop - Jamillah Z & Michael H
Hollows - Otto C-M & Seamus C
Chisholm - Angus McL & Holly L
Flynn - Alice C & Laura W
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.
The ongoing maintenance of the school is managed by the school leadership and School Council through the employment of a part-time handyman and the contracting of qualified service providers. If you notice something that has come adrift please notify the Office so that we can record it in our Maintenance Book so that we can address the concern.
Thank you to all the teachers and parents who attended this week’s Information Sessions. These sessions are a key communication strategy which helps build the close partnership between school and home. The preparation and presentation by teachers and the response by so many parents made the evenings most worthwhile.
School Hours and grounds
A reminder to all parents that a second bell will ring at 3:45pm each day. When this bells sounds, all students and parents who are not participating in authorised after school activities e.g. Tennis/ Music Lesson or the After School Care program must leave the school grounds.
Parents are also reminded that the school grounds become part of the After School Care Program facilities until 6:00pm each night therefore, they are not available for use during this time.
Kick Off Night
All teachers and the school leadership look forward to catching up with parents in a relaxed setting at Friday night’s Kick Off event. We encourage all new parents to come along and join with those of us who could be considered ‘regulars’ at Ormond. See you there!
Artist in Residence
This week sees the beginning of the 2016 Artist in Residence project. Helen Kupfer and professional artist, Deb Qadri, will be working with all students from Prep to Year 6 in a ceramics program which will see the creation of a very large mosaic mounted on the wall inside the 2000 Building (Prep, Year 1, Art Room).
The theme of the project will be the timeless classic: ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
COMPASS School Management System
New families to Ormond Primary School this year should by now, have recieved a letter with their COMPASS account details.
You Tell Us Interviews
Parent Teacher “You Tell Us” Interviews for children in Years 1 - 6 at Ormond Primary School will be conducted on Wednesday 24th February. The “You Tell Us” Interviews provide an opportunity for parents to come and discuss any concerns that they have regarding their child settling in at the beginning of the year.
Please note that this is not an academic progress interview. Parent / Teacher Interviews for student progress are held in June. If you have concerns regarding your child’s progress please arrange another time to meet with the class teacher. ‘You Tell Us” interviews are an opportunity for you and your child’s Teacher to discuss any social, emotional or medical concerns you may have.
Bookings can now be made via the Compass Parent Portal. Bookings are limited to one 10 minute session with your child's teacher. Please be mindful that it may not be possible to book consecutive appointments for siblings.
If you have any questions or tecnical issues rgarding Compass please contact Brodie in the Office.
School Council Elections 2016
The Annual School Council Election process is about to begin. Nominations for School Council will open on Wednesday, 17tth 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 or catch me at the ‘Kick Off’ on Friday, 19th of February. Forms will be available on the night.
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:
Dianne Wiseman, Leanne Berryman, Joanne Harty
DET Employee Category:
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.