Ormond Primary School

17 February 2016
Issue Two
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 17th  Yr 6 Swimming Lysterfeild 

                                    Artist in Residence

                                 School Council Meeting

Thursday 18th      Artist in Residence

Friday 19th       Yr 5/6 Inter school Sport Rnd 2

                                   P&F Kick Off Night

Tuesday 23rd     Yr 6 Swimming Port Melb


                                 Artist in Residence

Wednesday 24th    Yr 6 Swimming Port Melb

                                      Artist in Residence

                               You Tell Us Interviews Yr 1-6

Thursday 25th        Artist in Residence 

Friday 26th     Yr 5/6 Inter school Sport Rnd 3


Tuesday 1st     Footsteps

Wednesday 2nd     Young Leaders Excursion

Friday 4th    Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport rnd 4

Monday 7th    District Swimming - Carnegie

Tuesday 8th   Footsteps

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


Tuesday 15th   Footsteps

Wednesday 16th   Yr 2 Drama Incursion

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

                           Yr 3 Incursion TBC

                            2nd Hand Uniform Sale

                            Footsteps Disco - P&F

Monday 21st  Whole School House Athletics

Wednesday 23rd   Headlice Checks

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


Public Holidays 2016

Tuesday 26th January - Australia Day

Monday 14th March - Labour Day

Friday 25th March - Good Friday

Monday 28th March - Easter Monday

Monday 25th April - Anzac Day

Monday 13th June - Queens Birthday

Tuesday 1st November - Melbourne Cup

Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day

Curriculum Days 2016

Curriculum Days for 2016 are yet to be finalised.

Term Dates 2016

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

Principal's Report


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.

School Captains

Georgia F   &   Jonah R

School Vice-Captains

Rebecca M   &   Philbert Z

Environment Captains

Alyssa N   &   Emma S

Community & Junior School Council Captains

Kate B   &   Sam P

Arts Captains

Mia V   &   Elise C

Multimedia Captains

Joshua L,  Rose McC   &   Barath B

House Captains

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.


Information Evenings

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:

      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.


Glenn Butler


School News

Payments to the 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 Hnad 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.

Library News

Book Promotions

Kellogg’s are currently running an online promotion. Simply  purchase two boxes of their specially marked products and keep your receipt and go online to purchase a  FREE book as listed on the website. The offer ends 10th April.


Also, the Herald Sun is running a Dr Seuss special.  By purchasing the paper and taking a token and $2.60 to your newsagency you receive a brand new book or collect the whole range by pre ordering without a token this offer ends 20th February.


Library Sessions

Library lessons commenced last week. and although it was a bit hectic with the new shelving arriving and lots of books need to be relocated, we got it all sorted.  The purchasing of new books from Scholastic rewards and wonderful donations from OPS families has made it necessary to increase the shelf space. Many  thanks  to those students who have already donated books this year.


All children from will need to bring a library bag to their lesson to keep their borrowed books clean and safe. Sadly a few of books have been ruined by leaking drink bottles, so these books can no longer be used as they have gone mouldy.


Lunchtime Library

Lunchtime reading commenced this week silent reading everyday from 1:15pm to 1:45pm for all students from Prep- Year 6.

No food or drinks allowed in the library please.


Happy reading!

Debbie Coath

Year 1 News

It has been a very busy start to the year in the Year 1 area.  They have accepted all new responsibilities well and have been working extremely hard.


In literacy, they have been getting used to writing on the dotted thirds lines have begun writing information reports and recounts. 


In mathematics, we have begun the year with revision of counting and number patters, still though working on the levels that they are up to. We will spend the first part of the year building on understanding of place value as this assist with many other areas of their mathematics for the year.


The students have been very excited to start their new inquiry unit ‘Back in Time’. This unit is reflecting on the student’s family’s history from the past. Expect many questions as we discuss childhood life of their parents and grandparents at school, home and in play.


If you didn’t attend parent information night just a reminder that both Year 1 classes have sport on Tuesdays and Library on Wednesday therefore will need their runners and library bags on those days.

In Korean the Year 1 students had a cultural dress up session wearing traditional Korean outfits. 

Year 2 News

What a wonderful beginning to the first term of Year 2.  The children settled well into the classroom routines and are already demonstrating a diligent approach to learning.


 As you are probably aware, this is a short term however, as usual it is action packed. Here is an outline of the term’s structure.



  • Writing  -  Focus on Recount and Information text.  Correct format will be taught.  Emphasis will also be on handwriting. We are using the Victorian Cursive Script with the dotted third lines.
  • Reading  -  The focus will be on comprehension of a text. Students will also read daily and be given opportunities to read in front of an audience. Please read with your child on a daily basis.
  • Speaking and Listening  -  We will continue to teach real listening skills in both small and large groups. Students will be given an opportunity to present a 1 minute talk about themselves that links in with Inquiry Learning. More information will be sent home about this.
  • Spelling  -  This is part of our literacy sessions. The focus will be on short sounds in vowels and consonants.


  • Number and Algebra  -  Focus this term is on counting and place value.
  • Measurement & Geometry  -  We will be exploring both two and three dimensional shapes and their features. Time - days, months, special dates, and Transformation – rotations, slip slide, will also be investigated.

Inquiry Learning

Our unit of study is Life Changes. We will look at how humans grow and change at different stages.  Life cycles of a butterfly and frog will also be investigated. An incursion is organised for later in the term. This will be a social skills drama class.


Class Information

  • Footsteps Dance Program  -  Tuesdays 11:10 – 12 midday.
  • Sun-smart  -  Remember to send hats this term. Full drink bottles of water only and a smart snack are a great way to fuel the brain.
  • You Tell Us Interviews  -  Wednesday 24th February
  • This is an opportunity to meet briefly with your child’s teacher to discuss specific social, behavioural or educational requirements.
  • Parent Helpers  -  This term we are ensuring the classroom routine is well established.  We will ask for parent helpers in 2nd term. Assistance will be required in literacy and mathematic lessons.

We look forward to meeting many of you soon.

Year 2 Team

Sally Berryman, Margot Hudson, Effie Liarakos

Year 3 News


Footsteps is an immersive dance and movement program that encourages students to learn, practise and perform a series of different moves to music. The first Footsteps session for the year was engaging, energetic and lots of fun for all students.


Here is what some of the Year 3 students thought about it so far...

"Footsteps was fun because we danced." Stuart 3C

"Footsteps is lots of fun because it is good for you and they teach you how to dance."Shauna 3C

"I really like Footsteps because you get to move around." Paras 3A

"The moves we do are great especially the sumo." Sacha 3A

"I like footsteps because we get to learn new dance moves and get to encourage ourselves." Rachel 3B

"Footsteps is enjoyable because you learn dance moves and you get to have fun with your friends." Georgia 3B


Year 6 News

Click Against Hate Incursion

On the 2nd and 3rd of February, the Year 6 students had an incursion with the B’nai B’rith organisation. They are dedicated to promoting tolerance and multiculturalism and tackling issues with racism, hatred and anti-Semitism. Our presenter talked about reasons why we hate and why it is bad. We also talked about defamation and incitement. After the program, we split into groups and made posters about what we had learnt. Now we know a lot more about hate and how to stop it thanks to the B’nai B’rith organisation.


Kate and Sam

Community Captains

Out of School Hours

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 placement,  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 Activities


Thursday 18th         Pet Rocks

Friday 19th                Print Making

Monday 22nd            Cooking

Tuesday 23rd           Pom Poms

Wednesday 24th     Bookmarks

Thursday 25th         Salt Dough

Friday 26th                Water Colour Painting

Monday 29th            Cooking


Tuesday 1st              Bracelets

Wednesday 2nd       Peg People

April Kopitz

Out of School Hours Co Orfinator

Parents & Friends News

2016 Kick Off Social Night

Let’s kick off the new school year with a great social event for all OPS parents (This is an adults only event).

Catch up with friends, meet new people and chat to some teachers in a relaxed setting.

Dine from the taco truck and choose from a great selection of beers, wine, sparkling and soft options.

  • Friday 19th February 2016
  • 7.30p.m.
  • In the OPS Hall
  • $15 per person (includes tacos and your first drink)
  • Free for parents new to OPS!

Get your tickets here: http://www.trybooking.com/JRVF


New parents and OPS staff, please still book your free ticket so we arrange enough food!


2016 Footsteps Disco

The Footsteps Disco is in the early stages of planning, however please put in a 'save the date' for Friday 18th March.


Further infomation regards this event will be posted one details are confirmed.


P&F Emailing List

It has come to our attention that many of you may not be receiving P&F emails. 


We have decided this year to try using 'mailchimp' to send out emails, as it allows recipients to easily unsubscribe or change their contact details. 


We have sent 5 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.

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