Ormond Primary School

04 February 2016
Issue One
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


Friday 5th        Yr 5/6 Lightning Premireship

Monday 8th    Prep & Student Leader Photos

                           Yr 5 Project Rockit Cyber Safety

Thursday 11th  Yr 6 Team Building Incursion

Friday 12th     Yr 5/6 Inter school Sport Rnd 1

Tuesday 16th  Footsteps

                              Artist in Residence

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

Tuesday 23rd     Yr 6 Swimming Port Melb


                                 Artist in Residence

Wednesday 24th    Yr 6 Swimming Port Melb

                                      Artist in Residence

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

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

                           Yr 3 Incursion TBC

Monday 21st  Whole School House Athletics

Thursday 24th   LAST DAY OF TERM 1 


Monday 11th    TERM 2 BEGINS

Friday 15th   Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport Rnd 7


Public Holidays

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

The School Year Begins

Welcome everyone to an exciting 2016.  It is wonderful to be back and I thank everyone for their very warm reception. I hope you had a wonderful break and really enjoyed spending time with your family and friends.


New Teachers

On behalf of the Ormond Primary School community I would like to welcome our new teachers,  as well as Carrie Tunnock who is returning from Family Leave.

  • Jade Lipson – Prep B
  • Margot Hudson – 2A
  • Carrie Tunnock – Grade Sharing 3A
  • Allyce Cash – 3C
  • Julie Nield – 6B
  • Kylie Fitzgerald – Prep – Yr 2 Teaching support

The enthusiasm, warmth and energy that these teachers bring to their classrooms will be of great benefit to their students.


Holiday Happenings : Facilities

As always the holidays are a good time to enable tasks to be completed:

  • The Prep and Year 1 learning areas have been refurbished with new carpets. Villaboard has been installed in preparation for our Artists in Residence project which will commence later this month.
  • The new playground has been installed and is already proving to be a popular play space for the Junior School. This playground was made possible through many school fundraising activities and a government grant.
  • April and her Out of School Hours team have presented an engaging  holiday program which was very well attended by many students.
  • Teachers and Education Support and Office staff at school worked to ensure that all is in readiness for the school year – an amazing dedication – cars everywhere on many days over the last two weeks – fantastic effort for our students.

Attendance and Punctuality at School

Students should arrive to their class class ON TIME and ready to learn. Parents need

to assist their child to be punctual so as to create the very best opportunities for their child to learn and not miss vital instruction time which commences at 9:00am.


If students are late to school, they must be signed in at the office by their parent or guardian before heading to class. 


It has been great to see the students in Prep – Year 6 settle into class so happily today including the new Preps on their first special day. They all looked very excited, attentive, keen and so smart attired in their new OPS school uniform.


Mrs Ioannou and Ms Lipson together with Ms Fitzgerald , Mrs Stewart and Mrs Park welcomed them happily into the classroom for an exciting day of learning.


Lots of first day photos, smiles and some wistful and very heartfelt looks from the Preps’ loved ones as they wished them a happy day and left waving and wondering about how they would “cope” without “them” for their first day. Some parents even managed to express relief that it all took place so smoothly. 


A lovely morning tea was ready in the hall  for the Prep parents and grandparents  to enjoy and to spend some time reflecting about this very special day. 


Thank you so much to the Ormond Parents & Friends association who helped  to provide the goodies to eat, and organising every detail. 


There will be lots of opportunities for new and current parents and friends to be involved in the school and your children will love seeing you here volunteering.


Please look out for these meeting dates in forthcoming newsletters.


Curriculum Information Sessions

Teachers will be conducting Information Sessions for parents regarding school organization and curriculum plans on the following days:

Year 1

Monday 15th February

6.30pm – 7.00pm   Room 11

Year 2

Monday 15th February                                    6.30pm – 7.00pm   Room 6

Year 5 & 6

Monday 15th February                                    7.15pm – 8.00pm   Room 20


Tuesday 16th February

6.30pm – 7.00pm   Room 12

Year 3

Tuesday 16th February

7.15pm – 8.00pm   Room 7

Year 4

Tuesday 16th February 

 7.15pm – 8.00pm   Room 15


COMPASS School Management System

Many parents may have already noticed 'events' appearing on their child's Compass profiles. These 'events' are all excursions, incursions as well as sporting, camping or general activities that will take place throughout the year. 


Further down the track, the ability for parents to give consent directly online will be activated. In the meantime - the system remains the same for parents. This process is that permission notices will be sent home, parents are to complete the form and send it back to the staff member specified on the notice. Any associated payments required for the activity should still be sent to the school via the cash bag system or paid directly to the office when returning the forms. 


As notices are now automatically gernerated with students names on them, generic notices will no longer be available to download from the newsletter or website if they are lost or misplaced. In the event that you do require a new notice, please contact Brodie in the office or the staff member specified on the notice before the 'return date' as forms cannot be re-printed after this date. An greater emphasis is now in place to ensure all permission forms are returned on time and kept in a safe place at home.


Any questions regarding COMPASS or login issues should be directed to Brodie in the school office.


New families to the school will recieve their Compass login information shortly.


Year 6 Shirts, Hoodies and Badges

The Year 6 students are clearly recognizable in the school as they are all wearing the new Year 6 school polo shirts. Very smart indeed! Over the next few weeks the captains will be receiving their leadership badges. Parents will be notified regarding the timing of the presentation. Hoodies will arrive towards the end of Term 1 in time for the cooler autumn weather.


School Council

The first School Council Meeting for 2016 will be held on Wednesday, 17th February at 7 pm in the Staffroom. In the next newsletter we will be seeking parent nominations for the new School Council for this year. I encourage all parents and in particular new parents to chat with school councillors about the role and to consider nomination for the four vacancies which will be available.


Emergency Procedures

In accordance with the Departmaent of Education's Emergency Management Procedures, this week we will be undertaking an Emergency Evactuation Drill for all children, staff. parents  and school visitors present at the time. The students will be notified on the morning this will take place to avoid any anxiety due to the recent events. Future notifications of such drills will not be given.


Enjoy the Year

The dedicated teaching staff at Ormond Primary School  look forward to celebrating the success of your child’s learning with you and your child, communicating what progress has been made and what we can do in partnership to further this learning.




Lorrie Dell

Acting Principal

School News

2016 Essential Education Contributions

Any families who have not yet paid the 2016 Excursion Payment Scheme and wish to do so are asked to please pay by Friday 5th Feburary. 


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.

Student Banking

Student Banking will begin next Thursday 11th Feburary.


If you wish to sign your child up for student bankning please contact Brodie in the office or visit your local Commonwealth Bank Branch or website. 

Icy Pole Day

Icy Pole Day will begin on Thursday 11th Feburary. 


Students will be able to purchase icypoles for 50c each Thursday lunchtime during Term 1. 

Lost Property Volunteer

Do you have a spare hour a week?

We are looking for a parent volunteer to assist us in maintaing the lost property cupboard here at Ormond Primary. 


If you are interested or would like to find out more information of what is involved, please contact Brodie in the office. 

1:1 iPad Program

We are very excited about the continuation of our 1:1 iPad Program in Year 5 & 6 in 2016 and expanding the program to now include our Year 4 students.


It is now time to finalise the commitment to the program to ensure the smooth commencement of the program. Many parents have alreay completed this process and for that we thank you. We ask that all parents who have not yet competed this process to please do so.


Please read through the attached ‘Information Booklet’. This will help you to understand why we are moving in this direction and to better understand how this program will be implemented.


Please return the ‘Commitment to Program’ form by Monday 8th February.


The ‘Digital Technologies Acceptable Use Agreement’ detailing the specific guidelines and requirements that need to be understood and adhered to is attached. Please make sure this is read carefully with your child, and have it signed by yourself and your child and returnthe entire booklet along with the ‘Commitment to Program’ form.


Families should have received an apps list sent home this week with redemption codes to download the required school apps. If you have not recieved these codes please speak to you childs classroom teacher.


Should you require further information to answer any questions you have, visit the OPS 1:1 iPad Program website at http://ops1to1ipad.global2.vic.edu.au.


If you are considering purchasing an iPad through our school webstore (provided by JB Education), the website is stated below and is live until Friday 5th February to take your orders.


URL: http://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/

Code: OPS2016

2016 Prep - Year 3 Digital Technologies Acceptable Use Agreement

Please find attached below the Digital Technologies Acceptable Use Agreement for 2016 Prep to Year 3 students. 

This booklet must be read by parents and the acceptable use of ICT equipment and programs at Ormond Primary School explained to their children. Parents are then asked to sign the acceptance page and return the entire booklet to the office by the end of 2015. 

* Please Note - 2016 Preps would have already received this agreement in their information packs. 


Out of School Hours

Program Coordinator Availability

April is available to answer questions and provide program information to families Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 10.30am or between 3.00pm to 3.20pm.


April is also happy to meet with parents for meetings at an agreed specified time.  Please be appreciateive that it is too busy for the staff to answer questions during session times, particulary  when settling children into the After School Session during afternoon tea from 3.25pm to 4.00pm.


Before School Care

Parents if your child requires breakfast at Before School Care please ensure you arrive before 8.10am. Breakfast and hot and cold drink orders close at 8.10am this allows children enough time to  eat, before the programs packs up the Before School Care session.


Before School Care Dental Hygiene

Children attending Before School Care who have breakfast at the program, will be required to clean their teeth after breakfast. Children will be required to bring a new tooth brush in a plastic toothbrush container with a lid. The toothbrush will be kept in its container at the program. We will provide the tooth paste, water and cups.


Before & After School Care Cancellations

Children enrolled in The Before & After School Care Program are expected to attend on the days they are booked. Please ensure you contact the program if your child is not attending for a booked session. If your child is absent from school please phone the program as well as the school. The school office is not responsible for informing the Out of School Hours Program of student absentee’s. There is no additional cost for cancellations if parents contact the service within the given time frame, please refer to cancellation information provided with your enrolment form. For cancellations please use the program diary on the sign out desk in the hall or leave a message on the 24 hour answering machine.


Before School Care Cancellation Fee Table

The following fees apply for cancellations.

  • Failure to cancel booking  -   Full Fee
  • Cancellation after 6pm the night before or the morning care is required   - Half Fee
  • Cancellation the day before care is required   -   No charge is the program is notified before 6pm the day before care is required.
  • Cancellation on the morning care is required due to illness and the child is not attending school   -  no charge if the program is notified.

After School Care Cancellations

The program must be informed of After School Care Cancellations by 9.00 am on the day care is required. Families can inform the program of cancellations by phone or by writing a message in the program diary, located on the sign out desk. Families who fail to cancel or contact the program late on the day care is required will be charged at the full

After School Care rate. Please Note: Child Care Benefit or Rebate does not apply to cancellation fees.



After School Care Cancellations Fees Table

The following fees apply for cancellations

  • Failure to Cancel a Booking  -   Full fee
  • Same day late cancellation after 3.00pm -      Full fee
  • Same day cancellation after 9.00am before 3.00pm   -  Half fee
  • Same day cancellation before 9.00am  -            No Charge
  • Cancellation the day before care is required  -    No Charge
  • Same day cancellation due to child being sent home from school   -   No Charge

Cancellations by Phone Contact the Out of School Hours Program Phone: 03 9578 5826.


Child Care Rebate

Unlike day care, Child Care Rebate in Out of School Hours is paid quarterly this is due to variations in bookings and cancellations fees. Families usually receive their Child Care Rebate reimbursement payment for term one, within four weeks of the second term . The Child Care Rebate for the January School Holiday Program will be included with the first Child Care Rebate reimbursement in term two.


Before & After School Care Fees

Parents will receive a notice regarding fees the collection of accounts and payments next week.


After School Care Activities

Thurs 4th February       Cooking

Friday 5th February      Paint Workshop

Mon 8th February         Crowns and Wands

Tues 9th February         Peg Animals

Wed 10th February       Felt Pencil case

Thurs 11th February     Disco Balls

Friday 12th February     Children’s Valentine’s Day Cards

Mon 15th February       Monsters

Tues16th February       Cooking

Wed 17th February       Craft Stick Snakes


April Kopitz

OSHC Coordinator

Parents & Friends Update

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!


Ormond Primary School
Commitment to Program 2016.pdf
1-1 iPad Program info booklet.pdf
OPS 1-1 Frequently Asked Questions.pdf
Yr 456 ICT Acceptable Use Agreement OPS 2016.pdf
Prep - Year 3 Digital Technologies Acceptable Use Agreement OPS 2016.pdf
Prep - Year 3 Digital Technologies Acceptable Use Agreement OPS 2016.pdf
Flyer - 2016 Kick Off.pdf