It seems summer has really fallen upon us a little earlier than expected. We hope all of you are managing to keep cool during this very hot week. I would encourage all children to apply sunscreen before school and re-apply during the day when outside. Our teachers are always making sure all students wear their hats and drink water throughout the day.
Foundation Students 2018
Last Friday we welcomed our 2018 Foundation students for their very first transition session. Everyone seemed very excited, with happy smiles and barely any tears when they left their parents side. Some children are really starting to experience school life by coming dressed in our school uniform. The children enjoyed a range of activities and had the opportunity to meet new peers and potential friends, all coming from many local kindergartens and child care centres. We were most impressed by the children’s’ confidence and the manner in which they worked with our Foundation teachers Mrs Hocking, Ms Halliday supported by our Korean teacher Mrs Park and some of our students who will be their buddies in 2018.
We have many new and existing families starting their children in the most exciting journey of schooling. Our families had the opportunity to find out more about our school as we held our information session on a range of topics. We look forward to more sessions with our 2018 students and getting to know their families.
Last night our students and staff celebrated all things STEAM and showcased their understandings and work in Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Mathematics. STEAM or STEM as it often gets referred to combines rigorous academic disciplines with the technical challenges of mastering skills in these learning areas. This deliberate grouping is essential for the development of critical thinking, creativity, engineering design process and problem solving skills. We hope you enjoyed all the activities on offer, especially the popular “Ormond Egg Drop Challenge”. Thank you to all the teachers, students and in particular Josh Hewett our Year 1 teacher who was the lead organiser.
What does STEM mean to us?
- We are all STEM teachers.
- We all teach critical and creative thinking.
- We all model and value analysis, evaluation and re-design.
- We all value innovation.
- We all value endeavour.
We all see greatest engagement when learning for the student is in context, is current, is authentic, is teacher-scaffolded but student driven, is appropriately challenging, is solutions
focused, frequently is problem-based and has real world relevance.
75% growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge, yet, over the past 20 years, the number of students studying STEM subjects to VCE level has steadily declined, perhaps we will inspire our students to take this learning further into their secondary years.
Working Bee – Thank You!
Our deepest appreciation goes out to all families who helped out on Saturday’s Working Bee. This was a last minute effort, but for a very good cause which was in preparation for our community event this Saturday. Thank you to everyone who attended this working Bee. We wished that we could highlight your names in our newsletter, but unfortunately no record of this was taken at the time.
We were able to do a big clean up and some gardening and planting. A special thank you to Bunnings South Oakleigh who donated some plants, grasses and fertiliser.
Hawaiian Beach Party
I hope you all take the opportunity to come to the Hawaiian Beach Party this Saturday from 5:00 – 8:30pm. It’s going to be lots of fun and great way to end the year with a social get together organised by our Parents & Friends.
Invitation - Community Workshop
The Victorian School Building Authority are hosting a Community Workshop to seek feedback from parents, students and the community, about what they would like to see from a secondary school provision project in the new East Bentleigh Village.
Monday 4 December 2017
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Valkstone Primary School44
Valkstone Street East Bentleigh VIC 3165
To RSVP please contact the Victorian School Building Authority:
Phone: 1800 896 950 Email: [email protected]
2018 Parent Payments
Last week we distributed all of our information regarding payments for 2018 school year. The most important payment to be made at this stage of the year is to ensure your child has their booklist requirements. All payments can be made via COMPASS.
We have once again offered the Excursion Payment Scheme and continued our optional contributions and voluntary contributions. We are very grateful for any of these contributions as this supports the maintenance of our grounds and facilities to ensure an optimal learning and safe environment for our students.
If you require any assistance regarding our payment schedule, please do not hesitate to contact Jan Cassidy our business manager.
A huge congratulations to the entire team, earning Ormond Primary a placing in the top 10% of participating schools across Australasia. A special mention to Luc G, Clancy W and Zareef Z for receiving a perfect score, a great achievement. Eleven students finished in the top 10% and five more students finished in the top 20%
Natalie Rose Lorrie Dell
Acting Principal Assistant Principal