Ormond Primary School

26 June 2019
Issue Ten
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report 
Whole School News
Parents, Friends & Community 
Ormond Primary School
03 9578 1327
Wheatley Rd
Ormond, Vic, 3204

Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember 

Please also refer to the Compass Calendar for further details of events


Thursday 27th   - Positive Relationships Yr 3-6

Friday 28th        - Positive Relationships Yr 3-6

        - End of Term 2 School Dismissed at 2:30pm



Monday 15th - Term 3 Commences

Friday 19th - Bike Checks Yr 5 & 6

Wednesday 24th - Science Incursion Yr 4

Friday 26th - Bike Ed Theory Yr 5 & 6

Wednesday 31st - Wetlands Excursion - Yr 2



Friday 2nd - Bike Ed Practical Yr 5 & 6

Monday 5th - House Athletics TBC

Thursday 15th - Yr 3 Departs TBC

Friday 16th - Yr 3 Camp Returns TBC

                           - Bike Ed Practical Yr 5 & 6

                           - Bike Ed Theory Yr 4

Thursday 22nd - Yr 3/4 Concert TBC

Friday 23rd - Bike Ed Practical Yr 4, 5 & 6

Monday 26th - Science Incursion Yr 6

Friday 30th   - Bike Ed Practical Yr 4, 5 & 6



Tuesday 3rd - Visual Art Excursion  Yr 5/6 TBC

Wednesday 4th - Moving into Teen Years - Yr 6

Friday 6th - Bike Ed Practical Yr 4, 5 & 6

                  - Respectful Relationships Open Afternoon

                     2:45pm - No School Assembly 

Wednesday 7th - Ormond's Got Talent

Tuesday 10th - Visual Art Excursion Yr 5/6 TBC

Wednesday 11th - Moving into Teen Years Yr 6

Friday 13th - Korean Showcase TBC

Tuesday 17th - Visual Art Excursion Yr 5/6 TBC

Wednesday 18th - Moving into Teen Years Yr 6

Thursday 19th - Braeside Park Bike Ride - Yr 6

Friday 20th - End of Term 3 School Dismissed at 2:30pm



Monday 7th - Term 4 Commences

Thursday 24th - Ormond Oscars Yr 5 & 6 TBC

Tuesday 29th - Yr 4 Camp Departs TBC

Wednesday 30th - Collingwood Childrens Farm Yr 1

Thursday 31st - Yr 4 Camp Returns TBC






Monday 2nd - F to Yr 2 Swimming Commences TBC

Wednesday 18th  - Yr 6 Graduation TBC

Friday 20th - End of Term 4 School Dismissed at 1:30pm

2019 Term Dates

TERM 1  -  29th January to 5th April

*Tuesday 29th January is a Curriculum Day - students in Year 1-6 will commence school for 2018 on Wednesday 30th January. Foundation students will commence on Thursday 31st January.*

TERM 2  -  23rd April to 28th June

TERM 3  -  15th July to 20th September

TERM 4  -  7th October to 20th December


Term 1, 2 and 3 students are dismissed early at 2:30pm on the last day of each term.  Term 4 students are dismissed at 1:30pm on the last day.  The After School Care Program will open early on these days.


2019 Curriculum Days 

  • Tuesday 29th January
  • Monday 13th May
  • TBC
  • TBC

2019 Public Holidays

Monday 11th March - Labour Day

Friday 19th April - Good Friday

Monday 22nd April - Easter Monday 

Thursday 25th April - ANZAC Day

Monday 10th June - Queens Birthday

Tuesday 5th November - Melbourne Cup


School Council Meetings

2019 School Council Meeting will be held in the staff room at  7:00pm.  

  • June - Wednesday 19th
  • July - no meeting
  • August - Wednesday 21st
  • September - Wednesday 18th
  • October - Wednesday 23rd
  • November - Wednesday 20th 
  • December - TBC

2020 Enrolment Tours

School tours are conducted by the Principal or Assistant Principal at 9:30am and run for approximately one hour. 

Please register for the tour at the Front Office on the day.

  • Thursday 2nd May
  • Friday 24th May
  • Wednesday 5th June
  • Monday 24th June

Student Absences - Parent Procedures

Is your child going to be...

Absent all day?   

Parent approval entered into compass by 9:15am (this can also be done in advance) OR phone the school office on 9578 1327 and leave a message on option # 1.


Arriving late? 

When you arrive to school, the student must be signed IN at the school office by the parent/carer prior to going to class.


Leaving early?

Parent/Carer must sign the student OUT at the school office prior to picking them up from class


*Automated text messages are now sent daily to parents of all students who have been marked absent without parent approval.


PLEASE NOTE - Students must be signed in or out by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18 years. 

Students are not permitted to sign themselves in/out of school. 

Parent Contact Information

Have your contact details changed? If so please let the office know in writing so we can update our records. This includes changes to emergency contacts or additional numbers to call if needed.

School Communication Channels


Monday to Friday

8:15am to 4:15pm 

Ph: 03 9578 1327                

Fax: 03 9578 4540


[email protected]



COMPASS Parent Portal


Do you have the free Compass App yet? If not - go to your Applications Store on your smart phone and download today! Apple and Android versions available.  Make sure you have your Pop notifications activated.




Lunch Order Menu


Medication at School Form

If your child requires medication to be administered during school hours, please complete this form and hand it to the Front Office with the required medication.


Our Vision

We believe:

  • All children should be stimulated, engaged, challenged and supported in their learning.
  • The school environment must have a safe and nurturing quality which allows all children the opportunity to learn.
  • The school community promotes and values diversity in interests, beliefs and perspectives.             
  • Students can be effective global citizens with a sense of belonging and responsibility to our world.

Our Values


  • Treating one another with consideration and courtesy
  • For self and others
  • For property and the environment


  • Gaining knowledge and skills through educational experiences
  • Seeking knowledge through study and investigation
  • Displaying a positive aƫtude towards learning
  • Utilise critical and strategic thinking


  • Never give up
  • Remain committed to achieving our goals
  • Excellence
  • Take pride in what we do
  •  Strive to always do our best

The Ormond Team 2019

Principal  -  Kerri McLeod

Assistant Principal   - Lorrie Dell

Executive Committee

Kerri McLeod

Lorrie Dell,

Sally Berryman

Courtney Mason


Jacinda Hocking

Lorraine Bell

Laura Cecil

Year 1 & 2

Effie Liarakos

Elani Gibney

Laura Bainbridge

Sally Berryman - Learning Specialist

Amelia Delaney

Year 3 

Marika Evans

Jade Zajonc

Kim Stewart

Jack Capicchiano 

Year 4

Gregg Workman

Margot Hudson

Dorothy Markou

Year 5 

Courtney Mason - Learning Specialist

Melisa Kah

Michael Pannam

Year 6 

Sandra Johnson 

Mary Thanos

Simon Brown

Specialist Teachers

Emma Milliken - PE /Sport

Helen Kupfer & Helene Ioannou - Visual Arts

Anna Park - Korean Language

Margot Hudson - Performing Arts 

Zach McMahon -  Multimedia Technician

Welfare/Education Support

Lorrie Dell - Wellbeing & Welfare Coordinator

Michelle De Silva

Sue Rimmer

Belinda Van Kessel

Lina Sidiropoulos

 Bianca Borsi

Amanda Davis


Jan Cassidy - Business Manager

Brodie Thomson - Communications

Out of School Hours Care

April Kopitz - Program Coordinator 

Sharelle Davis - Assistant Coordinator

Tristan Kopitz



Principal's Report 

From the Principal...

Extracurricular Activities at OPS

At our school we have been running a number of clubs and additional activities. Many of these are run by students and staff during their lunch breaks. The loom band, chior and dance clubs have been a huge success. As well as these activities, board games are on offer for both senior and junior students. In Term 3, there are a number of new possibilities, such as drama sessions and robotics.



Congratulations to every member of our school community including our wonderful staff in completing another very successful term that included highlights such as:

  1. Completing our school strategic plan commencing 2019-2022
  2. Students in Years 4-6 completed the Attitudes to School Survey
  3. Cross-Country Carnivals
  4. Year 6 camp to Coonawarra Resort
  5. Mothers’ Day stall run by Parents’ Committee
  6. School Photos
  7. Crazy Socks Walkathon
  8. Cultural Understanding and Safety Training for all staff (CUST)
  9. Visiting Performances, excursions & incursions
  10. NAPLAN testing
  11. Election BBQ
  12. Mid-year Reporting & Parent/Teacher Conferences
  13. Swimming

Speech Hit by Devices

There have been many educational reports on the topic of devices. Allowing toddlers to look at electronic devices, even for 30 minutes a day, can delay development of their speech. Children given handheld smartphones and tables as electronic babysitters struggle more with language skills. Even educational games with brightly coloured cartoons slow infants’ ability to learn words, experts say. The devices are simply no match for spending time with parents. A Canadian study of nearly 900 children aged six months to two years found every 30 minutes dramatically increased delayed speech risk.


Every Day Counts

When your child comes to school every day, they will achieve their best. Here are some tips for helping your child turn up, achieve more and maintain a good attendance habit:


Let your child know it is important to go to school every day. One of the best ways to encourage your child to go to school every day is to talk about school in a positive way. Tell your child it is important that they go to school, even on special days like their birthday or the last day of term.


Occasionally, your child may need to stay home from school - they might be sick, or there might be serious family matters you have to attend to (such as a funeral). While these kinds of events are unavoidable, other events such as shopping trips, holidays, visiting family and friends, or appointments such as haircuts can be scheduled out of school hours.


Create routines for your child. Help your child get organised and prepare for their school day. Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. Encourage them to lay their school clothes out the night before and pack their bags in advance so they can get to school on time.


Enrol Now for 2020

We are open for 2020 enrolments and forms can be collected at the Office. If you have a child turning 5 by April 30, 2020, please complete an enrolment form and bring in a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunisation record and we will process the enrolment immediately. It helps us enormously with planning, if we have a clear indication of enrolments as early as possible.



Reports were accessed last Friday in preparation for this week’s interviews. Your child’s report is a very detailed report that has been hours in the making. Teachers rely on more than just one source of information when assessing students and they will have collected a number of assessments over the semester to make accurate judgements.


Thank you staff for your time on reports and interviews over the last few weeks. While it’s great to know how your child is performing academically, it is also important to look at the work habits and behaviour section. A massive thank you goes out to Brodie Thomson and Courtney Mason for setting up the reporting system and spending additional time working through technical issues. Thank you to Lorrie Dell for reading through half the school which is another massive task.


Early Dismissal

The school term will end next Friday June 28th with a final assembly in the hall at 2.10pm followed by a 2.30pm finish. Please make sure your children are picked up on time. Term 3 starts on Monday July 15th. Please have a wonderful break and stay safe. It will be exciting to return to a term where we will start to see progress in relation to the capital works. I appreciate 2C relocating to the Korean room in order for the first stage to commence in August. Happy holidays to all!


Kerri McLeod



Student Acheivements 

OH MY!!! we have a very talented bunch of students at Ormond!


Congratulations to Nellie M who will be appearing in YABC’s upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz.

Follow the yellow brick road for more details on the production below to support Nellie in her dramatic achievements. Chooka's Nellie!


Why is your brain amazing?

Stef K was again recently awarded first place in Category 2 (Yr 2-4)  of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF) creative art competition 'Why is your brain amazing'.  This is not the first time Stef has won this competition - what an outstanding achievement! 


There was over 1,200 entries from the whole of Australia, the quality of the entries was amazing and we had around 100 brain researchers voting! The prize includes the school being awarded with a $1,000 gift voucher to be used towards teaching materials. In addition, both Stef and the school will receive brainy prize packs, which will be presented by the researchers as per above.  


Gymnastics update

We are pleased to let you know that Georgia did exceptionally well at the 2019 Australian Gymnastics Championships and earned 3 medals:

  • Silver Medal for a Group Routine in the Pre-Junior Level (11-13yrs)
  • Gold Medal for her Victorian Team in the Sub-Junior Level (10-11 yrs)
  • And most importantly Bronze Medal for her Individual Hoop Routine.

Georgia came 7th overall out of top 24 gymnasts (age 10-11) from all over Australia and NZ.  Congratulations Georgia!



Well Done to Brooklyn R who was selected in the Dandenong Baseball Association Under 12 Squad and has also been nominated for the Schools Sport Victoria Under 12 Softball trials. We cant wait to hear how  you go Brooklyn! 


Our very own Van gough

A shout out to Charlie S who's artwork was selected for the Zart Art Student Exhibition and has gone on to be selected as the cover of this year's Zart Art catalogue!  Well done Charlie.


Out of School Hours Care

School Holiday Program

Dates: Monday 1st July to Friday 12th July.

The Winter School Holiday Program schedule is available from the Program at the sing in/out table, on Compass and below. 

Bookings close Wednesday 26th June.

End of Term Celebration

The program is celebrating the end of term on the last day of school, Friday 28th June

If your child attending the After School Care Program on the last Friday of the school term. Please nominate a party food donation on the party food list in the program diary located in the hall.

Please deliver your party food donation to the Program by Thursday 27th June.


After School Care Activities

Wednesday 26th June       Cooking

Thursday 27th June            Paper Plate Rainbow Fish

Friday 28th June                    End of Term Party


April Kopitz

Out of School Hours Coordinator

Whole School News



Early Dismissal 2:30pm 28th June

A reminder to families that students will be dismissed early at 2:30pm this Friday 28th June due to the end of Term.  School Assembly will commence at 2:00pm. After School Care will commence early to accommodate for the early finish. 

Ormond's Got Talent

Over the last 2 weeks we have watched large group of students who auditioned for Ormond’s Got Talent. We saw over 30 acts ranging from Year 2 to 6 students. We really commend the students on their commitment to putting themselves in the spotlight and showing the confidence and organization in the preparation and performing of an act. Students entertained in the arts of singing, acting, dance, comedy, magic and music. We are looking forward to putting this production together to share with the school on Wednesday 7th August.

The Balanced Box - Parent Event

Using the fabulous feedback received from the school lunch order survey late last year, the education sub-committee is working towards aligning Ormond P.S. with the Education Department’s recommended nutrition guidelines.


Our first event, the Balanced Box parent forum saw our OPS parent community receive invaluable insights into building children's lunch boxes to support their growth and performance for the school day. Many thanks to Pediatric Dietitian Nicole Passov for sharing her expertise and great ideas with us. We will also hold an evening session later this year to support continued interest levels. Stay tuned.


Michelle Gilmore

Parent Member - Education Subcommittee

Respectful Relationships

Following on form the Introduction to Respectful Relationships in the last newsletter, below is a summary of what the different year levels have been doing. 


Year 1

The Year One’s are currently working on ‘Positive Coping’ strategies to identify ways in which they can make themselves feel better. They have learned strategies such as five finger breathing, balloon breathing, pressing hands together, counting to ten and listening to music.


“When I feel angry I can use five finger breathing to make me feel better”- Ryder 

“When I feel sad I can use music to make me feel happy”- Jordan 


Year 3

Year 3 recently worked on ‘Problem Solving’ strategies that they can use in situations where a solution is difficult to come by. 

We created ‘problem-solving dice’ to apply to a range of scenarios where problem-solving was necessary.


“It was a fun activity because we got to write down problems that we find ourselves in and how to solve them if you were in that position” - Gigi 


Year 4

Currently, Year 4 are working on ‘Positive Coping’ strategies to use in a range of different situations. 

We have been working on ‘ How to give good apologies’ 


“I liked it because we got to be in pairs and wrote an apology letter like we were actually apologising” - Sophie A


Year 5

Currently, Year 5 are working on “Personal Coping Profiles”. They have been developing their understanding of the distinction between positive and negative coping strategies. This continues to develop all Year Five student’s social skills through participating in small group activities.


“My group had to act it out that we misheard our teacher and everyone laughed at us. Then we had to act out trying to be positive about it. It was fun and funny” - Alan

Year 6

Currently, Year 6 are working on “Problem Solving”. The students are learning to recognise which strategies to use, in order to help them deal with different scenarios they might be faced with and the effects it places on their resilience. We can strengthen our ability to deal with different situations, with practice the students have enjoyed being involved in a number of different activities to strengthen this skill. One of the activities was looking at problems students may face during their transition into high school and the skills they will use to help them during this time.


Foundation News

Wow! What a fantastic first semester of school our preps have experienced! It has been absolutely wonderful seeing how far they have come in the past six months of their first schooling year. All students have been working extremely hard in all areas of their learning at Ormond Primary.


Over the last two weeks we have had a couple of visits from the Fire Brigade, who taught the students all about how to be safe around fires and what they should do in the event of a house fire. On the last visit all students were lucky enough to have a turn with the fire hose, very exciting for all.


In Mathematics, we have been looking at friends of 10 and place value of two digit numbers. At the beginning of next term we will continue our focus on counting and introducing mass.


For the last week of this term our word of the week is CAR with the focus on the blend ‘AR’. First week back next term we will focus on the letter K and NG followed by the introduction of the blend ‘AY’.


We have had a great first semester and looking forward to an even better second semester. We will be starting our Science unit next term, where we will take a closer look at materials, forces, plants and the weather. Once again we also look forward to seeing all our students extend their knowledge in Mathematics and Literacy. 


Next term will see the start of our parent helpers. If you are interested in helping with reading in the mornings please let your classroom teacher know. We will be having an information session for anyone interested early next term and will inform you of the specific date first week back.


A reminder also that we have our dress up day on Thursday 27th June. Students are to dress up as a helper in our community.


From the Foundation team, we hope you have a relaxing and safe break and look forward to seeing everyone back after the holidays.


Year 1 News

This Term in Year One we have been very busy learning to write narratives. The students have impressed us with their creative ideas, Sizzling Starts and details they are beginning to include in their writing.


“Whoops! I pressed the wrong button,” said Catarina. “Now the buttons are going crazy!” said George. George tried and tried to unpress the button. –Scarlett 1B


"Argh!" said the pirate who was hurt by lightening. The pirate's boat sunk. - Noah 1C


As Stingshok was shot to the moon he said, “I’m really sad,” as he moped. “I don’t have any friends now.”- Arthur 1B


Bang! A meteor crashed into the pitch-black jungle. Suddenly there were no animals except a snake and a lion. - Liam 1C


“Attention passengers. We are going to land in four hours and we are 41,000 feet high. Have a night flight. This is Captain Bob speaking.”- Louie 1B


Boom! Luna the mermaid was practising her magic. - Holly 1C

Year 6 News

Inter School Debating

On Friday the 14th June 18 very excited Year 6 students went to Brighton Secondary College for an Inter-school debating competition.

The competition was against five other Bayside schools and there were 32 teams all together.


The students spent two weeks preparing for five debates in teams of three. Some of the topics were; ‘That children should not be allowed to drink soft drinks’, ‘That becoming a republic is no longer relevant ‘and ‘That internet gambling should be banned’.



All five Ormond teams made it through into round two. Three teams made it into round three. Three teams made it into the semi-finals.


Ormond PS managed to get two of our teams into the GRAND FINAL!!

The team of Emma, Ruby, Georgia and Shauna were the eventual winners.

Congratulations to all students who represented Ormond PS for debating!! GO ORMOND


PE & Sport News

House Athletics Carnival

On Monday 5th August the School Athletics Carnival will be held at Duncan Mckinnon Reserve. This is a whole school event with Foundation to Grade Six students participating in a variety of throwing, jumping and running events. Students are to wear their house colour on the day - please NO face paint or hairspray

Parent Assistance will be appreciated for this event, if you are able to lend a hand please email Emma Milliken


Bike Education Program -  Year 4 to 6

Bike Education is next term and now is the time to check bikes to ensure they are safe and ready to ride.  For this program to be successful,  we ask that student’s bikes are in a good condition and will need to pass a safety check.  Safety Checklists should have been sent home with your child - it is also attached below, on Compass or in the Front Office if you didn't receive one.

Yr 5/6 please return checklists to class teacher by Tuesday 16th July

Yr 4 please return checklist by Tuesday 13th August

Parent Assistance is crucial for this program to be able to run. We will need approximately 10-12 parent helpers for the Yr 5/6 practical sessions and about 4-5 for the  each of Year 4 practical sessions. If you are available to assist on any of the sessions - even if its not your child's session, can you please email Emma Milliken with the sessions dates/times you are able to assist with. 


Year 5 & 6 Dates - session time 9:00am to 10:40am

Friday 19th July  - Bike check - bikes/helmet required - Yr 4, 5 & 6

Friday 26th July - Theory Session - bikes/helmet not required

Friday 2nd August - Practical Session - bikes/helmet required 

Friday 16th August - Practical Session - bikes/helmet required 

Friday 23rd August - Practical Session - bikes/helmet required

Friday 30th August - Practical Session - bikes/helmet required 

Friday 6th September - Practical Session - bikes/helmet required


Year 4 Dates - session time 11:10am to 12:50pm

Friday August 16th - Theory Session - Bikes not required

Friday August 23rd - Bike check - bikes/helmet required

Friday August 30th - Practical Session - bikes/helmet required

Friday 6th September - Practical Session - bikes/helmet required


Year 6 Braeside Park Ride

To conclude the Bike Education Program, Year 6 students will be going on their annual Braeside Park ride on Thursday 19th September. Parents are welcome to join in on the ride but will need to make their own way to the venue as the buses are at capacity. 


Any parents who are able to assist on this day either with riding or cooking the BBQ lunch, could you please email Emma Milliken 


Thank you in advance to all the parents that volunteer there time to make all our events operate effectively and smoothly, I appreciate it very much. 


Emma Milliken

PE/Sports Specialist

Parents, Friends & Community 


It has been a great term two, full of community activities and fund raising projects. Behind the scenes P&F are working with the Library Working Group and the Facilities Sub-Committee to spend some of the funds raised. We are very excited to see some new seating in the yard and some new library resources arrive in term three.

Thanks again to everyone for their contributions towards these projects!


 Annual OPS Trivia Night Saturday 17th August UPDATE

The much anticipated Ormond Trivia Night will be held on August 17th. The theme is “All good things must come to an end” (think bands, tv shows, school etc). It’s always a rush to get a table so stay tuned for the release of tables. The date for ticket sales for the trivia night will be announced soon.


This year we have some great items up for auction so far including a stay at a 5 bedroom holiday house on Phillip Island, a cake made by Tammy's Temptations, 2 tickets to Black Rock Cellars Wynn's Wine Dinner at True South hosted by Legend Wine Maker Sue Hodder.

There will also be games to play in addition to the trivia.

Susan Johnston & Michelle Nichols will be collating auction items, if you have something you wish to donate please  can contact them via attached email links. 

We're always contactable!!

Do you have a question, suggestion, offer of help? There is no need to wait for an invitation to contribute, as you can always contact P&F via our central email address. Simply write to [email protected]


Forgotten your Compass password? Password not working? Please contact Brodie and not the 'forgot my password' function to have it reset.

 If at any time you have have issues with your Compass login password please contact Brodie in the office to have it reset. The 'Forget my Password' function is currently being upgraded.

Community Events & Adverts


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Ormond Primary School
COMPASS Parent Guide update 2018-19.pdf
Parent-Teacher bookings using a MOBILE 2019.pdf
Parent-Teacher bookings usuing BROWSER MODE.pdf
2018 Lunch Order Menu as at JULY 2018.pdf
Parent Medication Authority Form.pdf
Parent-Teacher bookings usuing BROWSER MODE.pdf
Parent-Teacher bookings using a MOBILE 2019.pdf
Booking-Conformation Winter 2019.pdf
Holiday Program winter 2019.pdf
Bike Safety Checklist.pdf