Ormond Primary School

15 February 2017
Issue Two
Page 2
School News
Global Citizen Awards
Ormond Primary School
03 9578 1327
Wheatley Rd
Ormond, Vic, 3204

Upcoming Events &  Principal's Report 

Dates to Remember


Wednesday 15th  -  Yr 6 Swimming

                          School Council Meeting 7:00pm 

Thursday 16th  -  Click Aginst Hate Session #2

Friday 17th  -  Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport

Monday 2oth  -  You Tell Us Interviews

Tuesday 21st  -  Footsteps

Wednesday 22nd  -  Yr 6 Swimming

Thursdat 23rd  -  Yr 6 Swimming

Friday 24th  -  Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport

Tuesday 28th  -  Footsteps



Wednesday 1st  -  Yr 6 Parliament Visit

Friday 3rd  -  Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport

                  2nd Hand Uniform Sale 3:15pm

Monday 6th  -  Yr 5 ACMI Excursion

Tuesday 7th  -  District Swimming Carnival 


Friday 10th  -  Yr 5/6 Interschool Sport

Monday 13th  -  PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Tuesday 14th  -  Footsteps

Wednesday 15th  -  Yr 5/Prep Buddies Teddy Bears Picnic

Tuesday 21st  -  Footsteps

Friday 24th  -  Yr 6 Grand Prix Excursion

                             Footsteps Disco TBC

Monday 27th  -  Young Leaders Excursion

Friday 31st - Term Finishes 2:30pm Dismissal


2017 Term Dates


31st January to 31st March - 2:30pm finish


18th April to 30th June - 2:30pm finish


17th July to 22nd September - 2:30pm finish


9th October to 22nd December-1:30pm finish

2017 Curriculum Days

  • Monday 30th of January
  • Monday 24th of April
  • Friday 2nd of June
  • Monday 6th of November

School Council Meetings

Wednesday 15th February 7:00pm in the Library.


Following meetings TBC

Education Sub Committee Meetings

  • Tuesday March 7th 6:30pm
  • April - no meeting
  • Tuesday May 9th - 'Bullying Prevention Parent Forum'  6:30pm
  • Tuesday June 13th 6:30pm
  • July - no meeting
  • Tuesday August 8th 6:30pm
  • Tuesday September 12th 6:30pm
  • Tuesday October 24th 6:30pm
  • November - no meeting 

2017 Public Holidays

  • Thursday 26th January - Australia Day
  • Monday 13th March - Labour Day
  • Friday 14th April - Good Friday
  • Monday 17th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25th April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 12th June - Queens Birthday
  • Friday 29th September - AFL Grand Final Friday
  • Tuesday 7th November - Melbourne Cup Day
  • Monday 25th December - Christmas Day

Prep 2018 School Tours

School Tours are conducted on a regular basis by the Principal. Tours begin at 9:30 am and last approximately one hour. The tour dates for 2017 are:

  • Thursday 23rd of February 
  • Thursday 23rd of March
  • Friday 19th of May         
  • Tuesday 6th of June
  • Monday 17th of July       
  • Tuesday 8th of August    
  • Monday 4th of September
  • Monday 16th of October  
  • Friday 10th of November

Enrolment Packs for 2018 will be available from Term 2 at the School Office between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday, or if you are attending a school tour. For further enquiries please contact the school office on 03 9578 1327.

2018 Term Dates


30th January to 29th March


16th April to 29th June


16th JULY to 21st September


8th October to 21st December


Principal Report

You Tell Us Interviews

Parent Teacher “You Tell Us” Interviews for children in Years 1 - 6 at Ormond Primary School will be conducted on Monday 20th 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 are to 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 technical issues regarding Compass please contact Brodie in the Office. 


Junior School Council 2017

We are delighted to announce the JSC representatives for 2017. The students, below, were elected to represent their individual classes after making a speech about why they would be the best candidate for this role.


For those new to Ormond PS, the JSC is the group of students who communicate and encourage their class to come up with ideas and suggest, discuss and evaluate a range of potential fundraisers and donations to good causes in the community. Last year’s events included ‘Coats for Kids’ for the St. Kilda Mum’s winter coat campaign and saving up 5 cent coins to support children with cancer. Both great causes we think you’ll agree!


With this new, energized team led by our Year 6 Community Captains, Cassandra J. and Ella P., we are hoping for more great ideas as the Council members put forward suggestions from their classes. Well done to you all for stepping forward to join this great council!

  • 2A  -  Kora B.           
  • 2B  -  Clea C.           
  • 3A  -  Michael Z.      
  • 3B  -  Stephanie K.
  • 3C  -  Mary P.          
  • 4A  -  Asha D.          
  • 4B  -  Katelyn N       
  • 4C  -  Marloe M.
  • 5A  -  Ted B.             
  • 5B  -  Jasper B.

The JSC badges will be presented to the students at assembly on Monday 20th February. Thanks also to all parents and carers for their support of the JSC initiatives last year. We couldn’t do it without you!

Gallery: JSC reps make suggestion boxes for their class ideas.(Marloe 4C)


School Council Elections 2017

Each year at this time I call for nominations for positions on School Council. This year there are four vacancies for parent representatives and two teacher representatives. Parents may either self-nominate or be nominated by another parent member. Nomination forms are attached below.



Please return your nomination form to the Office by Wednesday, 1st of March. Elections will be called if more than four nominations are received. Parents who are interested in joining School Council are invited to attend this evening’s School Council Meeting which will held in the Library beginning at 7 pm. Alternatively, you may like to chat with me about the role of School Council and how you might contribute to achieving the goals established in the School Strategic Plan.


Compass School Management Sysytem

Compass is a integral communication tool between the school and parents for notification of upcoming events, distrubution of important school information, and required payments that may be associated with any of these. As information is added on a daily basis,  we strongly recommended that parents regularly check Compass  to ensure they do not miss out on information concerning their child such as consenting for them to participate in excursions and activities. Parents are also asked to enter absences for their child directly into Compass.


We also recommend that all families download the free Compass School Manager App as this can provide you with real time pop up notifications when information has been sent to you regarding your child. 


Should you have any issues regarding Compass at any time, please contact Brodie in the office.


Debbie Coath

Earlier this term Debbie Coath, our hard working and dedicated Library Technician, announced to the staff that she would be retiring at the end of this first term. Debbie first joined Ormond as our Front Office assistant in 2002. Since taking on the Library Technician role in about 2006, Debbie has relocated the Library from a classroom, to a portable and finally to its present, central location. Debbie has been responsible for refining our collection, streamlining borrowing and promoting a love of reading in all students. Debbie can be truly proud of her achievement in creating a Library that is a hallmark of a great school. It is space that is accessible to all and enjoyed by everyone. Please take the opportunity over the next six weeks to catch up with Debbie.


School Crossing

I am concerned that a number of students and parents have not been crossing Murray or Wheatley Roads at the crossing before and after school. It is important that we all demonstrate safe crossing of the busy roads at all times. I must point out that there is confusion about the raised speed humps in Murray Road. These speed humps are not safe crossing spaces. Please help us work together to show the younger students how to move safely to and from school.


School Council Initiatives

The acquisition of new classroom furniture for Year 6 has been completed this month. School Council had allocated $7,000 to purchase new tables and flexible chairs for the remaining Year 6 class. All Year 6 students now enjoy these resources each day as they take on their studies.


Parents & Friends Initiatives

A total of $4,000 had been identified by the Parents & Friends Sub-committee to purchase four 55” TVs, trolleys, Apple TV units and cabling. These have now been installed in Rooms 1, 2, 12 and 19 for classroom use. These resources supersede the Interactive Whiteboards and enable all students to present their ICT-based work to their classmates via the large, clear screen. This brings the total of these units to nine across the school. Over time all classrooms will have this equipment installed.


Playground Works

The Facilities Sub-committee of School Council is currently investigating options for the improvement of the vacant area between the shed and the bin enclosure. The longer term objective is to improve the playground and the surrounds to maximize student enjoyment and minimize the need for working bees to tidy the yard. More information will follow throughout the term.


Curriculum Days 2017

The following dates have been proposed as student free days or Curriculum Days for 2017. On these days all school staff will be involved in professional development activities.

  • Monday 30th of January
  • Friday 21st of April
  • Friday 2nd of June
  • Monday 6th of November

Professional Development

On Monday and Tuesday this week Sally Berryman, Felicity Hall-Shulman and I attended the Bastow Institute in North Melbourne. These two days were the beginning of our ‘Leading Pedagogy’ course where we will be involved in an on-going action research project. We have chosen to focus on the teaching strategies which have the greatest effect size when we are teaching students to read and comprehend at a deeper level. While we are confident that we have the best strategies in place to support those students who struggle with reading, we are very interested in the best strategies to stretch and challenge those students who read confidently.


Over the next six months we will be involving all teachers in the examination of relevant research in this area and also measuring the effect size of current and contemporary practices. The objective is to develop all teachers’ skills and ensure consistent and cohesive approaches to teaching reading comprehension across our school. The project will involve three further days at Bastow this year.


Victorian Principals Association

Many of you will know that over the last eight years I have been involved in advocating for government primary school education through my position on the board of the VPA. This year I have, once again, been elected as the Deputy President of the VPA and therefore I will continue to further promote the very best for our government schools.


As the Deputy President, I have the opportunity to meet regularly with DET officials to develop implementation strategies and to provide feedback about education initiatives and programs affecting Victorian schools. My role requires some time out of school for monthly Board meetings, DET meetings, representation of the VPA at the Australian Government Primary Principals Association (AGPPA) meetings, occasional media commitments and working with the VPA State Council. On Thursday and Friday this week I will be attending the VPA State Council meeting in Geelong with eighty principals representing schools across Victoria. At all times in my absence, Lorrie Dell will be the Acting



Glenn Butler





School News

Events now on Compass awaiting Parent approval


Teddy Bears Picnic with Buddies


Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


ACMI and Melbourne Arts Centre

Teddy Bears Picnic with Buddies

Year 6


Life Saving Victoria Swimming

Click Against Hate

Victorian Parliament Visit

Grand Prix

Selected Students

Moorabbin District Swimming Carnival

Young Leaders Day

Year 1 - Year 6

'You Tell Us' Interveiw bookings



COMPASS Parent Portal


*please note that once the 'due by' date has passed the online consent function is no longer available.


Icy Pole Day Volunteers

Icy Poles will be availble to purchase for 50c at lunchtime each Thursday during Term 1, starting next Thursday 9th February. 


Any parents who have a spare time on a Thursday between 12:45 and 1:30pm and would like to volunteer to assist in the selling of Icy Poles are asked to please contact Nicole Webster .

Second Hnad Uniform Sale

There will be a Second Hand Uniform Sale on Friday 3rd March.

The stall will be held in the Korean Room between 3:15pm to 3:45pm.

Cash only, please avoid large denominations as limited change will be available.

Year 1 News

Year 1 students have had an excellent start to the year, displaying admirable energy and enthusiasm for learning.

They have been busy developing positive classroom expectations and establishing routines for effective learning.

Students have been focussing on learning all about the Global Citizen value ‘Respect’ and have been displaying a wide range of respectful behaviours in the classrooms, with their friends, with their teachers and in the playground. What a great start to the year!   


Year 3 News

Year 3 students have hit the ground running with their learning this year. During our investigation sessions in Numeracy, Year 3 have learnt what the number 1000 looks like. The students had to find various ways of creating1000 and make it using Unifix cubes. As the sessions progressed, the students investigated other numbers to make cubes, EG: 27 and 64. In the last session, students generated large 4,5 and 6 digit numbers in teams.


PE/Sports News

Lightning Premiership

On Friday the 10th of February all of the the Year 5 and 6 students went to compete in the Lightning Premiership.

The Lightning Premiership is a full day of sports where the kids and teachers learn the rules of their chosen sports. It is a fun day of exciting matches played against the other schools in our district.

The season will start this Friday 17th February and all of the kids and teachers are looking forward to a great year of sport.


Parents, please ensure you have consented on Compass for this event so we can attend.


Tom P and Kate M


Arts News

Ocean Bottle-Cap Mural project – PARTY IN THE PARK

Welcome back to a new year of Visual Arts at Ormond PS.  Last term some of the students from different year levels worked on creating a recycled Ocean Bottle-cap mural. Our completed work is now currently on display as part of a community project run by Glen Eira City Council. The panel is initially being displayed at Carnegie library - 7 Shepparson Ave, Carnegie, from January 18th-February 17th 2017.


It will then be displayed as part of a mural at Glen Eira City Council’s Party in the Park event on Sunday February 19th 2017 at Princes Park on Hawthorn Road in Caulfield South. The event starts at 10.00am and concludes at 4.00pm.


It would be great if our wonderful Ormond PS families could make it along to Party in the Park. The mural is going to look amazing and you all helped create it so please encourage family and friends to come along and bask in your stunning art work. J


Happy Creative Days

Helen Kupfer

Visual Arts Teacher


Out of School Hours Care

Program Coordinator Availability

I’m 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. I’m also happy to meet with parents for meetings at an agreed specified time.


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 a absence.

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 Fees

  • Failure to cancel booking  -  Full fee
  • Cancellation after 6.00pm the night before care is required, or the morning care is required  -  Half Fee
  • Cancellation the day before care is required  -  No charge if program is notified before 6.00 pm the day before care is required.
  • Cancellation on the morning care is required due to illness and Child is not attending school  -  No charge if 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

  • 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, please contact the Out of School Hours Program Phone on 03 9578 5826.


After School Care Waiting List

We will have a daily waiting list for some After School Care sessions please refer to program diary If you require a casual one off place, please note your child/rens name on the waiting list on the day you require in the Program Diary. Please contact the program after 5.30pm the night before or between 8.00-8.30am the day care is required to confirm your child’s place.


Program Diary

During session times please use the program diary located on the sign out desk to inform us of Before & After School Care Cancellations; or request a casual After School Care booking on the waiting list there is availability for casual bookings on Friday.


Changes to Permanent Bookings

If you require to change your Permanent Before & After School Care Booking please request a new Booking Confirmation Form. Changes to bookings can be only confirmed if there is availability and parents have given the service at least seven days’ notice.


Before & After School Care Fees

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


After School Care Art Activities

Thursday 16th            Salt Dough

Friday 17th                  Finger Puppets

Monday 20th              Paper Plate Cat

Tuesday 21st              Masks

Wednesday 22nd     Captain hook

Thursday 23rd           Pom Pom Birds

Friday 24th                 Didgeridoos

Monday 27th             Box Train

Tuesday 28th            Paper Plate heart sewing

Wednesday 1st         Silly Heart Puppets


April Kopitz

OSHC Co ordinator

Parents & Friends News

Class Reps and Parent & Friend Volunteers

We are looking for 2017 class reps, if you are interested please email [email protected] or lookout for the sign up sheet outside the hall. 


If you would like to get involved in Parents & Friends or asisst with any upcoming events please email us. 


All parents – Save the date!

Friday 17 March, 7.30 pm

School social night for all parents in the OPS school hall.

Come and be part of your school community.

Pizzas for dinner; there will be a bar selling a range of beer, wine and soft drinks.

Tickets on sale soon. More details to follow.


Footsteps Disco - Save the Date!

Friday 24th March

All other details to be confirmed, please stay tuned.

Community News & Adverts


Global Citizen Awards

Year 1

Emir Z  -  Respect

Since the start of the year Emir has shown respect to his teachers and peers by listening carefully and responding positively to instructions. Well done Emir for a great start to the year!

Louise R  -  Persistence

Louise has been persistent with her handwriting since the start of the year. Often times she has gone back to redo her work. Her hard work is paying off and she is producing her personal best work.

Adam C -  Respect

Adam led by example this week by showing how to be respectful to others when they are talking or in the way.

Ying Ying S  -  Respect

Ying Ying helped come up with a short scenario for her group that perfectly summed up what it means to be respectful.

Max S  -  Respect

Max has shown he is respectful by caring for his classmates and encouraging others.

Olivia T  -  Respect

Olivia shows respect to her classmates and teachers by listening carefully and always trying her best.

Year 2

Alexander J  -  Respect

Alex is respectful of the classroom rules and he is a great role model for others.

Clementine H  -  Respect

Clementine shows respect towards her peers and teachers. Clementine listens carefully and waits her turn to speak.

Ethan W  -  Respect

Ethan has shown great respect for his classmates, teacher and the Class agreement. A wonderful beginning to Year 2.

Hamish M  -  Respect

Hamish is an excellent role model for his classmates. He is respectful of his peers, listens and responds politely. A wonderful start to Year 2 Hamish.

Year 3

Annabelle T  -  Respect

Annabelle is consistently respectful to her peers in the classroom and always sets a positive example in behaviour.

Michael Z  -  Respect

Michael shows respect to his classmates during class discussion by listening to what they have to say, then patiently waiting to contribute further to the discussion.

Dimitri S  -  Persistence

Dimitri demonstrated persistence during Literacy and Numeracy sessions. He never gives up even when he finds the task difficult. Well done!

Stephanie K  -  Quality Learning

Stephanie demonstrated quality learning by sharing great ideas during class discussions and displaying a positive attitude towards her learning. Well done!

Mary P  -  Excellence

Mary demonstrated excellence when she produced a well written and thoughtful speech to become a member of the Junior School Council.

Alexander S  -  Quality Learning

Alex has demonstrated quality learning with a consistently positive attitude through the first weeks of this term. Well done Alex!


Year 4

Josh H  -  Excellence

For his dedication to home learning by reading for longer than expected each night.

Janet Y  -  Persistence

Janet shows persistence with the learning of  her new language and is progressing beautifully.

Katelyn N  -  Excellence

Katelyn planned, wrote and presented her Junior school Council speech to a high quality. She was unanimously voted in. Well done!

Emma G  -  Quality learning

Emma has demonstrated a positive attitude towards starting her grade 4 year. Always engaged, sharing ideas and listening carefully. Well done.

Louie M  -  Quality  Learning

Louie is always listening attentively and engaging in class discussions by raising his hand. A great start to the year, Louie.

Tom is displaying an outstanding attitude towards his learning and consistently completes tasks to the best of his ability.

Tom Merry  -  Quality Learning

Tom is displaying an outstanding attitude towards his learning and consistently completes tasks to the best of his ability.

Year 5

Benji M  -  Acceptance

For being a supportive classmate and accepting and understanding that we are all different. Well done!

Toby T  -  Quality Learning

For his great get up and go attitude to anything asked of him. Much appreciated!

Austin H  -  Quality Learning

For displaying an outstanding attitude towards all areas of school life. An excellent start to 2017. Well done!

Charli G  -  Quality Learning

Charli engages quickly with all tasks she undertakes, giving 110%. Great start to 2017!

Year 6

Orlando S  -  Respect

Orlando captained the Kanga Cricket team at the Lightning Premiership and showed consideration to his peers and competitors.

Elly B  -  Excellence

Elly has shown a high level of commitment in her role as Environment Captain.

Caitlin L  -  Respect

Caitlin should be congratulated on the high level of respect she displays towards her teachers and peers. Great start to the year Caitlin.

Tom W  -  Acceptance

Tom continually shows a welcoming and understanding attitude towards others. He is always willing to step up and look after those in need. A great quality Tom.


Brendan P  -  Quality Learning

Brendan demonstrated quality learning by listening carefully and replying to questions accurately during Korean lessons.

Georgia W  -  Excellence

Georgia showed excellence on her task. She beautifully wrote Korean words and coloured in traditional Korean costumes on her worksheet.

Ormond Primary School
SC Nomination Form.pdf
SC Self Nomination Form.pdf
'How To' - Make Parent Payments.pdf
'How To' Give Parent Consent.pdf