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.
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.
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.
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
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