Ormond Primary School

27 April 2016
Issue Six
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


Wednesday 17th   Yr 3-5 Swimming

Thursday 28th       Yr 3-5 Swimming

               Family Life Program - Family Sessions Friday 29th      Yr 5/6 Lightning Premireship



Monday 2nd   Worlds Greatest Shave

                             Yr 3 Science Incursion

                   Yr 5/6 Family Life Student Session 1 

Wednesday 4th    Yr 5 ACMI Excursion                

Thursday 5th    Mothers Day Stall

           (Sunday 8th - Mother's Day)

Monday 9th       Yr 5/6 Family Life Student                                        Session 2

Tuesday 10th      NAPLAN -  Year 3 & 5

                  Family Maths Evening  6:30 - 7:20pm

Wednesday 11th   NAPLAN  - Year 3 & 5

                                     Yr 1 Science Incursion

Thursday 12th     NAPLAN  -  Year 3 & 5

Monday 16th      Yr 5/6 Family Life

                                  Student Session 3

Wedneday 18th   Adam Wallace Visits

Tuesday 24th    Yr 5 Camp Departs

Wednesday 25th   District Cross Country

Friday 27th       Yr 5 Camp Returns



Monday 6th    Yr 6 Camp Departs

Monday 13th    QUEENS BIRTHDAY PUBLIC                                   HOLIDAY  -  NO SCHOOL

Friday 24th     Yr 3 Cultural Infusion Incirsion

          LAST DAY OF TERM 2 - 2:30pm FINISH

Curriculum Days 2016

  • Friday 15th July
  • Monday 29th August
  • Monday 31st October

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

Public Holidays 2016

  • 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

Prep Enrolment 2017 School Tours

  • Monday 9th May
  • Monday 23rd May
  • Friday 17th June
  • Monday 18th July
  • Friday 29th July
  • Monday 8th August
  • Monday 22nd August

All School Tours begin at 9:30am. Please meet at the School Office off Murray Road no earlier than 5 minutes prior to the tour. 

Principal's Report


Discussions at the most recent School Council Meeting focussed on the successful introduction of the COMPASS communication and reporting system at Ormond Primary School. It was clear that the staged introduction of a COMPASS-based Mid-year and End of Year Report had drawn very favourable comments and feedback from a broad range of parents. The reporting of students’ performances in English and Mathematics in the first phase and then the addition of all other subjects in the second phase had proved to be a sound strategy. It is clear that the school is ready to plan for the roll out of the remaining elements of the COMPASS package.

It is timely that Jan Cassidy and Brodie Thomson will now be attending a series of COMPASS training module sessions around payments and on line parental approvals for excursions and in-school events.  It is planned to introduce these services during Term 3 2016. All communications about these developments will be conveyed through the fortnightly iNewsletter.


Curriculum Days

The following dates have been set aside for the Curriculum Days this year. I know that parents are keen to have advance warning so that appropriate arrangements can be put in place for work commitments, child minding, holidays, etc. The dates and focus areas are:


Friday, 15th of July

  1. 1.Anaphylaxis Response & First Aid Training
  2. Professional Learning Team Planning

Monday, 29th of August

  1. Council of International Schools Accreditation Processes

Monday, 31st of October

  1. Student Data Analysis/ Improved Student Learning

Timber Surrounds for the Play Equipment Areas - A Facilities Development Project

The ongoing improvement of the school grounds is a key focus of the School Council and the Facilities & Environment Sub-committee. This year the Facilities & Environment Sub-committee is seeking the involvement and support of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers from within the Ormond community. It is envisaged that trade-focussed parents would lead, advise and work with a project work force comprised of parents and the principal.


This project is aimed at creating timber edging/low seating around the existing play areas under the oak trees and gum trees. As well as creating some much needed passive seating areas, the edging will more effectively contain the soft, under equipment playground mulch. This will mean that all future working bees will not be totally taken up with shovelling the mulch back under the equipment. If you are interested in being involved in these works please let me know by email at: [email protected]


Assessment and Reporting

This is a major focus of the school and is co-ordinated by one of our Leading Teachers, Sally Berryman.

  1. Ongoing Assessment

At all year levels teachers conduct on-going assessments of students in the form of pre- and post-tests relating to units of work in English, Mathematics and Inquiry Learning (Science, Humanities, Economics, Technology, The Arts). An Assessment Schedule is also used in a cohesive manner across the school in order to identify students’ specific learning needs and achievements. This schedule also includes formalised testing such as NAPLAN (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation, Numeracy) and the University of New South Wales Tests (English & Mathematics).

  1. Written Reports & Interviews

All students will receive a Mid-year Report on Friday, 17th of June. This will be followed with Parent-Teacher Interviews on Monday and Tuesday of the following week.

  1. Student-led Conferences

Student-led Conferences have been planned for the end of Term 3. This will be an opportunity for all students to present their ‘Learning Journey Folios’ to their parents and teachers. This is great opportunity to celebrate each child’s achievements against their learning goals.


Education Week

Education Week celebrations at Ormond will take the form of an Open Evening on Tuesday, 10th of May from 6:30 – 7:20 pm. Education Week across Victoria will be from the15th – 21st of May with a focus on Technology in Schools.


NAPLAN Testing

All Year 3 and 5 students will be involved in NAPLAN testing on Tuesday 10th , Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th of May. I encourage all students to embrace the challenge of these formalised tests in the knowledge that the hard work that they have shown over all their years at school will stand them in good stead during the NAPLAN tests.


Glenn Butler


School News

Anaphylaxis, Allergy & Asthma - Urgent Updates

Parents of children with Anaphylaxis/Allergies had letters sent  home to them last week regarding the status of your childs Action plans and Medication. If you had updates required for your child, please ensure that these are completed by Friday 29th April and returned to Brodie in the office. It is cruital that we have the most up to date information and medical requirements for your child at all times. 


In the coming weeks, families of those students with Asthma will also recieve similar letters regarding any updates to Action Plans or Medication that may be required for you child. Please keep an eye out for these. 


A notice to all parents to please notify the school in writing if there are any changes to your child's medical information.

Upcoming Events & Excursions

Below is a list of the upcoming excursions or events for each Year level. Notices have been sent home if consent was required. All event information is available for viewing through the Compass Parent Portal. If you have lost or misplaced any consent forms please contact the office.


Whole School

Adam Wallace Visit - 18th May

Year 1

Hands on Science Incursion - Wednesday 11th May

Year 3

Swimming Program - 18th to 28th April

Year 4

Swimming Program - 18th to 28th April

Hands on Science - 2nd May

Cultural Infusion -24th June

Year 5

Interschool Sport - Winter

Swimming Program - 18th to 28th April

ACMI & Arts Centre - Wednesday 4th May

Family Life Student Program - Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th May

Year 5 Camp Curumbene - 24th to 27th May

Year 6

Interschool Sport - Winter

Family Life Student Program - Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th May

Year 6 Camp Coonawarra - 6th to 10th June

Payments to Office

A reminder to those families opting to pay for the Year 5 Camp by instalments that your second payment is now due. This is also a courtesy reminder for families of the payments that are required for upcoming events. If you have recently spoken to Jan or have made payment please disregard this reminder.


Year 5 Camp Payment Schedule

2nd Instalment $122.50 - 13th April *now due

3rd Instalment $122.50 - 18th May


Year 6 Camp Payment Schedule

Deposit $120.00 - 15th April

2nd Instalment $150.00 - 6th May

3rd Instalment $150.00 - 27th May


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.


If you have any questions, please contact Jan or Brodie in the office on 9578 1327.

2016 Digital Technoligies Acceptable Use Agreements

2016 Prep - Year 3 Digital Technologies Acceptable Use Agreements will be sent home this week. Some parents/students have already completed this agreement, therefore may not recieve one, if you are unsure please contact Brodie in the office.  


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 booklet to school by Friday 6th May.


A copy of the Acceptable Use Agreement is attached below for you convenience.


McKinnon Secondary College Year 7 Information Session

Information Evening

Tuesday 3rd May at 7pm in our School Assembly Hall.

McKinnon Secondary School Tours  Thursday 5th May and Monday 9th May from 9.15am to 10.15am.


All families who are applying for a Year 7 place will be given a package/folder of Information including the application form "Expression of Interest in a Year 7 Place for 2017".


The due date for the "Expression of Interest", including specific evidence of in zone, Sibling claims, Nearest, is May 27  2016. This must be submitted to the General Office at McKinnon Secondary College. If evidence is incomplete, then the application may not be considered. All evidence requested is significant.


After the formalities in the Assembly Hall, families are invited to Tour the College, particularly the areas used by Year 7. Parents may ring the College on 03 8520 9000 to book in for a morning Tour of the College from 9.15 to 10.15am on the above dates.


All other enquiries should be made directly to McKinnon Secondary College.

Family Life Victoria

Family Life Victoria will conduct a Sexuality Education Program on Thursday 28th April in the Library.

These programs support parents to help their children learn about aspects of human sexuality.

These entertaining and valuable sessions are not to be missed and are for both parents/carers as well as students.


Family Session 1 -  5:45pm to 6:45pm 

Body Basics Years 1-2

Family Session 2 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Where Did I Come From? Years 3-4

Family Session 3 - 8:15pm to 9:15pm 

Preparing for Puberty Years 5-6


Find out more details via www.trybooking.com/KVWB


**Year 5/6 Parents please note that these sessions differ from the class based program that students are also undertaking.


Education Sub Committee - Family Maths Evening

The Ormond Primary community is warmly invited to attend an evening showcase of Mathematics on Tuesday 10th May 6:30pm to 7:20pm.


All classrooms will be set up with mathematics games, problems, hands-on activities and learning tasks for families to experience and enjoy. It is also an opportunity for Ormond Primary School to showcase some of the ways in which Mathematics is learnt at our school.


Collect a raffle ticket after visiting every room. See the teacher inside. Raffle draw in hall at evening close. We look forward to seeing you as we would love to see as many families as possible to help make our evening a great success!


Lorraine Bell

Mathematics Co-ordinator

Scouts Victoria 'Our School Raffle' 2016

It is almost that time of year for the Scout's Victoria annual raffle. Each Ormond Primary School family recieves a book of raffle tickets to sell. If you do not wish to recieve a raffle book, please contact Brodie in the office. 


The Scouts Victoria 'Our School Raffle' is one of the schools biggest fundrasiers of the year with $1.50 of each $2.00 ticket sold goes directly to Ormond Primary School. Each year we have increased the amount we have raised more and more with last year raising nearly $2,500. Lets aim to crack the $3,000 mark this year!


More details to follow once they have been released.

Worlds Greatest Shave

Every day, about 34 Australians will be given the devestating news that they have Leukaemia, Lymphoma or Myeloma and they will turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help. 


Several brave students will be participating in the World's Greatest Shave again this year and you too can help raise money to donate.  

When - 1:00pm (lunchtime) Monday 2nd May

Where - The Hall

How - Donate a gold coin when you come to the Hall to watch 

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Ormond Primary School is excited to be participating.


The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to 16 years in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by the closing date of the challenge.


Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.


If you would like your child to participate, please return the attached privacy and consent form.


All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll.


For more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge and to view the booklists, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

PE & Sports Update

Year 5/6 Winter Lightning Premiership

Winter Lightning Premiership is on this Friday 29th April. Soccer is at Bailey Reserve, Volleyball is at Tucker Road P.S., Hockey is at Hughesdale P.S., Netball is at McKinnon P.S., T-Ball is at McKinnon Reserve and Basketball is being played at Hughesdale P.S.  Parental support is most welcome.


Michael Pannam

PE & Sport 

Yr 2 Shrine of Rememberance

On Tuesday 26th April the Year 2 students enjoyed a very informative guided tour of the Shrine. Below are a few comments they had to share.


"There was a fourteen year old soldier who went to battle he helped to steer the boat to Gallipoli." - Gus


"The Shrine was built in 1928-1934. People raised money to help build the Shrine" -  Isla


"We saw the Australian flag, the Victorian flag and the Air force Flag" -  Elliot


"We saw bravery medals and many books with the names of the Australian soldiers who fought in the war" -  Oscar & Mary

"I liked seeing the rowing boat from the war because it was actually the real boat" - Ted


"I found it quite interesting to see all the stuff inside the Shrine like the rowing boat and I liked the Jack Simpson statue outside" - Finlay


"I liked the Shrine because inside had everything they actually did and actually used and it was real" - Alexander S


"I liked seeing the statues because they showed the soldiers dressed up like they were in the war" - Brendan


"Our excursion was definitely a day to remember because it was my first time going inside and down stairs in the dark" - Eva


Visual Arts Update

 Artist in Residence

As the students are busy working in the art room, Debbie Qadri has been busy working outside the art room, putting up some of the fabulous pieces the students have made.  The mushrooms have sprouted, Tweedle Dee has arrived and the Queen of Hearts is looking suitably annoyed!  Keep your eyes peeled for more additions over the coming weeks. 

Helen Kupfer

Visual Arts Specialst


Year 1 Update

We are well and truly back into Term 2 and it is amazing to see the progression that the Year 1 have made already.


At the end of last term the Prep –  Year 2 students had grandparents and special friend’s day.  The students were so excited to involve their visiting grandparents and friends in their learning. All grades invited visitors into their classrooms and had the opportunity to share their work and learn something about the past from those attending. The morning was followed by a morning tea in the hall and short concert that the students had been working very hard towards. Many thanks to the parents that volunteered their time to help set up the hall for the morning and to all for the generous morning tea provided.


As a celebration of our Back in Time unit. The Year 1 students had an olden day dress up day. They all looked superb in their little outfits and played the part well, being a student living in the past. They took part in old fashioned learning including rote spelling, arithmetic, cursive handwriting and learning about school rules of the past. Later in the day we had old school games and activities including skipping, hoop racing and tunnel ball. Again thanks to parents for some delicious morning tea snacks, we thoroughly enjoyed a feast of warm scones, rock cakes, ANZAC biscuits and even fresh damper with golden syrup butter.

"In the olden days it was way different. The chairs were in rows. I enjoyed it. I didn’t have to use the dunce hat. We had to keep our back straight"   -  Stefan 1A


"I thought it would be easy but it was not easy, it was hard. Ms Hocking was strict. I liked my cup and ball"  -   Luca 1A


"Yesterday was olden days day and Ms Hocking was very strict. We did not sit all as a group we sat only as two people. I enjoyed it very much. It was a special day for us"  -   Lily 1A


"On 19th April we had an old fashioned school day. I wore a really pail pink t-shirt, an apron, some leggings and that’s all. It was very hard. I loved all of those biscuits and food"  -   Ruby 1A

Out of School Hours Care

Casual After School Care Places

We have a daily waiting list for After School Care places for Monday - Thursday. If your require a casual one off place please note your child’s name on the waiting list on the day you require care in the Program Diary. Please contact the program the night before or the morning of the day the care is required to confirm your child’s place.


Jumper Rule

During the colder weather in Terms 2 and 3, we require children to wear a jumper outside. Children will be allowed to remove their jumper/jacket, if they are participating in sport or physical activity . Parents can exclude their children from this requirement by providing a note stating their child is not required to wear a jumper outside during cold weather.



We appreciate if families could assist us with following items.

Cardboard, Cereal Boxes.

Dress up Clothes, party & evening dresses

We also urgently need coloured wool.

A big thanks to the Dowsett for their lovely donation toys & puzzles.


After School Care Activities

Thursday 28th         Cooking

Friday 29th                Yarn Painting

Monday 2nd             Mothers Day Activities

Tuesday 3rd             Mothers Day Activities

Wednesday 4th       Mothers Day Activities

Thursday 5th           Mothers Day Activities

Friday 6th                  Mothers Day Activities

Monday 9th              Magnetic Monsters

Tuesday 10th           Cooking

Wednesday 11th    Stress Balls


Parents & Friends Update

Mother's Day Stall

The Mother's Day stall will be held on Thursday 5th May. in the hall. Students will be bought down a class at a time and have the opportunity to buy their mother or special carer a gift.


There is a beautiful range of treats to buy and every item is priced at $5. If there are any remaining items, the stall will be open after school on Friday 6th May.


Trivia Night

Save the Date!  The Parents and Friends Trivia Night has been booked for Saturday 6th August.  More details to follow soon!


2016 Entertainment Book

Ormond Primary School is pleased to offer the 2016|17 Entertainment Book to friends and family.  The book is filled with offers including restaurants, hotel accommodation and activities which is especially good with the school holidays coming up.  Books are $65 with 20% from every book sold going towards Ormond Primary School’s fundraising efforts.  Digital membership are available now and the traditional books will be available for collection from the front office from Tuesday 12th April.  To order your copy of the book click here



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Ormond Primary School
Family Life Program Family Session Info.pdf
2016 premiers letter to parents.pdf
student consent 2016.pdf
Prep - Year 3 Digital Technologies Acceptable Use Agreement OPS 2016.pdf