We welcomed five new staff in to the school this year. This included Amy Jones in Foundation, Elly Wood in Year 1, Kirsty Haydon in Year 2, Justin Ward in Year 3 and Ryan Serpanchy in Year 6. All these new staff members have settled in well and they have been given the appropriate support from our leadership team. Already, they are making significant contributions to level planning and whole school professional discussions. All staff thoroughly enjoyed our curriculum day on the first day back which was focused on quality reading programs and consistency across the school. The second pupil free day was taken up with setting up classrooms, shuffling furniture and planning in teams. I thank the staff for all the hard work they undertook to ensure a smooth and orderly start to 2020.
Capital Works Update
Lorrie and I met with the building group last Monday. Discussions were around staged works that were happening over the break. One priority was ensuring the internet and ICT infrastructure was ready for the school year. This continues to be problematic and our technicians are still trying to rectify the situation. The partitions were erected in the hall after vacation care had finished and the day before school returned. The teachers working in those spaces have communicated well with the after care co-ordinator and adjustments continue to be made to best suit the needs of everyone. Many doorways have been altered to meet compliance and acoustic requirements and these are currently being finished off and painted. The Foundation rooms are now operating as two flexible classrooms, with the operable wall now installed. The expected completion date for stage two which includes the total refurbishment of the old Prep wing is roughly mid-April. The STEAM block is scheduled to be completed in early April and will possibly be used for decanting students.
The school continues to receive constant updates and recommendations which the school is following carefully. The staff have been briefed on what they are required to do and additional emphasis has been placed on hygiene, washing hands carefully and what to be aware of in terms of symptoms of this virus. Families have been vigilant in abiding by self-isolation processes, especially if they or a family member travelled to China over the break.
2020 Student Leaders
Congratulations to our Student Leaders for 2020. We look forward to a fabulous year ahead. Parents of the leaders will be formally invited to the assembly for the badge presentation in the coming days.
Student Sports Leaders
House Captains - Flynn
House Captains - Hollows
House Captains - MacKillop
House Captains - Chisholm
Performing Arts Captains
Visual Arts Captains
School Council - Notice of Election and call for Nominees
An election is to be conducted for member of the School Council of Ormond Primary School.
Nomination Forms may be obtained below, on Compass or in person from the Front office and must be lodged by 4:00pm on Thursday 27th February.
Should a ballot be required, it will close at 4:00pm on Thursday 12th March. A ballot only occurs if there are too many people nominated for the number of positions vacant.
The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:
Parent Member Term of Office
From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2020 to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2022 there are 4 positions.
If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the school.
We are inviting anyone with an interest in being on the council to nominate themselves or others by the close of lodging date above.
The AGM will be held on Wednesday 18th March with the office bearing positions are decided and then the new council commences its’ first official meeting.
Mobile Phones Policy
The Department of Education has mandated that schools have a policy and secure storage facilities for students who bring mobile phones and devices to school. School Council are in the process of discussing the changes that have been released to previous policies and we are currently procuring secure storage units. The policy will be available on our website. Students will be informed of the expectations and practices and families will be informed through the newsletter and Compass.
From the start of the 2020 school year, children who bring mobile phones will be required to hand them them in at the front office where they will be stored securely until the student collect them at the end of the school day.
Save the Date
McKinnon SC, McKinnon PS, Valkstone PS and Ormond PS are co-hosting a parent forum on Wednesday March 4th at McKinnon Secondary College with Michael Carr-Gregg.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists, author of 14 books, broadcaster and a specialist in corporate mental health, families, parenting, children, adolescents and the use of technology for mental health.
Michael works in private practice at Corporate and Personal Consulting in Melbourne. He is the Commonwealth Government representative on the Board of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. He is an accredited trainer for Mental Health First Aid Australia. Community Ambassador for Smiling Mind; Big Brother Big Sister; a Patron of Read the Play and a columnist for a number of publications. Michael is the resident parenting expert on Ch 7's Sunrise and psychologist for Channel 9's Today Extra as well as the top rating Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Fairfax Radio 3AW.
This event will focus on online activity and cyber safety and is best suited for Year 4 parents and above. Further information will be sent out to schools shortly and a try booking system will be used to ensure you have a ticket for what will prove to be a very popular community event.
Parent & Teacher Introductions Year 1 to 6
School leadership has sought feedback around the start of year events such as the 'You Tell Us Interviews' and Year Level Parent Information Evenings', and we have reviewed our processes based on this.
In 2020, parents will receive a comprehensive information pack outlining key dates, timetables and curriculum content for the term.
On Tuesday the 18th February we will hold 'Parent/Teacher Introductions'. Parents and carers will be able to book a 10 minute time slot to meet with the class teacher/s to ask questions about this information pack as well as be able to discuss any relevant social, emotional or medical 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.
Bookings can be made via the Compass Parent Portal. Please note that 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.
Highlights of our Curriculum Day
On our first day back the staff worked with an educational consultant, Deb Sukarna.
Deb has been a leading educator for 37 years and has presented professional development programs for State, Catholic and Independent schools. She has worked in the United States and has co-authored a number of books on literacy education. In 2011 Deb was the recipient of the ACEL Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award and received a Fellowship in Leadership from ACEL in 2014.
Deb has been both a Primary Principal and Principal of a Balinese Community School. She has recently retired from Ivanhoe Grammar School as Head of Plenty Campus (Prep to Year 12) and Deputy Principal of Ivanhoe Grammar School (2004-2016). Deb has an expertise and passion for literacy and her workshops are based on her own classroom practice from ELC to Year 9.
The day covered features of a well organised and comprehensive Reading Program?
- Creating a Comprehensive Reading Program Prep – Year 6
- Organising effective Reading Workshops Prep – 2; Year 3 to 6.
- Teaching Deep Comprehension – What does that mean? Understanding Reading Process theory;
- Developing a repertoire of practical procedures for teaching comprehension with fiction
- Importance of using non-fiction – practical ways to enhance and deepen comprehension
- Ideas for small group Mini Lessons
- Teaching effective ways to respond to text
- Reading Assessment may include -analysis of written text response; Running Record analysis P– 3; Miscue Analysis Year 4 – 6; practical ideas for targeted assessment of comprehension.
2020 – AIP (our main work)
Our AIP for 2020 has been completed with Literacy still a major focus, especially increasing the percentage of students in the top 2 bands of NAPLAN in the areas of Reading and Writing. There is also a focus on improving high relative growth in NAPLAN in both those areas.
- Develop a consistent evidence-based model for Reading at Ormond PS
- Undertake quality professional learning and reading
- Visit exemplar schools & participate in peer observation sessions
- Ensure students are setting personalized learning goals
- Analyse and collect student data
The school will also continue to promote student voice and agency, with the intention of improving the results around student motivation and interest on school surveys.
- Staff to seek student feedback around learning and teaching practices
- Students will have greater choice with their learning
- Student-led conferences will continue across the school
- Parents will be encouraged to attend the school for forums, special events and student presentations.
- Inquiry learning will provide rich opportunities for students to engage in units of work using their questions, to explore, to explain, to elaborate and to evaluate their learning.
Finally, the school will continue to embed a whole school approach to health, wellbeing, inclusion and engagement. This includes building resilience in our young people.
- Continue the focus on our school values and RRRR (Respectful Relationships)
- Build on restorative practices across the school and behavior management expectations
- Build teacher capacity to best support our EAL students through quality professional learning opportunities
- Explore opportunities for greater student leadership by investigating peer mediation and by improving current roles and responsibilities
AIP progress and outcomes are reviewed by the leadership team on a regular basis throughout the school year.
School Yard Supervision
Yard supervision commences from 8:45 am and families should refrain from dropping their children far too early regardless of staff in attendance.
School Crossing and Road Safety
Returning to school unfortunately equates to greater traffic congestion and general busyness around the school. The safety of our community remains paramount. Some drivers are less patient and therefore I encourage everyone to take care on the roads, particularly if riding bikes, scooters or walking to school.
All parents who drive their children to school should be aware of the need for safe driving and parking practices near school crossings. Two key requirements are:
- Avoid parking close to the crossing in order to maintain clear visibility for all users.
- Cross at the marked crossings on Wheatley Road and Murray Roads.
Reporting any concerning behaviours to police ensures incidences can be promptly followed up.
Our students look amazing in their school uniform. School uniform is compulsory for all students. Please ensure that uniform is from the approved list, and all items are clearly labeled with the child’s name, particularly hats and jumpers. Thank you so much to our many families who had their children in full school uniform for the start of our school year.
We are a Sun Smart school and as such, we encourage hats to be worn all year round, however it is compulsory for children to wear sun smart hats (wide brimmed or legionaries) every day whilst outside between the months of September through to April each year as the weather heats up. They are also encouraged to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated during the day. On extreme hot weather days the school will be running a Sweat day timetable where children stay inside. This will be at the discretion of the Principal.
School Photos will be held on Thursday 20th February. Payment and ordering information can be found in 'Whole School News' items in this newsletter or on Compass.
I look forward to seeing you all at our family picnic/ community event on Friday 21st February. This will be a wonderful opportunity for families, staff and school council members to come together and truly celebrate a wonderful start to 2020.