Ormond Primary School

12 February 2020
Issue One
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. Please ensure all consents/payments are processed on compass to ensure your child's participation in certain events & excursions. 



Tuesday 11th - Yr 6 Swimming

Wednesday 12th - Yr 6 Swimming

Thursday 13th - Icy Pole Day $2

Friday 14th - Yr 6 Interschool Sport

Tuesday 18th - Parent/Teacher Introductions


Friday 21st - Yr 6 Interschool Sport

Friday 28th - Yr 6 Interschool Sport

                           - Yr 3 Museum Excursion



Tuesday 3rd - District Swimming Carnival TBC

Friday 6th - Yr 6 Interschool Sport


Tuesday 10th - Yr 5 Camp Departs (be at school 730am)

                               - P&F AGM 7:30pm

Friday 13th - Yr 6 Interschool Sport

                           - Yr 5 Camp Returns (pick up 330pm)

Friday 20th - Yr 6 Interschool Sport

Friday 27th - Yr 6 Interschool Sport

                           - LAST DAY TERM 1 2:30pm DISMISSAL



Friday 10th  - Good Friday 

Sunday 12th  - Easter Sunday 

Monday 13th  - Easter Monday  - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday 14th - Term 2 Commences

Saturday 25th April - ANZAC Day 



Monday 4th - Year 6 Camp Depart TBC

Friday 8th - Yr 6 Camp Return TBC




Friday 26th - LAST DAY TERM 2 2:30pm DISMISSAL



Monday 13th - Term 3 Commences



Monday 24th - Year 3 Camp Depart TBC

Tuesday 25th - Year 3 Camp Return TBC



Friday 18th - LAST DAY TERM 3 2:30pm DISMISSAL

Friday 25th  - AFL Grand Final PUBLIC HOLIDAY



Monday 5th - Term 4 Commences







Friday 18th - LAST DAY OF TERM 4 1:30pm DISMISSAL


2020 Term Dates

Term 1 - 28th January to 27th March (2:30pm dismissal)

Term 2 - 14th April to 26th June (2:30pm dismissal)

Term 3 - 13th July to 18th September (2:30pm dismissal)

Term 4 - 5th October to 18th December (1:30pm dismissal)

2020 Curriculum Days

  • Tuesday 28th January
  • Wednesday 29th January
  • TBC in 2020
  • TBC in 2020

2020 Public Holidays

Monday 9th March - Labour Day  - NO SCHOOL 

Friday 10th April - Good Friday 

Sunday 12th April - Easter Sunday 

Monday 13th April - Easter Monday  - NO SCHOOL

Saturday 25th April - ANZAC Day 

Monday 8th June - Queens Birthday - NO SCHOOL 

Friday 25th September - AFL Grand Final 

Tuesday 3rd November - Melbourne Cup Day - NO SCHOOL 

Friday 25th December - Christmas Day 

Monday 28th December - Boxing Day (in lieu)

School Council Meetings

2020 School Council Meeting will be held in the staff room at  7:00pm.  

  • Wednesday 5th February
  • TBC
  • TBC


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

School Office Hours

Monday to Friday

8:15am to 4:15pm 

Ph: 03 9578 1327                

Fax: 03 9578 4540





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 Push Notifications activated.


Lunch Order Menus

Lunch Orders are available 5 days a week. 

  • Online Orders only - Monday, Wednesday  & Thursday
  • Cash Orders only - Tuesday
  • BOTH online OR cash orders - Friday

** No lunch orders on the last day of the school year **

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 2020 Ormond Team

Principal - Kerri McLeod

Assistant Principal - Lorrie Dell


Amy Jones & Laura Cecil

Year 1 

Sally Berryman, Helene Ioannou, Elani Gibney & Elly Wood

Year 2

Effie Liarakos, Dorothy Markou & Kirsty Haydon

Year 3

Justin Ward, Kim Stewart & Jack Capicchiano

Year 4

Lorraine Bell, Laura Bainbridge & Gregg Workman 

Year 5 

Courtney Mason & Michael Pannam

Year 6

Melissa Kah, Mary Thanos & Ryan Serpanchy

Specialist Teachers

Visual Arts - Helen Kupfer & Helene Ioannou

Performing Arts - Amelia Delany

Sport/PE - Emma Milliken

Korean Language - Anna Park 

Welfare/Education Support

Wellbeing & Welfare Coordinator - Lorrie Dell 

Sue Rimmer

Michelle De Silva

Belinda Van Kessel

Lina Sidiropoulos

Bianca Borsi

Amanda Davis

Administration & Finance

Business Manager - Jan Cassidy

Administration - Brodie Thomson

Out of School Hours Program

Coordinator - April Kopitz

Assistant Coordinator - Sharelle Davis

Principal's Report 

From the Principal...

Staffing Update

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. 


School Captains

Talya L

Michael Z


Vice Captains

Angela Z 

 Keenan B


Student Sports Leaders

Bella M

Benji B

Angus Mc


House Captains - Flynn

Luca C

Clara L


House Captains - Hollows

Lucinda L

Charlie H


House Captains - MacKillop

Gus B

Bessie M


House Captains - Chisholm

Toby C

Stephanie K


SRC Captains

Max M

Nellie M

Max J

Ari Le


Multi-media Captains

Elliot C

Finlay S

Raphael S


Performing Arts Captains

Freya H

Annaliese T

Annabelle T


Environment Captains

Subira S

Mia T

Anastasia T


Visual Arts Captains

Gus W

Jiaqi  C

Chloe C


Cultural Captains

Emma N

Oscar S

Jakob M


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 MindBig 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:

  1. Avoid parking close to the crossing in order to maintain clear visibility for all users.
  2. Cross at the marked crossings on Wheatley Road and Murray Roads.

Reporting any concerning behaviours to police ensures incidences can be promptly followed up. 


School Uniform

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

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. 


Welcome Picnic

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.

Kerri McLeod


Whole School News

2020 Excursion Payment Scheme

Any families who have not yet paid for the 2020 Excursion Payments Scheme and wish to do so are asked to please make payment at the school office by Friday 14th February. Access to process this on Compass is no longer available if you have already processed other 2020 payments. 


Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The State Government now provides a CSEF payment of $125.00 per child to go towards Camps, Swimming, Interschool Sports and Excursions.  To be eligible for this Fund you must be in possession of a Health Care Card which will be valid as at 29th January 2020. If you believe you are eligible for this payment, please come to the office to collect an application form along with your valid Health Care Card.   


Please contact the office if you have questions regarding payments or processes. 

Permissions & Agreements 2020 - COMPASS

Parents are asked to please complete all the Permissions & Agreements on Compass for themselves and their child/ren, by Friday 21st February if they have not already done so. This ensure their child's participation in activities, use of their childs photos in the Magazine and newlsetter and the use of technologies and devices throughout the school year. These can be found in the the Course Confirmation/School Payments section on your Parent Portal. 


Parents/Carers wishing to help out in the classroom or on excursions  must complete the Child Safe Code of Conduct via Compass or in person at the school Office. All parent helpers are also required to have a current Working With Children Card which the office must have a copy of. 

Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding this process. 

Consents & Payments for Excursions & Events - COMPASS

To secure your child's participation in any organised school activity such as excursions, incursions, sports events or camps please ensure that all consents and associated payments are completed via the Compass Parent Portal before the due date. Once the due date has past, Compass access to consent/pay for the event is automatically disabled and can no longer be extended.


Should consent/payments not be received your child will not be able to take part in the scheduled activity and alternative supervision at school will be arranged.


Due dates are typically set for a week prior to the event, to ensure that there is time to confirm numbers and final costs with outside companies and allow  time for teachers to prepare for the activity. 


If your child cannot attend any planned event, please email the office so they can be removed from the event reminders. 

Icy Pole Day

Tomorrow, Thursday 13th February will be the first Icy Pole day for 2020. 


Students will be able to purchase an Icy Pole for $2.00 at lunch time in their classroom. 

School Photos

Whole School Photo Day will be held on Thursday 20th February. 
Orders can now be made in three ways. 

Through the parent's Compass Portal
This will initially appear in your news feed - once you have clicked on it once it will then be removed from the main feed. Parents can then access photo ordering through the Community (two heads) icon. Further instructions for parents on ordering through compass can be found at https://www.compass.education/guide#photos

Directly through our site at MSP.com.au
To do this they will need a shoot key that will be located on their personalized envelope. These were sent home earlier this week.  

Parents wishing to pay cash they can use the personalized envelopes that were sent home earlier this week. These will need to be brought back on photo day for our photographers to collect.
How long do I have to order photos?
Parents have 2 weeks post photo day to order before incurring a 20 dollar late fee.
Do I need to return the envelope if I have ordered online?
No, Envelopes are only required to be brought back if the family is paying cash.
What do I do if I have lost my shoot-key?
If a family has lost their envelope and wish to pay via msp.com.au they can call us at 1800 31 44 80. 

If you have any further questions regarding this please feel free to Brodie in contact the office on 9578 1327.

Severe Allergies - Anaphylaxis 

We have students at our school with severe allergies to various foods, including nuts. These allergies can result in the affected students having an anaphylactic reaction, a potential life threatening situation if exposed.


The staff undergo rigorous training around first aid in these situations and they also encourage their students to wash their hands on a regular basis. They also speak with their class about the importance of not sharing food.


Parents are asked to be aware of any allergies within your child's class if bringing birthday treats etc. in to share with the class by checking with your class teacher or the front office. 


We also remind parents that any children with anaphylaxis/allergy or asthma need an updated action plan and medication provided to the school. If your child currently has medication in the sick bay, please check the expiry date and update any details for administering the medication if necessary.

Mindful Moments

‘Springtime is upon us. The birds celebrate her return with festive song, and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes. Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven, Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more.’

~ Antonio Vivaldi


This month we are restarting our Mindful Music Program and will be playing particular pieces of music that will create a calming start to the day and at the same time enrich our students’ knowledge of composers and musical genres. The music will be played in the morning, at recess and lunch as the signal for line up and will lead into the Mindfulness activities teachers conduct with their students.

Beginning with the classical composer Antonio Vivaldi from the Baroque Period, the music will be introduced during Performing Arts sessions and some classes will be creating art pieces during Visual Arts with particular focus on The Four Seasons.

Below is some further information you may wish to explore with your family as well as a link enabling you to access his music from home. 


Helen Kupfer and Amelia Delaney


Antonio Vivaldi

March 04, 1678 – 1741

Composer of the Baroque Period,





Vivaldi was born in 1678 in Venice, Italy.

Antonio's father, Giovanni Battista, a barber before becoming a violinist, taught young Antonio to play the violin and then toured Venice playing the violin with him.


At the age of 15, Antonio began training to become a priest. At the age of 25, he was ordained a priest and soon after became known as the II Prete Rosso, "The Red Priest", because of his red hair. Due to his health, he left the priesthood in 1703 after only 3 years. But he was still able to pursue a career in music.


Vivaldi's music is joyful, almost playful, revealing his own joy of composing. In addition, Vivaldi was able to compose non-academic music which means it would be enjoyed by many people rather than just the elite. He composed over 500 pieces of classical music, with his most popular being The Four Seasons and Gloria.


Four Seasons is prevalent in the soundtracks of many TV shows and films. Some of these include Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Simpsons and A Series of Unfortunate Events.


 Imagine a time when girls were not allowed to be seen performing music! Vivaldi worked as a composer, priest and director of music at a girls’ school and orphanage. There, the students performed beautiful pieces, but were hidden behind a screen so that no one could see them performing. In this way, Vivaldi was able to teach the girls music and allow them to perform.

You can listen to The Four Seasons at home by clicking on this link:


Foundation News

The Foundation students have settled very well into their new school routines. It has been a wonderful week of getting to know one other and building confidence with new peers, friends, teachers and surroundings. The students enjoyed meeting their buddies and having a special lunch time together. The buddies act as another helpful person that the students can turn to for assistance or friendship. (see Year 5 News for photos)


In SMART spelling, we have started learning a new Word of the Week. Last weeks word was CAT, and this weeks word is ANT. Next week we will be focusing on the word TIN. Each week the newly introduced word builds on prior letter knowledge to introduce a new letter or two to form the new word. Over the course of the week we will focus on the cued articulation of each letter, the associated sounds within that word, rhyming words, handwriting, and writing the word in a sentence. This learning is introduced and achieved through many songs, games, video clips and stories. In reading and writing, we are focusing on building a readers and writers community through the workshop model.


In Mathematics, the focus is on the numbers 1-10; counting, ordering and writing of the corresponding numerals. Next week we will participate in learning activities around the numbers 6 to 8. We use games, songs and hands on materials to recognise the numeral and the matching amount in pictures or items. The teachers are becoming familiar with the skill set of each student. At the end of our Wednesday assessment days, the Foundation teachers will be able to place students in leveled groups so that they may learn and grow at their point of need.

In Inquiry, the year begins with getting to know more about themselves, each other, and their feelings, before moving on to building understandings about the variety of families living in our community – the similarities and differences.


Have a great fortnight, 

Laura & Amy

Year 4 News

Welcome to Term 1 in Year 4

In English we are learning to spell words with the digraph ou found in words such as famous and cacophonous. We are about to choose our personal writing goals for Term 1 to improve our grammar, punctuation and writing structure. We have commenced our Readers Workshops where we are learning about responding to texts by making connections to our own life experiences, those of others and to the world. One way in which to express our understandings is through an Open-Minded Portrait (see photographs). We have been organizing our classroom libraries with a focus on non-fiction texts.


In Mathematics, we are enjoying games, solving problems and investigations to increase our understanding of number place value.

In Inquiry, we are devising questions and learning about Australia’s First Peoples. Next we will explore what brought Europeans to Australia.

We hope you received your photograph order envelope this week for photo day on Thursday 20th February.


If you have anything to discuss with your child’s teacher relating to your child’s social, emotional, or medical needs, there will be an opportunity to do so on Tuesday, 18th February. More information regarding interviews and times will be available in coming days.


We look forward to meeting you at the Parents and Friends school picnic on Friday 21st February. This is a great opportunity to meet with other parents and the Year 4 teachers. We look forward to seeing you there!


Lorraine 4A, Laura 4B and Gregg 4C


Year 5 & Foundation Buddies

On Friday 7th February the Year 5 students met their Foundation buddies for the first time. The Year 5 students are very excited to be able to support our new students and help them feel comfortable and happy at school. The Foundation students can ask their buddy for help if they need in the yard during break times and we plan to do lots of activities and games together. It is a great way to foster our positive school culture and as you can see from the photos we are all pretty happy! Here is what some of the Year 5 students think. 

"It is great to have responsibility and to care for a younger student. It is good to guide them into a happy school life"  – Ashwyn 

"They are the cutest thing I have ever seen!" – James 

"It is good to have a buddy because they are new students to the school and they need to learn about school"– Cade 

"I’m looking forward to seeing how they adapt to school life"– Ruby 


PE & Sports News

Year 6 Interschool Sport

On Friday 7th Feb our Year 6 students participated in the Lightning Premiership. Students had a fun day learning the rules and working cooperatively as a team. This year’s Summer sports are Cricket, Rounders, Tee- ball and Hot shots. Students will be competing in these sports every Friday morning in Term 1 and Term 4. Training times and Term 1 fixture attached.


Parents, Friends & Community 



Notice of 2020 P&F Annual General Meeting Tuesday March 10th 7.30pm in the Staff Room


Dear Ormond Primary Community,

In line with Department of Education expectations and the constitution which governs the Parents and Friends Association it is an expectation that an annual general meeting is held. At this time all roles within the association are vacated and a committee for the coming year is voted in by a consensus of registered members.

This email is formal notification of the upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday March 10th at 7.30 pm in the school staff room.

A person who has become a Registered Member at the Annual General Meeting is immediately eligible to vote. A person who has become a Registered Member at a General Meeting is not eligible to vote until the next meeting is held.
Only Registered Members present at any meeting shall be entitled to vote.
A Registered Member may be present at a meeting in person or, by prior agreement with the Secretary, by videoconferencing or teleconferencing. It is the responsibility of the Secretary to ensure appropriate videoconferencing or teleconferencing facilities are available and set up at the time of the meeting.
Voting shall be by a show of hands unless a majority of those present request a secret ballot. Voting shall be determined by a simple majority. Where voting is tied, the President may exercise a casting vote. In the event that a secret ballot is called when one or more Registered Members are present via videoconferencing or teleconferencing, it is the responsibility of the President to determine the voting process for these members.
Everyone is welcome to attend, and if you wish to nominate or vote for one of the following positions a registration of membership for 2020 must be undertaken from 7pm on Tuesday 10th March 2020.
Registration and nomination forms will be available on the night.

The following positions will be open

  1. Convenor
  2. Vice Convenor
  3. Meeting Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Communications Coordinator
  6. Class Representative Coordinator
  7. Resource Coordinator
  8. Marketing Writer

Parents and Friends is a great forum to meet new Ormond Primary parents, contribute to your school and support the many social and fundraising events which make our school such an enjoyable community to be a part of.

If you have any further questions or interest in attending or running for one of these roles please contact the current P&F convenor at Rachel.marsden@optusnet.com.au.R

P&F Association



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Welcome Picnic -  21st February 2020

We would like to invite you to attend the 'OPS Welcome Back to School Picnic' on Friday 21st February in the school grounds from 5:30pm. The aim of the event is to welcome existing families back to the new school year, and to give new parents and children a chance to meet the wider school community. This is a great opportunity to meet both families and teaching staff in a fun environment. 


We are inviting people to bring a picnic to the event for your dinner, and any chairs or rugs you would like to sit on. There will be an ice cream van on site selling ice creams ($5 each) and donuts (4 for $7) as well. We will also be hosting a disco to keep the kids entertained. Finally, we be running a second hand uniform sale so that people can purchase or donate any additional uniform items.


To help new families identify and meet children from various year levels, we are encouraging students to dress up in their year level colour (see below). There will also be coloured stickers representing each year level for parents that will be provided on the night.

  • Foundation - red
  • Year  1 - orange
  • Year  2 - yellow
  • Year  3 - green
  • Year  4 - light blue
  • Year  5 - dark blue
  • Year  6 - purple

This event is FREE, but for catering purposes we ask that you book your free tickets at:



If you have any questions please contact us via email at p.and.f.ormond@gmail.com



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 p.and.f.ormond@gmail.com


Community Events & Adverts

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Ormond Primary School
COMPASS Parent Guide update 2020.pdf
Parent-Teacher bookings using a MOBILE 2019.pdf
Parent-Teacher bookings usuing BROWSER MODE.pdf
Taste Galore Menu (Tues & Fri) as at 15th October 2019.pdf
Classroom Cuisine Menu (Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri).pdf
Parent Medication Authority Form.pdf
sch5B SCNomination Form.pdf
sch5A SC Self nomination form.pdf
sch5A SC Self Nomination Form 2020.pdf
sch5B SC Nomination Form 2020.pdf
TERM 1 2020 interschool sport training schedule.pdf
Term 1 Summer Sport Fixture.pdf