Junior School


Junior School

February 19, 2021

THANK YOU!  Foundation – Year 6 Remote Learning Program

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our students, staff and Ormiston families for transitioning so well from face-to-face learning, to remote learning at home. Three days of remote learning was undertaken and class and specialist teachers continued with daily literacy, numeracy, wellbeing and physical education activities while having opportunities to complete tasks in all specialist subjects. The Ormiston staff had only a very short time (1 day) to put their 3-day program together and I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Emma Hinchliffe, our Deputy Head of Junior School for all her work in preparing the teachers and utilising our online learning platform Seesaw.

Last year I commented that our remote learning program, onsite supervision and face-to-face learning highlighted the importance of school/home connections. The relationships we all build within our school community continue to be the foundation in all that we do at Ormiston, and consequently, this focus will continue throughout this year.


Early Learning 3 – Cultural Differences

In Early Learning 3 we believe it is not enough for the children to have an awareness of cultural differences and similarities – we want the children to be culturally competent. This means, we want them to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures.

Cultural competence encompasses:

> being aware of one’s own world view

> developing positive attitudes towards cultural differences

> gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and world views

> developing skills for communication and interaction across cultures

Belonging Being Becoming pg. 16

We want each child and family to feel valued and be recognised and respected for who they are and to actively share aspects of their culture. In Early Learning 3, we provide diverse resources to reflect children’s social worlds and provide opportunities for the children and families to share experiences and events that are important to them. These experiences also explore diversity and provide opportunities to develop an understanding about the connections between children and families and the similarities and differences between members of our class and the wider community.

Cultural competence is also about the everyday experiences and cultural practices of each family in our EL community. The Early Learning 3 children recently participated in an experience that explored aspects of cultural competence.

During Chinese New Year the children reflected on their family celebrations and shared these with their friends through dialogue and photographs. Families were encouraged to email photographs that depicted how they celebrated this important time, and these were viewed on the Prowise. These photographs and also picture story books were used as provocations for discussions that focused on different aspects of Chinese New Year, for example, red envelopes, food choices and gatherings with family and friends.

We will continue to encourage families to share aspects of their culture with our class as this provides an opportunity to share and discuss experiences that are significant in each child’s life and develops each child’s cultural competence.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning 3 Teacher

Early Learning 4 Full-Time – A Community of Learners

EL4 children are a community of learners that have started the new term with enthusiasm and a growing capacity of curiosity, as they build on their prior experiences. The children work on their identity and belonging in an ongoing way as they start the day with the Acknowledgement of Country and delegate leadership roles to ensure they are empowering each other to take turns at being a good role model. As a community, we also acknowledge the diverse backgrounds we all come from by greeting each other in many different languages.

Chinese New Year celebrations and the visit from Murrundindi were highlights for the EL4 community. The children were able to talk about respect of the land and the significance of the acknowledgement of country. Murrundindi gave a meaningful explanation about the land around us and how the Wurundjeri people are the custodians of that land. Also, the children learned that paying respect to the Wurundjeri people is an important way to care for our country.

The EL4 children engaged in discussion with Murrundindi about what things would be nice to have in our yard.  He gave the children some lovely ideas about including some native animals and plants. We look forward to our upgraded yard with these ideas soon.

The exploration of the big school yard continues for the children as they find interesting things about trees, places to play, rest and eat. Getting an opportunity to interact with older students from Ormiston was a wonderful thrill for the children as they strengthen their connections with the wider community.

Ramila Sadikeen
Early Learning 4 Class Teacher

Early Learning 4 Part-Time

An important part of our program in Early Learning is developing a sense of belonging and community. Chinese New Year is a special celebration for many of our families in Early Learning and the CGGS community. Children develop a strong sense of identity when their heritage and culture is acknowledged and when they are able to share aspects of their culture with other children and educators.

In the lead up to Chinese New Year, both EL4 classes have been discussing Chinese New Year and what their families do to celebrate. On Friday, the two EL 4 groups celebrated by dressing in traditional clothing or by wearing something red. There was a lot of excitement in the centre as the children entered the classroom dressed in their special clothing. They were proud to show their friends their special clothing.

The children paraded through the playground playing percussion instruments and Miss Joanna taught them a traditional Chinese New Year song. Both groups gathered together for a shared morning tea. The opportunity to share aspects of culture with friends and teachers gave the children a sense of pride and developed a link between home and preschool. As the year progresses, we will continue to acknowledge special events and celebrations that are important to families in our EL community.

Lilian Bishop
Early Learning 4 Part-Time Teacher

Wild-Flower Wall 

At the start of the year, Mrs Gibson likes to involve all the students in a mystery artwork. Each class was given one colour of acrylic paint and they were challenged to mix as many different tints of this colour as they could, by adding white paint. They used a palette knife or paint brush to mix and apply the paint on a paper plate and at the same time, paint two A4 or A3 sized papers, with different sections of tints.

The classes were given the following colour to start their mixing.

Foundation = red

Year 1 = yellow

Year 2 = blue

Year 3 = orange

Year 4 = green

Year 5 = purple

Year 6 = choice from all the 6 colours.

In the second week the students were challenged to use last week’s painted pieces of paper and paper plate, to create a collaged wild-flower. They cut the papers into different shaped petals and used the paper plate as the centre of the flower.  Students were also able to use coloured markers, small paper shapes and other small collage materials. Lastly, stems and leaves were added and then the flowers were pinned onto the large curved wall on the Art room.

Fiona Gibson
Art Teacher

Year 5/6 Code Club

Last week we were excited to run our first Year 5/6 Telstra Code Club for the year.

We had our highest ever number of code club participants, with 32 students signing up to learn how to code with Bob Norton-Baker from Telstra and myself. To begin the year, we are focussing on learning how to read and write python code through completing some Code Club Australia challenges, starting with Moon Hack. From our first session, students have already learned the importance of the syntax of Python and the difference that moving, adding or deleting spaces can make to how well their code works to produce a program. Bob and I look forward to supporting these students to develop their coding skills throughout this semester.

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School


Cecilia Yang Year 3 – Sporting Achievement

During the recent school holidays, Cecelia Yang of Year 3R competed in the Metropolitan East Long Course Preparation Meet held at Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre on 23 January 2021. Cecilia placed 1st in the 50 metre freestyle and 100 metre freestyle and came 3rd in backstroke. This is a wonderful effort by Cecilia and we wish her the very best of luck in future swimming competitions. Go Cecilia!

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

December 4, 2020

Ormiston Spirit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded our annual Ormiston Spirit Awards for 2020. This prestigious award is handed to students that consistently display the school values of respect, integrity, commitment, hope and courage.

Foundation – Kayla Chen

Year 1 – Emma Zhang

Year 2S – Cynthia Li

Year 2Z – Serena Hu

Year 3L – Lauren Tang

Year 3R – Ruth Whelan

Year 4G – Stefanie Nguyen

Year 4C – Mo Lin Yu

Year 5D/W – Emily Foo

Year 5S – Aathana Sivapalan

Year 6C – Sophia Zeitoune

Year 6R – Zoe Lim

F-3 Music – Lu Year 3L

Year 4-6 Music – Jasmine Xie Year 4C

Library –Amber Chia Year 6R

Chinese – Aratrika Kadam Year 3R & Cathy Wang Year 4C

French – Samantha Lovell Year 5DW


Year 6 Graduation Ceremony

This year, our Year 6 Graduation Ceremony was organised differently due to COVID-19 restrictions, however many aspects of the ceremony remained the same as previous years. Each Year 6 student was awarded their Graduation certificate by our Principal Debbie Dunwoody and two students were awarded the following special awards: Millie Greenbank of Year 6R was awarded the Elizabeth Lockley Citizenship Award and Rithanyaa Prakash of Year 6C was awarded the Marjorie Shaw Award for General Excellence.

A special mention must go to 11 of our Year 6 students who started their educational journey in our Early Learning Centre. These students have spent either 8 or 9 years here at Ormiston and are ready to continue onto Senior School. The students are:

> Rida Cao

> Amber Chia

> Madeleine Huynh

> Usha Nadarajah

> Anika Selvaratnam

> Sharon Tjioe

> Penelope Petrakis

> Trinity Sideris

> Anneka Sinnappu

> Zoe Lim

> Sofia Giannicos

> Mara Vais

The Year 6 students performed a unique activity called body percussion and this performance signified the handover between Year 6 and Year 5 students. Specific videos were once again presented at the ceremony which gave our school community the opportunity to learn more about our Year 6 students.

I would like to thank our Year 6 class teachers Katrina Cheong and Nancy Robottom for all their planning and preparation in organising a very successful ‘live’ ceremony this year. Additionally, I would like to thank our CGGS Information Technology Team for all their help and expertise in making sure the event was ‘Live Streamed’ successfully into our Ormiston classrooms. A wonderful team effort!

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Year 3 & 4 Extended Day

The Year 3 & 4 students thoroughly enjoyed their camp experience this year. Shane Maycock our Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-Curricular Programs organised an extended day that involved a number of educational outdoor activities such as:

> Group imitative activities such as the cup moving challenge

> Nature walk

> Extended play tasks such as giant chess, photo challenge, bombardment and scooter board races

> Movie night

Here are some Year 3 extended day reflections from specific students:

“My favourite part of the day was making the paper rockets – even though mine did not work. I liked this activity because it was clever using the straw to make the rocket fly.” – Sophie-May 3L

“Something I found challenging was trying to think of ideas during the cup challenge because you couldn’t touch the cup with your hands and you had to leave a few centimetres between the cups.” – Joyce 3R

“I worked well with Kathleen and Aaratrika because we followed instructions and cooperated with each other.” – Selinna 3L

“My favourite part of the day was when we were doing nature art because we created impressions of leaves in the air-drying clay. I put it on my Christmas tree and it looked stunning.” – Aaratrika 3R

“I found the photo hunt challenging because there were some pictures which we had no idea where they were. After we found them, we had to crack the code. My team could not figure it out.” – Ruth 3L

“I worked well with Sophie-May and Shreya because when we didn’t know where the pictures were for the scavenger hunt we helped each other out to find them.”

A big thank you must go to the Year 3 & 4 class teachers Rebecca Leondidis, Liz Ruffles, Jasvindar Gill and Craig Goodwin for helping organise the day with Shane Maycock. Also, I would like to thank Emma Hinchliffe for helping to make the day such a success. The Year 3 & 4 students are definitely ready to tackle camp in 2021.

Year 5 & 6 Extended Day

As the Year 5 & 6 students missed out on their camp experience this year, the class teachers and Mr Maycock organised an extended day of outdoor camp activities here at Ormiston. The students were excited to complete a number of different activities that included:

> NASA Mars Landing Mission

> Orienteering Photo Hunt

> Nature Art Sketching

> Talent Show

> Movie Night

Congratulations to all the students that joined in on the day. I would like to thank the class teachers Anjali de Quadros, Meagan Wilson, Fiorella Soci, Katrina Cheong and Nancy Robottom for all their work, as well as Emma Hinchliffe for helping with the organisation of activities and food and drink from Pinwheel & Co.

2020 Boroondara Literary Awards

It was a great pleasure to find out that two of our Ormiston students were recognised at the annual 2020 Boroondara Literary Awards that were conducted virtually on Webex on Thursday 3 December at 6.30 – 7.45pm.

Congratulations to Samantha Lovell of Year 5D/W and Victoria Mao of Year 6C who both received awards at this ceremony. Both students completed their written entries during remote learning earlier in the year.

The Boroondara Literary Awards are a joint activity of the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara and we look forward to participating in this literary activity next year.


EL3 – Year 2 Little Smiles Dental Visit

We were pleased to have Jesslyn, an Oral Health Therapist, and Valerie, a Dental nurse, from Little smiles at Carrington Health visit on Tuesday morning.

Students in EL3 and EL4, Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 each received an education session about good dental hygiene and those with parental consent received a free dental screening and a bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste and a letter with the findings of the screen.

We encourage parents to read the findings and if necessary to make an appointment with your regular dentist for a follow up treatment if this has been advised.

Jacquie Little & Kylie McDonald
School Nurses


Year 3 Ormiston Prayers

Each week Junior School students lead us in prayer. Last week Amelia and Aaratrika in Year 3 prayed in this way.

Dear God,

We thank you for supporting us during this difficult time, especially when COVID-19 took over the world.  We are grateful for having such a caring and loving Father. We also thank you for helping us every step of the way this year.

We are very happy because of your kindness and your patience.  We ask you to help everyone live as long as they can, because everyone deserves to live a happy life. We wish that hope follows everyone through this new adventure. 


Helen Creed
School Chaplin


I wish all of our Ormiston families a safe and restful Christmas and New Year and may this festive season be filled with love, joy, peace and happiness for all.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

November 20, 2020

2021 Foundation – Year 6 Orientation Morning

During the week, our Ormiston staff and students had the opportunity to experience being in their 2021 classes on Tuesday morning before recess. It was wonderful to see so many smiles and happy faces during our orientation morning for our Junior School students. New families to Ormiston next year are currently not allowed to attend onsite, but our 2021 class teachers conducted video conferences on Zoom with new students.

Additionally, we conducted two video conferences with new parents to Ormiston next year. Parents received information about the Junior School on Zoom, and they received the Orientation Guide booklet and a video to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day routines. We look forward to meeting all 29 new families next year.


Year 2 Extended Day

The students and teachers all had a incredible evening together!

“My favourite part of extended day were all the games we played”– Lucinda

“My favourite part of extended day was jumping through the hoops in the game”– Cynthia

“My favourite part of extended day was the movie. It was so cool to see some of the things in the future”– Angela

My favourite part of extended day was dancing Zumba”– Serena

Ellie Zarfaty & Mikaela Stanaway
Year 2 Class Teachers

Year 7 Orientation Day

Cultivating connections between students, both those continuing from Ormiston, and those joining CGGS from local primary schools, is a key purpose of the Year 7 Orientation Day, and with the recent easing of restrictions, we were thrilled to be able to conduct aspects of the program on-site. The focus for us this year was to provide opportunities for students to connect with other students, Year 7 Coordinator Ms Tuba Ozak and their Form/Tutor Teacher, as well as familiarising themselves with the CGGS Senior School campus.

Prior to arriving for their designated session at CGGS, students and families were provided with a pre-recorded welcome video that introduced the Principal, Mrs Dunwoody, Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School Mrs Cathy Poyser and the wonderful Year 7 team including all 8 tutor teachers and Ms Ozak. Furthermore, a number of existing students presented reflections from their time at CGGS including current Year 7 student Sabrina Bignold, our School House Captain Chloe Langley and School Captain Sophia Giagoudakis.

On the Friday morning we welcomed students to meet their fellow peers and Tutor Teachers, taking part in activities such as a Q and A session, a tour of their new school and perhaps the most exciting aspect, playing with their new lock! The tour was led by our amazing Tutor Teachers, stopping at all of our must-see sights, including the Science Labs, Library and Fig Tree Cafe!

The day also provided the Year 7 teaching team with an opportunity to find out what the new Year 7s were looking forward to—such as borrowing unlimited books from the Library, participating in House events and taking part in the many wonderful co-curricular opportunities on offer. It was delightful spending time with our new CGGS students and chatting with their families at the gate, who were eagerly awaiting to find out how their daughter’s orientation day went!

A big thank you to our Year 7 Tutor Teachers who were invaluable in making this day a success, welcoming the students to our CGGS community with open arms and big smiles. Indeed, our Tutor Teachers will play a major role in helping our students transition positively next year.

We are looking forward to next year and cannot wait to start the journey together in 2021.

Ms Ozak & Ms Woolcock
2021 Year 7 Coordinator & Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Early Learning 4 Full Time

As researchers, the Early Learning 4 (Full Time) children have used tools such as the iPad and Prowise to view clips and photographs and non-fiction texts such as National Geographic magazines, to learn about how our actions and the actions of people in our community, can be helpful or harmful to creatures that live in the ocean, in particular, sea turtles. Throughout this term, the children demonstrated their curiosity, as they investigated why plastic bags can be found in the ocean and why sea turtles are attracted to eat plastic bags. They documented their discoveries through the languages of dialogue, clay, charcoal and paint.

As active citizens and collaborators, the children are currently creating messages to inform our individual families and local community, about the importance of using reusable bags. As designers, the children are currently inquiring into different types of slogans and graphic representations they can use to create their own message on a reusable calico bag, which they will be able to use with their families.

Throughout this term, the children demonstrated their ability to be curious, confident and involved learners as they developed their inquiry, research and investigation skills. They also developed an appreciation of sea turtles and how they can, through their actions, help to inform our community of ways to keep our oceans clean and our sea turtles safe and healthy.

There are some plastic bags in the water and sea turtles might think they’re a jellyfish. Also, there’s lots and lots and lots of rubbish.” – Ting Xuan

If the bags are falling in the ocean then the turtles might die because they might eat the bags. We can throw the bags into the bin.” – Rubyrose

“We need to recycle plastic bags. There are loads of plastic bags and sea turtles might get trapped. We can use bags made from fabric not plastic.” – Alex:

It’s full of rubbish. The sea turtles might choke on the rubbish and die.” – June

This is rubbish and it’s making the sea look ugly.” – Calista

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning Team Leader

Early Learning 4 Part-Time

The EL4 Part-time class celebrated NAIDOC week by reading and viewing Aboriginal picture books and learning more about Australia’s First People. Some of the children were inspired by the illustrations in the picture books that we read and created their own artworks using a similar style of painting. We explored symbols that Aboriginal people use to tell stories and made up our own story using symbols. Lilian showed the children some ochre (a soft rock) and explained that before there were pencils, paints and pens that the Aboriginal people would have used ochre as a paint by crushing it and mixing it with water. The children helped grind the ochre and we added water to it to make a paint. Lilian painted some symbols on the children’s arms and then the children experimented with painting using ochre.

This week, we had a Zoom meeting with Murrundindi and the children shared some of their learning with him. Murrundindi taught the children more about Aboriginal symbols and led the children in a drawing session where they practiced drawing symbols. Murrundindi used symbols to tell the children a story about an emu being tracked by a man at night. Through our classroom discussions and by engaging in cultural experiences, the children are becoming culturally aware. They learn the history of Australia and about the traditional custodians of the land they live on. They learn about diversity and acceptance of others.

Lilian Bishop
Early Learning 4 Part-Time Class Teacher

Early Learning 3 a community of learners

Early Learning 3 children are immersed in ongoing learning in a meaningful way. They are very productive in building on prior learning experiences and extending on their own interests in relation to many classroom topics. The connections that children continue to make are related to plants, birds and animals.

Recently, we examined leaves and trees and took the opportunity to learn about what plants need to grow. Children did observational drawings and here are some of the children’s comments:

“Leaves, they are natural.  They have lines and there are lots of different leaves.  When the wind blows them, they wave!  There are round leaves and heart-shaped leaves and oval leaves”– Iris

Leaves have veins!”  They are important to flowers.  When the rain goes on the leaves, they start to drink and it goes down to the roots”– Melanie

“There are yellow leaves… leaves grow.  Leaves help flowers to grow…They need seeds to grow”– Chelsea

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Our topic on bears continues throughout the term and as a class, we chatted about the three bears eating their bowls of porridge. We examined oats being the main ingredient in porridge. The children had discussions about seeds and grains to understand how oats are prepared for us to eat. We cooked our porridge to have with the three bears and we were also joined by Mr D and Mrs Spencer who also tasted the yummy porridge.

As we get closer to celebrating Christmas, we discussed the virtues of caring, sharing and loving with the help of Reverend Creed who narrated the story of Christmas. The children appreciated Reverend Creed’s visit to the class and the visit to the Chapel. We talked about learning to give to others and receiving gratitude.

 “I am thankful I have Eva as my friend!” as she lit her candle in the chapel.” Evelyn P:

The EL3 children are becoming a strong community of learners, confident and competent in knowing their strengths and skills as well as their identity and belonging.

Ramila Sadikeen
Early Learning 3 Class Teacher

Netball is BACK!

Netball has finally returned at Ormiston! The Year 2 to 6 students are very excited to be able to enjoy the sport they love so much and share with their many team mates.

The Ormiston Netballers have recently been training at lunchtimes and are thrilled to be back on the court. Next week they will play matches against each other. The students will be ready to re-join the Boroondara Netball Competitions in 2021. The photo below is of our Year 2 students after a hot training session.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach

Netball is BACK!

Netball has finally returned at Ormiston! The Year 2 to 6 students are very excited to be able to enjoy the sport they love so much and share with their many team mates.

The Ormiston Netballers have recently been training at lunchtimes and are thrilled to be back on the court. Next week they will play matches against each other. The students will be ready to re-join the Boroondara Netball Competitions in 2021. The photo below is of our Year 2 students after a hot training session.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach

Science Talent Search Success at Ormiston

This week we have received some wonderful news in the area of Science. Elise Orme of Year 5, whose Experimental Research project: Does Bokashi juice, Actizyme or water work fastest to relieve a pipe blockage? won a major bursary in the Science Talent Search this year, has been selected as a Primary Finalist in the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.

Congratulations to Elise for this outstanding achievement!

Dr. Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design & Development

I wish Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

November 6, 2020

2021 Foundation – Year 6 Orientation Morning

Our annual Foundation to Year 6 Orientation Morning session will take place as per advertised in the Junior School Diary – Tuesday 17 November 2020. This session will occur from 9.00am – 10.30am and each Ormiston student will spend this time with their 2021 class teacher and classmates.

At this stage, no new students to Ormiston will be able to join us for the morning session therefore we are planning to connect with the new students via video conference later that day or during the week.

If you have any questions about the 2021 Foundation – Year 6 Orientation Morning, please contact Paul Donohue Head of Junior School on donohuep@cggs.vic.edu.au.


Foundation Meteorologists!

Our Inquiry during this term has involved learning about the different types of weather we experience and thinking about the way this impacts on our lives. The students have been very interested in discovering what happens in extreme weather events.

They have also particularly enjoyed some weather-related craft activities. In the photos included below you can see the students expressing their creativity as they make paper snowflakes. They had to use trial and error and adjust their work to achieve the design they wanted. Unbeknown to the students, they were also working on their fine motor skills!

Selena Reedman
Foundation Teacher

Year 1

This term we have been exploring how our foods and fibres get from farms and factories to our houses. We have looked closely at specific foods and their farm to plate process. The students have identified some common key steps in the process including: growing, washing, packing, transporting and buying different foods. Some of the foods we have explored include: mushrooms, wheat, cheese, chocolate, apples and blueberries.

The students also learned to create their own simple flow charts to show the production process and began to learn when to use diamonds to show choices: for example if food can be sold in the same form it is grown in or if it goes to a factory to be changed or combined with different products.

Students are now interested in the factors that affect how well different foods grow. We looked closely at our school vegetable patch using the “See, Think, Wonder” thinking routine to identify challenges farmers might face when growing foods. The students made some interesting observations and are excited to be planting their own seeds in different conditions this week. By following the planting and growing process the students are hoping to find out:

> Why are there bees on some plants and not others?

> Why are there so many snails?

> Why do some plants have holes in them?

> Why do snails like eating plants and flowers?

> Why are some sprouts different colours?

> How do bees collect pollen?

Below are some thoughts of the students:

Olivia –“I learnt that apples can be used to make apple cider vinegar.”

Aarna –“Chocolate can be made at home instead of in a factory.”

Alessandra“Apples can be made into different things, such as apple cider, apple cider vinegar and apple juice.”

Ellie“It is interesting that chocolate comes from trees.”

Aanya“So many different machines used to process food like – apples, blueberries, chocolate and lollipops.”

Faye“I learnt that chocolate comes from cacao beans.”

Annabelle“I learnt that lollipops are made in a factory.”

We have been very impressed by the students’ curiosity and wonder, and the way they have embraced new learning experiences and opportunities.

Angela Columbine
Year 1 Class Teacher

Year 5 Virtual Author Visit

On Wednesday 4 November, Mark Greenwood, an award-winning children’s author met with the Year 5 students via a video call. Mark was at his house in Western Australia. He shared his journey about why and how he became an author. Mark Greenwood has written books such as “Simpson and his Donkey”, “Jandamarra” and “Moonwalkers”.

We learnt about Mark’s interest in rocks that eventually became a book titled “The Book of Stone”. Mark shared his fascination with history, especially Australian history. Mark talked about the History Mysteries series and explained how one single idea, thought, question, photograph – ‘ a treasure from the past’ – became the ‘seed’ that inspired these stories.

This was such an enjoyable and funny presentation. Mark Greenwood is an incredible inspiration for us to continue to write original, creative and exciting stories.

Fiorella Soci, Anjali de Quadros & Meagan Wilson
Year 5 Class Teachers

Virtual Author Visits

Although we were not able to have authors and illustrators visit us on site this term, students from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 have all enjoyed participating in wonderful virtual author visits over the last two weeks.

Alex Miles is the author of many popular middle grade series including “Geek Girls” and “Olive Black” and on Tuesday 27 October she spoke with students from Year 3 and 4. Alex described her writing processes and showed the students her journals where she documents her ideas and plans. Alex also introduced the students to a wonderful story brainstorming model to help with writers block and encouraged them to be persistent.

Mark Greenwood has written many amazing books about fascinating characters, stories and events from Australian history. Mark visited with Year 5 and 6 on Wednesday, 4 November and had the students enthralled with his tales about the last Tasmanian Tiger, lost diamonds and hidden treasure buried at sea. Mark also detailed to the students how he finds his story ideas, explained how he undertakes his extensive research and encouraged the students to always be curious.

Sally Spencer
Library Teacher

Mountfield Maestros Zoom Concert a HUGE success!

It was wonderful to see so many enthusiastic participants and hear musically engaging performances in the Music Mountfield Maestros Zoom Concert on Thursday 5 November. The students celebrated the opportunity to share and showcase their performances to very appreciative audiences at both the EL4-Year 3 session with Mrs Adams and the Year 4 – 6 session with Mrs Byrne.

The diverse range of presentations illuminated the many and varied talents of our Ormiston musicians across all year levels. We congratulate the students on the courage and confidence they displayed in presenting their selected pieces. We thank our music staff for enabling their students to build individual performance skills and for encouraging them to explore ways to communicate their musical presentations.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

Year 1 Art Club

Art Club provides space and time for creative thought, the exploration of interests and talents, and a chance to simply spend time doing something you really enjoy. During the first two weeks of Art Club, Year 1 students have been exploring the art element of line. Students were introduced to street artist Keith Haring and used his work as inspiration for their own art making. They experimented with various lines and explored the water colour resist technique to create bright celebratory artworks using symbols to communicate love, happiness and friendship. Keith Haring is currently showing at the NGV. The exhibition can be viewed online via a virtual tour.

Nicole Burnes
Art Teacher

Colour Your Threads Day

On Wednesday we celebrated the “Colour your threads” initiative, in recognition of the incredible strength that the CGGS community has shown over the last year, and in celebration of World Positive Education Day. It was fantastic to see all our students brightening up the school by wearing colourful clothing and reflecting on what they have learnt to do or about themselves over what has been a challenging year. Students celebrated their learning and reflections across the school and shared something they are proud of themselves for doing or learning this year.

Thank you to our Year 6 Wellbeing leaders and Student Council representatives who wrote some colourful messages of strength and hope on the basketball court to remind everyone how fantastic they’ve been this year. Our Year 6 Wellbeing leaders also set up a challenging letter scavenger hunt around the playground for students to participate in throughout the day. It was great to see so many students work together to find the secret message: “Strong together!”

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School


I wish Ormiston families a restful weekend

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

October 22, 2020

Settling into Term 4

It has been wonderful to see all our Ormiston students from Early Learning 3 to Year 6 settle in so beautifully this term after an extensive period of time of remote learning at home. I would like to thank our class and specialist teachers for continuing to provide a very high quality of education at Camberwell Girls Grammar School and I look forward to seeing our students work towards doing their personal best for the remainder of the year at school.


Junior School Protocols

I would like to let parents know that we are continuing to take temperature checks each morning when our students arrive at Junior School. Each student is also required to use hand sanitiser before they play outside or go to their classroom. Hand hygiene is very important throughout the day and students are reminded to clean their hands at the end of recess and lunchtime, and of course before they eat and drink.

Throughout both phases of face to face learning this year, Camberwell Girls Grammar has employed an extra cleaner during the day to clean high volume areas around Ormiston. Both the Early Learning Centre, Mountfield building and the main Junior School building is thoroughly cleaned after student use. For instance, all classrooms are cleaned at recess and lunchtimes when students are outside playing and sports and play equipment on the campus are also cleaned each day after use.


Ormiston Student Council & Sustainability Squad

As a Junior School, we have elected to continue with the Semester One representatives for Student Council and Sustainability Squad in Term 4.  Here are the students who will be working with Craig Goodwin, Emma Hinchliffe and Ellie Zafarty this term on different projects within the school.

Ormiston School Council

Year 1- Neesha Navaneetharaja

Year 2- Annabelle Teh & Molly Iervasi

Year 3 – Lauren Tang & Sophie May Ronzani

Year 4- Jessica Wong & Rita Wong

Year 5- Jasmine Li & Chloe Lau

Year 6  – Rivya Nambi Subramaniyan

Our Ormiston School Captains from Semester One and Two will also be working with the Student Council this term. Our School Captains this year are Alyce Law, Angelique Quah, Anneka Sinnappu and Christina Weickhardt.

Sustainability Squad

Here are the Sustainability Squad members for the rest of the year:

Sustainability Leaders – Chloe Hall & Chloe Byers

Year 1- Yui Yu

Year 2- Estella Ouyang & Audrey Nemtsas

Year 3- Aaratrika Kadam & Ruth Whelan

Year 4- Nina Gan & Amy Yang

Year 5- Emily Foo & Annabelle Nemtsas

Year 6- Grace Wan


Science Talent Search

Due to the efforts of our 35 Year 5 and 6 Ormiston students who entered this year’s Science Talent Search, Camberwell Girls Grammar – Junior School has been awarded one of four Hugh McKnight Encouragement Awards for 2020, with our Senior School also being a recipient. This award recognises the high quality of entries submitted over the breadth of sections in the competition. This is a fabulous achievement and each student should be very proud of their efforts. Special thanks to the team of teachers who mentored the students, mostly remotely: Dr Charlotte Forwood, Ms Penny Dumsday and Mrs Gibson, as well as Ms Emma Hinchliffe and Mr Micah Wilkins who joined Dr Forwood as official judges. Thank you to the many parents who encouraged their children behind the scenes.

In addition to the team award, we have a number of students who received bursaries. These bursaries will be presented at a virtual ceremony in November.

Major Bursary

Elise Orme – Experimental Research: Does Bokashi Juice? Actizyme or water work faster to relieve a household pipe blockage? Elise has also been nominated to enter the National BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards for 2021.

Rivya Nambi Subramaniyan – Posters and Scientific Wall Charts: SOS: Save Our Ocean

Natasha Cameron and Aaliyah D’Rozario – Picture Story Book: My Ocean Cleaning Device

Minor Bursary

Usha Nadarajah – Experimental Research: What conditions are best for storing bread?

Overall, our students received 5 bursaries, 5 distinctions, 18 merits and 7 participation awards. Clearly, we have a group of talented budding scientists at CGGS and it is exciting to contemplate the explorations and ponderings they will engage with in the future.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

Hands-On Science and STEAM

Hands-on learning and experimentation are such important parts of learning about Science and the natural world. As part of their Inquiry during remote learning, Ormiston students grew seeds, made rockets and slime, let bread go mouldy and much more. To the parents who played such an important role supporting their child in these activities, an enormous thank you!

This term, it has been wonderful to see the students once again able to interact with equipment and each other as they learn, asking ‘I wonder what would happen if…?’ and discussing their thoughts and observations to make meaning of the world together. Year 6 students have been able to use the Senior School Science labs and equipment as part of their study of Chemistry, and Year 5’s took part in some activities to model the causes and effects of earthquakes while studying natural disasters. Year 4’s have created models of the Earth through time and Year 3 are looking at the Earth and its place in space.

Penny Dumsday
Science Teacher

Year 2

In Maths this week our focus was Mass. We discussed the terminology that relates to comparing the weight of different objects. The students then created their own balance scales by using a coat hanger, string and cups. They predicted which item would weigh more by comparing the two objects and then testing it out.

In B.R.A.V.E this week the students were introduced to the 24 different character strengths.  Discussions were had on character strengths that we believed we possess as well as character strengths that we felt we could improve on.

“I have a love of learning because I think learning is fun” – Serena

 “I have humour because I am funny and like talking to other people and making them laugh” – Elaine

“I think I could improve my bravery when I talk in front of people” – Estella

“I would like to improve on my self-regulation by controlling my emotions and remembering my belongings” – Alice H

 Ellie Zafarty & Mikaela Stanaway
Year 2 Class Teachers

Year 4

Angles, angles, angles! Straight angles, reflex, obtuse, acute have been investigated alongside equilateral, isosceles, scalene and right angle triangles in Year 4.

On return to school students learnt to estimate, classify and compare angles and apply reasoning skills. One activity required the students to write their names and measure the angles within. Students used a protractor and inquired about reflex angles as well. They also found angles within a triangle if it was in their name too!

Another activity involved students being given a jigsaw of angle pieces and they had to fit all eight pieces within a rectangle. There could be no overlap and gaps. This activity lead to much conversation, exploration and justification of their choices. It was brilliant to have students collaborating and problem solving together in the classroom once again.

Craig Goodwin & Jasvindar Gill
Year 4 Class Teachers

Library – Book Week Activities

Our return to on site learning has allowed us to enjoy wonderful Book Week celebrations together in the library and virtual author sessions to take place for some year levels. Last week, EL3 and EL4 enjoyed a virtual visit from author Mark Carthew who entertained the children with readings from his books, some singalongs and dancing. While Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 had a fantastic virtual session with author and illustrator Frane Lessac who shared her stories and taught the students how to draw amazing Australian animals.

The theme for this year’s Book Week is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds and all students have participated in activities based around this theme including scavenger hunts and creating their own curious creatures. Students have also read and explored a number of shortlisted titles from the Younger Reader, Picture Book and Nonfiction categories of the CBCA Book Awards.

In the coming weeks, Years 3 and 4 will have an opportunity to virtually meet and create with author Alex Miles, while Years 5 and 6 will spend a session with Mark Greenwood. The YABBA Award virtual ceremony is another exciting event taking place in October and will be an opportunity for students to see and listen to some more of their favourite authors.

Sally Spencer
Library Teacher

Footy/Sport Day

Today at Ormiston we celebrated all things sport! Students and teachers reflected on the Melbourne Vixen’s sensational premiership win and prepared for the AFL Grand Final by participating in a Sports and Footy Day at Junior School. It was fantastic to see our students come to school showing such team spirit and enthusiasm by donning their team’s colours. Some of the sports our students chose to celebrate were: netball, basketball, WAFL/AFL and soccer.

Throughout the day students participated in sports activities and a range of fun and thought-provoking Footy Maths challenges. Our Year 6 School and House leaders did a fantastic job of organising year level specific sports activities at lunchtime including: target throwing, skipping routines, shoot out, silent ball and bocce.

Students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed their special footy lunch orders prepared by Pinwheel. The donuts were a real hit!

A big thank you goes to Mrs Robottom, Mr Goodwin and Miss Kitsou for organising a day of sporting fun that activated our minds, bodies and hearts.

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School

I wish Ormiston families a restful long weekend.  A reminder it is a Public Holiday on Friday 23 October and we look forward to seeing all students back at Junior School on Monday 26 October.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

October 9, 2020

Welcome Back!

This week has been very exciting for our Early Learning students. The students have been actively engaged in their learning and there have been many opportunities for them to play and socialise together whether inside the classroom, or outside in the playground. I would like to sincerely thank our Early Learning staff for transitioning the students so seamlessly this week after a long period of time of remote learning.

Our Foundation – Year 6 students will be returning to Ormiston on Monday. Class and specialist teachers have been completing their remote learning program this week on Seesaw while at the same time, getting their classroom and resources ready for face-to-face learning activities next week.

Below are the Foundation – Year 6 student arrival and departure times starting on Monday 12 October.


Foundation – Year 2 /8.30am
Years 3 & 4 / 8.20am
Years 5 & 6 /8.10am

All parents are required to pick up their children using the Stop, Kiss and Drop procedure at the front of the school. Departure times are listed below.


Foundation /2.55pm
Year 1 /3.00pm
Year 2 / 3.05pm
Year 3 /3.10pm
Year 4 /3.15pm
Year 5 /3.20pm
Year 6 / 3.45pm 

From 3.20pm – 3.45pm Year 6 students and their sisters will be able to go outside in the playground and then get picked up by their parents at Stop, Kiss & Drop at 3.45pm.


Celebration of Sport Assembly

At Ormiston each year in Term 4, we organise a Celebration of Sport Assembly to recognise the efforts of students across different year levels. This special assembly will not take place this term because of COVID-19, however at our weekly Foundation – Year 6 assemblies we will hand out specific sporting certificates for students that were involved in school and community sporting events early in Term 1.

Additionally, each year at this assembly, we hand out a trophy and an award for the Ormiston Sportswoman of the Year. Unfortunately, we will not be able to complete this task due to limited sporting opportunities throughout the year. However, we hope our Junior School students may be able to participate in some non-contact training at some stage during Term 4 depending on the Victorian State Government guidelines.


Early Learning 3 Update

Easing back to school in Early Learning 3 after remote learning for many weeks has been such a joyous occasion for us all. The children could not believe that they were able to come back to school and they walked into Early Learning Centre with beaming smiles and plenty of confidence.

Here is what some children had to say about being back at school:

Chelsea said, “I happy to see my friends I like playing with Eason and I like doing puzzles.”

Jayden said, “Me like playing with blocks and Lego.”

Sophie said, “I am so happy to play outside with my friends and I like going to Music.”

Ryan said, “I like seeing all my friends and playing with them with playdough and building with blocks and sitting on the mat.”

Melanie said, “I like playing outside and playing with Iris and seeing all the pictures of our families on the wall.”

Eason said, “I like playing with blocks and building things with Jayden.”

Scarlett said, “I am excited to play in the home corner and to see Kimi from EL4 and to see Sophie and Azalea back.”

We all look forward to a dynamic Term 4 in Early Learning 3.

Ramila Sadikeen
Early Learning 3 Class Teacher

Early Learning 4 Full-Time Update

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude in Early Learning 4 (Full Time)

This week it was wonderful to see the Early Learning 4 (Full Time) children return to school. They were very excited to reconnect with their peers after remote learning and spending time at home during the holidays. Throughout the week there were many opportunities for the children to engage with each other, both in the classroom and garden.

In the classroom we shared stories about the character strength gratitude and dialogued about those things that we are thankful for and are good in our lives. We wondered about the words ‘grateful’ and the positive emotion ‘gratitude.’

Calista and Rubyrose expressed their understandings:

“Grateful means that you be grateful that you have toys. In some parts of the world little kids don’t have toys.” – Calista

“My daddy said that you have to be grateful for what we have – for everything.” – Rubyrose

We paused to notice and appreciate the things in our lives both at home and school that we need to be grateful for, such as, family, friends, a house to live, food, clean water; and things from nature such as butterflies, flowers and rainbows. During our afternoon reflection time, we have been thinking about the day and expressing gratitude (thankfulness) to each other for positive actions and thoughtful acts of kindness that have been experienced both in the classroom and garden.

The children are currently expressing things they are grateful for through drawing and dialogue. We will be compiling these into A Gratitude Story that we look forward to sharing with you.

By cultivating an attitude of gratitude, the children are experiencing positive emotions and feelings of happiness and this is important for their wellbeing.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning 4 Class Teacher

Early Learning 4 Part-Time

The Early Learning 4 (Part Time) children returned to the Early Learning Centre, excited to see their friends and educators and eager to explore new experiences. A group interest emerged from a book we started reading called ‘Mr Archimedes Bath’ by Pamela Allen.

In the book Mr Archimedes has a bath with a kangaroo, wombat and a goat. He is furious that the water keeps overflowing and blames each of the animals. We decided to explore the problem in the book using a tub of water and plastic toys to represent the characters in the book. The children helped act out the story and shared their theories about why the water rose. Through participating in teacher guided investigations, children learn how to participate in simple inquiry cycles. They explore, wonder, raise questions, share ideas and engage in deeper explorations.

Lilian Bishop
Early Learning 4 Part-Time Class Teacher

I wish our Ormiston families a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing all our Foundation – Year 6 students bright and early Monday morning ready for face to face learning back at Junior School.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

September 11, 2020

Thank You

We can all agree this year has been like no other. Demanding, yes, but also filled with so much diverse learning and discovery. I have been extremely impressed with how our school community has supported and helped each other this term. Our remote learning program, onsite supervision and face-to-face learning have all highlighted the importance of connections and relationships. The school community has impressed me with their ability to laugh, question and learn together not only in the virtualworld, but in different modes of learning as well.

Additionally, I would like to express my gratitude to all our Ormiston families for their understanding and partnership as we navigate through this challenging time. As a school, we will continue to communicate with you regularly as we receive updates on the COVID-19 situation. These updates will continue to guide us in the type of teaching and learning that will take place in Term 4. We look forward to having our Early Learning 3 and 4 students back in their classrooms at the start of next term and Foundation – Year 6 will be ready to continue with remote learning in Week 1.

Finally, I would like to thank our Ormiston staff for all their continued outstanding work, dedication and commitment to their teaching throughout the pandemic. I am very proud of the way they have continued to improve their teaching during such an uncertain time. I know they are looking forward to a restful holiday break and will be ready for more challenges in Term 4.

Term 4 Long Service Leave – Fiona Gibson

I would like to let all Ormiston families know that Fiona Gibson, our Junior School Art Teacher, will take Long Service Leave in Term 4. Her replacement will be Nicole Burns who was a Student Teacher at Ormiston a number of years ago.

Nicole comes to Ormiston with a passion for Art and has just completed her role at Sacred Heart School in Kew as an Art Teacher for 12 months. Previously she has been a Class Teacher and Art Teacher in both Government and Catholic Schools in the local area and we look forward to working closely with Nicole across all year levels from Early Learning to Year 6.

We also wish Fiona Gibson all the best for her Long Service Leave.

I encourage all families to please make Nicole Burns feel welcome in Term 4

We look forward to all our students returning for the start of Term 4 and hope our Ormiston families have a safe and healthy holiday break.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School


Early Learning 4 Part-Time

Early Learning offers a platform for children to develop oral language through social interactions with other children. Our morning meetings via Zoom have provided an opportunity for the children to engage with classmates and remain connected to their class. To ensure that the children were actively engaged in ‘speaking and listening’, the EL4 Part-time children have participated in ‘Share Time’ sessions. The children have been preparing short talks with their parents and then presented these to their friends. Through our ‘Share Time’ sessions, the children are learning that they have something worth sharing and that other people have something worth listening to.

The children have researched a topic they are interested in and planned how to express their ideas. Speaking in front of a small group has helped develop the children’s confidence and communication skills. The children in the audience have practiced listening to the ideas of others and asking questions based on what they have heard. Our topics have covered: ‘my favourite toy’, ‘something I’ve made’, ‘someone special in my family’ and ‘remote learning experience’.

Lilian Bishop
EL4 Part-Time Teacher

2020 Virtual Ormiston Art Show

This year we were unable to have our annual Ormiston Art Show however, instead our Early Learning – Year 6 were able to celebrate and visit the Art Show virtually. The virtual Art Show mainly comprised of artworks which were completed at school, in Term 1 and 2 and all students had the opportunity to see their art digitally.

There is a Padlet for each class. On each Padlet, there is a list of the artworks and each student has a collection. Students who joined our school in Term 3, have a selection of remote learning tasks.

Students have been encouraged to look at their own artwork and also students from other years levels, with family and friends. Scattered amongst the Padlets are some fun art related jokes. Enjoy admiring the talents and skills of our students.

Please click on the link below to access the Padlet.


Be inspired, ask questions and try new art ideas and most importantly, enjoy creating your own artwork.

Fiona Gibson
Art Teacher

Ormiston Creative Arts Day

On Thursday, Ormiston students participated in a variety of activities to celebrate the Arts. The theme of the day was – Joy through Colour to encourage our students to notice that “Joy through colour” and the Arts can bring to our lives.

Students provided musical performances, composed, created, drew, danced and acted. They engaged in story telling sessions, slow looking through art, nature art explorations with Google Voyager and the creation of a Centenary art installation. Students searched for the beauty of colour in nature, created colourful stop motion animated artworks, multimedia representations of art, music and drama. Teachers even joined in the fun by performing an amusing readers’ theatre in the afternoon. There was plenty to stimulate curiosity, inspire creativity and celebrate student talent.

Click the images below to expand.

Emma Hinchliffe and Charlotte Forwood

Ormiston Creative Arts Day: Music Performances

Students, staff and parents had the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate a wide range of music, speech and drama performances throughout the Creative Arts Day. It was wonderful for the students to be able to connect with one another and share their love of performance. Many thanks to the Music Department for all their efforts in facilitating the performance platforms – it was a great way to end the term. It was also inspiring to see that, whilst we cannot be together at school, the performing arts can provide a strong connection for us to celebrate the joy of Music and Drama. Particular thanks to the Music staff who hosted the Zoom sessions – Nichole Adams, Penny Byrne, Kath Buckingham and Mat Duniam.

Kate Savige
Director of Music


Important Dates

We kindly ask Junior School families to note the following important dates:

Friday 11 September
Last day of Term 3

Monday 14 September – Friday 2 October
School holidays (no students at school)

Monday 5 October
Planned first day of Term 4

> Early Learning 3 and 4 students will be back to school with face-to-face learning

> Foundation – Year 6 will commence with remote learning from home

Junior School


Junior School

September 4, 2020

Early Learning 3 are thriving in Remote Learning!

EL3 children and families are to be commended as they have transitioned into remote learning seamlessly, enabling us as teachers to be able to offer a wider variety of approaches to engage the children and the families.

Our new student Francis Yan was introduced via Zoom where he was able to virtually meet his fellow classmates. Hopefully, Francis will get to meet everyone face to face in Term 4, when students return back to school.

During remote learning, we have recently focused our chats on plant life. The children wondered how plants could grow without air and it was pleasing to witness their involvement during our Zoom sessions with the support of their parents.

We are thankful for our EL3 parents as they played a vital role in helping the children to make their very own bears. The EL3 children are enjoying the company of their bears and have been involving them into their daily lives.

The bears have become a symbol of hope and comfort for the children as they settle into remote learning with just as much enthusiasm as if they were learning inside their classroom.

Ramila Sadikeen
EL3 Class Teacher


Early Learning 4 Full-Time

Zoom has provided an opportunity for the Early Learning 4 (Full Time) children to remain connected during Remote Learning. Every child engages in one of three Zoom sessions that are offered each day. We also gather at the end of each week as a whole class on Zoom.

During these sessions, the children engage in various learning opportunities, some of which have included:

> sharing and dialoguing about their interests and ideas, in particular their creative and imaginative constructions, drawings, paintings, science experiments, musical pursuits and number sentences

> meeting and finding out about family pets such as Madelyn’s rabbit and Ginger her dog; and Qianqian’s cat named Echo

> physical exercise

> stories, in particular, The Paper Bag Princess that provided a message that girls are courageous, brave and risk takers

> discussions that focused on endangered animals, such as sea turtles, and how we can take action to create positive change

> singing and movement

> games, for example, ‘I want to be challenged’ and a variety of bingo games

I am very proud of what the children have been learning to do and to be during remote learning. As learners, they continue to develop the dispositions of risk taking, curiosity, flexibility in their thinking and persistence.

Angela Follacchio
EL4 Full-Time Class Teacher

Health & Safety with Foundation

During the second half of this term, the Foundation students have been investigating how they can be safe and healthy. They have learnt about the importance of hygiene and caring for their body, why we have rules and guidelines for road and water safety and who can help us in and emergency.

This very topical unit of work has been enhanced by some special guests to our class. We would like to acknowledge: Atlas Ko (Estelle’s Dad), Ed Karim and Zainab Hamudi (Lina’s parents), Julian Maingard (Olive’s Dad) and Lisa Williams (CGGS Aquatic Swim School Coordinator) for giving up their time to attend Zoom meetings with Foundation to explain what their jobs entail and to give some fantastic advice about how the students can stay safe and healthy in a variety of situations.

As you can see from the photographs, the students were particularly enthralled by the huge toothbrush and big set of teeth. They learned about the most efficient and effective way to brush. We should be seeing lots of sparkly, pearly, white smiles in Foundation!

Selena Reedman
Foundation Class Teacher

Year 5

Throughout the year, the Year 5 students have been challenging their mathematical thinking by participating in the APSMO Mathematical Olympiad and Mathematical Games competitions. These competitions consist of five tests interspersed throughout Terms 2 and 3. They consist of five extremely challenging questions and the students have been spending time in class preparing for them and refining their problem-solving skills. They have increased their problem-solving toolkit and worked on developing strategies such as guess and check, finding a pattern or creating a table. The Year 5 students, along with students in Year 6, will sit their final test this coming week. Good luck!

Over the past few weeks, the students have also refined their debating skills as they completed Round 1 Debates via Zoom. They consistently used a range of powerful persuasive strategies to convince classmates of their team’s argument. The topics were related to our Inquiry topic – ‘How can we make informed choices as consumers to create a more sustainable world?’

> Bottled water should not be sold

> Cheap, fast fashion should be banned

> Cars should be completely replaced by public transport

To further explore the Inquiry topic, the students have embarked on an Inquiry Project. They will be writing a persuasive letter and making a documentary to present to their family about how their family can make sustainable changes to lessen the impact of climate change and global warming. We are sure we will be seeing greener and more sustainable living in many of our Year 5 homes – ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ – Mahatma Ghandhi.

Meagan Wilson, Anjali de Quadros & Fiorella Soci
Year 5 Class Teachers


Chinese Heritage

In the Heritage class, students have the opportunities to appreciate their rich culture and literary heritage through the study of short poems and rhymes.

> Foundation students have shown great interest in learning seasons and weather by reciting and drawing Chinese rhymes and watching Chinese cartoons.

> Year 1 students enjoyed sharing riddles they have learned in class and had fun reciting them to their family members for them to guess.

> Year 2 students, whilst studying the topic on animals, had the opportunity to appreciate a poem written by an ancient poet about Goose when he was only 7 years old.

> Year 3 students have covered many topics and one of the topics studied was about Chinese Art and Craft. The students created their own craftwork and made a short video explaining how they made it.

> Year 4 students started learning informative writing and wrote about the city they were born in.

Chinese Mainstream

In the Mainstream classes, students continue to develop their language skills through exploring different stories in Chinese.

> Foundation students have been describing Paddington Bear’s family, facial features and body parts in Chinese.

> Year 1 students have been focusing on developing speaking and reading skills. They have created their own Chinese version ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and presented this piece with confidence.

> Year 2 students have been discovering a new part of the story ‘The Cat and The Little Ducklings’ and are learning different verbs.

> Year 3 students have a strong focus on verbs and different vocabulary when studying the classic story ‘Three Little Pigs’. Students have been using sequencing cards to develop their storytelling skills to retell the story in Chinese. The students will focus on developing their retelling and describing skills.

> Year 4 students have been learning the story ‘The Gift’ in Chinese. Students are currently using a thinking routine called “Name – Describe – Act” to recall nouns, verbs and adjectives and then produce sentences in Chinese.  Students first look at a scenario shot from the story ‘The Gift’ on a Padlet and then make a list of vocabulary. They are then encouraged to add more details and description. View the padlet here. https://cggs.padlet.org/zhangs/year4liwu

The last thinking process involves students putting different vocabulary and phrases into a sentence to describe a picture. Year 4 students will use this thinking routine until the end of this term.

Lin Zhang, Scarlett Zhang & Peipei Liu
Chinese Teachers

Year 5 & 6 French

For the greater part of the term, the Year 5 students learnt a number of words to do with animals, followed by learning some adjectives of colour, size and personality that they could use to describe animals. As a summative task they wrote a short description of their ideal pet (Mon animal idéal).

Concurrently, the Year 6 students learnt how to express themselves in the ‘future tense’. Combined with their knowledge of tourist attractions in Paris, they created an imaginary mini itinerary of a visit to the “City of Lights”. In the last few weeks of the term, the students have been learning vocabulary and grammar that will help them acquire conversational skills needed in a shopping context. 

Tafadzwa Gwamba
French Teacher

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

August 28, 2020

Year 6R – Semester 2 Student Leadership Positions

Congratulations to the succeeding Year 6R students on their Leadership positions for this Semester, their final Semester at Ormiston before Senior School. As a school, we are very proud and excited to be working with these valued students.

Many thanks to Nancy Robottom – Year 6C Class Teacher – for organising the Leadership Assembly on Zoom, albeit a different method to how we usually conduct this event but to everyone’s credit and adaptability, the assembly went very well.

Here are the positions below:

Art: Sharon Tijoe, Larissa Ma & Cassandra Vu

Assembly & Events: Vrinda Dhir, Tiarni Siaw & Grace Wan

Digital: Zoe Lim & Mara Vais

Singleton – Isabelle Santoso

Schofield – Rivya Nambi Subramaniyan

Lawrence – Anika Selvaratnum

Taylor – Charlotte Hayes

Library: Amber Chia, Trinity Sideris & Maddie Wood

Music: Vivien Chang

School Captain: Anneka Sinnappu & Christina Weickhardt

Wellbeing: Amelie Greenbank & Lina Ooka

Sustainability: Chloe Byers & Chloe Hall

I would like to thank our Year 6C students for their Leadership in Semester One. I’m sure they will be happy to assist the above leaders for the remainder of this term and Term 4 if needed.


Year 1 Presentations

This term, Year 1 students have continued to develop their presentation and reading aloud skills as part of our Literacy program. Each week they plan, prepare and deliver a short presentation focusing on voice projection, fluency, expression and eye contact. It has been wonderful to see their skills continuing to flourish while they work remotely.

In recognition of National Science Week, the students either researched facts about oceans and marine life, or shared their favourite STEAM learning task. The budding young marine biologists and oceanographers were keen to share their knowledge about the five oceans of the World, interesting marine life facts, information about coral, the depth of the oceans and what percentage of Earth is covered by water.

Angela Columbine
Year 1 Class Teacher

Year 2 Update

This term in Year 2, the students have been learning about the senses of sight and sound throughout their Inquiry unit. This week the students were able to investigate the different sounds that they could create around their house. It was great to see them use their imagination to find different sounds using a blowing action, a shaking action, a scraping action and a hitting action.

During STEAM they created water xylophones using cups, water and a wooden spoon. It was wonderful to see all the girls playing pieces of music like ‘Hot Cross Buns’ using their xylophones. All the Year 2’s, Miss Zarfaty and Miss Stanaway have loved exploring the senses of sight and sound with brilliant STEAM activities each week – Thank you Ms Dumsday!

Mikaela Stanaway and Ellie Zafarty
Year 2 Class Teachers

Year 4 (Virtual) Excursion

What happens when you can’t attend an excursion? Well, we bring the excursion to you – virtually of course! On Friday 14 August, using Zoom and Google Earth, the Year 4’s embarked on a discovery of the ecosystem at Blackburn Lake. Ms Dumsday led and inspired the students to identify plant and animal species and apply their knowledge of the roles within a habitat. Students created scientific sketches of their findings and used their understanding of producers, consumers and decomposers to imagine what the cross-section of the lake would look like.

Jasvindar Gill & Craig Goodwin
Year 4 Class Teachers

Year 6

The Year 6 students have currently been exploring the question: How has migration impacted the lives of people in Australia today? The students have been viewing ‘What’s your story?’ resources from the Immigration Museum website and attempting to deduce details about a migrant’s life from photographs of special objects that they brought with them to Australia. The students completed the visible thinking routine ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ to help them to formulate their ideas. They then engaged in lively discussions, sharing their interpretations in Zoom break-out rooms.

In the final few weeks of Term 3, the Year 6 students are preparing a migrant monologue that shares the migration story of someone they know.

Nancy Robottom & Katrina Cheong
Year 6 Class Teachers



The Junior School Library has two Book Clubs which meet each Monday afternoon after school. Year 3 and 4 students meet with Mrs Spencer and Year 5 and 6 students meet with Ren Pennesi, our wonderful Library Assistant. 

Year 3 and 4 students: Book Club offers a place for book chat, a forum to discuss favourite authors and illustrators and an opportunity to share recent and popular reads with fellow students. Details, activities and examples from new books in the Library are shared as well as suggestions for future reading. It has been wonderful to see the students engaged and enthusiastically talking and sharing about their reading.

Year 5 and 6 students (The Book Ninjas): These students are in the process of creating their second novel project – a sequel to ‘The Search for Colour’ which they wrote last year. With support from Ren, each student is actively involved in the creative process, from planning, writing and illustrating. It is a fabulous collaborative project with the students all passionate and excited about working towards a shared piece of work.

Sally Spencer
Library Teacher



Year 4 – Biome Drawings

Year 4 students have been studying biomes as part of their Inquiry topic. In Art, the students chose a biome and then drew a detailed drawing, which was to include appropriate flora, fauna and abiotic items.

The students were also required to show the illusion of depth, using one or more horizon lines to show space and distance.

Year 6

In Literacy lessons the Year 6 students have been studying the picture story book, ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan. In Art the students then completed a series of lessons, relating to ‘The Arrival’, building upon and combining aspects of each lesson.

Imaginary ‘companion’ creatures

The students started by drawing an imaginary ‘companion creature’ which was to travel with them. The creature combined elements of other animals.

3D City Scape or 2D Drawings of City Scapes

The second Art lesson, the students chose to either build a city or draw a city, full of interesting shaped buildings.

The drawings were to be very detailed with shading to give the impression of 3-D. The students also drew maps of their cities.

In the final lesson, the students were required to add their companion creature, add a Banksy graffiti, add people and street signs.

Fiona Gibson
Art Teacher

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Junior School


Junior School

August 21, 2020

Early Learning 3 are on Zoom!

The children of EL 3 are truly a community of learners. They are embracing multiple and diverse ways of learning which has been displayed when the children entered their first Zoom classroom session followed by partaking in our Seesaw online platform activities.

The children navigated their way on screen by first acknowledging the country to help increase their awareness of the plants, birds and animals and people of all cultural backgrounds.

The focus on nature and virtues such as kindness have continued to play a dominant role in the lives of the EL3 children as they settle into remote learning and Zoom meetings.

On Zoom, we read a story called “Kindness makes you strong” followed by Iris and Scarlet making cards for their friends. The cards say how much they miss their own friends, while Jayden sorted leaves in pairs, Chelsea noticed different leaves in the environment, Angus joined in with action songs and made the sound of the wind.

A highlight during remote learning was when the EL 3 and EL 4 Part-Time students observed together ‘The acknowledgement of Country’ via Zoom with Murrundindi and they continued to work together on their path to building a community of learners.

Ramila Sadikeen
EL 3 Classroom Teacher

Early Learning 4 Full-Time

During Remote Learning, the Early Learning 4 (Full Time) children have used digital technologies for purposeful communication, to gain understandings about wonderings, to document learning, to share a skill or interest and to maintain relationships with peers and teachers.

In the same way that children learn to share and collaborate within the classroom, children are learning how to take turns, listen to peers and teachers, work towards shared goals and contribute to discussions – through their engagement with digital technologies. These are important social behaviours that children require to actively participate with others in digital contexts, for example, during our daily small group Zoom meetings.

Our recent engagement with digital technologies have provided many learning opportunities for the children, for example:

Through Zoom, we connected with Murrundindi to learn about ochre as well as Wurundjeri symbols and the meaning of ‘Elder’. The children used ochre, provided by Annette Sax (Taungurung) to paint Wurundjeri symbols.

During a class Zoom meeting, some of the children shared their creations and Alex showed us an astronaut helmet that she created from recycled materials at home. Through Google, we connected with Storytime from Space and listened to the story ‘If I were an astronaut’ read by an astronaut on the International Space Station.

Through WebEx, we connected with Rebecca from the Wurundjeri Council and she shared stories and artefacts to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.

We connected with Bec, a teacher from Healesville Sanctuary and participated in Wurundjeri Way – a webinar that focused on Australian animals and their homes. The children also listened to a Dreamtime Story and learnt more words in Woiwurrung language.

We advocate for and understand the importance of children having a balance of digital and non-digital experiences both within the classroom and at home. For optimal health and wellbeing, the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines recommends screen time limits for children – this link provides further information.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning 4 Full Time Teacher

Early Learning 4 Part-Time are Scientists!

This week in EL4 Part-Time, the children have been participating in Science Week experiences. The theme of Science Week this year is Deep Blue: innovation for the future of our oceans. The children have been conducting science experiments at home such as cooking and making an ocean in a bottle. They have been challenged to make a sea creature (real or imagined) using recycled materials. They can enter their sea creature in a Science Week competition.

Lilian Bishop
Early Learning 4 Part-Time Teacher

Foundation – the comedians!

Ordinarily in Foundation, students would share Talk Time with the class every week. Whilst there is no longer a live audience, the Foundation students are still working on their presentation skills by creating a short video on different topics. They are focusing on speaking in full sentences, articulating their words clearly and making eye-contact by looking at the device that is filming them. These presentation skills are so important as the students will use them right throughout their schooling and for the rest of their lives.

Last week was very light-hearted as the students shared some of their favourite jokes. It was amazing to see that some of our youngest presenters could have such good comic timing! This week the students presented about their favourite free time activity at home. Reading, playing board games and playing with Lego are big hits with this Foundation cohort!

Selena Reedman
Foundation Teacher

Year 3

The Year 3 students have been working hard across all areas of the curriculum. They are confidently using the Seesaw platform to independently share their learning and demonstrate their understandings. Our current focus in writing is the use of persuasive devices to advertise products and services. We have been exploring a range of advertisement types, such as billboards, posters and television commercials and the different ways they persuade their audiences. Students have begun to identify a range of devices such as rhetorical questions, humour and jingles.

Last week the Year 3’s chose a toy product from their home. They brainstormed adjectives, slogans, facts and features to describe their product before using a storyboard to plan a television commercial to advertise it. Students then shared their completed commercials with a classmate and gave constructive feedback to each other. Their innovative and creative commercials demonstrated their knowledge of how a wide range of persuasive devices can be used to influence audiences to buy products.

Liz Ruffles & Rebecca Leondidis
Year 3 Class Teachers


CGGS presents ‘We’ve Got MORE Talent!’

In Music this week, it was time for sharing more Camberwell Girls COVID Creations. In ‘We’ve Got Talent’ we saw some incredible videos of our girls recording some of their talents from musicians, artists, magicians, trampoliners and even fast runners. So, we thought it was time to do it all over again. ELC to Year 3’s were invited to take part in our Term 3 Activity – ‘’We’ve Got MORE Talent”.

Once again students uploaded videos demonstrating one of the many talents that they have.

We had Singers, Gymnasts, Dancers, Pianists, Violinists, Comedians, Roller skaters, Artists and creative Lego builders – to name a few.

The talents and skills of our students are incredibly impressive and, despite the challenges we are all facing with remote learning, it is clear to see the students are artistically thriving. Never before has it been more important for our wellbeing to take some time away from our screens and allow ourselves to slow down and be in the moment.

In our creative moment this week, the students did exactly that and we couldn’t be more proud of them. Keep an eye on the CGGS social media platforms for some talent videos throughout next week!


Years 4, 5 and 6

The students have continued to enjoy working in Song-Maker in the chrome Music Lab. They have created a percussion accompaniment to enhance a given folk song.  Many of the students have taken up extension options and challenged themselves, creating stunning variations to their folk song theme. The Seesaw activities have provided opportunities to learn further creative tools available to them in this program including increasing the number of bars and splitting the beat. Song-Maker continues to be used to enhance students Kodaly based learning of music reading, writing, performing and creating.

They have been encouraged to continue using their sight singing school course to further develop their musical skills as an extension activity.

It is fabulous to see our students increasingly able to use strategies to learn independently and to work at their own level.

This week we commence our music history investigation. The music selected to begin is Mozart’s Horn Concerto No 4.

Below are two links if you want to hear examples of variations composed by students using the theme of the folk song ‘Ding Dong Digi Didi Dong’.



Nichole Adams & Penny Byrne
Music Teachers



One exciting thing to come out of remote learning has been the STEAM Ahead club. We started in Term 2 as a way to allow keen students to explore Science/STEAM topics in more depth and in a holistic way. The first topic we looked at was Marine Science, with the help of our Senior School dolphin expert, Dr Sue Mason. Students enjoyed learning about local marine animals and we were lucky to be able to share their final models of ocean ecosystems at school.

This term we have been investigating microbiology, starting with yeast and breadmaking and moving on to mould and decomposition. It has been inspiring to see the careful observations and experiments that club members have been able to carry out at home. Hearing the students share their thoughts and energy in our Zoom meetings is a highlight of the week!

Ms Penny Dumsday (Science Teacher) & Mrs Annabelle Vivarini (Literacy & Numeracy Teacher)

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School