Junior School



May 14, 2021

Kanga Tennis Coaching Clinics

The last two Fridays there has been a lot of racquet movement from all of our students practicing their forehands, backhands and volleys on the Junior School tennis court.  The Kanga Tennis coaches – Annette, Tim and Dustin have delivered high energy and skilled-based clinic sessions to all our students from Early Learning 4 to Year 6.  Kanga tennis Coaching have been working with our Ormiston students for over 5 years and their experienced coaches do a fantastic job.

Kanga Tennis Coaching provide lessons every Tuesday and Thursday morning for our students at these times:

8.00am – 8.40am / Year 3, 4, 5 & 6

8.40am – 9.10am / Foundation, Year 1 & 2

9.10am – 9.40am / Early Learning 3 & 4

If families are interested in taking up tennis lessons at Ormiston in Term 2, please contact our Junior School Reception via email on junioradmin@cggs.vic.edu.au.

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Foundation Rabbits – Snowy, Fluffy, Rainbow and Cutie

For the past two weeks the Foundation students have been fortunate to have had four rabbits visit our classroom. The students quickly took to the rabbits and they became our much-loved pets for the time they were here. The students named the rabbits: Snowy, Fluffy, Rainbow and Cutie. They were responsible for filling the rabbits’ water bowls, ensuring they had fresh hay and even helping to clean their hutch from time to time. They also gave them an infinite supply of love, pats and cuddles. This was a great experience for the students to learn first-hand what living things need to survive and how people can help to care for other creatures.

“When the rabbits come out they can be a little bit scared. We need to be quiet to help them.” – Ting Xuan

“We have to be kind and gentle with them.” – Clara

“Carrots are a treat for rabbits, they don’t always eat carrots. Our rabbits eat hay and pellets.” – Angela

“Rabbits needs lots of care to make them happy.” – Bella

“You need to clean out their cage, even though it’s the worst job in the world.” – Joelle

“When we go in the circle to pat the rabbits we have to pat them with one hand.” – Eshaal

“If you scare them, they will hide.” – Theresa

“The rabbits are so soft and fluffy. I like to pat them.” – Chloe

“We got to teach the Year 1s about our rabbits.” – Rubyrose

“The rabbits are my favourite thing at school.” – Lena

Selena Reedman
Foundation Class Teacher

Year 1 – Healesville Sanctuary Excursion

Last week Year 1 took part in an excursion to Healesville Sanctuary as part of our Inquiry unit investigating the question “How do living things change, grow and survive?” Murrundindi (Head man of the Wurundjeri people) greeted us at the entrance and he spent the day showing us the Sanctuary and various exhibits. He showed the students some of the features of native flora in the area and explained how they were significant to the Wurundjeri people and animals. The students had a closer look at the kangaroo apple, lemon myrtle, manna gum, wild strawberries and various grasses used to weave baskets.

The Spirit of the Sky show gave the students the opportunity to view various birds of prey in flight and the koala, kangaroo, brolga, dingo and other exhibits allowed students to discuss some of each animal’s features, their habitats and some of their adaptions needed for them to survive. The teachers were impressed with the positivity and curiosity of the students, most of whom were experiencing their first excursion.

Angela Columbine
Year 1 Teacher

Year 5 PLAY Leadership Program

Last week the Year 5 students participated in the PLAY leadership training, run by Resilient Youth Australia. This full day workshop taught students how to facilitate safe and fun games for Ormiston students during recess and lunch.

The program is designed as a platform for students to have opportunities to support each other, practice positive values, take responsibility and develop their leadership abilities. It was an excellent opportunity for our Year 5 students to begin building their leadership skills before they take on their formal leadership role in Year 6.

Throughout the day, students learnt a variety of interactive PLAY games and how to introduce and facilitate the games effectively with other students without teacher guidance.

Some of the many games that students learnt and taught the Year 3 and 4 students were In and Out, Cat and Mouse, Domes and Dishes and Revolution.

Students relished the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and have fun together at the same time. Throughout the program, students learned the importance of giving clear instructions, working as team, listening to others and giving supportive feedback.

Asha from 5G commented, “I saw the world from a teacher’s point of view. One stand-out moment for me was when a student I was instructing was very shy to begin with, but over time she became more confident and engaged. I felt like I was achieving what I set out to do.”

We look forward to the Year 5 students consolidating their skills this term and then applying their skills to teach the PLAY games to the rest of the school community in Semester 2.

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School

Foundation – Year 6 English as an Additional Language (EAL) Information Session

On Wednesday, we hosted our very first parent information session for families whom English is their second language.  Our focus was to support families and to strengthen relationships between school and home, which ultimately leads to establishing true partnerships.

Together with Barbara Peng, our school interpreter and translator, we had parents discussing and asking questions regarding various topics. This included home learning, accessing reports on SEQTA and how to request interpreting services. Additionally, parents became familiar with their child’s learning and were able to converse in open discussions about the present curriculum. Our informal Q&A was led by parents and was an opportunity to meet and share. It was wonderful to see new and existing families having the opportunity to make reciprocated connections.

EAL parent information sessions in the future will be held in Term 2 and Term 4 each year and will range in topics relevant to current happenings. Thank you to those who attended, and I look forward to our next meeting in Term 4 later in the year.

Michelle May
Junior & Senior EAL Teacher

Book Clubs

Each week the Junior School Library offers two lunchtime Book Clubs for interested students in Years 3-6.

Wednesday sessions: all students from Years 3 & 4 are invited to attend Book Club with Mrs Spencer. These sessions are an opportunity for students to share stories and discuss recent reads and book recommendations with their peers in an enjoyable and relaxed environment. Students also participate in a variety of fun book related activities including Book Scavenger Hunts, designing an ideal bookshelf with all their favourite titles, and creating and colouring beautiful bookmarks.

Thursday sessions: Madison Kelly leads the Year 5 and 6 Book Club. Students in this group have enjoyed creating their own Zines on favourite topics and areas of interest. Zines are handmade photocopied books that students have made copies of to take home, as well as a copy for the school library collection. They have also been working hard to complete artwork and illustrations for the book they wrote together throughout the last year. It’s wonderful to see all the amazing and creative items that are produced from these sessons.

Sally Spencer
Junior School Library Teacher

Year 4 Prayer

Dear God

We thank you for giving each of us such incredible mothers and grandmothers.

They support us whenever we are in need, comfort us

when we are afraid and guide us on the right path encouraging us to be

the best versions of ourselves.  We bless those mothers who are

unwell, the mothers that are missing their loved ones, the mothers

who are courageously helping others and the mothers who are not

with us today.  We pray that every mother and grandmother has the

most special day this Sunday.


Written by Year 4Z & Helen Creed – School Chaplain

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Junior School

April 30, 2021

Digital Citizenship and Wellbeing

Throughout the year, many Ormiston parents have asked me about their child’s device usage both at home and at School. The two main questions arising are:

> How much time should my child spend on a device?

> What are they doing on their device?

Last term, we conducted a Digital Citizenship workshop with parents and the main message from the session was to encourage parents to closely supervise their child’s time while online. If parents are able to do this, they will be able to monitor the total amount of screen time, as well as the activities and content being viewed.

Below is a brief summary of the main points covered in our Term 1 workshop. If parents would like to ask further questions, I can be contacted via email, donohuep@cggs.vic.edu.au.

Minimise screen time each day

> Ensure that sedentary screen time is not a routine part of child-care for children younger than 5 years.

> Maintain daily ‘screen-free’ times, especially for family meals and book-sharing.

> Avoid screens for at least 1 hour before bedtime, given the potential for melatonin-suppressing effects which can negatively impact on sleep.

Reduce the risks associated with device use

> As parents, be present and engaged when screens are used and, whenever possible, co-view with children.

> As parents, be aware of content and prioritise educational, age-appropriate content.

> As parents, please monitor social media usage during each day. Take the time to read your child’s interactions with others.

Parents should model healthy device usage

> Parents are encouraged to select healthy alternatives to device use, such as reading, outdoor play and creative, hands-on activities

> Parents should turn off their own devices at home during family time

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Early Learning 3 – Zoom with Rebecca from the Wurundjeri Council

As part of finding out about the Wurundjeri People, the custodians of the land on which our school is located, we engaged in an interactive Zoom session with Rebecca Axford from the Wurundjeri Council.

We found out that Bunjil is the creator spirit, and he created all things natural – the rivers, animals, mountains, flowers and rules for people to live. Rebecca read the story Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri elder, Aunty Joy Murphy. Through the words and illustrations in the story, the children discovered that the Wurundjeri people are part of the land and the land is part of them. They have looked after the land for many, many years and we need to continue to look after and take care of the land, and only take from the land what we can give back.

As curious learners, the children also viewed a possum skin and Rebecca explained how these were sewn together to make a large cloak. They were used to keep people warm and told the story, through symbols and pictures, of a person’s kin or family.

As communicators, the children engaged with a song in Woiwurrung language – the language of the Wurundjeri People. This was a highlight for the children, as they already knew the words to Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes in English and Rebecca taught them the words to the song in Woiwurrung. In Early Learning 3, we want to encourage an appreciation of linguistic diversity and the children are already exposed to diverse languages such as Greek, English, Chinese, Farsi and Cantonese. We believe it is also important to communicate in Woiwurrung and we are doing this in the classroom through songs and greetings.

In our learning environment, we also plan experiences and provide resources and provocations that broaden the children’s perspectives and encourage an appreciation of and respect for the Wurundjeri People and their ways of knowing and being.

We look forward to continuing our learning with Rebecca throughout the year.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning 3 Teacher

Early Learning 4 Nature Play – Outdoor Classroom

Nature Play was an opportunity to immerse the children in nature. Nature play is similar to a camping experience, spending the whole day in the great outdoors and exploring all the possibilities of being with nature. It was a wonderful experience for all, providing many different opportunities of connecting with each other. it was exciting to view the yard as a dynamic and stimulating learning environment that provided a holistic sense of wellbeing.

The experience provided educators with the opportunity to feel the same sense of liberation and excitement that children feel every time they go outside for their daily outdoor play. As educators, we value the intrinsic components of wellbeing that uninterrupted play offers the children.

The children explored the trees, leaves, insects and bugs, using resources such as magnifying glasses and binoculars. When the children found bugs in the yard particularly interesting, many different questions were overheard, for example, “I wonder how snails slither?”

Upon returning to the Early Learning Centre, the children were busy reconnecting with each other, through creating their own mandalas with their findings. The Nature Play Day was a rich learning experience that opened many exciting possibilities surrounding how nature could be included more frequently within the children’s daily learning.

The day concluded with a feedback session with the children by introducing a thumbs-up/ thumbs down system. All children gave a resounding thumbs up for Nature Play Day.

Ramila Sadikeen & Lilian Bishop
Early Learning 4 Teachers

Year 6 Learning Expo

On Tuesday evening the Year 6 students were delighted to welcoming their families to view a learning exhibition that showcased their inquiry projects from Term 1.

The students explored the big question, ‘How can we use energy in a sustainable way?’ Students applied their knowledge of different energy sources and electrical circuits to plan and design a model that would either make more efficient use of energy or use more renewable energy sources to be more sustainable.

At the exhibition, students shared their design process, how their inventions worked and the challenges they encountered along the way. Many also had in-depth conversations about the ways we can create and use energy more sustainably in the future.

Here are a selection of inquiry questions the students explored:

Can desk lamp be powered by wastewater from a shower?

Is it possible to use a water wheel to power garden lights?

Can a device be powered using body heat?

Can a solar energy power a hairdryer?

Can a blender be powered by kinetic energy?

The students in Year 6 have approached their learning with resilience and a growth mindset. Throughout the design process they asked many questions, sort feedback from their teachers and peers and were creative and flexible with their thinking to overcome the challenges they encountered.

Here are some of their reflections about their learning:

I liked the opportunity to explain my learning and work verbally to people in real life. – Ashley 

The best part of the design projects was discovering what circuit worked and what circuits didn’t. The main problem for us was working out which wires were positive and which wires were negative. It was also a challenge to work out how to power two things with one solar panel. – Natasha C

I loved the feeling of the room with all the parents and families enjoying our projects that we had worked so hard on. There was a real buzz! – Lexi

I enjoyed the opportunity to work in a team. It meant that we were able to use both our brains to solve the problems we encountered. – Selena

I enjoyed the trial and error aspect of the project in which you fail and fail and fail… when you finally succeed you feel elated and a great sense of satisfaction. – Angel & Samantha

Thank you to the Year 6 families who engaged so actively in the evening’s presentations. It meant so much to the students to be able to showcase their learning journeys with you.

Nancy Robottom
Year 6 Teacher

Year 4 – 6 Cross Country

On Tuesday the 27 of April, our Years 4 – 6 students were finally able to participate in their first House Carnival since 2019! The students were so excited to bring that team spirit back, where they were able to cheer on their peers. They braved the drizzle during their races, and all did their personal best. Some students will qualify for the Balwyn North District Championships on Friday 14 May. Congratulations to Taylor who were our House winners for the day, on 410 points! They were closely followed by Lawrence on 405 points, Singleton on 385 points and Schofield on 305 points. Well done to everyone!

Liana Kitsou
Junior School PE Teacher

Year 2 Australian Rules Football & Year 4 Cricket Victoria Coaching Program

The Year 2 students are participating in a five week curriculum aligned program with AFL Victoria, whilst the Year 4 students are participating in a five week curriculum aligned program with Cricket Victoria. These clinics are designed to give the students an opportunity to experience a fun and exciting program, that is aimed to help students learn to play sport. Our AFL Coaches, Lachie & Jake, are all well-experienced in their fields and have been playing the game for many years, representing various clubs. Our Cricket Coach, Acacia, represented the Australian Indoor Cricket Team in 2019.

Liana Kitsou
Junior School PE Teacher

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Junior School

April 1, 2021

As we approach the end of Term 1, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our Ormiston families for their continued support this year. I hope families are able to spend some quality time with family and friends throughout the Easter holiday break and I encourage our students to rest during this time to ensure they are ready for a very exciting and dynamic Term 2.

Welcome Back Event

The much anticipated annual Welcome Back Event finally came about last Friday. In previous years a similar event known as the Junior School Twilight Picnic was held during Term 1 and this has now been merged into the Welcome Back Event where families come along and take the opportunity to meet other families in a relaxed atmosphere.

With social distancing in mind, this year we divided our Junior School year levels into two sessions with the Early Learning 3 – Year 3 students from 5.00pm – 6.30pm and the Year 4 – 6 students from 7.00pm – 8.30pm. This strategy allowed for additional outdoor space for families to spread out across the campus. Also, it was great to see new families to Ormiston meet other families in their child’s year level.

I would like to thank Susannah Jepson and her Foundation Team for organising the event. Depending on the circumstances at the start of Term 2, we look forward to seeing more parents at Junior School throughout the year.

Foundation – Year 6 Easter Service at St Mark’s Church

It was a wonderful opportunity for the Foundation – Year 6 students to walk down to St Mark’s Church today to experience our annual Junior School Easter Service. As always, the Reverend Helen Creed took the special service and many students from different year levels took an active role in this important event. There were lots of songs and prayers and the story of Palm Sunday when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the Maundy Thursday Story and the story of Easter Sunday were explained to the Junior School. Our Principal, Mrs Dunwoody read out the Easter Greeting and our School Captains finished off the Service by saying the Lord’s prayer.

Foundation – Year 2 Swim Carnival

On Wednesday our Foundation – Year 2 students put on a swimming exhibition at the CGGS Aquatic Centre at Senior School. Each student actively participated in three events on the day and two of those events included the strokes of freestyle and backstroke. The overall standard of swimming during the morning was of a very high standard and each student must be congratulated for doing their own personal best.

Our students were representing their CGGS House – Lawrence, Singleton, Taylor and Schofield where house points were allocated throughout the carnival. Thank you to our Junior School Physical Education Teacher, Miss Liana Kitsou for organising the carnival and Ms Kitsou received a lot of support from Lisa Williams our Swim School Coordinator. Ms Williams’ team helped in the pool during each swimming event, and this enabled the event to run smoothly. Additionally, the Year 6 house leaders assisted on the day with the recording of results and thank you to Samantha Lovell, Selena Chen, Alexandra Bartnicki and Angel Li for their excellent work.

I wish everyone a happy and safe Easter and look forward to seeing everyone back at Ormiston for our first day of Term 2 on Tuesday 20 April 2021. 

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Early Learning 4 Full-Time

EL4 full time children are connected to the wider world. Our journey to connect to the wider world began with our class examining their own identity. The children were encouraged to look at themselves and describe what they look like. We used a variety of mediums to help the children feel safe and confident to express their thoughts and ideas.

Connecting to grandparents and parents was the most effective way to affirm the children’s identity and connect to the wider world as well. We had grandparents share aspects of their cultural roots along with Mums share their stories of childhood connections to India and to a kindergarten in China. Many similarities and differences were identified as we connected to our own lives.

Children grew in confidence to express themselves as they used puppets and a variety of new resources purchased to explore their environment. Their contribution to enrich their own play is embedded in their ability to sustain reciprocal relationships that are respectful, caring and fun.

What is beautiful about this journey of identity is the children’s capacity to embrace the richness of diversity and celebrate their own unique sense of self. It has been a very rewarding term where the children’s growth and development is intrinsic to their own sense identity.

Ramila Sadikeen
Early Learning 4 Full-Time Teacher

Year 1 Incursion

Last Tuesday, Mrs Sargood from the National Trust transformed the Year 1 classroom and gave the students a taste of what school and life was like over 150 years ago. The students dressed as children from the past and took part in lessons using a dip pen and ink, listened to stories of what life was like in the 1800s and learnt about rules and expectations, as well as the consequences given to children who were disobedient at school! The students viewed photographs and images of Queen Victoria, Rippon Lea historic estate and Sargood family who built and lived in Rippon Lea in 1868. This engaging incursion gave the students the opportunity to further develop and apply their knowledge of our Inquiry unit, where they are investigating the question: “How do events, stories and objects from the past help us to understand our present?”

The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were keen to share some of their thoughts:

Isabella-Rose – I loved writing with ink.

Sofia – I enjoyed acting like a kid from over 100 years ago.

Olive – I loved it when Mrs. Sargood told us teachers would write silly names on the slate when they are being mean to kids. It was part of their punishment.

Evie – I found ink writing challenging, it was hard dip the pen in the ink and sometimes I had too much.

Nicole- I like the bell she used at the start of the lesson.

Olivia D. – I liked it when she showed us the black and white photos of her children.

Stephanie – Mrs. Sargood was very strict. She had 35 servants in her house.

Cathy – I liked the work Mrs. Sargood gave us.

Aryana – I enjoyed when Mrs. Sargood showed us pictures of her home in Rippon Lea and Queen Victoria.

Isabelle – I enjoyed going up the front and pretending to do the washing. 

Angela Columbine
Year 1 Class Teacher

Year 4-6 Digital Wellbeing & Technologies Parent Webinar

On Tuesday evening, a group of Year 4-6 parents joined our Head of Digital Learning – Micah Wilkins and I on Zoom to discuss the importance digital technologies and digital wellbeing within the home and school environments.

We revisited the Junior School Digital Wellbeing Guidelines (see image) and discussed how these could be implemented at home.

Parents also shared their own tips and experiences about using technologies with their children at home and we shared some examples of the ways in which our students are developing their digital literacy, citizenship skills and wellbeing at CGGS in both the Junior and Senior Schools. We hope to offer some on site opportunities for parents to have a go at using some of our technologies including our Spheros later in the year.

There was a strong interest from parents in the current screen time recommendations for children. There are currently no formal set time limits on this due to the proliferation of screens in our day to day lives these days, it is the quality and nature of the screen time that is most important. We encourage you to use the following recommendations from the Canadian Paediatric Society (2017) as a guide to develop good screen time habits at home.

Minimise screen time:
> Screen time for children younger than 2  years is not recommended.
> For children 2 to 5 years, limit routine or regular screen time to less than 1 hour per day.
> Ensure that sedentary screen time is not a routine part of child-care for children younger than 5 years.
> Maintain daily ‘screen-free’ times, especially for family meals and book-sharing.
> Avoid screens for at least 1 hour before bedtime, given the potential for melatonin-suppressing effects which can negatively impact on sleep.

Reduce the risks associated with screen time:
> Be present and engaged when screens are used and, whenever possible, co-view with children.
> Be aware of content and prioritise educational, age-appropriate and interactive programming.
> Use parenting strategies that teach self-regulation, calming and limit-setting.
> Conduct a self-assessment of current screen habits and develop a family media plan for when, how and where screens may (and may not) be used.
> Help children recognise and question advertising messages, stereotyping and other problematic content.
> Be reassured that there is no evidence to support introducing technology at an early age.

Adults should model healthy screen use:
> Choose healthy alternatives, such as reading, outdoor play and creative, hands-on activities.
> Turn off adult’s own devices at home during family time.
> Turn off screens when not in use and avoid background TV

This term in Year 4, we learnt all about Digital Citizenship and how to stay safe online. The students identified strategies for keeping themselves safe online such as: using age guidelines, keeping personal information private and how to deal with cyberbullying. This unit brought up many interesting class discussions around online etiquette and the responsibilities we have as digital citizens.

As a summative task, the students were placed into groups and took on the role as teacher by teaching the Year 3s about a specific topic related to digital citizenship. As a group, they planned, prepared resources and taught a mini-lesson for the students.

Here are some thoughts of what the Year 4s have learnt this term about Digital Citizenship:

“This term I learnt not to put your personal details online or you could get hacked”Kathleen

“Something that I learnt this term is that even if a website looks trustworthy, it may not be” – Ruth

“I learnt how to stay safe online by asking a parent if that website is safe to go on”Joyce

“I have learnt never to click on pop-ups that seem untrustworthy” – Ailey

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School

Year 4 – 6 Netball

The CGGS Junior School Netball Program commenced this term with many enthusiastic students wanting to partake in this team sport.

Year 2/3 Program – Thursday afternoon

The response to the program has been overwhelming currently with 43 registered players. The program is aimed at introducing the students to the game of netball teaching them the basic preparation skills in order to progress onto games.

Year 4 Opals – Friday afternoon

The Year 4 team participate on a Friday afternoon at the Boroondara Netball Association and currently have 9 registered players. So far, this team is undefeated although being a non- competitive competition, it is wonderful to see the smiles on their faces and most importantly having a lot of fun.

Year 5/6 Teams – Saturday

The Year 5/6 teams compete on Saturday mornings at the Boroondara Netball Association. We have entered one Year 5 team and two Year 6 teams. It has been a great start, although weather conditions were not favourable and commend the players for performing superbly in the rain and still managing to enjoy themselves.

We are still seeking additional players for the Year 6 teams so if your child is interested in joining any of the teams next term, please contact Kim Bailey at baileyk@cggs.vic.edu.au.

Kim Bailey
Netball Coordinator

Junior School


Junior School

March 19, 2021

Eastern Metropolitan Regional Swim Championships

Congratulations to the Ormiston students that participated at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Swim Championships at Boroondara Sports Complex last week.  They all are to be commended in their outstanding achievement individually and as a team.

Cecilia Yang

Genevieve Khaw

Jasmine Xie

Anthea Vais

Olivia Yang

Chloe Lau

Jasmine Li


Listed below are the results from each swim event:

Open Medley Relay – Third Place
Cecilia Yang, Chloe Lau, Jasmine Li and Olivia Yang

Freestyle Relay – Third Place
Genevieve Khaw, Anthea Vais, Olivia Yang and Jasmine Xie

50 Metre Breaststroke – Second Place
Cecilia Yang

50 Metre Backstroke – Second Place
Olivia Yang

50 Metre Freestyle – Second Place
Olivia Yang


Only the first-placed swimmer or relay team in each race can move to the next level of competition which is the School Sport Victoria State Swim Championships. These students were recognised for their achievements at this week’s Junior School Assembly and we look forward to more personal best efforts in swimming in the future.

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA)

On Friday 19 March, Australian schools stand united in their communities to join the national conversation to help address bullying. The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence, and where schools are called to imagine a world free from bullying.

Across the School, students were involved in a different activity that raised awareness about bullying and demonstrated our students’ commitment to taking a stand against all forms of bullying.

The Junior School classes explored the importance of standing up to bullying and different age appropriate ways of taking action against bullying. Our Year 6 students also participated in the ‘Being an Upstander’ webinar run by the Office of the e-Safety commissioner to learn how to be upstanders themselves and recognise the harm that can be caused by cyberbullying.

To demonstrate CGGS’s commitment, the Junior School Student Council created posters and took photos to provide a platform to show our collective support and take action together in recognition that bullying prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

Foundation – Year 6 Child Safe Standards Workshops

Every year, our School Counsellors Beth Sarlos and Paula Kolivas present information to our Foundation – Year 6 students about the topic of Child Safe Standards. The slideshow promotes the safety of children and encourages them to ‘have a say’, especially on issues that are important to them or about decisions that affect their lives.

The presentation empowers each student at Ormiston to take charge of their own body and that everyone has the right to be safe and be protected from abuse. Both Counsellors discuss that no one should behave in a way that makes you feel unsafe or afraid, including anyone in your family, anyone at school or anywhere else in the community. Our students are strongly encouraged to tell a teacher or any adult if they feel unsafe.

Finally, our Junior School students learn that child safe standards is everyone’s responsibility. Adults at school must listen and respond to concerns of students, and if any staff member or student suspects abuse of any student or young person, they have a responsibility to report it, even if they are not sure.

I would like to thank Beth Sarlos and Paula Kolivas for their work in this very important area over many years at Junior School.

Early Learning 4 Part-Time – Working in the ELC Garden

The EL4 Part-time children love being outdoors in our playground and in nature. Exposure to nature has been shown to reduce stress and increase attention spans. When children are in nature, all of their senses are activated. They see, hear, touch and even taste. During a morning meeting this week, the children used their senses to explore some different plants with different scents. They observed, touched and smelt lavender and a variety of potted herbs.

The EL4 Part-time children worked with Martin Conlon, our Head Gardner at CGGS, to plant the different scented plants.  As they worked side by side, Martin shared his knowledge about plants and gardening. The children were highly engaged and actively listened to Martin. They demonstrated dispositions for learning such as curiosity, confidence and enthusiasm by asking Martin a range of questions. He showed the children how to turn the soil, they added compost to the soil and learnt how to loosen the roots of the pot plants before planting them. After Martin had left, the children used their new skills and knowledge to plant the remaining herbs in a garden bed.

We are fortunate at CGGS to be part of a wider school community, who have additional knowledge and skills to share with the children. Our Early Learning community will continue to work with Martin on improving and taking care of our outdoor learning environment.

‘Experiences of relationships and participation in communities contribute to children’s belonging, being and becoming.’ – Early Years Learning Framework

Lilian Bishop
Early Learning 4 Part-Time Teacher

Year 4

This term we explored about Digital Citizenship and how to stay safe online. The students identified strategies for keeping themselves safe online such as using age guidelines, keeping personal information private and how to deal with cyberbullying. This unit raised many interesting class discussions about online etiquette and the responsibilities we have as digital citizens.

As a summative task, the students were placed into groups and took on the role as teacher by teaching the Year 3 students about a specific topic related to digital citizenship. As a collective group, they planned, prepared resources followed by teaching a mini-lesson for the students.

Here are some comments from the Year 4 students of what they have learnt this term about Digital Citizenship:

“This term I learnt not to put your personal details online or you could get hacked” – Kathleen

“Something that I learnt this term is that even if a website looks trustworthy, it may not be” – Ruth

“I learnt how to stay safe online by asking a parent if that website is safe to go on” – Joyce

“I have learnt never to click on pop-ups that seem untrustworthy” – Ailey

Ellie Zarfaty & Jasvindar Gill
Year 4 Class Teachers

Year 5 Excursion – How do you organise a space excursion?

You Plan It!

On Monday 15 March, the Year 5 students went on an excursion to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) as part of their inquiry exploration focus: What is our place in space?

The students participated in two hands on programs called “Expedition to the M.A.R.S. Base” and “Size of Your Sol” programs and were engaged from the moment they walked into the complex.

The Expedition to Mars workshop involved students being part of Mission control where they observed the astronauts, working at the Mars Australian Research Station. The students used interactive software to monitor systems and the experiments being conducted by their peers. They had to use their ability to think calmly during a crisis of intergalactic proportions.

The Size of Your Sol workshop gave students a realistic feel for the relative size of the sun compared to the planets and also, in relation to their orbit. The students had to work co-operatively in small groups and use their measurement skills to find the diameter of each respective planet compared to the sun.

It was a truly memorable experience for students and staff. The posing of questions and the conversations amongst themselves, as well as with the staff at VSSEC, were exceptional.

What a great day!

Fiorella Soci & Craig Goodwin
Year 5 Class Teachers


It has been an incredibly exciting term in the Junior School Library as we have introduced a new library management system called Orbit. This engaging and colourful web-based system which can also be accessed from home, allows students to search and reserve selected books and resources, manage and track their borrowing and provides access to safe and age-appropriate online research resources such as World Book Online. Another very popular feature has been the integration of a large eBook and audio book collection which can be accessed both through the website and the Sora App.

Students from Years 3 – 6 have had the opportunity to investigate and explore Orbit throughout their library sessions and it has been wonderful to watch them quickly utilising all of the features and functions to support their reading and research.

We have also been fortunate to receive many visits from our library dog – Ivy this term. Ivy puts a smile on everyone’s faces and students across all year levels enjoy the opportunity to spend time quietly sitting and reading with her.

Sally Spencer
Library Teacher

Mountfield Maestros

As we welcome a new musical year at Ormiston, we celebrate the opportunity of once again coming together and breathing new life into the rooms and halls of Ormiston.

Last year we experienced our first Mountfield Maestros via video conference which proved to be not only a success but a charming variation to the art of performance.

With the uncertainty of these recent times, Mountfield Maestros once again took place via video conference and it was wonderful to see so many enthusiastic participants and hear musically engaging performances. The students celebrated the opportunity to share and showcase their performances to very appreciative audiences at both the Early Learning 4 – Year 3 session with Mrs Adams and the Year 4 – Year 6 session with Mrs Byrne. The diverse range of presentations illuminated the many and varied talents of our Ormiston musicians across all year levels.  Overall, 43 students participated in this popular school event.

We congratulate our students on the courage and confidence they displayed in presenting their selected pieces. Thank you to our Music leaders for helping with the event and to our music staff for enabling their students to build individual performance skills and encouraging them to explore ways to communicate their musical presentations.

Nichole Adams
Music Teacher & Violin & Viola Tutor

Physical Education

Throughout Term 1, Year 3 – 6 students have been undertaking an Athletics Unit in their Physical Education classes. The benefits of this are twofold with movement skills forming the basis of all activities and team sports which students will be involved in at CGGS this year.  The students are also being prepared for more discipline specific track and field events for the upcoming House Carnival.

Through a variety of warm-up games, activities and skill progressions, students have been developing greater agility, balance, speed and acceleration. The fundamental motor skills of jumping, leaping, skipping and hopping are also being covered. Students have particularly enjoyed the acceleration games and the mini hurdles which we look forward to seeing these developed new skills on display at the upcoming House Carnival.

Our specialist Athletics coaches from “Aussie Aths” have assisted our teaching staff in Years 5 & 6, bringing with them the current National U20 100m women’s champion. Hana has recently qualified to compete at the Junior World Championships to be held in July and is pictured here with some our students. Learning and being present which an elite athlete is certainly an inspirational treat!

Congratulations to all students on their willingness to be so involved and committed to their learning in each of the sessions and we encourage you to continually practice your skills throughout the year.

Nareen Robinson, Dot Georgiou, Kath Woolcock & Liana Kitsou
Physical Education Teachers

Junior School


Junior School

March 5, 2021

Semester One Student Leadership Assembly

The opportunity to recognise our Year 6R school leaders and our new Student Council was very rewarding at our Semester One Leaders Assembly. The school community listened to our Principal Debbie Dunwoody speak about leadership and how she feels leaders should empower people around them by helping and supporting others through being a positive role model and giving everyone the opportunity to have-a-go. Mrs Dunwoody reminded our students that being a leader is not always an easy job, but it can be very rewarding.

Congratulations to the following Year 6R students:

Art: Melody Hu & Jasmine Li

Assembly & Events: Preesha Navaneetharaja & Anthea Vais

Technology/Digital: Natasha Oakley, Audrey Rees & Cosette Tsjin

Lawrence House:  Selena Chen

Schofield House:  Lexi Bartnicki

Singleton House:  Angel Li

Taylor House:  Samantha Lovell

Library:  Charlotte Chong, Aaliyah D’Rozario & Ashley Wang

Music: Emily Foo & Alina Johnson

School Captains:  Natasha Cameron & Chloe Lau

Sustainability:  Yuxin Chen, Chloris Ding & Charlie Russo

Social Service:  Elsa Cao & Natalie Knowles

Additionally, a number of Year 1 to Year 6 students were elected by their peers to represent them at our Semester One Student Council meetings this year. Congratulations to the following students:

Year 1: Akira Rajakulendran

Year 2: Alessandra Ronzani

Year 3L: Matilda Collins

Year 3R: Cynthia Li

Year 4G: Joyce Zhang

Year 4Z: Hanna Lindsay

Year 5G: Minaaz Kaur

Year 5S: Nicole Zhang

We wish these students all the best for Semester One and look forward to their contributions in the many weeks to come.

Swim Carnivals

It has been a very busy time for our swimmers at Ormiston. Over the last two weeks, they have competed in two Swim Carnivals and once again, our results have been outstanding.

North Balwyn District Swim Carnival

On Monday 25th March, 16 CGGS students went to Boroondara Sports Complex to compete at the North Balwyn District Swimming Carnival. Throughout the day, many students performed personal best efforts in different events and as a result, we achieved third place overall against sixteen other schools. We came in third position without boys. We were easily the best performed school. This is the third year in a row that Ormiston has come in third place. Also, for the second year, Camberwell Girls won the trophy for the best performed Girls’ School. This trophy is currently located at Junior School Reception. Twelve swimmers qualified for the next stage at the Booroondara Division Swim Carnival.

Year 3 & 4
Joyce Zhang
Sienna Jack
Cecilia Yang
Ruth Whelan
Ailey Poon
Lauren Tang

Year 5
Olivia Yang
Jasmine Xie
Genevieve Khaw

Year 6
Scarlett Sim
Chanel Ghostine
Charlotte Lim

Jasmine Li
Emily Wong
Chloe Lau
Anthea Vais

Boroondara Divisional Swim Carnival

This week, the Boroondara Divisional Swimming Carnival was conducted at the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Pool Centre with some outstanding results for our 12 swimmers. At this competition, Camberwell Girls had their best-ever results. Congratulations to Cecilia Yang of Year 3, Olivia Yang of Year 5 and Jasmine Li in Year 6. These three students individually qualified for the next stage in their respective events. Also, Anthea Vais, Jasmine Xie, Genevieve Khaw and Olivia Yang qualified for their swimming relay. These 7 students will compete at the Eastern Metropolitan Primary Swimming Championships. Congratulations to these students who competed at the Boroondara Division level.

Year 3 & 4
Joyce Zhang
Cecilia Yang
Ruth Whelan
Ailey Poon

Year 5
Olivia Yang
Jasmine Xie
Genevieve Khaw

Year 6
Charlotte Lim
Jasmine Li
Emily Wong
Chloe Lau
Anthea Vais

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Fivedation Program

One of the very special things about CGGS is the nurturing environment that enables all of the girls to feel known by staff and students across the Junior School. ‘Fivedation’ plays a big part in helping our students form relationships with others at school.

The ‘Fivedation’ program, Year Five and Foundation buddies, is a highlight for both the Foundation students and the Year 5s alike. There is definitely an excited buzz in the air on days when they will be getting together. So far, the students have met their new buddy/ies and have been participating in some sessions designed to help them get to know each other. They will continue to meet regularly throughout the year, enabling lovely cross-year level friendships to develop. All of the buddies get such a lot out of this initiative and it is lovely to see the program beginning again with another new year.

Selena Reedman
Foundation Class Teacher

Year 1 – Unit of Inquiry

This term Year 1 students have been exploring the question “How do events, stories and objects from the past help us to understand our present?” The students developed their understanding of milestones and how they are significant events in a person’s life. Students then identified milestones that have occurred in their lives and made timelines, sequencing their events in order.

Murrundindi visited the class and shared his experiences, explaining that knowledge can be passed from generation to generation through the sharing of stories and dance. He explained about traditional cooking techniques and showed the students photos of homes and clothing from the past.

The students also compared objects from the past and present, and considered how they have changed over time. Some of the objects they viewed included: telephones, books, toys, snow skis, torch and candle stick, kettles and sports clothing. Students observed and discussed changes in the use of materials and design, safety features and how the object was powered. They realised that although many objects are still used in our world today, there have been a number of changes and improvements in terms of ease of use and safety.

Angela Columbine
Year 1 Class Teacher

Year 2 – Literacy Learning

This term in Year 2 we have been reading the book ‘Flat Stanley’. The girls loved the adventures that Stanley experienced throughout the story. This led us down the fascinating track of letter writing. We investigated as a class and found the Australia Post Pen Pal Club.

Through this Pen Pal Club, we were paired with another primary school in Australia to send and receive letters. We were lucky enough to be partnered with Chapman Primary School in the ACT.

This week the students began to construct their pen pal letters. Our students were very excited to start writing and learning about their new friends. Pen pal letter writing is a fun, creative and rewarding way for our students to practice literacy and communication. The students will be learning a range of skills including how to structure a letter and address an envelope. By doing so, students will create very special and meaningful letters using interesting language and questions. We are excited to see the Year 2 students build connections with students from a different school, learn about what their life is like and make friendships through the art of letter writing.

“I’m very excited to write a letter to my pen pal” – Annabelle

“I’m looking forward to seeing what my pen pal did on the holidays. I also want to know what her favourite colour is and her favourite subject” – Yui

“I’m excited to meet a new friend and send him letters” – Faye

Mikaela Stanaway
Year 2 Class Teacher

Year 3 – STEAM (Living and Non-Living)

Year 3 students have begun to investigate the key features of living and non-living things through a series of hands-on sessions with Ms Penny Dumsday. We started our exploration in one of the Senior School laboratories by drawing, labelling and classifying a variety of living and non-living specimens. Students have also chosen to plant cuttings and seeds in soil or place them in cups of water. They have made predictions about the changes they think will occur over the coming weeks.

“I predict that when the beans grow, they will grow from the tip of the seed.” – Ivy 3R

“I predict that the seeds will grow into a small eucalyptus tree.” – Maddie 3L

“I predict that the plant will continue to grow more and more roots.” – Rava 3R

“I predict that after watering the seeds they will start to grow.” – Amellia 3L

“I predict that the bean seeds will grow into beans.” – Angela W 3R

“I predict the beans will grow beautiful leaves or a flower.” – Sabrina 3L

“I predict that the Devil’s Ivy will turn brown.” – Khusshnaaz 3R

Rebecca Leondidis & Liz Ruffles
Year 3 Class Teachers

Student Leadership Assembly Prayer

I wanted to finish off today’s Junior School CamNews with sharing Year 6C Class Teacher Katrina Cheong’s prayer that she wrote and read out to the school community at last week’s Semester One Student Leadership Assembly. This prayer clearly reflects our School Values here at Camberwell Girls Grammar School with a strong focus on participation. I hope everyone enjoys reading it.

Dear God,

We thank you today for the many opportunities that we have available at our school to develop our skillset. From Art Club to Sports clubs, Book Club and Chess Club, Music ensembles, Speech & Drama, Coding Club, Sustainability Squad and Student Council – there really is something for everyone. We are very grateful for these opportunities and for all the people who are essential to making these programs run so smoothly throughout the year.

As we commence in these positions of leadership and the responsibilities that accompany them, help us to uphold ourselves with integrity. This means to live out the values we say we stand for. Please give us courage to be strong role models not just in our words, but through our actions – especially when no one is watching and when it might be difficult to do in front of our peers. Encourage us to think creatively and support us when the situation calls for us to be flexible. Help us to know it’s OK to make mistakes along the way and encourage us to learn from these and try again. Please support us to do our personal best and to know that it is when we work together as a team, that we grow in strength and in what we are able to achieve.

In Jesus’ name we pray,


Katrina Cheong
Year 6C Class Teacher

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

Click the photos below to expand them.

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