Junior School


Junior School

November 12, 2021

Face-to-Face Learning at Ormiston

Following the Mid-Term Break last week, we have had all our year levels back at Junior School full-time from Early Learning 3 to Year 6. It has been a pleasure to watch our students learning and connecting together in their classrooms and outside in the playground. From next week, we will begin to introduce our full program of co-curricular activities that will include all music ensembles and different sports.

Unfortunately, we are not able to use non-CGGS sport coaches at this time but we will endeavour to set up all sports by the end of the year.

Ormiston Spirit Awards

Our Junior School assembly this week involved handing out our annual Ormiston Spirit Awards. These prestigious awards are not about students being the best, but are presented to students for the following reasons:

  1. Display our CGGS School Values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect, Hope and Courage.
  2. Always doing their personal best in all aspects of their learning.
  3. Display a growth mindset when faced with challenges in their learning.

Congratulations to the following students:

Classroom Awards

Foundation – Qianqian Wu

Year 1 –  Doris Chen

Year 2 – Neesha Navaneetharaja

Year 3L – Matilda Collins

Year 3R – Chloe Zhang

Year 4Z – Selinna Wang

Year 4G – Alysa Zhang

Year 5G – Asha Bhattacharjee

Year 5S – Christine Moi

Year 6C – Poppy Tymmons

Year 6R – Natasha Cameron

Specialist Subject Awards

F-3 Art – Aadhya Talpe Guruge

Y4-Y6 Art – Emma Liu

F-3 PE – Sofia Rampa

Y4-Y6 PE – Aathana Sivapalan

F-3 Music – Laila Beiruti

Y4-Y6 Music – Jasmine Xie

F-3 Library – Audrey Cheung

Y4-Y6 Library – Nellie Ruddle

French – Samantha Lovell

Chinese Heritage – Annicle Li

Chinese Mainstream – Amelia Adel

Music Achievements

Annabelle The, Year 3
Congratulations to Annabelle Teh of Year 3, on successfully completing her AMEB Music Theory Grade 2 exam. This is a wonderful achievement by Annabelle.

Iris Lu,  Year 4
Congratulations to Iris Lu who won the Grand Prize – Victorian Children’s Division after competing in the 2021 Pearl River Kayserburg International Youth Piano Competition earlier in the year. This is an annual worldwide competition located in Singapore.

Wishing all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Inquiry in Early Learning 3

Inquiry learning is about building learning capacity and nurturing learners as thinkers, self-managers, collaborators, communicators and researchers. It’s about giving students the skills, the dispositions and the opportunities to investigate – to find out information, make meaning and take action based on what is discovered. – Kath Murdoch 2015

Embedding a culture of curiosity
Last term, we read the story The Wonder of Winsome by Kath Murdoch. It told the story of Winsome – a child full of curiosity, who asked questions on a daily basis. After we read the story, the children shared their thinking about what it means to be curious.

Tiffany: Curious means thinking.

Jackson: An idea – with thinking.

Heidi: Curious means everything about your questions.

Eli: thinking

Within the program, intentional teaching and provocations are used to develop the children’s curiosity and their sense of wonder and awe. The children are encouraged to develop and document their wonderings through I wonder statements and add these to our ‘Wonder Wall’ in the classroom.

During this term we researched Jackson’s wondering related to powerlines and electricity.

Jackson: I wonder why the electricity moves through the powerlines.

As a curious learner, Jackson noticed the powerlines and poles in the street. Photographs were taken of the powerlines that were outside our school. As researchers, Jackson and Aran intentionally looked at these photographs and noticed that powerlines have ‘wire’ cables and these are connected to each pole, and the cables go from one pole to the next pole and to each house in Oak street.

Ms Angela: I wonder what you notice in these photographs.

Jackson: These are very big poles.

Aran: Lots of lines on the pole.

Jackson: That’s for the electricity. The electricity is coming from the powerlines.

Aran: The electricity goes in the lights. It’s coming from the pole.

Jackson: I’ve got a wondering too. I wonder how it comes to the pole. I think it comes from the ground. It’s in the ground and then it comes up the pole. I know where it comes from.

Aran: It’s up in the sky and then the electricity goes into the poles.

Jackson: When there’s a storm, the electricity goes apart, and the lights will turn off. That’s what happened at our house. Then it came back in 3 months.

Ms Angela: I wonder why we need electricity?

Jackson: Otherwise, we’ll get bumped if it’s dark and we can’t see if the lights aren’t on.

As collaborators and researchers, Jackson and Aran used photographs and diagrams to investigate the source of electricity and how it’s produced in Victoria. The recent storms in Melbourne also provided an opportunity for further investigation and research. Through photographs from the local news, Jackson and Aran discovered how strong winds can break branches of trees and how these can fall and damage powerlines. This provided a provocation for further discussion about how damage to powerlines can stop electricity flowing into homes and when this happens, families cannot use many appliances.

As confident and involved learners and inquirers, Jackson, Aran, Travis and Zane used a battery, wire and light bulb to create their own electrical circuit. This provided an opportunity for them to make discoveries about what is required to turn on a light – energy (electricity) inside a battery and a wire path for the electricity to travel along. They also discovered that if it’s not a complete circuit, then the electricity stops moving through the wires and the bulb will not light up. They made connections between an incomplete circuit and damage to powerlines during a storm.

Jackson: I was clipping it to the battery. The battery was making the energy. The globe didn’t work because it wasn’t clipped on. I clipped it in and the globe lighted.

As a researcher and keen observer, Aran made an interesting observation and discovery. He observed, that when he touched the metal part of the battery holder with the peg from the wire, the bulb lit up. Aran put the metal peg on and then took it off and Zane, Jackson and Travis also noticed that the light bulb went on and off. It worked like a switch.

Zane: We had to let the electricity come through and go around and around and then the light bulb worked and it glowed.

Different materials such as a plastic lid and metal spoon were used to research and make discoveries about how energy moves through things made from metal, such as a spoon, but not through things made from plastic, such as a yoghurt lid.

As communicators, Jackson, Zane, Aran and Travis documented their observations of the electrical circuit through drawing and dialogue.

In our curriculum, we embed a culture of curiosity. Throughout this learning, the children developed their inquiry skills as they wondered, researched, investigated, made discoveries, and expressed their curiosity and thinking through dialogue, photographs and drawings.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning 3 Teacher

Early Learning 4

The Early Learning 4 children have embraced being back in Early Learning with friends and teachers. A focus for our return to face-to-face learning has been re-establishing relationships and ensuring children feel safe and secure in their environment. Human connection is essential to wellbeing thus being onsite has helped recharge many of the children who may have lacked social interactions at home. There have been many opportunities for the Early Learning 4 children to engage in play, both indoors and outdoors. The benefits of play for children (and adults) include relieving stress, improving brain function, stimulating creativity, improving relationships and developing social skills.

We have continued to follow on the children’s interest in insects and min-beasts in our outdoor environment. The children eagerly find creatures in the Early Learning garden to show each other and the teachers. They are encouraged to observe closely and be respectful of living things by returning them to the garden afterwards. Both Early Learning 4 classes connected via a virtual excursion called  ‘What is a bug?’ with Museum Victoria. The children learnt how to identify the differences between insects and arachnids, they learnt the role bugs play in helping humans and the environment and they also learnt about what an entomologist is.

As we reach the end of the term, we have started preparing some of the children for their transition to school. We have been discussing what they might be wondering about school and what they have been doing during their transition sessions. We have focused on the exciting and positive experiences that the children will have, as well as addressing any concerns that they may have about starting Foundation. The Early Learning 4 children have shown tremendous resilience throughout this year, which will help them with the new and exciting changes next year.

Lilian Bishop
Early Learning 4 Teacher

Year 4 return to Face-to-Face Learning

The Year 4 students have made an excellent transition back to face-to-face learning. It has been wonderful to see the students reconnecting with each other. We have seamlessly transferred our Inquiry learning back on site. This week the students have been learning all about how the Earth is constantly moving and changing. Mrs Dumsday extended their learning by sharing rock samples and her own knowledge of Geology related to the rock cycle. They also learnt about the different fault lines running throughout the world and demonstrated their understanding by creating and explaining the different types of tectonic faults and boundaries using plasticine. We are all looking forward to the last few weeks together of 2021.

Ellie Zarfaty & Jasvindar Gill
Year 4 Class Teachers