Junior School


Junior School

May 20, 2022

North Balwyn District Cross Country

Last Friday, 30 of our Year 4 – 6 students represented Camberwell Girls Grammar School at the annual local District Cross Country event organised by School Sport Victoria. Our students represented CGGS with pride and enthusiasm and many students completed a personal best effort on the day. The following five students qualified for the Division Cross Country Championships on Monday 30 May. The students included Cecelia Yang, Aneira Paul, Georgia Papadopoulos, Kathleen Lin and Olivia Yang.

Finally, I would like to thank two Ormiston parents who helped on the day. They were Fiona Stocker and Christina Jack. Both mothers helped with the recording of names at the cross country table and being a marshal out on the track.

Congratulations to the following students:

Under 10 Team

Cecelia Yang

Ava Pao

Ivy Xie

Annicle Li

Elfie Fan

Zoe McManemin

Victoria Zhou

Zoe Raspin

Sooki Tian

Under 11 Team

Aneira Paul

Georgia Papadopoulos

Kathleen Lin

Eden Chia

Sophie-May Ronzani

Alysa Zhang

Rachel Franco

Sienna Jack

Allison Stocker

Joyce Zhang

Under 12 Team

Olivia Yang

Amy Qi

Ann Brookes

Jasmine Xie

Minaaz Kaur

Asha Bhattacharjee

Cathy Wang

Nellie Ruddle

Stephanie Chiodo

Mo Lin Yu


Wishing all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Early Learning Centre – Quality Assessment and Rating

On Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May, CGGS’s Early Learning Centre underwent the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s (ACECQA) Assessment and Rating Process. The National Quality Standard rating system relates to all early learning, kindergarten, and childcare centres in Australia. 

The ELC continues to strive towards exceeding the national benchmark for early childhood education and care services set by ACECQA and the Department of Education and Training in the seven quality areas of:

> Quality Area 1 – Educational Program and Practice

> Quality Area 2 – Children’s Health and Safety

> Quality Area 3 – Physical Environment

> Quality Areas 4 – Staffing Arrangements

> Quality Area 5 – Relationships with Children

> Quality Area 6 – Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities

> Quality Area 7 – Governance and Leadership.

We’re all familiar with the famous proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, though an old saying, it is a notion that is relevant in embracing and quantifying the concept of community and understanding the role of supporting children to learn and development in a safe, secure, supportive, and stimulating environment.

Congratulations to the Early Learning Teachers, Assistants and Community in undergoing this process and their continued dedication to exemplary teaching, learning and practice.

Esther Wong
Early Learning Coordinator

Foundation Rabbits

For the past two weeks the Foundation students have been very excited to have four rabbits stay with us in our classroom. The students loved the rabbits immediately and wished they could be our permanent pets!

They named the rabbits: Ginger, Jack, Coco and Rocky. The class was responsible for filing the rabbits’ water bowls, ensuring they had fresh hay and pellets to eat, and even helping to clean their hutch from time to time. They learnt that baby rabbits are called kittens. Male rabbits, like ours, are called bucks and female rabbits are called does. This wonderful experience helped the students to learn first-hand what living things need to survive and all about the responsibilities people take on as pet owners.

“We have four rabbits. They are mammals like us, they feed their babies milk”. (Olivia)

“Our rabbits had stopped drinking milk from their mum, so they were big enough to come to us”. (Charlene)

“We needed to be very quiet in the classroom, so we didn’t scare the rabbits”. (Evelyn P)

“I love the rabbits because they can jump so high and they are so cute”. (Evelyn K)

“Their fur is so soft. Coco’s was the softest”. (Diyana)

“People have to look after pet rabbits by giving them food and water”. (Eugenie)

Selena Reedman
Foundation Class Teacher

Year 5 Sovereign Hill Excursion

On Friday 6 May the Year 5 students travelled back in time to the colonial and gold rush days of Australia’s past. We explored many aspects of daily life on the gold fields. We focused on the First Nation’s perspectives during an education session. We had to call the teacher “mam”. We rode down into the Red Hill Mine and we watched a gold pour demonstration.

The students also had the opportunity to visit the Chinese camp, pan for gold, learn about candle making, go to the Post Office, walk through the Carver and Dalton Auction Rooms, go to the theatre, view the jewels at the jewellery shop and purchase lollies from the sweet shop.

The students should be extremely proud of themselves; they represented Camberwell Girls Grammar displaying our School values. Their inquisitive and thoughtful questions, their interest and enthusiasm is a credit to their willingness to experience and learn new things.

We had a wonderful day sharing many happy moments with our friends and teachers.

“Going to Sovereign Hill was a BLAST! Everyone was crazy over the shopping, especially buying candy. During the Red Hill mine tour everyone was grabbing one another in terror!” – Joyce, Iris & Claire

“We enjoyed the gold melting works because we learnt several facts, such as: the melting temperature for gold is 1064 degrees C! The sweets at the Sweet shop were mesmerising and scrumptious. The Red Hill mines were quite suspenseful and interesting, especially with the audio voices, the hologram and the dimly lit oil lamps.” – Sharika Piratheepan & Aanya Richharia

“Sovereign Hill is an amazing place to visit. The view is gorgeous.” – Alina Hou, Isla Kang & Alysa Zhang

“Sovereign Hill was a spectacular experience as we got to live in the ancient 1800s. The Red Hill mine was intriguing, especially with the holographic animation effects. To finish off the day we had an informative education session.” – Amiya, Sophie & Aaratrika

“We enjoyed the Red Hill mine and the gold pour demonstration. We also learnt a lot and went shopping for souvenirs.” – Kathleen & Shreya

“Sovereign Hill was great……the Red Hill mine was creepy and exciting and the sweets were extremely delicious.” – Lauren Tang, Amelia Adel & Rebecca Luo

“We liked how it was a museum that made it feel like we were in the 1800s. We thoroughly enjoyed the Red Hill mine tour, even though it was pitch dark, it was still pretty enjoyable! We also went to the Chinese Temple and saw the wonderful history of the Chinese miners. The village was old but historically interesting.” – Jennifer, Alina X & Kasey

“Sovereign Hill was an amazing experience and we are fortunate for this exciting opportunity.” – Georgia Papadopoulos, Hanna Lindsay & Charvi Dhingra

“The gold pour demonstration was very informative. We were surprised when the burning hot gold transferred heat so quickly in the water. It was an exhilarating experience.” – Aneira, Rachel & Ava

“The Red Hill mine was slightly disturbing but enjoyable at the same time.” – Ruth Whelan, Ailey Poon & Selinna Wang

“The massive sound effects at the Red Hill mine blew our brains! The tremendous experience put us in the shoes of the miners and diggers. The scrumptious lollies were delicious.” – Olivia, Sienna & Charlotte

Fiorella Soci
Year 5S Classroom Teacher

Esports at Ormiston

Esports, competitions using video game platforms, have become popular worldwide, so we were excited when the opportunity arose to give our students the opportunity to show off their esports talents this year. We will be entering a team for each year level in three separate Primary School FUSE Cup Esports Competitions, where students can compete as a team to show their Nintendo Switch skills, against students from other schools.

The competitions students will have the opportunity to try out for are:

Term 2- Year 4 Online Competition – Just Dance

Term 3 – Year 5/6 Competition – Mario Kart

Term 4 – Year 5/6 Competition – TBA

To support our students to test out their skills in esports, we set up a lunchtime E-sports cocurricular club where students have been practising their Just Dance moves and trying out for our first ever Junior School E-sports teams.

The Year 4 students have whole heartedly embraced the opportunity to develop their dance skills, have fun and support their peers. After a series of Just Dance Offs, six students have been selected in a squad and after next week’s final training session, four Year 4 students will be chosen to represent our school during the Online competition on Monday 30 May.

It has been fabulous to see the way our Year 4, 5 and 6 students have embraced our new Esports co-curricular program this year and Mr Wilkins, Mr Major and I can’t wait to share their experiences with the community throughout the year.

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School