Junior School


Junior School

June 3, 2022

Year 5 & 6 Camp – Camp Jungai

In the lead up to the Year 5 and 6 camp, the weather forecast did not look very encouraging, however all teachers and students were determined to keep an open-mind, use a growth mindset and embrace the full camp experience. Despite the extremely cold and wet weather conditions students from both year levels participated in a range of education outdoor activities which included a bush walk, canoeing, an indigenous cultural session, orienteering, low ropes course, initiatives, tent set up and outdoor / indoor cooking sessions. Many of these activities will prepare our students for future CGGS camps.

I would like to thank Shane Maycock for all his work in organising and preparing the Year 5 & 6 camp and to our class teachers, Craig Goodwin, Fiorella Soci, Katrina Cheong and Jasvindar Gill for looking after their students so well during the camp.

Foundation – Year 2 Grandparent’s Day

It was wonderful to welcome a number of grandparents into Ormiston last Friday to begin and celebrate Reconciliation Week at Junior School. Our close friend and Wurundjeri elder, Murrundindi was our workshop presenter throughout the morning, which gave our students and grandparents the opportunity to learn more about Wurundjeri culture, particularly in the area of the types of symbols Wurundjeri people used to communicate with each other thousands of years ago. The grandparents got involved in each of the activities and finished with a delicious morning tea. Thank you to the grandparents who joined us at this special event.

Sport Dress-Up Day

Last Wednesday, our Year 6 House Leaders: Grace Chan, Allison Stocker, Nicole Zhang and Olivia Yang organised a special Sports Day at Ormiston. Foundation – Year 6 students dressed up in their favourite sport outfits and collected $214.40 to donate to the Australian Sport Foundation. This Foundation specialises in Women Sport Australia and the donation will and help this organisation create a level playing field for women and girls in sport.

CGGS Staff Training Day – Student Free Day

A reminder to all Early Learning 3 – Year 6 families that there is no school next Monday 6 June. Junior School Staff will be involved in a training day and students are not required to be at school.

Wishing all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

FUSE Cup – Year 4 Dance Competition Results

On Monday our first ever, Year 4 eSports team competed in the Fuse Cup National Online Just Dance Competition. Alice Xu, Sabrina Zhao, Amellia Gu and Annabelle Teh did an amazing job representing CGGS. They displayed the FUSE Cup values of Integrity, strength, inclusion and teamwork as well as amazing dance skills! To compete on the day, the team had to dance two sets of 5 songs in the heats and then three songs in the final and they performed strongly all day. The team, Mr Wilkins and myself were overjoyed at the end of the competition when their hard work was recognised by being awarded 2nd best Just Dancers in Australia out of 18 schools. Congratulations team, we look forward to students participating in the next eSports competitions later in the year. 

Foundation – Year 6 Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation week is an important event in our School calendar and this year our Early Learning to Year 6 children and staff were fortunate to spend three days working with Wurundjeri Elder, Murrundindi. This year’s reconciliation week theme was “Be brave. Make change” and encouraged us all to think about actions we could take to support reconciliation. During his visits this week, Murrundindi reminded us that our attitude should be to act as if every week is reconciliation week because the more we learn about each other together, the higher the likelihood that our paths with converge.

To begin the week, Murrundindi worked closely with our Foundation to Year 2 students and their grandparents to explore how Wurundjeri art is created through using symbols and families worked together to create handprint artworks.

On Tuesday, the Early Learning students and families were involved in a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony by watching Murrundindi sing his welcome song and burn a special fungus to welcome the students on the school grounds. The children also enjoyed the opportunity to spend time dancing and singing songs together as a community with Murrundindi as part of the ceremony.

At our Junior School Assembly, as a Foundation to Year 4 community, we unpacked the meaning and purpose behind the Acknowledgement of Country and recited this together, before exploring the importance of Bunjil the Eagle to the Wurundjeri people, and Murrundindi sharing what reconciliation means to him and how he believes that children can be brave and take action in their lives.

Murrundindi finished the week by visiting our Early Learning and Year 2, 3 and 4 classrooms to work with the children on developing their understandings of Wurundjeri creation stories, language, water use, special landmarks and how European settlement impacted the Wurundjeri culture.

We encourage you to speak with your children about what they have learnt throughout the week as it is through the sharing of stories and knowledge that we can enhance our cultural appreciation and understanding.

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School

Early Learning 3 & 4 – National Reconciliation Week

This week the Early Learning children, teachers and families celebrated National Reconciliation Week with Wurundjeri Elder, Murrundindi. ‘Be Brave and Make Change’ was an overarching theme within each classroom that supported children to embrace and share their culture, experiences, and achievements of everyday to build connection towards a collective future.

Reconciliation is an everyday action that lives within our hearts and minds as we build respectful relationships, learn, and play on Country. When children were asked to share their understanding of reconciliation, one child responded:

You need to share the land and plants and everything on it. (Abigail, 3 Years)

Murrundindi shared a Smoking Ceremony with the ELC community, a tradition that is used to welcome or cleanse an area as a sign of respect towards people, land, water, and Country. A special dried fungus found up in Healesville is used to produce the smoke, before being buried on the land where children learn and play – creating a space for parents, teachers, and children to reflect.

Thank you Murrundindi for sharing this experience with the ELC.

Esther Wong
Early Learning Coordinator

Division Cross Country

On Monday 30 May some of our Year 5 and 6 students braved the weather to compete in the Division Cross Country. This event is for the students who finished in the top 15 in the North Balwyn District Cross Country competition. We had five students who qualified in the top 15 at our District event: Cecelia Yang, Aneira Paul, Georgia Papadopoulos, Kathleen Lin and Olivia Yang.

Unfortunately, on the day of the Division event Kathleen and Cecelia were unable to compete. The first event was the 11-year old girls race and Aneira and Georgia ran brilliantly. Georgia finished in 27th place with a time of 13 minutes 5 seconds. Aneira had a strong start but unfortunately hurt her back mid race and was unable to finish. Next to race was Olivia and just as she approached the start line the rain poured down. Despite the awful weather conditions she ran incredibly well finishing 15th with a time of 11 minutes 4 seconds. Congratulations to all our students for their outstanding effort in both the District and Division Cross Country events.

Kim James
Junior School PE Teacher & Sport Coordinator

Ormiston Art

EL4 Giant Drawings

Our Early Learning 4 artists listened to a description of a giant who lives in a dark forest.

Then using graphite pencil, charcoal, and green smooth moves (oil pastels), they drew what they imagined the giant would look like. The students also explored using new drawing materials and the different effects they could create.

Year 2 Matisse Inspired Paper Eggs

Year 2 artists have been studying the artwork of Henri Matisse. In his later days he often used paper and scissors to create artworks. The Year 2s cut out organic shapes, shapes with rounded edges and no sharp corners. They then pasted them on a blown-up balloon. When the artwork was dry, they popped the balloon, leaving behind a beautiful egg-shaped artwork.

Year 4 Corrugated Cardboard Australian Birds

The Year 4 artists looked at the unique and wonderful birds of Australia. They each chose a bird and used different corrugated cardboard, cutting it up to create texture. How many birds can you recognise?

Fiona Gibson
Junior School Art Teacher