Foundation – Year 6 Mountfield Maestros
Last Thursday, our Ormiston and Senior School Speech and Drama students were eagerly awaiting their performance in front of an audience in the Junior School Hall. For many Ormiston students, this Mountfield Maestros was the first live (face-to-face) performance in over two and a half years. Each student got the opportunity to perform in front of their family and a small audience of approximately 50 people. This important school event was once again very successful for students to practice their public speaking skills and build their confidence in projecting their voices. Congratulations to the following students:
Year 5 & 6 Grandparent’s Day
Our second Ormiston grandparents’ day for this year was very well attended by many grandparents from Year 5 and 6. Once again, both year level sessions were separated, and morning tea was organised for all visitors on the day. Each of the group of grandparents had the opportunity to work on an activity with their granddaughter and these experiences were well received by everyone who attended. I would like to thank the Year 5 and 6 class teachers and our Deputy Head of Junior School, Emma Hinchliffe for organising each activity throughout the morning.
Wishing all our Ormiston families a lovely weekend.
Head of Junior School
Early Learning 3 – Shapes, Buildings and Architecture of Ormiston
“The work of education is divided between the teacher and the environment.” – Maria Montessori
‘Community’ has been an overarching theme that has guided the Early Learning 3 children’s learning for Term 2. The children embarked on a learning journey about self, family and school, and now the environment, in this instance the physical structures found within Ormiston. As an introduction to shapes, buildings, and architecture the children have been exploring landmarks significant to them, this includes the Early Learning Centre, Mountfield, the Junior School and Ormy the Ormiston dog sculpture.
The children have engaged a multimodal approach to create maps and construct buildings, using stencils and paint; drawings and drafting; and constructing using blocks and cardboard. As observers and collaborators, the children engaged in discussions, sharing narratives of their experiences in these places.
Estelle’s classroom is there. Estelle is my older sister; she plays art and plays with her friends there. I pick up Estelle there, she makes me happy when I see her in the playground. We do sport, like kick the ball, jumping, hopping, bunny hopping and skipping. – Odette
The big girls do work there and the big adults, like Mr D. and Mrs Spencer and Mrs James and Mrs Adams and Ms Vicki and Ms Cat and the teacher that dressed like a banana (Mr Goodwin). Charlotte
Our classroom in there. We play and do learning and we work. – Eric
It looks like a house but with classrooms. I saw Ms Esther and Ms Jacqui. We talked about something… we talked about me! Like what I like to play and learn. Then we said goodbye. – Abigail
The children continue to develop their ‘sense of place and belonging’ within the CGGS community. Through their drawing and constructions, children are encouraged to extend their knowledge of directionality, mapping, and use of mathematical language.
Early Learning 3 Teacher & Early Learning Coordinator
Early Learning 4 Full Time – Citizens of Change
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
In our learning community, we value and model respect, care, and appreciation for our natural environment. During the past few weeks, as curious learners and researchers, the children used non-fiction materials to discover what compost means, and what we need to do to create compost for our community garden. As researchers and collaborators, the children used photographs, and engaged in dialogue in small groups, to discover what scraps can be placed in the classroom’s compost bin. As collaborative problem solvers, the children engaged in a sorting game, in which they decided what items could be recycled, placed in landfill, or composted.
The children are aware of how their behaviour impacts our community and environment. As self-managers and environmentalists, they are now mindful about sorting their food packaging and scraps, after morning tea and lunch, into compost, paper, plastic, and landfill.
As curious learners, the children discovered what they could put into a compost bin.
Vegetables and carrots, leaves and banana peel can go into the compost bin. – Jane
The peels of vegetables. – Nora
orange and apple – Michelle
grass – Victoria
I can see some egg shell. – Cecilia
orange – Avery
A worm so that a worm can eat all the scraps. – Darcy
leaves – Sophia
carrot peel – Lyra
banana peel and leaves – Harriet
leaves – Travis
apples – Marvella
Early Learning 4 Full Time Teacher
Early Learning 4 Part-Time – The Wonders of Trees
The Early Learning 4 Part Time children continued to enjoy delving deeper into their inquiry of the ‘wonders of trees’ as they uncover all the complexities behind the impacting elements of nature, especially those found within the Ormiston environment. Throughout the term, positive interactions with nature have supported children’s ongoing learning, increasing their sense of wonder and imagination. In addition, their ability to focus, concentrate, observe, reason and problem solve – as they immerse themselves in nature play.
To deepen their inquiry, our Head Gardener, Martin Conlon shared his knowledge about the different characteristics of trees within the yard, this supported children to develop their appreciation and fascination for all living things. There many benefits associated with learning about nature, including children’s sense of curiosity to seek answers and show care and empathy for our environment.
Early Learning 4 Part-Time Teacher
Library – What has been happening?
Term 2 has been a wonderfully busy time in our Ormiston Library, and we have been delighted to have so many of our students visiting us and utilising our beautiful library space.
We are fortunate to have so many avid and passionate readers from ELC through to Year 6 and this love of reading is reflected in our incredible borrowing statistics. Across both Terms 1 and 2 our students have loaned over 7200 books from our physical library collection, and on top of this, our Year 3 – 6 students have also accessed 2473 eBooks and Audio books which are available through our online library management systems – Orbit and Sora.
Behind the scenes, the library team have been organising and re-cataloguing our nonfiction collection to make the texts more accessible and user friendly for both students and staff. Our non-fiction collection reflects and complements the key curriculum learning areas for Foundation to Year 6 students as well as general interest areas including animals, hobbies, facts and information. New books continue to be regularly added to our collections including new releases, the Children’s Book Council Award (CBCA) shortlisted titles, student and staff requests and book recommendations.
Term 2 has also seen a rise in participants to our co-curricular Book Clubs, lunch time library activities and competitions such as Design a Book Cover. This competition was organised by our wonderful Semester One Library Leader, Kealey Liew and many students submitted incredible designs and drawings.
As we head into the school holidays, our students can borrow extra books to keep them reading during the break. Term 3 will be another exciting term as we dive into our House Readers Cup competition which encourages students to read and review their loans and earn house and individual points. We will also celebrate Book Week with an array of fabulous events including dress up as your favourite book character parades and author and illustrator visits.
The Semester One Student Council representatives have been a dynamic and motivated group of young leaders who have shown their commitment to Ormiston by volunteering to take action. One of their main goals, after the COVID years, was to create a caring, connected community.
There are twelve Junior School representatives from Year 1-6 who attended meetings once a month. Ormiston’s School Captain’s, Asha Bhattacharjee and Rita Wong attend and work closely with our Social Service Leaders, Zara Teh and Amy Qi. These four young leaders have lead our meetings, developing their leadership skills by supporting others to be their best and share their ideas for a range of projects.
Another aspect of leadership is social intelligence. The Year 6 students have been developing their understanding and building of strong relationships in our meetings. Although the students have different ages and experiences, nurturing their ideas and valuing their contributions has allowed Student Council to make strong progress on a range of projects.
As such, Term 1 saw the ‘Shout Out’ project. Students were encouraged to write a positive message about someone in Ormiston and have this message displayed in our Junior School Hall.
Another project this semester was the ‘Scavenger Hunt’. The purpose was to learn different things about people in our community. Students had to find images around the school grounds and earn points to have a chance of winning a prize.
Next week, Student Council will lead an ‘Animal Carnival’ to raise funds for World Vision. As part of our commitment to the global community, we are supporting Keatlaresti Ayanda, our sponsor child, and her community in Zimbabwe to develop educational outcomes.
Participants in Student Council recognise the power of collaboration and teamwork, offering to communicate with other students and staff members as well as supporting the younger students with getting involved.
Year 5 Class Teacher & Student Council Coordinator
Foundation Art – Clay Slab Faces
The Foundation students first explored air-dry clay, developing an understanding of how the clay can be manipulated. The students also used a range of tools with the clay. Then the question was put to the class – how could you use the clay to make a face? Students responded and it was decided that a slab of clay would be best. A revision demonstration followed on how to roll a slab of clay. Students then created their own clay slab face and painted the dried clay with acrylic paints.
Year 4 Art – Wet Felted Bowls
The Year 4 students learnt a new art process – wet felting. They followed the many steps of wet felting (the process of pressing and squeezing wool tops, water, detergent, pva glue, rolling pins and bubble wrap) to create a soft sculptural bowl, in the colours of their choice.