Junior School


Junior School

Year 3 Camp

It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside our Year 3 students during their first-ever Junior School camp at ADANAC at Yarra Junction. The students stayed for one night and completed a wide range of outdoor education activities for two days, that included canoeing, the flying fox, thunder hockey, disc golf, low ropes course, beach volleyball, gag a ball, and aboriginal artwork with Murrundindi. I would like to express my gratitude to the Ormiston staff that organised the camp for our Year 3 students. A big thank you to Ms Emma Hinchliffe, Mrs Angela Columbine, Mr Shane Maycock and Mrs Catherine Braysher for organising a wonderful camp program that all the students enjoyed being a part of.


Foundation to Year 6 Ormiston Assemblies

I would like to remind our Ormiston families that they are openly invited to attend our weekly school assemblies. It has lovely to see so many interested families attending these events with a strong focus on building a connected community. Here are the themes for our assemblies this term:

Week 1            Turning ideas into reality & Books on the Rail (Ms Michelle Kalus Year 1)
Week 2            Growth mindset
Week 3            Celebrating women in sport
Week 4            Growth mindset
Week 5            Growth mindset
Week 6            Growth mindset
Week 7            Being fearless and what regret means
Week 8            Ormiston Spirit of Awards
Week 9            The Spirit of Christmas


Foundation to Year 6 School Holiday Program – Code Camp

Over the last school holidays, Camberwell Girls Grammar School organised a school holiday program called Code Camp. Code camp offered two programs – Coding for Foundation – Year 1 and Build a Phone App for Years 2 – 6.

Both these school holiday activities were booked out. There were 13 children that participated in the Coding activity and over 60 students from both Camberwell Girls and outside the school attended the Build a Phone App activity over three days. I would like to thank all of our Camberwell Girls families that supported both these programs and for inviting their family and friends to come along to experience these activities. In the future, the School will continue to introduce more school holiday programs for our own school community to access.


Years 5 and 6 Pinchapoo Volunteering Experience

Kate Austin, founder of Pinchapoo, came in on Monday with a van full of toiletries packed in large boxes. Each month, Pinchapoo packages thousands of little packs to distribute to people in need who are often on the streets of Melbourne. From her experiences, Kate realised that something as small as feeling clean can provide people with the confidence they need to re-engage with society.

The Years 5 and 6 students created production lines, packaging 800 basic hygiene and 500 sanitary packs in total. Strong teamwork, organization and attention to detail were featured throughout both sessions and it was fabulous to see the girls coming together as a whole to help those in less fortunate situations than us. As the girls were representing the brand, they had an important responsibility to ensure their work was well-presented throughout.

Follow-up conversations from the volunteering experience showed students expressing a true appreciation for the lives we are able to lead, as well as feeling like they were able to help make a difference to the lives of others. It was the perfect way to start Term 4 and we look forward to having Kate Austin back at Ormiston soon, in what we hope will be an ongoing partnership, providing our students with hands-on volunteering experiences to give back to our community and world. ~ Katrina Cheong, Year 6 Classroom Teacher


Music Pods

I encourage all Ormiston families to look at our new Music Pods that have been installed in front of the Year 4 classroom and near the Foundation classrooms. These pods will be used extensively throughout the day to enhance our private instrumental music program. These sessions will move from the different learning areas in Mountfield.


Foundation to Year 6 Term 4 Co-Curricular Activities

Here is the list of co-curricular activities for Term 4. At the Junior School, we have introduced Diving as a new activity for Year 6 students (a 5-week program) and extended Code Club to include Year 3 students for the very first time. This list does not include our extensive list of music co-curricular activities that have been in operation since the start of the year. I ask all Ormiston families to look on Parent Lounge for our full list of activities.

> Years 3 & 4 Aths Club
Tuesday 3.30-4.40pm

> Years 5 & 6 Aths Club
Thursday 3.30-4.30pm

> Years 5 & 6 Waterpolo
Monday 6.45-8.00am

> Years 3 – 6 Swim Squad 
Wednesdays & Fridays 6.45-8.00am

> Yr 6 Diving
Tuesday 3.00-4.00pm (5-week program)

> Year 1 Art Club
Monday 3.15-4.15pm

> Year 3 Code Club
Wednesday 3.30-4.30pm

> Years 5 & 6 Code Club
Wednesday 3.30-4.30pm

> Foundation – Year 6 Chess Club
Wednesday 1.00-1.50pm

> Years 3 & 4 Book Club
Mondays lunchtime

> Years 5 & 6 Book Club
Fridays lunchtime

Please do not forget that Ormiston has a range of paid co-curricular activities for parents to consider as well. These activities are very popular. A list of these activities is also placed on Parent Lounge.


2017 Year 4 iPad Information Session

This week our annual Term 4 iPad Information session to promote our 1:1 iPad Program has been re-structured this year to include a new format that includes a Junior School video, a Frequently Asked Questions sheet and two sessions with our Junior School Digital Learning Leader Ms Emma Hinchliffe. Parents are required to attend only one session with Ms Hinchliffe to ask her questions about iPads at Ormiston. I strongly encourage all 2017 Year 4 parents to attend one of these two sessions.


Ormiston Disco

Our annual Class Reps activity the Ormiston Disco, has been organised for Friday 14 October.

There will be two sessions as follows:
> Foundation – Year 3 / 5.30 – 6.30pm
> Years 4 – 6 / 6.45 – 8.00pm

Tickets are $15.00 that includes entry, a gift and icy pole, bookings can be made through trybooking. For more information please click here.


I hope all families have an enjoyable weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School


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