Junior School


Junior School

Welcome back
Welcome back to all our Ormiston families and a very warm welcome to our new families joining us this year. The holiday stories that I have been lucky enough to share with students across many year levels reflect the global nature of our school community. It is so nice to hear their unique experiences and adventures, and hope all families had a restful break. I was delighted to meet lots of families this week and to see so many students with smiles on their faces on their first day of school. 


Ormiston Staffing for 2017

Here is our Ormiston Team for the start of this year:                                         

Early Learning 3
Angela Follacchio & Danxue Liu

Early Learning 4 (Full Time)
Melissa Field & Effie Kitsiris

Early Learning 4 (Part Time)
Debbie Lowden

Relief Early Learning Assistant  
Neroli Bowyer-Smyth


Selena Reedman & Heather Scarff

Year 1  
Michelle Kalus & Miranda Jackson

Year 2
Kathryn Brandt & Michelle Di Giovanni

Year 3
Angela Columbine & Rebecca Leondidis

Year 4
Emma Hinchliffe & Nancy Robottom

Year 5
Kath Buckingham & Liz Ruffles

Year 6   
Katrina Cheong & Craig Goodwin

Fiona Gibson

Scarlett Zhang & Sandra Fang

Jo Rittey

Jo Whiffin

Nichole Adams & Penny Byrne

Swimming/Physical Education
Kerry O’Callaghan & Nareen Robinson

Penny Dumsday & Annabelle Vivarini

Learning Enrichment        
Roula Duggan (Head of Learning Enrichment) Anjali De Quadros, Meagan Wilson and Kate Giles


New Staff at Ormiston

This year we have recruited four new staff members for Ormiston. They are:

> Michelle Di Giovanni in Year 2
> Nancy Robottom in Year 4
> Penny Byrne in Year 3-6 Music/ F-6 Choirs/Private instrumental lessons
> Sandra Fang in F-6 Chinese

More information on each of these staff members will be presented in future newsletters.


New Foundation to Year 6 Students at Ormiston
I would like to congratulate our new students who have settled in so quickly this week, as well as our Foundation students. At our Junior School Assembly this week, these students received their Ormiston badge in front of our school community. Our new students in Year 1 to 6 are:

Year 1K
Yanjan Gan
Amy Qi            

Year 1J
Asha Bhattachaijee

Year 2B
Ashanti Rajakulendran                                                      

Year 2D
Elise Orme

Year 3C
Emily Lioe
Emily Mao
Sophia Zeitoune

Year 3L
Christina Weickhardt
Ellie Wu

Year 4R
Sophie Ekins-Daukes

Year 5B  
Sienna Catalogna
Georgia Langley
Sienna Lonetti
Eva Papadopoulos
Ella Traiforos
Ella Xue

Year 5R
Zoe Brisk
Alisha Catena
Amelia Graham
Isabella Wood
Madeleine Yim

Year 6C
Sally Chen
Lisa Sarma
Zara Pearson

Year 6G
Barsa Sarma


Years 1-6 Father / Daughter Camp
I would like to remind families that our annual Father / Daughter Camp is taking place within the next four weeks. All Year 1-6 families are welcome to attend, particularly new fathers and daughters to the school. This year the camp will take place at Portsea on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March for one night. All participants will experience a wide range of outdoor activities that include a flying fox, high and low ropes course, beach activities, giant swing, team building activities and oceanography. This is a new camp location and our first coastal camp experience for a number of years. I would like to encourage as many families to attend as it is an excellent opportunity for fathers and daughters to socialise together outside of school.


Year 3-6 Meet The Teacher Evening
I would like to thank all families that attended our annual Years 3-6 Meet The Teacher Evening this week. The Junior School Hall was full of parents at the beginning of the evening and I would like to thank our Years 3-6 class teachers for their presentations. It was lovely to talk with many different parents at the end of the evening and I would like to encourage all Foundation to Year 2 parents to attend the next Meet The Teacher Evening on Wednesday 8 February at 7.00-8.30pm.

New Playground Area
Over the school holidays, our Camberwell Girls gardener Martin Conlon designed and put together with the help of the maintenance team a wonderful sensory garden located near the Foundation and Year 1 classrooms and music pods. It is a beautiful area where our students are able to play in the garden, cubby house or sandpit, or read a book on one of the large tree trunks. The overall design took into account the Foundation and Year 1 students suggestions on what they wanted to see in a Camberwell Girls playground. Ormiston is very proud of this new garden and playground area and if you have not already seen it, please take the time in the next few days.

It has been a wonderful start to the school year and I wish all Ormiston families a restful weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School


Recent Articles


This week Mrs Dunwoody shares some exciting news about our Early Learning Centre.

Senior School

It has been a busy fortnight at Senior School with Year 7 Camp, lots of sporting success and the Winter Sleep Out.

Junior School

Our Year 5 & 6 students had some new classmates join them last week and our ELC students had a visit from Martin, our CGGS Gardener.


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